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...]

Prayer: The Unceasing Reign of God by Robert Ricciardelli

You can never go wrong when you approach prayer in complete honesty and humility. Talk honestly with God. Don't give God who you think you are supposed to be, but give yourself to Him in your nakedness, who you really are in the present moment. Praying without ceasing is having a God consciousness through all of life, including our distractions, anger, and controls. Instead of a self centered monologue, our life becomes a God centered dialogue that sees everything in front of us in all of its … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Why Faithful is the New Radical by Daniel Darling

If there is anything that marks my generation of leaders, it’s the desire to be “radical”—to violently overthrow old paradigms. We want to shake up the status quo in the church, in government, in business, in philanthropy. And this is good.By and large millennial Christians want offer lives in service to God and others by offering new and creative solutions. This is good.But if I could speak a word of caution, from one rabble-rouser to another, I would say that sometimes the most radi … [Read more...]

Discipleship Is Not a Dirty Word by Lee Grady

Reclaiming the process of discipleship will require a total overhaul of how we do church.I get funny looks from some charismatic Christians when I tell them I believe God is calling us back to radical discipleship. Those in the over-50 crowd—people who lived through the charismatic movement of the 1970s—are likely to have a bad taste in their mouths when it comes to the dreaded “D word.”That’s because the so-called Discipleship Movement (also known as the Shepherding Movement) turned a … [Read more...]

Building A House by Dudley Hall

Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. Luke 6:47-48 (ESV)The theme of building a house is prominent in the biblical narrative. "House" doesn't always mean a physical building. If often refers to a family line or heritage. You might … [Read more...]

Focus on the Dysfunctional Family by Richard Dahlstrom

I love my friend, Larry Shallenberger’s paragraph in this post, about the danger of “Christian Church Culture”.  He likens God’s transforming process to that of amechanic restoring an old motorcycle, believing that the old rusted bike has its best years ahead of it.  We religious people, meanwhile, tend to handle each other like airport luggage handlers. This leads to the false belief that its better to lower our heads and fit in.Lower our heads and fit in. Covertly demand that, as a precon … [Read more...]

Prayer-mental, Not Judgmental by Francis Frangipane

(En Español)A religion without love is an abomination to God. The church needs to learn that God desires love and compassion, not merely an adherence to ritual and sacrifice. Thus, Jesus said His Father's house would be a "house of prayer for all the nations" (Mark 11:17). True prayer is born of love and comes in the midst of sin and need. It comes not to condemn, but to cover.All nations sin. All cultures have seasons of moral decline and spiritual malaise. Yet these periods can become … [Read more...]

Focus On the Light by Rick Joyner

We know from Scripture that with unity there is a multiplication of spiritual authority. There is the Biblical testimony that one can put a thousand to flight, but two can put ten thousand to flight. The Lord also taught that if any two could agree, then it would be done for them. Of course, this agreement is more than just an intellectual assent to a matter; rather it implies an actual and deep union between the two. This takes an investment in both the matter that we are uniting about and the … [Read more...]

It is Love that Restores the Soul by Robert Ricciardelli

Christianity got prostituted when people were told that they had to save their own souls. Saving ones soul as defined by men and their systems is completely different than falling in love with God. The systems may give you 10 or 613 steps to holiness, but outside of love, they all become impossible and unprofitable. Because people were told to save their souls, many became steeped in fruitless traditions and works that affirmed a false self. Unhealthy conservatism is incapable of true freedom … [Read more...]

The God Factor by Francis Frangipane

(En Español)Rarely does a night pass without my wife and I praying for the Muslim world, and increasingly so for Iran. We are praying in agreement with millions of other Christians around the world.I'm sure everyone knows that the world is moving toward a pivotal juncture in time. Iran's leaders are aggressively pursuing nuclear weapons while simultaneously pledging to destroy Israel. Israel, on the other hand, has sworn that Iran will not get nuclear weapons. The watching world has … [Read more...]


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