Parable of the Talents (Part One)

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

The Parable of the Talents continues Jesus' thought from the Parable of the Ten Virgins. While the first parable highlights preparation and watching for Christ's return, the second portrays Christians engaged in profitable activity in the meantime.


Parable of the Talents (Part Two)

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

The Parable of the Talents is often confused with the Parable of the Pounds. Martin Collins brings out their differences, showing that these parables illustrate Christian responsibilities from different angles.


Burying Our Talents?

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Bill Onisick, focusing on the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25, which describes two highly productive servants and one wicked, unproductive servant, observes that the term talent has generalized (metaphorically) from a weight of precious metal to the abilities, gifts, and skills a person possesses. God, through His generous …


Gifted (Part One)

Sermonette by Ronny H. Graham

Ronny Graham, observing that John 3:16 is perhaps the best-known biblical passage in the world, with Protestants equating it with the Gospel, reminds us that we, as God's called-out ones, have been given gifts for which we can glorify our Heavenly Father. Furthermore, we can use those gifts to help and edify others. Every gift …


Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen (Part Eleven)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

The Parable of the Talents teaches the need for diligence in using the gifts of God. God expects us to use our talents to His glory and in the service of others.


The Peter Principle (Part One)

CGG Weekly by Mike Ford

The Peter Principle is a concept in business management developed by Laurence J. Peter: People in a hierarchy tend to rise to their level of incompetence.


A Survey of God's Gifts to Us

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

The apostle Paul inventories spiritual gifts that God has given for the edification of the church, including ministry of the word and practical service.


Remembering God's Gifts, Promises, and Rewards

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid reflects that God gives us the capability of remembering in order to learn and retain lessons, fortifying us in the midst of grave trials. During these times of intense distress and tribulation, God expects that we use our memories to reflect upon His gifts, promises, and rewards. His gifts include His Holy Spirit …


Power

Article by David C. Grabbe

The church of the Philadelphians has a 'little strength', suggesting that Christ commends them for being 'faithful in little' and will reward them with much.


What Does God Really Want? (Part 6)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God provides the gift before it is actually needed so that when it is needed, everything is prepared for the person to do as he has been commissioned to do.


Going on to Perfection

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid, reflecting on his skin diving experiences several years ago, recalls that the ocean is always unstable. If we do not latch on to our target in the ocean, it will quickly drift away, very much like the congregation in Hebrews 2:1. Today, we are bombarded by fast moving technology, competing for our attention, causing …


Bezaleel of the House of Judah

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

Ted Bowling explores the how's and why's of Bezaleel's special calling as chief-craftsman of the Tabernacle. After 400 years of affliction, God called Israel into a special covenant, giving Moses the details blueprints of the tabernacle . God's expectation was that the tabernacle be perfect. Bezaleel had honed his skills in the …


Resistance (Part Three): Persistence

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The elite athlete is the one with the gritty persistence and tenacity to fight on regardless of the obstacles, wanting nothing to do with mediocrity.


What to Do in Babylon

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker refers to Babylon as Satan's ubiquitous system on this earth exercising the get instead of give way of living. Although we live in the middle of it, as aliens, exiles, and captives, we should not take on the characteristics of welfare victims. God wants us to discover our abilities and talents, using them for …


John (Part 19)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

The key to the real abundant life is to follow Christ's example of forcing His will into submission to the Father's will, even to the point of death.


Highly Skilled Overcomers

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, recapping the essentials of Cal Newport's book, So Good They Can't Ignore You, affirms that following our passions can be dangerous career counsel unless we put the concept in context. Following our passions only applies if we invest the career capital to perfect our craft, honing our skills so that other …


What the Holy Spirit Does (2005)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God's Spirit will never prod us to do anything that is not godly love, and because it a spirit of a sound mind, it will never motivate us to do crazy things.


Amos (Part 5)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh discusses the limited window of opportunity recipients of a dire prophecy have to take action. The one who hears the warnings does not have an abundance of time to repent and return to God. A lion's threat is not idle. If no action is taken, the stalking roar will turn into a growl of contentment, the lion having …