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19 Apr: UCG- Chloe Aschenbrenner daughter of Randy and Keri (Seelig) Aschenbrenner passed away in Cincinnati at the age of two years.
Sedro-Woolley, Washington elder Warren Larson died from heart complications last Saturday morning.
A meeting of international elders will be held on Friday, May 4, just before the UCG annual GCE conference.
18 Apr: Announcing the publication of our first four, totally new New Testament books. For details please visit this article at our Bible Studies site.
17 Apr: A Blessed New Moon for All God’s Faithful! The new moon was sighted by multiple witness in Jerusalem after sunset this evening making 18 April the first day of the second biblical month!
God’s Word tells us to begin the new month with the first visible light of the new moon as seen from Jerusalem. The new moon day is an Appointed Time like Passover and is not a High Day, it is to be observed with Bible Studies and the Shofar. For more information please see the Calendar articles at this category.
When Christ comes and the Ezekiel Temple is built, special new moon sacrifices will be offered and in addition to the Shofar being sounded in every town, the two silver trumpets will be sounded over the sacrifices in the Temple at Jerusalem. See Ezekiel 40-48 and the Leviticus studies at the same site.
For HWA and the New Moons see these articles.
Remember that when Christ comes he will require all humanity to observe the New Moons. Isaiah 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.
14 Apr: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful! Today is the first Sabbath after the Wave Sheaf Offering. For detailed explanations of God’s commanded Spring Festivals click this link. You may be surprised!
Breaking 17:30 PDT: The Trump coalition apparently unwilling to have the OPCW investigate in Syria has launched air strikes on Damascus. Updates at the News site.
A new article is up explaining the situation in Syria and the Middle East. ‘The Syria Situation Today”. In response to Don Ward’s recent letter there is a new article up at this site. “The Letter and Spirit of the Law”.
11 Apr: Netanyahu provokes coalition crisis, an election call over bill to overrule High Court could come next week. The move comes as Mideast war looms.
Important: Those seeking the Jeremiah studies: They have been removed for revision and updating. The series through Jeremiah began anew this morning at the Biblical Studies site and will continue through the 12 Minor Prophets in April and May.
8 April: A Blessed High Holy Day ending the Feast of Unleavened Bread for All God’s faithful. Please note that because the Sunday during the Feast is today, the last day of the Feast; Pentecost is on 27 May this year. By observing Passover on the wrong day those using the modern Rabbinic Calendar [finalized in 1178 A.D.] instead of the Biblical calendar which God gave to Moses; the major COG groups will also observe Pentecost on the wrong date.
Today the assemblies observe Passover on the wrong day, by the wrong method and we use polluted bread which is white flour instead of whole grain, made without salt or the oil of the Holy Spirit; and we dare to think that God accepts us! These physical things are indicative of our attitude towards spiritual things!
Malachi 1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon Mine altar. And ye say: ‘Wherein have we polluted thee?’ In that ye say: ‘The table of the LORD is contemptible.
Today’s leaders and elders offer false teachings and demand to be idolized above God’s Word by the brethren, and then imagine that God will accept this great evil. and bless them.
Our Passover Feast of Unleavened Bread series of articles completes today and a series on Jeremiah and the Twelve Minor Prophets begins tomorrow. This will be followed by an extremely important brand new series on the Epistles beginning about end May, early June.
3 Apr: Because I have been revising and updating the published books into new editions, I have suspended our account with CreateSpace/Amazon. The new editions will be much improved with new covers and content updated to the latest level of understanding. Right now I am focusing on updating the website studies, however one new book has been published to try out the new the new printing company and is now available here.
29 Mar: The compulsive liars at the Banned by HWA site have posted this about me:
“James Malm rebelliously left the WCG in 1985 while HWA was still alive to try to think for himself. Malm and those associated with him got into things that proved they cannot think anything but rebellion and nonsense, such as sacred names nonsense, divorce, calendar confusion, a garbled gospel, and flat earth errors. Some other rebels think they can learn the “odd” thing from him. In a sense, they are right. It certainly will be “odd.”
