Archive for the ‘COG News’ Category

UCG’s income down from prior year

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015


UCG’s Logo for Beyond Today

COGwriter

The January 2015 edition of the United News of the United Church of God (UCG) arrived last night.  Its lead article was an announcement that decided to drop the ‘Good News’ title for its magazine and replacing it with the title Beyond Today.  This is something I also reported here last month (see UCG dropping ‘Good News’ title for ‘Beyond Today’).

This particular issue of the United News also contained the financial statements of the United Church of God.  The United Church of God uses a fiscal year that ends June 30th of each year.

Anyway, for the last year reported, the one ending June 30, 2014 UCG reported total income of $17,134,542 this is down slightly from the prior year, which was 17,668,538.  The statements also reflect that UCG reduced administrative costs and increased its financial reserves, despite the slight drop of income. Its total reserves were reported to be 8,842,415 as of June 30, 2014–basically UCG has this amount of total cash available that it has not spent nor obligated.

UCG has reduced in size since over 150 of its ministers left and formed a group called Church of God, a Worldwide Association (COGWA) over four years ago.  Despite the loss, UCG remains the largest COG group with origins in the old Worldwide Church of God.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

Attending the Church of Choice This article discusses whose choice is important to worship God; should you attend the church of your choice or the church of God’s choice?
Unity: Which COG for You? Why so many groups? Why is there lack of unity in the Churches of God? Has it always been this way? What can/should be done about it? Here is a related article in the Spanish language: Unidad: ¿Cuál Iglesia de Dios para usted?
Differences between the Living Church of God and United Church of God This article provides quotes information from two of the largest groups which had their origins in WCG as well as commentary.
Concerns about Church of God, a Worldwide Association Known as COGWA, this is the largest group that came out of the United Church of God. Here is some history and concerns about it. UCG’s former president Clyde Kilough and UK CEO Peter Hawkins are part of it.
Concerns about Church of God, a Worldwide Association Known as COGWA, this seems to be the largest group that came out of the United Church of God. Here is some history and concerns about it. UCG’s former president Clyde Kilough and UK CEO Pater Hawkins are part of it.
Where is the True Christian Church Today? This free online pdf booklet answers that question and includes 18 proofs, clues, and signs to identify the true vs. false Christian church. Plus 7 proofs, clues, and signs to help identify Laodicean churches. A related sermon is also available: Where is the True Christian Church? Here is a link to the booklet in the Spanish language: ¿Dónde está la verdadera Iglesia cristiana de hoy?
Continuing History of the Church of God This pdf booklet is a historical overview of the true Church of God and some of its main opponents from c. 31 A.D. to 2014. A related sermon link would be Continuing History of the Church of God: c. 31 to c. 300 A.D. Marque aquí para ver el pdf folleto: Continuación de la Historia de la Iglesia de Dios.
Should the Church Still Try to Place its Top Priority on Proclaiming the Gospel or Did Herbert W. Armstrong Change that Priority for the Work? Some say the Church should mainly feed the flock now as that is what Herbert W. Armstrong reportedly said. Is that what he said? Is that what the Bible says? What did Paul and Herbert W. Armstrong expect from lower level leaders? A related sermon is available titled Priority of the Philadelphia Work.
The Final Phase of the Work What is the final phase of the work? Who will lead it? Do you have the courage to support it? Here is a related YouTube video titled The Final Phase of the Work. The written article has been translated into Spanish La Fase Final de la Obra.
Leading the Final Phase of the Work Matthew 24:14 teaches “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 ” will be fulfilled and RCG is not the group doing this. Who is leading the final phase of the work? What did Herbert Armstrong and the old WCG teach about that and about prophets? Does Bob Thiel meet the criteria that the Bible and the old WCG set? What is the proof? What has the Continuing Church of God been doing? This is a sermonette length video.
What is the Gospel? True religion should be based upon the true gospel. What are some of the different gospels and where did they come from? Do you believe the true or a false gospel? Who is preaching the gospel? Here is a version in Korean 복음이란 무엇인가?
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God was the Emphasis of Jesus and the Early Church Did you know that? Do you even know what the gospel of the kingdom is all about? You can also see a YouTube video sermon The Gospel of the Kingdom.
The Philadelphia Church Era was predominant circa 1933 A.D. to 1986 A.D. The old Radio Church of God and old Worldwide Church of God, now the remnant of that era is basically the most faithful in the Church of God, like who hold to the beliefs and practices of the Continuing Church of God.
The Laodicean Church Era has been predominant circa 1986 A.D. to present. The Laodiceans are non-Philadelphians who mainly descended from the old WCG or its offshoots. They do not properly understand the work or biblical prophecies and will face the Great Tribulation if they do not repent.

BibleNewsProphecy: Pope Francis and the Famine of the Word

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

COGwriter

The Continuing Church of God is pleased to announce our latest video on our Bible New Prophecy YouTube channel:

Pope Francis made some comments indicating that violence is appropriate when one is offended and that freedom of expression should not offend the religions of others.  Is that biblical?  What will his interfaith agenda lead to? Might his comments be a factor in the prophesied ‘famine of the word’ that the Prophet Amos wrote of?  Should Christians refrain from making statements that might offend other?  What did Jesus and His disciples do?  What should you do?

A written article of related interest is: Pope Francis pushing for limits of speech and seemingly justifies violence.

