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Our Spiritual Marathon

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Bill Onisick, reflecting on his recent experience training for and running a marathon, draws some analogies that apply to our spiritual marathon—a race characterized as a mental task. We all have goals and trials, but often pride makes us think we kn. . .

Running God's Marathon With Christ

Sermon by Mark Schindler

Christ endured many more than three temptations; rather, He was tested continuously, and perhaps the intensity increased as He neared the end of His life.

What Is Your Game?

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

Ronny Graham, exploring some of the stories behind the amazing accomplishments of the athletes competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics, suggests that participants often make great sacrifices, setting virtually all else aside for a chance at a perishable crow. . .

Lord, Increase Our Faith

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

David Grabbe, marveling that one in four atheists admitted in a recent poll to resorting to prayer when facing crises, reminds us that even believers suffer significant crises of faith. Luke 17:5 records the Disciples' plaintive request to increase their f. . .

The Greatest Hall of Fame

Commentary by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, asking what Charlotte, North Carolina, Cooperstown, New York, Eveleth, Minnesota, Canton, Ohio, and Springfield, Massachusetts have in common, reveals they are all host cities for an athletic hall of fame—showcasing the best talen. . .

It Was Bound to Happen

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, citing an article about a transgender male entering an all-female competition in a Connecticut high school, besting all the girls, suggests that public acceptance of this 'transgender' aberration has imprinted a malignant character defect . . .

Conforming to This World

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the myriad infomercials offering systems and formulae for success, from making money by flipping real estate or improving our golf score, focuses on the winning playbooks of several professional football coaches, drawing t. . .

Hope to the End (Part Three)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates the emotional state of the American people, especially those who understand the seriousness of the times, averring his conviction that they will never see good times again, but will fall more and more into a permanent condition o. . .

Gifted (Part One)

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

Ronny Graham, observing that John 3:16 is perhaps the best-known biblical passage in the world, with Protestants equating it with the Gospel, reminds us that we, as God's called-out ones, have been given gifts for which we can glorify our Heavenly Father. . . .

Resistance (Part Three): Persistence

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh focuses upon an inspiring incident in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, in which a runner, Derek Redmond, who had previously dropped out of competition because of an injured Achilles tendon, had another setback, a pulled hamstring, causing hi. . .

Overcoming Satan's Competitive Spirit

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Bill Onisick, reflecting on some bizarre psychological and physiological reactions experienced by many sports fanatics, warns us that the competitive spirit to dominate and crush the competitor, not confined to athletic contests, militates against God’s ma. . .

Determination (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by John Reiss

Tatyana McFadden was born with spina bifida, but today she is a Paralympic athlete, competing in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. When she was a child in the Russian orphanage, she would undoubtedly have loved to have a wheelchair, but the experienc. . .

Determination (Part One)

CGG Weekly by John Reiss

Webster's American Dictionary defines determination as "a fixed purpose or intention." We can see a living example of this word by studying the life of one particular Paralympic athlete and learning some valuable lessons that we can apply to our Christian . . .

Satan, Division, and Humility

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh suggests that competition is the root cause of all war, business takeovers, and marital discord. Carl Von Clausewitz observed that war is nothing more than politics brought to the battlefield. Evolution has glorified competition, enshrining. . .

On Your Marks . . . Get Set . . .

CGG Weekly by Charles Whitaker

Ever jump the gun? When I officiated at junior high and high school track meets years ago, I saw runners do it now and then. ...

Our Spiritual Marathon of Hope

Article by Staff

During the spring and summer of 1980, Terry Fox pursued his "Marathon of Hope" to raise money for cancer research, running in effect 143 consecutive marathons. His experience contains similarities to a Christian's life, and we can extract lessons that appl. . .

Stay in Jerusalem

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker, focusing upon the proclamations of two Gentile kings (Cyrus and Artaxerxes) in the book of Ezra, examines the impact they had on the remnant of Israel- as well as the lessons we may derive from their lack luster behavior. Those who return. . .

Are You a Victim?

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon several sports events, in which several athletes were reprimanded for seemingly insignificant actions or for situations totally out of their control, suggests that any one of us can be unfairly victimized. We may be tempted. . .

The Gun Lap

'Ready Answer' by Mike Ford

Over the years, we have been told many times that we are on the gun lap. What is this gun lap? Using his track experience, Mike Ford shows how we must give our all to reach our finish line!

Do We Want to Catch 'Olympic Fever'?

Article by Staff

Are the Olympics the pure sporting events they are purported to be? This article shows that the Olympic Games have their roots in religion!

On Your Marks . . . Get Set . . . Go!

Article by Charles Whitaker

Jumping the gun and going offside are infractions that have spiritual counterparts. We do not want to be guilty of moving before God does. So what should we be doing in the meantime?

Hebrews (Part 14)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11 did not have a blind naïve faith, but one built incrementally by careful examination of the evidence- adding things up or calculating- from cumulative life experiences. From this acquired fa. . .



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