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    FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About The Christian Life – Chapter 1

    Chapter 1 What is the difference between a real Christian and a religious person?   Let’s begin with a simple question. What percentage of people in America believe in God? You probably won’t be surprised to know that the number is very high. One recent survey puts it at 94 percent.1 That means that almost […]

    FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About The Christian Life – Chapter 4

    Chapter 4 What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit?   This is the age of the Holy Spirit.” So says one prominent church growth expert. He is not alone in this optimistic assessment. Many leaders would agree that there is more interest in the Holy Spirit today than at any other time […]

    The God We Hardly Know

    David Mains caught me off guard with his question. “If you had to grade your congregation on their knowledge of the Holy Spirit, what grade would you give them?” Up until that moment, the interview had gone well. David and his daughter Melissa had thrown me fast pitches right over the center of the plate […]

    What Is Saving Faith?

    “Pastor Ray, how can I know that I am truly saved?” The young man standing before me was obviously in some distress. His story was familiar. He had been raised in an evangelical church where he had accepted Christ as his Savior when he was 8 or 9. After 19 years of Sunday school and […]

    Groundbreaking Sunday

    GROUNDBREAKING SUNDAY by Ray Pritchard The elders have designated June 29 as Groundbreaking Sunday for our renovation project. A number of unique features will make it a Sunday unlike any other in the history of our church. Here are the details: On that Sunday there will be only one service, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. W…

    WMBI Easter Week Devotionals

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    Monday This is Holy Week. Today is Monday. On Friday Jesus was crucified. In his first words from the cross he cried out, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” These are truly awesome words because Jesus is asking God to forgive the very people who put him to death. What happened […]

    If Archimedes Came to Oak Park

    Many years ago (almost 20, to be exact) I took a night course called "Advanced Apologetics" from Dr. John Warwick Montgomery at a place called Melodyland School of Theology. I'm not making up that name. The school met in a big church building located right across the street from Disneyland. At that time I was pastoring a sm…

    “The Witch Doctors Are Liars” – Haiti 1993

    You might say that we had a Murphy’s Law trip: Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Nothing went as we had planned. Most things weren’t even close to the way we planned. Yet God moved above and beyond our expectations. And through the chaos and trouble, we saw the power of God unleashed […]

    What We Owe The Past, What We Owe The Future

    Psalm 145

    75th Anniversary Sermon For my remarks this morning I would like to take one verse of scripture as my beginning point: Romans 13:7. “Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” In this passage Paul is speaking about submission […]

    THE HOLY SPIRIT

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    THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT Suppose that the King of England were coming to eat at your house one night. What would you serve him? Before you answer that question, consider this one added detail……….along with the King’s acceptance you also have access to his personal diary telling of his previous royal visits […]

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