The Spirit of Gratitude

Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whittaker, reflecting upon what Herbert W. Armstrong referred to as one of the most common as well as one of the most egregious sins, the sin of ingratitude, focuses upon the necessity of proper thanksgiving and the spirit of gratitude. Pride, the kind demonstrated by Nebuchadnezzar when he boasted about what he had …


An Attitude of Thanksgiving

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

Gratitude and thankfulness are attitudes we need to exhibit to remain at one with God. By being thankful, we will find it easier to keep God's law.


Thankful in 2020?

Commentary by Ryan McClure

Few families reminisce about the Pilgrims and the Native Americans sharing a meal; some pundits suggest that this is a time to keep the holiday in isolation.


Daily Thanksgiving

'Ready Answer' by Staff

Too many confine their giving of thanks to one day a year. Answering these four questions will help us to evaluate our approach to this spiritual duty.


Thanksgiving

'Ready Answer' by Staff

Here is why we should be thankful, how much we have to be thankful for, and how we can give God our thanks.


What Is There to Be Thankful for Today?

CGG Weekly by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

We find it difficult to retain a positive, thankful attitude these days, but we should always offer thanksgiving to God, especially in times like these.


Thankfulness

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

The apostle Paul predicted the end-time generation to be unthankful. As Christians, we need to buck this trend and show our appreciation to God and fellow man.


Thanksgiving: Honorable Origins

CGG Weekly by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Some have questioned Christians keeping Thanksgiving. The concern is that it stemmed from paganism, and thus a member of God's church should not observe it.


Giving Thanks

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The real reason Thanksgiving is not a wildly popular holiday is because Americans do not want to give God any credit for their peace, plenty, and power.


Thanksgiving and Entropy

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Thankfulness for God's bounty upon us and our land has fallen to gluttony, football games, and planning one's strategy for the next day's shopping.


Sending Thank-Yous

CGG Weekly by Dan Elmore

It is a big mistake to neglect expressing earnest thanks whenever it is called for. The benefits to others and to us are too valuable to pass up.


Be Happy (Part One)

CGG Weekly by Gary Montgomery

As we age, the pressures of life, work, and experience all contribute to wearing us down. Only a few seem to have learned to remain happy despite hardship.


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.


Ingratitude

Article by Mark Schindler

Some of us cannot seem to realize a blessing if it slaps us across the face! Ingratitude can hold us back in our relationship with God.


Be You Thankful

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid, using two biblical examples involving people healed of leprosy, stresses the importance of being thankful to God as He intervenes in our lives. The thankful Samaritan was not only cleansed from leprosy, but he was also made whole, receiving a close relationship with God. When we neglect to become thankful, our hearts …


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 …


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 …


'We Live to the Lord'

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

How many of us lead lives based on the principle in Romans 14:7-8 of 'living to the Lord' rather than ourselves?


A Root of Bitterness

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Only by letting go of the poisonous root of bitterness can we become like our Elder Brother, Jesus Christ, and our Heavenly Father.


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.


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, …


The Joyful Advantage

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Bill Onisick, focusing on Shawn Achor's book, The Happiness Advantage, asserts that, because a brain with a positive attitude has higher levels of dopamine and serotonin, it is more successful and productive. We can draw some spiritual analogies from Shawn Achors's work, utilizing some of his exercises to attain the joyful …


Our Part in the Sanctification Process (Part Three): Cultivating Joy

Sermon by David F. Maas

Strategies for cultivating joy include developing contentment and gratitude, giving rather than getting, finding pleasure in work, and valuing God's law.


Facing Times of Stress: Contentment

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, suggesting that we live in a negative, enervating time, indicates that we can have contentment just like the apostle Paul expressed in his letter to the Philippians, a letter in which he thanked the Philippians for their generosity and revealed his secret for having contentment amid negative circumstances. …


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, …


Thankfulness (1986)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting that our national holiday Thanksgiving may be a parody of what God intended should be our understanding of thankfulness. Rather than something we do annually, we should be returning thanks several times daily. Thankfulness equips us to endure hard times. We need to give thanks for everything, …


Thankfulness

Sermonette by James Beaubelle

Robbing God extends far beyond the neglect of tithes and offerings, but also includes ignoring God and neglecting to thank Him for the plethora of blessings.


Whatever We Ask

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reminding us that Jesus, who spent a great deal of time praying, emphasized that prayer is absolutely essential to the spiritual success of our lives. Prayer (or communication with God) comes under attack if we live double-lives, giving us a guilty conscience, not practicing what we have been taught, giving our …


Prosperity: What Is True Wealth?

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, distinguishing between prosperity and wealth, asserts that prosperity is success that comes to those who have been active in achieving it and/or by divine grace, usually as a result of effort. Along with material wealth are offspring, and spiritual blessings such as character or grace in the eyes of an …


A Motivation for Giving

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on offertory sermonettes he has heard in the past, many of which seemed to emphasize that people were not sacrificing enough for the work, explores other motivations for giving. When Paul attempted to motivate the Corinthians (a wealthy congregation which had received spiritual gifts), he compared …


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, …


Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Physical hunger and thirst provide important types of the desire one must cultivate for spiritual resources, realizing that man cannot live by bread alone.


New Covenant Priesthood (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Sacrifices of thanksgiving, praise, and gratitude are required of God's called out priests. By meditating on the right things, we prepare ourselves for prayer.


Thank You for Finishing What You Start!

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, observing that, in the first five books in the Bible, there are no statements of "Thank you," nevertheless reminds us that the thank offerings in Leviticus 21:29 indicate that thanksgiving has a singularly profound meaning. King David was prolific in his expressions of gratitude to God, as was the …


The Elements of Motivation (Part Four): Obligation

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Understanding our obligation to Christ leads to a deeply held loyalty to Him. Our redemption should make us strive to please Him in every facet of life.