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Is utopia possible? Will humans bring it about? Are we about to go from a time of chaos to a time of humanitarian peace? Will climate change policies result in equity? Will gender fluidity and reproductive rights lead to peace? What about the World Council of Churches, the Vatican, the ecumenical/interfaith movement? Was the United Nation's the last real hope for human peace? Should we expect the 'great reset' to be the answer? What about a possible European utopia? Is a time of peace going to come? What about the Kingdom of God? Will it be a millennium of peace? Is it really real? Can a church-state combination bring in a time of abundance, peace, and prosperity? Will the kingdom of God be based on law and God's governance? Who will teach people in the millennium? Will the nations of this world be angry when Jesus returns? Can you count on the coming millennium utopia from God? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.

A free online booklet mentioned was titled "The Gospel of the Kingdom of God" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/GospeloftheKingdomofGod.pdf

In 1708, Sabbatarian Church of God leader John Maudin, wrote a book titled "The pious Young Man Guide: Or a Compendium and Useful Catechism for Children, and All Young Persons" under the pen name Philotheos (lover of God). It is a discussion between a father and son on why to live according to God's ways and some of how to do so. It also includes warnings about those who claim to teach according to scripture, but instead are deceivers. Listening to Jesus, repentance, the purpose of life, supporting the work, the Ten Commandments, and other matters are discussed. Dr. Thiel also quotes many scriptures that were in or pointed to in this 18th century writing which shows continuity over the past three-plus centuries (Dr. Thiel accidentally stated four centuries in the message--but did point to 1708; whereas it was the Sardis era began just over four centuries ago).

More on the Church of God during the Sardis era can be found in the article
"5. The Sardis Church Era" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/sardischurch.htm

Would you want to hire a contractor to build you a home who did not know how to actually build a house? As parents, we somewhat function as the builders of our children's character. What are some tips from Solomon and the Book of Proverbs to do so? Should you teach your children work habits and punctuality? What happens if children do not develop proper discipline and self-control? Were certain negative traits prophesied for the end times for those who were disobedient to parents? Are God's people supposed to spend time teaching their children God's commands? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues in this video sermonette.

The Didascalia Apostolorum claims it "is the Catholic doctrine of the twelve Apostles and the holy disciples of our Lord." Is that 3rd century document claim true? Where should original Catholic Christian doctrine come from? Was the Nicene Creed the original 'Apostles' Creed'? What about the old Roman Form from Rufinus or the 'Creed of Lucian'? Who used the term 'Catholic Church of God'? Did the murderous Emperor Theodosius enforce a changed creed? What were early church services like? What do we learn from the 'Life of Polycarp' and Melito? What was the original liturgy? What is a 'synaxis'? Was it on Saturday? Was baptism by immersion? Were only adults baptized by early Christians? Did Irenaeus object that Valentinian heretics mixed oil and water? Did Polycarp live to 86 or 104? Did early Christians baptize infants? What about Jesus' blessing of little children? When was the original Passover/Eucharist? Was it to be observed annually or more often according to Emperor Constantine and the Quartodecimens? If Pascha was at night, should it not still be observed then on the 14th of Nisan/Abib? When did the Apostle John, Apostle Philip, Polycarp, Thraseas, Sagaris, Papirius, Polycrates, Apollinaris, and Apollonius keep Passover? What about Easter and the Ishtar/Eostre? What should those wishing to be faithful rely on? Dr. Thiel addresses these matters 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

What is ahead for Russia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Armenia, Malaysia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Nepal, Bhutan, Iran, Myanmar, Kazakhstan, Georgia, the Arab Gulf states, and others in Asia? Is there increased cooperation? What about Vladimir Putin's Eurasian Economic Union and Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative? What about the 200 million man army and Armageddon? What do biblical prophecies reveal? When will Asians here about the gospel of the kingdom of God? Who will destroy the United States? Might China and/or Japan end up with Australia and New Zealand? What about Chinese, Hindu, Russian, and Greco-Roman Catholic predictions? Did Nostradamus make a prediction consistent with biblical prophecy? Did most Asians descend from Japheth and become the Gentile peoples of the coast lands per Genesis 10? Will Asians worship the coming Babylonian European Beast power? Could Marian apparitions, like Fatima, be a factor? What about signs and lying wonders? Did Jeremiah write of a power from the north and ends of the earth would destroy the daughter of Babylon? Did Daniel write that the King of the North would be troubled by a power north and east of Europe? Will all flesh see the salvation of God? Does that include former idolators? Will Asian not called now have an opportunity for salvation after the second resurrection? Is there a way of escape now that individuals, in Asia or elsewhere, can learn about? Will most Asians be saved? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.

