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The Good News Magazine and Beyond Today

December 18, 2014

In this new Inside United Podcast, United Church of God president, Victor Kubik, talks about the Church’s proclamation efforts and the recent approval by the Council of Elders to change the title of The Good News magazine to the Beyond Today magazine.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

December 18, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Good News Magazine, Media and Communications | , , , , | 24 Comments

End-time Prophecy 101: New Bible Study Series

Outline of Revelation

November 4, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God (UCG) is starting a new bi-weekly Bible study series with the title: “End-time Prophecy 101.” The series starts on Wednesday, November 5, at the time of 7 p.m. ET and is available live via webcast.

Gary Petty, a presenter on Beyond Today and UCG pastor in Texas, will give an “Outline of Revelation.”

We all wonder what the future may hold, especially with so many troubles in our world today. God doesn’t want us to be unaware of what is to come. He has revealed much about the future so that we can have peace of mind and become spiritually prepared.

Join us for this series on the basics of end time prophecy. We’ll examine important prophecies that could have significant impact on your life. By delving into a study of God’s Word, we’ll find what a tremendous benefit and blessing it is to understand Bible prophecy!
Here is the schedule for the new prophecy series:

  • November 5, 2014:Outline of Revelation” –  Gary Petty
November 19, 2014: “Will Jesus Return this Year?” – Steve Myers
December 3, 2014: “Babylon the Great” – Darris McNeely
  • December 17, 2014: “The Two Witnesses” – Steve Myers
  • January 7, 2015: “False Prophets” – Gary Petty


Plan to attend in person, or you can listen online. You can also view the Bible study using your smartphone Internet browser.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services, UCGIA

November 4, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Changes to ION Network Programming for Beyond Today Television

November 3, 2014

Beyond Today Logo - low resBecause of their expanding audience, the ION Television Network has made a business decision to place their own network programing to begin at 9 a.m. every day of the week. Up until now, their programing has been starting at 11 a.m. each day. This change to 9 a.m. start time becomes effective January 1, 2015.

Therefore, Beyond Today is going to lose its Sunday morning position on ION after December 31. The good news is that ION has been growing in overall viewership. This shrinkage of available paid programing time reduces their inventory by 25%. So, we needed to make a decision on how best to move forward—so as to not lose the good times that are yet available.

After much deliberation the United Church of God purchased Friday mornings at 8:30 a.m. We’ve negotiated this after several rounds of talks to be the same as our current pricing. A major benefit of this change is that we now have full network broadcasting with all 61 O&O (owned and operated) stations in all 210 U.S. markets. We’ll be reaching all 116.4 million households in the U.S.—in other words all 315 million people in the U.S.A. according to current census data.

We did contact representatives of other networks to see what they could offer to make sure that continuing with ION in this manner was our best choice, and no other network was able to offer anything preferable to what we will have starting January 1 on Friday mornings.

Here is a listing of the additional broadcast O&Os we will have. As you will see, some of them are the top markets in the country:

  • WPXN/New York
  • KPXN/Los Angeles WCPX/Chicago
  • WPPX/Philadelphia
  • KPXD/Dallas
  • WBPX/Boston
  • WPXW/Washington DC WPXA/Atlanta
  • KPXB/Houston
  • WPXD/Detroit
  • KPPX/Phoenix
  • KWPX/Seattle
  • WXPX/Tampa
  • KPXM/Minneapolis
  • WPXM/Miami
  • WOPX/Orlando
  • WVPX/Cleveland
  • KSPX/Sacramento
  • KPXG/Portland
  • WRPX/Raleigh
  • WHPX/Hartford
  • KPXE/Kansas City
  • WPXP/West Palm Beach
  • KOPX/Oklahoma City
  • WPXC/Jacksonville
  • WPXQ/Providence
  • KPXR/Cedar Rapids

We would appreciate your prayers for success in preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God at this new time.

Thank you,

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

PS—Initial results from this past weekend’s program, “Is the Rapture Real?“, were very high. Once the week concludes we expect it to be one of our top response programs this year. It is a repeat program that offers one of our newer Bible sudy aids, “The Rapture Versus the Bible.”

November 3, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , | 4 Comments

UCG Short Films: Jelly Está Soñando Con el Reino

October 2, 2014

¡Ha llegado la temporada de la Fiesta de Tabernáculos! Y siempre para Jelly, la Fiesta le inspira a imaginar un mundo de paz y armonía después del regreso de Jesucristo y el establecimiento del maravilloso Reino de Dios (Isaías 11:6, Levítico 23:29-43).

