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Aaron Dean Selected as UCG Treasurer

July 30, 2010

In a July 29 teleconference, the Council of Elders chose Aaron Dean as its next treasurer and Financial Services operation manager. Mr. Dean, 58, will assume his new duties at the end of the Council of Elders meetings scheduled for August 9-11.

Mr. Dean is well known to Church of God members from his long association with Herbert W. Armstrong, whom he served as executive assistant for many years. After that role, Mr. Dean served as international vice president and chief financial officer of the Ambassador Foundation and on the boards of that foundation, the Worldwide Church of God, the King Leopold III Foundation, Imperial Medical Technologies and the United Church of God.

He has worked most recently as marketing director for Agpro Systems of Big Sandy, Texas, and as a business consultant.

Mr. Dean earned an MBA in management and finance from California State University, Los Angeles, in 1990 and began work on a doctoral degree in business administration at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana.

From 1989-1997 he was associate business professor at Ambassador University, teaching classes in management, entrepreneurship, marketing, production and operation management, and finance and strategic management.

Mr. Dean and his wife, Michelle, have been married for 36 years and have two adult children who are in the church. Mr. Dean currently lives in Gladewater, Texas, and will relocate to the Cincinnati area in the coming months.

Dennis Luker—President

July 30, 2010 Posted by | Council of Elders, Home Office, President's Office | | 10 Comments

Carta del Sr. Dennis Luker al ministerio—23 de julio de 2010

23 de julio de 2010

Apreciados hermanos en Cristo:

A medida que Cristo nos guía a través de las pruebas y dificultades que estamos experimentando dentro de la Iglesia, quiero mencionarles algunas escrituras muy importantes y que vale la pena recordar:

“Fíate del Eterno de todo tu corazón, y no te apoyes en tu propia prudencia. Reconócelo en todos tus caminos, y él enderezará tus veredas. No seas sabio en tu propia opinión ante los ojos de Dios y de los hombres” (Proverbios 3:5-7).

Todos tenemos nuestra propia opinión sobre los problemas a que nos enfrentamos y de las causas detrás de ellos. Sin importar cual sea nuestra posición respecto a estos temas, Dios dice que debemos confiar en él y no en nuestro propio entendimiento. Todos podríamos pensar que estamos en lo correcto, pero puede que ante los ojos de Dios estemos equivocados.

Él mira el corazón y está profundamente preocupado por nuestras actitudes y motivos.

¿Es usted sabio ante sus propios ojos? ¿O teme usted a Dios y se aparta del mal? Hay mucha maldad circulando en la Iglesia en estos momentos: rumores, chismes, asesinato del carácter, confusión y división. Esto no proviene de Dios: “Pues Dios no es Dios de confusión, sino de paz” (1 Corintios 14:33).

¿Quién es el culpable? Satanás, por supuesto.  Pero si no tenemos cuidado, a veces podemos permitirle utilizarnos. Fíjese en estos poderosos versículos:

“¿Quién es sabio y entendido entre vosotros? Muestre por la buena conducta sus obras en toda mansedumbre. Pero si tenéis celos amargos y contención en vuestro corazón, no os jactéis, ni mintáis sobre la verdad; porque esta sabiduría  no es la que desciende de lo alto, sino terrenal, animal, diabólica. Porque donde hay celos y contención, allí hay perturbación y toda obra perversa. Pero la sabiduría que es de lo alto es primeramente pura, después pacífica, amable, benigna, llena de misericordia y  de buenos frutos, sin incertidumbre ni hipocresía. Y el fruto de justicia se siembra en paz para aquellos que hacen la paz” (Santiago 3:13-18).

Estas inspiradas escrituras en el libro de Santiago enfatizan claramente que la verdadera fuente de nuestros problemas es la influencia “diabólica”,  que produce “perturbación y toda obra perversa”. Y la solución que se nos ofrece es “la sabiduría que desciende de lo alto”, la cual es “pura, después pacífica, amable…sin incertidumbre ni hipocresía”.

Por lo tanto, si carecemos de esta sabiduría que proviene de Dios, parte del problema somos nosotros mismos. Como consecuencia, diremos y haremos cosas que sembrarán discordia y causarán división entre el pueblo de Dios. ¡Como ministros de Jesucristo, debemos examinarnos íntimamente y arrepentirnos de nuestros propios pecados y errores!  Si no lo hacemos, habrá división en la Iglesia, y todos deberemos rendirle cuentas a Cristo por ello.

