Flame Wars

Sermonette by Ryan McClure

Are we part of flaming — the aggressive and offensive interaction between Internet users? Or do we pursue righteousness in our speech and communication?


The Honeycomb

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

Words spoken in anger or thoughtlessness, though they may not break bones, can irreparably damage or destroy a person's spirit long after broken bones heal.


Apologies and Hypocrisy

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God proclaims in Hosea 4:1, 'There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land.' Considering the state of American hypocrisy, His judgment is not far off.


Listen, Wait, and Then Speak

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

James provides some of the best advice on communication and control of the tongue. The correct order of communication is listening, waiting, and then responding.


Are You Sharp-Tongued? (Part One)

'Ready Answer' by Staff

The tongue may be the most untamed beast on earth! James says we all offend in word. But James 3 is filled with wisdom regarding how we can overcome the beast.


Purging the Rumor Bug from the Body of Christ

'Ready Answer' by David F. Maas

The church grapevine is good at spreading news, but it can be evil when it spreads gossip and rumor. Gossip actually harms the gossip himself. Here's how.


Fruit of the Flesh - On Conflict

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

As God's chosen saints, we must not let our keyboard or mouth defile us. Godly conversation includes stifling the urge to win the argument at all costs.


Gossip

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The apostle James says that the tongue can metaphorically start a dangerous fire. He warns that gossip, tale-bearing and being a busy-body is like murder.


Are You Sharp-Tongued? (Part Two)

'Ready Answer' by Staff

James' exhortation about the use of the tongue seems to stop with James 3:12. However, the rest of the chapter provides more wisdom on controlling our speech.


Salt

Article by Mike Ford (1955-2021)

Jesus calls His disciples "the salt of the earth." Do we know what He meant? Here is the spiritual side of this common mineral compound.


Fire Igniter or Fire Extinguisher

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Relationships in the church have been charred by loose lips and careless tongues described in James 3:2, setting on fire the course of nature by hell.


Sticks and Stones

'Ready Answer' by Ted E. Bowling

What are we to do when destructive words come our way? We must learn to take everything with much patience and longsuffering, which will result in peace.


Swear Not at All!

'Ready Answer' by Staff

Today's society is becoming increasingly insensitive and calloused to the base and profane words. Here is how to eliminate obscenities from our lives.


Making the Cut (Part Four)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

A word here or an anecdote there into the right ears can eventually cut another down like knives in the back, blindsiding the subject with wounding gossip.


Matthew (Part Seventeen)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus didn't break the Sabbath, but he did break extra-legal fanatical human custom applied to the Sabbath apart from God's Law.


Do Unto Others and Reap What We Sow

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Reaping good fruit does not happen immediately. If we feel we are not reaping, we must consider that we might be reaping some negative things we have sown.


Keeping Love Alive (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

If we love another person, we like to think about him/her, to hear about him/her, please him/her, and we are jealous about his/her reputation and honor.


James and Unleavened Bread (Part Two)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The epistle of James stresses both faith and works, emphasizing those factors necessary for growth, enabling us to produce a bountiful harvest of fruit.


Self-Control

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

As a fruit of God's Spirit, self control may be the single hardest to master over the course of a lifetime, yet we need it to do our parts in God's Kingdom.


Assassination of Character

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

Ronny Graham, reflecting on the frequent assassinations which have occurred in history throughout the world and in the pages of the Bible, focuses on an extremely dangerous kind of assassination— namely character assassination through murmuring and gossip, a kind of assassination of which many of us have been guilty. In …


Ecclesiastes and Christian Living (Part Six): Listening

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

When Solomon visits the Temple, he comes away with a sense that too many treat religion far too casually, forgetting that they are coming before God.


New Covenant Priesthood (Part Nine)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Pride elevates one above God, denigrating any dependence upon God, replacing it with self-idolatry. We ought to boast or glory in the Lord instead of ourselves.