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Christian Obedience

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

It is commonly thought—if not commonly taught—that obedience plays little part in New Testament Christianity. People are urged, "Believe in Jesus Christ, and you will be saved." ...

Is Obedience Required Before Receiving God's Holy Spirit?

'Ready Answer' by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

Acts 5:32 says very clearly that God gives His Spirit to those who obey Him, yet some argue that keeping God's law is not necessary. What is the truth? Earl Henn clarifies this contentious point.

Paul: Grace, Law, and Obedience

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh focuses upon Paul's impressive credentials and pedigree, which Paul considered rubbish, compared to his conversion and God's dramatic intervention in his life. Paul's writings, because of their complexity, have become the target of unscrupu. . .

Goodness

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

Good is a term we use very loosely, yet it is a major characteristic of God! It is defined in terms of what God is: absolute goodness! This study gives a general overview of this sixth fruit of the Spirit.

Fully Accepting God's Sovereignty, Part Three: The Fruits

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

As Christians, we have a desire to please God, and we want Him to protect and deliver us when the times ahead get tough. John Ritenbaugh illustrates four qualities of character that our full acceptance of God's sovereignty will build and that will prepare . . .

The Sovereignty of God: Part Nine

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

God's sovereignty seems to imply that prayer is a fruitless exercise—that God has everything already planned. John Ritenbaugh explains, however, that we must change our ideas about the function of prayer: It is not to change God's mind but ours!

Amazing Grace

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The old song speaks of "Amazing Grace" but do we really understand just how amazing it is? John Ritenbaugh fills in some details on this vital topic.

Fully Accepting God's Sovereignty (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on Romans 11:33-35, indicates that God is unparalleled in leadership, jurisdiction, and wisdom. We are not individually sovereign over much, but we are commanded to give ourselves over completely to God's sovereignty. If we do thi. . .

Saved By Faith Alone?

'Ready Answer' by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

Protestantism is based on Luther's insistance that Christians are saved by faith alone. But is the really true? Earl Henn explains that the Bible says this of justification, not salvation.

Dead to the Law?

'Ready Answer' by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

Romans 7, verse 4, says that we are 'dead to the law through the body of Christ.' What does this mean? Earl Henn explains the meaning in its context, showing that it refers to the 'old man' which perished at our baptism.

Deuteronomy (Part 4)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God has invited us into a love relationship—one in which He has already shown Himself to be absolutely faithful. If we truly love Him, severing our affections with this world, we will meet the demands of becoming holy. God's Holy Spirit enables us to. . .

Reconciliation and the Day of Atonement

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh insists that if mankind is separated from one another, it is also separated from God. Moreover, atonement with God will occur when mankind loves one another, loving as an action rather than simply a feeling. Contrary to the antinomian posit. . .

Completing Sanctification

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, challenging the Protestant assumption that "getting our lives straight" (morality) distracts from the Gospel message of grace, suggests that this emphasis on "hyper-grace" is wrong-headed, denying any need for repent. . .

Sovereignty and Its Fruit: Part Ten

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Once we accept God's sovereignty, it begins to produce certain virtues in us. John Ritenbaugh explains four of these byproducts of total submission to God.

The Weightier Matters (Part 3): Mercy

Article by Staff

Men have a love-hate relationship with mercy: They love to receive it, but hate to give it! Mercy, though, is one of the most important virtues, according to our Savior Jesus Christ. This article provides reasons why we should lean toward mercy in all our . . .

Submitting (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh stresses that in matters of submission, God wants us to think things through rather than merely comply through blind obedience. The bitter fruit of multiculturalism (without God's guidance) has demonstrated that unless someone is willing to. . .

Is the Love of Many Growing Cold?

'Ready Answer' by David C. Grabbe

Among the best-known signs of the end of the age is Jesus' declaration in Matthew 24:12 that "the love of many will grow cold." However, David Grabbe advises caution in judging that such a state exists in others, in a church group, or in the church as a wh. . .

The Ten Commandments

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

God's Ten Commandments are the divine law and standard that regulate human conduct. As our world testifies, they are still very much needed today!

The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part 29)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh provides a summary of the Covenants, Grace and Law series: 1. Realize the position carnal man comes from: completely under Satan' sway, antagonistic to God's law (Romans 8:7). 2. Always work from clear, unambiguous scriptures (Matthew 5:17-. . .

Rebellion as Witchcraft

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

About four centuries before the time of King Saul, the Amalekites had "ambushed [Israel] on the way when he came up from Egypt" (I Samuel 15:2; see Exodus 17:8-13), and with God's help, ...

