Where Is Your Heart?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
When speaking with a new client, career counselors, after getting all the pertinent information on job history and the like, will often ask their clients, “Now, what do you really want to do? Where is your heart?” ...


Will the Church of God Be Thrown Down? (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
The predominant focus of Matthew 24:2 is on the physical Temple and its environs. Jesus Christ's words that "not one stone shall be left here upon another" has already had one physical fulfillment in the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem in AD 70. ...


Will the Church of God Be Thrown Down? (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
Just a few days before Jesus observed His last Passover with His disciples, He gave them two chapters full of prophecy, parables, and other instructions in what has come to be known as the Olivet Prophecy ....


Diligence in Practice

by Mike Ford
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell examines how some people have become successful. Using case studies, the author shows how family and friends played significant roles ...


The Poetry of the Bible

by Staff
In his book, Figures of Speech in the Bible, E.W. Bullinger describes a staggering 217 different figures of speech in God's Word, each used multiple times. A figure of speech is the stylistic use of language ...


Wisdom for the Young (Part Five)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
How does a young person seek God? Some people, having grown up in certain evangelical circles, have an overly sentimental opinion of how an individual should come to God. ...


Wisdom for the Young (Part Four)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Proverbs 15:21 makes an interesting comment on the subject of foolishness: “Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment, but a man of understanding walks uprightly.” ...


Wisdom for the Young (Part Three)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Ecclesiastes 2 records what Solomon experienced when he was a young man in the prime of his wealth and power. ...


Wisdom for the Young (Part Two)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Part of the problem that confronts young people today is that they—and frankly, all of society—have a devilish misconception of what is fun. ...


Wisdom for the Young (Part One)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
For the past sixty years, America has been dominated by one particular generation of its citizens, the many millions born just after World War II, also known as the “Baby Boomers. ...


Evil Is Real (Part Six)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
From I Peter 2:19-24, we could make a convincing theological argument that Christian suffering is our fight against evil because we receive the slings and arrows of others and experience the most inner turmoil in the midst of our fight against evil. ...


Evil Is Real (Part Five)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Luke 4 contains Satan’s temptation of Christ, and it is instructive to see what Jesus did in the face of evil. ...


Evil Is Real (Part Four)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Vanquish the sins at their point of origin, and our deeds will be clean before God. ...


Evil Is Real (Part Three)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
When we are first born, our nature is essentially neutral, not having been affected one way or the other by outside influences. ...


Evil Is Real (Part Two)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
It is amazing to realize how blunt God is in His Word; as the saying goes He is not afraid to call a spade a spade. ...


Evil Is Real (Part One)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Back on March 8, 1983, at an Orlando, Florida, meeting of the National Association of Evangelicals, the President of the United States at the time, Ronald Reagan, gave a speech amid an ongoing Congressional debate over a proposed “nuclear freeze,” a policy advocated by the Soviet Union. ...


The High Places (Part Six)

by David C. Grabbe
As God promised in Leviticus 26:30, the pagan high places of Israel and Judah were destroyed long ago. Their gods have essentially passed into history ...


The High Places (Part Five)

by David C. Grabbe
Before continuing with Judah’s next king, Jotham, it is worthwhile to consider another aspect of the previous three kings. ...


The High Places (Part Four)

by David C. Grabbe
Uzziah (also called Azariah) is the third successive king of Judah who failed to remove the high places from the land. ...


The High Places (Part Three)

by David C. Grabbe
King Jehoash (or Joash) of the southern kingdom of Judah did what was right in God’s sight, but only while Jehoiada the priest was alive. ...


The High Places (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
The high places—and more specifically, the idolatrous worship they came to represent—were a critical issue in the histories of Israel and Judah. ...


The High Places (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
In the record of the kings of Israel and Judah, God typically inspired the writer to summarize in a sentence or two what He thought of the particular leader, such as “He walked in all the sins of his father,” or “He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did his father David.” ...


Learning from Clichés

by Staff
Whether we were born yesterday, born with a silver spoon in our mouth, or born and raised a stick in the mud, we hear and most likely use clichés a million times a day. ...


Beating the Rat Race (Part Six)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Only when we are still can we truly concentrate on knowing God. When our lives are upside-down, confusion and chaos reign ...