El apóstol Pablo lo explicó claramente cuando escribió: “Porque es necesario que todos comparezcamos ante el tribunal de Cristo; para que cada uno reciba según lo que haya hecho mientras estaba en el cuerpo, sea bueno o sea malo” (2 Corintios 5:10). Esto se aplica especialmente a aquellos de nosotros que servimos en el ministerio. Tenemos mucha influencia, para bien o para mal, en las vidas de los hermanos que servimos.

Compañeros ministros de Jesucristo, humillémonos con mucha oración y ayuno en este período tan crítico de la Iglesia de Dios Unida. Solo Cristo mismo, como nuestra Cabeza Viviente, entiende a cabalidad todo lo que está sucediendo en esta difícil coyuntura de nuestra historia como organización.

Él conoce exactamente en qué nivel de entendimiento y madurez espiritual nos encontramos como ministros al servicio de su pueblo.

Mantengámonos todos humildes ante Cristo, a medida que él nos guía y dirige en estas pruebas y dificultades del presente. Yo oro para que la conversión de todos nosotros se profundice aún más mientras Cristo nos humilla, para que podamos concluir la obra que él nos ha encomendado.

Su hermano, compañero y servidor en Cristo,

Dennis Luker

July 26, 2010 Posted by | President's Office | | 2 Comments

Luker Writes July 23 Letter to UCG Ministry

[The following letter was sent to the United Church of God ministry on July 23, 2010]

July 23, 2010

Dear Brothers in Christ,

As Christ leads us all through our present trials and tests within His Church, here are some important scriptures to consider:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil” (Proverbs 3:5-7).

We all have our own understanding of the problems we are dealing with, and the causes of those problems. Regardless of where we stand on the issues, God says we are to trust Him and not our own understanding. We could all think we are right, and yet be wrong in His eyes. He looks on the heart and is deeply concerned about our attitudes and motives.

Are you wise in your own eyes? Or do you fear the Lord and depart from evil? There is much evil going on in the Church right now—rumors, gossip, character assassination, confusion and division. This is not of God: “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints” (1 Corinthians 14:33).

Who is at fault? Satan, of course, but we can sometimes allow him to use us if we are not careful. Notice these powerful verses:

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:13-18).

These inspired scriptures in James make it very clear that the true source of our problems is “demonic” influence that produces “confusion and every evil thing.” And the solution given is “the wisdom that is from above,” which is “pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield…without partiality and without hypocrisy.”

So, if we lack this wisdom that is from God, we are part of the problem. We will say things and do things that sow discord and cause division among God’s people. As elders of Jesus Christ, we must examine ourselves and repent of our own sins and mistakes! If we don’t, there will be division in the Church, and we will all be held accountable by Christ.

Paul made this clear when he wrote, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10). This is especially true of those of us serving in the ministry. We have a great influence, for good or bad, in the lives of the brethren we serve.

Fellow elders of Jesus Christ, let us humble ourselves with much prayer and fasting at this critical time in the United Church of God. Only Christ Himself, as our Living Head, fully understands everything going on at this critical juncture in our organizational history. He is our Lord and Master. He knows each of us personally and intimately. He knows exactly where we are in our understanding and spiritual maturity as elders serving His people.

Let us all stay humble before Him as He leads and guides us through our present trials and tests. I pray that we all become more deeply converted as Christ humbles us, so that we can finish the work He has given us to do.

Your brother and fellow servant in Christ,

Dennis Luker—President, UCGIA


July 24, 2010 Posted by | Home Office, President's Office | | 14 Comments

Carta del Presidente Dennis Luker

18 de julio 2010

Queridos hermanos:

¡Muchas gracias por su fidelidad a Dios y por su apoyo a su obra! Sus fervientes oraciones, diezmos y ofrendas, y las demás obras de servicio, están produciendo buenos frutos. Su amor y entrega de sí mismos, como sacrificios vivientes al servicio de los demás, están forjando una diferencia positiva en las vidas de millones de personas.

