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Esther (Part Five)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, observing that the civil Festival of Purim in the Jewish community, commemorating the deliverance of the Jews from virulent anti-Semitism in ancient Persia, explains that this festival is celebrated with a notable spirit of merriment be. . .

Esther (Part Four)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, realizing that although some people regard approaching the Bible as literature to be demeaning or perhaps even heretical, contends that the literary approach can be a powerful tool to understanding and appreciating it more fully. A good. . .

Esther (Part Three)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, focusing on Psalm 83:4-8, which describes the hideous character traits of Israel's ancient enemies, identifies descendants of Amalek, a particularly proud and hate-filled man, assembling a confederacy of vengeful peoples having ties to . . .

Esther (Part Two)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, marveling about biblical scholars' tying themselves into knots as they consider the proper genre for the book of the Esther— parable, comedy (in the classical sense), chronicle, morality play or fictional drama —reminds us that God want. . .

Esther (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the widespread belief in many pagan cultures that local tribal deities claim territoriality over their adherents' land, maintains that God had to disabuse Israel from believing such nonsense, using scattering and exile to . . .

Psalms for the Winter Blues

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh reflects that winter is a time of cold, darkness, and sadness. In fact, as many as 10% of people in northern areas have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Winter can be responsible for melancholy dispositions, especially when people are . . .

Eating: How Good It Is! (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The Bible frequently uses analogies from physical life to explain spiritual principles. Food and eating are no exceptions. In fact, there are over 700 references to eating in Scripture. The lessons we can learn from them must be important!

Maintaining Good Health (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh points out 700 references to the act of eating, all providing contexts or vehicles of serious spiritual instruction. Banquets invariably provide springboards for instruction, from Abraham's entertaining of angels, to Joseph's banquet for hi. . .

Lessons From Esther: Mordecai Never Grew Weary

Article by Mark Schindler

Mordecai, a Jew living in the Persia capital, faithfully guided Esther through a time of potentially great trouble. Mark Schindler uses his example to show that such character is not out of our reach!

Lessons From Esther: Esther Sacrifices Herself

Article by Ronny H. Graham

Queen Esther, faced with the destruction of her people in Persia, put her life on the line. Ronny Graham describes how her example should be an inspiration to us. Also contains the inset article, God—Absent from Esther?

Pentecost and the Book of Ruth

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, focusing upon part of the festival scrolls (the Megilloth) read during Pentecost, reveals that although many of the lessons allude to Old Covenant teachings, Ruth prefigures New Covenant principles also, including (1) God's mercy and ma. . .



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