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No Children, No Hope For the Future

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins posits that the relatively large number of childless European leaders serve as an emblem of the curse of barrenness which has fallen on Western civilization. Total fertility declines are evident throughout Europe, dropping precipitously from. . .

Human Will and God's Sovereignty (Part Two)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

Human will is not sovereign in the body, but is just another servant, functioning according to the information it receives. We choose according to desires.

This Life of Sacrifice

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We live in a self-indulgent age. Advertisers tell us to pamper ourselves and get all that we can as soon as we can. Politicians promise high-cost "freebies" that only a few years ago required ...

Me, Myself, and You

Sermonette by Joseph B. Baity

Joe Baity, reflecting on the seeming Narcissistic Zeitgeist displayed by our generation, promoting self-gratification, self-realization, and self-indulgence, with a plethora of self-help books promoting elevating self interest above others, cautions that t. . .

Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Twelve)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the curse of a corrupt judicial system described in Ecclesiastes 5:8-9, warns us that corruption in the courts is a fact of life, but it will intensify before Christ returns. We should not be surprised by this curse, realizin. . .

A Warning from Jude (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Blinded by greed, Balaam used whatever mental gymnastics necessary to arrive at the answer he wanted. He turned the grace of God into a license for evil.

The Fifth Commandment

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The fifth commandment stands at the head of the second tablet of the Decalogue, which governs our human relationships. It is critical for family and society.

A Telling Juxtaposition

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The fourth Thursday in November, the holiday Americans call Thanksgiving Day, is always followed by an unofficial shopping holiday known as "Black Friday. ...

Absalom: A Study in Narcissism

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Probably the biblical character best exemplifying the narcissistic personality is David's son, Absalom, clearly a spoiled son in a dysfunctional family.

What Is Your Lentil Soup?

'Ready Answer' by Staff

The story of Esau and his selling his birthright for a bowl of soup is a cautionary tale for Christians today. What it is we really value? What we treasure will ultimately determine our destiny.

The Beast and Babylon (Part Nine): Babylon the Great

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

For being such a religious book, the Bible contains an unusual number of references to harlotry! John Ritenbaugh uses this information to provide understanding of the motivations of Babylon the Great, the Great Harlot of Revelation 17 and 18.

The Beast and Babylon (Part Seven): How Can Israel Be the Great Whore?

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Many longtime students of the Bible have trouble accepting that the Great Harlot of Revelation 17 could be God's people, Israel. However, John Ritenbaugh shows that God's Word frequently paints unfaithful Israel in this light because she has consistently p. . .

The Beast and Babylon (Part Five): The Great Harlot

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Who is the Woman of Revelation 17 and 18? John Ritenbaugh explains that this fallen Woman displays no religious characteristics but instead acts as a city or nation involved in the politics, economics, and culture of its time. What nation fits the symbolis. . .

Laodiceanism and Being There Next Year

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh maintains that the best matrix for salvation (or to come out of Babylon) is to diligently seek God, a connection lost in the Garden of Eden. Christians must rigorously practice their faith, having their senses trained, growing from immaturi. . .

The Essence of Self-Control

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

A lack of self-control, as well as the cultivation of self-indulgent perversions, will characterize large segments of our society living at the end times.

Eating: How Good It Is! (Part Six)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

We live in a society where both food and information are readily available. John Ritenbaugh discusses the importance of mastering self-control and a true Christian's necessity of seeking truth by which to live his life.

Overcoming (Part 10): Self-Pity

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

We all have low days on occasion, but when our despondency turns to self-pity, we have a problem. The "woe is me" attitude can mire us in stagnation and severely hamper our growth because self-pity is just another form of self-centeredness.

Overcoming (Part 8): Self-Indulgence

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

Few human faults can hinder Christian overcoming like self-indulgence. If we can learn to control our desires, we are a long way toward living a godly life.

The Handwriting Is on the Wall (2000)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

In this keynote address of the 2000 Feast of Tabernacles, John Ritenbaugh, drawing on descriptions in Amos 2, suggests that those entrusted with leadership (power within the community, power within the nations) are taking advantage of their positions, meta. . .

The Fruit of the Spirit: Self-Control

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Of all the fruit of the Spirit, God may have left the most difficult for last! Has anyone, other than Jesus Christ, really exhibited self-control? In the end, however, this is the ultimate aim of growing in the character of Almighty God!

The Christian and the World (Part 8)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh warns that having anxiety, foreboding and fretting about physical provisions (food, clothing, and shelter) and to be distracted or distressed about the future (Matthew 6:34) demonstrates a gross lack of faith and is totally unworthy of our . . .

The Seventh Commandment (1997)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

For the past 40 years sexual sins have topped the list of social issues in America. Divorce is at an all-time high. John Ritenbaugh examines the seventh commandment, the penalties paid for breaking it and how to become faithful to God in the keeping of it.

Thanksgiving or Self-Indulgence?

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Should Christians celebrate Thanksgiving Day? Are all this world's holidays off limits? John Ritenbaugh shows the proper balance Christians should have in determining their propriety.

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. . .

Faith (Part 4)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, using Lot's wife as a sobering example warns us that God does not want us to maintain close associations with the world because it almost inevitably leads to compromise with godly standards, jeopardizing the consistency of the Christian wi. . .

Truth (Part 4)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh focuses upon the necessity to attain fellowship with God, defining fellowship as "joint participation with someone else in things possessed by both." At our calling (John 6:44) we have virtually nothing in common with our Creator.. . .

Truth (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh examines the metaphor of light as a symbol of God's truth or God's Holy Spirit, convicting us of our self-deception, rescuing us from ignorance, and demonically inspired philosophies, leading us into a wholesome relationship with God. Witho. . .

Satan (Part 5)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

To resist the Devil is to resist unlawful desires, not allowing him to manipulate our emotions. Satan works on fear of being denied something pleasurable.

Satan (Part 4)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Satan uses lies and disinformation to promote self-satisfaction over obedience to God. The way to the kingdom is through self-denial, even suffering unjustly.

Psalm 23 (Part 2)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Sheep are the most dependent on their owner for their well-being. From the viewpoint of the sheep, the quality of care of the shepherd is of utmost importance.

The Commandments (Part 10)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh observes that the fifth commandment provides a bridge, connecting our relationships with God and the relationships with our fellow human beings. It is the pre-eminent commandment of the second set of commandments- serving as a twin center p. . .

Amos (Part 6)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that the "favorite-son status" of Israel was conditional, based upon accepting the terms of their covenant with God. Unfortunately, both ancient and modern Israel have placed their trust in wealth or material things rat. . .

Amos (Part 5)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh discusses the limited window of opportunity recipients of a dire prophecy have to take action. The one who hears the warnings does not have an abundance of time to repent and return to God. A lion's threat is not idle. If no action is taken. . .

Childrearing (Part 2)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

[Audio Note: Quality improves at 1:20] John Ritenbaugh warns that when an aberrant cultural change of any kind is introduced into society, it soon becomes accepted. Many parents of the 1980's considered children hindrances to their self-fulfillment, turnin. . .


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