Rick_9725I love to study the Bible. It helps me make sense of a lot of life’s experiences.

One outgrowth of studying God’s word and reading the works of godly authors was a book, Extreme Thanks. In a nutshell, it’s a book about giving thanks to God. The perspective and approach to the topic is unique. This is not another “attitude of gratitude” book. It looks at who God is, what He has done for us, and His plan and purposes as He works His will in our lives. It presents thanksgiving as the reasonable response to the extreme grace of a living, loving, active and caring God, who is totally worthy of our faith, our praise, our worship, and our thanks. It is a message of faith, victory, and joy.

The purpose of this blog is to bring hope and encouragement to people through helping them see that God is – He really exists; that He loves them extremely; He is extremely worthy of their trust; they can learn to trust Him extremely; and the best way to find, express, and grow in their faith is through being thankful to Him in and through and for every situation (all things).

One thing I would like to see happen with this blog is conversation. I hope you will feel free to share your thoughts. (See my comments guidelines.) Along with that, I hope you will feel free to share things for which you are thankful, and how being thankful has affected your life. To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts and to make it easier for you to participate, you can subscribe to my blog via RSS or e-mail.

In case you’d like to know:
I was born in Shreveport, LA. I grew up in a Christian home, attending a Southern Baptist Church, pretty much “every time the doors were open.” When I was about 6 years old, Grandmother passed away, and my Aunt Jean came to live with us. Aunt Jean was blind and crippled from birth. She read me stories from Braille books and from her Braille Bible, and told me stories from her own life experiences. She talked with me about the Lord, about prayer, faith and the Christian life.  She had the greatest spiritual impact on my life of anyone I have ever known. Between my parents and my Aunt Jean, by the time I became aware of sin in my life, I knew where to turn. I received Christ as Lord with the faith of a child on Sept. 11, 1960.

In my teens I felt called to ministry. I went to Louisiana College and majored in religion and minored in Greek. After graduation I moved to Ft. Worth and began seminary studies. There I met Dr. Jack Gray, a missions professor, who was one of the most passionate followers of Christ I’ve ever known. He truly loved the the Lord. His teaching was a major catalyst in the direction of my spiritual growth.

I went on to work in the Christian bookselling industry. After several years with a chain of Christian gift stores, I worked for Word Music. After 10 years of traveling throughout Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas & Louisiana, I decided I really needed a job that would allow me to be home more. That’s when I turned my photography hobby into a business. I have been music and youth minister, interim pastor, ordained as a deacon, and an elder, taught Sunday School, Church Training, and seminars in Baptist churches in which we’ve served in the past. I pastored a home church for 16 years and was ordained to the ministry through a fellowship of home churches. In all these things, my driving passion has been to serve the Lord.

RickNTrish2I am married to Trish. We have four children, eleven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.  We enjoy every moment we can spend with any of them, even though we are quite accustomed to our “empty nest.” We currently live in Newcastle, OK, with our cat, Flower, and two horses, Rocky & Domino. I love to play my guitar and sing, especially the songs of my dear friend, Dennis Jernigan. I enjoy wood-carving, ancestry research, photography, reading, gardening, and working in the yard. I love to fish when I get the chance.

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