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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 www.lightsource.com and in audio form on
www.oneplace.com, 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 five
continents books. He has authored four books including the newly released Comeback: Overcoming The Setbacks In Your Life. His website is www.rickmcdaniel.com. Rick has been married for 30 years to his wife, Michelle and they have two sons, Matt and Wes.

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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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Tough Times Never Last Tough People Do

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 3:10 PM

Problems, difficulties and hardships are a part of everyone's life. Yet, some people handle them better than others. They have developed a mental toughness that allows them to push through hard situations and successfully face adversity. The tendency to be soft instead of tough has existed for centuries. There is...

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The Growing Contemporary Church

(23) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 5:50 PM

Walk in and hear rock music, see people wearing jeans and flip flops, and look at big video screens in church -- yes, in church. Messages that focus on sex, success and decision making are also common fare. Welcome to the contemporary church. The movement is a growing part of...

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Winners Never Quit: 3 Ways to Not Give Up

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 2:44 PM

With the conclusion of the Olympics we have been witnesses to great champions. We have been inspired by their performances and their determination. The age old adage is certainly true, "Winners never quit and quitters never win." Allyson Felix would not quit even after getting the 200 meter silver medal...

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Penn State: Why Morality Matters

(20) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 7:19 AM

One incredibly immoral man has brought down an entire university. It is hard to believe but it is absolutely true. Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of young boys has resulted in an unprecedented penalty by the NCAA for Penn State. There will be more ramifications to follow but what has already...

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Four Reasons For Tiger's Comeback

(4) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 2:24 PM

L.L. Cool J sang, "Don't call it a comeback I been here for years." I am sure that is the sentiment of Tiger Woods regarding his win on Sunday at the AT&T National but the reality is that Woods is having a great comeback. His setbacks have been well documented:...

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