My name is Bernard Ritchey but everyone calls me Bernie, this is a blog about my walk with Jesus, how it’s changed my life and kept me going during tough times!
A little about me, I am a son of the Most High God, I was the husband to an Angil but she went home to the Lord on December 19, 2015, I am a father to 5 and some of the most important people in the world call me grandpa!
I was brought up in a “religious” home and as far back as I can remember I have been a believer in Jesus Christ. But in 2008 my life started changing, people started speaking truth into my life and I realized that being a “believer” just isn’t enough, James 2:19 says “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.”
So since then, I’ve been on a path to search out the truth. I wanted to understand exactly who God created me to be, what His plan was for my life, who He expects me to be and how I am expected to lead my family. In the process I came to understand that it isn’t about religion, rules, regulations, and traditions, it’s about a relationship with Him that brings a peace that transcends all understanding. So for the better part of the last 7 years, I’ve done my best to let my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ lead me, my life and my family. I spend time in His word and try to be a faithful follower and not just a believer. Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean I’m perfect, or that I even think I’m close to perfect, no I just realize that when I fail, I am forgiven and exactly what the price was for that forgiveness.
I now attempt to walk the walk and be salt and light, but I am still human, flawed and broken, but through the Blood of my Savior, Jesus Christ, I can rise above my brokenness and be the husband, father, grandfather and spiritual leader of my family that I am supposed to be!
If you are, where I was, knowing that something is missing, knowing that “religion” isn’t it and wanting a relationship with Him, leave a comment or send me a message from the contact page, I would love to talk to you.
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:58
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We actually got the news on the way to my friends surprise 50th Birthday party and we were picking up his friends from a hotel near the airport. We had just pulled in to the parking lot of the hotel when the surgeon called with the news. We only had about 5 minutes to...
I haven’t written a blog in a while, mostly because life has been kind of hectic and crazy. I can tell you that if it wasn’t for our faith in God, our love for each other, our amazing church family who has surrounded us in this battle and God bringing amazing people...
A friend of mine invited me to come to a men’s Christian experiential retreat back in February of 2011, I signed up for the next retreat they had scheduled and it was in April. The instructions were pretty specific, arrive between 5:45PM and 6:00PM and anyone that...
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. – Acts 4:13 When people meet me, hear my words, see my actions is the first thing they think...
If I am not reflecting God’s love in everything I do, everything I say and everything I think, I am not emulating my Lord and Savior. However, I do realize that I will never be a perfect example of Christ, but it does give me an opportunity to grow each and every day...
Am I all in or am I like the goats who will say “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?” I can tell you that words that scare me more than anything else in this world is “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me” or “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoer!”
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