The Living Church News

Personal - Is Bigger Always Better?

Dear Brethren, This issue contains reports from around the world of the Feast of Tabernacles 2017. How inspiring it is to read of the dedication and zeal some scattered brethren exhibit in traveling to the Feast. We also have two articles that cover questions that arise periodically—voting and birthdays. You will also notice that there are quite a few Living Church News reports: births, deaths, weddings, and ordinations. Let us “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). Read More »

Editorial - A Teaching Moment

Film producer Harvey Weinstein’s reprehensible behavior hardly came as a surprise to many of us who have heard for decades about the infamous “casting couch.” As the resulting #MeToo movement on social media began exposing story after shameful story, the collection of scandals and damaged reputations grew far beyond the borders of Hollywood. Celebrities and public personalities of all stripes have been put to shame. Powerful and influential journalists have fallen from grace. Senate and congressional careers have collapsed in ruins. Read More »

Voting—Yes or No?

“Bare knuckle brawl… knock-out punch… a torrent of attacks…” Are these descriptions of a heavyweight boxing match? No, they are just media descriptions of one of the political debates for the 2016 U.S. presidential primaries! And the actual election campaigns proved to be even rougher. Election Day in the United States is the climax of a long and hard-fought political campaign. The 2016 campaign was bitterly fought, with candidates hurling insults and spending hundreds of millions of dollars on smear campaigns alone—and the havoc has not diminished since the election. Read More »

Birthdays—A Celebration for Christians or Not?

It is a fact of life that everyone grows older, and for each of us there is one day each year when we are considered a year older than we were the day before: our birthday. There is nothing wrong with acknowledging the passage of time, as another year of life goes by. We know, for example, that Moses certainly knew how old he was. Scripture records that, toward the end of his life, he told the Israelites, “I am one hundred and twenty years old today. I can no longer go out and come in. Also the Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross over this Jordan’” (Deuteronomy 31:2). Did “one hundred and twenty years old today” mean that Moses was making this statement on the exact anniversary of his birth? Perhaps, but what we do know is that there is no hint of a “birthday party” marking the anniversary of Moses’ birth, like those in the household of Pharaoh (cf. Genesis 40:20–22). Read More »

From Around the World... Feast of Tabernacles 2017

During the Feast of Tabernacles in 2017, God’s people gathered at sites all over the world to learn, to grow, and to look forward together to the coming millennial rule of Jesus Christ and the saints! These Festival summaries include almost all of our Feast sites, and we hope you will enjoy reading about the experiences enjoyed by your brothers and sisters around the world during this special season. Read More »

What Is Set Before Our Eyes

As I was watching the news this week and seeing yet another male public figure fall to accusations of sexual misconduct, I paused to wonder about where this is all leading. But more importantly, where does it all come from? Read More »
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