Preparing for Bad Times (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

It makes prudent sense to emulate the ant (Proverbs 6:6), preparing in good times for the possibility of bad times that are going to follow. To assume that God will take care of us without our making an effort to provide for ourselves is a dangerous presumption. Our first priority is to keep, build, and preserve our relationship …


How Prepared Are You?

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

As we prepare for the coming disasters resulting from cracks in our national character, it behooves us to get our physical and spiritual families in order.


Be Prepared

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, asking us about our preparedness as we made plans for the Feast of Tabernacles, asks us if we plan ahead when we understand God's purpose for the feast. All of us planned, anticipating needs, imitating this cardinal godly trait of our heavenly father. Preparations are made in everything we envision. Life is …


Prepare

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

John Reid, reflecting on Paul Kennedy's book Preparing For The Twenty First Century, based on the Malthusian thesis that the exponential growth of population (especially in the have-not nations) is greater than the earth's capacity (even with technology) to sustain it. As the population increases, reckless exploitation of the …


Hedging Our Bet

Sermonette by Joseph B. Baity

Joseph Baity, reflecting on mankind's desire to see into the future with a desire to control what is to come, realizing that knowing a future outcome can take the hazard out of decision-making, suggests that organizations which can predict future outcomes are considered visionary and worthy of respect. For those of us without …


Dealing With Change (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Those who call Christ 'Lord, Lord' yet fail to do what He says face ruin when disaster strikes, while those who do what He says will weather the storm.


The Present and Future Crisis (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon escalating energy prices, urges caution and self-control in spending and taking on debt. If the supply of oil should be drastically cut, all vital services would shut down, and our quality of life would deteriorate. In 1971, the U.S. reached the state of "peak oil" (when supply could no …


Living By the Sword

'Ready Answer' by David C. Grabbe

Many Christians today believe that killing in self-defense is sanctioned by the Bible. David Grabbe explains that this is a terrible misunderstanding of Christ's teaching.


Safety in the Wrong Place

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins reflects upon a existence of manmade underground burrows which Pentagon and government officials vainly regard as their 'place of safety' in the event of nuclear holocaust. Because these subterranean complexes, such as Cheyenne Mountain located near Colorado Springs, Raven Rock Mountain Complex in the Blue Ridge …


The Present and Future Crisis (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh warns that the United States' enormous debt, coupled with its escalating trade deficit (exacerbated by rapidly depleting oil reserves) is inevitably leading to what economist call economic Armageddon. The conditions are rife for vested economic interests, such as banks and multinational corporations, to …


Hope to the End (Part Three)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Faith, hope and love are spiritual gifts which safeguard us from discouragement and depression, giving us a mature perspective that will last eternally.


Matthew (Part Eleven)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on Matthew 7:13-14, observes that life consists of a series of choices—often a dilemma of a pleasurable choice on one hand, and a daunting difficult choice on the other. It seems as though God Almighty and Jesus Christ invariably want us to make the more difficult choice, insuring seemingly the …


The Sovereignty of God: Part Five

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Is God sovereign over angels? What about mankind's choices? God's sovereignty is absolute as He directs events toward the culmination of His plan.


A Failure of Imagination

Sermonette by Joseph B. Baity

Joseph Baity, reflecting on the fiasco of last week's electronic malfunction, threatening to destroy a successful transmission of services, observes that although each factor in the breakdown could have been successfully dealt with individually, a perfect storm of many glitches made the system vulnerable and exposed. Like the …