News of Those Once Affiliated with the Global Church of God

Since the November 1998 takeover of the old GCG by the board in the U.S., those once with GCG went to many places. Most of the members and ministers ultimately went with the Living Church of God (LCG), 8-15% went with the Church of God, a Christian Fellowship (CGCF) and smaller percentages ended up with David Pack's Restored Church of God (RCG), Harold Smith's Church of God Fellowship, Northwest (CGFnw), the Continuing Church of God (CCOG), and other groups (at least one which is outside the U.S. uses the term Global Church of God). On July 1, 2001, eight ministers resigned from CGCF and formed the Church of the Eternal God (CEG), similar in name, but not related, to the Eternal Church of God (ECG--founded by a minister removed from the original GCG ministry for impropriety). About a month later CGCF (USA) dissolved and most then with it ended up in the United Church of God (UCG). One former GCG minister (Ronald Laughland) became pastor of the Wholeworld Church of God. In 2004, Raymond McNair, having been in GCG, CGCF, LCG, then went on his own and formed Church of God, 21st Century (COG21); later he died and that group disbanded. Don Haney, once in GCG/LCG, formed the Church of God In Peace and Truth. In 2005, Ben Faulkner, who was in GCG/LCG, formed the Church of the Sovereign God (CotSG). In 2006, Charles Bryce who was in GCG/LCG left, and formed the Enduring Church of God (En COG). In 2010, several of the main leaders who went to UCG from CGCF left it and went to a group called COGWA. A couple of people, like Norman Edwards (Servants' News/Shepherd's Voice), left GCG well before the 1998 takeover (he has Port Austin Bible Campus). In 2013, Rod Reynolds left LCG and formed COG Messenger. On 12/15/11, a minister in good-standing with LCG anointed Bob Thiel with oil and prayed that God would grant him a double-portion of His Spirit (see also How To Determine If Someone is a True Prophet of God): and things have not been the same since (Bob Thiel still, of course, supports the goals and biblical beliefs of Philadelphia era of the Church of God). Website links for most of those who were once part of GCG and that have websites can be found at the COGlinks page. In 2012, certain heresies were officially introduced, accepted, and/or promoted by LCG. After concluding that insufficient value was placed on the truth (and keeing their word) by certain leaders of LCG and that they no longer held to biblical church governance and could not as is be used to lead the final phase of the work (see also Why Bob Thiel Left the Living Church of God), on 12/28/12 Bob Thiel was led to form, and then announced, the beginning of the Continuing Church of God (CCOG). CCOG seems to be the second or third largest group, in terms of members, of those groups whose leaders were once part of GCG (LCG is largest). This page reports on those groups that somehow once had ties to the old GCG.

02/05/16 p.m. In its newletter today, CEG had the following:

NBC News reported on February 2:

“Now that all combat jobs are open to women, the top Army and Marine Corps officers say they should have to register for the draft — just like men. Gen. Mark A. Milley, chief of staff of the Army, and Gen. Robert B. Neller, the Marine Corps commandant said they supported the requirement during testimony at a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

“‘Senator, it’s my personal view that, based on this lifting of restrictions … every American who’s physically qualified should register for the draft,’ Neller said in response to a question from Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, who favors the change. Milley also agreed. ‘Senator, I think that all eligible and qualified men and women should register for the draft,’ he said.

“Right now only men legally residing the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 26 are required to register with the Selective Service. The two thumbs up from the generals came a month after Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the Pentagon’s historic shift in policy. Under the new rules, women will now be able to help fill some of the 220,000 jobs that were only open to their male counterparts, including key posts in some special operations units and the infantry…

“Conscripts have not been drafted since 1973 when the U.S. moved to an all-volunteer military. But in 1980 then President Jimmy Carter reinstated the requirement that men register in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.”

War hawks are pushing for the draft. Men and women who are conscientiously opposed to serving in the military must be prepared for the distinct possibility that the war hawks will have it their way in the future. 

