The Day of Israel's Calamity

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

As a nation, we have rejected wisdom in favor of foolishness, bringing about major calamities: famines, pestilence, earthquakes, cosmic disturbances.


Power

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

During Amos' day, people were busy making money, being entertained, and practicing their religion. But God was also busy—sending famines, droughts, and epidemics.


Earthquakes in Various Places

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Earthquakes are prophesied events of the last days. The Bible considers them to be divine warnings and signs.


September 11 One Year On

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

As the nation remembers the victims of terrorism, it is fitting to ask, 'Has the tragedy of September 11, 2001, changed us for the better?'


Sowing and Reaping

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In the days after 9-11, a few brave souls linked the tragedy to America's increasingly immoral lifestyle, but many of these people were shouted down.


The Great Wave and God

CGG Weekly by John W. Ritenbaugh

Is it not galling, indeed angering, that renowned people from the world of Christianity cannot give a forthright and true answer straight from God's Book?


Every Which Way But Up

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

In all the shouting, one kind of voice is noticeably absent - or perhaps downed out. How many commentators have troubled to retain God in their thoughts?


Peace and Safety

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Without national repentance, there will be national calamity. Being the world's sole superpower matters not a whit if God is against us.


Unprepared

Sermonette by Joseph B. Baity

Joe Baity, reminding us that after we have left the Feast, all the events will be happy memories, cautions us against the onslaught of the normalcy bias, a wired-in response to adapt and accept worsening conditions in the world as normal. The world's churches, though traumatized and frustrated by the abortion and same-sex …


How Much Does the Snowflake Matter?

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, focusing on Proverbs 21:5, which teaches that diligence leads to plenty while haste leads to poverty, cautions that this principle applies to far more than just money and wealth, but also to the creation and maintenance of societal institutions. As one snowflake does not cause an avalanche by itself, wisdom …


Is God to Blame?

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The 9/11 bombings were tragic and terrible. Some have since asked, 'Was God involved? Is He to blame?' These tough questions have challenging answers.


Responding to Catastrophe

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

How are we going to react when the next disaster strikes our area? Are we going to gripe and complain? Are we going to sit and wait for somebody to help us?


God's Sovereignty and the Church's Condition (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

How involved in man's affairs is God? Is He merely reactive, or does He actively participate—even cause events and circumstances, particularly in the church?


Amos (Part Fourteen)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Amos indicts rampant, dishonest practices, placing gain above honesty, morality, or ethics, and arrogantly and covetously exploiting the needy for profit.


The Providence of God (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Calamities, trials, anxiety, evil, and calamities, as well as blessings, happen to Christians in order to become fashioned and molded into God's image.


Unity and Personal Responsibility

'Ready Answer' by John W. Ritenbaugh

Humanity is tragically disunited. Here is what we must do, individually, when calamitous events—in the world and in the church—are taking place.


Amos (Part Seven)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

God, through His prophets, warns that He will chasten His people with increasing severity until they repent and begin to reflect His characteristics.


Sovereignty, Election, and Grace (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God, as Creator, takes the initiative (as the potter over the clay) for the elect's salvation, enabling us to build the repertoire of habits called character.


Crookedness

'Ready Answer' by David C. Grabbe

Solomon says, 'What is crooked cannot be made straight,' a truism that most people know to be the case. Harsh words cannot be unsaid. Wicked deeds cannot be undone.


Prepare to Meet Your God! (The Book of Amos) (Part One)

Booklet by John W. Ritenbaugh

The book of Amos is an astounding prophecy, closely paralleling the conditions in the Western world today. Amos reveals how unrighteousness undermines society.


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 …


The Dangers of Fracking to Water Supplies

Commentary by Charles Whitaker (1944-2021)

The concrete lining in fracking wells breaks up under high pressure, introducing of oil, gas and/or carcinogenic chemicals into the groundwater supplies.


What Is the Work of God Now? (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

To preach to the world and ignore a disintegrating flock is like a husband and wife paying attention to other people while the family is falling apart.


A Search for Identity

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God gave His approval for the destruction of the Worldwide Church of God into numerous groups, allowing heresies so He could see who really loves Him.


Amos (Part Five)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Modern Israel cannot see the connection between its own faithlessness to the covenant and the violence of society that mirrors her spiritual condition.


Meet the Minor Prophets (Part Two)

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The twelve books of the Minor Prophets—including Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah—are often overlooked in favor of the Major Prophets and the four gospels.


Another Look at the Book of Job

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Where did Job's righteousness come from? Was his character a product of evolution, or was it intelligently formed out of nothingness like the rest of creation?


March 12, 2005: One Year Later

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

On March 12, 2005, Terry Ratzmann entered a church meeting room and opened fire. After 22 rounds had been fired, four people were wounded, and eight lay dead.


Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sermon by David C. Grabbe

Lessons learned from COVID, as well as possible reasons God allowed or caused the pandemic to sweep through the church and wreak havoc on Feast observance.


Rain

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh suggests that we take much for granted—including the weather. Weather is an element that factors in the prophecies of Revelation. The biblical image of rain derives from the desert climate of the Middle East. Israel, unlike Egypt, is dependent primarily upon the rains that fall. Israel has only two …


The Second Exodus (Part Three)

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

At some point in the near future, the modern descendants of Israel will learn of their true identity—and have to face the consequences of that knowledge.


The Handwriting Is on the Wall (2005)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The family is under savage attack, with more and more children born out of wedlock. With the destruction of the family, we are witnessing the death of the U.S.


Be Prepared (2012)

Sermon by Kim Myers

Kim Myers, reflecting on the account in Jeremiah 1, sees a parallel warning to modern day Judah and America, as well as the greater Church of God, in the wake of the deterioration of the Worldwide Church of God and the subsequent watering down of God's laws and doctrines. The splinters of the greater Church of God have not shown …


God's Sovereignty and the Church's Condition (Part Two)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

God's hand was definitely involved in the scattering of the church. We should respond by growing and preparing ourselves for His Kingdom.