Letter to the Brethren: February 14, 2019

Dear Brethren and Co-Workers in Christ:

Greetings again from the Five Cities region of California.

Today, many in the world celebrate Valentine’s Day, which originated in paganism.

As Christians, that is something we should not participate in.

Christians should keep God’s Holy Days and not pagan holidays, as our booklet Should You Keep God’s Holy Days or Demonic Holidays? points out.

USA Feast of Tabernacles

Speaking of God’s Holy Days, in 2019, the Feast of Tabernacles will begin at sunset October 13th and run through sunset, the Last Great Day, October 21st.

We have selected the The Westin St. Louis 811 Spruce Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63102 USA +1 314-621-2000 for our site in the USA.

The Westin is across from Busch Stadium.

An optional group activity is under consideration for St. Louis (not Busch Stadium).

Regarding guest rooms (rooms you may stay in), our contract states the following (some may arrive earlier or stay later at this hotel):

Start Date End Date Room Type Room Rate
10/31/2019 10/21/2019 Run of the house $119.00

The Hotel’s room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 16.93%) in effect at the time of check out.

The group room rates listed above are net non-commissionable.

For the group rate call 800-Westin-1 and ask for a room in the “Continuing Church of God” room block for St. Louis. Local number is 314.552.5806.

This rate is a MAJOR DISCOUNT for the normal rate for this hotel. For many reasons, you may wish to stay here.

Of course, since attendees have to pay for their own rooms individually, if you are attending in St. Louis, you DO NOT have to stay at this hotel. There are many other hotels in the general area. However, many people will find that it is much more convenient to stay at the Westin. And it does make our meeting room negotiations easier when we have more people who stay at the hotel location we hold services at. And they will only hold a certain number of rooms, so the sooner you book, the better.

My family and I have already booked our room here. We plan to spend the first 1/2 of the Feast of Tabernacles here and the last 1/2 in Canada (probably Montreal).

For tentative information on the St. Louis site and other festival sites for 2019, please check out the page: Continuing Church of God Feast of Tabernacles’ sites for 2019.

Philippines Feast of Tabernacles

Received the following email on Monday:

Note: FOT 2019 will be held in Cagayan De Oro, this year at the request of the Philippine brethren.

The Location will probably be at the Philtown Hotel in downtown Cagayan De Oro.

I will make a Booking there in the next week or two and I will keep you updated.

Kind Regards

Anthony Flavell
We plan to have Steve and Ruth Dupuie go to that site this year.


Sani Mao sent the following information related to the recent visit by Elder Veljic and the Feast of Tabernacles for 2019:

12 people were baptized. … having been hearing the Bible for about 8 years or more, they were enthusiastic about being taken seriously. We are near 40 now who are baptized. …

We have had the Feast of Tabernacles within the State at 0 Km, 65 Km, 100 Km and 222 Km distances. We are thinking to have this year’s FoT at Moreh,  a small border trading town with Myanmar. A few rooms at the State Guest House are air-conditioned. {We expect} some 50+ people. We normally pool the money and pay for all.

It is great that we now have over 50 people in India who expect to keep the Feast of Tabernacles this year.


Herb and Gisele Haddon flew into Haiti from Canada on Monday. There were riots just prior to their arrival (not related to them of course). Due to riots and road blockages, they had to fly back to Canada on Wednesday. We hope they will be able to meet with our brethren in Haiti in the future, but the current situation prevented that this time.

This world, in general, and Haiti in particular, needs God’s Kingdom to come.

Statement of Beliefs in Chichewa

We recently received the translation of the English language Statement of Beliefs of the Continuing Church of God into the Chichewa language. A language spoken in Malawi as well as parts of Mozambique and Zambia.


It is important that we provide information in languages that our people understand. We have around a 1,000 people who understand Chichewa. More information in Chichewa is being development.

At this moment, CCOG Evangelist Evans Ochieng should be in Malawi (he was scheduled to arrive this morning) to teach and work on other matters there.

As far as the Statement of Beliefs of the Continuing Church of God in other languages goes, here is a related link in Spanish/español: Declaración de las Doctrinas de la Continuación de la Iglesia de Dios. Here is a related link in Tagalog: Paglalahad ng Mga Paniniwala ng Patuloy na Iglesya ng Diyos. Here is a related link in Mandarin Chinese ~ç~íy^v„eYOv„OáNðXðf. Here is a related link in Kiswahili: KATIKA LUGHA YA KISWAHILI. Here is a related link in Dutch: Verklaring van geloofspunten van de Continuing Church of God. Here is a related link in Deutsche (German): Glaubenserklärung der Continuing Church of God. Here is a related link in Italiano: Dichiarazione del Credo della Continuing Church of God. Here is related link in the French language: Déclaration des croyances de L’Église Continue de Dieu.

