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Are these correct, Box 111 Pasadena, California 91109 and 800-423-4444?
I have heard Mr. Armstrong's sermons are edited, is this true?
If I wanted to donate for the upkeep of this site, how can I get it to you?
Can I pay tithes and offerings to HWALibrary.com?
What is registration for?
Why is this "sermon" or this "Minister" on HWALibrary.com?
Where can I find information concerning God's Holy Days?
Is HWALibrary.com affiliated with any other organizations?
Do you have a Spanish language site?
Is it OK to listen to Garner Ted and others that were put out of the Church?

Helpful Hints
How to search by Keyword, Title or Written by
How to download material from HWALibrary.com
How to link to articles on HWALibrary.com
Navigation of Site
Additional Sorting
About QR Codes?

A Little About HWALibrary.com
What Makes HWALibrary.com Unique?
Why should HWALibrary.com be a full archive?
Why HWALibrary.com Has These Men Included
Is This Archive Library Without Error?
Opinion, Agenda and Propaganda FREE Zone!

What is the meaning of “Back On Track”?

Prayer Request

Are these correct, Box 111 Pasadena, California 91109 and 800-423-4444?
No, the address for the Worldwide Church of God and phone number given for material are no longer correct for obtaining the information offered. This site offers all of the material offered on this site 100% free. There is no need to call or mail your requests, simply do a search for the material on our site. The Worldwide Church of God dissolved after Mr. Armstrong's death in January 1986.
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I have heard Mr. Armstrong's sermons are edited, is this true?
99.9% of the time this is an untrue rumor. If you go to legitimate sites that do not have an agenda against Mr. Armstrong (like HWALibrary.com) the recorded material (Sermons, Telecasts, Bible Studies, Radio Broadcasts, etc.) have not had content editing performed to the media.

Some people think because there is a skip or the audio or video starts in the middle of a sentence that the material was edited. This is not true, most of the material of the Worldwide Church of God was recorded when Cassette tapes and VHS tapes were the only media available. Both of these Medias could and did become corrupt at the beginning or end over time due to the elements of time. That is why some audio files start in mid-sentence or end abruptly.

