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Here is LCG 2011 Feast of Tabernacles' Information. Here is an article There are Many COGs: Why Support the Living Church of God?
12/31/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Saturday, December 31, 2011Gulnaz is a young Afghan woman who was sentenced to twelve years in prison for reporting that she had been raped by her cousin's husband. Assaulted two years ago, she hid the crime for fear of reprisal, until signs of pregnancy forced her to report the attack. Thankfully, after two years of imprisonment and mounting international pressure on the Afghan government, she was released from incarceration. Now, tragically, she faces pressure to marry the man who previously attacked her! What can she do? What can be done to help her? Read more
For another article on women, please check out Women and the New Testament Church.
12/29/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Gary F. Ehman | Thursday, December 29, 2011The winter tide festivities continue on, with people moving almost mindlessly through them--looking neither left nor right, only onward to the end of them, full of parties, food, drink and maxed-out credit cards. Read more
12/24/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. D. Winnail. It mentions the weather issues, telecast, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, South African prayer request, Spanish Update, Living Youth Programs, LU, world news items, and comments about what being a peacemaker.
Here is one of the world news items:
Why Is Love Diminishing? The Dover Air Force Base mortuary near Dover, Delaware, handles military personnel killed in overseas operations. A recent investigation revealed that the Air Force dumped partially cremated remains of 274 personnel into a near-by landfill. This apparently happened after families asked the Air Force to respectfully handle their dead loved ones. “The Air Force had maintained that it could not estimate how many troops might have had their remains sent to a landfill. The practice was revealed last month by The Washington Post, which was able to document a single case of a soldier whose partial remains were sent to the King George County landfill in Virginia. The new data, for the first time, show the scope of what has become an embarrassing episode for vaunted Dover Air Base, the main port of entry for America’s war dead” (Washington Post, December 7, 2011). Jesus Christ prophesied about the end of the age, “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). God made humans in His image after His likeness (Genesis 1:26). He also made it clear that because He loves us, we should love one another (1 John 4:11). The recent actions by the Air Force show a lack of love for those killed in combat and their families. In the soon-coming Kingdom of God, the pain and suffering of this present age will be replaced by genuine love and peace for all generations (Revelation 21:1-4). For more information on this wonderful plan of God, read our booklet The World Ahead: What Will It Be Like?
Love, actually, is what the COG is all about. See also What is the Meaning of Life?
12/24/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Saturday, December 24, 2011Many people realize that Jesus Christ was not born anywhere near December 25 and that Christmas is rooted in ancient paganism, but will still proclaim that Jesus is "the reason for the season." Is this true? Who is really being celebrated on December 25? Why the evergreen tree? And most importantly, is Jesus Christ really pleased? Read more
12/22/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Gary F. Ehman | Thursday, December 22, 2011Looking back over the years, it has become evident to me that the gap between what the Bible says to do, and what its alleged followers actually do, has reached near absurd proportions. Read more
12/20/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Tuesday, December 20, 2011Tis the season ... a time for beautiful music, lovely pageantry, parties, fun and family time, the annual bedlam in shopping malls, specialty stores, discount houses and now the Internet. Read more
12/19/11 a.m. Last night in Charlotte, NC, our son Michael married Becky Boleyn. The wedding and reception went very well, was well attended, and lasted until almost midnight. They are a beautiful couple and should be on their way today to the Bahamas.
Additionally, I have spent time with many in Charlotte the past several days (arrived 12/14/11) on various church related matters and plan to also do so today. 12/15/11 seemed related to 1 Timothy 4:14, and the rest of the trip, other than the wedding, 1 Timothy 4:15-16.
12/18/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. D. Winnail. It mentions the telecast, TWSPs, Charlotte Family weekend, Kansas City Family weekend, , LU, world news items, and comments about what God desires.
Here is that last item:
What Does God Require? What is God looking for in those He calls? What has God always looked for? God told Abraham, “walk before Me and be blameless” (Genesis 17:1)—and Abraham was blessed for keeping God’s commandments (Genesis 26:5). God told the Israelites that He wanted them to fear Him, love Him, walk in all His ways and keep His commandments (Deuteronomy 10:12-13). Solomon said that God looks for kindness in people (Proverbs 19:22), and Isaiah states that God looks for a humble and repentant spirit in people “who tremble at My word” (Isaiah 66:2). Micah reveals that God requires us to “do justly, to love mercy, and walk humbly” before Him (Micah 6:8). Jesus continued this same theme urging His disciples to “be perfect [to become spiritually mature and blameless], just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Jesus also taught His disciples, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). The commandments of God show us how to love God and how to love our neighbor (Matthew 22:37-40). Prophecies about God’s Kingdom in Isaiah 2 and 4 indicate that the whole world will keep His laws—because this is what God requires!
Some articles of possibly related interest may include:
What is the Meaning of Life? Who does God say is happy? What is your ultimate destiny? Do you really know? Does God actually have a plan for YOU personally?
What Did Jesus Teach About the Ten Commandments? This article quotes what Jesus actually said about them (His words are in red).
Were the Ten Commandments Nailed to the Cross? Some have said so. This article provides some biblical quotes to answer this important question.
What Did Paul Actually Teach About the Ten Commandments? Many say Paul taught against the ten commandments. Is this true? This article quotes Paul with his words in green.
Are the Ten Commandment Still in Effect? This article quotes the ten commandments and combines some of the previous articles into one article about the ten commandments. The commandments are shown at Mount Sinai, before Mount Sinai, in the teachings of Jesus, after the crucifixion, and in the teachings of Paul. It addresses the most common "traditions of men" regarding them as well.
Were the Pharisees Condemned for Keeping the Law or Reasoning Around it? Many believe that the Pharisees were condemned for keeping the law, but what does your Bible say? If they were not condemned for that, what were they condemned for?
The Ten Commandments Reflect Love, Breaking them is Evil Some feel that the ten commandments are a burden. Is that what Jesus, Paul, Peter, James, and John taught?
Was the Commandment to Love the Only Command? Some have stated that John's writings teach this, but is that what the Bible really says?
The Ten Commandments and the Early Church Did Jesus and the Early Church keep the ten commandments? What order were they in? Here are quotes from the Bible and early writings.
12/17/11 a.m. Here is the latest from LCG's Dr. Meredith:
Dear fellow ministers and brethren,
Greetings from Charlotte! I want to give an emergency comment about the upcoming FAST we have called for this Sabbath, December 17, 2011. I should have put this in the Update yesterday, but was too busy and got distracted. So it is my fault. Dr. Winnail mentioned it, but I do want to comment further because of the extreme urgency of the situation we are in—which some of you may not fully realize.
Brethren, more than in any time I can remember, literally dozens of our members and ministers are in “dire straits” physically. Up and down the East Coast, especially at here at Headquarters, at least seven individuals that I happen to know about are in life threatening situations—mostly from cancer. Just this morning, interestingly, I received an email from one of our leading members, Syd Attenborough, telling about the death of two CGI elders. One of the men I had known, Dennis Lawrence. The other I had not known but am very sorry for his death and the death of all of God’s people who perhaps have to die prematurely. So these two elders have died just within the last several days. A number more of our own people may die within the next several months unless we—as a Church—cry out to God to please intervene more powerfully to heal His own people! Certainly, as Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).
May God powerfully help us to regain the child-like faith that many had in years past—as some may not have had at all! Brethren, one of the major parts of Jesus’ ministry was to heal the sick—as I have explained many times. So we need to beseech God to help all of us draw closer to God so that He will begin to supernaturally heal those who turn to Him for this mercy. But the problem with many of us here—in this society—is that we do not get truly urgent in our prayers. We tend to be “lukewarm” in our prayers for healing—as in so many other things. One of Mr. Armstrong’s favorite scriptures along this line was something he said that we—as a Church—vitally needed to meditate upon. That is Moffatt’s translation of Hosea 7:14: “Though it was I who redeemed them, they have lied to me; they never put their heart into their prayers.” Mr. Armstrong often remarked that he thought that this was perhaps the greatest weakness in the prayers of God’s people—the lack of total fervency and passion when we pray to Almighty God. Brethren, I hope that as we enter this fast, that we can meditate on that and cry out to God for the sense of urgency and heartfelt outflowing concern for these people that are truly sick and perhaps ev en dying among our own brethren in the Church!
Remember when God told His servants to cry out to Him about the coming trials of the Day of the Lord—the time just ahead of us—He urged them, “‘Now, therefore,’ says the Lord, ‘Turn to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning. So rend your heart, and not your garments” (Joel 2:12-13). And when God instructs us in the New Testament to pray for healing, He states, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16). Therefore, as we enter this fast, I hope and pray that all of us will genuinely take it seriously and try to mediate thoughtfully and lovingly about the suffering and imminent death so many of our own brethren are going through! Let us, together, truly cry out to our God at this time for His special intervention and healing of His own people. I am sure God would want us to do this. If we cry out to God in this way at this time, it will all draw us close together as a Church and He will no doubt bless us in many other ways. As we pray, let us also cry out for additional faith and courage so that we may move ahead in every aspect of our Christian lives and honor the God who gives us life and breath.
Brethren, please take this seriously and let us go all out as a Church in seeking our God in this day of fasting and prayer.
With Christian love,
Roderick C. Meredith
Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Marc Arseneault | Saturday, December 17, 2011Recently, I was struck hard by the news that a member of my congregation is going through the trial of sickness. Many people around us are affected by cancer, diabetes, heart problems--name it, it is there. It seems that almost everybody is affected, either directly or through a family member or close friend who is suffering. How should we be responding? Read more
12/15/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Thursday, December 15, 2011The gushing torrent of bad news has become a flood. As each day unfolds it seems that more disturbing developments occur on the world scene. Serious analysts and economists are predicting the collapse of major world currencies. All agree that impending disaster has been brought about by decades of profligate spending at every level of government. This lack of self-discipline, plus widespread corruption in government, has resulted in a sorry state of affairs. Read more
12/13/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By John Meakin | Tuesday, December 13, 2011When British Prime Minister David Cameron exercised the United Kingdom's national veto last Friday at the European Union Summit in Brussels--the first EU national veto ever exercised by a British Prime Minister--he surprised most observers and sent shock-waves through the Union as never before in the UK's 39-year involvement in the grand European project. Read more
12/11/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. D. Winnail. It mentions the telecast, TWSPs, next Sabbath's fast, a Burundi prayer request, a Spanish update, Charlotte Family weekend, Kansas City Family weekend, possible Costa Rica feast site, LU, world news items, and comments about being alert.
Here is the LU announcement:
As registration for next semester continues, we will list below two more courses being offered this coming semester. Classes will begin January 11, so enrolling in the University and registering courses should be completed as soon as possible in order to allow time for textbook orders to arrive. A complete listing of “Spring Semester” courses (Spring in the northern hemisphere), can also be viewed on the Living University website under the link “2011 Spring Schedule.” To make application to Living University, to register for courses, and to find out more, please visit the www.livinguniv.com website. For additional information or questions, please contact Ms. Michelle Bottella firstname.lastname@example.org, or 704-708-2294.THL 413 – Epistles of Paul II (Prerequisite: THL 412): The Apostle Paul said to follow him as he followed Christ and to emulate his example of obedience to God. To do so requires an understanding of apostolic teachings and the will to live by the apostles’ doctrine. Our collective task is the examination of the history, traditions, and myths surrounding the early Church to arrive at a fuller understanding of the period and of “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3). This course focuses on the teachings, message, background, purposes, and themes of the Prison Epistles, Hebrews and the Pastoral Epistles, with special emphasis on the understanding of core doctrines. Students encounter leading issues and engage in assigned readings, conceptualization activities, and vocabulary building.THL 416 – General Epistles and Revelation (Prerequisite THL 136): This course introduces the historical setting, purpose, and central theme of the letters of James, Peter, John, and Jude and the book of Revelation. Emphasis is on the use of critical, historical, archeological, and cultural analysis. Students will learn to use analysis tools to read, understand, explain, and expound these biblical writings. In this course you will encounter information concerning the New Testament and some issues and matters not dealt with elsewhere in the New Testament. Here you should find opportunity to hone your critical thinking skills and aptitudes in discerning and understanding the teachings of God’s Word.
12/08/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Adam J. West | Thursday, December 08, 2011Are you sometimes plagued with gnawing feelings of guilt? Do anxious feelings of wrongdoing stir inside, resulting in thoughts of shame and inferiority? You are not alone! Read more
12/06/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By John Wheeler | Tuesday, December 06, 2011One of the most liberating secular proverbs I have ever read is this: "For every strength there is a weakness, and for every weakness, a strength." While that saying has many, many possible applications, I first encountered it in that form in the context of studies of human personality and of how human character relates to it. Should it really surprise anyone that the Bible says much about how the two relate to each other? Read more
12/04/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. D. Winnail. It begin with a letter from Dr. Meredith mentioning record FOT attendance and the upcoming fast. The update also mentions the telecast, TWSPs, French-Caribbean update, Charlotte Family weekend, SC Holy Day weekend, LU, world news items, and comments about being in Satan's cross-hairs.
Here is that last item:
Are You in Satan’s Crosshairs? The Bible contains numerous warnings about Satan and how he operates to deceive, divide and destroy people, families, churches and nations. He moves like a hunting lion, carefully stalking his unsuspecting prey (1 Peter 5:8). He is a dangerous adversary searching for vulnerable individuals (1 Timothy 5:14-15). Satan does not hunt using claws or bullets, but instead spreads gossip, rumors, and half-truths (1 Timothy 5:13; Leviticus 19:16; John 8:44). He encourages sharing confidential information to discredit others (Proverbs 11:13; 17:9). He fosters dissention and divisions by stirring up fears, jealousy and selfish ambitions (1 Corinthians 1:10-13). He will use anyone—members and ministers—to sow discord and do his work (2 Corinthians 11:1-15). Satan zeros in on people who have doubts, hurts and resentments, or who feel wronged or overlooked, or wh ose ideas, opinions or ambitions are denied. He uses such individuals to criticize, lash out at or undermine others. To avoid becoming unsuspecting victims of the negative attitudes that Satan beams at those in his crosshairs (Ephesians 2:2), we need to be alert, humble, patient and stay close to God (1 Peter 5:6-9).
12/03/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Sheldon Monson | Saturday, December 03, 2011What is a man? What should a man believe? What are a man's responsibilities? How ought a man conduct himself? These are among the most important questions in a boy's life. Scripture shows us that fathers have a vital role to play in helping their boys become men. Read more
12/01/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Thursday, December 01, 2011What of the false doctrines of heaven, hell and purgatory? And what of the Scriptures that supposedly support these fabrications of human reasoning? Read more
An in-depth article on purgatory is at the following link: Did the Early Church Teach Purgatory?
11/29/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, November 29, 2011At some time or another, we have all been temporarily lost--turned around, going the wrong way, on the wrong road or at the wrong address. Perhaps we received bad directions, saw a misleading road sign or missed a turn, or encountered unforeseen obstacles in our path. How do we get to where we are trying to go? Read more
11/27/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. D. Winnail. He mentionsThanksgiving, Europe, a healing, Post Feast Gatherings, Kansas City Family weekend, LU, world news items, and comments about thanks.
Although it was not in the announcements, I heard that LCG had over 9,000 attend its FOT sites this year, which would be up significantly from last year.
11/26/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, November 26, 2011On a recent trip to the United Kingdom, I had the opportunity to visit the National Gallery in London. This imposing complex of great buildings houses some of the finest examples of art from the Renaissance and earlier periods, along with works of art from more recent times. As I walked through the great galleries and observed the ancient paintings, large and small, I was struck by the recurring theme of most of the works, especially from the Middle Ages up through the 19th century. They were almost exclusively religious scenes, or depictions of biblical stories, biblical characters, various saints and often events in the life of Jesus Christ. Many paintings contained mythical characters such as winged cherubs shown as infants or small children. Further, many of the subjects in the paintings had halos or some other characteristic depiction of holiness or religiosity. Read more
11/24/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Richard F. Ames | Thursday, November 24, 2011Thanksgiving is a good time to reflect on our blessings, our purpose and our future. How thankful are we? Have we used the blessings God has given us to fulfill our national purpose and mission? Or do we even know our mission? Read more
11/22/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By William Williams (guest columnist) | Tuesday, November 22, 2011Some of my most pleasant memories come from spending Thanksgiving with my family. But the holiday also makes me think about times when I have not been particularly thankful. God has blessed me with many wonderful experiences and opportunities, even when I least expected (or acknowledged) them. Read more
11/20/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. D. Winnail. He mentions the Council meeting, telecast results, an Australiasian update, hymnals, Charlotte Family weekend, LU, world news items, and comments about studying the word.
Here is part of the LU announcement:
Registration for second semester classes is now underway. Classes will begin January 11 and students may register anytime between now and January 11. For those who have never taken a Living University course, you will need to enroll in the University first, and then register for your selected course. The following are brief descriptions of several courses being offered next semester. A complete listing of “Spring Semester” courses (Spring in the northern hemisphere), can also be viewed on the Living University website under the link “2011 Spring Schedule.” To make application to Living University, to register for courses, and to find out more, please visit the www.livinguniv.com. For additional information, please contact Dr. Scott Winnail at email@example.com or call 704-708-2292.
11/19/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Charles Knowlton | Saturday, November 19, 2011Many years ago, I experienced for myself a phenomenon that is an all-too-common problem in workplace relations between labor and management. I owned a small company, and decided that I would like to start profit-sharing with my employees as much as would be feasible. So, I rounded up and executive table and some chairs, and convened an employee meeting. Read more
11/17/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Mike DeSimone (guest columnist) | Thursday, November 17, 2011A couple of years ago, I was speaking with a gentleman who told me about a tradition in his family that would come to shape some of the traditions in my own family. He explained that his mother would read books aloud to the family during dinnertime! This put into action a thought process that would change the dynamics of dinnertime in my own family. Read more
11/15/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By James Ginn | Tuesday, November 15, 2011Rearing a teenage girl in today's world can be like navigating a minefield blindfolded. This point was well illustrated by two recent articles in Canada's popular Maclean's magazine dealing with the challenges facing our youth and by one middle school softball game. Read more
11/13/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. D. Winnail. He mentions weather and earthquake troubles, a church-wide fast for December 17, 2011, TWSPs, ministerial transfers, Wyatt Ciesielka becoming internet manager, the death of deacon Bob Yetka, a cancer prayer request, hymnals, Charlotte Family weekend, Kansas City Family weekend, world news items, and comments about savoring the big picture.
Here are his comments:
Savoring the Big Picture: God’s people have just observed another cycle of Holy Days—seven annual festivals that picture God’s Plan of Salvation for mankind. The Scriptures reveal that this plan is a mystery to most people today (1 Corinthians 1:26-27; 2:7-8). How much to you value the unique opportunity you have been given to understand the real purpose of life and to see how God is working out His Great Plan on earth? Are you excited about the privilege you have been given to be called now to prepare to rule with Jesus Christ when He returns to establish the Kingdom of God on earth—as pictured by the Feast of Tabernacles? Do you rejoice in the knowledge that all people who have ever lived will have an opportunity to understand these same glorious truths—as pictured by the Last Great Day? I hope we can truly savor the pri vilege of understanding the “Big Picture” that we are reminded of every year as we observe God’s Holy Days. Let’s use the coming year to grow and bear fruit that God can use as He prepares His “firstfruits” for His Kingdom.
