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Our brethren letters go out weekly and contain timely excerpts from Mr. Armstrong and information from our elder, Gary Liebold.

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Dear Brethren, When I was a teenager, a young man in our neighborhood ran for political office. It seems he ran for some type of county position. He had big plans for a lifelong political career, studying “political science” in college. However, the year he ran, it did not turn out well. He lost the election and found himself deeply in debt. He became disillusioned with the whole process of ...
Dear Brethren, Several years ago, I read a short letter on the internet written by a person named “Susan.” Her brief letter spurred a spiritual comparison in my mind of our being “soldiers” of Jesus Christ ( II Timothy 2:3-4 ). The spiritual battles we face can seem quite overwhelming. Nevertheless, the reality is , God is there to help even when it seems like our “darkest of moments.” Here is ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I am sending part of a “ Brethren, Co-Worker ” letter written by Mr. Armstrong on October 23, 1978. Mr. Armstrong reminded us about keeping our eyes fastened on Christ as we approach the “HOME STRETCH”, spiritually. Christ is preparing His Church, NOW! “ that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such ...
Dear Brethren, I have some very EXCITING news to share with you. In just a few weeks, we will launch our new on-line magazine, intended to serve the FAITHFUL , LOYAL , and scattered brethren of God’s Church around the world. “ …He [Christ] is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him [with Christ, at His re- ...
Dear Brethren, This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. -Ralph Waldo Emerson That quote sure rings true, doesn’t it? My mother often said, “The older we get the faster time goes.” I sure can understand what she meant! As we realize, the measuring of time is the same for everyone. C.S. Lewis correctly stated, “The future is something which everyone reaches ...
Dear Brethren, Do you really grasp it? The purpose of your being alive is that finally you be born into the Kingdom of God, which is the divine FAMILY of God... In the words of I Peter 1:8, you will “rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of GLORY”! (“Why Were You Born?” - Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong) The booklet “Why Were You Born” was one of our first Church of God booklets my wife and I read back ...
Dear Brethren, Several decades ago my wife and I sat in a small kiosk set-up inside of a shopping mall. The kiosk displayed Worldwide Church of God literature, including Church booklets and the Plain Truth magazine. As I remember it, this booth was one of many displayed from various organizations during a two-week period of time. It seems that the Worldwide Church of God was the only one of its ...
Dear Brethren, We hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day yesterday. For all of us, Thanksgiving should be a day of giving THANKS, and not just be “turkey day” and football. Hopefully, we took the time in our prayers to deeply thank God for the many blessings He so mercifully and lovingly pours out upon us. In Psalm 100:4 we read “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with ...
Dear Brethren, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). In a few days our nation will be observing a national Day of Thanksgiving. Sadly, far too many Americans think of ...
Dear Brethren, But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). All begotten Christians probably have asked themselves... “Do I have the kind of living faith that pleases God?" God reveals that it is impossible to please Him without it. Surely, each of us wants to have REAL ...
Dear Brethren, I will begin tonight’s letter with a quote that has been attributed to the former U.S. State Department Spokesman, Robert McCloskey: I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. The first time I heard that phrase, I was quite perplexed with its meaning. Even as I read it tonight, I find the ...
Dear Brethren, A strong and firm family structure is a basic building block of any happy and stable society. (Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong, May 14, 1974) I once read an article on the internet about today’s decline of the American family, by J. Randall Hall. Here’s a paragraph taken from that article… In America today, 53 percent of all children born to women under the age of 30 are being born ...
Dear Brethren, A few of years ago I had a dream, where I was thinking about God’s Truth. In my dream, I was being ridiculed and mocked for my Biblical beliefs. After most of the crowd had walked past me, one last person sat down next to me and said, “I don’t agree with these people mocking you like this. But tell me, why do you still continue to believe what you believe?” My answer was, “Because ...
Dear Brethren, If I asked you the question (in connection with the Church)... “Have you read M-O-A?”, would you know what I was asking? I would hope every adult in the Church of God, Scattered Faithful, would know exactly what I was referring to. “M-O-A” (an abbreviation commonly used in the Church), refers to the book, Mystery of the Ages, written by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. Here is how Mr. ...
Dear Brethren, I’ll begin tonight’s letter with a paragraph quoted from a book entitled, Illustrations Unlimited. After I first read the paragraph, I quickly realized I could identify with similar experiences in my own life. The subject matter of this quote is an example of the word “patience.” To me, the author has an excellent way of getting his point across. Maybe I would personally entitle it ...
Dear Brethren, In just a few days we will be observing the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:26-32). This day pictures the time when Satan will be removed from his current rule over this earth (Revelation 20:1-3). He will no longer be able to influence mankind, being “bound” for 1000 years! The Day of Atonement also points to a time when man will finally be at one with God (AT-ONE-MENT). For the ...
Dear Brethren, In four days we will be observing God’s Feast of Trumpets. 23 ”Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 24 "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation” (Leviticus 23:23-24 NKJV). This specific annual High Sabbath Day pictures an event that will ...
Dear Brethren, In less than two weeks we will be observing God’s Feast of Trumpets. Following The Feast of Trumpets we’ll observe the Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles and Last Great Day. Each of the Holy Days show a progression of vital steps in God’s MASTER PLAN of salvation. To many people in the world, the Holy Days may seem a bit strange. Nearly thirty years ago we had an employee ...
Dear Brethren, This nation has DISOBEYED GOD! God blessed us after 1800- 1803. He caused us to WIN the first two world wars. BUT NOW WE HAVE WON OUR LAST WAR! ... OUR LEADERS HAVE FORGOTTEN GOD! And now God is de-serting our nations! (Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong) By now, most of you know that the United States recently withdrew its Amer-ican troops from the nation of Afghanistan. Within a few days, ...
Dear Brethren, For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. (Matthew 24:21) Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man." (Luke 21:36) Tonight, I’m sending the second part of Mr. Armstrong’s Brethren, ...
Dear Brethren, The united Europe must and will come. YOU and I are involved -- DEEPLY! God's Church must first be made ready for Christ's coming. I call on you in Jesus' name to pray as never before that God's Church will heed and draw closer to him. Have we not been becoming lukewarm? Read the last part of Revelation 3. If we are lukewarm we shall be spewed out of Christ's mouth. (Brethren, Co- ...
Dear Brethren, “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” -Albert Einstein Two weeks ago, I gave part one of my sermon entitled, “Understanding Begets Wisdom.” Tomorrow, I plan on giving part two of that sermon. Many years ago, a local elder in the Worldwide Church of God, gave a sermonette on the same basic subject as my sermon. I remember him talking about the biblical scholar, James ...
Dear Brethren, Recently, a Church member shared some news sources with me that he likes to listen to, and other ones he likes to read from. He definitely has a good understanding of world events in light of Bible prophecy. This person is very selective on what he watches and listens to (rightfully so), knowing the sources that have a good track record in presenting facts, and which sources cannot ...
Dear Brethren, But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God (I Corinthians 2:9-10). Why do you understand God’s TRUTH when billions of others don’t? The answer to that ...
Dear Brethren, “Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood—the virtues that made America. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.” – Theodore Roosevelt Last Sunday, Americans celebrated the birth of our ...
Dear Brethren, As I’ve written in previous letters, when it comes to prayer, it’s not only important for each of us to be praying to God, it is imperative that our hearts be fully immersed in those prayers. “…The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16). The original Greek word for effectual and fervent (energēs), means to be mighty in. Biblically, we are shown that ...
Dear Brethren, A few evenings ago, I was reading an e-mail written to me in 2010 by a Church member. I will begin tonight’s letter by sharing some of his e-mail with you. This member wrote: It was great to hear from you; every year you two send out a Passover card and I always enjoy it and then true to form I rarely respond. This time I thought to pass on my latest pondering. The best I can do ...
Greetings Brethren, It is my understanding that there are well over 500 corporate churches of God in existence today. Many of these churches openly reject Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong’s office as an apostle and his role as a TYPE of “Elijah” (Malachi 4:5; Matthew 17:11). Many of these groups take the “smorgasbord” approach to the doctrines once taught by God’s end-time apostle. Their thinking is, “We ...
Dear Brethren, In 2017, I officiated at the funeral service for my dad, Robert (Bob) Liebold. I’ve conducted many funeral services over the years, but this was one of the more difficult ones, since it was my father. I’m human. My dad now awaits his resurrection. He loved his family, and his family loved him. Around the same time my dad died, I remember reading about another man (in his late ...
Dear Brethren Tomorrow, I plan on giving part two of my sermon on “Marriage.” Considering that fact, I thought it would be good to share a “Personal” article (in-part), written By Mr. Armstrong in the Plain Truth magazine, August 1966. He talks about his own marriage of forty-nine years (at that time). By Mr. Armstrong’s description, one can see the bond of love and mutual respect he and his wife ...
Dear Brethren, A little earlier this evening I was reading an article written by Mr. Armstrong entitled, “Let God Fight Your Battles.” His article reminded me of a letter I had written previously. So, I decided to resend the letter again this evening. Even through the worst of trials we experience, we must not forget that God promises to deliver us out of them all (Psalm 34:19). Please have a ...
Dear Brethren, Based upon the sermon I am working on, I thought I would resend a letter that I sent out in 2018. The subject is “MARRIAGE.” Marriage was ordained by the GREAT GOD! God expects His people to make sure their marriages are happy, fulfilling and rewarding. Please have a wonderful Sabbath! Sincerely, Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold August 10, 2018 Dear Brethren, I was talking with ...
Dear Brethren, We will be observing the Feast of Pentecost in two days as commanded by the Great God. “These are the feasts of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times” (Leviticus 23:4). Pentecost pictures the beginning “FIRST-FRUITS” of God’s salvation. (Leviticus 23:15-17; Acts 2:1; James 1:18) God is not working with most people now. In fact, it is not even ...
Dear Brethren, “…From the founding of this nation, Americans have claimed the ancient promise, that if His people who are called by His name will humble themselves in prayer and seek His face, that He will hear from Heaven and heal their land.” (Former U.S. Vice President, Mike Pence) Yesterday (May 6th), was the annual observance of the “National Day of Prayer” as designated by the United States ...
Dear Brethren, None can have God's Spirit until he is first convicted BY God's Spirit. NONE CAN come to Jesus Christ, except the Spirit of the Father DRAW HIM -- so said Christ! And this is not the time God Almighty has chosen to SAVE THE WORLD -- but only those few whom He is specially calling now, to be trained for a responsibility in the KINGDOM OF GOD, when Christ rules the whole Earth (The ...
Dear Brethren, When my wife and I were in college, we had a professor who liked to ask thought-provoking questions to his classes to stimulate thought and discussion. One time, he asked our class (paraphrased), “What is the one innate desire common to every human being on earth, regardless of race, gender or faith?” Students raised their hands giving answers such as, “…to become wealthy,” or as ...
Dear Brethren, We have just finished observing a very meaningful spring Holy Day season (last week). Even though these festivals of God are over for 2021, we continue to live by, and grow through the spiritual lessons we have learned. Obviously, we do not stop removing sin from our lives following the last day of Unleavened Bread, but we continue to OVERCOME every single day, replacing sin with ...
