My name is Richie. I was raised up in church, yet somehow in my adolescent years found myself very far from God. I have done many terrible things that I would like to take back but I am unable to do so, however, I am now forgiven. I was in a very dark place in my life and God delivered me from the nightmare that for so long I chose not to wake from. I still struggle with everyday life but I do my best to trust in God with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. I am now a full time student at the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Psychology and working toward a level 3 certificate in management. God has done a lot for me and I am forever grateful.
Song of Solomon 8:7- Many waters can not quench love, neither can the floods drown it. If a man were to give for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly despised.
Romans 8:18- For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
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KevinRichie praying for you knowing that no far youve gone. God is always waiting and will to deliver.
ChristinaHey I just read your bio and I just wanted to say to keep pressing on and continue your relationship with Christ. Its awesome to see how God can work in peoples lives and how they can change them. I too was in a dark place and God delivered me. Goodluck with everything you pursue, youll do great :)
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NicoleHey richie, my names Nicole and I havent seen you around. Just wanted to stop in and say hey (:
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ArielHey Richie :) Hows it going? I just read your forum post (welcome to C28 by the way!!) and I think its awesome that you want people to know that you care. God bless you, brother.
no one knows where my brother is right now....all we know is he is not answering his phone, and he is extremely angry/upset at the moment...pray that God protects him, that he does nothing stupid, and that he is alright and returns someones phone call,,,,thanks
simple requests today- 1. as always, strengthening of my relationship with God and for His guidance in my life. startin to feel a little lost here as far as my callings and whatnot. nothing seems the same as it was....2- this ones even more simple, simply thank God for this site cause it is awesome and a great tool for meeting brothers and sisters in Christ and getting prayer and having good discussion, thank God for the ministries C28 supports, the ministries Family Christian support, etc. all of these wonderful aspects to Gods purpose.
Okay,,so first and foremost. please pray for my relation with God, and that it gets strengthened a whole bunch..... and secondary, I have poison ivy. Got it working on my yard..trying to do a good thing, here I am suffering. It is far worse than any I have ever had and my arms are swelling up like balloons..I can feel the poison moving under my skin.. it is soo terrible and a healing would be great, a miracle would be better...please pray for me.
If ya would pray for my friends, many of them are still drug addicts, they say they will quit and live for God and then just dont. One of my friends in prison who has not touched any drugs although he has had the chance and he actually is trying to live for God but i know it must be hard in prison, his little brother has been tryin to get out of the party life and live for God, he is now going to my church every now and then...and please pray for my own spiritual standing so I can be a brighter light for them all....thank you
Ok guys, I have a major issue. So I met this girl Jess who is new to town and to my school and she's my lab partner for anatomy so I've gOtten to know her pretty well. She's come to youth group at my church a couple times and is the fits person inmy town I can actually talk to about my relationship with God. However the other day we were hanging out but she was acting weird like something wa wrong. I asked her and she said that a burden of hers has caused her to have a heavy heart. I askedher if she could be more specific and she just started bawling wrapped her arms around my neck and cried on my shoulder. She managed to utter the words 'masterbation addiction' and I froze. I had no idea what to say do or how to react!! She tried to explain: (summed up version) she said she had ne'er been kissed and never had a boyfriend but masterbation sparked her interest because she wanted to make herself feel 'good' she was very discouraged at first, however because nothing was happening and she insisted she was 'broken' but she key 'practicing' and was able to be satisfied. And now she feels like she can't stop. She says it happens atleast once a day, but she also said that she knew what the bible said about the impurities of our mind and lustful sin and what it can do to us, which made her bawl even harder because she felt disappointment from God. As she's telling me this I can't help but try to come up with something to say that sounds comforting. But all I could manage to say one thing which was , "Jess,I'm going to pray for you" but seriously HOW DO I HANDLE THIS? Hhhhhheeelllppp!
