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.

How’s Your Attitude?

When Jeff, a restaurant manager, was asked him how he was doing, we would reply, “If I were any better, I’d be twins!” One day he was asked, “How do you do it? I don’t get it; you can’t be … Continue reading

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How to Deal with Your Competition

We live in a competitive world. It’s a dog-eat-dog world where the only rule is survival of the fittest. On the toll road, drivers race to make it first to the tollbooth. At work, people contend for promotions and advancement, … Continue reading

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Discovering Your Higher Purpose

I’m not sure where I heard it, but the following statements make enormous sense: Purpose leads to passion; passion leads to energy; energy leads to actions; action leads to opportunities; opportunities lead to success; success leads to significance; significance leads … Continue reading

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What Makes Christian Hope Powerful

Consider the indelible impact on the world made by Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud. Both men led a strong attack on the Christian faith, with Marx calling religion the “opiate of the people” and Freud defining God as the projection … Continue reading

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Why Hope Brings Life

Cicero gave us the well-known proverb, “While there’s life, there’s hope.” Was he right? A few years ago, the psychology department of Duke University conducted an interesting experiment. They wanted to see how long rats could swim. In one container … Continue reading

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Confession’s Incredible Benefits

If you’re like me that are times when you pray, but hear nothing; read the Bible, but get nothing out of it; go to church, but experienced nothing; seek the presence of God, yet he seems distant. Why? The reason, … Continue reading

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Understanding Prayer’s Power

The practice of prayer in a believer’s life is an incredible, virtually untapped power source. Prayer moves the hand of God. Prayer prevails. Prayer turns ordinary mortals into men and women of power. It is the key that unlocks the … Continue reading

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6 Ways to Deal with a Critic

Critics are everywhere. The manager of the Cleveland Indians, Tris Speaker, said of Babe Ruth: “He made a great mistake when he gave up pitching.” Jim Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after a 1954 performance … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Waiting

No one likes to wait. But we wait in traffic, in car pool lines, in holding patterns, in grocery stores, for the foursome ahead of us, for the doctor, for a spouse, for a baby, for retirement, for sermons to … Continue reading

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When Cravings Are Out of Control

  For most of us we eat a little more than we should, and then we have a second helping. We don’t want to offend the cooks we say to ourselves. We let out our belts a notch or two. … Continue reading

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