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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My Personal Blog
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Being a believer is not the same as being a follower, a believer is a decider, and a follower is a disciple. A decider makes the decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, a disciple accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and as their Lord.
The death of Rick and Kay Warren’s son brought up a lot of emotions, memories and questions for me, my brother committed suicide a little over 12 years ago. I can remember the day like it was yesterday, where I was, what was going on, the feelings, the numbness, the...
Jesus Christ Himself never looked down on anyone, in fact the only ones He continually called out were those who pretended to be holier than the Holy One Himself. Those who held positions to make themselves greater, not to make God greater, Jesus said in Mathew 23:4...
It seems that the further along I am in my walk the more the statement “it’s a relationship not a religion” rings in my head and in my heart. Most of my life it was about the rituals, traditions, rules and regulations of organized religion. But the sad thing is that I...
I have attended 5 Glory of Christmas’s at NorthRidge Church in Plymouth, MI and they are always amazing, touching and a beautiful presentation! The Senior Pastor Brad Powell even mentioned my first blog post in his opening talk a year ago, I was very humbled that he...
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