Compassion (Part One)

CGG Weekly by John Reiss

We like to think we are tender-hearted, but sometimes we fail to appreciate what others are really going through. Compassion is more than tender-heartedness.


The False Morality of Compassion

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Flipping channels on Wednesday night during a commercial break in the Giants-Cowboys football game, I landed on the local PBS station that was airing the speeches from the Democratic National Convention here in Charlotte. ...


Compassion (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by John Reiss

The Word of God became a man so that He could completely feel both joy and pain as mankind does. He put on the form of a servant to feel our frailty.


Compassion and Couch Potatoes

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker, referencing game theory, reminds us that the failure to make a decision in fact represents a decision. Consequences—even of inaction—are inevitable; everything matters. The act of "passing" in a poker game effects all the players' chances to win. Among God's people, the consequences of …


God's Enduring Mercy

CGG Weekly by Ronny H. Graham

Our hearts may overflow with compassion for someone in need, and it could be in our power to help, but if we take no positive action, what good is it?


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.


Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

Jesus teaches us how to deal with offenses and sins against us in this parable, focusing on our attitude of forgiveness because of being forgiven ourselves.


Mercy

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

Mercy is an important dimension of God's character, displayed by our compassion on and forgiveness of those over whom we have power.


The Prisoners

Sermonette by Austin Del Castillo

Austin Del Castillo maintains that the reason we are here is to learn our part in God's plan to reconcile the whole of mankind to Himself. We need to get to know God in order that we feel like Him, think like Him, and act like Him. Without Jesus Christ's atonement, we would be part of the walking dead. God forgives us more than …


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.


Conduct of the New Life

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Driving out the evil must be followed by cultivating goodness and righteousness. An antidote to depression is to get our hearts focused on someone else.


Mercy: The Better Option

'Ready Answer' by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

It is easy to fall into the traps of judgmentalism, gossip, and unforgiveness. We must overcome our natural reactions and use forbearance in our relationships.


The Beatitudes, Part 5: Blessed Are the Merciful

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Mercy is a virtue that has gone out of vogue, though it is sometimes admired. Jesus, however, places it among the most vital His followers should possess.


You Shall Love Your Neighbor (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

We learn to love God by first loving our parents. Our first lessons in loving our neighbors happen within what should be the friendly confines of the family.


Kindness

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

The fifth fruit of the Spirit, kindness, reflects God's loving actions toward us. We in turn must learn to bestow kindness on others.


A True Disciple

Sermonette by Clyde Finklea

Clyde Finklea, asking us what identifies a person as a true disciple of Christ, points to the command in John 13:34, commanding that the disciples love one another as Christ loved us—loving to the extent that He would give up His life. God is composed of love, as described in its many facets in Galatians 5:22 and I …


Our Part in the Sanctification Process (Part Six): Cultivating Kindness

Sermon by David F. Maas

Because kindness is love in action, we must galvanize our thoughts into concrete behaviors, including offering encouraging words and performing uplifting deeds.


Altruism

CGG Weekly by John Reiss

God's way of giving is true altruism, and while we will never attain to such a perfect standard, He exhorts us to develop this characteristic.


Manifesting Kindness

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reflecting upon the pervasive reluctance of many to perform acts of kindness (largely resulting from the cynicism of our society) recommends that we, as called-out firstfruits, desperately need to internalize the godly traits (or fruits of God's Holy Spirit) of kindness, mercy, compassion, and tenderness …


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.


Being a Christian

Sermon by Clyde Finklea

Micah provides a formula for being a Christian: 1.) Doing justly, 2.) Exercising mercy and 3.) Walking humbly. These demand total commitment, not a pretense.


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 …


What Does It Take to Be a Hero?

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

God has chosen the weak and base things of the world, yet we can still sacrifice our personal concerns for the greater good just as our Savior did.


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.


'Let Brotherly Love Continue'

CGG Weekly by John Reiss

Brotherly love should be a significant part of a Christian's life, and the Bible instructs us how we can show this love for one another.


The Miracles of Jesus Christ: Feeding the Five Thousand (Part Two)

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

The feeding of the 5,000 tells us far more than that Jesus was a miracle-worker. It also reveals Christ's compassion on those who hunger, plus His ability to teach.


The Miracles of Jesus Christ: The Resurrection of Lazarus (Part Two)

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

Jesus' resurrection of His friend Lazarus from the dead proved to be the final straw for the Jews who were trying to kill Him. After contrasting Jesus' weeping with those around Him, Martin Collins considers the diverse reactions of the witnesses to His great miracle, focusing on how it was a sign to them and us.


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.


Mercy and Justice

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reflecting on some judicial inequities, such as rendering harsh sentences for misdemeanors and ridiculously light sentences for abominable felonies, examines similar injustices in business, government, and family. Often unequal compensation is given for equal effort and vice versa. Socialistic governments destroy …


Sand Ramblers

Sermonette by James Beaubelle

James Beaubelle, insisting that there is nothing passive in the way God deals with His people and His creation, asserts that the God of the Bible was and is actively involved in the lives of His people with the expectation that they become active also. The command to love our God with all our hearts and our neighbors as …


The Miracles of Jesus Christ: Raising a Widow's Son

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

The gospels present Jesus performing three resurrections, one of which is the raising of the widow's son. The episode shows the depth of Christ's compassion.


Jumping Into the Shallow Pond (Part Two)

'Ready Answer' by Charles Whitaker

Philosophers and ethicists, steeped in humanism, shoot wide of the truth in answering, 'Who is my neighbor?' Charles Whitaker explains that the Bible reveals the answer to this big moral question, as well as providing sensible guidelines on the finer details of Christian charity.


No Real Love Without God

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

We are called to take on the very nature of God, to put on the love of God. Surprisingly, We can rekindle our first love by ardently keeping God's Commandments.


Perfect, Gentle Courtesy (Part 1)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins asks what we can do to improve our manners or etiquette. Our manners express our personality, especially as they portray humility, courtesy, or gentleness. The apostle Paul indicts all of us as lacking in courtesy before we were called. Now we must display the work of salvation, involving the etiquette and …