I was baptized into God the Father and Jesus Christ and was never a “member” of the WCG and I never committed myself to any man. I stopped attending with them because I was zealous for the sanctity of God’s Sabbath and the minister disagreed. Banned claims that I agree with Flat Earth [example article], Sacred Names etc which all of our visitors know is an outright LIE.
I know that our readers know the truth and I post this only to demonstrate what incredible liars these folks are. You can be sure that they also lie about all of the other COG groups as well.
LCG- Dexter Wakefield has posted an article titled The Leaven of The Pharisees and Sadducee’s. He uses the article to rail against anyone who has questions that LCG does not want to answer, beginning by falsely claiming that LCG observes Passover at the same time and in the same way as the first century brethren. Of course he is dead wrong on both points. He is not consciously lying, he is just repeating the falsehoods which he has been indoctrinated into believing, which falsehoods he sincerely believes.
Remember that the leaven of the Pharisees is mainly pride in their own ways and living by their own false traditions, rejecting truth [which also describes modern Laodicea].
It seems that LCG is getting very frustrated as more and more people ask questions about the Passover, Sabbath, High Days and Calendar. Being unwilling to accept the truth they simply say “believe us because we know best; how dare you question us and ask us to prove our positions!” Why are they afraid of questions? because their positions are indefensible and contrary to both scripture and historical fact.
Read the articles in this category from 101 up for the facts they cannot refute. For our ongoing series about the Passover and Spring Festivals visit here.
25 Mar: LCG- LCG held a teleconference of their Council of Elders this past Wednesday no details provided.
23 Mar: Sites News- I plan to have all Bible Studies at TheShiningLight School of Biblical Studies updated for the third time by late this year.
This Church of God News site will continue as specific to news about and exhortation for the spiritual Ekklesia
The header picture at the worldwatch.is news site has been changed and changes have been made to the site navigation; removing the Articles page and replacing it on the Menu Bar with Categories including a new Articles Blog. Previous bookmarks and links to the old Articles page will no longer work. The new direct link to the News Blog Category is here.
19 Mar: A Prosperous New Year for All God’s Faithful! Last evening after sunset the first light of the new moon was observed at Jerusalem making this the first day of the first month of the Biblical New Year! April 1 will be Passover Day and April 2 to 8 will be the Feast of Unleavened Bread followed by Pentecost on May 17th. See our special article here.
18 Mar: LCG- LCG now has a “Living Education” site online. They plan to begin a course in Charlotte and another online course on 15 Aug.
15 Mar: UCG- Two elderly ministers have been recredentialed by UCG from the defunct Maranatha COG to establish a UCG congregation in Barrie, Ontario Canada.
The new UCG Barrie congregation was formerly the Maranatha Church of God. It was incorporated in 2004, but in November 2017 its directors filed to dissolve its corporate status. Its website has since been removed.
Ken Parker, a Church of God minister since 1978, was one of Maranatha’s directors, and Bob Trotter, was a Maranatha elder.
On February 27, 2018, Ken Parker was re-credentialed by the United Church of God. He and his wife, Sally, serve in the Barrie, Ontario, Canada, congregation.
On February 27, 2018, Bob Trotter was re-credentialed by the United Church of God. He serves in the Barrie, Ontario, Canada, congregation.
The UCG CoE Conference report is now posted here. UCG will again try to pass a new “Amending the Fundamental Beliefs” rule in this year’s May’s GCE Conference.
Current statistics include:
- Average U.S. Sabbath attendance for the past four months averaged just under 7,100.
- 387 elders in UCG.
- 99 are outside the U.S.
- 288 are in the U.S.
