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.

When You Are Angry with God

Sometimes life hurts. And when we hurt, the natural response is anger. When another person is responsible for our pain, our anger turns toward the one who has injured us. But sometimes there’s no clear culprit in our suffering. At … Continue reading

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Four Lessons of Contentment

Historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., observes that our society is marked by “inextinguishable discontent.” Our quest is usually not for contentment but for what is better and what is next. We want a better job with better pay and a … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Worry Kills

Worry is anxiety full-blown. Worry paralyzes people until they can’t do anything for fear that it will be wrong. The very word worry comes from the Old English word that means “to strangle.” It strangles the very life out of … Continue reading

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Four Critical Decisions to Save Your Family

A man worked for a television studio, but, unlike so many in the TV industry who seldom watch television themselves, this man was addicted to it. He would come home from work, turn on the tube and watch it all … Continue reading

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Four Choices to Make in a Crisis

The Chinese language uses two characters to form the word crisis: one means danger, the other opportunity. A crisis can blindside you, bringing pain and added hurt; or it can provide an opportunity, leading you to a new adventure and … Continue reading

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Five Actions to Simplify Your Life

Henry David Thoreau, in his classic work, Walden, urged, “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” The pensive Gandhi reminded us to “live simply so that others may simply live” while Robert Browning so succinctly declared, “Less is … Continue reading

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Five Reasons to Keep the Sabbath

Rest and relaxation are not optional. Rest was never meant to be a luxury, but a necessity for growth, maturity, and health. Rest is so important that God included it in the Ten Commandments. We do not rest because our … Continue reading

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The Help in Confronting the Bully

The movie The Help set in Mississippi in the 60s depicts the relationship between the prominent white families and their black help. Skeeter an aspiring writer recently home from college decides to interview the black women to learn their perspective. … Continue reading

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Giving Your Best

The Statue of Liberty stands gracefully on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City. The copper statue, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States, was designed by French sculptor Frédéric … Continue reading

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Redefining Success

What does it mean to be successful? Success usually brings to mind financial achievement or being number one. Others would define success by the bumper sticker: He who dies with the most toys wins. Some like to think that success … Continue reading

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