11/12/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, November 12, 2011Depression plagues many people. I'm not talking about having a bad day or feeling blue, which everyone experiences now and then. The depression I'm referring to is the kind of feeling that incapacitates a person with overwhelming feelings of dark and foreboding thoughts that cannot simply be shaken off. It is the kind of depression that drives people to do desperate, often irrational things, including suicide. Read more
11/10/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Thursday, November 10, 2011Launched in 2004, Facebook has exploded to a reported 800 million active users. Facebook's stated purpose is to help users "connect and share" with the people in their lives. The ubiquity of Facebook and other social media, and the fact that the expressed purpose of social media is to "share" about ourselves, our life and our interests gives Christians the opportunity--and the responsibility--to ask ourselves a very important question. What do we "like"? Read more
11/08/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Charles Knowlton | Tuesday, November 08, 2011Paul Harvey once told a story about a tough lumberjack who went to town one weekend, fell in with a religious group, and was baptized. He went back to the lumber camp--much to the concern of his preacher, who worried that others would make fun of him. When he went back to town the preacher asked him how it went. He said, "They never caught on." Read more
11/06/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. D. Winnail. He mentions weather and earthquake troubles, TWSPs, Jamaica, cancer prayer requests, hymnals, Charlotte Family weekend, Living Youth Programs, world news items, and comments about being a peacemaker.
Here are comments on the youth programs:
Living Youth Programs
As we move into the fall Season, we are continuing our weekly On-Line Bible Study each Sunday evening. Last Sunday, we reviewed the celebration of Halloween, and why we avoid taking part in it. For notes, a recording of the study, or to take our “What do you know about Halloween?” challenge quiz, go to livingyouth.org!This Sunday evening, November 6, we will be continuing our study of the scriptures... step by step! However, before we get into the study, we will begin by doing a special live “web-cam call in” segment where you can share your Favorite Feast Experience with other teens—right from your computer. All you need to do is show for the Bible Study for more instructions! The room will open at 7:00 p.m. (ET), and the action will begin at 7:30 p.m. (ET). To participate, just go to www.livingyouth.org and look for the Bible Study icon and instructions. Don’t miss it!—Jonathan McNair
Here is one of the world news items:
Vatican Calls for World Financial Governing Body. A recent report by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace proposes the “establishment of a supranational authority to oversee the global economy” (New York Times, October 24, 2011). Although the Vatican suggested that this new governing body be housed within the United Nations, a leading French financial regulator suggested to a meeting of Roman Catholic bishops in Brussels that the role of this world financial body could be played by a United States of Europe. He stated further, “Euro-using countries should establish joint economic governance despite the ‘unease’ of non-euro EU members over a ‘two-speed’ union or resistance among EU voters to a ‘federal leap’” (euobserver.com, October 28, 2011). While calls from the Vatican for an international financial body may sound strange, Bibl e prophecies foretold such a move thousands of years ago. The Apostle John records that at the end of the age, the “merchants of the earth” will become rich through the activities of a European Beast power overseen by a great church (Revelation 18:3, 15). This system will be given authority over every “tribe, tongue, and nation,” and no one will be able to buy or sell without its sanction (Revelation 13:1-18). This global system called “Babylon the great” will only last a short time before it is brought down by the return of Jesus Christ (Revelation 18:1-11; Daniel 2:44-45). For more information on this topic, review our booklet The Beast of Revelation.
11/05/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, November 05, 2011In his famous book, Man's Search for Meaning, Dr. Viktor Frankl wrote of his horrific experiences as a survivor of Nazi concentration camps. Frankl, a psychiatrist, approached his imprisonment with a scientist's analytical mind. He observed that prisoners who had a clear goal or a cause greater than themselves were the ones most likely to carry on and survive even in the midst of sadistic brutality and cruel deprivation. Those without such a purpose were likely to perish. Frankl concluded that, as the philosopher Nietzsche observed, "He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how." Read more
11/03/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Thursday, November 03, 2011The world is on the verge of anew and deeperrecession (BBCNews.com, October 31, 2011). Meanwhile, Germany is growing increasingly frustrated with the European debt debacle and the Vatican is calling for "a world political authority." How will you be affected? How do these events align with end-time prophecy? Read more
11/01/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, November 01, 2011Look at your hand. Once it was only a small bit of code in a DNA sequence. Now, it is a fully operational marvel of design, engineering and construction. And so is the rest of our body. Mankind is only beginning to understand some of the secrets of the processes of prenatal development. Read more
10/30/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. D. Winnail. He mentions the Feast of Tabernacles, the Philippines, world news items, and comments about goals for the coming year.
Here his comments about goals:
Goals for the Coming Year: In the book of Proverbs, Solomon advises, “Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; remove your foot from evil” (Proverbs 4:26-27). As we return from the Feast, inspired by the sermons and fellowship, it is a good time to think about setting goals for the coming year. What changes would you like to make or do you need to make to improve your physical or spiritual health? What can you do to improve your relationship with God or with your family? What can you do to serve God and others more effectively? How can you prepare now for the Kingdom of God? It will be profitable to think and pray about these issues in the days just ahead. The Apostle Paul urged Christians to “walk circumspectly [carefully, diligently]” and to make the most of the time at our disposal (Ephesians 5:15-16). Peter exhorted his audience to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). What goals can you set and work toward in the coming year that will help you prepare for the Kingdom of God? You might consider reviewing the Bible Study Course, reading a booklet per week or month, studying a different book in the Bible each month or taking a Living University course. Now is the time to prepare for the future!
10/29/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Richard F. Ames | Saturday, October 29, 2011Is it "fun" to play at evil? Should we follow our neighbors, like proverbial lemmings, off the dangerous cliff of pagan practices? Most of society has accepted the lie that Halloween is "innocent fun" and eagerly train their children to take pleasure in symbols of pagan, and even Satanic, evil. Read more
10/27/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wallace G. Smith | Thursday, October 27, 2011On Monday, October 24, 2011, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace published its recommendation for a globally empowered international authority over the world's finances. This move by the Vatican may seem like simply "another academic paper" for policy wonks. But for students of Bible prophecy, the move represents possibilities of tremendous prophetic significance. Read more
For a related article, see Vatican Document Supportive of Economic Plans of the Beast.
10/25/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Tuesday, October 25, 2011
There is an old proverb that "You don't miss the water until the well goes dry." We are often taken by surprise by some occurrence, event or development that should have been obvious, but which was somehow overlooked or simply not acknowledged until it befalls us...
It is only a matter of time until the pale horse rides with the resulting suffering and death. And yet, Christians should not fear this awful time. Jesus plainly predicted it and gave comforting instructions. “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakesin various places”(Matthew 24:6-7). Read more
An article of related interest may include: Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse
10/23/11 p.m. Here is an LCG commentary:
By William Williams (guest columnist) | Tuesday, October 18, 2011In his 1951 farewell address to the United States Congress, General Douglas MacArthur grimly stated his thoughts about the global conflicts in which he had played a major role. Speaking as a life-long military man--a commander in some of modern history's fiercest battles--he put the entire weight of his experience into his observation that, although mankind has from the beginning of time sought peace, all efforts for international peace have ultimately failed. Chillingly, he warned: "If we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door." Read more
10/11/11 p.m. In his last update, LCG Evangelist Dr. D. Winnail wrote:
Watch and Be Ready! The God we worship is a God of love who has revealed the future to those He has called to serve Him (Amos 3:7; Genesis 18:17). Jesus repeatedly warned His disciples to be watchful and alert as the end of the age approaches. He stated that we should avoid getting caught up in the cares of this world—parties, material pursuits, the World Series, World Cup events, political contests, personal concerns, and other things that get our minds off the big picture (Matthew 24:37-39; Mark 13:33-37; Luke 21:34-36). The Apostle Paul delivered the same sobering message for those of us living at the close of the age—that the day of the Lord will come as a “thief in the night” and that “sudden destruction” will catch many by surprise—so we must “watch and be sober” and not be caught sleeping (1 Thessalonians 5). As we see the world and especially the Isra elite nations turning further away from God and His ways—literally despising the laws of God—we need to remember that there will be consequences (Leviticus 26; Ezekiel 7). We are told repeatedly we must “come out” of this evil world if we want to avoid the consequences that are coming (2 Corinthians 6:17; Revelation 18:4) because these prophecies about the end time are sure and certain (Daniel 2:45). This is why Jesus said that we need to “watch” and “be ready”… that we “may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” at His coming (Matthew 24:42-44; Luke 21:36).
10/11/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Rod King | Tuesday, October 11, 2011The world's grain supply is shrinking. There used to be a reliable three-month reserve, but in recent years this vital reserve has dropped to as little as an eight-week supply. The price of rice, which is the staple grain for most Asians and many Africans, has been climbing higher, leaving millions of people facing the specter of famine. Read more
10/09/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. D. Winnail. He mentions the Feast of Trumpets, the Feast of Tabernacles, the Carvajal family, world news items, and his comments.
Here are some of his comments related to the Feast:
Brethren, we are living in increasingly volatile times. Please pray that God will inspire the speaking, listening and fellowship at the Feast and that He will bless the weather and protect His people as we travel and observe the coming Festival. We have much to be thankful for as we gather to worship God and celebrate the meaning of these important fall Holy Days that picture soon-coming events that will transform this world when Jesus Christ returns to establish the Kingdom of God on this earth. Let’s pray for each other that this coming Feast will be even more meaningful as we see world events moving towards the prophetic climax revealed in the Scriptures. In light of the political dynamics in Europe, the turmoil in the Middle East and the financial troubles threatening the global financial system, we could be facing a very different world when we return home from the Feast. Thank you for your dedicati on to the Truth and for your support of God’s end-time Work—and have a wonderful Feast.
10/08/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roderick C. Meredith | Saturday, October 08, 2011Many of you are aware that Jews around the world began observing the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur in the Hebrew language, at sunset on Friday, October 7 this year. It is a day of fasting during which Jews all around the world abstain totally from food and water for a full 24 hours, humbling themselves before God. But did you know that many thousands of true Christians all over the world are also observing the Day of Atonement? Why would they do that? Read more
10/06/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Adam J. West | Tuesday, October 06, 2011Through the effective and powerful means of the media, the homosexual agenda--which first took root decades ago--has in the last decade propelled itself forward with juggernaut intensity! Homosexual activists are not emphasizing subtle tactics and persuasive rhetoric; in recent years they have been pushing to make their beliefs mainstream societal thinking. Read more
10/04/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Tuesday, October 04, 2011The true Gospel is the most vital message this world has ever received. It is the message Jesus and the Apostles preached. It is the message the faithful Church of God proclaims today. It is also a message that is often misunderstood and even shamefully attacked! Read more
10/02/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Rod McNair. He mentions the telecast, travels, a death, the Feast of Tabernacles, world news items, and his comments about Satan and Atonement.
Here are some of the Feast announcements:
Feast of Tabernacles 2011Panama City Host Hotel—Wyndham Bay PointSome of you registered for Panama City may have received e-mail messages from the Bay Point Marriott regarding their name change to Wyndham Bay Point Resort. This is a change in name only, and should have no effect on our Feast arrangements since the same personnel will still be on site. Unless you want to make changes to your reservation there is no need to contact the Marriott/Wyndham. Your reservation is retained and will be honored. The Wyndham also wanted to change the name of the street since it was also named Marriott. We have listed the new information below.Wyndham Bay Point Resort(Please note new address:)4114 Jan Cooley DrivePanama City Beach, FL 32408+1850-236-6000Atonement and Sabbath Services/Contact ListBrethren can now find out where Atonement services (October 8) and Sabbath services after the Feast (October 22) will be held. This may be especially useful for brethren travelling on the way to or on the way home from the Feast. The list also provides a contact in the local congregation, if you need more information. You can access this list by going on the MyLCG website (www.cogl.org).Beach Parties—Appropriate Swimwear for the FeastAppropriate beach attire for women and men is swimwear that is modest and in good taste. We are to be guided by the two great commandments—to love God and love neighbor (Matthew 22:37-39; Mark 12:29-31)—so as not to offend God or neighbor in our dress at the Feast. Fathers and husbands have a responsibility to be leaders in their family to teach and guide regarding what is appropriate and what is not (Ezekiel 22:26).New Braunfels Feast Video Streaming InstructionsFor those with an Internet connection who are unable to attend services during the Feast, you will be able to view a live video stream from the New Braunfels, Texas site. Just log into your MyLCG account (www.cogl.org/mylcg.shtml), then click on the button under the “Feast 2011 Streaming Video” header in the right column. Opening night service will start at 7 p.m. (CST), and most services will begin at 10:30 a.m., U.S. Central Time Zone. The video should play with almost any Internet connection, but dial-up users should expect some choppiness. For all users, please make sure you have the latest version of your favorite Internet browser with the most current version of the Adobe Flash plug-in (http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/). If you have any questions, please contact Mr. John Robinson at < a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com.—Phil Sena
Here is one of the world news items:
A War in Europe in 10 Years? Poland now holds the EU’s rotating presidency and its finance minister, Jacek Rostowski, made this prediction two weeks ago. On September 14, Mr. Rostowski spoke to MEPs (members of parliament) in Strasbourg. In his speech, he “warned of the need to act rapidly to prevent grave danger for the EU.” This comment followed growing speculation Greece will default on its EU loans. Swiss financial giant UBS just released a report titled, “Euro Break Up—The Consequences.” Reacting to the report, Mr. Rostowski commented, “There is no doubt we are in danger. Europe is in danger.” He ended his speech by recalling a recent discussion with a friend who now heads a major bank, “We were talking about the crisis in eurozone. He told m e ‘You know, after all these political shocks, economic shocks, it is very rare indeed that in the next 10 years we could avoid a war.’ A war ladies and gentlemen. I am really thinking about obtaining a green card for my kids in the United States.” Mr. Rostowski later clarified to a reporter that he had very carefully chosen the words of his speech. “He said that the prospect of war is not likely ‘within a four-year legislative time frame… Not in the months ahead, but maybe over a 10-year time frame, this could place us in a context that is almost unimaginable at the moment’” (EU Observer, September 14, 2011). Mr. Rostowski’s comments may have been politically motivated, but Bible prophecy reveals that upheaval is in store for Europe as a final configuration of 10 kingdoms, or possibly nations, settle out “on top.” This elite group will form the final Beast power of Revelation (Daniel 2:41-43; Revelation 13:4-7, 17:7-13). This Beast will eventually war against a strong Arab power (Daniel 11:40-43). This Beast will also capture and even destroy much of the population of the Israelite-descended nations (Amos 4:10; 5:2-3)—several of which are nations of modern Europe. For more information on this fascinating topic, review our booklet, The Beast of Revelation.
10/01/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, October 01, 2011"Little Things Mean A Lot" was a very popular hit song that made it to the number one spot on the charts in the USA and the UK in 1954. Subsequently, many other recording artists have released their versions of this song. While it has nice lyrics and a lovely tune, the title says it all. In life, we often look for the big events or the very significant occurrences that make a big splash or great impact. And yet, it is the little things that we do daily that cement and enhance relationships both physically and spiritually. The little kindnesses, the thoughtful acts, the courtesies and consideration shown to others without expecting anything in return reveal a person's true character and their love of others. Read more
09/29/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Charles Knowlton | Thursday, September 29, 2011"Wanted: Someone to walk with me". This want ad appeared in a Ohio newspaper a few years ago. When I read it, I assumed it was a joke, and I made an inquiry. What I found was an old person wanting someone to take him for a walk--not because he needed physical help, but because he was afraid. Read more
09/27/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Tuesday, September 27, 2011The United States has just observed "National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week." What does the Bible reveal about the importance of education, both today and in the coming Kingdom of God? Read more
09/25/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. D. Winnail. He mentions the earthquake in India, volcanoes in Indonesia, serious flooding and mudslides in China, a typhoon in Japan, hurricanes are brewing off the coasts of Mexico and the USA, Europe's finances, the Pope, the telecast, French-Speaking Peoples in Prophecy, the Feast of Tabernacles, Blessing of the Little Children, a clerical job opening, mail problems, world news items, and his comments about naptime being over.
Here are the naptime comments:
Naptime Is Over! Jesus warned us to WATCH for a series of events that would signal the end of the age. He said increasing turmoil within nations and threats of wars between nations, spreading droughts, famines, disease epidemics, earthquakes and natural disasters would be the “beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:8). Other signs would be the rise of a German-led 10-nation “beast” power in Europe influenced by a notable religious figure—both with links to the Roman Empire—and referred to as the “king of the North” (Daniel 2,7,11). This emerging European power will be challenged by an emerging Islamic coalition referred to as the King of the South, and Jerusalem will become a focal point of contention (Luke 21:20-24). All this will happen as moral decay and corruption in Israelite nations (USA, Britain, etc.) becomes evident and their power and influence begin to fade on the world stage. We are watching these prophesied events happening today! We need to heed the Apostle Paul’s admonition, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand… let us cast off the works of darkness…. Let us walk properly… not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh” (Romans 13:12-14). Brethren, it is time to wake up and get ready for what Jesus said is coming!
09/24/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wallace G. Smith | Saturday, September 24, 2011Are the "Dark Ages" creeping up on Europe once again? The news and opinion pages are full of dire headlines. Some are taking the demise of a unified Europe as an impending inevitability. But is that really what comes next? Or is there more to the story? Read more
09/22/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By John Wheeler | Thursday, September 22, 2011In our recent Commentary, "History, science and faith," Richard A. Wilson remarks: "Anyone trying to prove who God is and if the Bible is truly His inspired word needs more than 'sentimental feelings or blind faith.'" And because that statement is true, it is worth asking further, "How do some people get to thinking that 'sentimental feelings or blind faith' are enough?" Read more
09/20/11 p.m. Here is information from Dr. Meredith's latest co-worker letter:
Somewhere on this earth, Almighty God has a Work which properly explains that New Covenant and that entire way of life! Somehow, God has brought you dear co-workers into understanding of where that Work is today! Yet, most humans are absolutely blinded from understanding God’s Truth and God’s word. As God’s word warns, “Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you: ‘Behold, you despisers, marvel and perish; for I work a work in your days, a work which you will by no means believe, though one were to declare it to you’” (Acts 13:40-41).
Through your prayers and your faithful tithes and offerings, God is using you as well as our loyal team here in Charlotte to do an increasingly powerful “Work” which is beginning to reach all nations with the full Truth of God’s Plan and His great purpose in our lives. We are even now making the God of the Bible far more “real” to hundreds of thousands of people who watch our Tomorrow’s World program, who read the powerful and insightful articles in the Tomorrow’s World magazine, and who learned to read and even to study the truths thoroughly explained in our booklets and in the wonderful, in-depth Tomorrow’s World Bible Study Course.
