Eating: How Good It Is! (Part Five)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Both food and information are readily available in the West. What is our approach to them? Our attitude toward and application of them makes all the difference.


Eating: How Good It Is! (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The Bible frequently uses analogies from physical life to explain spiritual principles. There are over 700 references to eating in Scripture.


Eating: How Good It Is! (Part Seven)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Our physical bodies have a defense system to keep out invaders. Spiritually, how well do we maintain our defenses against error and contamination?


Eating: How Good It Is! (Part Six)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

In the West, both food and information are readily available. We need self-control and a dedication to truth in order to live a godly life.


Eating: How Good It Is! (Part Three)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

We are what we eat. The same can apply spiritually to what we put into our minds. God wants us to desire His Word with the eagerness of a baby craving milk.


Eating: How Good It Is! (Part Two)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

By studying eating in the experiences of those in the Bible, we plumb a deep well of instruction from which we can draw vital lessons to help us through life.


Eating Out on the Sabbath

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh examines four areas in which hairsplitting or non-salvation issues (such as eating white sugar, observing the right calendar, or occasionally eating out on the Sabbath) have threatened the unity of fellowship. What has brought about the disunity? Who determines the intent of the law? Who makes the policy from the …


Women and Fetuses at Risk!

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, observing that farming and agriculture have always been a part of the way of life for Israel, laments that large agribusiness conglomerates have used genetically modified seeds to wrest control of agriculture away from the common farmer. Genetically engineered foods (especially corn) cause obesity (in both …


Our Reasonable Service

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

God has given each human being the responsibility of regulating the quality and quantity of food intake as a necessary part of maintaining the physical body, the temple of His Holy Spirit. Our Elder Brother and Trailblazer provided us an example, demonstrating that if we assiduously manage our bodies, regulating thought and food …


Our Genetically Altered Foods (Part One)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reminding us that food has always been a point of contention throughout scripture, warns us that food is of a far lesser importance than exercising faith. When we get hung up on food, we have the natural tendency to judge others for their non-compliance of health laws. In this time of genetically modified food, …


Romans 14, Judging, Food, and Sin

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh maintains that the scriptures have much to say about spiritual problems connected with eating food, with specific proscriptions about eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil , abstaining from eating blood, clean and unclean foods, with specific ways of determining what is clean and what is unclean …


Gluttony: Sin of Lust and Greed (Part One)

Article by Martin G. Collins

America has grown fat, and the sin of gluttony plays a part in it. Martin Collins shows how dangerous obesity is—and explains its spiritual side.


Maintaining Good Health (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Bible contains 700 references to the act of eating. Eating reminds us that God's provision and human need also apply on a spiritual level.


Maintaining Good Health (Part 9)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Sin, like junk food appeals to our sensual inner appetites, and may seem delightful in its initial stages, but it leads inevitably to death. We have an awesome responsibility, with the help of God's Holy Spirit, to change our inner nature, circumcising our hearts, drawing a definitive line, saying no to sin. John Ritenbaugh …


A Table is Laid

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

Ronny Graham, cuing in on Psalm 23, reflects on the many uses of the term "table," in noun and adjective form. Perhaps the most frequent uses of the term table signify a venue for fellowship, a place of honor, and a place for dining. In scripture, examples involving tables of the king appear for King Saul, King David, …


Gluttony: A Lack of Self-Control (Part Two)

Article by Martin G. Collins

At its base, gluttony is nothing more than a lack of self-control. But there is also a more spiritual side to this prevalent sin.


Maintaining Good Health (Part 10)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Even though we are already damaged goods when God calls us, by embracing God's truth and seeking His help, we can break the bad habits which enslave us.


Maintaining Good Health (Part 8)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

A poor spiritual diet will bring about a weak spiritual condition. What the mind assimilates is exceedingly more important than what the stomach assimilates.


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 to glorify God in our bodies. God's called out ones must exercise …


Maintaining Good Health (Part 7)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jeremiah compares studying and meditating upon God's Word to physical eating, enabling a person to receive spiritual energy, vitality, and health.