Be a Good Neighbor

by John Reiss
My wife and I have a friend whose life has been hit with a series of crises. Through no apparent fault of her own, trials on multiple fronts have confronted her. Our friend’s predicament has moved ...


Another Look at the Prosperity Gospel

by Mike Fuhrer
At one time or another, we have probably heard a preacher quoting scriptures that guarantee prosperity through God’s largesse. One huckster I saw some time ago said he needed three hundred ...



by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The word of the day is concupiscence. It is an archaic English noun taken directly from a Latin verb that literally means “with desiring,” that is, “to yearn” or “to long” for. “Concupiscence” gets little ...


The Rare Virtue of Self-Mastery

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
January 1 is just hours away, which means New Year’s Eve celebrations are likewise imminent. Millions will be gathering in parties large and small to kick the old year to the curb and toast the incoming year’s promise. ...


Loving the Body of Christ (Part Two)

by John Reiss
Disunity among the brethren in the church can occur for many reasons. In his first epistle to the Corinthian church, the apostle Paul addresses several severe problems within the congregation, troubles that were ...


Loving the Body of Christ (Part One)

by John Reiss
We all realize the level of sickness and death that has recently occurred in the greater church of God. Dozens of members have contracted COVID this year in Church of the Great God alone, and the disease affected many ...


Inventing Goddesses and Demons (Part Three)

by David C. Grabbe
Parts One and Two in this series covered the ancient Babylonian myth of the demon goddess Lilith, who became enmeshed in Jewish folklore with her companion, Samael. Lilith was imagined in the ...


Inventing Goddesses and Demons (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
Part One introduced Lilith, a demon goddess of the night and the reputed first wife of Adam, who found her way into Jewish folklore from the ancient Babylonians. Lilith and her companion, Samael ...


Inventing Goddesses and Demons (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
What if I were to tell you that Adam’s first wife was not Eve but a goddess named Lilith? What if I were to mention that the Bible contains a reference to lilith? Who was Lilith? If you were aware of ...


Making the Right Choice

by John Reiss
A quotation recently struck me as timely: “Your journey is not the same as mine, and my journey is not yours, but if you meet me on a certain path, may we encourage each other." God says to His people in Deuteronomy ...


Benefits of Thanksgiving

by Gary Montgomery
It is that time of year when we Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. These days, it seems like it exists as “Opening Day” to the Christmas retail sales season when shoppers can find discounts up to 70 percent off ...


Wasted Energy

by John Reiss
I will admit something that will probably not surprise a single person who knows me: I like to read FOX News on my phone; scroll through post after post on Twitter; watch videos of Scott Adams, Dennis Prager, ...


High Places Left Standing

by Gary Montgomery
When God brought the children of Israel to the Jordan River, the land they were about to invade contained high places for pagan worship. Through Moses, God told the people to destroy all the pagans’ sacred sites ...


Do We Know God?

by Pat Higgins
Jesus tells us in John 17:3 that eternal life is to know God and Jesus Christ. “Know” in this verse does not suggest mere intellectual knowledge but goes far beyond it—to having a close, intimate relationship ...


'Before the Foundation of the World' (Part Two)

by John Reiss
In Ephesians 2:20, the apostle Paul writes that God’s chosen people, the Body of Christ, have been built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. Most of us are not ministers or deacons or occupy some ...


'Before the Foundation of the World' (Part One)

by John Reiss
It may sound shocking or too simplistic to hear a minister say, “The receiving of God’s Holy Spirit is salvation. Yet, it is a true statement. In one of his booklets, Herbert Armstrong explained that “salvation ...


Seeds and Seasons (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
In Part One, we learned that God teaches His children important lessons through the seasons of the year, particularly in the harvest seasons during which He has placed His appointed times . . .


Seeds and Seasons (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
One of the tragedies of modern life is how far removed we are from the splendor and intricacies of the natural world. God’s physical creation, a traditional source of insight, is steadily disappearing—if not in actuality, ...


Are We Laodiceans?

by Pat Higgins
Most would agree that we live in the fullness of the Laodicean attitude of God’s church, and because we are alive now, it is safe to assume that we all have strong Laodicean proclivities. ...


Faith and Contentment (Part Two)

by John Reiss
In Part One, we began to consider an aspect of God’s purpose by using a metaphor of a tree in a forest. We saw that faith is the trunk of our figurative tree, and one of its attributes is ...


Faith and Contentment (Part One)

by John Reiss
Romans 1:20 tells us that we can learn a lot about God by what He has created. Nature, Paul tells us, testifies of the attributes and character of God, and a metaphor from nature—a tree in a forest ...


A Peaceful Spirit

by Gary Montgomery
We live in a world that is constantly changing. One day things are chaotic, and the next, things seem peaceful. Sometimes people are cordial and pleasant, but before you know it, they are angry and hostile. Such animosity ...


Coveting and the Roots of Sin

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Watching toddlers play together in a room full of toys can be instructive. For a short while, the children check out the toys strewn about the room, noting the bright colors, touching them, putting ...


The Lack of Love in Lying

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
A vein of dishonesty runs at the heart of the world’s recent troubles. We can easily spot this malignancy in modern journalism, which no longer reports news but publishes opinion pieces disguised ...


The Way of Get

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
It is in no way shocking to claim that people own things. It is a fact of human existence. People possess money, land, homes, businesses, vehicles, jewelry, stocks and bonds, precious metals, collectibles, ...


