A Trustworthy Relationship

Sermon by Mark Schindler

Mark Schindler, asking us to ponder the incredible privilege we have been given to be placed within the Body of Christ, called when we were dead in trespasses, reminds us that this same privilege applies to our fellow saints as well. He warns us not to selfishly protect our turf, building walls of separation from our brethren. …


Faithfulness

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

Pertinent scriptures and comments on the seventh fruit of the Spirit, faithfulness.


Seeking God's Will (Part Two): Faithfulness

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

If we mimic God's character, we will be always faithful. We can translate this trait into practical behaviors, as a foundational part of our character.


Freedom and Responsibility

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reminding us that when a culture liberalizes, there will be a corresponding rise in irresponsibility, maintains that freedom to obey God is not free. It has cost the life of Christ, as well as our own, as we become living sacrifices. When we enter into the new covenant, we solemnly pledge to respond to God, …


The Household of God and Loyalty

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

The ultimate shame for a covenant people is to be found disloyal. God will be faithful to His purpose for humankind and will pursue it to its glorious end.


First Things First (Part Four): Faithfully Witnessing

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

God's measure of success for Noah was not how many sinners he saved from the Flood. If numeric results were God's measure of success, Noah would be a failure.


I Pledge Allegiance

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on America's Pledge of Allegiance, originally written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister and Christian socialist, suggests that the current embracing of socialist values could have had earlier sources than we originally thought. Interestingly, the original arm position, with the arms …


What Does God Really Want? (Part 4)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh addresses the topic of stewardship, suggesting that what we are called to do at this time is to fulfill our job as a steward, entrusted with managing, protecting, preserving, attending, and increasing what has been entrusted to us- namely the fabulous wealth of the mysteries of God and our spiritual inheritance …


The Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Faithfulness is a hallmark of a true Christian, yet unfaithfulness is prevalent at the end of the age. Here is what the Bible teaches about faithfulness.


Whom Do We Trust?

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We place confidence in people who provide emotional satisfaction and seem to have good intentions. Those whom we trust do not even have to be honest or faithful.


The Ninth Commandment

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We must embody truth as did Jesus Christ, absolutely refusing to bear false witness in our words, our behavior, and our cumulative reputation.


Israel's Missing Characteristics of God

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Faithfulness is living continually by faith, acting even though doing so may cost us. Love is not primarily a feeling, but faithfulness in applying God's Word.


Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen (Part Nine)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

The loyalty of the Laodiceans did not extend far beyond loyalty to self. Loyalty and friendship are inextricably bound together.


Money Is Power

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh insists that how we spend our money at the Feast of Tabernacles will give to God Almighty an idea of how we will use power in the Millennium. Using the analogy of Bill Gates wealth in comparison to the average person, or the national debt, we see that responsibility with currency is both relative (in terms of …


Stewardship

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

A steward is responsible for the supervision or managing of something entrusted into his care by a superior. As God's stewards, have been entrusted with much.


Our Part in the Sanctification Process (Part Eight) Cultivating the Fruit of Faithfulness

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by David F. Maas

The only tangible measures of faith is faithfulness, trust, and loyalty to God. We don't need to ask God for more faith, but rather work on being faithful.


Thank You For Being A Friend

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

Ted Bowling, cuing in on the lyrics of Andrew Gold's song, Thank You For Being A Friend, compares biblical requirements for friendship, making the observation that true friendship is not just a casual relationship, but instead a deep commitment of trust, enabling the sharing of our deepest thoughts without fear of our …


What Does God Really Want? (Part 5)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh insists that true riches consist of what we are (or what we become) rather than what we have. True riches consist of those things that can be carried through the grave and into the Kingdom of God. The circumstances of our lives (totally determined by God)- health, sickness, wealth, poverty, etc. we could consider …


Leadership and Covenants (Part Seventeen)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Because the world is under the sway of the wicked one, if mankind were left to its own choices, the world would revert to the condition before the Flood.


The Ninth Commandment

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The world is so full of lying and other forms of deceit that 'bearing false witness' has become a way of life for the vast majority of humanity.


The Ninth Commandment (1997)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

We cannot measure how much evil the tongue has perpetrated, for falsehoods disguised as truth have destroyed reputations and even nations.


The Commandments (Part 18)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

A community can only be established upon a foundation of stability and truth. Our relationships must be based upon God's truth, producing faithfulness.


Conviction and Moses

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Our conviction reveals itself in living by faith. Moses is a stunning example of how a convicted Christian should live — with loyalty and faithfulness to God.


The Seventh Commandment (1997)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

For decades, sexual sins have topped the list of social issues. The problem is unfaithfulness. The seventh commandment has natural and spiritual penalties.


The 'Open Door' of Philadelphia

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

The modern church of God, particularly a few of its splinter organizations, have made a big deal out of Revelation's letters to the seven churches. Often highlighted is the "open door" promised in the letter to Philadelphia. David Grabbe provides proof from Isaiah 22 that our understanding of this image should be revised to …


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Seventeen)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that satisfaction in life does not derive from material things or wealth, by instead from an eternal relationship with God who has given us abundant spiritual gifts which we must reciprocate by developing skill in living from using godly wisdom. Wisdom enables us to make the very best practical use of …


It's A Lying Game

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on a recent poll asking the respondents who they trusted the least, revealed that lawyers, used car salesmen, and politicians (who are largely lawyers) filled the top three spots. Truth telling is rare in those holding office today, as is seen in the behavior of the current President, who has not been …


Giving Your Word

'Ready Answer' by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

How sure is your word? One's word is not worth a whole lot these days in the world, but in the church what we say and promise should be good as gold! John Reid writes that God listens to what we promise—so we had better perform it!


Psalms: Book One (Part Six)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Psalm 23 depicts the gratitude we should display from a sheep's point of view, as the animal boasts of blessings and marvels about the care of his Shepherd.


Godly Friendship: A Priceless Commodity

Article by David F. Maas

We tend to take our friendships for granted, but they are important parts of our Christian lives. David Maas explains how we should cultivate and appreciate our friendships, for they are a necessary tool in growing in godliness.


Preparing to Rule!

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Have you ever considered what it will be like right after Christ returns? What will you do, as a king, to help and govern the people placed under you?