If all genders are the same (which they are not, see also Women and the New Testament Church), then this is 'logical' for those who believe that and do not believe the Bible. This will not end well for the USA (cf. Daniel 11:39).

As far as military participation goes, please check out the article Military Service and the Churches of God: Do Real Christians Participate in Carnal Warfare or Encourage Violence?

02/03/16 a.m. Currently, it looks like I will be in Florida the Sabbath of April 2, 2016.  Yesterday, I contacted a facility in Lantana, Florida about possibly holding services there. It is on the east coast, near West Palm Beach. If you live in Florida, and/or may wish to visit and would like to come for services, please email me.  My email address is cogwriter@aol.com.

01/23/16 a.m. Since RCG's David Pack now claims to be "that Prophet" (see the 01/22/16 p.m post on this page) let us look at something that the New Testament teaches related to "that Prophet":

22 For Moses truly said to the fathers, 'The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. 23 And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people. 24 Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have also foretold these days. 25 You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, 'And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.' 26 To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities." (Acts 3:22-26)

Notice the scriptures above do refer to Jesus. Yet, David Pack keeps wanting people to believe that if they do not accept him they will be utterly destroyed. He began that, at least publicly, when he started to first claim he was an apostle several years ago. Then last year, he added to that by claiming to be the prophesied Elijah.

In his World To Come broadcast titled Elijah & That Prophet—The 1st Dominion Restoration (Part 4), David Pack claimed that the scriptures he felt were related to "that Prophet" could not describe Jesus as he said that since God sometimes described "that Prophet," God would not describe God. Basically, seengly David Pack overlooked the fact that their are currently two God beings in the Godhead (see also Binitarianism: One God, Two Beings Before the Beginning), and the Father sometimes does describe the Son (Jesus). David Pack remains delusional about himself (see also Why Not the Restored Church of God?).

Because of misunderstandings, false prophets like David Pack, Gerald Flurry, and Ronald Weinland, many have improperly concluded that it is best not to accept that God actually has any prophets now. Norman Edwards (who was once on the board of GCG and is not part of CCOG) warned against that attitude in two different articles in Shepherd's Voice as he wrote:

Two Wrongs Do Not Make a Right

... 37 If you claim to be a prophet or think you are spiritual, you should recognize that what I am saying is a command from the Lord himself. But if you do not recognize this, you yourself will not be recognized. So, my dear brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and don’t forbid speaking in tongues. But be sure that everything is done properly and in order (1 Corinthians 14:31- 33, 37-40).

Simply because some congregations do not follow this scripture does not mean that there is not a proper use of spiritual gifts today. Think about this. Almost all of us would agree that we know of another church denomination or congregation that teaches erroneous doctrines. But does that error stop us from teaching the Bible? It should not. Similarly, many people do not attend church congregations because they have experienced corruption there before. But should that stop us from continuing to meet in congregations as the Bible instructs?

Two wrongs do not make a right!

Simply because some congregations that promote “spiritual gifts” do not follow all the scriptural teaching on it, does not mean that dedicated believers can abandon these vital gifts. It becomes all the more important for godly people to do it right. The number of false prophets compared to the number of true prophets does not matter. Elijah went up against 850 prophets of Baal and Asherah. The power of God destroyed all the false prophets (1 Kings 18:17-40). (Edwards N. Spiritual Oomph! Shepherd's Voice, Fall 2015, pp. 11-12)

Eph 4:11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,

1Th 5:19-21 Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.

1Tim 1:18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,

1Tim 4:14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.

2Tim 3:1-2, 5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be… lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Do people today have faith that God is able to prophecy through people in their congregations?

1Jo 4:1-2 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,

Note: If there were no true prophets, there would be no need to “test the spirits”—because every prophet would be a “false prophet”. But because there are both true prophets and false prophets, we need to “test the spirits”. (Edwards N. Need Prophets More than Prophecy. Shepherd's Voice, Fall 2013)

Basically, Norman Edwards is saying that the New Testament does tell of prophets, and that even though there can be vast multitudes of false prophets, that those who will really be the most faithful will listen to God's prophet(s). Jesus Himself also warned in His parable of the talents that some would not support the work for fear of mistakes, and Jesus condemned the one who was afraid to do what should have been done (Matthew 25:24-30).

