Author: Romey Ritter

Too much freedom?

(Drawing by permission, Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvig.) For some Christians the freedom God wants to give us is too much! too much responsibility too much accountability too much exposure of the hidden things in our heart too humbling too undignifying too much risk I can no longer blame others I can no longer control others too much surrender of my heart Freedom can be difficult for people because to experience the freedom God wants to give we have to spiritually grow up. Freedom requires responsibility for our thinking and believing, a responsibility for the decisions and actions that have followed our thinking...

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Christian Adulting

In less than favorable circumstances we have options: 1. Toddler tantrum. Scream, whine, and cry–tears can be so convincing. Stop breathing till I’m red in the face and some poor soul runs to my aid to make sure I’m not dying. I was never dying, I just wanted attention, and to get my way… and oh look, it works like a charm. 2. Teenage tantrum. I am utterly convinced that I am the victim of other people’s self-centeredness and lack of care. Self-pitying and blame everyone else. Seek to control and get what I want through my angry moods or pouty...

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Religious madness

In the book of Acts we are introduced to Paul. Many of us know and love Paul. But before he was the famous Paul, he was infamously known as Saul… Saul was a man who loved God. He was deeply devoted and wanted to spend his life serving God. Saul was a busy church leader. He had the right credentials, the right friends, and one of the most respected teachers–Gamaliel (Acts 5:34, Acts 22:3). Saul’s life was full of busy church activity. Saul was “a Hebrew of Hebrews, a Pharisee” (Philippians 3:5). We could say Saul was a Christian of Christians, a...

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Every Day a Beautiful Miracle

If we realized how beautiful a miracle praying in tongues was we would pray in tongues a whole lot more. Jesus called tongues a miracle that would follow the preaching of the gospel… these signs will accompany those that believe…they will speak in new tongues (Mark 16:16-17). If we understood how powerful this miracle was we would use it a lot more: many times a day, for hours a day, unceasingly… It is very possible to have a constant attitude of prayer and thanksgiving or we would not have been told to pray unceasingly…thanking God for everything (1Thessalonians 5:17). The Apostle Paul said,...

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Media madness & our small attentions spans

We live in a media mad world. This is especially true of social media. With the rapidly evolving forms media we are being trained to have very short attention spans, quick and often wrong emotional responses, and worse, we are unlearning healthy ways of authentic personal engagement in relationships. This is a self-reinforcing cycle. Low emotional connections to the people around us send us to the device of choice, to a counterfeit connection of relationship or entertainment. The latest device is the new addiction. We are told through culture that because people have shorter attention spans we have to change the way...

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Launch a Thousand

What do you do when you hear the whisper of the Holy Spirit? In 2015 I heard the Holy Spirit say, “You will launch a thousand churches.“ As I sat pondering what that meant, the sheer size of that number running through my mind: A thousand. One thousand. That’s one, zero, zero, zero. A-thou-sand. I was thinking, “God, that’s not a small number.” But… I have learned to never doubt the Holy Spirit. He has taught me to trust Him even when it doesn’t make sense. Especially when it doesn’t make sense. In fact, I believe Holy Spirit loves to talk...

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God’s Community

Is up close and personal with all types of people–not just those we prefer, but every person in the room Shoulder to shoulder walking, sometimes running, sometimes picking up those who have fallen God’s love is felt in the atmosphere It is loving and accepting and warm People are secure because they are freely themselves There is no condemnation, no fear Shame is never a tool used to motivate, neither is punishment, intimidation, manipulation, religious bullying… It is transparent and honest and vulnerable and open It is willing to grow together and sometimes fight together–together, not against each other...

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Wells of Revival

God calls Himself “the Spring of living water” (Jeremiah 2:13). He is saying, “I am the Source of Life.” Jesus said, “if anyone thirsts let Him come to Me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water…” (John 7:37-38) And He said, “…the water I give will become in them a spring of living water continually welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14) It’s the Holy Spirit in our spirit, continually flowing in and through our lives. Holy Spirit dwells IN us. Digging our well is complete...

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Perfect Obedience to the Father

Jesus lived in perfect obedience to the will of the Father. He said, “I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught Me. The One who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.” John 8:28a-29. Imagine, the One Man who had the right to His own opinion, He lived in perfect obedience. His desire was to live in perfect obedience and model this as the way we should live: perfect obedience to the will of the Father is the way Jesus wants us to live.  Some...

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Trust

What is trust? Very simply, trust is a reliance or a confidence in the integrity, strength and ability of someone or something. There is a confident expectation or a certainty of future hope in the person. There will be people in our lives who we trust; and there are different levels of that trust. Then there are people who we simply don’t trust at all. For good or bad whether we are aware of it or not, we keep a mental track record of who we can trust and exactly what we can trust them with. No human relationship...

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