I Desire Mercy and Not Sacrifice

Sermonette by Clyde Finklea

Clyde Finklea, reflecting upon the biblical narratives where David and his men illegally consumed the showbread reserved for the priests (I Samuel 21:1-6) and Jesus' conversation with the Pharisees where He used this incident to justify His disciples' picking grain on the Sabbath (Matthew 12:1-8), contends that Jesus, the Lord …


Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Mercy eclipses any kind of sacrifice one may offer, triumphing over judgement. The leaven of the Pharisees consists of prideful, hypocritical, merciless judgment.


Mercy: The Better Option

'Ready Answer' by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

It is easy to fall into the traps of judgmentalism, gossip, and unforgiveness. We must overcome our natural reactions and use forbearance in our relationships.


Eating Out on the Sabbath

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh examines four areas in which hairsplitting or non-salvation issues (such as eating white sugar, observing the right calendar, or occasionally eating out on the Sabbath) have threatened the unity of fellowship. What has brought about the disunity? Who determines the intent of the law? Who makes the policy from the …


Matthew (Part 17)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh characterizes chapter 12 as the "rise of the opposition," outlining the rising suspicions on the part of the Jews, the prejudiced blindness and the active investigation, countermanded by Jesus response, making claims to His authority, His courageous defiance, and His bold attack. In the first several …


The Bible Does Not Have All the Answers!

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

While the Bible does not contain all knowledge, it does contain foundational principles, enabling people to live in a godly, spiritual manner.


Forms vs. Spirituality (Part 6)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Christ emphasizes that the internal, weightier matters, which change the heart, take precedence over external ceremonial concerns that don't change the heart.


Matthew (Part 14)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Sin causes disease, but the person who becomes sick does not necessarily commit the sin. Because God alone can forgive sin, God alone can heal.


Judging in the Church

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Human nature is strongly competitive and full of pride, making judgment inherently problematic. Nevertheless, God wants us to learn to judge with equity.


Giving a Gift Strengthens and Bonds

Sermonette by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, maintaining that giving a gift strengthens the bond between individuals, bringing about a warm feeling in the giver toward the one receiving the gift, suggests that there is a sentimental dimension factored into offerings. Jacob, in his voluntary gift to the leader of Egypt (whom he discovered later to be Joseph) …