The Miracles of Jesus Christ: Water Into Wine (Part Two)

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

In performing the miracle at Cana, Jesus gave a command that may have seemed strange at the time. Jesus shows the connection between obedience and blessings.


Is It a Sin to Drink Alcoholic Beverages?

'Ready Answer' by Staff

Some scriptures seem to teach total abstinence from alcohol. However, many other passages show otherwise. Here is how the unbroken word of God fits together.


Addiction and Self-Control

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God does not view addictions as 'diseases' or 'genetic predisposition,' which absolve the individual of responsibility. Addictions are the result of sinful choices.


A Bed Too Short (Part 1)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker warns that our society is too connected with the present, too enamored of technology, too surfeited on abundance to pay attention to lessons from history or the basic laws of cause and effect. Our technology will not allow us to advance beyond consequences. What we sow we will reap. Our sins will eventually find …


Laodiceanism and Being There Next Year

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Our biggest danger at this time is to be lured into spiritual drunkenness by the pagan Babylonian system. Our God is not what we say we worship but whom we serve.


Be There Next Year

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Members of God's church usually come home from the Feast of Tabernacles with renewed strength. Yet, some fall away each year. Here's how to stay the course.


What's So Bad About Babylon? (2003) (Part 2)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The entire Babylonian system has an enslaving, addicting, and inebriating quality, producing a pernicious unfaithfulness and Laodicean temperament.


Why 153?

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

David Grabbe, asserting that the eight signs in the Book of John form a chiasm (where the first element corresponds to the last element, the second element to the second-to-the-last one, etc.) analyses the first and eighth signs. The first sign corrected the physical need for wine (a symbol of the New Covenant) in a joyful …


God Works in Marvelous Ways (Part Three)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Bible contains mysteries (God's invisible activities on our behalf)that have been hidden in plain sight, but made clear by revelation from God's Spirit.


Maintaining Good Health (Part 4)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh focuses upon several abuses of one of God's gifts to mankind — eating and drinking. While drunkenness and gluttony indicate self-centeredness, lack of discipline, often leading to poverty and ill health, moderation in all things is the way to glorify God in our bodies. God's called out ones must exercise …


What's So Bad About Babylon? (1997)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Babylon constitutes the fountainhead of instruction that, like strong drink, impairs the ability to function properly while creating the illusion of ability.