An article of possibly related interest is available titled "Asia in Prophecy" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/china3.htm

The Apostle Paul told the Corinthians to keep the Feast and purge the old leaven and to live spiritually unleavened. How long is the festival called the Days of Unleavened Bread? What was recorded in the Book of Exodus that took place on the seventh day of Unleavened Bread? What does the Jewish Temple Institute teach about the timing? What did the children of Israel do when faced with new leaven? Did they also repeatedly yearn for the old leaven of bondage and Egypt? Might Lot and Abraham have kept the Days of Unleavened Bread? Might Sodom and Gomorrah have been destroyed during the Days of Unleavened Bread? What did Herbert W. Armstrong and the old Worldwide Church of God teach about some of these matters? What did Jesus and the New Testament writers teach about leaven, growing, and facing new problems? Is faith important when encountering what could be referred to as 'new leaven'? Are Christians to look back or go forward to grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus? Dr. Thiel covers this in a sermon intended for the seventh day of Unleavened Bread.

A written article of related interest is available titled "Old and New Leaven" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/old-new-leaven.htm

What does the Bible say about the Days of Unleavened Bread? Do they have any applicability for Christians? Did early Christians keep them? What is leaven anyway? What is sin? Can Christians sin? What about the Passover and the sacrifice of Jesus? Should Christians remove leaven from their houses and eat unleavened bread for seven days? What does leaven picture? What do seven days picture? What did Jesus teach about leaven? Was Jesus resurrected during the Days of Unleavened Bread? What about the writings of the Apostles Matthew, John, and Peter? Did the Apostle Paul teach anything about the Days of Unleavened Bread? Should Christians teach their children about it? What about 1 Corinthians 5:7-8? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.

Here is a link to a related article titled "Should Christians Keep the Days of Unleavened Bread?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/unleaven.htm

If Adam ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, God told him he would surely die. Even though Adam had the choice of eating from the Tree of Life, he choose to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which is another way of saying he chose to eat of the Tree of Death. All of Mankind followed in Adam's footsteps. All except Jesus Christ. Yet Jesus Christ died. Why? Is there any significance between the death of Jesus Christ and God's Holy Day called Passover? What was Passed Over on that Holy Day? Is the Holy Day of Passover the first step in God's plan to redeem His family from eternal death to eternal life? This sermon answers these questions.

Was there an Exodus like the Bible teaches? Wikipedia and many secular scholars say that there is no evidence and that the biblical account is accurate. Yet, they overlook, downplay, and/or ignore evidence that supports the biblical account. Does the Ipuwer Papyrus or various steles support the record of the Bible? Is there evidence of Semitic Asiatics from Canaan being in ancient Egypt? What about Joseph and the seven year famine? Could the Egyptian princess that drew Moses out of the river have been Hatshepsut? Was there any Egyptian evidence supporting any of the ten plagues, like the death of the firstborn? Does it make more sense that Amenhotup II or Rameses II was the pharaoh of the time of Moses? Does the date of 1250 BCE or 1446 BCE make more sense for the Exodus? What dates did the late Herman Hoeh point to? What does Solomon's reign and 1 Kings 6:1 have to do with the date of the Exodus? Can you trust the Bible? Dr. Thiel addresses these matters and more.

A written article of related interest is available titled "When was the Exodus? Did it Happen?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/when-was-the-exodus.htm

What is faith? Can faith be increased? What about what happened with John the Baptist and Job? What did Jesus teach? What is the biblical definition of faith? What about faith and works? Can you prove that God exists? Are you supposed to have blind faith? What did the Apostles Paul, James, and Peter teach? Why do people lack faith? Is faith a feeling?

