Leavening, The Types

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh declares that the holy days are reliable, effective, multifaceted teaching tools, emphasizing spaced repetition to reinforce our faulty memories and drive the lesson deep into our thinking. The most effective learning involves drills or exercises, inscribing the lessons on our mind (Deuteronomy 16:3). Memory is …


The Offerings of Leviticus (Part Seven): The Sin and Trespass Offerings

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Sin and human nature affect everyone in society—from king to commoner—but God has covered sin from every angle in the sacrifice of His Son, fulfilling Leviticus 4-5.


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 boys? Earl Henn explains this apparent contradiction.


The Reason for Unleavened Bread

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

The Feast of Unleavened Bread signifies far more than the avoidance of leavening. Our focus needs to be on God's management of the process of deliverance.


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!


Sincerity and Truth (Part Two)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, recalling his underwriter training course at Transamerica Insurance, in which he learned of the hundreds of billions of dollars of fraud which occur annually in auto, health, disability, welfare, and Medicare, asserts that every part of our modern Babylonian culture has been plagued by fraud and cheating, a …


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.


A Subtle Yet Devastating Curse

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

Amos 8:11 speaks of "a famine . . . of hearing the words of the LORD." Such a spiritual famine is occurring today: The words of God are readily available, but few are hearing them. David Grabbe explains this prophecy and its connection to the Feast of Unleavened Bread.


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 …


Corporate Sin

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, characterizing the term corporate as an entity, separating the liability of the established entity from those of its constituents, usually for the purpose of establishing a profit, suggests that a corporation (a created body) does things by individuals as a collective body. Americans, as descendants of Jacob …


The Parable of the Leaven, Expanded

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Bitterness divides one member of Christ's Body from another. Individuals often look for a 'doctrinal' reason to justify leaving a congregation.


What Sin Is & What Sin Does

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

No one seems to talk about sin anymore, but it still exists and continues to wreak havoc! Scripture describes sin and its great effects in our lives.


Passover (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The annual reaffirmation of the covenant through the Passover is at the core of an on-going relationship with the Father and Son, beginning the perfecting process.


The Unleavened Bread of Perfection

CGG Weekly by Clyde Finklea

Keeping the leaven out is very important in its own right. However, our primary focus should not be on the leavened bread but on the unleavened bread.


Do We See the Line?

'Ready Answer' by Mike Ford

Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove , a bestselling book and television miniseries in the 1980s, contains the story of a cowboy who fails to perceive the line between right and wrong, and for his lack of moral sense, he pays with his life. Mike Ford considers I Corinthians 6:12 and the subject of "gray areas," showing that learning …


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.


Stuff

Sermonette by Mike Ford

Mike Ford, acknowledging that many of us are now in a de-leavening mode, suggests that getting rid of accumulated clutter is a positive goal as we simplify our lives in our preparation of extracting ourselves from the world and following God. Spring cleaning is a custom largely connected to Israelitish nations. Everybody has the …


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.


Why Are We Called To Overcome?

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

In this sermon prepared for the Days of Unleavened Bread, John Reid examines the symbols of leavening (representing a way of life against God and against us) and unleavening (representing harmony with God and positive things for us now, representing a wonderful positive life in the future, as a beloved member of the family of …


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.


Stuff

'Prophecy Watch' by Mike Ford

We live in a truly materialistic society. Everyone has a great deal of "stuff," all of our possessions, which we stockpile and safeguard jealously. Considering the process of spring cleaning, Mike Ford ponders our attachment to our stuff and the possibility of having to leave it all behind.


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 …


Psalms: Book Five (Part Five): Psalm 119 (Part Two)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Even though keeping the law does not justify us, it does point out to us what sin is. The law is a guide keeping us within moral and ethical boundaries.


Unleavened Bread and the Holy Spirit

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Egypt is not directly a symbol of sin, but instead the world. The Days of Unleavened Bread symbolize what God did for us, not what we did by our own power.


Unleavened Bread and Pentecost

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Unleavened bread serves as a memorial of God's deliverance from the bondage of sin. We must realize that our part of the salvation process is to follow God.


Why Many Do Not Understand

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Using stock car, computer, and biotechnology jargon, Richard Ritenbaugh illustrates how ignorant most of us feel in the wake of the exponential explosion of knowledge. Likewise, the Bible, even though widely published and distributed, has remained just as mysterious for most people. Biblical truth cannot be discerned by human …


Unleavened Bread and Hope

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, after comparing the behaviors of two fictional friends, suggests that action must accompany hope. After we purge the corruption from our lives, we must replace it with the anti-leaven of truth and sincerity, or our last state will be worse than the first. God promised both the ancient Israelites and the …


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.


Deleavening the Home

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

[Editor's note - Audio Quality improves at 5m30s] Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the spring cleaning associated with deleavening, reminds us that God is a God of order, sustaining and upholding all things, and encourages us to clean, maintain, dress and keep, improving what He has given us. As God's creation, He works to make …


Letters to Seven Churches (Part Seven): Repentance

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

As High Priest, Christ is putting His people through the paces, tailoring the trials and experiences needed for sanctification and ultimate glorification.