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.

5 Things You Need to Know About Envy

Envy has been called “the green sickness,” “a torment,” and “the most corroding of the vices.” Philip Bailey vividly described it as “a coal come hissing hot from hell.” And speaking of hell, no one has done a better job … Continue reading

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What to do when angry

  Regina Barreca wrote in the Chicago Tribune Magazine, “. . .anger is . . . an itch, an allergic reaction to some little piece of life’s pollen blown your way.” Of all emotions, anger is probably the most common … Continue reading

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The Power of Persistence

Victory belongs not to the faint-hearted. Nor does it belong to the weak-willed. Nor to the uncommitted. Not if the enemy is great and his resolution strong. Only by facing the opponent head-on with undaunted valor can the battle be … Continue reading

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How Hot Is Your Passion?

Passion is a word that gets a lot of bad press. It’s often misunderstood. To some, the word passion brings back memories of illicit desires at drive-in movies with a high school flame. To others it evokes images of a … Continue reading

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3 Reasons to Serve Others

At a men’s meeting, a friend told about selling insurance earlier in his life. A story had circulated at insurance conventions about a lady who recently lost her husband and now was faced to care for family alone. A few … Continue reading

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The Antidote to Fear

Fear is very much a part of life. It is a God-given emotion.  To be afraid is normal.  Yet, if fear is out of control, it is the most paralyzing emotion of all.  Fear makes a person doubt their abilities … Continue reading

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4 Steps to Overcoming Worry

Immediately after World War II the Allied armies gathered up many hungry, homeless children and placed them in large camps. There the children were abundantly fed and cared for. However, at night they did not sleep well.  They seemed restless … Continue reading

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4 Reflections While You Wait

No one likes to wait. But we wait in traffic, in carpool 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 get … Continue reading

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6 Ways to Plug into God’s Power

If Jesus dwells within me, why do I feel so powerless? Have you ever asked that question? I have. I read about a lady who had a small house on the seashore of Ireland at the turn of the century. … Continue reading

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4 Reasons to Pray Daily

Prayer is the indispensable and vital function of a believer. No aspect of our Christian life is more essential and crucial to our personal growth and spiritual health than spending time with God. We are never taller than when we … Continue reading

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