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  • Bruce Ritter

    Contributing sermons since May 19, 2002
Bruce's church

Christian Life Center
Gibsonville North Carolina , 27249
3364497011

About Bruce
  • Education: BS in Sport Management, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC MA in Pastoral Ministry, Trinity Seminary
  • Experience: 1991 - 1994 Associate Minister, Outer Banks Worship Center, Nags Head, NC 1994 - 1997 Youth Pastor, Cornerstone Assembly of God, New Bern, NC 1997 - Present Senior Pastor, Christian Life Center, Gibsonville, NC
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Trust the Spirit of Christ to anoint you in the secrecy of your study and the pulpit for His glory.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Expository Series in Gospel of John Construction of a Kingdom, a character study of David
  • One of my favorite illustrations: Everyone should have a personal experience with the cross... Russian president Vladimir Putin met with President Bush and shared a personal story about a small cross given to him when he was very young. In her book When Character Was King, journalist Peggy Noonan reports on their conversation. When Putin was young, his mother gave him a cross to wear around his neck. Although he initially hid it in a jewelry case, he eventually decided to wear it. He even had it blessed while on a trip to Jerusalem. It became a treasured symbol of a mother’s love and her cherished faith until a small house fire caused the cross to be lost. Following the house fire, Putin was greatly disturbed. He dispatched an employee to sift through the charred remains of the building to try and find it. After an extensive search, the employee reported to Putin and held out a closed hand. He opened it and revealed the prized cross. Putin told Bush: "It was as if something meant for me to have the cross." President Bush responded, "Mr. Putin, that’s what it’s all about—that’s THE story of the cross."
  • Family: My wife, Mary, and I were married on June 27, 1992. My daughter, Rachel, was born on Father’s Day, June 15, 2003. They are my first and most favorite ministry.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Always love the people, which you pastor. Joe Lenna
  • Books that have had an impact: The Power of Prayer, EM Bounds The Safest Place on Earth, Larry Crabb Spiritual Leadership, Henry & Richard Blackaby Jesus the Pastor, John Frye The Disciple Making Pastor, Bill Hull
  • Hobbies: Weightlifting, Reading, Bass & Guitar
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: If you were to breathe your last and stand before God this very minute, why would He allow you to enter Heaven?
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: I once launched into a funny story, which I didn’t have in my notes and I forgot the last half of the story and the point I was trying to make.
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  • The Pursuer

    Contributed on Feb 2, 2008
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    John 4 is regarded primarily as a foundation for understanding worship. When Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at the well, He describes to her the nature of worship that God will accept… vv. 23-24 – But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worship

    Frank Abagnale was the world’s greatest con artist. The movie Catch Me If You Can is based on the true-life story this man, who bilked the government out of more than $5 million by the time he was 21. Raised in the home of a father who cheated the government and a mother who cheated on her husband, ...read more

  • Behind Enemy Lines

    Contributed on Feb 2, 2008
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    The path into the promises of God begin high, but followers of Jesus eventually must engage the fight below. Authentic Discipleship is to have given our hearts to the only One, who can make us fully alive to go where He sends us, to live into His promises

    While parachuting of any kind is risky, the incoming fire of a fortified enemy, raises the danger profile for any special forces mission seeking to get behind enemy lines. Not only does a paratrooper become an easy target, but the sound of the aircraft would also alert the enemy. HALO stands ...read more

  • Incarnate Mercy

    Contributed on Jan 5, 2005
    based on 21 ratings
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    The coming of Jesus brings the mercy of God as close as it could ever come for people, who desperately need His mercy.

    I want you to show you pictures of Jesus today. My prayer is that the eyes of your heart would be open by the Holy Spirit to this truthful representation of Jesus Christ through preaching. My hope is that you would see Him in the light of His glorious mercy because if you do, you will never see Him ...read more

  • The Forgotten Figure Of Christmas

    Contributed on May 20, 2002
    based on 925 ratings
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    Joseph’s life teaches us 3 lessons; in righteous mercy, in redemptive faith, and in ready obedience.

    The Forgotten Figure of Christmas Matthew 1:18-25 How were you raised to regard Christmas? How are you raising your children to regard the holiday? There was once a family that celebrated Christmas every year with a birthday party for Jesus. An extra chair of honor at the table became the ...read more

  • The Gracious King

    Contributed on May 20, 2002
    based on 125 ratings
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    There are 3 proofs of His right to royalty in Matthew 1: His Coming, His Claim, & His Character.

    The Gracious King A Study of Matthew’s Gospel Matthew 1:1-17 A crown, a robe, or a scepter usually identifies kingly royalty. King James V of Scotland would on occasion lay aside the royal robe of king and put on the simple robe of a peasant. In such a disguise, he was able to move freely ...read more

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  • Frank Abagnale Was The World's Greatest Con ...

    Contributed on Feb 2, 2008
    based on 1 rating
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    Frank Abagnale was the world’s greatest con artist. The movie Catch Me If You Can is based on the true-life story this man, who bilked the government out of more than $5 million by the time he was 21. Raised in the home of a father who cheated the government and a mother who cheated on her husband, ...read more

  • Pastor And Author Stuart Briscoe Writes: I Was In ...

    Contributed on Feb 2, 2008
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    Pastor and author Stuart Briscoe writes: I was in Edinburgh about a year ago speaking at Charlotte Chapel, and a delightful young lady gave her testimony. She had come back from Kabul, Afghanistan, where she was a missionary nurse. She said how she was really enjoying the work she was doing there, ...read more

  • Hile Parachuting Of Any Kind Is Risky, The ...

    Contributed on Feb 2, 2008
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    hile parachuting of any kind is risky, the incoming fire of a fortified enemy, raises the danger profile for any special forces mission seeking to get behind enemy lines. Not only does a paratrooper become an easy target, but the sound of the aircraft would also alert the enemy. HALO stands for ...read more

  • Randy Frazee, Pastor Of Pantego Bible Church In ...

    Contributed on Jan 5, 2005
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    Randy Frazee, pastor of Pantego Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas, shared this story: I remember seeing a picture of a husband and wife in a gentleman’s office. I said, “Nice picture.” I turned around and looked at the man, and he had tears in his eyes. So I asked him, “Why are you ...read more