Monthly Archives: June 2016

Herbert Armstrong Was Right About Europe, Britain, Germany and Russia

As far back as the early 1930s, Herbert W. Armstrong used Bible prophecy to make bold forecasts about the future of Europe. For years people scoffed at those predictions—but now they’re coming to pass in the exact detail the Bible said they would. On today’s show, Stephen Flurry reviews the key points of Mr. Armstrong’s prophecy about Europe and explains how it is being fulfilled right now.

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Headline: ‘The Rise of a German Superstate’

Britain’s departure from the European Union has ignited a new push to reshape Europe. Headlines are appearing almost daily warning about the rise of a “German superstate” and a more integrated, core group of European nations. To students of Bible prophecy, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. For over 70 years, Herbert W. Armstrong warned about a coming united Europe with Germany at the helm. The Bible explains that Europe will soon be cut down to a union of 10 kings who will give their power to Germany. On today’s show, listen to Stephen Flurry discuss how rapidly these prophecies are being fulfilled.

Don’t Waste Your Time

https://www.pcog.org/articles/2658/don-t-waste-your-time

Like so many other valuable resources in society, time has been abused and wasted. How valuable is your time? Are you using it effectively?

Over the past 6,000 years, approximately 300 generations have come and gone. Some people live in poverty while others bask in the glow of the glamorous life. Some achieve wild success, while others wallow in failure. Some are thoroughly educated while others can barely read. Everyone is different.

Yet no matter who we are or where we live, we all have access to an equal daily amount of time. That element remains constant in every life.

Every day, we are each given the same amount and we all use the same amount. If we run out of time, we cannot go to a time bank to withdraw an extra supply. If we have a little extra time, we cannot set it aside and save it for the future.

We are limited by the number of days we walk this Earth. In Psalm 89:47, David wrote, “Rememberhow short my time is.” He continued in the next chapter, “Our days all droop under thy displeasure, our life is over like a sigh. Our life is seventy years at most, or eighty at the best, a span of toil and trouble, soon over, and we flit away ” (Psalm 90:9-10; Moffatt). When compared to eternity, how brief our physical existence is! The Apostle James referred to our life as a vapor which vanishes away (James 4:14).

Life’s fleeting number of days makes time one of man’s most valuable resources. So what are you doing with your allotted portion of time? Do you carelessly spend it as if on a million-dollar shopping spree? Or do you wisely invest your time so that you might get the most out of it? How effectively do you use the time God has given you? Did you know that how you use your time has more to do with where you end up in life than heredity and environment?

In the parable of the talents, located in Matthew 25, Jesus likened the Kingdom of God to a man giving certain talents to his servants before he left for a far country. All of the servants had adifferent number of talents. But notice verse 19: “After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.” They each had access to the same quantity of time. They were rewarded by Christ, not according to their talents, but according to what they did with those talents in their allotted time!

Benjamin Franklin once asked, “Do you love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made out of.” Our lives are only made up of a certain amount of time. If we waste it, we are wasting our lives.

Repent

In Matthew 6, Christ gave us an outline upon which we are to base our prayers. Toward the end of that outline, He said, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (verse 12). If we are humble and forgive others, then God will forgive us after repentance. In Psalm 103:12, David wrote, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Upon repentance, God is concerned about the future, not the past. To the repentant sinner, Jesus said, “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11).

Repentance means change—to begin walking in a new direction, a different way of life. Put another way, if our lives are made up of a certain amount of time , then godly repentance means we are to change the way we have been using our time. After conversion, God expects us to use our time in a different manner—according to His will—in preparation for the Kingdom of God.

Whatever you have done in the past, no matter how much time we have wasted, do not let it affect the time you have today and in the future. Misspent time, no matter how wasteful it was, has already been spent. Don’t let it affect your future supply. How many times have we let down, given in to old habits, and then said, “Oh well, I already blew it. It won’t much matter if I continue in these bad habits for a few more days.” And then days become weeks, weeks become months, and months become years. Before you know it, you have wasted your life.

