What Do You Fear? (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The matter of fear is significant enough that God consigns the fearful to the Lake of Fire! Why does fear (timidity) prohibit entrance into God's Kingdom?


Change and Constancy

CGG Weekly by John W. Ritenbaugh

Change, whether we consider it good or bad, produces stress, and we tend to blame stress for the discouragement or even depression that follows change.


When Our Change Comes

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Repentance and conversion leading to transforming into Christ's image depend on change. Christianity is a force for personal change, leading to universal change.


Character and Reputation (Part One)

CGG Weekly by James Beaubelle

Obedience to God's laws brings great benefits. By living within the framework of what God has revealed, we receive the reward of developing godly character.


Ground Hog Day - Again?

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Bill Onisick, reflecting on a theme in the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, in which a weatherman (played by Bill Murray, who gets caught in a blizzard he failed to predict, doomed to relive the same day over again until he gets it right) sees a spiritual parallel in our process of overcoming well-entrenched perennial sins. …


Resistance (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, drawing a powerful analogy from a book by Dorthea Brand, focusing upon strategies to defeat writer's block and self-imposed creative sabotage experienced by every major writer, applies these insights to spiritual self-sabotage, namely resistance (which is ground zero of our carnal human nature.) As writers …


Love's Greatest Challenges

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

An irrational fear of loss prevents the development of agape love — we fear that keeping God's commandments will cause us to lose something valuable.


Resistance (Part Two): Solutions

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh continues his exposé of artistic and spiritual resistance, an analogy derived from Stephen Pressfield's The War of Art, a manual designed to overcome artistic resistance and many forms of self-sabotage. The core of self-sabotage is our carnal human nature, which absolutely abhors any change which leads to …


Be Anxious For Nothing

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Fear and anxiety are normal human emotions. But through changing our focus from earthly to heavenly things, we can rise above the concerns, remembering Who is with us.


Elements of Motivation (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Having knowledge of God's law is not a guarantee of spiritual success or growth. Only those motivated to use the law will experience growth and produce fruit. The fear of God is the first element of motivation, ranging from reverential awe to stark terror. Fearing God leads to a determination not to bring shame on God's name or …


Letting Go (Part One)

Sermonette by Joseph B. Baity

Fearing the end of something we thoroughly know and have become emotionally attached to may be every bit as terrifying as facing the unknown.


Lamentations (Part Eight)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

As we approach the coming self-examination prior to Passover, we can apply six significant lessons taught to ancient Israel through the book of Lamentations.


Remember the Luddites!

Commentary by Joseph B. Baity

Some accept any innovation without calculating the damage it might bring to the culture, while others find it difficult to accept any technological changes.


What Do The Mentally Strong Avoid?

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, citing an article by Amy Morin, "Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid" draws scriptural principles from each helpful suggestion. Mentally strong people do not 1. Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves.( II Corinthians 10:12) 2. Give Away Their Power. (Matthew 13:57) 3. Shy Away from Change …