He aquí algunas noticias alentadoras de nuestro Departamento de Medios de Comunicaciones:

El primer fin de semana en América WGN tuvo bastante éxito. Nuestro programa televisivo Más Allá de Hoy tuvo un buen comienzo en América WGN durante nuestra primera transmisión, el domingo 11 de julio. Hemos recibido 338 llamadas telefónicas durante el día en que se transmitió el programa hecho por Gary Petty, “Tomando control de su dinero”.

Algunas de esas respuestas procedían de Canadá, otras fueron de nuestras cinco otras estaciones de televisión a prueba, y algunas provenían de la programación accesible por  cable. Después de eliminar las respuestas de otras estaciones, calculamos que 268 de ellas fueron directamente de América WGN en los Estados Unidos. Esto no incluye las respuestas del sitio Web, que probablemente sean igual a la cantidad ya mencionada.

A manera de recordatorio, cabe notar que estamos empezando nuestro contrato en América WGN a mediados del verano, cuando hay menos televidentes que lo normal. A medida que el otoño se acerca y la gente comienza a pasar menos tiempo al aire libre y de vacaciones, aumenta la cantidad de televidentes. Según eso sucede y en la medida que la audiencia se familiarice con nuestro programa Más Allá de Hoy y comience a verla regularmente, las tasas de respuesta deberían aumentar.

Además, nuestro tráfico del sitio Web se duplicó en comparación con los días anteriores que estuvimos en el aire. En promedio, tenemos entre 400 a 700 visitantes en el sitio Web cada domingo. Esta vez tuvimos cerca de 1.400 visitantes en el sitio Web. Las estadísticas mostraron en ese día que 64 por ciento de los visitantes del sitio Web eran visitantes por primera vez del programa de televisión Más Allá de Hoy. Las ciudades en donde se originó la mayor cantidad de visitas al sitio Web en ese día fueron Nueva York, Washington, Winnipeg, Atlanta, Nashville, Phoenix, Houston y Toronto. Nuestra oficina en  Canadá informa de un repunte en las respuestas, debido al programa  América WGN que se transmitió a través de Canadá también.

Así es que, en general, hemos tenido un buen comienzo en la estación televisiva América WGN, y estamos agradecidos a Dios por esta puerta que él nos ha abierto. Me recuerda lo que Jesucristo dijo en Apocalipsis 3:8: “Yo conozco tus obras; he aquí, he puesto delante de ti una puerta abierta, la cual nadie puede cerrar; porque aunque tienes poca fuerza, has guardado mi palabra, y no has negado mi nombre”. Nuestra intención es seguir entrando por las puertas que nos abre Cristo para predicar la verdad de Dios.

Además, nuestra oficina en Canadá ha informado: “Hay ciertas noticias muy emocionantes que compartir. Esta semana se establecieron al menos dos nuevos récords con las respuestas al programa de televisión Más Allá de Hoy. El título del programa fue “Tomando control de su dinero”. Hemos establecido un nuevo récord de respuestas totales, 156, superando el récord anterior de 149 respuestas alcanzado en octubre de 2008. También hemos establecido un nuevo récord del número de solicitudes de suscripción a las Buenas Noticias del sitio Web Más Allá de Hoy, es decir, 23. Esto eclipsa el registro previo de 18, logrado en abril de 2007”.

“Y aquí hay más buenas noticias de nuestros Medios de Comunicación:

En julio, la Iglesia de Dios Unida lanzó otro hito importante, ¡cuando imprimimos nuestro folleto numero 7,000,000 millones en idioma inglés! Para poner esta cifra en perspectiva, si esos 7 millones de folletos (en su tamaño actual) se colocaran uno tras otro a lo largo, la fila se extendería más de 1,600 kilómetros. Si se amontonaran en una sola pila, esta alcanzaría los casi 45 kilómetros de altura. Pesaría más de 500 toneladas – ¡500 toneladas de la verdad!

Casi todos los años hemos impreso o reproducido aproximadamente 500,000 a 700,000 folletos, en respuesta a las solicitudes de nuestros lectores. De este promedio, alrededor de 50,000 folletos fueron solicitados por mes (sin contar las descargas de Internet).

