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?


You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Sermonette by Mike Ford

Mike Ford, acknowledging that learning is a never-ending process, maintains that senior citizens have just as much capability of learning as younger people do, but "seniors" utilize different parts of their brain. To be sure, because we lean towards resting on our laurels and coasting, learning as we get older tends to …


Are We Losing Our Children?

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The demands of life leave most adults gasping for breath and struggling to shoulder the load. But what effect is this pace having on the next generation?


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.


The Importance of Parenting

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

I enjoy reading the contributions of National Review Online writers posted at "The Corner. ...


Teaching the Good News of the Promise

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker, asking how God is going to fulfill all His promises to Abraham and his descendants of eternal life and membership in God's family, concludes that God is going to use the power of Jesus Christ. God plans to give everlasting life to Abraham's descendants (those who have made a covenantal relationship with …


Wisdom for the Young (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Part of the problem that confronts young people today is that they—and frankly, all of society—have a devilish misconception of what is fun. ...


The Century of the Child

'Prophecy Watch' by Martin G. Collins

Though experts proclaimed the twentieth century the Century of the Child in 1899, from a biblical perspective our social advancements have made life worse for our children. Martin Collins shows how the Bible predicted this of the end-time generations. (Also includes the inset "America's Lost Children.")


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.


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." ...


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.


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 …


The Politicization of Motherhood (Part Two)

'WorldWatch' by Mike Ford

The feminist movement has taken a heavy toll on the importance of motherhood to our society. For instance, feminists encourage mother to return to work as soon after childbirth as possible, leaving the baby in the care of a daycare center. Mike Ford focuses on the politically charged rhetoric of leading feminists that demonizes …


Learning the Right Things (Part Two)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating the highly important principle that the lessons a child learns early will impact them years later (Proverbs 22:6), states that this principle has society-wide meaning as well. If parents have not assumed their rightful roles as the gatekeepers of their children's culture, other philosophies will …


Crucial Parenting Principles

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Recently, the University of Virginia's Institute on Advanced Culture identified four current parenting styles, with mixed results.


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.


Toys as Tools

Article by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

We often take our children's toys for granted, but they are actually tools that can teach either right or wrong. John Reid gives some guidelines for choosing proper toys for our kids.


Why We Homeschool

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Back in the early years of the homeschooling phenomenon, its advocates were largely tie-dyed, granola-munching, back-to-nature, hippie types whose primary goal was to disassociate from just about everything manmade, and certainly from Establishment institutions like the public schools. ...


The March Toward Globalism (Part Seven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Satan is our number one enemy, and his child-rearing methods, currently used by the world's cultures, threaten to destroy our families. God's principles of child-rearing are based on unselfish, other-directed love—the goal and aim of child- rearing. The love of God, encompassing the keeping of His commandments, safeguards …


Anything Goes (Part Two): Transparency for the Transgender Agenda

'WorldWatch' by Joseph B. Baity

The transgender movement is becoming frighteningly vocal and hostile to traditional values, and now corporations all across America have added their strength to the matter. Joseph Baity reveals that pro-transgender forces are also targeting the nation's children in an attempt to indoctrinate them to support their perverse …


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 Handwriting Is on the Wall (2005)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The family is under savage attack, with more and more children born out of wedlock. With the destruction of the family, we are witnessing the death of the U.S.


Parenting (Part 1): Principles

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In the aftermath of the Columbine massacre at Littleton, Colorado, Richard Ritenbaugh observes that the parenting practices of our people leave a great deal to be desired. Because of our upside down emphasis on the youth culture and its characteristic selfishness or self-centeredness, the family is crumbling and deteriorating. …


Childrearing (Part 6)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh maintains that each Christian continually carries the instrument of his death, namely the carnal mind with its learned and reinforced habits. If we, as Christian parents could shape and mold the minds of our children early, we could inoculate them against making the same mistakes that we did. The rod of …


The March Toward Globalism (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We need to seek God and His Word and obey, determining to endure to the end. The Beast of Revelation is a configuration containing many nations and ethnic groups, having a mindset of counterfeiting God's childrearing practices for a sinister purpose. Satan wants to emulate God's childrearing plans to create a group of people …


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.


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 …


Christian Dating: Advice for Today

Article by Staff

How are the young people in the church of God supposed to approach the dating situation today? Here is advice on dating, sex and enjoying one's youth.


Leadership and Covenants (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The contains a detailed record of both good and bad leaders, and it provides a repetitive principle that 'as go the leadership, so goes the nation.'


The Fifth Commandment

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The fifth commandment teaches our responsibility to give high regard, respect, and esteem to parents and other authority figures, leading to a prosperous life.


The Commandments (Part 12)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Parents need to teach their children to consider the long-range consequences of current behaviors, chastening and disciplining them while there is hope.


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.


Absalom: A Study in Narcissism

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Probably the biblical character best exemplifying the narcissistic personality is David's son, Absalom, clearly a spoiled son in a dysfunctional family.


True or False Guilt?

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

Ted Bowling, acknowledging that God has perfect memory, reminds us that God chooses not to remember our sins as long as we don't repeat them. We, on the other hand are often plagued with the memories of past guilt come for sins we have committed. Guilt is a natural consequence of breaking God's Law, but it can become a curse and …


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.


Christian Marriage (Part One)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Cohabitation has led to increased divorce, marital violence, and lack of fidelity after marriage. Mass media has shamelessly used sex to promote materialism.


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, …


The March Toward Globalism (Part Eight)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Children do what they do because they are allowed to and because there are no immediate consequences for disobedience. Ecclesiastes 8:11 describes a permissive and tolerant climate in which no fear of immediate consequences occurs. The most significant scripture in the Bible, the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-12) demands systematic …