Has Humanity Reached Total Depravity? (Part One)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Just before the Noachian Flood, God declares His assessment of the moral state of humanity, and He pulls no punches: “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and ..."


The Sacred Name Movement

by John Reiss
God says to Moses in Exodus 6:2-3, “I am the LORD. ...


God's Enduring Mercy

by Ronny H. Graham
The greatest example of mercy in the Bible is, of course, found in the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He walked in mercy every day, healing multitudes, feeding thousands, and casting out many demons. ...


Led Outside the Gate

by David C. Grabbe
Meekness, we should understand, is not weakness. Though scoffed at by an assertive and bruising world, meekness demonstrates tremendous strength, for it is power under internal restraint. ...


Why Preach the Gospel to the World?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
On a street corner of a crowded city, a young man in threadbare clothes stands on a pine box, a worn Bible clutched in one hand. He shouts at the hustling passersby, "God is not mocked! We will reap what we have sown!" ...


Did Eve Really Speak to a Snake?

by Mike Fuhrer
In Revelation 20:2, the apostle John relates what he saw in a vision: “[An angel] laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years." ...


Our Way Forward

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
As God’s instruction manual for His people, the Bible contains the answers and guidance Christians need in times of trouble. Scripture reflects His mind more than any other resource on earth ...


Soldier On! (Part Two)

by John Reiss
We all face trials in life, some of them quite difficult. A few of them may be so devastating that our first reaction is to curl up in a ball and give up. God, though, does not want us to allow ...


Soldier On! (Part One)

by John Reiss
As sunset neared in the Persian Gulf on February 16, 1991, American forces, engaged in a skirmish with Iraqi forces, shot a single TOW anti-tank missile at one of the enemy’s tanks, damaging but not destroying it. ...


Beware the Second Flood (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
Part One drew upon the imagery in Revelation 12:15, in which a flood of words pours from the mouth of the serpent to sweep away God’s people. A ready application arises in our present ...


Beware the Second Flood (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
After the apocalyptic Flood from which God delivered only eight souls, He made a covenantal promise that He would never again send a globe-covering flood. To remind humanity from that ...


The Purpose of Prophecy

by Mike Fuhrer
What is a prophet? At its most basic, a prophet is an assistant who speaks for the leader. We have the perfect explanation of this in Exodus 7:1-2, where God tells Moses that his elder brother, Aaron, ...


The House of Annas

by John Reiss
The evangelist Luke writes in Luke 3:1-2: “Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, . ... while Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, ...


Fear and Faith (Part Three)

by Mike Ford
As we close this series on the choice between faith and fear, we need to consider one more example from the events of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt. Moses sets the scene for us in ...


Fear and Faith (Part Two)

by Mike Ford
In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses recounts the history of the Israelites’ travels up to that point. About eighteen months into the Exodus, the Israelites had come to Kadesh Barnea, which God had ...


Fear and Faith (Part One)

by Mike Ford
The story of the children of Israel fleeing from Egypt never gets old even though we return to it routinely every spring. There seem to be endless lessons we can learn from it, and in that vein, the . . .


Heirs of the Kingdom

by Mike Fuhrer
In my studies, I happened across Matthew 8:5-13, the story of Jesus’ conversation with a centurion whose servant had become paralyzed and was in great pain: "Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, ... "


Let Us Examine Ourselves

by Ronny H. Graham
With the Feast of Unleavened Bread less than two weeks away, many of us are well into our de-leavening. Some may even be finished and feel a sense of relief that the job is done. ...


Deliverance and Unleavened Bread

by John Reiss
In a few weeks, members of the church of God will be observing Passover and then the Feast of Unleavened Bread. These springtime festivals memorialize the redemption and exodus of ...


Avoiding Prayer? Consider Carefully

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The alarm sounds, jolting the sleeper from deep slumber. He lifts his head and peers through slitted eyelids at the bedside clock. Five-thirty am. Hitting the snooze button, he sighs ....


Ditching Tithing? Consider Carefully

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Times are hard. Money is short. Bills need to be paid. Taxes are due. The car needs new brakes. The baby has run out of diapers, and mama needs new shoes. The self-centered human mind can always come up with “needs,” ...


Skipping Services? Consider Carefully

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
After a long week of work, Fred arrives home early Friday evening and drags himself inside. He is looking forward to the Sabbath and the extended rest God allows us to enjoy on His day. ...


The Patience of God

by Ronny H. Graham
A while ago, while driving in Charlotte, I was stopped at a red light. Someone behind me started blowing his horn, and I immediately thought, "What's his problem?" ...


Divine Providence (Part Two)

by Mike Fuhrer
In Part One, we stuck a toe into the waters of divine providence and found that the subject is far deeper than we may have imagined it to be. God's care for us goes well beyond fulfilling ...


Divine Providence (Part One)

by Mike Fuhrer
God’s providence is a subject that few people, even in God’s church, have a full grasp on. Most look on it too narrowly. Providence is defined as “the protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power.” ...


A City on a Hill (Part Two)

by John Reiss
In Part One, we considered the examples of two men, Dirk Willems and Desmond Doss, both of whom lived out in public what they believed, the first showing love toward an enemy and the second selflessly caring ...


