Do Unto Others and Reap What We Sow

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that a major part of holiness entails loving one another, explores some ways in which we can fulfill this objective. We are to do unto others as we desire others to do to us, acknowledging that there is a reciprocity involved in this behavior. Self-centeredness should be discarded and replaced with a …


Sowing and Reaping

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh in this offertory message suggests that unfortunately, for many people, much their lives have often been dominated by fear of loss. Fearing loss of face (or loss of image) may lead to lying. Fear of any kind is never an excuse to break any of God's laws. God wants us to learn the principle of reciprocity- that …


Sowing and Reaping

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In the days after 9-11, a few brave souls linked the tragedy to America's increasingly immoral lifestyle, but many of these people were shouted down.


Sow for Yourself

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid, inspired by the early farming experiences of one of his sales colleagues, reflects that the Feast of Tabernacles (a harvest season) depicts the reward of diligent management of time and resources. The images of plowing (breaking up clods), sowing seed, cultivating, and harvesting are applied to our spiritual condition …


Divine Warning

Article by John W. Ritenbaugh

The terrorist attacks of September 11 were a divine warning, especially to God's church, to return speedily to a right relationship with Him.


The Vicissitudes of Old Age

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on his memory of a local legend in his youth, an 85-year-old woman named Mother Barker, who frequently walked several miles, doggedly sacrificing for her family by toting groceries and provisions, makes several observations about the vicissitudes of aging. The inexperienced young and the wiser senior …


A House Built on Sand

CGG Weekly

Once, reason and common sense were valued in America. ...


Little Things Count!

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

No act is insignificant because of two natural principles: the tendency for increase, and what is sown is reaped. These principles play major roles in our lives.


Satan's Lies About the Law

Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Contrary to the assertions of Satanically-inspired men, the consequence for all sin is death. God's law applies to everyone, not just the Israelites.


A Little Leaven

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

Our individual sins (committed in our thoughts, words, and behaviors) are never isolated, but sadly influence every other member of the congregation.


Good Old Age

Sermonette by James Beaubelle

Always understanding that it is God who orders life, our success at a good life depends on our yielding to His direction. We will reap what we sow.


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Six)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the multiple nuances of the Hebrew words translated into the English word "wisdom," suggests that an acquired skill for living represents the common denominator in all of these definitions. Godly wisdom is only attained with a high degree of training. Carnal wisdom, through the labyrinth …


Our Moral Bearings Lost

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reflects that this week's headlines indicate that America's leaders have lost their moral compass. God has replaced wise adults with foolish children mocking and scoffing at wisdom and moral standards (Isaiah 3). The Islam murderer was shielded by the national liberal media (including the New York Times and NPR) …


Why Things Won't Change

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

Only by a massive returning to God will the political landscape change for the better. The culture will only change for the worse if mobs get their way.


Coming Home to Roost

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

At the root of American industry's troubles are policies and practices that will result in conflict, injustice, and the demise of many companies.


Amos (Part Five)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Modern Israel cannot see the connection between its own faithlessness to the covenant and the violence of society that mirrors her spiritual condition.


Wisdom for the Young (Part Four)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The young often lack the wisdom to distinguish mere fun from real joy. Sometimes such wisdom has to come from the hard knocks that result from bad decisions.


Deuteronomy (Part 4)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing upon Deuteronomy 30:15-20, stresses that the choices we make on the day-to-day basis have long-term spiritual consequences. Only the immature think their behaviors will not catch up with them (Numbers 32:23). If we learn to fear and love God, loyalty, faithfulness and commandment keeping will naturally …


Lamentations (Part Three)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh warns that these laments contain little that is jovial or uplifting, but instead are saturated in despair, sorrow, mourning, and even recrimination against God on the part of a personified Jerusalem, whom God depicts as a grieving widow, blaming others for her troubles while overlooking her own sins as the …


Honor Before Love

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Agape love will not occur unless we first learn to honor, esteem, and cherish God and the preciousness of Christ's sacrifice for us.


Hannah's Thanksgiving

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Hannah gave up the very thing she asked for. Her willingness to give God her most precious possession stands on par with Abraham's renowned sacrifice of Isaac.


Doing Righteousness

Sermon by Kim Myers

Kim Myers, drawing some analogies from how the world keeps New Year's resolutions, cautions God's called-out ones not to approach God's Holy Days with the same level of non-commitment. Though we know that righteousness exalts a nation, we also know that America is no longer exceptional because of she has come to embrace …


A Bed Too Short (Part 1)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker warns that our society is too connected with the present, too enamored of technology, too surfeited on abundance to pay attention to lessons from history or the basic laws of cause and effect. Our technology will not allow us to advance beyond consequences. What we sow we will reap. Our sins will eventually find …


Every Action Has a Reaction

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Every action has a corresponding reaction; even the little things we do matter. Sin produces increase (the leavening effect) just as righteousness does.


Knowing God

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

To fulfill one's purpose, one must be singularly focused on what one wants to accomplish. Divided minds result in no productivity or even devastation.


Foolishness and Cleansing

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Human nature has a perverse drive to take risks, pushing the envelope, taking unwise chances, foolishly gambling away the future. Foolishness is sin.


Gideon's 300

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Gideon incrementally moved from a position of weakness and fear to a position of strength and valor as he increasingly started to trust in God to give victory.


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, metaphorically raping those who have no power. Most notably, an American …


Amos (Part Three)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Gentile nations without God's revelation were held accountable for basic principles of humanity. God reserves the severest penalty for Judah and Israel.