I like what Ariel said about being an accountability partner...very biblical truly....."brethren, If any man (in this case woman) is overtaken by trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one with a spirit of Gentleness, consider yourself lest you also be tempted. Bearing one anthers burdens,and in doing so fulfilling the law of Christ" Galatians 6:1&2
Matthew 14:22 we see a detailed description of Peter walking on water but I want to highlight some things most don't think about when reading this event. First off the fishing boats back then were not small in size and were pretty big so when we seen Peter asked Jesus to command him to come to Him Peter had to literally drop from the boats side and land on the water, now we all know when you jump in the water you sink right away. Now after jumping from the boat and landing on the water he immediately stood on the water and started walking to Jesus. Now it says the water was really rough and choppy at the time also and Peter saw the strong wind and began to sink, again something that gets looked over is the fact he began to sink so this shows us he began to sink slowly which is amazing cause you know we would sink immediately If we were on the water we would notbegin to sink slowly we would drop right away but Peter began to sink slowly and cried out to Jesus as he reached out his hand and raised Peter to walk on top of the water again then they walked to the boat where they both would have had to have been both pulled up on-the-job boat while standing on water.
One thing I love about this passage is the metaphorical representation it holds... at least the representation to me. It was something that really happened yet we can apply it to our lives in a very practical way. to me what the scripture says is that sometimes God expects us to step outside of our comfort zone, not always is God going to keep us in the boat where we feel most comfortable, sometimes He expects us to walk out on the water, in faith. If we follow His request to step out of that comfort zone we may walk on the water, metaphorically speaking, in other words as uncomfortable as it may seem we will be fine and go on through... Sometimes however after we step out of the boat, out of our comfort zone, and walk on that water our circumstances frighten us and we lose faith, we begin to sink, but as long as we still call to God for help He will reach out His hand and carry us back to the top of the water, and then back to the boat...so when God calls us to leave our comfort zone He will support us and if we begin to fall He will catch us again and we will soon be back on our way.
not asking for anybody's facebook here, but what are your thoughts on christians using facebook?
i bring this up because there are many, many objectionable things about the environment of the facebook website, there are many concerns about privacy, and it can easily become an addictive waste of time. also i am convinced that "socializing" isn't good for those of us who want to be unstained from the world.
also, regarding the fact that "friendship with the world is an enmity to God" - doesn't that mean friendship with the world makes us God's enemy? so why are we "friending" non-christians on facebook?
what other issues do you see with christians using facebook? do you think that christians should not use facebook or should use it with discretion? should we befriend those who hate our God in their hearts?
New International Version (NIV)
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
I see absolutely nothing wrong with facebook other than the fact that it can be addictive and waste a lot of time from a persons life. Time that could be spent reading the Bible, praying, exercising, studying, etc. I myself am guilty of being glued to the pc when I should be doing something else that could actually better myself. I think the best idea would be to set a personal time limit on how much time should be allowed to be spent on fb a day and stick to it. Which I may actually do.
According to my parents and other relatives I know, Christian rock and other popular Christian related music genres don't exist. Others say that they're considered "secular" and MUST contain "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" in order for the song to be considered Christian. I've explained to them a song's meaning depends on the song's lyrics but they don't buy it. I even showed them evidence that artists such as Kutless, tobyMac, Skillet, RED, Relient K and other bands and artists are Christian but they still don't believe. What can I do to change their ways of thinking?
One thing. Look up some Lecrae, and Trip Lee....they speak more scripture, and speak more of God than a lot of hymns that I have heard. show them "going in" by Lecare, in which he says Father, Son, and Spirit all in one bar. Amazing grace says God in it like only one time. I'm by no means saying that one song is better than the other, simply saying that in comparison how could one say that the rap is secular but the other is not. Kutless has songs that are all about Jesus, how could it not be Chrisitan.
How can I know if God is someone I can trust completely?
If you think thinks things through, how can we trust the Bible? It could've been mistranslated and imagine how many languages there are in the world.
I want to have a closer friendship with Jesus but I just don't know who to trust sometimes.
Can any of you give me proof that Jesus is someone to trust?
Sometimes I even doubt a little that Christianity is the truth because of the other religions in the world.
These doubts are coming away though and I'm growing some faith.
yes, and I will...oh and yes your right..don't know why I said English...I guess that's cause that's my common language, hahah...but Luther did translate it into German along with the the letters of the Pope....I actually did a paper on it for one of my college history classes. Now that we are speaking of it I'm going to re-read it.
ok so this year i am turning 16 and my parents agreed that i can get a tattoo if it is apropriate and is in an apropriate place.
im thinking of getting diamonds and the verse mathew 19:21 near my hipbone so you can see it when im in my bathing suit but not any other time that way it wont get in the way of me getting a job or something.
but i was wondering what the bible says about tattoos or if it says anything at all
i knows some churches look at it as wrong and some dont and i dont know whether they just dont want people to have the wrong image or if there is actual scripture on it.