Here is a link to our video: Pope Francis and the Famine of the Word.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

Will the Interfaith Movement Lead to Peace or Sudden Destruction? Is the interfaith movement going to lead to lasting peace or is it warned against?
Why Should American Catholics Fear Unity with the Orthodox? Are the current ecumenical meetings a good thing or will they result in disaster? Is doctrinal compromise good? Here is a link to a related video Should you be concerned about the ecumenical movement?
Satan’s Plan Does Satan have a plan? What is it? Has it already been successful? Will it be successful in the future?
Pope Francis: Could this Marian Focused Pontiff be Fulfilling Prophecy? Pope Francis has taken many steps to turn people more towards his version of ‘Mary.’ Could this be consistent with biblical and Catholic prophecies? This article documents what has been happening. There is also a video version titled Pope Francis: Could this Marian Focused Pontiff be Fulfilling Prophecy?
Which Is Faithful: The Roman Catholic Church or the Continuing Church of God? Do you know that both groups shared a lot of the earliest teachings? Do you know which church changed? Do you know which group is most faithful to the teachings of the apostolic church? Which group best represents true Christianity? This documented article answers those questions.
COGwriter Position on Other Churches and Religions What is the fate of those who do not know Christ? What about those who profess Christ outside the Church of God?
Should the Church Still Try to Place its Top Priority on Proclaiming the Gospel or Did Herbert W. Armstrong Change that Priority for the Work? Some say the Church should mainly feed the flock now as that is what Herbert W. Armstrong reportedly said. Is that what he said? Is that what the Bible says? What did Paul and Herbert W. Armstrong expect from lower level leaders? A related sermon is available titled Priority of the Philadelphia Work.
The Final Phase of the Work What is the final phase of the work? Who will lead it? Do you have the courage to support it? Here is a related YouTube video titled The Final Phase of the Work. The written article has been translated into Spanish La Fase Final de la Obra.
Leading the Final Phase of the Work Matthew 24:14 teaches “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 ” will be fulfilled and RCG is not the group doing this. Who is leading the final phase of the work? What did Herbert Armstrong and the old WCG teach about that and about prophets? Does Bob Thiel meet the criteria that the Bible and the old WCG set? What is the proof? What has the Continuing Church of God been doing?  This is a sermonette length video.
The Last Pope Do Biblical and Catholic Prophecies Point to Pope Francis? Why might Pope Francis be the last pope? What happens if he is? Biblical and other prophecies help explain what to expect.
The Last Pope: Do Biblical and Catholic Prophecies Point to Pope Francis? Amazon Book What does the Bible say about a pope near this time? Is the final pope to be an antipope and antichrist? Does Catholic prophecy point to Pope Francis as being the dreaded “Peter the Roman”? This 186 page book provides information and answers.
The Last Pope: Do Biblical and Catholic Prophecies Point to Pope Francis? Kindle This electronic version of the printed book which is available for only US$2.99. And you do not need an actual Kindle device to read it. Why? Amazon will allow you to download it to almost any device: Please click HERE to download one of Amazon s Free Reader Apps. After you go to for your free Kindle reader and then go to The Last Pope: Do Biblical and Catholic Prophecies Point to Pope Francis? Kindle.
Persecutions by Church and State This article documents some that have occurred against those associated with the COGs and some prophesied to occur. Will those with the cross be the persecutors or the persecuted–this article has the shocking answer. There is also a YouTube video sermon you can watch: The Coming Persecution of the Church. Here is information in the Spanish language: Persecuciones de la Iglesia y el Estado.
Where is the True Christian Church Today? This free online pdf booklet answers that question and includes 18 proofs, clues, and signs to identify the true vs. false Christian church. Plus 7 proofs, clues, and signs to help identify Laodicean churches. A related sermon is also available: Where is the True Christian Church? Here is a link to the booklet in the Spanish language: ¿Dónde está la verdadera Iglesia cristiana de hoy?
Continuing History of the Church of God This pdf booklet is a historical overview of the true Church of God and some of its main opponents from c. 31 A.D. to 2014. Two related sermon links would include Continuing History of the Church of God: c. 31 to c. 300 A.D. and Continuing History of the Church of God: 4th-16th Centuries. In Spanish: Marque aquí para ver el pdf folleto: Continuación de la Historia de la Iglesia de Dios.
CCOG.ORG Continuing Church of God The group striving to be most faithful amongst all real Christian groups to the word of God.
CCOG.ASIA We in the Continuing Church of God also have the url www.ccog.asia which has a focus on Asia and has various articles in Mandarin Chinese as well as some in English, plus some items in other Asian languages. 我们在继续神的教会也提供此网址 www.ccog.asia, 关注于亚洲并且有各种各样的中英文文章,其中一些用菲律宾语翻译的文章也正在进行中,准备添加到这个网站中。 Here is a link to our Statement of Beliefs in Mandarin Chinese 继续神的教会的信仰声明.
CCOG.IN This is a website targeted towards those of Indian heritage. It has a link to an edited Hindi translation of The Mystery of the Ages and is expected to have more non-English language materials in the future.
CCOG.EU This is a website targeted toward Europe. It has materials in more than one language (currently it has English, Dutch, and Serbian, with links also to Spanish) and it is intended to have additional language materials added.
CCOG.NZ This is a website targeted towards New Zealand and other British-descended dominated lands.
CDLIDD.ES La Continuación de la Iglesia de Dios. This is the Spanish language website for the Continuing Church of God and has articles in español/castellano.
PNIND.PH Patuloy na Iglesya ng Diyos. This is the Philippines website Continuing Church of God. It has information in English and Tagalog.
Bible News Prophecy
channel. Dr. Thiel has produced many YouTube videos for the BibleNewsProphecy channel. And you can find them at that channel.

Sermon: Crime and How it Will Be Stopped

Saturday, January 24th, 2015


COGwriter

The Continuing Church of God is pleased to announce this sermon from its ContinuingCOG channel:

What are the causes of crime? Is there anything you can do about it? Could you be guilty of crime? What steps should you take to protect yourself? Is incarceration the answer? How can you help prevent your children from becoming criminals? What should parents do? What should children be taught? How will crime be stopped? When will crime be stopped?

A related written article is titled: Crime can be stopped…here’s how!

Here is a link to the video sermon: Crime and How it Will be Stopped!