Purifying the Heart

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
To talk about adultery these days is to risk ridicule. Back in 1976, then-presidential candidate Jimmy Carter faced public scorn when - in a Playboy magazine interview no less - he agreed with Jesus ...


The Value of Life

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
God’s command in Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:17, “You shall not murder,” seems to be a universal tenet in every nation’s code of law. Does any culture not have some kind of rule regulating ...


The Honor Due to Parents

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Honor is a word that often fails to receive its due in this casual age. Its modern sense tends to lean toward “recognition” and “celebration”—for instance, the Kennedy Center Honors or even the ...


Remember the Sabbath Day

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The fourth commandment is not only the longest of the Ten Commandments, but it also begins differently from the other nine. The other nine start with “You shall” or “You shall not.” ...


Taking God's Name in Vain

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Mother gave Jimmy a hard look. ...


Does God Forbid All Images?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Years ago, the church received a question about idolatry from a pious American woman of uncertain religious affiliation. She asked about our understanding of the second commandment, particularly ...


Identifying Our Idols

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Idolatry. It is not a subject that we think about a great deal in this secular world. The word itself suffers abuse in the modern vernacular, referring not to the premier sin of the Ten Commandments ...


Pentecost's Two Leavened Loaves (Part Five)

by David C. Grabbe
In terms of differences that affect service and labor, the New Testament mentions numerous pairs of diverse types of people. In his epistles, the apostle Paul addresses barbarians and Scythians, ...


Pentecost's Two Leavened Loaves (Part Four)

by David C. Grabbe
We can readily find the themes of the Pentecost offering in the church, going all the way back to Christ’s ministry. ...


Pentecost's Two Leavened Loaves (Part Three)

by David C. Grabbe
The Pentecost grain offering contains leavening, while the typical grain offering does not. ...


Pentecost's Two Leavened Loaves (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
Part One introduced the unique offering on the Feast of Weeks that had, as its centerpiece, two loaves. In Scripture, the number two signals a difference, often one with incomplete harmony or ...


Pentecost's Two Leavened Loaves (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
In the preface to his book, The Law of the Offerings, Andrew Jukes refers to the Bible’s sacrifices as “the inspired parables of the Old Testament. ...


Appeasement (Part Two)

by John Reiss
Part One introduced the concept of appeasement—“granting concessions to potential enemies to maintain peace”—and provided a few examples of the policy at work before World War II and during the more recent Antifa riots in Portland, Oregon. ...


Appeasement (Part One)

by John Reiss
The Free Dictionary gives us a definition of appeasement: “The policy of granting concessions to potential enemies to maintain peace.” An Internet search for examples of political appeasement ...


Pentecost: A Test?

by Pat Higgins
For doctrine, who is your authority? For some, it is Herbert W. Armstrong. But he warned us, “Don’t believe me—BELIEVE YOUR BIBLE—BELIEVE GOD!” Yes, rather than any man or church, the authority for ...


Joshua and the Gibeonites (Part Three)

by David C. Grabbe
Parts One and Two examined the deception of the Gibeonites in securing their place in Israelite society. They also touched on some of the later effects of the Gibeonites’ continued presence ...


Joshua and the Gibeonites (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
In Part One, we began considering the Gibeonites, the people of a large city in what would become the land of Benjamin, who misrepresented themselves to Joshua and the Israelites for the sake of a covenant of peace. ...


Joshua and the Gibeonites (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
In Ecclesiastes 7:29, Solomon observes, “God made human beings straightforward, but they have devised many schemes” (New Revised Standard Version). One such scheme, recorded in Scripture for our admonition, ...


Forgiveness and Hope

by John Reiss
Passover is an annual renewal of the covenant we made with our heavenly Father and a remembrance of what His Son has done for us so our sins can be forgiven. ...


Entrance Exam

by Mike Fuhrer
The popular belief is “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). While this is true enough in its own right, it leaves out a great deal of biblical instruction about what God ...


Catastrophe to Blessing

by John Reiss
The apostle Paul writes in Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” His words presuppose a ...


Remember Me (Part Two)

by Ronny H. Graham
As we saw in Part One, the apostle Paul teaches Christians in I Corinthians 11:27-29 to appraise themselves carefully before partaking of the bread and the wine in the Passover service: "So if anyone eats ...


Remember Me (Part One)

by Ronny H. Graham
In I Corinthians 11:23-30, the apostle Paul reiterates what took place the night our Savior was betrayed and His instruction regarding the proper observance of Passover: "For I received ...


The Same Mind, Judgment, and Speech (Part Three)

by David C. Grabbe
As we saw in Part Two, the apostle Paul pleads with the divided congregation in Corinth—and with us—to “all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined ...


The Same Mind, Judgment, and Speech (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
More knowledge does not always improve a person’s or society’s condition if that knowledge is not properly ordered — that is, if it is not conformed to or constrained by the knowledge of God and all it entails. ...


The Same Mind, Judgment, and Speech (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
Back in late-2001, my wife Mikele and I took advantage of the cheap airfares that followed the events of September 11 that year, spending several weeks in England, Scotland, and Wales. While in ...


The Crowns of Success (Part Two)

by John Reiss
In Part One, we began examining the biblical idea of five heavenly crowns and what these rewards mean for Christians. We will continue our examination by considering the fourth of these, the ...