Beating the Rat Race (Part Five)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Another command to be still appears in a somewhat unexpected place in Scripture, in Ruth 3. ...


Beating the Rat Race (Part Four)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Numbers 9 contains another incident in which the command to be still plays a noteworthy part. ...


Beating the Rat Race (Part Three)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
I Samuel 12 is instructive on the subject of finding a still, quiet place in a hectic world. ...


Beating the Rat Race (Part Two)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Our society runs at a frantic pace. ...


Beating the Rat Race (Part One)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase” (Daniel 12:4). ...


Pentecost and the Wave Offerings (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
Right now, our lives are symbolically within the period of counting the seven Sabbaths, the seven weeks, or the “seven sevens” to the harvest of firstfruits (Leviticus 23:15-16). ...


Pentecost and the Wave Offerings (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
In Daniel 7, God foretells of a blasphemous end-time king who will, as it says in the King James Version, “wear out the saints of the Most High” (Daniel 7:25). ...


United With Whom?

by David C. Grabbe
At times the paradox is painful, but it is nevertheless true. True Christians "receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon [us]" (Acts 1:8), yet even with that divine power there is much that we would like to do but cannot. ...


Death Is Not the End (Part Seven)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
It is wonderful to know that human life is not without purpose or an end in itself. ...


A Government Like the Nations

by David C. Grabbe
In ancient Israel’s saga of rebellion against her Creator, one incident stands out due to its brazenness. ...


Death Is Not the End (Part Six)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In Part Five, we learned about the general resurrection, when tens of billions of people will rise from their graves to live as physical human beings under judgment, when they will have the opportunity for salvation. ...


Death Is Not the End (Part Five)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Two of history’s wisest men, Job and Solomon, contemplated the possibilities of an afterlife for human beings, and both concluded that something better awaited men and women on the other side of death. ...


Death Is Not the End (Part Four)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
This world views death as more than just an end of life—as THE end. While the various religions and some philosophies dangle an afterlife of some sort before their adherents, the fear of the unknown after we breathe our last breath transforms death into a dark and brooding Grim Reaper. ...


Death Is Not the End (Part Three)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Having faced the perils of life with disturbing regularity, Paul was intimately acquainted with the certainty of death, but being better spiritually educated and experienced than most of us are, he can provide us a positive example ...


Death Is Not the End (Part Two)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
As we begin our study, we need to consider the perspectives of death of two righteous individuals. These viewpoints are included in the Word of God for our admonition ...


Death Is Not the End (Part One)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Looking at life from God’s point of view, He stacks the deck in man's favor. He says with such positivity that He desires to redeem all people, if they will have it. ...


Marriage—A God-Plane Relationship (Part Seven)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The biblical concept of husband and wife being "one flesh" is far more involved than many people think. ...


Marriage—A God-Plane Relationship (Part Six)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Moses writes in Genesis 2:24, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. ...


Marriage—A God-Plane Relationship (Part Five)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
A chief purpose of marriage and family is to teach proper, godly government. It provides a conducive environment to learn both how to submit to authority and how to oversee others in love. ...


Marriage—A God-Plane Relationship (Part Four)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Psalm 128 illustrates how properly honoring and working with God within marriage and the family produces the finest product for His Kingdom. ...


Marriage—A God-Plane Relationship (Part Three)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
It is God's involvement that provides the blessings and advantages to the Christian marriage. He makes Himself a party to the marriage covenant ...


Marriage—A God-Plane Relationship (Part Two)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
We tend to look at our lives in a very physical manner, and this applies to our relationships, including marriage. ...


Marriage—A God-Plane Relationship (Part One)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In the United States, marriage has been under assault for many years, at least for the last five or six decades. ...


The Beauty of the Law

by Staff
We live in an ironic age, one in which national leaders hail individual freedom and human rights as the noblest of goals yet enact laws that regulate and police our daily lives. ...


What Is Real Conversion? (Part Six)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
We have learned that conversion is primarily a process, a transformation of a Christian's nature from human and carnal to godly and spiritual. ...


What Is Real Conversion? (Part Five)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Romans 12:1-2 summarizes what must occur during the conversion process: ...