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

Crime can be stopped…here’s how! This was a booklet that was edited with some updates by Dr. Thiel. Here is a link to a related sermon: Crime and How it Will be Stopped!
Five Rules for Effective Parenting Do you know that there are five simple rules that can make you a more effective parent? Here is a link to a version in Mandarin Chinese 五条简单有效的子女养育规则. There is also a 12 1/2 minute English language YouTube video on this, also titled Five Rules for Effective Parenting.
What Psychologists do not Know About Child Rearing This is an article by Herbert Armstrong that was used as the introduction to the pdf booklet The Plain Truth About Child Rearing.
The Plain Truth About Child Rearing This is a pdf booklet that the old WCG put out.
What Did Jesus Teach About the Ten Commandments? This article quotes what Jesus actually said about them (His words are in red).
Were the Ten Commandments Nailed to the Cross? Some have said so. This article provides some biblical quotes to answer this important question.
What Did Paul Actually Teach About the Ten Commandments? Many say Paul taught against the ten commandments. Is this true? This article quotes Paul with his words in green.
Are the Ten Commandment Still in Effect? This article quotes the ten commandments and combines some of the previous articles into one article about the ten commandments. The commandments are shown at Mount Sinai, before Mount Sinai, in the teachings of Jesus, after the crucifixion, and in the teachings of Paul. It addresses the most common “traditions of men” regarding them as well. Here is a version in the Spanish language:.¿Están vigentes todavía los diez mandamientos?
Were the Pharisees Condemned for Keeping the Law or Reasoning Around it? Many believe that the Pharisees were condemned for keeping the law, but what does your Bible say? If they were not condemned for that, what were they condemned for?
The Ten Commandments Reflect Love, Breaking them is Evil Some feel that the ten commandments are a burden. Is that what Jesus, Paul, Peter, James, and John taught? For a more detailed discussion of the first four commandments, please see the video The Ten Commandments: Loving God. For a more detailed discussion of the last six commandments, please see: The Ten Commandments: Loving Your Neighbor. Here is a link to a related article in Mandarin Chinese 十条诫命显示爱,违反诫命的就是邪恶的
Was the Commandment to Love the Only Command? Some have stated that John’s writings teach this, but is that what the Bible really says?
The Ten Commandments and the Early Church Did Jesus and the Early Church keep the ten commandments? What order were they in? Here are quotes from the Bible and early writings.
CCOG.ORG Continuing Church of God The group striving to be most faithful amongst all real Christian groups to the word of God. To see how CCOG has done so far, here are links to two sermons Continuing Church of God (CCOG) first year anniversary: What has been accomplished? and The Continuing Church of God: Two Years of Proclamation. Here is a written link to a version of that sermon in the Spanish language: Aniversario del primer año de la Continuación de la Iglesia de Dios: ¿Qué se ha cumplido?
CCOG.ASIA We in the Continuing Church of God also have the url www.ccog.asia which has a focus on Asia and has various articles in Mandarin Chinese as well as some in English, plus some items in other Asian languages. 我们在继续神的教会也提供此网址 www.ccog.asia, 关注于亚洲并且有各种各样的中英文文章,其中一些用菲律宾语翻译的文章也正在进行中,准备添加到这个网站中。 Here is a link to our Statement of Beliefs in Mandarin Chinese 继续神的教会的信仰声明.
CCOG.IN This is a website targeted towards those of Indian heritage. It has a link to an edited Hindi translation of The Mystery of the Ages and is expected to have more non-English language materials in the future.
CCOG.EU This is a website targeted toward Europe. It has materials in more than one language (currently it has English, Dutch, and Serbian, with links also to Spanish) and it is intended to have additional language materials added.
CCOG.NZ This is a website targeted towards New Zealand and others with a British-descended background.
CDLIDD.ES La Continuación de la Iglesia de Dios. This is the Spanish language website for the Continuing Church of God.
PNIND.PH Patuloy na Iglesya ng Diyos. This is the Philippines website Continuing Church of God. It has information in English and Tagalog.
Paglalahad ng Mga Paniniwala ng Patuloy na Iglesya ng Diyos This is the Statement of Beliefs of the Continuing Church of God in Tagalog, the primary language of the Philippines.
Bible News Prophecy online radio. This is an audio version of the Bible News Prophecy videos as well as some ContinuingCOG channel sermons. It is also available as a mobile app.
ContinuingCOG channel. Dr. Thiel has produced scores of YouTube video sermons for this channel. Note: Since these are sermon-length, they can take a little longer to load than other YouTube videos.

BibleNewsProphecy: Butterflies: A Sign of Disaster to Come?

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

COGwriter

The Continuing Church of God is pleased to announce our latest video on our Bible New Prophecy YouTube channel:

Monarch butterfly populations have been devastated since ‘Round-Up Ready” GMO crops became widely used. Could the dramatic loss of these butterflies be a sign that worse is yet to come? Could monarch butterflies be considered the modern equivalent of “canaries in a coal mine?” Are famines and pestilences going to come? Could any of them be related to GMOs and the loss of butterflies? Does the Bible have any clues?

A written article of related interest is GMOs and Bible Prophecy.

Here is a link to our video: Butterflies: A Sign of Disaster to Come?

