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12/31/08 p.m. LCG reported the following news item:

The Public View of Homosexual Rights: A Turning Tide? When California, Florida and, more recently, Arizona approved the banning of homosexual marriage, homosexual activists lamented. However, a recent Newsweek poll found that “Americans continue to find civil unions for gays and lesbians more palatable than full-fledged marriage. Fifty-five percent of respondents favored legally sanctioned unions or partnerships, while only 39 percent supported marriage rights. Both figures are notably higher than in 2004, when 40 percent backed the former and 33 percent approved of the latter. When it comes to according legal rights in specific areas to gays, the public is even more supportive.” Interestingly, two-thirds of those who view homosexual marriage as a “legal” matter support it; and two-thirds of those who see homosexual marriage as a “religious” matter oppose it. Additionally, more in the younger generations support homosexual marriage than do those in the older generations. All of this is especially interesting given an incoming President who supports much of the homosexual agenda (Newsweek, December 5, 2008). As the Israelite-descended nations increasingly move further away from fearing God, is it any wonder that they will become increasingly more accepting of ways of life that the Bible condemns? God warned that “in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves… proud… unholy… without self-control… despisers of good… lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:1-4). God also warned that the concepts of good and evil would be turned upside down (Isaiah 5:20). Our society today increasingly reflects these dire warnings.—

12/30/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka wrote:

Without a moral compass - or just dull of hearing?

America remains at the center of an economic and moral meltdown.  As we have long warned, our moral meltdown will cause our economic meltdown, and without real repentance our sins will ultimately contribute to our prophesied destruction.  Even well known "Wall-Street insiders" are now beginning to make this connection! Click here to read more.

12/28/08 a.m. Here is the latest update from Dr. Winnail. In it, he mentions executive meetings, updates from Barbados/Florida/South America/East Africa, income, world news items, and Christian moderation.

Here is the comment on Christian moderation:

Christian Moderation: Jesus taught His disciples that they should be “lights” to the world (Matthew 5:14-16). During the world’s mad scramble of holiday shopping and year-end parties, Christians have an opportunity to set a very different example. The Bible warns against over-indulgence in food (Proverbs 23:1-3, 20-21; 25:16, 27). It also warns about the dangers of liberal alcohol consumption (Proverbs 20:1; 1 Timothy 3:8; Titus 2:3). The Scriptures encourage Christians to set an example of moderation and balance in all things to everyone with whom they come into contact. “Let your moderation be known to all men” (Philippians 4:5, KJV; see also 1 Timothy 3:2, 7-8). As the world goes its deceived merry way during the year-end holidays, let’s be thankful for the Truth about the real purpose of life and the guidelines that God has provided to enable His servants to be balanced lights of Christian moderation to a darkened and confused world.

An article of possibly related interest may include Is January 1st a Date for Christians Celebrate?

12/21/08 a.m. Here is the latest update from Dr. Winnail. In it, he mentions his recent travels, LU, an income drop, CNBC refusal, a radio award, world news items, and servant leadership.

Here is one of the world news items:

Big Brother May Be Watching. In Britain,“Since April 1, hundreds of thousands of State employees, from police to teachers, youth and nursery workers, social workers and sports coaches, have been entitled to interrogate children aged up to 19, using the ‘Common Assessment Framework’ (CAF)… [an] eight-page, 60-section questionnaire.” Children, ages 12 and up, can agree to the framework, even if parents do not. “CAF includes eyewateringly intimate questions about children’s sexual behaviour, their family’s structure, culture and religion, their views on ‘discrimination’, their friends, secret fears, feelings and family income, plus ‘any serious difficulties in their parents’ relationship’.” Data will be stored in a central government data base. The Every Child Matters project, behind the assessment framework, “claims that nearly half of Britain’s 11 million children have ‘additional needs’, so must continuously be assessed for the [government’s] giant database...” Personal family information will apparently help the government better meet children’s needs than can their own families. According to the Daily Mail, “The Government’s decreed desirable ‘outcomes’ for children are so frighteningly broad that many decent parents could find themselves labeled failures or abusers.” A Huddersfield University professor recently warned regarding the new legislation, “What we are witnessing is the emergence of the ‘preventive-surveillance state’, with ‘major implications for the civil liberties and human rights of the citizen, particularly for children and parents” (Daily Mail, December 7, 2008). God warned of a future when the Israelite-descended nations would face unprecedented cursings for rejecting Him. He noted that “You shall beget sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours; for they shall go into captivity” (Deuteronomy 28:41). The recent creation of this state database may be one more way in which God’s prophesied cursings will come on Israel.

12/20/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka wrote:

Zimbabwe’s nightmare … a lesson for us

Not too many years ago, Zimbabwe was a flourishing nation and a net food exporter.  In the capital of Harare, educated businessmen and businesswomen sent their children to private schools.  The government was stable.  Crime was low.  People had hope.  Zimbabwe’s cities were similar in size and infrastructure to cities in Europe and America.

Today, however, Zimbabwe is falling into chaos.  Its cities and towns are becoming strewn with refuse, violence is skyrocketing and schools and hospitals are abandoned.  The military is feared by the local population which reports murders, abductions, and imprisonment for possessing foreign currency (BBCNews, December 10, 2008).  Half-dead cholera victims wander the streets – victims of unsanitary drinking water, the result of an economic and an infrastructure breakdownClick here to read more.

12/18/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka wrote:

Good friends are precious, and a Christian should have many good friends.  Often what is most cherished in someone’s life will ultimately not be ones possessions or physical accomplishments, but will be the good friends one has made. 

In the summer of 1811, aged, ill, and reflecting upon his own life, Thomas Jefferson wrote to one of his good friends.  He was very thankful for their friendship.  He wrote in his letter, “I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man’s milk and restorative cordial.”

Jefferson understood that friendship is good.  It is strengthening and healing.  It grows stronger and better over time.  Good friendship is also very important to God.  He wants us to become His friends, and has shown us how

Jesus said that if we do whatever He commands, then we are not servants (or “slaves”), but we are His friends, and we have a special relationship with Him (John 15:14-15). Click here to read more.

12/16/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's James Sweat wrote:

Commentary: Learning lessons - the hard way!

It was an especially hot summer day growing up in rural Tennessee!  Relief from the heat was nowhere to be found - unless we disobeyed my mother's direct command, "Do not go swimming in that nasty cow pond!"   Boys will be boys, the saying goes, as five brothers formulated a resourceful and cunning plan to go swimming without getting caught. Click here to read more.

12/14/08 a.m. Here is the latest update from Dibar Apartian. In it, he mentions that the January-February 2009 print run for the TW magazine will be 418,000, UK, LU registration available now (go to, income being up, a new radio station in Argentina, Family Weekend activities, world news items, and repentence.

Here is one of the world news items:

Culture Clash Coming in Europe. “Europe is heading towards a major cultural clash with an ever-growing Muslim population that does not want to adopt European culture, former Mossad chief Ephraim Halevy said Monday… [Mr. Halevy continued] More and more we see that Muslims [living in Europe] are not interested in adapting to the local European culture but seek to live by their own way of life within the European framework.” Mr. Halevy added that by 2050, the nations in Europe as well as Russia could be 50% Muslim. And because of Muslims’ refusal to integrate, they will impact society and politics in a major way (Jerusalem Post, December 1, 2008). Daniel 11 describes a struggle between the kings of the North and South, which Muslim immigration may impact. Additionally, God warned the Israelite-descended nations (many of whom exist as European nations) that, because of their disobedience, “those who hate you shall reign over you” (Leviticus 26:17). God also warned that “the alien who is among you will rise higher and higher…” (Deuteronomy 28:43). Interestingly, Britain is now considering allowing certain aspects of Islamic law, in place of British law, for Muslim immigrants (Jerusalem Post, December 1, 2008). 

Articles of possibly related interest may include:

Is There A Future King of the South? Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? What does the Bible say?
The Arab World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam?

Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies point to the same leader? Should he be followed? Who will be the King of the North discussed in Daniel 11? Is a nuclear attack prophesied to happen to the English-speaking peoples of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand? When do the 1335 days, 1290 days, and 1260 days (the time, times, and half a time) of Daniel 12 begin? When does the Bible show that economic collapse will affect the United States?
Europa, the Beast, and Revelation Where did Europe get its name? What might Europe have to do with the Book of Revelation? What about "the Beast"? What is ahead for Europe?

12/13/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Dan Hall wrote:

Commentary: The power to change

President Elect Barack Obama campaigned on the platform of change.  Throughout the year he spoke at hundreds of rallies across the country, promoting his ideas for a better tomorrow and launching his goals for change to the American people. Click here to read more.

Items of possibly related interest may include:

2008 & Change God Approves My comments on the campaign slogans of Barack Obama and John McCain.
Prophecies of Barack Obama? Are there biblical and non-biblical prophecies about Barack Obama. Did Nostradamus predict Barack Obama dealing with the Antichrist?  Might Barack Obama set the stage for the kings of the North and South as at least one Shiite prophecy suggests.
Barack Obama, Prophecy, and the Destruction of the United States Some claim that Barack Obama is the prophesied “son of Kenya”, based up an early 20th century writing.
Barack Obama in Islamic Prophecy? There is actually a 17th century Shiite prophecy that some believe that Barack Obama will fulfill that will lead to a rising up of Islam.
Barack Obama Carries Hindu Monkey God Although there are some strange and false stories about Barack Obama, this one seems to be true.


