Cain's Assumption (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The Bible does not explicitly reveal what prompted Cain's actions, but there is a possibility that is worth considering as to why he acted as he did.


Worship and Culture (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on modern charismatic experiments in worship like "praise dancing," "praise bands," "racing for Jesus," etc., poses the question, "What kind of worship will God accept?" To answer this, it is necessary to know the scriptural principles that apply. Worship …


Grace, Mercy, and Favor (Part Three): A Faithful Witness to God's Mercy

Sermon by Mark Schindler

God protected Enoch from death so he could teach Noah, providing the godly instruction that Methuselah and Lamech (Noah's grandfather and father) failed to give.


How Much Do You Value the Kingdom of God?

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martyrdom is not a penalty because a person has failed to qualify for the Place of Safety; rather, it is a badge of honor for those who have overcome.


What's Your Attitude?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on a recent swim meet he attended, suggests that the different strokes exhibited (freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke, or backstroke) metaphorically could depict different attitudes or approaches to life (aggressive, timid, wistful, fearful, self-controlled or uncertain). Because the human heart is …


Concerning Edom

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The prophet Obadiah sorrowfully dramatizes God's judgment upon Edom (Esau) for his hatred, haughtiness, and pride, and how and why Edom will be annihilated.


Understanding Unity

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on the alarming fragmentation and disunity taking place throughout society and within God's church, assures us that God will ultimately answer Jesus' five-fold prayer for unity in John 17:11. We have a vital part to play in bringing about this unity, beginning with the marriage institution and families. …


The Doctrine of Israel (Part Twelve): Joseph

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God frequently bypasses the firstborn, selecting for His purposes another sibling. Jacob selected Joseph's second son, Ephraim, to receive the blessing.


Romans 14, Judging, Food, and Sin

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh maintains that the scriptures have much to say about spiritual problems connected with eating food, with specific proscriptions about eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil , abstaining from eating blood, clean and unclean foods, with specific ways of determining what is clean and what is unclean …


Imagining the Garden of Eden (Part Seven)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, focusing on the subject of agricultural cultivation, including tilling land, sowing seeds, and cultivating crops, indicated that God had created everything good. Genetically modified seeds as produced by Monsanto seem to place mankind into the position of usurping God's prerogatives. Improving upon God's …


Responding to Catastrophe

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the Hurricane Katrina disaster, ponders the inappropriate responses of some Americans and our responsibility to learn proper responses. Negative responses include: 1) The Blame Game, exemplified by Adam blaming Eve and Eve blaming the serpent for their sins; 2) It's Not Fair, seen in Cain's …