Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam – PBS special

This is a preview of the full feature either on video or PBS broadcast and is well worth watching. The parallels, the conversations, and a real opportunity for peace can happen when those of other faiths choose to love and honor the Creator, the God of Abraham, and seek goodwill for all of His creation.Click here for video … [Read more...]

Do not be afraid! by Richard Dahlstrom

You can’t go anywhere in the world these days without a reason to be afraid staring you in the face.   Here in Germany, people are worried about all the money they’re giving to other parts of Europe as an attempt to hold the economic EU together.  This is taking it’s toll here in a similar way that the fears of the fiscal cliff are taking their toll in America, especially as the clock ticks and we hear nothing other than how some elements of our political system are so entrenched in their ideolog … [Read more...]

Peacefully Seeking to Understand by Robert Ricciardelli

When we seek to understand rather than demand to be understood, the quality of our relationships go up, and transformational unity can build authentic community. We must understand that sometimes we do not know, what we do not know, until it becomes absolutely known. The more I have come to know, the more I realize how much I have to yet to discover. I have realized, “I know what I know, I know what I don’t know, but I don’t know what I do not know, until it is revealed.” There are things that ha … [Read more...]

Participating in Something Larger than Yourself by Robert Ricciardelli

An authentic God experience brings freedom and a larger capacity for life. Experiencing God brings enlargement, connectivity, freedom, and peace. There is a dimension of love through God that enables us to love our family, friends, and the world around us in ways far beyond what we could ever do apart from Him. You find your thoughts renewed and His love, mercy and grace pouring out from your life. You are participating in something larger than yourself, and you find yourself allowing it and … [Read more...]

An Intentional Life With No Regrets by Robert Ricciardelli

The top regrets of those who are on their deathbed; "I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me; I wish I hadn’t worked so hard; I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings; I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends; I wish that I had let myself be happier." While we remain in the land of the living, let's live an extraordinary life in God and with others. It is time to overcome, live your best life now, and leave this world one day in pe … [Read more...]

Confidence in God for Every Season by Robert Ricciardelli

Many people begin a new season with resolutions that end up making them feel failure and guilt because of unfulfilled promises and commitments. It is always best to set up resolutions as goals and actions rather than promises. More importantly, it is where we place our confidence that matters most. True success does not come from our own strength, ability, or effort. By allowing God to work through our lives, we set ourselves up for accomplishing more than we had planned. God gives you … [Read more...]

God’s Love is the Power to Change by Robert Ricciardelli

You cannot be healed from the things you do not acknowledge, and what you do not consciously acknowledge will remain in control of you from within, festering and destroying you and those around you. When we are able to admit our pain or wrongdoings to ourselves and others it can enrich and change our lives, and healing can come to all those involved. When we encounter God's love, freedom, peace, and joy come upon us. God does not love us if we change, but through His amazing grace, God loves us … [Read more...]

Reframing Christmas For Critics by Robert Ricciardelli

There are many people around the world that celebrate Christmas, and yet Christmas is not without it's critics. Look at this season as a focused time on the blessed birth and entrance of Christ for the world. It is not a time nor a season to argue about how or when we started to celebrate this day. The Christmas season is really about a state of heart and mind. It is an intentional moment in time to cherish peace and goodwill, for grace and mercy to abound, and a season of thankfulness unto God, … [Read more...]

Preaching To Yourself by Robert Ricciardelli

Sometimes you just got to preach to yourself, declaring truth while diffusing the lies from your own voice or the voice of others. Declare these things over your life, "I am as child of God, and all the blessings of His Word belong to me. I am a person of destiny and am fully equipped. I am talented, creative, and designed for a purpose. I am loved, chosen, and accepted by Almighty God, and His grace is sufficient for me. I have perfect peace and know that there is no weapon that can penetrate … [Read more...]