Parables of Matthew 13 (Part 3): Hidden Treasure

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The church constitutes Christ's treasure, hidden in the world, purchased and redeemed with Christ's blood. The Pearl of Great Price depicts a rich merchant (Christ), the only one who had the means to redeem His church. The Dragnet symbolizes the scope of God's calling while the separation process indicates God's high standards …


Goats on the Left

Article by Mike Ford

Goats are intelligent creatures, but also loners and devious. Understanding their characteristics helps us in evaluating our own tendencies that hinder our walk.


Sand Ramblers

Sermonette by James Beaubelle

James Beaubelle, insisting that there is nothing passive in the way God deals with His people and His creation, asserts that the God of the Bible was and is actively involved in the lives of His people with the expectation that they become active also. The command to love our God with all our hearts and our neighbors as …


God's Warning

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid, reflecting on Christ's admonition to watch, suggests that to watch world events, but to ignore our spiritual progress and overcoming, is a foolish and futile exercise. We need to watch how we conduct ourselves. The oil that the wise and foolish virgins were cautioned to acquire and guard can be subdivided into several …


The Joyful Advantage

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Bill Onisick, focusing on Shawn Achor's book, The Happiness Advantage, asserts that, because a brain with a positive attitude has higher levels of dopamine and serotonin, it is more successful and productive. We can draw some spiritual analogies from Shawn Achors's work, utilizing some of his exercises to attain the joyful …


The Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Kindness goes hand-in-hand with love. It is an active expression of love toward God and fellow man, produced through the power of God's Spirit.


Focus

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Though Christ has warned us to be aware of the times, we need to be more alert to how we are living. End-time events should lead us to repentance.


You Are My Witnesses That I Am God

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Christ's trial and crucifixion were not historical accidents; rather, God prophesied both events in minute detail in Old Testament scriptures.


The Beatitudes, Part 5: Blessed Are the Merciful

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Mercy is a virtue that has gone out of vogue, though it is sometimes admired. Jesus, however, places it among the most vital His followers should possess.


Mercy: The Better Option

'Ready Answer' by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

It is easy to fall into the traps of judgmentalism, gossip, and unforgiveness. We must overcome our natural reactions and use forbearance in our relationships.


Sin (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Thoughts, words, or behaviors not in alignment with the mind of God are also violations against God's law. Foolishness should never be part of our conduct.


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing upon II John 5, an epistle which cautions about deceivers who would denigrate the value of work, considers the straining on the point "we cannot earn salvation" a red herring, diverting our attention from the true value of Christian work. God indeed judges the quality and quantity of what we …


Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen (Part Ten)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

The three parables in Matthew 25 (The Ten Virgins, The Talents and The Sheep and Goats) all focus on the importance of spiritual preparedness.


Civility and Courtesy

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Focusing upon the rising tide of societal incivility, Richard Ritenbaugh warns that discourtesy and ugly in-your-face attitudes (fruits of the flesh) have also manifested themselves in the greater church of God. These disgusting works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21) are exactly the opposite of what God expects of us- the …


Love

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

God appreciates when we show concern for others, developing the maturity to overlook the slights others have made to us. Love sets an example for others.


Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen (Part Twelve)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Goats are aggressive, sneaky and disobedient; they are loners, uncooperative, and stingy. The sheep enter God's Kingdom because they show compassion to others.


Compromise

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid, claiming that we live in dangerous times, warns us about the insidious temptation to compromise with the law of God. Many in our previous fellowship have gone back to the ways and customs of the world. Without prayer, study, meditation, and strengthening our relation with God, we run the risk of compromising with the …


Love Thy Neighbor (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus set the bar very high when it comes to love. We no longer live for ourselves, but to Christ, who commands us to love everyone, including our enemies.


Serving Others

Sermonette by James Beaubelle

Neither the toxic worldview of evolution nor that espoused by mainstream Christendom fails to answer why we exist. We have a mandate to serve both God and man.


Foundations

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid reflects on a prior cruise to the Mediterranean in which he visited the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Areopagus, Athens, and other locales in which the apostle Paul had walked. The pillars of the Parthenon were fitted together in sections. We, as God's called out ones, are figuratively represented by these pillars. It …


Love Thy Neighbor

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid, reflecting on the prophecies in the book of Amos, recognizes that while it applied to our forebears in ancient Judah and Israel, it applies just as certainly to modern Israel, plagued with the same sins as our forebears, guilty of violating its covenant with God, establishing a syncretistic religion and treating the …


The New World Order Rises

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Beast is a reality, and it is coming to pass in the scope of globalism. Satan has a vast reservoir of people he can work through; we used to be a part of it.


Compassion and Couch Potatoes

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker, referencing game theory, reminds us that the failure to make a decision in fact represents a decision. Consequences—even of inaction—are inevitable; everything matters. The act of "passing" in a poker game effects all the players' chances to win. Among God's people, the consequences of …


Love God, Love Neighbor

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The outgoing concern toward other beings begins with God the Father to Christ to us. How much we love our brethren may be a good gauge of how much we love God.