There’s no hurt you can experience that Jesus doesn’t understand. He’s experienced all of the loneliness, all of the betrayal, and all of the rejection that we can possibly experience. And the Good News is that he came to heal our hearts.
Everything you’ve done wrong or will do wrong has already been paid for through Jesus. That is the goodness of God. Jesus takes all your guilt on himself. He gives you his goodness, also called righteousness. This is the most basic, fundamental truth of the Bible. Your broken soul becomes whole again in him.
Through his goodness, God can use your hurts to guide you toward holiness. God specializes in bringing good out of the bad.
Let eternal values, not temporary ones, become the deciding factor for how you spend your time.
Rest is so important that God made it part of the Ten Commandments—right up there with taking a Sabbath, not committing adultery, not murdering, and not stealing.
By relaxing in God’s goodness, we learn that we don’t have to prove our worth. We can rest in the truth that we are already extremely valuable to God.
Psalm 23 shows us that relaxation is a spiritual issue, and that resting is a part of trusting God’s goodness. So how do you live a rest-filled life?
God is the source of everything we need to live, but we instead often look elsewhere for answers to our needs. Psalm 23 says the Lord is our shepherd, and that he will feed, lead, and meet our every need.
Worry is the result of forgetting that God is good all the time. We can choose to respond with either prayer or panic. Join Pastor Rick as he continues to teach from Psalm 23.
If you’re going to put your security in something, you need to put it in something that can never be taken from you. And there is nothing you need that God can’t supply.
Pastor Rick continues to teach from Psalm 23, explaining that when you believe and understand the goodness of God, it will revolutionize your life and your relationships.
When you believe and understand the goodness of God, it will revolutionize your life and your relationships. You won’t be the same. Are you ready to see God transform your life with his goodness?
In this broadcast, Pastor Rick teaches that God wants to give you a life of confidence, even on your darkest days. God wants to give you assurance. He wants to protect you. He wants to give you a life of influence and abundance. Who doesn’t want that?
“This is the LORD’s battle, and he will give you to us!” (1 Samuel 17:47) In this broadcast, Pastor Rick continues his message on helping you face the giants in your life as you remember that God is with you in your struggle and wants you to succeed.
How do you defeat the giants that are keeping you from being the person God wants you to be? Pastor Rick explains in this message why, if you want to be a person of great faith, you do the very things that David did to defeat the giants of delay, discouragement, disapproval, and doubt.
In the story of David in 1 Samuel, he actually had to fight four other giants before he got to Goliath — not physical giants but giants in his mind. In this broadcast, Pastor Rick shares the giants you are far more likely to have to face than a Goliath and how to overcome them.
Many people misinterpret Luke 16:9, which says you are to use worldly resources to make friends. Pastor Rick helps you understand through this message what Jesus really meant and why the best use of your money is to use it to get people into Heaven.
Money is a tool to be used for God’s purposes. You’re not to hoard it. You’re not to stockpile it. You’re not to worship it. You’re to use it! In this broadcast, Pastor Rick teaches how to use temporary resources for permanent good.
God’s favorite tool to test you is your finances. He doesn’t just automatically give his blessings to anybody; he tests you first to see if you’re responsible. Pastor Rick shares in this message several ways God uses your money to test you to see if he can trust you with the things that really matter.
If you are a follower of Christ, you must love everybody in the same way that Christ loved you. In this message, Pastor Rick continues his series on facing your fears as you learn how loving others like Christ will transform your relationships.
If you don’t feel loved by God, you’re certainly not going to offer love to anybody else.
You need to remind yourself every day what God thinks about you — that is what removes your fears. Join Pastor Rick as he explains four things God thinks about you to help you remember why and how to love.
The Bible says in 1 John 4:18, “Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love drives out fear.” In this broadcast, Pastor Rick shares the first step in learning how to live in God’s love so that you can live free of fear.
God doesn’t want your head knowledge; he wants an emotional relationship with you. In this message, Pastor Rick continues his series on dealing with your feelings as you learn what the Bible says about your emotions.
If you want to succeed in life, you must learn how to master your moods. When you have emotion that isn’t getting you where you want to go, you’ve got two options. Pastor Rick uses this message to help you figure out if you should change your mood or channel it.
