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All Doctrine Must Be Bible-Based
“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine,” Titus 2:1.
All religions have a set of beliefs that are their doctrine, a body of teachings. For Christians, their doctrine is the entire context of the Bible. Any belief, long or short of the Bible truth, will only produce another denomination or sect.
It is true that the word “Bible” in the original Greek language means a book or a collection of books. However, properly understood, it is more than just a collection of sixty-six books by different writers, written in different centuries. Its Author is “One” (II Peter 1:19-21 and II Timothy 3:16).
It is the only book containing moral principles, which, if applied, will bring positive results to all mankind. The beginning of creation was brought to light through this book. The political and spiritual destiny of the world is well shaped and indicated in it. All its prophecies are fulfilled, being marked with event, time, and place as they were foretold. Truly, the Holy Bible is the undisputed account of humanity from the beginning to the end. Therefore, it is true that sound Christian doctrine is “one” as it is from only one Holy Book. So, why is there all this controversy and strife in Christianity? How can we establish proper doctrines?
A) The first major reason for controversy and strife in the Church is that believers or Bible scholars divert from the complete purpose for which the Bible was intended: (1) We are supposed to accept the teaching of the Word as it is. (2) We need to accept blame of past ignorant walks in our traditions and cultures that were contrary to the God of the Bible. (3) We should obey all directives that can correct our past. (4) And finally, we should be instructed in righteousness as commanded in the Word. This was why the scroll was revealed to man (Deuteronomy 29:29; II Timothy 3:16).
B) Often, we are guilty of the error of commission and omission — adding unto, or subtracting from what is written, to suit individual interests. “Every Word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Add thou not unto His Words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar,” Proverbs 30:5-6. “For I testify unto every man that heareth the Words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book,” Revelation 22:18. These errors would result in dogma. Hence, believers are deceived when some manmade cultures/beliefs are taught as if they were God’s commandments, or where God’s commandments are neglected (Mark 7:7-8). The Apostle Paul prophetically told us that this would be common in the last days (II Timothy 4:3-14).
C) Some are guilty of specialization; that is, concentrating on selected truth, and neglecting any other topic in the Bible: (1) Adopting the attitude that we know it all, and are not willing to study any other truth. (2) Branding everything else as “strange doctrine,” even though it is written in the Bible. (3) Making a number of selected teachings their creed and being saturated by those alone (Matthew 23:23); or, if not a selection of teachings, people may embrace just a few of the five-fold ministries of the Church of God and neglect the others. The body of Christ — the Church — will be perfected when all ministries are properly utilized (Ephesians 4:11-13).
D) This one is important because practically everyone is guilty of misinterpretation of the scriptures. The Apostle Peter aptly put thusly: “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction,” II Peter 3:16. The Bible was written through inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and He will certainly interpret for us, as well, (Isaiah 34:16-17). As it is written “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation,” II Peter 1:20.
E) Many have spiritual eyes that are blind, ears that are deaf, and minds that are veiled to the truth of the Bible. To them, it is all a hidden truth — a mystery. Often, this causes strife between them that are “in the dark” versus the “enlightened ones.” People without revelation practice Godliness without the power attached to the Truth. The Apostle Paul described it this way to the Jews: “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge,” Romans 10:2 (II Timothy 3:5-7). However, through earnest prayer the eyes of understanding may be enlightened (Ephesians 1:17-18). God is not the author of confusion. Therefore, what we teach, or are taught, should be in truth and in spirit, and be approved by God and man (II Timothy 2:15). Only then will we not be ashamed. Unless we understand the whole, pure doctrine of the Bible, and we “eat” it, there can be no joy today or in the life to come (Jeremiah 15:16). Our doctrine is established in the Bible, both the “Old” and “New” Testaments. All must agree, the law (torah) and testimony (His witness):
The full light, life, and truth of God the Father in His disciples — the Christians — is “…The commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ,” Revelation 12:17.
LAW: In summary, law (God’s original teaching and instruction) means to love God with the whole of your heart, to “walk in Torah,” and to love your neighbor as yourself. God condensed His original six hundred thirteen commandments for us into just ten. All other laws, commandments, statutes, judgments, precepts, and ordinances are tributaries of the Ten Commandments spoken by God to the assembly at Mount Sinai, and cannot be ignored because God said that His Word would stand forever.
TESTIMONY: These are all prophecies and teachings carrying the plan of salvation from the fall of man until the millennium Kingdom of Jesus for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10).
This is in one word, the Gospel. Only He — God Incarnate — was found blameless concerning the law which He fulfilled to bring the power of salvation. Accepting one and leaving the other would amount to serious iniquities.
As Isaiah says, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them,” Isaiah 8:20. Our doctrine must be based on what scripture says!
— by Stephen K. Nga’ng’a
Church of God (Seventh Day),
PO Box 13849, Nakuru, Kenya
Join me on a little outing. I know it’s short notice, but that’s all right. All you need is your imagination. If you have the time to read this, then you have the time for the trip. Imagine standing on a sloping beach in the early morning. You are at Grand Popo in Benin, near the border of Togo. As we take in the surroundings — the pounding surf, the smooth beach, the multi-colored shells, we become aware of a dozen or more men down the beach pulling on a rope. What are they doing? Is it some sort of one-sided tug-of-war? Looking again, we see a similar group of men farther down the beach. Then it clicks! They are drawing in the fishing nets positioned the night before. Each group of men is pulling one of the net’s two ends. As we follow the group’s efforts, we note two or three men treading water in the notoriously heavy seas beyond the breakers. They, too, are part of the team of fishermen. As the work progresses, we are struck by the cooperation demonstrated by the fishermen. The men in the water observe the fish and the position of the nets. Hand gestures signal those on shore when and which direction to pull.
Meanwhile, each man on the rope is poised for instant action, muscles flexed, feet firmly planted in the sand. At a signal from the guides in the water, and communicating by a series of chants, the rope handlers launch themselves into a synchronized rhythm, gradually reeling in the net. Finally, the net itself, now drawn into a sling-like bag, is hauled ashore, bursting with a variety of fish! The two teams now stand side-by-side.
