Toxic Faith by Robert Ricciardelli

Toxic Faith (a summary)1.         INTRODUCTIONA.   The following is a summary of the book Toxic Faith by Stephen Arterburn & Jack Felton (Oliver-Nelson, 1991)B.   I wrote this years ago because of the continuing abuse by church systems and church leaders, but also by church members who have drank the religious Kool-aid.2.         INTRODUCTORY ISSUESA.   Religious addiction1.   Def. of addiction: when a person is excessively/compulsively devoted (sacrificing family, job, econom … [Read more...]

The Platform by Alan Smith – Personalized for Robert Ricciardelli

In 2002 while we were living and building the foundational platform for the Converging Zone Network, God very clearly spoke to Joyce, build a platform for His voice to be heard. It was confirmation that we were to build a platform for God's voice to be heard through many others who carry His heart and purposes. Just a year later, we met Alan Smith, and at that meeting after hearing our story, Alan looked at us and told that the dream he had a year earlier was very much about us, he declared, … [Read more...]

God is Never Distant by Robert Ricciardelli

Striving to obtain love, peace and joy can be wasted in religious energy. The perception exists that God needs to be talked into doing things for us. It is the realization of His presence and provision within us that sets us free to be who we are. The more aware we become of God in us, the more overwhelmed we are with a sense of total fulfillment and completeness. Our needs and desires become insignificant as He increasingly becomes the significant center of our being. He is not a God who is a … [Read more...]

Do Not Categorically Blame Muslims for Boston by Robert Ricciardelli

Blaming Muslims for the tragedy in Boston is like blaming the Newtown Massacre on single moms or home schooling because the perpetrator’s upbringing had both of those elements. Right after 9/11 some hate filled Americans murdered a number of people because they “looked Muslim” even though they were actually from a completely different religion. Soon after the report that the Tsarnaev’s claimed to be Muslim, someone blaming Muslims for the Boston terrorist attacks attacked a Muslim woman with an i … [Read more...]

Unfolding Revelation for the Seer by Robert Ricciardelli

It is God who opens our minds and hearts to understanding His ways. Every bit of seeing and understanding spiritual things is a work from heaven, and it not a one time thing, but revelation that constantly unfolds for us. It is possible for us to go on seeing and seeing, and more fully seeing, yet it is a work that is not our own doing but God who reveals every fresh fragment of truth to us. Spiritual Life is not only a miracle in its inception, but it is a continuous miracle that works in our … [Read more...]

Please Forgive Me by Robert Ricciardelli

I represent God in some moments better than others. If I have failed to love you unconditionally, forgive me, for my God loves much more than me, and without conditions. If I have failed you in my commitment to you, forgive me, for my God is unceasingly faithful. If the words I have spoken have not been true, forgive me, for my God is all truth. If I have even been impatient with you, or angry, forgive me, for my God is patient, kind, and slow to anger. If I have not shown compassion, I am … [Read more...]

Authority and Obedience Pitfalls by Robert Ricciardelli

Some people have all the authority while others are told they must obey those in authority. This separation can cause authoritative behavior on the one side and doormat behavior on the other. It will most often pervert authority as well as obedience. A person with great authority who has nobody to be obedient to is in great spiritual danger. A very obedient person who lives with no authority can equally be in danger.Jesus spoke with great authority, was given all authority, and yet his whole … [Read more...]

The Value of Who You Are through the Challenges by Robert Ricciardelli

It is God who holds the blueprint of man’s original design, and declares man’s authentic value. To understand this and then forget who you really are when you face life's challenges, is to deceive yourself. To forget who you are as a beloved child of God does not change who you are, but it certainly may neutralize your opportunity to overcome. This can waste precious moments of your life.  For a moment the challenges may seem overwhelming and more powerful than the reality of God in you, and God … [Read more...]

Loosen your Grip and Soften your Heart by Robert Ricciardelli

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Christ Arose, Mercy Comes, I Arise Today by Robert Ricciardelli

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ to shield me. Christ in the heart of every one who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks of me. I arise today…….. … [Read more...]