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God’s Fall Festivals – Part 4: Last Great Day

Artist: Ava Mitchell—Plainview, NY

Have you ever had a “great” day?

Maybe your parents took your family to the beach where you got to play in the sand and the waves all day long before you finished off the afternoon with a large ice cream cone. Or perhaps you had a great day when you and some of your closest friends spent the day at an amusement park riding roller coasters and eating popcorn and funnel cakes. Whatever you may consider to have been a “great” day, nothing compares to how great the Last Great Day is going to be!  When God calls something great, there can be no mistake that it is certainly GREAT!


How it works:

This Study Guide is written for the purpose of helping parents teach their children vital Biblical topics in a focused, easy-to-follow format. Each section is not meant to be taught in one lesson, rather the topics are organized so parents can choose specific areas of focus and gear lessons toward the learning styles and ages of their children. Each topic is presented in a straightforward manner with accompanying verses for study. The main study should always come from the Scripture itself, while these lessons can act as a guide for reading passages from the Bible. Each lesson packet includes memory verses, questions for meaningful discussion, and activities (added at the end of the packet). Also, though some things may be labeled as Level 1, 2, or 3, the activities, questions, and scriptures for memorizing can be used to fit the needs and learning levels for children of all ages. Enjoy!


Fall Holy Days Coloring Pages

Prepare for Feast by printing out some of these GREAT coloring pages! All of the coloring pictures are selected submissions from our Fall Holy Days Art Contest.

What pictures are included?

  • “Lamb” – Artist: Maleewan Foster—Charlotte, NC
  • “It Won’t Be Long Now” – Artist: Lexi, Mitchell—Plainview, NY
  • “Girl on a Bridge” – Artist: Grace White—Morgantown, WV
  • “Bear and Baby” – Artist: Brandon Fall—SeaTac, WA
  • “The Living Water Sea” – Artist: Joseph Ross—Dubuque, IA
  • “Kingdom Creatures” – Artist: Amber Leonard— Charlotte, NC
  • “Jerusalem” – Artist: Susan Winnail—Tampa, FL
  • “The Last Great Day” – Artist: Ava Mitchell—Plainview, NY

All images displayed in this post were submitted by private artists who have granted all rights and permissions of use to Living Education for the purpose of education, and/or promotional publication, in accordance with the Fall Holy Days Art Contest Rules and Guidelines. Coloring Pages may be printed for personal use ONLY. All rights reserved.

God’s Fall Festivals – Part 3: Feast of Tabernacles

Artist: Diego Villafaña – Santiago, Chile

Once Christ returns,

and Satan is put away, it will be time for the real celebration to begin! On God’s calendar, just a few days after Atonement, one of the most joyous and exciting times of the year begins: The Feast of Tabernacles!
Why do people get so excited about this Feast? Is it just a regular family vacation? Or is God giving us something much more exciting to look forward to than simply an eight-day family trip? Why did God include it in His plan to build a family? Keep reading!


How it works:

This Study Guide is written for the purpose of helping parents teach their children vital Biblical topics in a focused, easy-to-follow format. Each section is not meant to be taught in one lesson, rather the topics are organized so parents can choose specific areas of focus and gear lessons toward the learning styles and ages of their children. Each topic is presented in a straightforward manner with accompanying verses for study. The main study should always come from the Scripture itself, while these lessons can act as a guide for reading passages from the Bible. Each lesson packet includes memory verses, questions for meaningful discussion, and activities (added at the end of the packet). Also, though some things may be labeled as Level 1, 2, or 3, the activities, questions, and scriptures for memorizing can be used to fit the needs and learning levels for children of all ages. Enjoy!


God’s Fall Festivals – Part 2: Day of Atonement

Photo: Susan Winnail – Tampa, Florida

After the Feast of Trumpets,

the next holy day we come to is what the Bible calls the Day of Atonement. Remember, the fall holy days represent important events or periods of time that have not happened yet, but will happen very soon in the future. Just as the Feast of Trumpets represents the return of Jesus Christ, the Day of Atonement pictures another very important event which will happen after Christ comes back to Earth. What big, exciting event does this special holy day picture?

Read on! 


