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May 7, 2010

A Different Approach:

Here is a “sneak peek” for you of a segment from the June 6 Beyond Today program titled, “God’s Sabbath Rest,” that you may find interesting.

Two of our Ambassador Bible Center students, Jamie Schreiber and David Archer, produced a short video that we’ve included in the first segment of the June 6 BT program. Their video was originally shown on Facebook and YouTube under the name “04: rest (the sabbath).”

To fit within our BT time constraints, their video has been shortened and re-edited for our Beyond Today audience.

Click here and view Darris McNeely, one of our three Beyond Today presenters, as he introduces the clip by Jamie and David. It’s a different approach to our previous program content. Please give us your helpful feedback.

Thank you,

Peter Eddington, Beyond Today Producer

May 7, 2010 - Posted by | Ambassador Bible Center, Beyond Today, Media and Communications |


  1. The topic “God’s Sabbath rest” is a good timely topic as to what “The church” is about. I can’t view the trailer on my computer.Another topic for “Beyond Today” could be the national crisis of the necessity for the need for foster parents.If you would ask around their are numerous church families who practice “True Religion” by taking in orphans and the difficulties ensured I am familiar with.
    Keep up the good work of the Ministry.

    Jim on the Hill

    Comment by Jim Lapp | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  2. Congratulations Gentlemen,

    You produced, what I believe, an incredibly effective segment introducing society to the treasure called the Sabbath! The segment is concise and to the point, hitting the perfect sweet spot capturing and retaining the audience’s attention from start to finish. Let’s go with it! No modifications needed. It is ready for primetime!


    Comment by David W. Morker | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  3. I enjoyed the short video and think more clips of this sort would be a nice addition of variety in our media efforts. Shorter ones may even be equally effective.

    Comment by Laura Phelps | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  4. Nicely done everyone! We appreciate your work.

    Comment by Andy L | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  5. Okay, I will leave a comment, which I rarely do. That was REALLY good! Yes, we need more like this on the program. Thank you!

    Comment by Carolyn Prater | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  6. I like it! I think more video clips like that would help reach the younger generations.

    Comment by Susan Durnil | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  7. Thank you for making this short video. My 8 y.o. daughter Paris enjoyed watching immensely and could laugh at the segments that were “funny” to her – the way people raced around in the world’s ‘rat race’. She asked me “Mummy is that what people really do?” We then made our Bible study around this. This educational tool is priceless because it’s content is for everyone in the world but I believe young children can understand, and enjoy, because the visuals reinforce the message. And, after all, God’s message is simple.

    Comment by Deanne Baum | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  8. I agree with Susan, this is a great way to reach a younger demographic. Great job guys!!!

    Comment by Gary Snyder | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  9. I really like this. The opening commentary grabbed me about being “slaves” and it was easy to identify with the video.

    Comment by Doug Collison | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  10. What a great job…looking forward to seeing it all! The video was so captivating…how exciting to be a part of “God’s work”.

    Comment by Carol Froedge | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  11. “jaded junkies, time hits, precious moments, worthless actions, ruined homes, unhealthy bones, rising crimes, rising bills, rising blood pressure, noisy neighbors, massive taxes, disasters, disease, wars, etc”

    What I like–a plain and bold statement linking Sabbath observance or the lack thereof to things that either annoy or concern just about everyone.

    What I don’t like–a plain and bold statement linking Sabbath observance or the lack thereof to things that either annoy or concern just about everyone.


    As the weekly prayer lists that regularly circulate among UCGIA Inc brethren and supporting members indicate plenty of people whop are and have been observing the DSabbath for years and decades have many of the health concerns listed in this segment.

    The nation of Israel (which at least attempts to nominally observe the Sabbath) has has engaged in more than its fair share of terrorism and wars–that which they have inflicted on others as well as that which others have inflicted on them.

    Daris McNeely’s introductory comments are misdirected: The central issue Sabbath observance addresses is not materialism, rather, it is distraction.

    Distraction when iflicted on someone long enough and completely enough can induce all manner of insanity.

    Professional sports, politics, the 24 hour news cycle, video games, multiple hundreds of channels on HD satelite or cable TV, are but some of the inducements and seductions towards materialism and what are primarily (along are destroying the peoples of the world by the constant captivation of their attention.

    Non-stop distraction is what Sabbath observance chiefly guards against and not just materialism.