TWO WRONGS DO NOT MAKE A RIGHT!

The existence of false prophets does NOT excuse not supporting a real one. That being said, most in the COGs do not actually understand what the Bible teaches about prophets in the New Testament. An article that goes into that is available at the following link: How To Determine If Someone is a True Prophet of God.

01/22/16 p.m. A reader tipped me off to the following announcement from RCG:

The Bible foretells the arrival of Elijah and That Prophet just before Christ’s Return. Many Christians believe That Prophet is Christ. Jews believe he and Elijah are different men. Are they correct?

Anyway, there is a video from David Pack who now claims that he is "that Prophet" that I listened to this evening.

Last year, David Pack claimed to be 'Elijah.' This was years after he claimed that he had definitively PROVED that it was supposedly Herbert W. Armstrong. Gerald Flurry, many years ago, claimed that he was "that Prophet." Gerald Flurry has a tendency to claim many titled for himself (see Teachings Unique to the Philadelphia Church of God). So David Pack, following in Gerald Flurry's footsteps, has in his World To Come broadcast titled Elijah & That Prophet—The 1st Dominion Restoration (Part 4), claimed that he too is "that Prophet." David Pack specifically stated in that video, "Elijah is that Prophet." Thus, he is now claiming he is God's prophet.

This is different from something that David Pack posted on June 7, 2013 related to one of his false 'reunification' predictions:

But I am not a prophet! Understand. I have NO AUTHORITY to make my own proclamations about anything regarding prophecy. (Pack D. “BACK TOGETHER” What This Means!" June 7, 2013)

David Pack said the above related to predictions he made at that time, which clearly were proven false.

He later compounded the problem by wrongly pointing to 2014:

I will explain a week after the Feast EXACTLY what was misunderstood about the prophecy’s timing. It appears we will not be waiting a long time—not another year—for its fulfillment. (Earlier announcements have been corrected.)... (Pack D. How Long Will You Wait for God’s Prophecies? 09/06/13 http://rcg.org/sep/how-long-will-you-wait-for-gods-prophecies)

The reunification that David Pack predicted for August 2013 and then by September 2014 did not happen. As of today, it also still has not happened. Nor is it possible that Philadlephia Christians will all flock to RCG.

Anyway, apparently, David Pack changed his view on him being some type of prophet as well. He remains delusional in many ways (see also Why Not the Restored Church of God?). As far as Elijah goes, to learn the truth about that matter check out the article The Elijah Heresies.

01/12/16 p.m. Received the following regarding LCG's Australia-based evangelist Bruce Tyler (Australia's date is a bit ahead of the USA):

From: Graeme Hemphill <ghemphill@living.org.au>
Date: 13 January 2016 8:34:12 am AEST
Subject: FW: Update on Mr. Bruce Tyler

Hello everyone,
 
I’m very pleased to be able to forward some positive news to you.  It is early days for Mr Tyler but the fact the doctors are very encouraged by his condition and progress indicates that God has heard our prayers for a speedy recovery.  How much of a recovery is yet to be determined.
 
Kind regards,
 
Graeme Hemphill

01/10/16 p.m. Received more emails regarding LCG's Australia-based evangelist Bruce Tyler:

January 10, 2016

Greetings from Charlotte,

As many of you may be aware, Mr. Bruce Tyler had a blood clot at the base of the brain on Sunday morning. He was in the hospital at the time undergoing tests following a brief episode he had after giving a sermon in Auckland the Sabbath of January 2, 2016. As a result of being in the hospital, doctors were able to immediately address this situation. His son Rob, reports that doctors were able to successfully remove the clot and that a brain scan following the surgery appeared to look “reasonable.” However, until Mr. Tyler wakes up they will not know to what degree the stroke will have affected him. He is currently in the Critical Care section of the hospital where doctors can monitor his condition. He has been anointed and everyone is looking to God to guide this situation.

