A Christian's Information Filter

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

People make judgments—sometimes consciously, but probably more often unconsciously—about what goes into their minds, and this has an effect over time.


Always on Call

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Let me say up front that I am not a phone person. ...


No More Secrets

Commentary by Ryan McClure

The governmental intrusions into privacy, depicted by the movie Sneakers, have become a grim reality. With life online, nothing is secret.


What to Believe?

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Occasionally, I receive Internet surveys from a reputable polling company. ...


Vision (Part Two)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

We must protect ourselves from toxic information overload by keeping the vision of our calling in front of us, living for the future. We cannot be distracted.


What Is Your Social Credit Ranking?

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins points out the potential dangers of a recent trend called "social scoring"—the rating of a person's influence by such criteria as the number of social media followers on Twitter and Facebook. The effect will be to create a 'caste system," as media platforms or government bureaucrats implement …


Children in the Era of AI (Part One)

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Artificial intelligence devices interact with children, filling the gap left by near-absentee parents. We must be aware of the potential abuse of AI.


Let No One Deceive You

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We live in a day of increasing knowledge—to the point that we are increasingly overloaded with information. Richard Ritenbaugh argues that these and other modern factors lend themselves to deception, yet this is one of the primary end-time trends that Jesus warns us against!


Staying On Point

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on our prayers for God to "bless the electronics," asks whether the marvels of modern electronics are really a God-send or something less than a blessing. Perhaps some of us need to change our thinking about electronic devices as we strive to stay awake while awaiting Christ's return. At …


How Many Wars?

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus tells us not to be troubled about the wars and rumors of wars, for they are like false labor pains. We are now at the beginning of sorrows.


A Famine Of The Word (Part One)

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reviewing the process of how God's Word has been preserved and distributed—on media ranging from animal skins to papyrus to the printed word to the internet—warns that sinister forces have reared their ugly heads to censor the Word of God, calling it intolerant, malicious hate speech. In recent years, …


News Is In The News

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, using Paul Harvey's technique of exposing the "rest of the story," learned that the elderly lady who had sued McDonald's because of third-degree burns from excessively hot coffee only wanted remuneration for the cost of her medical attention and her attorney's fees. However, after McDonald's refused …


Man's Greatest Creation?

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

The current focus on fusing human brains with computerized intelligence threatens to put applied science on a collision course with God's plan for mankind.


Human's Replacement

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Bill Onisick describes the development of a robot having self-awareness, able to recombine knowledge, and generalize, providing an artificial intelligence which could make the human being obsolete. Some have concluded that artificial intelligence could be a greater threat to human existence than the atomic bomb or germ warfare. …


Beating the Rat Race (Part One)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

"But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase" (Daniel 12:4). ...


Navigating the Third Wave

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Human civilization has experienced two major sociological ages since the beginning of its appearance on the earth. Currently we are in transition to the third age or Third Wave, which has frightening prophetic consequences. However, it's the Fourth Wave, God's soon-coming Kingdom, we need to catch!


Children in the Era of AI (Part Two)

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

As AI toys befriend children, parents should be alarmed about the values these virtual assistants are teaching them. AI has officially become a religion.


Another Mark of the Beast

Commentary by David F. Maas

Big Tech is creating a new mode of governance through which data analytics are used to create algorithms that decide rewards and punishment for targeted behaviors.


Following the Bean

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Keeping an eye on the news in order to 'watch world events' can be both time-consuming and maddening. Richard Ritenbaugh compares this task to playing a shell game, wondering if the game itself, hard to follow as it is, is distracting some of us from more important pursuits.


Submitting to Sin?