A group of women arrives. Once the fish are sorted, some women wind the ropes into neat coils while others separate the fish into baskets for distribution. A few others have brought water to refresh those who have worked to pull in the catch.
This image provides us with a useful illustration of our partnership with our brothers and sisters in the faith. Jesus calls His disciples to “…follow me and I will make you fishers of men,” Matthew 4:19.
Brethren around the world work together towards a common goal — bringing in those who will believe in Christ. That’s really why we’ve come to Benin and Togo, to participate in a fishing expedition!
But, it’s not an easy task. There are a lot of fish out there! Could one of these Grand Popo fishermen have hauled in a net of this size by himself? No, such tasks require the exertion of many people working in an organized and mutually supportive way.
The harvest of souls calls for a united Church, laboring side-by-side for God’s glory, united by none other than Jesus Christ. In His wisdom, God gives each of us different personalities, strengths, and spiritual gifts. Each person plays his or her part, whether giving the call to pull, digging in and pulling hard, coiling rope, or taking care of the day’s catch. Not everyone can be in “front-line” ministry, but most of us work alongside Beninois, Nigerians, and Togolais in various capacities. In God’s fishing company, all the roles are of equal importance.
— by Michael Porter, 03BP2991 Jericho,
Cotonou, Benin, Africa
In the April issue, we ran a story entitled Captain Kangaroo. It has come to our attention that this story is not entirely true. Lee Marvin did receive the Purple Heart for an injury during WWII and he is buried at Arlington National Cemetery; and Bob Keeshan was in the Marines, but not at Iwo Jima. Fred Rogers was never in the military service.
Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?
It was indeed a crusade. But not as those crusaders, who killed everybody that would not agree with their apostate doctrines and rule. Many of the saints of our Lord Jesus Christ lost their lives.
We were armed with the Word of God that is sharper than the crusader’s swords, unquenchable fire of the Holy Spirit, and mighty hammer of the truth of the Scripture. We were purposed to pull down all religious knowledge that is contrary to the truth of God, and that tries to exalt itself above the will of God. We attracted men and women to the obedience of the law of God and the testimony of Yeshua Messiah.
In this open-air meeting, we proclaimed the Kingdom of God, and sent a warning against devil worship, worshiping God in vain, and following the doctrine of men.
It was the most successful outreach we have ever had of late. We were broadcasting from Baba Kimagu’s home early in the morning, and in the afternoon we preached at Bahati shopping center. Bahati is nine miles from the town of Nakuru. On Sunday, we had door-to-door evangelism. All these operations were well coordinated.
We had different choirs and singers from as far away as Kitale. This outreach was hosted by the Nakuru Church, the Moi’s Bridge Church, the Eldoret Church, and the Solai Church. The youth had a wonderful and very powerful message through many songs and poems.
This Rift Valley regional outreach was incorporation with the Church of God (7th Day) National Evangelical Outreach (NEO).
The speakers in the crusade were evangelist Mucheru, teacher S. Kamau Nga’ng’a, deacon Thuita Njoroge, and Pastor F. Njuguna Muchendu.
The preaching and teaching were moderated by Elder G. Gathogo.
Sabbath service will be conducted at Good Shepherd Primary School. This is a private school a few meters from Bahati shopping center.
This was a four-day mission that glorified God. All this is in pursuit of fulfilling the great commission
— by Stephen K. Nga’ng’a
Church of God (Seventh Day)
When a man marries a woman, they become one; but the trouble starts when they try to decide which one.
Minutes, like those taken at meetings, don’t refer to a measurement of time. The term minutes comes from the Latin minitus, or small, since records of meetings are, in a way, taken down in miniature, to be transcribed later.
A lady had been telephoned by her daughter several times to say, “Mother, you must come see the daffodils before they are over.” She wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead. Finally she promised, a bit reluctantly, that she would come on the next Tuesday.
The day dawned cold and rainy but she had promised so she drove there. When she walked in to her daughter Carolyn’s house, hugged, and greeted her grandchildren, she said, “Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in the clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see bad enough to drive another inch!”
Her daughter smiled calmly and said that they drive in this kind of weather all the time, “Well, you won’t get me back on the road until it clears, and then I’m heading for home!”
Carolyn said that she had hoped her mother would take her over to the garage to pick up her car to which her mother said, “How far will we have to drive?” The daughter said it was just a few blocks and she would drive because she was used to it.
On the way, after a few minutes, the mother asked where they were going as this wasn’t the way to the garage. “We’re going the long way by way of the daffodils.” The mother sternly asked her to turn around but Carolyn told her mother she would never forgive herself if she missed this experience.
After about 20 minutes, they turned onto a small gravel road where a small Church was located and on the farm side of the Church was a hand lettered sign that read, “Daffodil Garden.” Getting out of the car each took a child’s hand. They turned a corner in the path and as the mother looked up, she gasped. Before them lay the most glorious sight. It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it down over the mountain peak and slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic swirling patterns: great ribbons and swathes of deep orange, white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, saffron, and butter yellow. Each different colored variety was planted as a group so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers.
“But who had done this?” Carolyn was asked.
“It’s just one woman,” Carolyn answered. “She lives on the property. That’s her home.” There sat a well-kept, A-frame house that looked small and modest in the midst of all that glory. Walking up to the house, they saw a poster on the patio that said, “Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking” was the headline.
The first answer was a simple one, “50,000 bulbs.” The second answer was “One at a time, by one woman, two hands, two feet, and very little brain.” The third answer was “Began in 1958.”
There it was, “The Daffodil Principle.” For the mother, that moment was a life-changing experience. She thought of this woman whom she had never met, who more than 40 years before had begun one bulb at a time. Still just planting one bulb at a time, year after year, she had changed the world. This unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. She had created, with the Lord’s help, something of ineffable magnificence, beauty, and inspiration.
The principle this daffodil garden teaches is one of the greatest principles. Learn to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time — often just one baby step at a time — learn to love the doing. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too, will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can help change the world.
— by Skip Westphal
The Way it Was…
March 1904, Fort Dodge, IA
Arrested for Bootlegging
“Thomas Hughes was arrested by Deputy United States Marshal G. F. Gustafson at Forest City on Friday, and brought to Fort Dodge the same night. He was taken to Clarion today where he was given a hearing before Commissioner Rogers on the charge of selling intoxicating liquors in violation of the revenue law.