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

GMOs and Bible Prophecy What are GMOs? Since they were not in the food supply until 1994, how could they possibly relate to Bible prophecy? Do GMOs put the USA and others at risk? Here is a related YouTube video GMO Risks and the Bible.
Chimeras: Has Science Crossed the Line? What are chimeras?  Has science crossed the line? Does the Bible give any clues?
When Will the Great Tribulation Begin? 2015, 2016, or 2017? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What happens before the Great Tribulation in the “beginning of sorrows”? What happens in the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? Is this the time of the Gentiles? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord? Who are the 144,000? Here is a version of the article in the Spanish language: ¿Puede comenzar la Gran Tribulación en 2014 o 2015? ¿Es el Tiempo de los Gentiles? You can also see the English language sermon video: The Great Tribulation from the Mount of Olives.
CCOG.ORG Continuing Church of God The group striving to be most faithful amongst all real Christian groups to the word of God.
CCOG.ASIA We in the Continuing Church of God also have the url www.ccog.asia which has a focus on Asia and has various articles in Mandarin Chinese as well as some in English, plus some items in other Asian languages. 我们在继续神的教会也提供此网址 www.ccog.asia, 关注于亚洲并且有各种各样的中英文文章,其中一些用菲律宾语翻译的文章也正在进行中,准备添加到这个网站中。 Here is a link to our Statement of Beliefs in Mandarin Chinese 继续神的教会的信仰声明.
CCOG.IN This is a website targeted towards those of Indian heritage. It has a link to an edited Hindi translation of The Mystery of the Ages and is expected to have more non-English language materials in the future.
CCOG.EU This is a website targeted toward Europe. It has materials in more than one language (currently it has English, Dutch, and Serbian, with links also to Spanish) and it is intended to have additional language materials added.
CCOG.NZ This is a website targeted towards New Zealand and other British-descended dominated lands.
CDLIDD.ES La Continuación de la Iglesia de Dios. This is the Spanish language website for the Continuing Church of God and has articles in español/castellano.
PNIND.PH Patuloy na Iglesya ng Diyos. This is the Philippines website Continuing Church of God. It has information in English and Tagalog.
Bible News Prophecy
channel. Dr. Thiel has produced many YouTube videos for the BibleNewsProphecy channel. And you can find them at that channel.

More Church of God News in Spanish

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

COGwriter

The Continuing Church of God continues to get additional materials translated into the Spanish language.

Here are links to some of recent news items and articles that were received here today:

VOA: Eurasian Union going to have a rough start
VOA: Unión Euroasiática va a tener un rudo comienzo
http://www.cdlidd.es/voa-union-euroasiatica-va-a-tener-un-rudo-comienzo/
Have you studied the scriptures related to the ‘Universal OFFER of Salvation’?
¿Ha estudiado usted las escrituras relacionadas con la ‘OFERTA universal de salvación’?
http://www.cdlidd.es/ha-estudiado-usted-las-escrituras-relacionadas-con-la-oferta-universal-de-salvacion/
Hababbuk: Do you understand what he was warning about?
Habacuc: ¿Entiende usted acerca de lo que él estaba advirtiendo?
http://www.cdlidd.es/habacuc-entiende-usted-acerca-de-lo-que-el-estaba-advirtiendo/
Pope Francis tells those in Sri Lanka to turn to ‘Mary’
El Papa Francisco pide a los de Sri Lanka volverse a ‘María’
http://www.cdlidd.es/el-papa-francisco-pide-a-los-de-sri-lanka-volverse-a-maria/
Sermon: Continuing Church of God: Two Years of Proclamation
Sermón: Continuación de la Iglesia de Dios: Dos años de Proclamación
http://www.cdlidd.es/sermon-continuacion-de-la-iglesia-de-dios-dos-anos-de-proclamacion/
The Philadelphian remnant is all about love
El remanente de Filadelfia es todo acerca del amor
http://www.cdlidd.es/el-remanente-de-filadelfia-es-todo-acerca-del-amor/
Herbert Armstrong died 29 years ago today
Herbert Armstrong murió hoy hace 29 años
http://www.cdlidd.es/herbert-armstrong-murio-hoy-hace-29-anos/
What is the meaning of YOUR LIFE?
¿Cuál es el significado de SU VIDA?
http://www.cdlidd.es/cual-es-el-significado-de-su-vida-2/
VOA: Astrology failed in Sri Lanka
VOA: La astrología falló en Sri Lanka
http://www.cdlidd.es/voa-la-astrologia-fallo-en-sri-lanka/

The Continuing Church of God has a separate Spanish language website http://www.cdlidd.es. The term Continuing Church of God translates into La Continuación de la Iglesia de Dios in the Spanish language, also called Castellano or Español.

The Continuing Church of God is reaching people around the world in multiple languages via the internet, printed literature, and human church leads around the world. We also reach people over the radio and through videos in the English language.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

Mexico, Central America, South America, Brazil, and the Caribbean in Prophecy [Español: México, América central, Suramérica, Brasil y el Caribe en la profecía] [Português: México, América Central, Ámérica do Sul, e Brasil na profecia] What will happen to those of Latin America? Will they have prosperity? Will they cooperate with Europe? Will they suffer in the future? What role might the various Caribbean nations/territories play?

Continuing History of the Church of God This pdf booklet is a historical overview of the true Church of God and some of its main opponents from c. 31 A.D. to 2014. A related sermon link would be Continuing History of the Church of God: c. 31 to c. 300 A.D. Marque aquí para ver el pdf folleto: Continuación de la Historia de la Iglesia de Dios.

Faith for those God has Called and Chosen What is faith? Can faith be increased? Are you saved by faith? What about works? Do Christians need to keep the Ten Commandments? What is the ‘faith chapter’? How do the just live by faith? Is faith one of the weightier matters of the law? How does faith come? Here is a link to a pdf. booklet titled Faith for Those God has Called and Chosen. Marque aquí para ver el pdf folleto: Fe para aquellos que Dios ha llamado y escogido.Here is a link to a related sermon titled: Faith for the Called and Chosen. Here is a link to shorter version of the written article in Mandarin Chinese 一篇关于信仰的小文章

CCOG.ORG Continuing Church of God The group striving to be most faithful amongst all real Christian groups to the word of God. To see how CCOG has done so far, here are links to two sermons Continuing Church of God (CCOG) first year anniversary: What has been accomplished? and The Continuing Church of God: Two Years of Proclamation. Here is a written link to a version of that sermon in the Spanish language: Aniversario del primer año de la Continuación de la Iglesia de Dios: ¿Qué se ha cumplido?