Once you are a Christ-follower, your life should be controlled by God’s will, not by how you feel. In this broadcast, Pastor Rick gives you three questions to ask about your emotions when you’re trying to figure out how to deal with how you feel.
Learning to manage your emotions is the key to peace of mind. Join Pastor Rick as he shares with you four important reasons from God’s Word why you need to learn to deal with what you feel.
The reason why most people are ineffective in life is that they’ve never learned how to fight the battle of the mind. Pastor Rick uses this message to share the three enemies that keep you from fulfilling all your good intentions of managing your mind and changing your life.
We all know the importance of nutrition — good food and good calories make you stronger and healthier and give you more energy. The same is true in your thought life. In this message, Pastor Rick teaches how to feed your mind not with junk or poison but with truth.
We want God to take away all of the problems, pain, and suffering. But God is far more interested in changing your mind than changing your circumstances. Pastor Rick shares in this broadcast three reasons why you need to learn to manage your mind.
In this broadcast, Pastor Rick continues his message series on facing your fears and getting rest as you learn how to go from stressed to blessed so that you can live the full life God planned for you.
No matter what’s weighing you down or what burden you’re carrying, Jesus is the answer. In this message, Pastor Rick shares what it means to take God’s yoke upon you and let him share the load you’re carrying.
The major cause of stress in your life is worry — worry that you will have what you need when you need it. But anytime you expect other people to meet your needs instead of God, you’re going to be disappointed. Join Pastor Rick for this message as he explains the cure for your stress.
Our civilization is losing its civility. The world is getting ruder! So, how should you handle rude people? In this broadcast, Pastor Rick uses the example of King David to teach how to let God be your defender and handle the rude people in your life.
In this broadcast, Pastor Rick continues his teaching on how to get closer to God as he helps you understand that “when you get serious about finding [God] and want it more than anything else, [God will] make sure you won’t be disappointed” (Jeremiah 29:13).
The prodigal’s father is like your heavenly father: No matter what you’ve done, you can come home to celebration, not condemnation. Pastor Rick explains in this message how to join God in celebration as you give him your praise.
We all long to be close to God. How do you get back to him? In this broadcast, Pastor Rick teaches the pathway back to spiritual transformation — the four things you need to do to get back to God.
In this broadcast, Pastor Rick continues his series on setting goals in faith as he shares why goals are so important and the ways God is working on you while you are working on your goals.
You get to plan the way you want to live, but only God gives you the power and energy to actually make a transformation. In this message, Pastor Rick shares the three things that you must have to reach your goal and change your life.
Not every goal that you can set is a good goal and one that God’s going to bless. Join Pastor Rick for this broadcast as he talks about three questions you need to ask so you can set the kind of goals that God will bless.
Many people think that gift giving at Christmas was started by the wise men when they brought gifts to the baby Jesus. But it was God who started it all when he gave the first Christmas gift. Join Pastor Rick for part 2 of this special Christmas message.
Many people think that gift giving at Christmas was started by the wise men when they brought gifts to the baby Jesus. But it was God who started it all when he gave the first Christmas gift. Join Pastor Rick for part 1 of this special Christmas message.
Part 2 of this special Christmas message from Pastor Rick explains how everything changed for Mary when she focused on God’s promises. Everything changed for Joseph when he focused on God’s plan. Everything changed for the shepherds when they looked up to God’s glory. And everything changed for the wise men when they met Jesus.
Part 1 of this special Christmas message from Pastor Rick explains how everything changed for Mary when she focused on God’s promises. Everything changed for Joseph when he focused on God’s plan. Everything changed for the shepherds when they looked up to God’s glory. And everything changed for the wise men when they met Jesus.
One day God’s going to wrap it all up here on Earth, and he’s going to take his children home to Heaven to be with him forever. Through this message, Pastor Rick helps you understand why you need to stand by your convictions and trust that in the end, God wins.
God wants to use you. He wants to bless you. He wants you to be a world changer. But he’s waiting for you to trust him. Pastor Rick explains in this message what’s keeping you from believing that God can do big things in your life.