- 76 are Church pastors; 10 are associate or assistant pastors
- 4 ministerial trainees
- 194 churches and Bible study groups in the U.S. (Regular Sabbath services have been discontinued for the congregations that were meeting in Hood River, Oregon, and Portsmouth, Virginia.)
- 19 baptisms since the December meeting.
11 Mar: LCG- The new LCG one year education program in Charlotte is already begging for students. Whatever happened to an internet program for all brethren?
Are you a young person considering college? Have you just completed college and you’re at a crossroad in your life? Would you like to build a solid foundation for the rest of your life? If you are willing to rise to the challenge of dedicating one year to immersing yourself in a study of the most important, fundamental principles for successful living, then Living Education—Charlotte is for you. The goal for our intensive program is to teach you how to live, not just how to earn a living. The principles you learn will be timeless and the friends you make will share the same values and beliefs. Enrollment is now open at LivingEducation if you’d like to reserve your spot in the program. We’ll continue to provide more detailed information in the weeks to come.—Jonathan McNair
Remember that TheShiningLight School of Biblical Studies is the ONLY place where free studies through every Word of God are being posted for everyone! Free Downloads of our publications are available at the Literature page.
8 Mar: UCG- International changes: “John Elliott has officially passed his role as Senior Pastor for East Africa to Monte Knudson, an elder who serves the congregation in Phoenix, Arizona. Mark Mickelson [who retired from his position as pastor in Oregon on Dec 31] passed English-speaking West Africa to Paul Moody, pastor of congregations in Washington and Idaho. Earl Roemer has passed the Philippines to David Dobson, pastor of congregations in Alabama and Tennessee who will be moving to Alaska later this year.”
5 Mar: LCG- In a down scaled version of Living U, LCG is planing to hold classes in Charlotte which amounts to ministerial training.
On August 15, we plan to begin our first year of “Living Education—Charlotte.” We will accept a limited number of students for our first year, as we focus on building a Godly foundation for life! All students will attend daily classes at our Headquarters facility, in this one-year intensive training program. Class titles will be “Principles of Christian Living,” “Fundamentals of Church Doctrine” and “The Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ.” We’ll also study the “Acts and Writings of Paul,” and get an overview of the Old Testament through our “Old Testament Survey” class. This program is for young adults who believe in the Way of God and want to learn more about how to build their life on that Way. Students must live in Charlotte for this program as this is a face-to-face learning and mentoring program by our Headquarters faculty and staff. If you are up for the challenge of this intensive learning experience, listen closely for more details and information about how to apply in next week’s The World Ahead weekly update!—Jonathan McNair
Remember that TheShiningLight School of Biblical Studies is the ONLY place where free studies through every Word of God are being posted for everyone!
COGWA admits the truth: “We have [there is] no biblical model of a meal among the Old Testament Israelites on this evening [the night to be remembered], nor is there a New Testament model for us to follow. How we observe this evening is a matter of church tradition.”
See the “Personal From the President” inside the front cover for this item.
You will see that he forbids “sermonizing” i.e. remembering; which is the very purpose for the occasion.
Their tradition is contrary to scripture which commands us to “remember” [rehearse] the exodus from Egypt and our exodus and deliverance from bondage to sin; not to eat and drink and ignore discussing the scriptures on the subject which we are commanded to remember. Our series on the Spring Festivals which will have a post on this subject, begins on March 17th.
2 Mar: According to the Biblical Calendar which God gave to Moses, Purim begins tomorrow. We will be featuring a special study through the book of Esther, Sabbath 3 March.
1 Mar: LCG- The March-April 2018 issue of Tomorrow’s World magazine is now on-line.
The circulation figures continue to plummet and are now less than half of what they were only two years ago:
March-April 2016: 539,000
March-April 2017: 417,000
March-April 2018: 257,000
Their “University” has closed and they are concealing their member and Feast attendance numbers.
UCG- Some videos from this week’s COE Conference are now available here.
