Building Relationships

Sermonette by Ryan McClure

The Scriptures provide many examples of how difficult relationships were dealt with by humility, deference, longsuffering, and prayer.


A Table is Laid

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

Ronny Graham, cuing in on Psalm 23, reflects on the many uses of the term "table," in noun and adjective form. Perhaps the most frequent uses of the term table signify a venue for fellowship, a place of honor, and a place for dining. In scripture, examples involving tables of the king appear for King Saul, King David, …


Souls Knit Together (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by Ronny H. Graham

Jonathan apparently had no qualms about David receiving the kingship. His recognition of God's hand was so strong that he humbly submitted to God's will.


Joshua and the Gibeonites (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The Gibeonites' subterfuge succeeded because Israel's leaders, including Joshua, failed to check in with God, and in time, that failure cost them dearly.


A Time to Tear

Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker, focusing upon the phrase in Ecclesiastes 3:7 that there is a time to tear [or rend] and a time to sew [or mend], delves into the Middle Eastern cultural practice of tearing garments as an expression of grief or despair. When God became upset with Solomon, the kingdom was torn in two as a torn garment. In the …


Beating the Rat Race (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In these tumultuous times, if we really want to know what God is trying to tell us, we need to calm down, be still, and listen intently to His Word.


To the Third and Fourth Generation

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

The sins of our forebears have affected us. In the enigmatic incident in II Samuel 21:1-6, David was prevailed upon to turn over seven descendants of Saul to be executed in retribution for Saul's genocidal treatment of the Gibeonites. To be sure, the Gibeonites had deceived Joshua in making a covenant, and the consequences for …


Martha, Martha

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Mark Schindler

Martha used her gifts, but to an excessive extreme. Jesus had to reel her in, setting her on a more productive course. We must use our gifts responsibly.


David and the Gibeonites

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Saul tried to placate God by massacring Gibeonites. Later, David yielded to the Gibeonites' by hanging Saul's descendants to avenge the slaughter. God was not pleased.


Benjamin: Son of the Right Hand

Article by Staff

We know a lot about Joseph, but we tend to know precious little about his younger brother Benjamin. Here is what the Bible shows about him.


The Buck Stops Here

Article by David F. Maas

Do we tend to shirk responsibility by 'passing the buck'? David Maas explores why we do this and proposes a solution for shouldering our responsibilities—and growing in character.


Don't Be a Politician

Sermon by Mike Ford (1955-2021)

Jesus proved that one cannot become a leader through political intrigue, but by assuming the position of a humble servant. God sets Himself against the proud.


Repentance: The Genuine Article (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

True repentance involves pain, particularly emotional pain. To repent is wrenching to the psyche. It really hurts because it is difficult to do.


Joshua and the Gibeonites

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

The Gibeonites' pretense of coming from a distant land resulted in their slavery. Yet, through their influence, they contributed to Israel's destruction.


Rebellion as Witchcraft

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God looks more favorably on a person who single-mindedly follows His Word than on someone who excuses his failures as "opportunities" to bring God glory.


The Foolishness of Bias

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, allowing that expectations determine outcomes, gives the rationale for double-blind experiments. Zeal is not the hallmark for truth. Saul, before he was transformed into Paul, was an evil zealot. Public education has been promoting tolerance for foolish points of view as they feel good to the holder and as long …


What Happened at En Dor?

Article by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Saul's visit to the medium or which at En Dor is an anomaly from which several common misconceptions have arisen. Yet Scripture cannot be broken.


Magic Doesn't Work (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, acknowledging the existence of the paranormal, asks, "What is it about magic that captivates so many people?" The Bible is replete with examples of demonic influences involving magic and sorcery. America's most famous theme park is established on magic lore, and the secular heroes in episodes like …


Contrite Heart

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

As the day of God's wrath appears imminent, we must diligently seek the Lord, righteousness, and humility. Contrition pleases God the most.