POTENTIAL COLLATERAL DAMAGE OF A CONFLICTED HEART

January 5, 2017 - Mike Riches

BY: MIKE RICHES It is typical on certain nights at the jail. Guys come in with greetings and even some jocularity. But when the topics are rejection, shame, injustices, or forgiveness; one or two guys get up and walk out. Walking out is seldom to never an issue, except on those nights. Why? The pain […]

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KING DAVID’S CONFLICTED HEART EXPOSED

December 29, 2016 - Mike Riches

BY: MIKE RICHES Every week I go into a local jail to minister to inmates. I remember early on being surprised at the number of inmates who professed a relationship with Jesus Christ. I was further fascinated by some who seemed genuinely authentic with a real love for God and who appeared to be great […]

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KING DAVID’S CONFLICTED HEART

December 22, 2016 - Mike Riches

BY: MIKE RICHES It was a challenging dinner time discussion with one of our teenage daughters. I was trying to defend how King David was described as a “man after God’s own heart” as she was pointing out the accounts of his unrestrained anger, lust, adultery, murder, and parental negligence which resulted in a son […]

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THE CONFLICTED HEART

December 15, 2016 - Mike Riches

BY: MIKE RICHES   I listened with sadness as a longtime leader of a well-known international mission organization related his shattering experience. He was in shock, angry, confused, sorrowful, and deeply hurt. A nationally renowned pastor of an American mega-church had recently been exposed for contemptible acts of immorality. It was big news in all […]

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SYCAMORE COMMISSION: OVERCOMING THE STRONGHOLD OF FEAR

December 8, 2016 - Mike Riches

BY: MIKE RICHES Last time we gave a brief background to understanding fear; how it can go from being beneficial to detrimental and sinful. How do we overcome such fear? It sounds harsh to label certain fear as sinful. Yet it was fear coupled with unbelief that led to disobedience often in Israel’s history. And […]

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SYCAMORE COMMISSION: UNDERSTANDING THE STRONGHOLD OF FEAR

December 1, 2016 - Mike Riches

BY: MIKE RICHES Who has not battled fear…the kind of fear that causes sleepless nights, dread, and panic. At such times it seems to paralyze and prevail? I have. According to Merriam Webster’s 1828 dictionary, fear is the painful emotion excited by an expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger. There are healthy […]

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SYCAMORE COMMISSION: THE REWARD OF CHRISTIAN RESPONSIBILITY

November 10, 2016 - Mike Riches

BY: MIKE RICHES What About Bob? In this American movie (1991), psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin takes on a new patient, Bob Wiley, who is an embodiment of neediness and a concoction of phobias. Bob’s epic co-dependency is seen in His stalking Dr. Marvin on his vacation. When the Dr. tries to escape, Bob corrals him […]

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SYCAMORE COMMISSION: OVERCOMING THE WOUNDS AND POWER OF REJECTION – Pt.3

November 3, 2016 - Mike Riches

BY: MIKE RICHES trans·act \tran-ˈzakt, tran(t)-ˈsakt\ : to do (business) with another person, company, etc; to carry to completion In the previous two blogs I suggested three words to prompt us to take 3 necessary steps to overcome rejection’s power in our lives; transaction, truth, and identity. We previously looked at the last two steps […]

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SYCAMORE COMMISSION: OVERCOMING THE WOUNDS AND POWER OF REJECTION – Pt.2

October 27, 2016 - Mike Riches

BY: MIKE RICHES In our last blog we began to look at practical steps for overcoming the power of rejection? I suggested three words to prompt us to take 3 necessary steps; transaction, truth, and identity. The first word transaction prompts us to purge out the toxin of unforgiveness related to our injustices of rejection. […]

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SYCAMORE COMMISSION: OVERCOMING THE WOUNDS AND POWER OF REJECTION

October 20, 2016 - Mike Riches

BY: MIKE RICHES As we mentioned last time; Rejection has a powerful way of forging and damaging people’s lives and ultimately those around them. So what are practical steps for overcoming the power of rejection? Let me suggest 3 words to prompt us in 3 steps. 1. Transaction – while the actual rejection and accompanying […]

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