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The Poetry of the Bible

CGG Weekly by Staff

In his book, Figures of Speech in the Bible, E.W. Bullinger describes a staggering 217 different figures of speech in God's Word, each used multiple times. A figure of speech is the stylistic use of language ...

The Bible Does Not Have All the Answers!

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Although some people have mistakenly used the Bible as a cookbook, a marriage manual, a financial planner, or a childrearing book, it was not designed for those purposes. Herbert W. Armstrong referred to the Bible as a jig-saw puzzle or a coded book, seemi. . .

Putting Out Flawed Study Practices

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

As managing editor of Forerunner magazine, I occasionally receive unsolicited articles from readers who want their work published. ...

Have You Had Your Manna Today?

'Ready Answer' by Staff

God provided physical Israel manna to eat every day for forty years. Now we, as spiritual Israel, have the Bible, God's Word, as our daily bread. Are we taking advantage every day of this wonderful blessing God gives us, or are we allowing God's Word to sp. . .

Developing a Mature Spiritual Appetite

'Ready Answer' by David F. Maas

One of the most widely occurring metaphors in the Bible involves eating. David Maas contends that it is not just what we ingest spiritually that is important, but that we also develop the ability to feed ourselves properly.

The Berean Example

Article by Staff

The ancient Bereans have a wonderful biblical reputation. Just how special were these Macedonian Christians?

Metaphors of God's Word

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Christ says His words are Spirit and Life; they have a quality above human words because their source is divine. If ingested, these words lead to eternal life.

The Sacrifices of Leviticus (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh compares the multi-faceted, infinite, marvelously complex, and perfect works of God with the limited, flawed works of man. Like geodes, hiding magnificent structural and aesthetic designs, the biblical types, emblems, or allegories are dece. . .

Going Beyond Definitions

Commentary by David C. Grabbe

David Grabbe, cautioning us to avoid using Strong's Concordance as final arbiter of the meaning of a Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic word, points out that all words have multiple meanings and consequently do not yield to the faulty "one meaning" or &quo. . .

The W's and H's of Meditation (Part Six)

Sermon by David F. Maas

David Maas, continuing his sixth (penultimate) installment of the W's and H's of Meditation, returns to the topic of Scripture memorization as an integral part of meditation—the necessary fuel in the absence of an electronic or paper Bible. The admon. . .

Words Versus Images

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon the technological and linguistic changes that have occurred in the short span of one century, marvels at the drastic decrease of our attention span and the corresponding degradation of language. The dramatic shift in ori. . .

Lessons From Roots (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

In Part Two, we began to consider the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree: "He also spoke this parable: "A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none...."

To Answer a Fool—or Not

'Ready Answer' by David F. Maas

It can pose quite a quandry: Do we answer a foolish question in an attempt to help, or do we refrain from answering, not wanting to legitimize the fool and his foolishness? David Maas demonstrates that Proverbs 26:4-5 is not a biblical contradiction, provi. . .

The Post-Resurrection Last Words of Christ (Part Three)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reviewing the significance of Christ's final post-Resurrection sayings, "Feed My sheep" (appearing thrice) and "Follow me" (appearing twice), emphasizes that these words apply to all of God's called-out ones). We have a . . .

'Perfect In His Generations'

'Ready Answer' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

An important key to correct biblical interpretation is to understand a verse or passage as the author intended, not according to our own prejudices. Richard Ritenbaugh explains that Genesis 6:9 has suffered such a biased interpretation and shows what the H. . .

New Covenant Priesthood (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh emphasizes that Old Testament activities picture New Testament realities, far from done away, but raised or elevated to their spiritual intent. As a parallel to the Aaronic priesthood, the church has been chosen as a royal and holy priestho. . .

Psalm 23 (Part 2)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Of all animals, the sheep is the most dependent on its owner for its well-being. From the viewpoint of the sheep, the extraordinary care of the shepherd comes into sharp focus. If sheep are not provided with fresh, flowing water, they will drink from stagn. . .

Offerings (Part 1)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

God Works In Marvelous Ways (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh gives an antidote to the ubiquitous trait of human nature—the proclivity to complain and express impatience with God. The story of the wealthy philanthropist watching the construction of his home shows the importance of point of view.. . .

