March 12, 2005: One Year Later

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

On March 12, 2005, Terry Ratzmann entered a church meeting room and opened fire. After 22 rounds had been fired, four people were wounded, and eight lay dead.


Time to Repent (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

God has given the nations of Israel time to repent, but the carnal mind translates more time into license to carry on. Thus, God warns about complacency.


Big-Picture Thinking

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

It has become traditional as we flip our Gregorian calendars from December to January each year to assess the old year and resolve to amend our faults and shortcomings in the new. . . .


Carelessness

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Carelessness, indicative of not thinking, when reinforced or carried on into life, can be lethal or irreparable. Undervaluing our way leads to a careless lifestyle.


Seeking God's Will (Part Six): Forethought

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Pilgrims were unprepared for the bitter New England winters. They had very little practical foresight, paying a heavy toll for not counting the cost.


A People Being Prepared to Pass the Rope

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Mark Schindler

Mark Schindler, reflecting upon the establishment of the Citadel in South Carolina, suggests that it has tried to train ethical and moral leaders. President Ronald Reagan praised one of its graduates, a passenger who had rescued many passengers from the icy waters of the Potomac River, only to lose his own life. We are, in one …


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 …


Deuteronomy (Part 6)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God is absolutely faithful to finish what He started, knowing the end from the beginning. Our strength is dependent upon the relationship we have with God.


Lamentations (Part Six)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, asking why Christians should ruminate about sorrow and grief instead of focusing on happy thoughts, reminds us that death and suffering are staple features of the human condition and that we need to learn how to handle grief and loss, thereby becoming a witness for those who do not yet know the truth. Isaiah …


COVID-19 and Returning to Normal

Commentary by David C. Grabbe

While we naturally desire to 'get back to normal,' what the United States experienced before COVID-19 was hardly normal when viewed from God's perspective.


Year End Review and Daily Evaluations

Sermonette by Ryan McClure

Self examination is not to be a frenetic exercise we conduct shortly before Passover, but a systematic day-by-day endeavor to evaluate our behavior.


God's Perseverence With His Saints (Part Two)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

We seriously err if we rely on the secular media to give us spiritual understanding. God sends strong delusion to those who do not love the truth.


Amending the Soil

Sermonette by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, commenting on the dry and hard clay in South Carolina, a real challenge to cultivate, identifies some grounds of comparison Christ cites between ourselves and clay (soil). In the Parable of the Sower, Christ describes 1.0) hard, impenetrable soil of the wayside, vulnerable to birds, symbolizing the devil and …


Patterns of Resistance

Sermonette by Joseph B. Baity

Joseph Baity observes that God's thought patterns demonstrate perfection, while man's thought patterns are seriously flawed and corrupted by sin. One of the most egregious of man's twisted thought patterns has two parts: (1) We seek to elevate ourselves above God, and (2) we lie to ourselves in relation to the first pattern. The …


Walking in Our Father's Footsteps

CGG Weekly by Mark Schindler

The path of righteousness is not an easy one, but if we diligently remain on it, we will be successful beyond measure. Trusting God will produce what we truly need


Repentance: The Genuine Article (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

When we repent, we turn off the path that leads to destruction and onto the narrow path—through the strait gate—that leads to life in the Kingdom of God.


The High Places (Part Five)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The history of Israel shows that successful spiritual revivals typically begin with tearing down the idols, which allows the people to turn back to God.


Growing Up

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the increasing delay of adult responsibilities and behavior in our society, suggests that while puberty seems to have become triggered earlier, in far too many cases, self-centered dependency has been protracted into the early 30's. The youth of the church (adults too!) need to develop …