Faith is the Destroyer of Fear by Robert Ricciardelli

We need to quit being afraid, and begin to step out of the boat and onto the water. Because no matter what it costs, the Kingdom of God coming through our life in the here and now is worth it, both for us and for all the people we touch. Fear will try to direct us away from the purposes of God. Faith allows for the Spirit of God to guide our every step as the Divine Navigator within us leads us from fear and into the promised land. There is nothing in this world that has defeated more people and … [Read more...]

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...]

The Guy Who Called it Quits by James Ryle

“Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” (Hebrews 10:38)The summer sun was unseasonably hot. The strength and conditioning coach, nicknamed “Mad Dog” by the players, seemed unreasonably intense as he pushed harder and harder upon those trying out for the football team during two-a-days in August 1990. The college football world was buzzing with the University of Colorado’s golden season the year before, and now everybody wanted on the bandw … [Read more...]

Attitude of One Who Reigns by Alan Smith

Click here to watch video teaching.Rom. 5:16-17: For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reignedthrough that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in lifethrough the one man, Jesus Christ. (NIV)To reign in life: what a perception!  Can you truly rule and reign over your circumstances of life?  When you look at this verse, you see that either “death” will reign or “life” will reign.  I think I would p … [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...]

When Trust is Established by Francis Frangipane

(En Español)Wounded in Pursuit of OnenessThe Bible says, "Pursue peace with all men." (Heb. 12/14). Pursue means we aggressively take the initiative to make things right. It means we act on behalf of Heaven rather than allow another's anger to serve the purpose of hell.However, we must be realistic. When we reach out to a deeply offended person, they will likely be repulsed by our first efforts. Scripture tells us, "A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city, and … [Read more...]

The Only Essence for Life by Robert Ricciardelli

We often exist on the peripherals of life, the circumference of real truth and life. We become confused as to what the essence of God and freedom really are, and end up holding on to the superficial and claiming it as substance. The absolutes and the true Center seems to be crumbling as reality in our lives. We live on the the fleshly edges for so long that it starts feeling like the only life available, never able to touch the depths of our soul and spirit. We have so many opportunities and … [Read more...]

The Experience Beyond Belief by Robert Ricciardelli

It is important for people to go beyond their belief in God, so that they may truly move into the experiential presence of God. The power of God comes through the experience of our active participation with Spirit, and power can never be realized through just the knowledge of God. We can deepen our experience in God through relationship, prayer, and the divine applications of both the receiving and the giving of forgiveness. The God of eternity operates in the present moment, the now of today. … [Read more...]

Illuminating from the Darkness by Robert Ricciardelli

Suffering can bring  us closer to God as He becomes our refuge and our pathway to wholeness. We are captured by God's amazing love, and compelled to embrace the offering of our God who reveals to us our true identity and purpose in Him. As we surrender to God in Christ, we become immersed in divine fusion, a oneness with God, and a shared victorious life in Him. He takes us on the road to De-Mask-us from our false identity, and a death to the temporal things. The death of our deceptive identity … [Read more...]

Should the Church be Led by Teachers and Scholars? by Donald Miller

The church in America is led by scholars. Essentially, the church is a robust school system created around a framework of lectures and discussions and study. We assume this is the way its supposed to be because this is all we have ever known. I think the scholars have done a good job, but they’ve also recreated the church in their own image. Churches are essentially schools. They look like schools with lecture halls, classrooms, cafeterias and each new church program is basically a teaching p … [Read more...]