Three Missing Kings (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus Christ's genealogy in Matthew's gospel leaves out three kings. But which ones are excluded, and what does their absence teach us?


Christ's Female Ancestors

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Luke records four female ancestors of Christ: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba. Three out of the four were Gentiles and 3/4 also had glaring sexual problems


Four Views of Christ (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The dominant emphasis of Matthew is the kingly qualities of Jesus as a descendant of the royal house of David, representing the Lion of Judah.


Maintaining Good Health (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Bible contains 700 references to the act of eating. Eating reminds us that God's provision and human need also apply on a spiritual level.


Bitterness Can Kill

Sermon by Mike Ford (1955-2021)

Ahithophel serves as a poignant example that we must not permit bitterness to undermine our faith that the sovereign God is able to bring justice.


Elements of Judgment (Part Five)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We dare not 'do away' anything that is part of God's mind, or we will not be in His image. Acts 15 did not give Gentiles exemption from keeping God's Law.


Matthew (Part One)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Matthew wrote his account with the Jews in mind, repeatedly saying, 'This was done to fulfill the prophets,' emphasizing the law and the Kingdom of God.


Forms vs. Spirituality (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God's holy law gives love its foundation, stability, and evenness, preventing it from degenerating into a sappy, sentimental feeling.


Why Three Kings Are Missing From Matthew 1

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Joash, Amaziah, and Uzziah are kept out of Christ's genealogy. Although they started out well, their hearts were turned away by the end of their lives.


Amos (Part Six)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

The favorite-son status of Israel was conditioned on accepting the terms of the covenant with God. Israel, then and now, has placed her trust in material things.


Fathers Provoking Children

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Most families in God's church have a functional father, but even so, extremes of leniency and overbearing strictness do not make an ideal father.


Searching for Israel (Part Nine): The Migration of a Monarchy

Article by Charles Whitaker

Many clues to Israel's modern identity deal with the ruling line of David. The biblical and historical evidence shows 'lost' Israel's whereabouts today.


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 Doctrine of Israel (Part Twelve): Joseph

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God frequently bypasses the firstborn, selecting for His purposes another sibling. Jacob selected Joseph's second son, Ephraim, to receive the blessing.


God's Rest (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Lust begets a guilty conscience, agitation, anxiety, depression, grief, torment. Wrong desire leads to lying, adultery, and murder—eventually leading to death.


Acting the Fool

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh observes that meaning of foolish has changed over the years from the context of "lacking in judgment or prudence" to "silliness." Greek and Hebrew usage focus on different but related nuances. The main focus of the Hebrew words for foolishness is on a person living his life without …


Knowing God: Formality and Customs (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Hair length and clothing are outward indicators of a person's inner spiritual condition. They serve as a testimony of what we are on the inside.


Why Did God Slay Onan (Genesis 38:3-10)?

Bible Questions & Answers

Catholic doctrine uses Onan's story to prohibit the use of birth control. However, this is based on the notion that marital relations are only for procreation.