Imagining the Garden of Eden (Part Nine)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on his high school English class, where he learned the parts of speech, diagramming, and other aspects of grammar, warns that the imperfect conjugation of Hebrew grammar provides special problems. The imperfect conjugation focuses not so much on time of action, but aspect (or kind) such as modal or …


Imagining the Garden of Eden (Part Seven)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, focusing on the subject of agricultural cultivation, including tilling land, sowing seeds, and cultivating crops, indicated that God had created everything good. Genetically modified seeds as produced by Monsanto seem to place mankind into the position of usurping God's prerogatives. Improving upon God's …


Imagining The Garden of Eden (Part Four)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, citing Cicero's dictum, "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need," indicates that those two items provided contentment for the Roman leader. Indeed a garden can be a source of peace and calm, giving us a kind of therapy, providing us relaxation from the hectic pace of life. …


Imagining the Garden of Eden (Part Two)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, continuing on the topic of the creative imagination, reminds us that this capacity begins at age two, and allows children (of all ages) to transcend their current surroundings, enabling them to put themselves into other situations beyond normal reality. Dr. Jerome Singer suggests that children who use their …


Imagination

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Satan works on us through our imagination; he broadcasts images to our minds. To counter this, we must resist him, practice humility and draw close to God.


A Failure of Imagination

Sermonette by Joseph B. Baity

Joseph Baity, reflecting on the fiasco of last week's electronic malfunction, threatening to destroy a successful transmission of services, observes that although each factor in the breakdown could have been successfully dealt with individually, a perfect storm of many glitches made the system vulnerable and exposed. Like the …


Imagining the Garden of Eden (Part Three)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting that 6,000 years of accumulated knowledge cannot provide us a definition of life, suggests that the atheism of philosophers and scientists, with their ardent belief in evolution, is highly transparent. Biologists, expostulating a descriptive definition, define life as a trait of organisms having …


Imagining the Garden of Eden (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh suggests that words can trigger a picture in our minds or excite our imagination. The imagination enables mankind to envision both beneficial and harmful purposes. Imagination is a gift from God. Only man has this capability, enabling him to create art, philosophy, or science, taking elementary concepts and …


The Tenth Commandment (1998)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

One commentator said all public crime would cease if this one law was kept. Another said every sin against one's neighbor springs from breaking this commandment.


The Tenth Commandment

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Everyone is out to acquire as much as possible for himself. The tenth commandment, however, governs this proclivity of human nature, striking at man's heart.


God's Rest (Part 4)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Coveting—lust—is a fountainhead of many other sins. Desiring things is not wrong, but desiring someone else's things promotes overtly sinful behavior.


The Commandments (Part 19)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus taught that all outward sin stems from inner inordinate desire. What we desire or lust after automatically becomes our idol.


Thou Shall Not Covet

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Because virtually every sin begins as a desire in the mind, the command against coveting (lustful cravings) could be the key to keeping the other commandments.