If it’s all about God and it’s not all about you or making money or being popular or any of those other things the world thinks is important, then what is the implication? In this broadcast, Pastor Rick shares the most important thing you can do so that you don’t waste your life.
This is the Good News: You are forgiven, and you are free. God is for you, and he’s never going to stop loving you. In this message, Pastor Rick teaches you what you need to do in response to the Gospel so that others can have the same hope as you.
In Heaven, you will have unlimited access to the unlimited resources of God, because he created you to be his child. Pastor Rick shares in this message the choice you need to make so that you can accept the awesome inheritance God has for his children.
One day your heart will stop beating, and that will be the end of your body. But it’s not going to be the end of you. In this broadcast, Pastor Rick explains why, as a believer, you can have hope because you were made in God’s image. You were made to last forever!
If you’re going to become a person of faith, you have to learn to give by revelation. Pastor Rick teaches in this message the difference in giving by reason and by revelation and what you need to say to God so that you can grow in your faith through your giving.
You don’t become a godly man or woman by simply doing what you feel like doing. Godly men and women choose to develop the habits that produce godliness in their lives. Pastor Rick shares in this broadcast how to develop the persistence you need to do the best thing and not just the easy thing.
If you do not learn to obey, you’ll miss so many blessings in life. Pastor Rick helps you understand through this message that when you learn to do what God tells you to do without question, even when you don’t understand, then you’re going to grow in faith and be blessed.
Before there is spiritual transformation in your life, you’re too narrow-minded to see the possibility of what God wants to do in your life. In this broadcast, Pastor Rick explains why faith requires you to visualize the future and believe it before you see it.
When it comes to your giving, there are two principles you need to remember. In this broadcast, Pastor Rick walks through those two principles so God will “bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).
The Bible says there’s only one way you can prove God: through giving, specifically through tithing. Join Pastor Rick for this message as he shares through personal experience why you can trust God to keep his promises when it comes to your giving.
Here’s how you know what’s really important to people: Look at their calendar, and look at their bank statement. Pastor Rick helps you understand through this broadcast why the way we spend our time and the way we spend our money reveals our priorities and our hearts.
You were not put on this earth just to take up space, use resources, retire, and then die. God has specifically shaped you so you can make a unique contribution! Pastor Rick teaches in this broadcast how to discover the unique way God wired you so that you can make the greatest contribution possible with your life.
What will be the center of your life? There are a lot of options. You can center your life around a career, a sport, a hobby, making money, or having fun. In this message, Pastor Rick shares the one thing you can put at the center of your life that will never change and is strong enough to sustain you through life.
You are not the general manager of the universe! The greater your need to control, the more stressed you’re going to be in life. In this message, Pastor Rick teaches what it means to take Jesus’ yoke upon you and how to reconnect with Christ so that you can have peace.
When you’re stressed out, how do you typically unwind? How do you de-stress when you’re exhausted and overloaded? Pastor Rick wants you to understand through this broadcast the first thing you need to do when you’re running on empty so that you can find rest for your soul.
The greatest gift you can give anybody is your time, because your time is your life! In this message, Pastor Rick explains why, if you want to revitalize a dying relationship, a dying marriage, or a dying friendship, it’s got to start with you investing more of yourself by giving your time to others.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 14:1, “Let love be your highest goal!” Join Pastor Rick for this broadcast as he gives two reasons why God gave this instruction and how you can leave a lasting legacy through the way you love others.
Selection is the key to an effective life. You’ll be more effective if you figure out what you’re not going to do as well as what you’re going to do. Pastor Rick teaches in this message how you’ll actually accomplish more in life by doing less!
Plans are good, but nothing ever goes as perfectly as planned, so you’re setting yourself up for a big disappointment when you don’t prepare for bumps in the road. In this message, Pastor Rick shares how to build margin into your life so that you have the perspective you need to anticipate problems.
God is the author of your limitations. He put them there for your good! Pastor Rick explains in this broadcast why, rather than fighting your limits, you need to accept your limits and how to recognize the warning signs of reaching your limits so that you are not living an overloaded life.
The Bible is filled with instructions about living the kind of healthy life God made us to live, and one of the most important is taking a day of rest every week. In this message, Pastor Rick shares the three things you need to do on your Sabbath day so that it is actually a day of rest.
