The Quick Scan by Mike Ramey



      In our last thrilling installment, we briefly covered the subject of having Christ involved in not only your dating life, but your marriage as well.  Yes, I know that the ‘lifting up’ of God may be considered ‘offensive’ to many.  Feel free to contact me at my email addy and apologize.  This series is on having solid relationships.  A solid connection by an individual to God through Jesus Christ AND having relationships with individuals who hold a similar connection in their lives not only makes good sense; it cuts down on ‘relationship drama’ down the road.

      Ready to have your blood pressure raised a few more points?  Don’t pay ‘lip service’ to the Word of God.  The Lord set it up—in black and white—that marriage is to be between a biological man and a biological woman (The Book of Genesis KJV).  Further, in marriage, the husband leads, and the wife follows, and the children are to obey BOTH father and mother (The Book of Ephesians, Chapters 5 and 6 KJV).  If you don’t want to do it God’s way, then you will continue to fail in your relationships, period.  As the old African Proverb says: “Give advice. If people will not take it, let adversity teach them.”  Always aim for God’s perfection in building solid relationships. He’s all in.  Are you?  Otherwise, adversity and sorrow will be your friends.

      Just a few more items and we’re done with the series, brothers:

      *Speaking of Proverbs, this is a Book of the Bible that a man must regularly study AND stay in to keep himself ready to face and reject the temptations and relationship backstabbers of our modern era—including social media.  In 31 chapters, a man gets a CLEAR record of the types of women to stay AWAY from; much of this is covered in the first ten chapters.

      *In the home, a man is not ‘validated’ as the head of the home.  He IS ORDAINED the head of the home by God’s design.  A woman who doesn’t ‘accept’ what God has set down is begging for trouble.  A husband continuously ‘kicked to the curb’ and/or abused by his wife will, one day, decide NOT to return. Abuse in the home, brothers can be done by women, too!  WORD!

     *There is something wrong with a man IF he must have a woman to validate his opinions, his mission, his ministry, and his manhood.  A woman cannot validate something that she is not equipped to understand, just like a man cannot validate a woman.  Husbands are to dwell with their OWN wives based upon their knowledge of them; Wives can win their OWN husbands to Christ by their character. Husbands can win their wives to Christ by their sacrificial love.  However, there are some instances that a relationship may be beyond repair, as folks can either accept or reject God’s solutions. IF she walks, let her walk.  God can heal you of that hurt.

     *Remember: God’s Word is never confused.  Social media is confused…but God is NOT!

     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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