“He was bound over to the federal grand jury under a $200 bond. Hughes will be taken to Sioux City tomorrow.
“The prisoner is charged with selling liquor in Forest City, where he makes his home. He is an unmarried man, his parents being respectable farmers living near Forest City.”
While there was no particular feature of interest in Hughes’ arrest, the federal officers frequently met with unusual situations. Some time ago, Deputy Marshal Gustafson arrested a man on the charge of selling intoxicating liquors. His prisoner emphatically denied the charge.
“I will tell you just how it was,” he said. “We often play cards and usually have whiskey in the house. This day, I was going down town to meet some friends to play, and put a bottle of whiskey in my pocket. I didn’t sell the whiskey, although I met a friend and when I got down to the depot, the whiskey was gone and I found a dollar in my pocket.”
He was held over to the grand jury.
(This was an actual news item in 1904.)
Dear God, I wish you would not make it so easy for people to come apart. I had to have three stitches and a shot. Janet
Jonathan Gray’s Video Series
Jonathan Gray is a world explorer and archeologist living in Australia, who seeks out answers and proof of the Biblical account. He has written a series of books and made videos of his Surprising Discoveries. This series of reviews, made several years ago, will cover his six video series.
Surprising Discovery 1 covers “Noah’s Ark” in Part 1, “Lost Secrets” in Part 2, and “Forbidden Valley” in Part 3 — all on one VHS video with a viewing time of almost two hours. All of this first video is presented in a lecture format with Mr. Gray talking as he shows slides of his adventures.
The quality is less than perfect, but the message is clear. You cannot mistake his Australian accent. He is not the world’s best speaker, but do not judge based upon his bland performance.
Part One describes Mr. Gray’s talks with Ron Wyatt, who most will remember from years ago, astounding Biblical scholars and others with his discovery of the Ark on Mt. Ararat. Gray was skeptical until he followed up and visited the site promoted by Wyatt. Seventeen years before Wyatt’s expedition, others had made claims about sightings from aerial photos. You should find interesting the account about an earthquake in 1978, as an answer to Wyatt’s prayers that further exposed the Ark. Answers are given to the questions, “Was there enough water to cover the earth?” and “What size was the ark?” I am reminded of Arnold Mendez’s (a deacon in United Church of God) recent talks about the ark.
Mass extinction, worldwide legends and stories of the flood, and the “sea anchors” found in the area, are subjects covered. He also describes many old traditions among the local inhabitants of the area. Included is a reference to the ark being symbolic of Christ and a comparison of Noah’s days to this present age.
“Lost Cities of the Dead”
Part Two: can you believe spark plugs, mechanical calculators, light bulbs, batteries, airplanes, guns, radioactive explosions, and advanced civilizations thousands of years before Christ? Well, watch this part and make up your mind! Remember there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9).
Also covered is a discussion of common ancestry found throughout the world and very old world maps that are similar to today’s maps.
This is an eye-opening presentation. As Ripley is famous for saying “believe it or not.”
“Into The Forbidden Valley”
This third and final part of the first video describes Mr. Gray’s trip into eastern Turkey where Mt. Ararat is located. He describes at length the hazards of making the journey. The date was not stated, but I believe it was well before 1990.
The purpose of his journey was to verify Ron Wyatt’s claims. This he does. You will see what may be Noah’s gravesite, his home, the altar built after the dry land appeared, Noah’s wife’s gravesite, and perhaps her jawbone. Don’t be surprised to learn that these people were much larger than we are today.
It appears to me that God is using men such as Gray and Wyatt to bring attention to certain artifacts that further add proof to the Biblical account.
Future articles will cover the next five videos. If you cannot wait to borrow or rent this from Giving & Sharing, you can order your own copies from Jonathan Gray, PO Box 3370, Rundle Mall, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, for $25.00 each or all six for $165.00 postpaid.
He also puts out a quarterly newsletter for $35.00 per year, which covers additional discoveries, comments from people all over the world and the usual material and discussions from individuals believing they are serving God properly but without the proper understanding of God’s plan. He also publishes books. You can get a list of available material by writing to him in Australia. Some videos are also available on DVD for an extra charge. They may not be of better quality as the original material was obtained under difficult circumstances in some cases and it appears that his duplicating efforts may not be up to current standards. Some of the poor quality may also be attributed to X-raying of material imported due to security regulations.
When this series of reviews is complete, Giving and Sharing will announce when the videos are available in its lending library.
— by William B. Scherer
A little girl had been shopping with her mom in a local store. She must have been six years old, full of innocence. It was pouring outside — the kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters. We all stood there under the awning, waiting, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day.
I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I get lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day. The little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in “Mom, let’s run through the rain,” she said.
“What?” Mom asked.
“Let ‘s run through the rain!” She repeated. “No, honey. We’ll wait until it slows down a bit,” Mom replied.
This young child waited about another minute and repeated “Mom, let’s run through the rain.”
“We’ll get soaked if we do,” Mom said.
“No, we won’t, Mom. That’s not what you said this morning,” the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom’s arm. “This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?”
“Don’t you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, ‘If God can get us through this, He can get us through anything!’” The entire crowd stopped dead silent. I swear you could not hear anything but the rain. We all stood silently. No one came or left in the next few minutes.
Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say. Now, some would laugh it off and scold the girl for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child’s life, a time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.
“Honey, you are absolutely right. Let’s run through the rain. If God lets us get wet, well maybe we just needed washing,” Mom said.
Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars, and yes, through the puddles. They held their shopping bags over their heads just in case. They got soaked. But they were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars. And yes, I did. I ran and I got wet. I needed washing.
Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, your money, and they can take away your health, but no one can ever take away your precious memories. So, don’t forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday. For everything, there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.
— author unknown
What is the Greatest?
