Tom Ruggirello

Sin Offerings

Tabernacle Sacrifices “For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who … offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:13,14). by Tom Ruggirello In studying the sacrifices offered in Israel’s tabernacle, the student can be easily overwhelmed by the many occasions calling for different offerings. Sometimes []

Memorial Issues

A Reverent, Thoughtful Examination “Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3). by Robert Brand The commemoration of the Last Supper in our observance of the annual Memorial celebration has two important symbols: the bread, and the fruit of the vine. Our Lord makes it clear how to interpret those two symbols, in his statement that the bread “is my body” and the fruit of the vine “is my blood”(Matthew 26:26-28). We must be careful not only to []

Touched by the Master

Four Life-Changing Discussions with Jesus “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). by Tom Ruggirello Listen to audio  When considering the life of Jesus, examining some of his personal conversations can prove beneficial.  These discussions reveal important and precious truths and likely had profound effects on the ones who shared in them. These discussions were held away from the large crowds that often followed Jesus []

Honoring Memorial Principals

Remembering Together Listen to the audio:  “This do in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19). by Tom Ruggirello When we come together to observe the Memorial of our Lord’s death, it gives us an opportunity as a group of believers to express our deep appreciation for his loving sacrifice. Doing this as a body emphasizes the great things we have in common. It takes us back to the roots of our faith and the great truth of why and how we can stand []

Trouble in the Harvest

Seven Plagues “And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels, having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God” (Revelation 15:1). by Tom Ruggirello Listen to audio  In the Chart of the Ages, the harvest of the Gospel Age is the transition between the kingdoms of this world and the kingdom of God. We are living in that period, so naturally, we wish to know when the kingdom will take full effect. []