The Parables of Matthew 13 (Part Five): The Parable of the Leaven

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

Most commentators see this parable as a positive message of the growth of the church. However, deeper study shows that they have it exactly backward!


A Little Leaven

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

Citing a passage in Ann Rule's book, Green River, Running Red, (a book in which the author examines the twisted motivation of the Green River Killer), John Ritenbaugh underscores the principle that disastrous consequences emerge from seemingly insignificant origins such as a rockslide from a tiny pebble or an avalanche from a …


Why We Must Put Out Leaven

Article by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

Why must we put leaven out, yet we do not have to circumcise our baby boys? Is deleavening 'Old Covenant'?


The Leavening of the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Herod

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

Jesus warned of three varieties of leaven that we must guard against, staying aware of the pitfalls that will pull us down and corrupt us.


Parables of Matthew 13 (Part 2): Leaven

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Kingdom of God or of Heaven has past, present, and future aspects. The Kingdom parables primarily provide instruction for the present aspect.


How Much Leaven Can God Take?

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh asks the question, "How much leavening would God allow to infiltrate into the church, society, or the individual before He steps in to correct it?" Leaven can symbolically represent false teaching, as in the stifling traditions of the Pharisees, the skepticism of the Sadducees, and the secularism of …


Leavening, The Types

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The holy days are reliable teaching tools, emphasizing spaced repetition to reinforce our faulty memories and drive the lesson deep into our thinking.


Two Loaves, Baked with Leaven

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

The leavening indicates that the wave loaves speak to this life rather than the resurrection. It is accepted by God only because of the other sacrifices.


The Five Ws of Deleavening

'Ready Answer' by Staff

Just what deleavening does God want His children to do? What has He commanded His people? Here are the Five Ws of Deleavening: why, where, what, who and when.


How Do We Keep God's Festivals?

'Ready Answer' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Here are the foundational principles to keep in mind in observing the Feasts of God throughout the year.


Holy Days: Unleavened Bread

Bible Study by Staff

The Feast of Unleavened Bread immediately follows the Passover. In it we see how hard it is to overcome and rid our lives of sin.


Freedom and Unleavened Bread

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Christian freedom has nothing to do with location or circumstance but how we think. By imbibing on God's Word, we will incrementally displace our carnality.


The Offerings of Leviticus (Part Three): The Meal Offering

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The meal offering represents the fulfillment of the second great commandment, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Here is how to understand this offering.


A Body in Motion (2012)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reporting on a so-called "consultation with the British public and the advisability of same sex marriage," asserts that the British Government has already determined to push the program of making all marriages legal-heterosexual, homosexual, and other. The Daily Telegraph reported that churches are …


Themes of I Corinthians (Part 4)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

While most of the world's Christians understand the sacrificial theme of the Passover, they fail to grasp the knowledge of actively overcoming sin, largely because of the concepts of 'free' grace and 'unconditional' forgiveness taught by Protestant theologians. They forget the covenantal aspect of our relationship with God; …


Principled Living (Part Three): Growing in Righteousness

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reminiscing about a school science fair project on tree growth rings, draws an analogy to spiritual growth, pondering what our spiritual growth rings look like. Because nature abhors a vacuum, once people rid themselves of sin, they must fill the void with righteous character. God's law'the pure, undefiled …


The Unleavened Life Is a Happy Life!

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh observes that some misguided individuals have denigrated the practice of putting out leaven as childish and something to be outgrown. The fruits of their lives indicate that they never learned the subtle lessons these customs or practices were supposed to teach. The annual rehearsal of these practices is …