A free online booklet of related interest is available titled "Faith for Those God has Called and Chosen" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/FaithforthoseGodhasCalledandChosen.pdf

Is Satan immortal? Is it accurate to equate spiritual life with eternal life? Does he have eternal life? Or will he perish? Richard Close examines many scriptures indicating that Satan's final fate has been revealed.

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

Does the biblical prohibition against eating blood mean one cannot eat rare meat?
Satan: Immortal or Destructible?
What about casting lots?
Did Jephthah kill his daughter?
Is it better not to vow than to not fulfill one?
Was it only the Jews who were God's chosen people?
Are Christians begotten now?
Ar Christians born again at the resurrection?
Was Jesus equal to the Father?
Does the Star of David have a pagan connection?
What is a soul?
Do the reign of some kings contradict each other?
Is literature available in languages other than English?
Do we discard non-food items for the Days of Unleavened Bread?
What are the names of leavening agents?
What are commonly used ingredients that are not leavening agents?

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

Details regarding being born again and being begotten are in the article titled "Born Again: A Question of Semantics?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/born.htm

The 'Martyrdom of Polycarp states, "The church of God which sojourns at Smyrna to the Church of God which sojourns in Philomelium and to all the congregations of the Holy and Catholic Church in every place … the elect, of whom this most admirable Polycarp was one, having in our own times been an apostolic and prophetic teacher, and bishop of the Catholic Church which is in Smyrna." What type of Catholic was Polycarp: Roman, Eastern Orthodox, or Church of God? Did he have apostolic succession from the Apostle John or Paul? How long did he live? What did he teach? What his associates like Papias or successors like Melito and Polycrates? Did he keep Passover or Easter? Did he keep the Sabbath and biblical holy days or Christmas? Was he trinitarian or binitarian? Did he endorse the Ten Commandments? Did he denounce anti-millennialists like Marcion of Pontus and trinitarians like Valentinus? Did Polycarp know the books of the New Testament? Did he teach in accordance with scripture? Did he not heed the changes from Roman Bishop Anicetus (now known as Pope Anicetus I). Did Polycarp teach doctrines that were later condemned by the Roman and Eastern Orthodox Catholic churches? Was there succession from the See of Ephesus which might also be called the See of Smyrna? Is there a church today with the same basic teachings and commitments to scripture that Polycarp of Smyrna held to? Dr. Thiel address these issues and more.

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

Are you willing to accept the truth about the Bible and church history? What is the Church? Does the Continuing Church of God meet the Vatican's written requirements for being a church? What is the most common name of the church in the New Testament? Are Christians supposed to contend for the original faith or one that (according to Benedict XVI) which resulted in "an irreversible turn" by people like Origen of Alexandria? Do you have sufficient "love of the truth" (2 Thessalonians 2:10) to "prove all things and hold fast that which is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21)? Where were believers first called Christians? Does the Bible call the church holy? Did second century writers often use the expression Church of God? When do we first see the use of the expression "catholic church"? Was the original "catholic church" used in relationship to Rome or Smyrna of Asia Minor? What do we learn from the writings of Ignatius of Antioch and the 'Martyrdom of Polycarp' (written by the Smyrnaeans)? When Pionius of Smyrna used the referred to the Catholic Church could that have been a reference to Rome or the 'Eastern Orthodox' church in Alexandria? In the early third century were Asia Minor and Antioch in fellowship/communion with the major churches in Rome and Alexandria? Did the Nazarenes that Jerome and Epiphanius wrote of accept the Councils of Nicea and Constantinople which were convened by Roman emperors (including the unbaptized Emperor Constantine)? Did anyone ever write of the "Catholic Church of God"? Did Church of God Christians use the term "catholic church" throughout history, even after Emperor Theodosius restricted it and called them insane and madmen? Is the Continuing Church of God like the Protestants or does the Continuing Church of God really have ties to the original apostles? Dr. Thiel addresses these subjects and more.

