Dear Brethren and Co-Workers in Christ:
Greetings from Grover Beach, California.
Kenyan Radio Report
Deacon Ondigo Ochieng sent the following regarding responses to our radio presence in Kenya and neighboring Tanzania:
CCOG RADIO HARVEST REPORT FOR DECEMBER 2022
RADIO TOGOTANE 88.3 FM
We chose to cover the BELIEFS OF THE ORIGINAL CATHOLIC CHURCH. So far, we have covered the following sub-headings in this Book:
- Inquiry and the True Church – We got 24 phone calls and 13 sms from different people plus invitations to visit some interested people.
- The Catholic Church of God – This attracted 29 phone calls and 21 sms.
- Original Catholic Doctrines of the Apostles – This attracted 17 phone calls and 9 sms.
- Liturgy, Baptism, and Pascha – This attracted 21 phone calls and 5 sms.
- Tradition, Holy Days, Apocatastasis, Ten Commandments, Celibacy – This attracted 42 phone calls and 19 sms.
- What Type of Catholic Was Polycarp? – This attracted 27 phone calls and 3 sms.
- Early Heretics and Heretic Fighters – This attracted 16 phone calls and 7 sms.
- The Canon of Scripture – This attracted 20 phone calls and 2 sms.
- Apostolic Laying on of Hands Succession – This attracted 11 phone calls and 1 sms.
RADIO MILAMBO 103.8FM
On the other hand, we decided to continue with proper and elaborate explanation of HOW THE CCOG DIFFERS FROM PROTESTANTISM. We have so far covered the following sub-headings:
- The Seventh Day Baptists, Adventists and Messianic Jews – This attracted 28 phone calls and 11 sms which came from some Messianic groups who adhere to sacred names and also some Adventists.
- The Millennium Kingdom of God – This attracted 32 phone calls and 12 sms.
- Saved to Do What? – This attracted 17 phone calls and 4 sms.
- Plan of Salvation – This attracted a total of 44 phone calls and 13 sms.
- Crosses, Trees, Valentine’s and Collars – This attracted 22 phone calls and 2 sms.
- Godhead – This attracted 6 phone calls and 3 sms.
- Tithing – This attracted 26 phone calls and 5 sms.
- Clean and Unclean Meats – This attracted 39 phone calls and 14 sms mostly from SDA members.
- Rapture, or Fleeing? – This attracted 49 phone calls and 17 sms. Some church ministers were so very wild about the discourse.
- Polycarp or Martin Luther? – This attracted 5 phone calls and 1 sms.
- Ecumenism – This attracted 35 phone calls and 12 sms.
- Summary Protestantism’s Problem – This attracted 27 phone calls and 4 sms.
KBC PWANI 103.1 FM
This is a National Station that covers almost all parts of Kenya, parts of Tanzania, Somalia (because it is situated on the Coast of Mombasa), and parts of Uganda.
It’s frequency varies in some areas like Endebess, Vuria Hills, Vipingo, Voi e.t.c . The frequency can either be 93.7 FM, 104.7 FM and 103.1 FM.
I paid for three sessions of 30 minutes and have so far explained about THE STATEMENTS OF BELIEFS OF THE CONTINUING CHURCH OF GOD.
We have so far received a total of 55 phone calls and 24 sms. …
A VISIT TO RADIO LISTENER
Someone by the name Sylivester Erick heard me over the KBC PWANI FM when I was teaching about the Statements of Beliefs of the Continuing Church of God. He invited me to a place called Bumala in Busia County to the border between Kenya and Uganda. I went and took two days. He warmly welcomed me and we discussed a lot depending on the questions he raised. He is a pastor in Maranatha Faith Assemblies but he is yearning to know the truth. Since last month after visiting him , he has been calling as we discuss some topics through the phone. I carried some articles which I gave him and his wife.
I also encouraged him to read more and search any topic he may be interested in learning on CCOG websites.
Pastor Sylivester Erick and Ondigo Ochieng
Joel Omasanja from Bumala and Ondigo Ochieng
The duo (Sylivester and Joel), impressed me a lot. … Joel who told me that he has been praying that God opens his eyes to know the truth. He told me that nothing can hinder him from seeking for truth because he is not tied to any church leadership.
