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Solid Bible articles and interesting local stories from the Philippines can be found in Daybreak magazine or the related web site: www.skyinet.net/~maxzen
It is produced by the Church of God Fellowship Manila; much of the layout is by Philadelphia Cardona. It should be very encouraging to anyone with ties to the Philippines or who is teaching people from that country. Write: MCPO Box 3462, Makati City, Philippines.
— Norman Edwards
While it is certainly better to meet with other brethren, sometimes that is not possible. If you find yourself alone, but with a phone, you can call one of the numbers below to hear, and in some cases participate in, a Sabbath Service. We list three options, below.
Be careful to listen to the instructions you hear when you dial the number. Unless you want to say something during a “question and comment time”, you will want to mute your phone so that everyone else will not hear every noise that you make. Either use the mute button on your phone or push the appropriate telephone buttons to cause the telephone system to mute your phone.
Also, all of these systems will require that you enter a code to gain access to the service. The code is given in each case, below. If the code contains a number sign (#), please push that button on your phone, too.
All three services take place at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time, 12 noon Mountain Time, 1:00 p.m. Central Time or 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Guardian Ministries (David Antion), 918-222-7002,Code:1599#. You can connect 30 minutes early to hear music and the sermonette.
Association for Christian Development (Ken Westby), 918-222-7158, code 0566#.
United Christian Ministries, (Ray Wooten), 918-222-7424, code 3423.
— Norman Edwards
I have just added a new email forwarding feature for you who are Sabbath Singles Connection (SSC) Internet subscribers. This email forwarding service is provided to help expedite initial contact between SSC members that have email. You can have an e-mail forwarded to any other member who has the word “EMAIL” at the end of their profile. All other listed members (without email) must be contacted using the regular method by clicking the “How To Contact SSC Members” on the navbar.
Please go to the SSC website to read more about this feature. It would be a good idea to check out your profile to make sure it has “EMAIL” included in it. Please note that Sabbath Singles Connection (SSC) now has a new website address: www.sabbathsinglesconnection.com
Both the e-mail and regular mail forwarding is to prevent unwanted contacts. If you do not wish to respond to an initial communication, you do not have to, and your name and addresses will remain secure.
If you do not have Internet access, you may still learn about and use this inexpensive service by writing to SSC, PO Box 647, Biggs, CA 95917. USA
— Mike Kawasaki
Dean Blackwell died on April 14, after a series of strokes. His wife, Maxine, had passed away four months earlier. He enrolled at Ambassador College in 1952 and went on to serve as a minister and evangelist in numerous capacities until 1996.
I have vivid personal memories of Mr. Blackwell. He baptized me in 1974 and taught some of the Bible classes I took at Ambassador, Big Sandy. When Big Sandy closed in 1977, I had planned to take two standardized tests for the 12 course units that I lacked, graduate, and go get a computer job in Texas or Arkansas. It was Mr. Blackwell who convinced me to go to Pasadena, forever changing my life. In 1979, when a court appointed receiver was threatening to forcibly enter the Pasadena Hall of Administration with a large group of police, Dean Blackwell preached for hours to several hundred of us—hoping that the receiver would not break up an “ecclesiastical service”.
On the other side of the coin, Mr. Blackwell made trips to local churches in the 1990s and humbly asked if any of the local leaders had any difficulty with the new doctrines being taught from Pasadena. He gained the confidence of many who expressed their disagreements to him—only to find themselves relieved of significant church duties a few weeks after he left.
We can all be confident that we do not have to solve the riddle of others’ lives, but that they are in the perfect hands of Jesus Christ who will see the hearts and reward and correct in righteousness and mercy.
We also must realize that we younger believers cannot rest on the work of those that have gone before us, but that we must also be about the business of preaching the Gospel and feeding the flock.
— Norman Edwards
The long-fought battle between the Worldwide Church of God and the Philadelphia Church of God over the right to print Mystery of the Ages and other books by Herbert Armstrong is finally over. From a legal standpoint, justice was done, if one is willing to overlook the evil of justice costing millions of dollars.
