Colossians: An Antidote to Cynicism and Despair by Richard Dahlstrom

I’ve been living in the book of Colossians a fair bit recently, diving in some mornings after coffee with God, and at other odd times during the week.  Over and over again, I’ve found myself saying, ‘this is the truth that we need right now – at this anxious, polarized time in history, when it appears that so much all around us is either collapsing (think Egypt, Syria, Greece, the Eurozone), or built on untruths (think every campaign ad about to baptize your sensibilities).From the moment we … [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...]

Focus on Jesus, not on Following the Rules by Jay Becker

The Christian life is supposed to be full of freedom and abundance, especially being full with the abundance of God's love.  Yet, so many of us fall into ruts and get caught up in a day to day existence that is full of stress, pressure, and hard work.  When we first found Jesus, there was an experience of joy and new found freedom, especially the overwhelming blessing of being fully forgiven and accepted.  We became new people in Christ, and there was a brand new start - it was a new life and new … [Read more...]

What’s in Your Hands Today? The Joy of Letting Go by Richard Dahlstrom

I’m always intrigued by the stories of mountains in the Bible because so much that’s transformative happens among them, or at their summits.  Encounters with God in the mountains are nearly always time of transition:  From this….to that.  We’re between two mountains when Moses says that each one represents a choice that is yet ahead: life or death.  Then he shouts “choose life” to the whole nation before dying.  We’re on a mountain, with Jesus, when we see him transformed into the essence of glor … [Read more...]

I Am The Light of the World! by James Ryle

Jesus said, “I am the Light of the World.” (John 8:12)Our premise for this posting is both simple and profound. In the beginning God said “Let there be light!” From that moment it has been His will that all creation serve as a revelation of His love to those He has created.Paul tells us that God has shown what He is like by everything He has created — “the invisible things of Him are clearly seen in the things that are made” ( Rom.1:20).  God is powerful. God is thoughtful. God is awesome … [Read more...]

Sex Trafficking: Where Has Love Gone? by Lisa Mitts

Please take a look at this video that was put together by volunteers in support to end sex trafficking. Lisa Mitts and film producer Gary Voelker along with many others put love, exposure, and impact into the 4 minute video. In fact my brother Tom Ricciardelli is in the video as the big thug in the black leather jacket. Please share this link with others.Click here for videoHuman trafficking has developed into the 2nd largest criminal enterprise in the world, with an estimated 27 million … [Read more...]

The Attribute of Kindness by Carol Lowe

An attribute is defined as "something attributed as belonging to a person, thing, group, etc." It is also defined as a quality, character, characteristic, or property.Have you noticed lately how on edge people are? Even the littlest things seem to upset them and can easily be blown out of proportion. Most of the news today is one tragedy after another, and it goes on and on. So, how are we to respond in the midst of all this?One of the seven attributes of Holy Spirit is His … [Read more...]

Stop Leveraging Your Past Experiences by Robert Ricciardelli

One of the greatest keys for personal transformation is for us to stop leveraging our past experiences, our past affiliations to various groups, and to simply start over at the beginning, with God alone as our treasure. What really matters most in our lives? What we are doing now will always be superior to what we ever did, or what we might want to do in the future. Most importantly, it is not about what we are doing, it is about who we are, who is our beloved, and who are we beloved by. You are … [Read more...]

The Incarnation of Love and Life by Robert Ricciardelli

The relationship between us and God is something far beyond our comprehension. Yet, because we are made in the image of God, God has given us a hint of what that relationship means. He made us so that we could experience our own human relationships. In fact, we can’t live without relationships. The life and death of Christ brought forth to the world the greatest love of all, and for all. It seems like our very humanness, our weakness, our vulnerability draws God to us in an intensity we can’t com … [Read more...]