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...]

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...]

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...]

Hope for Despairing Christians by Tony Campolo

Hope for Despairing Christians In A World That is Getting Worse and Worse by Tony CampoloBy Tony CampoloFor many Evangelical Christians, the normative attitude is to view world history with despair. Most have been led to believe that forces of darkness are increasingly raising havoc in the world as we move toward the end of history. Many have grown up believing that evil will become more and more pronounced in the last days, and the demonic forces of darkness more and more evident in … [Read more...]

Loving Your Enemies by Robert Ricciardelli

Anybody can love a friend, but the proving of agape love comes when we love our enemies. Through the power of God's love we are able bless those who curse us and we can hold back from retaliating to those who have hurt us. We can be at peace knowing that it is God's job to take on injustices rather than seeking our own vengeance. We may hate the conduct of others while at the same time hoping and praying for redemption in their lives. We can overcome evil with good through the power of loving … [Read more...]

Rest in God Beyond the Outcomes of Life by Robert Ricciardelli

The presence and peace of God cannot be realized when stuck in the "doing" of life rather than the "being" in God. There is a rest that only can come from being one with God. It’s about not being attached to the outcomes in life, but about being present and happy whether you achieve your goals or not. We must let go of the person the world thinks we should be and enjoy every part of the journey in the integrity of who God designed us to become. Do not abandon your goals, but embrace the peace a … [Read more...]


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