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  • What Is A Christian?

    Contributed by Ray Pritchard on Jul 3, 2007
    based on 5 ratings
     | 4,711 views

    So what is a Christian? The answer is not as easy as you might think. Everything depends on how you define the word.

    What is a Christian? 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10 A friend sent me an email telling about a question posed to her by a co-worker. Here is the exact text of the question: How is a Christian defined? It used to be that if you were not Jewish or Hindu or Buddhist, you were a Christian, whether ...read more

  • Father, Forgive Them

    Contributed by Ray Pritchard on Jul 5, 2007
    based on 10 ratings
     | 4,904 views

    There is another way to say it. Jesus forgives people we wouldn’t forgive if we were God. And he saves people we would immediately send to hell.

    Father, Forgive Them Luke 23:34 Here is part of an email from a friend: Do you have any suggestions for getting rid of bitterness? What do you do when you are dealing with a situation where you cannot go to the person and discuss the issue with them? Of course, we both know that that is the ...read more

  • Where Is Jesus When We Need Him?

    Contributed by Ray Pritchard on Jul 5, 2007
    based on 7 ratings
     | 7,842 views

    It is Sunday. Jesus is dead. And they are going home. Their question is our question, only slightly rephrased. Where is Jesus when we need him? Where did he go? Why did he leave us?

    Where is Jesus When We Need Him? Luke 24:13-35 Earlier this week I took a bike ride along the Natchez Trace. Exiting at Friendship Road, I rode a mile or two and came to Friendship Baptist Church, a neatly-kept brick building at the intersection of two country roads. Behind the church there ...read more

  • When Christians Disagree

    Contributed by Ray Pritchard on Jul 5, 2007
    based on 14 ratings
     | 7,769 views

    Christians disagree about almost everything. And when we disagree, we usually start a new church.

    When Christians Disagree Acts 15:36-41 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 ...read more

  • Ballistic Christianity

    Contributed by Ray Pritchard on Jul 5, 2007
    based on 5 ratings
     | 3,314 views

    If God ever truly begins to do things we’re not used to, the world as we know it will be turned upside down.

    Ballistic Christianity Matthew 9:35-38 It must have been about twenty-two years ago that our family attended a week-long Bible conference at a Christian conference center near North Platte, Nebraska. A family in the church I pastored in Garland, Texas paid for all our expenses so we could make ...read more

  • Hold Lightly What You Value Greatly

    Contributed by Ray Pritchard on Jul 3, 2007
    based on 10 ratings
     | 6,942 views

    God orchestrates the affairs of life—both the good and the bad—to bring us to the place where our faith will be in him alone.

    Hold Lightly What You Value Greatly Luke 12:16-21 The land of a rich man produced plentifully and he thought to himself, "What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?" And he said, "I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain ...read more

  • When You Pray, Never Give Up

    Contributed by Ray Pritchard on Jul 3, 2007
    based on 40 ratings
     | 11,649 views

    It is good and important that we not give up. God is greatly glorified when we do not give up.

    When You Pray, Never Give Up Luke 18:1-8 My goal in this sermon is very simple. I hope to convince you of the importance of persistence in prayer. I want you to see that God is greatly glorified when we continue in prayer over a long period of time. Or to say it another way, I want us to ...read more

  • Lessons For Modern-Day Sowers Of The Word

    Contributed by Ray Pritchard on Jul 3, 2007
    based on 15 ratings
     | 7,135 views

    Most messages on this parable discuss it from the standpoint of the four soils. I want to look at it in terms of what it teaches us about doing ministry today. I find at least eight principles that both challenge and encourage us.

    Lessons for Modern-Day Sowers of the Word Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23 The last few days I have been meditating on the famous parable of the seed and the sower. It is obviously important because is found in three different places in the gospels (with Jesus’ explanation in parenthesis): Matthew ...read more

  • Grumblers Anonymous

    Contributed by Ray Pritchard on Jul 3, 2007
    based on 12 ratings
     | 2,897 views

    I have done a lot of thinking about the problem of how to evaluate your own success in the ministry. We can say that we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others. That’s true, but we do it anyway.

    Grumblers Anonymous Matthew 20:1-16 (I preached this sermon at the Spring Bible Conference at New Brunswick Bible Institute, April 26-29, 2007. The conference ended with the graduation ceremonies. This message was part of my series on the parables of Jesus.) I want to make a few predictions ...read more

  • Create In Me A Clean Heart: A Serious Call To Sexual Purity

    Contributed by Ray Pritchard on Jul 3, 2007
    based on 26 ratings
     | 8,548 views

    Purity is the personal decision to glorify God with your body, soul and spirit. So many times when we talk about purity, we put it in terms of dos and don’ts.

    Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Serious Call to Sexual Purity 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 ...read more

  • Overcoming Boredom

    Contributed by Ray Pritchard on Sep 8, 2003
    based on 48 ratings
     | 11,108 views

    Boredom is a warning sign that we are living for self when we ought to be living for God.

    Overcoming Boredom Ecclesiastes 9:10; Colossians 3:17 A ten-year-old boy was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Influenced by the threat of nuclear war and the reality of terrorist attacks around the world, the boy thought for a moment and then replied with just one word: ...read more

  • Renewing Your Passion Series

    Contributed by Ray Pritchard on Sep 5, 2003
    based on 146 ratings
     | 26,711 views

    You cannot keep yourself safe. Your only hope is to entrust all that you are and have to Jesus.

    Renewing Your Passion II Timothy 1 Today we are beginning a summer series from the little book of II Timothy. People sometimes wonder how pastors choose what to preach on. In this case, I feel like I didn’t choose II Timothy; II Timothy chose me. Last fall as we were finishing up our trip on ...read more

  • Finish Well Series

    Contributed by Ray Pritchard on Sep 5, 2003
    based on 112 ratings
     | 57,427 views

    Finishing well doesn’t happen by accident. Today we march to battle in the name of the Lord. The day of rest comes later.

    Finishing Well II Timothy 4:6-8 Just before his team left the locker room to play for the national championship of college football at the Fiesta Bowl last January, Jim Tressel, head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, gathered his team for one final talk. After going over the game plan, he asked ...read more

  • Overcoming Disappointment

    Contributed by Ray Pritchard on Sep 8, 2003
    based on 100 ratings
     | 91,639 views

    It is better to rejoice over what you have than to weep over what you used to have.

  • How Will You Be Remembered? Series

    Contributed by Ray Pritchard on Sep 5, 2003
    based on 39 ratings
     | 16,286 views

    Build your life on Jesus Christ and you will never be disappointed, and those who know you will be sorry to see you go.