Dr. Meredith has written a note to the brethren in Australia conveying our concerns. Please keep Mr. Tyler and his family and the brethren in that region of the world in your prayers. We will keep you informed as we hear more news from Australia.

Warm Regards,

Douglas Winnail

Hello Everyone

I do not have anything else to report other than what has been passed on to you by me via email.

It has come to my attention that some people have been phoning the hospital where Mr Tyler is having the treatment.

Please, please DO NOT contact the hospital or the office or the family at this point in time yourselves. All information about Mr Tyler will be sent to you through official channels such as myself or through the Church.

Please note that in my first email about this situation to you all, I made it VERY CLEAR that we did not want all of you contacting the Tyler’s, or the Church office, and of course the hospital would logically be included in that. Here is what I wrote to you all:-

From: Dayrell Tanner
Sent: Sunday, 10 January 2016 4:24 PM
To: Tanner Dayrell
Subject: FW: Prayers urgently requested for Mr Bruce Tyler

Hello Everyone

We have just heard from Mr Gill that Mr Bruce Tyler is in a very serious condition in hospital in Adelaide. Please see Mr Gill's email about this below.

We don't know any more than what has been relayed to us at this point. Michael Tyler will be rushing to Adelaide immediately to be with the family.

Please pray that God will intervene for Mr Tyler as our Great God is well aware of his condition. Please pray for the family as they face this very serious trial.

Please do not contact the Tyler family about this, or the Church Office.  We will keep you all informed as soon as we have any further news.

I am unable to give you any further details or news regarding Mr Tyler, so I would appreciate it if you do not call me at this stage.

It is all in God's hands. Please pray earnestly for God's intervention.

Regards

Dayrell Tanner

01/10/16 a.m. Received emails regarding LCG's Australia-based evangelist Bruce Tyler:

Please find below an important message from Mr Robert Tyler.

Cards and letters can be sent to the Church Regional Office 

PO Box 300 CLARENDON SA 5157

We do not expect news of further updates for a day or two while the specialists assess Mr Bruce Tyler's condition following the operation.

Regards

Michael Gill

Dear Friends,

As many of you will have already heard, my dad suffered a major brain stem stroke on Sunday morning 10 January.  The area affected was complicated by a blood clot in a significant artery supplying blood to the brain.  Thankfully he was already in hospital when the stroke occurred allowing medical staff to immediately begin working on him, however, he still required life support. Doctors immediately arranged for a neurologist and specialist equipment to be transported via ambulance from a nearby hospital so the doctors could attempt to remove the blood clot. After 2 hours in surgery he was moved back into Critical Care where doctors continue to monitor his condition.

Dad is currently at Flinders Private Hospital, Adelaide.

We of course look to God for His mercy and beseech Him for a complete and speedy recovery.

All the Tyler family wish to thank everyone around the world for their prayers and support during this difficult trial.

Rob Tyler

Our family met Bruce Tyler years ago, and I will pray for him.

Bruce Tyler is the third high-level LCG leader that comes to mind being hit by a type of stroke. LCG's Presiding Evangelist Roderick C. Meredith and his assistant, his son Jim, are the other two.

01/07/15 a.m. LCG.org posted a 'Personal' from its Presiding Evangelist Roderick C. Meredith that brought to mind a call that RCG's David C. Pack made for members' assets. Here are a few quotes:

Personal - Pray for Our Financial Growth!

Roderick C. Meredith
January/February 2016

One special prayer that I would ask all of you to join me in praying is this: let us all together beseech God to grant us in this Work at least half of the financial increase that He gave Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong for about 35 years! For, as Mr. Armstrong explained many times, God gave the Work under his direction about 30 percent increase year by year for about 35 years.

