Worshipping the Temple (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Israel turned the Temple into an idol, making it more significant than God. Similarly, we may esteem the church more than the God it should glorify.


Worshipping the Temple (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The Jews put greater trust in the Temple of the Lord than the Lord of the Temple. They thought the Temple provided security, but God overthrew everything.


Worshipping the Temple (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

We are blessed when our trust is in God, but cursed when we trust in man or his abilities or his work, or when our heart is set on anything other than God.


A House Left Desolate

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, cuing in on Matthew 23 and 24, suggests that Matthew is in the habit of presenting Jesus' teachings on a given topic all in one place in the Bible, presenting the teachings from a decidedly Jewish point of view, demonstrating the ability of Jesus to thwart the insidious challenges of the Pharisees, as well as …


The Widow and the Fatherless

Sermon by Mike Ford (1955-2021)

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


Maintaining Good Health (Part 12)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God has often used micro metaphors to illustrate macro events. For example, in Isaiah 1:4-6, God compares the whole nation of Israel to a sick patient with an incurable disease, signalling impending captivity. The church has been alternately compared to a bride, vine, virgin, woman, mother, and body. Extrapolating from these …


Amos 5 and the Feast of Tabernacles

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

If we go to the Feast with the goal of physically enjoying, we may lose out on both the spiritual and physical benefits. 'Going through the motions' defiles it.


Checklist for Overcoming

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh examines the problem of empty externalism (accompanied by no inward change) extant in the greater church of God- a problem which led to its scattering. All of us, individually and collectively were responsible for its demise. God has promised to hear our prayers if we humble ourselves and turn from our sins. …


'Until Right Now, This Very Day'

Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker, focusing upon Deuteronomy 29:4, where God reveals that He had not given the ancient Israelites an understanding mind "until that very day," discusses His revelation in Deuteronomy 29 and 30. These chapters have four salient themes: 1.) Today, with its counterpart "tomorrow," the future …


Are You an Israelite?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Most of ancient Israel, because of their hardened hearts, did not please God. We must reflect on the the ways they stumbled so we can walk differently.


Preparing Your Heart

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid asserts that if we understand that the "heart" represents what we are, who we are, and how we conduct our lives, then the condition of our spiritual heart should be of the utmost importance to us. The condition of our heart (our inner and core being) reflects the condition of our conversion. Overcoming (a …


Lamentations (Part Five)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, continuing his excursion through the Book of Lamentations, observes that the expressions of sorrow in the Psalms far outnumber expressions of praise, indicating that the Hebrew culture has almost made the lamentation an art form. An organizational pattern useful in the examination of these lamentations is …


Acts (Part Eight)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh explains that Stephen ignited the ire of the Hellenistic Jews, a group passionately devoted to the temple, law and land as a defensive reaction to their historical scattering. Stephen rebukes them for their reactionary (almost superstitious) devotion to the past or reverence to a specific temple location, …


The Widow and the Fatherless (Part Two)

CGG Weekly

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.