The Doctrine of Israel (Part Five): A Remnant of Judah

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Despite her former relationship with God, absolutely no nation could ever out-sin Judah, even though God had given her multiple warnings to repent.


Baruch's Complaint (Part One)

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

The situation that faced God's prophet, Jeremiah, and his scribe, Baruch, in the last days of Judah's monarchy was one of depravity and despair.


'How Long, O Lord?'

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The cycles of Israel's history—idolatry, subjugation, repentance, deliverance—give us a pattern for understanding the present scattered condition of the church.


Hananiah's Error

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

Hananiah made a significant mistake: prophesying good when God had called for destruction. While God's will is for good, the timing makes all the difference.


Meet the Minor Prophets (Part Three)

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

As witnesses to the decline and fall of Israel and Judah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, and Haggai report the conditions that led to their defeat and captivity.


How to Survive Exile

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, addressing our current scattered state as a form of exile, asserts that exile has been a form of punishment God has used from the very beginning, with our original parents through the patriarchs, through the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah, right up to the present time. God exiles to punish for sin, …


The Second Exodus (Part One)

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

The Bible tells us that the time is coming when God will regather Israel to the Land of Promise, a greater Exodus than that from the Land of Egypt.


Lamentations (Part Two; 1989)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh contends that while Scripture does allow for individuals to share their faults with one another for encouragement and brotherly advice, no man has the power to forgive sins or grant absolution, a prerogative retained by Christ and God the Father alone. Trusting human allies rather than God to also seems to be a …


Lamentations (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The book's five acrostic songs (chapters) answer the question, 'Why did this happen?' God brought the punishment on Judah because of gross and sustained sin.


Esther (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In post-exilic times in Persia, God used concealed Jews (exampled by Mordecai and Esther) to ascend to levels of prominence on behalf of their people.


Searching for Israel (Part Six): Israel Is Fallen, Is Fallen

Article by Charles Whitaker

After 200 years of rejecting Davidic rule, Israel fell to Assyria, and its people were carried to Media. Judah lasted about 150 years longer.


The Beatitudes, Part One: The Sermon on the Mount

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The Sermon on the Mount is as vitally important today as when Christ preached it. It contains the way we are to live as God's representatives on this earth.


Leaves of Healing?

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

Ronny Graham, reflecting on the perennial growing season (including the dormancy periods when the leaves fall), focuses on the function of the leaves, both to provide nourishment to the tree by photosynthesis and oxygen for animals and humans. As the sunlight wanes, properties within in the leaf produce a kaleidoscope of color, …


The Scepter of the Kingdom of God (Part One)

CGG Weekly by Martin G. Collins

Matthew 27:29 records that a reed was placed in Christ's hand as a mock scepter. But when He returns, He will take the scepter of the Kingdom of God.


The Beast and Babylon (Part Ten): Babylon the Great Is a Nation

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Most commentators identify the Harlot of Revelation 17 and 18 as either a church or a broader cultural system. However, the Harlot is a powerful nation.


Psalms: Book Three (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Book Three of the Psalms deals with the somber theme of judgment on a people who have rejected their God and have produced much rotten spiritual fruit.


Lamentations (Part Four)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In Lamentations 2, Lady Jerusalem sidesteps godly repentance, opting instead for self-centered recrimination against Almighty God.


The Day of Israel's Calamity

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

As a nation, we have rejected wisdom in favor of foolishness, bringing about major calamities: famines, pestilence, earthquakes, cosmic disturbances.


Building the Wall (Part One)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the imagery in Revelation 12:16 of the torrent or flood spewed out from Satan's mouth, depicts the torrent of misinformation and lies, causing anxiety and confusion. Like the scattering of the church, the greater nation of Israel will be compromised with Satan's torrent of misinformation. In the …


Lamentations (Part Two)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, creating a hypothetical scenario in which God sends the Russians- to devastate America and reduce it to a vassal state, suggests that such a catastrophe would resemble the conditions described by the Book of Lamentations. The Scriptures describe the Chaldeans as a bitter and hasty nation, ruthless and …


God's Sovereignty and the Church's Condition (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

How involved in man's affairs is God? Is He merely reactive, or does He actively participate—even cause events and circumstances, particularly in the church?


Baruch's Complaint (Part Two)

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

Jeremiah and his scribe, Baruch, lived during a time of great upheaval. Baruch complained that God's plans against Judah were crimping his own ambitions.


Avoiding Superficiality

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Success in spiritual things does not consist in growing large and powerful, but humbly living by faith, overcoming, and yielding to God's shaping power.


The Scepter, Duty, and the Days of Unleavened Bread

Sermon by Mark Schindler

God has honored His promise to David that He would always provide a member of his family to sit on the throne of Judah. The heirs to David's scepter live today.


Lamentations (Part Eight)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

As we approach the coming self-examination prior to Passover, we can apply six significant lessons taught to ancient Israel through the book of Lamentations.


What's So Bad About Babylon? (2013) (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Because Babylon is a system, we cannot physically flee it. We have to flee by keeping our minds clean from the customs, traditions, and cultural influences.