God's Kingdom in the Parables (Part Three)

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

The two middle parables of Matthew 13 speak of hidden things: hidden leaven and hidden treasure. Generally, in these parables, the second of each chiastic pair resolves the first. David Grabbe explains how the hidden treasure the man finds provides the spiritual solution to the leaven - corruption - the woman hides in the three …


Knowing God: Formality and Customs (Part Seven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The way that one lives provides testimony and witness. To witness and endure life's various trials, we must have faith in who and what we are.


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.


Fully Accepting God's Sovereignty (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Faith in God and in the motivating power in God's Word have to be the driving force in everything we do each day.


The Parables of Matthew 13 (Part Six): The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

While the Parable of the Hidden Treasure is similar to the Parable of the Pearl of Great Price, their meanings are different. The symbols reveal the high value God places on His people.


Our Uniqueness and Time

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Our special position before God gives us an equally unique opportunity that we do not want to squander.


What Is Christ's Hidden Treasure?

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

David Grabbe, asserting that the parable of the leaven hidden in the meal and the parable of the treasure hidden in the field serve as the juxtaposition of a negative and positive symbol (respectively, leaven and treasure), identifies a stark contrast between evil corruption and godly treasure, hidden for totally different …


The Parables of Matthew 13 (Part Seven): The Parable of the Pearl

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

Commentators frequently misinterpret the Parable of the Pearl of Great Price. The merchant represents Jesus Christ, giving His all for the church.


Parables and a Pearl

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price is often wrongly interpreted, ascribing meaning that contradicts the Bible. Here is how the Scriptures remain unbroken.


A Priceless Gift

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God's people are the precious jewels (or the private, personal possessions) of God, obligated to conform exclusively to His will and purpose.


Why We Tithe (Part 1)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh explores the spiritual intent of the tithing principle. Because everything in the universe belongs to God, including the natural resources from which we get our wealth (we have nothing that didn't come out of the earth- including ourselves), we should not regard tithing as a bill we grudgingly pay. As part of …


Uniqueness and Time

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing upon the topic of uniqueness, observes that our unique calling makes us a special possession of God, His peculiar people. Sealed with a downpayment of God's Holy Spirit, we have the obligation to glorify God by keeping His commandments until our ultimate and final redemption. Until then, we are only …


Our Genetically Altered Foods (Part One)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reminding us that food has always been a point of contention throughout scripture, warns us that food is of a far lesser importance than exercising faith. When we get hung up on food, we have the natural tendency to judge others for their non-compliance of health laws. In this time of genetically modified food, …


The Talking Blood (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, concluding his two part series on the Talking Blood, maintains that, of the three witnesses identified in I John 5:6-9, only Jesus Christ's blood has the capacity to cover, atone and expiate for the sins of mankind. No less than 427 times, the Scriptures remind God's people that only death covers sin. As one …


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God is doing more than merely saving people; He is producing children in His image. The difference between the covenants is in the quality of the faith.


Why Are We Called To Overcome?

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

In this sermon prepared for the Days of Unleavened Bread, John Reid examines the symbols of leavening (representing a way of life against God and against us) and unleavening (representing harmony with God and positive things for us now, representing a wonderful positive life in the future, as a beloved member of the family of …


Debt and Obligation

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We live in a time when people have acquired a weak sense of obligation to family, society, or nation. Because sin cannot be undone, all are debtors to God.