November 20, 2015 Brethren Letter

Dear Brethren,

I wanted to give you an update on the progress of our Church website. Over the last few weeks, Mr. Daniel Hatter has spent many hours revising the website. His workmanship reflects the highest of standards, and I’m very pleased with his progress. Mr. Armstrong’s books, booklets, sermons and broadcasts will be readily available to everyone who visits the site. Currently, there are over 150 World Tomorrow programs posted. There should be over 300 programs available to the public when the site goes on-line.

Brethren, there is much happening in the world. One week ago, the nation of France was attacked by Islamic terrorists. 130 people were killed in that attack, and many more were injured. Today, there was another violent attack in the nation of Mali. Reports are that 27 people were killed. Later this evening the nation of Belgium placed the city of Brussels on the highest alert level. Here’s some of that news story from CNN:

Belgium warns of ‘serious and imminent threat’ to Brussels

Belgium has placed Brussels at the highest terror alert level, citing a “serious and imminent threat that requires taking specific security measures as well as specific recommendations for the population.”

The announcement by the Crisis Centre of the Belgian Interior Ministry is advising the public to avoid places where large groups gather — such as concerts, sporting events, airports and train stations — and comply with security checks. The rest of the nation will maintain its current terror level.

If people take the terror alert seriously, Brussels will be “shut down tomorrow,” CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank said.

Here’s part of a recent article found in the German publication Spiegel Online International on the subject of terror in Europe:

Terror in Europe: The Need to Protect Our Freedom

What lessons can be drawn from the attacks in Paris? Simple answers will do little to help at the moment. What is needed is a new, Europe-wide security debate.

The events in Paris, the shaky mobile phone videos of the shootout in the Bataclan theater, the explosions during the football match between the French and German national teams in Stade de France have shaken the world. Conversations in homes and workplaces, among friends and acquaintances, about the scenes that unfolded Friday night and into Saturday morning have shifted from disbelief to disgust, and from mourning to uncertainty. Was this an attack against all of us and our way of life?

Yes, the terrible images coming out of Paris have shocked us, in no small part because they are pictures that are not typically part of our free society. For us as Europeans, it is self-evident that streets, stadiums, restaurants and concert halls are safe places. This fundamental trust is the foundation of our public life. In Paris, this foundation has been shaken. It is only natural that people begin doubting the efficacy of our security.

With all of this happening, I fully believe the “strong man” of Europe will be on the world’s scene in the near future. Not one of us can be thinking that our “Lord delays His coming!” (Matthew 24:48). That would be harmful to our future as KING-PRIESTS!

We will do everything possible to serve God’s people and the general public with the improvements to our website. I’m very excited about The World Tomorrow broadcast being made available to everyone on the internet, twenty-four hours a day.

Please have a wonderful Sabbath!

Your Brother in Christ,

Gary Liebold

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