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Full House

July 31, 2009

I talked with a young man whose life has radically changed in the last year. His story goes something like this. He was raised in a Christian home where he was taught the Bible from an early age. When he was a teenager, he attended Sunday School and youth group every week. He memorized Bible verses and attended a Christian camp where he was challen...

Not a Tame World

July 30, 2009

My mind has repeatedly gone back to a song I heard during our week at the youth camp in Florida. One night just before I spoke a young woman sang a song that had been written by one of the worship leaders. I don’t remember much about it except that she had a good voice, she sang in a bluesy style, and the last line of each verse ended with an...

Get Your Financial House in Order

July 29, 2009

Yesterday I ate supper with a man who has spent the last 50 years in the banking business. During that time he has made thousands of loans to various people for various reasons. He has also started numerous banks, bought others, and sold some. Suffice it to say that he is well connected in the banking world, to the point that he knows some of the k...

Word of Life Pictures

July 27, 2009

Here are a few pictures from Word of Life in Schroon Lake, NY, taken with my iPhone: ...

Nimbleness

July 26, 2009

This morning I spoke to 200+ high school and college students at Word of Life Island. The high schoolers are part of the STC program in which they spend the summer serving at one of Word of Life’s campgrounds–Island, Inn, Family Campground, Ranch. Most of the college students are students at Word of Life Bible Institute. Each Sunday mor...

Jerusalem–Three Months from Today

July 23, 2009

Do you know where you will be three months from today, on October 23? You could be in Jerusalem as part of the Keep Believing Holy Land Tour. On this particular day we will visit Mount Zion, the Upper Room, the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, the Wohl Archaeological Museum, and the Shrine of the Book where we will see the Dead Sea Scrolls. We...

Halfway

July 22, 2009

As of this moment we’re 11 days into our 21 day ministry trip. That means we’ve just reached the halfway point of our longest trip of the year. So far I’ve preached 6 times in Florida8 times in Canada with4 more to go in Canada and14 more in New York.We continue to be very grateful for the prayers of our friends. Things have gone ...

The Snackery

July 20, 2009

I’m writing this note from the Snackery, a rustic general store and snack shop on the grounds of Elim Lodge, a Christian conference center nestled against the shore of Pigeon Lake somewhere north of Toronto, Ontario. That’s in Canada, eh?We’re here in the Snackery–and I’m writing fast because it closes in 16 minutes&nd...

Heading North

July 18, 2009

The Pritchard Traveling Caravan hits the road this morning. After a wonderful week in Florida, it’s time to head north. Yesterday we packed our bags for two flights today–first to Cincinnati, then to Toronto. And yes, this time we remembered to bring our passports. When we get to Toronto, we’re taking a bus to Elim Lodge, a C...

Feel Free to Use Our Material

July 16, 2009

I received a note from a friend in a distant state saying that he wanted to use some material from one of the sermons he found on the Keep Believing website. He wondered if he had permission to use our material, and if so, what he should say to the congregation. Since that question comes up from time to time, let me state our policy:1. All the mate...

The One Question You Should Ask

July 14, 2009

Michael Hyatt has written a blog entry on the one question you should ask when something negative happens. Instead of asking, “Why did this happen?” you should ask, “What does this make possible?"Do you see the subtle shift? Suddenly, your attention moves from the past—which you can’t do a thing about—to th...

Pictures from Florida

July 13, 2009

Here are a few pictures I took at Word of Life Florida today with my iPhone....

Two New Resources

July 12, 2009

Have you checked out our Recommended Resources lately? We continue to add to it as a way of keeping you connected with a wide spectrum of biblically-related thought. We have sections on “Sermons,” “Christian News,” “The Church Around the World,” and an excellent collection of “Bible Study Resources.” …

Eulogy for a Truly Good Man

July 11, 2009

All week long I’ve felt like I’ve been a day late and a dollar short, and this article conclusively proves it. They buried Vern Henriksen in Illinois yesterday and I’m only now getting around to remarking on his passing. That’s very much my fault and not at all his, but I rest content that he being in heaven (as I am certain...