May God Almighty abundantly bless you as you continue to respond and grow closer to Jesus Christ and God our Father. We have been mightily proclaiming the soon coming of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God—His world-ruling government—which will come right here on earth. Time is short. The stage is being set right now, as never before, for the economic downfall of the biblical Israelite countries, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, among others. As I write this letter, the leaders of the nearly 4 million Palestinian people are pushing for statehood recognition by the United Nations. This will have a major impact on upcoming prophetic events in years ahead, leading to world upheaval and a major threat to the Jewish state of Israel. This will affect all of us—you and me!
In the meantime, we are doing all we can to proclaim God’s mighty end-time gospel message to the world. Just in the past several weeks, we have been able to add more TV stations in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and South Africa. TV time is expensive! But God is blessing this Work, making the resources He provides stretch more and more. Just last week we received our two-millionth response, from countries around the world, to our Tomorrow’s World TV coverage since the telecast began 12 years ago!
Our presence on the worldwide Internet continues to grow and grow. Our website, www.TomorrowsWorld.org, and our Tomorrow’s World magazine have reached millions of people in virtually all countries on earth except two. These are: North Korea with 24 million inhabitants absolutely suppressed by their government, and the little city-state called the Republic of San Marino in northern Italy with about 30,000 citizens. (Thousands in the nation of Italy have responded to our website, but no one in San Marino… yet!) Jesus Christ said: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” We are fulfilling this scripture, and we need your help and your fervent prayers, more than ever to keep expanding and growing the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Dear co-workers, you and I are all part of this. We are the spiritual “pioneers” who have been given the magnificent privilege of understanding God’s Truth even in this confused and deceived age. When the many millions affected by this Work come up in the resurrection from the dead (John 5:25-29), they will no doubt look around among the true saints of God to find “who it was” who helped them gain true spiritual knowledge in the previous age. If we ourselves do our part, they will then truly have us to thank!
God is good. He is now calling many of you—ahead of the vast majority who have ever lived—to real understanding and to repentance so that you and I and all true Christians who are now part of Jesus’ “little flock,” may be in the first resurrection, the “better resurrection” as the Apostle Paul describes it in Hebrews 11:35. May God give each of us the faith and the courage to come out of this deceived world and earnestly prepare—and help others prepare—for the awesome reward Christ will give each of us at His Second Coming.
With Christian love,
Roderick C. Meredith
09/20/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Scott Winnail | Tuesday, September 20, 2011Recent news headlines are both shocking and disturbing. An insane gunman mowing down children at a summer camp in Norway. A deranged father keeping two mentally incompetent daughters as sex slaves. A psychotic father decapitating his handicapped seven-year-old son. Thousands of rioters destroying cars and buildings and stealing as they rampage. A rapist assaulting an 85-year-old woman for the "thrill of the moment." And the gory list continues. What is happening? Has the whole world gone mad? Will the carnage ever cease? Read more
09/18/11 p.m. LCG was covered in the news. Here is something that I was forwarded:
Living Church Of God Hosts Feast Of Tabernacles Conference In Chattanooga
The Chattanoogan - Sept 15, 2011Nearly 400 families from across the United States will gather for the annual Feast of Tabernacles at Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel and Convention Center on Oct. 13-20. This is the first year in some time that the church has met in Chattanooga for the Festival and plans are underway for 2012 and 2013.
Minister James Sweat, Feast site coordinator for the Charlotte, N.C.-based church, explains that members will take part in daily worship services, family-oriented gatherings, and social activities that will take them to many of the Chattanooga area’s recreational facilities, restaurants and natural attractions.
One noteworthy feature of the church’s observance is that, in keeping with the Biblical command, members set aside about ten percent of their annual income to spend at these annual festivals, where they are refreshed by the many spiritual and recreational activities available for their families.
Historically, this has made Living Church of God members a welcome sight at recreational areas such as Chattanooga.
Though many are familiar with the Feast of Tabernacles by its Hebrew name, “Sukkot,” Living Church of God members keep the Feast as a Christian observance, following the example of Jesus Christ and the early Christian church. Along with observing the “annual Sabbaths” God revealed in Leviticus 23, members also adhere to the weekly seventh-day Sabbath.
The Living Church of God organized 46 Feast sites in 31 countries in 2010. The church has more than 300 congregations around the globe, and produces the “Tomorrow’s World” television program shown on more than 300 stations around the world.
The program can be seen locally, each Sunday at 6 a.m. on WGN; 6:33 a.m. on Discovery Channel; and at 7:30 p.m. on WORD. Along with the telecast, more than 320,000 subscribers receive the church’s bi-monthly, full-color magazine “Tomorrow’s World,” which explains the prophetic meaning behind world events today, and offers vital Christian living principles for families and individuals.
09/18/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. D. Winnail. It includes information on concerns about Europe, the telecast, TWSPs, Africa, LYC, the Feast of Tabernacles, world news items, and his comments about taking time to think.
Here is the information on the Feast:
Feast of Tabernacles 2011
Live video of Feast services streamed from New Braunfels: Once again, there will be a live video stream of daily services and Bible studies from the New Braunfels Feast site for those with Internet access who are unable to attend the Feast. More details will be given in The World Ahead in the coming weeks, but we wanted to let you know of our plans now.Holy Day Offerings: If you are traveling internationally for the Feast, it is recommended that you leave your Holy Day Offering in your home country. This will ensure that you receive proper documentation for a tax deduction, if your country allows it. You should make an additional offering at the international site you attend, and can plan accordingly. Your attention to these instructions and your use of the preprinted Holy Day envelopes is greatly appreciated.
Hymnals: Brethren are encouraged to bring a hymnal (one or two songbooks per household) from their local congregation’s supply after the Day of Atonement for use at the Feast. They should bring back to their congregations the same hymnals, after the Feast, so that an equal number of books is returned to each congregation.Chemical Sensitivities: We want to remind everyone while at the Feast to be aware of the sensitivities to perfumes and colognes that some of our brethren have. For some of our brethren, because of serious allergies, walking by someone with a lot of perfume or cologne is not just uncomfortable but can send them to the Emergency Room. Let’s use extra care to show love to others in this way at the Feast—please use moderation.
Health and Feast Travel: As we prepare to depart for the Feast of Tabernacles, it is not uncommon for God’s people to “push themselves” and compromise their sleep and diet. Many of us try to get multiple tasks accomplished ahead of time (regarding work and school) so that we can attend the Feast without worry. Often this “push before the Feast” results in too little sleep and unhealthy eating habits. Then, when we finally get in the car, on the train, on the bus, or on an airplane, our bodies slow down and we get sick. In past years, this has resulted in some bringing the flu or a cold to the Feast site and spreading it to other Church members. If we do arrive at the Feast feeling ill, for the benefit of our brethren, it is important to avoid fellowshipping and attending services until all our symptoms are gone.Because of the Swine Flu outbreak a couple years ago, many nations are still operating under a heightened state of alert with international travelers. Some nations even require a “health disclosure” in order for tourists to enter their nation. Tourists displaying signs and symptoms of the flu may be detained by the local government until the flu-like symptoms are gone. For God’s people, this could cause us to miss part or even all of the Feast of Tabernacles while we are detained in local quarantine.
For all of us as God’s people, it is essential as we prepare for Feast of Tabernacles travel, to get appropriate rest and maintain a healthful diet filled with fruits and vegetables. Parents should make sure that their children also get adequate rest and eat a very healthful diet before the Feast. For our older brethren, these actions are imperative! In taking measures to stay healthy and improve our health before the Feast, not only will we be more likely to arrive at the Feast “healthy” and not be temporarily detained by the local health officials (if we are traveling abroad), but we will also be physically and mentally prepared to partake of the powerful spiritual food and fellowship that God is preparing for us!Finance DepartmentHall Rentals: November hall rental vouchers should be faxed or mailed to Accounts Payable by September 30 to ensure processing before the feast.
Payments: Please note that our last scheduled day to print reimbursement checks will be Thursday, October 6. We will not be able to print any checks again until Thursday, October 27. Any invoices we receive before October 5 will be paid before the break. Any invoices we receive after October 5 will not be able to be paid until October 27. If you have any questions in regards to specific invoices or payments, please contact Samanthia Kreis in the Accounts Payable Department at 704-844-1960 ext. 2236 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOT Shirts for Purchase (Jamaica Feast site): (Posted 2:39 pm 9/16/11--this was not in the Weekly Update but at cogl.org my LCG)
Attention all Jamaica Feastgoers! This year at the Feast in Jamaica, you have the opportunity to purchase shirts with the LCG logo on it. You can purchase various styles and colors of shirts for between $4-$18 USD. Click the link here to find ordering information and examples of the products. IMPORTANT: For those who wish to order shirts, please place your order by OCTOBER 3. Your ordering information should be emailed to Mr. Fraser at the email address on the attached document.
More on the Feast of Tabernacles can be found in the following articles:
The Feast of Tabernacles: A Time for Christians? Is this pilgrimage holy day still valid? Does it teach anything relevant for today's Christians? What is the Last Great Day? What do these days teach?
LCG 2011 Feast of Tabernacles' Information Here is information on many Feast of Tabernacles locations for this October 2011 feast.
Holy Day Calendar This is a listing of the biblical holy days through 2017, with their Roman calendar dates. They are really hard to observe if you do not know when they occur :)
09/17/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, September 17, 2011Sometimes seeing, we do not see. Our approach to life with its joys, trials and challenges often depends upon our perception of what we choose to see in any given situation. An analogy that seems to fit this human proclivity is how one looks at a diamond, the rarest of precious stones. Diamonds, which are formed over time by tremendous heat and pressure, are beautiful, but each one has a flaw. The experts who select and grade stones take these imperfections into account in determining the value of each unique stone. Read more
09/15/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Richard A. Wilson (guest columnist) | Thursday, September 15, 2011Almost any time of the day, you can open your front door and get slammed in the face with a noisy, busy world based on false values and false education. Bravely, we say we aren't really affected by what's going on in the world. We can even claim that "we aren't really part of what the world's about these days." Read more
09/13/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Eric Brown (guest columnist) | Tuesday, September 13, 2011
"I know that there is only the smallest measure of inspiration that can be taken from this devastation. But there is a passage in the Bible from Isaiah that I think speaks to us all at times like this. 'The bricks have fallen down but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the fig trees have been felled but we will replace them with cedars.' That is what we will do. We will rebuild and we will recover..." So spoke United States Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, on September 12, 2001, in response to the shocking terrorist attacks the day before.
Daschle’s comments impressed many at the time, but he would have done well to consider his Scripture quotation in its greater context: “The Lord sent a word against Jacob, and it has fallen on Israel. All the people will know—Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria—who say in pride and arrogance of heart: ‘The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with hewn stones; the sycamores are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars’” (Isaiah 9:8-10).
What an irony! Isaiah’s condemnation of national hubris, used with pride by an American political leader to boast of his nation’s resilience! Read more
09/11/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. D. Winnail. It includes information on concerns about weather, internet and other meetings, the telecast, TWSPs, Larry Rawson, Australasia Update, baptisms in India, Indochina, Feast of Tabernacles, world news items, and his comments about the location of your heart.
Here are his comments on that last item:
Where Is Your Heart? The Scriptures reveal that God looks on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7) and that He examines and tests our hearts and minds (Psalm 7:9)—because “a man’s heart reveals the man” (Proverbs 27:19). Our priorities—what we think about and what we do or plan to do—reveal what is truly in our heart. This is why Jesus said, “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). When God sees that our priorities are focused in the right direction, He will also provide many of our personal desires (Mark 10:29-30)—in His time and in His way. Setting right priorities is important when we follow the biblical admonition to do whatever we do with all our might (Ecclesiastes 9:10). Jesus Christ exemplified these principles in His own life. Jesus was a mission-oriented person. He told His disciples, “My food [nourishment, focus, consuming desire] is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” (John 4:34). Jesus was totally focused on His mission of preaching the Gospel, warning the world and preparing a people to reign with Him in the coming Kingdom of God. Regarding priorities, Jesus taught, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Jesus’ time, talents and resources were totally committed to His mission —He was not drawn off course by trials or the “cares of this world” (Matthew 13:18-23). Jesus’ heart was in the Work of God! We need to periodically examine our priorities and ask the question, “Where is our heart?”
09/10/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By William Bowmer | Saturday, September 10, 2011Before the world-changing events of 9/11/2001, Americans' exposure to terrorism was mostly secondhand--perhaps watching video images of a bombed-out Oklahoma City building in April 1995, or reading newspaper stories of a botched World Trade Center bombing in February 1993. Millions, however, on that momentous Tuesday morning of September 11, were watching live television coverage of one burning skyscraper, when another jet suddenly appeared--and then crashed into the second WTC tower! Read more
09/08/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Thursday, September 08, 2011Being a grandparent is one of the best "jobs" in the world. Children and grandchildren are truly a blessing, a gift, a heritage and a reward. They are our posterity. And they are an "inheritance" from God. Have you talked to your grandparents recently? Read more
09/06/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Tuesday, September 06, 2011Many wonderful quotations are attributed to Sir Winston Churchill, the great British Prime Minister who had such a profound effect on the 20th century. His irrepressible sense of humor, his tenacity in the face of great danger, his oratory and his writing ability set him apart as an influential historical figure. One quote he is noted for is, "Most people stumble over the truth, now and then, but they usually manage to pick themselves up and go on, anyway." Read more
09/04/11 a.m.Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. D. Winnail. It includes information on concerns about Hurricane Irense, meetings, the telecast, TWSPs, French Update, Nigeria visit, Feast of Tabernacles, world news items, and his comments about false teachers (see also an article Why Be Concerned About False and Heretical Leaders?).
Here is one of the world news items:
God Banned from Ceremony! New York mayor Michael Bloomberg recently banned religious observance and prayer at the tenth anniversary memorial ceremony of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. The decision has drawn some harsh comments. Former deputy mayor of New York, Rudy Washington observed, “This is America, and to have a memorial service where there’s no prayer, this appears to be insanity to me… I feel like America has lost its way. I am very upset about it. This is crazy.” Popular televangelist and former presidential candidate, Pat Robertson, commented “It goes with the finest traditions of our nation that we memorialize bravery, courage, and sacrifice with appeal to the Author of life… I am frankly shocked that May or Bloomberg thinks that he is doing the city of New York a favor by eliminating the spiritual element at an event commemorating tragedy, grief, and heroic sacrifice.” In response to the criticism, Bloomberg’s office commented that the focus “remains on the families of the victims” (www.newsmax.com, August 25, 2011). Millennia ago, God confronted Moses with the question: “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them?” (Numbers 14:11). God warned ancient Israelites and their modern descendants, “If you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, and if you despise My statutes… I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you…” (Leviticus 26:14-16). God “allowed” an act o f terror to hit New York City ten years ago, yet the nation and its leaders continue to reject God. This same God clearly states that He will not be mocked (Galatians 6:7). What will it take for the nations God has so abundantly blessed to return to Him?
09/03/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By William Williams (guest columnist) | Saturday, September 03, 2011On a cloudy morning, sometime around 5:00 a.m., a lone commuter drives to work, and not in the best frame of mind. As he leaves his neighborhood, he heads out onto the highway that will take him to his office. He barely notices that the road is still a little slick from some drizzling rain. Vaguely aware of the need to watch for roadside deer (and for other early-birds like himself), he is not operating at full capacity. His thoughts are elsewhere. Read more
08/30/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Michael Heykoop | Tuesday, August 30, 2011As the United States sees its debt continue to soar out of control, it would be prudent to take time to examine the results of such reckless spending. Just like any credit card, national debt carries with it the obligation for the debtor to pay interest. $14 trillion is an immense amount of debt, and it carries with it the burden of substantial interest payments. Last year alone the U.S. spent just under $413 billion paying off the interest on its loans. Read more
08/28/11 a.m.Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. D. Winnail. It includes information on concerns about the earthquake and hurricane hitting the Eastern USA, meetings, the telecast, TWSPs, London visit, Fort Lauderdale summer picnic, LYC, Feast of Tabernacles, world news items, and his comments on the age of skeptics.
Here is a news item:
Archaeology Supports Bible History. Recent archaeological findings near the ancient Philistine city of Gath have unearthed evidence of fighting around this town known in the Bible as the home of Goliath. “Diggers at Gath have also uncovered traces of a destruction of the city in the 9th century B.C., including a ditch and embankment built around the city by a besieging army— still visible as a dark line running across the surrounding hills. The razing of Gath at that time appears to have been the work of the Aramean king Hazael in 830 B.C., an incident mentioned in the Book of Kings” (see 2 Kings 12:17). Additional evidence demonstrates that the Philistines ate both pig and dog, unlike their Israelite neighbors (www.foxnews.com, July 11, 2011). An earlier discovery of a potsherd with a name related to “Goliath” sheds additional light on the story of David and Goliath—which some scholars think is just a legend (see Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2006). Jesus Christ twice observed “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known” (Matthew 10:26; Luke 12:2). It is exciting to see that scientific and archaeological evidence continues to support the Bible as a valid, historical document.
08/27/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, August 27, 2011The story goes that a couple was sitting at the counter in a diner enjoying a cup of coffee when the husband nudged his wife and said, "Honey, look at that old couple at the end for the bar. Someday, that will be us." His wife glanced in that direction and said with some amusement, "You realize of course that what you see is a mirror at the end of the bar!" This is a humorous reminder that we seldom see ourselves as others see us. It is also true that our mental image of ourselves can be far from the reality of our situation. This mental image is important in determining one's progress or growth in life. Read more
08/25/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By William Williams (guest columnist) | Thursday, August 25, 2011Dance, if you can--alone or with someone, even if you are bad at it, especially if you never have danced before. You will thank yourself later, if not immediately. I had always wanted to learn how to dance. The first time I did, I was amazed by how exhilarating it was, combining physical exercise, rhythmic concentration and the challenge of following another person's movements across a dance floor. It really forced my mind to work. Memory centers in the brain must flare to life with stress formed by performing several complicated functions at once--and this forces the mind to expand, as any brain expert might tell you. Read more
08/23/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Tuesday, August 23, 2011Jesus famously warned that prior to His Second Coming, "nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom" (Matthew 24:1-7). Centuries earlier, God warned through Isaiah that at the end of the age, "As for My people, children are their oppressors..." (Isaiah 3:12). These two prophecies are profoundly related. Furthermore, there is a sobering connection between these two warnings and the "flash mob" violence that has raged from London to Philadelphia!
08/21/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. D. Winnail. It includes information on concerns about violence in the UK and USA, travels to the UK, the telecast, TWSPs, LYC, Feast of Tabernacles, hymnals, world news items, and his comments on faith.
Here are the comments on faith:
Transforming Faith: How has your faith influenced or changed your life? The Apostle Paul urged New Testament Christians, “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:1-2). The word “transformed” comes from the Greek word metamorphoo which means a complete and total change—as when a caterpillar undergoes a metamorphosis into a butterfly! Jesus told potential Christians that they must repent (Greek metanao) which involves learning to think differently and turn with sorrow from a past course of action. As we regularly study and meditate on the word of God and ask God to help us change, we will develop the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5). As we make conscious decisions to think, talk and act as Jesus would—as we crucify the old self—Jesus Christ will be able to live His life in us (Galatians 2:20). This is the transforming faith that enables us to come out of the darkness of this age and be the lights to the world that God is looking for in individuals who are called to become members of His family (Ephesians 5:8-10).