Intimacy with Christ (Part 4)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh explores the different nuances of the verb "know," indicating that to know God requires experience, positive emotional responses, and the involvement with the whole person. Unlike merely "knowing about" (book knowledge),. . .

The Covenants, Grace and Law (Part 16)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh teaches that God's grace gives us focus on what the Law's true purpose is — namely the basic guide as to what good works are — rules for the journey of life. God's Law outlines a way of life, defining sin, actually categorizing . . .

Love's Emotional Dimension

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Love doesn't become 'love' until we act. If we don't do what is right, the right feeling will never be formed; emotions are largely developed by our experiences.

Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Six)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the multiple nuances of the Hebrew words translated into the English word "wisdom," suggests that an acquired skill for living represents the common denominator in all of these definitions. Godly wisdom is only atta. . .

Sin, Christians, and the Fear of God

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

As everyone knows, Scripture takes a very dim and stern view of sin because it is failure to live up to God's standard and destroys relationships, especially our relationship with God. After identifying the types and levels of sin, John Ritenbaugh suggests. . .

Parable of the Unprofitable Servants

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

In this Parable, Jesus emphasizes the kind of faith His disciples need to endure trials and obey His commands. Martin Collins explains that the only way for a Christian to obtain increased faith is to manifest steadfast, persevering obedience grounded in h. . .

Is All Fair in Love and War?

Article by David F. Maas

God gives us a great deal of freedom under His law, but do we have the authority to bend or break the rules under extenuating circumstances? David Maas shows that the law applies at all times to everyone.

The Fear of God (Part 1)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh teaches that we must have established some relationship with God before we can rightly fear Him. Fear, faith hope and love serve as the four cornerstones upon which the whole superstructure of Christianity rests. A holy fear of the Lord is . . .

The Fruit of the Spirit: Love

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Love is the first of the fruit of the Spirit, the one trait of God that exemplifies His character. John Ritenbaugh explains what love is and what love does.

Image and Likeness of God (Part 5)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh summarizes the true nature of God in contradistinction to the Trinitarian error: 1) God is not mere essence; both the Father and the Son have separate, substantive bodies. They are one in mind and purpose, just as we can be one with Them. S. . .

Fast or Famine

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, providing some startling statistics showing the wastefulness of Americans, who discard nearly a third of the food they produce annually, states that the western world, and America particularly, is clueless as to what real famine is. Tr. . .

Manasseh

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh posits that the thesis of the books of Chronicles is that, if one follows the terms of God's Covenant, blessings will accrue, and that, if one does not, curses will ensue. God sternly warned ancient Israel never to make covenants with th. . .

Amending the Soil

Sermonette by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, commenting on the dry and hard clay in South Carolina, a real challenge to cultivate, identifies some grounds of comparison Christ cites between ourselves and clay (soil). In the Parable of the Sower, Christ describes 1.0) hard, impenet. . .

Why Does God Keep Secrets?

'Ready Answer' by David F. Maas

Proverbs 25:2 says, "It is the glory of God to conceal a matter." Why? David Maas examines this principle from an educator's viewpoint, concluding that God does it to make us "dig deep."

The First Commandment (1997)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The Ten Commandments open with the most important, the one that puts our relationship with God in its proper perspective. John Ritenbaugh explains this simple but vital command.

The Sovereignty of God (Part 10)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh begins to summarize the attitudes that we should develop toward this vital subject. Five things or insights understanding sovereignty should produce are: (1) a fear of God, (2) implicit and unquestioned obedience, (3) resignation to His wil. . .

The Sovereignty of God (Part 9)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh again stresses that prayer is not a dictating to a reluctant God, but instead a manifestation of our attitude of dependence and need. Prayer is a tool or means we use to get into harmony with God's will, surrendering to His purpose for us i. . .

God Gives Grace to the Humble

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins suggests that genuine humility is one of the most elusive characteristics a person can attain. Vain efforts to develop and display humility include self-flagellation or self-denial. Behaviors such as asceticism or extreme vegetarianism are e. . .

Should We Obey the Laws of Our Government?

Article by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

A great many Americans feel that they do not have to submit to the government. John Reid brings the Bible's viewpoint into this discusssion.

Deuteronomy (Part 5)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh describes the process through which God perfects His image in us, linking three sub-themes: 1) God's disciplining, 2) our listening, and 3) God's watchful care. Obedience to God's Word strengthens us, enabling us to receive our spiritual he. . .

Preparing to Rule

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon themes covered in previous sermons and sermonettes, including commitment and our ultimate goal of becoming a member of the God family, explores sanctification as both a state and a process - a time period between justificat. . .

