The Providence of God (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We have to exercise faith, realizing the timing will be right for us, enabling us to accept His provisions and decisions for us without fear or anxiety.


The Providence of God (Part Six)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

A spiritual Israelite undergoes a metamorphosis in which his own self-centered will is broken so that God's creative work can be completed within him.


The Providence of God (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We must learn to let God provide blessings rather than, through crafty scheming life our forefather Jacob, grabbing them from others for themselves.


The Providence of God (Part Seven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus and Abraham rose above their emotional pulls by exercising living faith—a faith built on acts of obedience. Faith can never be separated from works.


The Providence of God (Part Five)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God uses calamities as part of His creative process. Like Jacob, who initially succumbed to weak faith and fear, we must repent of our loss of devotion to God.


The Providence of God (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Calamities, trials, anxiety, evil, and calamities, as well as blessings, happen to Christians in order to become fashioned and molded into God's image.


The Providence of God (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Even when we exercise free moral agency, God engineers circumstances and outcomes so that we are virtually forced to make the right decision.


Themes of Ruth (Part Two): God's Providence

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

As we count the 50 days toward Pentecost, we should consider the events of our lives, coming to understand that they reveal God's on-going maintenance.


Ask God for the Little Things

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

People used to look to God more than they do now. It was common for people to take all their needs to God, confident that He would listen to and provide them.


Divine Providence (Part One)

CGG Weekly by Mike Fuhrer

God's providence is a subject that few people, even in God's church, have a full grasp on. Most look on it too narrowly, but we must consider it carefully.


Fearing God at the Feast (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Though no verse directly states it, a unifying factor in the instructions for the Feast is God's faithfulness, which will lead us to the proper fear of Him.


Fearing God at the Feast (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The Feast is not a celebration just for the sake of having a good time. Our festivities should focus on God's faithfulness, rejoicing in all He did during the year.


Abraham's Sacrifice (Part Four): Providence Manifested

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The story of Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac encourages God's people that they need never doubt God commitment and ability to give them everything they need.


Mercy, Pilgrimage, and Providence

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Our experience in overcoming and developing character will be fraught with difficulties, but God will provide the power to get through all the anguish.


Tempting God (Numbers 14)

Sermonette by James Beaubelle

We must carefully consider the offenses preventing the Israelites from entering the Land. That evil generation refused to trust Him, but complained continually.


Power Belongs to God (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Where does real power reside? All power has its source in God—and not just the kind of power we typically think of.


Moses, Servant of God

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Moses sacrificed great worldly honor to become a servant of God, demonstrating real servant leadership. God praises Moses for his faithfulness and meekness.


Power Belongs to God (Part Two)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Human beings, even those who have been called, have an innate fear that God will not always provide. This fear originates in doubt about God's power.


Passover of the Most High God

'Ready Answer' by David C. Grabbe

Among God's many titles is one that proclaims His supremacy over all others: 'Most High God' or 'God Most High.' It provides confidence in God's governance.


What Does God Really Want? (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The priorities in Matthew 6:33 indicates that the primary emphasis should be on repentance and overcoming rather than mastering a technicality.


Power Belongs to God (Part 2)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We may be going through a period of hopelessness, but must believe that all things work together for those who believe and are called for His purpose.


Why Is God Doing This, This Way?

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We must learn to see ourselves and our function as God sees us—as a distinct, unique entity, a holy people, a special treasure.


Our Merciful and Faithful Provider

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The experiences of ancient Israel, bad and good, guide us in our spiritual pilgrimage to our Promised Land. The book of Deuteronomy is a strong foundation.


Why Was God So Angry With Israel? (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by Mike Fuhrer

The well of God's patience is not bottomless. Today, we are witnessing God's waning patience with this nation as He removes His hand of protection.


How Much Money Does God Need?

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The Bible and history are replete with stories of presumptuous hustlers, claiming to represent God and to know His will as a means to gain fortune.


How Does God Help Us? (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus explains that the truth is the only thing that will set us free. A major player in our lives or spiritual journey is the truth and how we use it.


How Does God Help Us? (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The trials we go through are part of His providence, putting us into humility and determining what really motivates us.


Seeking God in the Mundane

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Pentecostalism, with its sensationalism, is dangerous to a true believer. God is more interested in quietness and meekness than in bombastic displays of power.


Works of God

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh focuses upon the work of God. The idea that the "work of God" is equated with "preaching the gospel around the world as a witness" severely limits the awesome scope of God's work. If God ever stopped working, the whole universe would come apart, and we would cease. Most of God's works are …


Is God Fair?

CGG Weekly by Mike Fuhrer

After complaining, the Israelites received the death penalty. Is that fair? It seem to be a touch heavy-handed, but there is more more to the story.


