The sixth commandment states, "You shall not murder." How did Jesus extend the understanding of that command? What did He teach about anger and treating enemies? What did the Old Testament teach about anger? What does the New Testament teach about violence, anger, kindness, and self-control? If early Christians would not voluntarily be part of the military, when did that change? Did Roman Emperor Constantine influence this? Did the Greco-Roman saint and bishop Gregory of Nyssa teach that it was fine to hate and fight against those with differing religious views? Would early Christians watch violent sports? Should modern Christians watch sports that, when played according to the rules, results in bodily harm? Have many religious leaders gone "the way of Cain"? How can you reduce anger? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
A written article of related interest is available titled "SIXTH COMMANDMENT: Anger, Murder, Abortion, Sports, Self-Control, & Kindness " URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/sixth-commandment-anger-self-control.htm
The late Roy Orbison had a song titled 'Only the Lonely." Many people are lonely, whether they are single or married. Does Satan prey on the lonely? Is it fine to live as a hermit? Is there a place for "alone time."? What does the Bible say about being alone? What can be done to deal with loneliness? Was there loneliness in the old Worldwide Church of God? What about fellowship? What are steps that Philadelphian Christians, and those that wish to be, can take? What should your focus be? Can Jesus really help you? Can you give love, forgiveness, and kindness now? Will God's people have massive amounts of friends in the coming Kingdom of God? What steps should you take now to deal with loneliness? What did the old Radio Church of God publish about dealing with loneliness? Dr. Thiel addresses these matters and more.
A lengthy article on loneliness is also available titled "Loneliness and Coping With It" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/overcoming-loneliness.htm
Do true Philadelphian Christians have trials? Once you are baptized, will everything be like a bowl of cherries without pits? What does the Bible say about Christians, trials, and tribulation? In this sermon, Dr. Thiel goes over various events in his life that included trials and tests related to the Sabbath, Holy days, education, jobs, and marriage. He mentions Protestantism, his parents, and Roman Catholicism. He also discusses how to calculate tithes, getting financially ready for the Feast of Tabernacles, as well as being a doer of the word and not a hearer only. He talks about "the right church" and his first encounter with a claimed "Church of God" that met on Saturdays, but instead was Pentecostal. Dr. Thiel also discusses learning about when the Sabbath runs, and how to prepare for attending the Feast of Tabernacles.
'Does anyone know where the love of God goes ...?' Are Christians the 'apple of God's eye'? What does the Bible teach about that? Do you truly appreciate and understand the love of God? In this sermon, Dr. Thiel uses notes from the late deacon Richard Close about the being the apple of God's eye. He goes over parts of God's plan for individuals to have actual sons and daughters in His Kingdom. The priority of love is discussed as is God singing when Christians are resurrected to be born into His very family.
Were lying wonders part of why Greco-Romans changed their beliefs? What doctrines did Gregory Thaumaturgus (the 'Wonder-Worker') promote that got accepted? What about the impact of 'Marian' apparitions and delusional people? Where did the rosary and brown scapular come from? Does the Great Monarch, with pagan prophetic ties, sound like the Beast/King of the North, that the Bible warns against? Should books based on scripture and history be considered "bad books" by faithful Christians? Could a church with ties to the original apostles be considered a "false religion" that "appears" in the end time? What have pontiffs Benedict XVI and Francis written about truth? What about misunderstandings about the gospel of the kingdom of God and salvation? What does the Bible teach is truth and the faith to contend for? In addition to addressing those issues, towards the end of this video, Dr. Thiel goes over a chart of original catholic beliefs that the Greco-Romans have changed. He concludes that the Continuing Church of God is more faithful to the original faith once delivered to the saints than Greco-Roman Catholic or Protestant groups.