    Tim McCaulley
    Jacksonville FL

    Comment by Tim McCaulley | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  12. Great job with the video short! Many people, whether young adults or middle aged, should be able to related to the cycle – a rushing, endlessly consuming life. Good contrast to the peace and calm and rest of the Saturday Sabbath.

    Comment by William Stetter | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  13. My family including my teenager really enjoyed this. This is very relative to everyday life. You guys did a fantastic job! We hope to see a lot more.

    Comment by Cris | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  14. This style of video is a good engaging departure from the talking heads format. On the other hand it seems to assert that weak bones, crime, ID theft, rising taxes,… are all the result of working 6-day, 60-hour weeks. It’s quite a leap of logic for most viewers, I fear, lacking further explanation. Correlation maybe, but causation? (In any case I’m glad to see the necktie disappear: One giant leap for sanity–OK, just my assertion without proof.)

    Comment by David in SoCal | May 8, 2010 | Reply

    • p.s.– That was a “thumbs up,” overall. Way to go!

      Comment by David in SoCal | May 8, 2010 | Reply

  15. Really enjoyed this video trying to fit too much in & people are physically emotianally & mentally drained I would agree withthe other comments a quick concise message truth tat anyone could relate to thank you Lyn

    Comment by Lyn | May 8, 2010 | Reply

  16. Honestly, it startled me. Why? Because I’ve been there done that. He scream brought back many memories. However, this situation is true for so many of us out there. The Gospel of the Good News does bring freedom of heart and mind. It takes effort and perserverance, humility and a wanting desire to free ones self from the greed of this world. Even though I was startled by his scream, I believe this is a helpful presentation.
    Thank you,
    Kathy S.

    Comment by Kathy S. | May 8, 2010 | Reply

  17. I think this clip gets the message of the value of Sabbath observance across very effectively. However, it seems a little out of place having it presented by a serious man in a suit. I think it might reach a wider audience if the presenter “fitted” more with the clip – it might make it more accessible to a younger audience. I really appreciate seeing a fresh approach to preaching the gospel. Thanks!

    Comment by Kim | May 8, 2010 | Reply

  18. Very well done video. Effective in getting the message across about the blessing of keeping God’s Sabbaths.
    Easy for people to relate to.

    I like the idea of getting out of the studio and depicting real people facing the reality of this world.
    Not just having well spoken presenters in suits reading from a tv prompter in a clinical setting.

    Putting live action into the messages in a real-life manner helps to make the message more effective.

    Need to do some off studio shoots, especially near famous natural sights, landmarks, and wonders, a stream, a mountain, magnificent trees, flowers, etc, to add interest absorption to the message of the Gospel of the Kingdom.

    Comment by Ken Murray | May 8, 2010 | Reply

  19. great job

    Comment by Sharlene | May 8, 2010 | Reply

  20. I think this is a good way to connect with a wider audience. I was reading a news article that said most young people in their twenties and thirties are turning to the internet to try to fill their spiritual needs. These types of programs may appeal more to a younger audience than the regular program.

    Comment by Joey Jewell | May 8, 2010 | Reply

    • Hello Joey Jewell

      I couldn’t agree more with your statement – As one who is very interested in encouraging the youth to look towards God, I would love to read the news article you are speaking of.

      – If we as a Church conducted a large study into effective preaching towards the Youth of the world, I image the Internet would be at the top of the list!


      Comment by Ranger Dave | May 10, 2010 | Reply

  21. Excellent! I think this is extremely helpful! 🙂

    Comment by Heather | May 8, 2010 | Reply

  22. Hi, I think the Sabbath video was very well done. This is okay if you are appealing to a young office worker who works sixty hours a week. But most office worker situations I am familiar with don’t work sixty hours a week. I think this is more characteristic of blue collar workers. i may be wrong but I know government and other white collar workers don’t work that long. Possibly another approach could be to handle the Sabbath video from a recreational point of view. i think if the truth be known there would be more people having recreation (sports, shopping, housework) on the Sabbath than working. Maybe a survey would be beneficial.

    Comment by Allan H | May 8, 2010 | Reply

  23. I appreciate the video that you all have created. I understand that a lot of thought, time, and effort go into serving God in this way. I am encouraged when I see young people get involved and use their zeal to make a difference in this crazy world we live in. I will have to agree with the comment left by Kim (#17). She mentioned that having a serious man in a suit introduce the video is a bit out of place. It would be encouraging to see young adults take on that role. There are so many activities available for young adults to participate in (camps, weekends, service projects, etc.)but when it comes to participation and getting involved at Sabbath service and preaching the gospel, that opportunity for young adults is rarely there. I hope your zeal rubs off on all those around you and that other youth desire to get involved. Good job.