Si bien el Internet, la televisión, Las Buenas Nuevas y otros medios de información son adecuados para introducir a la gente a la verdad de Dios, los folletos desempeñan un papel vital en ayudar a la gente a tener una comprensión más profunda de lo que la Biblia enseña acerca de diversos temas. Nuestros folletos cumplen un rol fundamental, acercando a las personas a un mayor entendimiento de la Biblia y del plan de Dios y del propósito para ellas.

Hermanos, todo esto es posible gracias a la generosidad, oraciones y apoyo de todos ustedes. Por supuesto, todos sabemos que el verdadero mérito es de Dios el Padre y de su Hijo, Jesucristo, quién vive y trabaja en nosotros cuando sometemos nuestra vida a él. Jesucristo fue a la vez humano y divino, completamente hombre y totalmente Dios. Él fue el único Hijo primogénito de Dios, que preexistía como la Palabra con Dios (Juan 1:1-2): “En el principio era el Verbo, y el Verbo era con Dios, y el Verbo era Dios. Este era en el principio con Dios”).

A medida que avanzamos, llevando a cabo la obra de Dios, Satanás está haciendo todo lo posible para dividirnos e impedirnos cumplir con esa labor. No puedo predecir el futuro, pero  puedo decir esto con absoluta confianza y fe: Jesucristo es la Cabeza de la Iglesia, y él llevará a buen término lo que está sucediendo en la Iglesia. Él está plenamente consciente de todo lo que sucede y lo que todo el mundo está diciendo y haciendo. De hecho, él está utilizando nuestra inquietud actual para poner a prueba nuestros corazones y mentes y descubrir lo que se esconde en lo más profundo de cada uno de nosotros.

Por medio de David, Dios revela que él está siempre observando y probándonos: “El Eterno está en su santo templo; el Eterno tiene en el cielo su trono; sus ojos ven, sus párpados examinan a los hijos de los hombres. El Eterno prueba al justo; pero al malo y al que ama la violencia, su alma los aborrece” (Salmos 11:4-5).

Dios también detesta a aquellos que hacen “violencia” a los hermanos difundiendo mentiras y rumores. “Seis cosas aborrece el Eterno, y aun siete abomina su alma: Los ojos altivos, la lengua mentirosa, las manos derramadoras de sangre inocente, el corazón que maquina pensamientos inicuos, los pies presurosos para correr al mal, el testigo falso que habla mentiras, y el que siembra discordia entre hermanos” (Proverbios 6:16-19). Él también dice:  “Yo el Eterno, que escudriño la mente, que pruebo el corazón, para dar a cada uno según su camino, según el fruto de sus obras” (Jeremías 17:10).

Yo temería estar en los zapatos de los que siembran discordia entre hermanos y están causando división entre el pueblo de Dios. Dios odia los pecados. Él revelará, a su debido tiempo, a aquellos que son los autores de toda esta confusión y maldad.

Pero, permítame terminar esta carta para ustedes con una nota muy positiva. Todos sabemos, sin lugar a dudas, que esta es la Iglesia de Dios y que Jesucristo es la cabeza viviente y que tiene autoridad sobre todas las cosas de la Iglesia. Dice la Biblia, “Y sometió todas las cosas bajo sus pies, y lo dio por cabeza sobre todas las cosas a la iglesia” (Efesios 1:22).

Todos necesitamos humillarnos, arrepentirnos de nuestros propios pecados y errores y buscar el perdón de Dios, como también nosotros perdonamos a los demás. Que Dios nos ayude a todos a amarlo a el por sobre todas las cosas y amar a los demás más que a nosotros mismos.

Sinceramente, al Servicio de Cristo,

Dennis Luker

PD: He recibido muchos mensajes de correo electrónico y cartas y les pido disculpas por no poder responder a todos ellos. Gracias por su comprensión. LeeAnn y yo apreciamos profundamente su preocupación, amor y oraciones. Todos ustedes están también en nuestras oraciones diarias.

