The Living Church News



Personal - The Joys of Working with the Young

Dear Brethren, In August, we wrapped up our Living Youth Program summer camps in the Northern Hemisphere. Soon, others will commence in the Southern Hemisphere. I had the privilege of visiting our North Carolina preteen camp for a day, and Carol and I were at the Texas teen camp for its entire duration, two full weeks, only taking two days off for Tomorrow’s World Presentations in Dallas and Big Sandy. Read More »

Editorial - Love Thy Neighbor

A lawyer asked Jesus, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” His answer? “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:36–39). Read More »

What Parents and Youth Should Know About Vaping

The use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices is becoming frighteningly common. Within the past two years, a specialized type of e-cigarette, in particular, has grown very popular: JUULs. Marketed by their creators, JUUL Labs, Inc., as “a safer alternative to adult smoking,” this power-packed, tastily-flavored vapor cigarette is likely creating the next generation of nicotine addicts. Using JUULs has even acquired its own name: “Juuling.” E-cigarettes, including JUULs, are electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), and they have surpassed traditional cigarettes in terms of usage among U.S. teenagers. What do parents and teens need to know about the risks of Juuling and of e-cigarettes in general? Read More »

2018 Texas Teen Camp—The Most Important Things

Since its beginning, the Church of God has often been small (Luke 12:32) and scattered (Acts 8:1, 4; Acts 11:19; James 1:1). Its members find themselves in a similar situation today. Some teens attend congregations in which there are few, if any, others of their age. This is one reason why they treasure the opportunity to attend Living Youth summer camps. They enjoy getting together with their friends and making lots of new friendships, many of which will last a lifetime. This contributes to the success of our summer camp programs year after year. It pleases God when we work together, have fun together, get along with each other (Psalm 133:1–3), and show love for one another (John 13:34–35), and all of this happens at camp. Every summer, young people come together to spend time with others of like mind and escape the world’s pulls for two brief weeks. It is during this time that something special happens—the largest gathering of God’s young people on the planet! Read More »

Get 'Em Started Young!

A few months ago, while my family and I were traveling home from Sabbath services, our four-year-old son, Cooper, asked if one day he would be able to fly. That day’s sermon had addressed the incredible power and glory of God, and how we, as future newborn members of the God Family, will inherit the tremendous characteristics of our Creator. I had talked about God’s ability to manipulate His own physical creation, travel faster than the speed of light, pass through walls, fly among the clouds, and disappear into thin air. At some point during the message, little Cooper had heard something that piqued his interest, something that grabbed his attention. But of course! Who among us doesn’t get excited about the awesome potential of our future inheritance? So, my wife and I attempted to explain a few details about God’s wonderful promises to His children. Does our little guy now fully understand the incredible human potential and our ultimate destiny? Absolutely not. Nevertheless, his journey has begun. Read More »

A Camper's Point of View

I love camp. However, the day-to-day routines of a camper take a lot of energy. Trust me, I know. I’ve been a teen camper for five years in a row, having attended first the Ohio camp and now the Texas one. That being said, the energy spent is much like the servant’s use of his ten minas in Luke 19: The investment is returned with exponential interest. The entire camp experience is filled with daily opportunities to grow in spiritual, physical, mental, and social abilities from the time you get up each morning to the time you go back to bed. Read More »

The Greatest Thing About Adventure Camp!

Since 2005, the Living Church of God has conducted a dozen Adventure Camps in several of the top-rated national parks and national forests in North America! We began our first backpacking trip just a few short miles from Jackson, Wyoming, at the top of the Aerial Tramway above Teton Village, and ended over 40 miles later at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center. There were no Adventure Trips in 2006 or 2007, but they resumed in 2008 when adventurous young men and women hiked in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest. In 2009, adventurers canoed in Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota. In the following years, there were trips in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (2010); Baxter Park, Maine (2011); Glacier Park, Montana (2012); Yosemite National Park, California (2013); Yellowstone National Park, Montana (2014); Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (2015); Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada (2016); Mount Rainier National Park, Washington (2017); and in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado (2018). Read More »

Woman to Woman - Spiritual Growth in Stressful Circumstances

I will venture to say that most of us ladies, if not all, desire to live a life free of stressful situations that drag us down and hinder our spiritual growth. Stressful situations can come about for various reasons, but for now, let’s explore just a few that we experience. Read More »

2017 Audit Available Online

The Living Church of God continues to carefully manage the financial resources that God provides through our members and coworkers. For the year 2017, regular income was flat, but total income declined from that of 2016 due to some extraordinary income items that occurred in 2016 but were not repeated in 2017. Expenses were adjusted accordingly, so that net income and expenses were approximately equal for the year.  Read More »

Commentary - Memories of My Dad

My dad was a diligent and dedicated worker. He always had ongoing projects around the house and made sure his sons, in particular, were contributors to those projects. He knew how to work hard, but he also cherished play and instruction time with his children. He had little schooling, achieving only second grade, but he had an educated heart. Read More »
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