Dr. Ray Pritchard

Author, Speaker, President of Keep Believing Ministries

Each year in January thousands of churches observe Sanctity of Human Life Sunday to remember the value of all human life, including life in the womb.

This year Sanctity of Human Life Sunday falls on January 18.

In order to help pastors and other Bible teachers, we have put together a page with 20 Sermons for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Please feel free to use this material in any way that may be helpful in your own ministry.

May God be pleased to count this as a tiny contribution on the side of life.

47 Sermons for a New Year

We have put together a page with 47 sermons for New Year's Day. Feel free to use this material as part of your own sermon preparation.

 

To be our Savior


A "Wordle" of today's devotional.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

Pause for a moment and consider who was speaking and who was being addressed. When the shepherds heard these words from the angel, they must have been flabbergasted. We forget that shepherds were near the bottom of the social order of ancient Israel. They were often poor, uneducated, and quite young. Most people would not pick “shepherd” on their Career Preference Form. There were easier ways to make a living in ancient Israel. So when the angel says, “To you is born,” he’s really saying, “Christ came for lowly shepherds.” But what about those theologians in Jerusalem who knew but didn’t care? He came for them too, but they missed it altogether.

When Christ came, his birth was first announced to the outcasts of society. They were the first ones to hear the good news of Christmas. There is a great lesson in this for all of us. Our Lord came for the forgotten people of the earth. Most of the time they are the ones who receive him with the greatest joy. Rich people often have no time for Christ, but the poor welcome him as an honored guest.

Let me now make a simple application. The angel said, “Unto you is born . . . a Savior.” This is where Christmas becomes intensely personal. It’s not enough to say abstractly that you believe Christ came. Millions of people say that and are still lost in their sins. It’s not enough to say that Christ came for someone else.

You can never be saved until you say, “Christ came for me. He died for me. He rose from the dead for me.”

He came for you. Do you believe that?

Two thousand years ago God sent a gift wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. Jesus is God’s Christmas gift to you. You will never experience Christmas joy until you personally receive God’s gift—the Lord Jesus Christ.

A man traveled a great distance for an interview with a distinguished scholar. He was ushered into the man’s study, where he said, “Doctor, I notice that the walls of your study are lined with books from the ceiling to the floor. No doubt you have read them all. I know you have written many yourself. You have traveled extensively, and doubtless you’ve had the privilege of conversing with some of the world’s wisest men. I’ve come a long way to ask you just one question. Tell me, of all you’ve learned, what is the one thing most worth knowing?” Putting his hand on his guest’s shoulder, the scholar replied with emotion in his voice, “My dear sir, of all the things I have learned, only two are really worth knowing. The first is, I am a great sinner, and the second is, Jesus Christ is a great Savior!”

If you know those two things personally, you know the best news in the whole world; a Savior has been born for you, who is Christ the Lord.

We close these Advent devotions with a traditional Christmas benediction:

May you be filled with the wonder of Mary, the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the determination of the Magi, and the peace of the Christ child. Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit bless you now and forever. Amen.

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To Destroy the Works of the Devil

“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).

The word “destroy” doesn’t mean to annihilate, it means to “render powerless.” When Jesus died on the cross, he “pulled the plug” on Satan. In this present age Satan seems to be very powerful, but he cannot do anything without God’s express permission. He is like Samson shorn of his locks, unable to do anything on his own. The day is coming when his utter impotence will be revealed to the universe and those who followed him will discover that they were following a toothless lion.

In 1833 the familiar Christmas carol God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen was first published in Britain. It became widely known in America in the late 1800s and is still popular today. Many people miss the meaning of the first line because they leave out the comma between "merry" and "gentlemen." This is not a song about "merry gentlemen," but rather an exhortation to godly men. It helps to know that the word "merry" originally meant strong or valiant, as in Robin Hood and his "Merry Men," meaning his strong, brave men. The word "rest" meant to make. So the first line really means, "God make you strong and valiant, gentlemen." That explains the second line, "Let nothing you dismay." What is it that makes us strong in the face of the struggles of life and our own repeated failures? "Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day." The whole essence of the gospel is in the opening verse.

God rest ye merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day;
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray.

O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy.

I particularly love the line that explains why Christ came: "to save us all from Satan’s power when we were gone astray." We have all repeatedly and foolishly gone astray, and we have suffered because of it. Jesus came to save us from Satan's power that continually pulls us in the wrong direction.

Be encouraged. Christmas is almost here. Things are going to change.

Deliver us from evil, O Lord, so that our hearts may truly be merry today. Amen.

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About Dr. Ray Pritchard

Dr. 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 39 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law--Leah and Vanessa, and four grandchildren grandsons: Knox, Eli, Penny and Violet. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.

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