We weren't even 1/2 way through when I turned to my wife and quoted an old movie line expressing the fact that I was basically beat senseless.
My wife looked at me and shook her head in agreement, as she was feeling the same way.
It was a healthy beat down though-good stuff, the type that wakes you up to just how poorly you're performing at just about everything. Of course, its always a relief to realize that Christ paid for our sins in full and we aren't saved by works, but Mr. Thomas has a way of really showing us just how far we are from God in our priorities in life.
It wakes you up to the realization that "we" are the problem. Our biggest enemy is our own sinful self. We of course agree with this verbiage all of the time, but if our realization doesn't produce an effective change, life will just keep going around with the same old problems.
The issue for the Christian when faced with these realities isn't generally the awareness, but instead the willingness to do what is necessary. Folks, let me tell you its hard. It's hard to love God they way we should, its hard to die to yourself the way we should, its just plain hard. It's not natural to the flesh, which even in its good, the self is almost always at the top of the priority list.
However, its the answer and anything else may temporarily place a band-aid on a wound, but it will never heal a selfish spirit.
I encourage you to listen to some of Rick's messages. He pulls no punches, but that's good. Otherwise, he'd just be tickling our ears with the wisdom of the world. I think we all already have enough of that.