Cain's Assumption (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The Bible does not explicitly reveal what prompted Cain's actions, but there is a possibility that is worth considering as to why he acted as he did.


Cain, Balaam, and Korah

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

Jude warns us to avoid the ways of Cain, Balaam, and Korah that characterize false teachers—greedy, worshipping on one's own terms, appealing to the masses.


Cain's Assumption (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Is it possible Cain saw himself as the great protagonist, the conqueror of Satan—even the Savior of the world? Did Cain literally have a "Messiah complex"?


A Warning from Jude (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The stories of Cain, Balaam, and Korah help us to understand Jude's urgent warning to the church for all time. These men's ways are continually repeated.


Fellowship and Fellowshipping Are Very Important to God

Sermonette by Gary Garrett (1950-2019)

If we lack love for our brethren who live in the presence of God, we are emulating Cain. It is God's desire that we stay in the fellowship.


First Things First (Part Two): The Right Sacrifice

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Cain represents religion and worship on a person's own terms, according to his own priorities, rather than according to God's instruction.


The Meaning of the Offering

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

The New Covenant sacrifices are far more demanding than the Old Covenant sacrifices. But there are poignant lessons to be learned from animal sacrifices.


Abel Glorified God!

Sermonette by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, analyzing the differences between the offerings of Cain and Abel, emphasizes that failure to obey the command specifically requiring a livestock offering rather than produce from already-cursed ground (Genesis 3:17) disqualified Cain's offering. The observation that Cain's countenance fell suggests that he had …


Were the Ten Commandments in Force Before Moses?

Herbert W. Armstrong Booklet

It is commonly believed that the Ten Commandments are part of the ritualistic law, and that they lasted only until Christ. But here is the rest of the story.


What Is 'My Way'?

Sermonette by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the pop song "My Way" composed by Paul Anka, written for and made famous by Frank Sinatra, observes that to the carnal mind, this song represents a triumph of the human will and a declaration of pride, a determination to kneel to no one . Even though we may claim to follow God's way, …


The Christian Fight (Part Three)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

With all the military metaphors in the Bible, there can be no doubt that God likens the Christian life to a war against the evils and temptations we face.


Leadership and Covenants (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The contains a detailed record of both good and bad leaders, and it provides a repetitive principle that 'as go the leadership, so goes the nation.'


Leadership and the Covenants (Part Eight)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, cuing in on the words of the covenant which the Lord made with Israel, recorded in Deuteronomy 29, maintains that this covenant still applies to the Israel of God (Galatians 6:16) even though the vast majority of modern Israel have rejected this covenant and, consequently, can no longer claim to be God's …


Hebrews (Part 13)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Abraham, the father of the faithful, did not have a blind faith; it was based upon observation of God's proven track record of faithfulness.


Faith, Hope, and the Worship of God (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Using assumptions, some have concocted some nine conflicting calendars. The preservation of the oracles has not been entrusted to the church but to the Jews.


Leadership and the Covenants (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, asserting that the term leadership never explicitly appears in the King James Version of the Bible,while the terms follow and follower are abundantly distributed, concludes that any form of leadership must be preceded by following. God tells us what we are to follow in the Covenants, legal entities, …


Do Little Things Not Count?

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh warns that seemingly insignificant things to man are quite big things to God. Some well-meaning individuals, blinded by their pride, vanity, and clever sophistry, consider certain areas of the Bible to have little or no importance. They (1) fail to grasp the spiritual intent of the scriptures and (2) fail to …


Rejection Hurts

CGG Weekly by John Reiss

No one has felt more rejection than Jesus Christ. He was rejected by those of His hometown, and His own physical brothers rejected Him because they did not believe.


Leadership and Covenants (Part Eight)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Proverbs 14:12 reveals that, when men follow a way of life that they think is right, it ultimately ends in death. Only God's way of life results in more life.


The Elder Brother

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

Ted Bowling, cuing in on three well-known parables in Luke 15 , all of which emphasize that every life matters —- every life is worth saving, focuses on the disturbing, resentful reaction of the elder brother in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. The older brother felt that he had remained loyal to the family's honor, while …


The Problem Of Leadership

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting that the term leadership appears nowhere in the King James Version of the Scripture, even though numerous examples of good and bad leadership abound, points out that the state of civic leadership in America is at a disastrous all-time, low from the President, Supreme Court Justices, and Congress, all …


Offerings and Sacrificing

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting that we have been marking nearly 6,000 years since Abel's offering was accepted and Cain's offering was rejected by God, an event revealing the carnal proclivity for jealousy leading to the first murder, reminds us that the Bible clearly shows that the requirement for the offering was in-force at the …