Dear Brethren, During these Days of Unleavened Bread, I was thinking about what the “wave sheaf” offering pictures. “On the morrow,” after the weekly Sabbath during the Days of Unleavened Bread, we began counting fifty days forward to the Feast of Pentecost (the Feast of Firstfruits, Exodus 23:16). Leviticus 23:10-11 shows us God’s instructions concerning the wave sheaf offering. Speak unto the ...
Dear Brethren, Last Sabbath, during my sermon, I read a letter that one of our members had written to me several years ago. Tonight, I thought I would share that letter with you as we prepare spiritually for the Passover. She had some very excellent insight. Please have a good night’s rest everyone. Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold Good morning. As I was meditating this morning, concentrating ...
Dear Brethren, This evening, I am sending out a selected portion of Mr. Armstrong’s booklet, “What do you mean – THE UNPARDONABLE SIN?” Please have a good night’s rest everyone. Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold “What do you mean – "THE UNPARDONABLE SIN"? by Herbert W. Armstrong Jesus says "I am the Vine, and my Father is the Husband man" -- that is, the owner and cultivator of the vineyard ( ...
Dear Brethren, Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread are quickly approaching. Sometimes, God’s people will experience an even greater number of trials during this time of year. Satan the Devil would love to discourage us to the point of not taking the Passover, or at very least to observe it in an “unworthy manner” (I Corinthians 11:27-29). God’s Holy Day plan reveals real hope for us and for ...
Dear Brethren, What is the Bible definition of SIN? Does God DEFINE sin, or is sin some nebulous idea based upon one person’s views over another’s? After all, don’t certain people believe that DANCING is sinful? On the other hand, others would say that dancing is not sinful at all. So, just what is sin? Early on, as God was preparing Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong for the ministry, he was faced with ...
Dear Brethren, I will begin tonight’s letter with a few paragraphs from the booklet What do you mean -- "THE UNPARDONABLE SIN?”, written by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. In spiritual salvation, the blood of Christ -- the death of Christ -- paid the penalty we have incurred in our stead. And it SAVES US from this destruction (which is the second death) -- that is, PREVENTS US from having to pay it -- ...
Dear Brethren, I will start tonight’s letter with Christ’s words to His disciples about prayer. [6] But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. [7] And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for ...
Dear Brethren, Have you ever experienced stress in your life? Of course, you have. There isn’t a person alive who hasn’t. The bigger question is just how well do you react to stress? Do you become so overwhelmed that you become somewhat depressed? Do you let anger get the best of you? It can be incredibly stressful when a person has serious health problems, financial worries, or marital ...
Dear Brethren, I received an e-mail a few years ago from one of our Church Members. It was very stirring and thought-provoking. This person’s inspiring words show some excellent insight. Though this member died in the faith several months ago, her words (as well as herself), will never be forgotten. Tonight, I am sharing one of her written paragraphs with you. I have been going through the ...
Dear Brethren, Earlier this evening, I was listening to an “advertisement” on television where the announcer asked the question, “What is happening in America?” As the man spoke, pictures of riots, upheaval, and even military soldiers were shown. Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong gave a warning to this world of what lies ahead for the nations. "Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell ...
Dear Brethren, In today’s world we see tremendous upheaval all over this earth. We are living in times virtually unprecedented in our generation. Through it all, keep your focus on seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, first and foremost (Matthew 6:33). In 2010, a young runner in California ran in a cross-country race. She had become severely dehydrated, falling to the ground just ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, we had the opportunity of having a wonderful meal with one of our Church brethren on video cam. Even though my wife and I live in Florida and the other member lives in California, it was just like we were eating at the same table together. It was such a great way to begin the Sabbath and we look forward to having a meal with others of you in the Church, in the future. ...
Dear Brethren, Mr. Armstrong wrote the following about “righteous character” in his book, The Incredible Human Potential (page 38). Perfect, holy and righteous character is the ability in such separate entity to come to discern the true and right way from the false, to make voluntarily a full and unconditional surrender to God and His perfect way -- to yield ...
Dear Brethren, Last week I sent out a Brethren Letter addressed to married men that I had written in 2010. This week, I am resending the second part of that series as I addressed our married women in the Church. Please have wonderful Sabbath! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold November 5, 2010 Dear Brethren, Considering last week’s Bible study on the subject of “marriage”, I’ve decided to ...
Dear Brethren, Since I have recently given a series of sermons on the subject of “marriage,” I thought I would also resend two letters I had written on the same subject back in 2010. Tonight, once again, here is the “brethren letter” addressing men. Next week, I plan to send the other letter in which I addressed women. Please have a good night’s rest. Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold December ...
Dear Brethren, “No one can come to Me [Christ] unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:44). It is God the Father who calls (draws) an individual to Christ. That’s what your Bible says! Not every person is being called NOW. God is not trying to save the world at this time. But, He does have a plan that will eventually include all of humanity. God ...
Dear Brethren, Last week, I began the subject of “Predestination.” As I mentioned previously, “Predestination” has to do with the timeframe that an individual is called by God. It is not about God predetermining who will receive salvation and who will not. God is all powerful! He’s the Master Designer, Creator and Sustainer of Life. He knows everything about you and me. As scripture shows us, He ...
Dear Brethren, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son…” (Romans 8:29). When I was a young man in my late teens, I had a false concept in my mind about the words “predestined” and “predestination.” All I knew at the time was that those words had a Biblical context. I assumed the words meant that some people (at God’s discretion), were pre-determined to ...
Dear Brethren, When in college, I had a Physical Science teacher who was very knowledgeable in his field. No one could (rightfully) question that. HOWEVER, he was also a man who had some very BIZZARE ideas concerning the future of mankind. Now, he like many other educators had a strong belief in the theory of evolution, accepting the usual thoughts of a “Big Bang” to explain the origin of the ...
Dear Brethren, A few years ago, I read an article that I found to be quite interesting. The title of the article was, “6 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Gratitude.” Here are two sentences from that article: …while it’s nice to count your blessings on Thanksgiving Day, practicing gratitude throughout the year can have tremendous health benefits. In fact, say experts, gratitude may be one ...
Dear Brethren, I’ll begin tonight’s letter with a quote that has been attributed to the former U.S. State Department Spokesman, Robert McCloskey: I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. When I first heard that phrase years ago, its meaning was perplexing. Even as I read it tonight, I still find the ...
Dear Brethren, Nearly forty years ago my wife and I had the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon. We were simply awestruck by its size, depth, and beauty. After seeing such amazing splendor right before our eyes, we thought, “How in the world could anyone say there is no God?” (20) For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that ...
Dear Brethren, Probably all of us have heard the phrase, “Count your blessings!” But, how many people actually do? Have you ever counted yours? As humans, it is far easier to complain about things that have happened through the day than take the time to count the many blessings received. Have you ever imagined others receiving more blessings than you? Be reassured, that is not the case. “And He ...
Dear Brethren, Several years ago, I talked with a young person (around 30 years of age), who brought up the subject of “family values.” This person mentioned that the standards taught to them by their parents were not the same standards found in today’s society. In other words, the world’s standards are much LOWER than their parent’s standards. I’m sure that’s very true. Tonight, I am sending out ...
Dear Brethren, Welcome home! Everyone should be home by now from the 2020 Feast of Tabernacles. We look forward to talking with you again on God’s Sabbath! I’ll end tonight’s letter with a scripture very important to all of us as a spiritual FAMILY! “But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now ...
Dear Brethren, In just a few days we will be observing the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:26-32). This day pictures the time when Satan will be removed from his current rule over this earth (Revelation 20:1-3). He will no longer be able to influence mankind, being “bound” for 1000 years! The Day of Atonement also points to a time when man will finally be at one with God (AT-ONE-MENT). For the ...
Dear Brethren, At sunset this evening, we will begin observing God’s Feast of Trumpets. 23 ”Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 24 "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation” (Leviticus 23:23-24 NKJV). This specific annual High Sabbath Day pictures an event ...
Dear Brethren, “Now, we have inscribed a new memory alongside those others. It’s a memory of tragedy and shock, of loss and mourning. But not only of loss and mourning. It’s also a memory of bravery and self-sacrifice, and the love that lays down its life for a friend―even a friend whose name it never knew.” — George W. Bush Nineteen years ago, on September 11, 2001 despicable acts of terrorism ...
Dear Brethren, Last week, I sent the first part of Mr. Armstrong’s article written about the Kingdom of God. Here is the final part of that article as printed in the Plain Truth magazine, April, 1962. Please have a wonderful Sabbath! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold The Plain Truth April, 1962 Just What Do You Mean -- KINGDOM OF GOD? Was it set up by Jesus Christ in the first century A.D? Why ...
Dear Brethren, We will begin observing the Fall Holy Days in just a few weeks. With that in mind, I thought it would be a good review to read Mr. Armstrong’s Plain Truth article from March 1962, entitled, “Just What Do You Mean -- Kingdom of God?” Mr. Armstrong reviews the history of MAN’S ruling kingdoms as well as prophecy yet to be fulfilled. This is PART I of the article. I will continue with ...
Dear Brethren, From time to time I receive questions about the Laodicean era of the Church of God. Various Church of God groups teach that we are still (currently), in the Philadelphian era of the Church, and claim that the Laodicean era does not start until the Great Tribulation begins. In-part, they base their teaching on what they believe Mr. Armstrong said. I originally addressed this subject ...
Dear Brethren, Following the death of Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong in 1986, doctrinal changes began to take place in the Worldwide Church of God. At first, many of God’s people were not aware of the changes. However, in time, the changes became more evident. Early in 1991, it was revealed in the Worldwide News that the Church had “new understanding” on what it means to be “BORN AGAIN.” This new ...
Dear Brethren, “Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.” (Otto Von Bismark) That’s a very interesting quote! Sadly, this phrase has much truth in it! With the U.S. presidential elections less than ninety days away, the airwaves are filled with words like “mental acuity”, “racist,” “liar,” “xenophobe,” and “latest polls” to name a few. That is politics, isn’t it? ...
Dear Brethren, Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. (I John 3:1-2) Clearly, these two ...
Dear Brethren, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong warned us of a coming WORLD ECONOMIC CRISIS. Please take that warning seriously, brethren! He wrote the following in 1981: A few months ago I wrote you a warning that we must prepare to tighten our belts, and reduce our living standards! This whole nation is going to have to do that! The nation’s economy is in DEEP TROUBLE. (Brethren, Co-worker Letter - ...
Dear Brethren, Several years ago, I heard a sermonette I remember very well. The person speaking told the congregation that he had once piloted a small Piper type aircraft. He went on to say that if a pilot expects to reach his destination, he must not allow his plane to veer off-course by even one degree. A change of just ONE tiny degree could cause a plane to end up several miles off the “mark ...
Dear Brethren, From time to time I like to send a letter written by God’s end-time apostle, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. Tonight, in conjunction with tomorrow’s sermon, I am sending a “Personal from the Editor” article (selected text), Mr. Armstrong wrote in 1970. Please have a good night’s rest. Sincerely, Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold The Good News of Tomorrow's World Personal from the ...
Dear Brethren, In 2014, I wrote a “Brethren Letter” about Praying for Others. I thought it would be good to re-send this letter once again, as we continue our prayers for our brethren, and for others as well. Sincerely, Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold February 21, 2014 Dear Brethren, God's divine nature is the nature of love -- of giving, serving, helping -- of outgoing concern. (The Good ...
