Counterfeit Gods by Jefferson Bethke

Who or what do you worship? Proper context under the One and only God in Christ. … [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...]

Your Maker, Your Lover, and Your Keeper by Robert Ricciardelli

Everything that exists draws its being from God's love. Each of us exist today because of these three three truths, God made us, God loves us, and God keeps us. God made us in His image and likeness. As we acknowledge Him in all that we do, His image and likeness manifests through our lives in amazing ways. He also loves us, believes in us, and forever is with us and for us. We can trust that His love remains regardless of our performance and even beyond our participation in His plans and … [Read more...]

Politics and Governments Cannot Shake the Unshakable by Robert Ricciardelli

We have a Kingdom beyond the low level realm and focus of politics and what earthly government might do for us. Jesus paid little attention to government or politics. Caesar was one of the most evil leaders on earth that put people into extreme bondage. Jesus simply said, give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and and give to God what is His, your very lives. In other words, Jesus said, "I have another dimension to live in, come with me above the noise, confusion, fear, and division." Get out of the … [Read more...]

Love Guides You to Completion by Robert Ricciardelli

Love within us brilliantly leads us to completion of ourselves. Authentic life allows for love to flow in our connectivity with one another. When we shut down on others we actually are shutting down on life. Our own healing comes as we become a healer to others, and we heal others by extending our perceptions past their weaknesses. Until we have seen someone's soft spots, we don't really know who that person is. It is very easy to embrace other people's strengths, but will you be there for them … [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...]

What Do You Think About Muslims Now? by Andy Braner

"What do you think of Muslims now, Braner?" Several of my friends watch the news and watch me—as if I might recant now and group all Muslims into one large violent jihad against every American.The question isn’t whether violence is wrong.  The tragic death of Ambassador Chris Stevens has no justification, and the death of these four heroic Americans is a disgrace.  But revenge is a seed that grows only more violence.  Remember that World War I started with a single assassination in the cl … [Read more...]

All Warriors are Anti-Religion by Graham Cooke

an excerpt from "Coming Into Alignment"Heaven will always confront man-made spirituality. The best place for the enemy to hide is always in the guise of something spiritual. He masquerades as an angel of light. As we saw in the time of Jesus, He was constantly opposed by religious people who were fronting a system that they themselves had developed over many years.In one confrontation with Jesus, He spoke to them about the fact that they “transgressed the commandments of God for the s … [Read more...]

God Does Not Want Us to Be Judgmental by Francis Frangipane

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 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 turning points if, … [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...]


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