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12/15/12 p.m. Saw DVE727 titled Watch and Get Ready by Dr. D. Winnail for a sermon today. In it, after referring to why Protestant commentaries support his position on the "falling away," he stated that those who do not agree are "blinded to the reality" of what he is teaching.
This may be my last post on this page (though that could change). Future posts, however, are expected be found at the News of Those Once Affiliated with Global page.
12/11/12 a.m. From the Philippines, Felipe Casing sent in the following report:
Typhoon in the PhilippinesFor decades, we never had devastating storms in Davao and nearby areas, but yesterday Typhoon Pablo left tragedies beyond expectation and affected our brethren in Comval Province. Our member in Monkayo texted me yesterday morning that the wind was very strong, coupled with heavy rain. Minutes later, the roof of his house started to blow away, so he, his wife, and their three children quickly left the building and took shelter under a sturdy coconut tree. Soaked by the rain, they saw their house with all their belongings flattened to the ground by falling coconut trees. Another member in Compostela texted me that their house was completely destroyed by strong winds and rain. We have three homes of Church members totally destroyed, two buildings with damaged roofs and walls, and two homes leaning on their sides. As of now we are not aware of a ny casualties. Uprooted trees are strewn everywhere and block the roads. Bridges are smashed by the raging overflowing rivers and streams. According to the news reports, 95 percent of Comval Province experienced strong winds and inundations of water, damaging crops like bananas, rice and corn, and electricity is still completely out everywhere… We have prepared some foodstuffs, some clothing, and blankets or mats for the brethren there. Tomorrow at sunrise we will leave to go see them. We can assess the extent of damages and relate it to our Regional Pastor, and determine how we can help them clean up from the mess and give some comfort in their losses.
12/04/12 p.m. Just received the following from Glory Talbott:
Mr Wallace Smith's dad died yesterday. Let's be praying for his family's comfort.
12/02/12 a.m. While I normally do not post many prayer requests/updates directly here (I have the link to Prayer Requests shown, however, at the top of this page), I thought I would post several LCG related ones here:
Hello All, Would like to request prayer for a long time member Linda Ann Wilberding, She has multiple ailments which keep her away from church. This week its respiratory, last week it was her allergy to pork, she went to a restaurant and ate some hidden in the beans. She is always plagued by other health related issues. Please remember her so she can feel better and come to church. (From Janet Evans)Prayer UpdatesMr. Dan Hall, Regional Pastor in Texas, reports that his wife, Nancy, is out of the hospital after surgery for ovarian cancer, but is still dealing with a partial blockage of her small intestine. Mr. Terrence Kennell, an elder in the Ft. Lauderdale congregation, is at home after surgery for an abscess on his skull. Yden Skeete, the little girl in Barbados who had brain surgery last week for removal of a tumor, is doing well but is having post-surgical issues. Your continued prayers for Nancy, Terrence, Yden and others looking to God for their complete healing will be appreciated.
12/01/12 p.m. In its latest Weekly Update, LCG had the following about Living University:
Living UniversityLiving University—Registration for Second SemesterRegistration for second semester classes is now underway. Classes will begin January 16 and students may register anytime between now and January 16. 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 Web site under the link “Spring 2013 Class Schedule.” To make appl ication to Living University, to register for courses, and to find out more, please visit the www.livinguniv.com Web site. For additional information, please contact Mrs. Michelle Broussard at email@example.com or 704-708-2294.ENGL 112: Argument-Based Literary Research. This course, the second in a series of two, introduces research techniques, documentation styles, and argumentative strategies used in professional and academic writing. Emphasis is placed on analyzing data and incorporating research findings into documented argumentative essays and research projects. This course is important because it prepares students for the writing challenges of upper-level theology courses.SPCM 150: Introduction to Communication. This course provides a foundation for speaking, including critical listening and methods of writing, organizing, delivering and critiquing speeches. It addresses problems of effective oral communication through study and experience in analysis, synthesis and presentation of subject matter in oral communication. Upon completion, students should be able to make clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals, congregations and other groups; clarify information as needed; and facilitate an open exchange of ideas.THL 212: Old Testament Survey II. This course is the second in a sequence of two and deals with the Major and Minor Prophets, focusing on the background, content, structure, geography, teachings, and basic meaning of each book and outstanding people and events. Emphasis will be placed on the Old Testament as the background and foundation for understanding the New Testament. This course will essentially begin at the book of Isaiah and move through the remaining books of the Old Testament.
11/12/12 a.m. In its latest Weekly Update, LCG had the following about Living University:
Call for On-Site Study Applications... (U.S. only at this time): For those seeking a unique and exciting learning opportunity, Living University is now seeking applicants for on-site students to study full-time in Charlotte, beginning in the fall semester of 2013. We hope to have several new male and female students with us beginning in August! Applications can be initiated online through the university Web site. Additional details and requirements can also be found online, as can an estimate of costs associated with on-site study. We also plan to have housing available for on-site students this fall. With our on-site students, we are also looking for individuals who might have skills they can use to contribute to the Work or University, through part-time work study. We have work study opportunities available in sever al areas. If you are interested in on-site LU study and also have interests and/or skills, please contact us. At this time we can only accept on-site students from the U.S. Our hope is to expand this opportunity to international students in future years. Students interested should plan to have their applications completed and submitted by February 2013. Those with no previous college should submit college entrance test scores (GRE or SAT) along with other application materials and should plan to take that examination before the end of this year. You can find out more about these exams through a local high school guidance office or local community college or university testing service. If you have questions about on-site study or to find out more, please call or e-mail Dr. Scott Winnail at 704-708-2292 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
11/02/12 a.m. An anti-COG website and an anti-LCG/UCG/COGWA website reported something that they suggest is current news, which is not really new.
Here is one from the so-called Banned by HWA site on November 1, 2012:
Bob Thiel: New Book Publishing Company...Bob Thiel, the public face of the Living Church of God, has started his own book publishing company to distribute his books.
Here is another from the so-called Shining Light site on November 2, 2012:
LCG NEWS: Bob Thiel has formed his own publishing company to help in his book enterprises.
Both these suggest that Nazarene Books is a new development, which is not the case. Nazarene Books was developed in early 2009 and all my books from 2009 to present have that Nazarene Books as the publisher. It is odd that both sites suggest otherwise as they could have easily figured out the truth instead of reporting what they did. Of course, I am also not the "public face" of the Living Church of God. These sites also have other factual errors that I will not bother with at this time, and many of their readers seem to have insufficient interest in the truth, so they do not seem to care as they should.
While I do not really consider this 'News of the Living Church of God!,' since others are misreporting it as such, I felt that this might be the best place of the cogwriter.com website to address this.
10/27/12 p.m. Dr. D. Winnail reported:
Positive reports are still coming in about the Feast this year that was attended by more than 9,130 brethren at 50 sites in 32 countries around the world.
10/25/12 p.m. James Malm, an independent internet poster and leader/owner of the Shining Light blog, with a proven history of providing dates that do not happen, etc. has decided to continue to provide inaccurate information about me and others. Today his post was titled Rod Meredith’s Living Church of God Succession Crisis: LCG Could Potentially Split. James has long made a variety of inaccurate speculations about LCG and other COG groups (even in his comments related to today's post he made a variety of negative comments towards leaders in other COGs, like COGWA).
Here is some of what he said in it, including a comment he posted about it:
It is ONLY the intense personality of Rod and personal loyalties to him that is holding LCG together.
His successor will have neither that personal loyalty, nor the powerful personality of Rod Meredith, and will have a hard job in keeing the deeply divided LCG together.
The Nicolaitane dominating personalities are in the mold of Rod himself, who ruled his church with an iron fist for many years...
It now appears that the succession is being set up for the Nicolaitanes to succeed Rod and continue his governance system with even greater energy then at present.
Now, to the best of my knowledge James Malm does not actually know the Charlotte-based LCG evangelists or other LCG leaders there. But I do. And while they all have a variety of human flaws and faults, it is simply wrong to claim that they somehow are "Nicolaitanes." James Malm neither knows the facts about LCG's leaders nor does he have a proper grasp of what the Nicolaitans were believed to have taught (essentially a form of lascivious lawlessness, which is simply not present in LCG's Charlotte leadership for his analogy.)
Improperly regarding me today, James Malm posted:
Bob calls himself one of the world’s foremost experts on prophecy, and finding no one else as great as himself, claims to have a double portion of God’s spirit above everyone else;
He also posted a variety other inaccurate comments about me and LCG that I will not bother with now, but the above two points I would also like to comment on.
First. Any written comments along the line of referring to me something like "one of the world’s foremost experts on prophecy" that tend to appear on book-related websites or somehow related to me as an author were written by others (like book reviewers) after reviewing my work and track record.
Second. It was not I, but a duly-ordained LCG minister who asked God to grant me a "double-portion" of God's Spirit when he anointed me with oil on 12/15/2011. I never asked any minister to do that, nor was that the intended plan of the one who did it, but this is a fact and did happen. Hence, for James Malm to make up his explanation about this is nonsense. James, if he will, perhaps should pray and search the scriptures about that anointing, etc.
The fact that I have called-out James
Malm about his wrong dates for years really has upset him. So much so,
he seems to enjoy proposing explanations about me and others that come
from his imagination and not the facts. It is not that everything he
posts is wrong, even the "accuser of the brethren" Satan (Revelation
12:9-10) can quote scripture and get some facts right while
misconstruing the truth (cf. Matthew 4; Job 1). James Malm's record is
not one to boast about.
And speaking of facts, he was wrong about the abomination of desolation possibly being set up in September 2012 (he claimed he was about 70-80% sure), and he will be proven wrong about it happening in 2013 (see Malm Wrong Again: Abomination of Desolation with Peace Declaration Will Not Be Set Up December 25, 2013). Pointing out his errors seems to affect him and cause him to make up a variety of schemes and statements that are simply not true.
I have never bore false witness against James Malm and it is distressing that he wants people to often believe that (which he also indicated elsewhere in his post today). He should spend more time in prayer and study and less on inaccurate reporting about others and making biblically-impossible predictions.
Two items of potentially related interest may include:
Error-Ridden James Malm Not Doing an Elijah Work James Malm is an 'independent' who misunderstands and improperly maligns.
Why Be Concerned About False and Heretical Leaders? There have been many false leaders--here is some of why you should be concerned about them.
10/15/12 a.m. Just arrived back from the FOT early this morning (and having access to updating this particular page for the first time in over two weeks). Anyway, there are two items to post here.
On the first day of the FOT, James Malm posted:
LCG NEWS: The officially designated successor to Rod Meredith is Richard Ames. Because both of these men are quite elderly now, an effort has been ongoing to find a younger successor to provide long term stability for LCG.
As they continuously teach that time is short, they constantly reveal that they think “My Lord delays his coming” by their actions.
While the obvious successor is the” work horse” Doug Winnail, Rod has failed to name him and has instead br0ught his son James from California to be his personal assistant in Charlotte last May.
James is learning the art of leading LCG directly from his father, and is now seen as being groomed to become Rod’s successor by many in LCG.
Rod has said that he expects to live for a few more years and that a change in leadership is not imminent. However what Rod thinks and what God plans may be different.
For a look at the man who may become the next leader of LCG please visit this link. In fairness to him, he is reading off a teleprompter and the tape is not in sync with the sound. You would think they would do better for the boss’s son.
In the 'Behind the Work' video played at LCG FOT sites this year (which was filmed before the above post was made, but played afterwards), Dr. Meredith denied that his son Jim was brought to Charlotte to ever lead LCG.
As far as the the second item to report here, I was able to meet on certain theological issues with Richard Ames after services ended on the Last Great Day. In this meeting, I brought up matters of church history, literature, communications, the falling away, an upcoming book of mine, and aspects of the final phase of the work and we discussed them.
09/29/12 a.m. LCG made the news in Chattanooga:
Living Church of God has Feast of the Tabernacles in Chattanooga beginning Sept. 30
The Living Church of God is looking to open its wallets to the city beginning Sept. 30, but the 425 people on the way won't be partaking in any of Chattanooga best pork barbecue or catfish.
For the second year in a row, the city is one of the denomination's several Feast of Tabernacles sites in the country and 40 in the world.
Members, in keeping with a biblical command, set aside about 10 percent of their income -- on top of their 10 percent tithe to the church -- to spend at the annual festivals, according to James Sweat, feast site coordinator for the Charlotte, N.C.-based church and pastor of the denomination's church in Chattanooga.
"That can be anything they need to spend it on," he said.
Anything, that is, except pork products or food of any kind that has been prepared with pork derivatives such as lard or bacon fat. Members also don't eat shellfish of any kind, including shrimp, lobster, crab, oysters, clams, scallops, or fish
such as shark, catfish or any that do not have "fins and scales."
Those foods, according the Old Testament book of Leviticus, "are unclean to you" and "are an abomination to you."
The denomination is "completely different" from the Cleveland, Tenn.-based Church of God International, Anderson, Ind.-based North American Church of God or onetime Chattanooga-based (Original) Church of God, Sweat said.
"We teach the original Christianity of the Bible," he said.
Dexter Wakefield, director of business operations for the denomination, said last year was the first time Chattanooga served as a Feast site.
"Chattanooga, of course, is well located in a particular region for people to go there," he said. "It has a lot of things people can do. It also has good facilities."
Wakefield said the Chattanooga Choo Choo will serve at the host site, where there will be daily worship services, family-oriented gatherings and social activities through Monday, Oct. 8...
