Daniel: The Importance of Being Relevant and Subversive by Richard Dahlstrom

Theology should be done with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other - Karl BarthMy “coffee with God” times are taking me through the book of Daniel these days, and I’ve been refreshed by finding a model for what it actually means to live right in the thick of culture without allowing oneself to be taken captive by culture.  Daniel had some food limitations that were presumably related to his Jewish faith, and held to those convictions as a captive in the midst of Babylon. Take … [Read more...]

Freedom From the Enemy Called Self by Robert Ricciardelli

Being transformed into the image of God is a process of being disenchanted with our deceptive ego, realizing how deficient it really is. The only way people can ever be freed from their fears is to be freed from themselves. There is a direct association between the amount of fear in our lives and the amount of attachment we have to ourselves. The person who is beyond fear has given up the need to control or possess. This person knows who they are in the eyes of God, nothing more and nothing … [Read more...]

Victory Through Synergistic Collaboration by Robert Ricciardelli

You can create great victories through harmonious collaboration with others. This becomes a multiplying effect on everything you do, because it releases and mobilizes not only your own abilities but those of everyone on the team. If you trust the people you are working with, you will honor them while creating a safe environment. And all of you will be more likely to create synergistic relationships that realize amazing discoveries. True progress in life is a relay race and not a single event. If … [Read more...]

Participating in Something Larger than Yourself by Robert Ricciardelli

An authentic God experience brings freedom and a larger capacity for life. Experiencing God brings enlargement, connectivity, freedom, and peace. There is a dimension of love through God that enables us to love our family, friends, and the world around us in ways far beyond what we could ever do apart from Him. You find your thoughts renewed and His love, mercy and grace pouring out from your life. You are participating in something larger than yourself, and you find yourself allowing it and … [Read more...]

Spirit of Love, Power, and a Sound Mind by Robert Ricciardelli

So many people today are living with less than God’s best because they’ve allowed fear to take root in their lives. Fear brings torment, can paralyze us, and keep us from our upward calling. God has not given us a spirit of fear but He has given us a Spirit of love, power, and a sound mind. God's power in you is greater than any power that comes against you. You can make the choice today to close the door on fear, and meditate on the promises of God. Listen for the Voice of Truth that overcomes f … [Read more...]

The Power of Treating Others Well by Robert Ricciardelli

The way you treat others has a direct impact on the effectiveness of your prayers, and the prayers of those who live righteously are powerful. When we aren't treating others with love, honor, and kindness, then we aren't allowing His righteousness to operate through us. We will realize a major power shortage in prayer and in life when we do not treat others well. We should seek wisdom and understanding in considering the needs of others. Forgive others, treat them kindly, and the power of God … [Read more...]

The Unshakeable Kingdom by Francis Frangipane

As the year 2011 comes to a close, it is hard to be unaffected by the massive earthquakes that occurred these past years. Remember, it was just 2004 when the great South Asian Tsunami roared along the Indian ocean, suddenly rising and striking the coastlines of nine nations. Over 250,000 people died and millions more were left grieving and homeless. Scientists tell us that this great disaster not only changed the landscape of Asia, it actually caused the planet to wobble on its axis.But the … [Read more...]

Your Greatest Hiding Place by Robert Ricciardelli

Have you ever felt like hiding under a rock, or just getting away from it all? Sometimes we need a place of safety, a place of rest when we feel overwhelmed by the circumstances of life. God has the perfect hiding place for you, where the enemies of your soul can never find you. You no longer have to hide in your work, relationships, or addictions, for God has given you the perfect hiding place, Himself. He is your Rock of Refuge, and you can call upon His name at anytime as He is always with … [Read more...]

Hope for Despairing Christians by Tony Campolo

Hope for Despairing Christians In A World That is Getting Worse and Worse by Tony CampoloBy Tony CampoloFor many Evangelical Christians, the normative attitude is to view world history with despair. Most have been led to believe that forces of darkness are increasingly raising havoc in the world as we move toward the end of history. Many have grown up believing that evil will become more and more pronounced in the last days, and the demonic forces of darkness more and more evident in … [Read more...]

Loving Your Enemies by Robert Ricciardelli

Anybody can love a friend, but the proving of agape love comes when we love our enemies. Through the power of God's love we are able bless those who curse us and we can hold back from retaliating to those who have hurt us. We can be at peace knowing that it is God's job to take on injustices rather than seeking our own vengeance. We may hate the conduct of others while at the same time hoping and praying for redemption in their lives. We can overcome evil with good through the power of loving … [Read more...]


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