CCOG.ASIA We in the Continuing Church of God also have the url www.ccog.asia which has a focus on Asia and has various articles in Mandarin Chinese as well as some in English, plus some items in other Asian languages. 我们在继续神的教会也提供此网址 www.ccog.asia, 关注于亚洲并且有各种各样的中英文文章,其中一些用菲律宾语翻译的文章也正在进行中,准备添加到这个网站中。 HHere is a link to our Statement of Beliefs in Mandarin Chinese 继续神的教会的信仰声明.

CCOG.IN This is a website targeted towards those of Indian heritage. It has a link to an edited Hindi translation of The Mystery of the Ages and is expected to have more non-English language materials in the future.

CCOG.EU This is a website targeted toward Europe. It has materials in more than one language (currently it has English, Dutch, and Serbian, with links also to Spanish) and it is intended to have additional language materials added.

CCOG.NZ This is a website targeted towards New Zealand and others with a British-descended background.

PNIND.PH Patuloy na Iglesya ng Diyos. This is the Philippines website Continuing Church of God. It has information in English and Tagalog.

CDLIDD.ES La Continuación de la Iglesia de Dios. This is the Spanish language website for the Continuing Church of God.

Sermon: How to Study the Bible

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

 

COGwriter

The Continuing Church of God is pleased to announce this sermon from its ContinuingCOG channel:


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How to Study the Bible

Do you know how to study the Bible? How should you start? What does the Bible teach about doctrine? What translation(s) should you use? Should you ever ‘mark’ your Bible? What did the Bereans of Acts 17 do? Dr. Thiel goes over all this and more, including seven specific tips and seven specific suggestions to help you with your study of God’s word.

A written article of related interest is also titled: How to Study the Bible.

Here is a link to the video sermon: How to Study the Bible.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

How to Study the Bible David Jon Hill wrote this initially and Dr. Thiel added scriptures, tips, and suggestions to it. A 2015 sermon is available and is also titled How to Study the Bible.
Study the Bible Course Want to learn more about the Bible? This new course is for you! It is also available in French (Leçon 1 En francés), Kiswahili (Somo 1 Katika Kiswahili), Mandarin Chinese (首页 › 中国), Tagalog (KURSO SA PAG-ARAL NG BIBLYA), and Spanish (Lección 1 En castellano).
Read the Bible Christians should read and study the Bible. This article gives some rationale for regular bible reading. Here is a link in Mandarin Chinese: 读圣经 Here is a link in the Spanish language: Lea la Biblia..
Bible: Superstition or Authority? Should you rely on the Bible? Is it reliable? Herbert W. Armstrong wrote this as a booklet on this important subject.
Continuing Church of God The group striving to be most faithful amongst all real Christian groups to the word of God. To see how CCOG has done so far, here is a sermon Continuing Church of God (CCOG) first year anniversary: What has been accomplished? Here is a written link to a version of that sermon in the Spanish language: Aniversario del primer año de la Continuación de la Iglesia de Dios: ¿Qué se ha cumplido?
CCOG.ASIA We in the Continuing Church of God also have the url www.ccog.asia which has a focus on Asia and has various articles in Mandarin Chinese as well as some in English, plus some items in other Asian languages. 我们在继续神的教会也提供此网址 www.ccog.asia, 关注于亚洲并且有各种各样的中英文文章,其中一些用菲律宾语翻译的文章也正在进行中,准备添加到这个网站中。 Here is a link to our Statement of Beliefs in Mandarin Chinese 继续神的教会的信仰声明.
CCOG.IN This is a website targeted towards those of Indian heritage. It has a link to an edited Hindi translation of The Mystery of the Ages and is expected to have more non-English language materials in the future.
CCOG.EU This is a website targeted toward Europe. It has materials in more than one language (currently it has English, Dutch, and Serbian, with links also to Spanish) and it is intended to have additional language materials added.
CDLIDD.ES La Continuación de la Iglesia de Dios. This is the Spanish language website for the Continuing Church of God.
PNIND.PH Patuloy na Iglesya ng Diyos. This is the Philippines website Continuing Church of God. It has information in English and Tagalog.
Paglalahad ng Mga Paniniwala ng Patuloy na Iglesya ng Diyos This is the Statement of Beliefs of the Continuing Church of God in Tagalog, the primary language of the Philippines.
Bible News Prophecy online radio. This is an audio version of the Bible News Prophecy videos as well as some ContinuingCOG channel sermons. It is also available as a mobile app.
ContinuingCOG channel. Dr. Thiel has produced scores of YouTube video sermons for this channel. Note: Since these are sermon-length, they can take a little longer to load than other YouTube videos.

Church of God News in the Spanish Language

Friday, January 16th, 2015

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The Continuing Church of God continues to get additional materials translated into the Spanish language.

Here are links to some of recent news items and articles that were received here today:

Coming solar eclipse a risk to European power grids
Próximo eclipse solar, un riesgo para redes de energía eléctrica europeas
http://www.cdlidd.es/proximo-eclipse-solar-un-riesgo-para-redes-de-energia-electrica-europeas/
Which Laws Were Done Away? by Dr. Hoeh
¿Qué leyes fueron abolidas? por el Dr. Hoeh
http://www.cdlidd.es/que-leyes-fueron-abolidas-por-el-dr-hoeh/
Did Paul invent the Virgin Birth?’
¿Inventó Pablo el nacimiento virginal?’
http://www.cdlidd.es/invento-pablo-el-nacimiento-virginal/
Catholics and Lutherans plan 500th split anniversary to work for reconciliation
Católicos y Luteranos planean aniversario de los 500 años de la separación para trabajar por la reconciliación
http://www.cdlidd.es/catolicos-y-luteranos-planean-aniversario-de-los-500-anos-de-la-separacion-para-trabajar-por-la-reconciliacion/
Sixteen 2014 News Events with Prophetic Ramifications
Dieciséis eventos de noticias de 2014 con ramificaciones proféticas
http://www.cdlidd.es/dieciseis-eventos-de-noticias-de-2014-con-ramificaciones-profeticas/
ABC and the Santa Claus lie
ABC y la mentira de Santa Claus
http://www.cdlidd.es/abc-y-la-mentira-de-santa-claus/
Does Islamic condemnation of ‘New Year’s’ have any validity?
¿Tiene alguna validez la condena islámica del ‘Año Nuevo’?
http://www.cdlidd.es/tiene-alguna-validez-la-condena-islamica-del-ano-nuevo/
Do ‘blood moons’ predict Jesus’ return in 2015?
¿Predicen las ‘lunas rojas’ el retorno de Jesús en 2015?
http://www.cdlidd.es/predicen-las-lunas-rojas-el-retorno-de-jesus-en-2015/
NYPD on high alert from ISIS threat
DPNY sobre alta alerta de amenaza de ISIS
http://www.cdlidd.es/dpny-sobre-alta-alerta-de-amenaza-de-isis/
France and Israel mourn terrorist deaths, while many Jews fear the rise of antisemitism in France
Francia e Israel de luto por muertes terroristas, mientras muchos judíos temen el surgimiento del antisemitismo en Francia
http://www.cdlidd.es/francia-e-israel-de-luto-por-muertes-terroristas-mientras-muchos-judios-temen-el-surgimiento-del-antisemitismo-en-francia/
Cartwright’s Journal Out: LCG Succession, Child Rearing, being lukewarm, the old Worldwide News, and 1975 in prophecy
Salió Journal de Cartwright: Sucesión LCG, crianza de los niños, ser tibio, la antigua Worlwide News, y 1975 en profecía
http://www.cdlidd.es/salio-journal-de-cartwright-sucesion-lcg-crianza-de-los-ninos-ser-tibio-la-antigua-worldwide-news-y-1975-en-profecia/
Pope Francis pushing for limits of speech and seemingly justifies violence
El Papa Francisco presionando por límites a la expresión y aparentemente justifica la violencia
http://www.cdlidd.es/el-papa-francisco-presiona-por-limites-a-la-expresion-y-aparentemente-justifica-la-violencia/

The Continuing Church of God has a separate Spanish language website http://www.cdlidd.es. The term Continuing Church of God translates into La Continuación de la Iglesia de Dios in the Spanish language, also called Castellano or Español.

The Continuing Church of God is reaching people around the world in multiple languages via the internet, printed literature, and human church leads around the world. We also reach people over the radio and through videos in the English language.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

Mexico, Central America, South America, Brazil, and the Caribbean in Prophecy [Español: México, América central, Suramérica, Brasil y el Caribe en la profecía] [Português: México, América Central, Ámérica do Sul, e Brasil na profecia] What will happen to those of Latin America? Will they have prosperity? Will they cooperate with Europe? Will they suffer in the future? What role might the various Caribbean nations/territories play?

Continuing History of the Church of God This pdf booklet is a historical overview of the true Church of God and some of its main opponents from c. 31 A.D. to 2014. A related sermon link would be Continuing History of the Church of God: c. 31 to c. 300 A.D. Marque aquí para ver el pdf folleto: Continuación de la Historia de la Iglesia de Dios.

Faith for those God has Called and Chosen What is faith? Can faith be increased? Are you saved by faith? What about works? Do Christians need to keep the Ten Commandments? What is the ‘faith chapter’? How do the just live by faith? Is faith one of the weightier matters of the law? How does faith come? Here is a link to a pdf. booklet titled Faith for Those God has Called and Chosen. Marque aquí para ver el pdf folleto: Fe para aquellos que Dios ha llamado y escogido.Here is a link to a related sermon titled: Faith for the Called and Chosen. Here is a link to shorter version of the written article in Mandarin Chinese 一篇关于信仰的小文章

CCOG.ORG Continuing Church of God The group striving to be most faithful amongst all real Christian groups to the word of God. To see how CCOG has done so far, here are links to two sermons Continuing Church of God (CCOG) first year anniversary: What has been accomplished? and The Continuing Church of God: Two Years of Proclamation. Here is a written link to a version of that sermon in the Spanish language: Aniversario del primer año de la Continuación de la Iglesia de Dios: ¿Qué se ha cumplido?

CCOG.ASIA We in the Continuing Church of God also have the url www.ccog.asia which has a focus on Asia and has various articles in Mandarin Chinese as well as some in English, plus some items in other Asian languages. 我们在继续神的教会也提供此网址 www.ccog.asia, 关注于亚洲并且有各种各样的中英文文章,其中一些用菲律宾语翻译的文章也正在进行中,准备添加到这个网站中。 HHere is a link to our Statement of Beliefs in Mandarin Chinese 继续神的教会的信仰声明.

CCOG.IN This is a website targeted towards those of Indian heritage. It has a link to an edited Hindi translation of The Mystery of the Ages and is expected to have more non-English language materials in the future.

CCOG.EU This is a website targeted toward Europe. It has materials in more than one language (currently it has English, Dutch, and Serbian, with links also to Spanish) and it is intended to have additional language materials added.

CCOG.NZ This is a website targeted towards New Zealand and others with a British-descended background.

PNIND.PH Patuloy na Iglesya ng Diyos. This is the Philippines website Continuing Church of God. It has information in English and Tagalog.

CDLIDD.ES La Continuación de la Iglesia de Dios. This is the Spanish language website for the Continuing Church of God.

Noticias de Profecía de la Biblia: ¿Comenzará la Gran Tribulación en 2015?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

BNP Cover JAN-MAR 2015 - Spanish

The Spanish January-March 2015 edition of the Bible News Prophecy magazine is now available in the Spanish language (here is a link to the English language version).

Marque aquí para ver el pdf revista: Noticias de Profecía de la Biblia: ¿Comenzará la Gran Tribulación en 2015?

En Este Número:

3 ¿Comenzará la Gran Tribulación en 2015? Muchos en el mundo cristiano profeso están saltando a ideas proféticas equivocadas y mal concebidas. ¿Qué enseña la Biblia? ¿Cuál es la secuencia requerida?

