Author: Romey Ritter

Red-faced guilt

As a Christian, we don’t walk out of our house in the morning looking to sin. We are aware of much of the big obvious sin and generally want to avoid it, and God gives us the help we need to avoid it. I wonder though, if we even recognize some things as sin? Intentionally a Christian will go find someone to share some juicy gossip with. Intentionally a Christian can’t wait to say, let me tell you about so and so… Or, did you hear about…? Intentionally a Christian may look to find fault and criticize a brother, a...

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A Lesson from AW Tozer

Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow (Jesus Christ). So one hundred worshippers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become “unity” conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship (it’s false human loyalty). ~A.W. Tozer Eloquently stated Mr. Tozer!...

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Glamorizing pride

Let’s all of us decide to stop trying to convince the world that Christianity is true because Jesus makes us prettier, happier, thinner, wealthier, bigger, more successful, more popular, healthier, stronger, and more influential than everyone else. ~Mike Yaconelli The world glamorizes pride. We should expect it to. We should expect the world to glamorize people and make a big deal of positions, titles, and opportunities. We should expect the world to glamorize talent, money, and success. We should expect the world to glamorize my-great-big-life of opportunity… designer clothes, jewellery, jets, important friends, entourages, celebrity, fame, and sometimes infamy. The world glamorizes pride....

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Love your neighbor

Jesus said, “love your neighbor,” Mark 12:31, and yet so many of us pick and choose who gets our respect, who we honor, who we love. Too often, we choose 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 choose and we get it wrong. Very wrong. We are not meant to pick and choose at all. God does not show favor to the rich over the poor, Job 34:19. God does not show...

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How we relate to people shows what we think of God

If we think God is a harsh judge, requiring service and duty and rule keeping, a wrathful fear-inducing punisher, relationally cold or distant, these traits will show up in the way we relate to people. If we are critical of people, always suspicious, judging and measuring behavior, we ourselves don’t know God because these are the traits of a tyrannical ruler, not God. God is our loving Father. He is joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, and gentle. God is lavishly generous, compassionate, willingly self-sacrificial, forgiving, and unceasingly graceful. God welcomes everyone, and shows extreme honor to us by...

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A Prevailing Conversation

What’s in my heart will be my prevailing conversation. I might talk about other things, but I will keep coming back to the theme of my heart. We can’t help it. The thing we love the most will leak out of us. We cannot stop it. We start to talk about other things, but we will come back, again and again, to the thing that holds our greatest affection. Jesus said, the mouth speaks what the heart is full of, Luke 6:45. Some people leak Jesus, beautifully. They leak the presence and power of the Holy Spirit and it affects...

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How are we supposed to pray?

Funny title: How are we supposed to pray? As if there’s a right/wrong way… There’s no right/wrong way, but prayer starts with the understanding that God’s heart is for us to be engaged in the honest pursuit of relationship with Him for Who He is, not what He does. This is the goal of all true prayer. God wants us to know Him. Jesus instructed us to keep it simple, honest, humble, natural, and ask for nothing less than heaven to come to earth! God is not impressed by vanity prayers or spiritual-pride-filled theatrics. He is not impressed by people’s...

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A Modern Parable

A party was organized for a graduating class from a university. Hundreds of students, their families, and friends were invited. It was to be a huge celebration. On the night of the party, as people started to fill the banquet hall, you could feel the excitement in the air. People came dressed in their very best clothes. The atmosphere had been carefully planned with excellent lighting and decor, and a popular band provided the music. People enjoyed great food as they met with friends and family and caught up on the latest news. Every detail of the party from beginning...

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The Heart of a Leader

King David is one of the most famous and most loved people in the bible. He undoubtedly is one of the greatest leaders in all of Israel’s history. Yet David never wrote a book on leadership. David wrote worship. David wrote poetry, prayer, praise, thanksgiving, and worship. Of all the things this successful warrior king could write about: his military campaigns, conquests, the building of a great army, the cities and towns he fortified, the stability and leadership he brought to the nation, David writes worship songs. And we are still singing them today! David knew where his strength came...

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God’s ultimate purpose in our lives…

The Son is the exact likeness of the unseen God (the visible representation of the visible God), Colossians 1:15AMP. Jesus’ life fully represents the Father. Jesus’ life fully discloses the Father’s heart toward humanity. And just as Jesus is the exact likeness of the Father, God’s purpose in our lives is that we would be being transformed into the exact likeness of Jesus. That is to have Jesus fully formed in us. Jesus is the perfect human. Perfect emotion. Perfect love. Perfect wisdom. Perfect in relationship. Perfect in unity. Perfect Servant. Perfect Shepherd. Perfect theology. Perfect in so much more....

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