Greatest handicap fear
Greatest day today
Greatest mistake giving up
Greatest stumbling block ego
Easiest thing to do find fault
Greatest comfort work well done
Greatest need common sense
Greatest gift forgiveness
Intelligent Design Concept and Atheism
Recently a friend introduced me to a new concept proposed by scientists called “Intelligent Design.” This concept stated that by looking at life forms and other parts of the universe we can see that an intelligence has designed the world around us. This new theory of science is strongly disliked by atheists who believe that it will open the door to the possibility of the existence of God.
As you may know, atheism is defined as the disbelief in the existence of a God. This concept does not allow for the possibility of a Supreme Being, or even the possibility of a designer of the universe.
However, just looking at life forms on this planet, we can see design from the smallest cell organism to the way the whole food chain works. Life on this world works in a systematic fashion so that if any parts are removed, or damaged, the system starts to break down.
For example, the bacterial flagellum, an outboard motor that bacteria use to navigate their environment, requires about 50 proteins to build. If any of these proteins are removed, the flagellum either won’t be built or won’t work. The flagellum thus seems to display not only specified complexity, but irreducible complexity.
Another example comes from an article in the Journal of Science where a team of researcher tinkered with a bacterium called Mycoplasma genitalium, which is the simplest known organism. The organism’s genetic code is about 580,000 letters long and spells out 480 protein-producing genes. After removing various protein-coding genes, the scientists have estimated that 265 to 350 of this bacterium’s genes are “essential” for the organism to live and reproduce under laboratory condition, which is not to say that it would live well outside the laboratory without these proteins.
These are only few examples of complex structures in our natural world that appear to have a design. There are many other examples that are very fascinating to study from just the common cell with its many complex parts to the basic laws of the universe such as the rings around a planet.
In Psalms 14:1, David states, “The fool hath said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”
Just by looking at the new concept of science and the general facts of Biology and the other physical sciences, it is foolish to say, “There is no God.”
— by Doyle J. Carter
The Churches of God Outreach Ministries held its annual conference March 26-28, 2004 hosted by the Tulsa Church of God.
CGOM has an eight-year history of service providing leadership, information, and Biblical teaching in ways of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
It is a voluntary association of individuals and independent local assemblies who cooperate with one another on various agreed evangelistic programs. It is not a “denomination” or a “Church.” CGOM does not legislate doctrine or local practice. As a commonly held foundation, all agree to accept the basic “Statement of Beliefs” passed down over the years. Each local assembly answers only to Jesus Christ. No individual speaks for CGOM on doctrine. Any assembly, which in general shares these fundamental beliefs, is welcome to be a part of CGOM in its Gospel mission.
Friday evening was a combination get- acquainted gathering and a welcome by Lawrence Gregory, pastor of the Tulsa Church. Rick Gawith reviewed the conference agenda.
A busy and informative day of presentations began at 7:30 AM with a continental breakfast.
Julian Cruz opened the session with a TEAM acronym — Together Everyone Achieves More. He emphasized that Jesus had told His disciples to both “come” and “go.” It is important to come together to share ideas, support one another and to go forth with a vision of the Gospel of the Kingdom.
CGOM operations consist of the following committees for 2004-2005: Outreach (to be chaired by Jeff Henderson), Member Services (to be chaired by Lawrence Gregory), Financial Oversight (to be chaired by Rick Gawith), Publications (to be chaired by James McBride), and Marketing (to be chaired by Renee Steel.)
Thelma & Tom Justus, Floyd & Neva Dodson
A new approach was tried this year by having the attendees break out into small groups who were assigned individual questions relating to how Member Services and Outreach development. The recommendations coming from these sessions were reviewed and will be condensed into a final report.
Margie Marang, Gloria Anderson, Ofie Cruz,
Rick Gawith, & Neva Dodson
Pat Dennis expressed concerns about dwindling volunteers to help in this program which led to a profitable discussion on how to improve the focus of CGOM.
The Sabbath sermon presentations were “Take it Easy” by Steve Kieler and “God’s Purpose” by Julian Cruz. Steve reviewed the Scripture in Matthew 11 about Christ saying that His yolk was easy, but our ways complicate things and make them difficult. Julian pointed out that the greatest tragedy is not death, but living without a purpose.
The Tulsa Fellowship Choir presented several uplifting hymns between sermons. They travel to many Church groups in different cities and states with their music ministry. Ray Kurr is the director of the group.
The Tulsa Fellowship Choir
Pam and Ray Kurr
The Marketing Committee concluded the evening from 7:00 to 9:30 with Web-site presentations.
The women of the local Tulsa Church provided delicious food for the entire conference. Their efforts were much appreciated.
Sherry Gawith, Maxine Kappel, Lucille Smith, Fran Hope, and Jane Cochrane
The Sunday morning session was opened with 2003 Feast of Tabernacles reports. The announcement of CGOM sponsored and recommended sites for 2004 was given.
We had a conference call report by James McBride on the Publications Committee from the United Kingdom and a Canadian report by Len Lebunetz.who attended from Canada.
Matthew Steel, Jeff Henderson,
Mike Smith, Rick Gawith, & Matt Steele
Brian Davis and David Hope
Mike & Gloria Anderson
Jeff Henderson and Pat Dennis
Janice Gregory, Renee Steel, Althea Dennis,
Len Labunetz, Lawrence Gregory,
Steve Andrews and Doyle Carter
A complete description of the CGOM’s objectives is at www.cgom.org, Church of God Outreach Ministries, PO Box 54621, Tulsa, OK 74011-0621, or by calling 1-800-611-8080.
Projects and Resources of the organization include:
· Free telephone number for counseling, information, and other inquiries and services (see above.)
· Provide literature, booklets, magazines, and various publications.
· Host an annual conference in Tulsa, OK.
· Promote the Feast of tabernacles at various sites.
· Provide anointing, anointed cloths, and personal ministerial visits.
· Provide contacts to local congregations.
CGOM offers opportunities to assist in large outreach programs. Highlights of the conference were: how to promote team work, among independent Churches, what is the definition of the CGOM, and how to spread the gospel to others in the world at large.
— by Steven Kieler
and Doyle J. Carter
As a result, of gifts from Giving & Sharing supporters, the Church of God in Kenya has been able to construct a Church building.
