The Great Flood (Part Three)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Genesis 6:1-4 summarize what led to God's rejection of the pre-flood civilization: men chose wives solely on the basis of sex appeal and external beauty.


Take Heed to Yourselves

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reminding us that we have a perennial mandate to examine ourselves, warns that the cesspool of this world's culture is deep and getting deeper. Even though the world is waxing progressively worse, many of us live in a comparatively safe, free, and prosperous country, with incredible material abundance, …


Samson and the Christian (Part 5)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh suggests that Samson personifies the phrase, 'Everyone did what was right in his own eyes,' becoming the archetypal judge, and representing Israel's rebellious attitude at the time. A judge served as a war leader and a guarantor of justice, yet, while the physical strength of these judges increased, their …


Why Things Won't Change

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that only by a massive returning to God will a positive change take place on the political landscape, declares that such a returning is not likely to happen. A group of people to rectify the ugly situation has not emerged. Like the participants of the ill-fated French Revolution, the Occupy Wall …


How Our Joy May Be Full!

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Joy and gladness are gifts from God, resulting from Christ living His life in us and helping us to love the brethren. This love is perfected through suffering.


What Is Always True About the World?

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

To guard against the world, we must be careful not to fall into idolatry, based upon limiting God to tangible objects or those things which occupy our thoughts.


Are You Being Brainwashed? (Part 1)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

We must embrace the fruits of the Spirit, preferring God's truth to the deceitful spin, brainwashing, and doublespeak of the world's institutions.


God's Rest (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Lust begets a guilty conscience, agitation, anxiety, depression, grief, torment. Wrong desire leads to lying, adultery, and murder—eventually leading to death.


The Consequences of Affluence

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

'Affluenza' describes the bloated insensitivity caused by trying to keep up with the Joneses, the stress caused by doggedly pursuing the American Dream.


Wilderness Wandering (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh contends that our pilgrimage began with our calling and ends with our destination in the Kingdom of God as members of His Royal Priesthood. It seems to have been God's choice to call foolish, base, and despised individuals to confound the wise and mighty. Fortunately, God did not abandon our forbears in their …


Knowing, Following, and Striving for Christ

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, affirming that the thing that sets Christians apart from others is that they believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead and that He is alive and actively interceding for us right now, admonished us to know, follow, and strive to conform to Christ's image. Our goal is to know Christ on a personal and intimate basis, …


Knowing God: Formality and Customs (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Hair length and clothing are outward indicators of a person's inner spiritual condition. They serve as a testimony of what we are on the inside.


Debate

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh contends that we in the church should side neither with the progressive (liberal) worldview nor the traditional (conservative) worldview, but march to the beat of a different drummer. Americans, as part of the culture of Israel, debate absolutely everything. The Bible takes a very dim view of argument, debate, …


Living Abundantly In Tough Times

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, debunking the widely-held belief that Christians lead boring lives, blames the popular media for this negative image. Some churches want to counter this image by glomming onto glitzy, high-energy motivational speakers, short sermons, and Christian rock music. We are admonished by the scriptures not to try to …


Freedom, Liberty, and Bondage

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Grace places limits on our freedom, training us for the Kingdom of God. Our behavior must be clearly distinguishable from the non-believers in society.


All in All

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh contends that history is not confined to the past. We are actively participating in it just as surely as the prominent figures of the Bible. As citizens of Jerusalem above, we need to have our minds singly focused on the heavenly homeland where Jesus Christ dwells, mortifying our flesh, realizing that we need to …


Numbers (Part Two): Graves in the Wilderness

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, cuing in on Hebrews 3:7-17, a passage referring to the stiff-neckedness and evil hearts of our forebears, admonishes us not to imitate them in their hard-heatedness. The whole generation rebelled and went astray, never believing God; their corpses fell in the wilderness (at a rate of 100 or 200 per day), …


Peace With God

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins observes that as long as humans have an insatiable lust for power and control, there will never be peace on earth. Sectarian violence and parochial wrangling will perpetuate violence and struggle. God has initiated the process of destroying the enmity between God and man, and between man and man (i.e. Jew and …