Also Cassette and VHS tapes, depending on the speed used during the recording were 30, 45, 60 & 90 minutes long. When a sermon was being recorded the speaker did not stop for the tape to be flipped or replaced which causes some of the breaks/skips in the middle or an abrupt end of a sermon or other recordings.
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If I wanted to donate for the upkeep of this site, how can I get it to you?
Thank you for your offer, HWALibrary.com is a non-profit organization and donations are tax deductable. If you would like to make donations for site upkeep and also help get this message out to God's people, the mailing address is: HWALibrary.com • PO Box 1550 • Independence, MO 64055 • USA - Please make checks or money orders payable to: HWALibrary.com    -    Donations also accepted through PayPal.
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Can I pay tithes and offerings to HWALibrary.com?
Only if "you feel" HWALibrary.com meets God's tithe and offering criteria. HWALibrary.com offers the material of the Worldwide Church of God the same as Mr. Armstrong did through the Worldwide Church of God, free of charge, gratis to all.
HWALibrary.com received 2,151,636 hits last month with an all time total of 61,002,301 hits from 136 countries around the world. HWALibrary.com has its own dedicated hosting and media center which handled 4,021,789,595 Kbytes of data last month with an all time total of 87,802,306,426 Kbytes of data in books, booklets, Bible Studies, magazine articles and other publications being viewed and downloaded 24/7; 365 days a year.
HWALibrary.com also uses a wide variety of Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Wordpress, Pinterest, etc., reaching millions more. HWALibrary.com has 1,627 audio/video files (Telecasts, Radio Broadcasts, Sermons, Bible Studies) streaming from HWALibrary.com available 24/7, 365 days a year to God's people. There has been 75,864 audio/video programs watched and downloaded from HWALibrary.com this month and an all time total of 2,496,993 views.
HWALibrary.com has to rely on God's people the same as the Worldwide Church of God did to make this message available to all. Your tithes and offerings are much appreciated. HWALibrary.com also accepts donations if you prefer to be a co-worker to help keep this message available to all.
There is a cost for the above services and HWALibrary.com uses all donations, tithes and offering to make this message available to the world and to feed God's people, per God's instruction. HWALibrary.com gratefully accepts help with these costs, expenses and thousands of hours it is taking to build HWALibrary.com.
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What is registration for?
Registration is not required to access any material on this site. Our registration (MyHWA area) allows users to save material they have viewed or read by title and date. HWALibrary.com currently has 10,182 titles and chapters and we hope this helps users keep track of when they viewed or read material.
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Why is this "sermon" or this "Minister" on HWALibrary.com?
HWALibrary.com has left off sermon titles and men's name in the question above because they do not matter.
HWALibrary.com posts material according to the truth revealed by God through Herbert W Armstrong, HWALIbrary.com does not go by a man's name or a date of a sermon or a rumor about someone. HWALibrary.com goes by the message and if that message is the truth. If you find a message on our site that is contrary to God's truth given to Mr. Armstrong we would like to know about it. HWALibrary.com tries very hard to post material that reflects the truth of God, not the truth of men.
HWALibrary.com also does not post any material of any Minister that was not ordained and with the Worldwide Church of God before Mr. Armstrong's death in January 1986. There are Ministers that left the Worldwide Church of God after "it" fell away from God's truth and joined a splinter group that are very dedicated to God's truth and HWALibrary.com has no problem posting messages from these men as long as the message is the truth as given by God.
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Where can I find information concerning God's Holy Days?
There is a link at the bottom of all pages called "Holy Day Information", which will take you to a calendar showing God's Holy Days, there are also links on the page that will take you to specific information concerning each Holy Day and Festival.
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Is HWALibrary.com affiliated with any other organizations?
HWALibrary (hwalibrary.com) is a non-profit "Church of God" Library. HWALibrary is not affiliated with any other organizations. HWALibrary is a free tool for God's people to search out the truth (1 Thessalonians 5:21), "given by God", through Mr. Armstrong, the Philadelphia era (6th) of the 7 Church era's (Revelation 1:11 through Revelation 3:22).

HWALibrary.com (Herbert W Armstrong Library) is dedicated to the preservation of history and teachings of the Worldwide Church of God under the direction of Herbert W Armstrong. HWALibrary.com maintains a historical archive of the 50+ year work of the Worldwide Church of God, Ambassador College and The Ambassador International Cultural Foundation. For a brief overview of the man and the work he did through the Radio/Worldwide Church of God, please follow this link “A Tribute to Herbert W Armstrong”.

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Do you have a Spanish language site?
No, HWALibrary.com does not have any other language other than English. Our goal is to convert as much material from PDF to searchable text so users can use language translators to convert the text we convert from PDF to text into their language. We know this is not a perfect translation, but this will cover all languages not just Spanish. HWALibrary.com has around 6,000 text files and transcripts completed. There will be a total of around 11,000 when complete.

