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Dr. Ray Pritchard

Dr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, an Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 39 years, have three sons - Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law- Leah and Vanessa, and four grandchildren - Knox, Eli, Penny and Violet. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.

Have An “Anchor Sunday” At Your Church!

  • 2023Feb 01

Pastor, would you like to equip your congregation to do evangelism?

Here’s an easy way to do it.

Sponsor an “Anchor Sunday” at your church. Here are the steps:

  1. Watch the video by Pastor Brian Bill.
  2. Let us know how many copies of An Anchor for the Soul you need.
  3. We will donate the books, and we will pay the postage to ship them to you.
  4. Give a copy of Anchor to each family in attendance.
  5. Ask them to share it with someone who needs to know Jesus.

Please note: We ship only in boxes of 100. We aren't set up to process smaller quantities. 

We currently have over 70,000 copies of Anchor in English and 55,000 copies in Spanish in our Book Depot in Moline, IL.

We’d love to help you equip your congregation to share Christ.

Why does this idea work? It’s all about human nature. If you give your people a copy of An Anchor for the Soul, they are more likely to pray for opportunities to share the gospel with someone who needs Jesus.

It’s really that simple.

What’s the catch? There is no catch!

We’ve got copies of Anchor that we’d love to ship to you. We’ll keep giving them away until we run out–and then we’ll print some more.

If you are a pastor, you can get the ball rolling by sending an email to books@keepbelieving.com.

If you are a layperson, send this article to your pastor and let him know you think it’s a good idea.

Then pick a Sunday.
Let us know how many copies you need.

We will ship to any church in the US, and we’ll ship both English and Spanish copies in boxes of 100.

For more information, send an email to books@keepbelieving.com.

Let’s join together to reach our friends for Christ!

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Thanksgiving from the Footnotes

  • 2022Nov 22

Let me begin with my text, and then I want to tell you a story.

My text comes from the last line of the Lord’s Prayer, which means everyone should know it by heart:

“For yours is the kingdom,
and the power and the glory forever. Amen”

Here’s the story.

Some years ago, I did a live TV interview with Jerry Rose on the Total Living Network. I have forgotten what we were discussing or how it came up, but during the interview Jerry mentioned that when he was starting in Christian ministry, he talked one day with an older gentleman who had accomplished great things for the Lord.

When Jerry asked him for advice, the man said he had learned to pray a certain prayer every day.

He found that this prayer centered his soul and kept him on course spiritually. He said he had prayed this prayer over and over again.

When Jerry told that story, I wondered what prayer could have been so powerful.

It’s a prayer many of us have recited time and again.

It’s my text for today:

“Yours is the kingdom
 and the power and the glory forever. Amen” (Matthew 6:13).

I want us to think together about that verse and why it is so powerful. But before we do that, I need to say something about my title: “Thanksgiving from the Footnotes.”

When you look up Matthew 6:13 in your Bible, you immediately face a problem. Or a challenge. Or a puzzling question.

This benediction is not in the text of many Bibles.

It is found in the KJV and the NKJV.

If you use the NIV, it’s not there.
If you use the NASB, it’s not there.
If you use the RSV, it’s not there.

And yet we all know these words are part of the Lord’s Prayer.

We know it because these words are always included when we sing the Lord's Prayer.

What’s going on?

If these words are part of the Lord’s Prayer, why aren’t they in the Bible?  If these words aren’t part of the Lord’s Prayer, who made them part of the musical text?

But if you look closer, you’ll find those words in your Bible, even in those modern translations.

They are in the footnotes.

That raises the question, Did Jesus say these words?

Before I answer that question, let me point out that you can find the Lord’s Prayer in two places in the gospels: Matthew 6 and Luke 11.

The benediction is found only in Matthew 6.
That leads to a simple conclusion:

Jesus repeated this prayer on different occasions. Sometimes he included the benediction, and sometimes he didn’t.

That’s what I mean by Thanksgiving from the Footnotes.

Everyone agrees the words are both true and biblical.
They form a fitting end to the Lord’s Prayer.

What, then, does this benediction teach us?

To answer that question, let’s take each part of it individually.

You can read the rest of the sermon online

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37 Thanksgiving Messages

  • 2022Nov 22

Happy November! Here are 37 messages suitable for Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

 

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