    Comment by Aaron | May 8, 2010 | Reply

    • One video can only do so much. When I looked at the end it made me wonder, could a similiar type of video be done where two people sit down in front of a not so rich house?

      One video can only do so much however more videos with different circumstances may start to multiply how much can be done.

      Comment by Norbert | May 8, 2010 | Reply

  24. I talked to Dave Archer after services today and I was under the impression that these short segments were done by Liz Cannon shooting them and then the editing done by Clint Porter and Clay Thornton and then the edited result place on facebook Twitter and the members website. Now I know that Dave Archer and Jamie Schrieber did this video and Jamie did the editing. Then Mr. McNeely is working with them to do the upcoming Beyond Today program on June 6th. I think involving our young people in this aspect of the work is a very good approach.

    Comment by Reggie Warren | May 8, 2010 | Reply

  25. PRO: I can relate to previously having worked in “cube-ville” and struggling with how to prepare and properly observe the Sabbath, which is a tremendous blessing from God. Also, great to see the young man reading his Bible at the table. I do that to teach my toddler daughter the importance of Bible reading. Of course, I also use a toddler-version that rhymes, because learning God’s way needs to be exciting from an early age.

    CON: Perhaps just a female perspective, but 2 guys meeting in front of a nice house didn’t equate the need to “assemble together with a group of believers” (i.e. Sabbath church services with males, females, of a variety of ages represented).

    ENCOURAGEMENT: The bible does “talk” about the older teaching the younger, so I’m happy that 20- & 30- year olds are taking the Sabbath & bible reading seriously, too.

    Comment by Karen N. Halvorsen | May 8, 2010 | Reply

  26. Thanks, this is really something new and a fresh aproach of what we need to do trough our Media.
    We have the potential, please use it.

    Congratulations to Jamie and David.

    Rewards from Chile

    Comment by Gabriel | May 9, 2010 | Reply

  27. Very well done. Targets a younger audience without losing everyone else. Concise, pointed and well delivered.

    Comment by Kate Caruso | May 9, 2010 | Reply

  28. Fun, catchy and very well put together. BUT… is this the way to present the serious message of God’s truth and commandment to keep the Sabbath? Be careful about trying to present a popular gospel. ‘A statement against materialism’…? how about showing obedience to and honouring God?

    Comment by Will Hunter | May 10, 2010 | Reply

  29. Great job! We could really use videos like this on a regular basis. This new approach would have great value in attracting a much larger audience.
    Keep it up!

    Comment by Megan | May 10, 2010 | Reply

  30. Hello there,

    Very well done, but I still think that we could

    use an approach more like Jerry Rose of TLN

    or the Living Church of God’s presentations.

    They are both very different, but quite effective.

    Maybe a blend of the two.

    We still need more bite…more spark…more of the

    challenges that Mr. Armstrong would throw at the audience…

    like “This might shock some, but if you asked the average

    Christian what their purpose for existence is, most would

    not give you the Biblical answer!” Please stay tuned.

    Making progress, but still not there.

    Please Keep on tweaking…

    Frank Fisher

    Comment by Frank Fisher | May 10, 2010 | Reply

  31. Yay! I love it of course. I wish there could be many many more videos made. They are short enough to catch your attention and leave you wanting to know more…perfect lead in for a publication or something. Thanks to some very talented young men.

    Comment by Lena VanAusdle | May 14, 2010 | Reply

  32. I found this on face book and followed the link. This approach about slowing life down and using that free time for the right purpose is great ..I find after many years as a Sabbath keeper that I am only now realizing, that I have never kept it properly, and that my friends and family are still not understanding… We have a breakdown in everything God wants…. because we spend to much time in activities that are not fruitful spiritually and Sabbaths are so busy that they are wore out at the end of the day..

    Comment by Dean and Sherry Burns | June 9, 2010 | Reply

  33. I really appreciated the video with Dave Archer- it really hit home with me (not to mention that he is a friend of mine 🙂 ). The fresh approach was very well received with my husband and me! The graphics look wonderful…keep up the good work!

    Comment by Stasia Lamon | April 16, 2011 | Reply

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