One Nation Under God and Above Nationalism by Robert Ricciardelli

We have just come out of a presidential election. Some Christ followers are happy, some are not, some have concern, and some continue to live in fear. I do not have a problem with concern, but I do have a problem with fear. Fear has the ability to imprison the faith and hope within us. Without faith, it is impossible to please God, and it is impossible to live in the overcoming power of the Kingdom of God within us. God is much bigger than who is in charge of our nation or any nation. Whoever is … [Read more...]

God is Not in Control By Robert Ricciardelli

Presuppositions are not absolute truthThe title "God is Not in Control" may at first glance shock you, but let me explain. There are many believers that have fallen into a deterministic world-view. This view presupposes that all things regarding the people of God have already been determined, and that He is in control of all things. This presupposition directly opposes the reality of what the Word of God actually teaches us about the Father and His choosing to give freedom of choice to His … [Read more...]

Say Goodbye to the ‘Armor Bearer’ Mentality by Lee Grady

 To train a new generation for ministry we must get rid of pride and pretensionMy friend Charles wanted a mentor. He was eager to learn the ropes of ministry, so he asked an older pastor for training. The pastor agreed—but Charles soon realized the man wanted a valet, not an apprentice. Charles became the man’s “armor bearer.”The man never took Charles on hospital visits, involved him in ministry assignments or prayed with him. Instead, Charles was expected to carry the pastor’s brie … [Read more...]

Jesus Looks Beyond Politics by Lee Grady

 In today’s hot-headed presidential debate, it might be better for some of us to keep our mouths shut.People didn't vote in ancient Israel, nor did they put “KICK THE ROMANS OUT!” bumper stickers on their chariots. But there was plenty of political anger seething in Palestine, even without Fox News, CNN and MSNBC around to stir the pot.Jews especially abhorred tax-collectors, since (1) tax-collectors were usually thieves, and (2) they worked for the hated Roman Empire. Yet when … [Read more...]

All Warriors are Anti-Religion by Graham Cooke

an excerpt from "Coming Into Alignment"Heaven will always confront man-made spirituality. The best place for the enemy to hide is always in the guise of something spiritual. He masquerades as an angel of light. As we saw in the time of Jesus, He was constantly opposed by religious people who were fronting a system that they themselves had developed over many years.In one confrontation with Jesus, He spoke to them about the fact that they “transgressed the commandments of God for the s … [Read more...]

Overcoming Our Presuppositions by Robert Ricciardelli

Locked and loaded in our presuppositions can cut off meaningful conversations, relationships, and truths that might be discovered through the perspectives of others. The suppositional truth we have adopted may not be absolute truth and if we become constant learners, we will evolve towards greater truth and understanding of God, ourselves, and the world around us. We must be willing to challenge our belief systems and allow for the Spirit of God to sweep away the false from our minds to make … [Read more...]

Life of Stewardship and Not Ownership by Robert Ricciardelli

If you look at yourself as being one with God who holds the keys to life, your life becomes one of stewardship rather than ownership. Stewardship is the truest perspective for those who have entrusted themselves to their God. If you have debts, whose debt is it when you are in union with God? Whose money is it? What about the challenges you face? As stewards for the Almighty, we never have to take complete ownership of our debts, money, or challenges. Humble and faithful people of God are joint … [Read more...]

The Attribute of Kindness by Carol Lowe

An attribute is defined as "something attributed as belonging to a person, thing, group, etc." It is also defined as a quality, character, characteristic, or property.Have you noticed lately how on edge people are? Even the littlest things seem to upset them and can easily be blown out of proportion. Most of the news today is one tragedy after another, and it goes on and on. So, how are we to respond in the midst of all this?One of the seven attributes of Holy Spirit is His … [Read more...]

You Cannot Turn Off the Light by Robert Ricciardelli

Dualism remains a problem for many Christ followers. They compartmentalize their lives and miss the presence and light of God in every moment, breath, and context of life. Here are some scriptural truths on the matter:Matthew 5:14 - You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.Proverbs 4:18 - The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.John 8:12 - When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am t … [Read more...]

Soldiers, Athletes and Farmers by James Ryle

“A soldier on duty doesn’t get caught up in making deals at the marketplace. He concentrates on carrying out orders. An athlete who refuses to play by the rules will never get anywhere. It’s the diligent farmer who gets the produce.” (2 Timothy 2:4-6, The Message).Metaphors have a way of opening and expanding our understanding to a richer and fuller insight. Paul uses three separate metaphors at the same time to help young Timothy prepare himself for being faithful in what God had placed be … [Read more...]


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