Dear Brethren, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29:11, RSV). About twenty-two or twenty-three years ago, there was an elderly widow in the Church who was going through some difficult trials. Due to the age she was then, it is unlikely she is still living today. To get through her trials, she wanted ...
Dear Brethren, For tonight’s letter I’m sending the following excerpts taken from Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong’s booklet, What Science Can't Discover About the HUMAN MIND. There’s excellent information written here worth reviewing time and again. Please have a good night’s rest! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold Human Reproduction the Type of God's Reproducing Himself Few people realize that human ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I’m resending a letter written several years ago. In this letter I address our having spiritual courage and success, especially when we face difficult times. Please have a wonderful Sabbath! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold July 3, 2015 Dear Brethren, Today, I watched a short video posted by a friend on “Facebook”, showing some famous individuals who experienced ...
Dear Brethren, We will be observing the Feast of Pentecost in two days as commanded by the Great God. “These are the feasts of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times” (Leviticus 23:4). Pentecost pictures the beginning “FIRST-FRUITS” of God’s salvation. (Leviticus 23:15-17; Acts 2:1; James 1:18) God is not working with most people now. In fact, it is not even ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I’m resending a letter written in 2011. We will be observing the Feast of Pentecost in a little over a week. God has a marvelous plan for us, and for all of mankind. Just think of it, we can actually be a part of God’s FIRSTFRUIT spiritual harvest. Through His Holy Spirit we’re able to grow now, in God’s character. Mr. Armstrong wrote the following about “righteous ...
Dear Brethren, The true Christian life, then, possesses an overflowing fullness of the things that are the fruits of the Spirit of God -- an overflowing fullness of LOVE (it's God's love; it's a genuine, spiritual love), a fullness of JOY, and of PEACE, and of FAITH, of MEEKNESS, of TEMPERANCE. Does YOUR life possess those things? Have those things come into your life to fill you? (Herbert W. ...
Dear Brethren, My mom is a never-ending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words, but I always remember the tune. – AUTHOR UNKNOWN Since this coming Sunday is Mother’s Day, I was thinking of my mother and reflecting upon her life. It has been many years since I have seen her. She died of colon cancer in 1977. I can remember how through the years she took ...
Dear Brethren, “Indian villagers fearful as MAN-EATING tiger remains on the prowl.” Those words are not taken from the latest hit at the “box-office.” They are not found in any Philip Caputo novel either. That was an actual headline in the news several years ago. Here is some of the story, as published by the Associated Press… She lies in wait while her victims are collecting firewood, or taking ...
Dear Brethren, Have you ever watched a baseball game? I am sure most of you have. One year when I was in elementary school, I asked my dad to take me to watch a Little League game where one of my buddies played. We went to that game. While I don’t remember if my friend’s team won, I do remember realizing one of the responsibilities of a pitcher was to throw a ball in such a skillful way that a ...
Dear Brethren, Thirty-five to forty years ago our local pastor in the Worldwide Church of God recommended that each person in the congregation set the goal of reading the entire Bible page by page, from cover to cover, at least once in their lifetime. My first thought was, “Oh! That will take years! I’ll be old by the time I finish.” But, the more I thought about his suggestion, the more I ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I’m sending out a “Co-Worker Letter” written in 1977. For members of the Church of God, it will be a good reminder of Mr. Armstrong’s life and the Work of God. Please have a wonderful Sabbath! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold Co-Worker NEWS LETTER OF THE WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD VOL. 2. NO. 5-6 JUNE – JULY 1977 A Message to Mankind In the last issue of the Co-Worker ...
Dear Brethren, In only a few days, we will be observing God’s Passover (Leviticus 23:5). Passover is the most solemn occasion of the year, observed in commemoration of the DEATH of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. …For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us” (I Corinthians 5:7). For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes (I ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I’m sending an article that I wrote several years ago, entitled, “Building Suitable Habits.” We’ll be observing the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread very soon. Hopefully, we’re examining ourselves and rooting-out ANY habit that God would not be pleased with. Please have a wonderful Sabbath! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold BUILDING SUITABLE HABITS Have you ever ...
Dear Brethren, Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread are quickly approaching. We’ll be observing the Passover in just a little over two weeks. Tonight, I’m sending out a Tomorrow’s World Personal written by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong in 1972. I felt this article was a good review for all of us as we prepare spiritually for Passover and Unleavened Bread. Please have a good Sabbath! Your Brother ...
Dear Brethren, What words do you think are the most difficult words for a person to say? I doubt you would answer, “How have you been?” or “What’s new?” Though there could be a variety of answers, I fully believe that the MOST difficult words for a human being to say are these three: “I am wrong.” I remember a man jokingly saying to me many years ago, “It’s not hard for ME to admit when I’m wrong ...
Dear Brethren, Over eighteen years ago, the United States of America experienced a heinous, cowardly and despicable act of terrorism carried out by radical Islamic terrorists. Probably most of us can remember exactly where we were when those acts of terror began to unfold on September 11, 2001. I was in a business customer’s home watching the attack take place on our client’s television set. ...
Dear Brethren, Though I sent this “Personal” from the Tomorrow’s World magazine before, I felt it would be helpful to review it once again. Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong had excellent points in this article worth reading several times. The article is on the subject of “Emotional Maturity”. We live in a world that’s filled with wrong emotions such as jealousy, uncontrolled anger, hatred, lust and ...
Dear Brethren, What is the Bible definition of SIN? Does God define sin, or is the definition just one person’s belief over another’s? After all, don’t some people believe that dancing or playing cards is sinful? Others would say those activities aren’t sinful at all. Early on, as God was preparing him for the ministry, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong was faced with proving the Bible definition of SIN. ...
Dear Brethren, I’ll begin tonight’s letter with a few excerpts from the booklet What do you mean -- "THE UNPARDONABLE SIN?”, by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. In spiritual salvation, the blood of Christ -- the death of Christ -- paid the penalty we have incurred in our stead. And it SAVES US from this destruction (which is the second death) -- that is, PREVENTS US from having to pay it -- if and when ...
Dear Brethren, Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. (I John 3:1-2) Clearly, these two ...
Dear Brethren, The godly character in us, I have stated, cannot be created by fiat. It must be developed. We must yield. We must desire it, seek it. But it comes from GOD. Thus if we keep a close daily contact with our Creator, through His Spirit and through our spirit -- for remember, His Holy Spirit "beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God" (Rom. 8:16) -- then He is ...
Dear Brethren, “I have seen this twentieth century develop into a state of awesome advancement and achievement industrially and technologically. Paradoxically, I have seen alarming escalation of appalling evils, crime and violence and the crucible of nuclear war develop to threaten the very extinction of the human race within the present living generation” (Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong - Mystery of ...
Greetings Brethren, “God's Church will NOT COMPROMISE a millionth part of 1% with GOD'S TRUTH as He reveals it to us who willingly accept it -- hunger and thirst for it! When a program of watering down starts, it grows with increasing momentum.” (Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong) There are some ministers who claim to teach EVERYTHING that Mr. Armstrong taught, while behind the scenes they subtly ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I’m sending the final part of my series on the subject of “priorities,” written in 2015. Please have a good night’s rest and a wonderful Sabbath everyone. Sincerely, Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold February 13, 2015 Dear Brethren, Now UNDERSTAND! The husband-and-wife relationship, and the family relationship, are God-plane relationships! … Here is another vital REASON ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I’m sending part three of my series of letters on the subject of “priorities.” Please have a wonderful Sabbath. Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold February 6, 2015 Dear Brethren, So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12). When we look closely at this verse, we see that God expects us to be using our time wisely. The Believer’s Study ...
Dear Brethren, Last week I sent part one of a Brethren letter written in 2015 on the subject of “life’s priorities.” Tonight, I’m sending part two of that series. Please have a wonderful Sabbath, everyone! Sincerely, Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold January 30, 2015 Dear Brethren, Last week, I wrote on the subject of having “right priorities.” Have you ever felt like you’re on a treadmill ...
Dear Brethren, You may have heard the saying, “It seems like there are just not enough hours in a day.” Well, sometimes it may seem that way. However, as we know, God created a twenty-four-hour period, and every single human being on earth is subject to the same amount of time. Time may be spent wisely, or squandered and lost. The question is, how do we manage our time? Is it often wasted on ...
Dear Brethren, The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Jesus Christ came to bring us the abundant life, a life that bears the positive fruit of God’s Holy Spirit. Tonight, I’m sending excerpts from a Tomorrow’s World Personal, written By Mr. Armstrong in December 1971, on ...
Dear Brethren, I will start tonight’s letter with Christ’s words to His disciples about prayer. [6] But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. [7] And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for ...
Dear Brethren, Sometimes the question arises about the purple Worldwide Church of God hymnal, if we use that hymnal, and if we still approve of singing all the hymns in it. The purple hymnal released in 1974 is the same hymnal we use today. Mr. Armstrong approved every hymn that was published. I thought I would share part of a letter I wrote in 2018 discussing this subject. Have a wonderful ...
Dear Brethren, Likely, we’ve all known people from the past we thought were "spiritual POWERHOUSES." These people seemed unwavering in their beliefs. They defended the TRUTH of God and seemed willing to fight (spiritually) unto the death. Some were elders, others were deacons or even lay-members. Yet today, some of these same individuals no longer believe what they once steadfastly upheld. While ...
Dear Brethren, …we cannot now ease off and rest on our laurels. We cannot let down. We must gather momentum and dedicated energy in correcting ourselves, overcoming, devoting ourselves to increasingly fervent PRAYERS -- praying that God will show us our weaknesses and sins, give us a deep spirit of repentance, continually praying… praying for one another, praying prevailingly for deliverance from ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I’m sending excerpts from Mr. Armstrong’s December 19, 1980, Brethren letter . This letter leads right into what I have planned for tomorrow’s sermon. In this letter, Mr. Armstrong gives an excellent outline of the growth of the Work throughout the Philadelphia era. Please have a wonderful Sabbath! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold Dear Brethren and Co ...
Dear Brethren, When I was seventeen, I started my first job working in a restaurant. That day (Sunday), the manager placed me at the beverage station serving clientele everything from steaming hot coffee to ice cold water. I believe that was the only time I was given that specific duty. The manager had other, more challenging jobs in mind when he hired me. However, he wanted me to start small and ...
Dear Brethren, Welcome home! Everyone should be home by now from the 2019 Feast of Tabernacles. For those who could not attend this year, please know that you were missed! We look forward to talking with you again on God’s Sabbath! I’ll end tonight’s letter with a scripture very important to all of us as a spiritual FAMILY! “But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as ...
Dear Brethren, I was reading Mr. Armstrong’s letter of 1981 regarding the Feast of Tabernacles, and wanted to share it with you. Just think, God’s Master Plan will eventually change the outlook of the entire earth. Instead of today’s unhappiness and misery, the World Tomorrow will be a time when people will learn how to live a new way of life that produces real and lasting happiness. Here is an ...
Dear Brethren, In three days we will be observing God’s Feast of Trumpets. 23 ”Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 24 "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation” (Leviticus 23:23-24 NKJV). This specific annual High Sabbath Day pictures an event that will ...
Dear Brethren, In less than two weeks we will be observing God’s Feast of Trumpets. Following The Feast of Trumpets is the Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles and Last Great Day. Each of the Holy Days show a progression of vital steps in God’s MASTER PLAN of salvation. To many people in the world, the Holy Days may seem a bit strange. Over twenty-five years ago we had an employee working for ...