Church of God News in Spanish

We have a volunteer who translates some of the COGwriter.com news posts into the Spanish language. Here is what he sent on Wednesday:

Rabbinic Expert: First Super Blood Moon of the Year Sign of Earthquakes, Governments Will Fall’
“Experto Rabínico: Primera Súper Luna de Sangre del Año, Señal de Terremotos, los Gobiernos caerán”

Archaeologists shed new light on Biblical site linked to the Ark of the Covenant’
“Los arqueólogos arrojaron nueva luz sobre el sitio bíblico vinculado al Arca de la Alianza”

The European Project Comes to an End’
«El proyecto europeo llega a su fin»

GI: ‘Only way for the EU to survive … is to recast itself as a club of nation-states’
GI: “La única manera de que la UE sobreviva … es reformularse como un club de estados-nación”

Roman Catholic Bishop Tells Jewish Host Ben Shapiro: Those ‘Outside of the Explicit Christian Faith Can Be Saved’
El obispo católico romano le dice al anfitrión judío Ben Shapiro: aquellos “fuera de la fe cristiana explícita pueden ser salvados”

Antifa and ‘toxic political discourse’
Antifa y “discurso político tóxico”

COGWA’s 8th anniversary
8º aniversario de COGWA

White House insists anew on border wall funding’
“La Casa Blanca insiste nuevamente en la financiación del muro fronterizo”

Is is possible that the Great Tribulation will start in 2019?
¿Es posible que la Gran Tribulación comience en 2019?

Nomura’s 8 ‘grey swans’ for 2019
Los 8 ‘cisnes grises’ de Nomura para 2019

Opioid Crisis Leaves 700,000 Americans Dead
Crisis de opioides deja 700,000 estadounidenses muertos

AP: ‘Euro currency remains a work in progress on 20th birthday,’ plus related WCG predictions
AP: “La moneda euro sigue siendo un trabajo en progreso en el vigésimo cumpleaños”, más las predicciones relacionadas de WCG

Germany’s Bundeswehr floats idea of recruiting EU citizens
La Bundeswehr de Alemania flota idea de reclutar ciudadanos de la UE

China May Take Over Kenya’s Largest Port Over Unpaid Chinese Loan
China podría tomar el puerto más grande de Kenia por un préstamo chino impago

BibleNewsProphecy magazine: 19 Prophetic Items to Watch For in 2019
Revista de la profecía de Noticias de la Biblia: 19 artículos proféticos a tener en cuenta en 2019

CCOG after six years: The fastest growing xWCG COG in the 21st century
CCOG después de seis años: el xWCG COG de más rápido crecimiento en el siglo XXI

Does Trump’s Border Wall Fulfill Ezekiel 22?
¿El muro fronterizo de Trump cumple con Ezequiel 22?

22 Facts, Plus Additional Scriptures, to Consider About Christmas
22 hechos, más escrituras adicionales, para considerar acerca de la Navidad

PCG: ‘Hezbollah: In the Next War, We Will Not Be Alone’
PCG: ‘Hezbollah: En la próxima guerra, no estaremos solos’

Mike Gendron: ‘Could This Be The Year?’
Mike Gendron: “¿Podría ser este el año?”

Feast of the Holy Family?
¿Fiesta de la Sagrada Familia?

We have a lot of materials in the Spanish language because of this volunteer. You can also find translated items at our www.cdlidd.es website.


This afternoon at 2:00 pm PST, I am scheduled to be on the radio on the NutriMedical Report with Dr. Bill Deagle. We will likely discuss prophetic matters, including probably items covered in this week’s recommended sermonette video: Pope Francis signs ‘one world religion’ document!

Last Thursday, I ended up not being on until the last segment, apparently because of telephone issues. We discussed Pope Francis’ interfaith agenda and some dangers associated with Mariology.

Dr. Deagle’s program is on the Genesis Communications Network, Revolution Radio, Red State Radio, and other outlets.

World News Items

The USA officially passed the $22 trillion debt marker on Tuesday (see CBS: ‘National debt tops $22 trillion for first time in U.S. history’ Forbes: ‘The 2020s Might Be The Worst Decade In U.S. History’). This will not end well for the USA (cf. Habakkuk 2:6-8).

As a prelude to the Munich Security Conference, Europeans  put out a paper about who should ‘pick up the pieces’ because of how things are going with the USA, Russia, and China (see Munich Security Conference theme: ‘Who Will Pick Up the Pieces’?). Europe will decide it needs to take the lead for world affairs (cf. Revelation 13).

A scientific report came up pointing to a massive decline in many insect species, while wondering if this may lead to plagues from other insects (see BBC: Global insect decline may see ‘plague of pests’). Pestilences are one of several things Jesus pointed to as part of the ‘beginning of sorrows’ (Matthew 24:4-8) and humans are taking steps that will lead to pestilences and other sorrows.

Suggested Sabbath Service

Here is a suggested Sabbath service for this week for our scattered brethren:

  • 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.
  • Sermonette, which for most who receive this letter via email will be a recorded one. The one suggested for this week is: Pope Francis signs ‘one world religion’ document! Other sermonettes are available at the Bible News Prophecy channel.
  • Announcements (if any; though for many it will be this letter) and one hymn.
  • Sermon, which for most who receive this letter via email will be a recorded one. The one suggested for this week is: Ecclesiastes 1-3: Vanity or Biblical Focus? Other sermons are also available at the ContinuingCOG channel. Other sermons are also available at the ContinuingCOG channel.
  • 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 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.


Concluding Comments

Jesus said:

24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:24-33)

Brethren, make sure your priorities are right and seek first the Kingdom of God.


Bob Thiel
Pastor and Overseer

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