Lessons From Esther: Esther Sacrifices Herself

Article by Ronny H. Graham

Queen Esther, faced with the destruction of her people in Persia, put her life on the line. Her example can be an inspiration to all of us.


Lessons From Esther: Mordecai Never Grew Weary

Article by Mark Schindler

Mordecai, a Jew living in the Persia capital, faithfully guided Esther through a time of potentially great trouble. Such character is in our reach as well.


Esther (Part Four)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, realizing that although some people regard approaching the Bible as literature to be demeaning or perhaps even heretical, contends that the literary approach can be a powerful tool to understanding and appreciating it more fully. A good story does not lay itself, but it takes a lot of work on the part of the …


Esther (Part Two)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Just as Mordecai conceals Esther, God conceals His people in secret places under the shadow of His wings, in the sanctuary—the fellowship of the church.


Esther (Part Five)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God allows each of us to experience trials and tests to humble us, leading us to repent, obey and trust, followed by an often-dramatic deliverance and joy.


Esther (Part Three)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Haman was the treacherous offspring of King Agag, and Mordecai was the godly descendant of King Saul. Their pairing in Esther provides a sequel to I Samuel 15.


All About Edom (Part Two)

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Esau was prophesied to be the father of a nation, Edom, and the Bible gives us plenty of clues about the character of his descendants.


Blood and Soil: The Persistence of Anti-Semitism

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

Why has anti-Semitism remained a part of this world's way of thinking? Charles Whitaker shows from recent history that anti-Semitism has merely morphed into new expressions of the old evil.


The King of the South

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The King of the South (Daniel 11:40) might be a confederation of Arabic/Islamic nations continually at war with the people of Israel.


Secession (Part One): Is Separation Wrong?

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, observing that we live in a culture that encourages diversity and disparaging unity, suggests that if the subsequent separation and secessionist movements succeed, we will soon live in a fractious, segmented, divided, disunited States, balkanized by multiple languages and conflicting cultures. A lingua-franca …


Against All Odds

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We are assured victory if we put on the whole armor of God, standing together as a spiritual phalanx and repelling all attacks, the waves of trials we face.


Narcissists! Get Real!

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, stating that Classical poets and philosophers had an aversion to pride or hubris suggests that in nearly all of their writing, there was an explicit and an implicit warning about offending the gods by overweening pride. Psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow suggests that narcissism in American college students is …


Who Were the Wise Men?

Article by Staff

The wise men or magi have been mysterious figures since their appearance 2,000 years ago. Within the Bible's consistent revelation lies clues to their identity.


The Reversal of Human Will

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins suggests that Generation X spirituality is an eclectic, syncretic, self-centered perverted attempt at displacing God's will with self-absorbed human will, attempting to arrogantly make God's will subservient to theirs. God, demonstrating numerous examples in scripture of sudden reversal, repeatedly overturns the …


The Witty Side of God's Inspiration

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, focusing on the myriad forms of humor in the Bible, including God's own wry sense of humor and wit. Paradoxically learning to laugh makes us see more seriously. The Bible contains many examples of subtle humor, including situation comedy, intoxication humor, picaresque humor, satiric humor and taunt songs, verbal …