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The Rising of the Rejected Stone - Acts 4:8-12 & 1 Peter 2:4 - Apr 12, 1998 - 171

"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12Easter has come once again but not everyone is smiling. This is the paradox of Easter—it is the holiest day on the Christian calendar, but not everyone shares our joy ... More

Repent! The Forgotten Doctrine of Salvation - Acts 17:30 - Oct 6, 2006 - 510

In 1937 the American Tract Society sponsored a contest in which they offered a prize of $1,000 for the best new book written on one of the “essential evangelical doctrines of the Christian faith.” Sixty-one years ago, $1,000 was a lot of money and a great many well-known Christian author ... More

When in Trouble, Pray! - II Thessalonians 3:1-5 - Apr 6, 2003 - 508

On the day when the war in Iraq broke out, Channel 5 in Chicago sent a news team to cover our special prayer meeting that night. Hoping to get some good sound bites, they interviewed several people, including Soo Ai Kudo. When the reporter asked her why we were having a prayer meeting at the very mo ... More

How To Behave in a Cave - I Samuel 24 - Oct 1, 2000 - 337

When last we met David, he was in the Forest of Hereth. Since then he has rescued the village of Keilah from the Philistines. In appreciation for his heroism, the citizens of Keilah report his whereabouts to King Saul who almost catches David again. David and his men move to the Desert of Ziph where ... More

Reformation Sunday 2004 - Oct 31, 2004

REFORMATION SUNDAY 2004 by Ray Pritchard You could hardly imagine a less auspicious way to begin a revolution. A young monk named Martin Luther nailed a sheet of paper to the doors of the local church. Luther had no idea he was igniting a movement that would change the world. He merely intended his ... More

The Silent Savior - Isaiah 53:7-9 - Apr 9, 2014 - 1507

Twenty-four years is a long time to spend in prison. Especially for a crime you didn’t commit.   This week Jonathan Fleming was set free after almost a quarter-century behind bars when he was wrongly convicted of murder. Ironically, part of the evidence that freed him was a hotel receipt ... More

Hot Coals: Loving Those You'd Rather Hate - Romans 12:17-21 - May 21, 1995 - 740

This week I ran across the words of Booker T. Washington, founder of the world-famous Tuskegee Institute in my home state of Alabama. As a black man growing up in the segregated South, he knew more than his share about hatred, prejudice and unfair treatment. But as a Christian, he also knew that a ... More

Our Crucified God: What the Cross Means to the Church - Galatians 6:14 - Mar 28, 1999 - 674

This is the first day of Holy Week, which begins with Palm Sunday, continues to Good Friday, and culminates with Easter Sunday one week from today. During these days Christians around the world — almost two billion of them — will pause and remember what happened to our Lord when he enter ... More

When Doing Right Gets You in Trouble - 1 Peter 2:18-20 - Dec 12, 2004 - 594

“Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a ... More

In His Steps - 1 Peter 2:21-25 - Jan 30, 2005 - 588

In the Christian life, there are only two ways to grow. One is through people, the other is through pain. It would be hard to find a more important principle than this. Sometimes we grow through the influence of others. We sit at the feet of teachers, friends, mentors, disciplers, pastors, and gifte ... More

Is Congregational Government Biblical? - May 31, 1992

In approaching a topic like this, it helps if the pastor has no illusions. I candidly admit that most people don’t have a great interest in the subject I am tackling. In fact, over my 30 years in the ministry, this quesiton has only come up a handful of times. So why deal with an arcane sub ... More

Got Milk? - 1 Peter 2:1-3 - Nov 14, 2004 - 591

“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good” (I Peter 2:1-3). This is a passage wi ... More

Welcome to the Priesthood - 1 Peter 2:4-10 - Nov 21, 2004 - 592

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: “ ... More

God Has a Big Family—Part 1 “I Believe in the Holy Catholic Church” - Matthew 16:18 - May 23, 2004 - 656

Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18 ESV). The Apostles’ Creed says, “I believe in the holy catholic church.” People say, “I like Jesus, but I don’t care for the church.” “I ... More

The Church in Many Places - Acts 8:1-4 - Jan 2, 2005 - 663

“And Saul was there, giving approval to his death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Goin ... More

Love One Another Deeply - 1 Peter 1:22-25 - Oct 31, 2004 - 590

I have three things on my mind that I want to talk to you about. These are really three different things, and apparently unconnected, but perhaps by the end of the message, you will see there is a common thread running through all of them. ... More

How Your Life Can Change Those Around You - 1 Peter 2:11-12 - Nov 28, 2004 - 593

“Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” (I Peter ... More

Serving God in an Unbelieving World - 1 Peter 2:13-17 - Dec 5, 2004 - 595

Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence th ... More

When You Are Misunderstood - 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:4 - Dec 7, 2009 - 1232

Are you guilty of assumicide? That’s a word I discovered this week. It’s what happens when you make false assumptions about others so that you can portray them in the worst possible light. Michael Andrus says we do this all the time: We are so prone to be suspicious. When we become offen ... More

When You Are Unfairly Accused - Matthew 5:11 - Aug 4, 2010 - 1254

Leading Others Upward - Malachi 2:1-9 - May 11, 2003 - 1259

There are some things that only a mom can teach… My mother taught me about anticipation: “Just wait until your father gets home!” My mother taught me about medical science: “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they’re going to stay that way.” My mother ... More

Serving to the End - Malachi 3:13-18 - Jun 8, 2003 - 1263

A man stopped by a house with a sign out front that said, “Talking Dog For Sale.” The owner directed him to the backyard to see the dog. He was pretty skeptical and called out, “You talk?” “Yep,” the mutt replied. The man then said, “So, what’s your st ... More

The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon - Waiting - Jul 31, 2012


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