Psalm 23 (Part Three)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reveals that the valley-of-shadow imagery symbolizes the fears, frustrations, trials, and tests needed to produce character, quality fruit, and an intimate trust in the shepherd. His rod, an extension of his will and strength, serves not only against predators, but also prevents members of the flock from butting …


Something to Remember

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, suggesting that human nature has to be continually reminded of God's providence even when people are undeserving of the bountiful blessings. Sadly, our forebears often forgot the frequency of God's merciful intervention and declared that it was useless to serve God. Satan loves to manipulate our nervous systems, …


Discouragement and Trumpets

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, in this offertory message for the Feast of Trumpets, cautions us that even though members of God's church might get depressed or feel lost in the shuffle, the Christian life is not always easy. While there may be reasons to become depressed, there is no reason to stay depressed, realizing that God is with us the …


Image and Likeness of God (Part Five)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The true nature of God differs greatly from the trinitarian concept. Having created us in His form and shape, God desires to develop us into His character image.


Life Is Worth Living

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the Roman Catholic Church's teaching that suicide constitutes a mortal sin, demanding punishment in eternal hell fire, focuses on a poignant movie in which Denzel Washington portrays a man, desirous to commit suicide, who sacrificed his life for a noble cause of enabling someone else to live. In …


Sovereignty, Election, and Grace (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh emphasizes how intimately God is involved with the intimate details of our life, including our conception and birth, supplying spiritual gifts or abilities to carry out His work. David reflects that God knows us searchingly, even our secret thoughts and desires before we are even aware of them (Psalm 139:2). …


Keep Walking

Sermonette by Ryan McClure

Ryan McClure, cautioning us to regard neither the trials of ancient Israel nor our present trials as an oddity, reminds us that God uses trials to test and humble us, but He never impedes our ability to move forward toward His goal of creating us as a family in His image. God never inhibited the ancient Israelites; their own …


Sovereignty, Election, and Grace (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh explores several nuances of the term grace, describing a generous, thoughtful action of God, accompanied by love, which accomplishes His will, equipping us with everything we will need to be transformed into the Bride. Even though we, like Jeremiah, may feel timid and underpowered, God is always out in front, …


Where is Beauty?

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on the aphorism, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder," reminds us that God alone is the author of beauty, creating the multiple sense modalities (sight, sound, touch, smell and taste) and has created nothing ugly, including sunsets, landscapes, differing flora and fauna, and even facial …


New Covenant Priesthood (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Sacrifices of thanksgiving, praise, and gratitude are required of God's called out priests. By meditating on the right things, we prepare ourselves for prayer.


Leadership and the Covenants (Part Seven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

All of the sufferings in the present had their origin in the Garden of Eden when our parents sinned, seemingly in secret. The effects of sins radiate outward.


Crucial Parenting Principles

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Recently, the University of Virginia's Institute on Advanced Culture identified four current parenting styles, with mixed results.


Living by Faith: God's Sovereignty

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Since God is sovereign over His creation, we need to be careful about reviling someone in authority, even someone who may have been appointed to bring evil.


New Heavens and New Earth

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh marvels about the scope of God's mind, His patience and meticulous planning, having taken place before the foundation of the world, perhaps more than 10 billion years ago (allowing for mankind's limited tenure of nearly 6,000 years.) God never does anything haphazardly. Together, God the Father and Jesus Christ …


The Right Use of Power

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

With dominion comes responsibility to maintain. The sad history of mankind shows that he has mismanaged his power, bringing about disease, war, and famine.