Near the end of his ministry, with personal problems and sins growing throughout the Church, those blessings were taken away or cut back. ...

God Almighty is still alive, He is working through us right now, and—as these terrible end-time events approach—we really need to shake the world with the knowledge of His Kingdom far more than we have ever done. Remember, brethren, we are only “beginning to fight.” We have not yet finished! So again, since Jesus told us: “ask and you shall receive,” we can with faith ask God to give us at least one-half of the financial increase He gave His Church all those years when Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong were still alive and doing the Work. That would be a 15 percent financial increase of this Work year by year. I hope all of you will sincerely and zealously do your part. But I am not going to “press you” on that. For that is up to you and between you and God as you “walk with Him” in the fear of God. But I feel that God would want us to cry out and ask Him for the blessing that I have already indicated. Then, we could go on far more television stations, greatly increase our impact over the Internet—which is certainly the “wave of the future”—increase our personal appearance campaigns and “grow” the Work in every possible way.

When I first began this present Work back in 1992, I was a little embarrassed to ask for money. ...

Most of you realize this. If you go around your neighborhood you find virtually no one who has heard of the Living Church of God or any of the other groups that are trying to do God’s Work today. This needs to change! So I hope all of us can begin to fast and to pray fervently and ask God to help us stir ourselves to do our part far more zealously and begin to serve our Creator with zeal and to give of our physical substance sacrificially as we are able. Some of our brethren are already doing this. But I am fully aware that many of our brethren—often fine brethren who mean well and who are already giving a little bit of their substance—are nevertheless sitting on hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars worth of money, property and other resources they very rarely touch to help do the Work of the living God at the very end of this age.

Think of it! ...

God’s Word tells us: “Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold,and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need. And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus,having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet” (Acts 4:32–37). God does not ask us to “have all things in common” as did these first-century Christians, but we can still be moved and inspired today by their great zeal.

Is it too much to ask that all of us follow the pattern of the early Church and give of ourselves, our time, our energy and our possessions in the very service of Jesus Christ at the end of this age?

So, Dr. Meredith believes that sins cause COG groups to have less than 30% growth, so he is hoping for 15%. There are sins in LCG (see Why Bob Thiel Left the Living Church of God). By Dr. Meredith's logic, there are severe problems with LCG.

Under David Pack, RCG repeatedly pushes its members to send in assets beyond tithes and offerings (it made a big push starting with a sermon, apparently given on 11/03/07 by David Pack to his followers titled Clarion Call -- The Time is NOW!:) and RCG now teaches a doctrine called 'common' to justify wanting more money than tithes and reasonable offerings. Dr. Meredith's comment God does not ask us to “have all things in common” as did these first-century Christians seems directed against RCG.

That being said, both Dr. Meredith and David Pack have both made comments to the effect that their churches need more money in order for the work of God to be completed. While money is involved, that claim is simply is not the case. God does NOT need our money nor our assets, but He allows His people to participate in His work which helps us (see also Tithing Questions and Some Answers).

As I repeatedly told Dr. Meredith, over the years when I was part of LCG, even doubling the number of television stations its broadcast was on would NOT fulfill Matthew 24:14 as the reach (according to his own statistics) would still be inadequate. I explained to him that it looked like God would use media coverage just prior to the Great Tribulation to insure that Matthew 24:14 would be fulfilled. The non-Philadelphian groups seem not to realize how God's work will be accomplished and that it is a work of faith (cf. 1 Thessalonians 1:11) not money.

Because, in opposition to what the Apostle Paul wrote (2 Corinthians 5:7), groups like RCG and LCG seem to wish to walk more more sight than by faith, plus since those two groups have leaders with severe integrity problems, they will not be able to be used to lead The Final Phase of the Work at this time.

