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Overcoming Insecurity - Matthew 10:29-31 - Oct 13, 2002 - 700

I am actually writing these words a few days after I preached this sermon on Sunday morning. The current headlines tell a grim story: "North Korea Admits Nuke Program” "No Suspect Sketch in Sniper Case” "Bush Signs Iraq Resolution” "Indonesia Questions Two in Bali Blast.”Let ... More

The Foolishness of God - I Corinthians 1:18-25 - Oct 5, 2003 - 668

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Whe ... More

The Final Step: Blessing Your Enemies - Luke 6:27-36 - Jun 8, 2003 - 759

"But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from y ... More

Asymmetric Spiritual Warfare - Mar 8, 2006

Are you familiar with term asymmetric warfare? It’s a concept that has received lots of news coverage in the recent years as a result of the war on terrorism. The word asymmetric refers to something that is out of balance. In warfare it describes a situation where the combatants are not equal. ... More

The Overcoming Series - Oct 6, 2002

THE OVERCOMING SERIES by Ray Pritchard Everyone has a story to tell, even the people who seem to smile all the time. This is one of the first things a young pastor learns when he graduates from seminary and begins his ministry. Some people look so well-adjusted and happy that you think they don’ ... More

Good News for Scared Sheep - Sep 28, 2003

GOOD NEWS FOR SCARED SHEEP by Ray Pritchard The e-mail came with this title: “I’m glad people pray for you.” A friend was writing to comment on a story I posted on my daily weblog (located on the “Pastor Ray” page of the Calvary website: about being ... More

Three Arrows at Sunrise - I Samuel 18-23 - Sep 10, 2000 - 346

Several years ago a man named David Smith wrote a book that became very popular. The title tells you everything you need to know. He called it The Friendless American Male. The thesis of the book is that most American men don’t have very many friends. And a lot of men don’t have any frie ... More

Who Is Jesus Christ? Article D: The Person and Work of Jesus Christ - Various - Mar 15, 1992 - 751

Tonight we are coming to the most critical doctrine in the Articles of Faith. Other doctrines are important as establishing foundational truth (the inerrancy of the Bible, the Trinity) or as explaining what we believe in a particular area (eternal security, the premillennial return of Christ), but ... More

The Cradle And The Cross: Simeon's Song - Luke 2:25-35 - Dec 22, 1991 - 712

It’s a good question, isn’t it? If Jesus were born today, would it be any different than it was 2,000 years ago? We like to think the answer is yes, that we would be ready, that we wouldn’t make the mistake of turning the Son of God away. There would be room in our inn, we confi ... More

Don't Get Fleeced! - Judges 6 - Oct 24, 1993 - 387

Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised—look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” And that is wha ... More

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

Some Sneered, Others Questioned, A Few Believed: Lessons on the Amazing Power of the Gospel - Acts 17:32-34 - Aug 30, 1998 - 245

It is not often that a preacher has his sermon interrupted by the congregation. In the 29 years that I have been preaching, it has only happened to me a handful of times. Once in my first church in Downey, California a woman stood up during my sermon and began making comments. She wasn’t argui ... 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

Follow the Christmas Star - Matthew 2:7-12 - Dec 23, 2001 - 95

This isn’t exactly the sermon I planned to preach on the Sunday before Christmas, but I don’t suppose that will surprise anyone since Christmas itself comes as a relief at the end of a year that has not been what we thought it would be. If one searches for glimmers of light on the horizo ... More

Why You Need Your Enemies and Your Enemies Need You—Part One - Jeremiah 29:7 - Mar 1, 2008 - 814

I suppose one of the hardest commands in the Bible to obey is the command of Jesus that we should pray for our enemies (Luke 6:27). It is hard because prayer is the last thing we want to do for our enemies. Mostly, there a lot of things we would like to do to our enemies–like getting even or m ... More

Theology at Midnight - Acts 16:25 - Aug 9, 2009 - 1209

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them” (Acts 16:25).You discover your theology at midnight.Until then, it’s all theoretical. When midnight comes, you discover the difference between theory and reality. I ... More

On the Victory Side - 2 Corinthians 2:12-17 - Jan 7, 2010 - 1235

Jesus was in the news again this week. Last Sunday Fox News commentator Brit Hume was asked his opinion about golf star Tiger Woods, whose marriage is on the ropes because of multiple reports of adulterous affairs. Tabloids and TV shows and newspapers and blogs have covered the story in breathless d ... More

Experiencing God’s Love - Malachi 1:1-5 - Apr 27, 2003 - 1256

A man was having a hard time getting out of bed one Sunday morning. “Get up. It’s time to get ready for church!” He just grumbled and replied grumpily, “I don’t want to go to church today. Those people at church don’t like me. I don’t want to go.” She ... More

Do You Know Why You Were Born? - Genesis 37 - Sep 11, 2013 - 1490

We begin with the words of Mark Twain who said, “There are two great days in a person’s life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.”   One is easier than the other. One is a date in time. It’s October 4 or March 29 or February 12 or September 26. It’s ... More

“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

Clarification of Certain Doctrinal and Practical Issues - Various - May 23, 1996 - 563

The following material is presented by the Elders as a means of clarifying the church’s position on certain issues. As you read this, please remember that this is not meant to be a comprehensive statement of what we believe in every area. You may consult the Articles of Faith for a full statem ... More

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