Born Again or Begotten? (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Being born again signifies a new spiritual beginning at the beginning of our conversion. We are not yet complete, though; we must go on to perfection.


Hebrews (Part Fifteen): Chapter 2, A Mind Bending Purpose (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates five pitfalls threatening the salvation of God's called-out ones: 1.) either one makes continuous efforts to bear spiritual fruit or he forfeits his part in God's Kingdom; 2.) one must be thankful that Jesus Christ cares continuously; 3.) one must be aware that the tenor of the times make witnessing …


Born Again or Begotten? (Part Three)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The concept of a spiritual birth has confused many. The Bible consistently compares Christians to already-born children or adults, not fetuses.


The Source of Church Characteristics (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The seven churches of Revelation 2-3 all existed simultaneously and the characteristics of five of them will apparently be extant at the return of Christ.


The Seven Churches: Sardis

Bible Study by Staff

The sixth church, Sardis, is dead for the most part. What is the problem? What do they need to do to come alive again?


To Live, We Must Die

'Ready Answer' by Bill Onisick

How many of us go through life with our noses to the grindstone? Real life comes as a result of giving our own.


Born Again (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that being born again is entirely a spiritual matter, indicates that it is not a doctrine necessary for the achieving of salvation, certainly not as important as faith or sanctification, but it does flesh out some details about our liberty from the shackles or slavery of sin. "Born again" …


Imagining The Garden of Eden (Part Four)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, citing Cicero's dictum, "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need," indicates that those two items provided contentment for the Roman leader. Indeed a garden can be a source of peace and calm, giving us a kind of therapy, providing us relaxation from the hectic pace of life. …


Born Again (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on a question from a reader who suggested that the Kingdom of God has already come, points out a context in which the Kingdom of God has already come upon us. Thoughout His ministry, Jesus Christ uses a physical term to represent a deeper spiritual truth, often obscured by the figures of speech in a …


The Fourth Commandment

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

At creation, God sanctified only one day, the seventh, as a day of rest. At Sinai, He again sanctified it as a holy day, tying it to creation and freedom.


What Is the Second Death?

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

The second death is an event beyond physical death. It disproves the traditional heaven-hell and immortal soul doctrines, yet demonstrates God's perfect justice.


Elements of Motivation (Part Seven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Eternal life, emphasizing a special intimate relationship with God the Father and Christ, is vastly different from immortality, connoting only endless existence.


Powerful Effects of the Holy Spirit

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

We are intrigued by supernatural power, and many seek to display it. Yet the Scriptures show the activity of the Holy Spirit in ways that are commonly missed.


Colossian Law-Keeping

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Nominal Christendom cannot see God's law even though it is in plain sight. In Colossians, Paul reiterates or alludes to all but one of the Ten Commandments.


The Fourth Commandment (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Sabbath is a special creation, a very specific period of holy time given to all of mankind, reminding us that God created and is continuing to create.


John (Part 12)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

What we believe automatically determines what we do; it is impossible to separate faith and works. If Jesus is not our source of belief, our works will suffer.


The Greatness of God's Power

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Paul emphasized the power of God living in us through the Holy Spirit to enable us to develop into His family. Through God's power, we will triumph over death.


Remaining Unleavened

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh reflects on the second law of thermodynamics which, emphasizes that, as energy is transformed to other forms, it degenerates into a more disordered state, wearing down into entropy, chaos and disorder—exactly the opposite of the Spiritual creation which transforms us into a more perfect state. As God …


Knowing God: Formality and Customs (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh cautions that placing our hope in the wrong thing can jeopardize our relationship with God. We must remember that God alone is the source from whom all blessings flow, and that we need to reciprocate those gifts back to God,fearing and standing in awe of Him, honoring Him, and conforming to His standards. We must …