The UCG elders will vote to approve or disapprove a change in the Rules of Association this May. If approved the new rules concerning the assets of member organizations will open the way for at least two and maybe more organizations to join UCG as associate bodies. This move will bring a substantial increase in the size of UCG AIA.
21 Feb: LCG- I have received the following communication from an insider in LCG, however this is unofficial and is much higher than their other published material, see the 5 Feb news: “Official average FOT attendance was over 10,700 which includes shut-ins (members who phone in and or request the FOT Sermons on CD from their local pastor).” This would be an increase of about 300 from 2016, or it could be just an attempt to obscure the real figures.
This person’s figures were given to him by people who have chosen not to publish any official figures, this number are much higher than other available figures and Gerald has been warning of a drop in numbers [see the 5 Feb item] making this figure highly questionable.
20 Feb: Migrating storks have arrived in Israel, this means that spring is arriving. UCG has a COE meet scheduled to be held in Big Sandy beginning next Monday.
11 Feb: LCG News- Gerald Weston writes- Mr. Phil West will be transferred to Little Rock, Arkansas to pastor churches in that area, and Mr. Bob Rodzaj will go to Wisconsin to replace Mr. Phil West.
9 Feb: UCG- From Ministerial and Member Services…
5 Feb; LCG- Gerald Weston asks “Is bigger always better?” and goes on to trot out the “Gideon 300” to excuse the fall in attendance in LCG.
The number of average attendees including children total approximately 6369 if I found them all.
Two sites are listed by numbers registered and not by average attendance. It can be safely assumed that the registered total figure of 1250 for these two sites was higher than the number of actual attendees.
6369 actual attendees plus an additional 1250 registered at two other sites totals 7619. There are also a handful of very small sites with no figures announced.
According to Living University’s 2017-8 catalog page 23, LCG had about 11,600 members at the end of 2016.
“Living Church of God membership around the world was about 11,600 (approximately 6,300 in the USA and 5,300 internationally).” However they admit that “Average weekly [end 2016] church service attendance is about 9,000.” The terms “about” or “approximately” indicate that they are using the highest possible estimates.
Note; this catalog was published early in 2017, before many began to depart after the passing of Rod Meredith. These attendance figures are therefore probably much higher than the final 2017 yearly average.
3 Feb: UCG- Dan Hoosier tries to define God’s love in this new United News article, but falls short because he looks to the definitions of English and Greek words instead of getting his definition from the Bible itself. This is a classic distraction from letting the Bible explain itself.
See how easy it is to get sidetracked from the truth!
God defines godly love
Living by all of the commandments, ordinances, statutes, precepts and judgments of God is the true definition of godly love!
1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Every Word of God is love because God is love, therefore every Word of God is love.
1 John 4:8 He that loveth not [does not live by every ordinance and Word of God] knoweth not God; for God is love.
1 Feb: UCG- Victor Kubik writes:
“Last Wednesday evening, after deliberating a little more than six hours, the Minnesota jury involved in the Amy Allwine murder trial delivered a verdict, finding Stephen Allwine guilty of first degree murder. After now being declared guilty, his formal sentencing is scheduled for Friday morning, February 2. Minnesota law calls for an automatic appeal, so the process will actually continue in some form.”
Update; For the record- Over the space of more than three years Constance received about 3,000 dollars or about $20 per article, hardly a king’s ransom but all I could afford. Those who think that this is a rich work paying tens of thousands yearly to various staff members like the major COG groups are quite mistaken. Our entire annual income is less than the wages of an average COG elder. That said God has blessed us greatly with a good understanding of the Word of God and thousands of visitors.
31 Jan: It is my very sad duty to inform the brethren that my very dear friend Constance Lynn Belanger has been seduced and has left the faith. At the beginning of 2017 Constance retired from writing for this site and during the course of that year departed from the faith under the influence of a certain person.
Later in the year Constance wrote me with some links and asked me for my opinion on a flat earth. I thought that this was an honest question and dutifully looked this up and then sent her my opinion.
