Isaac

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

The name Isaac—'laughter'—suggests his optimistic disposition, someone not afflicted by fear and doubt. Isaac serves as a type of Christ, honoring his father.


Isaac and the Day of Small Things

Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Isaac did not play what historians might judge to be a significant role on the world's stage, yet kept the faith, never despising the day of small things.


Isaac the Peacemaker

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

Isaac was a genuine peacemaker, yielding to interlopers and suffering wrong while trusting God to provide. In all his actions, Isaac exemplified a peacemaker.


Abraham's One God

Article by Mike Ford (1955-2021)

The first commandment sets the stage for understanding Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac. God wanted to know: Would Abraham put Him first and have no other god?


How Expensive Is Your Religion? (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by Mike Ford (1955-2021)

Christianity is not for the faint of heart. Jesus urges us to count the cost of discipleship. Many of the patriarchs had to make hard choices, as do we.


Abraham's Sacrifice (Part One): Faith Perfected

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Scriptures place a paramount importance on sacrifice. Abraham's 'sacrifice' of Isaac confirmed him to the position of father of the faithful.


Abraham's Sacrifice (Part Three): Hope Demonstrated

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Abraham's resolute intent to sacrifice Isaac displayed his unreserved devotion to God's purpose for him. We must display the same kind of tenacity.


Developing Spiritual Wanderlust

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by David F. Maas

Wanderlust is the desire to travel and see new things. All of our patriarchs were pilgrims, seeking a more permanent homeland than the one they left behind.


A Pattern of Persecution

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Just as the child of the flesh persecuted the child of promise, the spiritual children of God can expect persecution from those living according to the flesh.


How Expensive is Your Religion?

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Mike Ford (1955-2021)

we must soberly count the cost before we embark on our spiritual trek. Are we willing to give up our job, our family, or even our life to follow God's plan?


Sabbathkeeping (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The biblical instructions for Sabbath keeping apply far more to the church than to the Israelites, who did not have the fullness of scriptural counsel.


The Providence of God (Part Six)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

A spiritual Israelite undergoes a metamorphosis in which his own self-centered will is broken so that God's creative work can be completed within him.


Abraham (Part Eleven)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

If we hold fast to principles, though it may seem initially uncomfortable and fearful, we will eventually receive respect and even admiration.


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.


Hebrews (Part Seven)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

With godly hope, we need to envision the successful accomplishment of God's purpose for us, realizing that God has bound that promise with an oath.


Resistance (Part Three): Persistence

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The elite athlete is the one with the gritty persistence and tenacity to fight on regardless of the obstacles, wanting nothing to do with mediocrity.


Eating: How Good It Is! (Part Two)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

By studying eating in the experiences of those in the Bible, we plumb a deep well of instruction from which we can draw vital lessons to help us through life.


The Israel of God

Article by Charles Whitaker

Paul refers to the church as 'the Israel of God.' Why not 'the Judah of God'? Why did God not inspire Paul to call the church "the Jacob of God"?


The Covenant of Circumcision

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Circumcision was the sign God gave Abraham indicating that his descendants would ascend to greatness, acquiring physical and spiritual blessings.


His Eye Is on the Sparrow (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

From the beginning, God has set apart certain individuals, putting them through a sanctifying process, perfecting their character until they reflect His image.


Imagining the Garden of Eden (Part Two)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, continuing on the topic of the creative imagination, reminds us that this capacity begins at age two, and allows children (of all ages) to transcend their current surroundings, enabling them to put themselves into other situations beyond normal reality. Dr. Jerome Singer suggests that children who use their …


The Witty Side of God's Inspiration

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Jesus Christ was a master of satire, word play, absurdity, irony, sarcasm, and exaggeration. Humor in the Bible reveals one dimension of God's personality.


Hebrews (Part Thirteen)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Abraham, the father of the faithful, did not have a blind faith; it was based upon observation of God's proven track record of faithfulness.