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

The Bible says God is love. The Bible says the Father sent Jesus to die because of love. If God's plan is all about love, how can you develop it? Is God's character one of love? What about the tests and trials we go through--are they proof that God does or does not love us? What about loving God? What about loving your neighbor? Does loving one's neighbor involve both the physical and the spiritual? Does God love everyone enough to offer salvation to all, either in this age and the age to come? What are some of the connections between the Ten Commandments and love? Did Herbert W. Armstrong's book, The Mystery of the Ages, teach about character and love? Were actual Church of God Christians expected to have their love grow cold in the end times? Will your love wax cold? Was Philadelphia to continue? What does Laodicea mean? What is the love chapter? What about lack of natural affection? How can you develop more love, more compassion? Do prayer, Bible study, and meditation help? Did a disciple with little compassion change and teach a lot about love? Did the Apostle John's disciple, Polycarp of Smyrna, teach about love? Do you want to know how can you have true love? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.

A written article of related interest is available titled "God's Plan: It's All About Love " URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/gods-plan-all-about-love.htm

What is sin? Why do people sin? Are any sins pleasurable? Are sins some type of arbitrary set of rules God imposed to stop people from enjoying life? Are all of God's commandments righteousness? Is the purpose of the commandments love? What about the 'mystery of iniquity,' the mystery of lawlessness? Are many moderns violating and reasoning around the Ten Commandments like the Pharisees of old because of their traditions? Were the Ten Commandments done away? How does God look at sin? What about comparing sins? Is bad behavior excused because everyone is doing it? Is not having faith sin? Are there sins of omission? Are people actually sinning if they are not doing good? Should you repent and confess your sins? Do you need the blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins? What about penance? Are there reasons you should hate sin? What about small sins and 'white lies'? How can you sin less? Dr. Thiel addresses these and more in this sermon.

A written article of related interest is available titled "
What is Sin? How Can You Sin Less?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/sin.htm

How does the Continuing Church of God (CCOG) spend the tithes and offerings it receives? How much did its income change over the prior year? What does the Bible teach about ministerial salaries? Does the New Testament teach support of the poor brethren? Does the CCOG spend too much on Africa and Haiti? What about literature, radio, videos, animations, online platforms, Europe, and administrative expenses? Why doesn't Dr. Thiel or his wife Joyce take a salary? This short sermon addresses those and provides details behind the following spending:

Internet proclamation 6.21%
Printed publications 27.00%
Video and animation production 2.75%
Foreign final phase of the work 7.92%
Future projects 3.80%
US Feast of Tabernacles’ costs and US travel 1.90%
Administration and legal expenses 0.74%
Salaries, health insurance, and retirement plans for US leaders 0.00%
Support to Europe 2.13%
Support to or for Africa, Haiti, and the Philippines 47.55%

Here is a link to the CCOG Donations page: https://www.ccog.org/donations/

A written article of related interest titled: "How does the Continuing Church of God spend the tithes and offerings it receives? is available at: https://www.ccog.org/how-does-the-continuing-church-of-god-spend-the-tithes-and-offerings-it-receives/

Are there any ties between Hindu, Jewish, biblical, and early Christian, understandings of prophecy? Is it possible that the end of the 5000 year 'Kali Yuga' in 2025 coincides with the end of the 6000 years of humanity's rule? Or is it possible that it could closely coincide with the start of the Great Tribulation? Does the Bhagwan Kalki of Hindu prophecies have resemblances to the warring European King of the North Beast power? Have Hindus tied a rider of a white horse with the white horse of the apocalypse (Book of Revelation)? Why could India accept a revised and compromised form of Roman Catholicism? Do Hindu prophecies allow the possibility of following the European Beast and False Prophet (Antichrist)? What are some of the comments from Roman Catholic and Hindu leaders related to interfaith dialogue? What about the pilgrim statue of Fatima? Will God call all Indians? What about the Kingdom of God, White Throne Judgment, first resurrection, two witnesses, Satan's influence, and the second resurrection? Might Indians (such as from India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) support the prophesied 200,000,000 man army and fight against the Beast? Could the Great Tribulation begin in 2025 or 2026? Might the last days of scripture point to Jesus' return by 2031? What is God's plan for the Indians of the east? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues and more.

