Author: Romey Ritter

Christianity is not safe and nice, it’s brave and willing!

Consider this…Most of the major revivals in American history have been during times of great uncertainty, civil unrest, war, and when morality had been thrown out the window.Do you know…Through all church history it’s been the brave and willing-to-face-danger Christians who followed Jesus, no matter the cost, that have been the ones that changed history, the ones we read about today.“Why aren’t you a nice Christian?”What exactly is this question about except to shame a Christian into a different behavior, into playing it safe; shame is a tool of the devil. The world dictates what “nice” should look like:...

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Communion

We can take communion with Jesus, everyday. We can do this on our own or with our family, as often as we like. (This raises eyebrows from some who believe only ordained preachers/ministers/clergy can administer communion… the Bible does not teach this, only church tradition teaches and asserts this.) To take communion, simply have something to eat and drink with you as you sit with Jesus: bread and juice, cookie and some milk, coffee and snack, or a full meal. Communion in the early church was celebrated over a full meal, in people’s homes, and in many loose gatherings....

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A painful truth

For over 30 years I’ve watched many of God’s people set aside or put down their God given-purpose/gift/assignment (whatever you want to call it). And often because they encountered religiously motivated church leaders who wrongly presumed the “gifted” person had come into their church to serve the leaders “vision”, which turned out to be nothing more than a manmade vision. There are prophets and evangelists, musicians and singers, writers and teachers, apostles and pastors, preachers and all kinds of other gifted people who have extraordinary calling upon their life sitting in pews across America every week, yet doing very...

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Hear and Obey

When we read “diligently obey the Lord…” in the Old Testament “obey” is the Hebrew word שָׁמַע (shama) and it means “to hear” (one occurrence is in Zech 6:15). In Matt 4:4 Jesus repeats Duet 8:23 saying, “Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” He used the Greek word ῥῆμα (rhema) which means “spoken word” or “spoken by the Living voice.” We are to diligently seek “to hear” God’s voice and live everyday at His instruction. There can be no obedience to the Lord if there is not...

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Some Disillusioning Questions

If our Christianity and our churches do not look like the life and ministry of Jesus, then shouldn’t we ask, “Are we following Jesus or are we following a man-invented version of Jesus?” When our Christianity and our churches do not look like the New Testament church can’t we ask, “Is this the reason many Christians fall away disillusioned?” Another question to ask: “Has our theology become so infected by the surrounding culture that we see success the same way the world does: fame, popularity, and money, where we value the gathering of material things and commodify people to...

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God’s Presence

God is omnipresent. Omnipresent means everywhere present. God is everywhere present at all times. God fills His whole universe. The Psalmist understood there is nowhere we can run or hide that is outside God’s presence and wrote, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee (hide) from Your presence?” (Psalm 139:7) In Romans 1 Paul talks about God being plainly known since the beginning of creation, His power and divine nature can be clearly seen (1:19-20).  God’s omnipotence is understood and accepted. What is less understood is God’s manifest presence. Manifest simply means to make known or...

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Pray For The President

I pray for president Trump everyday, but before anyone gets their nickers in a knot, I also prayed for Obama, and for Bush… I do not have to agree with everything or even anything a president does to pray for him. I do not have to have voted for the president to pray for him. I pray because as a believer in Jesus Christ I am expressly commanded to. Here’s the kicker: If I have allowed offense, or resentment, or hatred into my heart for president Trump, or any president, my prayers will fall to the ground unanswered (and...

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Mr. Hardy

Mr. Hardy, by Richard Liunas… “Well, here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into.” This is, arguably, one of the most memorable lines in comedic film history. Ollie Hardy would frustratingly utter those words to Stan Laurel, at which point Mr. Laurel would scratch the top of his head and begin to sob. This scene would always happen after Mr. Hardy had plunged headlong into a task, often without investigating the best way to bring about a successful conclusion. He would stumble, bumble, stammer, and flail about causing a simple task to become a complete disaster. All the while,...

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The Spiritual Prison of Abortion

This blog maybe hard to read. I don’t know who will read it but want to say from the very beginning, if you have had an abortion, there is forgiveness and healing through Jesus Christ. He rejects no one. Everyone who confesses their sin to Jesus, seeks His forgiveness and healing, receives it. Everyone. His body was broken and His blood shed for the forgiveness of all sin. He completely removes all sin, guilt, shame, and condemnation. There is great hope and a great future for anyone who will trust in Jesus. Abortion was thrust into the center of American life...

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We Sing: “Come Holy Spirit”

Many ask the question, “Why do we ask Holy Spirit to ‘come’ in our songs when He’s already here?” and then make the follow up statement, “We don’t have to keep asking Him, He’s already here.” Well, yes, He is… He fills everything in every way. He holds everything together. He is the sustainer of all of life. He comes and makes His home in believers heart. We are constantly surrounded by His Presence. Everything we do is done before the “face” of God. He sees everything and knows everything, at all times. Where “two or more are gathered, there...

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