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Rick Rhoads  // Posts published by Rick Rhoads

03 Dec Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Sharing Advent in Community

Sharing Advent in Community

Sharing Advent in Community

Adding Advent to Our Family Traditions I love the holiday season!  Even as I am write memories of great family traditions from my childhood are filling my mind – hot chocolate, lights, White Christmas, and Lionel trains.  Over the years my family and I have enjoyed forming our own family traditions as well.  In recent […]

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Revisiting Simplicity

Revisiting Simplicity

Today, Rick Rhoads follows up on the idea of living simply. To read his initial post entitled “Living Simply”, click here. – Editor Years after living in “Big Blue”, my wife and I still find ourselves rhythmically revisiting the idea of simplicity.  We’ll emerge out of a month of busyness and seeming chaos, pull aside, […]

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Living Simply

Living Simply

Big Blue She was a 1980 powder blue skyline mobile home.  Never in a million years would I or Naomi have dreamt that we would be living in a mobile home.  In the summer of 2001, Naomi and I set out on an adventure, moving our young family 500 miles away to Columbia, South Carolina […]

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What Korea taught me about the Gospel

What Korea taught me about the Gospel

In late August I had the privilege of traveling to South Korea for the purposes of studying the Korean Church as well as Christian prayer movements in Korean culture.  Prior to leaving I was reminded of a trusted mentor who shared with me an insight from his years traveling abroad.  He said, “When you travel […]

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Set the right course this year!

Set the right course this year!

How did we get here? In my early twenties I got introduced to caving or for those of you reading in Central Pa, “spelunking”. After the first trip, I was hooked.  Not long after catching the fever a friend and I traveled to State College, PA to take on a partially mapped cave known as […]

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02 Aug Leadership, Student Ministry | Comments Off on 4 Tips for Vacationing Well

4 Tips for Vacationing Well

4 Tips for Vacationing Well

“I Only Have You for Two Days!” Naomi and I were so excited to go on vacation.  It had been a normal first year of youth ministry.  Crazy!!!!  At the time we didn’t know any better.  We were young, full of life and excited about how God was working in the lives of the teens […]

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How you connect with God says a lot about you

How you connect with God says a lot about you

For me, there is nothing sweeter than watching a sunset on the ocean. One of the most memorable was on my tenth wedding anniversary.  At the end of one of our days after having spent time with my wife in Napa Valley then walking through the Russian Redwoods, we decided to venture towards the coast […]

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Valuing Life Ceremonies

Valuing Life Ceremonies

Maybe your attendance for them is more significant than theirs. I can remember a mentor once saying to me, “Don’t ever forget the life ceremonies of the people you serve”.  A few hours ago I was reminded of the importance of this simple principle shared with me so many years ago.  Earlier today I had […]

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Stay Grounded

Stay Grounded

A Rare Commodity You need to talk with Larry; he is a man of humility and great wisdom.  These were the words my Pastor spoke to me after asking him, “Who would be a good person to seek out for mentorship during my time in seminary?”  To be honest, his words surprised me.  I’m not […]

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14 May Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Lessons of Loss

The Lessons of Loss

The Lessons of Loss

When everything crashes down. I was seventeen and just found out I had bone cancer.  Life as I knew it was over.  In the span of a few short hours I was told that that I had a rare form of bone cancer, which would require an immediate below the knee amputation of my right […]

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