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services, United Church of God

October 2, 2014 Posted by | Media and Communications | , , , , | 3 Comments

Press Release About Feast of Tabernacles

September 29, 2014

The United Church of God, an International Association, posted its annual Feast of Tabernacles press release today. You can view it at PRWEB, and the text is also printed below.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services.

Reviving Ancient Biblical Principles — 21st Century Christians to Celebrate the Coming Kingdom of God

Some 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ observed an ancient Hebrew festival called the Festival of Tabernacles, which was recorded for future generations in the New Testament book of John. Beginning at sunset on October 8, multiple thousands of 21st century Christians and families of the United Church of God will follow this example of Jesus at more than 50 Festival sites around the world (including the United States and Canada), beginning eight days of celebrating a future time of unprecedented peace and prosperity—the coming biblically prophesied Kingdom of God.

ucg 2014 feast of tabernacles press releaseFollowing the example of the 1st century Christian Church as recorded in history, about 13,000 members and families of the United Church of God will observe the annual biblical Festival of Tabernacles, which will take place at more than 50 Festival sites across the world. Beginning at sunset on October 8, the eight-day Christian Festival, which includes more than 14 sites in the United States and Canada, runs October 9 through 16.

Festival sites for worship are organized through North and South America, Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Philippines and elsewhere. All of like and peaceful mind are welcome to join in Festival worship services.

As the Church teaches from the Bible, the annual Festival prophetically reflects a biblically defined time of unprecedented peace and prosperity, representing the establishment of the Kingdom of God here on earth and the coming reign of Jesus Christ. The United Church of God is a Christian fellowship which follows the example of Jesus Christ (as recorded in the 7th and 8th chapters of the book of John) and the practice of the early Church in observing these important festivals. Numerous biblical and historical accounts record the commitment of 1st century Christians to observe these days, which ultimately were gradually eclipsed by ancient Hellenist (Greek) and other influences. The Church restores the observance of these festivals to come into spiritual alignment with ancient biblical principles, as opposed to human tradition.

“As part of the United Church of God’s commitment to restore and follow the example of the first-century Church, we keep these days, even though they are essentially nontraditional in today’s age and not largely observed by other religious organizations,” explained Victor Kubik, president of the United Church of God. “As authoritatively emphasized in the Old Testament, the Bible teaches that all nations will observe this festival once the Kingdom has truly come,” he continued, referencing chapter 14 in the book of Zechariah.

These three seasons, the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread, the festival of Pentecost and the fall festival season, were all observed by Jesus and the first-century Church. The latter season is capped by the seven-day Festival of Tabernacles and Eighth-Day observance. The three general biblical seasons are originally outlined in the book of Leviticus in chapter 23.

gods-holy-day-plan-the-promise-of-hope-for-all-mankind_0Mr. Kubik pointed out that from a biblical perspective, the Festival of Tabernacles pictures the coming time when Jesus will return to earth and directly rule the world for 1,000 years. “As the Feast of Tabernacles represents a coming time of unprecedented harmony and peace, we conduct this annual eight-day event with a strong family focus,” Mr. Kubik explained. Accordingly, members and families take part in daily church services and a whole range of positive family-based activities throughout the Festival.

Church services conducted during the Festival typically focus on the coming Kingdom of God which Jesus taught about extensively during His earthly ministry. The annual festivals observed earlier in the year by the Church represent the Christian’s redemption from sin through Christ’s sacrifice, the commitment of Christians to put sin out of their lives and the coming of God’s Holy Spirit to strongly empower a Christian to live life in harmony with God’s law and prepare for eternal life.

Originating from the Florida festival site, Mr. Kubik will deliver a church-wide message by Webcast on Saturday, October 11. Details for the Webcast and other presentations are available at

“The emphasis placed by Christ on the coming Kingdom of God is important, and Church members accordingly take the opportunity to observe this Festival very seriously,” explained Mr. Kubik. School-age children attend the Festival with their parents, and the Church provides tutoring and academic support at many sites to help students stay abreast of coursework while attending the Festival.

Cities in the United States hosting the festival include Bend, Oregon; Bigfork, Montana; Branson, Missouri; Cincinnati, Ohio; Jekyll Island, Georgia; Lihue, Hawaii; New Braunfels, Texas; Ocean City, Maryland; Oceanside, California; Panama City Beach, Florida; Phoenix, Arizona; Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Steamboat Springs, Colorado; and Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Sites in Canada include Canmore, Alberta; Midland, Ontario; Kelowna, British Columbia; and Prince Edward Island. Thirty-seven other cities hosting the Feast of Tabernacles are in Australia, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the British Isles, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific.