12/11/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wallace Smith wrote:

Commentary: If only more Americans still thought this way

An item caught my eye in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's front page on December 5th.  It was an article on Iraqis and Afghans who have recently moved to the United States.  While some have faced hardship here, they love their adopted country.  (For all America's faults - and perhaps because of some of them - it is still a country that many dream of coming to.) Click here to read more.

12/09/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka began with:

Commentary: A chicken in every pot?

Eighty years ago, President Herbert Hoover famously promised, "A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage" if elected.  On the 80th anniversary of that promise, what is our ability to fulfill that pledge for the average American? Click here to read more.

12/07/08 a.m. Here is the latest update from Dibar Apartian. In it, he mentions travels, LU, the next TW, CNBC, a Kansas City regional family weekend, East Africa, world news items, and mistakes.

Here are his comments on mistakes:

We all make mistakes, but we often cover them with excuses. Perhaps we didn’t consider our mistakes to be too serious. Perhaps we misunderstood what we were supposed to be doing. Oftentimes we justify ourselves by putting the blame on someone else. Such reasoning pleases the carnal mind. Blaming others for our own shortcomings is very easy and tempting. We do it at home, we do it at work, we do it in public life, and we sometimes even do it in the Church.

This tendency began with Adam and Eve. Adam blamed Eve, and she blamed the serpent who, actually, is the accuser of God’s people (Revelation 20:10). Throughout the Bible, we can find many such examples. For instance, when Aaron was confronted by Moses for allowing the Israelites to build the golden calf, he put the blame on the people (Exodus 32:22). When King Saul disobeyed God’s order to annihilate the Amalekites, he justified himself by shifting the blame to those under him (1 Samuel 15:21). Esau did not take responsibility for having lost his birthright blessing (Genesis 27:41).

As the end of this age approaches, Satan’s influence is becoming stronger. We must resist him. Instead of blaming each other, we need to grow closer and closer to God. As brethren in Christ, we must work together, hand in hand, without looking for excuses to cover our shortcomings or justifying ourselves. By so doing, we will continue to grow in grace and in knowledge, as the Apostle Peter exhorts us, under God’s inspiration (2 Peter 3:18).

12/06/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka began with:

Commentary: What is ahead for the world's cities?

In 2008, an epochal event passed mostly unnoticed.  For the first time in history, more than 50% of humanity now lives in cities.  What are some issues and some predictions for our growing cities, and for civilization as a whole? Click here to read more.

12/04/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary by LCG's Dan Hall:

Commentary: Black Friday

The day after Thanksgiving has traditionally been the biggest shopping day of the year and the "kickoff" to the holiday shopping frenzy.  "Black Friday," as retailers and businesses alike have dubbed it, is a day that economists predict most companies move from the "red" to the "black," and begin to realize a profit for the year. Click here to read more.

An article that may be of somewhat related interest may be What Does the Catholic Church Teach About Christmas and the Holy Days?

12/02/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary by LCG's Gary Ehman:

Commentary: The Holiday Craze

It's that time of the year when those repeated seasonal refrains about reindeer, mistletoe, holly and little drummer boys bombard us in stores, mall-ways, on radio and TV--along with being hummed, whistled or sung in our ears by just about everyone around us.

Click here to read more.

Two articles of possibly related interest may include:

What Does the Catholic Church Teach About Christmas and the Holy Days? Do you know what the Catholic Church says were the original Christian holy days? Was Christmas among them?
Is There "An Annual Worship Calendar" In the Bible? This paper provides a biblical and historical critique of several articles, including one by WCG which states that this should be a local decision. What do the Holy Days mean? Also you can click here for the calendar of Holy Days.

11/30/08 a.m. Here is the latest update from Dr. Winnail. In it, he mentions LU, comments from Dr. Meredith, UK, South Africa, CNBC, Spanish update, a first-time church service in Bern Switzerland, the Caribbean, world new items, and being thankful.

Here is some info in it from Rod King:

You probably have heard by now through The World Ahead that Dr. Meredith has approved a four-week trial of our television program on CNBC (Europe). This is the European cable subsidiary of the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) of America. This is one of the three big networks in the U.S. Its European arm targets the top 20% of income-earners. The footprint covers all of Europe, as far as Russia and the former Soviet satellite countries; Israel and the Gulf States, as well as parts of North Africa. CNBC has a subscription base of 113 million homes, which translates to around 280 million possible viewers. According to Mr. Wayne Pyle, “this could be the biggest door that has ever opened to God’s Work in the end times…. This is not a religious channel, so we can expect to reach a far wider audience than the religious channels we are now on ….” As you can also imagine, we are going to need help with responses, so please pray that God will provide laborers in all of the languages that will respond. By using the English language on our program, we should be able to serve future subscribers with English-language literature.

At the same time, we have a new opportunity in South Africa with a channel called Channel G. This will cost the same as our present channel, with which we have had problems. It has pre-empted (that is overridden) our slot with sport whenever it suited them. Channel G’s viewing audience also has a greater scope.

Tomorrow night [Wednesday, November 25] the Meakins and the Kings will be attending the awards of the Foreign Press Association in London. Prince Charles is the guest of honor and Mr. Meakin will have a chance to meet and talk with him. In the last few years, Mr. Meakin has had the opportunity to make some good contacts in the area of media and other organizations.

It is great to here that more of Europe and southern Africa will get the telecast.

11/29/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wallace Smith wrote:

Commentary: "The view at 30,000 feet"

The business of living life is full of many, many details.  There are project reports to write, looming deadlines to meet, and a coffee spill on your desk that demands your attention.  There are school forms to fill out and permission slips to sign while finishing your children's lunches as you see their school bus pull around the corner. Click here to read more.

11/25/08 p.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka began with:

Napoleon's coronation and its prophetic significance

December 2 is the anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte's coronation as "Holy Roman Emperor."  Was Napoleon just a great conqueror?  Or, was he part of a 2,500-year-old story that weaves its way through Bible history and Bible prophecy and has yet to reach its climactic end? Click here to read more.

11/23/08 a.m. Here is the latest weekly update from Dr. Winnail. In it, he mentions the current economic troubles, a new record response to the telecast, LU, fires, a Caribbean update, a Charlotte winter activity, internet info, world news items, and personal opinions and doctrine.

Here is how the update begins:

The world has certainly entered a very dynamic period with the election of a new President in the United States, financial shockwaves surging around the world and now the major automakers in the USA facing bankruptcy, which could affect more than a million jobs. The “time of Jacob’s trouble” appears to be on the horizon.

And here is it last item:

Children Are their Oppressors. A major English newspaper reports, “There were more than 4,000 suspensions of children aged 5 and under in England last year… Of the 400 suspensions of children aged 2 and 3 from nursery last year, 310 involved accusations of physical assault or threatening behavior against a child or an adult, government figures show.” These children throw chairs, “bite, hit, and shout abuse at teachers.” The British Shadow Education Secretary commented, “[Government] Ministers have eroded teachers’ ability to keep order by restricting their powers to deal with disruptive and violent children.” The General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers observed, “Some of these children seem never to have heard the word no. It’s down to poor parenting” (The Times, November 7, 2008). In today’s society, too many children grow up not knowing their “boundaries” or how to follow the rules and submit to authority. They do not learn right from wrong and are not taught to share and treat others properly. Because parents themselves are not taught how to parent, because children are not taught properly by parents and grandparents (Deuteronomy 4:9, 40), and because the “whole head” of our governmental structures is “sick” (Isaiah 1:5) and fails to reinforce sound principles, we are experiencing the fulfillment of God’s end-time prophecy, “As for my people, children are their oppressors…” (Isaiah 3:12). We need to pray for the fulfillment of another Bible prophecy that tells of a time when the hearts of the fathers and children will turn to each other (Malachi 4:6). Imagine what THAT time will be like!

We are getting near the end of this age. And article discussing the time of Jacob's trouble would be Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel.

11/22/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka began with:

Commentary: Who is right: God or J. Paul Getty?

By 1957, J. Paul Getty had become the wealthiest American and lived in almost unimaginable luxury.  But even Getty's phenomenal wealth seems insignificant when compared to what God has promised us.  Getty would often say, "The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights."  He was only half right!  Getty's life was one of incredible wealth and power, but it is nothing compared to the glory that God has promised His faithful.  Click here to read more.

11/20/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka began with:

Commentary: Iceland's fall and the EU's ascendancy

Iceland is a fantastic, mysterious country located on the fringes of the habitable world where geothermal steam wisps slip through rock and ice fissures to escape into the cold blue sky.  Iceland is one of the most advanced and educated nations on the planet and was fast becoming a world-class financial power - until its economy collapsed.  What are the lessons for us? Click here to read more.

I have been reporting about Iceland for some time on the COG news page, you can click the following to see what I posted on it earlier this week Iceland Apparently Wants EU.

On other matters, LCG also announced:

Just minutes ago we completed the first phase of our major upgrade for Internet video on  We are very happy to announce that the sermons on the Church website are now being streamed at 300kbps.  This is an improvement of 750%. Those viewing the sermon videos from a high speed Internet connection will notice the improvement immediately.  The sermons are also available as mp3 audio files for those on a dial-up connection to the Internet.  The vast online sermon library is also being upgraded, although that will take a while longer. 
Stay tuned for further developments as there are other upgrades to be announced shortly.

11/18/08 a.m. Here is the introduction to the latest commentary from LCG's Dr. Fall:

Commentary: Mythology of Divorce

Most people who divorce come to the conclusion that they were simply terribly unlucky in getting stuck with the wrong person. There is much to be said about being wise and choosing the right person to commit one's life to. Click here to read more.

