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...]

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...]

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...]

The Change that Changes Everything by Richard Rohr

Matt Sholler asked me to write a bit about the connection between the emotional sobriety I wrote about last time, and our ongoing message of contemplation. That is easy to do.You see, contemplation is not first of all about being religious, introverted, or pious—it is about being emotionally and mentally honest! Contemplation is an alternative consciousness that refuses to IDENTIFY WITH or FEED what are only passing shows.  It is the absolute opposite of addiction, consumerism, or any egoic c … [Read more...]

The God Who Listens by James Ryle

“I love God because He listened to me.” (Psalm 116:1)God knows everything and everybody; and everything about everybody. He knows even that which is yet unknown to anybody. There is no thought, idea, invention, place, person, plan, or purpose which He does not know all there is to know about. Imagine, then, the wonder of His genuine attentiveness — “He listened to me.”Have you ever tried to say something important or personal to someone who wasn’t listening? Oh, sure, they held eye cont … [Read more...]

Don’t Limit God With Little Prayers by Lee Grady

When I stepped into 2012, God challenged me to pray big—and to expect the unexpected.Right before Christmas my wife and I took our youngest daughter out to dinner to celebrate her grades from her third semester in college. When we got home I sent out a tweet about the dinner, and mentioned the name of the restaurant. (Hint: It’s a popular national chain that serves Italian food—and it has the best bread sticks in the world.)I didn’t think anything about the tweet. I was just sharing per … [Read more...]

The Changed Meaning of Liberty by Rev. R.J. Rushdoony

Words change their meanings, and people who assume that older meanings still prevail invite deception thereby. It is part of current Marxist ideology to give a new content and an alien meaning to such familiar words as peace, freedom, republic, law, and so on.New meanings precede revolutions, because the content of human hopes is altered dramatically, and the existing order finds that it cannot satisfy the new meanings. Before the French Revolution, the idea of liberty had taken on a new … [Read more...]

Bono: 2006 National Prayer Breakfast Keynote Address

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