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Dennis Luker Launches New Video For Members

January 31, 2013

Focus on God’s Work

The home office has begun a new monthly information video for the United Church of God membership titled: Focus on God’s Work. Dennis Luker, president, asked Victor Kubik to present the inaugural video at the weekly staff meeting on Monday morning.

The plan is for various managers and employees to give a report about their area of responsibility that may be of particular interest to our congregations. Pastors are asked to make the video links available to our membership, and most videos will be suitable to play in the sermonette timeslot at Sabbath services.

Focus on God’s Work has it’s own menu selection on the member’s website under the “resources” tab at members.ucg.org/content/focus-gods-work. This is where a new video will be posted each month, and we’ll also endeavor to announce them here at Inside United: Realtime.

Victor Kubik, the first presenter in this new series, gives an inspiring report about the United Church of God in south-central and southern Africa. Below is the video from this past Monday morning:

Please feel free to download this and future presentations to get a monthly update on the work being done by various departments in the Church to preach the gospel and prepare a people.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

January 31, 2013 Posted by | Home Office, President's Office | , | 12 Comments

NEWS: “Beyond Today” TV Now on Roku

January 30, 2013

We are very pleased to report that Beyond Today television now has a dedicated Roku channel.

Appearing in the “Religion and Spirituality” category, Roku users can now watch Beyond Today any time of the day or night, and on demand and in hi-definition. In addition to our full 30-minute program, BT Dailies are also available. A new 3-minute video is posted every weekday. These include discussion of breaking news items, plus commentary on Christian-living topics and the moral issues of our day.

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There are currently 730 channels in 16 categories listed on the Roku channel guide. Roku, founded in 2002 by Anthony Wood, has sold about five million units so far.

Here is a description about Roku from the company’s “about” page:

Roku…is…the market leader in streaming entertainment devices for the TV with millions of units sold. Roku has always believed that anything you want to watch, listen to, and enjoy should simply be there on your TV, whenever you want it. Roku streaming players are renowned for their simplicity, variety of entertainment choices, and exceptional value.

If you have a Roku unit, add Beyond Today to your channel listing now. You can watch each week’s new TV program as soon as it’s posted—n the comfort of your living room at a time that is most convenient for you.

We pray that this additional electronic outlet for Beyond Today and the good news of God’s Kingdom will bear fruit and further the work of the Gospel.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

January 30, 2013 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Bible Study Webcast: The Marriage Supper and the Resurrections

January 22, 2013

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, January 23. The study begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and is available live via webcast.

The series on the book of Revelation continues with chapters 19 and 20. Chapter 19 is a prophecy about the return of Jesus Christ and the marriage supper of the Lamb. It also talks about the fate of the beast and the false prophet. Chapter 20 covers the timeframe of the 1,000-year millennial reign of Jesus Christ, and it also covers the resurrections. It ends with the judgment upon those people who refuse to follow Jesus Christ.

Join us for in-depth study into these topics and more on Wednesday. Presenters will be Steve Myers and Peter Eddington.

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Plan to attend in person, or you can listen online. Also, please note that we have a mobile option. You can view the Bible study using your smartphone.

Steve Myers—Pastor, United Church of God Cincinnati East

January 22, 2013 Posted by | Media and Communications, Ministerial Services, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Record “Beyond Today” TV Response

Beyond Today Generates Record-High Response for the 2012-13 Fiscal Year

January 22, 2013

Beyond Today program “The Rapture: Hope or Hoax?” hosted by Steve Myers, aired the week of January 13-19, 2013. This United Church of God television program generated the highest number of responses (1,345) and the lowest cost per response of all programs aired so far this fiscal year.

Internet responses came from Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Granada, Honduras, India, Italy, Malaysia, Nigeria, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad/Tobago and the United States.

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Additionally, preliminary telephone-only response of 719 was logged for Beyond Today program “Change Your Life Story” hosted by Gary Petty, which airs this week, January 20-26, 2013. This is the third-highest preliminary response of all programs aired this fiscal year. We believe this program will place in in the top three or four when all Internet, telephone and snail-mail responses are tallied early next week.

We are very pleased with these excellent results and sincerely want to express our thanks to you for your prayers for the Church’s vital Work to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God around the globe.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

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January 22, 2013 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , | 1 Comment

UPDATE: Good News Print Advertising 2012-2013

January 9, 2013

In August we reported that between July 2012 and March 2013 the United Church of God would mail Good News subscription advertisements to 13.2 million households in the United States at a cost of under 2¢ each. We are fully on track to accomplish this goal.

To date we have mailed 6.1 million advertisements to households in all 50 states. Subscriber reaction is fully on target with 25,913 cards and electronic responses having been received and processed so far. Each new reader is being sent a subscription to The Good News and one or more of our foundational booklets.the-middle-east-in-bible-prophecy_0 copy

Of the ten booklets currently being offered the following are the top five most requested so far:

  1. Heaven and Hell: What Does the Bible Really Teach?
  2. How to Understand the Bible
  3. Are We Living in the Time of the End?
  4. The Book of Revelation Unveiled
  5. The Middle East in Bible Prophecy

Thank you so much for your steady support and careful prayers as the Church continues its global mission to preach the gospel (Mark 16:15).

John LaBissoniere—Print Advertising Manager, Media and Communications Services

January 9, 2013 Posted by | Good News Magazine, Media and Communications | , , | 3 Comments

Bible Study: The Mother of Harlots

January 7, 2013

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, January 9. The study begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and is available live via webcast.

The series on the book of Revelation continues with chapters 17 and 18. Hear about the judgment of the great harlot, and learn about the fall of Babylon the great.