Dr. Fall also wrote a booklet for LCG titled Successful Parenting: God's Way.

11/16/08 a.m. Here is the latest weekly update from Dr. Winnail with an introduction from Dr. Meredith. In it, the Council of Elders' meeting was discussed, public Bible lectures were mentioned, succession plans were discussed, the fact that LCG now has over 300 congregations is mentioned, telecast records were mentioned, world news items were included, as were comments on working together.

Since some have asked about succession in LCG should Dr. Meredith be unable to continue as Presiding Evangelist, I thought that I would report here what he wrote about it:

One of the issues we discussed that the Council and I felt we needed to review with everyone was the procedure that has been in place in case the Presiding Evangelist becomes incapacitated through some infirmity or death or becomes disqualified to serve in the office. We addressed this issue because of questions that we have received. If the Presiding Evangelist appoints a successor, he will inform the Council of his decision and no further action will be required. In the absence of an appointed successor, the Council of Elders will convene, and after prayer and fasting, will seek God’s guidance to discern who He wants to be the successor to the Presiding Evangelist—based on the fruits of God’s Spirit that are obvious in the life of the person designated to be the next Presiding Evangelist.

Hopefully, this answers peoples' questions. The above is the way I had long understood LCG would handle this.

Here is one of the more shocking world news items:

Homosexual Rampage at Michigan Church. “Worshippers at a Bible-teaching [Protestant] church in Lansing, Mich., were stunned Sunday [November 9] when members of a pro-homosexual, pro-anarchy organization named Bash Back interrupted their service to fling propaganda and… [prophylactics] around the sanctuary, drape a profane banner from the balcony and feature two lesbians making out at the pulpit.” One town newspaper was contacted ahead of time and provided a reporter, but chose not to notify the church of the demonstration. Members of the gay activist group marched down aisles shouting profanities. They pushed and shoved church members in attempt to get them to “push back.” The demonstration quickly broke up when the sheriff arrived. A statement on Bash Back’s website read, after the event, “Let it be known: So long as bigots kill us in the streets, this pack of wolves will continue to BASH BACK!” (, November 11, 2008). Difficult times are coming for those who hold fast to God’s teachings. God warned the modern Israelite-descended nations, “The way of peace they have not known, and there is no justice in their ways; they have made themselves crooked paths; whoever takes that way shall not know peace” (Isaiah 59:1-8). However, there is a way to peace, and that way is spelled out in the laws of God (Psalm 119:165).

11/15/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wallace Smith wrote:

Commentary: The "Spiritual Front"

The world held its breath last November 4 as the most powerful nation on earth elected its new president.  At the selection of Senator Barack Obama, there was much celebration, both in the U. S. and abroad. Click here to read more.

A couple of articles of possibly related interest that come to mind may include:

Barack Obama, Prophecy, and the Destruction of the United States Some claim that Barack Obama is the prophesied "son of Kenya", based up an early 20th century writing.
Barak Obama in Islamic Prophecy? There is actually a 17th century Shiite prophecy that some believe that Barack Obama will fulfill that will lead to a rising up of Islam.

11/13/08 a.m. Here is the introduction to the latest commentary from LCG's Dr. Winnail:

Commentary: The Way to Peace

The search for peace is a major concern in the world today. People pray for peace. They light candles for peace. They march in the streets and stage demonstrations to promote peace and prevent war. Yet, strife, violence and war continue. Is there a reason? Why have the concerted efforts of intelligent human beings for more than a century failed to find a lasting peace between nations and peoples? Click here to read more.

An article of possibly related interest may include Military Service and the Churches of God: Do Real Christians Participate in Carnal Warfare?

11/11/08 a.m. Here is the introduction to the latest commentary from LCG's Davy Crockett:

Commentary: The poor

The campaign rhetoric in the United States had much to say about the "poor." This word is rather vague and has various definitions, depending upon the perspective of the person using the term. Like the word "rich" it means different things to different people or groups. Poverty, like beauty, tends to be in the eye of the beholder. Click here to read more.

11/09/08 a.m. Here is the latest update from Dr. Winnail. In it, he mentions the US election, the upcoming Council of Elders' meeting, regional issues, updates from Florida & Thailand, that Holy Day offerings were up 13.2% over last year, total income is up 8.7% over last year, world news items, and Christian fellowship.

Here are the comments related to Christian fellowship:

The Key to Christian Fellowship: Fellowship involves communication, companionship, participation and the mutual sharing of common interests and activities. The Bible reveals that the foundation of our fellowship in God’s Church involves our common belief in the Gospel preached by Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:5; Mark 1:14-15), repenting, receiving and using God’s Spirit (Philippians 2:1) and sharing the trials and sufferings experienced by Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:10). Our fellowship also includes participation in the activities of the Church as fellow workers (Colossians 4:11), fellow servants (Colossians 1:7; 4:7) and fellow soldiers (Philippians 2:25). However, the real key to fellowship in the Church of God means having “no fellowship” with the unfruitful ways of this world (Ephesians 5:11), and developing a closer relationship with God, with Jesus Christ and with each other (1 John 1:3, 6, 7). God’s weekly Sabbath is designed to make this possible.

11/08/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka began with:

Commentary: Harvesting humans

Your Bible and the Catholic church do not often agree.  However, on the issues of human harvesting and human embryonic cloning, the rest of us should be just as appalled as are many Catholic leaders.
 Click here to read more.

Interestingly, there are many early doctrines that both the Living Church of God and the Church of Rome agreed upon, but that the Church of Rome later changed. This is documented in the article Which Is Faithful: The Roman Catholic Church or the Living Church of God?

11/05/08 p.m. Here is the introduction to the latest commentary from LCG's William Bowmer:

Commentary: "Change We Can Believe In"

A historic election season in the United States has come to a close, and the nation has selected a new leader who energized the hopes and dreams of millions with his vision for America, epitomized in his slogan: "Change We Can Believe In." Click here to read more.

Some articles of related interest may include:

Barack Obama, Prophecy, and the Destruction of the United States Some claim that Barack Obama is the prophesied "son of Kenya".
Should a Christian Vote? This article gives some of the Biblical rationale on this subject. Would Jesus vote for president? Is voting in the Bible? This is a subject Christians need to understand.
Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2009, 2010, or 2011? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord?

11/02/08 a.m. Here is the latest update from Dr. Winnail. In it, he mentions Dr. Meredith is now able to go back to the office on a limited basis, the upcoming COE meetings, FOT reports, that Holy Day offerings were up over last year and over budget, that the construction work on the renovation of our newly-acquired building that will house our television production crew is progressing rapidly, world news items, and God's plan.

Here is the part on God's plan:

God’s Great Plan on Earth: Many professing Christians assume that God’s purpose is simply to get people to believe in Jesus so they can go to heaven. However, the Scriptures and the history of the early Church reveal something quite different! God told Isaiah, “My counsel [plan, purpose] shall stand” (Isaiah 46:10). The Apostle Paul proclaimed the “whole counsel [plan, purpose] of God” during his ministry (Acts 20:27). Paul also explained that Christians are called to be part of God’s great plan, “being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel [plan, purpose] of His will” (Ephesians 1:3-11). Paul reveals that this “eternal purpose” is a “mystery” that has been “hidden” from this world, but has been revealed to God’s Church (Ephesians 3:8-11). The plan of God is outlined in the biblical Holy Days that we are commanded to observe every year to help us remember God’s great plan of salvation for all mankind. We must never forget that it is God’s Spirit that enables Christians to understand His plan and purpose (see John 14:15-17, 26; 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2), and that God gives His Spirit to those who obey Him (Acts 5:32). Let’s rejoice, be thankful and nourish that Spirit during the coming year so we can grow and be ready to rule with Jesus Christ to usher in the coming Kingdom of God.

An article of related interest may include Is There "An Annual Worship Calendar" In the Bible?

11/01/08 a.m. Here is the introduction to the latest commentary from LCG's Davy Crockett:

Commentary: A handful with quietness

Tired of politics? Sick of the political commercials attacking the other candidate or party? Had enough of the sarcasm, innuendo, half truths and spin?  Fed up with the endless analysis by the talking heads on the networks and cable channels?  You are not alone!  Most Americans have endured enough of this seemingly endless campaign for the nation's highest office and the myriad of other national, state and local races. Click here to read more.

Speaking of politics, an article of related interest may be Should a Christian Vote?

10/28/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka wrote:

Is the space-race over?

What does the future hold for the United States’ space program?  Will our children and grandchildren explore planets and moons beyond our solar system?  The answer may surprise you...

Budget constraints are now forcing NASA to plan more than 8000 job cuts and retire its aging space shuttle fleet years before the agency has an alternate transport vehicle in place.  So, how do we intend to put astronauts and payload into space? 

Planners now intend to rely “entirely upon Russian Soyuz capsules and rockets to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station for half a decade.”  Director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University noted, “It is our fault for not having a replacement for the shuttle much earlier than Orion will be available. It puts Russia in a very powerful position” (, August 14, 2008). 

What an embarrassment for the once-mighty US space program!  And, how long can we depend on friendly support from Russia, China or others to transport our astronauts and our payloads into space?  Click here to read more.

It may even be more embarrassing than that. The reality is that the EU is launching its own alternative to the US GPS system (called Galileo) and with its Large Hadron Collider, Europe and not the USA will become predominant in space prior to the mid-21st century.

! 10/27/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Dylan King wrote:

It’s a “scream,” but is it good?