08/20/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, August 20, 2011As we walked from the defense attorney's office to the courthouse, where I was to testify in a dispute over an insurance contract, I mentioned to the attorney that when the witnesses were "sworn in", that I would not swear. He shot a curious glance my way and asked, "Is that some religious thing?" I responded, "Jesus said, 'Swear not at all,'" (Matthew 5:34, KJV) and I explained that I take Him at His word. We walked on in silence, and soon were sitting in the courtroom as the presiding judge began the proceedings. Read more
08/18/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By John Meakin | Thursday, August 18, 2011Four days of mindless violence and anarchy swept across England in early August, taking five lives and engulfing 121 locations. Why? These were not, as some insinuated, "race riots"--even though the initial spark came from the police shooting of a well-known London gang member. Nor were they due to social deprivation, police brutality, political discontent, or government cuts to balance the budget. Neither were they directly related to joblessness or economic despair or poverty. After all, many places did not riot! So, what is the explanation? Read more
08/16/11 p.m. The following is from the latest co-worker letter from Dr. Meredith:
Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ,
Greetings from Charlotte, NC! Are we really in America’s “last days”? Certainly, nearly everyone recognizes that we are in a horrific financial crisis. We are so much indebted that our children and grandchildren will probably be unable to pay our national debt even during coming decades. Our national credit rating has been lowered by Standard and Poor’s—one of the most respected credit rating agencies in the world. Massive floods have ruined hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of grain and other crops up and down the Missouri River. And now, in the southwestern part of the United States, the record breaking drought continues. Because of the political infighting and uncertainty in our leadership, a sense of national malaise is increasing among the entire American population. People are now uncertain about the direction our country is taking.
Over in Britain, we have witnessed a remarkable outbreak of rioting, looting and hooliganism on a scale never before experienced in the United Kingdom. Newspaper writers and editorialists are asking all kinds of questions about why. Many of the people and even leaders there are beginning to grasp that their attempt to be “politically correct”—and their “multicultural” and “universal care” society—is not working. In fact, the society is slowly but surely coming apart. One of our own members sent me an email about this just yesterday. This London resident stated, “I am disgusted at these thugs. If I hadn’t been in the church I think I would definitely be out marching against them… urghh… they should drop them all off in Afghanistan!! Children shall be their oppressors eh??” So it seems that the “beginning of sorrows” has certainly been escalating in Ephraim an d Manasseh! Maybe it will help some few people to actually “wake up”!
British papers, of course, are full of news and comments about the massive rioting that has spread over most of Britain in the last few days. The Daily Mail reported, “Over the past month, even an economic illiterate with half a brain could have seen this economic meltdown coming…. A woeful lack of leadership across the Western world is making a perilous situation worse. Markets hate uncertainty and they sense no one is in control. German Chancellor Merkel and French President Sarkozy are in denial about the true scale of the debt problem…. Italy’s clownish premier Silvio Berlusconi has allowed his nation’s debt to reach 120 per cent of GDP … and Spain is blighted by impotence pending an election next month. President Obama, having thrown a trillion dollars into a failed bid to stimulate growth, has largely retreated to the White House and seems interested only in being re-elected. And here [in Great Britain], our political masters… ignored the crisis for weeks before the Commons broke for summer… The situation cries out for leadership—for someone with foresight and willpower to take the initiative” (“A world crying out for strong leadership,” August 8, 2011).
Therefore, dear friends, even these British writers and editors sense a massive problem—a tremendous lack of leadership—beginning to take root in the Western world. For those of us who take the Bible seriously, it is obvious that the entire world is literally “crying out” for God’s intervention—for the Kingdom of God to come. Of course, the vast majority even of professing Christians do not take the Bible literally. They do not believe in a real personal God—the Creator and Ruler of the entire universe...
With Christian love,
Roderick C. Meredith
P.S. More Good News! We’ve just been informed that another “door” has opened to proclaim Christ’s Message to Britain and Europe! BELIEVE-TV is set to begin airing Tomorrow’s World on B-Sky-B on channel 596 and Eurobird on Sunday, August 28, at 10:00 a.m. British time.
08/16/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By William Bowmer | Tuesday, August 16, 2011On August 17, 1961--exactly 50 years ago, this Wednesday--East German laborers laid the first concrete blocks of what would soon be called the "Berlin Wall" The wall, cutting West Berlin off from surrounding East Germany, came to be seen as a symbol of Communist tyranny, and for more than a generation the German people grew used to its troubling presence, separating them from old friends and family and marking a moral and philosophical divide as well as a physical one. Read more
08/15/11 p.m. Dr. Michael Germano reported:
Greetings from the LU faculty and staff. Thank you for registering for classes and being part of our growing global family. We hope you will find the courses both interesting and rewarding as you grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ and God the Father. Today is the first day of classes and we have 186 students registered for course credit or as auditors. Today begins the official Drop/Add period and we will not have an official enrollment report until the census date of August 24.
08/14/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. D. Winnail. It includes information on prophecy, travels to the UK, the telecast, UK riots, TWSPs, additional congregations in Canada, Feast of Tabernacles, Living University, world news items, and his comments on the blessings of unity.
Here are comments on the riots:
Riots in the United KingdomMr. John Meakin reports: Despite these riots being so terrible and shocking, our members have not been directly affected. Several live near places where there have been disturbances, but none has been directly affected. The nearest was a member in Liverpool. The entire nation has risen up in profound disgust because of these riots; arson, looting and just rampaging through cities for the sheer entertainment. No respect for any authority or the police or people’s property. No sense of right or wrong. A chronic lack of effective parenting. A national preoccupation with rampant materialism via the media. This has been a slow-burn moral crisis building up over the past 30-plus years. The hands of the police have been tied by a liberal agenda of the intelligentsia and successive governments and an unhealthy pre-occupation with human rights, while neglecting human responsibilities. This has spawned an uneducated, amoral, unemployable, criminal underclass which sees nothing wrong in getting its own back against society and the authority figures like the police. Small wonder that Prime Minister Cameron speaks of a broken society in which segments of it are simply “sick.” He accepts what is needed is a moral revolution, but can he deliver?
What is needed is action not mere words and the forces of liberalism are very strong. The riots for the most part are now over. Cities are swamped with police who are empowered to act more strongly. Thousands of citizens have committed themselves to a rapid clean up and to peaceful protection of business and private properties. Criminal justice will be hard, swift and strong on the perpetrators, whose identities have been recorded on many a high definition surveillance camera. Parliament was recalled from the summer recess and an emergency debate is still under way as I write. There will be a long moratorium and enquiry as to causes stretching past the summer recess. Lots of hand wringing. But will anyone conclude that when you leave God out of national affairs and the family, and disregard His laws, what we have seen is the inevitable result?Mr. Rick Stafford reports: Our London members, who live in communities which have been affected by the recent riots, have reported that they have not received any property damage or suffered personal injury. One just said it was “scary.” A prospective member, who owns a retail store, called and expressed his gratitude for God’s protection when gangs just walked by his place on Tuesday afternoon. I was visiting in one of the troubled areas but, heeding advice, I postponed my scheduled evening visit into Croydon (those whom I was going to be visiting live directly across the street from a heavily damaged store.).Mr. and Mrs. James and Sue Bennett report: A member living in Liverpool was the only one in a trouble hotspot. Four cars were set alight and windows smashed in her street on Tuesday evening/early hours. She went to bed and slept peacefully knowing she could do nothing and God was in charge. We haven’t heard anything this morning (Thursday) but I think it was much quieter last night. Her brother would welcome her into his home if the trouble started again. Services this Sabbath will be in Manchester and those members who travel through Piccadilly Gardens (the place to avoid!) will keep an eye on the situation. Jim has already advised them not to put their safety at risk.
Here is a reminder from LU:
Still Time to Register!Living University classes begin Monday, August 15, and it is not too late to register to take a class this semester. For those who have never before taken an LU class, the deadline for making an application is Sunday at 6:00 p.m. EST. You will need to apply for LU Admission first, and then you can register and order books. For those who have taken classes before, you may register through Wednesday, August 17. The admissions process is easy and all online. For more information on LU admissions and to register for classes, please visit our website at www.livinguniv.com. For detailed questions, please contact Ms. Michelle Bottella at email@example.com or at 704-708-2294.
08/13/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Richard A. Wilson (guest columnist) | Saturday, August 13, 2011To prove that the Bible is the authoritative word of God, one must rely on a combination of secular history, scientific fact, and one's own faith that the Bible is the true word of a higher power. Plus the belief that God's power, the Holy Spirit, is working with those God has called to understand His plan for mankind. Read more
08/11/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Thursday, August 11, 2011The late Jerry Clower, a teller of funny stories, related a hilarious tale about the lady who went into an old-fashioned butcher shop. She said to the proprietor behind the refrigerated meat case, "I would like a 3½ pound frying chicken." It was near the end of the day, and as the butcher reached down behind the counter into the chest full of ice that had contained the poultry, he found there was only one left. He plopped the chicken on the scale, and it weighed a little less than 3½ pounds. The customer said, "Well, I'd like one that is a little larger." With that, the butcher put the chicken back in the ice chest, swished it around to fill the body cavity with ice, then plopped the bird again on the scale. It now weighed 4 pounds. "Oh, good!" the lady exclaimed, "I'll take both of them!" Read more
08/09/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, August 09, 2011Superstitions come in just about every stripe imaginable. While you may laugh at others' superstitions, do you have your own? Read more
08/07/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. D. Winnail. It includes information on news, the telecast, TWSPs, LYC, Feast of Tabernacles, hymnals (also in French), Living University, world news items, and his comments skills that promote teamwork.
Here is how it starts out:
This past week the fractious United States government temporarily patched up its embarrassing squabbles over the federal budget, while the Germans are emerging as the real financial power in Europe. A searing heat wave continues to roast almost 30% of the southern part of the USA while thousands are dying of starvation in parts of Africa—and troubles continue to erupt in the Middle East. All these events are fitting into end-time Bible prophecies! Here in Charlotte, Mr. Meredith held a number of meetings this week, and Mr. Hernandez has returned from very profitable visits in Europe. Last week’s Tomorrow’s World telecast by Mr. Meredith, program #345, “Seven Steps to Destruction” is expected to draw more than 5,500 responses. Mr. Jonathan McNair reports about 200 campers and staff arrived for the teen Living Youth Camp in Ohio. This weekend, I will be in Norfolk and Richmond to give TWSPs and then make a short visit to the Living Youth Camp in Ohio. Please remember brethren in your prayers who are dealing with serious health problems—especially Mr. Wayne Pyle who has been dealing with cancer.
08/06/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Dan Dever (guest columnist) | Saturday, August 06, 2011On September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy stated, "We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too." Read more
08/04/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Michelle R. Bottella (guest columnist) | Thursday, August 04, 2011By her own admission, she was not what anyone expected. She promised that hers would not be a typical commencement address, because she was not a typical college student. After thanking the faculty and staff of Living University, she added, "I'm sure that none of them thought that their first candidate for a bachelor's degree was going to be a 71 year old widow from Milwaukee." Read more
08/02/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Dexter Wakefield | Tuesday, August 02, 2011"Some strategic thinkers in Germany have long had dreams of dominating Europe in a controversial plan called Mitteleuropa, but in military implementation it has always failed. The word Mitteleuropa is used as both a place and an idea. Geographically, it is the Germans' general area of central Europe, and conceptually, it was a plan first presented around 1915 for German domination of the region.Are the Germans now in a position to have by economic means the domination they never achieved militarily? A growing number of analysts are saying that the adoption of the euro as the common European currency makes this outcome inevitable. But the same economic factors that made Germany's economy strong relative to some other EU countries are also destabilizing the EU monetarily. What lies ahead for the euro and the European Union? And what perspective does the Bible give on these rapidly developing events?" Read more
07/31/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. D. Winnail. It includes information on Norway, the telecast, TWSPs, Feast of Tabernacles, hymnals (also in French), Living University, heads-up (TWSPs), world news items, and his comments about the value of council.
Here is the information on Living University:
Living UniversityThere are now just two weeks until the start of the next semester. Classes begin on August 15. If you have not already registered for your LU classes and purchased your textbooks, please do so. If you are considering taking courses for the first time, it is not too late. You will need to apply for LU admission first, and then you can register and order books. The admissions process is easy and all online. For more information on LU admissions and to register for classes, please visit our website at www.livinguniv.com. For detailed questions, please contact Ms. Michelle Bottella at firstname.lastname@example.org or at +1-704-708-2294. Listed below are a few more courses being offered this semester.THL 211 – Old Testament Survey IThis interesting course deals with the Law and the Former Prophets, focusing on background, content, structure, geography, teachings, basic meaning of each book and outstanding people and events. Emphasis is on the Old Testament Scriptures as the background and foundation for understanding the New Testament.THL 320 – Introduction to Church HistoryThis exciting course traces the history of the Church of God from apostolic times to the present day. Topics include the development of the Church through each of its seven distinct eras. Students will learn to analyze significant developments in the history of the Church by the end of the course.THL 332 – The Biblical Text
This in-depth course deals with the authority, inspiration, canonization, literary unity, and textual criticism of the Bible. Emphasis is on Bible translations, versions, textual analysis, exegesis, and research.THL 342 – Christian Marriage and FamilyThis course is an excellent tool for those considering marriage, engaged couples, those recently married, and even for those married for years. It covers many topics related to marriage and family, including: dating, engagement, preparation for marriage, successful home and family life, family management, and contemporary issues in marriage and family life.THL 412 – Epistles of Paul IThis course, the first of two, focuses on the Apostle Paul’s life and writings including the background, message, purposes and theme, of each of his epistles. Emphasis is upon Romans, I and II Corinthians, and Galatians. Note that THL 136 is a prerequisite for this course.ENGL 261 – World LiteratureThis interesting course introduces selected works from the Pacific, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas from their literary beginnings through the seventeenth century. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected prose, poetry, and drama.
07/30/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, July 30, 2011The speaker at our business organization breakfast was a prominent attorney known for his service to the community. In his remarks, he commented on the pleasure he derived from working with the Boy Scouts of America program, especially the Cub Scouts. Read more
07/28/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Robert McMinn (guest columnist) | Thursday, July 28, 2011Although the existence of atoms is considered an undisputed scientific truth today, it has not always been so. In the early history of man's search for physical knowledge, some believed in atoms and some did not. But what can the current proof of the existence of atoms tell us about the existence of God? Read more
Some articles of possibly related interest may include:
Is God's Existence Logical? Some say it is not logical to believe in God. Is that true?
Is Evolution Probable or Impossible or Is God's Existence Logical? Part II This short article clearly answers what 'pseudo-scientists' refuse to acknowledge.
Where Did God Come From? Any ideas? And how has God been able to exist? Who is God?
How is God Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient? Here is a biblical article by Wallace Smith which answers what many really wonder about it.
What is the Meaning of Life? Who does God say is happy? What is your ultimate destiny? Do you really know? Does God actually have a plan for YOU personally?
07/26/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, July 26, 2011Nations, kingdoms and empires come and go. The new nation of South Sudan just came into existence in Africa on July 9, 2011. Will it be like so many other nations over time that have come and gone? Why do nations rise and fall? Is there a reason? Read more
07/24/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. D. Winnail. It includes information on the telecast, Jim and Dr. Meredith, many TWSPs, Sergio Carvajal prayer request, LYC, Feast of Tabernacles, hymnals, heads-up, world news items, and comments about watching and being ready.
Here is one of the world news items:
New Sexually-Transmitted Superbug. One of the most common sexually-transmitted diseases, gonorrhea, has once again morphed into a more powerful foe. Reuters soberly reports, “The new strain of the sexually transmitted disease—called H041—cannot be killed by any currently recommended treatments for gonorrhea, leaving doctors with no other option than to try medicines so far untested against the disease.” The new strain was identified in Japan—where most new gonorrhea strains are discovered. One infectious disease expert predicts that it should become globally transmissible in the next 10-20 years. Sexually-transmitted diseases usually spread from Japan, to South-East Asia, to Africa, and then to the rest of the world. Treatable sexually-transmitted diseases like gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia account for over 300 million cases annually—roughly equivalent to the entire population of the United States (Reuters, July 11, 2011). Thousands of years ago God set forth a code of conduct that, if followed, would completely prevent sexually-transmitted diseases. That code of conduct is the Ten Commandments—which prohibits adultery (Exodus 20) and the related sin of fornication (1 Corinthians 6:18-20). When sexual relationships are confined within godly, monogamous marriages, the risk of such infections dips to virtually zero! These biblical principles are actually the real key to eradicating these dangerous infectious diseases. For more information on this important topic, see our free booklet, The Ten Commandments.
07/23/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, July 23, 2011Sometimes, colloquial expressions--those well-worn, time-honored phrases that have come into common use--are passed from generation to generation as a part of the culture. Hokey? Yes, they can be, but these pithy expressions can convey some wisdom if one actually listens and gives them some thought. Read more
07/21/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Jeffrey Fall | Thursday, July 21, 2011Today, with up-to date-science, it becomes increasingly clear that the theory of evolution has become the modern-day religion of the educated--and, quite commonly, the religion of the uneducated. Listen to the amazing words of Charles Darwin, whom many consider the "father" of evolution: "I was a young man with unformed ideas. I threw out queries, suggestions wondering over all the time over everything and to my astonishment the ideas took like wildfire. People made a religion out of them." Charles Darwin admitted that his wonderings and suggestions became a religion. Read more
07/20/11 p.m. Here is information from the latest (July 20, 2011) co-worker letter by LCG's Richard Ames:
So far this year, our television presenters and other ministers have given 89 Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations [TWSPs] including the following international cities: Durban, South Africa; Kingston, Scarborough, Fredericton, Moncton, Red Deer, Calgary, Edmonton, and Grand Prairie, Canada; Mexico City, Mexico; Dublin, Ireland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Auckland, New Zealand; Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth, Australia. My wife and I just returned from TWSPs in Chicago and Milwaukee where I was able to meet with some of you co-workers. We appreciate your enthusiasm and support for the preaching of the Gospel and the mission that Christ has given us (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15). Be sure to monitor our Tomorrow’s World Web site for future presentations that may be planned for a city near you.
Given the many natural disasters around the world in the first half of 2011, one theme I have emphasized is, “Be prepared!” When I have asked audiences how many have emergency drinking water to last a week, I have been surprised to learn that only 10 to 15 percent typically indicate they have even that minimal degree of preparation for a disaster. After my presentations and warnings in Chicago and Milwaukee, a powerful “derecho” (violent windstorm) left hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans without electricity. “ComEd officials compared the freak weather to a World War II bombing campaign” (Chicago Sun Times, July 12, 2011)...