Join us for in-depth study into these topics and more on Wednesday. Presenters will be Gary Antion  and Randy Stiver.

live bible study webcast

Plan to attend in person, or you can listen online. Also, please note that we have a mobile option. You can view the Bible study using your smartphone.

Steve Myers—Pastor, United Church of God Cincinnati East

January 7, 2013 Posted by | Ambassador Bible Center, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How Did We Get Into This Mess?

January 3, 2013

I suppose I should be happy that America’s leaders have averted the “fiscal cliff” originally slated to hit Jan. 1. At least that’s what I’m told I should feel.gn13jf

For some reason I don’t feel much like celebrating when the last-minute deal struck by congress to supposedly help put the nation’s financial house in order will in reality add about $4 trillion to the federal deficit over the next decade—and will add $41 in taxes for every $1 cut in spending.

So how did we get into this mess?

Consider a few facts:

  • The U.S. government is like a family with a $21,700 annual income spending $38,200 a year, with $16,500 of that put on credit cards—when the family already owes $142,710 on those credit cards!
  • The U.S. government currently borrows 40 percent of all that it spends. That means it borrows and spends $10.4 billion each day, $433 million per hour, $7.2 million per minute, and $120,370 per second! (And this isn’t all that it spends—merely what it borrows to spend.)
  • For four consecutive years the federal government has amassed a trillion-dollar deficit. It took the United States 200 years to accumulate its first trillion dollars in debt. Now it takes about 10 months!
  • We have already spent the money that will be paid in taxes by the next generation of Americans, and more—stealing wealth from them to maintain our standard of living through massive borrowing.
  • Each American’s share of federal government debt is about $45,000—and expected to grow to almost $75,000 by 2020, only seven years away.
  • Shocking as these figures are, they in fact vastly underestimate the scope of the problem. When we factor in unfunded liabilities—the amount needed to fully fund government promises for Social Security, Medicare, military and government employee pensions and health care, the real debt load then jumps to five to ten times the $16 trillion current deficit! And that doesn’t even include similar unfunded liabilities for the 50 individual states and hundreds of American towns and cities.

The fact is, America has already run off the fiscal cliff. The real question is, how long until we hit bottom?

But again, how did we get into this mess?

You need to understand the answer. You may be surprised to learn that it was foretold several thousand years ago in the pages of your Bible!

You need to understand what’s prophesied to happen to America, and much of the rest of the Western world. More importantly, you need to understand why.

That’s why we call The Good News “a Magazine of Understanding.” We want to help you make sense of this world that’s rapidly changing around us. And the keys to understanding that are found in the Bible.

We hope you’ll carefully read the articles in this next issue, which is dedicated to the crucial question of “Where Does America Go From Here?” You need to know! Your issue should be arriving in your mailbox any day now (if it hasn’t already). Or you can preview and download it here.

Either way, you need this crucial information!

Scott Ashley—Managing editor, The Good News

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January 3, 2013 Posted by | Good News Magazine, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

UPDATE: Internet Responses to “Beyond Today” from Around the World

January 2, 2013

In mid-September 2012 we posted a list of countries and territories from which people had responded after viewing the first ten Beyond Today programs this fiscal year. We mentioned that since July 2012 a total of 2,664 Internet responses to Beyond Today had been received from 47 countries and territories.

As we have now reached the half-way point of this fiscal year, we are very pleased to report that after having aired 25 Beyond Today programs, the number of Internet responses has grown to a total of 6,737 from 68 countries and territories. These include the following:

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Caribbean Netherlandsbt193-bracing-for-the-beast
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Dubai
  • England
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Granada
  • Hong Kongbt202-is-the-devil-in-your-church-small-
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
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  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Northern Ireland
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Philippines
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Scotland
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • St. Lucia
  • Sudan
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Ukraine
  • United States
  • Wales

As always, we are grateful for your prayers for the ongoing efforts of the United Church of God to preach and publish the good news of the Kingdom to people throughout the world.

Sincerely,

John LaBissoniere—Time Buying Manager, Media and Communications Services

January 2, 2013 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , | 8 Comments

“Families for God” Teen Prom & Family Formal: March 29–April 1!

January 1, 2013

"Teen Prom" attendees at the Families For God weekend. Photo by Pam Blakesley.

“Teen Prom” attendees at the Families For God weekend in 2012.

Reserve the date! The Minnesota congregations are planning an exciting, extended family weekend during the Days of Unleavened Bread and would love you be a part of the festivities!

Last year, families from a record 12 states contributed to a most memorable milestone weekend! This year, the weekend is being expanded through Monday April 1 to include the Last Day of Unleavened Bread—allowing for additional seminars, fellowship opportunities and other activities for all ages.

This year’s theme is “The Truth in Love” from Ephesians 4:15 and will kick-off with a Friday night Bible study. The next day will include Sabbath services, followed by timely, interactive seminars and two concurrent formal dinners/dances—a prom for the teens as well as a formal dance for families, young adults, couples and singles. Sunday’s events will include the highly popular Water Park of America as well as additional interactive seminars at the hotel and another Bible study as we enter the Last Day of Unleavened Bread.

The three-day weekend will conclude with two Sabbath services and a luncheon. Please refer to www.FamiliesforGod.org for weekend details including registration form and deadlines. You may also contact David & Stephanie Mörker at dsmorker@yahoo.com or (763) 639-8705.

David and Stephanie Mörker

David and Stephanie Mörker

January 1, 2013 Posted by | Ministerial Services | , , , | 1 Comment

   

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