Works of the Flesh

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Our outward works show what we believe, what we worship, and what we aspire to become. Apart from God, all human works activities are potentially destructive.


Lust of the Flesh, Lust of the Eyes, Pride of Life

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

The half-time show of the recent Superbowl exemplifies the lust of the flesh and the eyes, and the pride of life. Each choice we make changes our brains.


Overcoming (Part 5): Self-Denial

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

A key to overcoming our sins is learning when to deny ourselves. Christ plainly declares that those who desire to follow Him must deny themselves.


It's Important to God Too (Part Two)

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reminding us that God does not do things uselessly, and certainly does not need our physical goods, examines the role of the offering and sacrifice rehearsed at each Holy Day. The nouns offering and sacrifice derive from two separate Greek words meaning "to bring forth" and "to kill" …


Evil Desires

Sermonette by Clyde Finklea

All the medieval 'seven deadly sins' could be categorized as a facet of lust. God designed us to have proper desires, just as His desires are always proper.


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.


Are You Fighting the Good Fight?

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Mainstream Christianity espouses the pernicious doctrine of, 'Let go and let God,'" which releases us from any obligation to overcome and build character.


Christianity Is a Fight! (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The most formidable foe in our spiritual battle is the flesh. We must mortify, slay, and crucify the flesh, enduring suffering as Jesus Christ exemplified.


Our Part in the Sanctification Process (Part Ten): Cultivating the Fruit of Self Control

Sermon by David F. Maas

It is impossible to cultivate self-control unless one uses God's Spirit to reprogram the desires of the heart from self-centeredness to submission to God.


Christianity Is a Fight! (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Our pilgrimage to the Kingdom will not be easy; we will suffer fatigue from difficult battles with serious consequences. We fight the world, Satan, and our flesh.


Warfare!

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

We must don the whole armor of God, using His spiritual weapons to bring every thought into obedience to Christ, destroying the enemy's footholds.


The Most Dangerous Battlefront

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by David F. Maas

The most dangerous battle at hand is against our own flesh, where we least expect treachery and where we have become the most complacent.


Stewardship of God's Temple (Part Two)

Sermon by David F. Maas

Even though individuals do not necessarily practice the discipline of spiritual fasting for physical reasons, the physical benefits invariably supply types from which spiritual insights can emerge (referencing Romans 1:20). What we know, perhaps all we know, about the invisible spiritual realm, comes through metaphor or analogy, …


Troubling the Household of God

Sermon by Mark Schindler

Mark Schindler, reflecting on the 30th anniversary of his baptism, recalls how he joyfully, but perhaps myopically, assumed that he would automatically walk harmoniously and peacefully with the other members of the body of Christ into the Kingdom and eternity of God, without experiencing any impediments or sibling rivalry among …


To Live, We Must Die

'Ready Answer' by Bill Onisick

How many of us go through life with our noses to the grindstone? Real life comes as a result of giving our own.


Five Teachings of Grace

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Protestantism unthinkingly presents grace as "free." However, Scripture shows that God expects a great deal of effort from us once we receive it—it is costly.


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Twenty-Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Gnostics criticized by Paul in Colossians 2:16-17 were guilty of bringing in ritualistic ascetic discipline to propitiate demons.


Control and Self-Control

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Paradoxically, when we yield to God's sovereignty, He wants to cede control over to us, teaching us to develop self-control as an ingrained habit.


Liberty Through Self-Control

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Only by using God's Spirit can we gain the self-discipline, self-mastery, and self-control to put to death the carnal pulls, giving us freedom from sin.


Sin (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

True Christianity is no cakewalk into eternal life, but a life and death struggle against our flesh, the world, and a most formidable spirit adversary.


God and Self-Government

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The New Covenant, wherein God writes His law on the heart and gives His Spirit, empowers God's people to obey without the need for external control.


God Works in Mysterious Ways (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God has providentially given us trials to build character, proving beyond a doubt that we believe Him and have a burning desire to be at one with Him.


To Test You

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Jesus, Joseph, David, and Abraham all endured considerable trials before they qualified for their offices. We must make our calling and election sure.


If You Do These Things, You Shall Never Fall

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Mark Schindler

God has not set up us for failure, but if we can't control our inordinate pride, we could destroy our own chances of fulfilling God's purpose for us.