Redeemed, But Waiting for Redemption
Sermonette; Given 4/10/2021
As the Israelites on the Sinai soon discovered, the crossing of the Red Sea marked only the beginning of a lengthy redemption process. The successful completion of the …
Joshua and the Gibeonites (Part Three)
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 3/26/2021
We must be very careful about ascribing human behavior--and especially human sin--to God, concluding that it must be God's will, or it would be different.
Passover: An Extraordinary Peace Offering
Sermon; Given 3/20/2021
The Passover sacrifice is basically unconnected with atonement, but represents the peace and security which attends fellowship with God because of His acceptance.
Joshua and the Gibeonites (Part Two)
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 3/19/2021
The Gibeonites' subterfuge succeeded because Israel's leaders, including Joshua, failed to check in with God, and in time, that failure cost them dearly.
Joshua and the Gibeonites (Part One)
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 3/12/2021
The Gibeonites fashioned masterful disguises and played their parts exactly right to achieve their goal. God warns us about deception because it works!
Was the Early Church Socialist or Communist?
Sermonette; Given 2/13/2021
The apostles never required converts to give up property as a precondition for church membership. Rather, the members voluntarily gave, retaining ownership.
The Same Mind, Judgment, and Speech (Part Three)
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 1/29/2021
Despite our differences, Jesus Christ is our commonality. As we pursue His image, we will have greater harmony with those seeking the same thing.
Implications of the Gospel of the Kingdom
Sermonette; Given 1/23/2021
God's people must let go of the world's solutions, involving party spirit, revolutions, and power struggles, placing their trust in the sovereignty of God.
The Same Mind, Judgment, and Speech (Part Two)
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 1/22/2021
What is hotly contested today will be irrelevant in a short time. Earthly knowledge has an expiration date, but understanding how to live is eternal.
The Same Mind, Judgment, and Speech (Part One)
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 1/15/2021
The Loch Ness monster can represent any knowledge: In the uncertainty, what is adamantly held by some to be true may be rejected by others as preposterous.
God's Kingdom in the Parables (Part Four)
'Prophecy Watch' Article; Posted 1/5/2021
Jesus' parables of the Pearl of Great Price, the Dragnet, and the Householder resolve the problems raised in their corresponding earlier parables.
Life in the Church
Sermon; Given 12/26/2020
Outwardly, many members in Sardis bore Christ's name, but like the apparently religious Pharisees, they were in reality hypocrites, full of dead men's bones.
Inventing Goddesses and Demons
Sermonette; Given 11/28/2020
The Jews turned a Babylonian myth of Lilith into a fabrication about a woman before Eve. Some translations suggest Israel sacrificed to a demon named Azazel.
God's Kingdom in the Parables (Part Three)
'Prophecy Watch' Article; Posted 11/9/2020
In Matthew 13, the hidden treasure the man finds provides the spiritual solution to the leaven - corruption - the woman hides in the three measures of meal.
Why 153 Fish? (Part Three)
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 10/30/2020
Why did Jesus provide precisely 153 fish? Few commentaries suggest any explanation for the number, and fewer still advance a theory of any substance.
Why 153 Fish? (Part Two)
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 10/23/2020
As Part One detailed, the apostle John structured his gospel around eight signs that reveal Jesus Christ as the Messiah. He arranged these signs so that the first sign …
The Angel and the Apostle
Sermonette; Given 10/17/2020
Hebrews 1-2 establish Christ's superiority over angels, but notably do not mention the Angel of the Lord. Instead, the author handles the Angel differently.
Why 153 Fish? (Part One)
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 10/16/2020
Why did Jesus provide exactly 153 fish? Apparently, the number stuck in John's mind for decades. This number must hold some significance, but what is it?
What Makes for a Good Feast of Tabernacles?
Sermonette; Given 10/3/2020
God commands us to dwell in temporary booths for seven days. As the green leaves change colors, celebrants cannot help but reflect on the brevity of life.
Devil in the Details?
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 9/18/2020
A mysterious commentary has been used and repeatedly re-quoted as a proof that the azazel goat represents Satan. This source warrants closer inspection.