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The Bible is full of types and patterns. Richard Close discusses various events in the Old Testament that are a type of the yet-to-be-revealed Christ and the Grace of God in the lives of His creation.

In this sermon, Dr. Thiel answers questions that have been submitted to the Church of God on many topics, such as:

What about making/receiving organ donations?
Should you chew tobacco?
Is there any help to overcome bad habits?
Did Joseph W. Tkach, Sr. have the mantle of succession?
What is 'servile work'?
Is sexual intercourse prohibited on the Sabbath?
Is a 'holy kiss' ever appropriate?
Can you home school your children?
Was it possible for Jesus to be born on December 25th?
Should we fear conspiracy theories involving the Bilderbergers, Trilateralists, Vatican, Council of Foreign Relations, Freemasons, etc.?
Should you force your 'legal rights'?
Does Daniel 9 help prove Jesus is the Messiah?
Why should the Jews accept Jesus as Messiah?
What about the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon?
Is it acceptable for men to wear earrings?

Dr. Thiel goes through scriptures, facts, COG documents, and historical information to provide answers.

You feel that you should follow God. Have you proven that God exists? Should you? Can you prove that Jesus was the prophesied Messiah as opposed to being one of many religious leaders throughout history? What is truth? What about the Bible? Can you have religious certainty? If the Bible is true, what books should be in it? If God is calling you, will you respond to that call? How are you supposed to live as a Christian? Can you get assistance on the ten commandments, holy day, prayer, and faith? What about the gospel of the Kingdom of God? What about life's biggest questions? Why did God create anything? Why did God make you? Should you support the work of the true church? Can history and scriptures help you identify the true Christian church? What about the truest Philadelphian Church of God at this time? Is reading enough or should you obey and be a doer of the word? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and suggests free online scripture-filled books and booklets to aid those who are in a quest for the truth. As Jesus said, "you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

A written article of related interest is available titled "I have made the decision to follow God. Now what?" URL: https://www.ccog.org/i-have-made-the-decision-to-follow-god-now-what/

With all that is going on in the world in the 21st century, people want to know about the Great Tribulation. They want to know when it is, what signs to look for, and how to be spared from it. This sermon addresses seals, troubles, the beginning of sorrows, the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, wars and rumors of war, food inflation, famines, modern agricultural practices, engineered food, the relevance of the nation of Israel, the peace deal of Daniel 9:27, the "prince,' the King of the North, the King of the South, US debt, PESCO, the coming reorganization of Europe, Iran, Syria, & great damage to Jerusalem, the abomination of desolation, the fig tree budding generation, fleeing, the holy place, animal sacrifices, the Temple Institute and Sanhedrin, the proclamation of the gospel of the kingdom of God, persecutions, the decree of Zephaniah 2:1-3, the place of the wilderness, Philadelphian Christians being protected from the coming hour of trial, the Beast & the False Prophet, potential nuclear attack on the USA, United Kingdom, and Canada, and that Christians should watch, support the work, and pray.

A written article of related interest is available titled "The Great Tribulation: What Happens First?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/great-tribulation.htm

Do you want to be happy? Most people do. Is it possible to be happy in this world? Most people aren't happy, because they don't know what real happiness is according to the Bible. This sermon goes over many scriptures about what happiness is and also what it is not. Christians should not focus on temporal pleasures, seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, strive to obey God's commands--and that includes how you physically work, trust God, accept chastisement, tests, and trials, have the right vision, not worry, be confident, be careful about complaints, strive for unity in Christian fellowship. rejoice and keep the Holy Days, forgive, not allow the root of bitterness to take hold, work on maintaining your family God's way, be thankful, choose God's ways, look to eternity, look forward to the role of giving love in a unique way to make eternity better for themselves and others. Dr. Thiel addresses these and other issues for Christians and happiness.

