Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in 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 43 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, three daughters-in-law--Leah, Vanessa, and Sarah, and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2004 Jul 05
1) If the question is bratwurst or hot dogs, the answer is bratwurst.
2) Last night Caleb Fields and Tolee Chang came over to our house to watch the Cubs-White Sox game with Mark and Nick. Only one person was happy at the end--and it wasn't Tolee or Mark or Nick.
3) John Kerry says he believes that life begins at conception and that he is against aboriton, yet he supports abortion on demand and opposed the ban on partial-birth abortion. Isn't that like saying, "I'm against slavery but I oppose any laws to end slavery"?
4) Two hymns I haven't heard sung lately: "Come, Thou Almighty King" and "Immortal, Invisible."
5) So far I can't find any reliable method for getting rid of old oil stains from the concrete floor in our garage.
6) A good read: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.
7) Another good read: Sex, Romance and the Glory of God by C. J. Mahaney.
8) Yesterday between services, a man who was obviously a visitor asked me, "Does your church believe in "once saved-always saved"? When I said yes, he didn't say anything else. I couldn't tell if he was happy with my answer or not.
9) It's acutally pretty unusual to get questions like that. People who have specific doctrinal questions generally figure that out before they come for a visit. It's more typical to get questions about the youth ministry, the Sunday School, or the all-important, "Where is the bathroom?"
10) I was happy to see people crowding the table in the portico yesterday to sign the petition supporting the Federal Marriage Amendment. This is the week to make your voice heard. Call your senator, write a letter, or sign an online petition. While you are at it, read this article by Stanley Kurtz.
You'd be amazed how much you can do to affect the outcome of this vote. The press may do its best to keep you in the dark about the depth of opposition to this fundamental redefinition of marriage, but you can bet that opposition is out there. If even a portion of those who actually oppose same-sex marriage take the time and trouble to contact their senators, it could make a real difference in the outcome of the vote. If you don't already realize it, senators carefully count up constituent mail and phone calls. If you call, it will matter.
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