Greetings from Charlotte,
We are getting back into more normal routines here in Charlotte as everyone is back safely from Feast travels. Our preliminary figures indicate that about 9,500 individuals attended services or watched the live-streaming from the Feast of Tabernacles this year. This represents about a 1% increase in attendance in the USA, while attendance was down a bit in some international areas. Dr. Meredith has indicated he would like to start planning for a General Ministerial Conference to be held here in Charlotte on May 5-7, 2014. Mr. Rod King called this morning and said he had some positive news from his recent medical tests (see announcement below). This coming weekend I will be in the Washington, DC area for services and to conduct a Regional Conference in Winchester, Virginia on Sunday. Your prayers are needed for God’s people who are facing various trials at this time and for our nation and the nations of this world that are locked in bitter partisan battles that are going to have ominous consequences in the coming months and years. We can pray that God will enable His Work to go forward with an ever more powerful and relevant message that this world needs to hear.—DSW
Update from Mr. Rod King
I would like to thank the members for the hundreds of cards, messages and calls they have sent. I pray to God, “Please heal me, God, because of the prayers of your people.” Today we received the results from the urologist. The PSA reading has dropped to a low level over the last five months and he was pleased that the cancer is in check. However, the doctor emphasised that the cancer is still an aggressive one. Of course he does not know that God is our Healer and because of the members’ prayers, He has intervened. We know this because I have more strength and was able to give three sermons at the Feast in France. I also hope to make some Tomorrow’s World programs in November. When asked how long I have to live, the doctor was reluctant to answer. Only God knows because He holds us in His hands. Once again, thank you.—Rod King
Russian Speakers Wanted
Recently, God opened a huge door for us to preach the Gospel over Russian satellite to the entire Northern Hemisphere. Inquiries have been coming in, not only from Russia, but also from Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova and even from the United Kingdom and the United States! To better handle the increasing response, we would like any LCG members who speak and write Russian and who may be interested in assisting us in Russian to contact Wyatt Ciesielka at firstname.lastname@example.org.—Wyatt Ciesielka
Video Animation “Shorts” Contest—Repeat Announcement
Welcome back from the Feast of Tabernacles and Last Great Day. As many of you have commented, our new video animation “shorts” (available at TomorrowsWorld.org/shorts) have been a real Social Media and Internet success! While the Tomorrow’s World telecast and magazine are our flagship products, these brief Web video animations can reach an audience that we may not reach otherwise. They can ask an important spiritual question or make a brief doctrinal point and can encourage some to inquire who may not respond to our other publications. We want to announce to the LCG membership that we plan to runa contest over the coming year to solicit your best animations. If you feel that you can create a powerful, short Web video (between 30 seconds and 3 minutes in length) that promotes a Living Church of God booklet, article or telecast, and if you would like to submit that to us for our consideration and possible use, please e-mail us at email@example.com. We will discuss your idea, give you some direction if needed, and we will award an iPad mini to the winning submission! No guarantee is made to publish submissions, and the decision to publish any submission on any Church Web or Social Media site is the sole decision of Church headquarters. License of any submissions we consider will need to be granted in their entirety to the Living Church of God and must be free of any copyright or claims of ownership.—Wyatt Ciesielka
Living Youth Programs
Online Teen Bible Study—Friday Evening
The online Teen Bible study Friday evening, October 18, will be on “What Is the Unpardonable Sin?” and will be presented by Mr. Sheldon Monson. If you haven’t had the opportunity to join us for the online Bible studies yet, I encourage you to do so. It is a wonderful way to start the Sabbath Day.
The chat room is open at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) and the Bible study runs from 8:00-9:00 p.m. You can access this Bible study at livingyouth.org. We hope as many of our youth as possible will join us for this wonderful opportunity for godly fellowship and learning. For those of you who are unable to make it to the study, archives of previous Living Youth Bible studies, including last evening’s on “Has Anyone Gone to Heaven?,” can be found on the Living Youth Web site.—Sheldon Monson
Feast of Tabernacles
2013 Festival Survey: Now that everyone is home from the Feast, we would like to remind brethren to fill out the online feedback form if you did not complete a paper one at the Feast site. The survey provides us with invaluable information for future festival planning. You can access the survey at fotsurvey.lcg.org.
What Does God Require? Many Christians sincerely want to do God’s will and please Him. But what does God want to see in His children? The Bible clearly reveals the answer. God told Abraham, “walk before Me and be blameless” (Genesis 17:1)—and Abraham was blessed for keeping God’s commandments (Genesis 26:5). God told Moses that He wanted His Chosen People to fear Him, love Him, walk in His ways and keep His commandments (Deuteronomy 10:12-13). Solomon wrote that God looks for kindness in people (Proverbs 19:22), and Isaiah records that God looks for a humble and repentant spirit in people who “tremble at My word” (Isaiah 66:2). Micah reveals that God requires us “to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly” before Him (Micah 6:8). Jesus continued this same theme by urging His disciples to “be perfect [to become spiritually mature and blameless], just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Jesus told His disciples, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). The commandments show us how to love God and how to love our neighbors. In Revelation 12:17 we read, at the end of the age God’s people will still “keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”—because this is what God requires.
Have a profitable Sabbath,
Douglas S. Winnail