Please note: This site (www.herbert-armstrong.org) does have material in other languages, plus a very nice PDF search engine for your use.
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Is it OK to listen to Garner Ted and others that were put out of the Church?
HWALibrary.com would recommend "not" listening to (or reading) material of men once they were put out of God's Church. For example, HWALibrary.com has material by Garner Ted Armstrong on our website up to 1978, he was put out in 1978 and no material of his has been or will be posted on HWALibrary.com after that date. HWALibrary.com will not post or archive any material of men once they were marked or put out of God's Church.
A few people will tell you Garner Ted Armstrong's material is "all" bad even before he was put out of church in 1978. This is simply not true, God's Apostle (Mr. Armstrong) would have never allowed Garner Ted Armstrong from the mid-50's to 1978 "in 100's and 100's of publications" publically in Radio Broadcasts, Telecasts, Magazine Articles and Booklets speak contrary to the truth of God. I think we all know Mr. Armstrong well enough to know (as he did) when Garner Ted Armstrong started getting off track, Mr. Armstrong put a stop to it. There may be fragments here and there that some don't agree with, but chances are it is not going to cause you to stop believing God's truth if you run across these little fragments on HWALibrary.com as some would have you believe.
If you stop to think about it, the people of God's church talked favorably about all material of the Worldwide Church of God including Garner Ted Armstrong's material as the "truth", at church, at home and at work (from "his GTA's" beginning up to 1978). When Mr. Armstrong put Garner Ted Armstrong out of the church, the material that was "the truth", talked about for years by God's people as the "truth", did not all of a sudden become "untruth", that is ridiculous. God's truth is God's truth, and has nothing to do with who is speaking it!
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How to search by Keyword, Title or Written by.
There are three different options for searching HWALibrary.com from the Search bar:
Keyword, Title and Written by.


How to search by Keyword, Title or Written by and Refine search results.

Keyword: Common words such as "a", "an", "and", "as", and other common words are ignored.

Keyword Example: If searching for: "Just What Do You Mean Kingdom Of God" - Using: "Just What Do You Mean" will not return results, but "Kingdom of God" will return results (the word "of" will be ignored). The words: just, what, do, you, mean - are common words excluded from the search.

Keyword Dictionary: The keyword search dictionary was derived from all material found on HWALibrary.com. When using HWALibrary's search system, the system will show suggestions for each word you are typing. With that said, all words that are typed into the keyword search box may not appear as suggestions, that does not mean you will not find the word or words once the search is performed. The dropdown suggestion dictionary is for convenience of helping to spell common and not so common words only.

Title: Title search is a smart system, once you start typing the system will start returning all "Titles" in the system that match what you have typed, showing you the top 40 results in a dropdown menu. If you see the "Title" you are searching for, stop typing and select the "Title" in the dropdown menu and press the "Go" button.

Title Example 1: If you are searching for: "End Time Prophecy" change the search bar to "Title"; and then simply type "prophecy" and the first 40 results will dropdown in the menu, simply click the "Title" in the dropdown menu that you wish to go to and click the "Go" button. All "Titles" that match "End Time Prophecy" will show in the search results on the search page.

Title Example 2: If you wish to see everything in the system that has "prophecy" in the Title, stop typing [do not select anything in the dropdown menu] and press the "Go" button and every Title in the system that has "prophecy" in the "Title" will show in the search results.


Written by: Written by search is also a smart system, once you start typing the system will display all "Names" in the system that match the name you have typed, showing you the top results in a dropdown menu. If you see the "Name" of the person you are searching for, stop typing, select the "Name" (IE: "Herman L Hoeh") in the dropdown menu and hit the "Go" button. The system will show everything by Mr. Hoeh in the search results.


Refined Search: When many results are returned, but you are searching for a specific type of material such as, Sermons or Radio Broadcasts, you can "exclude" other results by selecting the check box, thus refining the results to just Sermons and Radio Broadcasts. Refined Search is available on all 3 search options Keyword, Title and Written By.

Refined Search Note: When a search is performed the system returns all results for your search criteria, when using the refined search options, you must select the box you wish to exclude from the next search you perform.


Please Note: Simply playing with the search bar will help you understand it, you can't hurt it so experiment with it. The search system is fairly powerful if you take a few minutes to understand it.
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How to download material from HWALibrary.com

99% of all material found on HWALibrary.com is downloadable directly from our website.

