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Looking for a Second Chance: What About Purgatory and Postmortem Salvation? - Hebrews 1:3 - Jun 11, 2000 - 213

Most people think that Catholics believe in purgatory and Protestants don’t. That statement needs qualification in two ways. First, the various Orthodox churches also believe in purgatory, though we don’t often hear about it. Second, there is a sense in which Protestants in general and e ... More

Sowing Seeds for Jesus - Feb 15, 2004

SOWING SEEDS FOR JESUS by Ray Pritchard A friend writes asking for help with a difficult situation. Because of a change on the job, this person now works around two men who are openly homosexual. Recently they have started sharing details about their personal relationships. The problem: “I work ... More

Angry Man Alert - Aug 29, 2008

I would like to begin by calling your attention to two uncomfortable verses in the New Testament. If these verses don’t bother you, they should.Colossians 3:19 says, “Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them.” It’s not the first part that grabs our atte ... More

Unhindered Prayers - 1 Peter 3:7 - Feb 13, 2005 - 596

Quick now, what well-known actor said the following: “I don’t like danger. I’m not a womanizer. My happiest moments are when I’m at home with my wife or in the company of a couple of good friends. I don’t covet wealth. I do want to be able to end my days in dignity and ... More

How to Inherit a Blessing - 1 Peter 3:8-12 - Feb 20, 2005 - 597

“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, ‘Whoever would love life a ... More

Inner Beauty - 1 Peter 3:1-6 - Feb 6, 2005 - 598

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30). “Beauty? Let me tell you something, being thought of as ‘a beautiful woman’ has spared me nothing in life, no heartache, no trouble. Love has been difficult. ... More

The Triumphant Christ - 1 Peter 3:18-22 - Mar 13, 2005 - 599

This is the hardest passage in the New Testament. That’s what my Greek professor said when we were studying I Peter in seminary. I recall him saying that there are so many possible views about these verses that it is impossible to be certain what they mean. The problem partly relates to the Gr ... More

Are You Prepared to Suffer for Christ? - 1 Peter 3:13-17 - Mar 6, 2005 - 601

Are you prepared to suffer for Christ? For most of us, the answer is no. For most of the Christians in the world, the answer is yes. “Christianity was born in a world of totalitarianism … it was not strange to be persecuted. What is strange historically, is that we are not” (John ... More

Abstain! - 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 - Oct 5, 1996 - 313

"For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality” (1 Thessalonians 4:3 New King James Version).There are not many things from which the Bible tells us to abstain. The word itself is used only 7 times in the New Testament—3 times in the bo ... More

The Strangest Part of the Creed: He Descended into Hell - I Peter 3:18-19 - Apr 4, 2004 - 654

What happened to Jesus between his death and resurrection? We know his body was buried, but what about his spirit? Where was he and what was he doing between his death at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and his resurrection sometime before sunrise on Sunday morning? Christians have wondered about these things f ... More

Take Me to Your Leaders - 1 Peter 5:1-4 - May 1, 2005 - 605

In early March I preached on “Are You Prepared to Suffer for Christ?” from I Peter 3:13-17. After the final service that morning, a first-time visitor came up and thanked me for my sermon. In the course of the conversation, he made an interesting comment: “You don’t seem to h ... More

The Blessing of a Believing Spouse - Hebrews 11:11-12 - Jul 23, 2008 - 1159

This is the story of Sarah’s faith. It is the story of one woman who together with her husband believed God and received a very great reward. It is also a story about the enormous blessing of having a believing spouse. If man has a wife who believes in Jesus, he is greatly blessed, and if a wi ... More

Have You Been With Jesus? - Acts 4:13 - Jan 27, 2014 - 1501

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).“Uneducated, common men.”|That was not a compliment.Here’s how The Voice translat ... More

Is Jesus Really the Only Way to Heaven? - John 14:6 - Jun 17, 2010 - 1250

Kathleen Parker isn’t a big fan of Franklin Graham.She made that perfectly clear in her recent column criticizing the popular evangelist (and son of Billy Graham) for saying that Muslims need to be saved. Mr. Graham’s bold assertion got him removed as the speaker for the National Day of ... More

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

Making a Marathon Marriage - Malachi 2:10-16 - May 18, 2003 - 1260

After breaking up with his fiancée, a young man realized the error of his ways when he wrote: “Dearest Marie, No words could ever express the great unhappiness I’ve felt since breaking our engagement. Please say you’ll take me back. No one could ever take your place in my he ... More

The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon - Beauty - Jul 30, 2012

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“One Little Word Shall Fell Him": What the Cross Meant to Satan - Colossians 2:15 - Mar 14, 1999 - 673

By 6:00 p.m. the party had started in earnest. It was Friday evening and that meant the party would probably last all night and perhaps even into the next day. Everyone who heard the news could hardly believe it, but they knew that if it were true, this would be the party to end all parties. So they ... More

Is There a Servant in the House? - Ephesians 5:22, 6:4 - Jan 16, 1994 - 534

We live in strange and troubling days. I wonder if a week ago any of us had ever heard of Tonya Harding. Now, we’re all watching this tawdry thing unfold before our eyes wondering how this could have happened. Our hearts go out to Nancy Kerrigan. We hope that she can recover in time for the Ol ... More

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