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Countdown to Pentecost 2001

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Pentecost in 2001 is a little different than in other years. The Sabbath during the Days of Unleavened Bread falls on the last day. How should we count to Pentecost on odd years like this? John Ritenbaugh explains the reasons for counting the same way as i. . .



Pentecost Revisited: Counting Consistently

Article by John W. Ritenbaugh

This year, 2008, is another one in which Passover falls on a weekly Sabbath, making the count to Pentecost more complex. John Ritenbaugh, however, argues that the count need not be done differently in these particular years. All we need to do is to apply G. . .



Do Little Things Not Count?

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh warns that seemingly insignificant things to man are quite big things to God. Some well-meaning individuals, blinded by their pride, vanity, and clever sophistry, consider certain areas of the Bible to have little or no importance. They (1). . .



Our Journey from Passover to Pentecost

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

Ted Bowling, reminding us that we are to personally count for ourselves the 50 days to Pentecost, cautions that we need to be thinking continually of the lessons these days teach us about our spiritual journey, culminating in the permanent installation of . . .



Which Sabbath Begins the Count?

CGG Weekly by Pat Higgins

The counting of Pentecost has been source of controversy within the church of God. Here are vital points that will help to sharpen the focus of the fuller explanation.



When Pentecost Was Fully Come

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

In this sermonette on the 1974 doctrinal change on counting Pentecost, John Ritenbaugh explains the confusion of our previous understanding, resulting from the idiomatic use of counting "from" in English speaking and Hebrew speaking cultures. The. . .



Pentecost, Consistency, and Honesty

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

In recent years, the count to Pentecost has become contentious, particularly in a year like 2005, in which the Sabbath within the Days of Unleavened Bread falls on the last holy day. John Ritenbaugh explains that, if we are consistent in our counting and h. . .



Holy Days: Pentecost

Bible Study by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

The late spring Feast of Pentecost shows the harvest of firstfruits, God's church. It is a continual reminder of our part in God's plan!



Pentecost, Consistency, and Honesty

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, clearing up the needless confusion about the proper day to begin counting to Pentecost, examines the basic passages on it. Because Pentecost does not have a specific date, God commands us to count from the day after the weekly Sabbath fall. . .



Pentecost Revisited (Part Two): Joshua 5

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Correctly counting to Pentecost in years in which Passover falls on a weekly Sabbath is more than a matter of consistency. John Ritenbaugh explains that a far greater, more spiritual—and unfortunately, often overlooked—factor in the wavesheaf o. . .



Pentecost - The Beginning - All in All

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Mark Schindler

Mark Schindler, focusing on the seventh day, the last great day of Jesus' final Feast of Tabernacles, admonishes us to look beyond the significance of our own calling, realizing that the sacrifice of Christ was intended for all men with the hope that they . . .



Why Count Fifty Days?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh explores the significance of the number fifty, counting fifty, and the myriad applications of the number fifty throughout the Bible, such as in the measurements of the Tabernacle and Millennial Temple, as well as the 50 year Jubilee, a t. . .



Count for Yourselves

CGG Weekly by Pat Higgins

Deuteronomy overflows with admonitions to be careful to observe God's words. As an example, notice Deuteronomy 12:32: "Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it." ...



The Work of the Firstfruits

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Pentecost emphasizes the Christian's work, both in the field, his external labors, and his house, his internal labors. Being converted takes a great deal of work.



The Endurance of the Firstfruits (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The seven Sabbaths in the count to Pentecost represent the process of the firstfruits becoming spiritually complete, that is, perfect and blameless.



Wavesheaf Requirements and Joshua 5

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Focusing upon a deceitful proclivity of human nature to find a loose brick to nullify a doctrine, John Ritenbaugh rebuts red herring arguments that the events of Joshua 5 provide an exception to the rule or pattern established in Leviticus 23:11. The entir. . .



God's Spiritual Harvest

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reflecting on the correlation between the wave sheaf offering, beginning the count to Pentecost, and the wave-loaf offering on Pentecost, reminds us that Jesus Christ is the First Born from the dead and the Firstfruits. Like Christ, we too . . .



The Wavesheaf Offering

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

We in God's church generally know very little about the wavesheaf offering, even though it represents one of the most significant acts of God's Plan: the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ! John Ritenbaugh explains its relevance to us today.



Does Doctrine Really Matter? (Part 6)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh insists that if we use clear, unambiguous scriptures to clarify ambiguous scriptures, and if we don't try to establish a doctrine on the interpretation of one word, we can avoid the doctrinal blindness caused by presumptive, vain, carnal re. . .



The Wavesheaf and the Selfsame Day

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The wavesheaf offering is reckoned from the weekly Sabbath within the Days of Unleavened Bread. It had specific requirements that were not met in Joshua 5.



Consequences of Resurrection and Ascension

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Neither Christmas or Easter appear in the Feasts of the Lord, but we find plenty of emphasis on the resurrection and ascension of Christ in the Holy Days.



Psalms: Book Two (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, acknowledging that the Psalms have been divided into five books, suggests that there is methodology in the organization, reminding us of the number of Divine grace, as well as a number of handy organization emphasizing groups of five, i. . .



Themes of Ruth (Part One): Naomi

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh reminds us that counting Pentecost should not be a thoughtless, mechanical act, but should involve deep reflection as to how God has steered our lives and as to how we are managing the spiritual resources He has graciously given each of . . .



Acts (Part 3)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh refutes the erroneous belief that glossolalia (or speaking in tongues) constitutes a sign or condition of having received God's Holy Spirit. The dramatic manifestations in Acts 2 (cloven tongues of fire, rushing wind, and the miracle of spe. . .


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