The True Measure of Success in the Kingdom by Joseph Mattera

In our American culture we glorify results and performance. The measure of our success is often the level of positive response received, monies raised, and number of people we gather.In this article I am examining if the above view lines up with biblical standards since, if the measure of success stated above is correct, then many of the great biblical and historic heroes of the faith were really miserable failures!This topic has been especially important to me because, since 2003, I … [Read more...]

What it Means to Be an Authentic Leader by Robert Ricciardelli

“The hierarchical controls of titled, and entitled leaders of various systems have marginalized people throughout history. There are authorities, assignments, and gifts that God gives to serve others, but His Kingdom is never self-serving and always beckoning its citizens to lay down their lives for others. Ambassadors for God are empowered to lead through the foundation of God’s love and strength, filtered by humility. —Robert RicciardelliMany people have written on what it means to be a lea … [Read more...]

The Security of Sonship by Greg Austin

He sits, alone in the darkness of his own construction, in this macabre tomb of his destiny. Body and soul convulse with unfathomable tremors of primordial fear.He is abandoned, lost, has been left behind. The recognition instigates a renewed and instinctual shuddering that courses through the whole of his being.No fear can compare with this fear. Not the fear of falling or the fear of drowning, not the fear of the unknown or even the fear of death itself rivals this fear of abandonment, … [Read more...]

Be Anxious For Nothing by Francis Frangipane

Jesus warned that, in the last days, the world would face unfolding trauma. There would be wars, earthquakes and many other disasters. Yet, to His disciples, He said, "Do not be terrified" (Luke 21:9). He also said that, because of world conditions, men's hearts would fail "from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth"(Luke 21:26 NKJV). Not only would actual events generate worldwide fear, but the expectation of difficulties would cause men's hearts to … [Read more...]

What the Debt Crisis Means for the American Church by Loren Sandford

By the time many of you receive this, Congress may have found a solution to the current debt-ceiling crisis. The immediate danger may be averted—temporarily.The real issue, however, isn't the budget, the debt ceiling or anything else, as much as it is a philosophical battle over the direction of the country. This is the root of the intransigence and increasing bitterness exhibited by both parties.People defend philosophies more vehemently than they do money. It's like defending one's r … [Read more...]

The Great Imitation by Ray C. Stedman

From The Series: Authentic Christianity www.raystedman.orgScripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 2:14-6:13His classmates called him "the Dumb Ox" because of he was heavyset, serious, and usually silent. Historians, however, call him "the Angelic Doctor," and Roman Catholics revere him as a saint. His name: Thomas Aquinas--the most influential theologian of the thirteenth century.If the young scholar's mother could have had her way, the world would never have heard of Thomas Aquinas. She … [Read more...]

“What, Me Worry?” by James Ryle

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Mat 6:27)Jesus shows in the simplest of terms the total waste of time and energy that occurs when we worry.First He shows that worry is irreverent – for it fails to acknowledge God’s love for us and His faithfulness to His Word. When we worry, we dismiss God from the equation of our circumstances and elevate other things which have no power whatsoever to make any difference at all.This brings us to the second thing Jesus sho … [Read more...]

Decisions That Define Us by Anonymous

We've made and listed below some decisions that reflect the state of our hearts and the reality we're establishing in our community. We believe these decisions are prompted by the Holy Spirit, and we are so happy to see them applied in the Kingdom. As you read, we want to make sure you understand the context. These decisions are in no way a criticism of any church or denominational movement - they are an articulation of who we have chosen to be, and the path we've decided to follow.Here are … [Read more...]

A Transformation of Love by David VanCronkite

The Kingdom of God is not another subject to add to our religious studies. It is the paramount centrality of God's message through Jesus to all mankind. Jesus is far more than savior. He is Emanuel, God with us and within us. He is King of His Father's Kingdom.All of life is decided by what you decide about the Kingdom of God.I have learned that if the Kingdom of God is anything-and it is everything-it is relational and supernatural. All of life is decided by whether we believe God is a … [Read more...]

Sincere Faith by Dudley Hall

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions. - 1 Timothy 1:5-7 (ESV)The goal of the gospel is a life of love. God is love, and when someone knows him intimately, they will be consumed by love and express it … [Read more...]