A free online book of related interest is available titled "Beliefs of the Original Catholic Church" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/Original-Catholic-Beliefs.pdf
What was the original "Holy Mother Church" according to Greco-Roman Catholic and Church of God writers? What is heresy? What did the Council of Trent declare in 1546? Does the Continuing Church of God or the Greco-Roman Catholic and Protestant churches best practice the original faith? What did Jesus teach about tradition? Was the idea that there were two major groups professing Christ, one more associated with Asia Minor & Antioch and the other with Rome & Alexandria taught by many leaders in the 2nd and 3rd centuries? Which is faithful? Did doctrines like the Sabbath, date of Passover, unclean meats, the Godhead, and the millennium have the "unanimous consent of the fathers"? Have Church of God advocates pointed to the so-called "early fathers" to support doctrine? Should pagan/demonic practices be endorsed/utilized as tools for Christian evangelism? What about the role of scripture? What about the roles of Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Gregory Thaumaturgis, and the synagogue of Satan? What about the seven councils? Why did groups accept and teach heresy? Did Herbert W. Armstrong point to the Philadelphian as the holy "mother church?" What group best represents the "holy mother church" today? Dr. Thiel addresses these and more in this sermon.
A free online book of related interest is available titled "Beliefs of the Original Catholic Church" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/Original-Catholic-Beliefs.pdf
Jaison Curtis gives some information about his personal church background. He was originally part of the Church of England before becoming part of the old Worldwide Church of God, and later the Continuing Church of God (CCOG). Jaison Curtis now also hosts an international Skype service for those interested in weekly CCOG Sabbath services and discusses that. Those interested in being part of one of the CCOG's Skype services can send a request to [email protected]. Please include what nation you live in so we can help determine which live Skype group makes sense for you.
The 14th chapter of the Book of Revelation tells of messages from three angels. Are these messages from humans or three actual angels? Have these messages been going forth since the time of Jesus or are any or all of them for the future? Has Babylon fallen? What did leaders during the Sardis era teach about it? What did the Radio Church of God teach about the three angels messages? How about Herbert W. Armstrong? Will any respond to the warning of the three angels? Are the three angels' messages part of the final phase of the work? Should Philadelphia Christians support the preparation for the three angels to come now? Should Christians be separate from Babylon? Should Christians be supporting the work of proclaiming the gospel of the Kingdom of God? What is the position of the Continuing Church of God on many of these matters? Dr. Thiel addresses these and other matters in this sermon message.
Here is a link to a related article titled "Church of God on the Three Angels' Messages and 'Babylon'" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/ccog-three-angels-messages.htm
This is a Passover service by the Continuing Church of God. This is intended to be used by scattered baptized Church of God members around the world after sunset on the 14th day of the first month of the biblical calendar, or for those who biblically legitimately missed it per Numbers , after sunset on the 14th day of the second month of the biblical calendar. This service covers footwashing, breaking and consuming unleavened bread, taking wine, and reading words of Jesus as well as additional scriptures. Leaders of the local Passover service (even if there is only one person) should have some unleavened bread, wine, a towel, and one or more water basins available.
A written article, which assists in the preparation for this service, is available titled "Keeping Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/keeping-passover.htm
While many seem to believe that all the Churches of God are the same, this is not so. In the end time, most true Christians are Laodicean and not Philadelphian. In this sermon, Dr. Thiel mentions over 50 prophetic errors that Laodiceans, independents, and some of the remnant of Sardis have held to. Dr. Thiel also mentions scriptures that Laodiceans and other non-Philadelphians miss. Dr. Thiel cites scriptures such as Zephaniah 2 related to gathering together before it is time to flee. He also mentions that Jesus only promised to protect the Philadelphians from the coming 'hour of trial.' Furthermore, Dr. Thiel mentions that unless they change, Laodiceans will not know when the Great Tribulation will begin until after it is started, and hence too late for them to flee prior to its beginning.
A written article of related interest is available titled "Do You Hold to Any of These Laodicean Prophetic Errors?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/laodicea-errors.htm
In this sermon, Dr. Thiel goes over questions and answers that the old Worldwide Church of God received. He provides additional scriptures and comments related to the answers that the old WCG provided. Topics covered include when you should have fruit from fruit trees, buying swords, whether or not the Ten Commandments were done away, prioritizing God over relatives, whether or not the Magi of Matthew 2 were pagan astrologers. incremental healing of the blind man of Mark 8, Peter being called Satan, parables, God's plan of salvation, validity of secular marriages, whether people should get married during the last days, Peter as the stone, John and the keys, binding & loosing, the first being last, being a Nazarene, and keeping all of God's commands.
