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God's Words as Spirit and Life

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A Primer On Spirit

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, relating four Scriptures pertaining to Pentecost (comprising 700 years in fulfillment), suggests that God does not regard time the same way as we do. Spiritual entities, such as word and ideas, are powerful and potentially dangerous if use. . .

The Fruit of the Spirit

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

In this introductory article to a series on the fruit of the Spirit, John Ritenbaugh explains how the Bible approaches fruit symbolically, what it means to bear fruit, and the work of the Holy Spirit in us.

Metaphors of God's Word

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Christ says His words are Spirit and Life; they have a quality above human words because their source is divine. If ingested, these words lead to eternal life.

The Holy Spirit and the Trinity (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reveals that the architects and custodians of the trinity concept admit that it is a "somewhat unsteady silhouette," unsupportable by Scripture unless one forces external presuppositions, assumptions, and inferences onto it—. . .

The Holy Spirit and the Trinity (Part 5)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh emphasizes that God's Spirit is the essence of God's mind rather than a third person of a trinity. With this Spirit, God opens our minds, dwells in us, and implants or transfers His Family characteristics into us through His Word (Romans 8:. . .

Words Versus Images

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon the technological and linguistic changes that have occurred in the short span of one century, marvels at the drastic decrease of our attention span and the corresponding degradation of language. The dramatic shift in ori. . .

The Holy Spirit and the Trinity (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh identifies spirit as the most important element in the whole salvation process. Spirit (ruach in Hebrew, pneuma in Greek) can be defined as that invisible, immaterial, internal activating agent which impels or creates. There are varieties o. . .

The Holy Spirit and the Trinity (Part 4)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Continuing with the definition of spirit, John Ritenbaugh explains that the preposition 'in'—as in the expressions 'in Christ,' 'in the church,' 'in you," or 'in the spirit'—refer not to literal physical dimensions, but instead our 'concer. . .

God's Powerful Gospel

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In this message on recognizing the true gospel, Richard Ritenbaugh stresses that the gospel encompasses far more than the Kingdom of God coming to this earth. It includes the complete revelation of God to man of His plan to reproduce Himself through man. T. . .

Appearing Before God (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

In Psalm 92:4-5, the psalmist proclaims: For You, LORD, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands. O LORD, how great are Your works! ...

Eating: How Good It Is! (Part Three)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

We are what we eat. The same can apply spiritually to what we put into our minds. John Ritenbaugh shows that God wants us to desire His Word with the eagerness of a baby craving milk.

Eating: How Good It Is! (Part Four)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

John 6 has always been a difficult chapter to explain. However, within his series on the physical/spiritual parallels in the Bible on eating, John Ritenbaugh shows how clear Jesus' teaching is and what it means to us.

The W's and H's of Meditation (Part Five)

Sermon by David F. Maas

David Maas, focusing on Old and New Testament scriptures which establish the permanency of God's Word and His immutable Laws, examines our current, precarious state as God's called out ones having two minds—spiritual and carnal—in mortal combat. . .

Four Views of Christ (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

After warning against literary junk food, John Ritenbaugh focuses upon the dominant emphasis of Matthew, an ex-government official, who concentrated upon the kingly qualities of Jesus as a descendant of the royal house of David, representing the Lion of Ju. . .

Mightier Then the Sword (Part Six)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that words are more effective in winning a prolonged conflict than are weapons of war, asserts that words serve as invisible, immaterial influences on the mind, motivating action. Words motivate feeling, cause anger, excite, ca. . .

Our Trusted Source of Truth (Part Two)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh focuses on the double standards of the proponents of the Documentary Hypothesis, at once insisting that we treat the Bible like every other literary document while insisting the New Testament jump through extra hoops. Looking at the exta. . .

A Cure for News Depression

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, acknowledging that our government is doing things that carnal governments always do, suggests that America's demise is occuring rapidly. Faith is diminishing and immorality is increasing. Carnal governments, because they do not believe tha. . .

Unity (Part 4)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh insists that the voice, perhaps more than the fingerprints, makes an individual unique, articulating the depths of emotion. The voice of God, whether expressed through thunder, events of His providence, handiwork of creation, or the preachi. . .

Image and Likeness of God (Part 4)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Taking issue with those who have embraced the widely held notion that God does not have body parts, John Ritenbaugh asserts that just because spirit is invisible to the present physical receptors, much the same as wind or electromagnetic waves (John 3:8), . . .

The Christian and the World (Part 6)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh explains the significance of the eye, clear vision, and light metaphors in Matthew 6:22-23, stating that the eye represents understanding (as the metaphorical eye of the heart) while the light represents truth. It is not enough to have know. . .

John (Part 12)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh insists that because what we believe automatically determines what we do; it is impossible to separate faith and works. If our source of belief is not grounded in Jesus Christ, we will be held captive to our traditions and our works will be. . .

We Can Make It!

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the book Final Exit by Derek Humphry, a work exploring the prevalence of suicide and its impact on the survivors, warns us that this is the time to get our ducks in a row, making the most of what we have experienced, establis. . .

The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part 26)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that Paul's target in Galatians 2:16 was a syncretism of Judaism with strict Pagan ascetic Gnosticism and certainly not God's law. We need to avoid the Protestant ditch of "Christ did it all" leading to no attempt at la. . .

Separation and At-One-Ment

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Throughout the generations, war has been mankind's solution to problems. Is there hope for the future? John Ritenbaugh gives the comforting answer: at-one-ment is possible with God!

Matthew (Part 12)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on Matthew 7:15-20, observes that false teaching tends to produce four different ways of life: (1) Getting people concentrating on externals (rituals and regulations); (2) Concentrating on negativism (no cards or movies); (3) Conc. . .

Seeking God in the Mundane

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the holiness movement of the 19th century which led to the emergence of Pentecostal and charismatic congregations, persuasions which have engulfed one-fourth of the entirety of Christian denominations and 8% of the world's. . .

The W's and H's of Meditation (Part Three)

Sermon by David F. Maas

David Maas, in this third installment of the W's and H's of Meditation, reiterating the stark contrast between God's holy character and our inherent carnal nature, contends that developing the daily habit of meditation on God's Word (the very spigot of God. . .

Purpose-Driven Churches (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on Psalm 50:21-22, states that the new paradigm or outcome-based religion has reconfigured God into something that He is not, something far inferior to God's nature, leading to degenerate behavior on the part of the worshiper, p. . .


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