She got all upset at my answer and wrote accusing me of treating her like a child and of attacking her. It was obvious that she had swallowed this and had been trying to get me to accept it as well. Then when I did not do so, she justified her refusing to look at the evidence and rejecting me, by accusing me of something that had never entered my mind. I had always considered her a beloved friend and I found this quite a shock.
This kind of cop out is so common in today’s COG’s: when people cannot refute something they do not want to accept; they just accuse the messenger of attacking them and tune out, cleaving to their error.
Constance had fully swallowed the Flat Earth error [hence my recent post on the subject]. She then chose to disassociate herself from me because I did not agree, taking the view that nothing I say can be believed because I do not accept the “truth” that the earth is flat.
Then she wrote insisting that I remove “her” articles.
I responded by reminding her that:
- She had given me her very rough drafts and told me to do whatever I wanted with them and I had spent endless hours working on them to bring them up to a minimum level for use. In fact the articles now bear very little resemblance to the first drafts she gave me,
- Further I had actually paid her several thousand dollars for the articles
I am not about to trash several thousand dollars paid to her and several hundreds of hours of my own work on something that actually belongs to me, just to satisfy her fit of pique.
Constance is now coming out against the “gap theory” of creation week and other issues.
The understanding of a gap between the initial creation of the universe and the creation week on the earth did not originate with Herbert Armstrong and has been around for a very long time in the church of God and also in Protestantism.
I had wanted to avoid making this public, but the need to inform the brethren of the facts has now become a priority. Please be aware that Constance is no longer associated with me, that she is a flat earth believer and that she is now teaching contrary to sound doctrine.
28 Jan: UCG- Aaron Dean has now recovered from his pulmonary embolism and has returned home.
LCG Gerald Weston writes- “On Wednesday, we held an online Ministerial Conference for about 265 ministers and wives, with 240 tuning in on the Internet. Mr. Jonathan McNair gave a presentation during the conference, and also during an office meeting, explaining the new education program we are developing.”
Gerald is also pushing brethren to read a Bible portion each day to read through the entire Bible in a year. This is excellent advice, but just reading is not enough; many millions do just that! Instead of simply reading the words one must thoughtfully consider what those words mean [meditate on them], carefully study the meaning of the words in the scriptures, and pray for understanding; finally living by them so as to learn more through the experience of living by every Word of God. To sum up: There is a big difference between merely reading over words, and a serious study into the meaning of those words.
At TheShiningLight School of Biblical Studies we are now in a study of Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus leading up to presentations on the Spring Festivals.
There are studies available throughout the entire Bible along with additional doctrinal studies. This is the only COG site which has commentary and studies through every word of the Holy Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation, in daily portions of about two chapters.
This is not a one year program of casual reading, it is an approximately three year thorough study through the entire Bible in short digestible portions.
27 Jan: UCG CoE Statement on Tattoos
UCG Ministerial updates-
“On this past Feast of Trumpets, Sept. 21, 2017, three new elders were ordained into the ministry. Lomax Morris and his wife, Marcia Blair, serve in the New York City congregation. Tim Seelig and his wife, Terry, serve in the Austin, Texas, congregation. Rob Slocum and his wife, Tina, serve in the Portland, Oregon, congregation.
In September, Craig Scott was named pastor of the congregation in Jacksonville, North Carolina, which had been pastored by Tom Adams. Mr. Scott also pastors the Raleigh and Greensboro, North Carolina, congregations.
In October, Aaron Creech was named pastor of the congregations in Bethlehem, Lewistown, and York, Pennsylvania. Mr. Creech and his wife, Whitney, had moved to the area two years ago to be trained by pastor Lee Cole. Mr. Cole retired from employment at the end of December.