More information about the Festival is available in the downloadable Church publications: God’s Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope for All MankindThis is the United Church of God, and The Gospel of the Kingdom.

September 29, 2014 Posted by | Media and Communications, President's Office | , , , | 7 Comments

LIVE Webcast: “Why Were You Born?”

September 9, 2014

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Hundreds of guests have signed up for the United Church of God’s first “Why Were You Born?” seminar to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 10, at the Holiday Inn Eastgate. Plans are to expand the series across the United States as funds allow.

After advertising the event on Time Warner Cable, Pandora Internet radio, through e-mail campaigns and through online advertising, the Church is now expecting a good turnout for this special event featuring San Antonio and Austin, Texas, pastor and Beyond Today television host, Gary Petty.

Pandora Internet radio tile, which will have accompanying audio spot.

Pandora tile, which has accompanying audio spot.

If you are not in Cincinnati, you can still join Gary Petty for this seminar live via webcast. The presentation will also be archived on the Church’s website.

Mr. Petty will ask his audience, “What’s your purpose in life?” The question comes when we least expect it. When we’re dazzled by the spectacle of a star-filled sky. Or when we gaze into the innocent eyes of a newborn child. Or when we’re in crisis and all seems lost. The Bible says you were created in the very image of God. What does that mean? The answer can change your life.

We invite you to tune into the seminar at 7:30 p.m. via the webcasting service, or watch the archive later.

Please pray for the ongoing success of the United Church of God as it does its part to preach the good news of the Kingdom of God.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services, UCGIA

September 9, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications, President's Office | , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Humanity’s Most-asked Question: “Why Were You Born?”

August 27, 2014

Humanity’s Most-asked Question: “Why Were You Born?” to Be Addressed by Gary Petty at United Church of God public Bible Presentation on Sept. 10

From BBC research to legendary psychologists, the age-old question “why were you born?” shows up as the most-asked question in human history. “In the uncertain age that we live in, understanding the answer to the question ‘why was I born’ can help people find peace, meaning and real spiritual strength,” says national TV host and author Gary Petty, who will lead a major presentation in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sept. 10.

The above quote is a lead-in to a worldwide press release about the United Church of God’s Cincinnati “Why Were You Born?” public appearance campaign. A local, Cincinnati version of the press release has also been published. The PRWeb release can be accessed here:

News outlets in Cincinnati have already picked up on the release, including the FOX19 television channel:

Here is the press release:

CINCINNATI – High-profile Interstate billboards and other media with the message “Why Were You Born?” (reflecting the most-asked question in human history) announced the upcoming United Church of God-sponsored public Bible presentation during the month of August. Set for Sept. 10 in east Cincinnati, the event will include a multi-media presentation featuring national Beyond Today television host Gary Petty.

“In the uncertain age that we live in, understanding the question ‘why was I born’ can help people find peace, meaning and real spiritual strength,” explained Petty, who pastors three Christian congregations in Texas in addition to his role as a Beyond Today TV host.

PR Web why-were-you-bornFrom research conducted by the BBC to legendary psychiatric professionals like Victor Frankel, the question ‘Why were you born’ and its variants ‘Why do I exist?’ or ‘Does my life have meaning or purpose?’ show up as the most asked in all of human history,” said Victor Kubik, president of the United Church of God. “The Bible includes a great deal of exciting information that answers these questions, so Gary will present critical biblical truth that many will find interesting, illuminating and practical.”

The Sept. 1o event will take place at the Holiday Inn Eastgate, just off of the I-275 on the eastern side of Cincinnati (4501 Eastgate Boulevard, Cincinnati, Ohio). The event will be begin at 7:30 and last a little over an hour, all presented free of charge to the public.

Understanding humanity’s purpose from a biblical perspective allows a person to better appreciate and tap the spiritual power available to Christians, continued Kubik. “God has a discoverable and definite purpose for each one of us, and this presentation will make that plain, as well offering practical advice to improve one’s life” he said.

While reservations are not required, they are encouraged so planners can provide adequate space and resources. More information about the event and a registration form is available at

In addition to Petty’s regular appearance on the Beyond Today national TV program, he also makes regular contributions to The Good News magazine, a free international Christian publication available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and other languages. He also authored and published a work on early Christian history, titled Plato’s Shadow: The Hellenizing of Christianity, which is available on Amazon and other retail outlets.

Guests can sign up at Why for free tickets.

Guests can sign up at Why for free tickets.