A free online book of partially related interest is available titled "
Universal OFFER of Salvation, Apokatastasis: Can God save the lost in an age to come? Hundreds of scriptures reveal God’s plan of salvation" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/universal-offer-of-salvation-apokatastasis.pdf

Was the New Testament originally written in Aramaic, Hebrew, or Greek? Did Jesus speak Syriac Aramaic or could the Peshitta be, as Assyrian Church of the East patriarch Shimun XXIII Eshai asserted in 1957, "the language spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and that the Peshitta is the text of the Church of the East which has come down from the Biblical times without any change or revision" ? What about Rylands Library Papyrus P52? What about P66 and P137? Are there over 5800 ancient Greek fragments of the New Testament? Were most of the books of the New Testament addressed to native Greek speakers? Did early church writers write in Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic? Are there 'contradictions' in the Greek that the Aramaic does not have? Were the Aramaic translators unbiased? When is the earliest Aramaic manuscript dated? Does the New Testament show the Apostle Paul speaking in Hebrew? Did Paul and Luke know Greek? Dr. Thiel addresses these and other questions in this sermon.

A free online book that covers much of what the sermon covered (and more) is titled "Who Gave the World the Bible? The Canon: Why do we have the books we now do in the Bible? Is the Bible complete?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/BibleCanon.pdf

A more detailed article on the language of the New Testament is also available titled "Was the New Testament Written in Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/greek-aramaic-hebrew-new-testament.htm

In Mark 13:37 and Luke 21:36, Jesus tells His followers to watch world events that will precede His coming. In this sermon, Dr. Thiel goes over 21 items to watch in 2021 and pointed out events that were related to them in 2020. Dr. Thiel goes through the following list of items to watch in 2021:

1. Scoffers in the Last Days
2. Morality Prophecies Being Fulfilled
3. Media, Internet, and Other Censorship
4. Weather Sorrows and Troubles
5. Earthquakes
6. The White Horse of the Apocalypse
7. Strife and the Red Horse of War
8. Trade
9. The Deal of Daniel 9:27
10. Knowledge Increasing
11. Debt
12. US Dollar Dominance will Decrease
13. Cash and 666
14. Gold
15. Europe Will Work to Reorganize
16. Europe Will Have a Great Army
17. Steps Towards the Formation of the King of the South Will Occur
18. The Time of the Gentiles will Lead to Armageddon
19. Jews Ready to Sacrifice
20. Fulfillment of Matthew 24:14 and 28:19-20
21. Unrest, Terror, and the Dividing of the USA

Dr. Thiel goes over prophetic scriptures (in 2 Timothy, Habakkuk, Amos, Daniel, Matthew, Mark, Romans, Revelation, Isaiah, 2 Corinthians, Psalms), including those that must be fulfilled before the start of the Great Tribulation as well as others that also need to be fulfilled before Jesus returns.

A written article of related interest is also available titled "21 items to prophetically watch in 2021" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/2021prophecies.html

Has there been 8 years of Philadelphian restoration in the Continuing Church of God? What has happened over the past 8 years. What happened in 2020? Was there any interference from censorship by Vimeo or YouTube? What are the plans for the future? Has God poured out His Spirit in the last days consistent with the Apostle Peter's sermon in Acts 2:17-18? Has the CCOG taken more seriously performing the teachings of Deuteronomy 31:10-12 and Matthew 28:19-20 than any other COG that Dr. Thiel had been affiliated with? Is CCOG going through open doors? What about Africa? Does the CCOG now have Spanish language videos? How large is the CCOG? Is the CCOG the fastest growing xWCG organization in the 21st century? What has been going on with websites, videos, personal visits, literature, and youth programs? What about false statements from anti-COG types? Has CCOG been restoring more knowledge of God's plan (cf. Matthew 17:11)? What about preparing for the short work (Romans 9:28), the full number of Gentiles (Romans 11:25), and leading the final phase of the work? Do Laodiceans seem to have a race problem? Are there any future plans for radio? How many languages are available at the CCOG.org website? Why did CCOG acquire CG7.org? Why has CCOG put together a lengthy apostolic succession list? Does the CCOG expect that some of it members will 'instruct many'? Should Philadelphians support CCOG?

