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The following email arrived a few days ago. I have changed the city names for the sake of privacy, but the overall question has not been changed. Dear Mr. Pritchard, Right now I am trying to figure out God’s plan for my life. Recently I was asked to move to Miami for work, and after […]
Chris Jacobsen and I answer questions submitted by the audience at Cannon Beach Conference Center, Cannon Beach, OR, on Friday, August 8, 2014. We discussed Bible translations, how to pray for the prodigals in your life, how the church should respond to cultural challenges to marriage, and what books we recommend for people with […]
Look to yourself and be disappointed. Look to Christ and be saved.
Last week I spoke at Cannon Beach Conference Center in Cannon Beach, Oregon. On Friday morning we had a question and answer session based on questions we had received from the audience. During the Q&A time Timothy Greenidge served as moderator. This turned out to be one of the best sessions of the week. Over the next several days I will...
From the question box:If a believer continues to struggle with any sin after confessing it to God and asking for deliverance, does that mean he was never saved?The answer is no. Struggle with sin is the common experience of Christians everywhere. James 3:2 says, “We all stumble in many ways.” Romans 7:23 speaks of a “war&rdq...
Where were you when you heard the news ten years ago today? And what do you remember about that day?I was in my basement office at home, preparing for the staff meeting that would start at church at 9 AM. Around 8:30 AM Marlene called to say, “Turn on the TV. A plane has hit the World Trade Center.” I remember watching the unfolding sto...
Gregg Doyel thinks so.You don’t have to take my word for it. Doyel, national columnist for CBSSports.com, says so in his column called Unbelievable–Tebow Believes Faith Equates to Starting in the NFL. This is Doyel’s conclusion:Tebow has been a great billboard for Christianity – just as Muhammad Ali has been a great bil...
Last week I spoke at Cannon Beach Conference Center in Cannon Beach, Oregon. On Friday morning we had a question and answer session based on questions we had received from the audience. During the Q&A time, Evan Irwin served as moderator. This turned out to be one of the best sessions of the week.For the next several days I’m going to ...
During the five Wednesday nights in June I will be teaching an evening series called “Why Christianity Makes Sense” at Lifeline Fellowship in Tupelo. The church is located at 100 Parkgate Drive in Tupelo. Each session begins at 7 PM. I will introduce the topic and then we will have an open question and answer time. We’re focusing ...
An email arrived from someone who wonders if their past is so bad that God will not forgive them. Have they sinned so much and so greatly that their sin is quite literally unpardonable? The answer is not hard to find. There is such a thing as the unpardonable sin. Jesus spoke of it in Matthew 12:30-37. And in answer to the question, I can say ...
I received an email from someone troubled by the death of a good friend. Here is the issue put simply:My friend abused himself by eating junk food and excusing it by saying God made all good food to eat and He would live just as long as God intended him to live. To make matters worse, he had already had several heart attacks and couldn’t walk…
On Sunday, October 17, God opened the door for a major speaking event in China. Despite official opposition and repeated attempts to shut down the event and a last-second change of venue, almost 500 students came to Dalian University of Technology to hear me speak about “The Wisdom of Solomon."
There are going to be many opportunities for us to look back and regret or second-guess decisions that we have made. If we are not careful, this can lead to a kind of paralysis and hinder our ability to make good, positive decisions in the present and future....
Of all the questions that trouble the people of God, none is greater than the problem of human suffering. Why do bad things happen to good people? Or why do the wicked prosper while the righteous take it on the chin? Eventually these questions become very personal. Why did my husband leave me after 15 years? Why did God allow my daughter to die in ...
The last election was mean-spirited and it was hard to discern between truth and lies. Should Christians separate from political activism and focus on “Christian work” instead?
A missionary I was speaking with recently told me that he sometimes wonders “Am I truly a Christian"? I was surprised by this because he has been faithful in his service to Christ for many decades. But I do not look down on him for his doubts and believe that all or most Christians ask this question from time to time.
What’s the difference between a real Christian and a religious person?This question originally came from an unsigned slip of paper turned in during a congregational survey when I served as pastor in Oak Park, Illinois. Whoever wrote this question deserves an A+ for creativity and for getting right to the point. The wording suggests that the...
An email arrived from a friend with some discouraging news. She and her husband had launched out on a new venture that, so far at least, has not worked out, putting them in some financial difficulty. A friend at their church urged them to consider applying for help from a fund set up for that purpose (I am leaving out some identifying details). Wha...
Would you comment on predestination versus free will?How much time do we have? Not enough to cover this vast subject. The question implies that predestination (which the Bible unquestionably teaches–see Romans 8:29 and Ephesians 1:5) and free will somehow oppose each other. But as Spurgeon pointed out when asked how he “reconciled&rdquo...
I’m a modest person and I don’t even like undressing at the doctor’s office. If God is always watching us, and angels are always with us, does this mean when my spouse and I are having sex that we have an audience?The short answer is yes. This is part of the doctrine of God’s omnipresence. Read Psalm 139 and you will see how...
Last week I spoke at Cannon Beach Conference Center in Cannon Beach, Oregon. On Friday morning we had a question and answer session based on questions we had received from the audience. During the Q&A time, contemporary Christian musician Clay Crosse served as moderator. This turned out to be one of the best sessions of the week.We have posted ...
Maybe you shouldn’t have changed jobs.Maybe you shouldn’t have bought that new house.Maybe you shouldn’t have moved to a new city.Maybe you shouldn’t have taken that big promotion.What do you do then? It’s always easy to look back and criticize yourself for the decisions you made years ago. We’ve all done our sha...
We have a new podcast about a question posed by religious leaders who wanted to trick Christ. This topic that matters just as much today as it did 2,000 years ago when Christ was asked about it: Can we believe in life after death?
Someone read one of my sermons on salvation and asked the following question:Does a person have to “understand” the Trinity to be saved? What if they believe in God the Father and Jesus as his son, but can’t really grasp the whole “One God in three persons” thing? I think the answer goes like this. You don’t have...
I was asked recently about Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians 5:9-11 that there are times when we should not even eat with a sinning believer:I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case yo...
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