Andrew Koech ministers to several Churches in Kenya, and makes evangelistic trips to Uganda and Tanzania. He reports that some people came down with malaria last week.
The work and the world are continuing on in East Africa. I need your encouragement. Thanks and may God bless you all. Let me hear from you. Assistance and prayers are still needed to help in the work of the Church in Kenya.
Church mission field photos
— by Andrew Koech
PO Box 61, Chebunyo
c/o Sotik, Kenya
Combined services for the Omaha and Des Moines United Churches of God were held in Atlantic, Iowa April 10, 2004. Fredd Mewborn opened services for the Last Day of Unleavened Bread with an analogy of the relationship between young lovers and the Church as the bride of Christ.
The adult choir sang “They Shall Soar Like Eagles.” Scott Hoefker spoke on the real lesson of unleavened bread.
The children’s choir sang special music “Praise the Lord” followed by a sermon by Doug Murphy defining what we must do after we have accepted Christ’s sacrifice.
After a delicious catered lunch, Joel Bryan talked about an unleavened diet during these seven days and Christ as our Bread of life. It was a very inspiring sermon.
Dorothy Carrell and Betty Mewborn
A special invitation to attend was extended to a small group of Sabbath Keepers in Omaha. Renewing old acquaintances and meeting new people was a highlight of this Last Day of Unleavened Bread.
— by Steven Kieler
Unleavened Bread in Tulsa
On April 6, 2004, the Tulsa Church of God and the Church of God Tulsa Fellowship celebrated the First Day of Unleavened Bread with a combined service. There were about one hundred in attendance.
Church services started at 1:00 PM with a sermonette by Barnabas Grayson entitled “Every Word of God.” It covered the topic of how we should observe every Word that God has spoken or written as stated in Luke 4:4, “And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”
A solo of “Amazing Grace” was presented as special music by Ray Kurr, after which Steve Andrews gave the sermon “That the Lord’s Law may be in Thy Mouth” which related the idea that all of God’s Laws, including the Holy Days, are to be observed and obeyed.
After services, a potluck, fellowship, and Bible discussions completed the day.
— by Doyle J Carter
PO Box 690592
Tulsa, OK 74169
If your son was captured and tortured to death: 1. Would you find favor toward those who did it? 2. Would you find favor toward those who bought tickets to watch?
— by Raymond King
Carl McNair passed away on April 14, 2004 in Helena, Montana after a short battle with cancer. His wife Dorothy, children Peter, Karla, Jonathan, Kathryn, and Rod survive him. He was buried in his home state of Arkansas. Cards may be sent to Dorothy McNair, PO Box 5238, Helena, MT 59604.
“We Shall See Jesus”
Remembering Linda Woods
Linda Mae Woods, wife of Paul Woods passed away. She grew up as the daughter of the pastor of the Seventh Day Church of God in Caldwell, Idaho, and for the last 21 years was the pastor’s wife of the same Church.
Paul has been a consultant to me on our mutual Church contacts in Nigeria, India, and other international areas. Linda and Paul have long reached out to other Sabbatarian groups.
For years, they have cooked for several camp meetings, including the Meridian Camp Meeting in Meridian, Idaho, and the Feast of Tabernacles at Salmon Falls Bible Camp in Washougal, Washington.
Linda’s Journal Notes contain these gems: “Our faith weakens when we are without works of righteousness.” “Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden” (Corrie Ten Boom). “Safety isn’t in the absence of danger, it’s in the presence of the Lord.”
In the summer of 2003, Paul and Linda made a wonderful recording of some of their vocal and instrumental music. “We Shall See Jesus,” contains sixteen selections, including “City of Gold,” “I’m Free,” “Pity the Man,” “I Thirst,” and others. For an audio CD or audio cassette, write: Seventh Day Church of God, PO Box 804, Caldwell, ID 83606-0804. There is no price on these recordings, but a donation would help defray expenses.
May all of God’s people be inspired to serve Him by the life of Linda Woods! I am looking forward to the day when Linda Woods and all the saints will see Jesus.
— by Richard C. Nickels
Loy L. Baker
Loy L. Baker, age 79, of Nixa, Missouri died after a long illness on April 23, 2004. He is survived by his wife, Alice (1651 N. Emerald Hills Dr. Nixa, MO 65714). Loy was drafted into the US Army on Novvember 4, 1943, and was sent to Omaha Beach, Normandy. He commanded an attack tank platoon, which spearheaded the allied breakout from Cherbourg and met the SS Panzer divisions on the roads as they attacked. During an attack, Loy’s lead scout vehicle was hit by enemy canon and machine-gun fire and he was wounded severely.
As one of the first GIs to receive penicillin, Loy recovered and was sent back to the front and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He participated in the liberation of Dachau, hunting down escaping SS officers and guarding prisoners until his discharge with the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Loy returned to Mountain Home, AK, then to Springfield, where he had a long and peaceful career as a cost analyst. He retired at the age of 62, to Nixa, MO.
He will be remembered as one of the generation of Americans who brought our country through one of its greatest challenges. His love of God and his country were visible to all He was buried with military honors and will be missed by everyone who knew him.
(Loy’s story was published in the January & February 2003 issues of COGNews.)
Al Dennis Dies
Alvin R. Dennis, 75, of Hamilton, Ohio, died March 10, 2004, the result of a fall and trauma to his head. Al was born in Canadian, Texas, July 4, 1928. He grew up on a ranch in central Texas, near Waco. After high school and two years of college, he served in the Air Force. He served the Churches in San Bernardino, Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto, and Long Beach, California; Eugene and Salem, Oregon; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Chicago, Illinois. He returned to the Cincinnati area for his retirement years.
Al was an accomplished musician, and the greatest joy of his life, other than being a pastor, was directing choirs in the churches where he was pastor. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Jo Ann; four children, Thomas, Deborah, Patricia and Andrew; his mother, Dolores Dennis; three sisters, Anita Dennis, Marjorie Friddle and Norma Kelly; one daughter-in-law, Laura; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Al Dennis and Frank Bruce baptized me in March, 1969.