The purpose of copyright law is to prevent one person from stealing the work of another. It was never intended to be used as a means of suppressing information. While “testilying”—the practice of testifying to whatever will help one’s court case regardless of its truth—is a common practice in courts today, it was interesting to see that the Worldwide Church of God was caught in their own net.
To the courts, the WCG insisted as far back as 1997 that they were considering republishing Mystery of the Ages. They claimed that they were suffering lost revenue because people were joining the PCG, rather than their own church. But at the same time, Joseph Tkach Jr, published a statement in his book, Transformed by Truth, for all the world to see:
In February 1997 we filed suit against the Philadelphia Church of God… to block republication of Mystery of the Ages… We feel it is our Christian duty to keep this book out of print… because we believe Mr. Armstrong’s doctrinal errors are better left out of circulation (p. 203).
This is obviously their real opinion: they disagree with the book, and they do not want their members to believe it or even know what is in it. Fortunately, the judges had the wisdom to completely dismiss the ludicrous claims of an “expert witness”, John Crissey, that the WCG had suffered $7,600,000 in damages from the PCG’s publishing of Mystery of the Ages.
On January 16, 2003, the PCG agreed to pay the WCG $2,000,000 for the rights to 19 Herbert Armstrong books. (The WCG report said they received $3,000,000. Without any source documents, it is hard to be sure, but the lower figure seems more reliable.) The PCG said that they spent nearly $3,000,000 over the last six years fighting the court battles—bringing the total cost to $5,000,000. The WCG indicated that their legal costs were in the millions, so the $2,000,000 that they received for the book rights probably just paid their legal costs. So even though justice was done, it essentially cost the PCG five million dollars.
The unfortunate part of this is that they have simply bought themselves into becoming another “frozen in time” church organization like the Seventh Day Adventists who revere the writings of Ellen G. White, the Mormons who revere the writings of Joseph Smith, etc. It will be very difficult for God to show them anything new, or for them to admit that Herbert Armstrong wrote things that were in error. Those things would be contrary to Mr. Armstrong’s writings. Several of the other Church of God groups have essentially rewritten all of the major booklets produced by Herbert Armstrong. If someone asks questions or finds parts of them to be in error, they at least have the ability to correct their own writings.
This writer certainly acknowledges that he as well as thousands of others learned much from the work of Herbert Armstrong. But it is also important to notice that God appears to be completely dismantling his work. He allowed men who did not believe in it to gain control of it. He allowed numerous WCG splinter groups. He has allowed the millions of dollars of WCG property to be mismanaged so that none of the groups could make use of it. And now after 6 years and $5,000,000 of copyright battles, he has allowed just one of the smaller WCG splinter groups to gain control of the writings.
May all of these groups better learn to point people directly to God, rather than the writings of men or themselves.
The book’s full title is: What in the World is God Doing?: An Introduction to the Mind of God. Why did I write this book? Seriously, aren’t there already hundreds of books and booklets out there telling people about the wonderful knowledge to be found in the Bible? Yes, there are. But frankly, many of those books and booklets are difficult to read, or steer the reader toward a particular church organization, or have as their basis a particular doctrinal understanding that influences the way the book or booklet is written. I’ve tried to provide a balanced, well-written book that tells people what the Bible actually says, without any personal bias or unusual doctrines getting in the way.
What makes me think I can write a book like this one? I’ve been blessed to have had many years of writing, preaching, and teaching the precious truths of God found only in Scriptures. I’ve also seen, with some sorrow, that countless thousands of church-going Christians simply don’t read their Bibles, but rather rely on their religious leaders, their local pastors, television and radio evangelists, or the writers of denominational literature to be their guides in biblical understanding. As a result of relying on others rather than doing our own Bible reading and study, we have become, literally, a nation of biblical illiterates!
I kept wondering, “What could I do to help correct this situation?” I had published a newsletter which approached this issue, but I had to cease publication some years ago because I simply didn’t have the time needed to produce the kind of high-quality publication I saw was needed to fill this niche. (Many of those articles have been archived on our web site, LivingTheWay.org.) Finally, the answer to the problem became clear: I needed to write a full-length book for the general public.