Greetings Brethren, Tonight, I had the opportunity to talk with a Church member whom I met several years ago. It was good to find that he still has a love for the TRUTH and recognizes Mr. Armstrong’s role as an apostle. Considering our conversation, I decided to re-send a letter (updated), which I wrote in 2010. Please have a good night’s rest everyone. Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold August ...
Greetings Brethren, I understand there are over 500 corporate Churches of God in existence today. Most of the COG groups have formed since the death of Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong in 1986. Many (if not most), of these groups openly reject Mr. Armstrong’s office as an apostle and the role he had as a TYPE of “Elijah” (Malachi 4:5; Matthew 17:11). Other groups take the “smorgasbord” approach to ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I’m resending a letter written several years ago. In this letter I address our having spiritual courage and success, especially when we face difficult times. Please have a wonderful Sabbath! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold July 3, 2015 Dear Brethren, Today, I watched a short video posted by a friend on “Facebook”, showing some famous individuals who experienced ...
Dear Brethren, Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. (I Corinthians 1:10) In recent weeks the number of people contacting Church of God Scattered Faithful, has been rapidly increasing. It’s interesting to ...
Dear Brethren, I’ll begin tonight’s letter with a story used in a recent sermon. Several years ago I read this story for the first time and have always found it to be quite inspiring. Sometimes when things seem impossible, the outcome can be quite different. This short story was written in A Daily Dose of the American Dream, by Alan C. Elliott. The story of Helen Keller is well known. She was ...
Dear Brethren, A few years ago, I received an e-mail from one of our Church members. It was quite stirring and thought-provoking. The inspiring words show some excellent insight. I will share one of the paragraphs with you (by permission) tonight. I have been going through the gospels again, I have always admired the disciples and apostles for the work they did in face of certain death. How they ...
Dear Brethren, When I was a senior in high school, I had a teacher who was well-known for being an avid reader of the newspaper, a teacher who was extremely knowledgeable about current events. He’s probably the only teacher I ever had who asked my parents (at the beginning of the school year), if their son liked to read the newspaper. YES, most of his students liked to read the newspaper after ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I’m resending a “Personal” article written by Mr. Armstrong in April 1962. His letter focuses on a vitally important subject that we all must take seriously! No matter what we face in our lives, we still want to be thankful and grateful to God for the MANY blessings He abundantly gives us! Have a wonderful Sabbath, brethren! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold April, 1962 ...
Dear Brethren, “Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood—the virtues that made America. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.” – Theodore Roosevelt Yesterday, Americans celebrated the birth of our nation ...
Dear Brethren, This week, twenty Democratic candidates were on the debate stage (over a two-night period). They hoped to sway potential voters to choose THEM as the party nominee for President of the United States. The war of words will undoubtedly become far more intense in the coming months. Verbal mudslinging will be the every-day standard, right up to the election and beyond. Just how does ...
Dear Brethren, “Brethren, IF we are to be taken to a place of protection from the GREAT TRIBULATION, we shall have to have real faith in Christ and His promises!” (Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong - Brethren and Co-Worker Letter, August 14, 1978.) When I was a young boy, the word “faith” represented nothing more than the name of the church to which a person belonged. Some people belonged to “this faith ...
Dear Brethren, I’ll begin tonight’s letter with a few paragraphs written by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong in the July, 1964, Plain Truth magazine. The title of the article is “How to be an OVERCOMER.” Spiritual training, to get and KEEP in constant vigilant condition to meet the foe of temptation and sin requires CONTINUOUS, EARNEST, PERSISTENT PRAYER! That is why we are commanded so often to PRAY ...
Dear Brethren, We’ll be observing the Feast of Pentecost this coming Sunday June 9th, as commanded by the Great God. “These are the feasts of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times” (Leviticus 23:4). Pentecost pictures the “FIRST-FRUITS” of God’s salvation. (Leviticus 23:15-17; Acts 2:1; James 1:18) God is not working with most people NOW. In fact, it’s not ...
Dear Brethren, Nearly thirty-five years ago, our local Worldwide Church of God pastor recommended that the members of the congregation set a goal of reading the entire Bible from cover to cover at least once in their lifetime. My first thought was, “Oh! That will take years! I’ll be old by the time I finish.” But, the more I thought about his suggestion, the more I thought it was a goal worth ...
Dear Brethren, On June 9th we will be keeping the Feast of Pentecost. Tonight, I’m resending a letter written in 2011. As always, we look forward to fellowshipping with you this Sabbath. Sincerely, Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold May 27, 2011 Dear Brethren, Earlier today, one of our business clients paid their invoice at our credit card terminal. As I was processing the payment, I began ...
Dear Brethren, A few years ago, I read a story that I might share with you. In November 1963, a young lady from Texas by the name of Laura Welch, went through a very tragic experience. She was a young lady attending high school, when she was involved in a very serious automobile accident. From her book, Spoken From The Heart, Laura recounts her story of a time when many roads in Texas were ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I’m sending a letter that was written by Mr. Armstrong in 1968. I condensed his letter somewhat for this evening’s Brethren Letter. If you would like to read the letter in its entirety, it can be found on the internet. Mr. Armstrong gives admonition that is good for us to think about and review. Please have a good night’s rest and wonderful Sabbath. Sincerely, Gary Liebold ...
Dear Brethren, The weekly Sabbath has now begun, and I was thinking about what the “wave sheaf” offering pictures. Also, starting on this specific day (during the Days of Unleavened Bread) we began counting fifty days forward to the Feast of Pentecost (the Feast of Firstfruits, Exodus 23:16). Leviticus 23:10-11 shows us God’s instructions concerning the wave sheaf offering. Speak unto the ...
Dear Brethren, “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?” (I Corinthians 10:16). Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, instituted the use of unleavened bread and wine as the New Testament symbols for Passover observance. The broken BREAD symbolizes Christ’s broken body as payment for ...
Dear Brethren, Tomorrow, I plan on giving a sermon on the subject of “healing.” For tonight’s Brethren Letter, I felt that these paragraphs written by Mr. Armstrong in the booklet, The Plain Truth About Healing, would be a good review prior to my sermon. Please have a good night’s rest. Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold Faith Necessary for Obedience The true commandment-keeper is forced to ...
Dear Brethren, “And you shall eat before the LORD your God, in the place where He chooses to make His name abide, the tithe of your grain and your new wine and your oil, of the firstborn of your herds and your flocks, that you may learn to fear the LORD your God always” (Deuteronomy 14:23 - NKJV). Arrangements have been made with a hotel for this year's Feast site. I believe you’ll be pleased ...
Dear Brethren, A few years ago, I read an article written by Mr. Armstrong that got me thinking about the subject of HEALTH. At the same time, I remembered a person who told me about some of the various medications they were regularly taking. This person said, “I know I’m taking a lot of medications, but isn’t all of America doing the same thing?” Well, this person was right. Americans do take a ...
Dear Brethren, Last Sabbath, we heard a sermonette given by Mr. John Bawiec. He mentioned a letter I had written in 2008 on the subject of “Running The Race”. Since some of you have never read that letter, I thought I would send it once again for this week’s letter. As always, please have a wonderful Sabbath! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold Recently, my wife and I were watching one of the ...
Dear Brethren, I was reading a very beautiful letter recently written by one of our Church members. This member has had severe health problems for several years. I’m very pleased to tell you that their health has improved substantially in the last few weeks. I could see their joy and happiness just reading the opening sentence of their letter. They wrote, “Isa 53:4; 1 Peter 2:24, What precious ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I decided to resend an article I wrote in 2008. It’s an article about the TRUTH of God. Every one of us must love God’s TRUTH with every “fiber” of who we are. There’s a future in that! Have a wonderful Sabbath! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold NEVER SURRENDER THE TRUTH By GARY LIEBOLD “We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we ...
Dear Brethren, We’re now getting closer to the spring Holy Day season. In the next few weeks, I’ll be giving sermons related to the Passover, and Days of Unleavened Bread. Tonight, I was reading one of Mr. Armstrong’s “Personals” from the Tomorrow’s World magazine, October 1971, and thought it was an excellent article. I’ve copied most of that article for tonight’s “Brethren Letter.” Have a ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, will be the final part of my series on the subject of “FAITH”. In the book of Hebrews, we find the Biblical definition of faith -- the kind of faith true Christians MUST have! “Now faith is the substance [assurance] of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). That’s not a quote from the mind of a man, that’s a quote inspired by the GREAT God. “All ...
Dear Brethren, Many years ago, I talked with a man who told me a personal story about his experience with a “faith-healer.” A relative had been in her final stages of cancer. She was told by various physicians that she had only a few months to live. Realizing that the medical profession could do no more for her, she asked another family member if they would take her to see a “faith-healer,” where ...
Dear Brethren, When I was a boy, one of my classmates in elementary school asked me what church I belonged to. Since my family didn’t attend any organized church, that question puzzled me. I didn’t know the answer. When I returned home, I asked my mother that very perplexing question, “What Church do we belong to?” She simple said, “Oh, you’re a _________. That’s the FAITH you belong to.” Well, ...
Dear Brethren, God created the Sabbath so that on it we may rest and have personal constructive CONTACT with the One who is creating us to be His spirit-born Sons. For God's very PRESENCE is among those who keep His Sabbath -- those who SUBMIT to Him as their Creator and Ruler. (Ambassador College Bible Correspondence Course – Lesson 28) After a busy week, it’s wonderful to know that God’s ...
Dear Brethren, This evening, I was looking at the U.S. DEBT CLOCK that’s posted on the internet. It's almost mind-boggling to think about the amount of debt our nation has. Do you know what the nation’s debt figure is? It’s nearly $22 TRILLION! What does that really mean? After all, it’s not just some meaningless number! Here is a comment about the nation’s debt, as posted by the History Channel ...
Dear Brethren, Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment (Romans 13:1-2, RSV). Today, people will say just about every contemptable, disgraceful word (or phrase), regarding the ...
Dear Brethren, I’ll begin tonight’s letter with a paragraph taken from a book entitled, Illustrations Unlimited. The subject matter of this paragraph was given as an example of the word “patience.” I think the author gets his point across very well. Illustrations Unlimited… A man's car stalled in the heavy traffic as the light turned green. All his efforts to start the engine failed, and a chorus ...
Dear Brethren, “For then shall be GREAT TRIBULATION, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21). The verse quoted above is a sobering reality! NEVER in the history of man has anything like this occurred (even in the worst of times). NEVER will times like this happen again. See also Mark 13:19 (a parallel verse). In Jeremiah 30:7, we also ...
Dear Brethren, A few years ago, I read a short letter on the internet written by a person named “Susan.” Her brief letter spurred a spiritual comparison in my mind with our being “soldiers” of Jesus Christ (II Timothy 2:3-4). The spiritual battles we face can seem quite overwhelming. Nevertheless, the reality is, God is there to help even when it seems like our “darkest of moments.” Here is what ...
Dear Brethren, I was thinking about a subject earlier this evening I wrote about in 2012. What is the ONE thing that every human being on earth wants? Tonight, I’ll resend that letter (with updates). It answers this question. Have a wonderful Sabbath, brethren. Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold December 7, 2012 Dear Brethren, When I was in college, there was a Humanities teacher who had a ...