— submitted by Richard C. Nickels
Villa Julia, Silang, Cavite – The Church of God – Internationally Affiliated Associates (COG-IAA) kept the whole seven days of Unleavened Bread for the first time together this year. Nineteen baptized members partook of this traditional ceremony to commemorate the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a proclamation to the world of his death and to herald his future coming.
We also celebrated the “Night of the Lord to be much Observed” on Monday evening with lots of fellowship. The topic in the morning was an explanation and scriptural elaboration on why we have to keep this Feast for the whole seven days “unto the Lord.” The purpose of the days of this Feast is to celebrate it with God and with God in focus. The emphasis in the afternoon was on why we have to partake of unleavened bread for seven days. It was also noted that these are not “the days of no bread.” The whole congregation learned that on each of the days one must have unleavened bread.
We had everyday services outdoors every morning. Topics revolved around the theme “Stand in the Liberty that is in Christ Jesus.” Sermonettes were by Mr. Joselito Garcia, Ricky Bongat, Pocholo Gabuyo, Marlon Hacinas, and Rodel Secretario elaborating sin, our challenge to overcome, avoiding justification for our sinful actions, and the certainty of death and redeeming the time. We were encouraged that we were made free from sin through Jesus Christ and that we as Christians must live in the newness of life. Change of mastership was also emphasized that from the time we went into the waters of baptism, though we were made slaves unto sin, we were made free not to anarchy, but to have an allegiance to our new Master by following His laws that define true liberty.
Sermons were given daily by Pastor Enrique M. Gabuyo, on Exodus 12 and 13 showing the Christian significance of the instructions of God to the Israelites on these two chapters regarding our response to sin, the offer of salvation, and our Christian commission in the preaching of the Gospel. On the Sabbath day during the Feast, we had a whole day meeting in which the significance of being a firstborn was elaborated and its implication to our calling. The coined term during this day was our interpretation to our personal life of our own “bowl of soup,” just like Esau who sold the birthright. We were made to reflect on the importance of our calling and identify the possible “bowl of soup,” we may have in exchange for our calling and how we must become aware of choosing the right priority in life which is God and His Kingdom!
We fully discussed the significance of the wave sheaf offering, its meaning to Christians, the ultimate event showing the whole world that salvation as promised by God is very sure! We then looked at the Old Testament events of the history of God’s saving acts on the day of the wave sheaf. We were encouraged and learned the significance of counting up to Pentecost without the aid of a calendar. This day emphasized not the day of the resurrection, as Easter portrays, but the acceptance of the first harvest in which God wanted us to be conformed to – namely, the Firstfruit, Jesus the Christ.
Finally, we discussed the significance of the seventh day as we look back in time from Noah and to the future on what God will do with sin. There are indeed Biblical and historical examples on how God treated sin, sinful nations, and sinners specifically on the seventh day of this Festival. The Israelites journey in the wilderness, and entrance into the Promised Land could have been shortened by thirty-eight years if it was not for their unbelief and rebellion against God. By turning back to the world, they fell short of the last step to enter the Kingdom. This is an apt warning as we are about to return to our own homes to bring this vital lesson to always trust in God and not lose the vision of our calling, the Kingdom of God.
There was much time to play team-building games as designed by Chrys and Shobe Chua in which the brethren participated with high enthusiasm. A Bible Study about the Nature of God and Jesus Christ was also presented by the request of some of the brethren. We also had a film showing on Wednesday evening on The Passion of the Christ in which we gave comments in the fellowship pertaining to the movie in relation to Scripture.
There was a lot of time to swim, drink coconut juice, eat, and a time to visit a river resort, a castle, and a beach resort in the nearby area for the children. Overall attendance is thirty-five including children. All of us are now looking forward to next year to keep this as a Festival in the spring for seven days “unto the Lord.” Indeed, we are very grateful to God for providing the opportunity for us to celebrate this Festival!
— by Enrique M. Gabuyo, 398 Kinsville Subdivision, Calamba, Laguna 4027 Philippines. (Elder Gabuyo distributes the Giving & Sharing Newsletter in the Philippines.)
— by Rich and Shirley Nickels
A surprise party was held for Tom and Thelma Justus by the Church of God, Sabbath Day, Springdale, AR. to celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary. Tom and Thelma were married on April 13, 1947.
Two officers of the Bible Sabbath Association and their wives recently visited brethren in Australia. BSA Treasurer Bryan Burrell and his wife Sue accompanied board member Calvin Burrell and his wife Barbara on a trip planned mostly as a personal vacation, but which also served as a good-will mission among Sabbatarians in three different areas of the country.
Starting in Sydney, the Burrells made presentations at an April 1st evening meeting coordinated by Australian BSA representative Craig White, and hosted by Intercontinental Church of God members, Peter and Vivieene Ellis.
Other Sabbath-keeping groups were represented in that meeting. Among them were long-time Seventh Day Baptist leaders and friends of many, Stefan and Vicky Kube. In Adelaide, the Burrells attended Sabbath services and Passover (April 3 and 4) with the local Church of God (Seventh Day), pastored by Elder Phil Kordahi.
Moving to Tasmania for the heart of their “vacation,” the Burrell’s were hosted by Gray and Leslie Hodge, in whose home the Church of God (Seventh Day) met on April 10. Also on “Tassie,” they visited a Seventh Day Adventist home in the clinic of an independent Sabbath-keeping Doctor of Naturopathy. They report an encouraging visit initiated by United Church of God elder in Tasmania — Rod McQueen and his wife Martha.
While there seem to be many scattered Sabbath-keeping Christians in Australia, the only Church to report significant membership is the S.D.A Church. The Burrells hope that their trip served in some way to increase the recognition and respect among them all.
— by Calvin Burrell
Plans for a Sabbatarian school and retirement center have begun and a contract to purchase part of the former Air Force Base at Port Austin, Michigan on April 28, 2004 has been signed. The community will live, as much as possible, by Biblical laws and principles. It will include all seven of our purposes listed below:
(1) To establish a community living by biblical law and principles encompassing every aspect of physical and spiritual life (Matthew 4:4; Leviticus 25:18; Malachi 4:3-6; IICorinthians 10:3-5).
(2) To establish a witness to our local neighbors and all who come to visit (Matthew 5:13-16; Deuteronomy 4:5-6; I Corinthians 14:24-25).