Gotta say I completely agree with Cody...Now I can't tell you whether it is a sin or not, but as mentioned earlier it does say not to make any graven images of the things above, and obviously anything inappropriate or representing anything bad, would probably be bad too... But I definitely agree with Cody on the waiting a year. You are so young and even when I was 18 I waited a year before I got my first professional tat. It's a very good idea to wait, a lot can change in a year including the tattoo that you want, and if you end up wanting a different design, wait a year after thinking up the new one, until you find a design that you, after a year of thinking about it, still don't think you will regret...Also if you get one, if I were you I would get it in the fall or during the winter time, until it is healed you are not able to swim or have direct sunlight touch it, which are two very fun aspects of summer, so don't ruin your summer with a tattoo, and if your not willing to wait a year, then maybe the time waiting from now till winter will suffice. But if you change your mind by winter than you just proved to yourself that waiting a year is a good idea and you should do so with the new design concept. I hope this was helpful, and If you really wanna know what God thinks, pray about it, and if ya wait a year I'm sure He'll end up givin ya an answer...The way I feel about it is it is completely between you and God.
ok....so this is awkward but i need help.
first thing first is i lost my virginity last year back when i wasnt living for God
now i regret it im not even with that guy any more (thank you Lord)
im now in a relationship with another guy he is awesome and wonderful and just great. we talked a few weeks ago about how i regret it and i feel sick every time i think about how i was so stupid to think i would be with the other guy forever and thats still not an excuse to have sex before marige.
anyway... i told my bf that i dont want to um... "mess around" >_< and he completly suports my decisions :) but my problem is is that we still have "messed around" since then and iv regreted it both times but.....grr...i don know what to do. help? advice? anyone?
I see where Cody is coming from, nice outlook...,but at the same time there is a difference between being tempted and lusting, being tempted is being tempted to sin, lusting is already a sin, and not quite a temptation at all, it can lead to more sexual temptations, but it isn't a temptation itself.
Okay hopefully some of you have seen the movie cutback....If not just trust me and watch it. Anyhow, I really wanna learn how to play a specific song from the movie but can't find it listed in the credits and when I type the lyrics into google it gives me nothing...If anyone has seen the movie, the song I am talking about is the acoustic song that plays "dream girl" during the Boomers arcade scene... If anyone can help me here I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks
yeah you would think... it's terrible because I really, really want to learn this song...but oh well, one day when I have the time I'll just have to try to learn it by ear. but yeah I paid 20 so 13 is real good...I'd go for it asap
Hello, I just want everyone to know that if I ran across your prayer request, yet did not "commit to pray" or comment on it, it does not mean that I am not praying for you. What is done in secret will be rewarded openly. However, if I pray for you I am not doing it for a reward and your prayer being answered is a good enough reward for me, but I don't want to develop a self righteous persona for myself. Not only that but if I pray for you I want to truly be praying "for you" and do not want to get into a habit of clicking the "commit to pray" button and just praying, "God answer all the requests of the random people I clicked that button on",lol, If you understand what I'm saying. For all the people praying for me, thank you, and I do not want you thinking that I am not praying for you in return just because I did not openly state that I am. If I do comment or commit than maybe I just feel in your situation that you need to know that this one extra person has you in their prayers, therefore I may or may not click "commit to pray" and/or comment on your request, however, if I don't it doesn't mean that I'm not praying for you. I try to keep as many people in my prayers as possible. I just wanted to let ya know. I love you all, my dear brothers and sisters, thank you and God bless!!!
Yes, and I will comment if I feel the need to, but if not I simply pray. Jennica, Prayer is one of the primary ways we are capable of maintaining a relationship with God. You have to communicate and talk with someone to have a relationship with them. If I never talked to you I would have no clue who you are, and the more we talk the more I know you. There are many other reasons that prayer are good though, but I'm on a tight schedule and gotta leave for work. As far as the dear brothers and sisters it simply is me expressing that I love all of my brothers and sisters in Christ. you all