Friday, May 18th Update:
Last night I posted a link to this story about our very own Chris Pritchard that appeared on Fox 8 news. Today, I just want to add this thought:
I first heard Chris’ story before a Sunday night service a few years ago. We were doing a series about spiritual warfare, and on this particular night we were discussing how certain fantasy games lead people into the occult. Chris Pritchard spoke that night – he talked about Dungeons and Dragons, and he told his story. As he spoke from the stage, I listened for the second time. He had told the story to some of the ministers 2 hours earlier.
As I listened to Chris’ story, all I could think was how long and deep and wide is our Heavenly Father’s Grace for us. Here is a guy who was lost – completely, utterly lost – whose life was written off by most everyone he knew. And still, he was redeemed. God looked beyond his difficult past and the horror of what he had done, and saw something more. He saw what He intended Chris to be.
I don’t know all about Chris Pritchard’s story. He is my brother, but most of his past remains a mystery to me. I don’t know all of the things that happened that fateful night, or that occured in the aftermath. I don’t know what it felt like to be in prison, or how he came to be released. The physical facts of his story are real, but I don’t understand them.
I can tell you this much of his story though . . . because it is also our story. Chris was blind. He life was shrouded in darkness. He lived with no joy in the present and no hope for the future . . . until someone introduced him to the Savior. And Jesus healed him – completely.
In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul writes: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sinor us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
That is my story, and yours, and Chris’. The story of people with a past, and a God who provides a future!
Thursday, May 18:
In case you missed this interview with Chris Pritchard on Fox 8 News tonight, here is the link to see it. http://myfox8.com/2012/05/17/buckley-report-sin-and-redemption/
This is a powerful story. I’ll post more on this story later . . .