Habits of Change by Darren T. Carter

Part I: Habits of ChangeIt is hard to let familiar thought patterns go. We are comfortable with them and have spent years building, supporting them and developing habits that depend on them. Like a man who has worn eyeglasses so long that he forgets he has them on, we forget that the world looks to us the way it does because we have become used to seeing it that way through a particular set of lenses.When I mention the word habit it sets off all kinds of images such as New Year’s r … [Read more...]

Why the Church Needs a Change in Strategy by R. Loren Sandford

It doesn't take a prophetic voice to point out that our nation and our world are in trouble and the trouble we're facing won't go away any time soon. The body of Christ must prepare to stand in the midst of it to exert influence for the kingdom of God—and the clock is ticking. It remains to be seen whether we have adequately prepared spiritually, in attitude or materially for what must come.At virtually every other crisis point in United States history God has provided one or more great l … [Read more...]

Change Your View, Change Your Life by Robert Ricciardelli

God is a creative God, and He’s given us the ability to create as well. It all begins with what you see in your mind’s eye. The way you see yourself and the world around you matters much. Sight has to do with what we can see, but vision has to do with what we can be. You will grow at the level of your faith and your vision. See yourself the way God sees you. See yourself as an overcomer, one who is learning and growing in faith, wisdom, and favor. Change the picture you have of your life, and you … [Read more...]

Why We Celebrate Thanksgiving by Stephen McDowell

Innumerable blessings have been bestowed upon the United States of America. Concerning these blessings President Lincoln wrote: “No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God.” President Lincoln went on to set apart the last Thursday of November as “a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”1While President Lincoln established America’s official Thanksgiving h … [Read more...]

10 Basic Blessings You Should Be Thankful For by Lee Grady

Americans today face economic challenges, but we have nothing to complain about.We Americans are a blessed people, but we are also spoiled. I know I am. I can get flustered over the stupidest things—like when my cellphone doesn’t get a good signal, when a flight is delayed or when my computer takes too long to load a website. Most people in the world don’t have iPhones, can’t afford air travel and don’t have computers. My impatience reveals my ungrateful spirit.So how can we avoid this … [Read more...]

Separating Fact from the Fiction of your Mind by Robert Ricciardelli

People often get depressed, negative, and anxious from interpretations they have internalized as facts! Many thoughts become false perceptions that our mind automatically embraces as truth about ourselves and our circumstances. Engage with God in discerning the truth from the lies you have believed, and interrupting those patterns by renewing your mind to His truth. You will become more solution focused and not problem focused, and you will reject the victim identity while embracing the fact … [Read more...]

The Overcoming Blessings of God by Robert Ricciardelli

When you choose God's way and humble yourself before Him, He lifts you up. As a child of God you wear His crown of favor, and His blessings follow you all the days of your life. When somebody tries to curse you, or does you wrong, or you have misfortunes in life, know what God says about you. Know that you are His favored child and if God is for you, no one can be against you. Let the Spirit of God lead you, knowing that His blessing overrides every curse or misfortune as He illuminates your … [Read more...]

The Painful Cost to Love by Robert Ricciardelli

There is a cost to love, and sometimes it can be a very painful. We are called to fill the gap for those we love as we become the strength in areas that they may be weak. We will also feel the pain that our loved ones go through. When they suffer, we suffer, which instigates compassion and intercession. Real love demands vulnerability which also means that when those we love hurt us, the wound can be very deep. However, we endure the pain because Love never let's go, commands forgiveness, and in … [Read more...]

The Unbelievable by Alan Smith

Zech. 8:6: The Lord says, "This seems unbelievable to you-a remnant, small, discouraged as you are-but it is no great thing for me. (TLB)Do I dare to believe the “unbelievable”? Even though I get discouraged so easily, the Lord says that the “unbelievable is no great thing for Him”. Consider this: an “unbelievable” is a “believable” waiting to be born. How could the Wright brothers have invented the airplane without first having the courage, and then the faith, to believe the “unbelievable … [Read more...]

Ask of Me by Francis Frangipane

(En Español)We live in unparalleled times. Not since the first century have more Scriptures been fulfilled in a single generation. Each unfolding word brings down another mountain; it lifts another valley. In truth, the way is being prepared for our King's return into this world.The Great RevoltThe Lord forewarned that, during the End Time, "many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase" (Dan. 12:4). Contrast our time with any other in history: Not only are we traveling … [Read more...]