Dear Brethren and Co-Workers in Christ:

Greetings again from the Five Cities region of California.

We have been working on many matters, including those related to the Spring and Fall Holy Days.

As far as the Fall Holy Days for the USA, our primary Feast of Tabernacles’ site is planned for San Diego, California, but we are looking at having some type of a limited site in the Wichita, Kansas area.

Radio

Ended up with a radio interview this morning. I was on KVOI 1300 am out of Tucson, Arizona. The host (Chris DeSimone) and I discussed prophetic matters related to policies and statements of US President Donald Trump and how Europe and the USA will be being affected.

Benin

We have received several emails from a pastor in the African nation of Benin. He heard about our conference in Nairobi and encouraged us to have a similar one in his nation.

He also asked about printed materials, and we just sent him a copy of our booklets in English and one in the French language.


Benin

Benin is is bordered by Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, Burkina Faso and Niger to the north, and is fairly close to Ghana. If the door to Benin is opening, then we will plan to send someone over there to visit them.

Google Campaign

Google reported that our campaign with them reached 3,104,839 computers last month. This is down from the previous month, but that is because a higher percentage of people responded and showed interest.  We could have reached more, but we have limited our budget to continue to provide support for the needs in Africa. We must be doers of the word and not hearers only (cf. James 1:22; 2:14-17) as we are diligently working to fulfill Matthew 24:14 and Matthew 28:19-20.

Sabbath Sentinel

The March-April 2017 edition of The Sabbath Sentinel ran another article I submitted.

The published article came from my article Another Look at the Didache, Ignatius, and the Sabbath. Because of the restrictions in article length for The Sabbath Sentinel, I submitted just a few pages which they published. This is the third part of the article that they have ran related to this.

It is my hope and prayer that those who read the submitted articles will see that early church history supports Saturday, and not Sunday, as the Christian day of rest. This article should be able to reach people we have not been able to reach in other ways. It is also my hope and prayer that those who read the articles will see that we in the Continuing Church of God have a true and proper grasp of early church history.

This series of articles being published in The Sabbath Sentinel should also help non-Sabbath keepers realize that the historical evidence points to early, faithful, Christians resting on Saturday and not Sunday.

Late last year, The Sabbath Sentinel published another article I wrote titled Feast of Tabernacles–Glimpse the World Under Christ’s Reign.

April 17 and 22 in Florida

As mentioned last week, my family and I expect to be in Florida for the Last Day of Unleavened Bread, which will be April 17, 2017. We also plan to be in Florida for Sabbath services on April 22, 2017.

Please pray that we may find an acceptable and reasonably priced location to hold services those two dates. The first facility we contacted in Stuart apparently was not interested, and we have since tried another place there. We are looking for something on the eastern side of that state, probably near West Palm Beach or Boca Raton. If you are in Florida and may wish to attend, please email me: cogwriter@aol.com

World News Items

We continue to see the rise of more governmental monitoring of the internet. Over in Germany, they are looking at passing another law to get social media companies, like Twitter and Facebook, to provide more detailed reports on activities that the Germany government wants monitored (see Germany to force social media companies to report to ‘Big Brother’). Canada and France have considered adding further restrictions on speech (see Canada looking at restricting speech, France looking at restricting anti-abortion positions on the internet). A ‘famine of the word’ (cf. Amos 8:11-12) is coming and we should expect that internet censorship and monitoring will be factors in this.

The Chinese and Europeans remain concerned about trade because of Donald Trump (see China and Europe concerned about Donald Trump and a possible trade war). The Bible tells of a massive trading power arising in Europe (cf. Revelation 18) and we are seeing Europe pushing for more trade. Some in Europe are also pushing for more nuclear and other weapons (see EU pleased with Dutch vote, while Queen Elizabeth II assents to Brexit. Is Europe looking to go nuclear?).

Over in the United Kingdom, its Parliament approved the Brexit and Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal assent, so the UK now legally can inform the European Union that it intends to leave it (see ‘Parliament passes Brexit bill and opens way to triggering article 50′ and EU pleased with Dutch vote, while Queen Elizabeth II assents to Brexit. Is Europe looking to go nuclear?). Various Church of God writers have said this would happen over the decades and we are seeing it now come to pass. It should be added that the idea that the UK will be taken over by the European Beast power will also come to pass (cf. Daniel 8:24-25; 11:39)–though not during the first term of the Donald Trump Administration.

Suggested Sabbath Service

Here is a suggested Sabbath service for this week:

  • 2-3 hymns (our songbook, The Bible Hymnal, contains the materials from the 1974 Bible Hymnal from the old WCG with new covers, plus ten additional hymns; there is also some Choral Accompaniment online).
  • Opening prayer.
  • Sermonette, which for many who receive this letter via email will be a recorded one. The one suggested for this week is by Michael Radtke: The First Letter of John. Other sermonettes are available at the BibleNewsProphecy channel.
  • Announcements (if any; though for many it will be this letter) and one hymn.
  • Sermon, which for most who receive this letter via email will be a recorded one. The one suggested for this week is: Does God exist to YOU? Other sermons are also available at the ContinuingCOG channel.
  • Final hymn.
  • Closing prayer.

Note: If you have a slow internet connection, you can watch these by starting the video, then below it (and towards the right) look for an outline of a gear–if you click on that, it will allow the YouTube video to be played with lower video quality, but at least it will not stop often–you can select a quality as low as 144p. If your internet connection is still too slow (as my home one is) and/or you prefer audio messages to audio-visuals ones, go to the YouTube link for the message, click on SHOW MORE related to the description. You will then see something that says, “Download MP3.” Below that is a link to an MP3 file. Most computers (and even some cellular telephones) will allow MP3 files to be downloaded and played. This is an option we have made available (but we are also looking into ways to improve that as well)–and, of course, we have written article options. Some people have found that if their internet connections are not fast enough, that they can simply listen to the messages that are found at the new Bible News Prophecy online radio channel.

IN CASE YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A ‘LETTER TO THE BRETHREN’ FOR ANY WEEK, REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE MANY SERMON MESSAGES ON THE ContinuingCOG channel AND MANY SERMONETTE MESSAGES ON THE BibleNewsProphecy channel. There are also some messages at the CCOGAfrica channel.

Concluding Comments

Notice the following from the Book of Proverbs:

17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your heart to my knowledge;
18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you;
Let them all be fixed upon your lips,
19 So that your trust may be in the Lord;
I have instructed you today, even you.
20 Have I not written to you excellent things
Of counsels and knowledge,
21 That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth,
That you may answer words of truth
To those who send to you? (Proverbs 22:17-21)

Brethren, do you understand the certainty of the words of truth? Trust God, not like the world claims to, but like Jesus did.

Sincerely,

Bob Thiel
Pastor and Overseer