A written article of related is available titled "Biblical Keys to Happiness" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/keys-to-happiness.htm

A free online book of interest is available titled "The MYSTERY of GOD’s PLAN: Why Did God Create Anything? Why Did God Make You?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/mystery-gods-plan-why-did-god-create-anything.pdf

Is the evolutionary explanation of spontaneous generation, also known as abiogenesis, possibly the origin of life? What about the Drake equation and the Fermi paradox? Does mathematics support the view that RNA. Did RNA come from something alive or did the first living organism come from non-living RNA? Do proteins and DNA need to be present together for cells to work? Did Nobel prize-winning scientist Dr. George Wald admit that spontaneous generation of life is impossible? Have various scientists concluded that "intelligent design" or some type of spiritual "creator" produced the first life? Is Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson's assertion that evolution is just as proven as gravity true? Did Charles Darwin admit that many were making a religion out of things he speculated? Did Darwin teach his theory on the origin of life would break down if cells were more complicated than he thought? Is there "knowledge falsely called science"? What did Jesus say was "truth"? Do human beings all share the same blood according to the Bible and scientists? Do many claimed scientists accept myths and call the myths science? Is it logical to believe that God created life as shown in the book of Genesis in the 21st century?

A free online book of related interest is available titled "Is God's Existence Logical?" at https://www.cogwriter.com/GodLogical.pdf

Are you interested in being part of the most faithful Christian church? Could God be calling you? Will you "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good"? Do you have an attitude to be like the Bereans of old who "searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so" (Acts 17:11)? Do you believe you should participate in the work of the continuation of the Philadelphia (cf. Hebrews 13:1) portion of the true Church (Revelation 3:7-13)? Are there scriptures and any steps involved? If so, what are they? What about baptism? In this sermonette video, Dr. Thiel goes over many scriptures and explains how someone, with or without a Church of God background can be considered as a member of the Continuing Church of God. He also goes over ten steps that people with such interest should do.

A written article of related interest is also available titled "How Do I Become a Member of the Continuing Church of God?" URL: https://www.ccog.org/how-do-i-become-a-member-of-the-continuing-church-of-god/

Revelation 6:1-8 shows the opening of four seals and discusses the rides of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Each of which appears to be associated with aspects of the "beginning of sorrows" that Jesus mentions in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. What do each of the horsemen represent? Did the old Worldwide Church of God teach that these rides were still in the future in the late 21st century? Could any have began in the 21st century? Does the rider of the white horse represent Jesus or false religion? Are there ties to the interfaith and ecumenical movements? What might the bow the horseman has represent? Could this be a tie to Satan the Devil? What about the Beast and False Prophet? Has the "beginning of sorrows" started? Could the first seal be opened? Could COVID-19 have anything to do with the second seal? Has "the peace" been taken from the earth? Could the rider of the red horse have began with an opening of the second seal? What about riots, looting wars, and rumors of war? Are food inflation, food shortages, and famines associated with the opening of the third seal and rider of the black horse of famine? Could human actions such as evolution teachings, genetically-modified crops, and viral research be factors in the rides of the four horsemen? Is more than death related to pestilences associated with the rider of the pale horse, the fourth seal? Why might this be a factor in 666? Will most people fail to recognize the rides of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse until it is too late to take action? What about the fifth seal and the start of the Great Tribulation? Are there problems with Roman and Eastern Orthodox prophecies concerning the end and the Great Monarch? What about prophecies related to Noah, the King of the North, Armageddon, and Antichrist? Dr. Thiel covers these issues and also includes some speculation and analysis.