How it works:

This Study Guide is written for the purpose of helping parents teach their children vital Biblical topics in a focused, easy-to-follow format. Each section is not meant to be taught in one lesson, rather the topics are organized so parents can choose specific areas of focus and gear lessons toward the learning styles and ages of their children. Each topic is presented in a straightforward manner with accompanying verses for study. The main study should always come from the Scripture itself, while these lessons can act as a guide for reading passages from the Bible. Each lesson packet includes memory verses, questions for meaningful discussion, and activities (added at the end of the packet). Also, though some things may be labeled as Level 1, 2, or 3, the activities, questions, and scriptures for memorizing can be used to fit the needs and learning levels for children of all ages. Enjoy!


Second Thoughts: Satan’s Trap for the Insecure

Author: Thomas White | Editorial Staff, Living Church of God


Dr. Douglas Winnail’s recent assembly addressed that Satan uses worldly persecution to lure away those who aren’t unshakably grounded in the truth.

Scripture confirms this, and we all need to constantly guard against the anti-Christian nature of Satan’s world. But those of us who struggle with occasional or even frequent feelings of insecurity—who are just as harsh to ourselves as anyone in the world could ever be to us—may need to guard against something else, too.

While such individuals generally don’t like to talk about them, there are moments when being in the Church can make us uncomfortable. We don’t regret our calling—we’re grateful for it, truly. We know this is the right way, but we feel unworthy of walking it.

For those with frequent insecurity, this state of mind is too often the norm—pervasive and crushing. They look at their fellow firstfruits, and because most of our sins are committed in the dark quiet of our own private lives, everyone around them looks better at being good than they “know” they are.

What Tempts Us

Then comes a shock. You get out there—into college, the workforce, wherever—and you discover that people don’t hate you. Your beliefs that you feared would come across as insane to everyone are viewed as interesting by some. What you thought would be seen as self-righteousness is taken as respectability. People don’t think you’re bigoted or foolish, they think you’re fascinating. Intriguing. Good.

That’s truly hard to resist. Satan knows each of us better than we know ourselves, and in the case of those who feel they’ll never be as good as God wants them to be, the devil knows that they don’t particularly like themselves—but that they long to. He knows that, because they’re used to persecuting themselves, persecution from others may not so easily tempt them into leaving the Church.

But praise might.

Eventually, those with such insecurities eating at them may be offered an opportunity for something that will compromise God’s Way—perhaps by the very people who were praising them before. Assured by their human nature that it will make them into someone they, themselves, will finally be able to accept, the immediate, fascinating option is to bite into that fruit, because it looks and—temporarily—is delicious.

The other option doesn’t look quite so promising: resist, struggle, and go back to a Church filled with people they feel unworthy to be among. Pass the fruit up, and walk back into the daunting, lonely garden.

Our Father’s Promise

But if we allow ourselves to think deeply about our calling, God can lead us to a conclusion that becomes incredibly freeing.

As Mr. Richard Ames has often reminded us, Christ points out that none of us are truly good: “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God” (Matthew 19:17). In this life, we never will be fully “good.” We are on this earth to learn what “good” really means, because frankly, we haven’t a clue. If we did, we’d never consider anyone in the Church “better” than we are.

Those of us who tend to be insecure are in training to become what we most long to be: Worthwhile. Valuable. That’s the point of all this—to do our best, which isn’t much, and be rewarded with His best, His perfection. In his world, Satan offers us something that isn’t one billionth as rewarding, but is, as Yoda might say, “quicker, easier, more seductive.”

Our Father and His Son are the only Beings in existence who actually know what it is to be truly good, because it started with Them. Incredibly, they want to share it with us. The praise and esteem we must refuse now “are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). We simply have to finish the race without keeling over. As long as we do, no matter what we place, our Father will carry our gasping, aching remains to the reward. He’s promised to make us good, one day. Right now, we have to show Him that we trust Him to complete the good work He’s started in us.

Dr. Winnail’s assembly message was absolutely true. Being grounded in the truth can protect us from faltering under persecution—even when that persecution comes from ourselves.

God’s Fall Festivals–Part 1: Feast of Trumpets

Artist: Diego Villafaña – Santiago, Chile

WHAT IS TRUE PEACE?

