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“Beyond Today” Prophecy Program Generates Highest-Ever Response

February 10, 2014

“Seven Prophetic Signs Before Jesus Returns” Obtains 3,306 Responses

 The highest-ever response to a Beyond Today program, produced by the United Church of God, was recorded last week. Hosted by Darris McNeely, “Seven Prophetic Signs Before Jesus Returns” aired on February 2, 2014. Telephone and Internet response from the WGN America and ION television networks totaled an amazing 3,306. Additionally this episode about prophecy generated our second lowest cost per response.

Furthermore, the program encouraged Internet responses from viewers in thirteen countries and territories including Australia, Canada, England, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Romania, South Africa, St. Maarten and the United States.

Finally, we are now in the fourth of our ten week airing test on the ION television network. Viewer’s response metrics are being registered and analyzed after each airing. We anticipate providing you with an update as we near the end of our testing and research.

Beyond Today presenters, Gary Petty, Darris McNeely, Steve Myers and all our media staff are immensely grateful for your continuing prayers. Please keep them coming as we all work together in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God through the powerful guidance and direction of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

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February 10, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

The Arab Spring That Wasn’t

March 5, 2013

Setting the Stage for Bible Prophecy

gn13jaIt’s not often that we can witness the world changing before our eyes—and even less so when it changes in a way that may be setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

For more than a year our news headlines have been chronicling the so-called “Arab Spring”—a supposed flowering of democracy in Mideast nations long ruled by dictators. Western journalists, commentators and politicians hailed the popular uprisings that ousted such leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.

But the Western media have overwhelmingly overlooked the two most important factors in this movement that’s transforming the region before our eyes.

The first key factor they’ve overlooked is what’s filling the vacuum left by the ouster of these strongmen. Most of those driven from power—or struggling to hold on—are secular nationalists motivated by personal and national interests. But it’s increasingly evident that they are being replaced primarily by religious fanatics determined to set up Islamic theocracies.

They’re essentially following in the footsteps of Osama bin Laden, whose ultimate goal was to see the establishment of a worldwide Islamic superpower, transcending national borders, comprised of all Muslim believers. But because so many of our Western media and political leaders don’t understand the teachings of Islam, they are blind to the significance of these world-transforming developments.

The second key factor they’ve overlooked is how these developments relate to Bible prophecy. Scripture reveals that at the time of the end, a new leader from the Arab world will light the match that ignites a new world war, setting in motion a devastating chain of events that will lead directly to Armageddon and the second coming of Jesus Christ.

This is why the subtitle of The Good News is “a Magazine of Understanding.” We at the United Church of God analyze the world from the perspective of the Bible and Bible prophecy, helping you understand where major world events and trends are ultimately heading. And no region is more important to understand than the Middle East, where so much is foretold to happen in the coming years.

You need to understand what’s going on as revealed in the articles Winter Advisory: The Arab Spring That Wasn’t,” “Will the World See a New Caliphate?and “Israel: A Nation in Constant Peril,” all in the latest issue of The Good News, arriving in your mailbox soon.

Scott Ashley
Managing editor, The Good News

PS—The world is being reshaped before our eyes. You need to understand the real story that you won’t read anywhere else. Download or read the March-April issue today!

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March 5, 2013 Posted by | Good News Magazine, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , , | 5 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.

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 22, 2013 Posted by | Media and Communications, Ministerial Services, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 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

145,000 Responses To “Beyond Today” TV

December 12, 2012

Beyond Today Television Results

Since the inception of the United Church of God’s Beyond Today television program, we have received more than 145,00 direct responses asking for the literature offered. This figure does not include the many website visitors that go online immediately upon viewing the program to read more about the topic.

The chart below shows results for each year since 2006. We are experiencing a very encouraging increase year-to-year. In addition, we are pleased to report that dozens of baptisms and new attendees have resulted from those who first found out about the gospel of the Kingdom of God from our television effort.

