Parenting (Part 5): Methods

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Of the various approaches to discipline, spanking is really the only method endorsed by the Bible. Properly administered, spanking smarts but leaves no bruises.


Fatherhood

Sermonette by Ryan McClure

When we were single, we had all the answers to the art of parenting, but actual practice humbles us as to how ill-equipped we are for this task.


Teaching Children

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

Should we teach our children or should we allow the church to do that? Do youth programs have a positive impact? Do they keep youth them in the church?


Surviving the Next Hit

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Dwight David Eisenhower once observed, "In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." ...


A Heritage and a Reward

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins illustrates the horrible degradation of this society because of the abandonment of the Fifth Commandment, insists that God intended children to be a heritage and a reward to those who obey His Law. American society is cursed because the family, its most important component, is dysfunctional. It is impossible to …


Legacy

Article by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God tells us that a good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children. What kind of legacy will we leave our descendents? Will it be just a material legacy of money and heirlooms, or will it also be a spiritual legacy of devotion to God?


The Fifth Commandment (1997)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The fifth commandment begins the section of six commands regarding our relationships with other people. Children should learn proper respect in the family.


Fathers Provoking Children

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Most families in God's church have a functional father, but even so, extremes of leniency and overbearing strictness do not make an ideal father.


To Whom Honor Is Due

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Dishonoring one's parents is a serious abomination, considered a capital offense by God. Fathers must be worthy of honor, teaching their children to honor God.


The Commandments (Part 10)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

The fifth commandment provides a bridge, connecting our relationships with God and the relationships with our fellow human beings.


The Commandments (Part 11)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Honor of parents is the basis for good government. The family provides the venue for someone to learn to make sacrifices and be part of a community.


The Unsung Hero

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

Joseph exemplified the qualities of fairness, kindness, and humility, giving Jesus a solid moral and ethical foundation, coupled with an exemplary work ethic.


Specks as Mirrors

'Ready Answer' by David F. Maas

As Jesus teaches in Matthew 7:1-5, human beings tend to be quite skilled at seeing other people's faults, even the little ones. David Maas suggests that our ability to see the specks in others' eyes may indicate spiritual deficiencies in ourselves, as we project our own sins onto others. Seeing our behaviors mirrored in others' …


Childrearing (Part 4)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh observes that children do not initiate love; they reflect love. If the child does not receive a convincing demonstration of this love, he will not become a conductor of love, but will become fearful, anxious, and lacking self-esteem. Realizing that all behavior is learned, and that character is nothing more than …


Childrearing (Part 3)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Our children internalize our values; we teach largely by example. If we do not take seriously the responsibility for rearing our children, somebody else will.


The Plan of Salvation in Genesis 3:15

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The sin of Adam and Eve led to three prophecies that outline God's plan to remedy this grim situation. The conflict ends with the Christ destroying Satan.


But Will You Love Me Tomorrow?

'Prophecy Watch' by David F. Maas

Over the last several decades, this world has shown itself to be one in which most people lack commitment, whether it is to their mechanics, their spouses, or their beliefs. Using Christ's exhortations to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3, David Maas points out that Scripture foresees that a dearth of steadfastness marks the …


Leadership and the Covenants (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, asserting that the term leadership never explicitly appears in the King James Version of the Bible,while the terms follow and follower are abundantly distributed, concludes that any form of leadership must be preceded by following. God tells us what we are to follow in the Covenants, legal entities, …