If you want those years of wasteful time behind you, then begin to change how you use your time today. That is the first important step to learning how to manage your time better. Don’t let past mistakes or wasteful living affect what you should be doing today. Change your ways and then consider what you have today, right now—an unused, fresh supply of 24 hours! Think about what you can do with that much time!

Trumpet Hour: Britain—a House Divided, the Turkey-Israel Deal, SCOTUS on Immigration, and More

• After voting to leave the European Union last week, it is clear that Britain is a house divided—the rifts between the various parties, between the various components of the UK, between the elites and the people, have really been exposed. We’ll talk about how this itself is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy—and what it says about Britain’s future.

• Israel and Turkey have forged a deal to normalize their relations. It’s an interesting deal in the most volatile region in the world—we’ll talk about where this relationship is leading.

• President Obama’s decision in 2014 to stop enforcing immigration law for millions of illegal immigrants has been ruled unconstitional—last week the Supreme Court split 4-4 on the issue. We’ll put this decision in context and talk about what it says about the rule of law in America today.

• And I’ll conclude today’s show by talking about how America’s and Britain’s greatest days lie yet ahead.

 

Germany Makes Gains in the Scramble Over Latin America’s Resources

https://www.thetrumpet.com/article/13997.19.0.0/economy/germany-makes-gains-in-the-scramble-over-latin-americas-resources

Under the direction of Herbert W. Armstrong, the Plain Truth gave a strong warning in April 1966:

Can you see why we warn readers that the Latin American Common Market and the Central American Common Market are dangerously close to becoming partners with the European Common Market? Can you see these giant combines are dangerously close to turning their backs on America and Britain, once and for all?

At present, the United States remains Latin America’s number one trade partner. But the political changes underway in the region are opening the door for even greater shifts to occur. To understand more about this ongoing trend and how Mr. Armstrong anticipated it, read “Europe’s Inroads Into Latin America” from our free booklet He Was Right.

 

How Will Brexit Change the World?

The aftershocks from Thursday’s historic vote in Britain continue to shake the world. Brexit’s effect on Britain and Europe will be revealed over the coming months and years. Bible prophecy will continue to be the most accurate guide in knowing what events will follow, just as it accurately showed Britain would leave the European Union. On today’s show, Stephen Flurry explains how the world will change after Brexit.

Teach Your Child Self-Control

https://www.pcog.org/articles/2659/teach-your-child-self-control

It sets a firm foundation for everything you teach your child.

 

Teach Self-Control

A great challenge in child rearing is to teach your child self-control, also known as self-discipline. Self-control is the firm foundation you must put in place to ensure your child’s future success. If your child does not have self-control, your child-rearing efforts simply will not bear fruit.

This is the missing dimension in knowledge lacking in most modern child-training manuals.

Most current manuals focus on protecting and developing a child’s creativity, intelligence or talents. Yet, self-control is more important than these attributes in fostering academic and career achievement.

Self-discipline is also necessary for your child to develop a sterling spiritual life, become a stable and contributing member of God’s Church, build a successful marriage, and avoid financial difficulties. Poor self-discipline can lead to alcohol or drug abuse, sexual immorality, and life-destroying criminal behavior.

Does your child have good self-control? If he or she is guilty of interrupting you constantly, being wild, not following instructions, not controlling his or her feet, hands or mouth, not sitting still and being quiet during Sabbath services, then your child lacks self-control. Psychologists would probably diagnose your child as having adhd and prescribe Ritalin. Yet the only effective solution to these impulsive behaviors is the exercise of self-control.

Modern psychologists believe children can learn self-control on their own. Don’t fall prey to that false philosophy! Self-control is learned through proper child training, parental supervision and practice. Solomon wisely taught that a child left to himself or herself will never develop self-control (Proverbs 29:15).

A child with self-discipline has an invaluable tool for meeting life’s challenges. Many relational and personal problems can be avoided or well restrained through self-control.

Here are four steps to inculcate this extremely important, indispensable skill.