Overcoming Satan's Competitive Spirit

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

The competitive spirit to dominate a competitor, not confined to athletic contests, militates against God's mandate that we esteem others over ourselves.


What Is Your Game?

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

Ronny Graham, exploring some of the stories behind the amazing accomplishments of the athletes competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics, suggests that participants often make great sacrifices, setting virtually all else aside for a chance at a perishable crown. The Apostle Paul was certainly aware of the obsessiveness of Olympic …


A Dull and Compliant People

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Those in power have learned to keep the people ignorant, fat, and happy, and as such, they will not—cannot—give the authorities any trouble.


Gifted (Part One)

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

Ronny Graham, observing that John 3:16 is perhaps the best-known biblical passage in the world, with Protestants equating it with the Gospel, reminds us that we, as God's called-out ones, have been given gifts for which we can glorify our Heavenly Father. Furthermore, we can use those gifts to help and edify others. Every gift …


Empirical Selfishness

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

While it is natural and harmless to identify with a teacher that we hear each week, that identification should not be the source of friction.


Newsworthy?

Commentary by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh speculates as to the motivation driving the editor's selection of what is fit to print in the newspapers. The editor of the leftist leading Old Gray Lady (the New York Times) tries to bias the news toward one way, while Matt Drudge may try to influence a somewhat different bent. When Congress is out of …


Just Under the Skin

Commentary by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The veneer of civility that covers civilization is thin, hardly able to conceal our carnal nature. That nature turns violent seemingly at the drop of a hat.


A City on a Hill (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by John Reiss

We may never be featured in a museum, receive a Medal of Honor, or be the subject of a movie, but we can still be outstanding examples with our own lives.


Stay in Jerusalem

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker, focusing upon the proclamations of two Gentile kings (Cyrus and Artaxerxes) in the book of Ezra, examines the impact they had on the remnant of Israel- as well as the lessons we may derive from their lack luster behavior. Those who returned to Jerusalem did not completely fulfill their commission, failing to …


Wilderness Wanderings (Part Three) - Handpicked Children

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God has allowed carnal nature to remain in His people so He can determine whether they seriously want to defeat the downward pulls of the flesh.


Casuistry and Fanaticism

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus Christ reserved His harshest criticism for rigid extremists like the Pharisees and Sadducees. The Pharisees could be considered a casuist, a person who resolves religious or ethical arguments with subtle arguments that are in fact sophistries. A Pharisee digs deeply into twigs until the twig becomes more important than the …


The Offerings of Leviticus (Part Six): The Sin Offering

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus' perfect offering of Himself for us fulfilled the sin offering of Leviticus 4. Our acceptance of His offering for atonement puts us under obligation.


Those Who Suffer

CGG Weekly by Martin G. Collins

Desiderius Erasmus noted, 'War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.' Many view war like a sports program—with no concern for suffering.


Knowing God: Formality and Customs (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh admonishes that we must continually upgrade our decorum and formality in our approach to God, striving to emulate Him in all that we do. Our culture (paralleling the second law of thermo-dynamics) has seriously degenerated in decorum and standards, pulling everyone down into casual, slovenly and disrespectful …


Foolishness and Cleansing

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Human nature has a perverse drive to take risks, pushing the envelope, taking unwise chances, foolishly gambling away the future. Foolishness is sin.


Feast of Tabernacles Basics

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The basics of the Feast of Tabernacles consist of a harvest image, depicting a massive number of people coming to the truth. The journey depicts a time of judgment.