(3) To educate young people in Bible basics helping them to prepare for ministry within their marriage, family, Church and community – including the learning of physical life-sustaining skills (Matthew 5:19; I Peter 5:5; Titus 2:3; Genesis 1:28; 2:24; II Thessalonians 3:10).
(4) As God makes it possible, to serve older brethren, giving them an opportunity to live in a Sabbatarian environment and to use their wisdom and experience to teach the young (Exodus 20:12; Leviticus 19:32; I Timothy 5:1).
(5) As God makes it possible, to help and teach brethren to be fruitful individuals in spite of personal difficulties and limitations (Matthew 15:30-32; Proverbs 31:9; Leviticus 19:14; I John 3:17).
(6) To be a repository of Bible study literature and to disseminate it as God makes it possible (Provwebs 23:23; John 8:32; Mark 16:15; I Corinthians 9:18).
(7) To chronicle the experiences of the community in word, song and other media, to be an inspiration and an encouragement to others for similar communities and local Church congregations (Acts 4:20; Matthew 28:20; I Timothy 4:12).
The Sabbatarian Educational Environment (SEE) will be the name of the education part of PASCC (point 3 above). The Sabbatarian Elder Adult Living (SEAL) still describes our program to help older and disadvantaged believers (points 4 and 5 above). We plan to continue Servants’ News and increase our Web site outreach even more than in the past.
Working as a biblically-based Sabbatarian community, raising some of our own food, tending to our own needs and coming together for daily praise and prayer does not mean that we will live by ancient technology or drop out of society. To the contrary, we hope to make great use of safe and effective technology, eventually supplying our own energy.
We are already getting to know our local neighbors and are planning to be a light to them on a continuing basis. Yet, we will not become a Church organization or attempt to control other Church groups. We hope to work with and serve Sabbatarians from a great variety of groups, especially the young people and the older people.
More information and a much more detailed report will be in the next issue of Servants’ News. We have about 20 acres and 12 major buildings, 3 ready-to-go dormitories, a motel-like building with a large living space, dining hall, gym-auditorium-classroom building, four-bay garage, and a two-lane bowling alley.
Also, needing work are an auditorium, a dorm, and two empty-shell buildings. Phil Frankford is in the process of acquiring two other buildings for industrial use. We could accommodate about 80 students right now, and twice that many by finishing existing buildings and/or purchasing other currently unused buildings.
We are quite interested in staff, teachers and older adults who are able to come and volunteer to help. We could provide a place to stay and possibly meals, but you would need funds for other necessities. There are several inexpensive houses for sale within walking distance of the campus.
Events in the planning stages are: May 8-10: Students from Spring Vale Academy will come to PASCC for a weekend retreat.
May 28-31: We are inviting Sabbatarians everywhere to come for Pentecost weekend (Memorial Day weekend). They may camp out or stay in a dorm or motel room.
June: Sabbath Campers’ Fellowship weekend. The date is yet to be determined.
July and August: We are planning 2 or 3 camps for teens and college-age students centered on covering one or more of the following areas:
(1) Using the Bible to help make the real decisions that young people face today
(2) Gaining personal confidence through a relationship with God
(3) Making our own Christian CD for song-writers and musicians
(4) Making our own dramatic action video with a Christian message
(5) Sports and recreation
(6) Campus Improvement
Sept 29 - Oct 6: Feast of Tabernacles celebration.
The first school year starts in late August or September. We have about six students already interested and hope to acquire more. The exact courses are not yet set. We need students that are dedicated to serving God, helping to build the environment, and working closely with experienced Christian men and women.
The SEAL program, will begin with Ruby Williams, Terry’s mother, and expand as funds allow and facilities are readied.
Anyone who would like to come to the campus to visit should simply call ahead. It is likely that we can find a place for you to stay.
Paul Drieman, the facilities director, is now living on campus. His wife and two college-age daughters will join him in a month or two. He has much experience with pastoral care and volunteer Church work parties and Church organization.
Norman Edwards, the SEE and media director, will be moving after the Spring Vale Academy school year and his house is sold. He will continue the Servants’ News and Church Bible Teaching Ministry in Port Austin to the extent possible. His wife and three younger children will join him.
Terry Williams, the SEAL and farm director, will be moving on campus with his mother in about a month. He has a house to sell, also.
Phil Frankford, information technology director, will move his family of eight when he can satisfy his home and business obligations. He will be bringing the computer businesses he owns to the Port Austin area to supply work and resources for the community.
We thank God and all those who have prayed and helped us in so many ways. We appreciate the generosity. Please continue to pray for us. We hope that God will use us to show His laws and Spirit in action to young and old alike, and provide encouragement for others to do the same.
PASCC - Norman Edwards
PO Box 610
Port Austin, MI, USA 48467
Only in America do we use the word ‘politics’ to describe the process so well: ‘Poli’ in Latin meaning ‘many’ and ‘tics’ meaning ‘bloodsucking creatures’.
There was a young girl around four years old, whose father was serving in the Army in France during World War II. One day a telegram was delivered to the girl’s home. She heard her mother and grandmother speaking in hushed tones; then they both started crying. The little girl became so frightened she ran to them and asked, “Mommy, what’s wrong? Why are you and grandma crying”? Her mom replied that the girl’s daddy had been hurt real bad, and was in a hospital somewhere in England. She told her little girl that she and the little girl’s grandmother were going to pray for her daddy and that God would bring him back to them.
The little girl slipped away and went outside. Sometime later, her mother and grandmother noticed she was missing and started looking everywhere for her. When they finally found her, she was near the back side of the house, on her knees. She was praying and crying, “Dear God, please don’t let my daddy die,” repeating it over and over.
God heard that little girl’s prayer and her daddy did come home after spending eighteen months in an English hospital recuperating, and going through rehabilitation. In fact, while her daddy was fighting the war in France he was wounded three different times, and ultimately received the Purple Heart and two Oak Leaf Clusters.