He has been calling and promised to visit them again this December. They probably may invite me to their Maranatha Youth Camp to teach the Word of God this December.
We are so grateful to God and to the brethren who have supported our entering this door. We are so very grateful to Doctor Bob Thiel who is doing a very excellent and marvelous Work in providing the truth materials and making them available on the website. May God bless him abundantly. Am really praying and thanking Deacon Grantone Otieno who has stood with me and has been sacrificing to be on the Radio Milambo even if I am not there. We have worked with him very harmoniously without putting conditions like others.
May God be with you.
Bro. Ondigo Ochieng,
Deacon, Continuing Church of God,
Our radio efforts are bearing fruits.
In prison you visited me
Deacon Ondigo Ochieng also sent the following:
A VISIT TO KENDEGE PRISON.
I am so grateful to God to allow me serve at Kendege Prison where I got an invitation from one of the Prison Police Officers called Mr. Peter Lunani Wafula. Mr. Peter is also a Pastor in charge of the religious programs, though there is senior Reverend whom he is answerable to when he is dealing with the evangelists or religious teachers from outside the prison department.
Mr. Peter Wafula has been a long time radio listener and he has been asking questions whenever I present a discourse over the radio. He wanted me to go last Sunday upon booking for one person visit but I did not make it because one of the conditions of the visit is that you have to carry some gifts to give the prison inmates. There are gifts which are not accepted but the one easily accepted is bars of soap. Since I didn’t have enough funds to purchase bars of soap which are enough for all the 115 prison inmates, I didn’t go.
Am grateful to Brother Philip for intervening so fast to support with the funds to buy enough soaps that were well distributed to all the inmates. They were so very happy and even our hosts were impressed.
WHAT I DISCUSSED
I did not take lots of time preparing for what to say because I prayed that God through His Holy Spirit would guide me on what to say.
Brother Philip and Brother George were inspired to advice me on what to tackle. My Key Text was from 1 Corinthians 13:13 which says, “ And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest is love” (NKJV).
I begun by clarifying how God loves each and every individual despite the situation or condition one may be found. I made them understand God’s love toward humankind and that NOTHING can separate us from the LOVE of God whether it is nakedness, persecution that goes along with imprisonment, famine, sickness, peril or sword as described in the Book of Romans 8: 31-39.
I personalized the situation and made them understand that each and every individual is in God’s Master Plan despite the situation they are in right now and made them understand that through God’s Love, they should have Faith that God will come to fulfill all His Precious Promises. God is Fulfilling His promises even now. I delved on some other verses that vividly explained about God’s love.
I also discussed about faith and how God acts very quickly when we have faith in all that He has said in His Word ( The Bible). I gave situations where faith saved most people in the Bible. I also talked about Hope and the kind of hope every true Christian should have. I discussed briefly and precisely on hope of the coming Kingdom of God.
Some of the inmates gave testimonies of what made them be in situation where they are now. They appreciated the message I gave and some who will be released after completing their jail terms requested for my phone number. Some 5 people will be released next Friday. The Officer in charge will give them my contacts so that I may pray for them and also discuss much with them when they are free at home.
This is an open door, though we will not regularly enter it every Sunday because there are other pastors who are making applications. We are praying that God may give us another chance next Sunday.
The officer in charge, Mr. Peter Wafula, testified that the message was one of its kind. He said that he himself was so very blessed with the message and he longs to hear more from us. We directed some of the prison officers who were there to CCOG website. Remember inmates cannot access internet e.t.c.
We are looking forward to enter every door that God opens. Pray that God continue to give us the opportunity to reach out to His people in the prison.
Jesus said of His true followers:
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ (Matthew 25:31-40)
Glad Ondigo Ochieng was able to visit and preach in a prison.
As most of you already know, we in the CCOG also help provide food for the hungry and clothing for the poor.
Pursue Spiritual Excellence
In the December 1984 edition of the old Good News magazine, the late evangelist Leroy Neff wrote the following:
In Pursuit of Spiritual Excellence
Eric Liddell’s achievements
The pursuit of excellence
Running our race
Paul’s own example
God desires excellence in us
Yes, brethren, we all are to pursue spiritual excellence.
However, one problem in this age is that many are lukewarm and feel that they have done enough and are satisfied with less than that.