If you’ve ever wondered what the Bible is all about; if you’ve ever pondered what plan God is working out here on earth; if you’ve ever questioned your place in the universe; if you’ve ever speculated about the meaning of life and the purpose of our existence—this book is for you! What in the World is God Doing?: An Introduction to the Mind of God* is a book that tells about God, His plan, where you fit into His plan, and what you can do about it!
A variety of topics are covered, including: The overall picture of what God is doing; exactly what our relationship to Him really is; what is the best approach to understanding the Bible; what the Old and New Covenants are and where we fit into them; what the gospel message is all about; the relationship between sin, law, and grace; why God allows suffering and death; how the evolutionary theory fits in; and some practical, down-to-earth steps on how to be a true Christian. All this valuable information is written in an easy, shirtsleeve language readers find pleasant and enjoyable.
I wrote the book for the average reader. There are very few technical terms, and these are thoroughly explained. The tone of the book is to explain, in a friend-to-friend conversational manner, just how to unravel the mysteries of the Bible. There’s no preaching, no condescending, and no fairy tales—just the straight story from the words of the Bible, laid out in a step-by-step sequence that makes the Bible accessible to everyone.
The book contains no denominational “spin”. Rather, it’s unique in that it takes the reader directly to the Bible and looks at what it says, without the “rose colored glasses” of traditions, customs, doctrines, and dogmas. It’s a stimulating breath of fresh air among books which claim to explain what the Bible is all about.
I tried to keep several things in mind while writing the book, such as biblical honesty; plain and simple explanations of the subject matter; relating the Bible to today’s news and the fabric of our daily lives; and a realistic, believable approach to knowing about God. As a result, the book answers many of the questions people have about life, the afterlife, God, and the Bible.
Even in today’s increasingly irreligious society, people always have a fascination about God, who or what He is, what He is doing, what His plan is, and what happens to us beyond this life. Many people understand that the answers to these questions are in the Bible; but often, they feel they can’t make sense out of all the books, all the characters, all the history and prophecy, and all the questions that come up as they read.
Many readers of the Bible experience a general feeling of being lost in a thick forest. Perhaps the statement I’ve heard most often from new Bible readers is, “I just can’t make any sense out of it. What does it all mean?” This new book, What in the World is God Doing?, is designed to answer many of the questions new Bible readers have, and to equip them with hope and encouragement as they read and study the Bible.
What does the book cost? The publisher has set the price of the paperback version at $16.50; the hard cover version with dust jacket at $26.50; and the electronic book version, readable with Adobe Acrobat, at only $4.95! When you consider the prices of good study Bibles and other Bible reference works, these prices are not at all unreasonable. This is a big book, with 12 full chapters and a valuable index to locate key concepts for further study.
You can order this book now by going to my web site: LivingTheWay.org
Or, call 1st Books at 800-839-8640.
— Jack M. Lane
Middle East: Blueprint for the Final Solution: The Coming Fall and Rise of Western Democracy has been written by Mike (Mordakhai) Joseph. He was born in 1944 to a strict biblically oriented Jewish Orthodox family in British Aden, Yemen. In 1949, his entire family migrated to Israel and in 1963 the author moved to Paris, France to study French. In late 1965, he moved to New York where, few years later, a change in his religious convictions led him to the Worldwide Church of God—a community practicing both the Old and New Testaments’ teachings of the Bible.
From 1970 to 1975 he served on the faculty of the Ambassador College in Pasadena, California—teaching Modern and Biblical Hebrew, all the while pursuing his degree in Theology. After graduation in 1975, Mr. Joseph began his service in the Field Ministry in the Pasadena area and other local congregations. Later, between 1992 and 1994, he served as an Elder in the Global Church of God.
About the Book: The Middle East conflict originated, literally, in the womb of a beautiful woman—Rebekah, Isaac’s wife. Her ‘struggling’ twins, from their mother’s womb, have often engaged in a love/hate embrace, scorching their lands with periodic eruptions of bloody conflicts. Their descendants, though gradually lost their identity, have spread their struggle for ‘the global inheritance’ into Europe, the Americas, and elsewhere.
