All in All
Summary: 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 home... 

Are You Sure You Believe in God? (Part 1)
Summary: Martin Collins cites some quotations from an atheist writer who rationalizes his belief in no God by stating that suffering could no longer be blamed on an omniscient deity, allowing him to pursue his narcissistic lifestyle without guilt. The psalmis... 

Christ Our Passover
Summary: In addition to being flawless, God's works have a multiplicity of purposes, while man's works have limited utility and many flaws. Like air, having multiple uses, God's Word also has many uses; any one scripture can be used in dozens of different app... 

Christ Our Peace
Summary: Martin Collins, citing columnist Thomas Sowell, asserts that peace demonstrations do not bring peace, but war - and that submitting to the over-arching government of the United Nations in terms of disarmament and a blue-helmeted UN police force will ... 

Christ Our Rock
Summary: The massive Rock of Gibraltar serves as a visual object lesson on our Rock of Defense, Jesus Christ—Yahweh—the LORD, the God of the Old Testament. When Moses uses the metaphor of a rock, he thinks of the connotative qualities of enduring,... 

Christ Our Standard
Summary: If we don't see the concrete proof of Christ working in us, we are on thin ice. Head knowledge of God's truth is useless unless it is transferred to action. Spiritual growth (Hebrews 5:13-14) happens when our senses (sense of judgment and reason) are... 

Christ's Female Ancestors
Summary: The Jews, because of the scepter, the Levitical, and Messianic responsibilities, have been perhaps the most meticulous, careful, and accurate genealogy keepers in the world. No genealogy is more important than Christ's. Matthew (recording Joseph's li... 

Christ's Revelation of the Father
Summary: Jesus Christ has been the most misunderstood Being who ever lived, and we could possibly come to share the same sort of misconceptions His own parents had. Jesus' question in Luke 2:49, "Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business... 

Christ, the Chief Cornerstone
Summary: God built His spiritual temple upon the foundation of the prophets and the apostles; both the Old and New Testaments provide a vital part of our underpinning. Jesus Christ is the principal part of the foundation. If our foundation is flawed, our edif... 

Consequences of Resurrection and Ascension
Summary: Christmas, Easter, as well as the concepts of "amazing grace," and "unmerited pardon" are far cries from the Bible's definition of Christianity. Because he sought to avoid the appearance of endorsing the syrupy cheap grace advance... 

Defining Logos (Part One)
Summary: Richard Ritenbaugh suggests that one must be a member of a language community to know the contexts defining the meaning of a word. The Greek word logos has been negatively loaded with unbiblical meanings from Gnosticism, theology, and philosophy. Its... 

Experiencing God
Summary: Richard Ritenbaugh, relating a story of a wannabe author, interviewing for the job of a personal secretary to what proved his boyhood idol, a popular author, learned very quickly the adage familiarity breeds contempt. The longer the relationship cont... 

Four Views of Christ (Part 1)
Summary: John Ritenbaugh warns us that the Bible paradoxically is both simple and profound, understandable only to those who have been called, love the truth, and are given to careful scrutiny, enabling the searcher to describe every nuance of what it is they... 

Hebrews (Part Two): Who Was Jesus?
Summary: The Book of Leviticus serves as a preface to the Book of Hebrews. Leviticus provides details regarding the duties of offeror and priest in the Old Covenant sacrifices. If we take the time to understand the function of the Old Covenant as explained in... 

Hebrews: Its Background (Part Nine)
Summary: John Ritenbaugh avers that the Book of Hebrews is "must" reading for all members of God's church who ardently seek the key for personal spiritual growth through a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ—the most important Being Who ... 

How Big Is God?
Summary: Richard Ritenbaugh cautions us not to have a one-dimensional perspective of God, pointing to the multi-faceted aspects of His personality and His vast works. Our puny minds can only grasp a tiny sliver of what God really is. Far less than a toddler t... 

Image and Likeness of God (Part 1)
Summary: Errant teachers have mysticised and spiritualized God away into a shapeless, formless, vaporized, ethereal blob. These individuals have systematically rejected hundreds of scriptural references, dismissing them as figures of speech. In the foundation... 

In Him Was Life
Summary: Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on a Gatorade commercial asking if we have what it takes in us, asks whether we have life within us. Not all forms of life have equal value. Although we already have physical-chemical existence, we do not yet have quali... 

Intimacy with Christ (Part 1)
Summary: John Ritenbaugh warns that the narrow "pay and pray" mentality experienced by many in our previous fellowship took our attention away from the more important overcoming and growing aspect, preparing for the Kingdom of God. We desperately ne... 

Jesus Christ, the Bearer of Sin
Summary: The azazel goat symbolizes Christ's bearing our grief, pain, and iniquity on the cross. This second goat in the Atonement sin offering, serving as a type of Jesus Christ, symbolically bore the pain, humiliation, and shame of our sins. Isaiah emphasiz... 

Jesus Is God
Summary: If Jesus Christ is not who He said He is, He would be the most successful charlatan in the history of the world. The understanding that Jesus Christ is the God of the Old Testament has always been challenged. God's called-out ones do not have pre-emi... 

Jesus the Door
Summary: Richard Ritenbaugh, acknowledging that our culture has accumulated a large reservoir of superstitions, marvels about how many superstitions we have which revolve around the door. Which door to use on which occasions, the color of the door, the proper... 

