Death Is Not the End (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Jesus Christ's approach to death should guide our view of death. He considered His death a work of God, not to be regarded with fear or hostility.


Death Is Not the End (Part Seven)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

There is life after death; there is an age to come in which all who have not been called to salvation will be raised to new life to hear what God offers.


Death Is Not the End (Part Four)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

While various religions and some philosophies suggest an afterlife of some sort, the fear of the unknown transforms death into a foreboding Grim Reaper.


Death Is Not the End (Part One)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

All men have been subject to the fear of death, and it is something that we have to strive to overcome. But Christians have been freed in order to fear God.


What Is the Second Death?

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

The second death is an event beyond physical death. It disproves the traditional heaven-hell and immortal soul doctrines, yet demonstrates God's perfect justice.


Comfort One Another With These Words

CGG Weekly by Martin G. Collins

God provides comfort, often through members of His church. We have a responsibility to comfort others with words of hope about the resurrection to eternal life.


Christ's Death and the Immortality of the Soul

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The dangerous false belief of inherent immortal life has led to an acceleration of sin and the danger of eternal oblivion. Only God can give eternal life.


The Second Death

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

For those who have submitted their lives to God, turning their lives around in repentance, there is no fear of the Second Death—eternal death in the Lake of Fire.


Death Is Not the End (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Having faced the perils of life with disturbing regularity, Paul was intimately acquainted with the certainty of death. He can provide us a positive example.


Death of a Lamb

Article by Staff

Since the church no longer keeps the Passover with the slaughter of a lamb, we miss important and poignant details that could enhance our observance.


Ecclesiastes and Christian Living (Part Eight): Death

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Ecclesiastes 7:1-4 highlight the Bible's attitude toward death, particularly its insistence that we allow the reality of death to change our approach to life.


Should a Christian Pray for the Dead (Ecclesiastes 9:5)?

Bible Questions & Answers

Prayers for the dead are useless. The idea is based on the false teaching that man has an immortal soul. The Bible says that the soul itself can die.


Smyrna: Faithful Until Death

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

The biblical city of Smyrna may be one that many know the least about. The city's name reveals the themes that the Head of the church wants us to understand.


Fear of Death

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

Ronny Graham provides a chronological list of the horrendous events of 2020, including the epic fires in Australia, threats of war with Iran, the Presidential impeachment trial, the coming of the Corona Virus, the deadly protests from Antifa and BLM as well as extraordinary natural disasters. Michael Crichton, in his book, State …


This Body of Death

'Prophecy Watch' by Ted E. Bowling

The Romans would torture murderers by shackling them to their victims, a striking picture of a sinful individual's relationship with his iniquities.


The Death of His Saints

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

At the moment of death, the course of the saint is finished. God sees all that has become of His investment of time, attention, love, grace, and instruction.


Taking It Through the Grave

Article by William Gray

We have to live life with the thought that some things will stick with us through the grave. We will take nothing out of this life except our character.


From Dust to Dust

CGG Weekly by John Reiss

The frailty and brevity of this life are bitter truths, but they are realities that we must confront. Yet there is life beyond the grave, as Scripture shows.


God of the Living

Sermonette by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Christ's comment in Matthew 22:32 about "the God ... of the living" gives absolutely no mention about a place of the afterlife, but only a condition.


Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man (Part Two)

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

Jesus' parable preaches the gospel of the Kingdom by revealing salvation, the resurrection to eternal life, and inheritance of His Kingdom on the earth.


Dying—Once in a Lifetime (Part One)

'Ready Answer' by Charles Whitaker

I Corinthians 15:51 and Hebrews 9:27 seem to contradict each other: Will some people never die, or will they die once like everyone else?


The Third Resurrection: What Is Its Value?

'Ready Answer' by Staff

What purpose does the Third Resurrection serve? Is it just so God can punish the incorrigible? Does it play a part in OUR salvation?


Time and Life

'Ready Answer' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The way men and God look at time and life are very different. But if we come to understand God's perspective, we have a greater chance of living His way!


Basic Doctrines: The Fate of the Wicked

Bible Study by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

For centuries, preachers have scared churchgoers with the image of a fiery hell where sinners spend eternity. But is such a place or state biblical?


What Happened to the Thief on the Cross? (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Because of the widespread belief in an immortal soul, many assume that the thief and Jesus were together after their deaths. The Bible says this cannot be.


Heaven Must Wait

Sermon/Bible Study by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Going to heaven is not scriptural. The soul is not immortal; it is equivalent to life. Mankind does not have a soul; he is a soul, subject to death.


Jesus and 'the Spirits in Prison'

'Ready Answer' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Peter's statement that Jesus 'preached to the spirits in prison' has baffled many a Bible student. The traditional interpretation is woefully off-base.


The Miracles of Jesus Christ: Resurrecting Jairus' Daughter

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

The resurrection of Jairus' daughter is one of Jesus' greatest miracles. Here Christ's curious actions in raising the girl from premature death are explained.


We Shall Be God

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Though it may sound pretentious or even blasphemous, God's Word shows that we will become literal offspring of the Eternal God, sharing His name and nature.


Is Your Soul Immortal?

Sermon/Bible Study by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The prevailing idea is that the soul is the indestructible part of a human being that lives on after death. The Bible reveals a different reality of life and death.


Lazarus and the Rich Man

Sermon/Bible Study by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man is often held up as proof of the torments of an ever-burning hell. However, the rest of Scripture gives a clearer picture.


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Eighteen)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We accept most of our opinions, prejudices, and beliefs unconsciously. We must scrutinize our own beliefs through the principles of God's Holy Scriptures.


God's Wrath and Hell

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Oblivion, not eternal torment in hell fire, is the merciful end for the wicked. God is both good and severe, but His mercy endures forever.


Whatever Happened to Gnosticism? Part Three: Satan's Three Heresies

Article by David C. Grabbe

When Satan confronted Adam and Eve, he fed them three heresies that Gnosticism incorporated into its parasitic philosophy and way of life.


John (Part Eighteen)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Trust in God's ability to resurrect can neutralize the most basic debilitating fear—the fear of death. Christ assures us that death is not the end.


Preternatural, Natural, Unnatural, Supernatural (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Because of His sinless life, Jesus' death was unnatural, abnormal, unreasonable, but all that was God's preternatural solution for the salvation of mankind.


From Pilgrims to Pillars (Part Two)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by David F. Maas

The intensity of the heat in both the refiner's furnace and the potter's kiln resembles the fiery trials we must endure for the Refiner to remove the dross.


Back to Life (Part Two)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, examining Jesus' purposeful delay in going to Lazarus' side as His friend succumbed to death, reminds us that 1) God's delays are always motivated by love, 2) His delayed help always comes at the right time, and 3) God's best help is never delayed. We dare not project the human traits of obstinacy and …


Back to Life (Part One)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Sickness and hardship should not erode our faith in God's ultimately favorable purpose for us. A current trial may serve as a witness for the good of others.


Imagining the Garden of Eden (Part Ten)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, focusing on mankind's most fearful enemy, death—the cessation of all life processes, examines various definitions of death. Senescence, disease, malnutrition, accidents, suicide, and murder are all contributory causes of death. The Bible defines or describes death as the cessation of respiration. The …