In October, Ben Light was named interim pastor of the congregations in Salem, Eugene, and Roseburg, Oregon, following the death of pastor John Cafourek. Mr. Light has served as an elder in the Salem congregation since April 2015, with his wife, Shannon.
In November, Ron Barker was named pastor of the congregation in Dayton, Ohio. Mr. Barker worked as an assistant pastor for the congregation with his wife, Janet, for the previous 12 months while assisting pastor Len Martin. Mr. Martin continues to serve as pastor for the congregations in Cambridge, Columbus, and Mansfield, Ohio.
In December, Stan Erickson was named pastor of the congregations in Coleman and Waco, Texas. Mr. Erickson and his wife, Judy, recently relocated to the Coleman congregation, which had been pastored by Clyde Hubbard. Mr. Erickson also pastors the Waco congregation, previously pastored by Rod Foster. Mr. Foster continues to pastor the Austin and San Antonio, Texas, congregations.
At the beginning of January, Paul Moody was named pastor of the congregations in Spokane, Kennewick, and Kettle Falls, Washington, and Lewiston, Idaho. Mr. Moody worked as an assistant pastor for the congregations with his wife, Darla, for the previous six years, assisting pastor Mark Mickelson. Mr. Mickelson retired from employment at the end of December.”
25 Jan: UCG- Aaron Dean was rushed to hospital on Wednesday suffering from a pulmonary embolism. This is a blood clot in the lungs which usually travels from a deep vein somewhere in the legs. If the clot is small it can be dissolved, if it is large the problem is life threatening.
22 Jan: LCG- About 30 LCG members of the LCG Phoenix congregation attended James Capo’s COGWA congregation last Sabbath. The reason is not yet clear.
The Flat Earth nonsense is beginning to become a problem in the Sacred Names Movement and at least one organization has posted a list of issues they are facing [see the bottom of this post]. See our article on the Flat Earth. This issue may seem very foolishly childish but it is best to understand it and be prepared for it if it comes up.
18 Jan: The new UCG witnessing program is now officially endorsed by UCG President Victor Kubik. While Victor is speaking about the “witnessing” of individuals and he has some good points, he goes on to say that we do not need to preach against the evils in the world, revealing the business model outreach of UCG which does not preach against evil as God has commanded us to do (Isaiah 58). See the 15 Jan news.
Victor ignores the sermon mentioned earlier at this Blog and writes: “Cleveland elder Andy Lee was the featured speaker at the WFW with his sermon: In the World, But Not of the World: Living a Godly Life in the Modern World.”
Don Ward has written a letter, coming out against the trinity and strongly implying that the trinity is a serious issue inside UCG.
“Once again, we were created to go from the human kind to the God kind. Of all the understandings that Satan hates this is the one he would pervert. He knows he is shut out, so he will do and is doing everything he can to subvert this great truth. The Trinity heresy (please see my article on The Trinity in the current issue of Beyond Today magazine), which contradicts this great truth, was at the heart and core of the great heresy that split and shattered the Church into scores of splinters.
I suspect that the final battleground will be over this very truth. I hope and pray that you and I will never let these things slip and that we will be willing to give our lives for the trunk of the tree.”
15 Jan: OPINION: The sermon on witnessing linked to below teaches the evangelical kind of witnessing for Jesus while totally ignoring what we are really commanded to witness [teach] about; by focusing on the act of witnessing, and excluding an explanation of what we are commanded to witness about.
We are not to go about speaking about the person of Christ to the exclusion of his message, or a false evangelical love love; we are commanded to teach people HOW to love, which is to live by every Word of God Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4.
1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
2 John 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments [Jesus commanded us top live by every Word of God, Mat 4:4, Luk 4:4]. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it
14 Jan: LCG News- Gerald Weston writes: Mr. Jonathan McNair has been in town this week, meeting with various individuals regarding the new Living Education program (Living Ed for short). We should have more specifics shortly regarding the year-long program for young adults, with particulars on cost, classes offered and other details. Also, we are on target to begin the online learning program in August or September.
