Prepare for Your Future Now

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

We have been base and ignoble, but Christ has enabled us to be cleaned up and transformed or shaped into offspring of God to be joint heirs with Christ.


We Must Work for What We Believe

Sermon by Mark Schindler

Wiping out terrorists may seem clear-headed, but our viewpoint must be based on Micah 4:1-7, which describes a time when swords will be beaten into plowshares.


A Millennium of Preparation

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, recounting a deadly firefight in Afghanistan, focuses on parajumper Jason Cunningham's heroism during rescue mission. Cunningham bravely exposed himself through enemy lines seven times. He is said to have lived his entire life preparing for that day. Jesus Christ, too, lived His entire life preparing for His …


Preparing To Rule

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

How can a group of rag-tag upstarts with no experience—that's how the world's leaders perceive us—hope to succeed where they have utterly failed?


Be Prepared

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, asking us about our preparedness as we made plans for the Feast of Tabernacles, asks us if we plan ahead when we understand God's purpose for the feast. All of us planned, anticipating needs, imitating this cardinal godly trait of our heavenly father. Preparations are made in everything we envision. Life is …


Prepare

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

John Reid, reflecting on Paul Kennedy's book Preparing For The Twenty First Century, based on the Malthusian thesis that the exponential growth of population (especially in the have-not nations) is greater than the earth's capacity (even with technology) to sustain it. As the population increases, reckless exploitation of the …


Sow for Yourself

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

A harvest depicts the reward of diligent management of time and resources. We have to be careful what we sow, proving our faith by concrete deeds.


How to Combat Future Shock

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Alvin Toffler described a phenomenon known as Future Shock, a stressful malady caused by an inability to adjust to rapid change and over-stimulation.


A Prophecy for Our Time

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, citing Proverbs 13:22 suggesting that a moral man plans an inheritance for his offspring, warns us that because the prophecy about the stranger rising above Israel (Deuteronomy 28:43-44) because of our collective sins is being fulfilled before our eyes, we are rapidly becoming economic slaves as the government …


On Your Marks . . . Get Set . . . Go!

Article by Charles Whitaker (1944-2021)

Jumping the gun and going offside are infractions that have spiritual counterparts. We do not want to be guilty of moving before God does.


Qualifications of a Godly Judge

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Christ's disciples are going through a rigorous training period to qualify for positions of leadership in God's Kingdom by conforming to Christ's image.


God Wants You

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

We have a special calling as the firstfruits, ultimately becoming God's very offspring, patterning and conforming our lives after Jesus Christ.


Hedging Our Bet

Sermonette by Joseph B. Baity

Joseph Baity, reflecting on mankind's desire to see into the future with a desire to control what is to come, realizing that knowing a future outcome can take the hazard out of decision-making, suggests that organizations which can predict future outcomes are considered visionary and worthy of respect. For those of us without …


Dealing With Change (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Those who call Christ 'Lord, Lord' yet fail to do what He says face ruin when disaster strikes, while those who do what He says will weather the storm.


How Much Does the Snowflake Matter?

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, focusing on Proverbs 21:5, which teaches that diligence leads to plenty while haste leads to poverty, cautions that this principle applies to far more than just money and wealth, but also to the creation and maintenance of societal institutions. As one snowflake does not cause an avalanche by itself, wisdom …


Seeking God (Part Two): A Foundation

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Christians need to have a conscious plan in seeking God. Here are several essential qualities that must be included in any successful course of action.


On Your Marks . . . Get Set . . .

CGG Weekly by Charles Whitaker (1944-2021)

In our Christian walk, jumping the gun and going offside both translate into the same thing: doing the wrong work!


Three Aspects of Faith

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh observes that the English prepositions in, on, or into (or unto) as in "believing in Christ," "believing on Christ," and "believing unto Christ" (derived from the single Greek preposition eis) reflect significant stages in the maturation of faith. Believing in (rudimentary …


Hope!

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

Hope is a joyful and contented expectation of salvation or fulfillment. Modern Israel has very little hope because of reaping the consequences of sin.


The Feast Brings Hope

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

John Reid, reflecting upon the plethora of stresses in today's society, observes that the saints are being incrementally worn down by evil societal pressures. Perversions are looked upon as the norm and morality as the perversion. The Feast of Tabernacles gives us hope that all of this filthy perversion will be destroyed, making …


Leadership and the Covenants (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

In the combined history of Judah and Israel, when the leaders abandoned the covenants with God, the citizenry generally followed suit.


Christianity Is a Fight! (Part 4)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The sanctification process requires us to cooperate with God in order to produce Christian works and character, preparing us for the Kingdom of God.


Who Deserves Our Loyalties?

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

When we are called, we are asked to count the cost and plan accordingly. We must totally give ourselves over to becoming fashioned into His image.