Stimulating a Spiritual Appetite

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by David F. Maas

A major key to our spiritual survival is the control, regulation, and re-direction of our appetites from what is not good for us to what is good for us.


An Abundance of Living Water

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the massive drought in the continental United States, observes that nothing makes one appreciate water like drought. Water has great metaphorical significance on the Last Great Day of the Feast, symbolizing God's Holy Spirit given without measure. Prefigured by the annual Jewish water ceremony, …


Why the Last Great Day?

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, realizing that some words are inadequate to describe the magnitude of certain things, ponders why the Last Great Day is called great! God's great outpouring of His Spirit will be poured out upon billions—perhaps upward of 60 billion people. Satan will be cast into the Lake of Fire where he will never be …


Achieving the Desires of Our Hearts

Sermonette by David F. Maas

God's promise to give us the desires of our heart is contingent upon delighting ourselves in Him, changing our hearts to be in alignment with His attributes.


As The Deer Pants

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

Ted Bowling, focusing upon the figure of a deer panting for water in Psalm 42, explores the various connotations of the verb pant as it applies to thirsting after water in an arid environment as well as to the exhaustion experienced by an animal escaping from a predator, even to the point of submerging itself in a brook, in …


Famine (Part One): The Beginning of Sorrows

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Famine is caused by sin, ignorance, foolish farming practices, and inadequate means of transit. The whole world will soon suffer intense spiritual famine.


Spiritual Satisfaction

Sermonette by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins observes that, when people are concerned about survival (as they naturally become when they fast), their minds become dull to covetousness. The Parable of the Rich Fool illustrates that, when one has all the material possessions he could want, he may still not be rich toward God—to the extent of abject …


Psalm 23 (Part 2)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Sheep are the most dependent on their owner for their well-being. From the viewpoint of the sheep, the quality of care of the shepherd is of utmost importance.


Approaching God Through Christ (Part Four)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, asking whether we consider how much we eat, suggested that the members of the Lewis-Clark expedition ate an average of 9 pounds of meat per day. Today, each person in our nation eats an average of 55 loaves of bread per year, not including rolls and doughnuts. God has certainly provided for us more than we …


Prayer and Fervency

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Living faith has its roots in fervently, diligently seeking God and His righteousness with intense desire (like a passionate lover) through habitual prayer.


Are We Opening the Door?

'Ready Answer' by Pat Higgins

Some know that Christ is at the door, but they will not rouse themselves from their spiritual lethargy to open it.