The Will To Change

Sermonette by Joseph B. Baity

Like the fable of the scorpion who stings the frog carrying him, our carnal nature is set, causing us to act in destructive ways. Repentance begins with changed thinking.


Are We Ready for Change?

Article by Bill Onisick

The apostle Paul describes the Christian life as a process of change: from the old man to the new man. Human beings, though, typically resist change because it is difficult. Bill Onisick provides advice on how we can make the process of change more organized and perhaps a bit easier too.


Achieving the Desires of Our Hearts

Sermonette by David F. Maas

David Maas reminds God's people that His promise to give them the desires of their heart (Psalm 37:4-6) is contingent upon delighting themselves in the Lord—that is, transforming their hearts (from carnal to spiritual) to be in alignment with His attributes. Because God is the author of desire (both physical and …


Preparing Your Heart

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid asserts that if we understand that the "heart" represents what we are, who we are, and how we conduct our lives, then the condition of our spiritual heart should be of the utmost importance to us. The condition of our heart (our inner and core being) reflects the condition of our conversion. Overcoming (a …


What Is Real Conversion? (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Some in Antioch believed the preaching of the persecuted Christians, and they not only agreed with the teaching but also changed or transformed their lives.


Repentance: The Genuine Article (Part Six)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The proof that a person has truly made a change of heart appears when his life begins to show him doing what is right. Right living is the fruit of repentance.


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Twelve)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The fault of the Old Covenant was with the hearts of the people. Christ took it upon Himself to amend the fault enabling us to keep the commandments.


Values and Conversion

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Repentance involves incorporating God's values, alien to our human nature—ones that will unify us with God and with others who accept His value system.


Conscience (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that the standards one lives by are not installed at birth, but absorbed through culture and education. Conscience, defined as "man's moral intuition which passes judgment on his own moral state," when applied to the Bible becomes "the response of man's moral awareness to divine …


Repentance

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

David Grabbe, reminding us that a major focus of John the Baptist's ministry was a call to repentance and turning to righteousness, a focus that Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul reinforced and magnified. Curiously, in main-stream Protestantism, repentance has fallen out of favor and has been replaced by cheap 'grace.' The Law …


Born Again (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on John 1 and John 3, indicated that both John and Jesus spoke on topics that evidently opened new vistas of understanding (clashing with established tradition), even though the teaching was well established in the culture. Baptism and being born again were already understood, but the traditions had …


Communication and Leaving Babylon (Part Two)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Humanity finds itself inhabiting a world that is the place of restraint for untold numbers of malevolent spirits, all of whom hate God and desire to destroy mankind. John Ritenbaugh reiterates that our human nature reflects these spirits' attitudes, and the only way to overcome it is through God's creating a new heart in us by …


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Seven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The New Covenant was designed by God to circumcise the heart, making it possible for God's laws to be written in our hearts and reflected in our behavior.


Handpicked By God

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Kim Myers

Kim Myers, asking us "How long do we think we have to live before Christ returns?" reminds us that God handpicked us for a specific purpose, just as He did Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Noah, and their extended families. God also handpicked second-generation Church members, though their environment as children often shielded …


Repentance: The Genuine Article (Part Four)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Now that we have considered the two main Old Testament words for "repentance," we can look at the New Testament Greek word metanoia . ...


Human Nature: Good or Evil?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Progressives tend to believe that human nature is perfectible and evolving. Conservatives tend to believe that human nature is evil and must be controlled.


What Do You Mean . . . the Unpardonable Sin?

Herbert W. Armstrong Booklet

Can a Christian commit a sin, and still be a Christian? Or would this be 'the unpardonable sin'? Or would it prove he never was a Christian?


What Is the Prophesied 'Pure Language'? (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

God's people need spiritual lips, not carnal lips speaking Hebrew. The angel told Mary that she should call her son Iesous, which is not a Hebrew name.


Consider the Butterfly

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh insists that from observing the intricacies of creation, we can learn about the orderly, purposeful, and providential mind of God. The butterfly provides valuable analogies to illustrate our conversion and transformation from mortal to immortal. The anlagen cells (a dormant embryo within an embryo, containing the …


Hebrews (Part 9)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates Christ's superior qualifications as High Priest. After the change from the Aaronic to the Melchizedek priesthood, it was also necessary to bring about a major change in the Covenant. The flaw in the Old Covenant was not in the law, but stemmed from the fleshly, deceitful, carnal hearts of mankind. All …


Principled Living (Part Two): Conquering Sin

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Christ warns that we must do everything possible to annihilate sin - surgically going right to the heart or mind: the level of thought and imagination.