Pentecost Revisited (Part One): Counting Consistently
Article by John W. Ritenbaugh
This year is another year 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 God's command consistently.
Why We Must Put Out Leaven
Article by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)
To people new to the church of God, deleavening our homes before the Feast of Unleavened Bread seems very strange and Old Covenant. They also learn that circumcision, another Old Covenant practice, is not required anymore under the New Covenant. So, why must we put leaven out, yet we do not have to circumcise our baby boys? The late Earl Henn explains this apparent contradiction.
Christ, Our Passover
'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh
Many people, even in the church of God, believe that Passover focuses on our sins—but they are wrong! We are certainly to examine ourselves to take it worthily, but the Passover's central figure is Christ, the Lamb of God. John Ritenbaugh explores His awesome, gracious sacrifice that enables forgiveness of sin and opens a relationship with God. How well do we know Him?
God's Non-Transmittable Attributes (Part Two): Omnipresence
Bible Study by Martin G. Collins
David writes in Psalm 139 that everywhere he might go, God is there. In this psalm, he points out God's attribute of omnipresence, that is, His ability to be present everywhere at all times. Martin Collins explores the scriptural evidence for God's omnipresence, showing that by His Holy Spirit, He can be with us in any place under any circumstance.
The Gift of Discernment and Godly Love
'Ready Answer' by Ronny H. Graham
During chaotic times, God's people need the gift of spiritual discernment to distinguish the difference between truth and error. Scripture warns about end-time deceivers who will try to seduce church members to ungodly beliefs and ways. Ronny Graham urges the elect to be discerning, make righteous judgments, and reject what does not align with God's revelation.
Clouds (Part One): A Really Special Cloud
'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker
In Scripture, a cloud can be called an emblem of God, appearing frequently as an indication of His coming or presence. In practice, God uses clouds both to reveal His presence to some and to hide it from others. Charles Whitaker examines the nature of clouds from a biblical perspective to shed light on the enduring dichotomy of God's seemingly contrary inclinations to reveal and conceal.
Where Is Cancel Culture Headed?
'World Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Cancel culture may seem to be a newfangled phenomenon, but in various forms of banishment, it has been around for millennia. Today, the political and cultural Left has allied with giant tech corporations to sideline people and institutions who do not espouse the "right" ideas and beliefs. Richard Ritenbaugh advises Christians to stand firm in the way of God despite the threat of cancelation, shining as lights in a dark world.
Why Was Hebrews Written? (Part Eleven): God Is Not Silent
'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh
With Americans fearful about their country's direction and mainstream Christianity divided over Christian doctrine, few trustworthy refuges from the nation's troubles come to mind. John Ritenbaugh advises Christians to seek God Himself and truly listen to what He says in His Word. Only then will they have the heart of wisdom to deal with today's challenges.
God's Non-Transmittable Attributes (Part One): Omnipotence
Bible Study by Martin G. Collins
From the first century, the church's constant study has been focused on God and His nature. Among His many wonderful attributes are those that are His alone, traits that He cannot pass on to others because they define Him as God. Martin Collins examines God's attribute of omnipotence, defining His power over all creation.
Character and Reputation
Article by James Beaubelle
Obedience to God's instructions in Scripture brings a Christian excellent benefits, and one of the greatest of these is working with God to grow in holy and righteous character. James Beaubelle explains the relationship between character and reputation, showing that our goal is to become transformed into the very image of Jesus Christ.
Pride, Contention, and Unity
'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh
The sin of pride underlies many of our other sins, and it is often the reason for the contentions we get into as brethren. John Ritenbaugh looks at the origins of pride and shows how it manifests itself in us.
Dying—Once in a Lifetime (Part Two)
'Ready Answer' by Charles Whitaker
To some students of Scripture, Hebrews 9:27 - "it is appointed for men to die once" - seems to contradict I Corinthians 15:51: "We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed." Charles Whitaker analyzes these two verses to show that no contradiction exists, and in fact, the former verse has a dual application that expands our understanding of death, both physical and spiritual.
Courage and the Dog Soldier
'Ready Answer' by Mike Ford (1955-2021)
Though we are surrounded and sometimes buffeted by numerous difficulties, trials, and threats, God is always faithful to provide what we need to endure and overcome them. Keying in on I Corinthians 16:13, Mike Ford illustrates what the apostle Paul advises Christians to do to persevere through the threatening times ahead.
God's Kingdom in the Parables (Part Four)
'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe
The eight parables of Matthew 13 form a structure called a chiasm, in which the individual parables form pairs (first and eighth, second and seventh, etc.) that correspond to and resolve each other. Utilizing the prevailing theme of God's Kingdom, David Grabbe shows how Jesus' parables of the Pearl of Great Price, the Dragnet, and the Householder resolve the problems raised in their corresponding earlier parables.
'Political' Science
'World Watch' by Joseph B. Baity
Advances in scientific knowledge have propelled the modern age literally into the stratosphere and beyond, elevating the status of science and scientists to near-veneration. Due to this high level of respect for science, political and cultural leaders are using it to push agendas that contradict established facts. Joseph Baity points out the damage that happens when politics hijacks scientific inquiry for its own ends.
Christmas, Syncretism, and Presumption
'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh
Many who consider themselves Christians believe celebrating Christmas honors Jesus Christ, even though the holiday has no biblical support. While it is attractive and appealing, Christmas is actually a spiritual trap because it is not true. John Ritenbaugh explains that it is highly presumptuous to believe that such a syncretized holiday, blended liberally with heathen customs, could please God.
First Love (Part Two)
Bible Study by Martin G. Collins
Jesus Christ's reprimand of the Ephesian church in Revelation 2:4, "You have left your first love," seems odd being said to a church that appeared so busy doing God's will. Martin Collins explains, not only where the Ephesians' problem lay, but also the remedy Christ provided within the letter itself to improve both their spiritual lives and their works.
Why Hebrews Was Written (Part Ten): Christianity's Claims
'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh
The opening chapter of the epistle of Hebrews makes several astounding assertions about Jesus Christ and the exalted offices He holds. If true - and the Bible assures us that they are - they require a reverential response. John Ritenbaugh posits twelve claims that the Father, the Son, and Their way of life make upon humanity's attention and loyalty, giving mankind no excuse for its failure to respond to God.
A Crisis of Ignorance
'World Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Although living in an age awash in information, with knowledge on any subject just a few clicks or keystrokes away, we find appalling ignorance everywhere. Young people can hardly write intelligibly in their own language, and calculating change for a retail purchase seems to be a mind-bending chore. Richard Ritenbaugh exposes a society in which learned knowledge is declining - and that spells certain trouble both nationally and spiritually.
Daily Thanksgiving
'Ready Answer' by Staff
Too many Americans confine their giving of thanks to the one day on which the national holiday occurs - and many confine their activities on Thanksgiving to little more than eating and drinking too much, watching football, and planning their Black Friday shopping trip. Answering four vital questions about thanksgiving will help us to evaluate our approach to this spiritual duty.