Letters From Our Readers: January/February 2016

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January/February 2016

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“Kingdoms at War: Powers of the Unseen World”

I truly appreciate the work that you within the United Church of God are doing! Keep storing up riches in the heavens; doing the work of our Lord and of our Heavenly Father is certainly not going unnoticed!

From the Internet

I found your November-December 2015 issue very informative. I believe this is your best issue thus far.

Subscriber in New York

“Wait! You Just Said: Jesus Was Not Born on Dec. 25!”

Jesus was born on Christmas! If you can prove He wasn’t I will be glad to listen.

From the Internet

A quick search of the Internet will show why Dec. 25 was chosen as the supposed date of Jesus’ birth. For proof that Jesus wasn’t born on Dec. 25, please read our free Bible study guide Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Observe?  You can download or read it at our website www.ucg.org/booklets or request a copy to be mailed to you. It explains why Jesus Christ was definitely not born on Dec. 25, as well as how the Christmas holiday and its traditions are rooted in ancient pagan practices.

“Abortion and Planned Parenthood: A Cause for Righteous Anger”

The issue of the murder of preborn babies in their mothers’ wombs is such an abomination to God, and it defies comprehension for every morally minded person. It is so wicked and so satanic. Yet strangely most Christian preachers and pastors seem silent on the issue. Why? Who speaks for these poor little babies? If not Christians, then who? God, please intervene in this horrific world and put a stop to all this madness!

From the Internet

“Follow Me: Making Peace Beyond the Impossible”

Thank you so much for writing this article! Surely God inspired you to write this! This article is the answer to my prayers. Now I know how to deal with my situation more effectively and with confidence that comes from God—not by my strength, nor my ability, but through God’s Spirit of grace and peace. May God continue to use you and all the writers at ucg.org to strengthen the flock. May God bless the work you do!

From the Internet

Please accept my donation

Thank you for sending me a free subscription to your magazine. As a token of my thanks and appreciation, I wanted to send you a short note enclosing a donation to help defray the cost of your free magazine. My mother was a Seventh-day Adventist, but I am Baptist. I used to watch your program on TV Sundays but was disappointed when I tuned in and you weren’t there. I will try to find out what TV channel you are on.

From the Internet

Thank you so much for your kind and generous donation. To find out when our Beyond Today program airs, a complete station listing is available at BeyondToday.tv/stations. And as always, every episode is available to watch online  for free at BeyondToday.tv/archives.

This is my first time reading your magazines and I just want to say that it is truly a blessing. You have completely opened my eyes, and once I get situated and start working again I would love to donate money.

From the Internet

Trying to find a congregation

I love the teachings of your Church! They all make sense to me. I’m trying to find a United Church of God congregation or a seminar that is close to me, but I can’t seem to find one. Do you know if there is one being planned to open in my area or a seminar that is coming to my town? For now I’m still a practicing Lutheran, but I’m going to start your online Bible study, and I listen to sermons you post online.

From the Internet

We appreciate your enthusiasm for finding a local congregation. There is always the possibility of a congregation in your area in the future if there are enough people committed to this way of life to merit establishing a congregation. And it’s entirely possible that we have other people living near you who share your convictions. We recommend that you contact our nearest pastor to discuss these possibilities. You may also wish to arrange to meet with him. His contact information can be found at www.ucg.org/churches .

I am so happy that there is a church that actually celebrates the biblical Holy Days! I was beginning to think I was mad for wanting to observe these days, as it had been put in my heart to keep them. So my question is, do you celebrate Easter, Good Friday or Christmas? And where can I find a church in Durban, South Africa?

Subscriber in South Africa

We’re glad to hear your enthusiasm for God’s truth! To answer your first question, we do not celebrate Easter, Good Friday or Christmas, as they are not biblical, and Easter and Christmas have roots in pagan customs which God rejects. To answer your second question, we do have a congregation in Durban. Please visit www.ucg.org/churches to find the information for the pastor there.

I lıve ın Istanbul and I am a Christian Turk. Thank you so much for the television sermons. I enjoy lıstenıng to them very much. It is good spırıtual food and also at the rıght tıme. Is there a congregation or any meetıngs in Istanbul that I can attend?  Please keep me posted and God bless you all. God be wıth you and keep you safe. Thank you agaın.

Viewer in Istanbul, Turkey

We’re glad to hear that you enjoy and benefit from our online sermons. Regrettably, we do not have any groups who worship together in Turkey. However, in addition to our online sermons, we also have regular weekly live Sabbath webcasts as well as biweekly Bible studies. Both can be watched live, but are also archived to be viewed later. The Sabbath webcast can be found at www.ucg.org/webcast and the biweekly Bible studies at www.ucg.org/beyond-today/webcast . We offer these as a service to viewers like you who live in areas with no congregation nearby.