Wakefield said the denomination, which has more than 340 congregations around the world, has designated Feast of Tabernacle, or Sukkot, sites for more than 50 years. He said he has been going to festivals for some 35 years, including many years with his now-grown four children..."It's a very festive occasion," he said. "It's a happy, joyful occasion meant to picture the kingdom of God." http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/sep/22/chattanooga-is-churchs-feast-site/
09/25/12 p.m. Recently re-read the following from the July-August 2012 Living Church News:
Sometimes, when brethren hear messages (or read articles) that warn against murmuring, they may take offense, thinking they are being told to “shut up, pray and pay” or to act as “yes men” to the ministry. It is important to understand that having a thoughtful opinion and expressing it respectfully does not constitute murmuring. Scriptural admonitions against murmuring do not require us to “follow blindly” or to have no opinion. The key is our attitude, and how we express ourselves...
No, a true Philadelphian Christian will not be a “yes man” or a “blind follower.” Absolutely not! There is a right way to give input.
09/14/12 p.m. Dr. Meredith contacted me yesterday and listed some LCG concerns about about my book Barack Obama, Prophecy, and the Destruction of the United States. I provided him feedback related to those concerns, including part of how I feel that book helps tie into the final phase of the work. We both mentioned mutual prayers and the Feast of Tabernacles, and I conveyed my wishes that he would have a great Feast of Tabernacles.
There are a lot of recent false assertions and reports about me and LCG matters on the internet, so this may be a good time to address a few of them. For example, James Malm (a blogger, that seems to be starting to form his own group, long has had major issues with me, LCG, UCG, COGWA, etc.) posted the following:
This ongoing battle through the summer began to climax as the COGWA talks progressed and Bob published his book on President Obama. After a number of calls from Charlotte on this new book as well as many communications on his disagreement with the new falling away teaching; and especially about his attitude, that he was straightening out Charlotte; Doug Winnail flew out to San Diego for two days of talks with Bob in August.
With the issues unresolved, and there seems to be far more than only these matters, maybe LCG leadership finally got around to reading Bob’s other books? More likely it is a power struggle over any potential agreement to cooperate with COGWA.
Rod Meredith wrote all congregations last Sabbath with a warning about believing anything written by Bob.
Now it appears that a choice to either obey and accept instructions from the leadership or be cast out has been given to Bob...
From what I can see, Bob Thiel is the leader of the anti cooperation with COGWA faction.
The above assertions contain a lot of falsehoods, false conclusions, and/or false assumptions. Because others on the internet have picked up some of this, let me try to set out the facts about the above:
Perhaps I should mention that also on the internet, some have falsely suggested that a couple of the LCG commentaries in the past week or so were intended to be directed towards me personally. Dr. Meredith, without me bringing that subject up, apparently saw the same nonsense, and told me that this was not the case. And yes, I believe him about that. Dr. Meredith, himself, also took exception to claims that there was any "war" between the LCG evangelists and me.
Yesterday, I noticed that James Malm linked to my recent news article titled Persecution. He, and others who profess Christ, should read it (Christians are subject to persecution per 2 Timothy 3:12, etc. and false accusations per Matthew 5:11, etc.). And James Malm, and others who make false statements about me (and others), should consider what they are doing.
09/08/12 p.m. Attached to the Weekly Update from the Living Church of God, Charlotte (LCG), that is being read today in congregations throughout the world, was a letter from Dr. Meredith related to me, the Barack Obama, Prophecy, and the Destruction of the United States book, etc. FWIW, I was unaware of any LCG concerns about this book prior to seeing Dr. Roderick C. Meredith's letter, so this has come as somewhat a surprise.
In the past, the Charlotte-based evangelists such as Dr. Meredith, Richard Ames, and the late Dibar Apartian have always been supportive and encouraging regarding my writings and books. And while a couple of suggestions have been received in the past related to the books, no serious doctrinal concerns have ever been raised.
I am unaware if Dr. Meredith has yet had the time to read the book in its entirety and he is supposed to call me next week to discuss his concerns. A careful read of his letter shows that nowhere does he state that the book actually contains any error, but that it is not an official LCG document and that people need to check out what I write--"Prove all things" as the Apostle Paul wrote (1 Thessalonians 5:21, KJV)--and, of course, I completely concur with that.
From the beginning, it has been my intent to update the Barack Obama, Prophecy, and the Destruction of the United States book in November 2012 or January 2013 (I updated my previous book Fatima Shock! within a couple of months of its release), so I look forward to discussing details with Dr. Meredith.
Anyway, although I have served LCG in many capacities over the past approximately 14 years, I have never been an employee, accepted any salary, etc. thus I have never been an official employee. And, of course, since LCG did not produce the Barack Obama, Prophecy, and the Destruction of the United States book, it should be clear to all that it is not an official LCG publication. In case there have been concerns about my non-official capacity or writings, the following information is at the www.cogwriter.com home page:
This is the personal home page of Bob Thiel, the Church of God writer AKA COGwriter. The opinions expressed are my own, based upon my understanding of history, various facts, and the Bible. This is not an official Living Church of God, United Church of God, Church of God (Seventh day), etc. site. This site is maintained by a genuine Church of God believer who is solely responsible for its content. The official website of the Living Church of God is http://www.lcg.org. The opinions and positions expressed within this page should not be taken to be the official position of the Global Church of God (which, for practical purposes, no longer exists), the Living Church of God, United Church of God, COGWA, etc.
The purpose of this web page is to promote biblical doctrines, help unify the remnant of the Philadelphia era of God's Church (so that those who are truly part of it may more effectively get the Gospel truth out as a witness per Matthew 24:14; Revelation 3:8), support the Ezekiel warning (Ezekiel 2 & 3), support Matthew 28:19-20 (etc.), and to alert true Philadelphian Christians so they can be kept "from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth" (Revelation 3:10). It is also hoped that those who are not Philadelphian will be able to benefit from its content, including those who had never previously received the witness of Christ's gospel of the kingdom.
My intent is to continue to try to support Matthew 24:14, 28:19-20, and other aspects of the work. And I look forward to discussing those matters, including the final phase of the work, with Dr. Meredith.
09/07/12 p.m. Some have asked me about my position on the "falling away" matter. At this stage, let me state that on May 13, 2012, when it looked like a change in formal position may be taking place, I contacted the HQ evangelists and urged them to reconsider certain points. Dr. Winnail ended up contacting me late the next month and discussed his idea to come out to see me. Before I played his "Falling Away" sermon, I was told in July 2012 by two LCG ministers that I would probably not have issues with that sermon, so I played it and watched it. After watching it, I contacted LCG and produced several documents stating my concerns which were sent in July and August 2012.
Today, Dr. Winnail informed me (orally and via email) that while one can disagree with the Council's primary current interpretation on the falling away matter, which I do, one can still be part of the Living Church of God while holding a different view.
08/28/12 a.m. Dr. D. Winnail flew out here and met with me part of Sunday and Monday (he flew back yesterday). We mainly went over matters of church history, literature, doctrine, and prophecy. As well as having discussions on the final phase of the work.
08/25/12 a.m. Although this was not unexpected, I learned, sadly, that Wayne Pyle, died several hours ago. Wayne Pyle was always nice and kind to me and I enjoyed working with him. He worked for WCG, then GCG, and finally LCG. His family is in my prayers.
08/23/12 p.m. Our son Brian was baptized this afternoon. Dr. J. Fall made the 5 1/2 hour drive to our place and performed the baptism (and is currently on the way back to his place--another 5 1/2 hours). Brian had been counseling for some time and we are glad this has now happened.
08/20/12 a.m. Received a few emails related to the "falling away" matter. Be assured that I am trying to work this out with LCG's leadership.
08/08/12 a.m. Received the following in an email (the pastor's name was not included):
Jahra Roxas 6:45pm Aug 7 Please pray for our pastor in Mindanao, Philippines. His diabetes has become severe enough that they need to cut his toe off.
08/07/12 p.p.m. Got a later email that says the following from the Gilchrists:
Statement from the Gilchrist Family
The Gilchrist family thanks all of you for your prayers, love & concern. Our dearly loved son, Kyle, died in an accidental shooting Monday night. He is asleep in Christ, awaiting the resurrection, & we look forward to being the first ones there to welcome him back. As my husband has often said, this changes nothing insofar as the Truth, our Purpose, our Calling, & our hope in God’s soon coming Kingdom.
Please understand that we’re struggling with the shock & reality of losing our son, so we may not be able to take every phone call, or answer every email. We’re deeply touched & comforted by your love & prayers.
The memorial service will be held this Sabbath, August 11th, at 2pm at the New Hope Fellowship Church in Garland, Texas. (475 E. Oates Road, Garland, TX 75043). A block of rooms has been reserved at The Colony Fairfield Inn by Marriott ((972) 370-7732) for anyone who is interested in coming for the memorial service.
Please send condolences to:
5700 Poole Drive
The Colony, TX 75056
Thank you from all of us.
Glen, Diane & Allison Gilchrist
Laurel, Ryan and Vivian Kemp
08/07/12 p.m. Just got an email from Glory Talbott that says Kyle Gilchrist son of Glen and Diance Gilchrist was killed in a "gun accident" yesterday.
08/07/12 a.m. For the past couple of weeks, I have heard some reports about Wayne Pyle's health. And was unable to reach him when I tried. I learned late last night that the MDs have basically given up on him (they apparently do not believe that he will make it past next week or so) and that he is in a hospice situation. Please pray for him, his wife Suzanne, and his family. Wayne Pyle has been a long time WCG, GCG, and LCG employee.
Also, this morning I received the following prayer request:
Jahra Roxas 7:21pm Aug 6Please pray for all the people here in the Philippines, most especially the brethren in the Luzon area. A lot of the brethren are caught in the wake of a southwest monsoon, flooding many areas. At the same time, please pray for one of the brethren who has just been admitted in the ICU, Mr. Jess Magundayao. We're still not sure what the problem is, but he has shown symptoms of a heart attack.
07/14/2012 p.m. Saw the "must-play" DVD by Dr. D. Winnail today titled The Falling Away. It was quite different than I had been led to believe.
07/14/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, July 14, 2012A generation ago, Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) enthralled audiences around the world with epic poems, short stories and novels. His experiences growing up in British-controlled India provided a rich source of colorful folklore and inspiration for children's stories, such as the Jungle Book. Kipling received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907. Read more
07/12/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By James Ginn | Thursday, July 12, 2012Air Canada Flight 143 had made it about halfway to its destination when something unexpected occurred--the Boeing 767 ran out of gas. With both engines shut down, the giant aircraft began hurdling toward the ground, grasped in the unmerciful clutch of gravity. Adding to the distress was the fact that the pilots had not been trained to handle a situation in which both engines were lost. A potential disaster loomed. Read more
07/10/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, July 10, 2012Scan the news headlines or talk to your friends and neighbors, and there is little doubt that the world is filled with troubles. How can we be positive in such a negative environment? Can we find reasons to be optimistic when modern life is filled with so many troubles? Read more
07/08/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. In it, Dr. Winnail mentions weather problems, the telecast, Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations, income being up, international updates, Living Youth Programs, FOT activity registration, LU registration, a video job opening, world news items, and comments about pondering Independence Day.
Here are some of the international updates:
French UpdateThere have been some very encouraging figures for the French-speaking websites www.mondedemain.org and www.coursdebible.org for the first six months of 2012.There were 145,000 sessions involving 101,000 unique visitors from 185 countries and territories. Compared to the same period in 2011, we recorded massive growth from the French overseas departments, Reunion (+85%), Martinique (+55%) and Guadeloupe (+40%), as well as other French-speaking countries like Ivory Coast (90%), Switzerland (+47%) and Haiti (+52%). Mainland France and Belgium record a steady increase of 20% and Canada is stable. Along with the USA, these countries and territories are the ten most active countries for the French websites.More than 100,000 articles have been downloaded, 40,000 booklets, 18,000 news & prophecy, 15,000 telecasts and 8,000 commentaries. All these figures are rising compared to the first half of 2011. We also received 750 forms online (literature requests and contact forms) mainly from Canada, Haiti and France.The average time spent on the Bible Study Course website is nine minutes. From January through June 2012, 380 new students registered and 8 of them finished the 24 lessons. During these first six months, all the figures of the online BSC have exceeded the entire year of 2011.—VG Lardé
New Station in Mexico: A new door has opened for us to preach the Gospel in Mexico. We have just signed a contract with a radio station in the city of Torreon, in the northern state of Coahuila, to air our program El Mundo de Mañana. We debut next Sabbath, July 7, at 4:00 p.m. on Radio Señal AM 1380. This is a powerful station covering the states of Coahuila and Chihuaha, and part of Mexico’s third-largest metro-area, Monterrey.Visit to Peru: Mr. Armando Orrego, South America Regional Pastor, arrived in Lima on Wednesday night, June 27. On Thursday morning, we headed to the Feast of Tabernacles site. The visit to Huaychulo was very profitable. We were able to speak with the hotel administrator, see the facilities and improve some services. From there, Mr. Orrego travelled to Cerro de Pasco to visit the members there. He had many counseling sessions with the brethren. On the Sabbath day, the brethren from Cerro de Pasco and some who had travelled from Lima met for Sabbath services. Everyone was very joyful. On Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. Orrego were back in Lima, where they visited several families and a beloved brother who had travelled all the way from Trujillo. On Monday, the Orregos traveled back home to Colombia. The visit was very profitable for God’s people in Peru.—Eden Hurtado
07/07/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Charles Knowlton | Saturday, July 07, 2012When I was a youngster, we lived close to a blacksmith's shop. The smith was a man trained to take a piece of metal, heat it, beat it and cool it--thereby producing needed and useful articles. His tools were simple, his strength was great and his eye was keen. The blacksmith's implements were few: a hammer, anvil and forge. His forge was used to produce heat; his anvil was a large piece of solid metal to pound on with the hammer. He performed a vital service for the local community, and what he taught us remains relevant today. Read more
07/05/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Thursday, July 05, 2012When 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
07/03/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, July 03, 2012July 4 is the day the United States celebrates its independence. Many nations throughout history have fought for their independence, and have set aside days to mark its attainment. Is independence and self-rule the real answer to mankind's search for peace and happiness? Read more
07/01/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. In it, Dr. Winnail mentions weather problems, the telecast, Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations, international updates, Living Youth Programs, FOT activity registration, LU registration (which begins today), Roku, world news items, and comments about the importance of humility for unity.
