Letters From Our Readers: November/December 2016

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November/December 2016

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Thankful for free literature

Thank you for offering such wonderful literature! I requested your study aid Is God a Trinity? and was elated to see that the truth of Scripture that has been revealed to me in my personal study was not unique to me! I have ordered other booklets and I look forward to reading them!

Reader in North Carolina

We have two children—a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy. The children read your booklets, and then discuss them in a family setting. Our son said he wished he lived in Jesus’ time so he could walk with Him, and our daughter has said the booklets are more interesting to her than any other novel she has read. They are written so well, and make the subject come alive!

Reader in Florida

I have been studying the Bible for about 30 years, and I preach the good news of the soon-coming Kingdom of God every time I have the opportunity. The things that I teach are very close—actually identical—to the message in your publications. I would like to thank you and encourage you to persevere in the faith of our Lord, who is our only shield. As for myself, I will continue to read your publications with great interest.

Reader in France

I have been receiving your magazine for quite some time now. As someone who suffers from depression and suicidal thoughts,  I wanted to express how touched and encouraged I have been by your church, its publications and its television programs. Please continue these services, knowing you are bringing people to God and changing lives—at least, you have changed mine. Thank you.

Subscriber in Oregon

 

Excited to observe God’s biblical festivals

I ordered your study guide God’s Holy Day Plan and look forward to learning more about God’s holy feasts. I also sent a message through your website to a congregation that is somewhat close to us, requesting that they inform us of when and where they plan on celebrating the feasts so that my husband and I might be able to join them.

From the Internet

Thank you so much for all of your wonderful reading material. I’ve shared your study guide on the festivals of God with others. We are deeply trying to follow them instead of other holidays.

Reader in New York

I’d like to receive your booklet about God’s biblical festivals. I had heard of them but I didn’t know anything about them. I’ve been a “born again” Christian for 40 years; it’s about time I know what God wants.

Reader in Australia

We’re so glad to hear of your enthusiasm for God’s biblical festivals —they are truly a joyous experience to observe. With the completion of the annual festivals just behind us, we now look forward to next year. If you’d like to observe God’s festivals next year, begin planning now—a good first step is reading our study guide God’s Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope for All Mankind , which explains these biblical feast days, their meaning, and why we should keep them. From there you can find more information about festival locations and dates, beginning with Passover next April.

 

Cancel my subscription, I must throw away your magazines

I didn’t know that Beyond Today was produced by a non-Christian organization—I recently learned that you deny the Trinity and thus deny God. My question is: Why are you doing this? I’m a long-time subscriber to your magazine, but I ask that you please unsubscribe me. I must throw away your magazines.

Subscriber in the United Kingdom

We’re sorry to see you go. But we must state that we do not deny God in any way, shape, or form. We believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit as the power and essence of God. Where we depart from the teaching of the Trinity is that we don’t see any scriptural support for the belief that the Holy Spirit is a distinct person like the Father and Son.

Instead, we find in the Bible that God the Father and Jesus Christ are the two divine beings of the God family, with the Holy Spirit as their shared essence and power and presence with us. You can read a much more thorough explanation in our free study guide Is God a Trinity? . You’ll also learn the history of the Trinity doctrine—that it wasn’t formulated until several centuries after Jesus Christ and the apostles, long after the Bible was completed.

 

Sending a donation in gratitude

I am extremely interested in your magazine, as you cover all the questions I have wondered about for many years, including why we exist! It is amazing how you have explained the world’s creation and its universe with a “higher power,” which of course is God! I look forward to every issue and want to collect every Bible study guide you print! Thank you! Please accept my small donation to your cause.

Reader in Nevada

 

Seeking a local congregation to worship with

I have followed you for years and agree with your doctrines 100 percent. I’ve looked at your meeting locations online and I would like to attend one of your services, but I would first like to talk with someone about the meeting place and time. Thanks.

Reader in Tennessee

We’re glad to hear you’re excited to join us in worship! The entire list of congregations is online at ucg.org/congregations . The website for each congregation lists the contact information for the local pastor, so you can reach out to him to discuss your questions.

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