Author: Romey Ritter

Prayer, as natural as breathing

Praying is like breathing. God wants our praying to be as easy and as natural as breathing and as non-stop, continuous, do-it-without-thinking as breathing is. We never stop breathing. We should never stop praying. Paul said, pray without ceasing, Thessalonians 5:17. Paul knew the vital thing in the life of a Christian was to pray. Prayer is as vital to our spiritual life as breathing is to our natural life.  Jesus’ life was a life of prayer. Jesus assumed we would pray. Matthew records Jesus saying, when you pray, three times in Matthew 6:5, 6:6 and 6:7. And the in verse...

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Jesus says “Come to me”

Jesus invites everyone. There is no exclusivity here. The Gospel is inclusive. The invitation is: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for you souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light, Matthew 11:28-30. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Come as you are. Those who are “toiling” and under any/every form of human sin, sorrow,...

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The Holy Spirit is a Gentleman

The Holy Spirit does not compete to be heard. He does not raise His voice above the busy fray of our lives. He will not compete with our own loud voice, loud thoughts, or logical rationalizing… rational-lies-ing! The Holy Spirit will not compete with our many beloved distractions. Minuscule as they are in comparison to Who He is. He never asserts His way. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman. He will never barge into our lives uninvited. And like any uninvited or snubbed guest who does not feel welcome, He will make His presence scarce. He will quietly remain in...

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Young Men Will See Visions

This week my son Liam and his seventh grade class went to see the popular play, A Christmas Carol. Liam is very familiar with the story but this particular version had a scene that was a little unusual… The stage was filled with menacing demons, and a few people–many more demons than people. The people were going about their day oblivious to the demons who were interacting with the people; very freely. Liam didn’t mention anything about this scene until late that night when he was going to bed and thoughts of fear started to creep into his mind. He came...

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Control Freak

It’s in our nature to want to be in control. We want to control things. We want to know things will go the way we planned. We want things done a certain way. We want to make our own decisions for our families, finances, career, relationships, ministries… Or at least feel like we have the power to. We are control freaks. Our desire for power or control is not something inherently bad. We were created to have dominion. It’s part of our God-designed human nature. We were created in the image of God. God is all-powerful. He controls our Universe. This is coded...

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Turning the tables on accountability

Many have heard it before, a leader says, I hold you accountable for this… that… or the other… Or someone says, I stay accountable to… And they name a leader–someone perceived as being further along the spiritual journey. This has a place in church. It always will. But… What if we were radical enough to turn the tables on accountability? What if we as leaders were to say to people, I am going to give account for your ability! What would happen if leaders–and the spiritually-further-along–woke up and said, In heaven I will give account for the ability of the people I...

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Faulty Equations In My Head

1 + 2 = 75. What? How did you get 75? Everyone knows this is faulty math. Faulty math is easy to spot. Faulty thinking is not so easy. This, plus this, equals THIS!!!…  A thought equation is just like a math equation. We gather a few pieces of information and leap to a conclusion. This situation, plus that comment, plus what I know from my experience, equals THIS…  We use thought equations everyday to make sense of our world. And we quickly conclude about situations. We know this situation. We know that situation. We know a person. They’re just like...

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Are you for Revival?

Many of us say we want revival, but I do wonder… The realities of revival are far too costly for many of us because the cost is borne primarily by our flesh. But this is exactly what God is looking for, our willingness to kill our flesh… Crucify it. Revival means the breaking up of pride in our hearts. This is a deep and painful work God does in us. Without this breaking we are of little use to God. Revival is incredibly humbling and everything in our flesh fights humility. Revival forces our complete dependence on God. We don’t like to...

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Not So Humble Wifey Brag

Twenty years ago when I met Clayton he was a pro athlete. I had no idea back then of his capacity to endure pain and what this meant in terms of pushing his body to its physical limits. This capacity for pain is what put him at the top and made him an elite athlete. I was young and in love and naive and I didn’t understand it, so I didn’t appreciate it. Now we’ve been married 17 years, have moved countries, have 3 kids, 3 dogs, a mortgage, somewhat health insurance, and have been serving the Lord together,...

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Catalyst to Reformation October 31, 1517

October 31 is when we celebrate Halloween. But did you know that on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther sent a letter to his bishop which contained his Ninety-Five Theses? October 31, 1517 was the day The Reformation began. Luther wasn’t necessarily trying to initiate reformation. There wasn’t even context for a reformation. What after all is reformation? But Luther’s words had an effect we still feel today. Luther said, “I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And then, while I slept…the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that never a prince or emperor did such damage to...

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