A written article of related interest is available titled "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/four-horsemen-of-the-apocalypse.htm

This is the final sermon of a series of messages on how the Continuing Church of God differs from Protestantism. The Lutheran World Federation, as well as many Protestants, are interested in ecumenical unity with the Church of Rome. The Roman Catholics consider themselves to be the 'Mother Church' as can also be shown in an inscription on St. John's Lateran Cathedral. Did early Protestant Reformers such as Martin Luther and John Calvin consider that the pope was the Antichrist? Does the Bible endorse ecumenical unity as the 'latter rain' during this age? Did Jesus come to bring unity or division according to the New Testament? Does the Bible warn people to be separate from the unclean Mystery Babylon the Great of the city of seven hills? What about the Athanasian Creed? What about Mary to unify? Will apparitions, stigmatics, incorruptibles, 'eucharistic miracles,' speaking in tongues, and/or other signs and lying wonders deceive most on the earth? Do Protestants properly imitate Jesus or truly understand the gospel of the Kingdom of God? Not only does Dr. Thiel deal with these issues, he goes over dozens of early Christian doctrines that the CCOG holds, but that Protestants do not--most of which came from Rome and/or pagan sources or 'tradition.' Dr. Thiel mentions how Protestants do not truly believe in 'sola Scriptura', that 17th and 18th century Church of God writers noted that Protestants (including the Puritans) did not 'reform' enough, and which church holds to the original faith. He also discusses why God made humans and what they are intended by the Bible to do. Was there too much 'parting of the ways' in Protestantism? Has Protestantism departed from THE WAY and often call it a cult? What do history and scriptures show? Dr. Thiel challenges viewers to accept the word of God and facts of history over traditions and feelings in order to support the true Christian church.

Several free online books of related interest are available.

"Hope of Salvation: How the Continuing Church of God differs from Protestantism" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/protestant-ccog-differences.pdf

"Continuing History of the Church of God" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/continuing-history-of-the-church-of-god.pdf

"The MYSTERY of GOD’s PLAN: Why Did God Create Anything? Why did God make you?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/mystery-gods-plan-why-did-god-create-anything.pdf

"Where is the True Christian Church Today?" URL" https://www.cogwriter.com/WhereistheTrueChristianChurchToday.pdf

" Universal OFFER of Salvation, Apokatastasis: Can God save the lost in an age to come? Hundreds of scriptures reveal God's plan of salvation"
https://www.cogwriter.com/universal-offer-of-salvation-apokatastasis.pdf

Are any Christians going to be protected from the Beast during 42 months of the Great Tribulation and Day of the Lord? Did Jesus tell Christians that they would need to flee or that they would be part of a secret rapture? Does Jesus come before the Great Tribulation or after the Day of the Lord? Which trumpet does the Bible say that Jesus returns with? Is the Church mentioned in Revelation 4-18? Are Christians subject to persecution from the Beast and Antichrist? What does David Jeremiah teach? What does Joel Richardson teach? What about Tim LaHaye and Hal Lindsey? What about babies, Left Behind, and Kirk Cameron? How does the abomination Daniel wrote about tie in with the accounts in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke? What about proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God? What about the Apostle Paul's writings in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17? and 1 Corinthians 15:50-53? What is prophesied to happen to the majority of end time Christians? Are only the Philadelphians promised protection from the 'hour of trial'? What about those of Thyatira, Sardis, and Laodicea? Are the preterists right? Are the 'independents' right? What about the 'gather together' prophecies in places like Zephaniah 2? What did Greco-Roman saints like Irenaeus of Lyon and Hippolytus of Rome teach about fleeing?

A free online book of related interest is available titled "Hope of Salvation: How the Continuing Church of God differs from Protestantism" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/protestant-ccog-differences.pdf

An article of related interest, with more scriptures claimed to be related to a pretribulation rapture is available titled "Is There A Secret Rapture for the Church? When and Where is the Church Protected?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/rapture.htm