We are living in the “end-time” or “the time of the end,” an expression emphasized five times in the book of Daniel. Outlining the sequence of prophetic events, Jesus stated, “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:6-8).
In these dangerous times, we need to live with active faith and ensure that we “are not troubled” as we experience “the beginning of sorrows.” We all need to draw close to God for His protection. Psalm 91 is a psalm of protection. Dr. Meredith referred to it in his last co-worker letter (June 16, 2011). “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust’” (vv. 1-2). Read all of Psalm 91—pray for protection and thank God that He has given His angels the responsibility to watch over those whom He has called: “But to which of the angels has He ever said: ‘Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool’? Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:13-14).
The living Christ at God’s right hand has given us this instruction: “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36). We must stay alert spiritually and recognize the “signs of the times.” Your support of the Tomorrow’s World telecast, magazine and Web site enables millions to understand the prophetic trends revealed in God’s word, the Bible.
Famines are one important prophetic trend about which Jesus warned us. Consider the extreme poverty of millions trying to survive in northeast Africa. “The United Nations has described the drought in the Horn of Africa as an emergency, one phase before famine. Some 10 million people are affected in a triangle straddling Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. It says it is the worst drought in 60 years and almost a dozen aid agencies have launched massive appeals” (Reuters, “Somalia is world’s worst humanitarian disaster: U.N.,” July 11, 2011).
We in the Western world often complain about the most trivial inconveniences. Yet some of these African families walk on foot for miles seeking food: “‘We ran because of starvation,’ said Ulmay Abdow Issack, 32, who spent three weeks walking to the border with her six young children and sick husband. ‘We didn’t have anything to eat or drink on the journey.…’ Increasing numbers of malnourished young children are dying after trekking for weeks to receive emergency aid in what [U.N. officials say] has become the ‘worst humanitarian disaster in the world’” (ibid.).
Brethren and co-workers, we need to face the reality of these end-time prophetic trends. We should “sigh and cry” (Ezekiel 9:4) over the abominations that lead to massive suffering and starvation. We need to spend more time on our knees in fervent prayer for God’s Kingdom to come, and for the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to go forth with greater power and effect as a witness to the world (Matthew 24:14).
Another major trend we have all been watching, and have been experiencing to varying painful degrees, is the global financial crisis. More than one financial professional has described the crisis as our “financial Armageddon.” The deadline for raising the 14.3 trillion dollar U.S. national debt limit is August 2. Many are fearing that if the U.S. Congress does not act by this date, the nation could default on its debt obligations. Experts disagree about the exact scope of the danger, but even U.S. President Barack Obama stated in his news conference last Friday (July 15), “It is constructive to say that if Washington operates as usual and can’t get anything done, let’s at least avert Armageddon. I’m glad that people are serious about the consequences of default.” The Charlotte Observer called such a default “a development that could spawn chaos in financial markets around the world and kick the U.S. economy back into deep recession” (“Never have debt stakes been so high,” July 15, pp. 1, 5).
Unless we change our way of living, the U.S. and other Western nations will face skyrocketing inflation, and “financial Armageddon”! Will our Western nations repent of their immorality and disobedience to God’s righteous and holy commandments? As I reported in my April 2010 co-worker letter, “BBC Focus magazine recently analyzed the world’s nations according to the classic ‘seven deadly sins’—lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. What nation was measured as most sinful? Australia! The United States and Canada followed at numbers two and three (‘The Most Sinful Nation on Earth,’ February 2010, p. 30).”...
As humanity’s long and painful experimentation with worldly systems nears its end, we can lift up our eyes in faith and hope, looking forward to and preparing for the coming of the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). Jesus encourages us to persevere and to visualize our glorious future: “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:28).
Thank you for your faithful and continuing support as we strive to do our part to fulfill the Great Commission.
07/19/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, July 19, 2011The older generation sees the younger generation and complains, "You can't find young people who are reliable and willing to work hard." The younger generation sees the older generation and complains, "Old people should retire. It's a new day and a new way." Why is there tension between the generations? Read more
07/17/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Roderick McNair. It includes information on Australia and South Africa, many TWSPs, Chinese telecasts, new Feast site in Chile, LYC, Feast of Tabernacles, LU classes, hymnals, heads-up, world news items, and comments about what 12 year olds can do.
The Feast information is also in my updated article LCG 2011 Feast of Tabernacles' Information.
Here are Rod McNair's comments about 12 year olds:
What Can a Twelve-Year-Old Do? When Jesus was only twelve years old, He was already growing in wisdom and focusing on doing His Father’s will (Luke 2:49, 52). Other pre-teens in history have made important decisions—for good, or evil—at a young age. Manasseh began his wicked reign at twelve (2 Kings 21:1). His grandson, Josiah, took the throne even earlier—at eight years old—and reigned well, turning “to the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to the Law of Moses” (2 Kings 23:25).
What can a twelve-year-old do? A lot! We may not always be tuned in to the pivotal changes and choices our pre-teens are facing. But often they are struggling with the important questions of the Universe! They are beginning to ask, “Why am I here?” They are wrestling with the big issues of life: truth, morality and the existence of God. And many are beginning to build a personal relationship with our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ His Son. My own Dad was convicted and began to keep the Sabbath at twelve years of age, in spite of opposition from his father. God may have begun to call you at an early age, too.As we watch our young people grow, let’s not forget the momentous issues they are facing. Let’s give them attention, encouragement, and support. God is working with them, too!
07/16/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Charles Knowlton | Saturday, July 16, 2011As I see the United States government striving to work out a new budget, trying to devise a way to get the nation out of deep debt, I am reminded of an old hymn: "Give of Your Best to the Master." Read more
07/14/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Rod McNair | Thursday, July 14, 2011Have we as a society rejected God? Do we really worship and obey Him? Read more
07/12/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Jeffrey Fall | Tuesday, July 12, 2011In recent years, amazing progress has been made in mapping the genetic blueprint of many bacteria and viruses that can cause human disease. The more we understand the genetic code of these microbes, the greater the promise of learning to control their deadly nature. Researchers have held out the possibility of developing new vaccines and antibiotics for all sorts of deadly human diseases. Read more
Yesterday, I made two posts at the COGwriter news page related to the above subject that may be of further interest:
07/11/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Roderick McNair. It includes information on Dr. Winnail and the related TWSPs in New Zealand and Australia., elder Sergio Carvajal, NM/Az fires/brownouts, LYC, Feast of Tabernacles, LU classes, hymnals, heads-up, world news items, and comments about the death of Otto von Hapsburg.
Here is one of the world news items:
“Greece faces massive loss of sovereignty,” read a recent article in the EU Observer. As the EU forwards 12 billion euros of additional relief to Greece, it completes its fifth payment of the overall 110 billion euro package. This recent payment should help Greece meet its financial obligations through the end of the month. Experts suggest that the next required steps for Greece will result in major privatization of Greece’s many state-owned assets, not unlike the “selling of East German firms in the 1990’s after the fall of Communism.” Although many European nations speak of the need to “encourage” and “support” the Greeks during this difficult financial situation, this does not erase the reality of the impact of privatization on Greek sovereignty (EU Observer, July 4, 2011). God highlights that the final configuration of “kingdoms” under the Beast power will “give their power” over to that Beast for a time (Revelation 17:13). Exactly how power will be “given over” to this European Beast power remains to be seen, however, massive indebtedness and the corresponding repayment plans could be one way this prophecy is fulfilled. Time will tell exactly how this powerful prophecy will come to pass.
07/07/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Thursday, July 07, 2011Birds are not just beautiful and awe-inspiring; God has used them throughout history to teach human beings many lessons. Read more
07/05/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Laurie Hernandez (guest columnist) | Tuesday, July 05, 2011You may be familiar with the acronym "PTSD." It stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Is there anything we can do to help those who suffer from PTSD? Read more
07/03/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Roderick McNair. It includes information on the US debt crisis, TWSPs, Dr. Wilner Pierre, Belgian singles weekend, LYC, Feast activities, LU classes, hymnals, heads-up, world news items, and comments about being behind the curve.
Here are his comments:
Are You Behind the Curve? If your home is anything like ours, there are always plenty of things to do, and this is especially true in the summer. Cutting the grass, weeding and hoeing the garden, picking vegetables, feeding and caring for animals, mending fences and fixing innumerable things—and those are just the outside projects! If we procrastinate and put off tasks, the list can get very long, very quickly. And we find ourselves getting “behind the curve,” so to speak, discouraged because we can’t catch up.
But think about it—does this ever happen spiritually? Sometimes we procrastinate on the tasks God gives us to do. Do we pray every day? Do we study our Bibles every day, and spend time thinking about what we have read? Do we fast from time to time? If we are not doing these things, more than likely spiritual problems will pile up, and suddenly our list—of bad habits, improper attitudes and frustrations about life—will seem to bury us. As we walk with God every day, He helps us stay on top of issues in our spiritual life. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:33-34). If we deal with the issues at hand, we prevent today’s trouble from becoming tomorrow’s trouble, too!
07/02/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By William Bowmer | Saturday, July 02, 2011Today's Christians are "strangers and pilgrims" on planet Earth (Hebrews 11:13), living in anticipation of the soon-coming Kingdom of God wherein will be our true citizenship. Yet each of us is born in some nation, somewhere. How do we respond to our nation's holidays? And what if those holidays are more somber than joyous? Read more
06/30/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Thursday, June 30, 2011Critics sometimes point to supposed "Bible contradictions" to assert that Christianity is based on a flawed and untrustworthy canon, and that Scripture is not inspired. One such "contradiction" involves the accounts of Judas' death in Matthew 27:5 and Acts 1:18. Do these passages actually contradict each other? Is the Bible really trustworthy in all points? Read more
06/28/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Tuesday, June 28, 2011Militant Islam continues to strengthen its hold across the Middle East. At the same time, from Oklahoma to England, Western governments are moving to restrict the use of Islamic sharia law in schools, courts and other public institutions (Guardian.co.uk, June 8, 2011). Can Islam find a peaceful place of co-existence with Western culture? Or will its spread lead to increasing tensions and ultimately a final violent conflict against the Western nations? Read more
06/26/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It includes information on turmoil in the world, TW presentations in Austin and Mexico City, Caribbean, Chilean prayer request, robbery protection, Omaha flood, FOT volunteer registration, a clerical job opening, heads-up, world news items, and comments about being thankful for the truth.
Here are the Mexico City and Omaha items:
Mario Hernandez was in Mexico City from June 9 through 20. On the Day of Pentecost, June 12, he presented to the public a live one-hour radio program about God’s Plan as revealed through the Holy Days. The congregation in Mexico City, as well as other brethren in Spanish-speaking countries, listened to the message as well via the radio station’s website. During his program, Mr. Hernandez invited listeners to request by phone an invitation to his Special Presentations the following Sabbath and Sunday, June 18 and 19. A total of 375 invitations were sent (325 by mail and 50 by e-mail). Sixty-four “new people” attended Mr. Hernandez’s two-part presentation, “ALove Story Written in Seven Chapters,” which elaborated on the theme of God’s Master Plan. In addition, 2,500 people on Saturday, and 3,500 on Sunday, connected to the live stream of these presentations via Justin TV and phone calls are still coming in requesting an audio recording of the presentations!Omaha Flood
We have had several inquiries about flood waters in and around Omaha, Nebraska. There are two nuclear plants nearby on the Missouri River. The Fort Calhoun plant is situated 20 minutes north of Omaha. It is in cold shutdown due to refueling. Two “unusual events” have been declared—one due to the rising flood, and the other due to a fire. The Cooper plant to the south has also declared an “unusual event” due to the flooding. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is closely monitoring both plants. Although they are on the lowest level of alert, there are several inspectors at Fort Calhoun providing around the clock updates.
Senators from both Iowa and Nebraska have met with FEMA regarding flood insurance. Gavins Point Dam in southeast South Dakota is set to release 160,000 cubic feet of water per second. Residents in part of North Omaha have been told to prepare to evacuate, along with some of the residents of Council Bluffs, Iowa (across the river from Omaha), and Carter Lake, Iowa. We have just been told that one-third of the area of Paradise Lakes, near Bellevue, NE, has been evacuated. Today 660 were evacuated from Hamburg, a town in southwest Iowa near the Missouri and Nebraska state lines. Plattsmouth, Nebraska is trying to protect its water treatment plant, while portable toilets have been set up.There are nine mobile pumping units keeping the road passable from downtown Omaha to the city airport. Eppley Airport is narrowly escaping closure. Many interstates, highways, and roads have already been closed and it appears that it will become more difficult to travel in the coming days. At this point, the brethren and their property all are safe. Prayers to our God for their continued safety are much appreciated.—Brian Pomicter
The flooding in Omaha is still in the news, so there still may be issues facing those there.
06/25/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Saturday, June 25, 2011Can you afford a 30 percent increase in your weekly food bill? Just days ago, two leading food agencies warned of such an increase, and added that "the world should prepare for a decade of high food prices" (Financial Times, June 17, 2011). How will you be affected in the coming months? And how will the crisis end? Read more
For some time, I have been expecting a major surge in the price of food and/or shortages in the availability of food (like famines in some areas) beginning to be more noticeable starting with the commencement of the Feast of Tabernacles this year. The stage may be being set for that right now.
06/23/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Marc Arseneault | Thursday, June 23, 2011Hundreds of millions around the world looked on with wonder when Catherine Middleton and Prince William became husband and wife in a grand ceremony in London, England last April 29. What a wonderful fairy tale of love, pageantry and royal glamour! But was it just a spectacle? Or did the royal wedding point toward something important to Christians today? Read more
06/21/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By James Ginn | Tuesday, June 21, 2011It was a scene of chaos! Cars and buildings were on fire, and explosions could be heard in the distance. Mobs of angry people roamed the streets. Young men were attacking each other relentlessly while crowds of callous onlookers gawked and mocked. Law and order were nowhere to be found, as looters capitalized on fear and complacency. What great catastrophe had struck to cause such chaos and pandemonium? Or what enemy invasion force had landed? Read more
06/19/011 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It includes information on Pentecost travels, TW telecast going into CHINA!, FOT volunteer registration, a secretarial job opening, world news items, and comments about being real Philadelphian Christians.
Here is that last item:
Real Philadelphia Christians: The book of Revelation describes Philadelphia Christians as having a strong desire to carry out the mission that Jesus Christ gave to His Church. According to the Scriptures, that mission involved preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to this world and especially to the Israelite nations (Mark 1:14-15; Matthew 10:1-7), warning the world about the difficult times that will arise at the end of the age (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21) and preparing a people to reign with Jesus Christ in the coming government of God (Luke 1:17). However, as the name “Philadelphia” means “brotherly love,” true Philadelphians will also strive to follow Jesus’ admonition to “love one another” (John 15:17). They understand that showing unselfish, outgoing concern for others (versus sitting in judgment of others) is one of the distinguishing marks of a real Philadelphia Christian (John 13:34-35). The capacity to show real love to others is also one of the most important fruits that indicate that we have and are using God’s Spirit (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:22-25). Let’s all look for ways to show “brotherly love” to others.
An article of related interest that was in the Living Church News is What is a True Philadelphian?
06/18/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Carl E. McNair (1937-2004) | Saturday, June 18, 2011As a father, I appreciate the honor given to me by my children. Each year, it is the custom across the length and breadth of our land to honor mothers and fathers on "their day." Mothers are honored on "Mother's Day," and fathers are honored on "Father's Day." Do we appreciate that the basis for honoring our fathers and mothers stems from an ancient teaching that was given to our forefathers almost 3,500 years ago? Read more
06/17/11 p.m. The following is from the latest co-worker letter from Dr. Meredith:
We are continuing to see and experience positive growth in this Work! To date, our membership has been blessed by hundreds of baptisms in 72 countries around the world, and our membership is up a solid 13 percent over a year ago, and our list of co-workers worldwide has grown 14 percent above a year ago. I truly thank our God in heaven for His great blessings! I believe He has moved you to join with us in this end-time Work, and I certainly thank you for your part!
Last month we began airing the Tomorrow’s World telecast on KCAL-TV in Los Angeles—a popular TV station that reaches more than six million homes. Thanks to KCAL’s broadcast coverage, this week our TV response in Los Angeles surpassed New York, the number-one TV market in the United States, which is encouraging.
The Tomorrow’s World television program is sending a powerful witness to millions of homes around the world. Just these past two weekends we began airing on a new TV station in Hong Kong, China, and it was a great start. With our combined prayers, this TV station has the potential to make a significant impact in that area of the world. This is the very first time for this Work of God to be able to broadcast in China, and we look forward to God blessing this new door for the Church, and your prayers are most appreciated! This is not the work of man...
We are experiencing our biggest year yet for the television program. And we hope with your prayers and support, we can acquire more TV time around the world. Time is short.
06/16/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Charles Knowlton | Thursday, June 16, 2011A prominent citizen and I shook hands on a deal to buy my house, as I was preparing to be transferred to another area. A smile of relief was on my face. But my relief disappeared a few weeks later, when I found that nothing had been done to keep our deal. By that time, I had already been transferred, and had acquired another house. Read more
06/14/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Richard A. Wilson (guest columnist) | Tuesday, June 14, 2011The Bible tells us that at the end of this age, "many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase" (Daniel 4:12). Those words certainly seem to ring true in our present, modern life style where so many are traveling all the time and new discoveries in technology, science and, even in the humanities, seem to overwhelm us almost hour by hour. Is life too busy? Read more
06/12/011 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It starts off with a letter from Dr. Meredith, and then includes information Pentecost travels, Columbus Bible Study, Jamaica, Joplin, Living Youth Programs, Texas Pre-teen Camp, new FOT site in Argentina, updates on the Columbia FOT site, world news items, and comments about God's incredible plan.
Updates on various FOT sites are also included in the article LCG 2011 Feast of Tabernacles' Information.
Here is some of what Dr. Meredith wrote:
Let’s all truly draw close to God in this Pentecost weekend. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). We all need to thank God for the wonderful increase in Divine healings we have experienced this past year—there have been so many which we have described to you—also for the 9.2 percent increase in Church attendance here in the U.S., for a continuing excellent response to our Tomorrow’s World telecast. In actual responses, we have by far the greatest number of television responses to our program of any similar program!As we observe this Day of Pentecost picturing the “outpouring” of God’s Holy Spirit, let us all encourage the brethren to genuinely “seek” God and the power of His Spirit. Let each of us do all we can to prepare for His Kingdom and to give of ourselves to our Creator. As this confused and deceived world truly begins to wind down, let us be those people who are truly preparing to be the kings and priests whom Christ will soon use to make this world an absolutely glorious place of peace and prosperity. May God bless and guide all of you as the Day of Pentecost approaches. Let us pray fervently for one another—and give God thanks that we can know Him and His Son Jesus Christ and the wonderful purpose for our very lives.
