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Thanksgiving 365 - Proverbs 15:16-17 - Nov 24, 2012 - 1471

I am writing these words the day after Thanksgiving. Yesterday Marlene and I traveled to Oxford, Mississippi to spend time with my brother Andy, his wife Betty, and their daughter Megan. My brother Alan and his wife Donna brought a fried turkey. Marlene had prepared several dishes for the grand cele ... More

Dear Abby - I Samuel 25 - Oct 8, 2000 - 340

In our survey of the early years of David’s life, we have come to a little-known episode that ought to be better known. The story of David and Nabal and Abigail is riveting. It’s got it all. There is intrigue, injustice, conflict, anger, revenge, attempted murder, an impassioned plea, su ... More

What Happened to All Your Joy?A Lesson in Spiritual Pediatrics - Jul 15, 2001

I want to begin this sermon not with a comment on the text but with a personal update. I’ve been on the road a lot lately, most of the time preaching in various conferences. My travels have taken me to New York in May, to Wheaton in June, and to Michigan in late June and again in July. Earlier ... More

Is Jesus the Only Way to Heaven? - John 14:6 - Jul 31, 2005 - 144

In preparing this message, I faced several important challenges:First, many of us already know the answer to this question. We’ve thought it, we’ve discussed it with others, and we know what we believe. Second, we know that most of the world gives a different answer than we give. That po ... More

Payday Someday - 1 Kings 21-22 & 2 Kings 9 - Mar 8, 2006 - 195

Three years have passed since the showdown on Mount Carmel. During those three years, the people of Israel defeated the vastly superior Syrian army, which resulted in a period of peace and prosperity. And I think it is fair to say that along with that peace and prosperity, Baal worship apparently ha ... More

Gentleness: Power Under Control - Oct 13, 2002

GENTLENESS: POWER UNDER CONTROL by Ray Pritchard “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 I have a friend who learned this verse the hard way. Whenever she said something in a harsh tone, her mother made her write this verse 50 times on a sheet of ... More

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

The Tongue: Life and Death Are In Your Mouth! - Proverbs 18:20-21 - Oct 9, 1994 - 618

Proverbs has a lot to say about what we say. In fact, the subject of the tongue and how we use our words is perhaps the preeminent theme of this book. Over 150 times in this book alone, Proverbs refers to our lips, our mouth and our tongue. One of the central issues of the Book of Proverbs is how yo ... More

Cheerfulness: The Healing Power of a Merry Heart - Proverbs 17:22 - Nov 13, 1994 - 619

I am a little more exhausted than usual because I’m coming off a week and a half that has been a personally draining time for me and my family. About 10 days ago, Marlene went in to see the doctor, who found something she didn’t like. On Friday, Marlene had three hours of surgery and is ... More

His Eye Is On the Sparrow: The Doctrine of God's Omniscience - Psalm 145:4-5 - Feb 16, 1997 - 467

"If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear. His eye is upon us, His arm over us, His ear open to our prayer—His grace sufficient, His promise unchangeable.” John NewtonThis week I was involved in three different discussions regarding one of the thorniest issues of Christian theolo ... More

Contentment: A “Better” Way to Live - Proverbs 17:1 - Nov 20, 1994 - 620

It didn’t start out that way. When Scott and Janet put the kids in the mini-van and took off for Milwaukee, they had no idea. It was just another trip and six of their kids were with them. Scott Willis said, “I barely had time. I saw the metal fly off the truck, and the mini-van rolled o ... More

Do Not Grieve the Spirit - Ephesians 4:29-32 - Jun 5, 2005 - 204

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” That’s Ephesians 4:29 in the New International Version. Whenever I read that verse, my mind goes back to a spee ... 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

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

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

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

Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living - 14. SO WHAT? - Aug 6, 2012

Hard Work: The Reason We Get Out of Bed - Proverbs 6:6-11 - Sep 4, 1994 - 624

Turn in your Bible to the Book of Proverbs, beginning in Chapter 6. We are going to begin the sermon with a number of verses from Proverbs. Proverbs 6:6 “Go to the ant, you sluggard. Consider its ways and be wise. It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in ... More

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