Dear Brethren, Mr. Armstrong wrote the following about “righteous character” in his book, The Incredible Human Potential (page 38). Perfect, holy and righteous character is the ability in such separate entity to come to discern the true and right way from the false, to make voluntarily a full and unconditional surrender to God and His perfect way -- to yield to be conquered by God - to determine ...
Dear Brethren, I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day yesterday. For all of us, Thanksgiving should be a day for giving THANKS! Hopefully, we took the time in our prayers to deeply thank God for the many blessings He so mercifully and lovingly has poured out upon us. There was an article I read a couple of years ago entitled, “6 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Gratitude.” ...
Dear Brethren, 3 Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations (Psalm 100:3-5). In a few days our nation will be ...
Dear Brethren, This past Tuesday, November 6th, was a day of voting across our nation. Obviously, some candidates were pleased with the election results, while others were greatly disappointed. Once again, political commercials were broadcast many times over in the weeks prior to the election. Candidates often attacked the reputations of their opponents, hoping to gain more votes for themselves. ...
Dear Brethren, We live in a world that’s filled with wrong emotions like jealousy, uncontrolled anger and pride, to name a few. As men and women of God, we should be displaying the very HIGHEST standards of emotional maturity in our lives as evidenced by the Holy Spirit of God (Galatians 5:22-23). Tonight, I will add a few excerpts from the Tomorrow’s World magazine, “Personal from the Editor”, ...
Dear Brethren, I had a wonderful conversation earlier today with a Church member in Canada. It’s clear to me that he has a genuine love for God’s TRUTH. We can be sure God is pleased when His people will not compromise with His TRUTH. Mr. Armstrong wrote the following in a “Brethren, Co-Worker Letter” dated November 28, 1978… God's Church will NOT COMPROMISE a millionth part of 1% with GOD'S ...
Dear Brethren, In 1991, I sat down with an elder and expressed my concerns with the doctrinal changes taking place in the Worldwide Church of God. He had been a member since the early 1960’s. Even though literal decades have gone by, I can still remember the last thing he said to me that evening. As we were standing outside he asked, “Gary, do you see the pillars holding up this building?” I said ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I’m sending part of a “Brethren, Co-Worker” letter written by Mr. Armstrong, October 23, 1978. God’s Church had just finished observing the Feast of Tabernacles. Mr. Armstrong reminded us about keeping our eyes fastened on Christ as we approach the “HOME STRETCH,” spiritually. Christ is preparing His Church, NOW! “that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not ...
Dear Brethren, Welcome home! Everyone should be home by now from the 2018 Feast of Tabernacles. For those who could not attend this year, please know that you were missed! We look forward to talking with you again on God’s Sabbath! I’ll end tonight’s letter with a scripture very important to all of us as a spiritual FAMILY! “But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as ...
Dear Brethren, A few days from now we’ll be observing the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:26-32). This day pictures the time when Satan will be removed from his current rule over this earth (Revelation 20:1-3). He will no longer be able to influence mankind and will be bound for 1000 years! The Day of Atonement also points to a time when man will finally be at one with God (AT-ONE-MENT). For the ...
Dear Brethren, In a few days we will be observing God’s Feast of Trumpets. Following the Feast of Trumpets is the Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day. Each of the Holy Days shows a progression of vital steps in God’s MASTER PLAN of salvation. To many people in the world, God’s Holy Days may seem a bit strange. We had an employee working for us who was quite perplexed ...
Dear Brethren, Regarding the subject of marriage, clearly, we must understand why it’s important to have our physical marriages be in-line with the scriptures. Ephesians 5:32 makes this very plain! “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the Church.” Last week, I sent a list of various ways husbands can express love toward their wives. This ...
Dear Brethren, Over eight years ago I gave several Bible Studies on the subject of “marriage.” All of us should take our roles and responsibilities as husbands and wives seriously! GOD CERTAINLY DOES! Hopefully, not one person thinks he or she is “…simply too set in their ways to change,” or, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Godly marriages don’t just “HAPPEN.” They take effort! Once ...
Dear Brethren, Last week, I wrote a letter to you about the subject of marriage. In that letter, I had mentioned Mr. Armstrong had written a letter in 1963 to the Ambassador College students. His letter covered the subjects of dating and marriage. Tonight, I’m sending Mr. Armstrong’s 1963 letter to you, to add more to this important subject. Have a wonderful Sabbath. Your Brother in Christ, Gary ...
Dear Brethren, I was talking with a person today who mentioned they had been married to their spouse for over 30 years. I also mentioned that my wife and I had been happily married for over 43 years. We agreed that both 30 and 43 were excellent milestones for any marriage! I later thought back to a sermonette I once heard at the Feast of Tabernacles. The elder giving the sermonette was a man in ...
Dear Brethren, I was talking on the phone with one of our members tonight who had recently been in a motorcycle accident. Even though he injured his hip with a hairline fracture, it was inspiring to hear just how upbeat and positive he was. A couple of nights ago he even displayed his humorous side when he said, "Well, I guess I won't be dancing for a while." Thankfully, he is ...
Dear Brethren, Since the subject of “using time wisely” came up during our fellowshipping last Sabbath, I thought I would resend a letter I wrote previously on this subject. Please have wonderful Sabbath! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold February 10, 2017 Dear Brethren, This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. -Ralph Waldo ...
Dear Brethren, But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God (I Corinthians 2:9-10). Why do you ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I’m going to send a small portion of a letter written to the brethren in 1974 by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. The article Mr. Armstrong refers to was also published in the May, 1974 issue of the Good News magazine. If you wish to read the entire article, it can be found in that issue. Have a wonderful Sabbath, everyone! Your Brother in ...
Dear Brethren, As a teenager, my first job was working in a cafeteria. Minimum wage was $1.60 an hour while haircuts were only a dollar. When I first started working there, I would sometimes dream about my day’s work and continue with the job right through the night. I would wake up exhausted in the morning. I’m sure that we have all been exhausted at some time in our lives. But no matter how ...
Dear Brethren, Recently, I received an excellent Biblical question from a Church member. After answering this person’s question, I felt it would be good to share the member’s question and my response with everyone tonight in the Brethren Letter. There are a some edits I have made for better clarity. Please have a wonderful Sabbath! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold Question: In the Romans 8 ...
Dear Brethren, “And you shall eat before the LORD your God, in the place where He chooses to make His name abide, the tithe of your grain and your new wine and your oil, of the firstborn of your herds and your flocks, that you may learn to fear the LORD your God always” (Deuteronomy 14:23 - NKJV). My wife and I have returned home after visiting the 2018 Feast site. I’m very pleased to announce ...
Dear Brethren, I’ll begin tonight’s letter with a few paragraphs written by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong from the July, 1964, Plain Truth magazine; the title of the article is “How to be an OVERCOMER.” Spiritual training, to get and KEEP in constant vigilant condition to meet the foe of temptation and sin requires CONTINUOUS, EARNEST, PERSISTENT PRAYER! That is why we are commanded so often to PRAY ...
Dear Brethren, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29:11, RSV). I was talking to a man today who mentioned he had a client that seemingly was never positive about much of anything. Thankfully, not everyone is like that. Yesterday, I received a letter (e-mail), from a Church member who has been going ...
Dear Brethren, I had planned to write a different letter to you this evening, but later decided to send out a Good News article that I read earlier today, dated October 1959. This article is a good reminder for all of us that Satan will use any means necessary to bring about our spiritual destruction. We cannot afford to be “ignorant of his devices” (II Corinthians 2:11)! Please have a wonderful ...
Dear Brethren, “This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop [elder], he desires a good work” (I Timothy 3:1). I was reading an old Good News article that spurred some thoughts in my mind. Any individual who seeks the office of an elder should seek it for the right reasons. Being a loyal, faithful and humble servant is necessary for anyone who wants to lead God’s people. I ...
Dear Brethren, We’ll be observing the Feast of Pentecost this coming Sunday, May 20th, as commanded by the Great God. “These are the feasts of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times” (Leviticus 23:4). Pentecost pictures the “FIRST-FRUITS” of God’s salvation. (Leviticus 23:15-17; Acts 2:1; James 1:18) God is not working with most people NOW. In fact, it’s not ...
Dear Brethren, Since this Sunday is “Mother’s Day” in America, I’m going to resend a letter that I wrote previously on this subject. Have a good Sabbath! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold May 8, 2015 Dear Brethren, My mom is a never-ending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune. – AUTHOR UNKNOWN This evening, our ...
Dear Brethren, Are you perfectly balanced in everything you do? In other words, do you get the right amount of exercise? Do you eat well-balanced meals each day, and get the proper rest? What about the subjects of prayer, Bible study, and meditation? Do you devote the right amount of time, or does the day get away from you before you’ve gotten too far? Life is filled with many responsibilities. ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I’m sending a (condensed) “Personal” written by Mr. Armstrong in the Plain Truth magazine, June 1963. His article gets right to the heart of this world’s troubles, the causes, and where the SOLID foundation of right knowledge can be found. Please have a good night’s rest! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold June, 1963 The Plain Truth Personal from the Editor LOOK at what ...
Dear Brethren, A few years ago, I wrote to a member explaining how the name “Church of God - Scattered Faithful” was chosen (that letter is shown below). Tonight, I thought I would share parts of that email with you, to make sure everyone would have a complete overview and understanding of the process that went into my decision on a name that legal authorities (federal and state), would recognize ...
Dear Brethren, I read an article this week whereby a “Christian Numerologist” believes that on April 23rd, Christ will take His faithful to “Paradise” and the Great Tribulation will begin. Now, there’s another example of a man who has prophesied a SPECIFIC date for exact CLIMACTIC, END-TIME events. In 2010, I wrote a letter on this subject, and have decided to resend it tonight (with a few edits ...
Dear Brethren, “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?” (I Corinthians 10:16). Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, instituted the use of unleavened bread and wine as the New Testament symbols for Passover observance. The BREAD symbolizes Christ’s broken body as payment for our ...
Dear Brethren, I received an e-mail from one of our members in 2014 that I felt had some very excellent insight. Tonight, I will resend that letter to you, as we prepare spiritually for the Passover. Please have a good night’s rest everyone. Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold Good morning. As I was meditating this morning, concentrating on the sacrifice of Christ, my thoughts went in a ...
Dear Brethren, In a few weeks, we will be observing God’s Passover (Leviticus 23:5). Passover is the most solemn occasion of the year, observed in commemoration of the DEATH of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. …For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us (I Corinthians 5:7). For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes (I ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I’m sending once again an article I wrote several years ago, entitled, “Building Suitable Habits.” We’ll be observing the Spring Holy Days soon. Hopefully, we’re examining ourselves and rooting-out ANY habit that God would not be pleased with. Please have a wonderful Sabbath! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold BUILDING SUITABLE HABITS Have you ever heard the old saying ...
Dear Brethren, I was talking with an electrician today who was working at our business putting up lighting. During our conversation, we talked about the word “fear”. He told me that he had a fear of being enclosed in a tight space, and not able to escape. He described a situation where he had become stuck in an attic (crawl-space), while doing electrical work. His heart began beating fast, ...