God Works in Marvelous Ways (Part Three)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh affirms that, in these times when innovation and knowledge are increasing, time appears to be speeding up as well, and that the emerging, Satanically-inspired Beast is already beginning to wear out the Saints. If we have not yet experienced. . .

Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing upon the metaphorical aspects of work and walking, suggests that these activities play a major role in overcoming and sanctification. We must have a higher regard for Christian works than our everyday job, realizing that work is a. . .

Mark: Stupid, Unbelieving Disciples

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Scholars believe that Mark was the first gospel from which the other gospel writers lifted and added things to, focusing on different audiences and different purposes. The text of Mark is the shortest of all the gospels, with the emphasis on action more th. . .

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-. . .

Amos (Part 11)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh observes that ancient Israel had at the core of its religion (as well as its dominant cultural norm) an obsession to serve or please the self at the expense of justice and truth and the best interests of the socially disadvantaged. Because . . .

John (Part 10)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon the healing of the man at Bethesda, cautions that when God removes an infirmity or gives a blessing, He also gives a responsibility to follow through, using the blessing to overcome and glorify God in the process. As Jesus . . .

Cultural Paradigms in Scripture

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, focusing on Paul's declaration that he would become all things to all men, suggests that Paul had the capability of seeing the truths of the Bible from several different cultural paradigms, namely an honor-shame continuum and a power-fe. . .

You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Sermonette by Mike Ford

Mike Ford, acknowledging that learning is a never-ending process, maintains that senior citizens have just as much capability of learning as younger people do, but "seniors" utilize different parts of their brain. To be sure, because we lean towa. . .

Esther (Part Four)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, realizing that although some people regard approaching the Bible as literature to be demeaning or perhaps even heretical, contends that the literary approach can be a powerful tool to understanding and appreciating it more fully. A good. . .

Prove All Things - Again

Sermonette by Ryan McClure

Ryan McClure, acknowledging that our culture is in a 'post trust' and 'post truth' period with the majority of mankind not yet called, reminds us that God's called-out ones cannot stop proving all things, even though they may think they have proved everyth. . .

The Biblical New Year

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

When studying a biblical topic, it is always helpful to begin with a plain, unambiguous statement that provides a fundamental understanding of the subject. ...

Always Check the Context

CGG Weekly by Mike Fuhrer

For some inexplicable reason, some mainstream Christians—and even some true ones—will read a verse of Scripture and assume that it applies to them personally. ...

You Shall Love Your Neighbor (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

A well-known principle of Bible study is that repetition is among the best forms of emphasis. If God states something once, it is important, and if twice, ...

The Conquering Offensive!

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins reflects on the time of Satan's restraint, which will be a time vastly different from today due to his present ability to reach into our homes through the media and Internet. Our Christian warfare cannot merely consist in maintaining a defen. . .

Whither the Holy Spirit?

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Most Bible students realize that most of the New Testament books are letters—epistolé in Greek and our "epistle," which is a written communication between parties. ...

Matthew 24:34: 'This Generation'

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on our mind's tendency to wander when the details get too fast and furious, losing bits and pieces of the unfolding time-element, warns us that, if this happens when we study prophecy, we could be off by hundreds or thousands. . .

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. . .

Parables and Prophecy

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We take for granted that the parables of Jesus are prophetic as well as instructive, but others may not be so sure. Have we just read our recent history into them, or are they truly prophetic?

Gluttony: A Lack of Self-Control (Part Two)

Article by Martin G. Collins

At its base, gluttony is nothing more than a lack of self-control. Martin Collins shows the more spiritual side of this too-prevalent sin.

The Handwriting Is on the Wall (1997)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

In this keynote address of the 1997 Feast of Tabernacles, John Ritenbaugh warns that people are not going to understand the significance of prophecies until the prophecies are being fulfilled or have been completely fulfilled. Understanding prophecy is sec. . .

Religious Confusion and You

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Nothing is more confused than the state of religion today. God's people can stay above the fray by being firmly grounded in His Word. Included are seven principles of Bible study.

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.


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