I am excited to launch this new blog. Sharing principles from God’s word combined with practical application is something I am very passionate about, and will be the primary focus of this blog. But first, let me begin by introducing myself.
My name is Aaron Richert. I have been married to my bride, Karrie, since 2003, and we have four wonderful children. God has given us multiple ministries during the past decade. I have had the privilege of pastoring some wonderful people. In 2007, I stepped into full-time ministry as a youth pastor, in 2009, I was ordained to the Gospel ministry as a pastor. My wife and I are passionate about seeing the lost come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, helping the broken and hurting find hope, and lead Christians into a vibrant walk with God through applying His word to their lives.
So why this blog?
1. I want to use the resources available.
One day I was preaching and was giving a hypothetical illustration of meeting with Paul and other first century Christians who turned the world upside-down with the Gospel. As they look at all of the technology at the disposal of the 21st century Christian, they might assume that we far surpassed the influence they had. I could just imagine the excuses we might come up with of being too busy with the kids’ sports and activities, trying to maintain a certain quality of life in a tough economy, etc. I’m sure they wouldn’t be very impressed with our “first world” excuses. But then it hit me, am I using EVERYTHING at my disposal to reach my generation? Our church’s podcast reaches to several in other states, but I wondered what else I could do. Well, here it goes! A blog is a simple thing that can do so much, spreading truth further than I could ever otherwise reach.
2. I want to help others.
Although I feel as if I am just getting started, I am approaching a decade of being in ministry. As others ask me for counsel, ministry advice, or to get my take on a certain issue, being able to direct that person to a blog post is the most thorough and efficient way to share my perspective on those issues. But perhaps the best part about a blog, is its ability to multiply our time and influence. When one person has a certain question or need, there are sure to be others with the same need. And when one person is helped by an article, they can share it with someone else that could be helped by it as well.
3. I want to share biblical truth.
To the best of my ability, I am a biblicist. I believe the Bible cover to cover, that it is without error, inspired by God Himself, and preserved for us today through God’s divine intervention. Though I am not perfect, I do have a perfect Book. As it is “rightly divided,” it all fits together and is applicable for our lives. Many today are stuck in tradition (across all denominations), and my desire is to help bring to light the truths that are found in God’s word for any that would desire to hear me.
4. I want to be biblical, not popular.
With so many charlatans, money hungry hirelings, hypocrites, and false teachers around us, we need some lone voices crying in the wilderness. In 1 Kings 22, all of the prophets told the king what he wanted to hear. Jehoshaphat asked the king, “Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him? (vs. 7).” His answer is almost humorous if it weren’t so close to home for 21st century Christianity. Verse 8 says, “And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil…” The king here surrounded himself with “yes-men” prophets who only told him what he wanted to hear. The actual prophet of God he hated because he spoke the truth. If I’m the only one and hated by my contemporaries, I will still stand and shout “Thus saith the Lord!” There is so much garbage going around that is promoted as spiritual, and it makes God sick. We have so many pastors and church leaders who try too hard to make the Bible “culturally relevant.” The Bible stands alone. It is relevant. In fact, I don’t know that it has ever been more relevant than it is today. We are trying to make the Bible relevant to our culture and society, when instead, the Bible has the power to transform culture. We have just lost faith in such power. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 tells of the times we are living in. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” My fourth reason for this blog is to share the unadulterated and uncompromising truths of the word of God! It may not be popular, but my desire is that it is biblical. I believe that there is a rising hunger for truth in our generation. For too long there has been a spiritual famine. “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:” (Amos 8:11). But thank God there has always been a remnant who have sought after God!
5. I want to be authentic.
And lastly, built upon all of the reasons above, I want to bring this blog to help people grow in an authentic walk with Christ. What good is scripture knowledge if nothing is done with it? “… Knowledge puffeth up…” (1 Corinthians 8:1). “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22). Many people think they’re doing alright with their walk because they know information. Leonard Ravenhill said, “The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still.” My aim for this blog is through the study and application of Scripture, people will be helped into a real, authentic relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus prayed that God would, “Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth” (John 17:17). Only by getting into the word of God and applying it can we truly be changed. Let’s put away hypocrisy, superficial Christianity, and let’s be real!
As I close out this first post, I would like to say that I am looking forward to this journey. I pray God will use it to encourage and help many. I do ask for your prayers, in return. My primary responsibility and passion is to the church the Lord has called me to lead. As I’m able to balance that with other avenues of helping people, I will continue to do so. If there is a conflict, I will not hesitate to put this blog on hold. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope that you will subscribe, to follow future posts.
May God bless you as your live for Him!
Philippians 3:10 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings…”