Does the thought of being chased by demons through a maze of death and destruction sound like a good time to you? Every year around this time, tens of thousands across America pay good money to experience an illusory world of magic, demonic spirits, and the occult, and this experience takes place in many of our most beloved “family” theme parks. Are these scare-festivals innocent family fun, or are they a tactic used to influence young minds against the true God of the Bible? Click here to read more.

An article of related interest may include: Is Halloween Holy Time for Christians?

10/11/08 a.m. The Feast of Tabernacles begins in a few days (Monday evening at sunset). Like Jesus and the Apostle Paul, active members of the Living Church of God who are able will be attending feast sites in over 40 different locations around the world.

The Feast of Tabernacles pictures (for more information, please see The Feast of Tabernacles: A Time for Christians?) the millennial reign of Christ (for more information, please see Did The Early Church Teach Millenarianism?) and is part of God's plan of salvation as revealed through His annual Holy Days (for more information please see Is There "An Annual Worship Calendar" In the Bible?).

To learn about the locations of the Feast of Tabernacles this year, please go to the LCG 2008 Feast of Tabernacles' Information page.

On other matters, in his latest commentary, LCG's Rod King wrote:

The world’s grain supply is shrinking.  There used to be a three-month reserve but this has dropped to a critical eight week supply.  The price of rice, which is the staple grain for most Asians and many Africans, has been climbing higher, leaving millions of people facing the specter of famine. Click here to read more.

10/09/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka wrote:

Life may not be as pleasant, but you can survive without your 401K.  A healthy person can even survive for weeks without food.  But without water, the average person will go into shock and die within days.

The harsh reality is that the financial crisis capturing today’s worldwide headlines will seem irrelevant in the years ahead if there is not a massive change in global precipitation.

In many places, the earth is suffering from severe drought that is unprecedented in modern history.  And while most people in “wealthy nations” fail to understand the severity, food prices are already noticeably rising because of this very real crisis.  From Italy to China to New Zealand, global drought is a dire problem, but a quick review of just four regions will paint the desperate picture.

Australia:  Seven years into an “epic drought,” Australia is suffering catastrophic environmental damage...

Israel:  The Sea of Galilee (which provides 27% of Israel’s water) and Israel’s coastal and mountain aquifers (each providing 20%) are at crisis levels and getting worse (, July 3, 2008)...

Argentina:  This summer, Argentina saw more than 700,000 livestock and vast amounts of crops perish from severe drought (Mercopress, October 7, 2008)...

United States:  The climate prediction agency, NOAA, reports for October 2 through December 2008 that the recent hurricanes did little to alleviate drought conditions in the most severely afflicted areas...Click here to read more.

Two articles of possibly related interest may include Mexico, Central America, South America, and Brazil in Prophecy and Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel.

10/08/08 a.m. Last night, LCG's Richard Ames reported:

Tuesday is the day the Executive Team usually has lunch with Dr. Meredith in his office to discuss Church business and to update him on various projects.

Even though he is still recovering from his recent stroke, he was able to come in to the office for the luncheon today and conduct our meeting. Dr. Meredith was in good spirits and enjoyed hearing what has been going on in his absence, while offering his guidance and comments on the various reports that were presented. He did ask that we continue to pray for his complete recovery, since his progress is going much slower than he would like. His mental acuity is fine, but he is physically weak, and becomes fatigued easily. He is eager to get back to work and to serve with full vigor at the helm of the Church.

In the meantime, the Work is going well, with outstanding responses to the Tomorrow’s World television program. We can also report increased attendance in the USA and Canada, but attendance figures are incomplete for other international areas at this writing.

Encouragingly, even in this uncertain economic climate, God’s people have responded to the needs of His Work, and as a result we are slightly ahead of budget for the Holy Day offering for Trumpets and regular income, year to date.

Have a wonderful Day of Atonement and an inspiring and bountiful Feast of Tabernacles.

Richard Ames

10/07/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka wrote:

Commentary: American capitalism has failed. What next?

World leaders have often been at odds with the USA lately, but as America continues to be the epicenter of a global financial meltdown, the language is becoming increasingly hostile...and prophetically meaningful. It is very interesting from a Biblical perspective that not only the USA, but "the Anglo-Saxon" peoples are being derided for the recent financial catastrophe and its rippling international consequences. Click here to read more.

An article of related interest may be Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel.

10/05/08 a.m. Here is the latest update from LCG's Dibar Apartian. In it, he mentions the Feast of Trumpets, Atonement, Dr. Winnail in the Caribbean, a Canadian update, a public Bible lecture in Haiti, GOTS, public lectures, world news items, and how the Feast of Trumpets could be called the Feast of Overcomers.

Here is one of the world news items:

Pride of Your Power Will Be Broken. “The US will lose its status as the superpower of the world financial system. This world will become multi­polar” with the emergence of stronger, better capitalized centers in Asia and Europe, Mr. Steinbrück (the German Finance Minister) told the German parliament. “The world will never be the same again” (The Financial Times, September 25, 2008). “‘Absurd, absurd, absurd,’ said one German diplomat [following President Bush’s recent address to the UN General Assembly]. A French woman called him ‘yesterday’s man’ over coffee… There is another way to put it, too: Bush was a laughing stock in the gray corridors of the UN... But the ridicule was a new thing. It marked the end of respect… A new America is on display, a country that no longer trusts its old values and its elites even less: the politicians, who failed to see the problems on the horizon, and the economic leaders, who tried to sell a fictitious world of prosperity to Americans… The Americans are now paying the price for their pride” (Der Spiegel, September 30, 2008). In the wake of the U.S.-induced global financial crisis and other powerful geopolitics, the above comments ring powerfully of God’s warning to the Israelite-descended nations. Addressing the result of Israel turning their back on God, He warned, “I will break the pride of your power…” (Leviticus 26:19). We are now witnessing the powerful reality of this sobering prophecy develop.

An article of related interest may be Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel.

10/04/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Rod King wrote:

Commentary: A gentle bull?

Buried in the British press this week, amongst the stories of the global financial tsunami, comes one of a new ID card that is being stealthily introduced. It has all the makings of yet one more directive from Brussels to the British government. What does it portend for an uninformed British public? Will it be another step toward a totalitarian European federal super-state?

The British public is still mainly oblivious to what Brussels is up to.  The ID card is being issued initially to some non-British citizens who want to stay in the country.  Home Affairs minister Jacqui Smith has played down the fact that there is no Union Jack or recognizable British icon other than the coat of arms to be found.  There is, however, a symbol used that is being seen more and more on European Union documents.

What is the symbol and what does it mean?

The motif of a bull moving forward amidst five stars of the European Union harks back to the ancient Greek myth of Europa.  This romantic story has it that a lovely young Phoenician princess is seduced by Zeus, who has manifested himself as a bull.  “Uncommonly gentle, the bull inspired no fear.  Decking its horns with flowers, Europa climbed upon its back, whereupon the bull – Zeus – took off at a trot and dived into the sea.” (European Union Law, Chalmers et al., Cambridge University Press, page vii). Click here for the entire commentary.

For more on Europe and the Beast, please see the article Europa, the Beast, and the Book of Revelation.

10/02/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wallace Smith wrote:

Commentary: Economic crisis, leadership, and prophecy

The ongoing economic drama playing out in America is fascinating, but only in the way that one might find a train wreck fascinating.

On our television screens we see politicians who supported allowing families who were not credit worthy to get large loans, who supported light regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and who turned a blind eye to the outrageous compensation... Click here to read more.

09/30/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka wrote:

The Large Hadron Collider will not destroy the earth

Buried more than 150 feet below the Swiss and French countryside, on September 10 a monstrous machine rumbled to life.  This is the world's biggest and most advanced scientific instrument, supported by more than eight thousand physicists from over eighty-five countries.  It is also a machine that some scientists fear may destroy the world. Click here to read more.

Three related news posts would include September 10th is Not the End of the World, Why Prophecy? Because the World Will NOT End Next Week, and LHC, Ronald Weinland, James Malm, and the End.

09/28/08 a.m. Here is the latest update from Dr. Winnail. In it, there is a letter from Dr. Meredith, an annoucement that John Meakin is now with LCG and will be serving as area pastor for southern England, information on the Dutch work, some FOT announcements, world news items, and being together on the Sabbath.

Here is some of what Dr. Meredith wrote in the update:

Thank you all again for your prayers, encouragement and support during this time of recuperation from my stroke. I deeply appreciate the various letters and cards I am beginning to receive, and I am so thankful that God’s people are so loyal and enthusiastic about the Work. For we have a fine team of dedicated men and women here at HQ and around the world to carry on the Work. So, with or without me, Christ’s Work will continue as we sincerely strive to obey Him and walk with Him...

I will continue to try to “push” myself as best I can, and I hope all of us will do this in the right way so that we may let God know where we truly stand. May He continue to guide and bless each of you as you walk with Him. I deeply thank you for your response and for your prayers and support. May God bless and guide you and the entire Church over this coming Holy Day season.

While I strive to have all the relevant FOT announcements in the article LCG 2008 Feast of Tabernacles' Information, one that perhaps should be mentioned here is the following as it is a significant change:

Opening Night Services Change: So many of you have made plans to attend the Feast of Tabernacles in Branson that we have had to change the venue of Opening Night services!  Instead of the Radisson, the Opening Night service on Monday, October 13, will be at 7:00 p.m. at the Starlite Theatre.  The address is 3115 W Hwy 76, Branson, Missouri 65616.  More information can be found at the Branson Festival website,  Please note that we will be very crowded on Opening Night and parking space will be at a premium. Therefore, plan to carpool if you can.  

 The above and other updates are included in the article LCG 2008 Feast of Tabernacles' Information.

