Developing Discernment

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Human discernment can be developed and exercised, triggering early warning systems with the reactions of revulsion and confusion when confronted by evil.


Discerning Truth and Applying Wisdom

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Spiritual discernment is a gift from God, enabling us to judge between good and evil, comparing things with God's Word to see if they align with His standards.


Discerning Spirits and Discerning the Body

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Because of the culture of deception fostered by Satan and his children, we must develop discernment to tell the difference between truth and falsehood.


The Gift of Discerning Spirits

'Ready Answer' by David F. Maas

God gives the ability to determine the source of a spiritual manifestation. However, this gift depends on a thorough knowledge and understanding of God's Word.


Consider Before You Speak

CGG Weekly by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

In Hebrews 6:1, the author tells us to put the discussion of basic Christian tenets behind us and move forward to perfection. As he had just written in Hebrews 5:14, ...


The Elements of Motivation (Part Two): Vision

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The Kingdom of God is our goal, and our vision of what it means gives us compelling motivation to overcome, grow, and bear fruit in preparation for eternal life.


To Answer a Fool—or Not

'Ready Answer' by David F. Maas

Do we answer a foolish question in an attempt to help, or do we refrain from answering, not wanting to legitimize the fool and his foolishness?


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Twenty)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on Proverbs 4:7, maintains that our supreme objective in godly living is attainment and cultivation of wisdom, which consists of attributes giving us skill in living. We learn that the Book of Ecclesiastes has no meaning for someone not called of God, relegating it as an epistle of despair from one of …


Adolescent Geriatrics

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on an article in The Telegraph (UK), describes a cultural phenomenon known as "adolescent geriatrics"—when a senior citizen, ignoring the ravages of time, continues youthful styles, desires, and goals. Many 60s hippies have never matured, totally untouched by the wisdom of age. The …


Judging Our Brothers

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The subject of judging is a sensitive one in this age. Is it proper for Christians to judge matters? What does the Bible say?


Get Understanding

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh claims that the Queen of Sheba, a descendent of Shem and the Yemenite people, was extremely impressed with the discernment and wisdom of Solomon, suggesting that she had not even heard half about his ability to discern and apply knowledge. Solomon had not asked for wisdom, but instead for understanding and the …


Pitfalls of Scholarship

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Responding to a caustic charge that the Church of the Great God does not make adequate use of the scholarship of this world, Richard Ritenbaugh offers the following rebuttal: While we find much biblical scholarship useful and productive, without the added insight supplied by God's Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13; I Corinthians …


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Sixteen)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reminding us that Ecclesiastes chapters 1-6 contains a sub-theme of materialism—specifically an indictment of the supposed satisfaction one receives from it suggests that materialism contains no lasting fulfillment. According to some studies, the higher a person is on the economic scale, the less …


What Is Truth?

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The goings-on in this world constantly remind me why a certain quotation from the late novelist Michael Crichton, author of The Andromeda Strain, Timeline, The Great Train Robbery, State of Fear, and many other bestselling books, resonates so much. ...


Elements of Motivation (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Vision is a picture in the mind's eye that is undergirded by faith and scriptural revelation, enabling one to anticipate events that have not yet occurred.


Real Conversion

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh contends that conversion, like salvation is a process that begins at a particular event in time (after our repentance, baptism, and receiving of God's Holy Spirit) but requires a maturing period in which we, using God's Holy Spirit, mortify the flesh and produce fruit. The process of conversion is actually …


What the Holy Spirit Does

Sermon/Bible Study by Richard T. Ritenbaugh


Are You Blind? (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by Dan Elmore

We need to cast our most discerning gazes on ourselves and, in all humility, refrain from 'fixing' others, especially when we have similar problems.


Ecclesiastes and Wisdom

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the writings of the wisest mortal man who ever lived, admonishes us that we must use our faith to follow what God says, acquiring wisdom and understanding with all the energy and resources we have. There is a vital linkage between wisdom and understanding, but the latter comes only through hard …