Please see the rise in responses year-to-year from 2006 through 2012 in the following chart:

Beyond Today Results

Beyond Today TV Results
2006-2012

  • Beyond Today television airs nationwide on WGN America  and the WORD Network. (We end our contract with World Harvest Network, METV and FETV on December 31 due to budget cuts.) We are on an additional two dozen cable-access stations sponsored by members. Please visit our station listing page for times and channels that include the United States, Canada and Australia.
  • In addition, Beyond Today has it’s own YouTube channel and we have had 2.4 million views of our programs and video blogs.
  • We are now in the process of creating a public Roku channel for Beyond Today.

The top response program so far this fiscal year is “Middle East Family Feud” by Darris McNeely that aired the week of November 11-17; followed by “You Are What You Eat” by Steve Myers that aired the week of September 16-12.

In years past, the Church of God always capitalized on the emerging media of the time—whether it was the printed word, radio or television. Today it is no different, and so areas that we are tapping into more effectively include television and streaming and on-demand video.

Television is an important part of our three-fold media mix that includes our printed literature and our website. Please continue to remember the work of preaching the gospel of God’s Kingdom in your daily prayers.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

December 12, 2012 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Australian Office Provides Media Update

November 16, 2012

The Beyond Today Programs this Weekend:

SATURDAY

Calling Evil Good

Where are the voices crying out against dishonesty, injustice and moral evil? And where are people who will heed the warnings?

Steve Myers

OFFER:

GN, Road to Eternal Life

SUNDAY

Will I Go to Heaven?

When facing death, the idea of heaven seems comforting. But does that make it true? The Bible’s answer may astonish you.

Steve Myers

OFFER:

GN, Heaven and Hell: What Does the Bible Really Teach?

Please continue to pray for the success of our Beyond Today program on Channel 4ME. Currently the prophecy programs such as Middle East Family Feud and Bracing for the Beast are bringing in the biggest responses—even when they are repeated.

 Google Ads

As the fighting escalates in the Middle East the interest in our ads for The Middle East in Bible Prophecy makes up over 30% of all requests from our Google booklet ads. Following is the link to our landing page for this ad: www.ucg.org.au/?offer/the-middle-east-in-prophecy

New Auto-Responder Advertising Campaign

For the last two months or so UCG-A has been offering The Good News magazine on Internet survey sites. This campaign has had such good results (39% open rate and 15% click rate) for an auto-responder program that even the company we advertise with was surprised. I think they thought no one would be interested in a Christian magazine!

As a result of the campaign we have collected 3,983 email addresses of people who had received the introductory GN e-letter and wanted to be notified when the November/December Good News came out.  We notified these people of the lastest issue this last week. So far 1,022 people have opened the email and at least 60 of these people have ordered the GN or literature hard copy. Click here to see the current newsletter.

By the time we send an e-letter for the Jan/Feb edition of The Good News, we will have over 5,000 people on this list. We are thanking God for the wonderful response to this campaign.

Kind Regards,

Ruth Root—United Church of God, Australia

November 16, 2012 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A Place of Safety for the Church?

November 12, 2012

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, November 14. 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 12 and 13. What is Bible prophecy referring to when it says the woman [the church] “might fly into the wilderness to her place”? And, who is the beast of chapter 13?

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

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

November 12, 2012 Posted by | Ambassador Bible Center, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Wednesday Night Bible Study Webcast

October 15, 2012

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, October 17. 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 9 and 10.

Join us Wednesday for this ongoing study into end-time prophecy. Presenters will be Gary Antion and Randy Stiver.

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

October 15, 2012 Posted by | Ambassador Bible Center, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Who Are the 144,000?

September 17, 2012

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, September 19. 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 7 and 8. Who are the 144,000 and the innumerable multitude listed in chapter 7? What are the seven trumpets of the seventh seal in chapter 8?

Join us and find out Wednesday in this ongoing study into end-time prophecy. Presenters will be Steve Myers and Peter Eddington.

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

September 17, 2012 Posted by | Ambassador Bible Center, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Live Bible Study Webcast

September 5, 2012

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, September 5. The study begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and is available live via webcast.

The series on the book of Revelation continues. Join us tonight for this ongoing study into end time prophecy. Presenters will be Gary Antion and David Jones.

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

September 5, 2012 Posted by | Ambassador Bible Center, Media and Communications | , , , , | 3 Comments

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