If you’re going to slow down your life, you have to learn contentment, and it’s learned over time. Pastor Rick explains in this broadcast what contentment is and what it is not so that you can understand how to slow down.
God is watching to see how you manage your time on this earth to determine what he’s going to have you do in eternity. In this message, Pastor Rick looks at how the Bible says we should be investing our time now with a view of eternity.
If this life is preparation for eternity, how do you do it? How do you use your life here to prepare for eternity? Pastor Rick shares in this message why you need to get to know Jesus Christ and the steps to establishing a relationship with him.
God didn’t create you just for the 80 or 90 or however many years you will live on this planet. God has long-range plans for your life! In this broadcast, Pastor Rick teaches the first thing you need to understand if you’re going to get ready to be used by God.
Envy is based on the myth that you must have more in order to be happier. It’s just not true! Pastor Rick wants you to understand through this message why if you’re not happy now, you’re not going to be happy with more and how to learn contentment.
The Bible tells us to “rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15), yet we’re not very good at handling the success of other people. In this message, Pastor Rick explains why you’ll enjoy life a whole lot more if you will learn to be happy for other people when they succeed.
Comparing is the root of all envy. If you can get rid of comparing in your life, you can get rid of envy in your life! Join Pastor Rick for this broadcast as he shares how God has called you to be the best you can possibly be given the background, experiences, and talent that he gave you.
When you envy other people, you are so fixated on what you don’t have and what you are not that you totally miss God’s plan for you. Pastor Rick teaches in this message the four ways envy damages your life so that you can eradicate it from your life.
A lot of Christians go through life living under condemnation and guilt, thinking it’s the voice of God. But it’s not. That’s the devil! In this message, Pastor Rick shares the difference between conviction and condemnation and how it will help you have peace and know whether or not you are hearing God’s voice.
If you want to recognize God’s voice, you need to ask, “If I follow through on this impression, will it make me more like Christ?” In this broadcast, Pastor Rick walks through James 3:17, a great checklist of the character qualities of Jesus that helps you to see if something is an impression from God.
God is consistent. He will never contradict what he’s already said in his Word, and he will never tell you to violate a principle that’s in the Bible. Pastor Rick teaches in this message why you need to ask of your impression, “Does it agree with the Bible?”
If your prayer life is stuck in a rut and you feel like you’re saying the same prayers over and over, one of the best things you can do is start writing down your prayers. Pastor Rick uses this message to explain how journaling can make your prayers more personal and serious.
While you’re waiting for God to speak to you, you need to be ready for him to give you a mental picture. In this broadcast, Pastor Rick teaches two practices that will help you look for a mental image from God, even if you’re not a visual thinker.
Habakkuk 2:2 says, “I will wait to see what the LORD says and how he will answer.” After you withdraw to a quiet place to hear from God, you need to wait and calm your thoughts and emotions. Join Pastor Rick as he shares in this message how to stay put and be still until you hear from God.
God speaks to you through ideas from the Holy Spirit. Pastor Rick shares in this message why, if the Holy Spirit brings God’s truth to mind, there’s got to be something in your mind to bring out and how you can spend more time in the Bible.
We all have blind spots. You have things in your life that you’re never going to see that need to be corrected, so God puts people around you to tell you the truth. In this broadcast, Pastor Rick explains how God speaks to you through friends and family and what it takes to receive a message from him through other people.
Ephesians 4:11-12 says, “Christ chose some of us to be apostles, prophets, missionaries, pastors, and teachers, so that his people would learn to serve and his body would grow strong.” Pastor Rick uses this message to share how you can know if someone has the gift from God to be a teacher.
Pastor Rick continues to teach from the parable of the seeds in Luke 8. And he encourages you to grow spiritually by rooting yourself in the best, most fertile soil.
God speaks to the person who decides in advance to do whatever God tells him or her to do. In this message, Pastor Rick talks about the four traits of what the Bible calls the good soil in Luke 8 and what you need to do to respond in faith to God’s Word and bear fruit.
God is trying to make contact with you. Is he getting a busy signal? Join Pastor Rick as he shares three common weeds that tend to choke out God that you need to eliminate so that God can speak to you and produce fruit in your life.