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sermonette: A More Excellent Way

Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Given 16-Nov-96; Sermon #264s; 26 minutes

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Richard Ritenbaugh, alerting us that we are perpetually bombarded with a deluge of sales pitches and advertisements (all claiming that "this product" is better than all the rest) marvels that this desire for improvement does not seem to penetrate our spiritual lives. Nominal Christians seem to be satisfied with "just as I am," thinking God will be satisfied with anything when it comes to overcoming sin. We spend an inordinate amount of time trying to improve our computer software. We should be spending an equal amount of time on spiritual improvement. Why are we satisfied with what we are when we know we could be doing much better? God has given us a marvelous sales pitch in Deuteronomy 30, stating that His way is better than our way, bringing blessing and life. The 'fine print' declares we must keep His Commandments and walk in His ways, something the lying competitor Satan assures us is not necessary. Righteousness and disciplining the body is not easy. God wants us to choose what is best, not necessarily what feels good. It is better to trust in God than to put confidence in man. Our physical life, with all its trials and pains, does not compare with our eternity if we place our trust and confidence in God.

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