Here are some comments from Dr. Winnail:
God’s Incredible Plan: Many professing Christians assume that God’s purpose is simply to get people to believe in Jesus so they can go to heaven. Yet, the Scriptures reveal something very different! The prophet Isaiah refers to the fact that God has a great plan (Isaiah 46:9-10). The Apostle Paul mentions that we are called to be part of God’s great plan, “being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel [purpose] of His will” (Ephesians 1:3-11). Paul also explains that this “eternal purpose” is a mystery to the world (Ephesians 3:1-11). However, God has revealed His great plan and purpose for mankind in the Holy Days. This coming Sunday we will observe the Feast of Pentecost, which pictures the beginning of the New Testament Church with the outpouring of God’s Spirit—a gift God gives to those who repent, obey and understand the incredible plan of God (see John 14:15-17; 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2). Let’s rejoice and be thankful and nourish that Spirit—as we obey God and observe the day of Pentecost—so we can continue to be led by God to finish His Work!
06/11/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Rod McNair | Saturday, June 11, 2011God gave the Holy Spirit to His Church on the Day of Pentecost, but few understand the meaning of this Holy Day. God's Holy Spirit is vital for true Christian living, but many are unaware of what it is, what Pentecost is, and what it means to Christians today! Read more
Some articles of possibly related interest may include:
Pentecost: Is it more than Acts 2? Many “Christians” somewhat observe Pentecost. Do they know what it means? It is also called the Feast of Harvest, the Feast of Weeks, and the day of firstfruits.
Pentecost Quiz This is a Pentecost quiz based upon the Old and New Testaments in the Bible.
Universal Offer of Salvation: There Are Hundreds of Verses in the Bible Supporting the Doctrine of True Apocatastasis Do you believe what the Bible actually teaches on this? Will all good things be restored? Will God call everyone? Will everyone have an opportunity for salvation? Does God’s plan of salvation take rebellion and spiritual blindness into account?
06/09/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Thursday, June 09, 2011Many people develop "gardening fever" in the spring. Ever since God planted Earth's first garden--called the Garden of Eden--a number of very significant events have happened in gardens. Read more
06/07/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Tuesday, June 07, 2011A recent trip to a local outdoor produce market revealed a wide variety of locally grown produce on display, including many vegetables as well as colorful fruits such as strawberries, peaches and plums--beautiful things to eat. It is the beginning of the season, and the fruits and vegetables are fresh and plentiful. The abundance was amazing, and the market was buzzing as people milled about selecting the items they found appealing. It was a happy scene, particularly when we realize that much of the world does not enjoy this abundance, and in many places the prices are so high that few people can afford the bounty even when it is available. Read more
06/05/011 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It includes information weather, conferences, the telecast, Canada, Philippines, SC weekend, world news items, and comments about being together on the Sabbath.
Here is one of the world news items:
Will San Francisco Ban Male Circumcision? Banning circumcision will become a ballot measure in San Francisco’s November elections. If the bill passes, parents who circumcise their children could face one year in jail or a $1,000 fine. Proponents of the proposed bill liken male circumcision to female genital mutilation. They claim the practice is dangerous and extremely painful—despite a lack of research to support their arguments. Opponents of the measure point out that the analogy with female genital mutilation is faulty, that circumcision is a required religious practice among both Jews and Muslims, and that such a ban could be considered religious discrimination (Jerusalem Post, May 25, 2011). While the American Academy of Pediatrics has gone “back and forth” in the issue, research has shown that male circumcision does have proven health benefits. Based on the research, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not discourage the practice and recommends that the decision to circumcise children rests with the parents (www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/research/male-circumcision.htm). While the Scriptures do not require male circumcision for salvation, it should be remembered that the Author of the practice is the God of the Bible (Genesis 17:11). However, the god of this world (Satan—2 Corinthians 4:4) abhors anything that is associated with God and fosters “enmity against God” and against His laws (Romans 8:7). As time goes on, expect to see more efforts to overturn laws that God created to protect His people.
06/04/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Saturday, June 04, 2011This is the story of God's faithfulness triumphing over ancient king Ahaz' faithlessness. This is the story of God giving temporary deliverance to Judah despite Ahaz. This is also the story of God promising future deliverance by Another. Read more
06/02/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Thursday, June 02, 2011Some slogans just stick with you, no matter how much time passes. Some clever phrasing or a catchy tune becomes a part of your psyche after you hear it a few times. Some are very simple, but capture the essence of the company, product or service that is being touted. Read more
An article of possibly related interest may be:
What is the Meaning of Life? Who does God say is happy? What is your ultimate destiny? Do you really know? Does God actually have a plan for YOU personally?
05/31/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Adam J. West | Tuesday, May 31, 2011The Russia Today news agency reports a boom underway in the iron market! Business is prospering for the defense contracting industry as a whole. Iraq, Afghanistan and the more than 1,000 United States military bases worldwide provide a ready stream of business for these contractors. During a career-day expo held in Charlottesville, Virginia, one interviewee stated, "I am a pacifist, but sometimes war is necessary." Is war really necessary? Read more
05/29/011 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It includes information on the tornadoes in Joplin & Merrell, Papua New Guinea, Martinique, world news items, and comments about humility.
Here is that last item:
Humility—Key to Unity: King David wrote, “How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133:1). The Apostle Paul urged Christians to “walk worthy” of your calling “with all lowliness and gentleness… endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3). He stated that the work of the ministry is to edify (build up) the body (the Church) “till we all come to the unity of the faith” (Ephesians 4:12-13). Paul also told the contentious Corinthians that they should be “perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10). In order to grow together in unity, we need to understand what causes the contentions that disrupt unity. The Scriptures reveal that pride is an underlying cause of contentions (Proverbs 13:10) and that pride will contribute to a person’s downfall and destruction (Proverbs 16:18). Insisting on our own way also causes dissentions and strife (James 4:1). However, humility will eventually bring a person honor (Proverbs 15:33; 29:23) and will promote peace and unity (James 3:17-18). Just as Jesus Christ humbled Himself and followed His Father’s instructions (Philippians 2:5-9), as Christians we must be subject to government (within and without the Church) and not resist authority (Romans 13:1-2). As we learn to exercise true Godly humility and treat each other with love and respect (Romans 12:10-18), we will promote unity within the body of Christ.
Here is one of the world news items:
Britain and Ireland Together. Queen Elizabeth II recently made the first visit to Ireland by a reigning British monarch in 100 years. Also, and in a highly unusual move, the Queen was accompanied by the British Prime Minister, David Cameron. According to one source, “The British Prime Minister David Cameron is ‘seeking to capitalize’ on rising anti-European sentiment within Ireland to form a ‘grand alliance’ with the government of Enda Kenny [Ireland’s new Prime Minister] to counter the current dominance of Germany and France.” Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister Tanaiste noted that, “there was a strong commitment now to work much closer with Britain on the European agenda.” Britain has come out in support of Ireland (against EU actions) involving EU corporate taxes and a reduction in the interest rate on Ireland’s debt to the EU. A recent poll indicated that the majority of the Irish believe it is more important for Ireland to have a good relationship with the United Kingdom than with Europe (Sunday Independent, May 22, 2011). Bible prophecy indicates that Israelite-descended nations will eventually go into captivity because of their sins and are unlikely to align with the European Beast power (Ezekiel 7:1, 23-27; Hosea 5:5, 13-15; 8:7-9). Although Ireland is currently a “euro zone” member, the recent change in the British-Irish relationship suggests that these “brothers” may stick together after all.
BTW, I am currently in Fatima Portugal, and have been in Europe for a little while, so there have not been as many updates to this page as usual. We are to fly back to California tomorrow.
05/22/011 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It includes information on the COE meeting, Australia/Philippines update, Sri Lanka update, India update, Carolina weekend, new FOT site: Costa Rica, world news items, and comments about being thankful for the truth.
Here is that last item:
Be Thankful for the Truth: The Sabbath is a good time to reflect on an important question: Are you thankful for the Truth? It is easy to take the Truth for granted if you are a long-time member or if you have grown up in the Church. Yet, Jesus said that people cannot come to a real understanding of the Truth unless they are called and their minds have been opened to see the big picture (John 6:44, 65). The capacity to understand the plan of God, the purpose of life and the true way of life is a gift that God is making available to only a few at this time (1 Corinthians 1:26-27). These precious truths are a mystery to most people (1 Corinthians 2:7-8) because Satan—“the god of this age”—has blinded their eyes (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). Jesus said that it is an incredible privilege to be given an understanding of the Truth (Matthew 13:10-17). Paul said that to be called out of darkness into the light of the Truth is something to be extremely thankful for. He also said that those who were unthankful and let go of the Truth will reap serious consequences (Romans 1:18-32). Let’s never forget to be thankful for the opportunity to understand the Truth of God that “endures to all generations.”
05/21/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By James Ginn | Saturday, May 21, 2011Radio stations, billboards, RVs, and circulars have recently been flooding the public with predictions of Judgment Day and the end of the world occurring in 2011. These messages claim the Bible has foreordained May 21 as Judgment Day and the time of the "Rapture"--with the end of the world supposedly coming on October 21. The organizations behind these messages emphatically state that there is no possibility they may be wrong. In fact, they guarantee these claims. But are they true? Should we panic? Absolutely not! Here is proof of why these claims are false and should be ignored. Read more
05/17/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, May 17, 2011We've all received criticism - at home, in the neighborhood or workplace - for something we did or didn't say or do. Perhaps we ourselves have been the critic. How should we handle criticism? Read more
05/15/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It includes information on travels to the UK, the telecast, hymnals, second Passover, flooding in USA, French update, Spanish update, Carolina weekend, LCG, FOT meeting, world news items, and comments about the need for wisdom.
Here are the wisdom comments:
The Need for Wisdom: Solomon wrote that one of the most important goals in life is to gain wisdom (Proverbs 4:7) and that the value of wisdom is even greater than rubies or gold (Proverbs 8:11; 16:16). Solomon wrote the book of Proverbs to help others gain wisdom (Proverbs 1:1-6) and taught that the most important key to gaining wisdom is developing a proper fear of God—having a sincere desire to follow God’s instructions (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10). Wisdom helps us discern between right and wrong and it also leads to happiness and a longer life (Proverbs 2:10-11; 3:13-16). As Jesus grew up, He “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52), because He obviously followed the instruction in Proverbs 2:1-5 to seek after wisdom, to cry out [in prayer] for discernment and to treasure the commandments of God. The apostle James urged us to ask God for wisdom (James 1:5). The Apostle Paul admonished us to study the Scriptures “which are able to make you wise” (2 Timothy 3:14-17). Do a word study of “wise” and “wisdom” to gain a better understanding of this vital subject. As you grow in wisdom, you will be developing one of the attributes of God and Jesus Christ (Job 9:4; Romans 16:27).
05/14/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, May 14, 2011When I was in college, many years ago, sowing a bumper crop of "wild oats," my time was crammed with activities. You have probably experienced something like it--classes to attend, research and studies to complete, extra-curricular activities and social obligations, with a healthy dose of goofing off mixed in, each day starting early and going late, seldom taking time to pause and reflect. Read more
05/10/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, May 10, 2011"Did you hear about so-and-so?" Ears perk up, heads turn and attention is grabbed when we hear those words. We know we are about to hear something private and scandalous about someone we know. Psychologists say gossip has evolutionary origins with our prehistoric ancestors and enabled cavemen, and even their primate ancestors, to survive. What are the real facts about gossip? Read more
05/08/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Roderick McNair. It includes information on the storms, KCAL, UK, finances, hymnals, second Passover, healing, TWSPs, a Second Carolina Singles Weekend, LYC, internet personnel, Canadian television, world news items, and comments about the internet.
Here is one paragraph from that update:
Here in Charlotte, Dr. Meredith has been working on a new semi-annual letter this week, and Mr. Wayne Pyle reports that KCAL, our new station in Los Angeles, is “off and running” after its first airing last week. The Finance Department reports that the income is holding steady just above budget, which is encouraging. Our weekly Sabbath attendance (not Holy Day) is showing a good increase as well, with year-to-date averages running at 8.9% above last year in the United States, and 7.4% worldwide. Dr. Douglas Winnail reports that “the trip to the UK has been very profitable and the Regional Conference was very inspiring and productive. It has been very encouraging to see the growth that has occurred here.” He also commented on the warmth and focus of the brethren and on the camaraderie of the leaders in the UK, Ireland, and Belgium.
05/07/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Saturday, May 07, 2011Was Jesus just a compassionate prophet? Or, was Jesus God in the flesh? Paul warned that many would come and preach "another Jesus whom we have not preached" (2 Corinthians 11:4), and theories about Jesus abound. Some professing Christian scholars even claim that Jesus was nothing more than "an exploited peasant with an attitude" (CNN.com, "John Dominic Crossan's 'blasphemous' portrait of Jesus", February 27, 2011). Read more
Some biblically-referenced articles of possibly related interest may include:
The Bible: Fact or Fiction? This is a booklet written by Douglas Winnail that answers if the Bible is just a collection of myths and legends or the inspired word of God.
Read the Bible Christians should read and study the Bible. This article gives some rationale for regular bible reading.
Jesus is God, But Was Made Man Was Jesus fully human and fully God or what?
Virgin Birth: Does the Bible Teach It? What does the Bible teach? What is claimed in The Da Vinci Code?
05/05/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, May 03, 2011Christ's prophecy on the Mount of Olives includes His statement that lawlessness will abound in the last days. It's part of Jesus Christ's answer to the disciple's question of what would be the sign of His second coming and of the end of the world. Is lawlessness increasing? Are we nearing the end of the world? Read more
05/03/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wallace G. Smith | Tuesday, May 03, 2011As I read the news coverage of Osama bin Laden's death, one forceful comment jumped out at me: "Welcome to Hell, bin Laden," wrote Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential candidate. Is Huckabee right? Is Osama bin Laden now in Hell? Read more
Some articles of possibly related information may include:
Universal Offer of Salvation: There Are Hundreds of Verses in the Bible Supporting the Doctrine of True Apocatastasis Do you believe what the Bible actually teaches on this? Will all good things be restored? Will God call everyone? Will everyone have an opportunity for salvation? Does God's plan of salvation take rebellion and spiritual blindness into account?
Did the Early Church Teach Purgatory? Is there a place called purgatory? Does God have a plan to help those who did not become saints in this life?
What is Limbo? Is There Such a Place as Limbo? What Happens to Babies When They Die? When did Limbo start being taught? What is the truth about dead babies?
Hope of Salvation: How the Living Church of God differ from most Protestants How the Living Church of God differs from mainstream/traditional Protestants, is perhaps the question I am asked most by those without a Church of God background.
05/01/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Roderick McNair. It includes information on the storms, TWSPs, Spanish Update, a Second Carolina Singles Weekend, LYC, world news items, and comments about going forward.
Here are two somewhat items in it related to the Holy Day season:
God’s people have been faithfully observing His commanded Spring Holy Days—with an increase of 8.2% in attendance over last year. What an inspiration it is to once again be reminded of God’s awesome plan of salvation for mankind!...
Go forward! The first Feast of Unleavened Bread the Israelites kept must have been exciting and exhilarating! They went out with boldness (Exodus 14:8; the King James Version reads, “with a high hand”). It was on the Last Day of Unleavened Bread, according to Jewish tradition, that they actually saw the Red Sea split in two, and they walked through it on dry ground. Then they witnessed Pharaoh’s feared army being smashed beneath its crushing walls (Exodus 14:9-31). And yet, just three days later, they forgot this great deliverance and amazingly began to condemn Moses again (Exodus 15:24).
But stop for a moment. Before we judge the Israelites too harshly, let’s judge ourselves. Can we, several days after an inspiring Last Day of Unleavened Bread service, regress as well? After the “high” of the Holy Days, how quickly can we return to wrong patterns of thinking, if we are not careful? How fast can we say or do things we later regret? We need to remember the words that Moses was charged to relay to the children of Israel on the banks of the Red Sea: “Tell the children of Israel to go forward” (Exodus 14:15). As we leave the Spring Feasts of 2011 behind us, let us heed those words as well. Let’s grow, overcome, change, and accomplish our part in God’s great Work that lies yet ahead of us. Let’s not go backward, let’s go forward!
Science Suggests Christ Kept Passover on a Wednesday: In his newly published book, The Mystery of the Last Supper, professor Colin Humphreys of Cambridge University presents research that he feels definitively places Christ’s keeping of the Passover on a Wednesday [Tuesday evening at sundown as God reckons time]. Humphreys used “a combination of biblical, historical and astronomical research to try to pinpoint the precise nature and timing of Jesus’s final meal with his disciples before his death… Jesus went by an old-fashioned Jewish calendar rather than the official lunar calendar which was in widespread use at the time of his death and is still in use today… This would put the Passover meal—and the Last Supper—on the Wednesday,” not on a Thursday as many believe. Humphreys also notes, “Many biblical scholars say that, for this reason [apparent contradictions between accounts from the synoptic gospels and John’s account] you can’t trust the Gospels at all. But if we use science and the Gospels hand in hand, we can actually prove that there was no contradiction” (AFP, April 18, 2011). God’s Church has long understood that Christ kept the Passover on a Tuesday evening just after sundown—the start of Wednesday—and was crucified Wednesday afternoon. Although Humphreys does not understand the Wednesday crucifixion, it is encouraging to see science used to support a truth we have known. For more information on this topic, review Lesson 14 of the Bible Study Course and view Mr. Ames’ telecast on Death, Resurrection, and the Afterlife.
04/30/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By William E. Oswald | Saturday, April 30, 2011My wife and I have just recently celebrated our 52nd wedding anniversary. And over the years, people having learned of our marriage longevity have made several comments. One comment we receive the most is: "Not many couples these days stay together that long." Read more
04/28/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Valentin Celan (guest columnist) | Thursday, April 28, 2011Last November consumers called for a boycott of Amazon.com for selling an e-book entitled "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure." Although currently it can no longer be found, as Amazon may have given in to public outcry, at first they defended their stance by saying: "Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions." Should businesses and individuals feel okay about doing anything, as long as they have the "right" to do so? What does the Bible say? Read more
04/26/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, April 26, 2011A recent Time magazine article is titled, "2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal." It doesn't refer to a transformation to spirit life, but a transformation called "singularity." That's when computers become hyper-intelligent and either solve aging, or actually merge with man to transform man into a cyborg or android being. Is this really immortality? Read more
04/23/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Saturday, April 23, 2011A growing movement claims that Christ will return on May 21, 2011. Some are so convinced of this date that they have left their families and their jobs to embark on evangelistic campaigns to proclaim "the awesome news" that this date marks "the end of the world" and "the rapture" of God's saints! Could they be right? Read more
I have been warning for some time that Harold Camping, who is promoting the May 21, 2011 date, is in error for additional reasons. For details, see Harold Camping's Teachings About the End of the World Do Not Agree with the Bible.
04/19/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, April 19, 2011Most people are familiar with British author Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Many are also familiar with the children's song, "Here comes Peter Cottontail." It's part of the Easter holiday celebrations. Where did Easter come from, and what does the rabbit have to do with Easter celebrations? Surprisingly, more than meets the eye! Read more
An article of related interest may be:
Did Early Christians Celebrate Easter? If not, when did this happen? What do scholars and the Bible reveal?
