Iron Sharpens Iron (Part Two)
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 1/4/2019
How do we 'sharpen' another's countenance? Most importantly, the imagery implies proximity, closeness. Nothing can be sharpened unless there is contact.
Iron Sharpens Iron (Part One)
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 12/28/2018
Honing a blade re-forms or re-aligns the blade, while sharpening removes metal to expose or create a sharper edge. This happens within friendship, too.
For the Love of the Truth
Sermonette; Given 12/22/2018
Christ has never been in man's holidays, which are built on lies, and which teach children they cannot trust the veracity of their own parents.
Places of Safety (Part Two)
Sermonette; Given 11/3/2018
Ryan McClure, reflecting on insights gleaned from the reality show Castaways, which demonstrates the various responses of individuals placed in survival conditions. …
A God Near at Hand (Part Three)
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 10/19/2018
Since God clearly was involved in the lives of people in Old Testament times, if He does not change, should He not interact with people in the New Testament era?
A God Near at Hand (Part Two)
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 10/12/2018
Deists believe that a Creator God exists but that He does not intervene in its affairs. Yet Genesis is filled with rich examples of God's close involvement.
A God Near at Hand (Part One)
C.G.G. Weekly; Posted 10/5/2018
How involved has God been with humanity since its creation? Is He actively involved in what is going on? Or has He left things to work themselves out?
Places of Safety (Part One)
Sermonette; Given 9/30/2018
God see His Holy Days (include the weekly Sabbath) as typical places of safety. Such occasions foreshadow a time when the wolf and lamb dwell together.
Sharpening the Countenance
Sermonette; Given 7/21/2018
Ryan McClure, focusing on the metaphor in Proverbs 27:17 about iron sharpening iron, poses the question as to whether we can really sharpen a friend's countenance. …
A God Near at Hand
Sermonette; Given 6/2/2018
Deists believe that creation proves the existence of God, yet they assert that God has left this marvelous and interdependent creation to manage itself.
Godly Regret
Sermonette; Given 5/12/2018
Worldly sorrow is superficial and unproductive, while godly sorrow yields not only repentance, but also a bumper crop of the fruits of God's Holy Spirit.
The Spring Holy Days
Sermonette; Given 3/24/2018
We need to probe into the deeper meaning of the Spring holy days more than we have previously because God's wisdom is unsearchable.
Thanksgiving
Sermonette; Given 11/25/2017
Ryan McClure, reflecting on President Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Thanksgiving Day proclamation, delivered at the height of the American War Between the States, marvels at …
Enduring to the End
Sermonette; Given 10/14/2017
Ryan McClure reflects that the tearful goodbyes at the close of the Feast of Tabernacles often lead to a kind of post-Feast blues. Contemplating the soon-coming …
Patience
Sermonette; Given 7/22/2017
We should cultivate the Heinz Ketchup motto ('The best things come to those who wait'), rather than the Burger King approach ('Your way, right away').
Out Of Egypt
Sermonette; Given 4/22/2017
Ryan McClure, contemplating that we are now counting toward Pentecost, asks us to take a thoughtful inventory of how careful we have been in our deleavening process …
Conflicts In The Body
Sermonette; Given 3/18/2017
Ryan McClure, reflecting on the lyrics of the Mills Brothers song, "You Always Hurt the One You Love," maintains that family members, especially siblings, …
Prove All Things - Again
Sermonette; Given 12/17/2016
God's called-out ones must not stop testing, retesting, proving, and reproving all things, even though we may think they have proved everything already.
Judge Not, That You Be Not Judged (Part Two)
Sermonette; Given 10/29/2016
Ryan McClure, in part two of his "Judge Not, That You Be Not Judged" series, reiterates that Christians should not serve on juries because God has not …
Journey of the Monarch Butterfly
Sermonette; Given 10/18/2016
Ryan McClure, drawing a spiritual analogy from the fascinating metamorphosis of a monarch butterfly, from a lowly larva to an aviation marvel, able to journey …