Lessons From Esther: Esther Sacrifices Herself

Article by Ronny H. Graham

Queen Esther, faced with the destruction of her people in Persia, put her life on the line. Her example can be an inspiration to all of us.


Lessons From Esther: Mordecai Never Grew Weary

Article by Mark Schindler

Mordecai, a Jew living in the Persia capital, faithfully guided Esther through a time of potentially great trouble. Such character is in our reach as well.


Esther (Part Two)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Just as Mordecai conceals Esther, God conceals His people in secret places under the shadow of His wings, in the sanctuary—the fellowship of the church.


Esther (Part Four)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, realizing that although some people regard approaching the Bible as literature to be demeaning or perhaps even heretical, contends that the literary approach can be a powerful tool to understanding and appreciating it more fully. A good story does not lay itself, but it takes a lot of work on the part of the …


Esther (Part Five)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God allows each of us to experience trials and tests to humble us, leading us to repent, obey and trust, followed by an often-dramatic deliverance and joy.


Esther (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In post-exilic times in Persia, God used concealed Jews (exampled by Mordecai and Esther) to ascend to levels of prominence on behalf of their people.


Against All Odds

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We are assured victory if we put on the whole armor of God, standing together as a spiritual phalanx and repelling all attacks, the waves of trials we face.


Secession (Part One): Is Separation Wrong?

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, observing that we live in a culture that encourages diversity and disparaging unity, suggests that if the subsequent separation and secessionist movements succeed, we will soon live in a fractious, segmented, divided, disunited States, balkanized by multiple languages and conflicting cultures. A lingua-franca …


Marriage and the Bride of Christ (Part Seven)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, suggesting that stress sometimes brings a strain on married life, emphasizes that both husband and wife need to get back to the task of being cleansed, as Christ's spiritual bride, by delving into Bible study and prayer. We need to reciprocate the love Christ has given to the church. Christ both sanctifies and …


What Every Christian Must Know

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, appraising John's first epistle as a very encouraging document giving us a testimonial of what God has done, realizes that there are basic foundational things every Christian should know: that our sins have been forgiven and we have received life and wisdom through His name's sake, that Jesus Christ has overcome …


Isaiah 58 and Fasting

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Fasting puts us in a proper humble and contrite frame of mind, allowing God to respond to us, freeing us from our burdens and guiding us into His Kingdom.


God Has Faith in You

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

It can be encouraging to us that our patriarchs and the prophets had serious doubts, but God overrode all their fears in accomplishing His purpose.


Peace with God Through Christ

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

The only possibility of attaining peace is a relationship with God—peace with God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which must continually be refined.


A Brief Overview of Biblical Prosperity

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh focuses on Proverbs 30:7-9, in which Agur asks God to cushion him from the extremes of poverty or excessive wealth, allowing himself to live a balanced life of contentment. Wealth has a powerful influence on one's life, causing us to overestimate our own prowess and underestimate God's involvement with us. We …