Dr. Ray Pritchard

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    Dr. Ray Pritchard: The Coming Evangelical Divide

    The evangelical movement is about to divide.Nothing could be clearer.It’s true that we have often disagreed over things like church government, views of the Second Coming, baptism, lifestyle habits, worship style and musical preference. But those differences, though deeply felt, were intramural debates over secondary issues.This time we are going to divide over a primary issue. 
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    Dr. Ray Pritchard: Author of Salvation

    “It was fitting that God . . . should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering" (Hebrews 2:10). The whole earthly life of Jesus is summed up in one phrase. He was made “perfect through suffering.” But wasn’t Jesus perfect when he was born in the manger? And didn’t he live a sinless life? Wasn’t his death the death of an innocent man? Yes. He was morally perfect. That is one kind of perfection or completion.
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    Dr. Ray Pritchard: Can Good People Go to Heaven?

    Can good people go to heaven?Yes, if they will turn away from trusting in their goodness and trust Jesus Christ for their eternal salvation. As long as you cling to the slightest shred of your goodness, you’ll never see the gates of heaven. Once you let go of the rags of your own righteousness, you can be saved. 
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    Dr. Ray Pritchard: Time to Get Rid of Your Worries

    What are you worried about today? If you are like most people, you are probably worried about your weight. That might not be at the top of your list, but according to a survey by Beneden Health in the U.K., that’s the # 1 concern for most people. Here are the Top Ten Worries (counting down from #10 to #1) according to their survey: 
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    Dr. Ray Pritchard: Make Me a Crisis Man

    Wherever the message of Christ has gone it has always created controversy.Some believe it and find hope and peace and eternal life through Christ.
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    Dr. Ray Pritchard: Compassion: More Than a Bleeding Heart

    One year right after Christmas I was flying through Atlanta on my way to Tampa to speak at a Bible conference. I had a few minutes in the airport so I picked up a copy of theWashington Times (December 26, 1994, p. A2). One of the articles gave a synopsis of the sermon on Christmas Sunday at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. The preacher began his message this way:
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    Dr. Ray Pritchard: God Can Do Anything Now

    An email arrived a few minutes ago from a pastor friend who ended his note with this benediction: "May God use you and bless you in ways that only he could imagine!!” 
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    Dr. Ray Pritchard: Where Grace and Wrath Meet

    Why did Jesus have to die?That may be the most important question facing this generation. No one can truly understand the Christian faith without knowing the answer to that question.
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    Dr. Ray Pritchard: Thank You For This Trial

    Tom Landry, longtime coach of the Dallas Cowboys, often told his players that “fatigue makes cowards of us all.” Most of us can handle a little bit of adversity, and some of us can handle a lot of adversity, but everyone has a breaking point. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are or what your track record may be. We all have a breaking point, and sometimes we discover it without warning. There is a lesson here if we care to take it.
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    Dr. Ray Pritchard: Pray Big

    How simple this is. Only four words—“Have faith in God”—yet how revolutionary they are. E. V. Hill once preached a 40-minute sermon on just two words: “God is.” In his own unforgettable style, he pressed home the point that everything in the universe flows from this one truth. Figure this out and you’ve got a handle on life. Deny this and nothing else makes sense.
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    Dr. Ray Pritchard: No Regrets

    A friend asked for my thoughts on living with no regrets. To me it’s all about direction. A few years ago the Lord gave me a set of  sayings that I call the First Law of Spiritual Progress:
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    Dr. Ray Pritchard: Satan's Battle Plan

    Satan often attacks us at the point of our strength, not the point of our weakness. After all, had not Peter boldly said, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you?” If you had asked Peter six hours earlier to name his strong points, no doubt he would have listed boldness and courage right at the top. He would have said, “Sometimes I put my foot in my mouth, but at least I’m not afraid to speak up. Jesus knows that I’ll always be there when he needs me.”
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    Dr. Ray Pritchard: My Father, My Sons, My Grandchildren

    My full name is Clarence Raymond Pritchard. I was named Clarence for my uncle who died two years after I was born. Raymond was my father’s middle name. When my oldest son was born, we named him Joshua Tyrus Pritchard—Joshua for the great Bible hero and Tyrus in honor of my father who was named after Ty Cobb, the great baseball player. Our second son was named Mark Alan after Marlene’s older brother Mark and my younger brother Alan.
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    Dr. Ray Pritchard: An Uncomplicated Faith

    "God is not looking for COMPLICATED faith–He’s looking for simple, wholehearted, childlike faith. It’s actually us who complicates things by measuring out our faith with a teaspoon.
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    Dr. Ray Pritchard: Is God's Manna Enough For You?

    “We remember the fish we ate in Egypt for free, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. 6 Now our lives are wasting away. There is nothing but manna in front of us” (Numbers 11:5-6).
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    Dr. Ray Pritchard: It Happens After Prayer

    First of all, a word of disclosure.  Since I wrote the Foreword to It Happens After Prayer, it is no surprise that I recommend this book. But in this case, I would happily recommend it anyway because my friend H. B. Charles Jr. manages to do something that many authors on prayer don’t do.  
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    Our Fickleness, His Faithfulness

    “Great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:23b). This is the text that led Thomas Obadiah Chisholm to write the poem that became a beloved hymn sung on every continent. Here’s a simple way to bring its truth into focus …
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    Dr. Ray Pritchard: The Mystery of Unanswered Prayer

     “You won’t believe the things that have happened to me." The man stood over my desk as he spoke those words. Then he proceeded to tell a tale of woe the likes of which I had not heard in many years. As I listened, it seemed to boil down to three basic parts.     
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    Dr. Ray Pritchard: Lost in the Bureaucracy

     “If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still. The increase from the land is taken by all; the king himself profits from the fields.”Ecclesiastes 5:8-9