Where does it come from? This world is not peaceful, but will it ever be? God knew from the beginning that mankind would not be able to find peace without His help. He wants everyone to enjoy true peace, but He knows it will only work if people made the right choices, without Him forcing them. The people would have to want true peace. So God prepared a plan to help people make the right choice to experience the blessings of peace and harmony.

So, how do the Fall festivals fit into this plan? Let’s find out! 


How it works:

This Study Guide is written for the purpose of helping parents teach their children vital Biblical topics in a focused, easy-to-follow format. Each section is not meant to be taught in one lesson, rather the topics are organized so parents can choose specific areas of focus and gear lessons toward the learning styles and ages of their children. Each topic is presented in a straightforward manner with accompanying verses for study. The main study should always come from the Scripture itself, while these lessons can act as a guide for reading passages from the Bible. Each lesson packet includes memory verses, questions for meaningful discussion, and activities (added at the end of the packet). Also, though some things may be labeled as Level 1, 2, or 3, the activities, questions, and scriptures for memorizing can be used to fit the needs and learning levels for children of all ages. Enjoy!


Helpful Links:

Make a Silver Trumpet – Craft link (outside source)

Make a Shofar – Craft Directions Link (outside source)

Shofar/Trumpet Demo Video – Dylan King (LivingEd-Online Course: The Feast of Trumpets)


Announcing! Fall Holy Days Art Contest Winners – 2019

Group 1 | Ages 12 & Under

WINNER: Jude Hunter – Albany, NY

Artist’s Description: It is a free-hand rendition of a lion and a lamb. The picture was colored in colored pencil. I drew it with a 0.7 graphite pencil.

Artist Bio: I was born on August 9, 2008. I have seven siblings. I like to draw and play with Legos. I have brown hair and green-grey eyes.

Honorable Mention:

Jonathan Wilson – Indianapolis, IN

Artist’s Description: This shows the nations coming up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem as described in Zechariah 14:16. There are many people coming up the road to the city.

Artist Bio: I was born in Zionsville, IN. I like Legos, cyclocross, and animals. My favorite Feast site was Costa Rica where I saw monkeys, parrots, and coatis.


Gabriella White – Lafayette, LA

Artist’s Description: The time of the millennial Feast of Trumpets. When I close my eyes this is what I see. Its the time after Christ returns when a trumpet (mom says Shofar) is blown, signifying the start of the Feast of Trumpets in the Kingdom. (Mom helped me choose my colors right for the sunset and water.)

Artist Bio: Gabriella (Ella) is 7 years old. She attends the congregation in Lafayette, LA. She is an artist at heart! Drawing and coloring are some of her favorite past times. Ella seemly edifies MOST of the fruits of the spirit at her young age. She wants to make all things beautiful. She brings flowers from nature in the home constantly. She is a blessing in her family.


Zhania Susi – Melbourne

Artist’s Description: This is an artwork of the millennium. I took inspiration from the bible hymn “It Won’t Be Long Now” as it describes how the world will be at peace.

Artist Bio: Hi, my name is Zhania. I am eleven years old and I am in grade six. My hobbies include, calligraphy, drawing and painting.

GROUP 2 | AGES 13 – 20

WINNER: Hannah Wolford – Bristol, VA

Artist’s Description: My submission depicts what the front page of a newspaper might look like in the Kingdom. The headlines describe some of the events taking place when the world tomorrow becomes the world today!

Artist Bio: I love being creative, and graduated this past spring with an Associates degree specializing in Art. I hope to one day become a professional artist.

Honorable Mention:

Chevy Dela Cruz – Quezon City

Artist’s Description: Inspired by the hymn “It won’t be long now” portraying the wolf, lamb, leopard, kid, lion, bear, and a child dwelling peacefully together.

Artist Bio: Watercolor and graphite are my usual mediums. I am a self-taught artist who does commissioned portrait artworks to earn money for school, savings and offerings. I love art of all kinds and I wish to improve myself with what I do to serve the brethren and to deliver God’s words with it.


Lexi Mitchell – Plainview, NY

Artist’s Description: My picture shows a girl during services at the feast, listening to the song ‘It Wont Be Long Now’ being sung, and imagining the scenarios of the Kingdom mentioned in the chorus.

Artist Bio: My name is Lexi Mitchell and I’m 14 years old. If I had to choose an activity to do it probably would be reading a good book, but drawing is cool too.

