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Godly Fear is Humble Reverence

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

Ted Bowling, cuing in on Philippians 2:12, which states that we are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, remembers an incident of an earthquake he had experienced in San Bernardino, an incident fraught with terror and feelings of helplessness. . .

Sin, Christians, and the Fear of God

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

As everyone knows, Scripture takes a very dim and stern view of sin because it is failure to live up to God's standard and destroys relationships, especially our relationship with God. After identifying the types and levels of sin, John Ritenbaugh suggests. . .

The Fear of God (Part 4)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh cautions that we must be careful lest we be deceived into thinking that justice delayed while continuing in a sin means acceptance of that sin by God. Justice delayed does not equate to justice denied. We will absolutely reap what we sow. W. . .

The Fear of God (Part 2)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that even before we acquire the necessary motivational building blocks of faith, hope, and love, we must acquire the fear of God (spanning the emotions of stark terror to reverential awe) providing a key, unlocking the treasures . . .

Fully Accepting God's Sovereignty, Part Three: The Fruits

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

As Christians, we have a desire to please God, and we want Him to protect and deliver us when the times ahead get tough. John Ritenbaugh illustrates four qualities of character that our full acceptance of God's sovereignty will build and that will prepare . . .

The Fear of God (Part 1)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh teaches that we must have established some relationship with God before we can rightly fear Him. Fear, faith hope and love serve as the four cornerstones upon which the whole superstructure of Christianity rests. A holy fear of the Lord is . . .

Knowing God: Formality and Customs (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh admonishes that we must continually upgrade our decorum and formality in our approach to God, striving to emulate Him in all that we do. Our culture (paralleling the second law of thermo-dynamics) has seriously degenerated in decorum and st. . .

Knowing God: Formality and Customs (Part 5)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh debunks the foolish notion that it does not matter what we wear if our heart is right on the inside. Our clothing as well as our outward conduct must match what is going on in our inner heart or being. Our clothing, often symbolizing righte. . .

Faith, Hope, and the Worship of God (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on the processes of developing faith and hope, indicates that the rules for making the calendar, a very complex activity, are not contained in the Bible. To put ones efforts into such a project (especially with limited or elementa. . .

Respect or Respect of Persons?

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

What is the proper balance between respecting someone and showing respect of persons? Is formality among church members necessary? Desirable? How should Christians treat each other in this area?

What Do You Fear? (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Fear can be broken down into two broad categories: the fear of God and the fear of everything else. If we fear God, we will not need to fear anything else.

The Elements of Motivation (Part One): Fear

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Even though a Christian's potential in God's Kingdom is so wonderful, it is still necessary for God to motivate His children to reach it. John Ritenbaugh begins his series on Christian motivation by expounding the fear of God.

Deuteronomy and Idolatry

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the scripture commanding the saving of second tithe, focuses on the admonition that we learn to fear God, having awe, respect, with a certain measure of dread. We are admonished to internalize the book of Deuteronomy in prepa. . .

Submitting (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh stresses that in matters of submission, God wants us to think things through rather than merely comply through blind obedience. The bitter fruit of multiculturalism (without God's guidance) has demonstrated that unless someone is willing to. . .

Deuteronomy (Part 5)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh stresses that the day-to-day choices we make have far-reaching spiritual consequences. When we incrementally learn to fear God, we make a choice to preserve our eternal life. God initiated our calling as an expression of His love and grace.. . .


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