The Bible teaches God is one. How? Unitarians claim one means only one Divine Being, normally known to Christians as the Father. Trinitarians claim that the Godhead consists of three co-equal parts, being the Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. Binitarians (sometimes called Semi-Arians) teach that the Father (Ancient of Days) and the Son (Jesus) are God, that the Holy Spirit is the power of God (like an effluence or finger), and that after the resurrection Christians will be born again into the very family of God. What does the New Testament teach? Were portions of 1 John 5:7-8 wrongly added to many Bibles? What did early Church of God writers teach? What did Gregory Thaumaturgus teach? What did Bart Ehrman teach on the trinity? Do Jesus and the Father have different words and wills? Was Jesus fully Divine after the incarnation or did He empty Himself of His Divinity? What has Dr. Daniel Wallace taught about the gender of the Holy Spirit? What was the involvement of apostates such as Valentinus and Montanus on the trinity? What about Emperor Constantine and Athanasius? What was the primary belief of the Godhead at the A.D. 325 Council of Nicea? What was officially adopted at the A.D. 381 Council of Constantinople? Did Theodosius declare that those who did not accept the Greco-Roman trinity to be "foolish madmen"? Do many teach a doctrine of Antichrist when it comes to the Godhead? Did Martin Luther, Catholic scholars, and Protestant scholars (like Dr. Harold Brown) teach the trinity was a mystery? Was Theophilus of Antioch or Tertullian of Carthage the first to use the Latin term 'trinitas,' meaning trinity? Did Theophilus teach deification and that humans were the Wisdom that were the third part of God? Does the Continuing Church of God adhere to sola Scriptura and the original faith on the Godhead? Dr. Thiel covers these topics with scriptures, quotes, and historical references.

A free online book of related interest is available titled "Hope of Salvation: How the Continuing Church of God differs from Protestantism"

URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/protestant-ccog-differences.pdf

Did early Christians have crosses or similar icons? Is the word cross actually in the inspired original text of the New Testament? What about the word crucify or crucifixion? Did early Christians teach that Jesus was impaled on a tree? What did Peter, Polycarp, and Melito write? What about the influence of the pagan sun god worshiping Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena. What did Eastern Orthodox Bishop Timothy Kallistos Ware say was the "triumph of orthodoxy" in 843 related to the "Seventh Ecumenical Council"? What about "staurograms"? What about funerary symbols like X and +: were they related to the cross or millenarianism according to scholars like the Roman Catholic priest Bellarmino Bagatti? Did the Paterenes and Cathari claim the cross was the "mark of the Beast"? What about the late Sir Isaac Newton? Did the Catholic priest Hudeche point to a 'chi-rho' cross (which looks like an ancient Egyptian angk) as a possible mark of the Beast? Do Roman Catholic prophetic writings state that cross bearers will persecute and kill those that will not be marked with a red cross on their foreheads? What about the Latin Tiburtine Sibyl? Were Christmas trees why Roman Catholics called Protestantism the "Tannebaum religion"? Was December 25th celebrated by pagans as "Natalis invicti solis"? Was the demonically influenced Gregory Thaumaturgus a factor in 'Marian cults' that arose in the third century? Has he, along with Constantine, been credited with allowing pagan worship practices and symbols to increase church membership according the the19th century Cardinal John Newman? Should Christians keep Valentine's Day? Does Valens have any possible connection to Nimrod of Genesis 10:8-10)? Should ministers were reverse collars and special clothing adopted from pagan priests of Mithra? Is tithing biblical? What about multiple tithes? What are the three biblical tithes for? Did early Christians and faithful Sabbath-keepers avoid eating unclean meat throughout history? What are ramifications of "be you holy because God is holy"?

Much of this information is also covered in the free online book titled "Hope of Salvation: How the Continuing Church of God differs from Protestantism" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/protestant-ccog-differences.pdf