Dear Brethren, The Spring Holy Day season is quickly approaching. We’ll be keeping the Passover in approximately six weeks. God’s festivals have such tremendous meaning for us, beginning with the Passover, followed by the Days of Unleavened Bread. In 1985, Mr. Armstrong wrote a “Brethren, Co-Worker” letter regarding the upcoming Holy Day season and the spiritual preparation ...
Dear Brethren, Reflecting on the sermonette we heard last Sabbath, the speaker addressed how easy it can be for human beings to become sarcastic, ungrateful and unthankful. These characteristics are quite unbecoming a Christian. Have you ever said, or have you ever heard someone say, “If I only had ________, I would be happy.”? That blank could be filled in with words like “money”, “a job”, “a ...
Dear Brethren, During the Feast of Tabernacles a few years ago, one of our members spoke to a man near the city’s convention center. A larger Church of God group was also meeting there that year, and the man he spoke to attended with that group. Sometime during the conversation, the question was asked how much the man (from the larger group), knew about Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. The man responded ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I had the pleasure of talking with a long-time Church member who clearly wants to hold fast to the TRUTH of God. He plans to start attending with us tomorrow. After we spoke on the telephone, he later wrote these words to me… “I love that feeling of knowing everyone is on the same page.” I couldn’t agree more! We should always want to be loyal to God, love ...
Dear Brethren, In the late 1990’s, I attended a ministerial conference where an interesting paper was handed out. I’ll share that paper here tonight. Who Was This Courageous Man? He drifted through his 20’s. When he turned 31, he thought: “I’ve got to get myself going and do something!” He formed a partnership and went into business, but in 18 months he was bankrupt. ...
Dear Brethren, And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work (II Corinthians 9:8 - RSV) That is the next scripture shown on the list given to us at the Feast of Tabernacles. It reveals God’s positive answers for any negative, defeatist thoughts we might have. I had previously ...
Dear Brethren, This year, at the beginning of November, I began writing a series of letters based on a chart given to us at the Feast of Tabernacles. The chart has a list of scriptures revealing the positive answers God has for any negative, defeatist type thoughts we might have. The next scripture on that list is Philippians 4:13. I was reading a comment about that verse tonight, from Nelson’s ...
Dear Brethren, Give thanks to God for He is good; He who alone doeth great works! His Kindness shall always endure, His mercy never fails! (The Bible Hymnal) When my wife and I began attending the Worldwide Church of God (over forty years ago), one of the first hymns was, “His Mercy Never Fails.” It’s still ...
Dear Brethren, Yesterday, I officiated at the funeral service for my dad, Robert (Bob) Liebold. I’ve conducted many funeral services over the years, but this was one of the more difficult ones, since it was my father. I’m human. My dad now awaits his resurrection. He loved his family, and his family loved him. In the newspaper, I read the name of another man (age seventy-eight), who died a few ...
Dear Brethren, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! As many of you know, my dad died in his sleep yesterday morning at the age of ninety years. I loved my dad, and learned many positive things from him through the years. He will be missed by his family, but he now awaits his resurrection and the GLORIOUS Kingdom of God. It won’t be long now, dad! Tonight, I'm resending part of a letter I ...
Dear Brethren, Come to me, all you who are troubled and weighted down with care, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 - BBE) When a teenager, I remember watching a movie about a group of mountain climbers who planned to climb one of the world’s tallest mountains. Some of this movie stuck in my mind. As I remember, the main character of the movie had planned to reach the top of an ...
Dear Brethren, Jesus said, ‘The things that are impossible for people to do are possible for God to do.’ (Luke 18:27 - GWT) How many times in our lives have we used the words, “It’s impossible”? A rich man once asked Jesus what he should do to have eternal life. Christ responded, “You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not murder,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not bear false witness,' ' ...
Dear Brethren, At the Feast of Tabernacles this year, one of the Church members brought a chart of Bible verses that reflect on how POSITIVE God is. Sometimes we as human beings can become discouraged for various reasons. However, it’s important to realize that God is always there, and He knows our every situation! We’re not overlooked! Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your ...
Dear Brethren, Welcome home! Everyone should be home by now from the 2017 Feast of Tabernacles. For those who could not attend this year, please know that you were missed! We look forward to talking with you again on God’s Sabbath! I’ll end tonight’s letter with a scripture that’s important to all of us as a spiritual FAMILY! “But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as ...
Dear Brethren, In less than two weeks we will be keeping God’s Feast of Tabernacles. As we know, God’s Festivals reveal His master plan for mankind. The day is coming when the world will change for the better. Only God can bring that about. Man will finally begin to learn God’s way of GIVE. Tonight, I will attach an article written several years ago. This article has four keys ...
Dear Brethren, In just a few days we will be observing God’s Feast of Trumpets. Following The Feast of Trumpets is the Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles and Last Great Day. Each of the Holy Days show a progression of vital steps in God’s MASTER PLAN of salvation. To many people in the world, the Holy Days may seem a bit strange. Over twenty-five years ago we had an employee working for us ...
Dear Brethren, While writing tonight’s letter, Hurricane Irma is predicted to hit the state of Florida, potentially as a “Category 5”. Right now, the hurricane is a “Category 4” storm with sustained winds of up to 150 miles per hour. According to the National Hurricane Center a “Category 4” storm will produce the following catastrophic results: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage ...
Dear Brethren, Though I sent this “Personal” from the Tomorrow’s World magazine to you about a year ago, I felt it would be helpful to review it once again. Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong had excellent points in this article worth reading several times. The article was written on the subject of “Emotional Maturity”. We live in a world that’s filled with wrong emotions such as jealousy, uncontrolled ...
Dear Brethren, Recently, I was reading one of the Brethren Letters that I wrote in 2010, and thought I would send it to you once again. We should always love the TRUTH of God and NEVER let go! The example we set is important! Please have a wonderful Sabbath! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold August 13, 2010 Greetings Brethren, A couple of days ago my wife received a note from a fine lady we ...
Dear Brethren, For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened (Matthew 24:21-22). Back in the 1970’s, I had a conversation with a Church member about the subject of the “Great Tribulation.” The ...
Dear Brethren, I will start tonight’s letter with Christ’s words to His disciples on the subject of prayer. [6] But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. [7] And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, as a prelude to part two of my sermon tomorrow: “Realizing Satan’s Power,” I’m sending some excerpts from Mystery of the Ages written on this same topic. I’ve emphasized some of Mr. Armstrong’s words below with a larger font. Those sentences will relate more closely with my sermon. Please have a wonderful Sabbath. Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold For almost 6,000 years ...
Dear Brethren, Have you ever experienced stress in your life? Of course, you have. There isn’t a person alive who hasn’t. There have been times in our family business that I have been on the phone when multiple customers will walk in. I ask the individual on the phone if they will “hold” for a moment so I can politely say to the people in the store, “Welcome to our store, I will be with you ...
Dear Brethren, As most of you know, I have given two sermons about the subject of the “end-time Zerubbabel” and the spiritual temple Christ will return to. Some pastors teach that a physical temple must be built in Jerusalem for Christ to return to. That’s not what God’s apostle (Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong), taught! Tonight, I will send a letter Mr. Armstrong wrote in 1981, which covers the subject ...
Dear Brethren, Last Thursday, I officiated at a memorial service for a sister in Christ that recently died in the faith. I read aloud two of her favorite scriptures, James 1:17 and Hebrew 13:5. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning (James 1:17). Let your conduct be without covetousness; ...
Dear Brethren, Recently, I was talking with one of our members on the telephone. His beloved sister died just yesterday. Once again, I will share some of the words her loving brother wrote. “After putting up a valiant fight, my sister Penny died at 7:04 this morning peacefully in her sleep. Though we know Penny has a wonderful future at the resurrection, I Corinthians 15 calls death a ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I’m sending a letter written by Mr. Armstrong in 1982. I’ve emphasized some of the sentences and paragraphs in bold, others are underlined. The letter has been condensed slightly. In the early 1980’s Mr. Armstrong began to realize that he was a TYPE of Elijah preparing the way for Christ’s second coming, just as John the Baptist had prepared the way for Christ’s ...
Dear Brethren, I had planned something different for tonight’s Brethren Letter, but found a letter written in 2010 and decided to send it instead. (A few minor updates were made). In 2010, a young runner in California was running in a cross-country race. She had become severely dehydrated, falling to the ground just short of the finish-line. However, even after falling she refused to quit, and ...
Dear Brethren, I received an e-mail a few years ago from one of our Church Members. It was very stirring and thought-provoking. This person’s inspiring words show some excellent insight. By permission, I am sharing one of their paragraphs with you. I have been going through the gospels again, I have always admired the disciples and apostles for the work they did in face of certain death. ...
Dear Brethren, This year we’ll be observing the Feast of Pentecost on Sunday, June 4 th as commanded by the Great God. “These are the feasts of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times” (Leviticus 23:4). Pentecost pictures the “FIRST-FRUITS” of God’s salvation. (Leviticus 23:15-17; Acts 2:1; James 1:18) God is not ...
Dear Brethren, I was reading this Plain Truth Personal from 1965 a few days ago, and thought I would send it to you as this week’s “Brethren Letter.” Please have a wonderful Sabbath! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold The Plain Truth Personal from the Editor February, 1965 AS WE WERE preparing our first full-color cover for this 31st anniversary issue, Sir Winston Churchill was ...
Dear Brethren, When Jesus was on this earth, He asked the question, "... when the Son of man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8). Now, FAITH as described in God’s Word is not a “human” faith. It’s Christ’s faith! NOT ONE of us has the power to “work up” that kind of FAITH. The ONLY way to receive the FAITH of Christ is through the power of God’s Holy Spirit! “I am ...
Dear Brethren, “…From the founding of this nation, Americans have claimed the ancient promise, that if His people who are called by His name will humble themselves in prayer and seek His face, that He will hear from Heaven and heal their land.” (U.S. Vice President, Mike Pence) Yesterday (May 4 th ), was the annual observance of the “National Day of Prayer” , as ...
Dear Brethren, I thought it would be a helpful review for all of us to read Mr. Armstrong’s article written in the Plain Truth magazine, March, 1962. His article discusses the Kingdom of God, and what the Kingdom is. Also, Mr. Armstrong reviews the history of MAN’S ruling kingdoms as well as prophecy yet to be fulfilled. This is PART I of the article. I will continue with PART II, next ...
Dear Brethren, The weekly Sabbath has now begun, and I was thinking about the “wave sheaf” offering, and what it pictures. On the “…morrow after the Sabbath” (Sunday), Jesus Christ became what is called the Wave Sheaf offering. Also, starting on this specific day, we are to count fifty forward to the Feast of Pentecost (the Feast of Firstfruits, Exodus 23:16) ...
Dear Brethren, I received an e-mail from one of our members a few years ago that I felt had some very excellent insight. Tonight, I want to share that letter with you (by permission), as we each prepare spiritually for the Passover. Please have a good night’s rest everyone. Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold Good morning. As I was meditating this morning, concentrating on the sacrifice of ...
Dear Brethren, We will be observing the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread in just a little over a week. Tonight, I’m sending a Good News “Personal” that Mr. Armstrong wrote in March, 1972. The article is an excellent review for us, especially for this time of year. Please have a wonderful Sabbath, brethren. Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold The Good ...
