The Widow and the Fatherless (Part Four)

CGG Weekly by Mike Ford

What are some more tangible ways to help the widow, the fatherless, and the stranger? These points would help anyone, but keep in mind those we are focusing on.


The Widow and the Fatherless (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by Mike Ford

God, through Jeremiah, puts the care of the widows, fatherless, and strangers near the top of the list of things people need to do to reform their ways.


The Widow and the Fatherless (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by Mike Ford

God fills the first 15 verses of Isaiah 1 with a laundry list of sins, but He provides only two direct, uncomplicated verses on how to correct the problems.


The Widow and the Fatherless

Sermon by Mike Ford

Pure religion, according to James, takes care of vulnerable people — the widows, fatherless, and strangers. This echoes the words of the prophets.


The Miracles of Jesus Christ: Raising a Widow's Son

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

The gospels present Jesus performing three resurrections, one of which is the raising of the widow's son. The episode shows the depth of Christ's compassion.


Tithing: Third Tithe

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

God ensures that all His children have what they need to survive and thrive. The third tithe is God's way of supporting the needy and the poor.


Philip the Witness

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

Ted Bowling, recollecting a conversation with his late mother about the identity of Philip, the individual who ministered to the Ethiopian eunuch, affirmed that this same Philip was one of the first seven deacons chosen to serve the neglected Grecian widows, providing sorely needed administrative relief. These men were chosen …


The Fifth Commandment

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

The fifth commandment bridges the two sections of love toward God and love toward man. We begin learning righteous conduct at home, with our parents.


Who Are You?

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid, reflecting that incredible as it may seem, we have all been called to be heroes. The wise of this world does not recognize the validity of our calling. Christ appears foolish to both the Greek culture who want to see philosophical insight and the Jewish culture, who desire a sign or miracle. Consequently, God chooses …


A Matter of Honor

'Ready Answer' by Staff

The Bible has a great deal to say about honor and whom we should honor. Here are some difficult but necessary lesson in honor.


Faithful Stephen

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reflecting on an administrative decision about care of the widows in the early Church (mentioned in Acts 6:1), suggests that dual languages and dual cultures (Greek and Hebrew) led to at a perceived "double standard" in the way welfare was distributed to Jewish and Hellenistic widows. The solution was …


Acts (Part 7)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh initially focuses upon the execution of Ananias and Sapphira for their deceit and hypocrisy (an event parallel to Aachan's deceit and execution), pretending to have sacrificed more than they actually had. In this same account, Luke records the volatile confrontation of the Apostles (who had been instructed by an …


It Takes a Church

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, citing the African Proverb, 'It takes a village' asserts that this principle more aptly applies to the church, specifically designed to serve as a support for those in need. In this era of 'going it alone' or 'cocooning,' we as a people like to be self-sufficient without any support from others. Consequently …


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.


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 …