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that the entire world is under the sway of Satan the devil (I John 5:19, Revelation 12:9, Ephesians 2:1-3), warns us to analyze and evaluate everything that enters our minds from the contaminated, mendacious media sources, media sources primarily promoting a leftist, secular humanist agenda, bent on …


Day of Deception

Commentary by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, referring to the Olivet Prophecy as the foundational prophecy of the Bible, containing the basis for unlocking the secrets of Bible prophecy, including the abomination of desolation, the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, the sequences of Joel, Revelation, and Daniel, emphasizes that the very first warning …


Indistractable

Commentary by Bill Onisick

Social media, text messages, e-mails, websites and blogs are competing for our time, eroding our attention spans and exhausting our ability to concentrate.


Globalism (Part One): Founded on Fear and Faithlessness

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker begins a series of articles on globalism. What is it? Where is it headed? Does it have a balancing counterpart? Who is driving it? What does it have to do with the prophecies of the end time?


Beware the Second Flood (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The immediate danger lies not as much in the specific teachings of the flood from the serpent but in their sheer volume. The peril lies in being swept away.


Faith and Technology

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

David Grabbe, marveling that over the past 25 years the Church of the Great God has assembled a massive library of electronic resources as a service to the Greater Church of God, as well as to the world at large, asserts that God performed this work at a fraction of the cost incurred by our previous fellowship. Though our main …


How to Combat Future Shock

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh focuses upon a phenomenon described by Alvin Toffler as Future Shock, a stressful malady caused by an inability to accommodate or adjust to rapid change. Over-stimulation and rapid change (accompanied by the death of permanence) eventually produces apathy and future shock. The antidote to future shock (or …


What Is Truth?

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The goings-on in this world constantly remind me why a certain quotation from the late novelist Michael Crichton, author of The Andromeda Strain, Timeline, The Great Train Robbery, State of Fear, and many other bestselling books, resonates so much. ...


A Light To The World

Commentary by Mark Schindler

Mark Schindler, maintaining that our response to the evil of the world sets us apart as the light of the world, cautions us not to abandon our children to the custody of interactive smartphones or iPads. In 1989, Charles Krauthammer warned that we are moving into extremely dangerous times and that we ought not abandon our …


Our Trusted Source of Truth (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, cuing in on the "What is truth?" episode in John 18:32-37, suggests that John wants us to ask that question of ourselves. Pilate seemed to believe that all the charges against Jesus were built up on lies and trumped-up charges. Jesus, conversely, was the perfect witness and embodiment of the …


Disintegration

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Our advanced communications, which have allowed globalism, are also bringing about tribalism. Rather than uniting everyone, they are dividing.


The Handwriting Is on the Wall (1994)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Without God's Spirit, mankind is guided by another spirit, leading to destructive consequences, made all the more menacing by increased technological capabilities.


No Time to Think!

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins alludes to research which suggests that, thanks to the media and to our digital lifestyle, human attention span has attenuated to a mere two seconds—much shorter than the attention span of a goldfish. Media, a major contributor to this deficit, shamelessly ruins the attention span further by running …


The Flood Is Upon Us!

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Revelation 12 pictures a flood proceeding from the mouth of the dragon, sweeping many away in a torrent of information that drowns out the truth.


Don't Be Indifferent

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The frightful Trumpet Plagues are coming on the world because of the breaking of covenants on the part of people who should have known better.


Does Doctrine Really Matter? (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Even with Christ's sacrifice, God does not owe us salvation. We are called to walk, actively putting to death our carnal natures, resisting the complacency.


The Same Mind, Judgment, and Speech

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

David Grabbe, referring to Herbert Spencer's maxim, "When a man's knowledge is not in order, the more of it he has, the greater is his confusion," explains that the knowledge explosion currently underway is confusing if one leaves out the knowledge of God. Knowledge, even correct knowledge, could prove faulty. All …


Points of Reference

Sermonette by Joseph B. Baity

Joe Baity draws a distinction between ancient mariners, who recognized they were off course due to stormy weather, and those of us today who may be unaware that we are off course on our spiritual journey. After a storm, those ancient mariners found steady, reliable points of reference in the skies, once the clouds cleared away, …