Good Habits

CGG Weekly by David F. Maas

Have you ever tried to jump across the Mississippi River? I have done this several times. ...


Are Our Daily Habits Productive?

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Some people, by virtue of their daily habits, set themselves up for success, while others doom themselves to staying poor by their unproductive lifestyles.


Why Be Industrious?

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, asserting that God is a Creator who enjoys work and places a high value on it, urges us, those created in God's image, to embrace the work ethic and to diligently inculcate it into our children. God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it. God the Father and Jesus Christ have been working …


Parenting (Part 5): Methods

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Of the various approaches to discipline, spanking is really the only method endorsed by the Bible. Properly administered, spanking smarts but leaves no bruises.


An Ounce of Prevention

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Bill Onisick, holding a cluster of grapes which had prematurely dried because of a fungus infection, laments that this blight could have been stopped by proactive maintenance rather than reactive maintenance. In Proverbs 24, we read an allegorical portrayal of a vineyard gone to ruin by neglect and laziness. Poverty and …


The W's and H's of Meditation (Part Three)

Sermon by David F. Maas

David Maas, reiterating the stark contrast between God's holy character and our inherent carnal nature, contends that developing the daily habit of meditation on God's Word (the very spigot of God's Holy Spirit) can displace that deadly carnal nature, replacing it with Godly character—the mind of God. Because character is …


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.


Invisible Algorithms

CGG Weekly by Steven Skidmore

In 2011, Eli Pariser, CEO of viral content website Upworthy, gave a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talk discussing what he called "filter bubbles" and their impact ...


Godly Character

Sermonette by James Beaubelle

None of us is born with godly character; we develop it over a lifetime, working with God to develop right habits, conforming to God's holy characteristics.


Perfect, Gentle Courtesy (Part 3)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Parents are obligated to teach God's laws to their children. According to Emily Post, good manners are to the family what good morals are to society.


Childrearing (Part 6)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh maintains that each Christian continually carries the instrument of his death, namely the carnal mind with its learned and reinforced habits. If we, as Christian parents could shape and mold the minds of our children early, we could inoculate them against making the same mistakes that we did. The rod of …


Learning the Right Things (Part One)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on Proverbs 22:6 and the principle of habits formed early interfering with newly acquired behaviors, suggests that the rapidity with which ancient Israel returned to behaviors learned in bondage in their formative years derives from this principle. The harmful things people learn thoroughly in their …


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 …


Are We Ready for Change?

Article by Bill Onisick

The apostle Paul describes the Christian life as a process of change: from the old man to the new man. Human beings, though, typically resist change because it is difficult. Bill Onisick provides advice on how we can make the process of change more organized and perhaps a bit easier too.


Sin (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Though influenced by Satan and the world, sin is still a personal choice. Christ's sacrifice and God's Spirit provide our only defense against its pulls.


Love's Greatest Challenges

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Laziness and fear are the greatest challenges to love. When Protestant theologians disparage "works," connecting them to salvation rather than sanctification and growth, they encourage spiritual laziness. If we are lazy, we might still be saved, but we will have built nothing to fulfill God's purpose in us. If we …


Our Journey from Passover to Pentecost

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

Ted Bowling, reminding us that we are to personally count for ourselves the 50 days to Pentecost, cautions that we need to be thinking continually of the lessons these days teach us about our spiritual journey, culminating in the permanent installation of God's Law into our spiritual bodies as offspring of God. Breaking an old …


A Body in Motion (2012)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reporting on a so-called "consultation with the British public and the advisability of same sex marriage," asserts that the British Government has already determined to push the program of making all marriages legal-heterosexual, homosexual, and other. The Daily Telegraph reported that churches are …


Childrearing (Part 5)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh emphasizes that God's main focus today is on the development of spiritual Israel, as the "apple [or mirror] of His eye." God initiated this special contact and remains intensively involved, actively directing and guiding this relationship, leaving nothing to chance. Likewise, we as members of God's …


The Beatitudes, Part Four: Hungering and Thirsting After Righteousness

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

It is quite rare to see a person who truly hungers and thirsts after God's way, but this is the kind of desire God wants us to have.


Abraham (Part 9)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

God helps us to overcome our problems in an unraveling process, sometimes taking us back through the consequences of the bad habits we have accumulated.


Childrearing (Part 3)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Our children internalize our values; we teach largely by example. If we do not take seriously the responsibility for rearing our children, somebody else will.