Say Goodbye to the ‘Armor Bearer’ Mentality by Lee Grady

 To train a new generation for ministry we must get rid of pride and pretensionMy friend Charles wanted a mentor. He was eager to learn the ropes of ministry, so he asked an older pastor for training. The pastor agreed—but Charles soon realized the man wanted a valet, not an apprentice. Charles became the man’s “armor bearer.”The man never took Charles on hospital visits, involved him in ministry assignments or prayed with him. Instead, Charles was expected to carry the pastor’s brie … [Read more...]

All Warriors are Anti-Religion by Graham Cooke

an excerpt from "Coming Into Alignment"Heaven will always confront man-made spirituality. The best place for the enemy to hide is always in the guise of something spiritual. He masquerades as an angel of light. As we saw in the time of Jesus, He was constantly opposed by religious people who were fronting a system that they themselves had developed over many years.In one confrontation with Jesus, He spoke to them about the fact that they “transgressed the commandments of God for the s … [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...]

Traditions Can Get in God’s Way by Robert Ricciardelli

See to it that you do not become captive to human traditions and deceptive worldly principles rather than on Christ Himself. Do not depend on methods that may have worked in the past or expect miracles to be exclusive to historic places where they once appeared. God is the God of the here and the now. The past is over now, and the old places have been vacated and hold no power. The institutional traditions can never fully support you and history is never a force for today. Those who seek God … [Read more...]

The Power of a Thankful Heart by James Ryle

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-7).Several extraordinary happen to us when we purpose to always be thankful.First – the power of a thankful heart keeps you from the destructive influence of bitterness, for it lifts you to a higher perspective and lets you see things from God’s point of view. Yes, people will treat yo … [Read more...]

You are an Agent of the Divine by Robert Ricciardelli

You are an agent of the Divine, you are an agent for God. Through the power of God's presence, you have the opportunity to represent the loving image of God by how you live, how you love, and how you relate with others. Think of yourself as an incandescent power, an illuminated lighthouse for the works of God on earth revealing His glory. We all flow from one foundation and are filled with unlimited potential of abiding love, truth, and creativity. We must accept that the creative pulse within … [Read more...]

I AM a God of Fullness, Not Measure by Tricia Exman

We have SO many ways that we "measure", but God only has one.  Under the Old Covenant, God's Law talks about using honest scales and measures.  In the New Covenant, we are told that we will be measured by the same measure that we use.What does all that mean?I remember about 2 ½ years ago, the Lord really started talking to me about all of this.  He began to show me all the external things I had used as a measure of my value and worth before I surrendered my life to Him.  He talked to me a … [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...]

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...]


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