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Overcoming a Judgmental Spirit - Romans 14:1-12 - Nov 3, 2002 - 705

Christians love to fight over our deeply-held beliefs. Unfortunately, sometimes we fight for things that don’t matter very much.Once upon a time a man took a walk and came to a bridge. When he got to the middle of the bridge, he saw a man standing on the rail, obviously about to jump. The man ... More

A Warning to Wine-Drinkers - Romans 14:13-23 - Feb 14, 2007 - 733

The title of this sermon is intentionally misleading. The title makes it sound as if this is a sermon about the dangers of drinking alcohol. I have such a sermon in my files, but this is not it.  In order to prove that point, I call your attention to Romans 14:21, which says, “It is good ... More

How to Kill a New Christian - Part 1 - Romans 14:1-12 - Feb 8, 2007 - 734

I would like to begin this message with “Brenda’s Story.” This is a work of fiction, but every part of it is true. She always believed in God. Even during her worst days, she never lost her faith. Sometimes God felt far away, but she never doubted him, not even for a moment. Dee ... More


Once there was a man who became unhappy in his church and so he left it in search of something better. He told his friends that he was searching for the perfect church. Finally, he found a church that met his exacting criteria. In his eyes, it was perfect in every way-a perfect pastor, a perfect sta ... More

Dancing With the Devil - Genesis 13 - Apr 14, 1996 - 16

While most of you were eating Easter dinner my youngest son and I set out on a quick trip to Alabama. We journeyed back to my home in order to surprise my mother on her 75th birthday last Monday. It was the first time that my brothers and I had gotten together in seven years. We truly did surpris ... More

How to Kill a New Christian - Part 2 - Romans 14:1-12 - Feb 9, 2007 - 735

Christians love to fight over our deeply-held beliefs. Unfortunately, sometimes we fight for things that don’t matter very much. Once upon a time a man took a walk and came to a bridge. When he got to the middle of the bridge, he saw a man standing on the rail, obviously about to jump. The ... More

Why We Don't Have to Win Every Argument - Mar 19, 2007

For the last few weeks in our studies of Romans 14-15, we have been looking at the call of God for believers in Christ to live together in peace despite our differences over secondary issues. Just as a reminder, here are some of things Paul has said:Welcome weaker believers – 14:1Don’t q ... More

Should Our Teachers Be Required to Sign the Articles of Faith? - Various - Feb 2, 1992 - 748

Tonight we are beginning a brand-new series of Sunday night messages. As you know, I usually take books of the Bible on a chapter-by-chapter basis on Sunday night. This series is a major departure from that pattern. But I decided to make the change after considering three factors: 1. The rapid ... More

Bad Manners at the Dinner Table: A Powerful Lesson in Biblical Confrontation - Galatians 2:11-14 - Jun 3, 2001 - 254

This is a sermon about conflict in the church—where it comes from and how to handle it. As a place to begin, I’d like to start with the observation that most church conflicts fall into one of two categories. Let’s talk first about the second category.Category 2 conflicts are those ... More

Risky Business: The Other Side of Christian Freedom - Galatians 5:13-15 - Aug 12, 2001 - 258

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1a). What exactly is this Christian freedom that Paul talks so much about in Galatians? In order to help us understand the answer, I’d like to borrow a definition and an illustration used by Pastor John Piper of Bethlehem Bapti ... 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

Take Time for God - Exodus 20:8-11 - Jun 21, 1992 - 716

Let’s begin with three observations on the Fourth Commandment: 1. This is the longest of the Ten Commandments. 2. It is also the most difficult to properly interpret. 3. The Fourth Commandment remains a source of perennial interest.On that last point I call your attention to a survey conduc ... More

When Christians Disagree - Acts 15:36-41 - Oct 31, 1993 - 388

We Christians disagree a lot, sometimes about the craziest things. I don’t know if you know it or not, but Christians have been disagreeing with each other since the very beginning. It goes all the way back to the days of the New Testament. When you read Romans and I Corinthians, you discov ... More

This Bud's For You: The Christian And The Use Of Alcohol - Aug 19, 1991

This is not the first time I have addressed this subject. Over the 13 years I have served as a pastor, the subject has come up again and again. A few days before I preached on this subject in my church in Texas, I came into my office and found a brown bag on my desk. It was labeled, “For your ... More

When Christians Disagree - Acts 15:36-41 - Mar 12, 2007 - 776

Christians disagree about almost everything. And when we disagree, we usually start a new church. Which reminds me of a story I heard a few years ago. A Scottish Presbyterian is rescued after many years of living alone on a desert island. When he is picked up, the captain says to him, “I thoug ... More

Letter From a Friend - Romans 15 - Mar 6, 2007 - 737

“I need to ask your forgiveness.”  Thus began a letter from a friend. The letter went on to describe a situation that was very understandable to me. During a phone call with someone else, my friend made a comment that he now regretted. And so he now wrote to ask my forgiveness. In h ... More

Overcoming Discontentment - I Corinthians 7:17-35 - Dec 8, 2002 - 709

Ever since the beginning of creation, when the first creatures came from the hand of God, there has always been someone, somewhere, unhappy with his position in the universe. It all started with an angel named Lucifer, the brightest star of the heavenly firmament, who was not satisfied to be the ape ... More

Y2K Survey Results - Various - Jan 12, 1999 - 557

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond. Reading your comments has been a learning experience for me. I have passed along your responses to Pastor Bob Boerman and the Y2K Task Force. I make the following observations:1) I received over 100 responses to the Y2K ... More

Proving God’s Faithfulness - Malachi 3:6-12 - Jun 1, 2003 - 1262

One day a man called his church and said, “Can I speak to the head hog at the trough?” The secretary thought she heard right but asked, “I’m sorry. Who would you like to speak with?” The caller repeated, “Can I speak to the head hog at the trough?” The ... 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

Balancing Truth and Love - 2 John - Aug 24, 1997 - 458

“Affiliation with the enemies of the Cross spells a lie to all claims to believe the truth.”Robert Lightner This little letter contains one of the strongest warnings in the New Testament. If a false teacher comes to your house, do not receive him (that means, do nothing that appears to g ... More

Too Young To Die: Confronting the Tragedy of Suicide - Genesis 1:26-27; Deuteronomy 30; John 10:10 - Jul 17, 1994 - 137

“Sometimes I get so lonely it’s unbelievable. Life has been so good to me. I’ve got a great wife, good kids, money, my own health—and I’m lonely and bored … I often wondered why so many rich people commit suicide. Money sure isn’t a cure-all.” Those w ... More

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