What did Jesus teach about persecutions? Should Christians expect name calling and being falsely taught against? Did the Apostle Paul warn about this as well as evil deceivers increasing in the end times? Were early Christians ever murderous persecutors? Did Emperor Constantine stick to his religious tolerance 'Edict of Milan' in 313? What about his edict against heretics in 331? What types of persecution did Emperor Theodosius implement? Has there been a history of attempting to cancel Christian speech and practices, which were sometimes followed by physical persecution? Have Greco-Roman Catholics been involved with persecutions against believers? What about Protestants like Martin Luther or John Calvin? What about Big Tech? What about actions from Facebook, Google, YouTube, and Twitter? Is shadow banning consistent with cancel culture? Is more persecution coming? Do Greco-Roman prophecies about the 'Great Monarch' look forward to Christians being persecuted? Could the European Union's Digital Services Act and European Public Prosecutor's Office be factors in future persecution? Will faithful members of the holy covenant instruct many? Will identifying the coming King of the North trigger persecution? Will there be more persecution of the Philadelphian Christians prior to the start of the Great Tribulation? What will happen to the Laodiceans? Which Christians will be protected from the coming hour of trial, which starts with the Great Tribulation? Will the persecuting Beast, False Prophet, and those with the mark of the beast be punished? Will God reward the faithful Christians who endure persecution? Dr. Thiel addresses these and more in this sermon video.
A written article of related interst is available titled "Persecutions by Church and State" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/persecutions.htm
This is the sixth sermon in a six-part series covering the entire Book of Romans. In this video, Dr. Thiel covers each and every verse in the 13th through 16th chapters of Paul's epistle to the Romans. He also includes some comments from the late Herbert W. Armstrong. Paul's comments about love, Gentiles, and obedience are covered, as are comments related to fasting, vegetarianism, clean and unclean meats. Overcoming habits of the flesh, such as drugs, marijuana, drunkenness, and smoking were discussed, along with the need to call on Jesus and have His grace. Paul's greetings to fellow workers, including many women are discussed. Christian volunteerism to support the work were encouraged.
A written article of related interest is available titled "Comments on the Book of Romans" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/romanshwa.htm
Is there going to be a physical millennial reign of Jesus and His true saints on the Earth? Does the New Testament teach this? What about the Hebrew scriptures? What will it be like? Why do some say it will last one thousand years? What did God inspire the Apostles Peter and John to write related to that? Did early Christian leaders like Papias and Melito teach the millennial reign? Did Greco-Roman saints like Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, and Hippolytus write about it? Did any believe that the weekly seventh-day Sabbath was related to the millennium? Will Satan be bound for one thousand years? Did early Christians teach the millennial reign on the earth? Is the millennium a "Protestant invention as Thomas Nash wrote? Did Martin Luther even believe in the millennium or did his followers condemn the Anabaptists for teaching it? Will the millennium be peaceful or warring? What will happen with food production? Will the nature of ferocious animals change? Dr. Thiel addresses these matters and more with scriptures, quotes, and historical references.
A written article of related interest is available titled: "Did The Early Church Teach Millenarianism?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/millenarianism.htm
Are you supposed to give offerings during the Days of Unleavened Bread? Does God need you money? What about the widow who gave all that she had? Will the work get done if you do not support it? Is it good for you to give? What are church funds used for? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
Elder Aleksandar Veljic talks about the Days of Unleavened Bread and our relationship with Jesus Christ. He also explains why we are not to spiritually leave the lessons of the Days of Unleavened Bread behind us. He discusses being the end-time sons of Abraham. He points out about walking our on faith and doing things because God says so. "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23). God's Holy Spirit, if you will heed it, you will be able to chip away at and overcome sin.
For more on the Last Day of Unleavened Bread, check out the article titled "The Seventh Day of Unleavened Bread" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/last-day-of-unleavened-bread.htm
The Old Testament gives instructions related to the Days of Unleavened Bread--but without a lot of details as to the meaning. Do these days have any meaning or purpose for Christians? Does the Bible teach that there is a cause for each effect? What is leaven anyway? Does leaven symbolically picture sin? What is sin? Do Christians sin? Why is sin so bad? What about sin versus righteousness? What's so bad about sin? Can sin affect your position as well as happiness throughout eternity? Do some seem to be hardened to sin? Are Christians, including Laodicean ones, ever puffed up? Why did God create anything? How can sin impact your character and eternity? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.