Strive not to be among the majority of Christians in this age who are Laodicean (cf. Revelation 3:14-21).
Suggested Sabbath Day Service
Here is a suggested Sabbath day service for our scattered brethren and other interested people:
- 2-3 hymns (our songbook, The Bible Hymnal, contains the materials from the 1974 Bible Hymnal from the old WCG with new covers, plus ten additional hymns; there is also some Choral Accompaniment online).
- Opening prayer.
- The suggested sermonette is: 2075 Utopia or Dystopia? Other sermonettes are available at our Prophecy channel on BitChute https://www.bitchute.com/channel/prophecy/
- Announcements (if any; though for many it will be this letter) and one hymn.
- The suggested sermon, which for most who receive this letter via email will be a recorded one. The suggested one is: Royal Succession, Samaria, and Prophecies. Other sermons are also available at the COGTube channel on BitChute https://www.bitchute.com/channel/cogtube/
- Final hymn.
- Closing prayer.
Note: If you have a slow internet connection, you can watch these by starting the video, then below it (and towards the right) look for an outline of a gear–if you click on that, it will allow the YouTube video to be played with lower video quality, but at least it will not stop often–you can select a quality as low as 144p. If your internet connection is still too slow (as my home one is) and/or you prefer audio messages to audio-visuals ones, go to the YouTube link for the message, click on SHOW MORE related to the description. You will then see something that says, “Download MP3.” Below that is a link to an MP3 file. Most computers (and even some cellular telephones) will allow MP3 files to be downloaded and played. This is an option we have made available (but we are also looking into ways to improve that as well)–and, of course, we have written article options. Some people have found that if their internet connections are not fast enough, that they can simply listen to the messages that are found at the Bible News Prophecy online radio channel.
IN CASE YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A ‘LETTER TO THE BRETHREN’ FOR ANY WEEK, REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE MANY SERMON MESSAGES ON THE ContinuingCOG channel AND MANY SERMONETTE MESSAGES ON THE Bible News Prophecy channel. There are also some messages at the CCOGAfrica channel. There are also messages in the Spanish language at the CDLIDDSermones channel.
World News Items
Israel looks to be getting a more religious coalition as part of its government (see I365; Netanyahu’s Likud, UTJ reach interim coalition deal)–though there are still limits as the Likud pparty still does not want to allow regular Jewish prayer on what is called the Temple Mount. It is likely that it will take a more religious government to implement the sacrifices that scripture shows will be stopped (e.g. Daniel 11:31)–though we may be getting very close to that time (but it may also take a regional war first as well).
We keep seeing reports that Europe is concerned about a possible trade war with the USA (e.g. see DW: German finance minister warns of US trade war; BBC: Finnish PM Sanna Marin … Europe must make sure it is “building those capabilities when it comes to European defence …”). Basically, the Europeans believe that subsidies, etc. related to the ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ benefit the USA, Canada, and Mexico at the expense of Europe. As we have been writing for years, trade friction will be one of the major factors that will turn Europe militarily against the USA.
There remain valid concerns that the financial “house of cards” that the financial systems of the Western nations are linked to will collapse (see MS: Could 65 Trillion Dollars In “Hidden” Derivatives Cause The Entire Global Financial System To Crash?). It is little wonder that the BRICS and Eurasian nations are looking towards something else (see Eurasian Economic Union working with BRICS to bypass USA dollar). Scripture points to gold (cf. Daniel 11:35-43; Revelation 18) as a temporal pillar that the future Babylonia Beast system will use–but it also points out that gold will one day be worthless (e.g. Ezekiel 7:19; see also The Plain Truth About Gold in Prophecy. How Should a Christian View Gold?).
God inspired the prophet Micah to write down the following:
1 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the Lord’s house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And peoples shall flow to it.
2 Many nations shall come and say,
“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
He will teach us His ways,
And we shall walk in His paths.”
For out of Zion the law shall go forth,
And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
3 He shall judge between many peoples,
And rebuke strong nations afar off;
They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war anymore.
4 But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree,
And no one shall make them afraid;
For the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken. (Micah 4:1-4)
Yes, brethren, despite wars and rumors of wars, there still is good news.
Jesus will return and establish the Kingdom of God.
Comfort one another with these words (cf. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).
Pastor and Overseer