Church of God, New World Ministries

Monthly Letter - August-September 2012

August 31, 2012
Greetings Everyone,
I heard Larry King recently comment in an interview with Geraldo Rivera that he could not believe in God because there were so many contradictory beliefs in the various religions, and none of them made sense. Is it any wonder that we are rapidly becoming a nation that does not believe in God? Over 50 percent of the people polled believe in same sex marriages. Millions of babies are aborted every single year in the United States alone. The United States has more people locked up in prisons than any other nation on earth. Why has God been banned from our schools and public prayer prohibited? And we call ourselves a “Christian” nation. Why is this happening to us?
The answer to these perplexing questions is simple. Mankind does not understand why he is here on this earth. He does not understand why he was born. He does not understand what happens to him after death. He has no concept of who and what God is and what God is doing here on this earth. The religions of this world have not provided the answers to these vital questions. Yes, the answer to these questions is simple but most people reject the answer. They reject God because they cannot see or hear him. They reject His word. They are oblivious to the prophecies that are being fulfilled right before their very eyes.
However, whether mankind accepts God’s word from the Holy Bible or not, God’s word is going to be fulfilled. God Almighty does have a Plan for mankind. That Plan is to bring all who will receive His Son, Jesus Christ, into His Family. This Plan reveals why we were born and what our future will be. That Plan is revealed in the pages of your Bible! However, Satan, the Devil, has deceived the whole world into believing a lie. (Rev. 12:9). He has deceived them into believing that the Holy Days (Sabbaths) of God revealed in Leviticus 23 are Jewish and have been “done away with.” Nothing could be further from the truth. That is why mankind has lost sight of God. They have not known or understood God’s Plan.
Turn in your Bible to Lev. 23. Read the entire chapter. God first reveals the true Sabbath Day. The Sabbath Day, along with the other seven Sabbaths, are signs that identify God’s people. (Ex. 31:13-18). Without knowledge of what these days represent you become bewildered and confused about who and what God really is and what He is doing.
God’s Plan begins with Passover. It is through Christ’s blood that our sins are blotted out and we can be reconciled back to God. (Col. 1:13-14). Once we accept Christ we must live a life of putting sin out of our lives and becoming more like God. This is represented by the seven days of Unleavened Bread (I Cor. 5). However, one cannot put sin out of their lives without assistance from the Holy Spirit. It was on the Day of Pentecost, 31 AD, that the Holy Spirit was made available to those God would call and lead to repentance (Acts 2). As we continue our lives of overcoming sin and becoming more like Christ we are preparing for the triumphant return of Jesus Christ to this earth. This takes place at the 7th and final trump. The Feast of Trumpets represents this glorious event. Following Trumpets is Atonement. When mankind will be at-one with God. The Feast of Tabernacles represents the 1,000 year reign of Christ on this earth. And finally, The Last Great Day follows the Millennium, it represents the time God will offer salvation to all those who never knew Christ. Yes, God has a marvelous Plan of Salvation for mankind. Once we understand this Plan life has purpose and the perplexing questions are all answered.
The Church of God New World Ministries observes the weekly Sabbath and all seven of God’s annual Sabbaths. We will be observing the Feast of Tabernacles in Pigeon Forge this year. Information regarding this year’s Feast can be found on our website by clicking here or by calling (865) 774-8485.
We are planning a Church supported activity this year. In the past we have attended the Dixie Stampede. I am looking for another activity this year. To plan the event I need to know how many will be attending. If you plan to attend, please return the enclosed card with the exact number of people in your family that will be attending.
Also, this year we will continue our traditional activities such as the Church auction and Family Fun Show. If any of you who plan to be in the Choir have any questions, please contact Mr. Joe Shuster at (540) 662-4241.
Some of you attending may not know that each year we begin the Feast with a reception before the first Holy Day. Please plan to attend. The reception will be held September 30th beginning at 7:30 PM in the Holiday Inn. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided along with tea and coffee. Plan to come out an fellowship with us.
This year’s feast may possibly be the most important feast of all for God’s people. With trends developing around the world fulfilling “end time” prophecies it would behoove all of you to attend this year’s feast, if at all possible. The sermons and bible studies delivered will be essential in preparing us for “Jacob’s trouble” as we move forward toward the “end of this age.” Shortly after this year’s feast the most important election in U.S. history will take place. Are you praying for God’s will to be done?
As always, I conclude my letters by giving thanks to those of you who support this work via prayers, tithes and offerings. Without you we could not do this Work!
George Trent
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