Lamentations (Part 1; 1989)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh gives us empathy for the apostle Paul, graphically portraying his physical hardships involving more than 6,500 miles of perilous foot- and sea-travel. Through the eyes of various secular, contemporary histories, we vicariously experience his difficulties working his trade, problems with lawless communities, …


Day By Day

Sermonette by Clyde Finklea

Clyde Finklea, acknowledging that life is full of good and bad times, directs us to learn the lesson of Ecclesiastes 7:13-14, to rejoice when times are good and to reflect soberly when times are bad, realizing that adversity or suffering is a tool that God uses to create something beautiful in us. Suffering always hurts, just as …


Acts (Part 26)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh


Facing Times of Stress: When God Is Silent (Part Three)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Acts 27 teaches that we must distinguish among several types of suffering. Regardless of the type of suffering, we must remember that God will deliver us.


Acts (Part 23)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Paul established his identity and credentials as a Jew in order to build a foundation from which to provide a logical defense of his 'apostasy'.


Facing Times of Stress: When God Is Silent (Part One)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, acknowledging that hardships are a normal part of life, perhaps leading us to despair that God has abandoned us, focuses our attention on a segment of the Apostle Paul's life (recorded in Acts 23-26) when he could have had these depressing thoughts, but did not. Paradoxically, when God seems to be silent, He is …


The Wearing Out of the Saints

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Daniel foretells of a leader who will 'wear out the saints of the Most High.' Though we may feel worn out now, we will prevail in the end if we stay the course.


Why Do Bad Things Happen to Christians?

Article by Staff

Of all people, one might think, Christians should be the most blessed, yet they often fall under heavy trials. However, the reality is that God is putting us through the paces, correcting us and refining us, to bring us to salvation.


Always Check the Context

CGG Weekly by Mike Fuhrer

For some inexplicable reason, some mainstream Christians—and even some true ones—will read a verse of Scripture and assume that it applies to them personally. ...


Ingratitude

Article by Mark Schindler

Some of us cannot seem to realize a blessing if it slaps us across the face! Ingratitude can hold us back in our relationship with God.


Finishing Your Gun Lap

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

The most dangerous lap we encounter is when everyone around us tends to be compromising. Today, what was once aberrant behavior is now considered normal.


Why Are We Afflicted?

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Affliction is a necessary aspect of life, yielding strength of character, while ease and comfort weaken us. Christ was perfected as High Priest through suffering.


A Christian's Greatest Trial

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Military strategists have long realized the key to success in the training of new recruits is to identify the danger they will encounter—in short, to know their enemy. Recruits to God's spiritual army also need to know their enemy and to make appropriate preparations for battle. Daniel 7:25 reveals the modus operandi of …


Anticipation

Sermonette by Joseph B. Baity

Joe Baity, reflecting on the lyrics of Carly Simon's song "Anticipation," in which a woman wonders whether the present moment of joy will last into the future or turn into disillusionment, draws a spiritual parallel to an interval all God's called-out ones experience. That is the interval between our calling, the …


Soldiers of Christ

Sermonette by Ryan McClure

Ryan McClure focuses on the biblical mandate that God's people enlist as soldiers of Christ (II Timothy 2:1-4), enduring hardship, keeping themselves unentangled with the world, and selecting the appropriate armor for spiritual battle. Paul, a former persecutor of God's people, learned to endure persecution by putting on the …


Acts (Part 19)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

At the beginning of chapter 18, Paul arrives in Corinth, befriended by Roman expatriates Priscilla and Aquila, devout individuals very important in Paul's ministry, both economically and spiritually. Paul's spirits are additionally revived and energized at receiving good news from Silas and Timothy, leading him to be more …


Acts (Part 21)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh explores the several contexts in which the "first day of the week" (the word "Sunday" never appears) is used in scripture, observing that none of these scriptures (8 in all) does away with the Sabbath nor establishes Sunday as the 'Lords Day,' but invariably portrays the first day as a common …