Here is that last item:
Humility—Key to Unity: 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 contentious Corinthians that they should be “perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10). The Scriptures reveal that pride is a cause of contentions (Proverbs 13:10) that can lead to a person’s downfall (Proverbs 16:18). Insisting on doing things our own way also causes dissentions and strife (James 4:1). However, humility will promote peace and unity (James 3:17-18) and will bring a person honor (Proverbs 15:33; 29:23). Jesus Christ was of one mind with His Father (John 10:30), and He was exalted because He humbled Himself and followed His Father’s instructions (Philippians 2:5-9). As Christians, we are to be subject to government (within and without the Church—Romans 13:1-2), treat each other with respect, be humble and not conceited in our own opinions (Romans 12:10-18). Let’s strive to develop true humility, because this is a key to promoting unity.
06/30/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Saturday, June 30, 2012Outraging Jewish and Muslim groups, a German court recently ruled that infant male circumcision causes "bodily harm" and that "a child's right to physical integrity trumps religious and parental rights." Some are wondering whether this decision will be overturned by a higher court. Others are raising questions about religious liberty in Germany. This also raises the questions, "What do the Bible and modern science teach us about infant male circumcision?" And, "What importance does circumcision have for true Christians today?" Read more
06/28/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Charles Knowlton | Thursday, June 21, 2012A 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
06/26/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Brian Pomicter | Tuesday, June 26, 2012In civil engineering, a canal is an artificial waterway constructed for navigation, irrigation, water power and other purposes. Canals are used to purposely direct the flow of water to a prearranged destination. Read more
6/24/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. In it, Dr. Winnal mentions Europe problems, Egypt, the telecast, Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations, international updates, Living Youth Programs, FOT activity registration for TODAY, LU, world news items, and comments about the importance of doctrine.
Here are some of the international updates:
Greetings from Adelaide, South Australia! We have just concluded a wonderful Pentecost Holy Day and I am pleased to report the churches and the Work in the region continue to develop. I have had very positive comments from all over. Much has happened in the Australasian and Pacific region of God’s Work since our last Australasian News Update. Our workload continues to expand and we are pleased to see the responses to the Tomorrow’s World program gradually increasing, especially with our presence on the 7 Network associate TV4/TV4ME digital channels 64/74 here in Australia. We are also seeing new co-workers and donors becoming involved in helping us do our “watchman” job in these final days.
Shortly before Passover, I had the privilege of ordaining Mr. Martin Montgomery as an elder who will serve in the Adelaide congregation. The other two elders who serve here are Mr. Robert Tyler, Adelaide church Pastor, General Office Manager, Regional Festival Site Coordinator and Living University Liaison officer; and Mr. Michael Gill, Melbourne church Pastor and Media and Finance Manager. Mr. Montgomery is also the Festival Site and Functions Coordinator for the Victor Harbour Feast site this year.
Mr. Dayrell Tanner and I spent a very profitable couple of weeks in the Philippines during the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread. The churches there continue to be quite stable and spiritually sound and recently we have had several who have begun meeting with us from our former association. They are quite excited to be back with their brethren again. We also conducted an important business meeting for the Philippines Church on behalf of Dr. Meredith.—Bruce Tyler
Mr. Moses Visits Indonesia
On Thursday afternoon, March 15, 2012, a group of saints arrived at the international airport of Juanda, Surabaya, Indonesia. The group was led by our Malaysian elder, Mr. Rajan Moses, and included four of our beloved brethren, Paul Palanny, Jason Babu, Michael Larry, and Ronald Moses. Mr. Arius Nusantara took the group on a tour around the city of Malang. After visiting museums, a nearby waterfall and the 2012 Feast site, the group was invited to have a special dinner with all of the Indonesian brethren. There were 20 people in total. It was a joyful time of fellowshipping, as this was the first time the Indonesian brethren met with gentlemen from the Malaysian congregation.
For the Sabbath we had 21 people gather in our Indonesian elder’s house. Mr. Moses gave the main message regarding “The Importance of Examining Ourselves Before the Passover.” Following services, we had a marathon counselling session. Almost all members got to speak individually with Mr. Moses. Most of the issues discussed were family matters, spiritual growth, and how to have a closer relationship with God. This counselling time is always the peak of the ministers’ agenda during their visits to Indonesia. It was good to see the brethren well fed with spiritual knowledge. Finally, on Sunday, the group departed to Surabaya catching a flight the following morning. Our Indonesian elder accompanied them, showing them around Surabaya city—the capital of East Java province. The group was amazed by the great number of motorbikes on the street as well as the frustrating traffic jams. All arrived safely home the following day.—Arius Nusantara
Tomorrow’s World Magazine: We have mailed the May-June 2012 issue of our Spanish magazine, El Mundo de Mañana. The number of subscribers has risen considerably, because of responses to our radio program, especially in Colombia and Mexico. The radio station broadcasting our program in Medellin has good coverage, reaching nearby municipalities. We also have good coverage and responses in Cali. In Mexico City, the program also reaches surrounding regions and is producing good results.—George Schaubeck
Summer Youth Camp in Mexico: The Living Church of God in Mexico will hold a youth summer camp from July 22 to 26, 2012, in the state of Queretaro. It will be an encouraging and motivating experience for our Church youth to be with other like-minded children, to learn how to better honor God, and to grow in knowledge and in wisdom. Activities will include Bible studies, sports and various workshops. Your prayers for this camp’s success are much appreciated.
06/23/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Dexter Wakefield | Saturday, June 23, 2012There are reports of a formulating plan that would take a giant step towards European federal integration--a plan that would take away the fiscal sovereignty of the EU nations and invest it in a central bureaucratic body. The financial weakness of several Eurozone states could force them to accept this dominant power, the creation of which is supported by Germany. Read more
06/21/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Rod King | Thursday, June 21, 2012While most politicians and commentators in Europe are wringing their hands in angst about Greek, Spanish and Italian debt, one commentator is remaining remarkably calm. Why? He has seen it all before, and has a vision that spans 50 years of European union history. Who is this man? Read more
06/19/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By William Williams | Tuesday, June 19, 2012Have you heard of the "10 percent myth"--the idea that the average person uses just 10 percent of the brain? Many people today take this for granted. What you may not know is that--from the writings of a nineteenth-century psychologist and philosopher, to the set of the popular "Mythbusters" television show--this well-traveled idea is quite brainless on many levels. Read more
6/17/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. In it, Dr. Winnal mentions fires, an earthquake, Europe problems, the telecast, Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations, Living Youth Programs, FOT activity registration, LU, world news items, and comments about the importance to about trials.
Here is the LU announcement:
Living UniversityRegistration for the Fall Semester/Semester I Living University courses will commence again on July 1. And semester classes begin August 15. This semester we plan to offer 17 different courses, two of which are brand new! For those who have never taken LU courses before, be sure to visit our website at www.livinguniv.com and complete an Application for Admission to the university—this will enable you to register for a class. The website also provides detailed information on our programs, fees, courses, and much more. We encourage you to consider taking a class for credit if you want to work toward a degree or certificate. Or just “audit&rdqu o; a course if you desire the content without the stress of exams and papers. Those age 65 and over are eligible to audit one course per semester, tuition-free. If you have questions, please email or call Dr. Scott Winnail at email@example.com, or 704-708-2292. Below we highlight three different courses being offered this semester.CIS 110 – Introduction to ComputersThis course is extremely beneficial to those wishing to better understand how to use one of the most important innovations of the modern era. It introduces computer concepts, including fundamental functions and operations of the computer. Topics include identification of hardware components, basic computer operations, security issues, and use of software applications. Students will conclude the semester far more comfortable and confident in using the computer. This course is required for our degree programs.ENGL 111 – Written ExpressionThis course is extremely helpful for those with limited writing experience and who need to improve their abilities and written communication skills. It will also make future courses in which writing is a major component, easier. ENGL 111 is the required first course in a series of two designed to develop the ability to produce clear expository writing. Emphasis is on the writing process including audience analysis, topic selection, thesis support and development, editing, and revision. This course is required for our degree and diploma programs.HPRO 114 – Health and WellnessThis course covers topics that are important for improving your personal health and wellbeing. It aims to filter the vast array of health-related knowledge available in the world today through sound biblical principles. Dr. Scott Winnail will emphasize lifestyle-related wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention within the context of a range of health topics. Focus will be placed on healthy decision-making, becoming a wise health consumer, healthy weight management, and other skills which will enable students to make health-enhancing choices and engage in actions to improve their own health and quality of life.
06/16/2012 p.m. Here are excerpts from the latest (6/14/12) LCG co-worker letter from Dr. Meredith:
Just two weeks ago we mailed more than 300,000 “semi-annual letters” to our subscribers around the world. In that letter I offered a brand new DVD entitled “Is the Rapture Your Incredible Future?” Thousands and thousands of responses are now pouring in to our Mail Processing Center here in Charlotte, as well as our other offices around the world. You as a member or co-worker do not need to request the DVD, because I am having it sent to you as a token of our gratitude for your service, support and commitment to God’s Work in these end times. We are expecting upwards of 40,000 to 50,000 responses to the semi-annual letter. Your prayers can help boost the response even higher!
Already, in the previous five months of this year, we have sent out 322,000 booklets, reprints, lessons, DVDs and doctrinal articles. In just five months we mailed out more literature than we did in the entirety of any year in our first six years from 1999 to 2004, and more literature than in our first three years combined. All of this literature, of course, was sent out totally free of charge, made possible by your tithes and offerings. On top of all this, we also sent out 1.3 million Tomorrow’s World magazine copies! This has been a very busy year!
Back in April we added a new TV network here in the United States, called the ION Network. I’m letting you U.S. TV viewers know because some of you have been calling or writing us about your local TV stations disappearing. Yes, I had to cut some TV stations because of exceptionally high costs. We are doing all we can to make every cent count that we receive in tithes and offerings. Jesus Christ has given us a mission that we take very, very seriously. So, even though I did cut some stations, all of them were replaced by a local ION Network TV station. These stations air Wednesday mornings at 6:30 a.m. Eastern Time, Pacific Time and Mountain Time, and 5:30 a.m. Central Time. I am not happy with such an early time, but it was a time we could afford and an opportunity to get our foot in the door, as it were, for a very productive TV network for this Work. With the addition of the ION Network, the Tomorrow’s World telecast is now a ble to reach into 105 million homes in the United States and Canada, which is 82 percent of all TV homes. We are not always on at the best times, but your prayers can help change this! And over time we will buy the best TV times we can afford. For we must reach this world with increasing power before the Tribulation begins! Remember, if you have a Roku box, you can watch the program on your television at any time, and you can always watch it on the Internet from your computer.
So we in this Work must do everything we can to prepare the way for Christ’s return and help all people understand God’s purpose in guiding world affairs. Truly we do have a huge challenge and responsibility to proclaim God’s Word to this confused world.
06/16/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Winston Gosse (guest columnist) | Saturday, June 16, 2012My Dad was a hard and dedicated worker. He always had ongoing projects around the house and made sure his sons in particular were contributors to those projects. He knew how to work hard, but also cherished play and instruction time with his children. He had little schooling, only achieving second grade, but he had an educated heart. Read more
06/14/12 p.m. Just received a report from the LCG Prayer Request Group stating that Judie Lowe, wife of LCG minister Jack Lowe died. Mrs. Lowe had been battling cancer. My wife and I met her at the Feast of Tabernacles in Panama City, Florida in 2011.
06/14/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Thursday, June 14, 2012In movies and songs, and as advice from actors, singers and celebrities, we often hear the messages: "Follow your heart" and "Trust your feelings." Some extol the supposed virtues of listening to their "inner sixth sense" or their "psychic intuition." Does the fact that we feel something make it so? Is it generally a good idea to trust our feelings? Or is doing so fraught with danger? Read more
06/12/12 p.m. Bula! My wife and I just arrived back from Fiji a few minutes ago. We had almost no internet access while gone, so there have been delays in my responses to emails etc. Our older two sons have been updating some of the COGwriter pages, along with some articles I prepared before the trip. In a few days, I expect things to get somewhat back to normal. Bob Thiel
06/12/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Rod King| Tuesday, June 12, 2012During the four days set aside last week to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, only a very few recognized its deepest significance. The British monarchy is generally considered to be over 1,000 years old, but it can in fact be traced back even further through the annals of time to the Scottish kings who were crowned on the Stone of Scone from the 5th Century AD. This stone is the same one that was returned to Scotland in 1996 and is on display in Edinburgh Castle. It had been absent from its Scottish home for almost 700 years.. Read more
6/10/2012 p.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. In it, Dr. Winnal mentions euro problems, Spanish telecast radio, Living Youth Programs, Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations, world news items, and comments about the importance to about paying attention to prophecy.