The ''Feast of Tabernacles'' is a 7-day Biblical pilgrimage festival, also known as the Feast of Booths or simply ''Tabernacles" (Jews tend to call it Sukkot or Sukkah). It occurs in September and/or October each year on the Roman calendar. Should Christians keep it? Where is it kept? How is it financed? Did God partially create the moon to mark it in Genesis? Did Jesus and the Apostle Paul keep it? Does the New Testament show that Paul observed it and tied lessons in with it? Did early Jewish and non-Jewish Christians keep it? Does it have any relationship to the weekly Sabbath and the millennium? What about Nepos of Alexandria? What is the Feast of Tabernacles supposed to represent? Is the book of the law to be read every seven years at it, like 2006,2013, 2020, and 2027? Has any of that been done? What did Papias of Hieropolis, Polycarp of Smyrna, and Irenaeus of Lyon write about it? Did Methodius of Olympus teach that it was commanded and that those who did not keep it would not enter the Kingdom? What did Didymus the Blind and Cyril of Alexandria write about its importance? What did Jerome write that the Judeao-Christian Nazerenes taught about it? Was this festival kept by early, middle ages, and modern Christians? Should you keep it today? Dr. Thiel discusses these matters and more.

Are differences between Protestants and the Continuing Church of God more than the day of the week we worship on? Are there major differences on teachings about salvation? Does the God of love have a plan of salvation that makes sense? Is there a millennial Kingdom of God? Is this part of God's plan of salvation for those who are called and properly respond to that calling in this age? What will resurrected Christians be doing during the millennium and the 'Last Great Day'? Did the Lutheran Augsburg Diet {Council} of 1530 condemn millenarianism? Will most be lost? What is the 'unpardonable sin'? Will idolaters, Jews, and Gentiles be given one real opportunity for salvation? What about those blinded? Will all be given an opportunity for salvation? Must all be saved? What about Matthew 24:14 and the full number of the Gentiles? Are there three resurrections? What did evangelists Raymond McNair and Dr. Herman Hoeh teach? Does the gospel of the Kingdom of God include Jesus? Did Lutherans condemn people who were opposed to Christian involvement in military service and swearing oaths? Dr. Thiel answers these questions and more.

A free online book of related interest is available titled "Hope of Salvation: How the Continuing Church of God differs from Protestantism"

URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/protestant-ccog-differences.pdf

Are there 'last days' signs or manifestations of the Holy Spirit prophesied? If so, should we be seeing and accepting them today? The Apostle Peter preached a sermon on the Day of Pentecost in c. 31 A.D. where he quoted the prophet Joel. Is that relevant today? Will you believe the word of God? Does any Church of God (COG) have 17 or so confirmed last days' manifestations/signs of Holy Spirit shown in Acts 2:17-18? Should any? Did the late Pastor General of the old Worldwide Church of God (WCG), Herbert W. Armstrong taught that there should be a duality to Joel 2:28-29? Are there more than doctrinal differences between the Continuing Church of God and other COGs? What are the seventeen last day's signs that help confirm that God is manifesting His Spirit in the Continuing Church of God? Does God use dreams in the 21st century? Do you have have different criteria than Jesus and the word of God? What about Philadelphians, Sardisians, Thyatirans, and Laodiceans? What work does the word of God point to now? Can you believe the prophets like Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Habakkuk? Will you answer when Jesus knocks? Can you accept the still small voice of prophetic dreams? Dr. Thiel discusses these issues and more in this intended Pentecost weekend sermon.

A written article of related interest is available titled "Does the CCOG have the confirmed signs of Acts 2:17-18?" URL: https://www.ccog.org/does-the-ccog-have-the-confirmed-signs-of-acts-217-18/

A free book titled 'Where is the True Christian Church Today?', is available online at: https://www.cogwriter.com/WhereistheTrueChristianChurchToday.pdf

On the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2, the Apostle Peter spoke to Jews and proselytes from many lands. He also said that God wanted to reach those that were "afar off." The Apostle Paul was appointed by God to reach the Gentiles. Do more Gentiles need to be reached? What did Herbert W. Armstrong write about Romans 11:25? Is part of your calling to support reaching them and others? Dr. Thiel addresses these and other matters in this offertory intended for the Day of Pentecost.