04/17/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. This update starts with a letter from Dr. Meredith and also includes information on the Spring holy days, telecast, TWSPs (including two in Buenos Aires), Costa Rica, FOT registration, Internet update, world news items, and comments about adjusting your focus.
Here is that last item:
Adjusting Your Focus: Prior to the Passover and during the Days of Unleavened Bread is a good time to evaluate how we spend our time and where we focus our energies and concerns. Jesus admonished us to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). Are your thoughts and efforts really focused on this big picture—of doing the Work and building the character necessary to function in the Family of God? The Apostle Paul advised Christians to “walk circumspectly” (live purposefully) and to make the most of our time “because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16). Paul also instructed Christians to treat each other with respect and to avoid interpersonal bickering and arguments over doctrinal issues that shift our focus away from the big picture (Romans 12:9-21; 14:20; 1 Corinthians 1:10). Jesus warned that “the cares of this world” can choke the truth and cause us to become unfruitful (Matthew 13:22). We need to periodically evaluate what we watch on TV, what we read and what we do and say on the Internet, and ask ourselves, “Should a Christian be doing these things?” The Internet is a powerful tool that can be used and misused. Regrettably today, it gives anyone with an opinion a soap box to the world to attack others or spread wild ideas! If we are really going to follow the biblical admonition to focus our minds on what is true, noble, just and pure (Philippians 4:8), let’s use the Spring Holy Days to adjust our focus once again to the big picture!
Passover begins tonight at sunset.
04/16/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Saturday, April 16, 2011Earthquakes, droughts and floods, Middle East violence, impending food shortages, and a lingering Japanese nuclear disaster - the news is bleak! Will our children and future generations survive the coming years? Is there hope for our children and for future generations? Yes, there is good news ahead! Read more
04/14/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Richard A. Wilson (guest columnist) | Thursday, April 14, 2011The sobering and shattering scenes of the tsunami swallowing up the land, the cars, the buildings, the nuclear reactors, and the precious lives of so many people in Japan brings to all of us a sense of incredible loss and sorrow and heartbreak. Read more
The above commentary discusses the "beginning of sorrows" which is also discussed in the article When will the Great Tribulation Begin?
04/13/11 p.m. Here is some information from the latest co-worker letter from Dr. Meredith:
The Christian Passover is upon us. It is the time when true Christians re-dedicate themselves to their faith in the blood of Christ to pay for their sins—and also in their dedication to surrender their lives to the living Christ. For, three days after He shed His blood for us, Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead. Dozens of Christ’s followers personally saw Him soon after this. And finally, God’s inspired Word tells us, “He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once” (1 Corinthians 15:6)! Throughout the book of Acts, it is recorded that the early disciples traveled all over the Roman Empire saying, in effect, “He is risen! Jesus Christ of Nazareth is risen from the dead!” (Acts 2:22-24, 32; 4:10, 33, etc.)...
Just recently, we received the highest response ever to the Tomorrow’s World television program. Nearly 6,700 telephone calls and letters came in response to just one Tomorrow’s World telecast! To date, the telecast has now reached more than 50 million people—men, women and children. Each week, the telecast is reaching from 40,000 to 60,000 new, first-time viewers. Our average audience each week numbers 500,000, give or take.
Passover will be after sunset on April 17th this year. Those who want more scriptural and historical information may wish to read the article Passover and the Early Church.
04/12/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, April 12, 2011Most of us get a little anxious and complain about tax time each year. How much will our taxes be? How much must we "render unto Caesar"? Why do we have to pay taxes? Read more
04/10/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It includes information on the latest telecast record, ministerial transfers, Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations, French update, Carolina Singles Weekend, LYC, Feast of Tabernacle's registration info and sites closed to transfer, Holy Day offerings, job openings related to the internet and editorial, world news items, and comments about preparing for Passover.
Here are the Passover preparation comments:
Preparing for Passover: In just over one week, we will be observing the Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread. These annual Festivals are a memorial of the great sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for our sins and a reminder that we need to recognize and eliminate sin and inappropriate aspects from our lives. For the Passover period to be meaningful and profitable—not just routine—we must do our part to prepare for this important phase in God’s plan of salvation. To put the Passover into proper perspective, it will be very helpful to review the gospel accounts of the events that led up to the Passover, the crucifixion and the resurrection. Placing our own period of self-examination within this biblical context will help us appreciate the tremendous significance of Jesus’s sacrifice. The Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread provide us with an annual opportunity to examine every aspect of our lives in the light of God’s instructions in the Scriptures. Spending some time every day in prayerful study and reflection, as we go through this Holy Day period, will help us grow to be more like our Savior Jesus Christ.
More on Passover and the Spring Holy Days can be found in the following articles:
Passover and the Early Church Did the early Christians observe Passover? What did Jesus and Paul teach? Why did Jesus die for our sins?
Melito's Homily on the Passover This is one of the earliest Christian writings about the Passover. This also includes what Apollinaris wrote on the Passover as well.
TPM: Passover on the 14th or 15th? While the LCG observes Passover on the 14th, some observe it on the 15th. Why is the 14th correct?
The Night to Be Observed What is the night to be much observed? When is it? Why do Jews keep Passover twice and emphasize the wrong date?
Should Christians Keep the Days of Unleavened Bread? Do they have any use or meaning now? What is leaven? This article supplies some biblical answers.
04/09/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Adam J. West | Saturday, April 09, 2011
Are you a man? Are you plagued with battling vivacious visages of semi-clad women so common in modern-day marketing and entertainment? If so, lend me your undivided attention! If you are struggling with the secret seduction of viewing pornography and want help to conquer this societal scourge... Read more
04/07/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Robert McMinn (guest columnist) | Thursday, April 07, 2011It is remarkable how, over time, the dignity of a word can become lowered. For example: the term "gay" originally meant happy, but now means homosexual. But what about the term "bureaucracy" and what does God have to do with it? Read more
04/05/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, April 05, 2011Rioting has been around a long time. Throughout history, riots have been provoked by hunger, oppression, injustice, or even drunken celebrations run amok. Race and rice, war and whiskey, blackouts and beer, sports and sugar, and prisons and politics have all been caused riots. But what is the real reason for riots? Read more
04/03/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It includes information on the latest telecast record, Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations, LYC, Holy Day offerings, world news items, and comments about trials testing our faith.
Here is the LYC announcement:
Living Youth Camp
We are in full swing, preparing for this summer’s youth camps. In addition to our camp for teens in Ohio, we have Pre-Teen Camps in Texas and Missouri, and our teen Adventure Program, which will be in Maine this year. Summer camp provides our young people with an opportunity to step away from TV, Internet, video games, and spend time with other youth in a wholesome, Godly atmosphere. They learn and enjoy a variety of sports. They experience outdoor activities like hiking, canoeing and camping. And they make new friends... often friends for life! Because of the generous support of the members of the Living Church of God, this opportunity is available at a fraction of the cost of most camp programs. For example, our Teen Camp tuition is $250, with reductions for additional family members. A quick Google search shows that a similar type of program will range anywhere from $650 to $2,000 and more, depending upon the camp. Don’t miss the opportunity to help your son or daughter have the experience of a lifetime at summer camp! And if you don’t have children, try to encourage others who do to take advantage of the opportunity—perhaps by even helping them get to the camp. For more information on registering for summer camp, go to www.livingyouth.org.
Also, we will be announcing this year’s essay contest at our youth Bible Study this coming Sunday evening. The prize will again be free tuition for summer camp! Don’t miss the Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday evening. Check www.livingyouth.org for details about how to get into the on-line Bible Study.—Jonathan McNair
Our two older sons both attended LYC for multiple years each. I would encourage all LCG brethren with teens to truly try to send their children if possible. One of our sons also once was able to attend (with me) preteen camp, and I also would recommend that.
04/02/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, April 02, 2011Have you noticed that folks love to collect stuff? In some parts of the country, searching for arrowheads, spear points, and stone or bone tools left by American Indians (Native Americans, if you prefer) is a popular pastime. It is amazing that after so many years that many specimens are still being found. Read more
03/31/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Marc Arseneault | Thursday, March 31, 2011As we have seen the Middle East ignite over the past several weeks, it would be interesting to write to the leaders of Egypt and the other countries experiencing these unrests and to give them the warning of the "Voice of Old". Read more
03/29/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, March 29, 2011Earthquakes are always in the news. On Friday, March 11, 2011, an earthquake of magnitude 9.0 struck in Japan, generating a devastating tsunami. Thousands are reported killed. Why are we having these devastating earthquakes, seemingly one right after another? Read more
03/27/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It includes information on the latest telecast, Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations, Heifer Ranch, Carolina Singles Weekend, North Florida Family Weekend, FOT updates, world news items, and comments about being prepared.
Here is the summary at the beginning of the update:
This has been a busy week here in Charlotte. Mr. Meredith held a number of meetings and is preparing for a trip to Kansas City. Mr. Pyle reports that Mr. Ames’ Tomorrow’s World television program last weekend entitled “Questions Evolution Cannot Answer,” advertising the booklet The Real God: Proofs and Promises, is expected to draw more than 4,100 responses. Also, last weekend’s Tomorrow’s World Special Presentation by Mr. Rod McNair in Asheville, North Carolina drew 15 visitors. The follow-up TWSPs in Chattanooga and Nashville, Tennessee by Mr. James Sweat drew a total of 63 visitors. Follow-up presentations in British Columbia, Canada by Mr. Norm Aitchison drew 15 visitors. This coming weekend, Mr. Meredith will present a TWSP in Kansas City and I will make presentations in Okemos, Michigan (near Lansing) and in Valparaiso, Indiana—your prayers for safe travels and profitable meetings are much appreciated.
The FOT updates are also included in LCG 2011 Feast of Tabernacles' Information. But here is one of them:
Mexico and Peru—Translation Available
03/26/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, March 26, 2011One of the great tragedies of our age is the increase of Alzheimer's disease, a malevolent condition that robs one, usually aged persons, of their memory and their personality, as they slide off into mental darkness. Many have experienced this and so many families now have to deal with the horrific consequences of the loss of memory and other disabilities associated with the disease that is epidemic. Read more
03/24/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Michael Heykoop | Thursday, March 24, 2011Two millennia ago, the western world was in a state of uneasy peace, commonly referred to as Pax Romana. This peace was brought about by the region's only superpower, an entity powerful enough to give nations thinking about independence, pause. While this peace led to an explosion in literature, culture and technology, it did not last long. Read more
03/22/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Adam J. West | Tuesday, March 22, 2011If you've been watching the news, images from across the Middle East portraying a breakdown of peace, the dissolution of decorum, the disturbing display from unruly mobs of young and old, men and women alike, have been etched in your memory. Could this type of anarchy also awaken in the United States? Read more
03/20/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It includes information on the latest COE meeting, Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations, need for a Canadian office business manager, a healing, Dallas baptisms, Panama, South Carolina Holy Day weekend, world news items, and comments about love.
Here is one of the world news items:
Super Quake Hits Japan. Last week, a 9.0 earthquake struck Japan, the strongest quake recorded to hit Japan. The quake destroyed structures on Japan’s north-east coast and damaged a nuclear power plant that is now releasing radiation. The quake generated a 30 foot-high tsunami that devastated coastal villages. As the tsunami sped west, it also impacted islands in the Pacific and coastal areas along the west coast of North, Central, and South America (USA Today, March 14, 2011, 1A). Strong aftershocks have been felt since the quake, shaking buildings in Tokyo (Associated Press, March 16, 2011). More than 10,000 are presumed dead and more than half-a-million people have been displaced and are living in shelters (LA Times, March 14, 2011). When Jesus was asked by His disciples what “signs” would indicate that the end of the age was near, He identified “earthquakes in various places” and that we would witness “the sea and the waves roaring…” (Luke 21: 11, 25). We need to remember that Jesus also told His listeners, “do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately” (Luke 21:9). The Scriptures not only point out key events to watch for that will precede Christ’s return, but point to the hope beyond—the coming Kingdom of God. The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan fit well into prophesied end-time events. For more information on this important topic, review our free booklet Fourteen Signs Announcing Christ’s Return.
03/19/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wallace G. Smith | Saturday, March 19, 2011It wasn't the front page headline of the Wall Street Journal, but its message deserves the attention of every American who currently enjoys his way of life. In Ms. Kelly Evans' small column deep within that paper on February 17, 2011, the title concisely explained what most Americans don't yet understand: "A Standard-of-Living Shock Is the Danger." Read more
03/17/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Thursday, March 17, 2011One of the latest catch phrases, "Is there an app for that?" came from commercials about the new generation of cell phones. Applications are available that can give you information on virtually any subject and often make available the means to accomplish many things. How about an app for the meaning and purpose of life? Is there an app for that? Read more
03/15/11 p.m. In his latest co-worker letter, LCG's Dr. Meredith wrote:
As we swiftly approach the end of this age, prophetic events are certainly speeding up! The unprecedented upheavals against authoritarian governments in the Middle East, the massive earthquakes which have recently struck Christchurch, New Zealand, and now Japan, the continued flooding affecting vast parts of Australia and many other so-called “natural” disasters—all this is beginning to shake millions of people into an awareness that “something big is up!”
If we truly study the inspired Word of God, we can genuinely understand.
For this world really has turned its back on the true God of the Bible. If we try to cry out and “tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” as God commands (Isaiah 58:1), then it is we who become “guilty” of being “too judgmental, too selfish, or homophobic” in the eyes of a very confused world! For most of this world is rushing head first into almost every perverted and deviant practice imaginable. Absolutely gross examples of indecency are often reported in our newspapers.
03/15/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wallace G. Smith | Tuesday, March 15, 2011My family and I watch our share of nature documentaries, and we are always entertained by scenes of newborn animals - gazelles, giraffes, etc. - struggling, mere moments after birth, to walk. As they struggle on their wobbly legs, instinct pushes them to walk and run as soon as possible, lest they fall as quick prey to predators or become a burden on their herds. Read more
03/14/11 p.m. Received the following in an email:
Roma E Byerly 10:13am Mar 14Mr. Syd Hull (of South Africa) passed away yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mrs. Hull and their family. via LCG, Charlotte
03/13/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It includes information on the latest Tomorrow’s World Special Presentation, the telecast, Belgium, Passover,Wayne Pyle, sermon DVDs, a Phoenix family weekend (April 23-24), the Feast of Tabernacles (including sites that are closed and nearly full), Living Youth adventure program in Maine, Living University, postal delays, world news items, and comments about pride vs. humility.
Here are some of the Feast announcments:
Jamaica and Barbados are now closed and not accepting any more transfers. Regrettably, for sake of space, we have had to turn away more than 80 people from Jamaica. We apologize if this has caused any difficulty, but due to an uptick in interest Jamaica this year, and the limitation of the hall, we simply cannot accept everyone. We are also nearing capacity at Cobleskill, NY, Santa Maria, CA, and Chattanooga, TN. If you are trying to transfer to one of these three sites, we may not be able to accommodate your transfer. The other U.S. sites still have plenty of room!A new Feast site has been added to the website this week: San Miguel del Monte, Argentina.
03/12/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Saturday, March 12, 2011We've all heard the public apologies of company spokespersons, sports figures, politicians, movie stars or celebrities. We can usually tell whether they mean it or if they're just reading a carefully worded script. When we've been wronged, we expect an apology. But it may be hard for us to apologize when we have wronged someone. Why is apology so important in human relations? Read more
03/08/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, March 08, 2011On February 4, 2011, the asteroid 2011 CQ1 narrowly missed the earth, coming within 3,400 miles (5471 km). Five days later, a larger asteroid called 2011 GA7 passed within 65,000 miles - both astronomical near misses. On February 15, 2011, a silver streak appeared in the sky over Pennsylvania and was seen in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland. Some astronomers are concerned that an astoroid named Apophis will strike the earth in 2036. Will this be earth's doom? Read more
03/06/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It includes information on a Tomorrow’s World Special Presentation, the telecast, French update, a Spanish update, the Feast of Tabernacles (including a request for Brethren Assigned to Cobleskill and Chattanooga—Please Register by March 20!), Living Youth adventure program, the retirement of Davy Crockett, world news items, and comments about friendship.
Here are the friendship comments:
The Dynamics of Friendship: The Scriptures reveal that if we want to have friends, we must learn to be friendly and that true friends are supportive during difficult times (Proverbs 17:17; 18:24). Friends are people in whom we can confide and share important thoughts and concerns (John 15:15). Real friends may not always agree with us, and sometimes they will tell us things about ourselves, our plans and actions that we need to hear, but may not want to hear (Proverbs 27:6, 17). The Bible cautions that we should choose our friends carefully because we are influenced by the company we keep (Proverbs 12:26). Abraham chose to be a friend of God by obeying His instructions to leave his former way of life (Genesis 12:1-4; James 2:23). Abraham understood that friendship with the world and its ways would alienate him from God (James 4:4). Jesus told His disciples, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:14). Let’s seek to be a “friend” of God by following His instructions and be true friends to those who will not influence us in the wrong direction.
03/05/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By John Wheeler | Saturday, March 05, 2011Sometimes it's said that those who believe in the accuracy of biblical prophecy suffer from "prediction addiction." And quite frankly, in some cases that is true. Misuses and abuses of biblical prophecy have abounded through the ages, not just in modern times. But it doesn't logically follow that because some "prediction addicts" believe in biblical prophecy, all believers in biblical prophecy are "prediction addicts"! Read more
03/03/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Richard A. Wilson (guest columnist) | Thursday, March 03, 2011In Matthew 23:11 Jesus Christ made the following statement: "But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant." If you go back and read verses 1 through 10, it's pretty apparent that Jesus is speaking about the hypocrisy of religious and secular leaders who were saying one thing but doing another. They were puffed up in their own importance and position, not really earning the love and respect of their own people. Read more
03/01/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Psychological research over the last few decades has shown that humans have biases that affect our ability to perceive correctly. These biases affect not only our perception but also our judgment, behavior and belief. Biased thinking leads to misunderstanding, wrong decisions, and to costly consequences and mistakes. Read more
02/27/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It includes information on the Middle East, a Tomorrow’s World Special Presentation, the teelcast, a healing, New Zealand earthquake, Peru, Feast of Tabernacle's registration, a need for Spanish interpreters, world news items, and comments about being teachable.
Here are is the section in the update on Feast Announcements:
Feast of Tabernacles 2011
Festival Site Registration
Festival Site Registration begins Sunday, February 27, 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Standard Time (USA). At that time, all brethren are invited to register online (www.cogl.org) for the Feast site of your choice. Even if you are going to your assigned site, we ask everyone to register online, so we can know how many attendees will be attending each site. Most brethren transferring should know soon after registration if their transfer request is approved (you will be notified via email). If you have any questions, please see your Pastor or local congregation Festival Advisor (brethren outside the United States, contact your Regional Office for questions or other instructions). If you have any problems registering on Sunday, send an email to email@example.com.
Making Housing Reservations
Please wait to make housing reservations until you have registered for your site online on Sunday, February 27, and your transfer request (if transferring) has been approved. Host hotels have been notified that attendees will be contacting them on Sunday, February 27 to make housing reservations. They should be ready (staffed and open) to take the calls. But some new hotels will be hosting the Feast for the first time, and are still learning our system. If you experience problems getting through to a hotel or making housing reservations, please be patient with the hotel staff—a kind demeanor and word of encouragement can do wonders!
