Seedtime and Harvest

Sermonette by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins focuses on the significance of the 30, 60, and one hundredfold increase mentioned by Christ in the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4). One hundredfold is not equivalent to 100 percent nor to 100 times. Rather, the term "hundredfold increase" refers to an indefinable number. In Genesis 8:22, God establishes …


Parables of Matthew 13 (Part 1): The Mustard Seed

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Bible, in both parables and prophecies, interprets itself and remains consistent in its use of symbols. We cannot arbitrarily attach meaning to symbols.


A Seed of Highest Quality

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

God calls Israel a seed of highest quality, but she turned into a degenerate vine, bearing bitter fruit, rejecting God and relying on her own resources.


Parables of Matthew 13 (Part Two): The Parable of the Sower

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

The first parable of Matthew 13 lays the groundwork (pun intended) for the remainder of the chapter. Martin Collins explains the various soils upon which the seed of the gospel falls, and the reasons why growth—or its lack—results.


Parable of the Sower

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

God spreads His Word liberally among the world's people. Besides God's direct involvement in converting people, the difference between one growing in it and another "dying on the vine" is the soil in which the Word is planted, explained in Jesus' Parable of the Sower.


Parables of Matthew 13 (Part Three): The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

Bible students do not often consider Christ's parables to contain intrigue, but His Parable of the Wheat and the Tares has its share!


Amending the Soil

Sermonette by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, commenting on the dry and hard clay in South Carolina, a real challenge to cultivate, identifies some grounds of comparison Christ cites between ourselves and clay (soil). In the Parable of the Sower, Christ describes 1.0) hard, impenetrable soil of the wayside, vulnerable to birds, symbolizing the devil and …


God's Kingdom in the Parables (Part One)

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

The 'kingdom of heaven' is commonly interpreted to describe the church, but in the first four parables of Matthew 13, it has a clearer application: Israel.


God's Kingdom in the Parables (Part Two)

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

In the Parables of the Wheat and the Tares, the Mustard Seed, and the Leaven, Jesus was speaking to the physical nation, which the parables clearly reflect.


Aim for Productivity

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on God's creation of plants (Genesis 1:11-13), observes that God demonstrates His practicality and efficiency by establishing the genotype within the seed capable of infinite reproduction. God also gave humans the means to master time efficiently. God's called out-ones, metaphorized as soil, should …


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 …


A Blessing in Winter?

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Haggai's last two prophecies are given on, and revolve around, Kislev (or Chislev) 24. Historically, this date has been highly significant, and it will be again.


Every Action Has a Reaction

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Every action has a corresponding reaction; even the little things we do matter. Sin produces increase (the leavening effect) just as righteousness does.


Cleansing God's People

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

Haggai received the last two prophecies on the same day. Haggai 2:10 and 20 identify that day as the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, called Kislev.