The Quick Scan by Mike Ramey




     I’ve been checking out some of the ‘relationship’ advice blogs and videos on social media and, quite frankly, have not been all that impressed with the content and the direction.  Suffice it to say that God has been left out of many a relationship equation.  Without God’s involvement, and heeding the KJV Scriptures, a house will not become a home.

      Always aim for God’s perfection in building solid relationships. He’s all in.  Are you?

      Let me state up front that I’ve had my share of ‘ups-and-downs’ when it comes to relationships.  I’m no expert, nor do I pretend to be.  I give advice based upon the Word of God and what I have observed and lived through in this thing called life.  You are always free to take my advice—or not.  However, I have learned the second time around to let God lead me in my marital relationship because I am a Christian, and so is my wife.  It does matter and make a difference where you BOTH are spiritually at the beginning of any relationship.  Further, at the risk of irritating some who may be reading this column, the Bible itself maintains that Christians should NOT marry non-Christians.  If you cannot marry a non-Christian, brothers, then you should NOT bother dating non-Christians, regardless of how much ‘social media’ you see.

      Many of the ‘relationship’ experts don’t have great track records.  Why listen to someone give advice about relationships IF they have a string of broken relationships?  Check their ‘RR’ (Relationship Resume) before you ask them to advise you.  How many breakups, divorces, or OOW kids do THEY have?  Have THEY learned from THEIR mistakes and sins?

      How do the ‘relationship’ experts handle the subject of God and the KJV Scriptures?  It is a FACT that those men and women who have a solid relationship with God and follow the teachings of the Bible have stronger and better relationships than the general population.  Think I’m making this up?  Have the courage to do your OWN homework.  A ‘relationship’ expert who makes a mockery of God, let alone lives a life of debauchery and fornication themselves is hardly a person I would trust to give me ANY kind of advice.

      As we wrap up part one of this pep talk, brothers, here are a few items you need to remember:

      *Men LEAD; Women FOLLOW.  Open her door. Treat her like a lady! No Booze!

     *IF she always wants to fight you and loves to cuss you—she is NOT for you!  WALK!

     *Brother, YOU pick up the check when you take her out. You ASKED her, remember?

     *Brother, LISTEN and OBSERVE everything she does when she is with you.

     *Lastly, save the sex for marriage---a real woman WILL respect you for this!

      Mike Ramey is a Retired Minister, KJV Bible Teacher, syndicated columnist and Bible Prophecy Specialist who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.  “The Quick Scan” is one of a variety of his columns appearing and abounding in print and cyberspace, written from a biblical, business, and common-sense perspective since 1996.  To drop him a line—or a whine—the address is still the same:  ©2023 Barnstorm Communications International.

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Rev. M. G. “Mike” Ramey (Retired) served as the Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist & Media Consultant of “The Gang Line”. He had been interviewed in the U. S. and abroad on radio, television, and Internet about the dangers of Modern Street Gangs since 2007. His writings on Modern Street Gangs abound in print and online. Previously, he served as an award-winning broadcast journalist, producer, and TV/Radio talk show host. He has also served as a staff writer, section editor, and syndicated columnist. Ramey has won—or helped to win—some two dozen journalism awards and citations. He also holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986). Ramey is also married, an Ordained Minister (Retired) and a KJV Bible Teacher.

Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist with Certifications in Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010), and Gangs & Cults Ministry (2017). He also has endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues and Transnational Gangs. He also carries Specialist Ratings in Cult/Occult Crime, and Transnational Human Trafficking. Ramey has also served with several International anti-gang ministries, including of Washington state (2004-2009), Thug Exposed Ministries of California (2010 to 2015) and Bishop Outreach Ministries of Florida (2010 to 2015).

In 2011 “The Gang Line” offered training and certification coursework for those interested in becoming certified Modern Street Gang Specialists: Training approaches the anti-gang ministry field through the combined use of spiritual (biblical principles/discipleship) and criminal (gang members and gang crime). From 2015-2017, Ramey served as an Advisory Board Member for the School of Criminal Justice at Harrison College, Indianapolis, Indiana, with a specialty of Organized Crime & Gangs. From 2017-2019, Ramey served as a Bible Teacher to at-risk detained juvenile offenders at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center with his own Bible-based Curriculum centering upon Biblical Life Skills taught from the Book of Proverbs.

Rev. Ramey’s skill set includes having been a veteran substitute teacher (Secondary Education), a college instructor for two Bible colleges in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based) with the Marion County Juvenile Court, and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs with the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed, and taught the course “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies—UM-190” at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana (2009 & 2010). In 2013, Ramey served as a post-production Consultant for Chick Publications’ national anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It was translated into Spanish in 2014.

Ramey has written extensively on the topic of Modern Street Gangs with two Internet columns: “The Gang Line” and “The Gang Line Blogger” which abound in cyberspace. In a post-pandemic society, the motto of The Gang Line still rings true: “Spiritual Solutions for Spiritual Problems!”

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