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Why Are We Here? The First Question of the Catechism - Jeremiah 24:7; John 17:3; Ephesians 1:17; 2 Thessalonians 1:8 - Jan 5, 1997 - 466

As this is the first Sunday of a new year, it is an appropriate moment to begin a new sermon series. Beginning today, and continuing into May, we will be considering the attributes of God in a series called “Our Awesome God.” In particular, this sermon series will focus on the person of ... More

A Place to Begin - Genesis 1:1; John 17:3 - Sep 19, 1999 - 309

"True and substantial wisdom principally consists of two parts; the knowledge of God, and the knowledge of ourselves.” With this sentence John Calvin begins his famous book, Institutes of the Christian Religion. He goes on to note that it is hard to say which should come first—the knowle ... More

The Four Freshmen: How the World Tries to Seduce the Church - Daniel 1:1-7 - Nov 7, 1999 - 155

This morning we begin a brand-new series called Daniel: Courageous Living in Turbulent Times. With Y2K only 55 days away, and with the recent Newsweek cover story on Bible prophecy called “The Way the World Ends,” this seems like the right time to investigate this ancient book.Why study ... More

"In Jesus' Name, Amen" - John 14:13-14 - Apr 16, 2000 - 7

"And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:13-14).These words of Jesus contain a remarkable promise. They tell us that whatever we ask—anything at all!—if we ask it in ... More

Forward-Leaning Defense - Sep 16, 2006

“There is no victory at bargain basement prices.” General Dwight Eisenhower“World War IV began in a long string of terrorist attacks, whose real nature went unrecognized until on September 11, 2001, huge billows of black smoke curled above New York City, Washington, D.C., and a fie ... More

The James Ossuary - Dec 15, 2002

THE JAMES OSSUARY BY RAY PRITCHARD The recent discovery of the “James ossuary” has given the world a close encounter with Jesus and his family. An ossuary was a small limestone box in which the bones of a deceased loved one were placed. This sort of burial was very common among the Jews of ... More

Ready to Give an Answer - I Peter 3:15 - Sep 17, 1995 - 800

"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord; always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that you have” (I Peter 3:15). Peter says to be ready to give an answer. Are you ready to give an answer for what you believe? Are you ready to answer the reall ... More

What Happened to Judas? The Man Who Kissed the Door of Heaven But Went to Hell - Acts 1:15-26 - Apr 26, 1998 - 637

"Woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born." Mark 14:21b“If you are not born again, the day will come when you will wish you had never been born at all." Warren WiersbePerhaps the place to begin is at the end of the story. It is now early Fr ... More

God in Three Persons: A Doctrine We Barely Understand - Jan 12, 1997

My problem this morning is simple: to explain a doctrine that all Christians believe but no one really understands. And I have to do it in 30 minutes!So let’s start at the very beginning. All Christians believe the doctrine of the Trinity. If you do not believe this—that is, if you have ... More

Great Is Thy Faithfulness - Lamentations 3:22-25 - Mar 23, 1997 - 471

How many people do you know who do exactly what they say? Before you answer, let me rephrase the question? How many do you know who do exactly what they say every single time? Now before you answer, let me rephrase it again. How many people do you know who do exactly what they say every single time ... More

Sola Scriptura: The Bible and Only the Bible - 2 Timothy 3:16 - Jun 15, 1997 - 676

"Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.” Psalm 119:89 “You have exalted above all things your name and your word.” Psalm 138:2b “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Matthew 24:35 “The Scripture cannot be brok ... More

From Temptation to Triumph - Nov 12, 1996

Playwright Oscar Wilde once jokingly remarked, “I can resist everything except temptation.” We smile when we read those words because they speak an important truth about the human condition. Temptation pays a visit to each of us every day and most of us struggle to say no.“Pastor ... More

Thirty Pieces Of Silver - Matthew 26:14-16 - Mar 10, 1991 - 206

There are two things that perplex us about Judas. First, why did he do what he did? Second, after he had done it, why did he feel so guilty? He was so evil that he sold the Lord Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Yet afterwards, he felt such remorse that he committed suicide. Over the centuries ... More

Always Springtime in Heaven: I Believe in Life Everlasting - II Corinthians 5:8 - Jul 4, 2004 - 662

This is the final message in the series on the Apostles’ Creed. When we started in January, there was snow on the ground. We end on a hot summer Sunday in July. Our church theme this year is “Back to Basics,” and our theme verse is Jude 20, “But you, dear friends, build yours ... More

The Christian’s Supreme Boast - Jeremiah 9:23-24 - May 11, 1997 - 477

“Tell them, Pastor Ray, tell them that nothing matters except Christ. The young people need to know this before it’s too late.” So said my friend Jim Johnsen on my first visit with him in the hospital a few weeks ago. “Nothing matters except Christ.” We all know it’s t ... More

Beyond Your Dreams - Ephesians 3:14-21 - Jan 26, 2003 - 498

Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant Reformation, had a good friend and assistant by the name of Friedrich Myconius. In 1540, Myconius became sick and was expected to die shortly. On his deathbed he wrote a tender farewell message to Luther. When Luther read the message, he immediately sent a ... 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

Unfinished Business - Sep 18, 2005

We all know what it’s like, don’t we? All of us have unfinished things cluttering up the highway of life:the half-mowed lawnthe half-read book the letter started but never sent the abandoned diet the degree we never finished the phone calls never returned But it can be much more serious ... More

Are We All Hindus Now? - Exodus 20:1 - Sep 5, 2009 - 1212

Recently Newsweek magazine published an article by Lisa Miller with the provocative title We Are All Hindus Now. It begins this way: America is not a Christian nation. We are, it is true, a nation founded by Christians, and according to a 2008 survey, 76 percent of us continue to identify as Christi ... More

Invitation to the Heart of God - Matthew 6:9 - Oct 3, 2009 - 1216

“This, then, is how you should pray." Matthew 6:9 Before we begin: How old were you when you first learned the Lord’s Prayer? How often do you pray the Lord’s Prayer? Why does this prayer (of all the prayers in the Bible) matter so much? Come with me to Stuttgart, Germany in ... More

Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living - 8. WHAT KNOWLEDGE CAN’T DO - Aug 5, 2012

The Lord Who is Faithful - Deuteronomy 7:9 - May 23, 1999 - 680

Today we are beginning a new sermon series entitled “The God You Can Trust.” For the next six Sundays we will be looking at what the Bible says about the faithfulness of God. In order to orient our thinking in the right direction, here are five Scriptures that introduce the topic: Exodus ... More

What is the Gospel and Why Does It Matter? - Galatians 1:6-10 - Sep 5, 1999 - 311

We begin with these strong words from the Apostle Paul to the churches of Galatia: I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into ... More

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