Here is that last item:
“Germany Has Three Months to Save the Euro,” says billionaire George Soros (Telegraph, June 3, 2012). Soros suggested the “summer window” could allow Germany and the Bundesbank to save the EU’s sinking ship because “in a crisis the creditors are in the driver’s seat and nothing can be done without German support” (ibid.). Meanwhile, European nations are preparing for potential economic collapse, and observers note the European Monetary Union is “in danger of disintegration” unless Germany agrees to a full fiscal union. Adding to the sense of urgency, “Joschka Fischer, Germany’s former vice-Chancellor, said EU leaders have two weeks left to save the [EU] project.” Several EU nations have also talked of exiting the euro and returning to national currencies. Italy’s ex-premier, Silvio Berlusconi, floated the idea of using a euro-minting facility in Italy to mint more euros, without EU approval (ibid.). Interestingly, EU leaders assured Russia this week that the euro is a “safe bet” (EU Observer, June 4, 2012). The EU financial situation is approaching a climax, and the European Union that we have known for the last 20 years is preparing for radical change, perhaps into its final prophesied form. Bible prophecy reveals that a European Beast power will emerge at the end of the age comprised of ten leaders or nations that “give their power” to it (Revelation 17:7-13). These leaders or nations will be of “one mind” and will “receive authority for one hour as kings with the Beast.” We appear to be watching this Beast taking shape today. For more information on this vital topic, see our booklet The Beast of Revelation.—Scott Winnail, Justin Ridgeway and Susan Bennett
06/09/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, June 09, 2012A power outage, however brief, causes a lot of consternation. Lights go out, computers are down, refrigeration ceases and life as we know it with all our modern conveniences grinds to a halt. This happened in our city recently during a busy lunchtime, disrupting the schedules of thousands of people who were having their noon break. Restaurants and other enterprises lost business and customers went hungry. Happily, the power outage lasted only a short time, but long enough to remind everyone how dependent we are upon the power grid that supplies our communities.Read more
06/08/2012 p.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Rick Stafford | Thursday, June 07, 2012The last notes of the “Big Band” music hung in the air, and—as hundreds of us gazed upward expectantly—a slender column of flame arched high into the evening sky. Our small English town’s shining beacon was just one of 4,200 similar beacons that were lit around the world at 10:00 p.m. on June 4, in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. Read more
06/03/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. In it, Dr. Winnal mentions weather, Sabbath telecast, Living Youth Programs, internet: TW on Roku, world news items, and comments about being filled with God's Spirit.
Here is that last item:
Are You Filled with God’s Spirit? We read in the Scriptures of numerous people who were “filled” with God’s Holy Spirit—John the Baptist, his mother Elizabeth and his father Zacharias (Luke 1:15, 41, 67). On the day of Pentecost, the disciples were “all filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4). Later, Peter and Paul were described as being “filled” with the Spirit (Acts 4:8; 9:17; 13:9). Paul admonished the brethren, “do not be drunk with wine… but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).< span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> How do we become filled with the Spirit? If we repent, make a commitment at baptism and receive the laying on of hands, we are promised the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). God gives His Holy Spirit to those who obey His commandments (John 14:15-17; Acts 5:32). However, that Spirit must be nourished daily by regular prayer and Bible study if we are to be “filled” with the Spirit (2 Corinthians 4:16). Paul’s admonition to Timothy to “stir up” the gift of God’s Spirit indicates that there are things we can and mus t do to become “filled” with the Spirit of God (2 Timothy 1:6-7). Let’s make sure we are doing our part to nourish and exercise the fruits of God’s Spirit so that we can be instruments in His hands.
06/02/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Saturday, June 02, 2012Pull two cents out of your pocket or purse. What is a cent or penny worth? It is only 1/100th of a dollar. But what are two cents really worth? Read more
06/02/12 a.m. Here is some information from LCG's internet department about what is happening and what is about to happen:
We have been blessed with a couple big developments of late. 1. Roku Internet tv release. The first cog to do so and currently the only Roku channel carrying the True Gospel. 2. Release to lcg membership of our TW apps for Android and Windows phone. Apple should be available in about a month. This is major. We want to give our membership a chance to review and give us feedback before we release to the world over the marketplaces....probably in 2 weeks...
We are very happy to announce Tomorrow’s World Mobile Apps! Why develop mobile apps? Because this is a huge opportunity to reach millions with the True Gospel!
According to research studies, by the end of 2011 there were 1.2 billion active mobile-broadband subscriptions worldwide! China and India are the top mobile phone subscriber markets with the USA third. We are very excited to now announce a limited release of our new Tomorrow’s World Mobile Apps for LCG membership for the Android and Windows platforms! iPhone and Blackberry coming soon! LCG membership should log in to your MyLCG account (go to www.cogl.org) to download. We know you will enjoy the apps, and we welcome your feedback over the coming few weeks before we launch these apps from their respective marketplaces to potentially millions and millions of people around the world! This is a truly revolutionary opportunity to make a huge impact and reach even more people with the true gospel of the coming Kingdom of God...
Tomorrow's World #mobile apps beta for LCG members released 5/31! Download #Android #Windows now. Log in to http://t.co/WanAUzOD for info
05/31/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Brian Pomicter | Thursday, May 31, 2012A little more than two generations ago, on January 20, 1961, in his only inaugural address, United States President John F. Kennedy called on his audience to support him in advancing the ideals of freedom and common prosperity. A little more than 50 years later, how have the U.S. and other Western nations fared in achieving President Kennedy's goal? Read more
05/29/2012 p.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Robert Foreman (guest columnist) | Tuesday, May 29, 2012Most of us grew up having learned childhood "fairy tales" about figures such as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. In our innocence, we may have believed them with all our hearts. They filled our young minds with fun and games. We happily "pretended"--and were encouraged to do so by our parents, who loved us and only wanted to make us happy. Read more
05/27/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. After a letter from Dr. Meredity about Pentecost, God's Spirit, and healing, Dr. Winnal mentions TWSPs, travels, Living Youth Programs, internet stats, world news items, and comments about the COG.
Here is what he wrote about the COG:
The Church of God: Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Jesus’ statement indicates that His Church would continue to exist down through the centuries. That Church began on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1), and it is named the “Church of God” numerous times in the New Testament (1 Corinthians 1:2; 10:32; 11:22; 15:9; Galatians 1:13). Some think the Work of the Church of God ended with the death of Mr. Herbert Armstrong and that all things were restored at that time. However, Jesus promised, “lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20), and the scriptural instruction to the Church is to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). The Living Ch urch of God continues to grow in understanding and to do the Work of preaching the gospel and warning the nations of Israel and the world through radio, television, the Internet and printed media and now through hundreds of Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations. The commission (Mark 16:15) that Jesus gave to the Church He started on Pentecost continues through the doors that God has opened to His Church today!
05/26/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, May 26, 2012Just imagine, a prize of hundreds of millions of dollars with the only investment being a lottery ticket. This prospect, however remote, of winning great wealth recently resulted in a frenzy of activity as hundreds of millions of lottery tickets were sold, causing the amount of the prize to reach $640,000,000, the highest amount in the history of the lottery. This huge number grabbed headlines as wishful thinkers endured long lines to purchase tickets hoping to get in on the action, no matter that the odds of winning were more than a long shot, they were infinitesimal. Finally, the drawing was held and three people shared the big prize, but not without some acrimony and controversy. Read more
05/24/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Charles Knowlton | Thursday, May 17, 2012In the days before modern mass communications, it was the church building or the schoolhouse where most would go to find out the news of what was happening in their communities. News from farther away would come when travelers passed through. It took time for news to travel, so most people were either out of date or entirely ignorant of what was going on in the rest of the world. Read more
05/22/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, May 22, 2012One way we learn is by imitating someone. Children, especially, are imitators. But adults also learn by imitating others, particularly those they admire. Who do you imitate? Read mor
05/20/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It mentions the EU-Greek crisis, immorality, a TWSP, Winchester, Virginia, Family Weekend, Carolina weekend, Living Youth Programs, Web-development job opening at HQ, world news items, and comments about patience.
Here is that last item:
The Importance of Patience: The Apostle Paul urged Christians to develop the mind of Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:5). The Scriptures describe the patience of Jesus (Revelation 1:9), tell us that God is patient (Romans 15:5), that patience is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and that true saints of God develop and exhibit this important quality (Revelation 13:10). We are encouraged to be patient and persevere during trials (Romans 12:12; James 1:4), and to trust in God (Psalm 37:7) as we seek to build character and learn important lessons (Psalm 25:5). We are admonished to be patient and gentle in our dealings with others, so we can truly reflect the mind and character of Jesus Christ and our Father. Paul wrote, “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love patience, gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:11). He als o wrote, “Now we exhort you…be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15). The Apostle Peter even stated, “when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God” (1 Peter 2:20). True Christians should not be impatient, impulsive, vindictive, or seek to get even. If we have the mind of Jesus Christ, we will strive to develop this godly quality of patience.
05/19/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, May 19, 2012Several years ago, there was a terrible accident on Lake Hamilton near Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. A popular attraction on the lakes in this tourist area was a land tour and lake cruise in amphibious (operating on land and water) vehicles. These craft were WWII vintage, and were called "Ducks" because of the acronym "DUKW" for the vehicles' military designation. Read more
05/17/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roderick C. Meredith | Thursday, May 17, 2012My friends, America is increasingly acting as if there is no real God. Millions of young couples are simply "living together"--without benefit of marriage. Other millions are slowly going over to the dark side of human nature and getting into homosexuality--even "men marrying men"! Read more
05/15/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Adam J. West | Tuesday, May 15, 2012The statistics are shocking. The average age at which an American child first sees pornography online is eleven! Forty million Americans are regular visitors to Internet porn sites. In a typical month, 70 percent of American men aged 18-24 visit pornography Web sites. Twenty-five percent of all search engine requests--68 million a day!--are pornography related. This is an epidemic societal scourge! Read more
05/13/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It mentions the NC vote, a TWSP, a healing, Carolina weekend, Living Youth Programs, Web-development job openings at HQ, world news items, and comments about pride and humility.
Here is one of the world news items:
“EU Plot to Scrap Britain”: This sobering headline appeared recently in a British paper, The Daily Express, as more details emerged from a covert meeting of the Berlin Group. This elite group of nations aims to create a super-president that opponents believe will be “a modern-day equivalent of the European emperor envisaged by Napoleon Bonaparte or a return to the Holy Roman Empire of Charlemagne that [once] dominated Europe.” UK MEP Paul Nuttall observed, “It sounds as if they are trying to go back to the days of the Holy Roman Emperor…” “The holder of this new office would be both Europe’s political and administrative leader, giving them far more powers than those given to the US president.” Some suggest “This [new post] is a plot by people who want to abolish nation states and create a United States of Europe.” “The only hope for Britain is to leave the EU and become an independent nation” (Daily Express, May 4, 2012). The covert meetings of the Berlin Group have received broad press coverage in Europe. Bible prophecy indicates that Europe will produce a strong, singular leader known as the Beast, who will direct and lead ten final kingdoms or nations for a short time (Revelation 17:12-13). During this same period, many Israelite-descended nations—including Britain and the United States—are prophesied to be taken into a national captivity (Deuteronomy 28:47-48, 64-68; Ezekiel 22:15; Amos 6:3-8). For more information on this sobering topic, review our booklet The Beast of Revelation.
05/10/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Adam J. West | Thursday, May 10, 2012Some want to know it all when it comes to the Bible. Having a right and balanced desire to learn and grow in scriptural knowledge is good. It can help us grow in our relationship with our Creator. But this same desire becomes lopsided when the emphasis is on trying to understand subjects where God has purposefully withheld key details, or where the Bible is simply silent. As we seek to learn more about God and His way of life, we need to learn how to seek and use knowledge rightly. How can we do this? Read more
05/08/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Tuesday, May 08, 2012A 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
05/06/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It mentions the Ministerial Conference, LU graduation, second Passover, a TWSP, Carolina weekend, Living Youth Programs, world news items, and comments warning about valuing the truth.
Here is that last item:
Are You Thankful for the Truth? The Sabbath is a good time to reflect on an important question: How thankful are you for the Truth? It is easy to take the Truth of God 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). 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 (Ephesians 5:8-20). He also mentions that those who let go of or reject the Truth, then embrace misguided ideas generated by human reason—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” (Psalm 100:1-5).
05/05/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Charles Knowlton | Saturday, May 05, 2012Many of us who are older remember our childhoods as carefree days, full of fun and learning and potential. Sadly, those days are gone for most young people today. Youngsters today face pressure from all sides, to conform, to copy, to get ahead--in short, to be what society considers "successful." Yet all too many are missing a foundational support that was for millennia taken for granted. Read more
05/03/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Thursday, May 03, 2012We've all seen or read tragic news stories about a child being killed by this or that means, or dying of a dreaded disease like cancer or leukemia. Somehow death seems worse when it is a child or young person who had all their hopes and dreams ahead of them. But the death of any loved one, no matter whether young or old, is emotionally painful. Read more
05/01/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Adam J. West | Tuesday, May 01, 2012The holiday of May Day is primarily celebrated in the northern hemisphere and occurs annually on May 1st. Modern day reasons for celebration of this day vary widely, as do the methods, but its origins are well known. Where did this celebrated day come from? Just who was the Queen of May? Should you take part in May Day traditions? Read more
04/29/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It mentions the COE meeting, weather, the telecast, changing ministerial assignments, second Passover, a TWSP, Carolina weekend, Living Youth Programs, an openings for a Managing Editor and Video Editor, world news items, and comments warning about false teachers.