Whatever happened to Michael Germano?
Jonathon McNair writes: The goal of our new “Living Education” team is to continue to assist our members and ministry by providing a roadmap of “focus points” over the course of the year. Our new format, however, will be designed to be available to all members. Stay tuned for more information about how to register and participate!
Talk about money grubbing! Apparently they are going to take members tithes and offerings, and then charge the brethren an additional amount for teaching them the official LCG line. TheShiningLight School of Biblical Studies is free, and we teach the true Word of God not the false traditions of men!
LCG Canada reports that 2017 attendance was up 5.6 percent over 2016. They now have 42 [mostly very small] congregations in nine of the ten provinces. This increase seems to be mainly from people leaving UCG and please note that they are not giving out any attendance numbers.
9 Jan: The UCG WWF sermon removed from the UCG site can still be found on Youtube. Since it appears that leaving the Youtube version posted may have been an oversight, I have downloaded that sermon just in case it is also removed from Youtube.
The “Days of Zeal Gone By” article by Richard Nichols is back up here.
7 Jan: LCG News- Gerald Weston writes: “Mr. Rand Millich mentioned that there were 472 at the Sabbath Service (including those connecting online) for the Kansas City Weekend.”
He does not report on the Charlotte meeting. He also writes:
“Following is a small sampling of some 2017 statistics. Information about our other efforts will come later.
- Visits to the Tomorrow’s World English-language website were up more than 11 percent for 2017 over 2016.
- New users (people who visited the website for the first time) were up more than 18 percent for 2017 over 2016.
- The top three most popular booklets for 2017 were Fourteen Signs Announcing Christ’s Return, Restoring Original Christianity and The Ten Commandments.
- Visits to the other-language Tomorrow’s World websites such as the Dutch, German, Spanish, Afrikaans, and Russian websites were also up “year over year,” with the French website showing a big increase of 42 percent more visits for 2017 than 2016!
We have a lot more work to do, but we are very thankful for the growth that we had in 2017.”
The giveandshare.org bible study site by the late Richard Nichols is now back on the internet. This means that the articles on the Radio COG keeping the Feast of Unleavened Bread for the full commanded seven days including “Days of Zeal Gone By” is available. Our post on the subject may be found here.
4 Jan: UCG News- I see that UCG has removed their presentation after I posted a link on 2 Jan. This is very strange since they claim to be preaching to the world. I do not seek out such material but visited and posted the link after receiving the message below. Why they removed the sermon is very hard to understand since hundreds of people heard it at the WFW.
John Hull died at 93 on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, due to complications from Alzheimer’s, at approximately 9:45 p.m. John was a long-time member and elder of the Church and led a full and active life. A funeral service will be held on Jan. 5 at 1:00 p.m. at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, Nevada.
UCG seeks to build up its income: We are currently working on our Strategic Plan with the administration and the Council of Elders. As we do so, I am adding a strategy to the plan that will bring together a team of knowledgeable and qualified people to further develop the Church’s revenue stream. The team would include people with experience in financial planning, planned giving and legal. So, to that end, if there is anyone in the Church who has experience in the not-for-profit field as a development director or fundraiser, I would appreciate hearing from you with your suggestions.
2 Jan: UCG key address from their Winter Weekend non-Christmas, which festivities give the clear impression [witness] to all who see them that UCG [including LCG and COGWA etc] do observe Christmas.
1 Jan: Articles by Constance Belanger
From early 2014 to late 2016 Constance submitted rough drafts of articles to me and I edited and revised those articles to be sent out for our Newsletter. Constance retired from contributing to TheShiningLight in late 2016.
After Passover 2017 I began to take select articles from the now defunct Newsletter and again extensively rewrite them, incorporating the growth in knowledge and understanding since 2014.
While Constance gave me the initial rough drafts before she retired, these articles have been extensively revised for posting at the sites today.