Amos (Part 9)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh observed that ancient Israel had regarded Bethel (as well as Gilgal and Beer Sheba) as a sacred shrine (a place where Jacob had been transformed —his name changed to Israel) but were not becoming spiritually transformed as a result of. . .

Hebrews: Its Background (Part Nine)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

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 has ev. . .

You Are My Friends!

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reflecting on the practice of "defriending" (or "unfriending") on Facebook, contrasts this practice with Christ's love for His called-out ones, a friending with the condition that godly fruit is born. When Paul challenge. . .

The Problem Of Leadership

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting that the term leadership appears nowhere in the King James Version of the Scripture, even though numerous examples of good and bad leadership abound, points out that the state of civic leadership in America is at a disastrous al. . .

Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Twenty-Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that a conundrum or paradox exists in Ecclesiastes 7:15, admonishes us that we do not leave God out of the picture when we evaluate the twists and turns of our uncertain lives. Because we realize God is involved, we should lear. . .

Unity

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus, in His prayer recorded in John 17, fervently asks for unity among His Disciples (and by extension-all of us). Almost 20% of this prayer is devoted to the subject of unity, that His disciples would be unified with God the Father and with each other, . . .

Searching for Israel (Part Twelve): The Sign

Article by Charles Whitaker

Though the search criteria for the whereabouts of Israel point to only one conclusion, most Israelites are blind to their origins. In this final installment of the series, Charles Whitaker deals with the question of why Israel has forgotten its identity.

The Glory of God (Part 3): From Glory to Glory

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh reiterates that we dare not limit God's glory to something physical like fire or cloud, but must recognize God's glory as radiating from His character, in which we can also participate through His Holy Spirit. The Shekinah glory today is. . .

Are You Missing Out On Blessings?

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, in reflecting upon God's promises to bless the righteous, asks us to carefully consider the standards upon which we measure blessings. After eliminating obvious reasons for curtailment of blessings, we must be on guard against comparing our. . .

Sovereignty and 'Once Saved Always Saved'

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh contends that those who believe in the "once saved always saved" doctrine foolishly fail to see that God has a more extensive and creative plan for mankind than merely saving them. One can fail to bring forth fruits of repentance . . .

God Will Understand

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins asserts that presumptuous self-justification is one of mankind's most deceptive or blinding sins. Glibly stating, "God will understand," we practice a dangerous and foolish form of situation ethics. God pays close attention to the . . .

What Does God Really Want? (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh emphasizes that commandment breaking is what has scatterred the greater church of God. We have allowed the self-assured Laodicean mindset (with its ignorance and spiritual blindness) to deter us from overcoming and law keeping. In the parab. . .

The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part 19)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, countering the naive assumption that the spirit of the law does away with the letter, insists that without the letter, there is no spirit because no foundations are possible. Writing the laws on our heart does not occur magically, but is a. . .

Prepare to Meet Your God! (The Book of Amos) (Part Two)

Booklet by John W. Ritenbaugh

What does God see in Israel that so affronts Him that He has to swear "by His holiness"? Israel had every opportunity that the Gentiles did not have: His calling, His promises, His Word, His laws. He gave the Israelites these gifts to help them develop int. . .

The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part 9)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh warns that Satan, through subtle doctrinal changes, has attempted to obliterate one major step in the conversion process, namely the sanctification step. Sanctification is the only step which shows (witnesses) on the outside; its effects ca. . .

Happiness is Circumstantial, but Joy is Not!

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reminding us that we are commanded to rejoice at the Feast of Tabernacles, observes that the world is clueless as to what constitutes both joy and happiness. Millennials, having turned inward, texting rather than talking, have abandoned a m. . .

Blessing God

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

Ronny Graham, focusing on Deuteronomy 16:15, where God commands us to keep a sacred feast because God will bless us, cautions us to treat these holy convocations with great care. Today, secularist elitists, academicians and members of the LGBT community ar. . .

Four Points of Faith

Sermonette by James Beaubelle

James Beaubelle acknowledges that we have all asked God to increase our faith, realizing that without faith it is impossible to please Him. From time to time, we exhibit a measure of faithlessness, perhaps because we have viewed faith too narrowly, thinkin. . .

Remember the Rechabites!

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

Ted Bowling, anticipating the approach of another Father's Day, posits that Jonadab, a Kenite who demonstrated his zeal toward God by assisting King Jehu in ridding Israel of Baal worshippers, is one of the finest examples of fatherhood in the Bible.In Jer. . .

Doing Righteousness

Sermon by Kim Myers

Kim Myers, drawing some analogies from how the world keeps New Year's resolutions, cautions God's called-out ones not to approach God's Holy Days with the same level of non-commitment. Though we know that righteousness exalts a nation, we also know that Am. . .