Here is one of the world news items:
EU Super-President on the Way? In a recent meeting of the exclusive “EU Club” (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain), the group discussed merging the current positions of President of the European Council (Herman Van Rompuy) and President of the European Commission (José Manuel Barroso). Additional leadership roles by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and the President of the Council of the EU (six-month rotating presidency currently held by Denmark), create a “messy” and confusing leadership structure. One senior EU official noted that the new super-president post “would have more power than either Herman Van Rompuy or Jose Manuel Barroso do today, but also more ‘dem ocratic legitimacy’ because he or she would be elected by MEPs” (EU Observer, April 20, 2012). Meanwhile, EU leaders are calling for more secrecy in their internal affairs (EU Observer, April 12, 2012). Streamlining the EU’s leadership structure makes sense from a practical and governance perspective, and it also fits with Bible prophecy. Revelation 13 and 17 describe a future European Beast power guided by a powerful political leader and an influential religious leader. Revelation 20:10 labels these two individuals as the “beast” and the “false prophet”. The political leader known as the “beast” has yet to clearly arise on the world scene. The move to create a single post for an “EU Super-President” could pave the way for this to happen. For more information on this intriguing topic, review our free booklet The Beast of Revelation.
04/28/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, April 28, 2012"Going green" is all in vogue, as the need to conserve - and the practicality of recycling - becomes even more compelling in crippled economies around the world. Things that were once thoughtlessly discarded are now often repurposed or recycled. More energy-efficient methods of doing daily chores and routine tasks are being sought at every level. It just makes good sense to do some of these things. Read more
04/26/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Peter Rothenbacher (guest columnist) | Thursday, April 26, 2012When I was a boy, like seemingly every other boy on the planet, I liked dinosaurs. Back then, I only knew of a few different kinds, the main ones being Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Pterodactyl and Brontosaurus. Brontosaurus was a very, very large plant eater that walked on four legs and had a very long neck and tail. Now, years later, as the parent of two growing boys, I am again becoming familiar with dinosaurs. Read more
04/24/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Tuesday, April 24, 2012Time! Who can explain it? "Use it or lose it," the experts say. All of us have the same amount of it, and it is never enough. There are many sayings about time, such as "Time marches on," "Time waits for no man," "Time is money" and "Time is fleeting." Especially in today's stressful, fast paced, high-pressure world, time is at a premium. People are constantly checking the time on their wristwatch or smartphone, or their computer--or on the radio or television. Whatever time of life we are in, we seem to be pressed for time to accomplish what we need to do each day. So, most people always want to know: "What time is it?" Read more
04/22/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It mentions meetings, the telecast, second Passover, Carolina weekend, Living Youth Programs, Feast registration for Israel Feast site in 2013, an openings for a Managing Editor and Video Editor, world news items, and comments about the value of truth.
Here is that last item:
The Value of Truth: America is gearing up for another presidential election campaign. Around the world other elections are taking place. During such times, candidates make all sorts of claims and counter-claims that cause many to question the credibility of the speakers. Sadly, we live in a world where truth is obscured by “spin” and growing numbers of people distrust statements made by leaders. This should surprise no one, because this is Satan’s world (2 Corinthians 4:4) and he is the “father” of lies (John 8:44). God foretold that the time would come when “truth is fallen in the street…. Everyone will deceive his neighbor… they have taught their tongue to speak lies” (Isaiah 59:14; Jeremiah 9:5). God also reveals that there are serious consequences for lying (Jeremia h 9:7-9, 13-16) and that “all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire” (Revelation 21:8). The God of the Bible is “a God of truth” who desires truth “in the inward parts” (Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 51:6). This is why we are commanded to “come out” of this world (2 Corinthians 6:17-18) and to remember and follow the ninth commandment—“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16). As Christians, our challenge is to gird ourselves with truth and learn to speak the truth in love.
04/21/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By William Williams (guest columnist) | Saturday, April 21, 2012Corn farmers in recent years have seen a growing demand for their crop, for processing into products as varied as ethanol gasoline and soda pop. Seeking higher yields, many choose to use insecticides--poisons--to "protect" their investments. These two trends have long been a source of controversy among nutritionists and ecologists, and now among biologists concerned about their effect on human and animal life and on our food supply. Read more
04/19/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Charles Knowlton | Thursday, April 19, 2012Many years ago, while exploring in the dark recesses of our attic, I saw a treasure. Someone had left a violin among the piles of old saved things. I knew this was a rare find, and that someday when I was older I would recover it and make beautiful music. Years went by before I retrieved the old violin, but after some string work I was ready to make music beyond my wildest dreams. Then, much to my surprise, I found that I needed something else I did not have. Read more
04/18/2012 p.m. In his co-worker letter, Dr. Meredith had the following:
Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ,
Greetings from Charlotte, NC! My friends, what is the real meaning of your life? Is there a supreme purpose for your existence? Are you, personally, fulfilling that purpose?...
Dear brethren and friends, may God also inspire you to earnestly do your part to help proclaim your Creator’s message to this world with increasing power. Notice: this will be the last regular co-worker letter for a couple of months. Because next month we are scheduled to send out the semi-annual letter to allof our more than 330,000 subscribers. So please pray fervently that God will bless this letter and those receiving it. And please pray for all of us on our “Headquarters team.” For we are sincerely trying to give of ourselves to do God’s Work with all of our hearts. We need God’s help and we need your help and your fervent prayers.
With Christian love,
Roderick C. Meredith
P.S. We are thankful to report that God is blessing and using the tithes and offerings His faithful people are sending in. For the telecast week of April 12-18, the telephone responses to our television program came in at 6,047 for this one week! This included the responses from our newest stations, comprising the ION network—which has just been added to our TV roster once again. Thank God that we can have an increasing impact in reaching this confused world! Again, thank all of you who have helped and are praying for this Work!
The rest of the co-worker letter is to be availble at the following link: RCM: World is Changing, What are You Going to Do About It?
04/17/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Tuesday, April 17, 2012The cool, bright spring morning was nearly perfect for an invigorating walk. As I approached a wooded green belt, the delightful sweet smell of honeysuckle in bloom wafted over me. It added greatly to the enjoyment of the morning. How sad that so many people go rushing through life and do not have time to enjoy the sweet smell of the flowers in springtime. Read more
04/15/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It mentions Passover/DUB, public relations appointments, Kingston NY weekend, Bogota, Carolina weekend, twitter, Living Youth Programs, Feast registration for Israel Feast site in 2013, an openings for a Managing Editor and Video Editor, world news items, and comments about the power to overcome.
Here are his comments on that last item:
Power to Overcome: The Scriptures clearly teach that we must be “overcomers” if we hope to be rewarded in the Kingdom of God (see Revelation 2 and 3). Overcoming involves recognizing and repenting of our sins and weaknesses. At the Passover, Jesus told His disciples to “be of good cheer” because He had overcome the world (John 16:33)—indicating that we, too, can overcome the temptations we experience in this world (Revelation 3:21). Peter records that we must be vigilant and resist the efforts of Satan, who is our adversary and is out to devour us (1 Peter 5:8-10). The Apostle John writes that to overcome Satan’s devices we also need to trust God to help us through our trials (1 John 2:13; 5:4-5). Paul states, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Roman s 12:21). This involves not only putting leaven (sins) out of our lives, but putting the “unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” into our lives—replacing sins with positive, godly thoughts and behaviors (1 Corinthians 5:8). This is one of the lessons of the Days of Unleavened Bread. To help us overcome, God aids us with the power of His Holy Spirit, which He makes available to us when we repent and strive to obey Him (Acts 1:8; 5:32). Let’s seek God’s help to use that power to recognize and overcome the temptations that we will face in the days ahead (2 Timothy 1:6-7).
04/14/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Saturday, April 14, 2012Most 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
04/12/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Thursday, April 12, 2012Sometimes, 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
04/10/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Michael Heykoop | Tuesday, April 10, 2012Red sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning. For millennia, people have recognized that it would be beneficial to be able to read the signs of the times to predict future events. Sometimes the signs can be wide open for all to see, but only those who are able to put them into the right context can understand what they mean for the future! Read more
04/08/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It mentions TWSPs, an extensive report on Myanmar, Living Youth Programs, Feast registration for Israel Feast site in 2013, an opening for a Managing Editor, world news items, and comments about Satan's devices. It also has an extensive outline for the NTBO.
Here is Dr. Winnail's comments related to Satan, which seem particularly appropriate at this time of the year:
Satan’s Subtle Devices: The Days of Unleavened Bread are a time for self-examination—to carefully examine the motives in our own heart (1 Corinthians 11:29-32). Are we truly motivated by God’s Spirit or by the attitudes of this world? Unfortunately, after months or many years in the Church of God, we can still be snared by Satan’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11; Ephesians 6:11)—without even realizing what is happening. Satan—who is the accuser of the brethren and the source of doubts, divisions and rebellion against authority—can cleverly beam ideas and attitudes into our minds (Ephesians 2:2) that stir us to criticize, complain, and question decisions, actions and policies of those around us and over us in the Body of Christ. When we see that Satan tempted Christ (Matthew 4:1-10) and then stirred Pet er to sharply rebuke Christ (Matthew 16:22-23), we should realize that we are not immune to Satan’s devices. Jesus said that anyone who criticizes, pours contempt on, or harbors anger against others is actually guilty of spiritual murder (Matthew 5:21-22). At this time of year, we need to ask ourselves if we have the mind and humility of Jesus Christ to esteem others better than ourselves (Philippians 2:1-8). If we accuse, criticize and spread doubt and division among others, we have been snared by a device of the “accuser of our brethren” (Revelation 12:10). Let’s all strive to be real Philadelphia Christians who show love and promote peace and cooperation with others in the Church of God. That is what God is looking for in us at this time (James 3:17-18).
04/07/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wallace G. Smith | Saturday, April 07, 2012I believe in the risen Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior of mankind. I believe that after His crucifixion on Passover, He was three days and three nights in the heart of the earth--as He said He would be. I believe He was then resurrected by His Father, restored to the glory He had with His Father before the world was. Read more
04/05/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Thursday, April 05, 2012For most people, 72 hours is a nice three-day weekend, or maybe a short getaway or vacation. It is enjoyable, but often quickly forgotten. After all, it is only three days and nights. What could be the importance of such a short time in the larger scheme of things? If one has the eyes to see, the significance of 72 hours becomes very clear. Read more
Some articles of possibly related interest may include:
What Happened in the Crucifixion Week?
How long are three days and three nights? Was Palm Sunday on a
Saturday? Did Jesus die on "Good Friday"? Was the resurrection on
Sunday? Do you really know? Who determined the date of Easter?
Did Early Christians Celebrate Easter? If not, when did this happen? What do scholars and the Bible reveal?
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.
04/01/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It starts with a letter from Dr. Meredith regarding Passover, Jesus' sacrifice, going on ION network, walking humbly, and COE member changes. Dr. Winnail then mentions TWSPs, South Carolina weekend, Living Youth Programs, Feast registration, a decision to hold the Israel Feast site in 2013, internet, world news items, and comments about a time to reflect and change.
Here is one of the world news items:
Male Circumcision—God Was Right! The benefits of male circumcision (MC) have been contested by many including medical professionals in recent decades. But evidence supporting the practice has grown steadily. Last month, the most definitive study yet was published in a professional medical journal. Researchers from the University of Sydney performed an in-depth quantitative analysis of nearly 200 articles and studies on MC. They found “overwhelming evidence” in support of the practice. “Circumcision reduces the risk of infections, cancer and other painful conditions and should be routinely carried out on newborn boys” (New Zealand Herald, March 8, 2012). “Adverse effects are uncommon (< ;1%), and virtually all are minor and easily treated” (there is no evidence of negative mental or psychological effects on infants and children). In the view of these reviewers, “The ethics of infant MC and childhood vaccination are comparable. Our analysis finds MC is beneficial, safe and cost-effective, and should optimally be performed in infancy. In the interests of public health and individual wellbeing, adequate parental education, and steps to facilitate access and affordability should be encouraged in developed countries” (Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, February 2012). Nearly 4000 years ago, God began the practice of MC with Abraham (Genesis 17:10), and He instructed the people of Israel to continue the practice (Leviticus 12:3). While MC is no longer a spiritual requirement (see Acts 15), many health benefits clearly remain.
For additional information, please also see the article: Health Benefits for Circumcision
03/31/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Jonathan McNair | Saturday, March 31, 2012Who is a friend in need? There are few things as satisfying in life as a good friendship. Children crave friendships intensely, and we continue to cherish our friendships through life's waning years. The "texting" shorthand "BFF"--"Best Friend Forever"--speaks to a heartfelt desire that is almost universally felt. Who would not want a friend with whom we can share our days of happiness and joy, who will also be there for us when things are not going so well? Read more
On other matters, while in Texas for a TWSP (Tomorrow's World Special Presentation, LCG Evangelist Richard Ames and his wife also visited the new HQ for COGWA in Texas. Despite some speculative nonsense on the internet by critics without the facts, this was not "a carefully arranged visit" etc.
03/29/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Thursday, March 29, 2012There is a very old saying about money: "You can't take it with you." Truly, when life is over, we leave everything behind. This ancient bit of wisdom comes right out of the Bible. Read more
03/27/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Tuesday, March 27, 2012Have you ever had a song lyric stuck in your head? It could be a tune that you have not heard for years, coming to mind when you least expect it. That happened to me recently. It was an old country song of hardship and pain in which the chorus wailed, "I washed my hands in muddy water. I washed my hands but they didn't come clean. I tried to do like Daddy told me, but I must have washed my hands in a muddy stream." Read more
03/25/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It mentions weather, a COE meeting, Passover, TWSPs, South Carolina weekend, Living Youth Programs, Feast registration, radio in Columbia, world news items, and comments about being able to forgive.
