Author: Romey Ritter

Push through

Why does God seem to come through right at the last minute?  He seems to like to bring the answer, or miracle, or whatever we are believing for right at the last minute.  Some call this the eleventh hour. It seems like some of the biggest prayers I have prayed, or the biggest needs I have had, and even some of the greatest pain I have experienced have been times when God seems to be taking His time; yet He shows up in the eleventh hour. I will also say some of the greatest sacrifice—those moments of obedience you...

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Heaven waits with baited breath

Every time I open my mouth and talk about Jesus I am confident that heaven is waiting in anticipation as the words coming out of my mouth are living and active and will put faith into a persons heart, Ephesians 4:12. Even the smallest invitation to church or simply saying Jesus loves you just as you are, is a seed that goes into a heart that God will cause to grow, Mark 4:26 and 1Corithnians 3:6. If I am faithful to open my mouth and talk about Jesus, God will do the work in the person’s heart. I don’t have to...

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Up a mountain on the edge of a desert

What are some of the seemingly crazy things God has asked of you? Or what are some of the crazy things a leader has asked of you? Things that don’t make sense, seem a little strange, obscure even. I’m not talking about immoral or unethical things, just things that don’t fit your thinking, or limited perspective. What do you do? Some people rationalize away those requests; after all, they’re strange.  Some get other people’s opinions to garner support for their own reasons as to why the request is crazy, so they can justify not following through, or to present...

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Street Walker

I am a street walker. In 1986 I was 16 years old and I came across some bible verses that spoke to me about how I should pray for the town I lived in. Deuteronomy 11:24, Every place where you set your foot will be yours… Joshua 1:3, Every place where you set your foot will be yours… I was in grade ten at school when I came across those verses and they just went around and around in my heart and my thinking. I knew the verses where speaking about territory and I knew that God wanted to...

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Want to go to heaven?

You are not alone. Everyone wants to go to heaven. People may not tell you that. They may not even be honest with themselves about it, but no one wants the only other option—Hell. We get busy with life and it becomes easy to avoid having to think about our future. So there are very few conversations going on about heaven, either with our selves, with our friends and even sometimes in our churches, but it is something most people think about. People avoid talking about heaven because that usually means talking about hell. That raises the question of...

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Objects of affection

My kids are the objects of my affection. Very often I stop whatever I’m doing and just watch them. I love to watch them playing and giggling and enjoying life. I feel like I fall more in love with them and appreciate them more everyday. My heart will even skip a beat as I feel it swell full of love for them. I watch them all the time and most of the time, they are completely unaware I am watching them. One of them may occasionally look up and catch me watching and throw a loving smile my way....

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Respect, Honor & Love Thy Neighbor

Jesus said, “love your neighbor,” Mark 12:31, and yet, so many of us pick and chose who gets our respect, who we honor, who we love. Too often, we chose the rich, the popular, the favorite pop-culture-icon, the seemingly successful. These people get our attention. They get our listening ears. They get our respect. They influence our lives. They may get our wallets. And we even do this in church. We pick and chose and we get it wrong. Very wrong. We are not meant to pick and chose at all. God does not show favor to the rich over the poor, Job...

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Easily impressed?

Most of us are. We are wowed by a persons talent and gush over their ability to speak well because we like to be entertained. Just look at how we vote in, or out, our presidents. The ability to speak is a short cut to distinction. It puts a person in the limelight; raises them head and shoulders over the rest. In How to Win Friends and Influence people, Dale Carnegie said, “the person who has this ability is usually given credit for other abilities out of all proportion to what he or she actually posses (italics are mine). It will make the listener and the speaker overlook other areas that the speaker may fall very far short on.” The ability to wow and draw a big crowd is not the same as building a healthy church family. We need the ability to draw a crowd, there needs to be something that attracts people initially but it’s not what keeps them or builds something lasting. After all, the crowd is fickle and will follow someone or something better as soon as it comes along. We see this is Jesus’ life. One day there were crowds amazed at his teaching, the same crowd just a little while later were shouting crucify! That is fickle. I am impressed by a person of great character and integrity. I am impressed by a person with...

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