Look for these icons:

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How to link to articles on HWALibrary.com
How to link to articles on HWALibrary.com (Run mouse over image to enlarge picture)
When linking to articles, booklets, books, sermons, etc. please use url's supplied on each article, booklet, book, sermon, etc. These are shorter links and the only part of the url required for linking back to HWALibrary.com from your webpage or blog. Simply click one of the links shown in the image above, when the new window opens, right click on the url, copy and then paste the link on your webpage.
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Navigation of Site. (Run mouse over image to enlarge picture)
General navigation of the site is through the links and menus throughout the site. Return navigation is mainly in one place (see illustration). The return navigation will take you back exactly where you came from. Example: By clicking the Sermons link, return navigation will return you to the previous page at the exact location of the link that brought you to view the Sermon.
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Additional Sorting. (Run mouse over image to enlarge picture)
Some areas of HWALibrary.com offer additional sorting and can be useful for finding material you are looking for. These are dropdown menus which offer additional options; when on pages that have these options click on down arrow to see available selections. Currently these features are on the following areas: Booklets, Special Topics, Tomorrow's World Magazine, Plain Truth Magazine, Good News Magazine, Telecast, Sermons, Radio Broadcast, Bible Study (Audio/Video), Co-Worker Letters, Letter Answering Department, Ambassador College Lectures and The Bible Hymnal.
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About QR Codes?
HWALibrary.comQR Code; short for "Quick Response Code" enables you to bookmark the webpage information for each Book, Booklet, Magazine Article, Telecast, etc. shown on HWALibrary.com. With the QR Code there is no need to type the URL into a phone, notebook or iPad, instead you simply scan the image, your phone reads the QR Code, converts it back into the URL and stores it as a bookmark on your device for quick access while you are on the go. Most "QR Code Scanner" apps are free and can be found in your device app store.
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A Little About HWALibrary.com
What makes HWALibrary.com unique?
HWALibrary.com is a "full archive" of the Philadelphia era of God's Church. Some "archives" and websites take the approach to control the material of the Philadelphia era of God's Church and only archive what they believe you need to see or read, HWALibrary.com does not take this approach. Like the Bible with the good and bad recorded in it, HWALibrary.com is a "full archive" of all the material that we can get our hands on, both the good and the "so-called" watered down, not so good. We think it best if you decide what you want to view or read. God saw fit to put both "good and not so good" in the Bible archive and so does HWALibrary.com.
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Why should HWALibrary.com be a full archive?
The following statement alone requires a full archive library: "Mr. Armstrong said or Mr. So & So said". HWALibrary.com has made this statement far less used after HWALibrary.com went into service. It is not as easy to make that statement now that people can actually do a search on HWALibrary.com to find out if the statement was made or not. Now if someone makes the statement, you can ask them, where does it say that? Hard to do on a "half archive".
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Why HWALibrary.com Has These Men Included
Soon after HWALibrary.com began, opinions started rolling in on who and what material needed to be included in the "archive" and what needed to be removed. To tell you the truth, if HWALibrary.com removed all material "a few" people email saying they don't like, of this person or that person, there would be several thousand articles, sermons and other material gone.

To give you examples, here is a partial list:
Donald L Ward
Garner Ted Armstrong
Herman L Hoeh
Roderick C Meredith
Ronald D Kelly
Ronald L Dart
And around 15 others!

Pick any one of the men above and go to HWALibrary.com and you will see many excellent articles and other material by these men. Too many times it is about the man's name and not the content of the material. HWALibrary.com does not judge or exclude a man by what they did after Worldwide nor do we post inappropriate material by them if or after they left God's Church.

HWALibrary.com would like to suggest something, if you don't like material by an individual(s) on the archive, simply don't click on it! You have control of the material you select (click on). That way others still have control of the material they wish to select.

