Sodom and Egypt

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, referring to Revelation 11:8, focuses upon the meaning of "Sodom and Egypt," a term that identifies Jerusalem, but metonymically stands for all the inhabitants of modern Israel, including the United States, Canada, and England. This term carries both the connotation of vileness and slavery. The …


Grace, Unleavened Bread, and the Holy Spirit

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We eat unleavened bread because of what God has done, not what we have done. Eating unleavened bread symbolizes following God and displacing sin.


Animal Idolatry

'Prophecy Watch' by Mike Ford

Have the animal rights groups gone too far? Mike Ford argues that their movement borders on—if not transgresses—the line between concern and idolatry.


Unleavened Bread and the Holy Spirit

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Egypt is not directly a symbol of sin, but instead the world. The Days of Unleavened Bread symbolize what God did for us, not what we did by our own power.


Unleavened Bread and Pentecost

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Unleavened bread serves as a memorial of God's deliverance from the bondage of sin. We must realize that our part of the salvation process is to follow God.


The Night of God's Vigil

CGG Weekly by John W. Ritenbaugh

Israel was to keep the Night to Be Much Observed as a night of watching—of watchful vigil—to commemorate the reason they were able to leave Egypt so easily.


How Does God Help Us? (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus explains that the truth is the only thing that will set us free. A major player in our lives or spiritual journey is the truth and how we use it.


Abraham (Part 5)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

We learn from Abraham's experience to trust God even when we have incomplete information. When we attempt to take the expedient way out, we will run into trouble.


Psalms: Book Five (Part Five): Psalm 119 (Part Two)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Even though keeping the law does not justify us, it does point out to us what sin is. The law is a guide keeping us within moral and ethical boundaries.


Wilderness Wanderings (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The spiritual journey of God's people is more difficult than the physical one of the ancient Israelites, requiring as it does more resources to navigate.


Wilderness Wandering (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We are in various stages of our wilderness journey, not knowing where our journey will take us. The turns give us opportunities to strengthen our faith.


Purge Me With Hyssop

Article by Staff

The Bible frequently uses the hyssop plant as a symbol of cleansing and purification. In relation to Christ's sacrifice, this herb has a connection to the Passover.


Hebrews (Part 14)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Like Jesus and other heroes of faith, we need to look beyond the present to the long term effects of the trials and tests we go though, seeing their value.


The Two Witnesses (Part Seven)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Christ's Two Witnesses will accomplished their work before the Beast kills them. Humanity will feel relief at their death, but stark terror at their resurrection.


Abraham (Part 10)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh ponders the qualifier "righteous" when applied to Lot. Unlike Abraham who separated himself from sinful society, Lot seemed to involve himself in the affairs of the perverted city, arrogating to himself the role of a judge, attempting to change the behavior of the people- but nevertheless, attempting to …


Isaac

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

The name Isaac—'laughter'—suggests his optimistic disposition, someone not afflicted by fear and doubt. Isaac serves as a type of Christ, honoring his father.


Abraham (Part 11)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

If we hold fast to principles, though it may seem initially uncomfortable and fearful, we will eventually receive respect and even admiration.