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Although Seventh Day Baptists (SDBs), Seventh-day Adventist (SDAs), and Messianic Jews keep some version of the seventh day Sabbath, are they Protestant or Church of God. What do they claim? What do they teach? What do SDAs and Messianic Jews teach about their history? Do SDBs cite groups who held Church of God (COG) and not SDB doctrines? Which group teaches the original biblical Christian faith? How do the SDAs, Messianics, and SDBs agree with Protestants on issues such as salvation, history, and the Godhead, which differ greatly from the Continuing Church of God (CCOG)? Are there really 613 laws of the Torah? Are the 613 mist What are 28 ways the SDBs differ from the CCOG? Are 'Black Israelites' right about Jesus being a black African? Was the Day of Atonement on October 22, 1844 according to Rabbinical or Karaite Jews? Did the SDAs or COG come out of the Millerite movement? Did Ellen White make false prophecies that she insisted came from God? If so, what were some of them? Did the SDA church send out literature it knew was clearly wrong? Was Ellen G. White's sanctuary interpretation the "complete system of truth"? Did SDAs once teach crosses were pagan, but now include them in their official logo? Which of the 4 churches (SDB,SDA, Messianic, CCOG) doctrines have the most biblical and historical support? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.

A free online book of related interest is available titled "Hope of Salvation: How the Continuing Church of God differs from Protestantism" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/protestant-ccog-differences.pdf

What were early church services like? Were they mainly focused on entertainment or scriptural messages? Were they like musical concerts or time to learn from the word of God? Did early Protestants condemn the bishops of Rome for changing the day of the Sabbath to Sunday? Did early Protestants end up proving to Roman Catholics that they did not believe in 'sola Scriptura' because of the Sabbath? What about the plan of God? Did early Christians teach the Platonic view that their goal was to attain to a 'beatific vision'? Is the purpose of humanity mainly to give glory to God? Does the Protestant message miss why God made anything and why God made humans? What did Justin Martyr teach about going to heaven upon death? Is heaven the reward of the saved? Did Mithraism believe that? What did early Christians teach according N.T. Wright and Christopher Morse? What about the influence of Emperor Constantine? What is the state of the dead? Is soul sleep only an Old Testament concept that Christians should not accept? What were the three doctrines that A.N. Dugger said were unique to the Church of God that he felt no Protestant group actually held to?
Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more in this sermon related to how the Continuing Church of God differs from Protestantism.

A free online book of related interest is available titled "Hope of Salvation: How the Continuing Church of God differs from Protestantism" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/protestant-ccog-differences.pdf

Protestants claim to base their doctrines on the Bible. 'Sola Scriptura' (Latin for 'Bible Alone') was the official rallying cry of the Martin Luther's Reformation movement. Yet, Roman Catholics and others have noted that Protestants have many practices, such as Sunday, oaths, and baptismal matters, that were adopted out of tradition. Even Harvard Protestant scholar Harold Brown wrote that Lutherans learned "the usefulness of tradition" when encountering doctrines based upon the appeal to the Bible alone. Does the Continuing Church of God or Protestantism better abide by 'sola scriptura'? What about Saturday, Sunday, Holy Days, and Holidays? What did Martin Luther King, Jr. teach about Mithraism, Sunday, Christmas, and other doctrines. Does truth in worship matter? Can the truth be known? Did Paul write praises of imitating the Churches of God that were in Judea? What were some of their practices? What about unclean meats? Are Christians to do what Jesus said? What have Chris and Kerry Shock taught about the importance of keeping the Sabbath? Do Protestant scholars teach that both Jews and Gentiles kept the Sabbath? What about in the Celtic regions such as the British Isles (including Ireland)? Did Polycarp of Smyrna and Theophilus of Antioch keep the Sabbath? Are there Protestant mistranslations of Hebrews 4:9, Colossians 2:16-17, and Galatians 4:8-10 that have confused Protestants?

