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Has America Gone Crazy?

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reflects on the socio-cultural-political mayhem which has characterized America during the last decade, a tumultuous time in which a major political party has endorsed "transgender" craziness, with some "experts" claimin. . .



Why Must Satan Be Released?

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

David Grabbe points out that carnal nature will exist during the Millennium, even though Satan, imprisoned, will be unable then to deceive people. Satan, the inveterate rebel, refuses to repent, even after suffering 1,000 years of confinement and after wit. . .



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. . .



Blogging For Truth

Sermonette by Joshua Montgomery

Josh Montgomery, drawing on his experiences in internet marketing, describes how some have manipulated the search engines, using key word saturation to give unscrupulous bloggers and 'experts' the ability to distort the truth and create an alternate realit. . .



Prove Yourself A Man!

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, cuing in on an article which poses the question, "Why does not mainstream Christianity attract more men?" affirms that most mainstream churches have become feminized, with many men who may call themselves "Christian" fee. . .



Are Your Feelings Fighting Your Faith?

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, suggesting that, while society has rejected religious principles and faith, it has glommed onto superficial feelingséwhatever feels good to us. Today's Christianity is more theatrics than theological; feelings have become the replacement fo. . .



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. . .



Prevailing Winds

'Ready Answer' by Gary Montgomery

Unless we are employed in a maritime occupation or have a particular interest in sailboats, we probably do not know a great deal about sailing. Using Paul's analogy in Ephesians 4:14, Gary Montgomery teaches a handy nautical maneuver, discussing how the st. . .



Grace, Faith, and Love

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh observes that although each of God's festivals depicts increasingly larger numbers of people being drawn to God, the counter pulls emanating from sinful carnal human nature war against the prompts of God's Holy Spirit, producing continual c. . .



Absalom: A Study in Narcissism

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Probably the biblical character best exemplifying the narcissistic personality is David's son, Absalom, clearly a spoiled son in a dysfunctional family.



Purpose-Driven Churches (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh warns about the dangers of the emerging, new paradigm, purpose driven, outcome-based churches. The fourth descriptor was borrowed from a movement in modern education, emphasizing that the ends justify the means, glorifying political correct. . .



Developing Discernment

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Using the analogy of Maestro Arturo Toscanini's ability to anticipate mistakes or sense when something was amiss, Martin Collins examines the vital subject of discernment— both physical and spiritual. Human discernment, according to Dr. N. Scott Peck. . .



Maintaining Good Health (Part 4)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh focuses upon several abuses of one of God's gifts to mankind — eating and drinking. While drunkenness and gluttony indicate self-centeredness, lack of discipline, often leading to poverty and ill health, moderation in all things is the way . . .



The Sovereignty of God: Part Three

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

In the third part of this series, John Ritenbaugh uses the Beast power of Revelation 13 to compare with God's sovereignty. Who will we yield to in the coming years?



The Providence of God (Part 6)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh emphasizes that a spiritual Israelite, following Jacob's example, undergoes a metamorphosis in which his own stubborn, self-centered will is broken so that God's creative work can be completed within him. Abraham, whose very name connotes f. . .



The Providence of God (Part 5)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reminds us that God is not in the torturing business but in the creating business, using calamities as part of His creative process. As Jacob's spiritual descendants or the Israel of God, we possess some of the same faithless proclivities a. . .



The Providence of God (Part 4)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, citing the maxim that 'the apple doesn't fall very far from the tree,' suggests that the nation of Israel and the Israel of God, having the same aggresive, controlling, and contentious spirit as their forefather Jacob, must learn to let Go. . .



The Providence of God (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that to the called, nothing happens in a vacuum and "time and chance" no longer applies. Like a proactive, responsible parent, God restricts free moral agency to keep His children from getting hurt. Through His foresigh. . .



What I Believe About Conspiracy Theories

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh addresses the controversial topics of conspiracy theories, Sovereign Citizenship and the New World Order. These, for too many, burn up countless hours of precious time in vain speculation and useless anxiety. The drive toward one world gove. . .



The Sovereignty of God (Part 11)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh emphasizes the value of understanding sovereignty as a basic foundational doctrine, providing a link between knowledge and practice as well as providing motivation to yield and conform to God's purpose for us. Understanding sovereignty (1) . . .



The Sovereignty of God (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh warns that those who have made a covenant with God can be seduced or corrupted unless they make a concerted effort to know God. Knowing God means to realize that God has the right and the power to do with any one of us as He pleases. John t. . .



Self-Government and Responsibility (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

A major distinguishing characteristic of mankind is his free moral agency, presenting him with choices and the right to make decisions. We need free moral agency to be transformed into God's image. The volition to do right has to come from the core of our . . .



Satan (Part 5)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that confusion or lack of peace is the clear fruit of Satan's involvement. It is nearly impossible for righteousness to be produced in an environment of instability and disharmony brought about by selfish ambition, competition, a. . .



Philippians (Part 9)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that while Godly righteousness is open ended, allowing room for growth, human righteousness is self-limiting because of its self-centered mindset, smugly satisfied with its accomplishments. The attainment of Godly righteousness d. . .



Childrearing (Part 2)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

[Audio Note: Quality improves at 1:20] John Ritenbaugh warns that when an aberrant cultural change of any kind is introduced into society, it soon becomes accepted. Many parents of the 1980's considered children hindrances to their self-fulfillment, turnin. . .



John (Part 13)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon Jesus' calculation upon the time of arrival at the Feast of Tabernacles, indicates that Jesus carefully took into account many variables to maximize His effectiveness at this event. The myriad opinions of the crowd concerni. . .



Matthew (Part 19)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh explains the context in which a tenant farmer would find a buried treasure after the original inhabitant had meticulously hid it fleeing from an invading army. Our calling resembles this parable and the Parable of the Pearl of great price; . . .


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