Should We Make Vows Today?

Article by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

We can promise to change our lives in return for a request we ask from God, but should we do this? Although not forbidden, making vows is a risky business.


Jephthah's Vow: Did He or Didn't He?

'Ready Answer' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Jephthah's vow has been a bone of contention for centuries. Did he really sacrifice his daughter? What kind of man was Jephthah?


Remembering Your Vows

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Like the marriage covenant, counting the cost is the most serious part of the baptismal agreement, not something to be taken lightly.


The Importance of Follow-Through

Article by David F. Maas

Just as important as follow-through is in an athletic motion, its spiritual counterpart is vital to our life in Christ. We must have the will and commitment to carry our devotion to God through to the very end.


Giving Your Word

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

How sure is your word? One's word is not worth a whole lot these days in the world, but in the church what we say and promise should be good as gold! John Reid writes that God listens to what we promise—so we had better perform it!


Freedom and Responsibility

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reminding us that when a culture liberalizes, there will be a corresponding rise in irresponsibility, maintains that freedom to obey God is not free. It has cost the life of Christ, as well as our own, as we become living sacrifices. When we enter into the new covenant, we solemnly pledge to respond to God, …


Swear Not!

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

The New Testament strictly forbids oaths of any kind, as our word should always be honest and trustworthy.


What Would You Die For?

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, focusing upon the subject of martyrdom, spiritual conviction, and sacrifice, reflects upon the conviction, deaths or sacrifices of Abel, Jephthah's daughter, Stephen and, most notably, the example of Christ. Christian martyrs, convicted by God's truth, having an ardent love for Christ, empowered with God's Holy …


How Much Do You Value the Kingdom of God?

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martyrdom is not a penalty because a person has failed to qualify for the Place of Safety; rather, it is a badge of honor for those who have overcome.


Malachi's Appeal to Backsliders (Part Two)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Malachi assures the people of Judah that if they repent, God's favor will resume, but if they continue defiling the Covenant, a day of reckoning will come.


Numbers (Part Three): Poised at the Jordan

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting that all of us have anticipated a magic day, like graduating, getting married, birth of children and grandchildren, or getting a promotion, cautions that we must be prepared to wait for the event to happen, living our lives one day at a time. We get ourselves ready for that special day. In the last …


Samson and the Christian (Part 2)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, focusing on Israel's culture during the time of Judges, suggests that Israelites were a poor, downtrodden agricultural people, having few luxuries. The Philistine culture (related to the Mycenaean civilization) was more sophisticated and cosmopolitan. Israel's arms, mainly farm tools, were primitive compared …


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.


Recognizing Our Obligation

Sermonette by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

How different would our lives be if God had not called us? God's intervention in our lives improved their quality exponentially, and we must respond in kind.