Author: Romey Ritter

What’s God’s view of women?

God stated it right from the very beginning… As soon as God introduced Eve to Adam, Adam sang these words, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh”, Genesis, 2:23. Adam was declaring their oneness. The unique nature of shared oneness in the marriage relationship between a man and woman. These words are the first recorded words spoken by a human in the bible: Adam in the garden, singing about his wife. And the Holy Spirit chose to record this in His Word, and not by accident or as some incidental detail. In the next verse it...

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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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I might be narcissistic if…

This is a tongue-in cheek look at a very real psychiatric personality disorder that often needs medical help. Tongue-in-cheek as as no Christian would ever live like this, would we? Narcissism has become an accepted phenomenon of epidemic proportion in culture, and it can creep into church. We are so used to narcissistic behavior that when we see a person of success behaving this way, we excuse them thinking it is just the way successful people behave. Some of us even begin to emulate the behavior, thinking it’s the way to our own success… Symptoms of narcissism… a belief that...

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How to spot a Pharisee

I wonder if we realize how common the symptoms of a pharisee spirit are? They are very common! We should not use this list to call other people out–that would be quite pharisaical–but for awareness in our own heart and thinking and responses; both to God and people. Pharisees: minimize and belittle other people, especially those they see as a threat smug superiority because of family/birthright, title, position, education, bank account smug superiority because of the church they attend–think it’s superior to all  others quick to point out the mistakes and faults of others harshly judge others–loveless, graceless critical judge of others...

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Are Leaders Born or Made?

Both. It’s both. Leaders are both born and they are made. Born that way. There are natural gifts and talents on a person for the call God has placed on their life. Every person! God gives gifts to every person and whether we use them for His glory and honor or not, the gifts are irrevocable, Romans 11:29. We would be ignorant to deny this. God has purposed people for certain functions in the church. Jesus is the head of the church and we are the body. We all have a job to do and the church grows and builds itself up as each...

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