The march of Islam, of Muhammad,“the man of the sword”; the present Jew/Arab conflict; the Persian Gulf menace; fanatic Islamic world terrorism and their main target – the West – are a direct result of the twins’ struggle, which begun while in their mother’s womb.
The chapter titles are: 1) The Missing Dimension in the Middle East Conflict; 2) Jacob I loved, Esau I hated—a Tale of Twin Brothers; 3) Ishmael—the Man God Heard; 4) Haman the Agagite —the Man Who Sought the Final Solution For All Jews; 5) Edom—the Story of Blood, Sweat and Tears; 6) Edom and Jacob—a Love/Hate Relationship. Edom's link to Islam, Muhammad, and the Koran; 7) Brothers and Friends Turn Enemies—the Legacy of Lot; 8) The Two Thorns in the Flesh of Judah and Israel; 9) The Modern State of Israel—a Human Effort or an Act of God?; 10) I am Joseph, Your Brother—the Biblical Story of the Ten Lost Tribes; 11) The Identity of the Lost Tribes in Secular History. 12) Joseph’s Tribes and their link to the Royal House of David. 13) The Northwestern European Tribes of the House of Israel; 14) Edom and the Spanish Connection. 15) Jerusalem—The City of Peace.
The Book is available from 1st Books for $34.50 hardcover, $24.50 paperback or $6.95 e-book. Call 800-839-8640 or visit www.1stbooks.com and type in “Mike Joseph” into the author slot.
— (info from www.1stbooks.com)
In Search Of… The Origin Of Nations is the first work ever published providing major proofs for the modern identity of nations and peoples whose roots may be carefully tracked back to the ancient Middle East.
Reviewers have claimed that the subject of this book may one day be acknowledged as the most amazing work on the origin of nations and peoples ever written.
The author has spent many years of painstaking in-depth research investigating and pulling together the many complex threads and strands of tradition, linguistic, anthropological and historical fact and detail to assemble the most overpowering anthropological detective work of this age!
With precision, incredible detail and analysis, the author assembles an awesome array of proofs for the true identity of the three major races and the modern nations (the bibliography alone contains over 700 items).
The interrelationships of the peoples of the earth and their destiny based on stunning ancient prophecies are discussed in a pacy but logical style. These and many more questions are researched and answered in an easy-to-understand style—be prepared for a few surprises.
[The outline of chapters was included in the Mar/Apr 2002 Servants’ News.]
The author’s web address is: www.originofnations.org
In Search Of…The Origin Of Nations may be ordered by clicking on the link on the above web site, or by calling 1st Books at 800-839-8640. Outside the USA and Canada call 812-339-6000. It is available in paperback only (8.5"×11") for $23.95 plus shipping. — (info from www.1stbooks.com)
Many of you are aware that Church member Dr. David Lewis PhD presented an excellent lecture series (together with Melvin Rhodes) on the “lost” tribes of Israel in Australia in 1998. He has now co-authored 2 books. Dr. Lewis has also contributed a number of entries (about 30) to the Biographical Dictionary of Management published by Thoemmes Press in the UK.
— Craig White
Both books appear to be very valuable for today. The Bible says that “the love of money is the root of all evil”, so where we find people loving a lot of money, we might expect to find a lot of evil. Both books are available through Barnes and Noble (www.bn.com) or amazon.com. Amazon was quite a bit more expensive for the first book. Used book sites, like half.com, have some for a few dollars as well. Most local bookstores can obtain them. The ad material follows, and is itself very informative.
— Norman Edwards
Birth of the Multinational—2000 Years of Ancient Business History: From Ashur to Augustus by Karl Moore & David Lewis, 341 pages, hardback, ISBN 8763000555.
This book covers an impressive expanse of history so far overlooked in the history of the multinational and the world economy: from 2000 B.C. to 100 A.D.
It starts with the story of the first known multinational enterprise in the times of the Assyrian Empire and traces the history of the rise and fall of the multinational enterprise through the four great empires of the ancient world: Assyrian, Phoenician, Greek and Roman.
The authors, one from Oxford University management college and the other a historian, use the lens of the eclectic paradigm, the leading theory of international business academics, which renders varied and highly interesting analyses and insights.