A free, related, online book is available titled "Hope of Salvation: How the Continuing Church of God differs from Protestantism" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/protestant-ccog-differences.pdf

Pentecost is listed in Leviticus, chapter 23 as one of God's Holy Days. What is the significance of Pentecost? What has God revealed about His plan to offer salvation to all mankind through the Holy Day of Pentecost? Should people still observe Pentecost today? Will this and the other Holy Days be observed in the future? What was one of the unique powers conveyed to the 12 apostles on Pentecost? What gift from the Father was given to mankind on the Day of Pentecost? Did any Old Testament prophecies begin to be fulfilled on the first Pentecost after Christ's resurrection? Please join us in a search of the scriptures to learn some of what God has to say about this Holy Day.

What are views 'Protestant' and Greco-Romans such as Marcion, Constantine, John Chrysostom, Gregory of Nyssa, and Martin Luther have towards Jews? What about modern Lutherans and other Protestants? How does that contrast from the views and actions of Church of God leaders such as Herbert W. Armstrong and Bob Thiel? Were Christians supposed to be hateful and murderous persecutors? Can the USA be identified in prophecy? What about the so-called 'ten lost tribes'? Could France, Israel, Finland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Ireland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway Iceland, Great Britain/United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and parts of Zimbabwe and South Africa? What has Greg Laurie, Ed Mlynar, and Irvine Baxter claimed? What does the Bible teach about what has been called British-Israelism? Was Walter Martin right to dismiss what he called 'Anglo-Israelism'? Did Church of God leaders essentially predict 'Brexit" in the last century? What did early Christian leaders teach about military service, violence, and watching violent sports?Were there those among the Albigenses, Bomogils, Patrenes, Waldenses, and Paulicians who would not kill in war? What did Emperor Constantine and various popes do? Did Martin Luther claim that God told him to have around 100,000 peasants killed? Did early Lutherans condemn pacifists? Should infants be baptized? What did John Calvin, Martin Luther, Ulriucus Zuinglius and teach? Is baptism to be by immersion or sprinkling? Can babies repents and accept Jesus? Did Jesus push aside or bless children? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more in this fifth part of a multi-part sermon series explaining how the Continuing Church of God differs from Protestantism.

A free, related, online book is available titled "Hope of Salvation: How the Continuing Church of God differs from Protestantism" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/protestant-ccog-differences.pdf

Billions of people are afraid for many reasons, including COVID-19. Are any fears good? Are there mindless fears and phobias? Can autosuggestion be deceptive? Can you deal with mental torment? What are some causes of bad dreams (nightmares)? Does Satan try to exploit fears through his lies? Can the weak become strong? Were Christ's disciples ever fearful? Are there biblical ways to deal with fear? What about spiritual fear and the 'fear of God'? The late evangelists Dr. Herman Hoeh had an article published in 1955 titled 'How to Conquer Your Fears?' What are eight steps from the Apostle Peter? What did Jesus teach about worry? Are most Christians Philadelphian? What did Jesus teach about fear? What is the ultimate biblical fate for cowards?

Here a the list of ten steps to help rid yourself of fear:

1. "Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things" (Philippians 4:8). Changing your mental focus will help you push out fear.
2. Develop faith. "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17).
3. Add virtue to your faith in the power of God. You cannot your sins from God (cf. Psalm 90:8).
4. Add to virtue knowledge. Study the word of God, study CCOG literature, pay attention to sermons (ContinuingCOG YouTube sermon channel) and sermonettes (BibleNewsProphecy YouTube sermonette channel).
5. Add self-control to knowledge. Resist Satan and his hopes that you will walk by sight instead of faith.
6. Add patience to self-control. You may have to go through many tests and trials to build patience, but as you get through the tests and trials you should have the faith to recognize that God got you through them and that you do not need to fear.
7. Add godliness to patience.
8. Add to patience brotherly kindness. "Let Philadelphia continue" (Hebrews 13:1).
9. Add to brotherly kindness love.
10. Be courageous. "He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6).

This is how YOU can conquer your fears and worries! Ask God for help to carry out His ten-fold plan to attain real peace of mind.

