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SAND: A New Short Film from UCG

October 28, 2011

What do you fill your days with? How do you focus your time and attention?

Give priority to the things that matter. Think thoughts that are godly, good and righteous. And boldly serve God and his people. Life is but a flicker. Make each day the product of limited time well spent. Like words written in the sand, our time is finite.

View this new short film from the United Church of God and the producers of Beyond Today television: “Sand.”

Peter Eddington—Operation Manger, Media and Communications Services

October 28, 2011 - Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

21 Comments »

  1. Another great video!

    Comment by Michelle Rageth | October 28, 2011 | Reply

  2. Wonderful visuals paired with a vital message. Nice work!

    Comment by RaeAnn Dowd | October 28, 2011 | Reply

  3. I clicked on “Sand” in your RealTimes email and the YouTube said that video has been removed by the user.
    FYI

    Comment by Walt and Arleen Salmon | October 28, 2011 | Reply

  4. Tried again on YouTube and it was fixed. Fine video and great help to direct lives. thank you!

    Comment by Walt and Arleen Salmon | October 28, 2011 | Reply

  5. Very nice job!! Well Done!!

    Comment by Daniel Rich | October 28, 2011 | Reply

    • Seems a little disrespectful to call this man a “Kid”. If you have a problem with the video you should first find out who he is and send him an email with your helpful suggestions. Instead of complain on a website where he may never see it. He is doing a great job using his talents to serve God and preach the gospel.

      Keep it up!

      Comment by Love it! | October 29, 2011 | Reply

  6. Tell this kid to get a normal haircut! A spiked mohawk? If Mr. Armstrong were still alive you can be sure he would never allow someone with a goofy hairdo, to represent the church.
    Presenters should be professional and normal looking, not trying to have the latest “fad” hair style.
    Remember, you are supposed to be representing God’s church!

    Comment by Brother in Christ | October 28, 2011 | Reply

    • I am in agreement with your comment, entirely.

      Comment by David Alan Jutson | October 29, 2011 | Reply

    • Seems a little disrespectful to call this man a “Kid”. If you have a problem with the video you should first find out who he is and send him an email with your helpful suggestions. Instead of complain on a website where he may never see it. He is doing a great job using his talents to serve God and preach the gospel.

      Keep it up!

      Posted the comment in the wrong spot earlier.

      Comment by Love it! | October 29, 2011 | Reply

    • Not every modern hairstyle is a sin, and as long I can remember our approach within God’s Church has been that Christians can certainly groom themselves according to the cultural norms and fashions of our society–so long as the styles do not contradict God’s law. I value the fact that we can have individuality in style and personality. Hopefully we will not be so quick to be critical of styles that we may not personally like. The Bible is our benchmark, not what we think someone of the past might think.

      The content is terrific in this video and thanks to all who worked on it.

      P.S. – If you are willing to voice your opinion, please be willing to sign your name. Thank you.

      Comment by Terri | October 30, 2011 | Reply

    • Where in the bible does it tell us what type of hairstyle to have? That is what this comment is about, style. In 1 Corinthians 11 it says that it is shameful for a man to have long hair, the presenter doesn’t break that principle. Yet, God also worked with men who took the nazarite vow such as Sampson who wasn’t allowed to cut his hair. So how do we decide what type of haircut is normal/acceptable for a presenter to have. It seems that the message of this video has been overlooked. Our time would be better spent getting closer to God rather than focusing on how someone is groomed.

      Comment by rudyrangel | October 31, 2011 | Reply

  7. Not a fan of the hairstyle’mohawk’.I think it detracks away from the message, itself. It would show more sincerity, if the mowhawk were combed down. Being hip is a distraction.

    Comment by David Alan Jutson | October 29, 2011 | Reply

    • It looks like he just came out of the ocean. Perhaps he should have towel dried his hair or something. I don’t think the look was intentional.

      Now if someone would do something about how UCG’s teen girls dress. I’ve been told what alot of them were wearing at the Feast in Gatlinburg were downright offensive.

      We need to start with the mothers first.

      Comment by lsi | November 1, 2011 | Reply

  8. Wow guys, it’s not about the hairdo it’s about the message. It sounds to me you are judging the cover before even reading the book. Don’t you know the old saying…”Never judge a book by it’s cover.” So am I to believe if someone new starts to attend Sabbath services with hot pink hair, filled with tattoos, etc., I should treat them as second class? That’s not how our Savior Jesus Christ wants us to be.

    Comment by kathy | October 29, 2011 | Reply

  9. Ok my last message was removed. Let’s put it this why instead. Looks to me that he is trying to reach the younger generation. After all hairstyles are changing from time to time. The older folks are not getting any younger.
    The presentation was fine and I can relate to it because I too was at the beach just about every early morning during the Feast of Tabernacles this year talking and singing hymns to God our Father. It is peaceful and tranquil as the sun begins to rise and the wildlife, surfers, and fishermen begin their day.

    Comment by Kathy | October 29, 2011 | Reply

  10. Wonderful & beautiful. Keep them coming!! Very encouraging. Thank you

    Comment by Brenda Sweeney | October 30, 2011 | Reply

  11. Thank you for the encouragement to use the limited time we have each to day in the best possible way!

    Comment by ann | November 1, 2011 | Reply

  12. What a great message:

    Don’t waste your time!

    (And, being a surfer for over 50 years, I am elated
    that you chose to package that message in an envelope
    that resonates with anyone who likes the sea.)

    It is quite possible to put God first, and enjoy life!

    Comment by Skip Miller | November 1, 2011 | Reply

  13. The scenery is great, the sunsets are beautiful, the message is appropriate, but Jonathan’s sincere delivery (as I know is just his way) is what makes these films showstoppers. Thanks for putting yourself out there to do what God has moved you to do! The unvocal majority is moved and captivated by these new short films. It takes such courage to be in front of the camera; I know I wouldn’t want people to comment on my appearance and grooming with such scrutiny! Please keep being your lovely self (you too, Jaime!) and keep doing God’s work!

    Comment by Heather | November 3, 2011 | Reply

  14. Wonderful message. And, the lovely young lady was dressed very modestly. Thanks for all your time and effort.

    Comment by Camille Ballo | November 4, 2011 | Reply


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