You’re Invited to the Banquet

July 10, 2009

A few weeks ago we announced our first-ever Keep Believing Friendship Banquet on Thursday, October 1 in Elmhurst, IL. We’re inviting all our Chicago-area friends to join us for an evening of celebration as we share what God is doing through KBM. We are preparing a video of testimonies from around the world about the impact of our Internet min...

Sean McDowell on the Radio Today

July 9, 2009

Here’s the lineup for the Thursday edition of “Today’s Issues” on American Family Radio (10 AM-12 Noon CDT):1st Hour: Michael Craven discussing his book “Uncompromised Faith."2nd Hour: Sean McDowell talking about “Apologetics for a New Generation."Sean is the son of famed Christian apologist Josh McDo...

Pray for Colson Taylor

July 8, 2009

I am writing this note to ask you to pray for Colson Taylor, the newborn son of Derek and Deneen Taylor. Colson arrived several weeks earlier than expected, and since then he’s had a rough go of it. Derek started this webpage where you can go for the latest news and also to offer your prayers for Colson and for the whole family.Derek and Dene...

“Heal My Faith, Lord”

July 7, 2009

A few days ago a friend told me about a Bible teacher in the 1800s who had an unusual way of dealing with people who came to him with various spiritual problems. After listening to them, he would pray for their faith to be healed. “Lord, Margaret is struggling right now with many questions and many doubts. She feels overwhelmed by all that sh…

Gull Lake Q&A, Part 3

July 6, 2009

Here is the final group of questions from the Gull Lake Q&A session last Wednesday morning.1. How do I know if something is the will of God for me? I think the question is asking how to determine which way to go when we are facing an important decision. Often the problem is that we want something God never promised–certainty. We want to k...

Letter from the Fairfax County Jail

July 6, 2009

Recently we received a letter from a 27-year-old prisoner at the Fairfax (VA) County Jail. He wrote to tell us that he had read my book An Anchor for the Soul. Here is the heart of what he wrote:I thank you for your book “An Anchor for the Soul”, it was very inspirational for me. Today’s the day I finally let go, finally stopped h...

Chuck Colson Headlines Radio This Week

July 6, 2009

I’ll be co-hosting “Today’s Issues” on American Family Radio Monday through Friday from 10 AM-12 Noon CDT. We have a tremendous lineup of guests, headed by 45 minutes with Chuck Colson talking about his new book “The Faith” on Tuesday at 11:15 AM. We’ll ask him about the state of the American church, his th...

Gull Lake Q&A, Part 2

July 5, 2009

Last Wednesday morning at Gull Lake Ministries in Michigan we had a question-and-answer session. Here are some of the questions along with a general outline of the answers I gave.  1. A friend of mine committed suicide sometime ago. I know he was a Christian and had a personal relationship with Christ, but I am troubled about his salvati...

Gull Lake Q&A, Part 1

July 4, 2009

On Thursday I wrapped up a week of teaching at Gull Lake Ministries in Michigan. During the second hour on Wednesday morning, I did a Question and Answer session based on questions from the audience. This turned out to be one of the best sessions of the week. We plan to post that session as a podcast soon. I thought you might be interested in readi...

“It Was Providential”

July 4, 2009

Yesterday Peggy Noonan published a column called Making History in which she reflected on the events that led up to the publication of the Declaration of Independence 233 years ago today. As historian David McCullough makes clear in books 1776 and John Adams, it was no sure thing that the colonies would actually vote to form the United States or th...

Dudley and Me

July 4, 2009

Someone mentioned to me recently that I needed to put more pictures of Dudley on the blog. For those who don’t know, Dudley is one of our two fine basset hounds (Gary being the other). Both dogs will be four years old this fall.We got Dudley on Christmas Eve, 2005, when we were still living in the cabin by the lake. We inherited Gary after Ni...

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