Here is that last item:
Can You Forgive? One of the most challenging things that we must do as Christians is to forgive someone who has offended or hurt us. Jesus said that we must not only love our neighbors, we must also show love to our enemies (Matthew 5:43-48). This involves being able to forgive—which means developing the mind of God and learning to use the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Bible reveals that God is abundant in mercy and ready to forgive (Psalm 86:5). Jesus taught that if we do not forgive others—on a regular basis—then God will not forgive us (Matthew 6:14-15; 18:21-22). The Apostle Paul said that we should “be kind to one another… forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” and, “do not let the sun go down on your wrath” (Ephesians 4:32, 26). Real Chr istians cannot hold grudges—they must learn to forgive. Jesus asked God to forgive those who crucified Him, and Stephen also made a similar request (Luke 23:34; Acts 7:60). We must do the same. As the Passover approaches, we need to carefully examine ourselves in this area of our lives (Matthew 5:21-24; 1 Corinthians 11:27-32). Is there someone you need to forgive? Is there someone to whom you need to apologize and from whom you need to ask forgiveness? The capacity to forgive is one of the marks of a true Christian.
03/24/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Karl Harmdierks (guest columnist) | Saturday, March 24, 2012Most of us have been asked the question, "Can you do me a favor?" We commonly reply, "Sure," right before being confronted with a task we are not able or, frankly, willing to do. In today's society, we often do not give such an exchange a second thought, even though in that moment we have given our word and broken it. Read more
03/22/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Thursday, March 22, 2012Social media services have become ubiquitous, and many Christians are asking whether, or how, to use them. "If I use social media, should I talk about my faith? If I do talk about my faith, what will my 'friends' think? If I don't post about my faith, am I guilty of not 'letting my light shine' (Matthew 5:16)?" These are questions! What are the benefits, and what are the consequences, of using social media? Read more
03/20/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, March 20, 2012When people are young, they often want to be older. When they are old, they often want to be younger--or at least to look and feel younger. Common to nearly everyone is the desire to be rejuvenated and renewed. Read more
03/18/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It mentions flooding and fires, a COE meeting, Passover, TWSPs, several deaths, South Carolina weekend, Living Youth Programs, Living University, world news items, and comments about pride vs. humilty.
One of the news items had to do with fasting:
Benefits of Fasting: Thousands of years ago, God commanded His people to “afflict your soul” or “fast,” at least annually on the Day of Atonement (known as Yom Kippur by Jews—Leviticus 23:27). Both Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul understood the spiritual reasons for fasting (Mark 9:29; Acts 27:9). Although God intended fasting (going without food and water) to be a spiritual tool to draw closer to Him, He—the Designer of the human body—knew there would also be significant health benefits. According to a recent report, “there’s now emerging evidence to show occasional fasting… also carries benefits.” Those benefits include “a drop in levels of growth-factor, a hormone linked with cancer and diabetes, as well as a reduction in ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in the blood.” Other benefits are “free radicals—the damaging molecules linked to disease—are dampened down. Studies also suggest that levels of inflammation can fall. And now there is the suggestion that fasting protects the brain, too,” reducing the risk of degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s (Mail Online, February 27, 2012). Fasting is one of four powerful tools for spiritual growth (along with regular prayer, Bible study, and meditation)—and when done periodically, there are also important health benefits.
03/15/2012 p.m. In his co-worker letter today, Dr. Meredith had the following:
Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ,
Greetings from Charlotte, NC! Christ’s Passover is coming soon! Those who choose to truly imitate Jesus Christ will be observing this biblical festival on the night of April 5 this year. When the appointed time arrived, Jesus was asked by His disciples, “Where do you want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?” (Matthew 26:17). Obviously, Jesus had always observed this sacred festival, or His disciples would not have asked the question in that way.
True followers of Jesus Christ try—with God’s help—to follow Christ’s example (1 Peter 2:21; 1 John 2:6), in everything which they think, say and do. They believe that the Holy Bible really was inspired by Almighty God—and that it is, literally, our Creator’s “Instruction Manual” on how we ought to live. In this Work, we at Tomorrow’s World sincerely try to help all of you dear brethren and co-workers do just that.
Yet, very, very few human beings on Planet Earth even remotely believe this concept. For the inspired Bible itself makes clear that Satan the Devil “deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9)...
At this season, it is important that each of us “examines” himself or herself. As the Apostle Paul instructed the “church of God which is at Corinth”: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ…. Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified” (2 Corinthians 1:2; 13:5). Many of you have probably not fully realized the importance of the religious festivals which Almighty God instructed mankind to observe—and which Christ and the apostles always observed—setting us an example. If you wish to learn more, please write us or call us immediately to request your absolutely free copy of our very informative booklet, The Holy Days: God’s Master Plan. For these days which God ordained picture the true Plan that the Eternal God is working out among mankind at this time. They are commanded by God and all will be observed in Christ’s coming Kingdom—including the Feast of Tabernacles. Notice Zechariah 14, as it is clearly describing the situation here on earth after Christ’s return as King of kings. “And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles” (Zechariah 14:16-18).
These Holy Days are so important to God that He will not mess around with rebellious nations that will not observe them! Of course, they will have been taught about them as most of the world is not being instructed today through a professing Christianity.
So, again, at this special time, let all of us “examine” ourselves before our God and determine to draw closer to Him. Dear brethren and co-workers, we need to have mercy and forgiveness for one another—and for all mankind—since God is not trying to save the entire world yet or He would be doing it! But, regardless of our depth of understanding, I pray that all of you co-workers may more fully prove the biblical truths which we are imparting to you through the Tomorrow’s World television program, the Tomorrow’s World magazine, our dozens of booklets which are sent out absolutely free—plus the wonderful knowledge imparted through the Tomorrow’s World Bible Study Course...Even as I write, news bulletins are coming out with headlines stating, “Israel builds its own bunker-buster bomb.” The articles reveal that Israel recently unveiled and approved a precision, bunker-burrowing weapon, the latest in a series of operational upgrades aimed at honing what one official labeled “a very credible military option” against the Iranian nuclear threat. This 500-pound MPR-500 bomb is an electro-optical or laser-guided projectile that can penetrate double-reinforced concrete walls or floors without breaking apart. Obviously, as many news sources speculate, Israel is probably on the verge of attacking Iran in order to slow down the Iranian push toward developing atomic weapons with which they have threatened to “obliterate” the entire state of Israel! As one Middle Eastern leader put it, this would set off a “fire storm” throughout the entire Middle East. It would probably provoke t he Arab nations to get together in a very tight confederation—eventually producing the “King of the South” spoken of in Daniel 11. This, in turn, would undoubtedly “provoke” the European nations, and inflame the coming “Beast” Power which God describes in this chapter as the “King of the North” and which is described in detail in Revelation 17-18. If these prophetic events get underway within a few weeks or months, they will obviously change your life! For God is real and, in due time, these events will happen.
But, meanwhile, each of us should continually “examine himself” and ask God, most sincerely, to teach us, to train us, “fashion and mold” us and make us like He is in every way so we can truly fulfill His purpose in our lives.
Dear brethren and co-workers, I love you sincerely and pray that God will guide all of your lives for good. I pray that He will give genuine understanding to all of you who are willing, lead you into His way and bring you into His everlasting Kingdom. As I approach my 82nd birthday, I am more and more impressed about how short time is—about how our lives are like a “vapor” that soon passes away. I may not be here very many more years to help you. However, as long as God gives me life and breath I deeply want to do just that. Remember, then, to heed the warning given to us in Psalm 90. “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).
Let all of us pray fervently for one another. And may God give all of us the understanding and knowledge that we need to go through these coming years of trial, test, persecution and ultimate joy and exhilaration in His coming Kingdom. Dear brethren and friends, please put your hearts in your prayers for this Work so that we can have far greater impact on this entire world while we have the opportunity. God has called you and me to be “pioneers” preparing the way for an entirely different way of life soon to be set up during the “times of restoration of all things” (Acts 3:21). Let us seize this opportunity with genuine zeal and do all we can to further the preparation for Christ’s coming by getting involved in His Work on earth today.
With Christian love,Roderick C. Meredith
The rest of the co-worker letter can be viewed at the following link: RCM: Persecutions will get much worse
03/15/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Thursday, March 15, 2012Seeing a tattered American flag displayed on the home next door after a windstorm, my aged father-in-law--a Colonel retired from the United States Air Force--set out to offer his neighbor a replacement for the damaged flag. I accompanied him as we met the neighbor, a short, portly man with white hair and a big smile. He had not realized that his flag was in tatters, and he graciously accepted the new flag as it was offered. Read more
03/13/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By William Williams (guest columnist) | Tuesday, March 13, 2012Alfred Lord Tennyson, one of the greatest poets in English history, wrote: "If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever." These sweet terms of endearment sadly do not reflect mankind's universal experience. The history of mankind's attempts to find "true love" seems instead to offer very little that stands the test of time. Read more
03/11/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It mentions meetings, tornadoes, a prayer request, a healing, Passover, song leading, South Carolina weekend, Living Youth Programs, world news items, and comments about you learning to be a peacemaker.
Here are the peacemaker comments:
Are You a Peacemaker? Jesus Christ is coming back to this earth as the Prince of Peace to show a confused world the way to peace (Isaiah 9:6; 59:8). Jesus said that “peacemakers” will be called the “sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). If we hope to reign with Christ in the Kingdom of God, we must understand the way to peace. The Bible points the way to peace and reveals the key to achieving peace. David wrote, “Great peace have those who love Your law” (Psalm 119:165). Solomon points out that pride leads to contention (Proverbs 13:10), but “a soft answer turns away wrath” and that being slow to anger relieves contention (Proverbs 15:1, 18). To promote peace, we must guard our comments (Proverbs 21:23), be ab le to forgive and exercise discretion (Proverbs 17:9; 19:11), avoid gossip, avoid venting our feelings and avoid meddling in other people’s business (Proverbs 26:17-20; 29:11). The Apostle Paul urged Christians to “live peaceably” with others by being kind, hospitable, respectful, and not retaliating (Romans 12:9-21). He said that selfish ambition and self-promotion do not promote peace (Philippians 1:15-16). James wrote that being gentle, approachable and willing to listen to reason will foster peace (James 3:17). The real keys to peace involve exercising the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:19-26) and loving our neighbor. Are you learning to be a peacemaker?
03/10/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Saturday, March 10, 2012Can we obtain salvation by our own efforts? If we obtain salvation, is it true that "once saved, always saved"? Many people are confused about the truth behind these doctrines. Scripture tells us that a Christian is justified by grace (Titus 3:7). So, what does it mean that we must not lose what we have worked for (2 John 1:8)? If justification is by Christ's blood (Romans 5:8-10), then why is eternal life the reward of the righteous (Matthew 25:46), while eternal death awaits the unrepentant sinner (Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 6:23; Revelation 21:8)? Read more
03/08/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Richard A. Wilson (guest columnist) | Thursday, March 08, 2012The Bible tells us that at the end of this age, "many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase" (Daniel 12:4). 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
03/06/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, March 06, 2012Only recently have astrophysicists been able to offer a substantial hypothesis as to what it is that holds the universe together and keeps it from flying apart. Yet you do not have to be a physicist to know the simple answer! Read more
03/04/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It mentions American news, the Arab Spring, telecast responses, Passover, TWSPs, South Carolina weekend, Living Youth Programs, Festival registration, media, world news items, and comments about prayer.
Here are the prayer comments:
The Importance of Prayer: Jesus urged His disciples to “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation” (Matthew 26:41). David and Daniel prayed three times a day (Psalm 55:17; Daniel 6:10). Jesus prayed all night before making a major decision (Luke 6:12-13) and when He prayed, He prayed earnestly (Luke 22:44). When Jesus’ disciples asked, “Lord, teach us to pray,” He gave an outline of a model prayer (Luke 11:1-4). In this model prayer, the focus at the beginning and at the end of the prayer is on God and His coming Kingdom, and personal requests are sandwiched in between (Matthew 6:9-13). This helps us keep our personal issues in a proper perspective. It is also instructive that Jesus prayed for His disciples who were being called out of this world, but He did not pray for the world, because He knew that God is not trying to save the world now (John 17:8-11). Prayer is an essential tool for us to talk with God and to build a closer relationship with Him, so we can become more like our Father. The Scriptures reveal that our sincere and earnest prayers are like sweet incense to God (Revelation 5:8). This is why the Apostle Paul encouraged Christians to “pray without ceasing”—and we can do the same (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
03/03/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Charles Knowlton | Saturday, March 03, 2012Years ago, on a bitter cold night in January, our house caught on fire. Our family of seven slept upstairs in a wooden farmhouse. As we raced down the stairs, fire was coming up through the steps below. That night, my Dad, Mom and I were able to put out the fire, but not before it had ruined part of our home. Read more
03/01/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Thursday, March 01, 2012
As a little boy was walking to school with his mother, he kept turning around and looking back. His mother asked him what he was doing. He said he was looking for "Shirley Goodness and Murphy, who would follow him all the days of his life." The little boy had not quite understood the words of Psalms 23, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life." Read more
02/28/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Wyatt Ciesielka | Tuesday, February 28, 2012Was 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
02/26/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It mentions travels, telecast responses, Passover, a TWSP, a Spanish update, South Carolina weekend, a new Living Youth Program on COG History, media, Festival registration, world news items, and comments about the value of counsel.
Dr. Winnail and I discussed the TWSP and he was pleased with how it went.
