It's Important to God Too (Part One)

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

God intends that we give ourselves as living sacrifices, mortifying our carnal nature, allowing God to consume our abilities in service.


It's Important to God Too (Part Two)

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reminding us that God does not do things uselessly, and certainly does not need our physical goods, examines the role of the offering and sacrifice rehearsed at each Holy Day. The nouns offering and sacrifice derive from two separate Greek words meaning "to bring forth" and "to kill" …


Knowing Christ (Part 4)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, using athletic running metaphors, emphasizes that we, like the Apostle Paul, must discipline ourselves, apply concentrated effort, and run with endurance to attain our reward or office (not to attain salvation, as some anti-nomian teachers have falsely charged). Sanctification is the longest, most difficult, and …


Our Spiritual Marathon

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Bill Onisick, reflecting on his recent experience training for and running a marathon, draws some analogies that apply to our spiritual marathon—a race characterized as a mental task. We all have goals and trials, but often pride makes us think we know better than God what course is best for us to follow. Our God has a …


The Gun Lap

'Ready Answer' by Mike Ford (1955-2021)

Over the years, we have been told many times that we are on the gun lap. What is this gun lap? Using his track experience, Mike Ford shows how we must give our all to reach our finish line!


Running God's Marathon With Christ

Sermon by Mark Schindler

Christ endured many more than three temptations; rather, He was tested continuously, and perhaps the intensity increased as He neared the end of His life.


Motivation to Endure

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Without daily contact with God in prayer and Bible study, and without continual contact with the brethren, we may lose the determination to persevere.


Hope to the End (Part Three)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Faith, hope and love are spiritual gifts which safeguard us from discouragement and depression, giving us a mature perspective that will last eternally.


Will You Be Accounted Worthy for the Kingdom?

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Like businessmen reviewing plans, making forecasts, and anticipating accountability, God expects us to define and follow through on spiritual objectives.


Self-Discipline

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Protestant theology recognizes that Christian self-discipline presents a major logical difficulty in its keystone doctrine of 'by grace alone.'


A Time to Grow

Sermonette by Ryan McClure

Horticulture is not so easy as merely planting a seed and watching it grow. Tending and keeping implies continually watering, fertilizing, and cultivating.


Resistance (Part Three): Persistence

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The elite athlete is the one with the gritty persistence and tenacity to fight on regardless of the obstacles, wanting nothing to do with mediocrity.


The Crown of Life

Article by Martin G. Collins

We do not think about crowns much, but one awaits us if we continue in the faith! The Bible describes the crown we will receive when we enter God's Kingdom.


Hebrews (Part Fourteen)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Like Jesus and other heroes of faith, we need to look beyond the present to the long term effects of the trials and tests we go though, seeing their value.


Finishing Your Gun Lap

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

The most dangerous lap we encounter is when everyone around us tends to be compromising. Today, what was once aberrant behavior is now considered normal.


Hope in a Turbulent World

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Greek and Roman myths have shaped the world view of Western culture, including our attitude toward hope, a concept which is often abused and distorted.