Why Does God Keep Secrets?

'Ready Answer' by David F. Maas

Proverbs 25:2 says, 'It is the glory of God to conceal a matter.' God hides certain things to make us dig deep because the focused effort engraves the lessons.


Why Does God Keep Secrets?

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by David F. Maas

By not revealing everything immediately, God has been employing teaching techniques that have taken the educational community thousands of years to discover.


God's Sovereignty, Ecclesiastes, and God's Will

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God knows the end from the beginning, but He does not give us all the details at once, except as they are necessary for us for His purpose to be worked out.


God's Will

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Praying according to God's will is sometimes ambiguous. Yet as we respond positively to His covenant, He reveals more and more of His secret plans.


Never Again: God's Purpose For Bad Memories

Sermon by David F. Maas

After God forgives our sins, He still allows residual memories of these transgressions to remain in our memories, evidently to help us in overcoming.


Approaching God Through Christ (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Religious bumper stickers fall short of revealing the full counsel of God, which is more complex than 'believe on the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved.'


I Love a Mystery

Sermonette by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reminiscing of the golden age of radio, when mysteries, such as "I Love a Mystery," "Suspense" and "CBS Mystery Theater," grabbed the attentions of millions of listeners, asserts that God also loves a mystery, often revealing information on a need-to-know basis. The meaning of …


The Beast and Babylon (Part Three): Who Is the Woman?

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Is the Woman depicted in Revelation 12 the church, as the church has dogmatically taught? Or is she another prophetic entity that is active today?


How Long, O Lord? (1994)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The references to trumpets suggest an announcement of a specific event or an alarm of what is to follow. Typically, the events themselves are figurative trumpet blasts.


How Long, O Lord?

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Seventh Trumpet is a call to assemble, a call to battle, and announces the arrival of a new ruler, Jesus Christ, separating the wheat from the tares.


The Handwriting Is on the Wall (1997)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

In this keynote address of the 1997 Feast of Tabernacles, John Ritenbaugh warns that people are not going to understand the significance of prophecies until the prophecies are being fulfilled or have been completely fulfilled. Understanding prophecy is secondary in importance to overcoming, growing, developing character, and …


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Twenty-Seven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting that Ecclesiastes 7 contains some of the most significant concepts applicable to the Christian religion, identifies them as follows: (1) A good name or reputation (based on trust, responsibility, or dependability) is better than gold and silver. (2) We should prepare for our eventual death, faithfully …


Born Again (Part 4)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, countering the notion that the Bible is simple to understand, suggests that while secret things belong to God, He reveals the mysteries to the saints. Though there are mysteries to the kingdom of Heaven, they become clear once they are revealed. Because God's Word is deep, the revelation of its mysteries is a …


Ecclesiastes and the Feast of Tabernacles (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God emphasizes Ecclesiastes during the Feast of Tabernacles to show the result of doing whatever our human heart leads us to do. The physical cannot satisfy.


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.


Without a Parable

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on Deuteronomy 30:19-20, reminds us that we are called to a lifetime of decisions and judgments. We have problems with judging fellow brethren in different groups of the greater Church of God, of which at least three claim to be the only true church. This intemperate judgment may come back to bite the …


Embryonic Stem-Cell Research: The Promise and the Reality (Part Two)

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

Biotechnology, particularly stem-cell research, is the future—or so screams the media, as well as many scientists, actors, and politicians. Charles Whitaker, however, begs to disagree: While we have been inundated by hype, the realities of stem-cell research have been hidden from the public.