In the Wake of an Unnatural Disaster (Part One)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, comparing human behavior in the wake of natural disasters, such as tornadoes and hurricanes, to unnatural disasters, such as bombs and military attacks, suggests that in the latter devastations people become dispirited, listless, as though they had lost their reason for living. Sadly, what has happened to our …


In the Wake of an Unnatural Disaster (Part Three)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that some successful wars have been fought without weaponry, affirms that the most successful battles have been won by words, with the adversary (the prince of the power of the air) convincingly and deceptively persuading the enemy to surrender without a struggle. Satan has been so overwhelmingly …


Katrina, Rita, Trumpets, and Judgment

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, while concurring that New Orleans is unquestionably one of the most dysfunctional venues in North America, with the murder rate 10% above the national average, the home of numerous perverted sex, immorality and perverted lifestyles, we must exercise caution at jumping to conclusions, making the inference that …


Great Earthquakes

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, referring to an MSN news article on the greatest earthquakes ever recorded, seems to indicate the cost in human life and property has increased with the passage of time, largely aimed at Gentile nations. As God's patience with modern Israel is tried, the likelihood of major earthquakes in North America may be …


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.


Fukushima: Aftermath and Implications

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

The devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami that hit Japan on March 11 have not garnered as much concern as the subsequent crisis involving the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. David Grabbe ponders, not just the effects of this catastrophe on Japan's economy, but also how Tokyo will react on the world stage …


Bugs and Beasts

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Through Amos, God shows us that He uses natural disasters to show His displeasure. If we believe that God is Creator, we should ask ourselves why things occur.


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.


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?


Divine Intervention

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Secular Americans snicker at insurance policies that refer to hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and other natural disasters as 'acts of God.'


Was the Wave a Warning?

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Is there a reason the nations of southern and southeastern Asia have been so affected, yet those of modern Israel were relatively unharmed?


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?


Melting with Fervent Heat

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reflecting on the recent Fukushima nuclear disaster, suggests that there will be far -reaching consequences to the environment, as well as the immediate site. Water must be flushed on the hot reactor continually, creating a supply of radioactive water. The plant cannot be repaired, but must be abandoned. The …


Drought and Fire

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

A few weeks have passed since the wall-to-wall coverage of the devastating fires in Colorado and Arizona. ...


Sky Like Iron, Earth Like Bronze

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Just about half of the continental United States suffers under severe drought conditions. And lack of water is not the only thing we need to worry about.


Responding to Catastrophe

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the Hurricane Katrina disaster, ponders the inappropriate responses of some Americans and our responsibility to learn proper responses. Negative responses include: 1) The Blame Game, exemplified by Adam blaming Eve and Eve blaming the serpent for their sins; 2) It's Not Fair, seen in Cain's …


A Dry and Weary Land

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Drought has perennially been evidence of God's displeasure toward people who have blatantly forsaken Him for false gods.


Your Land Shall Not Yield Its Produce

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Western world is heavily dependent on its ability to produce food. Bible prophecy predicts that famine will be part of the end-time scenario.


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.


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 …


Hands That Hang Low

Sermon by Mark Schindler

Mark Schindler, reflecting on the crescendo of disastrous news reports, including the horrendous murders near the Mexico-USA border instituted by drug gangs, the St. Louis Airport tornado, and the massacre in Syria, suggests that a steady diet of this kind of news is a major contributory factor in the development of chronic …


This Past Week's Experiences

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh recounts the recent upheavals with the power outages, the tornados and violent storms in the southeast, as well as the frightening cyber-storm on the Amazon server which almost obliterated the entirety of our electronic data. All of these apparent disasters God turned around as a blessing, protecting our physical …


The Sixth Seal

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Sixth Seal of Revelation foretells of the sun turning black and the moon turning red, stars falling, and a terrible earthquake that moves mountains.


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.


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 End Is Not Yet

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God's people do a disservice to the cause of truth when they allow the media-hype to trigger a false hope about Jesus Christ's return being imminent.


The Book of Joel (Part One)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

When Joel describes the devastating locust plagues, instead of promising a silver lining on a very black cloud, he says things are going to get intensely worse.


What Will It Take?

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

What would have to happen for us to wake up and, instead of rolling over and going back to sleep, actually turn back to God with the entirety of our being?


The End Is Not Yet

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We must make sure that our understanding and interpretation of natural disasters and heavenly spectacles align with what the Bible says about them.


Looking Forward (Part 1)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

The church may fear that the Lord is delaying His coming, and scoffers make the seeming delay worse. However, God is giving people opportunity for repentance.


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.


Faith to Carry Us to the Millennium

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Kim Myers

Kim Myers, acknowledging that we are celebrating an event yet to happen in the future, suggests that we need to have intense faith to move from point A (the present) to point B (the Millennium).Faith is a trust in things we cannot see, the same kind of faith that Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego had to endure the threat of the …


Amos (Part Thirteen)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

The people to whom Amos writes have the mistaken assumption that because they have made the covenant with God, they can bask in a kind of divine favoritism.


Is Education the Answer? (Part 3)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, comparing the behavior of ancient Israel with modern Israel, marvels that not much has changed through the millennia. Ancient Israel had a preponderance of constituents who were forgetful and stubborn, forgetting the God who parted the Red Sea, provided manna, and gave water out of a barren rock. Only the …