Counterfeit Gods by Jefferson Bethke

Who or what do you worship? Proper context under the One and only God in Christ. … [Read more...]

Death Of Yolo by Jefferson Bethke

A tip to the oldsters: YOLO is an acronym for “You Only Live Once.”Click here for video1) What was the inspiration for this poem?The inspiration behind this poem was just digging a little deeper into Romans 6. I realized even though we affirm the resurrection we really don’t live as if it’s true. Thinking about the fact that Jesus was really dead between the cross and the resurrection let it sink in a little more. Trying to put ourselves in the shoes of the disciples makes us realize just … [Read more...]

Success is Not a Straight Road by Robert Ricciardelli

The road to success is not straight. There is a curb called Failure that you run over from time to time, and a loop called Confusion that you have to navigate through. There are speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, and caution lights called Family that may complicate your journey. You will have flats called jobs that can be blowout to your passion and a fog to your vision. But, if you pull out your spare called Determination and are powered by an engine called Perseverance, you … [Read more...]

God Does Not Need Middle Management by Robert Ricciardelli

This is going to all Popes, Apostles, Prophets, Bishops, Priests, and Pastors and any other leader who has influence over people. God relates with you directly, and does not need you to get between his relationships with others, as He desires to relate with them directly. You are called to point people to God and not to yourself or any other system or agenda. When you command that they look at you, serve you, get answers from you, you begin to minimize, dilute, and most times get in the way of … [Read more...]

Set Your Heart Ablaze and Your Heart at Rest by Robert Ricciardelli

We may spend our days doing some good in the world. We may find ourselves as contributors to our family friends and community. We may be passionate in our devotions and activities and still feel miserable. We may have accomplished much in life in the name of God and country, but still wind up empty. Go after a relationship with God and you will begin to experience the real and the right side of life. Nothing can set our hearts ablaze and our hearts at rest but an authentic relationship with … [Read more...]

The Fusion of God and Man As One by Robert Ricciardelli

Occupy your mind with this convergent thought, that you are in absolute oneness with God in life, and you are never separate from the glory of the Divine within. The secret of your life is your oneness with Christ in God. You are increasingly the divine manifestation of God, the light of God on earth. You have full access to the spiritual capital of the Kingdom of God. Let the Kingdom life, the Kingdom love, the Kingdom power, and the Kingdom Spirit possess you, and you will march as more than a … [Read more...]

Your Maker, Your Lover, and Your Keeper by Robert Ricciardelli

Everything that exists draws its being from God's love. Each of us exist today because of these three three truths, God made us, God loves us, and God keeps us. God made us in His image and likeness. As we acknowledge Him in all that we do, His image and likeness manifests through our lives in amazing ways. He also loves us, believes in us, and forever is with us and for us. We can trust that His love remains regardless of our performance and even beyond our participation in His plans and … [Read more...]

Vision: The Father of Restraint by Marc Brisebois

Where there is no vision the people perish (Proverbs 29:18)The New International Version shares this verse a little differently saying, ‘Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint’. Vision is the father of restraint. It gives one the power to bring under control the usual need for short-term gratification. The one able to see the end from the beginning can endure far more than the one who lives in the moment. This is of particular importance as it pertains to trials. When we lack v … [Read more...]

Love Guides You to Completion by Robert Ricciardelli

Love within us brilliantly leads us to completion of ourselves. Authentic life allows for love to flow in our connectivity with one another. When we shut down on others we actually are shutting down on life. Our own healing comes as we become a healer to others, and we heal others by extending our perceptions past their weaknesses. Until we have seen someone's soft spots, we don't really know who that person is. It is very easy to embrace other people's strengths, but will you be there for them … [Read more...]

The Harmonization of God and Science by Robert Ricciardelli

There is no real contradiction between the world of science and the world of religion. The two are dealing with two different things, but they are not in conflict with each other, they are not antagonists. Theologians are trying to describe the Creator; scientists are trying to describe His creation. Science and religion should be viewed as family in their ability to support one another. Science and theology must not be viewed as mutually exclusive forms in regards to humanity, rather they … [Read more...]


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