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Rick McDaniel
Rick McDaniel is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia. The church is known for its contemporary style and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through its Internet Campus. Rick’s messages are featured in video form on and in audio form on, as well as on Audible and Amazon. Rick has earned three degrees, including an advanced degree from Duke University and has traveled and spoken on six continents. He has authored four books including the newly released Comeback: Overcoming The Setbacks In Your Life. His website is Through his writing and speaking he has become an evangelical voice to the culture on faith matters. Rick has been married for 30 years to his wife, Michelle and they have two sons, Matt and Wes.

Entries by Rick McDaniel

Easter: Deal or No Deal

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 12:00 AM


About ten years ago one of the biggest shows on television was NBC's prime-time game show "Deal or No Deal." The game involved a contestant choosing a briefcase from a selection of twenty-six. Each briefcase contained a cash value from one cent to...

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Fear of the Future

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 9:57 AM


The events of Friday, Nov. 13, in Paris, France have rocked the world. The terrorists are spreading terror. They are trying to make us feel afraid. Their goal is to create fear and disrupt normal life. And we must resist it. Fear breeds...

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Goal Setter or Problem Solver?

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 5:53 PM

I know so many people who have hopes, dreams and aspirations yet they are not realized. My life as a pastor, motivational speaker and a writer is devoted to inspiring people to fulfill their dreams. What I have realized is far too many never actually make goals let alone write...

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Make Those New Year's Resolutions

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 1:32 PM

The start of a new year is always an opportunity. It is a fresh beginning, a new chapter, another chance to get it right. Why would anyone not take advantage of such a moment? Some will say it is not good to make resolutions because no one ever keeps resolutions....

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Amend the 13th Amendment

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 4:33 AM


I was in a recent meeting when Prison Fellowship president Jim Liske quoted it. I couldn't believe it but then I read the 13th Amendment and there it was: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party...

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The Non-Christians' Favorite Bible Verse

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 9:33 AM

The recent Phil Robertson Duck Dynasty controversy brought it up again. Bill O'Reilly quoted it on Fox News; Don Lemon quoted it on CNN. The favorite verse of the Bible referenced in the public sphere is Matthew 7:1, "Judge not, lest you be judged." The Bible's most misinterpreted, misused and...

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5 Myths About Christianity

(53) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 1:12 PM

Christianity is the world's largest religion by a landslide. At over 2 billion adherents there is no religion or belief system even close. But the big guy is always an easy target. Write a book calling Jesus a zealot, point out an example of hypocrisy or just declare some biblical...

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4 Benefits to Loneliness

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 9:26 AM

Loneliness is prevalent in our society. The rising numbers of single adults, the breakdown of the family and the loss of neighborhood and community have all contributed to an immense sense of loneliness in many people's lives. Janis Joplin who died at 27 said, "When I am not on stage...

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A Crisis of Faith

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 2:19 PM

I personally do not know of many Christians who have not at some time had a crisis point in their walk with God. How we respond to such a crisis in many ways determines our future maturity as a Christian. Certainly the fact that there are today some who once...

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Time Matters

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 6:54 PM

It was March 7, 1876 and Elishah Gray walked into the U.S. Patent office because he had this fantastic new invention that he had created. He applied for a patent but was told, "Sir, we're sorry, but we can't give you one because a couple of hours ago, another guy...

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5 Reasons to Attend Church Regularly

(48) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 4:37 PM

I believe that going to church is something that is extremely valuable, is extremely important and is something that should be practiced by anyone who claims to be a follower of Christ. A Christ-follower should regularly attend church. Not counting the times that you might miss for vacation or sickness...

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Decision Danger Zones

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 5:03 PM

We are all faced with decisions in our lives some of which are truly important involving relationships, career and finances. We need to do everything we can to make not just good decisions but great decisions. The reality is that we can make assumptions in decision making that create real...

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10 Words That Will Change Your Life

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 3:10 PM

There are 10 simple words that can change your life. They are easy to say but they require more than just saying the words. Each of these words can be used to positively change your life and those around you. Ephesians 4:29 says, "Say the right thing at the right...

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The Greatest Comeback of All Time

(44) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 12:09 PM

Christians around the world will celebrate Easter this weekend (some churches like mine have services on Saturday to accommodate the crowds). The numbers of people attending church will swell in most every church and in some churches the numbers will be incredibly impressive. Critics see this as an annual anomaly,...

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Faith and Football

(6) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 1:59 PM

When I read Mark Oppenheimer's article "In The Fields Of The Lord" in the Feb. 4, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated, I knew a response was needed. His article raised some interesting points but his thesis is incorrect. I am a good person to speak on matters of faith and...

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Change U

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 4:38 PM

Personal change is possible for anyone. There are some who do not believe that and others who say it is easier said than done. Anyone who has ever tried to change knows it is difficult. But the reality is that people change every day for the better in many different...

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2013: Your Comeback Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 2:11 PM

As you look toward a new year, the hope may be that this could be your year, the year that you have a great comeback. You may have gotten divorced, lost your job, had a health problem, lost a loved one or had another setback. Whatever the case, you can...

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Newtown: Who Is to Blame?

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 8:40 AM

The Newtown tragedy hits me hard for several reasons. My home state is Connecticut and I grew up in a town very much like Newtown. As a pastor celebrating Christmas I cannot help but see the similarity between Newtown and what happened after Jesus' birth. King Herod ordered all children...

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10 Steps to a Stress Free Christmas

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 12:40 PM

Christmas can be a very stressful time. It is a frenzied season full of expectations and obligations. Decorations need to be put up, baking has to be done, presents have to be purchased and relatives must be visited. It is quite possible that in a season where you should experience...

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An Attitude of Gratitude

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 1:58 PM

I know Thanksgiving is a few weeks away, but a milestone birthday and anniversary have me thinking about the importance of gratitude. Being thankful needs to happen more than once a year. In fact, research by Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky at the University of California, Riverside indicates there are powerful benefits...

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