During the presentation Petty will be joined by Steve Myers, another host of the Beyond Today program, who also pastors a Cincinnati congregation of the United Church of God. Darris McNeely, the third Beyond Today host, will also be on hand at the event with others. The three men will be available, together with other Church officials, to answer additional questions at the event.

The “Why Were You Born” presentation is being made in the public interest. No collections for funding or appeals to join any organization will be made. “Jesus Christ instructed His disciples, ‘Freely received, freely given,’ and we follow that,” Kubik said. A free companion copy of the Church’s Bible study guide “Why Were You Born?” and other relevant handouts will be distributed free to attendees, he added.

The Church is considering producing additional public Bible presentations in cities across the United States and Canada.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, UCG Media and Communications Services

August 27, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications, President's Office | , , , , , | 14 Comments

Why Were You Born? — Video Tease

August 15, 2014

As a prelude to the United Church of God’sWhy Were You Born?” public appearance campaign, a short video tease has been prepared to share. The full video will be shown during the seminar on September 10, which will take place at the Holiday Inn Eastgate. Beyond Today host Gary Petty will serve as the featured speaker.

We asked Cincinnati residents just one question: Why were you born? Here’s a preview:

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

August 15, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Why Were You Born” Public Appearance Campaign Set

August 5, 2014

Answering Humanity’s Most Asked Question

Campaign billboard on I-71 in Cincinnati.

Campaign billboard on I-71 in Cincinnati.

Large Interstate-highway and downtown city billboards started going up around Cincinnati on August 3, marking the launch of inviting area residents to attend the United Church of God’s first major public appearance campaign on Sept. 10.

Asking the question, “Why Were You Born?”, the campaign focuses on humanity’s incredible potential of becoming literal Children of God in the God Family—all within the coming Kingdom of God.

Beyond Today host Gary Petty will serve as the featured speaker for the first event, which will take place at the Holiday Inn Eastgate, a full-service hotel on the east side of Cincinnati.

In addition to billboards, the Church will air TV spot invitations locally on the History Channel, Fox News, the National Geographic channel, USA network and others; and radio spots and illustrated messages will appear on Pandora Internet Radio in the region, all directing people to visit the seminar website at

“Using the same principle that both the apostle Paul first used in preaching the Gospel to the Athenians and that the church later deployed successfully in the 20th century, the campaign will quickly lead directly into a powerful and exciting message about the Kingdom of God,” said Victor Kubik, Church president. “We have spent a number of months prayerfully preparing for this, exploring different ideas, formats, and opportunities. This is the first time the United Church of God has organized a high-impact public event of this magnitude and we know we’re up against the varsity, so prayers from all for the powerful preaching of the gospel will be much appreciated.”

Guests can sign up at Why for free tickets.

Guests can sign up at Why for free tickets.

The Sept. 10 event is expected to increase awareness of both the gospel message of the Kingdom of God and the presence of the United Church of God in the greater Cincinnati area. The event will feature a special edition of the Bible study guide What Is Your Destiny, and a live video feed is expected to be available for Church members in the area who would like to view the proceedings. A follow-up special Bible study will be conducted for new attendees and Church members at the home office before the Feast of Tabernacles.

“The video, Web and print production staff at the home office have done a great job in putting together the key elements for this, and the Church was able to leverage negotiated discounts for the media,” explained Mr. Kubik. “If this event is as successful as we hope and expect it to be, we will consider plans to later expand the format into different cities around the United States and Canada.”

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

Pandora Internet radio tile, which will have accompanying audio spot.

Pandora Internet Radio tile, which will have accompanying audio spot.

August 5, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Being God’s Friend: LIVE Bible Study Webcast

Mary, Martha and Lazarus

July 21, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God (UCG) is continuing its bi-weekly Bible studies with the series: “How To Be God’s Friend.” The study continues on Wednesday, July 23, at the time of 7 p.m. EDT and is available live via webcast.

Steve Myers, a presenter on Beyond Today television and Cincinnati East UCG pastor, will discuss “Mary, Martha and Lazarus.” This is the fourth part in the Bible study series.

Friendship implies a relationship that is intimate and trusting. Friends have influence over one another and hold each other accountable for their actions. They respect and accept each other. In this study we’ll examine these traits in the example of a family in the Book of John. We’ll notice that Martha served, Mary anointed Jesus’ feet and Lazarus died.

Join us as we discover how their friendship with Jesus intersects our lives. And, please make a note of the remaining series topic and presentation date:

  • August 6: “David” by Gary Petty”

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Plan to attend in person, or you can listen online. You can also view the Bible study using your smartphone Internet browser.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services, UCGIA

July 21, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments


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