09/27/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka wrote:

Commentary: Israel's next Prime Minister

What does the 2008 Israeli Prime Minster contest have to do with a 2500 year-old prophecy? Who is Ms. Tzipi Livni? And, what are the real prospects for middle east peace, whether led by Ms. Livni, Ehud Barak, former general Shaul Mofaz, Benjamin Netanyahu or others who wish to lead Israel into 2009? Click here to read more.

A news post of related interest (which also has Tzipi Livni's photo) is would be Might Israel and the USA Get Women Leaders?

09/25/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka wrote:

Commentary: Relax. Enjoy yourself.

Every day brought new rumors. Soldiers had become more active, and the night before bricks had mysteriously disappeared from many abandoned buildings. And now, people were saying a wall would soon be built. Fearing the worst, Hasso pleaded with his friend that they should escape the city. His friend, skeptical of the rumors, encouraged Hasso to "Relax. Enjoy yourself." Hasso had recently won a state swim tournament. Why should he not "enjoy himself?" Click here to read more.

09/24/08 a.m. LCG's Dr. Meredith reported:

Dear Fellow Ministers and Brethren,

           I want you all to know that I suffered a mild stoke this past Friday night, September 19. I decided to have my son and my wife take me to the hospital as I was feeling unbalanced and my left leg felt wobbly.

          After an extensive series of tests, and a MRI, the neurosurgeons said that I had suffered a “mild stroke,” but should be okay within a few weeks. But everyone said I should “take it easy” for a few months, and not push myself as I am used to doing. And we are concerned that I may not be able to preach for a few months—though I hope to go to the Feast and at least make a few announcements. I know that God is in charge and that He will be with me if I do my part.

          So, brethren, I will really appreciate your prayers. My wife is much better and your prayers for her have been heard! However, please do not send me any flowers as I would rather you use any extra money to increase your offerings for the Work of Christ. Many new “doors” to preach the Gospel are now opening and I hope with all my heart that all of us will increase our offerings this fall Holy Day season. Let us all be generous with the Work of God and—in every way—follow the Apostle Paul’s instruction, “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).

          Thank you, brethren, in advance, for your prayers and for your part in the very Work of our Savior and living Head—Jesus Christ! We must always remember that this is His Work, not ours. And in spite of all these trials and tests along the way, in the end, “We win!” May God bless you and inspire you as you prepare for His Holy Days!

With Christian love,

Roderick C. Meredith

When Dr. Meredith and I spoke late on Friday, we discussed the mini-stroke, and it was officially diagnosed a bit later by the MDs. He should recover fine. I also spoke to Richard Ames on this two days ago as well.

Additionally, I should also add that later Dr. Meredith also wrote the following:

I am sure that I will be fit for service in a week or two or three.

However, in the mean time, after consulting with the Council of Elders and Board I am designating Mr. Richard Ames as acting CEO. He should make all necessary decisions in the operation of the office and the Work as a whole—in consultation with Messrs. Winnail, Apartian, Crockett and others. I ask all of you to give him your full support and prayers.

For more details, visit the COG News page. I am not expecting any major issues with the fact that Dr. Meredith is recovering and will probably simply be taking a few weeks off.

09/23/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Rod King wrote:

Commentary: A bulge in a high wall

The third week of September 2008 may well prove to have been the axis of the shift from an American/Anglo centre of world financial influence to one centred on the sovereign funds of the Middle East and China. New powers are rising around the world. A resurgent Russia and a dynamic India are vying with Europe and China for their "place in the sun." Click here to read more.

In the news yesterday, the Germany's Angela Merkel told the USA that if it had rules like her country, that it would not be in the mess it now is. The world is changing and although many outside LCG believe that China will be the world's leader, those of us who follow biblical prophecy realize that it will be Europe.

Four articles of possibly related interest may include:

Europa, the Beast, and the Book of Revelation discusses the largest church since the second/third century, which in a real sense is the eighth church mentioned in the Book of Revelation (it also endorses "eighth day" worship). What church would support the Beast?
Asia in Prophecy What is Ahead for China? Is it a "King of the East"? What will happen to nearly all the Chinese, Russians, and others of Asia? China in prophecy, where?
Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, British, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo-Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first?
Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies point to the same leader? Should he be followed? Who will be the King of the North discussed in Daniel 11? Is a nuclear attack prophesied to happen to the English-speaking peoples of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand? When do the 1335 days, 1290 days, and 1260 days (the time, times, and half a time) of Daniel 12 begin? When does the Bible show that economic collapse will affect the United States?

09/21/08 a.m. Here is the latest update from Dr. Winnail. In it, he mentions Hurricanes Ike and Gustav, Mrs. Meredith, need for ministers, a UK/African update, Kansas City Regional weekend, the FOT, world news item, and that perils test our faith.

Related to Sheryl Meredith, perhaps I should mention that I spoke with Dr. and Mrs. Meredith on the telephone Friday evening. Mrs. Meredith sounded great and seems to have handled the experiences of the past two weeks extraordinarily well. Also, (and now that this was made public on 9/22/08, I will include this here), Dr. Meredith mentioned his "mini-stroke" from which he is expected to recover quite well.

Here is one of the FOT announcements:

As of this writing (12:01 p.m. and 16 seconds today), the Feast is only 25 days, 6 hours, 58 minutes, and 44 seconds away!  As a reminder, Opening Night services begin at 7:00 p.m., at most Feast sites, on October 13 (see the MyLCG website or contact your Festival Coordinator to confirm the starting time at your Feast site).  Everyone is encouraged to attend Opening Night services to hear Mr. Meredith’s Opening Night message.  Please remember, sunset on October 13 begins a High Holy Day.  Make your travel plans accordingly.

The other FOT announcements are included in the article LCG 2008 Feast of Tabernacles' Information

09/20/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary from LCG's Davy Crockett:

Commentary: Picking up the pieces

As one who has walked through the aftermath of many disasters - having represented insurance companies for decades as a claims adjuster - my attention was really grabbed by the pictures of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ike, and other recent storms.
Click here to read more.

09/18/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka wrote:

Commentary: Category 5 hits Wall Street

While we prayed for God's protection for those being battered by Hurricane Ike, another storm was tearing through Wall Street the weekend of September 13-14.  And, while the full impact will not be understood for months, there is no doubt that a devastating financial hurricane ripped through the heart of US financial systems that weekend. Click here to read more.

World markets are also affected as Russia halted trading on its stock market today, yesterday, and the day before. The long-term outlook for the US economy is not good. See also Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel

09/16/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary from LCG's Rod King:

Commentary: Genocide

Last week I was in Kenya.  The troubles and violence of January 2008 have subsided since the opposing political parties stitched together a workable compromise in the Parliament.  A sense of national unity has arisen out of the shame of the six weeks of mayhem that took place early in 2008.  Every day Kenyans are still recovering from the shock that such naked violence could happen in their land.  Click here to read more.

Additional information on Africa can also be found in the article Africa: Its Biblical Past and Prophesied Future

09/14/08 a.m. Here is the latest update from Dr. Winnail. In it, he mentions Hurricanes, Sarah Palin, John Strain, Living Leadership. LU, Rod King's travels, Sheryl Meredith, Haiti, Jamaica, FOT activities updates, record telecast responses, world news items, and why we should pay attention to prophecy.

The FOT updates (and I believe pretty much all of them) are included in the regularly updated article LCG 2008 Feast of Tabernacles' Information.

Here two of the Caribbean items:

News from Haiti 

Mr. Jove Jean-Pierre, our deacon in Haiti, reports concerning the state of our brethren there after the ravaging passage of Hurricane Ike, “We are still in hurricane season and our country has gone through difficult times in the last few days. But God protected His people throughout Haiti and none of us were affected, directly or indirectly.” 

Jamaica Update 

Dr. Scott Winnail, Jamaica co-Pastor, visited that island from September 5 through 8. There were 77 people in attendance for combined Sabbath services in Kingston on September 6. During his visit, Dr. Winnail conducted a Living Leadership Course lesson, gave a songleading and sermonette workshop and visited new prospective members. He wrote, “This was my best trip yet. Everyone was very positive and upbeat. Feast fever has now set in, with much of the congregation involved in FOT preparations and serving in FOT activities….”

09/13/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary from LCG's Wallace Smith:

Commentary: So, did I miss the end of the world?

If you are reading this commentary, it means that the world did not end on September 10, 2008.  Why that date?  It's the day that European Organization for Nuclear Research switched on the Large Hadron Collider under the border of France and Switzerland.

Click here to read more.

For a related story, see what I posted about the Large Hadron Colloider on September 9th called September 10th is Not the End of the World.

09/12/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary from LCG's Wallace Smith:

Commentary: Have we learned the wrong lessons from 9/11?

Another September 11 anniversary has come and gone. It is a day when our country cannot help but recall the horrific attack we suffered seven years ago. As we all surrounded our television screens watching smoke pouring out of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon in attacks that eventually cost some 3,000 lives, we came to the realization that something had changed. Click here to read more.

On other matters, I would like to make a few comments indirectly related to yesterday's post about Sheryl Meredith.

Over the years I have had communications with some who were part of the late Herbert W. Armstrong's entourage. Because of his travels and his advancing age, Herbert W. Armstrong had and needed a fair amount of people assisting him in his travels. After he died, his "successor" Joseph Tkach, Sr. had an entourage of his own.

Over 13 years ago, I was invited by Joseph Tkach, Sr. to meet with him in his Pasadena home (which presumably was owned then by the WCG). He, too, had an entourage, but it was not that clear to me why he needed one as he was not as aged as Herbert W. Armstrong had been, nor was he traveling and necessarily needing one. The entourage seemed to be a bit pretentious to me.