Here is the Living Youth Program announcement:
Living Youth ProgramsAnnouncing the Church of God History Project… Calling on LCG Youth Participation!
An opportunity to share stories about coming into the Truth, a great way to honor our older membership, an opportunity to let our lights shine… and, a way to win a LYC Teen, Pre-Teen or Adventure Camp Scholarship and a $100 gift certificate!We all know that Scripture tells us that God wants us to love and learn from our elders, and in every local Living Church of God congregation there are wonderful stories of how God has called men and women into the Truth. Many congregations are blessed to have more than a few faithful “long-time” members, some whom God called into the Church three, four or five decades ago! We love these faithful long-time members. Their stories are inspiring, and we can learn from them. With this in mind, we would like to launch an exciting “Church of God History Project” and tap into the talents and enthusiasm of our Church youth. With the help and guidance of the local pastors, we would like to ask our youth (pre-teens as well as teens) to interview older, long-time LCG members in their local congregations, and record a three-to-five-minute (five minutes max.) video of that person giving a brief account of how God called him or her i nto the Truth. These videos will be compiled, edited and used in various Church media. We realize that many people will not want to be interviewed, but we hope that at least a few people from each congregation will be willing to participate in this project.
Anyone who is interested in participating should go to www.lcg.org/historyproject for more information. This Web page will be updated over the next few days with additional instructions and contest rules. This is also the Web page where the photo/video waiver form may be downloaded, and where the videos will be uploaded. And please note, you do not need to have expensive video equipment to participate! Smart phones or digital cameras may be used to record these short video clips. These videos could be recorded after Sabbath services, in individual’s homes, or even before or after dinner at the upcoming Night to be Much Observed. We would like the youth to only film the interviewee. (In other words, the youth should not film themselves and should not introduce the interviewee.) The interviewee should begin by greeting the audience, stating his or her first name, and then briefly recount when and how he came into God’s Church.Deadline for submitting these videos is April 20. We will select four first place submissions, with prizes being awarded to the youth. First place prizes will be awarded to one boy and one girl from North America and Europe, and one boy and one girl from our other International congregations. Both first place prize winners from North America and Europe will receive a FREE camp scholarship (Adventure Camp, Pre-Teen or Teen) and a $100 gift certificate to a well-known sports, athletic and camping retailer. Both first place winners from our other International congregations will receive a $200 gift certificate. (We understand that travel costs may prevent youth outside of North America or Europe from attending one of our camps, even if we provided the tuition scholarship.) We will also select four runner-up submissions (two from North America and Europe and two from other International congregations) who will receive $25 gift certificates. Please visit this week www.lcg.org/historyproject for more details. —Wyatt Ciesielka and Sheldon Monson
02/25/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Rajan Moses | Saturday, February 25, 2012This is the final part of my report on my trip from Malaysia to visit our wonderful brethren in Myanmar and I hope that you find it encouraging to hear how God is providing for His faithful little flock in this distant but beautiful land. Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Myanmar. For their safety, I cannot share their names in this report. Read more
02/23/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Adam J. West | Thursday, February 23, 2012Are 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 on! Read more
02/21/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Rajan Moses | Tuesday, February 21, 2012This is part two of my report about my recent trip from my home in Malaysia to Myanmar to serve our Christian brothers and sisters in this remote nation. The brethren and I all appreciated Presiding Evangelist Roderick Meredith and Evangelist Bruce Tyler for their support for the brethren there and for their support for me to make this needed trip. The trip was encouraging to me and you may also be interested in learning a little more about how God is providing for His people in this remote but beautiful country. For the safety of our Christian brothers and sisters in Myanmar, I cannot share the names of these wonderful men and women in this report. Read more
02/19/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It mentions travels, telecast responses, Passover, a TWSP, media, Hong Kong, Columbia, Festival registration, world news items, and comments about being easily entreated.
Here are two of the world news items:
Air Force Removes God. The U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office recently removed God from its logo as a result of protests from the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers. Jason Torpy, president of the association, said the word “God” had no place in the logo because not all members of the military are religious. “We just hope (the Air Force) can provide more equal opportunities for atheists and humanists in the military.” The Rapid Capabilities Office [RCO] logo previously included the motto “Opus Dei Cum Pecunia Alienum Efficemus” —Doing God's Work with Other People's Money—as an inside joke among RCO members. Caucus members say it was changed to “Miraculi Cum Pecunia Alienum Efficemus” —Doing Miracles with Other People's Money (Huffington Post, February 8, 2012). Jesus Christ warned, in Matthew 10:33, “But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” When nations turn their backs on God, it leads to terrible consequences for their militaries—defeat at the hands of their enemies (Leviticus 26:17; Deuteronomy 28:25). The recent action by the Air Force is just one example of this nation denying God. These actions will result in dire consequences in the near future for the U.S. and its military. For more information on what’s ahead for the U.S. and Britain, review our booklet The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy.Deadly Prison Fire in Honduras. Tuesday night, a fire burned an overcrowded prison outside the capitol, Tegucigalpa. The 900-bed prison was operating at nearly double capacity. The cause of the fire is unclear; however one possible source is an inmate who set himself on fire intending to kill everyone. On Wednesday, 357 prisoners were missing and over 250 were dead, with many others believed to have escaped into the countryside. Most of Honduras’ 24 prisons operate far above capacity. “The appalling living conditions are a cause of the frequent riots which break out across the region, and a source of frustration for exasperated relatives” (Agence France-Presse, February 16, 2012). This prison fire and its results are tragic! But they highlight how man’s justice system is ineffec tive and inhumane. The ways of man may seem right to him, but ultimately lead to death (Proverbs 14:12). Today, many families fail to train up a child in God’s Way, and society ultimately winds up “caging” the rebellious adults in wretched conditions. In God’s Kingdom, things will be very different. Children will grow up in families where both parents are present and prepared to teach children God’s Way of life (Deuteronomy 4:8-10; Proverbs 22:6). When children are raised God’s way and His laws permeate the land (Isaiah 2:2-4), prisons and their problems will become relics of history. For more information on this exciting future, see our booklet The World Ahead: What Will It Be Like?—Scott Winnail, Justin Ridgeway and Phyllis Api
02/18/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, February 18, 2012The well-known cliché, "The early bird gets the worm" is often followed by another time worn truism, "The second mouse gets the cheese." While we chuckle at these mental word pictures, they do contain a grain of truth that applies to everyone. Read more
02/17/12. a.m. Evangelist Richard Ames reported the following in his latest, 2/16/12, co-worker letter:
Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ,
Warm greetings to you all from Charlotte, North Carolina! Dr. Meredith has asked me to write this month’s co-worker letter so he could have some additional time to spend with his wife Sheryl—who, as you know, has been battling stage-four cancer. We are grateful for recent reports of improvements in Mrs. Meredith’s health, and I hope we are all continuing to pray for her complete healing, and indeed for the healing of all the brethren who are facing serious health trials.
I know Dr. Meredith is very appreciative of your continuing and consistent support of God’s Work. In his January 17, 2012 co-worker letter, Dr. Meredith gave an encouraging report of the Work’s increasing effectiveness throughout 2011 in preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God through television and magazines, radio, the Internet, and our extensive domestic and international mailings. Additionally, Living University will soon complete its fifth year of offering distance-learning courses to students around the world. I know that many of you brethren and co-workers have profited from the courses LU has offered, and from the ability it has given students to come into contact with other distance-learning students from many countries. Enclosed with this letter is a colorful and informative LU brochure that you may want to share with family and friends.
You may be interested to know that, just as the Living Church of God voluntarily submits to a professional outside audit every year, so too is LU audited. We want all who are supporting the Work to have confidence in the responsible stewardship that we are diligently striving to apply in handling the tithes and offerings of thousands of brethren and co-workers.
Dear brethren and co-workers, through your donations, tithes and offerings, our 2011 income in the United States increased by 7.0 percent over 2010. In spite of global financial turmoil, God is blessing His people to be able to give generously to help the Work move forward more powerfully than ever in carrying out the dual commission given by Jesus Christ, to preach the gospel of the soon-coming Kingdom of God, and to feed the flock whom He calls.
Yes, God is using your tithes and offerings to give the world a powerful warning message that it especially needs in these troubled times! We know that 2012 promises more uncertainty and portends new troubles ahead in the growing global financial crisis...
As I mentioned earlier, Living University will soon, as of this May, complete its fifth year of offering biblically based distance-learning courses teaching true values to students around the world. This very month marks the fifth anniversary of the founding of Living University. On February 13, 2007, Dr. Meredith announced the plan to start the University, stating his “deep desire to educate our young people and members and give them the opportunity to participate in the proper type of educational setting in a truly Christian environment.”
On August 15, 2007, LU began its first classes, enrolling more than 150 online students. It now enrolls about 200 students in online and on-site programs. The on-site students are unique assets in the daily affairs of the Living Church of God headquarters here in Charlotte. Through the student work program, the headquarters office receives vital student help in areas ranging from electronic media and editorial support, to reception, secretarial, mailing and other office support duties.
Up to now, LU students have resided in apartments and private homes near Headquarters. What we plan to do soon is to make available University-operated housing to provide a student living environment specifically created to support academic and spiritual success. We would then like to expand this annually as God blesses the University with additional students and the funding to make it a reality. University-operated housing increases safety, permits more privacy and promotes student camaraderie and cohesiveness.
As we are able to do this, we will be helping these students receive the most vital education available today, in the most appropriate environment, while at the same time providing additional hands to do the Work of our great and loving God. But, to make this happen, LU needs your help! Any amount you would like to give, apart from and beyond your regular tithes and offerings to God’s Work, will be deeply appreciated. You can even donate online; just go to www.livinguniv.com and click on “Make a Gift Online.” Thank you for supporting this important educational program, a significant part of God’s Work!
The rest of the co-worker letter is available in the news article Richard Ames on Debt and Protection.
02/16/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Rajan Moses | Thursday, February 16, 2012I was recently blessed to be able to travel from my home in Malaysia to Myanmar to visit with and to serve God's faithful flock. I thank God for a blessed trip and I thank God for the faithfulness of our spiritual brothers and sisters in Myanmar. The trip was encouraging to me and you may also be interested in learning a little more about how God is providing for His people in this remote but beautiful country. For the safety of our Christian brothers and sisters in Myanmar, I cannot share the names of these wonderful men and women in this report. Read more
02/14/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Tuesday, February 14, 2012We have all heard the expression, "My way or the highway." It is usually a statement made by someone in authority, giving a subordinate a choice--either to do something a certain way, or to suffer the consequences. The Almighty God gives mankind a choice, either to learn to live His way, or to suffer the consequences. Which way are you choosing? Read more
02/12/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It mentions anti-Christian forces, telecast responses, Passover, a TWSP, Living Youth programs, Festival registration, LU on-campus opportunities, world news items, and comments about working together.
Here are the working together comments:
Working Together: Jesus referred to His disciples as His “friends” and encouraged them to “love one another” (John 15:12-17). The Apostle Paul referred to those who assisted him in his ministry as “my fellow workers” (Romans 16:3) and “fellow workers for the kingdom of God” (Colossians 4:11). He referred to members of God’s Church as “God’s fellow workers” (1 Corinthians 3:9) and “workers together [co-workers] with Him” (2 Corinthians 6:1). To work together with others doing God’s work is a unique and exciting opportunity that carries a big responsibility! The Scriptures provide important guidelines about how to work together. We are instructed to “be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” and not let contentions divide us (1 Corinthians 1:10-13). We are also advise d to get along and live in harmony, to avoid being haughty and conceited or ambitious for a position, and to be humble and work together peacefully (Romans 12:16-18). If we can learn to really “love one another” and treat each other as “friends” we will be more effective “fellow workers for the kingdom of God.”
02/11/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, February 11, 2012I have a friend who is an amateur magician. His sleight-of-hand tricks are quite amazing, and children and adults enjoy them immensely. Part of the mystique and fun is trying to figure out how the tricks are done. My friend says with a smile, "Always look at the other hand"--since the performer may be distracting the audience with his comments and one hand, while accomplishing the illusion by doing something unnoticed with the other hand. Read more
02/09/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Roger Meyer (guest columnist) | Thursday, February 09, 2012Every day, e-mail accounts are hacked and used to generate "spam" messages that appear to come from the people being hacked! This is a form of identity theft, and it is on the increase. Identity theft is age old. Even apostles--and Jesus Christ Himself--have been its victims! Read more
02/07/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Richard A. Wilson (guest columnist) | Tuesday, February 07, 2012The Price Is Right is one of the longest-running game shows on television. Contestants on the show are asked to count the cost of different prizes, and by knowing the correct price they can win a prize. At the end of each show, two contestants compete for the "grand prize" by counting the cost of a final "showcase." Whoever comes closest to counting the total price correctly (without going over), wins the big prize. Read more
02/05/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Rod McNair. It mentions changes in Europe, TW in French magazine, Passover, Church survey, Living Youth programs, Feast registration, upcoming new Feast website, world news items, and comments about face-to-face time.
