The Quick Scan by Mike Ramey



       One may have the best books and videos supplied to them.  They may have taken the best of classes and earned so many degrees that one could put the word ‘Fahrenheit’ at the end of their name.  However, unless one makes the effort to apply what they have learned to the problems at hand, their efforts—and talk—will be useless.

      The same thing may be said about the KJV Bible.  A Christian may know the names of every bible book. However, until one applies them, such knowledge is useless.  My friend, you are doing nothing more than paying ‘lip service’ to serving God.  Not only is such action hypocritical, but it also makes the whole church look weak and ineffective.  Also, it is a poor testimony of your faith. 

      At the bottom line my friend, it’s all about application—not mere memorization.

      During my days as a Probation Officer, I had many clients and parents who could recite the orders of the court forwards and backwards.  Sadly, the probationer who decided that the ‘rules’ were not for him/her wound up violating their probation and had to face the judge.  Those hearings were very painful to watch, especially when the judge laid down the gavel and sent the young person further into the criminal justice system—now as an adult.

      Discipline in marriage, relationships, or on the job is directly tied to the truths that one is willing to apply and obey—not merely ‘talk’ about.  Going to school is a drag for the student who is not interested in applying what they are being taught.  The student who is serious about wanting to apply their lessons has an ‘inner hunger’ to succeed.  Those students who do not have that hunger are often left behind.  Many failing students would rather complain than apply what they have learned.  That’s why we have so many ‘whiners’ instead of achievers in society today.

      A few years back, the ‘cry’ went up for more mentors; those who could work with youth (and their families) and help them turn their lives around.  Many mentors went away from their assignments heartbroken and disappointed, as their ‘mentees’ paid lip service to their advice and proceeded to ‘do their own thing’.  Many tutors quit well-paying gigs because they knew those whom they were tutoring refused to apply what they were being taught. 

      Application, my friend, is necessary to become a success in life.  The street corners and graveyards are full of those who ‘did it their way’; failed to listen to their elders and apply what they learned.  Young person, you can be as hardheaded as you want—but reality oftentimes shines a cruel, bright light on stubbornness! Social media is full of ‘sliders’, not DOERS!

      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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