July 22, 2010 Posted by | Home Office, President's Office | | 3 Comments

Arabic Booklet Video Promo الشرق الأوسط في نبؤات الكتاب المقدس

July 21, 2010

الشرق الأوسط في نبؤات الكتاب المقدس

A one minute video promotion of our new Arabic booklet, “The Middle East in Bible Prophecy,” has been posted on YouTube and it is beginning to gather traffic. You can view it here:

The promo clip was created by Jamie Schreiber, one of our competent video editors at the home office, and posted to our Beyond Today YouTube account by Aaron Booth, Internet managing editor.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

July 21, 2010 Posted by | Beyond Today, Home Office, Media and Communications | | 6 Comments

Member Letter From Dennis Luker

July 18, 2010

Dear Brethren,

Thank you for your faithfulness to God and your support of His work! Your fervent prayers, tithes and offerings, and the other works of service are producing good fruit. Your love and giving of yourselves, as living sacrifices, in service to others, is making a positive difference in the lives of millions of people.

Here is some encouraging news from our Media and Communications Services department:

The first weekend on WGN America was successful. Beyond Today had a very good beginning on WGN America for our premier telecast on Sunday, July 11. We received 338 phone calls for the day from Gary Petty’s program, “Getting Control of Your Money.”

Some of these responses were from Canada, some were from our other five test TV stations, and some were from cable-access programming. After eliminating those from the count, we figure 268 of them were directly from WGN America in the United States. This does not include Web responses, which would likely at least equal that quantity.

As a reminder, we are beginning our contract on WGN America in the midst of summer when television viewing is normally lower across the board. As autumn draws near and people begin spending less time outdoors and on vacation, TV viewing generally increases. As this occurs and as the viewing audience becomes more familiar with Beyond Today and begins to watch regularly, response rates should rise.

Also, our Web traffic doubled compared to past airing days. On average we have between 400 to 700 Web visitors each Sunday. This time we had almost 1,400 Web visitors. The stats showed for the day 64 percent of the Web visitors were first-time beyondtoday.tv visitors. The top city locations that visited the Web site that day were from New York, Washington, Winnipeg, Atlanta, Nashville, Phoenix, Houston and Toronto. Our Canadian office is reporting an upswing in their responses, due to WGN America airing across Canada as well.

So, overall we had a great start on WGN America, and we thank God for this door He has opened. It reminds me of what Jesus Christ said in Revelation 3:8: “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” We intend to keep walking through the doors that Christ opens to us to preach the truth of God.

In addition, our Canadian office has reported: “There is some exciting news to share. At least two new records were set with the responses from this week’s Beyond Today television program. The program title was ‘Getting Control of Your Money.’ We set a new record for overall responses, 156—surpassing the previous record of 149 responses set in October 2008. We also set a new record for the number of Good News subscription requests from the Beyond Today Web site—23. This eclipses the previous record of 18 set in April 2007.”

And here is more good news from Media and Communication Services:

In July the United Church of God passed another major milestone when we printed our 7 millionth English-language booklet! To put this number in perspective, if all 7 million booklets (at our current size) were laid end to end, they would stretch more than 900 miles. If put into a single stack, it would reach almost 45 miles high. It would weigh more than 500 tons—500 tons of truth!

In most years we have printed or reprinted about 500,000 to 700,000 booklets in response to reader requests. This averages about 50,000 booklet requests per month (not counting Internet downloads).

While the Internet, TV, The Good News and other forms of media are good at introducing people to God’s truth, booklets play a major role in helping people gain a deeper understanding of what the Bible teaches about various subjects. Our booklets play a crucial role in bringing people to greater understanding of the Bible and God’s plan and purpose for them.

Brethren, it is your generosity, prayers and support that are helping make this possible. Of course, we all know that the real credit goes to God the Father and to His Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and works in us as we yield our lives to Him. Jesus Christ was both human and divine, fully man and fully God. He was the uniquely born Son of God who preexisted as the Word with God (John 1:1-2).

As we move forward, doing the work of God, Satan is trying his best to divide us and prevent us from accomplishing that work. I can’t predict the future, but I can tell you this with absolute confidence and faith: Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, and He will bring good out of all that is going on in the Church. He is fully aware of everything happening and what everyone is saying and doing. In fact, He is using our present distress to test our hearts and minds and find out what is deep inside each of us.

God reveals through David that He is always observing and testing us: “The Lord is in His holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. The Lord tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates” (Psalm 11:4-5).

God also hates those who do “violence” to the brethren by spreading lies and rumors. “These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue…a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-19). He also says, “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:10).

