Parables and Prophecy

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We take for granted that the parables of Jesus are prophetic as well as instructive, but others may not be so sure. Have we just read our recent history into them, or are they truly prophetic?


Parables and a Pearl

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price is often wrongly interpreted, ascribing meaning that contradicts the Bible. Here is how the Scriptures remain unbroken.


Parables of Matthew 13 (Part 1): The Mustard Seed

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Bible, in both parables and prophecies, interprets itself and remains consistent in its use of symbols. We cannot arbitrarily attach meaning to symbols.


Without a Parable

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on Deuteronomy 30:19-20, reminds us that we are called to a lifetime of decisions and judgments. We have problems with judging fellow brethren in different groups of the greater Church of God, of which at least three claim to be the only true church. This intemperate judgment may come back to bite the …


Biblical Symbolism

Bible Study by Staff

The Bible is full of symbols, allegories, parables, types and keys. What do they mean? How can we understand them, and thus understand God's Word?


Prophecy in Song

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Can a book like the Song of Songs contain prophecy that is applicable to today? Richard Ritenbaugh shows that, far from being just a book about married love, the Song of Songs relates to the present condition of the church.


Prophecy and Love in the Song of Songs

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

From this often misunderstood and misinterpreted poetical work comes some hopeful prophecies along with some vivid descriptions of intimate spiritual love.


Defining Logos (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh suggests that one must be a member of a language community to know the contexts defining the meaning of a word. The Greek word logos has been negatively loaded with unbiblical meanings from Gnosticism, theology, and philosophy. Its basic meaning is "word" or "saying," yet it is really more …


Is God's Way Simple?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Just because something is simple does not make it true and just because something is complex does not make it false. Deeper knowledge often comes with complexity.


Instruction in the Morning

Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whittaker, claiming that the most important physical meal we eat each day is breakfast, suggests that spiritual breakfast is also the most important spiritual meal of the day. Isaiah counseled us that the early morning hours seemed to be the most advantageous time to receive the counsel of God. Our Heavenly Father taught …


Imagining the Garden of Eden (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh suggests that words can trigger a picture in our minds or excite our imagination. The imagination enables mankind to envision both beneficial and harmful purposes. Imagination is a gift from God. Only man has this capability, enabling him to create art, philosophy, or science, taking elementary concepts and …


Facing Times of Stress: Lack of Clarity

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins asks whether we have tried to make decisions without having sufficient facts. All of Christ's actions were done with full knowledge of the facts. Christ's healing of the blind man could have had the ancillary purpose of teaching the disciples the extent of their spiritual blindness, who had become hindered by …