Then there is also prayer and fasting.

Yes, through God's help you can rid yourself of fear. This sermon by Dr. Thiel covers these topics and more.

An article of related interest is available titled 'Ten Steps to Rid Yourself of Fear' URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/fear.htm

A free booklet, related to prayer and fasting, is also available titled 'Prayer: What Does the Bible Teach?' URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/Prayer.pdf

The 6th chapter of the Book of Revelation tells of the ride of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. What do each represent? Is the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, part of the fourth horseman? Does the Bible point to around 2 billion people dying from hunger, war, and the beasts of the earth? Was the ancient Roman Empire impacted by pestilences? What about the black death, also known as the Bubonic plague? Are disease epidemics part of the beginning of sorrow and troubles that Jesus spoke about in Matthew 24 and Mark 13? Does the pale green horseman represent Islam? Could genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or synthetic biology cause or contribute to coming pandemics? Is chemical and biological warfare (CBW) a real threat to humanity? What about a doomsday bug or antibiotic resistant superbugs? Is fear a contagion that will help people move away from democracy? Will scientists be able to stop what is coming? It the good news that the Kingdom of God will? Could COVID-19 be setting the stage for the rise of the 'prince,' who will become the totalitarian Beast of the Sea (also known as 666 and the King of the North)? Is this leader similar to the Great Monarch of Greco-Roman Catholic prophecies? When is the Great Monarch supposed to arise according to the Eastern Orthodox? Why might Europe be less affected by the ride of the third horseman that the US, Canada, and the UK? Are governments taking steps now, consistent with the words of Adolf Hitler? What seal represents the start of the Great Tribulation? Which Christians did Jesus promise to protect from the coming "hour of trial"?

A written article of related interest is available titled "Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/fourth-horseman-apocalypse-pale-horse-of-death.htm

Do words matter? What is the third commandment? Does the command cover more than cursing with God's name? Are cursing and blaspheming the same thing? Are we to try to control our words and our thoughts? Are there inappropriate or blasphemous religious titles? Is calling yourself a Christian without being a real one a form of blasphemy? Can real Christians blaspheme God's name by not living as a proper Christian? What about 'sacred names'? What about the use of euphemisms? Can you be speaking against God when you speak against His ministers? What about talebearing or gossip? What about swearing or taking oaths? How about affirmations? Did Satan use God's name in vain? Was cursing a sin before the Ten Commandments were written in stone on Mount Sinai? What about after Jesus was resurrected? What did James, Peter, and Paul teach in the New Testament portion of the Bible related to words and blasphemy? What about Old Testament writings and the command in Exodus 20? Did people blaspheme God when they spoke against Moses, Aaron, and Samuel? Can you blaspheme God through hypocrisy? Are Christians to use words to hurt or words to help? What about bullying? Will the Beast of the Sea and the final Antichrist use blasphemous words? Will you be judged for your words? Dr. Thiel addresses these and more in this sermon?

A written article of related interest is available titled "Third Commandment: Words Matter" URL: https://cogwriter.com/third-commandment-words-matter.htm

Is sin more than just acts of disobedience? Is there a law of sin? Should you strive to not let sin reign over your mortal body? Does sin have a deadly power? Do all, including Christians, stumble? Do sin and leaven have similarities? How can you overcome sin? Instead of feeding the carnal nature, how can you feed the spiritual nature? What about Bible study, prayer, meditation, sermons, fellowship, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit? Do Christians need to endure? What about lust and covetousness? What about pride and humility? Are Christians to bring every thought into captivity? Are you aware of steps to overcome sin such as controlling thoughts, fleeing from temptation, not lingering, controlling natural desires, controlling a temper, and not loving the world? What did Jesus, Pail, Peter, James, and various others teach on this? Would you like to overcome sin's deadly power? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more in this video.

A written article of related interest is available titled "
Overcome Sin's Deadly Power!" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/overcome-deadly-sin.htm

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