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Richard Ritenbaugh
Husband, Father, Writer-Editor, Pastor
Husband, Father, Writer-Editor, Pastor

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Simple Faith
Two curly-haired children stood in front of their father as he knelt down to hug them. They were dressed in their best clothes: Jimmy in dark pants, white shirt, suspenders, and bowtie, and Jenny in a pink dress, white shoes, and ribbons in her golden hair....

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Christian Obedience
It is commonly thought—if not commonly taught—that obedience plays little part in New Testament Christianity. People are urged, "Believe in Jesus Christ, and you will be saved." They are told to love the Lord and have faith. But obey? If the law of God has ...

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Called to Follow
If there is one great principle of Christian living, it is walking in Christ's footsteps ( I John 2:6 ). Sounds easy, but putting it into practice is one of the most difficult tasks of a Christian's life. If we succeed, however, we will be one of those to w...

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Our Awesome Calling
"Hello, sir! This is Jane Doe from XYZ Vacations! How are you today? I'm calling to let you know that you've won a free three-day, two-night vacation at one of our gorgeous new condominiums on the fabulous Florida coast! Isn't that fantastic? We know you'll...

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The Bible's Claims About Itself
It is almost impossible for a Christian to have a meeting of minds with an atheist on any subject anywhere in the neighborhood of religion. As soon as the "conversation" moves to the source of the Christian's belief, the Bible, the atheist summarily rejects...

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How Human Nature Came to Be
Just this month, a longtime California politician, State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), who is charged with gun trafficking and corruption for allegedly accepting bribes, suggested that money for political campaigns should come from state coffers bec...

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RBV: II Kings 10:26
And they brought the sacred pillars out of the temple of Baal and burned them. —II Kings 10:26 The burning of the sacred pillars of Baal occurred during the coup and subsequent reforms of Jehu, who overthrew the House of Ahab and destroyed Baal worship in I...

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RBV: I Chronicles 14:11
So they went up to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there. Then David said, "God has broken through my enemies by my hand like a breakthrough of water." Therefore they called the name of that place Baal Perazim. —I Chronicles 14:11 This chapter records...

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Witness and Warning to the Powerful
The Bible contains an interesting phenomenon, one found especially in the Old Testament, in which God coordinates events to place one of His servants in a position of high visibility and sometimes great power at the center of world events. In this way, He s...

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RBV: Zephaniah 1:8
And it shall be, In the day of the L ord’s sacrifice, That I will punish the princes and the king’s children, And all such as are clothed with foreign apparel. —Zephaniah 1:8 Zephaniah makes no bones about the fact that his prophecy deals with the Day of th...
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