Going Forward

by Rene Messier (Canada)

Now that the Feast of Tabernacles is over, we face a long stretch before the Spring Holy Days are upon us. Our spiritual batteries should be fully charged to carry us to the spring.

It is encouraging to see growth in the Church’s membership with seven baptisms performed at the Feast in Germany this year, to the joy of everyone there. But we must also bear in mind that growth comes in two forms.  One is growth within the membership; the other is growth in grace and knowledge of Christ, which is very important.

Our stance on not being willing to compromise may seem to hinder magnificent growth in numbers, yet we must always bear in mind that we can accomplish more with ten zealously committed and truly converted individuals than with one hundred or even one thousand lukewarm and unmotivated social “followers.”

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Would you please explain how we should apply Romans 16:17-18?

“Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.”

Circumstances such as described in these verses are difficult for all concerned, but what Paul is instructing can be clearly understood and followed. When these guidelines are obeyed, the results will lead to peace within the Church of God.

The reason that obstinate, divisive people must be dealt with is that the faithful membership needs to be protected, and this is a solemn responsibility placed upon the ministry, in particular:

“Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you” (Hebrews 13:17)....

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This Week in the News

We begin with reporting about interesting developments of potentially significant prophetic importance pertaining to the UK and continental Europe. We continue with the shaky relationship between America and its partners and foes, including Israel, China, Iran and Russia; address events in Syria, Egypt and Canada; point out the ongoing fight of Israelite nations against physical circumcision and other religious freedoms; report on remarkable events within and pertaining to Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church; and conclude with articles about the “demon” of Artificial Intelligence; the Ebola virus and Halloween.

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