This contrasts with my first meeting with Dr. and Mrs. Meredith. We met them at the Feast of Tabernacles in Fiji nearly two decades ago. They were unpretentious. About a year after my meeting with Joseph Tkach, I ran into Roderick Meredith at a GCG church service in Southern California.

As GCG president, he had no entourage--but most of the time I met him at some type of church service, his wife Sheryl was with him. And his lack of an entourage has been true all the times that I have met with him since (though a few of those times I was in meetings with him and several of the other LCG evangelists some of times I have met with him in Charlotte, NC). Dr. and Mrs. Meredith both have always been friendly and willing to help the work.

Because Dr. Meredith has a high priority on proclaiming the gospel and is cautious about spending the tithes that LCG receives, he simply does not spend them to have an entourage around him. But that does not mean that at 78 years of age he does not ever need any assistance. But he does have assistance, and that is his wife Sheryl.

Sheryl Meredith has tended to mainly work behind the scenes at both the old GCG and the current LCG. And while she does not go to work in Charlotte everyday like her husband does, she does meet with many who do visit Charlotte. And when Dr. Meredith needs to travel (which is relatively frequently) she is his "entourage". She helps take care of many of the details that are necessary for this portion of LCG to work (and other portions as well).

Sheryl Meredith has a more vital part in the work of LCG than most people probably realize. And as Dr. Meredith announced (see post below), she needs our prayers now.

09/11/08 a.m. Dr. Meredith announced:

Dear fellow servants at Headquarters,

I want to tell you that my wife, Sheryl, has come down again with breast cancer. She has been checked and diagnosed thoroughly and an operation is scheduled for this Friday at 2:00 pm. We do not know the extent the surgery will take, but will ask all of you to pray that God would heal her ahead of time—according to His will—or at the very least guide the hands of the surgeon and protect her life through the operation. I love her and need her very much and will deeply appreciate your prayers for her in every way at this time. It is certainly okay to tell others about it now—as everyone’s prayers will be deeply appreciated. Thank you very much.

09/10/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary from LCG's James Sweat:

Commentary: Gloom, despair, and agony on me!

I remember sitting with my family being entertained by the Hee-Haw gang as they sang in quartet - fashioned in hillbilly garb, bordered by moonshine jugs and a miserable countenance - "Gloom, Despair, and Agony on Me!"  The song was hilarious back then, as its singers depicted in "deep dark depression, excessive misery" and of course without bad luck, they'd have no luck at all!
Click here to read more.

09/07/08 a.m. Here is the latest update from Dr. Winnail. In it, he mentions meetings, hurricanes, Sunset Beach FOT activities, world news items, and asks, "What Does God Require?"

Here is one of the world news items:

Strong Words from Russia. European leaders met Monday to decide on their future relationship with Russia. The meeting adjourned with member states suspending future meetings with Russia until it pulls out of Georgia. In reaction to the meeting, Russia issued a number of deep-meaning comments. “The EU is not in a position to throw Russia out of anywhere,” Russia’s ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, told Reuters, describing any attempt to isolate Russia as “short-sighted and unrealistic” (EU Observer, September 1, 2008).  “Russia does not want confrontation with any country. Russia does not plan to isolate itself,” Russian President Medvedev stated on Sunday. He also added: “Everyone should understand that if someone launches an aggressive sortie, he will receive a response” (Reuters, August 31, 2008). Currently, the EU is hastily reexamining its energy policies, as Russia has intimated cutting off oil and gas to Europe if the EU imposes sanctions. Europe currently depends on Russia for 25% of its energy, and this is forecast to increase to nearly 75% by 2020 (Daily Telegraph, September 1, 2008). Both Russia and Europe continue to point fingers. Each says it is “up to” the other to avoid another cold war (Associated Press, September 1, 2008). Bible prophecy indicates that a Beast power will rise in Europe, yet Europe has had great difficulty uniting, as do iron and clay (Daniel 2:33-35). Will God use pressure from Russia to aid in the creation of a stronger, more unified Europe? 

I do believe that the Russian actions will move Europe to strengthen its military.

09/06/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary from LCG's Davy Crockett:

Commentary: A snapshot

It was just a faded snapshot, a long-forgotten picture of my grandfather and his three sons, leaning on their vintage car in front of the family's farmhouse in the Arkansas Delta.  It must have been about 1933 or 1934.  They are all gone now, a part of "the greatest generation"... Click here to read more.

09/04/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka wrote:

Commentary: Sudden destruction!

Is it possible that the United States and Britain could become so economically weak that we would no longer be able to afford the military equipment needed for our very defense?  Could a time come when our factories are controlled by hostile nations and are used to produce weaponry for our enemies?  Would you believe that these prophecies are already starting to come true? Click here to read more.

You can also go to LCG: What if We Can’t Afford the Military? for more information.

09/02/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary from LCG's Glen Gilchrist:

Commentary: "What is truth?"

Two thousand years ago, a minor Roman bureaucrat by the name of Pontus Pilate asked a question that many in our modern, 21st century society would find very relevant: "What is truth?" Click here to read more.

08/31/08 a.m. Here is the latest update from Dr. Winnail. In it, he mentions fighting in the Philippines, the Democratic convention, the latest hurricane, LU, the Feast, the return of Syd Hull and his wife to LCG, personal correspondence, public Bible lectures, Family Day in New Braunfels, world news items, and the value of the Old Testament.

Here is one of the world news items:

Increase in Global Grain Demand. Rice is the most political grain in the world! “2008 has seen a remarkable level of turbulence and chaos resulting from rice demand. Thailand was the stage for a surreal scene where armed guards marched along with combines harvesting rice. In the Philippines, heavy prison sentences were mandated for anyone caught hoarding rice. In Haiti, the prime minister was removed following protests due to high rice prices.” Rice will always be a staple in poorer nations. To put things in perspective, China could deplete the entire annual U.S. rice supply in 3.5 weeks. Interestingly, as poor nations move forward economically, they are converting fertile farm land to cattle grazing land. China has already converted seven million acres from farmland to cattle and poultry land this year… and farm animals consume the grain too (Delta Farm Press [Nebraska, USA], August 22, 2008). God warned that, at the end of the age, global famines and other circumstances would lead to hyperinflation of grains!  In fact, there will come a point that one day’s supply of grain will cost a family an entire day’s wages (Revelation 6:5-6). Grain forecasters predict that grain costs will continue to rise worldwide, including the politically-important grain: RICE.   

08/30/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka wrote:

Commentary: Economic storm clouds gather!

Now that gasoline prices have retreated from their July highs, many Americans are breathing a sigh of relief thinking that the economic storm clouds are clearing and the worst is over. Unfortunately, this couldn't be further from the truth!
Click here to read more.

08/28/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary by LCG's Gary Ehman:

Commentary: Template or temple?

A recent column in an east coast newspaper, syndicated across America, took a light-hearted look at one of the most disturbing of modern issues: sex realignment surgery and the resultant impact on a new life. Click here to read more.

08/26/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary from LCG's Davy Crockett:

Commentary: Nuggets

"Buy Gold!" scream dozens of headlines in various financial newsletters, internet websites and television commercials. It seems that the economic uncertainty of the times has motivated people with assets to seek a safe haven, and what could be more attractive than gold, the standard of monetary value for millennia. Click here to read more.

08/24/08 a.m. Here is the latest update from Dr. Winnail. In it, he mentions an urgent prayer request because of violence in the Philippines, Michigan Bible lecture, LYC Adventure Camp, the internet, FOT updates, world news items, and the sign of the times.

The FOT updates are also in LCG 2008 Feast of Tabernacles' Information.

Here is the prayer request:

Urgent Prayer Request—Violence in the Philippines

For some time, the Armed Forces of the Philippines have been in conflict with Muslim breakaway factions in the south, on the island of Mindanao.  When a recent peace accord with the government fell through, Muslim militants attacked communities they deemed pro-Christian.  Some of our brethren live within these localities.  Mr. Gideon Benitez, our Area Pastor in central and northwestern Mindanao (Philippines), described their experience on the evening of August 19:

“While we were talking outside the house at 8:30 in the evening with our Muslim neighbors, we heard shouts along the streets followed by women running, carrying their children, babies and bags.  According to them, Iligan City was under [attack] by MILF, just a few kilometers from our compound and heavy fights were going on and, suddenly, the lights on the streets were off and people started screaming [...]  Our Muslim neighbors left our discussions and prepared themselves for eventualities because they did not know where to go.  We immediately went inside our house and closed the doors and windows for our protection. After an hour, the City Mayor spoke on the radio asking the people to calm down, stay at home, not to panic, for the city of Iligan is surrounded with four Battalions of Philippine Army with six military tanks for assaults [...] Today, Iligan City is full of military personnel on patrol on the streets, city exits, entrances and in big government installations, and heavy guards on check points.  All classes are suspended and city government offices are closed.  The whole city is under [threat]. Yesterday establishments were already closed at 5 pm and very few people can be seen on the streets, even in big supermarkets.  So far the brethren are not affected nor were they harmed by the on-going fights. All are safe and sound, but please don’t forget to include us in your prayers.”

Your urgent prayers are requested for our brethren around Iligan City and other parts of Mindanao affected by the recent fighting.  Please also pray that brethren in Mindanao will be able to keep the Feast in peace and safety.  

