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What was I thinking?

Posted 13 November 2013 | By | Categories: Relationships | No Comments

Tweet When you meet someone and fall in love, nothing else seems to matter. It is like being on love-heroin. All you want to do is be with that person. You say things like, “You had me at hello” or “You complete me.” How quickly things change. After the wedding, it is not long before […]

My Commencement Speech!

Posted 05 October 2012 | By | Categories: Spiritual Growth, Uncategorized | No Comments

Tweet For those of you who were not able to be there in person, I wanted to share with you the excitement and joy that I felt while delivering one of the commencement speeches at the graduation ceremony in which I received my second master’s degree from the Wright Graduate Institute.  It was a great […]

Rich Blue Sermon Series | The Most Unlikely Disciple

Posted 05 September 2011 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Podcast, Spiritual Growth | No Comments

Tweet I recently filled in for one of my pastor friends at his church, North Shore Assembly of God, in Skokie.  The title of my sermon is, The Most Unlikely Disciple.  It is built around the story of Zacchaeus and the message and content is expounded upon in my upcoming book Grappling with God to […]

Rich’s Ordination Service May 22, 2011

Posted 25 May 2011 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Podcast, Spiritual Growth | No Comments

Tweet   I wanted to share with you the audio recording of my Ordination Service which was held at Christian Life Church in Mt. Prospect, IL, on Sunday, May 22, 2011.  Daryl Merrill Jr., Senior Pastor at Christian Life, presided over the service and was my sponsor in my ordination. There were over 100 people […]

Authentic Love: The Journey from Infatuation to Intimacy

Posted 07 February 2011 | By | Categories: Relationships | 3 Comments

Tweet When my wife, Sue, and I first met it was electric. I was so drawn to her it was as if nothing else mattered. We dated for a few weeks, got engaged, and were married nine months later. Often, this is the way 21 year olds act when they are idealistic and in love. Romantic relationships […]

The Joy of Living Responsibly

Posted 24 January 2011 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Relationships, Spiritual Growth | 1 Comment

Tweet “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Phil 2:12-13 Who would ever think that being responsible is a key to having peace and joy?  When we think of someone being responsible, we […]

Wanted: Attachment Needs Met—Adults as well as Children Apply

Posted 19 January 2011 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Relationships, Spiritual Growth | No Comments

Tweet “See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me” Lyrics from The Who We are making Attachment Theory a primary focus at CLE this year. One of the major breakthroughs in psychology is the increasing awareness that the relational needs young children have to attach to their mothers and fathers are the same we have […]

The Transforming Power of Gratitude

Posted 10 January 2011 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Relationships, Spiritual Growth | 6 Comments

Tweet Sue and I had been married for about a year and we were in the process of raising our financial support to go on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ. We had just gotten back from our New Staff Training, and had exhausted all the money we had in savings in order to […]

The Journey of Transformation

Posted 06 January 2011 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Relationships, Spiritual Growth | 6 Comments

Tweet I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.  Romans 7:15 I can’t believe I am heavier than I have ever been before. I start losing weight and then the next thing I know I am gaining again. I know […]

The Great Exchange: Our Worry for God’s Peace

Posted 26 December 2010 | By | Categories: Grappling with God, Relationships, Spiritual Growth | 1 Comment

Tweet What would you say if someone gave you the opportunity to eliminate unnecessary worry and anxiety from your life? I and 45 other people from CLE jumped at the chance to get away for a weekend and explore our relationship with fear, anxiety and faith. Our intent was to apply the principle of aliveness […]