Amending the Soil

Sermonette by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, commenting on the dry and hard clay in South Carolina, a real challenge to cultivate, identifies some grounds of comparison Christ cites between ourselves and clay (soil). In the Parable of the Sower, Christ describes 1.0) hard, impenetrable soil of the wayside, vulnerable to birds, symbolizing the devil and …


Seedtime and Harvest

Sermonette by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins focuses on the significance of the 30, 60, and one hundredfold increase mentioned by Christ in the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4). One hundredfold is not equivalent to 100 percent nor to 100 times. Rather, the term "hundredfold increase" refers to an indefinable number. In Genesis 8:22, God establishes …


Parables of Matthew 13 (Part Two): The Parable of the Sower

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

In the first parable of the sower, the quality of the various soils upon which the seed of the gospel falls determines whether or not there is growth.


Parable of the Sower

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

When the gospel of the coming Kingdom of God is preached in all the world, the ears that hear it are not always receptive of this priceless knowledge.


God's Kingdom in the Parables (Part One)

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

The 'kingdom of heaven' is commonly interpreted to describe the church, but in the first four parables of Matthew 13, it has a clearer application: Israel.


Aim for Productivity

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on God's creation of plants (Genesis 1:11-13), observes that God demonstrates His practicality and efficiency by establishing the genotype within the seed capable of infinite reproduction. God also gave humans the means to master time efficiently. God's called out-ones, metaphorized as soil, should …


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

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

The letters to the seven churches of Revelation warn of losing our first love, heeding false teachers, compromising God's Truth, and forgetting right doctrine.


Reluctant Leaders

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh focuses on the movie the King's Speech as an example of a man who is reluctant to step into the role which circumstances thrust upon him. Do we as God's called-out ones find ourselves reluctant heirs to the throne or priesthood? We are all commoners, not yet equipped for rulership. The Parables of the Minas …


Words Versus Images

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Spiritually, relying on images leads to shallowness of thought at best and idolatry at its worst. Virtually everything we know about God comes through words.


Ecclesiastes and Christian Living (Part Six): Listening

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

When Solomon visits the Temple, he comes away with a sense that too many treat religion far too casually, forgetting that they are coming before God.


Do Unto Others and Reap What We Sow

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that a major part of holiness entails loving one another, explores some ways in which we can fulfill this objective. We are to do unto others as we desire others to do to us, acknowledging that there is a reciprocity involved in this behavior. Self-centeredness should be discarded and replaced with a …


Unity (Part 5): Ephesians 4 (B)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reminds us that the doctrines entrusted to us through Herbert Armstrong's apostleship remain a major plank in the foundation of our faith. Adopting a revolutionary stance (Proverbs 24:21) for the sake of change, variety, or relieving boredom will systematically destroy the faith once delivered. Through the …


His Eye Is on the Sparrow (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We do not need to excessively fear Satan, his demons, or the world, but we should fear and respect the One who has complete involvement in our lives.


Color In Scripture

Sermon/Bible Study by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Hebrews perceived color differently than we do, assigning symbolic significance to a number of different colors as they associate with concrete objects.


Creation Stewardship

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

In this timely message on the environment, Martin Collins points out that to worship nature is idolatry, but to care for the environment is obedience to God. We as Christians should strive to be the most conscientious environmentalists or creationists in the world because the world because the earth and its fullness are the …