Abraham's One God

Article by Mike Ford (1955-2021)

The first commandment sets the stage for understanding Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac. God wanted to know: Would Abraham put Him first and have no other god?


What Does God Really Want? (Part 6)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God provides the gift before it is actually needed so that when it is needed, everything is prepared for the person to do as he has been commissioned to do.


How God Deals With Conscience (Part Five)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reiterating that Joseph is a type of Jesus Christ, moves to the climactic point of the narrative in Genesis 45, in which Joseph reveals himself to his brothers. Joseph knew and recognized his brothers before they knew him. God knows our guiltiest secret sins which we think we have effectively hid. All things are …


Seeking God (Part Two): A Foundation

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Christians need to have a conscious plan in seeking God. Here are several essential qualities that must be included in any successful course of action.


Divine Providence (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by Mike Fuhrer

God's care for us goes well beyond fulfilling our basic physical needs. He is far more interested in providing those things that aid us in our spiritual walk.


God's Ministering Angels

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

As God's faithful servants, how might the angels work on behalf of God's people be an example to us in our service to God and one another?


Approaching God Through Christ (Part Four)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Jesus Christ is symbolized by the table of showbread in the Tabernacle, having gold utensils and vessels for bread and wine, symbolizing our fellowship with God.


God as Father

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God is the only perfect example of fatherhood. We need to emulate His virtues, among them being the perfect example of what we want our children to be.


Living By the Sword

'Ready Answer' by David C. Grabbe

Many Christians today believe that killing in self-defense is sanctioned by the Bible. David Grabbe explains that this is a terrible misunderstanding of Christ's teaching.


The Christian and the World (Part Nine)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Anxious care and foreboding are debilitating and faith-destroying. Meditating on what God has already done strengthens our faith and trust in God.


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.


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.


Deuteronomy (Part 5)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God's faithfulness is the foundation of our faith. We cannot live by faith unless we believe we have a God who is faithful in everything He does.


The Christian and the World (Part Ten)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Anxiety and fretting (symptoms of coveting and idolatry), in addition to cutting life short, erode faith, destroying serenity by borrowing tomorrow's troubles.


The Purpose of Offerings

Sermonette by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Pastor General of a well-known church made a statement that turned the giving of offerings into a competition and a rich man's game. Is this God's intent?


Making Faithful Choices (Part One)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Gideon began his life as a coward, became a conqueror, and ended a compromiser, all the while needing assurances from God to bolster his flagging faith.


Keep Walking

Sermonette by Ryan McClure

Ryan McClure, cautioning us to regard neither the trials of ancient Israel nor our present trials as an oddity, reminds us that God uses trials to test and humble us, but He never impedes our ability to move forward toward His goal of creating us as a family in His image. God never inhibited the ancient Israelites; their own …


The Christian and the World (Part Eight)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Having anxiety, foreboding and fretting about food, clothing, and shelter, or being distressed about the future, demonstrates a gross lack of faith.


Preparing for the Feast

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The Feast of Tabernacles is far more than a yearly vacation. It is a time set apart for both rejoicing before God and learning to fear Him.


The Sabbath: Redemption

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God has blessed us with the Sabbath, a period of holy time, when He redeems us from the clutches of our carnality and this evil world.


Numbers (Part One): Journey in the Desert

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God never says the Christian life would be easy or that life would always be fair. Difficulties and tests are given to test our hearts and promote humility.


Faith and the Calendar (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The issue is not mathematical or astronomical, but instead a matter of trust in God's faithfulness, authority, sovereignty, oversight, or ability to govern.


Abraham's Sacrifice (Part Five): Promises Confirmed

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Some critical scholars, unable to distinguish between conditional and unconditional promises, mistakenly jump to the conclusion that God cannot be trusted.


Psalms: Book Four: All His Benefits

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

All that we have has come from others, especially God. The Day of Atonement points out how needy and dependent on God we are; fasting shows our frailty.


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.


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. …


All in All (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The end of the sanctification process is when Christ will have defeated all enemies and put all things under His feet. Then, God the Father will be all in all.


Passover and Hope

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Passover is a beacon of hope in an otherwise hopeless milieu. Jesus provided hope at His last Passover, exuding confidence despite what lay ahead.


Faith, Government, and the Calendar (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The calculated Hebrew calendar reflects God's faithfulness in providing His children a reliable calendar. Concocting one's own calendar is presumptuous.


Preparing for Bad Times (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, soberly reflecting on the $19 trillion dollar national debt and with 25% of American private citizens two days away from bankruptcy, he warns that the prudent shouldn't continue to live in a fool's paradise, but should make common sense preparations, like the ant, (Proverbs 6:6-8) storing up provisions for at …