Reflections from the Man in the Mirror by Robert Ricciardelli

We are all living in a fast-paced, hard driven, "make it happen" world. I have operated in this world for most of my life outside of a Kingdom worldview, even as a Christ follower. By the grace of God, the Lord took me out of the Matrix several years ago and I was able to see the world’s systems for what they were, the good, the bad, and the ugly within them. Through continued trials and errors, Father firmly establishes my faith and my view in Him alone.  I desire to see what He sees, hear the s … [Read more...]

Supernatural Victory in the Midst of Adversity 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 b … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Colossians: An Antidote to Cynicism and Despair by Richard Dahlstrom

I’ve been living in the book of Colossians a fair bit recently, diving in some mornings after coffee with God, and at other odd times during the week.  Over and over again, I’ve found myself saying, ‘this is the truth that we need right now – at this anxious, polarized time in history, when it appears that so much all around us is either collapsing (think Egypt, Syria, Greece, the Eurozone), or built on untruths (think every campaign ad about to baptize your sensibilities).From the moment we … [Read more...]

Choosing to Abide by Graham Cooke

It is God that has established us in Christ. It is our choice to remain where He has so wonderfully placed us. Choosing to “Abide in First Love” was one of the teaching subjects in The Missing Piece conference. It literally means occupying the space between the Father and the Son and learning to abide in love. Abiding is concerned with maintaining a place of intimate connection with the Father and the Son, aided by the loving support and power of the Holy Spirit. “Keep yourself in the love of God … [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...]

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...]

Discipleship Is Not a Dirty Word by Lee Grady

Reclaiming the process of discipleship will require a total overhaul of how we do church.I get funny looks from some charismatic Christians when I tell them I believe God is calling us back to radical discipleship. Those in the over-50 crowd—people who lived through the charismatic movement of the 1970s—are likely to have a bad taste in their mouths when it comes to the dreaded “D word.”That’s because the so-called Discipleship Movement (also known as the Shepherding Movement) turned a … [Read more...]


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