A City on a Hill (Part One)

by John Reiss
Three hundred and eighty-nine years ago, John Winthrop sold his properties and joined with other pilgrims leaving England in search of religious freedom. ...


The Elijah Syndrome (Part Three)

by David C. Grabbe
We can draw several lessons from the prophet Elijah’s experience recorded in I Kings 19, particularly his belief that he was the only one left whom God could use. First, no matter how bleak ...


The Elijah Syndrome (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
Last time, we saw that, even though God used the prophet Elijah powerfully in opposing the wickedness of Ahab and Jezebel, performing extraordinary miracles through him, the man’s perspective ...


The Elijah Syndrome (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
Elijah the Tishbite stands as one of the greatest prophets in the history of Israel. He is not known for any prophetic books, but instead, his fame arises from the great miracles associated with him. ...


The Widow and the Fatherless (Part Four)

by Mike Ford
Many mornings of my life have been spent merging from I-20 onto the Downtown Connector in Atlanta, just inching along. Every morning a man stands on the shoulder with a cardboard sign, seeking donations. ...


The Widow and the Fatherless (Part Three)

by Mike Ford
In Part Two of this series, we concentrated on the prophet Jeremiah’s sermon to the people of Judah in Jeremiah 7. Among his criticisms—in fact, nearly the first of them—is a command from God ...


The Widow and the Fatherless (Part Two)

by Mike Ford
In Part One, we considered the apostle James’ definition of “pure religion” as “to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27). ...


The Widow and the Fatherless (Part One)

by Mike Ford
History knows the apostle James, half-brother of Jesus Christ, as a humble man. After Christ's death and resurrection, he oversaw the headquarters church in Jerusalem. In his epistle, ...


Hannah's Thanksgiving

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In the bustle of modern life, it is easy to forget just how good we have it. Comparatively, citizens of today's Western nations own more than even most of the richest people in ancient times ...


Futility, Sovereignty, and Faith

by Levi W. Graham
Whenever a national holiday like Independence Day, Memorial Day, or Veterans Day comes around, we often see the familiar phrase, “Freedom isn’t free” on bumper stickers or on signs along the roadway. ...


Put God First

by John Reiss
In His letter to the church in Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22), Jesus Christ rebukes the members there for failing to put their calling in its proper place in their lives and warns them ...


Is It Salvational? (Part Three)

by David C. Grabbe
The “Is it salvational?” approach can be dangerous in two ways. The first is the obvious risk of misjudging a matter, declaring something to be minor that God considers to be major. ...


Is It Salvational? (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
As we saw in Part One, Adam and Eve fell for Satan’s temptation by weighing only the penalties and the benefits of the fruit that appeared so pleasant to their eyes. They overlooked what their choice would do ...


Is It Salvational? (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
A short time ago, a man asked me about some doctrines that the church believes. In the course of our conversation, he brought up the Sabbath. He noted that we keep the Sabbath and the holy days, ...


Submission (Part Two)

by John Reiss
In Part One, we considered Romans 13:1-7, the apostle Paul’s instruction on Christian submission to governmental authority, concluding that Paul was encouraging church members to live at peace in the world. ...


Submission (Part One)

by John Reiss
Regardless of which political party is in power, God counsels His children in Romans 13:1-7 on how to have peace in an anything-but-peaceful world. ...


Manoah (Part Two)

by Mike Ford
If professors and commentators think so little of Manoah, Samson’s father—as documented in Part One—why would we want to consider him as an example of true masculinity? We need to look more closely at what Judges 13 says ...


Manoah (Part One)

by Mike Ford
In August 2018, the American Psychological Association (APA) issued new guidelines for the treatment of men and boys. The “headline news” within the guidelines was its redefining of “traditional masculinity” ...


God's Correction of His Children

by Mike Fuhrer
It seems that ample correction is occurring in the Body of Christ. Perhaps it might be said another way: There is currently a lot of illness in the Body of Christ. ...


Fearing God's Worthiness

by Levi W. Graham
Competition is everywhere in life. Whether warranted or not, it seems to be the natural order of things. Consider, for example, the plants in one's garden. Though the gardener has no real wish for one tomato ...


Fearing God's Willingness

by Levi W. Graham
Our daily lives are filled with struggle. Just in working at our jobs, paying bills, maintaining relationships, and putting out occasional "fires" that flare up, we are barraged with various trials. ...


Making the Cut (Part Six)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In Part Five, we studied the three qualifications in Psalm 15:4 for those who would dwell with God both now and for eternity. Those specific criteria focus on the idea of honor: The upright individual ...


Making the Cut (Part Five)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In the previous essay, we covered Psalm 15:3, “He who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend.” We found that these three prohibitions reflect ...


Making the Cut (Part Four)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In Part Three, we began our study of the answer to David’s double question: “LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?” (Psalm 15:1). This initial salvo ...


Making the Cut (Part Three)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Last time, we explored Psalm 15:1, which is comprised of the two questions King David asks to open the psalm: “LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?” Though ...


Making the Cut (Part Two)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Part One introduced the scriptural concept that, while a person is justified only by God’s grace through the blood of Jesus Christ, God expects His called-out ones to respond to His merciful election with obedience to His commands and ..