Articles by Pastor Gerald Ripley

Take the High Road

It’s been raining. There’s enough rain to make mud. Regrettably, there’s also a lot of mud-slinging. As founder and chairman of Pastors PAC, I’ve been actively engaged in vetting candidates in over a dozen elections since 2012.  Our mooring principle is Proverbs 29:2a.  “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice.” Our second anchoring principle is Exodus 18:21 which adds ability to character.  We seek to vet candidates and endorse those who have good character and demonstrated ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the office sought. I can’t recall an election without some mud-slinging.  This current one is no…


IF MY PEOPLE… A Message to Christians – Part 13

Revival.  It’s a good word.  It releases joy.  It means fresh life.  Most Christians would be excited and grateful if revival occurred in their church or in their entire city.  I, too, would be grateful for revival but there’s something else beyond revival that I am believing and advocating for.  That something else is TRANSFORMATION. When transformation takes place in a city like Almolonga in Guatemala or a region like Baffin Bay in the eastern Arctic or in a nation like Fiji, spiritual life is certainly revived.  But society is also changed with decreased crime and restored relationships.  Furthermore, the…


IF MY PEOPLE… A Message to Christians – Part 12

The straw that broke the camel’s back.  A small thing.  A light thing.  The last thing.  The last straw. The last straw caused something very negative.  There’s a last something else that can cause something very positive; namely, the last person required to reach the critical mass required to start the process of God healing our land. God’s requirements and God’s promises are spelled out in 2 Chronicles 7:14.  It’s God’s people who hold the key. When God’s people fulfill His requirements, He will heal our land.  I believe the unfulfilled requirement is for God’s people to “turn from their…


IF MY PEOPLE… A Message to Christians – Part 11

I could hardly believe my eyes.  Two carrots longer than a man’s forearm!  Not as incredulous as one cluster of grapes carried on a pole by two men (see Numbers 13:23), but by far the largest carrots I’d ever seen.  What happened?  Wickedness followed by prayer, confession, repentance, turning from wicked ways and God healing the land in and around the city of Almolonga in Guatemala. The other produce was prolific as well.  Beets the size of softballs, cauliflower the size of pumpkins, radishes growing to maturity in 25 days instead of 60 or 40.  Farmers paid cash for new…


IF MY PEOPLE… A Message to Christians – Part 10

Are you a rare bird like the orange-bellied parrot?  The orange-bellied parrot is a small (8 inches long) broad-tailed parrot found in southern Australia.  The adult male is distinguished by its grass-green upperparts, yellow underparts and bright orange belly patch.  Adult females and juvenile parrots are duller green in color.  All have a blue frontal band and blue outer wing feathers.  It is estimated that there are only 150 orange-bellied parrots left in the world.  It is a rare bird. Are you a rare bird?  You might be considered as such if you have ever confessed the sin of coveting. …


IF MY PEOPLE… A Message to Christians – Part 9 in a Series

What if each of us had a “Pinocchio” gene that caused our nose to grow an inch longer every time we told a lie?  There could be a whole cottage industry headquartered in Washington, D.C. featuring clips, ties, ribbons, even belts to help hold up and carry our appendages.  It certainly could help in deciding which candidate to vote for.  Choose the one with the shortest nose if you value truth. The commandment, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16) emphasizes speaking truth and protecting another person’s name. Truth is deemed very valuable in the Bible. …


IF MY PEOPLE… A Message to Christians – 8th in an series

“Heigh-ho, heigh-ho!  It’s off to work we go.  We keep on singing all day long.  Heigh-ho,  heigh-ho.” In their marching song in the movie “Snow White”, the dwarfs’ joyful attitude towards work suggests they may have grasped the Apostle Paul’s application of the commandment “You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15). Initially in the Bible, the commandment focused on the protection of property.  In the Epistles, it is connected with the benefits that derive from labor. Stealing means taking something that belongs to someone else without the owner’s permission.  It includes the use of false weights on scales which is an…


IF MY PEOPLE… A Message to Christians – 7th in an series

What is the most valuable bed you can have? A sleep number bed allows you and your spouse to select the setting you each like best. A therapedic bed adjusts to your personal body shape. As valuable as these beds may be, there is one bed so valuable that God in essence wrapped one of the Ten Commandments around it. That bed is the undefiled marriage bed. “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14).  The context in other places in scripture where adultery is listed as sin indicates the spirit of this commandment deals with all practices of sexual immorality….


IF MY PEOPLE…A Message to Christians – 6th in a series

Zack was just a little tyke. He had a rough life almost from the beginning. It started out o.k. but  Zack’s parents wanted nothing to do with him. Even worse, they wanted him out of the way and made life totally miserable for him. They wouldn’t even give him a place to live. Though Zack longed for a warm hospitable home and though he sought a place where he could feel attached and nourished, such was not to be. He died a premature death and passed into eternity. In this series we are considering wicked ways of God’s people that…


IF MY PEOPLE…A Message to Christians – 5th in a series

Fifth in a series by Gerald Ripley I was about ten years old playing a game of checkers with someone older.  I had two checkers left.  He only had one checker left but he got into a corner and I couldn’t find the way to win, so the game ended in a tie which was distasteful to me but sweet to him.  That night, I took a checkerboard and discovered the right way to win.  Now, if I have two checkers and you have one, I will win.  (Unless you’re my grandchild.  For them, I have special rules.)  If you…