I would fear to be in the shoes of those who sow discord among brethren and are causing division among God’s people. God hates those sins. He will reveal, in His time and way, those who are the perpetrators of all this confusion and evil.

But, let me finish this letter to you on a very positive note. We all know, without a doubt, that this is God’s Church and that Jesus Christ is the Living Head and has authority over all things to the Church (Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18). We can have total confidence in Jesus Christ to lead us through our present trials and bring good out of it all.

We all need to humble ourselves, repent of our own sins and mistakes and seek God’s forgiveness, as we forgive others. May God help us all to love Him above all else and to love each other more than we love ourselves.

Sincerely, in Christ’s service,

Dennis Luker, President

PS: I have received many e-mail messages and letters and apologize for not being able to respond to them all. Thank you for your understanding. LeeAnn and I deeply appreciate your concern and love and prayers. You are all also in our prayers daily.

July 19, 2010 Posted by | Beyond Today, Good News Magazine, Home Office, Media and Communications, President's Office | | 9 Comments

Letter From the President

[The following letter was sent to the ministry on July 16, 2010]

Dear Brothers in Christ,

Today we all prayed to the same God the Father, in the name of His Son Jesus Christ. We all believe He hears our prayers and knows our hearts. What must it sound like to God to hear each of us and our perspective on the trials and conflicts we are presently having in the Church? We each have our own understanding and point of view. But what is God most concerned about, and what is He planning to accomplish through this trial?

Let’s look at a few scriptures that might help us better understand some of what God wants us to all learn as we progress through our current trials and tests.

David wrote, “You have tested my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and found nothing [evil]; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress” (Psalm 17:3).

Jeremiah was inspired to record, “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:10).

God reveals through David that He is always observing and testing us: “The Lord is in His holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. The Lord tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates” (Psalm 11:4-5).

God also hates those who do “violence” to the brethren by spreading lies and rumors. “These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue…a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-17, 19).

So, God makes it clear that He is always testing us, especially those of us in the ministry, to find out what is deep in our hearts. He is always working to develop the attitude and character of Jesus Christ within us. Notice this prophecy in Malachi: “He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge [refine] them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness” (Malachi 3:3).

I believe that all of us as elders, called by God to serve His people and do His work, are being severely tested by God in order to reveal the true depth of our conversion and Christian conduct. Are we setting an example for the brethren in everything we say and do? I don’t think so, when you look at the fruits of what is happening.

What can we do? What should we do? The answer is given in these scriptures: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place” (2 Chronicles 7:14-15).

I hope and pray, as you do, that we will all humble ourselves and seek God’s forgiveness for our sins and mistakes that He might heal our church.

Your brother in Christ,

Dennis Luker—President

July 17, 2010 Posted by | Home Office, President's Office | | 11 Comments

First Week on WGN

July 15, 2010

First weekend on WGN America is successful

Beyond Today had a very good beginning on WGN America for our premier telecast on Sunday, July 11. We received 338 phone calls for the day from Gary Petty’s program, “Getting Control of Your Money.”

Some of these responses were from Canada, some were from our other five test TV stations, and some were from cable-access programming. After eliminating those from the count, we figure 268 of them were directly from WGN America in the United States. This does not include Web responses which would likely at least equal that quantity. The total response figure will be calculated a bit later.

Our final airings for our 13-week test on the original five commercial television stations also occurred on Sunday, July 11. In separating out telephone responses from those stations (and Canadian responses) by using the average response of the past four weeks as a benchmark, we arrived at the above figure of 268.

As a reminder, we are beginning our contract on WGN America in the midst of summer when television viewing is normally lower across the board. As autumn draws near and people begin spending less time outdoors and on vacation, TV viewing generally increases. As this occurs and as the viewing audience becomes more familiar with Beyond Today and begin to watch regularly, response rates should rise.

Again overall, we had a great start.

Web site visits see increase too

We will also add that on Sunday our Web traffic doubled compared to past airing days. On average we have between 400 to 700 Web visitors each Sunday. This time we had almost 1,400 Web visitors. It is not a big number but a noticeable increase because of the WGN exposure. We had one viewer leave a comment on Facebook saying she watched and enjoyed the program—via WGN in Las Vegas at 5:30 a.m. The stats showed for the day that 64% of the Web visitors were first time beyondtoday.tv visitors. The top city locations that visited the Web site that day were from New York, Washington, Winnipeg, Atlanta, Nashville, Phoenix, Houston, Toronto.