9 25 opiniones Laodicenas radicales y falsas sobre la Profecía Hay muchos malentendidos proféticos que algunos dicen ser la Iglesia de Dios han mantenido. Aquellos que continúen manteniendo muchos de ellos no entenderán cuándo comenzará la Gran Tribulación o cuándo comenzará o cuándo será tiempo de huir.

13 Curso de Estudio de la Biblia Examen 1 Este es un examen relacionado con las primeras cuatro lecciones de este curso para ayudar a las personas a estudiar y a entender mejor la Biblia.

22 Los complots de Pascua ¿Cuál fue el primer complot de Pascua? ¿Qué complots han llevado a cabo el Islam y las confesiones Greco-Romanas en relación con la Pascua?

25 ¿Le gusta ser corregido? Sea honesto consigo mismo! ¿Le gusta realmente ser corregido?

Marque aquí para ver el pdf revista: Noticias de Profecía de la Biblia: ¿Comenzará la Gran Tribulación en 2015?

 

Cartwright’s Journal Out: LCG Succession, Child Rearing, being lukewarm, the old Worldwide News, and 1975 in prophecy

Monday, January 12th, 2015

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The latest issue (says #168 December 31, 2014) of The Journal was sent out electronically and just received.

Some of its main articles has to do with LCG succession, some Feast of Tabernacles‘ reports, child rearing, being hot or lukewarm, sin, and some history of the old Worldwide News.

Living Church of God founder and presiding evangelist Roderick C. Meredith recently conducted a meeting of his church’s council of elders to discuss doctrinal issues. The council members also passed an “affirmation” stating who would be next in line to succeed Dr. Meredith in the event he was no longer able to preside over the church. The council, which also deliberated several other matters, has no binding authority over the church or its admin- istration. It serves strictly in an advisory capacity. …

Besides discussing matters reported in the church’s press release, Mr. Wakefield informed THE JOURNAL that the council of elders also issued a unanimous affirmation concerning the succession of the office of presiding evangelist of the Living Church of God. After Dr. Meredith has completed his service, Mr. Wakefield said, Richard Ames of Charlotte is next in line to serve, followed by Gerald Weston…

Richard Ames was designated as Dr. Meredith’s ‘heir’ years ago.  Various ones have brought up Gerald Weston’s name in the past as another candidate.  Unless either of them changes, the direction for LCG is going is not Philadelphian for various reasons of integrity, doctrine, and prophecy (see Why Bob Thiel Left the Living Church of God).

Regarding child rearing, there was an article by Wesley Worthen titled It’s a good idea to spend time with your children.  Of course, that is true (see also Five Rules for Effective Parenting).

There was an article by Ray Daly titled Are you hot, cold or lukewarm?  In his article he asks:

Choose you this day! Why do you sit between two opinions? Can two walk together except they be agreed?

Most in the COGs today are lukewarm and refuse to properly choose as they tend to be comfortable where they are (see also The Laodicean Church Era and The Philadelphia Church Era).

There was an article by Dan L. White titled Now is not a good time to feel good, COGs.  In the article, basically he says that most COGs (he pointed mainly to UCG) do not denounce sin as much as they try to tell their members that they are special.  He may wish to check out what we in the  Continuing Church of God. teach as we have denounced many sins that affect not only those outside the COGs, but also those within them (e.g. Obesity, processed foods, health risks, and the Bible, Is American Football Evil?, Gambling and Sin: Is it a Sin for Christians to Gamble?, Should Christians Smoke Tobacco or Marijuana?, Binge Drinking, Health, and the Bible, Tattoos: History and Biblical Teachings, and Should a Christian Vote?).

‘The Worldwide News’

In 1973 Garner Ted Armstrong approved the publishing of a church newspaper. Involved with the early planning of what became The Worldwide News, which came out every other week, were Big Sandy dean of students Ron Kelly and especially a 1966 Ambassador graduate and faculty member John Robinson.

Mr. Robinson and Mr. Kelly, aided by printing-department employees including several students, wrote, laid out and printed a prototype of what the newspaper could look like and presented it for approval to the younger Mr. Armstrong.

Staff inflation

“The on-site mover and shaker of the original version of The Worldwide News, which began in Big Sandy April 1, 1973, and ended in the spring of 1978, was John Robinson,” said a staff member of the original five years, Mr. Cartwright. “I just checked the old masthead, or staff box, of the first issue,” he said, “and was surprised that we included 56 people on the original staff.”

That staff listing was “grossly inflated,” said Mr. Cartwright, as were the staffs of other WCG publications, to make them look “more official and more impressive.” The original listing included people who had nothing to do with The Worldwide News such as Colin Adair and Norman Smith, said Mr. Cartwright.

“Early in 1974, the second year of the WN’s publication, the staff list magically shrank to a more-realistic 13,” said Mr. Cartwright. A partial listing of the staff, employees who actually were involved in the WN’s administration or production over the five years, included: Editor in chief Herbert W. Armstrong; editor Garner Ted Armstrong; managing editor John Robinson (who died in 2006); writers and layout artists Scott Ashley, Rick Baumgartner, Randy Brelsford, Linda Cartwright, Paula Cummins, Gerry Ghearing, Sheila Dennis, Janie George, Tom Hanson, Dave Havir, Gene Hogberg, Kimberly Kessler, Clyde Kilough, Sherry L. Marsh, David McKee, Dave Molnar, Michele Molnar, Ava Norton, Faye Odie, Mac Overton, Klaus Rothe, Vivian Rothe, Linda Moll, Ken Treybig, Tricia Willhoite and Jim Worthen; photographers Pete Leschak, Scott Moss, Roland Rees, Eugene Smyda and John Wright; circulation managers David Blue and Karen Gardner; and copy editor Dixon Cartwright.

