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CGI offers booklet to debunk predestination

TYLER, Texas--The Church of God International, based near here, has developed a new booklet, What Does the Bible Say about Predestination and Election?

The booklet considers questions including whether man's eternal destiny was sealed before the foundation of the world and whether God arbitrarily predestined some to everlasting life and some to everlasting destruction and whether it is true that God never intended to give everyone an opportunity for salvation.

The booklet, which teaches contrary to the doctrines of many churches, is free from the CGI. Call (903) 825-2525, or write P.O. Box 2525, Tyler, Texas 75710, U.S.A.

An audiotape, "Understanding Predestination," is also available.

GTA offers sermon tape on Y2K crisis

FLINT, Texas--The Garner Ted Armstrong Evangelistic Association wants the public to have access to a tape of a sermon Mr. Armstrong gave recently before an audience in Birmingham, Ala., about problems that could arise because of the Y2K computer problem.

"Have you heard about the alarming special FBI communique sent to every law-enforcement agency in the country called 'The Megiddo Project?'" asks Mr. Armstrong in a letter promoting the tape. "It warns of the potential for violence by terrorists of every stripe; how many groups are planning to precipitate 'Armageddon' by mounting attacks on police and the government; how many groups, from 'white supremacists' to 'black Hebrews,' from Arab terrorists to so-called 'Christian' extremist cults, are predicting the 'end of the world' and 'Armageddon' in the year 2000!"

The tape is available by calling (903) 561-7070 or faxing (903) 561-4141. Or write P.O. Box 747, Flint, Texas 75762, U.S.A.

Ambassador alumni site being developed

A new Web site for Ambassador University alumni is at

AU alumni are encouraged to register and forward an E-mail message giving the Web-site address to any other Ambassador-affiliated alumni they know.

Ambassador discussions on the Web

GREENSBORO, N.C.--John B. Heath has set up a Web-based discussion group for Ambassador alumni.

Anyone who wants to subscribe may do so by sendingan E-mail message to

Mr. Heath said the discussion group "is open to all Ambassador alumni, regardless of campus attended, years attended, or current religious preference."

Mr. Heath, a music specialist in Guilford County Schools and Key Club chairman of the Greensboro Kiwanis Club, can be reached at or

He asks that those interested pass on this information to other alumni.

CGOM plans San Antonio Feast again in 2000

SAN ANTONIO, Texas--The Church of God Outreach Ministries tentatively plans for a Feast of Tabernacles site here in the fall of 2000. It would be sponsored by CGOM and the Church of God San Antonio, pastored by Julian Cruz.

The Feast would be family-oriented, but the general public would be invited to attend an evening lecture concerning the Sabbath, according to a report in Green Pastures Gazette, published by Phil Keener of Fort Worth, Texas.

The lecture would be coordinated with Dr. Alfred Harrell of the Hot Springs, Ark.-based Christian Leadership Academy and would include lectures conducted throughout the Feast by the CLA on personal evangelism.

Contact Mr. Cruz at (210) 333-7229, or E-mail him at

Broadcast tested

GILMER, Texas--The Big Sandy congregation (which meets here)and Monroe, La., congregation of the United Church of God, an International Association, recently began sponsoring, on a trial basis, a half-hour radio program titled World News and Prophecy, with UCG-AIA council-of-elders member Don Ward of Hawkins, Texas, as the speaker, reports United News, Milford, Ohio.

The broadcast will go out on four stations, with one airing on Saturdays and the other three on Sundays.

"I know these congregations are very pleased to make this effort and would appreciate your prayers," said UCG-AIA president Les McCullough of Cincinnati.

Elders credentialed

DAVAO CITY, Philippines--The UCG-AIA has credentialed two men to serve as elders, one in the Philippines and one in Zambia.

Rodrigo Florencondia, one of the two, assists Ed Macaraeg in serving the church in Davao City and is the fifth elder in the Philippines, reports United News, the Ohio-based member newspaper of the UCG-AIA.

Kambani Banda of Lusaka, Zambia, is one of 28 members in Zambia and the first elder serving with United.

Mr. Florencondia is an accountant, and Mr. Banda is an accountant and farmer.

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