Is God to Blame?

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The 9/11 bombings were tragic and terrible. Some have since asked, 'Was God involved? Is He to blame?' These tough questions have challenging answers.


God Will Understand

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

God pays attention to the small things we may excuse in ourselves, sins we commit in weakness. God's patience does not constitute approval of our sin.


God's Sovereignty and the Church's Condition (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

How involved in man's affairs is God? Is He merely reactive, or does He actively participate—even cause events and circumstances, particularly in the church?


God Works in Mysterious Ways (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Even though the evidence from creation is overwhelming, people deliberately want to disregard it because accepting it would require submitting to His will.


God Works in Mysterious Ways (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Our carnal nature's desire to satisfy an addictive self-centeredness can eventually overrule the Christian's loyalty to God and His commandments.


Stewardship of God's Temple (Part One): Controlling Our Appetites

Sermon by David F. Maas

After God's calling, the human body becomes the temple of God's Spirit, a reality which obliges us to care for our bodies because they belong to God.


Job, Self-Righteousness, and Humility

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The story of Job reveals a man whom God forced to see himself as he really was, and his true self-image paved the way to a leap forward in spiritual growth.


It's Not Fair!

'Prophecy Watch' by Geoff Preston (1947-2013)

'Fairness' is a major buzzword in these times. Yet our discontent over perceived mistreatment pales in comparison to what others have endured.


Secret Faults and Presumptuous Thoughts

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

People can mentally 'legalize their iniquities,' in doing so attempting to make God the accomplice of their sins. But He will not overlook blatant faults.


Ecclesiastes and Christian Living (Part Thirteen): Confessions

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

As he closes Ecclesiastes 7, Solomon makes a confession about the search for wisdom, saying that, even to him, true wisdom remained beyond his grasp.


Leadership and Covenants (Part Seven)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Our sinful nature drives us to disobey God's laws, just as Adam and Eve transgressed by choosing the way of death. Such choices have made this evil world.


Malachi's Appeal to Backsliders (Part Three)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

We must be careful when we ask for justice, for our request might come back to bite us. Those begging for justice will indeed get what they ask for.


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Twenty-Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, cuing in on Psalm 73:1-9, describing the despair of someone seeing the wicked prosper while the righteous suffer, affirms that it is a delusion that people in the world are leading comfortable lives. Christian living, while not comfortable, has a restorative faith in God. If our focus is on comfort, we cannot …


Joseph: A Saga of Excellence (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Joseph's example proves that even the most difficult temptation can be resisted and overcome, though this skill must be developed incrementally.


Lamentations (Part Four)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In Lamentations 2, Lady Jerusalem sidesteps godly repentance, opting instead for self-centered recrimination against Almighty God.


Leadership and the Covenants (Part Seven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

All of the sufferings in the present had their origin in the Garden of Eden when our parents sinned, seemingly in secret. The effects of sins radiate outward.


Malachi's Appeal to Backsliders (Part One)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

The same attitudes in Malachi are prevalent today. The offenses mentioned are 1) arrogance, 2) mixed marriages, and 3) neglect of tithes.


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Twenty-Six)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

To keep us secure from the temptations of the world, we must embrace our metaphorical sister, Wisdom, keeping us focused on our relationship with God.


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Twenty-Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Trials are a means to produce spiritual growth, unless we resort to super-righteousness, straining to please God by exalting our works.


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Ten)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The term "covenant" describes an agreement made by two parties and "testament" to describe the one-sided commitment made by God to improve the promises.


Defining Grace

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The entire life of Christ was a manifestation of God's grace, revealing the nature of God by means of a life lived to give us an example to follow.