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God's Mountain Man - 1 Kings 17:1 - Mar 7, 2006 - 187

Last December right after the tsunami disaster, my friend Ramesh Richard, a professor at Dallas Seminary, sent an email that contained a simple, one-sentence prayer. He called it a “dangerous prayer.” The moment I saw that prayer I knew that it was going to be my prayer for 2005. It goes ... More

Is It Becoming Easier to Say "I Was Wrong?" - Luke 15:21 - Sep 15, 1991 - 789

The eyes of the nation focused on Milwaukee for one brief moment this week. Inside a hushed courtroom Jeffrey Dahmer entered a formal plea to the charges against him. First the reading of the charges. Then the question: “How do you plead?” His lawyer answered for him. “Not g ... More

WMBI Commentaries - Various - Feb 14, 2001 - 416

The Fugitive - I Samuel 21-22 - Sep 17, 2000 - 347

The morning light broke through the branches and the fugitive knew it was time to move on. Without a word, he began gathering his few things. It didn’t take long, for you travel light when you’re on the road. As his mind roamed back over the last few days and weeks, it seemed like he had ... More

The Wages of Sin: Why Nothing Works Right - Genesis 3:7-19 - Jun 9, 2002 - 227

Three hundred seventy-nine days ago, Martin and Gracia Burnham were captured by Muslim terrorists in the Southern Philippines. They were staying at the Dos Palmas resort off the island of Palawan when members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (an organization affiliated with the Al Qaeda terrorist network) to ... More

Staying Pure in an X-Rated World - Various - Sep 19, 2004 - 266

(This particular sermon was a “tag team” effort where I preached the first part, and Pastor Bob Boerman preached the last part. I have added a conclusion beginning with the section called “Rise and Walk.")“The moment sex ceases to be a servant it becomes a tyrant.” G. K ... More

Do Not Take Your Holy Spirit From Me! - Psalms 51:11 - Jun 19, 2005 - 203

“Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me” (Psalms 51:11).  It is sometimes said that no Christian should ever pray this prayer, but I wonder if that is correct. Clearly David feared being cast away by God and losing the Holy Spirit. The big questio ... More

"All I Said Was…" - Sep 26, 1999

It is a fundamental mark of spiritual health to be able to say, “I was wrong.” If you want a verse to go with my thesis, take a look at Proverbs 28:13, “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” ... More

Self-Pity: Your Worst Enemy - Feb 17, 2002

SELF-PITY: YOUR WORST ENEMY By Ray Pritchard The story I am about to tell is true but the details have been changed. Once upon a time there was a man who had a great job as a high-school English teacher. He knew his subject inside and out and enjoyed working with his students. A few years ago he was ... More

Too Much Sugar for a Dime - Mar 10, 2002

TOO MUCH SUGAR FOR A DIME by Ray Pritchard “He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor than he who has a flattering tongue” (Proverbs 28:23). The key to understanding this verse lies in the phrase “in the end.” Some things that seem good at first leave a bitter taste la ... More

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

Three Hard Words That Could Change Your Life - Luke 15:21 - Feb 9, 2013 - 1475

“You can’t help a liar.” That was the man’s conclusion based on years of experience with college students. Occasionally he is faced with difficult disciplinary decisions when the young people break the rules of the group. “I’ve dealt with everything you can imagin ... More

The Struggle - Romans 7:14-25 - Jun 6, 1993 - 453

I would like to begin with three observations about this famous text. Observation number one is this: Romans 7 is a passage that grips us because we understand exactly what it is saying. We see ourselves in it. When Romans 7 is read everyone understands and says, “Amen, yes, that’s r ... More

A Few Good Men - Genesis 18:16-33 - May 26, 1996 - 21

On this Memorial Day we honor the men and women of the armed forces, both those who have served with distinction in the past and those who serve our country today. Most of you are familiar with the Marine Corps slogan: “We’re looking for a few good men.” That’s appropriate ... More

Anatomy of a Backslider - Genesis 20 - Jun 9, 1996 - 27

One of the great proofs of the supernatural origin of the Bible it that it tells the truth about people. As you read the Bible, you will find that it discloses the whole range of human activity—including the dark side. On the pages of God’s Word, you will find stories of murder, theft, ... More

Doing the Right Thing in the Wrong Way - Genesis 16 - May 5, 1996 - 22

This week my friend David Puckett was in town. I have known David ever since our days at Dallas Seminary. After we graduated I took a pastorate in California and he entered a doctoral program at the University of Chicago. Our paths crossed again a few years later when he attended the church I past ... More

Courage: How to Face Down Your Fears - Proverbs 28:1 - Nov 6, 1994 - 621

How much courage do you have? Would your friends, co-workers and family members call you a courageous person? My text this morning is one verse of scripture: Proverbs 28:1. “The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” The dictionary defines coura ... More

Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Serious Call to Sexual Purity - Apr 25, 2007

I received an email from a young lady I have never met. She happens to live in a country on the other side of the world. Because she reads my weblog, she felt like she could write and share her heart with me. This is part of what she had to say:I think you might be surprised, but I’ve somethin ... More

How to Meet the Enemy - Ephesians 6:14-17 - May 8, 2009 - 1199

It is commonplace in our day to doubt the existence of the devil. Many who believe in God believe not at all in the devil. When people say, “The devil made me do it,” they mean the exact opposite. When someone says, “Oh, you devil,” it’s meant as a kind of compliment. A ... More

Three Questions for Christmas - Revelation 1:5 - Dec 8, 2010 - 1268

“Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth” (Revelation 1:5). You never know how a baby will turn out. I feel like more of an expert on this subject than I was a year ago. Over Thanksgiving our new grandson Knox came ... More

A Desperate Man’s Desperate Prayer - Jonah 2 - Jun 30, 2011 - 1289

When last we left Jonah, he was in the belly of the great fish. He was in a bad fix and a bad way. To paraphrase Samuel Johnson, “Nothing clears the mind like the certain knowledge that you will be shot in the morning." That’s obviously true. If a man knows he is going to be shot ... More

Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living - 22. ARE YOU ON GOD’S SIDE? - Aug 6, 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

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

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

Christian Boldness in an Age of Tolerance - Genesis 18:16-33 - Feb 13, 1998 - 415

I would like to thank the Moody Married Students Fellowship for the invitation to address you this morning. As much as I am glad to be here—even on Friday the 13th—I am much more thankful for the topic assigned to me. When Denise asked if I would come, she suggested that I speak on the f ... 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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