Achieving the Desires of Our Hearts

Sermonette by David F. Maas

David Maas reminds God's people that His promise to give them the desires of their heart (Psalm 37:4-6) is contingent upon delighting themselves in the Lord—that is, transforming their hearts (from carnal to spiritual) to be in alignment with His attributes. Because God is the author of desire (both physical and …


Choosing the New Man (Part Two)

Article by Charles Whitaker

The spiritual new man is one who is reconciled to God and has chosen to collaborate with Him in creating a totally new mind—one just like Christ's!


Humble Your Hearts and Be No Longer Stubborn

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

The peace that passes all understanding comes from yielding to God's will, asking Him for a soft, pliable heart to replace the hard heart of stubbornness.


Harden Not Your Heart

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid, reflecting upon our deadly carnal human nature, warns us to be on guard against our deceitful evil hearts. God wishes to replace this deceitful heart with a new heart, totally composed of God's Holy Spirit. Our carnal human nature has been compared to a coiled spring, totally under control when we put our full weight …


The Beatitudes, Part 6: The Pure in Heart

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Purity before God is far more than just being clean. John Ritenbaugh explains that to Jesus being pure in heart touches on the very holiness of God!


Preparing Your Heart

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid asserts that if we understand that the "heart" represents what we are, who we are, and how we conduct our lives, then the condition of our spiritual heart should be of the utmost importance to us. The condition of our heart (our inner and core being) reflects the condition of our conversion. Overcoming (a …


The Heart's Self-Absorption

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

II Timothy 3:1-5 contains 19 characteristics of carnality. The common denominator is self-absorption and pride, placing the self above others.


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Seven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The New Covenant was designed by God to circumcise the heart, making it possible for God's laws to be written in our hearts and reflected in our behavior.


Good to the Core

CGG Weekly by David F. Maas

Mother Eve, when she observed the fruit of the forbidden Tree of Knowledge, became convinced that it looked desirable to the eye (Genesis 3:6), having an outwardly pleasing form, but she soon found out that the inner core contained death. By looking at surface appearances only, the entire human race has fallen for deceit, …


The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Eleven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh affirms that the New Covenant of Hebrews 8:8 was given to Israel and Judah, not to the Gentiles. God does not deviate from this pattern; Israel is still involved with the New Covenant. It is not the physical nation, but the spiritual remnant (partly composed of grafted-in Gentiles- Romans 11:17-25 and the church …


The Second Exodus (Part Three)

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

At some point in the near future, the modern descendants of Israel will learn of their true identity—and have to face the consequences of that knowledge.


Born Again (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that being born again is entirely a spiritual matter, indicates that it is not a doctrine necessary for the achieving of salvation, certainly not as important as faith or sanctification, but it does flesh out some details about our liberty from the shackles or slavery of sin. "Born again" …


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 …


Our Hidden Enemy

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

One of our greatest enemies lurks within us, poised to bring disaster upon us if we allow it to take control. This devious enemy even hides its motives from itself.


Hebrews (Part 9)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates Christ's superior qualifications as High Priest. After the change from the Aaronic to the Melchizedek priesthood, it was also necessary to bring about a major change in the Covenant. The flaw in the Old Covenant was not in the law, but stemmed from the fleshly, deceitful, carnal hearts of mankind. All …


Our Spiritual Marathon of Hope

Article by Staff

During the spring and summer of 1980, Terry Fox pursued his "Marathon of Hope" to raise money for cancer research, running in effect 143 consecutive marathons. His experience contains similarities to a Christian's life, and we can extract lessons that apply to our long journey to God's Kingdom.


Reconciliation (Part Two): Christ's Work

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

After reconciliation, there can finally be a meeting of minds as we are fashioned into a new creation, invited to sit in heavenly places, created for good works.


Original Sin and Holiness

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God gave Adam and Eve a neutral spirit and free moral agency; they chose the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, predisposing their offspring to sin.


Rejoice and Fear God

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We must fill our lives with peace, repenting, changing our attitude, and voluntarily yielding to God before we can produce the fruits of righteousness.


Communication and Leaving Babylon (Part Two)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Humanity finds itself inhabiting a world that is the place of restraint for untold numbers of malevolent spirits, all of whom hate God and desire to destroy mankind. John Ritenbaugh reiterates that our human nature reflects these spirits' attitudes, and the only way to overcome it is through God's creating a new heart in us by …


Sovereignty, Election, and Grace (Part Six)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh asserts that after justification, for grace to be made dominant, its influence must extend beyond justification, into the sanctification stage where the believer must yield himself to righteousness, keeping God's commandments making himself a slave of righteousness. God's grace is manifested by His giving gifts, …


Leadership and Covenants (Part Eight)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Proverbs 14:12 reveals that, when men follow a way of life that they think is right, it ultimately ends in death. Only God's way of life results in more life.


What Is the Prophesied 'Pure Language'? (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

God's people need spiritual lips, not carnal lips speaking Hebrew. The angel told Mary that she should call her son Iesous, which is not a Hebrew name.


Marriage and the Bride of Christ (Part Seven)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, suggesting that stress sometimes brings a strain on married life, emphasizes that both husband and wife need to get back to the task of being cleansed, as Christ's spiritual bride, by delving into Bible study and prayer. We need to reciprocate the love Christ has given to the church. Christ both sanctifies and …


Born Again (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on John 1 and John 3, indicated that both John and Jesus spoke on topics that evidently opened new vistas of understanding (clashing with established tradition), even though the teaching was well established in the culture. Baptism and being born again were already understood, but the traditions had …


Born Again or Begotten? (Part Two)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

We must understand Jesus' words about being born again from a spiritual perspective. Interpreting His symbols physically obscures necessary truths.


Israel's Restoration and the Zeitgeist of Zeal

Sermon by Charles Whitaker

After the Tribulation, God promises to restore Israel to the promised land where she will have a chance to learn and live God's truth in the Millennium.


Counting the Cost of Humility

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Even as several grandiose building projects have terminated because of cost overruns, so must we carefully count the cost of our spiritual building project.


Hebrews (Part 10)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that everything about the Priesthood of Jesus Christ is superior to that of the Levitical system, which was only intended to serve as a type (a forerunner, shadow, or symbol) of the access to God that Jesus would later fulfill. As splendid as it was, there was neither provision for the forgiveness of …