Author Archives: Rick Ezell

About Rick Ezell

I am a husband, father, pastor, and writer. This blog is about shaping character, transforming church, and impacting culture. I believe that if one defines their moments then their moments will determine their character and their character will influence their world. I write on personal development, church leadership, and our changing culture. I also write about the resources I am developing and the books I am writing. My goal is to create challenging, relevant, and inspiring content that will help you be a better person, the church be a better parish, and the world a better place. If you are interested in those things, this blog is for you. I have served the church my entire career as a student minister and senior pastor. I studied at Samford University, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (eventually I will get it). I have written eight books. My most recent ones are Chapter 13: The Excellence of Love and Soul Therapy: The Healing Words of Psalm 23. Both are available as eBooks. I have written over 1000 articles for various local, regional, and national publications. I have been married to Cindy for thirty-three years. We have one wonderful daughter. We live in Greenville, SC. In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, running, tennis, and golf. You can contact me via email or follow me on Twitter or Facebook. This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of my employer. The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, correctness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.

Running the Race of a Lifetime

  Imagine a group of people coming to your home and interrupting your Twinkie-eating, TV-watching routine with an urgent message: “Good News! We are from the United States Olympic Committee. We have been looking for someone to run the marathon … Continue reading

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Lose the Weight

The author of Hebrews wrote, “Therefore since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that lies … Continue reading

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What’s Holding You Back?

The finish line of faith is a life that is more Christian today than yesterday. The goal is not perfection, but progress. Hence, the Christian life is not like a tourist strolling in the park or a vacationer meandering along … Continue reading

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Are You A Quitter?

Some years after both of my parents had died, I drove to Alabama to handle some business matters with my family. After our meeting, my oldest sister, Ann, told us she had come across a note Daddy had written her … Continue reading

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5 Truths about God’s Discipline

The role of suffering and hardship is one of the most neglected issues in life, because we do not arrange for it to happen. Instead, life inevitably arranges it for us. Have you ever considered that the tests, trials, and … Continue reading

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Why Discipline Is Important

  Athletics—football in the fall, basketball in the winter, baseball in the spring and summer—provided the competition with opponents and the camaraderie with teammates that I enjoyed as a teenager. What I did not like about competitive athletics, however, was … Continue reading

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5 Actions to Take When You’re at a Crossroads

Transitional moments come with growing up: the changes from childhood to adolescence, adolescence to adulthood. At other times these transitions are artificial. The ages of 16, 40, and 65 have significant implications. Transitional moments can be forced upon people—divorce, relocation, … Continue reading

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This One Thing is Needed to Go Deeper in Your Relationships

  In many respects an elevator filled with people is a microcosm of our world today: a large, impersonal institution where anonymity, isolation, and independence are the uniform of the day. It shows us that people can be surrounded by … Continue reading

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The One Distinguishing Feature of a Real Man

  What is a man? It seems like a simple question, but many men don’t know the answer. Read the poem written by a young man to pastor and author Robert Lewis: What is a man? Is he someone who … Continue reading

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When There’s No Hope, What Then?

In the fall of 1997 I found myself living outside of a Cardiac Care Unit. For seven nights I slept on the floor of the waiting room of a hospital in Huntsville, Alabama. I was not there because I was … Continue reading

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