Though not always named as staff members, personnel in the college’s printing department contributed to the WN’s production, including Mike Hale, Dean Koeneke, Ellis Stewart and Marty Yale; and many local- church-member volunteers. The printing-department crew would do the camera and other prepress work, then furnish the printer, The Gladewater Mirror, with negatives from which to burn the plates for an old Harris web offset printing press.

“Although the elder Mr. Armstrong was acknowledged as editor in chief, he was not much involved with the early issues, as I remember,” said Mr. Cartwright. “GTA [Garner Ted Armstrong] was directly involved, although in the five years of the original WN we could never get him to visit our production area or meet with the production staff in any way except over the phone.”

Mr. Cartwright said the original Worldwide News, published from 1973 to 1978, was an “interesting phenomenon.” “It was the closest thing the Radio/Worldwide Church of God had had to a free press,” he said.

“We were still controlled, but we did manage to write and publish hard news. “For example, we reported on our front page when a church employee, a church pastor, shot and killed his wife and then himself in a courthouse. That kind of story would probably not have been openly talked about, much less reported, before or after the original Worldwide News. “We had a team, an esprit de corps and a professionalism that I’m proud to have been a part of in those years.”

Dixon Cartwright puts out The Journal which is apparently his version of what he hoped the old Worldwide News would have looked more like.

Some have wondered about ‘1975 in Prophecy.’  Notice something in about that:

Mr. Neff begged to differ

The decade of the ’70s brought new challenges and many changes to Ambassador in Big Sandy. The church was once again experiencing financial, public-relations and various other difficulties. Whether it was the failed prediction of the return of Jesus, other doctrinal issues or headline-grabbing personal difficulties between church and college founder Herbert Armstrong and his son Garner Ted, the church and college were in for some rough times.

When THE JOURNAL remarked in passing to Mr. Neff about some of the WCG’s failed prophecies, specifically that Christ would return Sept. 18, 1975, Mr. Neff begged to differ. “No one ever said Christ would return in 1975,” said Mr. Neff. “It was commonly believed that it would be Trumpets in 1975 and that 3 1 ⁄ 2 years earlier, in 1972, the church would go to Petra [which the church believed would be a prophesied ‘place of safety’].

“This was never taught by Mr. Armstrong as a certainty to my knowledge…”

There were, however, prophetic errors that were taught.  Many COGs have so many prophetic errors that there is no way that they will know when the Great Tribulation will begin until it is too late.  A listing of many currently held prophetic errors is in the article The Laodicean Church Era.

The back page of The Journal mentioned the following related to UCG:

The United Church of God announced that its Beyond Today television program will be airing on a new day and time beginning Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. The program will now air each Friday morning at 8:30 eastern time.

The Journal also had the usual letters to the editor and other advertisements, various comments, and opinion articles.

The Journal itself is available by paid subscription (though Dixon Cartwright says some subscriptions are free to those who cannot afford it) and often tends to take a non-Philadelphian era view of certain church matters.

BibleNewsProphecy: Armageddon

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

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The Continuing Church of God is pleased to announce our latest video on our Bible New Prophecy YouTube channel:


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Dr. Thiel, from Tel Megiddo in Israel, discusses Armageddon, some of its history, and what the Bible says about it (Revelation 16). Is this the place where forces in the world will gather to fight? Will they fight here or is the related battle somewhere else. Dr. Thiel answers these questions and more.

Here is a link to our video: Armageddon.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

When Will the Great Tribulation Begin? 2015, 2016, or 2017? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What happens before the Great Tribulation in the “beginning of sorrows”? What happens in the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? Is this the time of the Gentiles? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord? Who are the 144,000? Here is a version of the article in the Spanish language: ¿Puede comenzar la Gran Tribulación en 2014 o 2015? ¿Es el Tiempo de los Gentiles? You can also see the English language sermon video: The Great Tribulation from the Mount of Olives.
How To Determine If Someone is a True Prophet of God There are many false prophets, yet many overlook what the Bible teaches about how to recognize a true one. How can Christians determine who is a true prophet? This article contains a scripture-based checklist to assist with this determination.
How to determine if someone is a true prophet of God This is a sermon on YouTube addressing a subject that most in the Church of God do not seem to have looked into very much. It discusses scriptures and dispels some improper assertions that some associated with the COG have made about prophets in this time.
Elijah: Past and Prophesied Information about the original Elijah and some information about the Elijah-related prophecies.
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.
The Final Phase of the Work What is the final phase of the work? Who will lead it? Do you have the courage to support it? Here is a related YouTube video titled The Final Phase of the Work. The written article has been translated into Spanish La Fase Final de la Obra.
CCOG.ORG Continuing Church of God The group striving to be most faithful amongst all real Christian groups to the word of God.
CCOG.ASIA We in the Continuing Church of God also have the url www.ccog.asia which has a focus on Asia and has various articles in Mandarin Chinese as well as some in English, plus some items in other Asian languages. 我们在继续神的教会也提供此网址 www.ccog.asia, 关注于亚洲并且有各种各样的中英文文章,其中一些用菲律宾语翻译的文章也正在进行中,准备添加到这个网站中。 Here is a link to our Statement of Beliefs in Mandarin Chinese 继续神的教会的信仰声明.
CCOG.IN This is a website targeted towards those of Indian heritage. It has a link to an edited Hindi translation of The Mystery of the Ages and is expected to have more non-English language materials in the future.
CCOG.EU This is a website targeted toward Europe. It has materials in more than one language (currently it has English, Dutch, and Serbian, with links also to Spanish) and it is intended to have additional language materials added.
CDLIDD.ES La Continuación de la Iglesia de Dios. This is the Spanish language website for the Continuing Church of God and has articles in español/castellano.
PNIND.PH Patuloy na Iglesya ng Diyos. This is the Philippines website Continuing Church of God. It has information in English and Tagalog.
Bible News Prophecy
channel. Dr. Thiel has produced many YouTube videos for the BibleNewsProphecy channel. And you can find them at that channel.