08/23/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka wrote:

Commentary: Sigh and cry

The young athletes battling for Olympic gold are impressive with their show of grace and strength. But, behind the bright lights of the 2008 Beijing games are lesser-known stories much more worthy of our attention. These are also stories of grace and strength, but more importantly, of mercy, of suffering, and of sacrifice. Click here to read more.

08/21/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary by LCG's Gary Ehman:

Commentary: Religious "behavior" modification

A short news story out of Cincinnati, Ohio is a grim reminder of the child-abuse sex scandals that rocked the religious world over the past several years. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has provided its priests with the latest list of "inappropriate" behavior regarding children. Click here to read more.

08/19/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary by LCG's Wallace Smith:

Commentary: Russia, Georgia and the near-impotent west

The news today generally fails to communicate the complexities of the current Georgia/Russia conflict. The U.S. has long supported Georgia's bid to hold on to South Ossetia and Abkhazia, when the people of those provinces consider themselves Russian. Click here to read more.

An article of possibly related interest may be Russia: Its Origins and Prophesied Future

08/17/08 a.m. Here is the latest update from Dr. Winnail. In it, he mentions LU, LYC Wyoming, the upcoming Council meeting, public Bible lectures, Philippines, world news items, and the importance of wisdom.

Here is one of the world news items:

California’s Drought and Prophecy. California’s Department of Water Resources Director, Lester Snow, recently commented, “…the state will end its water year [October 1] at 58 percent below normal precipitation, but more disturbing is that we will end the year with the lowest water carryover in four decades.” But, forty years ago, the state and world population was markedly lower, as was the overall water demand. Mr. Snow also noted, “2008 is a disaster, but 2009 could be the worst drought in California history…. The resulting impact will affect consumers across the country.” Mr. Snow also warned, “failure to respond to this water crisis puts more than $400 billion in direct support for the state’s economy in jeopardy.” The region’s unemployment rate is currently 30% and is expected to climb at the end of harvest season (California Farm Bureau Federation, July 32, 2008). As homes and business fight with farmers for water rights, forecasters predict water rationing on farms for the first time since the Great Depression (San Diego Union Tribune, August 4, 2008). God warned that because Israel rejects Him, their heavens will become like iron and their earth like bronze, and the land will not yield its produce (Leviticus 26:19-20). God also warned of a time when “we pay for the water we drink, and our wood comes at a price…. We have given our hand to the Egyptians and the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread…. because of the fever of famine” (Lamentations 5:4-6, 10). Difficult times are coming. Prophecies that many simply do not know exist are being fulfilled.  

08/16/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary from LCG's Davy Crockett:

Commentary: Feckless, fickle or faithful?

Have you noticed that some words fairly drip with meaning? Even the sounds of these words help convey their meaning. You know the kind I mean. Words like: snap, boom, sizzle, (or fizzle) - words like expunge, lunge, whack and whirl. Interesting, you might say, but not very significant. Yet words do have an impact. Click here to read more.

LCG announced:

Newsletter: New Website Design

Last night at 11:50pm, with the click of a button a new design was published for the church website -  Thus the new design went live 10 minutes ahead of schedule, and those involved breathed a huge sigh of relief that all went as planned.  The new design, the result of a team effort and much feedback from interested parties around the world, is now in place.  The new website features an attractive layout and easier navigation structure, along with a new section entitled News & Prophecy.  Other features and enhancements will be added in the coming weeks. 

08/14/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary from LCG's Charles Ogwyn:

Commentary: What's wrong with marriage?

Judging by what is shown on prime time television, "happily ever after" is just another myth. From sitcoms that portray the marriage bed like a game of musical chairs, to shows that depict monogamy in loveless marriages - the outlook is gloomy indeed. But is that reality? Click here to read more.

08/11/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary from LCG's Charles Ogwyn:

Commentary: Bless this meal

I love hot peppers and have for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I remember having jalapeno pepper-eating contests with my younger brother. Even today, we talk and joke of the times when we used to line up the jalapeno peppers on the kitchen counter and set a glass of water on the side. The goal was always the same - to be the last one to reach for the water glass. Click here to read more.

08/10/08 a.m. Here is the latest update from Dr. Winnail. In it he mentions LU, Wyatt Ciesielka, public Bible lectures, 2t assistance, Charlotte winter weekend changes, world news items, and prayer.

Here is one of the world news announcements:

The Russian Bear Is on the Move Again. The Russian economy is booming, thanks to oil and gas, and Russia is investing heavily abroad. Russian firms now own stock in Air Berlin airline, shipyards in the Baltic ports of Wismar and Rostock, and even in Deutsche Bank. This year, some 1,300 Russian firms will do business in Germany—to the tune of nearly 200 billion Euros (Deutsche Welle, August 6, 2008). Due to an abundance of funds, Russia is also making her weight felt on the world scene. Now, because the Georgian government is interested in joining NATO, the southern province of Ossetia wants to break and become a separate nation, and is seeking Russian help to do so. Russia, of course, does not want a former satellite nation to become a NATO member and has threatened to take action against Georgia to prevent this. For decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia was considered a “non-player” in geopolitics. But now, with her new-found wealth, Russia has emerged as a powerhouse and nations are paying attention to her moves—including Europe and the United States (TimesOnline, August 6, 2008). Russia is greatly updating its military capabilities, building alliances with large Asian nations like China and India, and is again acting independently of the West. Bible prophecy warns that at the end of the age, a great army will arise to challenge the European Beast power (Daniel 11:44-45, Revelation 9:13-19). We may be watching the beginnings of a future confrontation between Russia and her European counterparts. 

Some articles of possibly related interest may include:

Russia: Its Origins and Prophesied Future Where do the Russians come from? What is prophesied for Russia? What will it do to the Europeans that supported the Beast in the end?
Europa, the Beast, and Revelation Where did Europe get its name? What might Europe have to do with the Book of Revelation? What about "the Beast"?

08/07/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka wrote:

Commentary: What is God's form of government?

As United States citizens execute their democratic right to elect their next President, a true Christian should pause and ask a more fundamental question - is there a better answer? Click here to read more.

Two articles of possibly related interest may include:

Polycarp, Herbert W. Armstrong, and Roderick C. Meredith on Church Government What form of governance did the early church have? Which form of governance would one expect to have in the Philadelphia remnant? The people decide and/or committee forms, odd dictatorships, or the same type that the Philadelphia era itself had?
Should a Christian Vote? This article gives some of the Biblical rationale on this subject. Would Jesus vote for president? This is a subject Christians need to understand.

08/03/08 a.m. Here is the latest update from Dr. Winnail. In it, he mentions the Libson treaty, LU, Bible lectures, a Spanish update, a South Africa update, TW on you-tube, the Feast of Tabernacles, the internet, world news items, and the need to prepare for the future.

Here are the comments on preparing for the future:

The Pope Moves “Back to the Future.” Nearly 40 years ago, the Catholic Church effectively banned the Latin Mass to make people feel more a part of the liturgy. In recent years, the Pope has made the Latin Mass an “option” for Catholic parishes. Now, the Latin Mass “is to be reintroduced into every Roman Catholic parish….” When asked if the Latin Mass would be celebrated in many parishes in the future, the Pope’s senior spokesman stated, “Not in many parishes, all parishes.” This move will achieve the Pope’s wish for the Latin Mass and the “revised” (modern-language) Mass to exist side by side (Sunday Telegraph, June 15, 2008). But how long will it be before the Latin Mass totally replaces the “side-by-side” Mass? The current Pope Benedict XVI is focused on returning the Catholic Church to a more conservative time—a time when the Pope had greater power and influence over the church as a whole, and Europe in general. The Scriptures reveal that at the time of the end harlot daughters will return to their mother church. In addition, this church will grow in power and influence on the world scene (see Revelation 17). The Pope and his Vatican counselors are preparing the Roman church for a much greater role in the future (v. 18). Reinstituting the Latin Mass will force people to worship under the church’s power, while they are kept ignorant by not understanding the church’s teachings.

07/31/08 a.m. In his latest commentary, LCG's Davy Crockett wrote:

Commentary: The good 'ol USA

Recently, I realized a dream, a long-held goal to visit Ireland, England and Scotland. My timing wasn't very good because the "Yankee Dollar" doesn't buy much anymore, especially in the United Kingdom or the European Union. But it was a great opportunity and my wife and I enjoyed it immensely.  Click here to read more.

07/29/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary by LCG's Don Davis:

Commentary: Foolish words

Whether it is a politician accidentally talking into a "live" microphone, a parent berating a troubled child, or a boss haranguing fearful subordinates, how often have we heard a speaker blurt out a thoughtless or rash statement without considering the feelings and sensitivities of the hearers? Click here to read more.

07/27/08 a.m. Here is the latest update from Dr. Winnail. In it, he mentions the Lisbon treaty, travels, Living University, ministerial transfers, baptisms, Hurricane Dolly, a 2009 Hawaii FOT site, world news items, and that we need to be alert and watch.

Here is one of the world news items:

“Your Highways Shall Be Desolate…” Though the New Zealand dollar has been riding very high in recent years, economists predict an impending “dive” in the value of the currency, due mostly to inevitable reductions in domestic interest rates. New Zealand enjoys some of the highest and most stable interest rates in the world, but as their Reserve Bank cuts rates, what was seen as a “safe” currency may turn into a currency that nations flee away from, causing a major drop in the value of the NZ dollar (Money and Markets, July 12, 2008). One conservative U.S. economist, after examining a broad array of geopolitics, is predicting that when gasoline reaches $7 per gallon in the U.S., a family earning less than $25,000 per year will spend 20% of its income for gasoline. Mr. Broderick notes: “For some people, it simply won’t be worth it to drive to work. Factor in the airlines parking planes, delivery trucks no longer running, fishing fleets staying in port, and car manufacturers going out of business… America has the ingredients for a major economic collapse” (Money and Markets, July 2, 2008). God predicted major inflation at the end of the age as grains, cooking oil and wine become unaffordable to most (Revelation 6:5-6). He also warned of an economic collapse that results in the highways of Israel becoming “desolate” (Leviticus 26:22). Even economists are beginning to use biblical terminology to refer to the anticipated results of future economic turmoil. 

