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...]

Being You For the Audience of One by Robert Ricciardelli

Believe in how much God loves you. Give God permission to love you today. Simply close your eyes and whisper, “Father, I give you permission to work in my life, and to illuminate the very best steps for me to take.” Do not worry about competing with others. Do not worry about what the rest of the pack is doing. You are an amazing creation that has been designed for great things, and designed for the glory of God that shines uniquely through you. You do not have to run faster, work harder, or be b … [Read more...]

You are an Agent of the Divine by Robert Ricciardelli

You are an agent of the Divine, you are an agent for God. Through the power of God's presence, you have the opportunity to represent the loving image of God by how you live, how you love, and how you relate with others. Think of yourself as an incandescent power, an illuminated lighthouse for the works of God on earth revealing His glory. We all flow from one foundation and are filled with unlimited potential of abiding love, truth, and creativity. We must accept that the creative pulse within … [Read more...]

Shortcuts Can Often Cause a Delay by Robert Ricciardelli

Shortcuts in life are often just an illusion. Shortcuts toward authentic life often make the journey longer. If we try to circumvent our journey with God, and His designed pathways for learning, growth, and maturity, we may cause a destiny delay. There aren't many actual shortcuts anyway, and direct paths usually work best. Most people don't like to take the direct and often illuminated path because of fear, or because it seems to be too difficult, therefore desiring an easier road. This gives … [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...]

Creating God in Our Own Image by Robert Ricciardelli

God created us in His image, and we have returned the favor by creating Him in our own image. God designed us to live in His image and ways, while humanistic religion presents a God who is an advocate for their need for power, dominance, and control. Before ego has a chance to start another war, end another relationship, or abuse the defenseless, we must be reminded that the one true God is a God of love, life, and liberty for all. He is the God that advocates, "If you seek to be great, become a … [Read more...]

Growing Up to Become a Child by Robert Ricciardelli

We have been born to remain a child in the eternity of God's plan. This is not an excuse to live childishly but to remain childlike in our embracing life, curiosity, possibilities, and what we might learn at any given moment. Childlike people of God are not a people whose development has been stunted, but they are a people who have given themselves a chance to continue to grow in the ways of their God. Being childlike is the remedy to an anxious, muffled, and stagnant existence, and one must … [Read more...]

Belief and Doubt Cannot Coexist in Empowerment by Robert Ricciardelli

Out of the thousands of thoughts that cross your mind each day, you make the choice as to what thoughts you choose to harbor. It is God within you that empowers you to renew your mind daily and conform your thoughts to be aligned with His divine mind. Thoughts lead to action, and thoughts can empower you or disable you from activities of providence and design. Pray or worry, but do not do both as fear will try to subdue your faith filled thoughts and prayers. Believe or doubt, but they cannot … [Read more...]

Compassion Overcomes Self-Absorption by Robert Ricciardelli

Empathy is the powerful and rare ability to imagine what motivates someone else to act. It is lending emotion towards someone else's experience. Self-absorption kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves, our world gets smaller as our problems become larger. But when we focus on others, our world expands, and our own problems seem smaller as we increase our capacity for connection or compassionate action. The most beautiful people I know are those who have known defeat, … [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...]


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