Dear Brethren, “ A nd you shall eat before the LORD your God, in the place where He chooses to make His name abide, the tithe of your grain and your new wine and your oil, of the firstborn of your herds and your flocks, that you may learn to fear the LORD your God always.” (Deuteronomy 14:23 - NKJV) I’m very pleased to announce the city selected for the 2017 ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I’m sending an article I wrote several years ago, entitled, “Building Suitable Habits.” We’ll be observing the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread soon. Hopefully, we’re examining ourselves and rooting-out ANY habit that God would not be pleased with. Please have a wonderful Sabbath! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold BUILDING SUITABLE HABITS Have you ever heard the ...
Dear Brethren, Passover and The Days of Unleavened Bread will be observed in just a few weeks. Tonight, I’m re-sending a letter I wrote in 2015. God wants us to see ourselves, and to CHANGE direction when we’re wrong. That’s what “examining” is all about! Please have a wonderful Sabbath! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold March 20, 2015 Dear Brethren, What words do you think are the most ...
Dear Brethren, I heard a sermon many years ago, where the minister mentioned he had once known a lady that believed she had discovered the health benefits of drinking carrot juice. So, she began to drink carrot juice every single day. Then, she thought she would become even healthier if she consumed carrot juice with every meal. Eventually, she even started drinking carrot juice off-and-on ...
Dear Brethren, Over thirty years ago, my wife and I had the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon in Arizona. We were awestruck by its size, depth and beauty. After seeing such splendor, we both thought, “How in the world could anyone even BEGIN to say that there is no God?” (20) For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes ...
Dear Brethren, This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. -Ralph Waldo Emerson As we realize, the measuring of time is the same for everyone. C.S. Lewis stated, “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” Since time is measured identically for all, the important thing we need to ...
Dear Brethren, A crowd protesting a right-wing commentator's appearance at the University of California at Berkeley hurled smoke bombs, broke windows and sparked a massive bonfire, prompting officials to call off the event. "This was a group of agitators who were masked up, throwing rocks, commercial grade fireworks and Molotov cocktails at officers," said UC Berkeley Police Chief Margo Bennet. ( ...
Dear Brethren, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). When I was in high school, every Physical Education student was required to run laps on the track that surrounded the football ...
Dear Brethren, The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.” (President, Donald J. Trump) Like many Americans, today my wife and I watched the inauguration of the forty-fifth president of the United States, Donald J. Trump. During his speech (following the “swearing-in” ceremony), I was amazed to actually hear our new President refer ...
Dear Brethren, I wonder how many of our readers know that the Bible commands us to pray for the heads of our nations? The Bible does NOT command us to take part in this world's politics -- strange as that may seem to many. But it DOES emphatically teach RESPECT for, and SUBMISSION TO the government of man that is over us. Therefore, whether we agree with the man in office -- his religion -- his ...
Dear Brethren, A few years ago, I awakened from a dream thinking about God’s Truth. I had dreamt that I was being ridiculed and mocked for my Biblical beliefs. After most of the crowd had walked past me, one last person sat down next to me and said, “I don’t agree with these people mocking you like this. But tell me, why do you still continue to believe what you believe?” My ...
Dear Brethren, In conjunction with the sermon I’ve recently been giving, I’m sending out some excerpts from a letter Mr. Armstrong wrote to the ministry, along with an attached letter to the brethren in February, 1974. Mr. Armstrong discussed the GOSPEL message and the end-time. I believe the following paragraphs are an excellent summation of what Mr. Armstrong realized about his responsibility ...
Greetings Brethren, It is my understanding that there are over 500 corporate Churches of God in existence today. Most of them have formed since the death of Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong in 1986. Many of these groups openly reject Mr. Armstrong’s office as an apostle and role as a TYPE of Elijah (Malachi 4:5; Matthew 17:11) . Other groups take the “smorgasbord approach” to ...
Dear Brethren, Previously I’ve addressed this subject, but it might be a good review to look at the subject of “jury duty” again. Probably, most of us have received, or will receive a jury summons at some point. I have, three different times. In the past, the state of Florida formed jury pools that were randomly selected from the state’s voter registration rolls. Today, ...
Dear Brethren, I’ll begin tonight’s letter with a quote that has been attributed to the former U.S. State Department Spokesman, Robert McCloskey : I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. When I first heard that phrase years ago, it’s meaning was perplexing. Even as I read it ...
Dear Brethren, Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving , let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7) In a few days our nation will be observing a national Day of Thanksgiving. Sadly, far too ...
Dear Brethren, Yesterday, I was talking with a man who suddenly began to express his displeasure with the results of last Tuesday’s presidential election. It seemed the more he talked, the more worked-up and angry he became. Eventually, I got him onto another subject, and then he began to calm down. We live in a world that’s filled with wrong emotions, such as jealousy, uncontrolled anger and ...
Dear Brethren, “This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop [elder] , he desires a good work” (I Timothy 3:1). That’s a faithful scripture indeed! I was reading an old Good News article yesterday that spurred some thoughts on a particular subject. Any individual who seeks the office of an elder should seek it for the ...
Dear Brethren, Welcome home! I believe everyone had a joyous Feast of Tabernacles this year in Granbury, Texas. For those who could not attend, please know that you were missed ! We will continue to develop the Church web-site this next year, using the highest standards possible as “ AMBASSADORS for Christ (II Corinthians 5:20) and serve the ...
Dear Brethren, A few days from now we’ll be observing the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:26-32) . This day pictures the time when Satan will be removed from his current rule over this earth by being bound for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-3) . He will no longer be able to influence mankind during that time. The Day of Atonement also points to a time when man will ...
Dear Brethren, In just a few days we will be observing God’s Feast of Trumpets. Following The Feast of Trumpets is the Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles and Last Great Day. Each of the Holy Days show a progression of vital steps in God’s MASTER PLAN of salvation. To many people in the world, the Holy Days may seem a bit strange. Over twenty years ago we had an employee working for us who was ...
Dear Brethren, Much has happened in God’s Church since Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong died January, 1986. Today, there are hundreds of Church of God groups with varying beliefs. These many groups don’t speak the same thing! Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing , and that there be no divisions ...
Dear Brethren, During my sermon last Sabbath, I read a paragraph from a “Brethren Letter” which was written in 2011. It was planned to send that letter to you for this week. Please have a wonderful Sabbath everyone! Sincerely, Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold September 9, 2011 Dear Brethren, In two more days, the tenth anniversary of “ 9/11” will be remembered throughout our ...
Dear Brethren, During my childhood, my parents taught me that patience was a virtue, not by words alone, but also by example. However, in today’s society, patience can sometimes be difficult to find. People often expect instantaneous gratification. But, life doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes, we just have to wait ! As Church members, we find that God may ...
Dear Brethren, When I was eight years old, I came home from school one day to do my usual homework assignments, and maybe still have a little time for my neighborhood buddies before dark. But when I got home, something was different. There was a new piece of furniture in the living room that I had never seen before. It was beautiful. It seemed to sparkle like a diamond. With my eyes as big as “ ...
Dear Brethren, The fall Holy Day season is quickly approaching. I hope all of us are looking forward to God’s upcoming Festivals! I was reading Mr. Armstrong’s letter of 1981 today about the Feast of Tabernacles, and wanted share it with you. Just think, God’s Master Plan will eventually change the outlook of the entire earth. Instead of today’s unhappiness and misery, the World Tomorrow will be ...
Dear Brethren, A strong and firm family structure is a basic building block of any happy and stable society. (Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong, May 14, 1974) I recently read an article on the internet about today’s decline of the American family, by J. Randall Hall. Here’s a paragraph taken from that article… In America today, 53 percent of all children born to women under the ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I’m sending some excerpts from an article I wrote a few years ago. With the 2016 Summer Olympics now being held in Brazil, I thought this article would be appropriate, especially in light of its spiritual context . As always, please have a wonderful Sabbath! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold Recently, my wife and I were watching ...
Dear Brethren, What Jesus taught was that this present world, with its governments, its religions, its economics, its society, is an evil world - it is Satan’s world - it is a world in competition against, and AT WAR AGAINST, HIS COMING KINGDOM - THE WORLD TOMORROW! No, Jesus did not enter into THIS WORLD’S politics! He called His Disciples out of this ...
Dear Brethren, Both major political parties in the United States have finished their national conventions. One of the presidential candidates said their opponent “wants us [as Americans], to fear.” The other candidate said their opponent is attempting to place Americans in “a fantasy world.” The war of words will undoubtedly become far more ...
Dear Brethren, Today, I read a “Personal” written by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong from the Tomorrow’s World magazine of March, 1971. The article was written on the subject of “ Emotional Maturity ”. We live in a world that’s filled with wrong emotions such as jealousy, uncontrolled anger, hatred, lust and boastful pride, to name a few. As men and women of God, we ...
Dear Brethren, (14) "And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, 'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: (15) I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. (16) I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My ...
Dear Brethren, Five police officers have been killed by gunmen in Dallas, Texas, during a large protest against fatal police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. (CNN) We're hurting," said Dallas Police Chief David Brown in a Friday morning news conference. "Our profession is hurting. Dallas officers are hurting. We are heartbroken. There are no words to describe the atrocity that occurred to ...
Dear Brethren, “Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood—the virtues that made America. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.” – Theodore Roosevelt In three days, Americans will celebrate the birth of ...
Dear Brethren, “The inconceivable has happened. Brexit . The British have decided to leave the European Union -- against the advice of almost all experts, against all economic reason and against the desire of its European neighbors.” ( Spiegel Online International ) Britain has voted to leave the European Union ! Many Europeans are in shock. Stock markets ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, we received a call from a Church member who had been in the hospital for several weeks suffering with excruciating abdominal pain. Her doctors were at a loss of how to help. When we last saw her a week ago, she asked me if I would ask for the prayers of the brethren. I did! I’m very pleased to announce that her pain stopped COMPLETLY on its own, and she was able to return ...
Dear Brethren, We will be observing the Feast of Pentecost in two days. God has a marvelous plan for us, and for all of mankind. Just think of it, we can actually be a part of God’s FIRSTFRUIT spiritual harvest. Through His Holy Spirit we’re able to grow in God’s character. Mr. Armstrong wrote the following about “righteous character” in his book, The Incredible ...
Dear Brethren, “And you shall eat before the LORD your God, in the place where He chooses to make His name abide, the tithe of your grain and your new wine and your oil, of the firstborn of your herds and your flocks, that you may learn to fear the LORD your God always.” (Deuteronomy 14:23 - NKJV) I’m very pleased to announce that this year’s Feast of Tabernacles for 2016, will be observed in ...
Dear Brethren, Greetings from Texas! My wife and I arrived earlier today, to finalize plans for the Feast of Tabernacles. It has been cooler here in Texas than it was when we left Florida. We’ve been told that it’s unusually cool for this time of year, but we're enjoying it! When we return home, I’ll be giving you all of the details for this year’s Feast site. On Sunday, we’ll be looking at ...
Dear Brethren, This morning while studying, I came across an article written by Mr. Armstrong in the Tomorrow’s World magazine dated April, 1971. His article got me thinking about the subject of HEALTH. Then I thought about a person who told me some of the various medications they were taking a few years ago. This person said, “I know I’m taking a lot of medications, but isn’t ...
