Suffering That Brings Forth Life by Robert Ricciardelli

It is difficult if not impossible to grow without suffering. Without the contrast and growth that suffering provides, you cannot experience the joy and peace that you deserve. Embrace it when it comes, cherish it, and go to God with all of it. He will embrace you with love and compassion while giving you the courage to look deeply at your suffering and embrace it in His strength. Through grace, revelation, and understanding you will be able to move toward healing in your heart. You will receive … [Read more...]

Great Challenges Bring Great Opportunities by Robert Ricciardelli

We are living in times that can cause both great fear and great opportunity. These are seasons where the faithful and wise people of God can flourish. It is not because all is peaceful, or that challenges and hardships are diminishing, but these are the days that great character is forged. As we contend with difficulties, strong hearts and minds are being formed and creative new strategies for life are being birthed. Deep calls to deep and extreme necessities call upon great virtues. When minds … [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...]

Counterfeit Gods by Jefferson Bethke

Who or what do you worship? Proper context under the One and only God in Christ. … [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...]

Set Your Heart Ablaze and Your Heart at Rest by Robert Ricciardelli

We may spend our days doing some good in the world. We may find ourselves as contributors to our family friends and community. We may be passionate in our devotions and activities and still feel miserable. We may have accomplished much in life in the name of God and country, but still wind up empty. Go after a relationship with God and you will begin to experience the real and the right side of life. Nothing can set our hearts ablaze and our hearts at rest but an authentic relationship with … [Read more...]

The Fusion of God and Man As One by Robert Ricciardelli

Occupy your mind with this convergent thought, that you are in absolute oneness with God in life, and you are never separate from the glory of the Divine within. The secret of your life is your oneness with Christ in God. You are increasingly the divine manifestation of God, the light of God on earth. You have full access to the spiritual capital of the Kingdom of God. Let the Kingdom life, the Kingdom love, the Kingdom power, and the Kingdom Spirit possess you, and you will march as more than a … [Read more...]

Vision: The Father of Restraint by Marc Brisebois

Where there is no vision the people perish (Proverbs 29:18) The New International Version shares this verse a little differently saying, ‘Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint’. Vision is the father of restraint. It gives one the power to bring under control the usual need for short-term gratification. The one able to see the end from the beginning can endure far more than the one who lives in the moment. This is of particular importance as it pertains to trials. When we … [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...]

The Power of Fusion with God and Each Other by Robert Ricciardelli

We are quickened through Christ to live a life that is born from above. We are connected to God and each other which collectively brings forth the fullness of life on earth as it is in heaven. The divine fusion of God in each of us and through each of us gives us experience in the collective and connective power of God. You will never find spiritual enlargement as an isolated, separate individual, but in relationship with others we can witness the expansion of the unseen power of God manifest … [Read more...]


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