A written article of related interest is available ""CCOG 2020 Hindsight: 8 Years of Philadelphian Restoration URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/ccog-eight.html

The New Testament teaches that Christians are to "contend earnestly" (NKJV) or "fight hard" (NJB) for the faith given once for all of God's saintly people (Jude 3). Was Christmas part of the original faith? Did early Christians observe Jesus' birthday? Did the custom of gift giving come from the 'three wise men' or from pagan observances? Did Tertullian of Alexandria warn that Greco-Romans who professed Christianity were compromising with the heathen by participating in idolatrous observances such as Saturnalia in the winter? Does 1 Timothy 6:1 apply for pagan holidays? What about 2 Corinthians 6:15-17? What about the 12 days of Yuletide? Was it possible that the census of Luke 2 was performed in the winter or the shepherds out in the field with their flocks then? What does impossible mean? What days were observed by original early Christians? Are they mentioned anywhere in the Bible? When was December 25th adopted? Was that at all related to Emperor Constantine, Mithraism, and the Sol Deus Invictus? What about Santa Claus and lying to children? What about the use of trees in worship? Was it right for people to incorporate non-biblical traditions that the pagans used? Should Rome have compromised or urged separation from heathen practices for its converts? Jesus said, "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:24)--does Christmas observance do that? Dr. Thiel addresses these matters and more in this sermon.

A written article of related interest is available titled "What Does the Roman Catholic Church Teach About Christmas and the Holy Days?" URL: https://cogwriter.com/christmas.htm

Where is we get the New Testament in English? What was the involvement of John Wycliffe and William Tyndale? What about the Great Bible and the Geneva Bible? Is the best New Testament text the Traditional Text? Were the Apostles Paul, Peter, and John involved in putting together the New Testament? Were the canons passed on to Polycarp of Smyrna from the Apostle John? Did those of Philipi and Ephesus (like Polycrates) know them in the second century? What about Serapion of Antioch in the third century? Was Lucian of Antioch involved in what became known as the Textus Receptus? What about the proto-Waldenses and actual Waldensians? Was the translation of the King James Version of the Bible inspired by God? Does the Authorized Version have translation errors? What about hell, Gehenna, and Hades? Did Erasmus originally include the trinitarian addition to 1 John 5:7-8? What do scholars and historical records (like the Codex Sinaiticus) show about the "Johannine comma'? Does the 'A Faithful Version" always get the gender of the Holy Spirit correct? Is there a perfect translation into English that is always 100% reliable? Which translations into English use the best original manuscripts? Did many Protestant translators since Westcott and Hort use inferior Egyptian/Alexandrian New Testament texts instead of the more reliable Byzantine/Syriac Tradition Text/Textus Receptus? What about Nestle-Alland? What is a paraphrase and what can one be good for? Why does the Continuing Church of God often use the New King James Version? What is something superior about the AFV, KJV, NKJV, MEV, YLT, GLT, and Interlinear Bible over the ASV, HCSB, NAB, NIV, NRSV, and NWT versions? What about Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Jehovah's Witness', and other Bibles? Has the true Church of God maintained a chain of custody of the Bible since the death of the last apostle? Dr. Thiel address these and more in this sermon.

A related free online book is available titled "Who Gave the World the Bible? The Canon: Why do we have the books we now do in the Bible? Is the Bible complete?" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/BibleCanon.pdf

Philip of Bethesda was one of the original twelve apostles. What were the circumstances around his calling? Why could he be called "doubting Philip"? Did he keep biblical holy days such as Pentecost and Passover on the 14th of Nisan? Was he martyred in Hierapolis? Did his later successor in that region, Apollinaris, push for the same doctrines? What do the Bible and certain post-biblical documents say about him? Dr. Thiel addresses these issues.

A written article of related interest is available titled "The Apostle Philip of Hierapolis" URL: https://www.cogwriter.com/apostle-philip.htm

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

What about using expressions like gosh and OMG?
Can Europe get together?
Is mercy killing (euthanasia) allowable?
What about stopping medical life support?
Is it alright to become pregnant during this time?
Why aren't you supposed to boil a goat kid in its mother's milk?
Did Ezekiel see the throne of God?
Can you participate in gambling games of chance?
Is bankruptcy acceptable?
Should Christians avoid gelatin?
What does "until Shiloh comes" mean?
Did Jacob engineer selective breeding?
Where did the Germans come from?
Is Germany the Assyria of biblical prophecy?
Where is the location of Golgotha, the site of Jesus' execution?
Was Jonah swallowed by some type of great fish?
Did Jesus observe any national holidays, like Hanukkah?
What is the CCOG position on vaccines?

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

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