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  1. Pastor Rick,

    I really enjoyed this! Thank you for that reminder! There is always a purpose for situations regardless of whether we see them in the moment. God has a plan and a purpose! I think it’s important to have open ears and an open heart to see what God is wanting to tell you during the difficult times. We have to humbly position ourselves to hear from the Lord during these times. It reminded me of an article entitled “6 Tips on How to Hear from God” from James River Church.

    Thanks for this post! The website to the article I talked about is


  2. Hope N. Griffin July 13, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Very timely! Received some news I wasn’t thrilled with and had a number of big and little things happen today. Trying to remind myself God is in the details and there is a purpose and lesson in everything. Just needd the slap on the back of the head to remind me. Thanks for being that slap :)

  3. Thanks Rick! I really needed this today. Looking around and seeing homes fall apart and people making poor choices is sometimes overwhelming. In the last few days alone I’ve learned of four marriages coming apart plus another one that is in process and she wants nothing to do with reconcilliation, yet claims to be following Christ and working CR. It gets pretty disheartening sometimes and hard to remember that I didn’t break it and so I can’t fix it. Right now it feels like to trying to put out a raging brush fire with wet dish towel. I can “do everything without grumbling or complaining” but can’t help but have a broken heart over broken lives. I just don’t know what to do to help them.

  4. I have appreciated you, Pastor Rick, for many years and I thank you for all the ways you have encouraged me and the Church to follow Christ and impact lost people. Because of how highly I regard you, I am so hesitant to share this one thought, but I have heard people make the same statement that you made in this post that the Bible doesn’t tell us to give thanks for everything…but it actually does (Ephesians 5:20). Your point is correct, but just not complete. I think Eph. 5:20 means that we give thanks for everything not because everything is wonderful, but as an act of faith and trust that God is in control and can use even evil and pain for His purposes and glory. So we thank Him for everything believing that He can use everything (the good, the bad, and the ugly) for our good and for His glory. At least this is how I understand it. Thanks again for your wonderful ministry that has been such a blessing to me and to so many others around the world. God bless you.