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...]

For Dreams to Come True by Francis Frangipane

(En Español)Just because we walk and talk does not mean we are truly awake. Zechariah was not sleeping when an angel roused him "as a man who is awakened from his sleep" (Zech. 4:1). Perhaps we too need to be shaken from our slumber to possess the promises of God!Amazingly, in spite of all the signs, wonders, and warnings announcing that we are truly in the last days, Jesus said there will also be a mysterious drowsiness that we must discern and overcome. Indeed, immediately after … [Read more...]

God Never Changes, But We Do by Robert Ricciardelli

We have heard it said that God never changes, and that is eternally true. He is always loving, forgiving, truthful, merciful, graceful, compassionate, slow to anger, and faithful. But God can sometimes change His mind about a situation due to the prayerful requests of His children. If there is a situation that He chooses not to change, He still responds by changing us in the midst of our tough circumstances. He knows what is best for us, and when we receive His best with humility and a thankful … [Read more...]

Freedom From the Enemy Called Self by Robert Ricciardelli

Being transformed into the image of God is a process of being disenchanted with our deceptive ego, realizing how deficient it really is. The only way people can ever be freed from their fears is to be freed from themselves. There is a direct association between the amount of fear in our lives and the amount of attachment we have to ourselves. The person who is beyond fear has given up the need to control or possess. This person knows who they are in the eyes of God, nothing more and nothing … [Read more...]

Prayer: The Unceasing Reign of God by Robert Ricciardelli

You can never go wrong when you approach prayer in complete honesty and humility. Talk honestly with God. Don't give God who you think you are supposed to be, but give yourself to Him in your nakedness, who you really are in the present moment. Praying without ceasing is having a God consciousness through all of life, including our distractions, anger, and controls. Instead of a self centered monologue, our life becomes a God centered dialogue that sees everything in front of us in all of its … [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...]

Focus on the Dysfunctional Family by Richard Dahlstrom

I love my friend, Larry Shallenberger’s paragraph in this post, about the danger of “Christian Church Culture”.  He likens God’s transforming process to that of amechanic restoring an old motorcycle, believing that the old rusted bike has its best years ahead of it.  We religious people, meanwhile, tend to handle each other like airport luggage handlers. This leads to the false belief that its better to lower our heads and fit in.Lower our heads and fit in. Covertly demand that, as a precon … [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...]

It is Love that Restores the Soul by Robert Ricciardelli

Christianity got prostituted when people were told that they had to save their own souls. Saving ones soul as defined by men and their systems is completely different than falling in love with God. The systems may give you 10 or 613 steps to holiness, but outside of love, they all become impossible and unprofitable. Because people were told to save their souls, many became steeped in fruitless traditions and works that affirmed a false self. Unhealthy conservatism is incapable of true freedom … [Read more...]


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