Dear Brethren, Since this Sunday is "Mother's Day" in America, I’m going to resend a letter that I wrote previously on this subject. I updated it from last time. Have a good Sabbath! Your brother in Christ, Gary Liebold May 8, 2015 Dear Brethren, My mom is a never-ending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune. ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight’s letter will be the last one written before the Spring Holy Days. One week from tonight we will be observing The Night To Be Much Observed. This evening, I’m sending out a selected portion of Mr. Armstrong’s booklet, What do you mean – THE UNPARDONABLE SIN? Please have a good night’s rest everyone. Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold “What do ...
Dear Brethren, Passover and The Days of Unleavened Bread are approximately two weeks away. Tonight, I’m sending a letter written last year. Brethren, God wants us to see ourselves, and to CHANGE direction when we are wrong. That’s what “examining” is all about. Please have a wonderful Sabbath! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold March 20, 2015 Dear Brethren, What words do you ...
Dear Brethren, Most who preach that Jesus is the Christ today also preach that God's commandments were abolished -- done away -- "nailed to the cross." They preach their tradition of men instead. They preach a different Jesus -- one who "did away with His Father's commandments… (Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong, Brethren and Co-Worker Letter, January 22, 1982) Many years ago my dad and ...
Dear Brethren, The Spring Holy Day season is approaching. God’s Festivals have tremendous meaning. The first of God’s Festivals is Passover , followed by the second Festival, the Days of Unleavened Bread . In 1985, Mr. Armstrong wrote a “Brethren, Co-Worker” letter about the Spring Holy Day season and our spiritual preparation. Tonight, I’m sending that letter. ...
Dear Brethren, In a few weeks we will be observing Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread. The evening of April 21 st (after sunset) is the date for the Passover observance. April 23-29, are the Days of Unleavened Bread. In Romans 3:23 we read… “ For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” That scripture has applied to EVERY single human ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, a political rally in Chicago was called off due to potential violence among protestors. That’s the main subject of every news source I read tonight. Here are three of the headlines: Protesters Clash After Chicago Rally Postponed Rally Called Off for Safety Reasons Amid Chaos Violence Erupts at Chicago Campaign Event ...
Dear Brethren, Over thirty years ago my wife and I had the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon. We were simply awestruck by its size, depth and beauty. After seeing such amazing splendor right before our eyes, we thought, “How in the world could anyone even BEGIN to say there is no God?” (20) For since the creation of the world His invisible ...
Dear Brethren, As most of you know by now, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hatter are very pleased to announce the birth of their son, Luke. It’s always exciting for any parent when a new son or daughter is born into the family. Being a parent is a big responsibility, and I know the Hatters take it seriously. They will continue working very hard at being the best parents that any humans could possibly be. ...
Dear Brethren, My wife and I were overjoyed when we read what one of our adult children recently posted on the internet. This is what was written: “I'm very thankful that my parents raised me to have a strong work ethic and a strong sense of motivation, ambition, and drive to achieve my goals and be responsible.” That was a WONDERFUL comment to read! We did try to instill in our ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I was reading a “Personal from the Editor” written by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong in 1969. While reading, I began to think, “It’s almost like Mr. Armstrong wrote this article yesterday, rather than many decades ago.” Brethren, the problems facing today’s society continue to mount, and only God’s Government can solve them! Below, is a ...
Dear Brethren, While thinking about tonight’s letter, I looked over at my wife as she sat on the living room sofa. She looked in my direction. We both smiled at each other simultaneously, and then I began thinking about what a tremendous blessing she was to me and our family. Probably all of us have heard the phrase, “Count your blessings!” But, how many people actually do? Have ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I’m sending an abbreviated version of a letter written by Mr. Armstrong in 1981. There is such good information here that’s worth reading once again, and reviewing. Have a wonderful Sabbath! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold March 19, 1981 Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ: …Brethren, God is pleased with our recent greater efforts and increased devotion to HIS ...
Dear Brethren, I have exciting news! Our updated Church website ( www.cogsf.org ), is now online, and accessible to everyone. Mr. Daniel Hatter has put many long hours into the development of the site, a site with the utmost of excellence and the highest of standards. I’m very pleased! I fully believe God is pleased and believe you will be too! Though we have kept some parts of the former website ...
Dear Brethren, (15) "Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him understand), (16) then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. (17) Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. (18) And let him who is in the field not go ...
Dear Brethren, Following the death of Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong in 1986, doctrinal changes began taking place in the Worldwide Church of God. At first, most of God’s people were unaware of some of the changes. However, as time went by, the changes became more evident. Early in 1991, the Pastor General (Joseph W. Tkach), revealed in the Worldwide News , that the Church had “ new ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I was thinking back on a sermonette that was given by a long-time elder during the Feast of Tabernacles in the 1990’s. This elder was a man in his seventies, I believe. He and his wife had been happily married for many, many years. Sometime during his sermonette he made a comment that I’ll always remember. He said (paraphrased), “I told my wife that being married ...
Dear Brethren, This past Thursday, my wife received a jury summons in the mail. Probably, a good many of us have received a summons at some point in time. I’ve received three over the years. At one time, the state of Florida formed jury pools from voter registration records. Today, the jury pool is selected from the driver’s license database . With that change, the probability of a ...
Dear Brethren, “Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.” (Otto Von Bismark) That’s a very interesting quote! Sadly, this phrase has much truth in it! With the U.S. presidential elections less than a year away, the airwaves are filled with words like “racist,” “socialist,” “liar,” “xenophobe,” “latest polls” and “brokered- ...
Dear Brethren, As most of you probably know, our nation was attacked once again this week by radical Islamic terrorists. Fourteen people were murdered. At least seventeen others were injured. Two different news reporters described the attack in California combined with the recent attack in Paris, France as the world’s “new norm.” Many experts believe that other vicious attacks ...
Dear Brethren, Yesterday, our nation observed a Day of Thanksgiving. Tonight, I’m sending a letter written in 2012 about this subject. We should be thanking God daily for the MANY blessings He gives us. Please have a good Sabbath everyone! Your Brother in Christ, Gary Liebold November 16, 2012 Dear Brethren, I’ll begin tonight’s letter with the following Biblical verses. “Be ...
Dear Brethren, I wanted to give you an update on the progress of our Church website. Over the last few weeks, Mr. Daniel Hatter has spent many hours revising the website. His workmanship reflects the highest of standards, and I’m very pleased with his progress. Mr. Armstrong’s books, booklets, sermons and broadcasts will be readily available to everyone who visits the site. Currently, there are ...
Dear Brethren, A few hours ago, the nation of France was brutally attacked by terrorists. The last report stated there were at least 158 persons killed in the city of Paris. Here is the opening paragraph of a Fox News report on the situation: Terrorists wielding AK-47s and hurling explosives executed at least 118 people inside a Paris concert hall late Friday night, in a ...
Dear Brethren, Earlier today, my dad and I talked with a young person (around age 30), who brought up the subject of “family values.” This person mentioned that the standards taught to them by their parents were not the same standards found in today’s society. In other words, the world’s standards are LOWER than their parent’s standards. I’m sure that’s very true. Later, I was thinking ...
Dear Brethren, Today, I was thinking back on a sermonette from several years ago. The person speaking told the congregation that he had once piloted small aircraft. He went on to say that if a pilot expects to reach his destination, he must not allow his plane to veer off course even by one degree . A change of just ONE degree could cause a plane to end up ...
Dear Brethren, Luke 21:36 “ Watch ye therefore, and pray always , that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” These are some recent headlines in the news : ISIS graduates its first class of junior jihadists in shocking photos (News.com.au) ...
Dear Brethren, For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved [alive] ; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened (Matthew 24:21-22). Those verses tell us EXACTLY what will occur in the coming days! If ...
Dear Brethren, Welcome home! I believe everyone had a joyous and uplifting Feast of Tabernacles this year. For those who could not be at this year’s Feast site, please know that you were missed ! We will continue to develop the Church web-site more extensively throughout the coming year, using the highest standards possible as “ AMBASSADORS for Christ ” ...
Dear Brethren, A few days from now we’ll be observing the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:26-32) . This day pictures the time when Satan will be removed from his current rulership over this earth, and bound for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-3) . He will no longer be able to influence mankind during that time. The Day of Atonement also points to a time when man will ...
Dear Brethren, In a few days we will be observing God’s Feast of Trumpets. Following The Feast of Trumpets is the Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles and Last Great Day. Each of the Holy Days shows a progression of vital steps in God’s MASTER PLAN of salvation. To many people in the world, the Holy Days may seem a bit strange. I remember over 20 years ago that we had an employee working for us ...
Dear Brethren, We’ll be observing the Feast of Trumpets this year on Monday, September 14th. God’s Holy Day is just a few days away. The Feast of Trumpets pictures the return of Jesus Christ coming to this earth to rule as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 17:14; 19:16) . Tonight, I’m sending an article written by Mr. Garfield Gregoire in 2011. The title of his article ...
Dear Brethren, The fall Holy Day season is approaching very quickly. We’ll be observing the Feast of Trumpets on Monday, September 14 th . That’s just two weeks away. 23 ”Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 24 "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath- rest, a memorial ...
Dear Brethren, This week turned out to be very bad for the U.S. stock market. Other markets around the world also saw substantial declines. Today, the Dow Jones Industrials fell over 530 points, the largest daily point loss since August 10, 2011. Here are some of today’s headlines: U.S. Stock Plunge Picks Up Speed (Wall Street Journal) China fears hand Wall St. its worst ...
Dear Brethren, What would you say is the number one topic that most news pundits are discussing right now? Is the MAIN topic of discussion about the nation of Iran and its progression toward building a nuclear weapon? While it’s true that Iran is in the news, I would hardly say it’s the MAIN topic. Is the MAIN topic of news concerned with Europe and the economic woes ...
Dear Brethren, “Brethren, IF we are to be taken to a place of protection from the GREAT TRIBULATION, we shall have to have real faith in Christ and His promises !” (Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong - Brethren and Co-Worker Letter, August 14, 1978.) When I was a young boy, the word “faith” represented nothing more than the name of the church to which a person belonged. Some people ...
Dear Brethren, Tonight, I’m re-sending an article written by Mr. Garfield Gregoire in 2013. Brethren, NOW is the time to prepare spiritually for the return of Jesus Christ! Waiting for “tomorrow” could be a very costly mistake! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready ...
Dear Brethren, Tomorrow, I will be giving part two of my sermon, “The Mystery of the Church.” With that in mind, for tonight’s letter I’m sending the following excerpts taken from Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong’s booklet, What Science Can't Discover About the HUMAN MIND . There’s excellent information written here that’s worth reviewing time and again. ...
Dear Brethren, we cannot now ease off and rest on our laurels . We cannot let down . We must gather momentum and dedicated energy in correcting ourselves, overcoming, devoting ourselves to increasingly fervent PRAYERS -- praying that God will show us our weaknesses and sins, give us a deep spirit of repentance, continually praying… praying for one another, ...
Dear Brethren, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope " (Jeremiah 29:11, RSV). That verse is very inspiring to read! Several years ago (in the late 90’s), there was an elderly widow in the Church who was going through some very difficult trials. She came to me, and asked if I would compile a ...
Dear Brethren, Today, I watched a short video posted by a friend on “Facebook”, showing some famous individuals who experienced personal failures in their lives before achieving success . Here are two examples: “He wasn’t able to speak until he was almost 4 years old, and his teacher said he would never amount to much.” It was Albert Einstein - ...