Trial by Fire

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Like a loving parent, God brings just the right pressures to bear to bring about necessary change in His children. Each trial has a place in His purpose.


Trials: Much Needed Experiences

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

God uses trials to test our hearts, but He never places a trial before us to tempt us. God uses trials we bring on ourselves to draw us closer to Him.


Facing Times of Stress: Grieved by Various Trials

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, describing different reactions of certain substances to fire, uses this variation of reaction as a metaphor of our differing reactions to fiery trials. As Christians, we can be conditioned to rejoice in trials, paradoxically having joy in the midst of grief and heaviness. Trials come in great variety, from …


No Pain, No Gain

Sermonette by Mike Ford

Mike Ford, ruminating on the folk maxim, "When you're up to your neck in alligators, it is hard to remember that your goal was to drain the swamp," draws the corollary "When you're up to your neck in trials, it's easy to forget you are in training to be a member of the God family." The antidote to forgetting …


Why Do Bad Things Happen to Christians?

Article by Staff

Of all people, one might think, Christians should be the most blessed, yet they often fall under heavy trials. However, the reality is that God is putting us through the paces, correcting us and refining us, to bring us to salvation.


No Longer Brain Dead

Sermon by Mark Schindler

Mark Schindler, reflecting that 40 is the number of trial and, coincidentally, the number of his and Nancy's anniversary, ruminates about the early days when he asked his future father-in-law's permission to marry his daughter. Forty years constituted the length of the wilderness trek of our ancestors, a time when they …


God Is Preparing Us For the Kingdom

Sermon by Kim Myers

Today, the church is experiencing more overwhelming trials than ever before, indicating that God is preparing His people for the end time.


From Pilgrims to Pillars (Part Two)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by David F. Maas

The intensity of the heat in both the refiner's furnace and the potter's kiln resembles the fiery trials we must endure for the Refiner to remove the dross.


Our Spiritual Wilderness

Sermonette by Ryan McClure

Ryan McClure, drawing parallels between the Exodus of Israel and our spiritual conversion, points out that God shows transparency of His intentions to test us in order to see what is in our hearts (Deuteronomy 8:1-5). The Lord revealed to Moses His intention of saving Israel and teaching Egypt a lesson. Our forebears, camped at …


Faith to Face the Fire

'Ready Answer' by Staff

We sometimes mistake faith for certainty about God's will. However, faith is not knowing what God will do in a situation but trusting Him to do what is best for us.


The Path to Magnificence

Sermon by Mark Schindler

Mark Schindler, reflecting on a movie called The Rack, describes the tortuous return of a prisoner of the Chinese Communists during the Korean War, accused of being a traitor by the United States Government, and condemned by fellow soldiers. When Captain Hall was called to give his side of the story, he told how he had initially …


Lacking Nothing (Part One)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, admitting that America's economic woes are worsening, maintains that America is still incredibly blessed in comparison with the scarcity experienced in the rest of the world. God blessed Israel conditionally, dependent upon obedience and law- keeping. Unfortunately, Abraham's descendants have squandered these …


The More Things Change

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We tend to think of the early Church as a 'golden age' of unity and momentum. But early church members experienced problems similar to what we face today.


Our Part in the Sanctification Process (Part Five): Cultivating Patience

Sermon by David F. Maas

Numerous scriptures show the bad effects of impatience committed by ancient Israel, while the patriarchs, Jesus Christ, and the Father set examples of true patience.