Addiction and Self-Control

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God does not view addictions as 'diseases' or 'genetic predisposition,' which absolve the individual of responsibility. Addictions are the result of sinful choices.


America's Number One Addiction

Commentary by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Pornography destroys intimacy and objectifies the sexual partner; it turns sex into a mechanical, self-gratifying act, destroying real, wholesome love.


Addiction, Slavery, and Serving

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

As God calls people to service in the church, He demands that they not be enslaved to alcohol or any other lust, but have their desires under control.


Is Alcoholics Anonymous Godly?

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Many put great stock in Alcoholics Anonymous, but is it a godly organization? Does it use the methods God uses? Where should Christians go who have problems with alcohol?


Gluttony: Sin of Lust and Greed (Part One)

Article by Martin G. Collins

America has grown fat, and the sin of gluttony plays a part in it. Obesity is dangerous physically, but it also has a spiritual side.


Addicted

Sermonette by Joseph B. Baity

Joe Baity continues his exposition of the epidemic of loneliness and the addictive behavior (drug abuse and other compulsive activities) to which individuals turn to for relief. Addictive behavior provides a short-term reward of pleasure while systematically destroying the nervous system and body. Recently, research has posited …


IQ, EQ, GQ?

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

We understand IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and EQ (Emotional Quotient), but do we also have 'GQ' (Godly Quotient)?


Overcoming (Part 8): Self-Indulgence

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

Few human faults can hinder Christian overcoming like self-indulgence. If we can learn to control our desires, we are a long way toward living a godly life.


How to Have a Great Feast

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Feasts of God are not vacations, but are holy convocations when God assembles His family for the purpose of enabling us to learn to fear and honor Him.


Are We Happy?

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

The inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness can only be realized when we live in gratitude for Our Creator's purpose for us.


Take the Red Pill

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

If we were to consciously monitor our thoughts, we would be appalled about the percentage of our day that we are exclusively wrapped up in ourselves.


The Fruit of the Spirit: Self-Control

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Has anyone, other than Jesus Christ, really exhibited self-control? In the end, however, this is the ultimate aim of growing in the character of God.


Knowing Christ (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

When we mortify the flesh, refusing to feed the hungry beast of our carnal nature, we suffer. Suffering for righteousness' sake helps us to know Christ.


Stewardship of God's Temple (Part One): Controlling Our Appetites

Sermon by David F. Maas

After God's calling, the human body becomes the temple of God's Spirit, a reality which obliges us to care for our bodies because they belong to God.


Lust of the Flesh, Lust of the Eyes, Pride of Life

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

The half-time show of the recent Superbowl exemplifies the lust of the flesh and the eyes, and the pride of life. Each choice we make changes our brains.


Fatherhood and Modern Temptations

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Many fathers abdicate their leadership responsibilities, becoming addicted to workaholism, television, or even pornography. The culture teeters on destruction


In Search of a Clear World View (Part Five)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The apostle John warns us to be vigilant about the world, not loving its attitudes, mindsets, and frame of mind. We cannot both love the world and love God.


Are You Dissipating Your Own Energy?

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

We need to be on guard against dissipating our energy, becoming over-immersed in activity and busyness to the point of losing overall effectiveness.


How God Deals With Conscience (Part Three)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, continuing the series on the awakening of guilt in Joseph brothers, focuses on a message by Rabbi Daniel Lapin, who proclaimed that Moses never just said, "Let my people go" The second part of this request was "that they can worship God in the desert." Egypt has long served as a metaphor of …