Do Not Categorically Blame Muslims for Boston by Robert Ricciardelli

Blaming Muslims for the tragedy in Boston is like blaming the Newtown Massacre on single moms or home schooling because the perpetrator’s upbringing had both of those elements. Right after 9/11 some hate filled Americans murdered a number of people because they “looked Muslim” even though they were actually from a completely different religion. Soon after the report that the Tsarnaev’s claimed to be Muslim, someone blaming Muslims for the Boston terrorist attacks attacked a Muslim woman with an i … [Read more...]

Please Forgive Me by Robert Ricciardelli

I represent God in some moments better than others. If I have failed to love you unconditionally, forgive me, for my God loves much more than me, and without conditions. If I have failed you in my commitment to you, forgive me, for my God is unceasingly faithful. If the words I have spoken have not been true, forgive me, for my God is all truth. If I have even been impatient with you, or angry, forgive me, for my God is patient, kind, and slow to anger. If I have not shown compassion, I am … [Read more...]

God’s Love is Beyond Knowledge by Robert Ricciardelli

Christians who profess Christ sometimes may have a head knowledge of truth yet remain far from the heart filled love of God. They do not live in whom they say they believe in, and so judgment, division, and exclusion rules their world. they quote scriptures out of context and hatefully and mercifully condemn those who are different or think differently than themselves. They may have become what we might call, "Modern day pharisees." Those who are not moved by love, mercy, and grace, have never … [Read more...]

Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam – PBS special

This is a preview of the full feature either on video or PBS broadcast and is well worth watching. The parallels, the conversations, and a real opportunity for peace can happen when those of other faiths choose to love and honor the Creator, the God of Abraham, and seek goodwill for all of His creation.Click here for video … [Read more...]

Love Remains Dormant Until We Act by Robert Ricciardelli

To want love, or to believe in the power of love is wonderful, but the power of love will remain dormant until we decide to act upon the love of God within us. Actions speak louder than words and people have heard "I love you" many times while remaining starved for real acts of love and affection. The greatest purpose of our existence is to love and to be an ambassador for God's love to the world. God is love, and He created us by His love, in His love, for His love, and designed us to love Him … [Read more...]

Sex, Marriage, & Fairytales by Jefferson Bethke

Jeff is a friend, I am thankful for the voice God is giving him for this generation. … [Read more...]

Supernatural Victory in the Midst of Adversity by Robert Ricciardelli

“We are living in times that can cause both great fear and great opportunity. These are seasons where the faithful and wise people of God can flourish. It is not because all is peaceful or that challenges and hardships are diminishing, but these are the days that great character is forged. As we contend with difficulties, strong hearts and minds are being formed and creative new strategies for life are being birthed. Deep calls to deep and extreme necessities call upon great virtues. When minds b … [Read more...]

Great Challenges Bring Great Opportunities by Robert Ricciardelli

We are living in times that can cause both great fear and great opportunity. These are seasons where the faithful and wise people of God can flourish. It is not because all is peaceful, or that challenges and hardships are diminishing, but these are the days that great character is forged. As we contend with difficulties, strong hearts and minds are being formed and creative new strategies for life are being birthed. Deep calls to deep and extreme necessities call upon great virtues. When minds … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]


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