… of great interest to two groups of people: those who are involved in international business (and) those historians who will add to their understanding of the societies they study through the clear analysis of the many and varied forms of commercial structures found in the different empires. (Paul Vatter, Professor, Harvard Business School)
A truly impressive feat of scholarship. It has certainly enlarged the boundaries of my thinking on the subject. (Bruce Mazlish, Professor of History, MIT)
For those who think that only last year’s case is relevant to modern business, here is the definite answer. (John Kay, Professor and Peter Moores Director, Said Business School, Oxford University)
A must read for anyone interested in the evolution and future of multi-nationals. (Vijay Govindarajan, Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business, The Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College)
Fascinating insights on the emergence of multinational enterprise. Puts the whole issue of globalization in new perspective. (Gareth Morgan, Distinguished Research Professor, Schulich School of Business, York University)
… a fascinating book, not least because some of the things which we think are modern are no so new after all! (Eric Nicoli, Chairman, EMI)
This book opens up a new and intriguing line of enquiry into the relevance of ancient history for the modern corporation. (Colin Mayer, Peter Moores, Professor of Management Studies, Said Business School, University of Oxford)
This book shows that business globalisation is as old as the Pyramids. Modern readers can gain a much broader perspective on how to deal with today’s opportunities and challenges… (George Yip, Beckwith Professor of Management Studies, Cambridge University)
Foundations of Corporate Empire by Karl Moore and David Lewis, 288 pages, paperback, ISBN: 0273639641.
Foundations of Corporate Empire is a grand, sweeping look across the historical vista of the development and rise of the multinational corporation. It is a powerful demonstration of the impact and ubiquity of what we know as “the corporation” has had on global commerce and the shape of business over time.
Foundations of Corporate Empire analyses the development of the global economy through the lens of the growth of multi-nationals from 2000 BC to 2000 AD and presents a view of what the multi-nationals will look like in the future.
Suggestions for Further Reading
This fascinating book should serve as a timely reminder to those who seem to think that tomorrow can be managed with scarcely a backwards glance to yesterday… compulsive reading for businessmen and politicians. (Sir David Rowland, President, Templeton College, University of Oxford)
A new hymnal that may be useful to many Sabbatarian congregations is available from Christian Educational Ministries (Ron Dart). It contains 207 songs: many of the old Christian standards plus some of the most popular modern “praise and worship” songs. It is a high-quality hard-cover book designed to last many years. Groups that are using obsolete hymnals or no hymnals might want to consider it. It costs $8.95 plus shipping for single copies—call CEM for bulk orders of six or more: 903-509-2999. Website orders may be placed at: www.cemnetwork.com/ShopSite/product289.html
The hymns it contains, in alphabetical order are:
Abide with Me; Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed; All Hail the Power; All People That On Earth Do Dwell; All the Way My Savior Leads Me; All Things Are Thine, No Gift Have We; Amazing Grace; America, the Beautiful; At Calvary; Battle Hymn of the Republic; Be Still, My Soul; Be Thou My Vision; A Beautiful Life; Because He Lives; Because I Knew Not When; Blessed Assurance; Blessed Be the Name; Blest Be the Tie That Binds; Break Thou the Bread of Life; Breathe on Me, Breath of God; Bringing in the Sheaves; A Child of the King; Christ Arose; Christ Is Coming; Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation; Christ the Lord Is Risen Today; A Christian Home; The Church’s One Foundation; Cleanse Me; Come Thou, Almighty King; Come to the Feast; Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus; Come, Thou, Fount of Every Blessing; Come, Ye Thankful People, Come; Count Your Blessings; Crown Him With Many Crowns.
