Stop Leveraging Your Past Experiences by Robert Ricciardelli

One of the greatest keys for personal transformation is for us to stop leveraging our past experiences, our past affiliations to various groups, and to simply start over at the beginning, with God alone as our treasure. What really matters most in our lives? What we are doing now will always be superior to what we ever did, or what we might want to do in the future. Most importantly, it is not about what we are doing, it is about who we are, who is our beloved, and who are we beloved by. You are … [Read more...]

The Incarnation of Love and Life by Robert Ricciardelli

The relationship between us and God is something far beyond our comprehension. Yet, because we are made in the image of God, God has given us a hint of what that relationship means. He made us so that we could experience our own human relationships. In fact, we can’t live without relationships. The life and death of Christ brought forth to the world the greatest love of all, and for all. It seems like our very humanness, our weakness, our vulnerability draws God to us in an intensity we can’t com … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Reclaiming True Friendship in the Facebook Age by Lee Grady

Lee is a good friend and like Joyce and I, he enjoys authentic relationships. Nothing can replace coming together physically and spiritually. Prior to that happening, we are also watching God connect us at a spiritual level with many people through technology even before we are able meet eye to eye. It really is supernatural and then combustibly supernatural when we all do come together. We had a gathering at FireCreek in NC in early March that was in fact a supernatural relational experience … [Read more...]

Surrender of the Vision Keeper by Francis Frangipane

(En Español)To walk with God is to walk a path of increasing surrender and trust. Indeed, the time is at hand when the Lord Jesus shall confront our tendencies to control Him. Not only will we know doctrinally that Christ is Lord, but we will also serve Him as Lord.If you find yourself more drawn toward prayer than promotion, more toward humility than hype, you are being prepared by the Lord for the glory of God. What He is working in you is typical of what God is establishing in thousands … [Read more...]

Religion – Relationship, or Both? by Greg Austin

A young man from the miniscule neighborhood of Parkland, Washington in America has accomplished something no other Christian in recent memory has done – he has set the religious world ablaze with a simple video containing what some would call his “rant” and others his “revelation” regarding the word, the concept and the reality of religion.In fact, as of the moment of this writing, Jefferson Bethke’ video, appearing on the YouTube site has experienced 15,480,336 hits – and counting. That’s mo … [Read more...]

Friendship for a Life Time by James Ryle

“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20).Renowned Russian author and historian, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, said, “Treasure above all else in the world those who love you and wish you well.” We find friendship for a lifetime when we reconnect to community as God designed it to be.There is a clear connection between the quality of life we live, and the type of friends we choose. We have all heard the old idiom that goes, “Bir … [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...]