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Preparation: Where Victory Begins - Oct 27, 2002

PREPARATION: WHERE VICTORY BEGINS by Ray Pritchard “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.” (Proverbs 21:31) When the Bible Bus passed through Proverbs 21 earlier this week, a long-forgotten melody rolled through my mind. Over 20 years ago, when Jos ... More

No Hopeless Cases - Romans 11:11-16 - Jun 12, 2007 - 768

I first met Jacob Gartenhaus about forty years ago. When I was a teenager growing up in a small town in Alabama, our pastor invited Dr. Gartenhaus to speak to us on the subject of Jewish evangelism. It was the first time I had ever heard a Jewish Christian speak. It was also the first time I had hea ... More

Praying for the Lost - I Timothy 2:1-6 - May 14, 2000 - 12

"Prayer is the lifeline of New Testament evangelism, the oxygen for its holy fire. The New Testament was born in prayer. It knows no evangelism without prayer, and no prayer which does not lead to evangelism.” Those are the words of Armin Gesswein, a man God used to ignite a prayer movement in ... More

Truth or Consequences - Exodus 20:16 - Jul 26, 1992 - 721

When I was growing up my mother had a little rhyme she often repeated to her four sons. You probably heard it many times while you were growing up: Sticks and stones may break my bones But words will never hurt me.As much as I hate to admit it, my mother (who wasn’t wrong about many thing ... More

The Battle Is On - II Chronicles 20 - May 16, 1993 - 810

The date—750 B.C.The place—Jerusalem.The man—Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, a good king, the son of Asa. During his reign there was peace and prosperity because Jehoshaphat was a man of the Book. More than anything, he wanted to do what God said. God honored him for that commitment an ... More

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

How to Make Peace with Your Enemies - Genesis 21:22-34 - Jun 23, 1996 - 25

Slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said it, “You don’t make peace with your friends, only with your enemies.” He uttered those words soon after Israel signed an historic peace treaty with the PLO in 1993. Harshly criticized by many of his countrymen who felt he had given ... More

Justice: The Real American Dream - Proverbs 24:11-12 - Sep 18, 1994 - 623

I’d like to begin by telling you something that I ran across in a bookstore. I think you might be interested in this. When I started these sermons on Proverbs, I challenged you to take the Book of Proverbs and read it through in a month. There are 31 chapters in Proverbs, 31 days in most month ... More

Arrows From Heaven - Oct 27, 2007

Ray: Here’s a scene from our house, circa 1989. It was 10 P.M. and Joshua and Mark had just returned from the swimming party at Concordia College. Joshua walked in, flopped on the couch and said, “I think Doug and I could be good friends.” At that moment Mark came charging in with ... More

Choose Life! - Deuteronomy 30:19-20 - Oct 29, 2008 - 182

(I first delivered this sermon in November 2000, just before the national elections that year. I have slightly edited the sermon and added a few new links. Otherwise the sermon is as I preached it eight years ago. I am posting it with a 2008 date because I still believe today what I wrote back then. ... More

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

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Praying for Your Prodigal - Ephesians 1:18 - Jun 25, 2006 - 496

I received an email with a heartrending question:I have a daughter that I don’t believe is saved. I pray for her but often times I can’t. I suppose that I’m angry she isn’t responding and feel incapable of helping her. What can I pray for on a daily basis so that she will com ... More

Praying for Your Prodigal - Ephesians 1:18 - Jul 30, 2013 - 1487

I received an email with a heartrending question:I have a daughter that I don’t believe is saved. I pray for her but often times I can’t. I suppose that I’m angry she isn’t responding and feel incapable of helping her. What can I pray for on a daily basis so that she will com ... More

Creation-Evolution Teaching Statement - Various - Nov 5, 1997 - 559

 The Bible begins with these simple words: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). From the very first verse we are faced with the critical importance of the biblical doctrine of creation. Among other things, that verse tells us that the universe ha ... More


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