I know this story is true because I was that little girl. My mother and grandmother told me this happened, but I really don’t remember it. However, even at a young age, I was very aware of the power of prayer. My family always had the example of prayer in our lives. My paternal grandfather was a “preacher man” and was always quoting the Bible. But it was from my maternal grandmother where I learned about prayer. She set a powerful example of faith and she prayed every day to a loving God to spare, protect, heal, feed, and be with her and her family. My parents also relied on God for everything and set the example for my sister, brother, and myself to follow.
Prayer is Power
My father told us that when he was in the war, he saw so many horrible, sad and traumatic things that he could never forget – these events were imprinted forever in his mind. He told us many of his circumstances during the war, and anyone who has ever been in a war knows how horrible it is. Dad also told us he was so frightened, cold and miserable but his mind was always on his family back home. He prayed always that God would keep us safe and healthy, spare him, and bring him back to us. He never let us forget the power of prayer and that we could call on God for everything.
I came into the Worldwide Church of God in 1968, and of course, like others, wanted my family and everyone to know the truth. My prayers for my parents were that they would come to know God’s plan since they wanted to serve Him to the best they could. I waited ten long years, then one day my father started asking me questions about the Sabbath, holy days, etc. My mother also began joining in our discussions, and in a few months they both were baptized into the Church of God.
Teach Your Children How to Pray
The point of all this is to teach your children to pray. Set the example for them by praying before meals, bedtime, mornings, anytime. Pray out loud some so they can hear your prayers. Let the children take turns asking a blessing on the meal, teach them to pray for the family; ask them to pray for others too.
I have heard many stories about children having their prayers answered and the Bible tells us many more. Encourage your children to pray, make it a habit, and teach them that God is real, that He does hear their prayers and that He wants them and us to keep in touch with Him. If your children learn to pray and call on God when they are young, you can be sure that prayer will be a part of their lives as they grow up.
Teach them while you still can because they grow up so fast these days and will be out on their own before you know it. They need to learn that they can go to God in prayer for anything and at any time!
Teach them He will be there for them always! May God continue to bless your efforts!
— by Shelby Faith
(There are two activities following this article regarding the subject of prayer.)
Lord’s Prayer” Fill in the blanks in the scriptures below Read Matthew 6:9-15 for help “Our Father which
art in ____________, hallowed be thy _________. Thy ___________
come, thy will be done, in _______ as it is in ________. Give us this ______
our daily _________, And ________ us our
trespasses, as we forgive our ______________. And lead us not into
______________, but ___________us from ______. For thine is the
____________, and the _________, and the __________ Forever.” Amen ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Using
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“The Lord’s Prayer”
Fill in the blanks in the scriptures below
Read Matthew 6:9-15 for help
“Our Father which art in ____________, hallowed be thy _________.
Thy ___________ come, thy will be done, in _______ as it is in ________.
Give us this ______ our daily _________,
And ________ us our trespasses, as we forgive our ______________.
And lead us not into ______________, but ___________us from ______.
For thine is the ____________, and the _________, and the __________
Using the Code below write the scripture on the blank lines:
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By Shelby Faith 2004
Feasts of Tabernacles
Sept 30 to Oct 7, 2004
Lake Texoma, OK
Contact: Steve Kieler
San Antonio, TX
Contact: Julian Cruz
Lake of the Ozarks, MO
Contact: Duke Schneider
Mountain View, AR
Contact: Wayne Holmes
Contact: Jeff Henderson
Assistance Line was established as an outgrowth of Help Line which was begun in 1999 as a service to bring those in need of counseling for personal or family problems or just someone who is lonely or depressed to find a compassionate ear. Assistance Line will try to provide physical or financial assistance to those in need. (Cash, Housing, Medical, Food, Clothing etc.). There are those who fall through the cracks and it seems too often those in real need somehow fail to “qualify.”
What makes this program unique is that we will maintain a register of persons who wish to assist others directly and will match them to persons or families in need. We believe this is the preferred approach. However, for donors not wishing to be directly involved and to remain anonymous, a reserve will be held in a local bank account to provide distribution of funds.
Since many of us are no longer affiliated with large organized Churches, it may be difficult to find the poor, the fatherless, and those in need. Nevertheless, scripture mandates us to care for them.
The gentiles recognized a pressing need in Acts 4 and seven deacons were selected to manage the problem. The story of the sheep and the goats is a pertinent story in this regard. Note that both sheep and goats are clean animals but there is a deficiency in the goats; so much so that they were cast into everlasting fire.
Matthew 25:31-46 KJV, “When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth His sheep from the goats: And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: Naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me. Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungered, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and gave Thee drink? When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed Thee? Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me. Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungered, and ye gave Me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me not in: naked, and ye clothed Me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited Me not. Then shall they also answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto Thee? Then shall He answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to Me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”
The goats are “called” and “converted” like sheep, but they are distinguished as goats because, as goats tend to be, they are stubborn and refuse to accept the responsibility of caring and helping the needy.
A system of checks and balances are written to minimize problems and avoid abuses. A panel of two serves in an advisory capacity. Some of the procedures are as follows:
1. Priority aid will be given to the Fatherless and the Widow (over 60 yrs. old) and the “Household of Faith” (Sabbath keepers). Galatians 6:7-10
2. Assistance will be encouraged to be given on a direct, person to person basis where possible. A registry will be established to match assistors with the appropriate person(s) in need. Information will be provided and feedback requested to see that the party’s needs are being met. All donors and recipients will remain anonymous, except to panel members who will receive a detailed financial report periodically. A limited report will be sent to donors upon request.
3. Assistance limited to the Continental U.S. for the present and will be limited
to individuals and families (Churches and businesses excluded).
4. Care will be taken to avoid conflicts with government programs.
5. The staff will not be paid. All monies donated will be distributed. There are no administrative costs except for postage.
It is our sincere hope that this program, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, will help us to satisfy a requirement that God has set upon us and be able to provide for those in need.
The prime intent was to develop a registry of persons or Churches that would “adopt” an individual to serve their needs. Assistance Line has assisted 29 persons with offerings by 27 individuals to date.
If you do not need assistance, maybe you are in a position to help those who do. Donations, registry requests, and questions may be directed to:
Steven and Suzanne Kieler, Coordinators
2193 Sheker Drive, Fort Dodge, IA 50501