In addition, our Canadian office is reporting an upswing in their responses, due to WGN America airing across Canada as well.

Next Sunday, July18, we will air the program presented by Steve Myers titled: “The Rapture: Fact or Fiction?” Please continue to pray for God’s blessing and the success of this and our other proclamation efforts.

Peter Eddington/John LaBissoniere/Aaron Booth—Media and Communications Services


July 15, 2010 Posted by | Beyond Today, Home Office, Media and Communications | | 13 Comments

7 Million Booklets, and Counting

July 14, 2010

UCG Prints 7 Millionth Booklet

Last week the United Church of God passed another major milestone when we printed our 7 millionth English-language booklet! We reprinted the booklets The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy, The Middle East in Bible Prophecy, You Can Understand Bible Prophecy, Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Observe?, What Does the Bible Teach About Clean and Unclean Meats? and What Is Your Destiny?—and in the process passed the 7 million mark.

To put this number in perspective, if all 7 million booklets (at our current size) were laid end to end, they would stretch more than 900 miles—the approximate distance from Los Angeles to Seattle or from Cincinnati to Miami, Denver or Austin, Texas. If put into a single stack, it would reach almost 45 miles high. It would weigh more than 500 tons—500 tons of truth!

Our most-printed booklet at the moment is The Book of Revelation Unveiled, with 361,000 copies, followed closely by What Happens After Death? (355,000 copies), What Is Your Destiny? and The Middle East in Bible Prophecy (350,000 each), and Jesus Christ: The Real Story, Are We Living in the Time of the End? and The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy (320,000 each). Rounding out the top 10 are You Can Understand Bible Prophecy (310,000), Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Observe? (300,000) and Marriage and Family: The Missing Dimension (280,000).

In most years we have printed or reprinted 500,000 to 700,000 booklets in response to reader requests. This averages about 50,000 booklet requests per month (not counting Internet downloads).

While the Internet, TVThe Good News and other forms of media are good at introducing people to God’s truth, booklets play a major role in helping people gain a deeper understanding of what the Bible teaches about various subjects. Thus our booklets play a crucial role in bringing people to greater understanding of the Bible and God’s plan and purpose for them.

We deeply appreciate the generosity and faithfulness of our members, coworkers and donors who make it possible to share God’s wonderful truths in this way!

Scott Ashley—Booklets managing editor

July 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Treybig Reports on United Youth Camps

July 13, 2010

UYC Camps Running Well

The famous “Zone” of United Youth Camps (UYC) has once again descended on several areas of the country. Last week it could be found at Camp Woodmen in Alabama as 118 campers enjoyed a week of weather with highs mainly in the 80s—a real treat in Alabama! Camp Director Bill Johnson said that overall it was a great camp and mentioned that several of the young adult staff stood out in maturity and focus on God’s way of life.

This week the Zone is being experienced by 113 campers at Camp Hye Sierra in California and 93 campers with 41 staff members at Camp Carter in Fort Worth, Texas. Our UYC theme for Christian Living this year is “Camp Supports Family.” As such, all the morning Compass Checks as well as the sermons on the Sabbath will cover aspects of this spiritually-rich theme. Instruction focuses on the importance of physical family and its parallel with what God is doing to create His spiritual family by working with humans who will eventually be born into His family. Of course, this theme is a perfect fit with the atmosphere we create at our UYC camps each year where the staff work to help campers accept all their dorm mates as part of their “camp family” for the week.

Later this month the Northwest camp will run at Rockaway Beach, Oregon. Then near the middle of August Camp Pinecrest in Fredricktown, Missouri, and Camp Heritage in Farmington, Pennsylvania, will be in session.

In addition to our teen camps, a number of preteen camps will also take place during the summer. They, too, will be based on the same principles of family fun in a positive atmosphere that places value on each individual and emphasizes building positive relationships with God, fellow campers, staff and ministers. All of our camp programs greatly appreciate the prayers and support of parents and others who care deeply about helping the next generations of youth embrace God’s way of life.

Ken Treybig—UYC National Coordinator

July 12, 2010 Posted by | Home Office, President's Office | | 4 Comments

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