Day by Day; The Day of Resurrection; Dear Lord and Father of Mankind; Did You Think to Pray?; Eternal Father, Strong to Save; Face to Face; Fairest Lord Jesus; Faith of Our Fathers; Farther Along; Footsteps of Jesus; For the Beauty of the Earth; From All That Dwell Below the Skies; Give of Your Best to the Master; Glorious Is Thy Name; Glorious Is Thy Name Most Holy; Go to Dark Gethsemane; God Be with You; God of Grace and God of Glory; God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand; God Will Take Care of You; Great Is Thy Faithfulness; Guide Me, O Thou Great Eternal; Hark, The Sound of Holy Voices; Have Thine Own Way, Lord!; He Hideth My Soul; He Is Able to Deliver Thee; He Is Lord; He Keeps Me Singing; He Leadeth Me; He Lives; Heaven Came Down; The Heavens Declare Thy Glory; Help Somebody Today; Here I Am, Lord; Higher Ground; His Way with Thee; Holy, Holy, Holy; How Great Thou Are; How I Love Thy Law, O Lord!; Hymn of Promise.
I Am Resolved; I Am Thine, O Lord; I Gave My Life for Thee; I Know Whom I Have Believed; I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord; I Love to Tell the Story; I Need Thee Every Hour; I Sing the Mighty Power of God; I Surrender All; I Was Glad, O, So Glad; I Will Sing the Wondrous Story; I Would Be True; If I Take the Wings of the Morning; Immortal, Invisible; In My Heart There Rings a Melody; In the Garden; It Is Well with My Soul; Jesus Calls Us; Jesus Is Tenderly Calling; Jesus Loves Me; Jesus Paid It All ; Jesus Saves!; Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me; Joy to the World!; Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee; Just As I am, Without One Plea; The King of Love My Shepherd Is; Leaning on the Everlasting Arms; Let Others See Jesus in You; Let the Lower Lights Be Burning; Let There Be Peace on Earth; Living for Jesus; Lord, Our Lord, O'er Earth's Vast Frame; Lord, Thy Church on Earth is Seeking; The Lord's My Shepherd (Crimond); The Lord's My Shepherd (Evan); Love Divine, All Loves Excelling; Love Lifted Me;
Make Me a Blessing; Make Me a Captive, Lord; The Mercy That Never Fails; A Mighty Fortress Is Our God; Moment by Moment; More About Jesus Would I Know; More Love to Thee; Morning Has Broken; My Country, ’Tis of Thee; My Faith Looks Up to Thee; My Jesus, I Love Thee; My Savior’s Love; The Nail-Scarred Hand; The Name of Jesus; Nearer, My God, to Thee; No Night There; Nothing But the Blood; Now the Day Is Over; O Come, All Ye Faithful; O Come, My People, to My Law; O Come, O Come, Emmanuel; O For a Closer Walk With God; O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing; O God, Our Help in Ages Past; O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go; O Worship the King; O Zion, Haste; O, How I Love Jesus; On Jordan's Stormy Banks; One Day!; Only Trust Him; Onward, Christian Soldiers; Open My Eyes, that I May See; Praise Him! Praise Him!; Praise Ye, the Lord, the Almighty; Put God First.
Redeemed; Rescue the Perishing; Revive Us Again; Rock of Ages; Safely Through Another Week; Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name; Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us; Send the Light; Shall We Gather at the River; Shine, Jesus, Shine; Since Jesus Came into My Heart; Softly and Tenderly; The Solid Rock; Some Golden Daybreak; Some Sweet Day; Spirit if God, Descend upon My Heart; Spirit Song; Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus; Standing on the Promises; The Statutes of the Lord; Surely the Presence of the Lord; Sweet Hour of Prayer; Take My Life and Let It Be; Take the Name of Jesus With You; Take Time to Be Holy; Teach Me to Pray; Tell It to Jesus; Tell Me the Old, Old Story; There Is a Place of Quiet Rest; There’s a Great Day Coming; There's No Friend Like Jesus; This Is My Father’s World; This Is the Day the Lord Hath Made; Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne; Through the Love of God, Our Savior; Thy Perfect Will Be Done; Thy Word is a Lamp; Thy Word is Like a Garden, Lord; ’Tis Midnight; ’Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus; To God Be the Glory; To the Work; Trust and Obey; Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus; Victory in Jesus; We Gather Together; We Give Thee but Thine Own; We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer; We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations; What a Friend We Have in Jesus; When I See the Blood; When Morning Gilds the Skies; Wherever He Leads, I’ll Go; Whosoever Will; Wonderful Words of Life; Work, for the Night Is Coming; Yield Not to Temptation.*
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