Titus (Part Three): Rebuking False Teachers

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Ancient Crete and Modern Israel share many despicable traits, including duplicity, lust for sex, strong drink, and food. The Apostle Paul commissioned Titus to put things in order in Crete, ordaining trustworthy elders who were blameless, exercised self-control, and faithfulness to their duties. Because of so much …


Does the Bible Endorse Spanking?

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Why Christians support spanking is not that difficult to figure out: The Bible endorses it as a valid method of child discipline, yet without suggesting abuse.


The Vinedresser

CGG Weekly by Clyde Finklea

John 15:2 may seem to say that the Vinedresser cuts off every barren branch, but the Greek behind "takes away" shows something else. Here is what God does.


The Prisoner

'Ready Answer' by Austin Del Castillo

We tend to work at cross-purposes to God, imprisoning ourselves and others in our adversarial relationships. The key to our cell is true forgiveness.


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Six)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God wants us to use wisdom to change ourselves, humbly replacing our perspective with His perspective. God gives wisdom as a component of His grace.


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Nineteen)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that Christ died to free us from fear of eternal death, reminds us that we nevertheless have the obligation to prepare for our physical death. When Jesus Christ holds the power over fear of death, we are delivered from the bondage of the terror of eternal death. In Ecclesiastes 7, Solomon gives a …


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.


The Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Goodness is a nebulous concept, used to describe everything from a tasty snack to God's sublime character. But God's character defines what goodness is.


The Meekness and Gentleness of Christ

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Jesus demonstrated His meekness in His treatment of many with whom He interacted. Balancing firmness and gentleness, He seeks to save rather than destroy.


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Twenty-Seven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting that Ecclesiastes 7 contains some of the most significant concepts applicable to the Christian religion, identifies them as follows: (1) A good name or reputation (based on trust, responsibility, or dependability) is better than gold and silver. (2) We should prepare for our eventual death, faithfully …


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.


Flame Wars

Sermonette by Ryan McClure

Are we part of flaming — the aggressive and offensive interaction between Internet users? Or do we pursue righteousness in our speech and communication?


Conduct of the New Life

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Driving out the evil must be followed by cultivating goodness and righteousness. An antidote to depression is to get our hearts focused on someone else.


What Is the Work of God Now? (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The largest portion of the great commission demands that the lion's share of time, money, or energy ought to be invested in feeding the flock.


The Miracles of Jesus Christ: Healing Peter's Mother-in-Law

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

Jesus had served the people all day, but when He entered Simon Peter's house, He found He had one more miracle to perform: healing Peter's mother-in-law.


Debate

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Bible takes a very dim view of argument, debate, discord, and strife. In all matters of contention, we must strive to put ourselves above the fray.


Acts (Part Fifteen)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Acts 15 focuses upon the Council of Jerusalem, discussing the controversial subject of circumcision and its relationship to salvation.


Amos (Part Three)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Gentile nations without God's revelation were held accountable for basic principles of humanity. God reserves the severest penalty for Judah and Israel.