GROUP 3 | AGES 21+

WINNER: Diego Villafaña – Santiago, Chile

Artist’s Description: Tiempos vendrán, en donde la maldad se apartará del mundo y el bienestar se apoderará de la tierra. Esta ilustración representa al Milenio, un período de tiempo en donde Cristo gobernará a la Tierra y la sumirá en paz, felicidad y gozo abundantes para cada ser viviente. TRANSLATION: The time will come when evil will depart from the world and justice will take over the earth. This illustration represents the Millennium, a period in which Christ will rule the earth and there will be an abundant peace, happiness, and joy for every living being.

Artist Bio: Nací en Viña del Mar, Chile, el 19 de Noviembre de 1997. Desde pequeño he disfrutado del dibujo y la pintura, y los he practicado en mis tiempos libres durante toda mi juventud hasta el día de hoy. El titularme como Técnico en Animación Digital me ha permitido aplicar estos conocimientos de una manera mucho más profesional y estilizada, principalmente desde el área digital. Hoy en día realizo ilustraciones personalizadas para los sermones locales de la congregación de Santiago, Chile, en la Iglesia del Dios Viviente. TRANSLATION: I was born on November 19, 1997 in Viña del Mar, Chile. I have enjoyed drawing and painting since I was a child, and have practiced it in my spare time throughout my youth until this day. Having a college degree on Digital Animation Technology has allowed me to apply this knowledge in a much more professional and stylized way, mainly from the digital area. I currently serve in the congregation of Santiago, Chile, making the illustrations for sermons CD and DVD covers.

Honorable Mention:

Jaclyn Stiffler – Little Rock, AR

Artist’s Description: Lion and Lamb Pen and Ink on Paper. A traditional scene of a lion sweetly nudging a little lamb, free from fear, totally at peace.

Artist Bio: As a child I always enjoyed drawing and creating art, so it only seemed natural I’d pursue this passion into adulthood. I graduated in 2001 with a degree in fine art and continue to freelance today. My family has always been a source of encouragement, support and now with the addition of two adorable nephews and a beautiful niece…inspiration! I’m so thankful to God for a world of color and beauty, and especially thankful for the gifts and abilities to take what I see and put it on paper!


Brandon Fall – SeaTac, WA

Artist’s Description: I had fun thinking of how a toddler might interact with a great big bear in the Millennium: pulling on the bears cheeks, jumping on the bears back and hanging onto his ear, and of course, snuggling. 🙂

Artist Bio: Brandon Fall serves as the pastor in the Pacific Northwest. Before coming into the ministry, he had the opportunity to work in the illustration and graphic design field. Occasionally he draws pictures for his four children.


Louis Crespo – Charlotte, NC

Artist’s Description: Pastoral setting during the Millennium. This is one in a series of 3 pastoral millennium settings that I completed digitally.

Artist Bio: I studied human anatomy and figure drawing at the Arts Student’s League in New York. I also studied Acrylic and watercolor Landscape Painting in Suffolk College, Long Island. Took a course in Graphic Design and have taken drawing courses at various levels of my life. My hobby is to create illustrations plus various other endeavors. Lately, I am drawn to do digital artwork in Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5.


Jose Zamora – Mississauga, Ontario

Artist’s Description: Related to Feast of Trumpets: “It pictures the massive intervention of God in human affairs- climaxing in the Second Coming of Christ as King of kings.”

Artist Bio: I am a Filipino, self-taught artist who enjoys oil and acrylic paintings and sculptures. I am a former Architectural designer in my hometown.

A Special Thank You

to our panel of judges and all the artists who submitted their work! The beautiful pieces you see displayed here are a testament to their God-given talents, hard work, and dedication to God’s work.


Coloring pages now available with Part 4 of our Fall Festival’s Lessons!


Stay tuned for our upcoming artwork gallery, featuring the submissions from other artists.

Artwork from this contest will be featured in our upcoming Special Edition-Fall Holy Days Children’s Lessons Packet.

Want to participate? Be looking ahead for upcoming Living Education contests for artists on our Updates blog!


All images displayed in this post were submitted by private artists who have granted all rights and permissions of use to Living Education for the purpose of education, and/or promotional publication, in accordance with the Fall Holy Days Art Contest Rules and Guidelines. All rights reserved.