• Ritchie Ables

    Contributing sermons since Mar 4, 2001
Ritchie's church

Church of God of Prophecy

About Ritchie
  • Education: High School Graduate. Received various awards and honors; i.e., Mr. High School, Senior Class President, and Most Likely To Succeed, among others.
  • Experience: I have been Senior Pastor in eight different churches over a 28 year period. Prior, I worked in Youth Ministry for 6 years.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I would hope and pray that my sermons are a blessing to your life. God gave them for the purpose of ministry and no other reason. We need each other in life’s journey.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: The biblical illustration of the thief that Christ saved on the cross. He had nothing to offer heaven, no special awards or accomplishments as Moses or Daniel, never-the-less, he entered heaven by the way of Calvary’s cross.
  • Family: I have been married for 30 years. My wife and I have one child.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My parents have been extremely supportive of my ministry and are somewhat biased to my preaching.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Having a close and intimate relationship with my wife, she shares when my sermons minister to her and gives constructive criticism when necessary.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: To never use the phrase "I don’t care" when preaching.
  • Books that have had an impact: My favorite books ever that impacted my life are: "Well Intentioned Dragons", "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire", "It’s Easier To Succeed Than Fail" and "Purpose Driven Church". Four wonderful books that are worth reading more than once.
  • Hobbies: Sports Memorabilia and anything collectible.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Make Your Calling And Election Sure.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: I was preaching a Mother’s Day sermon on the virtuous woman and I made a remark about how that mother’s could be stretched out of shape as Stretch Armstrong and just go back in place. I then quickly quipped that some mothers never made it back in shape only to find that verse 24 of Proverbs 31 speaks of selling girdles. Imagine?
  • What I want on my tombstone: Jesus Must Increase And I Must Decrease
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  • A Pit, A Prison, And A Palace

    Contributed on Mar 12, 2001
    based on 154 ratings

    A parallel view of our personal lives to Joseph’s pit to the palace journey.

    A PIT, A PRISON, AND A PALACE Ritchie L Ables Today’s sermon will focus on the life of Joseph. The life of Joseph more closely parallels the life of Jesus Christ than anyone else in all of scripture. We find numerous similarities between Joseph and Jesus, although scripture never actually more

  • Uncommon Passion, Uncommon Agony

    Contributed on Mar 4, 2001
    based on 114 ratings

    An honest attempt to understand the uncommon agony of Calvary’s cruel cross.

    UNCOMMON PASSION, UNCOMMON AGONY by Pastor Ritchie L. Ables Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERINGS, being made conformable unto his death; When Paul uttered these words to the Philippian church, I have to wonder more