Here is one of the world news items:
Too Many Hungry Pythons. Burmese pythons were introduced into the Florida Everglades in the 1980s. They escaped from captivity and pet owners also dump them when they become too large to keep. The pythons are prolific and can grow to more than 15 feet long (5 meters) and weigh 150 pounds (75 kg). A new Davidson College study reveals rapidly declining populations of indigenous Everglade mammals (e.g., raccoons, deer, opossum, and others), by more than 90% since the late 1990s. Researchers believe the skyrocketing python population is to blame. New research demonstrates that salt water, once thought to be a barrier that confines snakes to the swamp, is really no barrier. Some experts believe the pythons could expand their habitat throughout much of the Southeastern U.S. (FloridaToday.com, January 31, 2012). The Everglades directly border Miami resident ial neighborhoods. What could happen when pythons run out of native species to eat? The Bible identifies some sobering events that will occur at the end of the age. The Apostle John wrote of the fourth seal, the “pale horse,” that will result in the death of one quarter of the earth’s population, by the sword (war), hunger, and the beasts of the earth (Revelation 6:7-8). Jeremiah’s prophecy adds more detail, highlighting how birds and beasts of the earth will “devour and destroy” (Jeremiah 15:2-4). Florida’s pythons could be one tool that God eventually uses to bring these prophecies to pass. For more information, review our booklet: Revelation: The Mystery Unveiled!
02/04/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Charles Knowlton | Saturday, February 04, 2012My grandfather once promised to buy me a new bicycle. He made that promise many years ago, right after a politician had promised him that all elderly Americans would soon be given a bonus. Neither of us saw those promises come true. For many generations, promises have been a mainstay of hope for people seeking a better life. Even today, we are bombarded by promises of better jobs, better living, a better economy, and so on. So, are there any promises in which we can take hope? Read more
02/02/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By William Williams (guest columnist) | Thursday, February 02, 2012Before he secured his fame as "Mark Twain," the iconic American writer Samuel Langhorne Clemens started out seeking the wild and adventurous life of a Mississippi riverboat pilot. However, when Clemens discovered that piloting a riverboat was as much a demanding science as an adventure, he almost became too discouraged to continue, fearing that the demands of the job might steal the glory of the life he envisioned. Read more
01/31/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Jonathan McNair | Tuesday, January 31, 2012Cultures around the world have long viewed the shortest day of the year, December 21 or 22 (in the northern hemisphere) as a day for special ceremony and celebration. As the Christmas season--filled with the trappings of modern materialism cloaking ancient paganism--recedes into our memories, it is easy to have a negative view of the "winter solstice season" now behind us. Read more
01/29/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It mentions telecast responses, Passover, TWSPs, French updates, Tanzania, the South Carolina Spring Holy Day weekend, LYC UK 2012, world news items, and comments about the real Philadelphia Christians.
Here is that real Philadelphia Christians item:
Real Philadelphia Christians: The Scriptures reveal that Philadelphia Christians are dedicated to carrying out Christ’s instructions to preach the Gospel (Mark 16:15), warn the world (Matthew 24:14) and prepare a people to reign with Jesus Christ in the coming Kingdom of God (Luke 1:17; Revelation 5:10). 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 (instead of criticizing and sitting in judgment of others) is one of the distinguishing marks of a real Philadelphia Christian (John 13:34-35). Let’s all look for ways to develop and show brotherly love to others.
Love is what it all actually is about.
01/28/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By John Wheeler | Saturday, January 28, 2012Whether 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
01/26/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Richard A. Wilson (guest columnist) | Thursday, January 26, 2012No matter who we are, no matter how or where we live, no matter our station in life, there comes a time when we all need somebody to "stand by us." To stand by us and hold us up as we, too, need to be there to hold others up. In essence, to stand in the gap wherever the "wall" of rightful faith and living is breached. Read more
01/24/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Charles Knowlton | Tuesday, January 24, 2012Those of us whose lifespan goes back to the Great Depression can still recall the image of grown men selling pencils on street corners. The common attitude saw life as a day-to-day struggle for existence. The United States had stalled in its tracks, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt had a monumental job on his hands seeking to stir up a nation to get out and try. What a contrast from today's economic difficulties, which seem to bring out a totally different attitude: "You owe me!" and "It's my right!" Read more
01/22/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It mentions weather, the latest co-worker letter, the telecast, TWSPs, prayer request, assigned US FOT sites, LU, Twitter, world news items, and comments about the importance of wisdom.
Here is the wisdom item:
The Importance of Wisdom: When Solomon reflected on life, he concluded that gaining “wisdom is the principal thing” (Proverbs 4:7). Solomon also records that wisdom “is more precious than rubies” and that learning to make wise decisions brings happiness and long life (Proverbs 3:13-18). With this biblical emphasis on wisdom, it is not surprising to see that Jesus, who as a child studied the Scriptures, “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” as He grew older (Luke 2:52). The Apostle Paul also urged Christians to use wisdom in dealing with people (Colossians 4:5-6). The key to gaining wisdom is to learn to fear God and develop the desire to live by every word of God ((Proverbs 1:7; 9:10). If we earnestly ask God for wisdom (James 1:5-7), if we diligently seek wisdom by studying His word (Deuteronomy 4:1-10; 2 Timo thy 3:15), and if we spend time with and listen to older and wiser people (Proverbs 10:1; 15:7; 18:15; 22:17) we will become more like the wise God whom we worship (Romans 16:27).
01/21/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Saturday, January 21, 2012The world's economic system reels from one failure to another, as the Euro-zone nations, as well as the United Kingdom, the United States and others feverishly work to find the means to fund the crushing financial burden of entitlement programs promised to their citizens. What can be done? Read more
01/19/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Karl Harmdierks (guest columnist) | Thursday, January 19, 2012When I was in high school, I was in a one-act play that reached the state finals. Our last competition started at 9 pm Friday. As a Sabbath-keeper, I wasn't able to participate. One girl from our cast asked me, "Can't you miss church once?" She casually added, "God would understand." Read more
Perhaps I should add that one thing that "God would understand" would be that intentional Sabbath violation does not show the love of God and His law that He expects.
01/18/2012 p.m. In his latest co-worker letter, LCG's Dr. Meredith wrote:
Matthew 24:14 states: “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.” This Great Commission is being fulfilled as a result of our international telecasts and magazines, our worldwide presence on the Internet, our extensive mailings, radio in foreign countries, and last, but in no way least, by word of mouth. Through these media we are now virtually reaching all nations on earth!
This past year we added over 120,000 new Tomorrow’s World magazine subscribers in countries around the world. Our international telecasts were watched by 2.7 million brand new viewers in 2011, and our TomorrowsWorld.org Web site drew 1.4 million new visitors around the world.
Thanks to member and co-worker support, the Tomorrow’s World TV programs were carried on 232 TV stations or networks around the world. Eighteen of the TV stations or networks were added just last year. Our TV coverage brought in more than 286,000 responses through free phone calls, letters and the Internet. From all media sources combined, a total of more than 832,000 booklets, reprints, lessons, CDs, DVDs and other published items were sent upon request worldwide—making 2011 our biggest year ever and an increase of 19 percent over all the items sent in 2010. More literature was mailed last year than in our first five years combined! On top of all this, nearly 2 million Tomorrow’s World magazine copies were mailed in 2011.
TV coverage in the United States and Canada now reaches more than 105 million homes via over-the-air telecasts, cable and satellite TV—82 percent of all TV homes in North America can watch a Tomorrow’s World telecast on TV, plus even more millions could see our telecasts on any day or at any time on our website at www.TomorrowsWorld.org...
Dear brethren and co-workers, as we powerfully preach God’s warning message to this world—and tell people about their mounting sins—persecution will come! We need to realize this and exercise the faith and courage to preach God’s message anyway—knowing the awesome reward we will have. Our Father in heaven tells us in 1 Peter 4:12-13, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.” Later, God inspired Peter to say, “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now ‘If the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?&r squo; Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (vv. 17-19).
So each of us must learn to “give” of ourselves in doing God’s Work—and become true “Christian Soldiers” to carry His final message to this world. We must put our faith and trust in God who is now intervening in world events. We must make our lives truly “count for something big.” Even though trials, tests and persecutions will come, we must “go all out” to serve our Creator. Again, our reward will be truly awesome. The Eternal God tells us about our reward which will come after this terrible time of tribulation and persecution: “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever” (Daniel 12:3).
Are you willing to join with us in “turning many” to genuine righteousness? Are you willing to go all out in this crusade to proclaim God’s full message to the world before it is too late? May God help you to have the faith and courage to do this.
01/17/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By James Ginn | Tuesday, January 17, 2012Have you ever attempted to get people's attention while they are immersed in a television program or a video game? It can be quite difficult, even when the programming is not that interesting. Such was the case when our children were very young. After calling out my son's name for the third time as he sat mesmerized in front of a flashy cartoon, it became clear that I, as his parent, could not compete with the message of the mighty television. In a side-by-side competition, parents just do not have what it takes to hold a child's attention over that seemingly magical box and its wonderful world of distractions. So, my wife and I disconnected it, and we no longer need to compete for our children's attention. Read more
01/15/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Dr. Winnail. It begins with a letter from Dr. Meredith mentioning his wife Sheryl's cancer, it also mentions that 2011 income was up 7%, a TWSP, Living Youth Programs, LU, some FOT information, a meeting with UCG leaders, world news items (including Baron zu Guttenberg), and comments about God's perspective on trials.
Here are the comments on trials:
God’s Perspective on Trials: Sometimes, when we encounter trials and difficulties, we wonder what is happening and whether God has forsaken us. However, in challenging times, we need to remember several fundamental scriptures. Jesus told His disciples, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). God has also promised never to leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). The Apostle Paul reminds us that, “all things work together for good to those who love God” (Romans 8:28) and that even in trials, God will make “a way of escape” if we look to Him (1 Corinthians 10:13). James records that trials are opportunities to exercise faith in God and His promises and to build patience—while we do our part to work through the challenges we face. Let’s strive to remember and maintain this godly perspective when we encounter trials and as we pray earnestly for one another.
I was out of town last week and so here is a list of the newly announced LCG 2012 Feast of Tabernacles' Sites.
Also, here is a link to the update of 1/5/2012.
01/14/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Jonathan McNair | Saturday, January 14, 2012The Bible can seem like an ancient book, full of "thees" and "thous". It can seem confusing, with dragons, and dreams, and lots of things that "theology experts" argue about. But when we actually read what the Bible says, its often more relevant to our modern society than we might think. Read more
01/12/2012 a.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Adrian Kaefer (guest columnist) | Thursday, January 12, 2012Morality and values seem to decline so rapidly that it is even surprising at times to observe. A few decades ago, it was shameful if someone had a divorce in their family, and respect for authorities was a given in practically all aspects of life--toward parents, teachers, police officers, and politicians--attitudes that seem to be outdated in our society today. However, as a general attitude of criticism toward authorities steadily increases, the public makes it more and more a hunting game to find fault in prominent people. Scores of magazines prosper by telling gossip about the "rich and famous," and the Internet acts as a platform for dragging into public anything from anyone. Read more
Also note from a site called Living Church of God – Northeast Area:
Prayer Request–Mrs. Meredith
January 10th, 2012 · No Comments
Your prayers are requested for Mrs. Sheryl Meredith, wife of Mr. Meredith, who has been diagnosed with stage-4 cancer throughout her liver and other parts of the stomach region. I’m sure that official word will be coming this week in the World Ahead Weekly Update, perhaps including more detail.
Please remember her and the Meredith family!
Mrs. Meredith did not seem to be feeling well when I met and spoke with her last month and is in my prayers.
01/11/2012 p.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
By Davy Crockett | Tuesday, January 10, 2012The various media constantly play on the conflict between male and female interests in the workplace, in education and in the home. The so-called "battle of the sexes" rages, if you are to believe the popular media. Of course, there are differences between men and women, and there is no doubt that in various ways and in all strata of society there are inequities that result in conflict and ill feelings. Read more
I have been out of town and was unable to post the last update or one or more commentaries. Just got back moments ago.
01/05/2012 p.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
Commentary: Education, Then and Now
By Charles Knowlton | Thursday, January 05, 2012
Several years ago, I had the honor of being a public school teacher in a major city. One year I was assigned to a new building under construction. When the time came for school to start, the building was not yet ready. So, I was given an assignment to take some other teachers to an old school building and hold classes there until the new building was ready. Read more
01/03/2012 p.m. Here is the latest LCG commentary:
Commentary: The Stage
By Davy Crockett | Tuesday, January 03, 2012
In the hustle and bustle of daily life, few people take the time to consider where they are going or where they have been--until some personal upheaval jolts their sphere of activities and forces them to focus, however briefly, on the purpose of it all. Read more
01/01/2012 a.m. Here is the latest Living Church of God World Ahead Weekly Update from Rod McNair. It mentions political, economic, and weather issues, the Charlotte weekend, telecast, Guyana, dance guidelines, LU, world news items (including Baron zu Guttenberg), and comments about doing a job well done.
Here is the Guyana item:
Update from Guyana
Mr. and Mrs. Fitzroy Greeman recently made Church visits to brethren in Guyana and Barbados, where he serves as Area Pastor. Like many scattered groups in international areas, our small but steadfast group in Guyana has only occasional visits from a pastor—about once every other month. Here are some excerpts from his report on their trip to Guyana, December 16-20:
“On the Sabbath, we drove to the Oceanview Hotel for Services… There were 21 persons in attendance… After Services Mrs. Greeman distributed some used clothing. I then anointed two members for some health challenges they were having. I then held a Baptismal Counseling session with one prospective member… [On Monday, after visiting with a prospective member,] we left their home on the East Bank of the Demerara River, crossed that river and travelled about 10 miles along the west bank to a village called Hague where we met a prospective member and his wife. I held a Baptismal Counseling session with him before we were served some lunch. We then fellowshipped for a little while before we had to leave for our return trip to Georgetown.”Mr. Greeman also mentioned in his report a number of former WCG members and others who were interested in meeting with him. We continue to pray that God will bring more of His scattered flock together with us to continue in the Work. Please also continue praying for Mr. Greeman’s health, as he is battling with a debilitating kidney condition.
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