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“Beyond Today” program “Easter Exposed” Generates Excellent Response

April 4, 2012

Beyond Today program “Easter Exposed” aired the week of March 25-31, 2012. Hosted by Steve Myers, this third-time repeat episode on WGN America generated an impressive 1,178 total viewer responses. It claimed third place ranking out of the 38 episodes aired so far this fiscal year and it also obtained the lowest cost per response over that same period. Once again, the high-level of viewer response to repeat programs such as this one on WGN America, tells us that new audience members are regularly being attracted to United Church of God produced television programs.

Additionally, we are pleased to mention that our recently acquired airtime on the WORD Network continues to attract a growing Beyond Today viewership. The “Easter Exposed” program drew a record 216 responses from our Sunday and Thursday airtime positions. It also produced the lowest cost per response to date on this network.

These results come on the heels of the previous week’s program, “The Millennium: Christ’s Rule on Earth,” hosted by Darris McNeely. It too had attracted the highest response to that point on the WORD Network and yet “Easter Exposed” edged it out slightly to gain the top response position.

Furthermore, these two programs attracted Internet responses from 16 countries! As you may know that the WORD Network airs on U.S cable stations but it also broadcasts on DirecTV satellite television on channel 373 in the U.S. and in many other nations. Internet responses came from the following countries during the past two weeks alone: Austria, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, England, Germany, Jamaica, Malaysia, Netherlands Antilles, Pakistan, Philippines, St. Kitts and Nevis, South Africa, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago and United States. It is very gratifying and rewarding to see the Church’s efforts to proclaim the Kingdom of God continuing to produce such excellent fruit.

As always, please keep praying for our fine Beyond Today hosts, Gary Petty, Steve Myers and Darris McNeely as well as our hard-working production staff. We deeply depend on God’s guidance and inspiration every minute of every day and we appreciate your vital help in asking God to always lead, motivate and strengthen us. We also need your prayers “that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified” (2 Thessalonians 3:1) and that it is not hindered or obstructed in any way. This too is vitally important.

Finally, we wish to thank you so much for your outstanding support and encouragement for all of the Church’s ongoing efforts to preach the Gospel throughout the world. It is sincerely and gratefully appreciated.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

April 4, 2012 - Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. Something wonderful is beginning to happen . Thank you for the encouraging updates. We are praying for you and we know God is working with you all.

    Comment by Doris | April 4, 2012 | Reply

  2. Doris , in her post above is right! There are doors opening and we are gathering momentum. Thanks to the entire hardworking team, it is obvious that beyond just our human efforts that God is blessing us. Lets pray that these new seeds of interest will blossom into fruit.

    Your Friend,
    Bill Luesenheide

    Comment by Bill Luesenheide | April 5, 2012 | Reply

  3. That is wonderful news! I am praying for all of you and thank you, for letting God use you. Hugs sandy

    Comment by Sandy Abrell | April 5, 2012 | Reply

  4. I agree. It’s quite obvious that God is pleased with His Church. I’ve never witnessed such spurts of wonderful responses from all over the world. The fields are almost ready to be harvested.

    Thank you all for your labor of love,

    Farris

    Comment by Farris Bowen | April 5, 2012 | Reply

  5. I have a question. There seems to be a contradiction between what Darris McNeely stated on Beyond Today and what Wilbur Berg wrote in the Good News. Can anyone explain? I have copied both here.

    Darris McNeely
    Beyond Today – Easter Exposed March 2012

    “He is teaching these Christians to keep a festival, a major festival in the spring, right at the same time. Generally as Easter is found, may vary from on the calendar, but it is the festival on which God gave the Church to remember the death of Christ and then to commemorate His resurrection. And this is what he’s talking about here. It is actually a seven day festival on which a Christian focuses his life and his mind on the resurrected Christ and His life in us as changed Christians.”

    What Does Easter Really Commemorate?
    Wilbur Berg – Good News Magazine March/April 2012

    “Note that carefully. What was instituted by Jesus to annually commemorate His death was subtly changed to a celebration of His resurrection. Although Christ’s resurrection itself is an important part of God’s plan (see 1 Corinthians 15 and 1 Peter 1:3), there is no command in the Bible, by Jesus or His apostles, for Jesus’ followers to have a particular ceremony or service to celebrate His resurrection.”

    Comment by dbgraphics | April 12, 2012 | Reply

  6. There seems to be a contradiction in what Darris McNeely stated on the Beyond Today program and what was written in the Good News magazine by Wilbur Berg. Can someone explain?

    Darris McNeely
    Beyond Today – Easter Exposed March 2012

    “He is teaching these Christians to keep a festival, a major festival in the spring, right at the same time. Generally as Easter is found, may vary from on the calendar, but it is the festival on which God gave the Church to remember the death of Christ and then to commemorate His resurrection. And this is what he’s talking about here. It is actually a seven day festival on which a Christian focuses his life and his mind on the resurrected Christ and His life in us as changed Christians.”

    What Does Easter Really Commemorate?
    Wilbur Berg – Good News Magazine March/April 2012

    “Note that carefully. What was instituted by Jesus to annually commemorate His death was subtly changed to a celebration of His resurrection. Although Christ’s resurrection itself is an important part of God’s plan (see 1 Corinthians 15 and 1 Peter 1:3), there is no command in the Bible, by Jesus or His apostles, for Jesus’ followers to have a particular ceremony or service to celebrate His resurrection.”

    Comment by dbgraphics | April 12, 2012 | Reply


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