Loving Your Enemy

Sermonette by Clyde Finklea

Scripture speaks of helping an enemy and "heaping burning coals of fire on his head." This seems to imply revenge, yet the Hebrew idiom indicates otherwise.


Love God, Love Neighbor

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The outgoing concern toward other beings begins with God the Father to Christ to us. How much we love our brethren may be a good gauge of how much we love God.


Love

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

God appreciates when we show concern for others, developing the maturity to overlook the slights others have made to us. Love sets an example for others.


Love Thy Neighbor (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus set the bar very high when it comes to love. We no longer live for ourselves, but to Christ, who commands us to love everyone, including our enemies.


Love's Emotional Dimension

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Love doesn't become 'love' until we act. If we don't do what is right, the right feeling will never be formed; emotions are largely developed by our experiences.


Thou Shall Love Thy Neighbor

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

We are obligated to show compassion and mercy to all, refraining from gossip, exercising righteous judgment, forgiving others and applying the Golden Rule.


Love Thy Neighbor

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid, reflecting on the prophecies in the book of Amos, recognizes that while it applied to our forebears in ancient Judah and Israel, it applies just as certainly to modern Israel, plagued with the same sins as our forebears, guilty of violating its covenant with God, establishing a syncretistic religion and treating the …


The Fruit of the Spirit: Love

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Love is the first of the fruit of the Spirit, the one trait of God that exemplifies His character. Here is how the Bible defines what love is and what love does.


Love's Greatest Challenges

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Laziness and fear are the greatest challenges to love. When Protestant theologians disparage "works," connecting them to salvation rather than sanctification and growth, they encourage spiritual laziness. If we are lazy, we might still be saved, but we will have built nothing to fulfill God's purpose in us. If we …


John 3:16: Does God Really Love the World?

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God does not love everybody equally. Nowhere does He tell us to prefer the ungodly world. Though He tells us to love our enemies, but not to be affectionate.


The Absence of Love

CGG Weekly

Paul fought against discord by reminding the brethren that the church is united in Christ, and that He requires His followers to show love to each other.


By This Shall All Men Know You

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

A native practice involves leaving a young man on a remote island with only a bow and arrows until he learns to become a man, and God does something similar.


Our Part in the Sanctification Process (Part Two): Cultivating Love

Sermon by David F. Maas

David Maas, resuming the series "Our Part in the Sanctification Process," focuses on the need to cultivate mature self-love. Using a pair of metaphors (a set of six dams on a water causeway and six interconnected transformers on a gigantic power grid) he explores the love circuit emanating from God, to ourselves, to …


Parable of the Good Samaritan

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

Most people understand the basic point of this well-known parable. The whole story describes working compassion as contrasted to selfishness. It also clarifies just who is our neighbor.


Hitting the Mark

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Bill Onisick, reflecting upon the Irish Dart competition in which a 9-Darter displays championship, draws a spiritual analogy based on the fact that one definition of sin is "missing the mark," as one of the Greek words for sin, hamartia denotes. Jesus warns us that, unless our righteousness exceeds that of the …


Deuteronomy and Holiness

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God has provided the God-plane marriage relationship to teach us how to submit to one another, sacrificing our self-centeredness for the benefit of our spouse.


The Tongue: Our Tool of Power

'Ready Answer' by Staff

Our hurtful words can create scars that last longer than any physical scar that sticks and stones may cause. Christians must harness the power of the tongue.


Reach for the Goal

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid, observing that people pull together in camaraderie and productivity in times of national crisis, admonishes that we must also have a transcendental goal, a vision of the finish line, in order to overcome and grow. Sacrifice and discipline rather than self-absorption come naturally when we envision a goal. The faith …


Offerings (Part 5)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

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A City on a Hill (Part One)

CGG Weekly by John Reiss

The eyes of the world are on those who seek to be God's servants. Consider these stories of people whose inspiring examples serve as witnesses to God's character.


Listen To The Lamb's Voice

Sermon by Mark Schindler

The movie Ben-Hur captures the essence of the time and ministry of Christ. By letting go of anger and hatred, we take on the yoke of Jesus Christ.


Just What is Mercy?

Sermonette by Clyde Finklea

It is impossible to become perfect without having mercy or compassion. Jesus' command to become perfect includes showing compassion to our enemies.


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 …


John (Part 21)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

The humble attitude exemplified by Jesus in footwashing shows the mind of God. God expects us to follow Christ's example of loving others, flaws and all.


Blessed Are the Meek

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In Paul's listings of virtues, meekness always appears near the end, reflecting its difficulty. Meekness is the gentle, quiet spirit of selfless devotion.


Should a Christian Go To War? (Part 2)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

God alone has the prerogative of giving and taking life. As ambassadors of God's heavenly Kingdom, we do not take up arms on behalf of any nation on the earth.


Forms vs. Spirituality (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Bible shows different forms of holiness, different forms of righteousness, and different forms of love. The holiness of the Old Covenant referred to something cut away, separated, or consecrated for special use—but not inherently moral or ethical. The New Covenant, based upon better gifts and promises, actually …


Is the United States a Christian Nation? (Part Seven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

When the U.S. Congress wanted to put 'In God we Trust' on currency, the Seventh Day Adventists objected, arguing that the U.S. has never been a Christian nation.


John (Part 22)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus encouraged His disciples by promising to send the Holy Spirit to empower them for the challenges of the Christian life, making us sensitive to God.


Matthew (Part 7)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus, showing the spirit of the law, warns against rash divorces, taking oaths, invoking God's name frivolously, realizing that a covenant is binding.


Humble Service

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

Jesus modeled the practice of foot-washing to demonstrate the need to be submissive to one another, to serve one another, including those who betray.


New Covenant Priesthood (Part Twelve)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Focusing upon the absolute necessity for exercising forgiveness and reconciliation, John Ritenbaugh admonishes us that receiving or using spiritual gifts should never produce an inflated ego or sense of superiority. Prideful, idolatrous, self-worship reaps a crop of bitter fruit from a root of bitterness. As God has forgiven and …


The Sixth Commandment (Part One) (1997)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Our society is becoming increasingly violent. The sixth of the Ten Commandments covers crime, capital punishment, murder, hatred, revenge and war.


Psalm 23 (Part 3)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reveals that the valley-of-shadow imagery symbolizes the fears, frustrations, trials, and tests needed to produce character, quality fruit, and an intimate trust in the shepherd. His rod, an extension of his will and strength, serves not only against predators, but also prevents members of the flock from butting …


Philippians (Part 2)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh focuses upon Paul's motivation for his letter to the Philippians, both appealing for unity and offering encouragement, reminding them that their relationship with one another was through Christ. Unity could only be maintained if they prayed for one another, exercising reasoning, discerning, and discriminating …