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Is This Archive Library Without Error?
Was the Philadelphia era of God's Work error free? No, but no other era was or is error free either. The Bible has many examples of human leaders throughout history making mistakes, God did not remove the errors from the Bible record, He made them available so we can all learn from them. We should not strip out the "not so good" and just leave the "good" either, HWALibrary.com does not simply post what "we" like or "you" like, we post all of it. HWALibrary.com goes by the good rule of thumb; "If you forget the past, you will repeat the mistakes of the past". It is a good rule of thumb to build an "achive library" on, don't you think?
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Opinion, Agenda and Propaganda FREE Zone!
HWALibrary.com is an "Opinion, Agenda and Propaganda FREE Zone!" HWALibrary.com does not subject anyone to our opinion and views, HWALibrary.com is full of material from men and groups of men that did extensive studying into the Bible and God's Word, our opinion and input is not required. We post the material "as is" to Social Media and other places for God's people to enjoy. We are sure there are enough opinions, agendas and propaganda all over the web for God's people to sift through. HWALibrary.com adding stuff before and after to promote an agenda simply will never happen! In other words, we don't need to throw in the kitchen sink, just the original material will do!
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What is the meaning of "Back On Track"?
This is a term Mr. Armstrong used while he was putting the Church of God "Back On Track".
The picture below shows what Mr. Armstrong meant by the term "Back On Track".
40+ Years: The Church was "On Track" (let's get back to it).
8 Years (approximately): The Church got "Off Track" (let's stop it).
7 Years: The Church needs to get "Back On Track" (let's use the 40+ years, plus what I'm telling you "now" during these 7 years and get "Back On Track").
The problem is some use the term "Back On Track" for their own meaning which Mr. Armstrong never meant or said and will tell you that "only" the material during the 7 years of getting "Back On Track" is to be used and ONLY if it was written by him (Mr. Armstrong)! Or "they" use the term "Back On Track" to tell you what is OK for you to read and listen to! What???
What does the term "Back On Track" mean?
It means "GET Back On Track"!
Back On Track of what?
Back On Track when the Church was NOT OFF track! (see picture above)
(He meant nothing less than, I am using the "On Track (40+ years)" of material to get the Church "Back On Track", some of the 70's material and what I'm telling you now in my last 7 years!)
Mr. Armstrong never said; throw away all teachings of the Church and ONLY use 7 years of it and only if I wrote it! Mr. Armstrong never meant that when he used the term "Back On Track". The picture above shows exactly what Mr. Armstrong meant!
In 1979 at the beginning of Mr. Armstrong putting the Church "Back On Track" he stated in a July 24, 1979 Co-Worker Letter that "much" of the take-over by Garner Ted and the others was done "SECRETLY"! These men had been doing the take-over "attempt" behind closed doors, in their local Church areas and behind closed classroom doors at the College. They were setting the stage for "a takeover - SECRETLY"! They were not "publically" doing the "takeover attempt" in the publications and material read and viewed by "millions" including Mr. Armstrong.
During the "Back On Track" years Mr. Armstrong referenced many writing, comments, articles, publications by him and other men throughout the 7 "Back On Track" years, even material during the 70's was referenced during the "Back On Track" years. Example: Pentecost being changed and reprint articles (Special Topics) dated in the 70's sent out during the 80's to God's people and others requesting it!
Don't let a few people tell you "don't read or listen to this (the 70's)" because I say so. "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good (I Thessalonians 5:21)" and verify if the material of the 70's (ONLY about 8 years) was really as wicked as a few say. For the first time in 30 years you can do this in just a few minutes, HWALibrary.com has all the material, go to the magazines, go to the 70's and scan down through the titles. Do you see wicked material or just material that does not have the same "meat" the first 40+ years did? Chances are you won't find any article that tells you not to keep the Sabbath during the 70's or any other major doctrine changes! The 70's had more world events and world issues in the material, and not as much truth as the previous 40+ years.
Too many today, use Mr. Armstrong's term "Back On Track" to get you to read and listen to them and not the material Mr. Armstrong wanted you to get back to!
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Prayer Request
James 5:16 - "Pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." HWALibrary.com has setup a "Private" Facebook page so God's people can pray for one another. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/COGFellowship
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