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...]

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...]

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...]

Jesus, Jobs, and Money by Gerald Chester

Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. (Proverbs 11:4 NIV)For most of us, jobs are the way we make money, and money is a high priority for us so that we can live the way we want to live, that is, doing our will according to our ways.Many of us view jobs as little more than a necessary evil. If we didn’t have to make money, we probably would not pursue getting a job. Given this reality, a major criterion of job selection must be money.Another m … [Read more...]

Giving God Something to Work With by Robert Ricciardelli

God has always asked people throughout history to give what little they had to Him. God’s way is to use whatever we have, and multiply it back to us once we put it in His hands. Whenever we give what little we have to God, whether it is money, time or talent, it opens up our hearts so that God can fill us up with more. And when we give our lives to God, we can trust Him to make things right for us and for us to be a blessing to others. As you give God something to work with, He will abundantly p … [Read more...]

You Become What You Worship by Robert Ricciardelli

You become that in which you worship the most. If you worship money, you become greedy and manipulative. When you worship self, you become absorbed in whatever brings you pleasure. When you worship the things you do not have, and you become an envious soul that is never satisfied. When you worship God, He lives through you and empowers you to take on the nature and image for which you have been born. Reserve your worship for God alone and become everything He has designed for you to become while … [Read more...]

Spirit of Love, Power, and a Sound Mind by Robert Ricciardelli

So many people today are living with less than God’s best because they’ve allowed fear to take root in their lives. Fear brings torment, can paralyze us, and keep us from our upward calling. God has not given us a spirit of fear but He has given us a Spirit of love, power, and a sound mind. God's power in you is greater than any power that comes against you. You can make the choice today to close the door on fear, and meditate on the promises of God. Listen for the Voice of Truth that overcomes f … [Read more...]

The Power of Treating Others Well by Robert Ricciardelli

The way you treat others has a direct impact on the effectiveness of your prayers, and the prayers of those who live righteously are powerful. When we aren't treating others with love, honor, and kindness, then we aren't allowing His righteousness to operate through us. We will realize a major power shortage in prayer and in life when we do not treat others well. We should seek wisdom and understanding in considering the needs of others. Forgive others, treat them kindly, and the power of God … [Read more...]

The Unshakeable Kingdom by Francis Frangipane

As the year 2011 comes to a close, it is hard to be unaffected by the massive earthquakes that occurred these past years. Remember, it was just 2004 when the great South Asian Tsunami roared along the Indian ocean, suddenly rising and striking the coastlines of nine nations. Over 250,000 people died and millions more were left grieving and homeless. Scientists tell us that this great disaster not only changed the landscape of Asia, it actually caused the planet to wobble on its axis.But the … [Read more...]

Your Greatest Hiding Place by Robert Ricciardelli

Have you ever felt like hiding under a rock, or just getting away from it all? Sometimes we need a place of safety, a place of rest when we feel overwhelmed by the circumstances of life. God has the perfect hiding place for you, where the enemies of your soul can never find you. You no longer have to hide in your work, relationships, or addictions, for God has given you the perfect hiding place, Himself. He is your Rock of Refuge, and you can call upon His name at anytime as He is always with … [Read more...]


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