When Emotions Take Over

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

Emotions, including fear and anger, are a gift from God, but we must use them responsibly. Uncontrolled emotions can keep us from the Kingdom of God.


Having a Right Attitude

Article by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Not only must Christians follow true doctrines, but they must also live God's way in the proper attitude. Here are lessons from Jonah's and Moses' examples.


Growing Up

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the increasing delay of adult responsibilities and behavior in our society, suggests that while puberty seems to have become triggered earlier, in far too many cases, self-centered dependency has been protracted into the early 30's. The youth of the church (adults too!) need to develop …


Anger (Part 2)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

We dare not let the sun go down on our wrath. Uncontrolled anger can be a major cause of mental and physical illness. We must reconcile with our adversaries.


Adolescent Geriatrics

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on an article in The Telegraph (UK), describes a cultural phenomenon known as "adolescent geriatrics"—when a senior citizen, ignoring the ravages of time, continues youthful styles, desires, and goals. Many 60s hippies have never matured, totally untouched by the wisdom of age. The …


Are You Being Brainwashed? (Part 4)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Public opinion is easily manipulated by propaganda. By manipulating attitudinal desensitization, the mainstream media pushes society into progressive positions.


Childrearing (Part Six)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

If we, as Christian parents, could shape and mold the minds of our children early, we could inoculate them against making the same mistakes that we did.


Foolishness and Cleansing

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Human nature has a perverse drive to take risks, pushing the envelope, taking unwise chances, foolishly gambling away the future. Foolishness is sin.


Elements of Motivation (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Having knowledge of God's law is not a guarantee of spiritual success or growth. Only those motivated to use the law will experience growth and produce fruit. The fear of God is the first element of motivation, ranging from reverential awe to stark terror. Fearing God leads to a determination not to bring shame on God's name or …


Without Restraint

Commentary by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Paul describes the latter times, when people will behave like spoiled brats, cursing, looting, and showing no self-control—all happening today.


Pure Language Restored

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, observing that language contains energy, expresses chagrin that advertisements from major corporations seem to be descending to the lowest common denominator. Today we live in a country that praises impulse over restraint, law breaking over law keeping, and foolishness over wisdom. Politically correct language …


Growing Into Liberty

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh asserts that physically emancipating people from slavery does not automatically unshackle their hearts or minds or preparing them for productive responsibility in a free society. Likewise, our emancipation from sin does not automatically remove our acquired spiritual shackles. We must gradually grow out of the …


Freedom and Responsibility

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reminding us that when a culture liberalizes, there will be a corresponding rise in irresponsibility, maintains that freedom to obey God is not free. It has cost the life of Christ, as well as our own, as we become living sacrifices. When we enter into the new covenant, we solemnly pledge to respond to God, …


Goats on the Left

Article by Mike Ford

Goats are intelligent creatures, but also loners and devious. Understanding their characteristics helps us in evaluating our own tendencies that hinder our walk.


What Is the Work?

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting that our concept of time is vastly different from God's, indicates that our spiritual pilgrimage (including our participation in the work of God) is largely a matter of faith, not sight. If we see God in the picture, we will not be impatient, but will be carefully evaluating the evidence whether or …