John (Part 1)
Summary: John Ritenbaugh probes into the reasons the book of John had to be written and the major differences distinguishing the book of John from the other Gospels. John omits entirely certain topics which the other gospels go into detail. Where the other Go... 

John 3:16: Does God Really Love the World?
Summary: God does not love everybody equally. Nowhere does He tell us to prefer the world of the ungodly, adopting the pagan customs of the world's religions. Though God commands us to love our enemies, He does not tell us to be kindly affectionate to them. T... 

Knowing Christ (Part 1)
Summary: John Ritenbaugh explains the significance of "the fellowship of His sufferings" and "being conformed to His death" (Philippians 3:10). Christ's death had both a substitutionary and a representative aspect. The former pays for our ... 

Knowing God
Summary: In order to one to fulfill his purpose in life, a person needs to be singularly focused on what he wants to accomplish. Divided minds either result in no activity or productivity or, worse yet, devastating and hurtful consequences. Division (especial... 

Letters to Seven Churches (Part One): Introduction
Summary: Letter-writing, as a means of communication, became highly formalized in the Greco-Roman world. The Scriptures contain a large number of letters, the epistle being the dominant literary form in the New Testament. The "Seven Letters" are an ... 

Our Affinity to Christ
Summary: Spiritual growth is necessary to be transformed into spirit and conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). Our lives must be totally wrapped up in Christ, exemplifying His character (Colossians 1:12-17). The leavening in the wave loaves (Levitic... 

Powers of Christ
Summary: Richard Ritenbaugh recognizes that power is neither intrinsically good nor intrinsically bad, but in nearly everyone's estimation, seems hopelessly unattainable. Even though we as Christians have negligible influence and power in this society, we hav... 

Running God's Marathon With Christ
Summary: As we piece together the narrative of the Gospels, we deduce that Christ endured many more than three temptations; rather, temptations occurred continuously, and perhaps increased in intensity as He neared the end of His life. This continuous and int... 

The False Christ Deception
Summary: Martin Collins, reflecting upon the topic of lying and spiritual deception, maintains that the Globalists' control of the media has posed major problems for those seeking or living by the truth. Instead of letting Israel know about their faults, the ... 

The Father-Son Relationship (Part 1)
Summary: Human reason is frequently applied—wrongly—to God's nature. The Catholic Encyclopedia admits that there is scant biblical evidence for a trinity, but that it is "substantiated" by "Christological speculation" only. Thi... 

The God of Abraham, Isaac Jacob, and Moses
Summary: Jesus Christ has a pattern of referring to Himself in both the first and third person. He is not referring to someone else (for instance, a third person of the trinity) when He refers to Comforter, Angel of God, Servant, or God of the Fathers. In oth... 

The High Christology of Colossians
Summary: There are two extremes of the scholarly study of Christology (the study of Christ): Low Christology, which conceptualizes of Christ as human only, and High Christology, which conceptualizes of Christ as fully human and divine. The apostle Paul infuse... 

The Holy Spirit and the Trinity (Part 1)
Summary: The architects and custodians of the trinity concept admit that it is a "somewhat unsteady silhouette," unsupportable by Scripture unless one forces external presuppositions, assumptions, and inferences onto it—as did Catholic theolog... 

The Last Words of Jesus Christ
Summary: Both foes and friends of Jesus realized that He, having come as God incarnate, brought unusual insight and wisdom with authority and ethos not found among the religious leaders. Having become composed of flesh, Jesus could experience the same pulls a... 

The Meekness and Gentleness of Christ
Summary: We cannot fight spiritual battles with physical or worldly weapons. Gentleness and meekness were Paul's preferred approaches in dealing with people. Meekness (strength under control, maintaining peace in the midst of confrontations) is practiced when... 

The Nature of God: Elohim
Summary: Understanding Elohim teaches us a great deal about the nature of God, determining the direction of our personal lives. The trinity doctrine, admitted by the Catholic Encyclopedia as unsupportable by either the Old Testament or New Testament, but only... 

The Prayers of Jesus
Summary: Richard Ritenbaugh maintains that as a craftsman could not function without the tools of his trade, a Christian cannot function without spiritual tools or a spiritual instructional manual. We have to learn to use the spiritual tools God has given us,... 

The Shepherd of Israel
Summary: David Grabbe mentions the ancient heresy of Marcionism, which taught that the God of the Old Testament was inferior to Christ, the God of the New Testament, a teaching echoed in some Protestant thought to this day. Comparing the names of God as they ... 

The Sovereignty of God (Part 1)
Summary: Only from God's Word can we know who is really regulating the affairs on the earth and which truth to believe. The scriptures, substantiating God's sovereignty, assure us that Israel's history was no accident, the church's succession of Israel was no... 

The Trial of Jesus
Summary: In this sermon on the Mistrial of the Millennia, Richard Ritenbaugh recounts the myriad illegal events of Christ's trial, highlighting no less than seventeen illegalities, including corrupt judges, bogus witnesses, switching charges, changing venues,... 

The True Savior of the World!
Summary: Martin Collins, citing several blasphemous newspaper headlines praising various world leaders for being "the savior of the world," contrasts these pretenders to the real Savior of the World. Because He experienced the suffering of the human... 




 
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