The Power of Gratitude by Robert Ricciardelli

Gratitude releases joy and the fullness of life. We realize that what we have is enough and in our thankfulness, even more than enough. Our thankfulness allows us to accept the things we cannot change see beauty in the midst of our life's challenges. Gratitude accelerates the journey toward peace and happiness within. It expands our worldview to see God at work in the good and bad while embracing the majesty and mystery of God. No matter what is going on all around of us, there's always … [Read more...]

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...]

Success is Not a Straight Road by Robert Ricciardelli

The road to success is not straight. There is a curb called Failure that you run over from time to time, and a loop called Confusion that you have to navigate through. There are speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, and caution lights called Family that may complicate your journey. You will have flats called jobs that can be blowout to your passion and a fog to your vision. But, if you pull out your spare called Determination and are powered by an engine called Perseverance, you … [Read more...]

The Great Fear and the Great Faith by R.J. Rushdoony

 Otto J. Scott, in Robespierre, The Voice of Virtue, calls attention to all important phenomenon of the French Revolution, The Great Fear. At a certain point, as corrosion began to destroy all forms of social order, wild rumors circulated through all of France. Fears of invasion, of disintegration, and chaos "destroyed the sense of stability and security essential to civilized patterns and orderly ways." Evil seemed to have become incarnate and dominant over history. "There was a general, … [Read more...]

Perception: Creating Your Reality by Alan Smith

Matt. 12:22-24: Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. And all the multitudes were amazed and said, "Could this be the Son of David?" Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, "This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons." Perception: what a “word”! How can this “word” be worthy of writing about, you might ask? Well, I believe this “word” is … [Read more...]

God is Not in Control By Robert Ricciardelli

Presuppositions are not absolute truth The 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...]

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...]

God is Always in the Here and Now by Robert Ricciardelli

The willingness and ability to live fully in the present moment eludes many people. Don’t let your precious and present moments in life get used up by thoughts that aren’t about the here and the now. You have a past but the past is not now. You have a future, but it has not made itself available for you today. Thoughts of "then" and "maybe" will never allow you to experience the peace of God in this very moment. Living and having your being in God can only happen by being consciously present … [Read more...]

Belief and Doubt Cannot Coexist in Empowerment by Robert Ricciardelli

Out of the thousands of thoughts that cross your mind each day, you make the choice as to what thoughts you choose to harbor. It is God within you that empowers you to renew your mind daily and conform your thoughts to be aligned with His divine mind. Thoughts lead to action, and thoughts can empower you or disable you from activities of providence and design. Pray or worry, but do not do both as fear will try to subdue your faith filled thoughts and prayers. Believe or doubt, but they cannot … [Read more...]

Manifest Life Through Truthful Thoughts by Robert Ricciardelli

We condemn ourselves so often and come against God's desire to lift us up as His beloved children. Whatever we think about ourselves within our hearts, we begin to manifest the becoming of those thoughts in our life. The more we see ourselves as sinners, the more we will be prone to sin. The more we see ourselves as ambassadors of love and of righteousness through Christ, the more we begin to live in the nature of God. Thoughts and perceptions do matter. The more we see ourselves as part of the … [Read more...]


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