Leadership and the Covenants (Part Thirteen)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh observes that, in every biblical covenant, God gives responsibilities in order to be in alignment with Him. If we fail to meet the responsibilities He has given to us, God will penalize us. Every covenant we find in Scripture outlines promi. . .

The Signs of God (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

A distinct difference exists between those who live according to God's instructions and those who do not, and the difference cannot be hidden. The correct actions become a sign—a witness—even without any preaching, which is why God's words are . . .

The Signs of God (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

In Matthew 12:39, Jesus Christ says that "an evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign. ...

The Gift of Milk and Honey

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Kim Myers

Kim Myers, tracing ancient Israel's abject bondage to the Egyptians and their subsequent redemption and journey to their great gift (that is, the Promised Land), draws a parallel to the Israel of God. We have been in bondage to sin, enslaved to alcoholism,. . .

We Will Serve the Lord!

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, speculating as to why Joshua was left out of the honor roll of the faithful in Hebrews 11, suggests that possibly Joshua's deeds far eclipsed Joshua the human being. It is clear that all of Joshua's remarkable deeds were actually a demonstr. . .

Meet the Minor Prophets (Part Four)

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Most of the books of the Minor Prophets were written before the exile of the people of Judah to Babylon, but the final three—Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi—come from the years after their return to the land. Richard Ritenbaugh summarizes the fi. . .

Paul's 'Politically Incorrect' Advice to Titus (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by Mike Ford

Last time, we saw that the apostle Paul spoke plainly in his letter to Titus, the pastor of the churches on the island of Crete. ...

A Subtle Yet Devastating Curse

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

Amos 8:11 speaks of "a famine . . . of hearing the words of the LORD." Such a spiritual famine is occurring today: The words of God are readily available, but few are hearing them. David Grabbe explains this prophecy and its connection to the Feast of Unle. . .

The Miracles of Jesus Christ: Healing a Cripple by a Pool (Part Two)

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

Many spiritual lessons can be derived from Jesus' healing of the crippled man at the Pool of Bethesda. Martin Collins looks into Jesus' commands to the man, as well as the man's obedient response—and the reaction it caused.

The Christian Fight (Part Seven)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Most Christians realize that I Corinthians 13:13 lists faith, hope, and love as the three great Christian virtues, and love, as "the greatest of these," seems to get all the attention. However, through the life of Abraham, John Ritenbaugh illustrates how f. . .

Surrender

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

A number of years ago, bumper stickers and other merchandise proudly bearing the motto, "God is my co-pilot," became popular. ...

Praying Always (Part Three)

Article by Pat Higgins

The dual subjects of Luke 21:36—paying careful attention to overcoming and praying always—are top-tier priorities for those living at the time of the end. Before showing how to apply these commands practically, Pat Higgins explains how praying . . .

The Christian Fight (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Despite the many blessings God bestows upon His saints, real Christianity more resembles a running battle against persistent, hostile forces than a leisurely stroll down the path of life. John Ritenbaugh uses the example of ancient Israel in the wilderness. . .

Searching for Israel (Part Three): The Old Covenant

Article by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker continues the search for criteria to determine where the people of Israel are today. The covenant God made with Israel at Mount Sinai provides important clues to their whereabouts.

Disbelief

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Can anything be more paradoxical than professing Christians not following the words of the One they claim as their Savior?

Parable of the Two Builders

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

What have we founded our lives upon? Jesus asks this question in a parable in His Sermon on the Mount. Having a strong, sturdy foundation will allow us to weather the storms of life and prevail.

The Beatitudes, Part 6: The Pure in Heart

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Purity before God is far more than just being clean. John Ritenbaugh explains that to Jesus being pure in heart touches on the very holiness of God!

The Providence of God (Part 7)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh emphasizes that both Jesus and Abraham rose above their emotional pulls by exercising living faith- a faith built on a foundation of incremental acts of obedience. Living faith can never be separated from works, nor can it ever stand indepe. . .

Halloween

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Halloween has seen a recent surge in popularity, now ranking second only to Christmas in retail sales. There is no doubt, however, that Halloween should never be celebrated by true Christians. Not only is it pagan in origin and practice, but it also promot. . .

Passover and I Corinthians 10

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

In this sermon on the admonitions of I Corinthians 10, John Ritenbaugh warns that, like our forebears, we can lose our salvation if we live a life of divided loyalty even though we have mechanically and physically gone through the ordinances. Like the Old . . .

John (Part 22)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon Philip's request to "show us the Father," suggests that Jesus has provided the way of knowing how God would lead His life in the flesh. Jesus is the way, the embodiment of the truth, and the mirror image of the Fa. . .


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