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    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Security

    SECURITY   Hope Beyond the Grave   When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge. Proverbs 14:32   Sometimes it is amazing how much you can learn from your children. Many years ago, when our oldest son was not quite four years old, my wife asked […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Submission

    SUBMISSION   How God Works Through Others   The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. Proverbs 10:8   Submission is one of the more difficult lessons to learn, especially when we have more wisdom than the per­son to whom we must submit. It’s not that difficult to obey a […]

    FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About The Christian Life – Chapter 3

    Chapter 3 Which church should I join?   I live in a suburb of Chicago called Oak Park. Approximately fifty-three thousand people live here. On many street corners you can find a mas­sive church structure. At the turn of the century, when Oak Park was the first affluent suburb on the railroad west from Chicago, […]

    God’s Freedom

    Romans 9:6-18

    While studying Romans 9, I was struck by Paul’s question in verse 14: “Is God unjust?” In our hearts we already know the answer. God is not unjust. But oftentimes he seems inconsistent. The very examples Paul chooses seem to uphold that inconsistency. He chooses Isaac over Ishmael. He chooses Jacob over Esau. He loves […]

    Nothing Unusual Ever Happens Here

    NOTHING UNUSUAL EVER HAPPENS HERE by Ray Pritchard Bethlehem, December 25, 2000 Years Ago””It’s been a quiet day in our little town. Local police reported no suspicious activity in the last 24 hours. The Greater Hebron Chamber of Commerce said yesterday that they project a 50% increase in tourism next year as…

    A Visit to the Dentist

    A VISIT TO THE DENTIST by Ray Pritchard Rambling thoughts before, during and after my visit: 1) I wonder what he'll find this time? 2) You don't think about your teeth until there is a problem. 3) If dentists are so friendly, why do they have sharp tools in their hands? 4) I wonder how many times the Bible mentions teeth? A…

    Christmas in Eden

    CHRISTMAS IN EDEN by Ray Pritchard “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15). This is the first promise given after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. It is also the first gos…

    WALK-THRU THE OLD TESTAMENT

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    The Bible begins with FOUR GREAT EVENTS (Genesis 1-11) Creation Fall Flood Tower (Job?) In Genesis Chapter 12 God Called Abraham Ur of the Chaldees Persian Gulf Two Rivers Tigris and Euphrates Four People Sarah Abraham Lot Terah Three Promises to Abraham Land Seed Blessing They left Ur of the Chaldees and came to Haran […]

    From Temptation to Triumph

    Playwright Oscar Wilde once jokingly remarked, “I can resist everything except temptation.” We smile when we read those words because they speak an important truth about the human condition. Temptation pays a visit to each of us every day and most of us struggle to say no. “Pastor Ray, what do I do when those […]

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