Benjamin Burks

E-VOS for my DEVOS (from the past)

by Benjamin Burks on June 6, 2015 · 0 comments

“Selfish Christians may not do bad things, but remember that selfish Christians are usually bound to something that keeps them apathetic toward others.” When I was in secular employment, I recall working with a depressingly large amount of selfish people.  It seemed to me that most everybody I encountered would do just about anything to […]

Greetings from the frozen Midwest…

by Benjamin Burks on February 28, 2014 · 0 comments

At this point, we could all complain about the cold and the weather; but instead, we are praising God for His wonderful provisions for us during these times. Thank you for remaining faithful. Thank you for an enduring focus on helping the hurting. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to speak in the […]

Proud People Do Not Say Thanks

by Benjamin Burks on February 18, 2014 · 0 comments

A few weeks ago, my son Caleb was preparing a sermon for chapel in his Christian school. He hinted he wanted my help, as the subject was simply – CREATION. What a broad topic, I thought. My wife and I were out that evening, with our “adopted” daughter (our former secretary) who was having a […]

Preparation of the Heart

by Benjamin Burks on February 16, 2014 · 1 comment

A MAN IN THE EARLY 19TH CENTURY OPENED A NEWSPAPER ONE MORNING AND READ, “ALFRED NOBEL, THE INVENTOR OF DYNAMITE, DIED YESTERDAY.” HE DEVISED A WAY FOR MORE PEOPLE THAN EVER BEFORE TO BE KILLED IN WAR, AND HE DIED A RICH MAN.” HE WAS SHOCKED TO READ THOSE WORDS – BECAUSE HE WAS ALFRED […]

Helping a Person out Of A Stronghold

by Benjamin Burks on February 14, 2014 · 0 comments

Leaders in the RU Recovery Program often experience students who “hit a wall”. The Bible refers to it as a “besetting sin”. The apostle Paul discovered this law of indwelling sin which eventually drags you down into it. Paul, through the Holy Spirit, realized all his own mighty efforts were futile. As soon as he […]

Spoiled Rotten

by Benjamin Burks on December 31, 2013 · 0 comments

Today, I turn 49 years old. Yesterday, close to the Appalachian Trail, I was meditating once again on the prodigal son, particularly the one who stayed at home. Just like him, there was a day that I was a “spoiled brat”. However, I realize staying at home was not a bad thing. And one can […]

RIP Conference Schedule

by Benjamin Burks on December 10, 2013 · 0 comments

TUESDAY 8:30-9:10am – Counseling Skills – Dr. George Crabb 9:10-10:00am – Session – Dr. Paul Kingsbury 10:00-10:20am – Break 10:20-11:00am – “The Sighing of the Prisoner” – Ryan Jiles 11:00-11:40am – Engaging your Church in the RIP Ministry –Al Page 11:40-1:15pm – LUNCH BREAK 1:30-2:10pm – Basic Inmate Counseling – Dr. George Crabb 2:10-2:30pm – Break 2:30-3:10pm – Biblical Behavior Modification – Benjamin Burks 3:10-3:50pm – RIP Curriculum, Awards, & Class Agenda –Ryan […]

Launch Out Into The Deep

by Benjamin Burks on June 27, 2013 · 0 comments

Launch Out Into The Deep Written by: Benjamin Burks Luke 5:4, “Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.” I have been musing on the theme of the conference I attended in Lancaster, California: “Launch Out Into The Deep”. Dr. […]

“Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity; and let me not eat of their dainties.” (Psalm 141:4) Wow! What an incredible verse for those of us who work with the addicted or who realize the constant need of walking in the Spirit desiring not to […]

Time Keeps on Ticking!

by Benjamin Burks on May 22, 2013 · 3 comments

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). Several years ago, my Pastor made the statement that all sin is addictive.  I believe we can look at what consumes our time to identify addictive behaviors in our lives.  I also believe that many addictive behaviors can […]