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Personal - Kings and Mountains

Dear Brethren, Carol and I recently traveled by car to New York for Passover and the beginning of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, looking forward to joining more than 200 brethren who shared a few days together as one large family. Long road trips are challenging, and to amuse ourselves we alternated between conversation, listening to the one family-oriented comedy station on satellite radio, and enjoying some music. Read More »

Understanding the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a mystery to churchgoers everywhere, and occasionally for some members of the Church of God. Strong opinions on the subject abound, but for many there are more questions than answers. What is the Holy Spirit and what is its purpose?  Read More »

The Blessings of Being Single

How did you react when you read the title to this article? Did it frustrate you, or did it pique your interest? Are there really blessings that come with being single, or is the author just trying to sugarcoat a very challenging season of life? Read More »

Pentecost—Why Count 50 Days?

Pentecost differs from the other Holy Days. Rather than being given a fixed day of the calendar for its observance, we are instructed to count 50 days. We rightly associate the day of Pentecost with the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai (Exodus 19) and the receipt of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2). Yet the name Pentecost means “the fiftieth”—or to use the biblical injunction, “count 50.” Is there anything we can learn in the observance of that Festival by counting 50 days? Why do we need to wait 50 days for Pentecost? Should it not immediately follow the Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread? Pentecost pictures the giving of God’s Spirit, which we desperately need, once we have accepted the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as our Passover and seek to put sin behind us. When we baptize a person into the body of Christ, do we tell them, after laying hands on them to receive the Holy Spirit, “50 days from now you will receive it”? No. We pray that they receive it at that very moment and time—and they do! And yet, in terms of the Holy Days, God says, effectively, “You’re going to wait 50 days.” There’s a 50-day break between the Days of Unleavened Bread and Pentecost. Read More »

Living Education Begins

Beginning in August, our new Living Education program will pick up the educational baton from Living University. Over the past eleven years, our staff and faculty at Living University have worked tirelessly to provide a high-quality educational experience through its online framework. With more restrictive regulations in place, more and more states were blocking non-accredited colleges and universities from offering classes within their borders. Ultimately, the decision was made to fold the Living University class material into a new program, Living Education. Read More »

Prepare for a Great Feast!

The Feast of Tabernacles is only a little more than four months away, and excitement is already building! God designed the Holy Days to be highlights of the year, and the Feast of Tabernacles—with the excitement of traveling and joining brethren from all over the region or world—presents a special opportunity to appreciate God’s blessings to us. In this article, we’ll discuss why we prepare for the Feast and some specifics in what we need to do. Read More »

Woman to Woman - Husbands on Housetops

“It is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, than in a house shared with a contentious woman.” —Proverbs 25:24 “A continual dripping on a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.” —Proverbs 27:15 Read More »

Advancing the Work at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention

In late February and early March, several ministers from the Living Church of God attended the National Religious Broadcasters Convention (NRB). This non-denominational convention—bringing together several thousand broadcasters from all over the world—represents an opportunity to remain current on technology, equipment and best practices in the areas of television, radio and Internet broadcasting. Political and cultural topics that impact religious broadcast efforts are also discussed, including sessions featuring panels of experts from multiple disciplines and media types. Read More »

Israel at 70: “Out of All Their Troubles”

When modern Israel was founded in 1948, the newly-formed nation faced an uncertain future. From the moment Israel’s declaration of independence was signed on May 14, the nation was beset by many troubles. War came swiftly when its angry neighbors attacked. Seventy years later, what is the condition of the nation that so many threatened to “drive into the sea?” Read More »
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