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...]

…ifs, ands, and buts… by David VanCronkhite

Love, the Gospels say, makes all the difference. Supernatural love. Agape love. That kind of love present only when there’s been a supernatural impartation of DNA from the Father to His children.Agape is the DNA that changes the heart and begins the process of making a person human as God intended. That’s because God is Agape, therefore in search of man desiring to begin this eternal relationship in the now. Agape is love, the mystery of what allows us to love, the ability to imitate God and … [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...]

The Political Illusion by R.J. Rushdoony

The Political IllusionBy Rev. R.J. Rushdoony – bioIt would be absurd to deny the importance of politics, but it is also very dangerous to over-rate it. one of the persistent problems of christendom has been the tendency to over-rate both church and state. In Numbers 18:21-26, we see that God orders the tithe to be paid, not to the priests but to the Levites, whose varied functions included education. Thus, worship per se received mainly a tithe of the tithe. At the same time, the civil t … [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...]

Ten Antidotes to Christian Clichés by Christian Piatt

This is the final in a four-part series on the overused (and often insensitively employed) phrases that plague the Christian lexicon. Though I felt like I was offering some insight into what to do instead of offering these clichés, some asked for more specificity or clarity. So in that spirit, I thought I’d offer a final list of things to do rather than pop off with these phrases that may mean little or nothing to the recipient, or worse, may cause unintended, but lasting, harm.Read the ot … [Read more...]

Shining Bright in the Darkest Hour by James Ryle

“…among whom you shine as lights in the world” (Phil.2:15).The prophet Daniel wrote, “the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do great exploits; they shall prevail valiantly” (Dan.11:32). The backdrop for this splendid display of moral courage and social action was a time when deceit and flattery from political leaders had seduced the mindless masses into settling for a meaningless existence.That’s when the people of God shine the brightest – … [Read more...]

You Are a Spiritual Life by Robert Ricciardelli

There are many ways to live one's life, but we prayerfully hope for people to come to the realization that they have been created in the image and likeness of God. We do not have to become spiritual, we are spiritual whether we know it or not. We are eternal whether we ever choose to live consciously in the eternal realm. We have been given the keys of life and have amazing power within us for good. The blessing or potential curse of being created in the image and likeness of God is that we get … [Read more...]

Nothing is Impossible With God by Robert Ricciardelli

With God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God is ever without power or impossible of fulfillment. We have imperfections that are noticeable by others and some that are unnoticeable. People around us are the same way, for we are all human beings in need of a God, and in need of His power. God does not cover up faults and flaws, and He makes it clear that there are no certain people exempt from failure or above others in their ability for righteousness. We must have faith in God and not … [Read more...]


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