Considered Rather Than Commanded - Choose Life

Sermon by Mark Schindler

As God calls His people, He enables them (through His Spirit) to make considered decisions concerning living His way of life by obeying His commandments.


You Are What You Choose

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Young people must make a choice in favor of God's will. We have the freedom of choice to set our destiny, and must bear the consequences of our choice.


The Ship Is Yours

Sermon by Mark Schindler

Mark Schindler, reflecting on Michael Abraschoff's book, It's Your Ship, suggests that just as a captain of a ship wants decision-makers, not just order takers, God expects members of His family to be decision-makers. We cannot follow the example of Satan, who used his free moral agency to succumb to pride and vanity, totally …


Fasting: Building Spiritual Muscle

Article by David F. Maas

Though fasting deprives the physical body of nutrition and strength, a proper, biblical fast adds conviction and depth to the inner, spiritual man.


Stewardship of God's Temple (Part Four)

Sermon by David F. Maas

One of the most marvelous gifts God has given humanity is water—having both fantastic physical and Spiritual dimensions, serving as the principal emblem or symbol of God's Holy Spirit, the very DNA of our glorified spiritual bodies. Jesus prophesied to the woman at the well (John 4) about living water which would …


Who Is on the Lord's Side?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Feast of Trumpets is a day of decision, a time to determine whether we are on the Lord's side. We must loyally fulfill the role to which God called us.


Our Part in the Sanctification Process (Part One)

Sermon by David F. Maas

Misguided theologians have tried to create a false dichotomy between grace and works. We do works of obedience to build character, not to earn salvation.


Sin Is Spiritual!

'Ready Answer' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Many people divide sin into physical and spiritual sins, but the Bible clearly says that all sin is lawlessness.


The Sovereignty of God (Part Six)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God has consistently moved His creation toward its ultimate purpose, setting the bounds of nations, motivating rulers to pursue a certain course of action.


Human Nature: Good or Evil?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Progressives tend to believe that human nature is perfectible and evolving. Conservatives tend to believe that human nature is evil and must be controlled.


Eternal Security (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

All people will be judged according to the quality of their works after they make the covenant with God. Works are required and rewarded.


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Justification does not 'do away' with the law; it brings us into alignment with it, imputing the righteousness of Christ and giving access to God for sanctification.


Overcoming is a Choice

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We must make choices over our entire lifetime. God does the heavy lifting in terms of giving the choices and the solutions for us, but He will not choose for us.


Character and Reputation

Article by James Beaubelle

Obedience to God's instructions brings a Christian excellent benefits, and one of the greatest of these is working with God to grow in righteous character.


The Sovereignty of God: Part Six

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The overriding issue of life is to whom we will give ourselves in obedience. Will it be ourselves, society, business, Satan or God?


Narrow Is the Way

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh teaches that biblical liberty consists of choosing to whom we will submit and by whom we will be constrained. Making wrong choices, largely in ignorance, has placed us in bondage to sin and destruction. God's truth indeed limits our choices'largely in matters of right and wrong. A mind focused on too many choices …


Deuteronomy (Part 1) (1994)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Deuteronomy could be considered the New Testament of the Old Testament, serving as a commentary on the Ten Commandments. It gives vision for critical times.


The Summertime Soldier and Sunshine Patriotism

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We must put our lives, treasure, and honor on the line, picking up our cross daily, declaring our independence from carnality, evil and bondage to sin.


Be There Next Year

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Members of God's church usually come home from the Feast of Tabernacles with renewed strength. Yet, some fall away each year. Here's how to stay the course.


Sovereignty and 'Once Saved Always Saved'

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Those who believe in the "once saved always saved" doctrine fail to see that God has a more extensive and creative plan for mankind than merely saving him.


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Fifteen)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Our relationship with God is often strengthened through hardship. We must choose to yield to God, living for a much higher goal than raw materialism.


Fully Accepting God's Sovereignty (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We are not individually sovereign, but we are taught to give ourselves over completely to God's sovereignty. If we do, we will reap unfathomable blessings.


Deuteronomy (Part 4)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

If we learn to fear and love God, loyalty, faithfulness and commandment-keeping will naturally follow, and we will instinctively hasten to depart from evil.