A written article of related interest is available titled "Leaven, Sin, and Why to Not Sin " URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/unleaven-bread-sin-purpose.htm
Did you know that the biblical calendar differs from the commonly used Roman calendar? What are both based on? How do they differ? When does the Bible teach the first month of the year is? What are the names of the biblical months and when do they fall? Did Hillel II invent the 'calculated' calendar in the fourth century or simply make the rules public? Did Jesus use a calculated calendar? What about the date of His final Passover and His execution? Dr. Thiel addresses these questions as well as shows a chart of when God's Holy Days fall on the Roman calendar.
A written article of related interest is available titled "Calculated or observed calendar?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/calculated-or-observed-calendar.htm
Information on God's Holy Days can be found in the free online booklet titled "Should You Observe God’s Holy Days or Demonic Holidays?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/GodsHolyDays.pdf
The Days of Unleavened Bread are mentioned in the Old Testament. Did Jesus keep them? Did Jesus teach lessons about leaven? Was Jesus resurrected during the Days of Unleavened Bread? Was Jesus the 'wave sheaf offering' of Leviticus 23? Does the New Testament enjoin keeping the Days of Unleavened Bread? Should Christians only keep the Passover and not the Days of Unleavened Bread? Why seven days of unleavened bread? What is leaven anyway? What is sin? Does pride puff up like leaven? Was Jesus our unleavened sacrifice? Should we eat some unleavened bread on each of the Days of Unleavened Bread? Did the Apostles keep the Days of Unleavened Bread? What about early Christians like Polycarp and Polycrates? What are some reasons that faithful Christians would keep the Days of Unleavened Bread today? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues.
A written article of related interest is available titled "Unleavened Bread, Jesus, and the New Testament?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/ulb-nt.htm
What is the most pleasing offering to God? At what age should someone be responsible for giving an offering to God? Having a giving attitude builds character development. This video from the Continuing Church of God goes over some of these things and more for the offertory during the Days of Unleavened Bread.
Did you know that Easter is supposed to be Passover according to the 'Catechism of the Catholic Church'? Was this originally observed by Christians on a day other than Sunday? Was Passover originally a resurrection holiday or a commemoration of Christ's death? In this sermon, Dr. Thiel goes over many amazing historical and biblical facts about Easter and Passover. He cites Jesus' words about worship. He also quotes the Apostle Paul who warned about combining demonic worship practices with Passover. He cites the Apostle John's words about not being faithful to what he taught as well as some of what John taught about antichrists. Dr. Thiel addresses "fact checkers" and others who assert that the Babylonian goddess Ishtar is not associated with Easter. He cites the 8th century monk known as the "venerable Bede" who taught that Easter came from Eostre, the pagan goddess of the dawn. Dr. Thiel also discusses Easter eggs, Easter rabbits, and their ties to paganism. This is a sermon to watch if you are interested in worshiping God in spirit and in truth.
An article of Related interest is available titled "Did Early Christians Celebrate Easter?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/easter.htm
This is the fourth part of a six part sermon series covering the Book of Romans. In this sermon, Dr. Thiel covers each verse in the 9th and 10th chapters of the Book of Romans. He also includes comments from the late Herbert W. Armstrong. He answers questions such as , 'Why the Flood?, Why the Ten Plagues on Egypt?, and What is the Lord of the Sabaoth?' He discusses God's plan and the 'short work.' Faith, grace, mercy, Jesus' words, obedience, love, and salvation are also discussed. The 'falling away' that hit the old Worldwide Church of God is discussed with reference to the Book of Zechariah.
A written article of related interest is also available titled "Comments on the Book of Romans" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/romanshwa.htm
This is the fifth sermon in a six part series covering the Apostle Paul's epistle to the Romans. In this sermon, Dr. Thiel covers chapters 11 and 12 of that letter. He also has various comments about it from the late Herbert W. Armstrong. The full number of the Gentiles is discussed as well as the fulness of Israel coming in. Dr. Thiel goes over parts related to governance, individuality, and the need to be serious about your commitment to Christianity. He also refers to literature proving God's existence, Jesus' Messiahship, the books of the Bible, and where the most faithful Church of God is today.
A written article of related interest is available titled "Comments on Romans;" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/romanshwa.htm
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