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.


Rejoice in God's Feast

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God can take satisfaction that He is doing the right thing, and thus His rejoicing can even come from painful judgments. Sarcificing and rejoicing are linked.


Joy in Our Time?

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the opening sentences of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities and M. Scott Peck's The Road Less Traveled, focuses on the concept of joy—a quality William Barclay suggests is quite independent from worldly circumstances. This kind of joy is especially needful when we note Peck's observation …


The Quest for Happiness

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins reminds us that in the Declaration of Independence people were guaranteed the opportunity to pursue life, liberty, and happiness, a quest that has proved futile and elusive. This quest should prompt us to carefully number our days and seek a close relationship with God. When we waste our days, we waste them for …


Fearing God at the Feast (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The Feast is not a celebration just for the sake of having a good time. Our festivities should focus on God's faithfulness, rejoicing in all He did during the year.


The Refuser of Festivities

'Ready Answer' by Ronny H. Graham

The Bible confronts party-poopers who throw a wet blanket on an enjoyable time, condemning their killjoy attitudes and commanding us to rejoice appropriately.


Joy

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

A biblical study on the basic aspects of one of the fruit of God's Spirit, joy.


Facing Times of Stress: Faithfulness

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reflecting on Philippians 4:4-9,observes that although America is the most blessed nation on the face of the earth, it is also the most unthankful, providing a contributory cause for anxiety. As Paul counseled the Philippians, thankfulness and gratefulness lead to joy and profound peace, while ungratefulness and …


Thanksgiving or Self-Indulgence?

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Should Christians celebrate Thanksgiving Day? Are all this world's holidays off limits? Here is how to determine their propriety.


Faith and Contentment (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by John Reiss

Because we have the faith that God is in charge, has chosen us for His plan, and carefully provides whatever we need, we can be satisfied with our lot.


Whatever Your Heart Desires

'Ready Answer' by Staff

The Bible tells us that at the Feast of Tabernacles, we can spend our money on whatever we desire. Do we indulge ourselves, or do we enhance the Feast for others?


A Memorial of Our Joyful Future

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

To the reprobate world, the sound of teruw'ah represents terror and war, but to God's called-out ones it is a time to render praises of happiness and great joy.


Happiness is Circumstantial, but Joy is Not!

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Happiness is a by-product of our response to God's calling, coupled with our determination to connect with the Father, the Son, and the whole spiritual family.


Are Your Feelings Fighting Your Faith?

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, suggesting that, while society has rejected religious principles and faith, it has glommed onto superficial feelingséwhatever feels good to us. Today's Christianity is more theatrics than theological; feelings have become the replacement for faith. When we stifle the truth of God's word to accommodate feelings, …


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.


Be Happy (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by Gary Montgomery

God has made it possible through His Spirit for us to be optimistic and happy even in a world that seems to be crumbling around us.


The Fruit of the Spirit: Joy

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Joy is more than just happiness. There is a joy that God gives, through the action of His Spirit in us, that far exceeds mere human cheerfulness.


Joy: What Is It?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the difficulties in translation from Greek and Hebrew to English, as well as comprehending spiritual truths with a fleshly mind, maintains that it is only through God's Holy Spirit we can comprehend those truths at all. Even with God's Holy Spirit, we have difficulty. Our minds are too finite, …


On The Value of Joy

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, acknowledging that joy is enumerated second in the order of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5:22, speculates upon the possibility that God intended a pre-determined order for these spiritual gifts, perhaps from the most important to lesser degrees of importance. If this is the case, Joy occupies a …


New Covenant Priesthood (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Without thanksgiving and praise, our prayers degenerate into the 'gimmes' with the emphasis on the self. We must give God thoughtful thanks in every circumstance.


A Time For Thanksgiving (2009)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

Paul heard continuous bad news, but he learned to control himself, controlling his anxiety by thinking positively and wholesomely.


The End

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, referring to the caption, "The End," suggests that "The End" may also fill our minds with prophetic symbolism at the end of the age. Noah's flood was an end, the temple's destruction was an end, Christ's second coming will be an end, and the Last Great Day will be an end as well as a …


Be Thankful!

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Focusing on the opulence of Las Vegas, John Reid reflects that our people of modern Israel have become truly spoiled, surfeiting on the blessings given to Abraham's offspring. The danger of abundant blessings is that we tend to forget the source of these blessings and cease to become thankful. When people forget to be thankful, …


Christian Optimism

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Paul wrote some of his most optimistic letters from prison, under the possibility of execution, but absolutely convinced that ultimate victory was imminent.


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Eight): Time

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We must realize that God is sovereign over time all the time, even as it is running out for all of us. God works to make the most of every situation in our lives.


Exalt With Music

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh focuses upon the intense power of music to stimulate the emotions, trigger the imagination, set the mood of the services, and serves as a teaching vehicle for godly instruction. God Almighty, as the inventor of the human voice and the capacity to make music, has repeatedly commanded that we must sing ' exalting …


Do We See Ourselves As God Sees Us?

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Praying without gratitude is like clipping the wings of prayer. Thankfulness is not natural to carnal human nature which loves to grovel as a timid worrywart.


Sovereignty and Its Fruit: Part Ten

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Once we accept God's sovereignty, it begins to produce certain virtues in us. Here are four of these byproducts of total submission to God.


Looking Back to the Future

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The dwelling in booths and the sacrifices were the context for rejoicing at the Feast of Tabernacles. The booths depict our current lives as pilgrims.