We in the Continuing Church of God have been walking by faith and have had vastly more than the 30% growth that WCG once had and the 15% growth that Dr. Meredith just called for. Dr. Meredith and others may wish to consider the ramifications of that in lieu of what he posted. He and others may wish to notice what I wrote that was in last week's CCOG Letter to the Brethren:

Dear Brethren and Co-Workers in Christ:

The Continuing Church of God (CCOG) officially declared its existence on December 28, 2012 because integrity and heretical problems within a different COG group convinced me that its leadership could not possibly hold the Philadelphia mantle.

Unlike many groups that started with a coalition of ministers who pre-planned to start a group to insure its fiscal  viability, we started the CCOG without doing anything like that.

Instead, we stepped out on faith in order to work to fulfill Matthew 24:14 and Matthew 28:19-20.  Hence, for that and other reasons, we carry the end-time Philadelphia mantle.  We are a continuation of the Church of God that first began in the second chapter of the Book of Acts.

While we have had many scoffers and critics, we have been the fastest growing Church of God since our formation.  From three members and three prospective members on December 28, 2012, we have grown to the point where over 1500 are claimed to be part of the Continuing Church of God.

Despite the fact that as most of our members live in the poorer parts of the world, we are now one of the ten largest groups who had leaders once in the old Worldwide Church of God (WCG).

This growth was not done with large amounts of money as we have the least income of the top ten largest groups with origins in the old WCG.  Of course the Bible says:

6 This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
Says the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6)

7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

5 Look among the nations and watch —
Be utterly astounded!
For I will work a work in your days
Which you would not believe, though it were told you. (Habakkuk 1:5)

We are doing that work.

Jesus said:

16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?  17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.  19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them. (Matthew 7:16-20)

As far as fruits go, we have also greatly exceeded the 30% growth per year that the old Worldwide Church of God used to claim it had for decades.  Many of those that we have with us did NOT have a WCG background as we reached people other groups have not.

We have reached people in over 220 nations and territories, and in multiple languages. We have reached millions over the internet, had over 500,000 views of our YouTube television channels, reached millions over radio, and printed and distributed thousands of pieces of printed literature (magazines, song books, and booklets).

But as we intend to one day reach billions, we still have a long way to go.  But we must work and prepare for that time.

The Bible says:

28 For He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness, Because the Lord will make a short work upon the earth. (Romans 9:28)

Since God will finish the work, and it needs to be a witness to all nations, we need to prepare for what I have referred to as the short work (see Preparing for the ‘Short Work’ and The Famine of the Word).

We have spent the past three years doing so, and have plans to expand the pool of those that we can potentially reach.

Unlike RCG and LCG, we in the Continuing Church of God take a more biblical approach and I believe that God has blessed us for it. We have the blessings that Dr. Meredith called for and hinted that groups do not have those blessings if they have various sins.

Dr. Meredith should ask himself why CCOG has what he now claims are the fruits of God's blessing and LCG does not. We in the Continuing Church of God and have never asked for members to liquify assets or anything like that to have the fruits that Dr. Meredith indicated that the faithful church would have. But we do have those fruits.

A recent sermon to consider would be: CCOG: Background and Fruits.

01/04/16 a.m. The latest edition of Shepherd's Voice arrived. Norman Edwards had the following in it (bolding his):

We Can Ask for More!

While God says that he has given each of us a spiritual gift, we can always ask for more. More oomph, if you will. Whether it is wisdom, prophecy or some other gift, God is interested:

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking (James 1:5).

Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues (1 Corinthians 14:39, NKJV).

So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts ... (1 Corinthians 12:31).

So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding (Colossians 1:9).

Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you (1 Timothy 4:14).

Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything (2 Corinthians 6:10).

In the last three verses, Paul was asking for spiritual gifts for other believers. Again, our purpose must always be outward. We ask for gifts to serve others, or we ask the gifts to be given to others

Sadly, despite what the Bible says, many do not seem to really believe in certain spiritual gifts or that God still intervenes in the 21st century.

Three items of possible interest may be How To Determine If Someone is a True Prophet of God, Dreams, the Bible, the Radio Church of God, and the Continuing Church of God, and Does God Heal Today?

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