07/25/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary from LCG's Rod King:

Commentary: Great Britain moves closer to Rome

Queen Elizabeth II, Monarch of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and her territories gave her Royal Assent to her country's acceptance of the Lisbon Treaty on Wednesday, July 16, 2008. This act effectively marked the end of her position as Sovereign over this once great, independent nation that ruled vast areas of Africa, Asia and Australasia. Click here to read more.

07/24/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary from LCG's Don Davis:

Commentary: Staying afloat financially

In the realm of economics, as the United States goes, so goes the world. America has long been considered the economic engine that has driven global finance. However, that engine has been running on credit. Click here to read more.

07/22/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary from LCG's Wyatt Ciesielka:

Commentary: Fear not the third horseman

Have you been affected by escalating food prices? Are you worried how you will pay your bills and feed your family, if the price of basics like milk reach $10 a gallon, or if bread reaches $8 a loaf? Click here to read more.

Speaking of the horsemen, another item of related interest may be Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

07/21/08 p.m. Here is the latest update from Douglas Winnail. In it, he mentions LYC, Europe, a new radio station in Guatemala, income, co-worker growth, and world news items.

Here is a Canadian news item:

Women and Children Rule Over You. “Quebec, Canada: After his 12-year-old daughter posted photos of herself on an online dating service, one Canadian father chose to ban his daughter from using the Internet. Then, after a related altercation with her step mother, the father prohibited his daughter from going on a school field trip. So… the daughter took her father to court and sued him. Thus, in this landmark decision, Justice Suzanne Tessier of the provincial superior court ruled that the father had dealt out ‘excessive punishment’ to his daughter and ruled in favor of the daughter. Even though the field trip was already completed at the time of the ruling, the court set a precedent by becoming involved in the internal affairs of family discipline. The father is appealing the case in order to prevent such an odd ruling from happening again in the future” (Globe and Mail, June 19, 2008). What perverted judgments will this case make way for in the future? God warned Israel and her descended nations of impending national difficulty because of rejecting His ways: “As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths” (Isaiah 3:12).

07/13/08 a.m. Here is the latest update from Douglas Winnail. In it, he mentions LYC, LU registration, a Northeast USA update, international updates, a bluegrass weekend, world news items, and asks if you are positive or negative.

Here are the international updates:

Kenya Update 

Mr. Simon Muthama, our elder serving in Kenya and in Tanzania, reports: “I returned home last night from an uplifting trip to western Kenya, where I visited 32 men and women. They had written a letter to Dr. Meredith requesting a visit. This group is in Migori, about 420 km from Nairobi and 100 km from Kisii town, near the border of Kenya and Tanzania. From Migori town to where they meet for Sabbath services are about 15 km towards Lake Victoria. On my arrival at Migori, I found… the group leader waiting for me…. Through our Official Statement of Fundamental Beliefs, which they downloaded from our website, they were convinced that we are teaching the true gospel which they had at WCG, and especially Church government. From Migori, I went to catch up with the Ndhiwa group for Sabbath services. We were 32 brethren in attendance.  From Ndhiwa I travelled back home to Nairobi.” 

Situation in Papua New Guinea 

Mr. Bruce Tyler, Australasia Regional Pastor, reports: “Here’s a bit of an update on the situation in Papua New Guinea as the world economic meltdown continues to gather pace.  Warning signs for us in the West! Our local elder in Papua New Guinea just sent this to me a couple of days ago: ‘Our towns and cities are in a chaotic situation. Most of the vehicles are off the road. The people are using public transport to get to work and now the owners of the public transport have pulled them off the road. The situation is worse; most of the fuel service stations are closed because of no fuel due to rising cost of fuel. The police force cannot do its job due to fuel shortage. People have demanded Prime Minister Mr. Somare to find a way to urgently subsidize the cost of fuel. The food prices have skyrocketed also. The youths have formed gangs roaming the streets with bush knives, attacking innocent people; they break and enter into other people’s properties, plus business houses, it is just chaotic…. The good news is that our members are safe so far.’” 

Myanmar Update 

Mr. Rajan Moses reports on Mr. Thomas Tial Hoe’s visit to our brethren in Sakahn Gyi village last week: “I just telephoned Thomas Tial Hoe in Myaung Mya town. He left Yangon on Tuesday 1 July at 8:30 a.m. by bus. He arrived safely in Myaung Mya at 3:00 p.m. He said roads were very bad with big holes here and there. He saw many uprooted and fallen trees on the way. Upon arrival, the brethren were very happy to see him. They were very sad when Thomas informed them that I was not able to visit them. Thomas told me none of the brethren were affected by the cyclone. Only trees have fallen in between the brethren’s houses. Due to the price increase in oil, rice and other commodities, they face some financial difficulties. The money I gave him is sufficient for the next two months. I have also given a box of clothing for the brethren. He will be keeping the Sabbath in Sakahan Gyi village and will return home on Monday, 7 July, reaching Kalaymyo on 11 July. Thomas thanked the Church for the financial help and mentioned that the brethren’s houses need some repairs in Sakahan Gyi village.” 

South Africa Update 

Mr. Pieter van der Byl, South Africa Area Pastor, writes: “We have been experiencing good growth in contacts with the Church—especially in the Johannesburg/Pretoria area. Mr. Louis Bouwer has had visits with some eighteen new people (a few of whom are now attending). Five of these are near candidates for baptism, while three others are potential baptisms a little further into the future. We’ve also had eleven new visits in the Western and Eastern Cape provinces with some very motivated new people.” 

07/10/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary from LCG's Wallace Smith:

Commentary: Did Christians "borrow" the resurrection?

Some of you may have read the July 6, 2008 article in the New York Times "Ancient Tablet Ignites Debate On Messiah and Resurrection." Click here to read more.

07/08/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary from LCG's Don Davis:

Commentary: Are you ready for real poverty?

How many of us, bombarded by advertisements for the latest luxury goods and services we cannot afford, have a tendency to think of ourselves as poor? Click here to read more.

The fact is that real poverty is coming to the USA. It may take a few years, but the massive debts that the USA and UK are amassing are setting both nations up for a more severe economic crash that most can even imagine. See also Who is the King of the North?

07/06/08 a.m. Here is the latest update from Douglas Winnail. In it, he mentions the positive "State of the Work", Myanmar, German statistics, Midwest region Bible study, world news items, and respect for authority.

Here is the information on Myanmar:

Rajan Moses reports on his visit to Myanmar last week, “I arrived at Myanmar International Airport on Friday 27th June…. Upon arrival, I met Thomas Tial Hoe and he was very happy to see me. We took a private taxi to the Traders hotel, which is about 11 miles from the airport. On the way there, while talking to the taxi driver, we were told that it was possible for us to travel to Myaung Mya town and Sakhan Gyi village. We made arrangements with the driver to pick us up at the Traders hotel on Sunday 29th June to travel to Myaung Mya and back on Tuesday 1st July…. Thomas and I spent the Sabbath discussing world events and had a short Bible study and fellowship…. In the evening after the Sabbath I happened to see the Assistant Manager of the hotel and asked him if it was possible for us to go to Sakhan Gyi village. To our surprise, we were told that people who have a ‘tourist visa’ are not allowed to travel to cyclone-affected Ayeyawady areas. All who are under UNICEF, Red Cross, NGO organizations were allowed to travel. I hold a tourist visa and was told that I should apply for a special visa from the relevant authorities to travel to Sakhan Gyi village… but the locals are allowed to travel there. So Thomas will travel by bus on Tuesday morning [July 1] to Sakhan Gyi village.  

“More than 134,000 people are feared dead, and more than 140,000 buffaloes, goats and chickens have perished in the cyclone. We were told that there are hundreds of decomposing bodies rotting, which are not completely cleared. Dengue fever has hit those areas. Uprooted trees can be seen everywhere in Yangon city and in the outskirts. It has been a devastating cyclone in the history of Myanmar…. [Thomas Tial Hoe] will spend a few days and the Sabbath in Sakhan Gyi and will return home next week. There are about 16 families (50 members, including children) in Sakhan Gyi village…. I will be calling Thomas and Mrs. Saw Lay Beh in Myaung Mya on Friday morning and will find out how things are going there…. It has been a sobering experience for me to hear the stories of the storm-hit areas.”  

07/03/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary from LCG's Glen Gilchrist:

Commentary: Western civilization in "moral decay"?

Recent news articles have speculated about the "end of Western civilization." Interestingly enough, as you read through those articles, the reasons put forth for the end of our way of life have stemmed from our lack of energy conservation awareness to our addiction to oil for our energy needs. Political issues, environmental issues, educational issues are all put forth as arenas for the salvation of mankind. Click here to read more.

07/01/08 a.m. Here is the latest commentary from LCG's Don Davis:

Commentary: Ireland says "No!" to EU power grab

The people of Ireland have voted "No" on the proposed Lisbon Treaty, which would have enforced a new degree of supranational unity on the European Union nations. Click here to read more.


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