New Site—Santa Maria, California
Due to an unforeseen difficulty in our plans with our previous California site, we regrettably are having to move to another venue. But as one door closes, another is opening! We are moving the venue to the town of Santa Maria, California, not far from the beautiful central California coast. Festival meetings will be held at the historic Santa Maria Inn, which will also provide very comfortable accommodations. Santa Maria Inn has accommodated us with greatly reduced rates and has family-friendly surroundings with a heated pool, spa, beautiful landscaping, restaurant and pub. Nearby attractions include Pismo Beach, the quaint Danish tourist village of Solvang, and world-famous Hearst Castle. Possible activities brethren may want to take advantage of in this area are winery tours, ATV rentals on coastal sand dunes, hiking trails and horseback riding. A full write-up about this site is available on the MyLCG website (www.cogl.org).
Spanish Interpreters Needed
Several Spanish Feast sites (Mexico and Peru) are in need of Spanish-English interpreters this year. If you have the ability to translate simultaneously between these two languages and would like to volunteer in this capacity at one of these sites, please contact Madeleine Lincoln-Strange at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 704-844-1970.
FWIW, my family and I have stayed at the Santa Maria Inn and do not live too far away from it. Our middle son attends college in Santa Maria (and I did as well). My wife and/or I probably go to Santa Maria once or twice per month as it is not too far from where we live.
02/26/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Saturday, February 26, 2011As we approach the end of this age and Christ's literal return, many Christians wonder what will happen to them. Many believe in a secret rapture. Jehovah's Witnesses claim to be part of the 144,000. Others wonder about the Great Multitude. What does the Bible really teach about God's saints at the end of this age? Read more
02/24/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By John Wheeler | Thursday, February 24, 2011Whether it be concerning the ongoing "cultural wars" in the United States, other Western nations, as well as the State of Israel, the rising tide of Islamism in vast swaths of the world, the affairs of the ascendant People's Republic of China, or the construction of the European Union, one question keeps being asked in various ways: What role, if any, should religion play in the affairs of society? Read more
02/22/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, February 22, 2011War. It's an ugly word. It denotes death and destruction, pain and suffering, ruination and devastation. Every year it affects tens of millions of human beings. Will it ever end? Read more
02/20/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It includes information on the telecast, Greenville Tomorrow’s World Special Presentation, a healing update, Young Adults Pentecost Weekend in Belgium, South Carolina Spring Holy Day Weekend, the Feast, Living Youth Programs, world news items, and comments about False Teachers.
There was a cancellation of a Feast site:
Sonora California Feast Site
Due to unforeseen difficulties we will not be using Sonora, California as a Feast site this year. We are currently in the process of contracting with another site not far from the central California coast that will have a number of interesting attractions nearby. Please do not make any reservations for Sonora at this time. We will announce the location of the new California Feast site as soon as arrangements are finalized. – Festival Office
02/19/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, February 19, 2011The whole world was riveted to their television sets and computer screens, as the demonstrators and protestors in Cairo, Egypt chanted their demands and openly defied the long-established dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak. The undulating mass of rebels in the streets received incredible media attention from around the world. The United States-backed regime finally caved and Mubarak fled Cairo, leaving the military in charge, at least for the present. Read more
02/17/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Thursday, February 17, 2011Profound sadness is the deep emotion one feels when we learn of the death of a child of tender years. It is an emotion that gripped me recently when I learned of the death of two children, ages 9 and 12, a little boy and a girl having fun in the snow, sledding and doing what kids do until ... they fell through the ice in a pond and drowned. One was pronounced dead at the scene and the other died a little later in the hospital, as efforts to resuscitate failed. Read more
02/15/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, February 15, 2011The burden of debt on this nation is overwhelming! The United States' government is staring at the need to raise the debt ceiling again above $14 trillion. All but several of the 50 states have budget deficits of billions of dollars. Why did the wealthiest nation in the world come to be in this condition? Read more
02/13/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It includes information on the telecast, a prayer request for pastor Fitzroy Greeman, Kermit Nelson, Canadian update, French update, assigned Feast sites, Living Youth Programs, the internet, world news items, and comments about the power of forgiveness.
Here is one of the world news items:
Israel: Suddenly Surrounded by Threats! Rapidly developing events in the Middle East have placed Israel in a precarious position. On January 12, the pro-Western government of Lebanon collapsed, when ten Hezbollah ministers and the State Minister resigned. Subsequently, a Hezbollah-backed Prime Minister was selected who is said to be a proxy for Iran (Associated Press, January 26, 2011). This places an avowed enemy on Israel’s northern border. With the imminent fall of the pro-Western government in Egypt, the 130-mile border between Egypt and Israel could now become a second front to defend for a thinly stretched Israeli Defense Force. Now, with turmoil erupting in Jordan, Israel faces yet another potentially hostile neighbor with a large population of Palestinian refugees. For the last several decades, Israel has had peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, yet this could change in the days and months ahead as pro-western and “Israel-friendly” governments topple in the increasingly volatile and rapidly changing Middle East. Jesus warned that just before His return, the world would see “Jerusalem surrounded by [Gentile] armies” bent on her desolation (Luke 21:20-24). The Hebrew prophets warned that just before the end of the age, Judah and her Western allies (primarily American and Britain) would “stumble” at the same time and that “half of the city [of Jerusalem] shall go into captivity” (Hosea 5:5; Zechariah 14:2). We appear to be watching this very scenario developing right in front of our eyes!
02/12/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Saturday, February 12, 2011On January 25, Pope Benedict XVI again proclaimed his desire "to ignite a fervent missionary movement in the Catholic Church," stating he wants to advance "the entire Catholic Church into a new missionary age" in 2011 (catholic.org, January 28, 2011). While this movement will ultimately contribute to fulfilling prophecies such as Isaiah 47:8-9 and Revelation 17:2-5, an aspect of this rejuvenated "fervent missionary movement" already affects billions. This is the growing emphasis on Sunday observance. Read more
An article of possibly related interest may be The Sabbath in the Early Church and Abroad.
02/08/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Alex Celan (guest columnist) | Thursday, February 10, 2011Recently, the New York Times ran an article on a topic that I, like many IT professionals, have been following for several months. The article discussed the likely origin, destination and purpose of a computer virus that the Times called "the most sophisticated cyberweapon ever deployed." Read more
The above discusses Stuxnet, a virus that many believe Israel developed in order to prevent Iran from developing its nuclear capacity as quickly as it hoped.
02/08/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, February 08, 2011Looking down the road is a good idea. Taken literally, it makes you a safer driver. Using the phrase "looking down the road" as a metaphor for having vision and foresight can help you anticipate dangers and avoid other kinds of accidents and problems. It can also make you a better employee, a better parent, a better student, a better Christian. Read more
02/06/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It includes information on the TWSPs, telecast, Cyclone Yasi, Northeast Family Weekend, FOT registration and site information, Living Youth Programs, world news items, and comments about Seeking God's Guidance.
Here are the comments:
Seeking God’s Guidance: In the world today, it is common to want to “do our own thing.” However, the Bible records the numerous and tragic results of this approach (Judges 21:25; Jeremiah 9:12-16).In the Scriptures we are admonished, “Seek the Lord while He may be found” (Isaiah 55:6). We are also told that God will look to those who are humble and teachable and “tremble at My word” (Isaiah 66:2). King David, a man after God’s own heart, modeled the attitude that God is looking for when he wrote, “Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes… Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:33, 105). Jesus Christ emphasized this same theme when He instructed His disciples to “live by… every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Jesus also taught, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). One of the important lessons of life is that if we desire to succeed in any endeavor, we must learn to seek God’s guidance in the decisions that we make—because that leads to lasting rewards.
Here is one of the world news items:
More Extreme Weather! Right on the heels of record rains and widespread flooding that swamped much of Queensland in northeast Australia, Cyclone Yasi—“the worst cyclone in a century” to hit the state of Queensland—tore through the same region causing widespread destruction (telegraph.co.uk, February 3, 2011). In the United States, “a vast winter storm… blasted much of the nation” with several feet of snow, ice, high winds and freezing temperatures from Texas to Maine. The severe weather knocked out electric power, closed airports and stranded motorists. Chicago reported the largest snowstorm on record. While meteorologists attribute extreme weather to reoccurring natural phenomena, Bible prophecies reveal that God will use natural disasters to punish nations that turn away from His ways (Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28). It is no coincidence that America and Australia are experiencing severe weather as they promote homosexuality and other behaviors that God calls “abominations” (Leviticus 18:22-23)
02/05/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Saturday, February 05, 2011
The Arab world is undergoing a swift and increasingly violent transformation. How do these tumultuous events align with Bible prophecy? What is ahead for the Middle East? Is the stage being set for the emergence of the end-time king of the South? Read more
Some articles of possibly related interest may include:
Is There A Future King of the South? Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? Might this King be called the Mahdi? What does the Bible say?
The Arab and Islamic World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam? What about the Imam Mahdi? What lies ahead for Turkey, Iran, and the other non-Arabic Muslims?
Africa: Its Biblical Past and Prophesied Future What does the Bible teach about Africa and its future? Did the early Church reach Africa? Will God call all the Africans?
02/03/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Michael Heykoop | Thursday, February 03, 2011How do you define honour? In times past, the word honour was reserved for those with an exceptional sense of honesty, integrity and loyalty. Recently, it has been used in a new way which acts as a slap in the face of those who actually seek to personify those three virtuous traits. Honour has become an acceptable way to describe a man dealing out his own justice and taking the life of his wife or daughter. Read more
02/01/11 p.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, February 01, 2011There are many critics of the Bible. Some pass severe judgment and condemn with condescension the authenticity, origin and accuracy of the Bible. Some allege contradictions or errors in the Bible to discredit the Word of God. Is the Word of God reliable? Read more
01/30/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. This update starts with a letter from Dr. Meredith and also includes information on the telecast, Canada, FOT registration, Living Youth Programs, world news items, and comments about being a real Philadelphia Christian.
Here are the Philadelphian Christian comments:
Real Philadelphia Christians: The Scriptures reveal that Philadelphian Christians are dedicated to carrying out Jesus’ instructions to preach the Gospel (Mark 16:15), warn the world (Matthew 24) and prepare a people to reign with Christ in the Kingdom of God (Luke 1:17). However, as the name “Philadelphia” means “brotherly love,” true Philadelphians will also strive to follow Jesus’ admonition to “love one another” (John 15:12-17). They understand that showing unselfish, outgoing concern for others (versus sitting in judgment of others) is one of the distinguishing marks of a real Philadelphia Christian (John 13:34-35). As we see the world becoming more selfish, crass, dis-united and brutal (2 Timothy 3:1-5), let’s all look for ways to show real “brotherly love” toward others. In this, the world will recognize real Philadelphia Christians as Jesus’ true disciples.
Here is one of the world news items:
Water Everywhere! The record rains that flooded huge parts of Australia’s northeast state of Queensland are now moving across the southeast state of Victoria toward the sea. The flood waters have created an “inland sea” some 55 miles long and 24 miles wide that has closed coal mines and swamped large areas of valuable agricultural land—in what has become “the nation’s most expensive natural disaster in history” (telegraph.co.uk, January 24, 2011). Across the Indian Ocean, flooding in eight of South Africa’s nine provinces has saturated farms and disrupted rail transport, which has affected coal, maize and chrome exports. The flooding in Australia and South Africa has brought death, destruction and rising prices for food and coal. Some parts of South Africa have received two to three times their normal amount of rain. Long ago, God warned, “if you do not obey the voice of the Lord… to observe carefully all His commandments … cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country” (Deuteronomy 28:15-19). Jesus also prophesied that natural disasters would increase just before His return (Matthew 24:7; Mark 13:8). Global events are moving in that direction!
01/29/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, January 29, 2011
Have you ever wondered how and why the organization that supports Tomorrows World television and publishing efforts never asks the viewing public for money? It seems that a hallmark for religious broadcasting is an emphasis on appeals for contributions. The message is often short on spiritual content and long on "send us money."...
The Apostle Paul nailed it when he wrote to the Church of God in Corinth, “For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:17). Read more
01/27/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Brian Pomicter | Thursday, January 27, 2011Americans and Europeans tend to work long years with the expectation and hope of providing enough resources for a pleasant retirement. The usual desire is to have leisure time with ample prosperity for its enjoyment. Read more
01/25/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, January 25, 2011As farmers in Australia watch helplessly, locusts are marching relentlessly, devouring crops as they go. This plague is just another foretaste of an even more devastating plague to come. What can we do to prevent these plagues from happening? What can we do to escape? Read more
01/23/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. This update includes information on the telecast response, TWSPs, Trinidad and Mexico, Joplin President's Day weekend, Little Rock Family weekend, FOT registration, Living Youth Programs, internet responses, world news items, and comments about sobering signs of the times.
Here is an addendum to the update:
Addendum to The World Ahead, January 20, 2011
Please read the following announcement at Church services on the Sabbath of January 22, 2011:
Reminder about Church-wide fast on January 29: Dear brethren, please remember to plan and prepare to participate in the Church-wide FAST on the Sabbath of January 29. As previously announced, “within the Church of God community, division and discord have erupted again. Currently, the United Church of God is experiencing a traumatic split that will impact thousands of brethren. Please pray that God will guide His people at this critical time to see the importance of working together to fulfill the commission to preach the Gospel, warn the world and prepare a people to serve with Jesus Christ in the soon-coming Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:10-13 and Ephesians 4:1-6).” Mr. Meredith has written a special letter that has been sent to all the members about these critical events and has proclaimed a Church fast for unity on Saturday, January 29.
01/22/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Sheldon Monson | Saturday, January 22, 2011When you look around, do you feel like you're out of step with the rest of the world? Do you wonder why you seem to be among the few that still stand by your values and principles? Read more
01/20/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Thursday, January 20, 2011Everybody is a victim of a "divide and conquer" strategy. Often, we don't realize it because we are too close to the emotion and postured wrangling of charges and counter charges, of arguments and personal attacks. This can take place in a home, a church, corporation or business, or on a national or international scale. What can we do? Read more
01/18/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Gary F. Ehman | Tuesday, January 18, 2011Sitting here in the midst of the Tucson, Arizona aftermath, and the near-frantic journalistic analysis of every political aspect of this tragedy of human suffering, it is getting difficult to remember just what did happen. The shouts of accusations of what really caused it, for the most part, have diminished the incredible acts of bravery that took place, as human beings reached out to help human beings, regardless of their own lives. Read more
01/16/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. This update includes information on telecast responses, TWSPs, Australia, protection, South Carolina Spring Holy Day weekend, North Florida Family weekend, FOT sites, internet responses, world news items, and comments about what God requires.
Here is one of the world news items:
Syria and Hizballah Reach Aerial Supremacy Over Israel. Thanks to the introduction of missile guidance systems from Iran, Hizballah’s 1,500 missiles can now hit specific targets in Israel. Israeli defense experts state, “The enemy has achieved aerial supremacy without even having aircraft… Iran’s fully-guided Fateh-110 rocket would enable Hizballah and Syria to strike critical Israeli facilities with dozens… of rockets… Hizballah has [also] dismantled its missile bases and scattered the warheads widely apart in underground bunkers and natural caverns, from which they can be launched.” Experts project that a future missile confrontation between Hizballah and Israel will result in an attack on densely populated Tel-Aviv (Debka.com, November 22, 2010). How might Israel respond if faced with a major missile attack from Syria? Will Israel resort to its nuclear arsenal? Would a devastating missile attack fulfill the prophecy about Judah’s “wound” (Hosea 5:13)? The Bible refers to Judah as a “lion” (Genesis 49:8-9), and a cornered lion can react suddenly and violently. What will Israel do if “backed into a corner” militarily? Bible prophecies indicate there is trouble ahead in the Middle East. Jesus said that just before His return, Jerusalem will be “surrounded by armies” (Luke 21:20), and the prophet Zechariah states “half of the city shall go into captivity” (Zechariah 14:1-2)—because God’s people have “rebelled against My judgments… and they have not walked in My statutes” (Ezekiel 5:5-6). Time may be running out for Israel and Jerusalem.
01/15/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, January 15, 2011Page four of the Charlotte Observer carried the story of 31 people found murdered in Acapulco, Mexico - many of whom had been decapitated - a grisly and horrible way to die. All of this on the heels of news accounts of incendiary letters showing up in the United States Postal Service mail in Maryland and other areas. Read more
01/13/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Thursday, January 13, 2011We seem to make too few friends as we go through life. The friends you have in childhood and in high school are often just a memory, as life and the demands of making a living unfold and the years roll by. As adults, we have business associates, co-workers, casual acquaintances, but usually few deep, abiding friendships. Read more
Speaking of commentaries from Davy Crockett, he and are were talking yesterday and he thought that commentary he did recently may be of interest (I was unable to post it from Costa Rica as I did not have the necessary software available):
Civil right or morally wrong?By Davy Crockett | Saturday, January 01, 2011Some events are obvious turning points in the course of history. Other events may go unnoticed by many, but are, nonetheless, turning points in determining how things will turn out. As an example, the headlines shout, “Don’t ask, don’t tell repealed,” which means that the hotly debated policy of allowing homosexual individuals to serve in the military – as long as their sexual preference was kept private and not openly practiced or publicized to others – has been changed. Read More
01/11/11 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, January 11, 2011When I was a child in the 1950's, I remember the shocked look on my mother's face when she heard the news of a neighorhood couple who were getting a divorce. Divorce wasn't so common back then - at least not in the rural Midwest where we lived. And a man and woman didn't live together unless they were married, or if they did, they were shamed and shunned. Read more
01/10/11 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. This update includes information on the United Church of God crisis, a fast being called for on January 29, Australia, European Youth Camp, International Feast sites for 2011, Living University, world news items, and comments about loving God's law.
I would have reported this update this earlier, as well as some other items, but I was in Costa Rica until yesterday.
Here is one of the world news items:
2010—A Deadly Year. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency reports that “Earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides and droughts killed at least a quarter million people in 2010—the deadliest year in more than a generation. More people were killed worldwide by natural disasters this year than have been killed in terrorism attacks in the past 40 years combined.” FEMA head Craig Fugate said, “It just seemed like it was back-to-back and it came in waves” (www.apnews.myway.com, December 19, 2010). This year FEMA handled a record number of disasters. Many of the disasters of 2010 were natural, while others occurred because of poor construction and building homes in flood plains. Experts anticipate the scale of disasters in 2010 may continue in the years ahead. What many today do not realize is that Jesus Christ prophesied that increasing worldwide catastrophes would precede His second coming and are referred to as “the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:3-8). In the years just ahead, we will see more deadly disasters. However, the Bible also indicates that when Christ returns, He will bring peace to the earth and end the suffering caused by such catastrophes (Isaiah 35:1-6; Amos 9:13-15). For more information on what lies ahead, review our free booklet, Fourteen Signs Announcing Christ’s Return.
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