July 31, 2012
Today we are launching a new feature on the www.ucg.org website: a new search tool powered by Google.
This new feature is much faster than the old search engine and we believe it will provide you with more relevant and comprehensive results. Here is an example of a site search for “jesus christ.”
As you see above, as well as text results, responses can now contain images and graphics of relevant search material. And, the tool can also search and index PDF files on our site. The feature we are most excited about is the ability to search more than just the main ucg.org site. This new search will return results from bible.ucg.org, feast.ucg.org and uyc.ucg.org.
Plus, there are soon some more changes on the way that we hope will improve your experience on our main United Church of God website. So please try out the new search and tell others about it too!
Tory Trone—Web Developer
July 26, 2012
The character in our story, Jelly, learns a valuable lesson about stealing. Teach your children the 10 Commandments through this fun sing-a-long.
Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services
July 25, 2012
The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, July 25. The study begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and is available live via webcast.
A new series on the book of Revelation begins tonight. Join us for a fascinating study into one the most exciting, yet perhaps least understood, books of the Bible. Presenters will be Steve Myers and Darris McNeely.
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
July 20, 2012
World Harvest Network, Middle East TV and Far East TV are Airing Successfully
We recently reported that the United Church of God secured another exciting opportunity to expand its reach to multiple millions of additional television viewers. As of July 8, 2012, Beyond Today began airing to 25 million households coast-to-coast in the United States every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (ET) on the World Harvest Network.
Our programs are also now airing on Sundays at 1:00 p.m. (GMT+2) on Middle East Television in every television home in Israel and to a potential audience of 200 million viewers in 22 Muslim countries. Additionally Beyond today airs on Family Entertainment Television (also known as Far East Television) every Sunday at 8:00 a.m. (GMT+2) via satellite on Intelsat 10, reaching a potential audience of 4.3 billion people throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
In the past two weeks responses to Beyond Today were logged from the following 16 countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Dominican Republic, England, Guatemala, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and United States.
We received this very inspiring response from a first-time Beyond Today viewer in Israel who saw the program on Middle East Television which broadcasts from Cyprus:
“I watched your program on TV and thought it was brilliant! I would love to have the free copy of “The Middle East in Bible Prophecy,’ if you still have this offer going! We live in Israel and would love to share this with the people over here! Thank you!”
Bonus Airings Offered
Finally, we are pleased to report that LeSEA Broadcasting, owner of the networks referenced above, have graciously provided us bonus airtime on two of their premiere stations. Beyond Today will air free-of-charge for four weeks on KWHB-TV 47 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. (CT) from July 29 through August 19, 2012, and on KWHS-TV 51 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. (MT) from August 26 through September 16, 2012.
As always, we are sincerely thankful for your prayers for God’s constant guidance and His great blessings. Our diligent home office media professionals are also deeply grateful for your faithful confidence, support and encouragement.
John LaBissoniere—Time Buying Manager, Media and Communications Services
July 19, 2012
Beyond Today went on the road this week to Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, to record an upcoming episode titled, “The Spirit of Liberty.” Videotaping on the site of the first skirmish of the American Revolution, the program’s theme dealt with the response of the Minutemen, the colonial militia who were called to respond on “a moments notice” to an alarm of danger.
The ride of Paul of Revere and others to warn the villages was referenced in connection with the “watchman” of Ezekiel 33. The spiritual analogy for one to respond to the call of the Kingdom of God was the main point made throughout the program. Scenes for the program were recorded on the Lexington Common and along the old road between Lexington and Concord—the scene of the fighting that took place on April 19, 1775, the day the “shot heard round the world” was fired.
The Beyond Today crew consisted of Peter Eddington, Darris McNeely, Jamie Schreiber and Rudy Rangel. They had been in New England the previous weekend gathering member interviews for this year’s United Church of God festival sermon video. The working title for the presentation is “Fitly Framed Together.”
Members in the Worcester, Massachusetts, and Seabrook, New Hampshire, congregations shared their thoughts and stories on the life and experiences of the Church in recent years. This will be woven into the video, along with a main message from Church President Dennis Luker.
New England UCG pastor Len Martin and his wife, Julie, hosted the crew in their home during the trip and provided valuable logistical help. Members appreciated the visit and the focus on their efforts to come together and serve the local needs and make a contribution to the larger work of the church.
Darris McNeely—Associate Media Producer
July 12, 2012
We have been given updated channel numbers for the World Harvest Television stations broadcasting our Beyond Today TV program in six U.S. markets. They are as below. Please note that the two Colorado stations are no longer on the list, but Gary, Indiana, has been added.
These are digital over the air broadcast stations:
- Honolulu, TV14.2, Sunday, 5:00 a.m.
- Indianapolis, TV40.2 Sunday, 11:00 a.m.
- South Bend, TV46.2 Sunday, 11:00 a.m.
- Gary (south side of Chicago), TV18.1 11 a.m.
- New Orleans, TV20.2, Sunday, 10:00 a.m.
- Tulsa, TV47.2, Sunday, 10:00 a.m.
Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services
July 10, 2012
We are pleased to announce that we have completed and printed the booklet “Is God a Trinity?” in Portuguese. This is the twentieth United Church of God booklet in Portuguese. It is also worth mentioning that it is the first non-English version of this booklet. We are grateful to God who provides the means and resources for us to do His Work in the Portuguese language.
In addition, we also produce a 20-page bi-monthly Portuguese version of The Good News. All the literature may be ordered or downloaded from our website at www.revistaboanova.org. Sermons in Portuguese are also recorded weekly for the brethren and are available on the Portuguese version of the members website.
Your prayers are appreciated that God may provide the laborers and resources for us to do His Work in various languages as a witness and for Him to call those whom He wills.
Jorge de Campos—Portuguese Language Coordinator
July 9, 2012
Airtime Change Announced
Airtime changes for the Beyond Today television program, sponsored by the United Church of God, occurred July 4, 2012 on the WORD Network. Beyond Today no longer airs on Wednesday afternoons—having now moved to Wednesday evenings. Beyond Today now airs on Wednesdays at 11:30 p.m. CST, 10:30 p.m. MST, 9:30 p.m. PST and Thursday, 12:30 a.m. EST.
Beyond Today continues to air on the WORD Network on Saturday, 11:30 p.m., MST, 10:30 p.m. PST and on Sunday, 1:30 a.m. EST and 12:30 a.m. CST.
The WORD Network reaches 75 million households in the United States on cable and satellite television (please check your listings for channels in your area). It can also be seen in 200 countries around the world via satellite on DirecTV, channel 373.
Thank you for your vital support and prayers for the Beyond Today television.
Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services
July 5, 2012
God has opened an incredible new door to increase our efforts to preach the gospel of His Kingdom in all the world (see Revelation 3:8)! Beginning July 8, our television program, Beyond Today, will air every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) on the World Harvest Television network, which reaches 25 million households in the United States. This is in addition to the millions of households we are already able to reach every Sunday on WGN America and the WORD Network, and on nationwide television across Canada and Australia.
Also beginning on July 8, Beyond Today will be broadcast at 1:00 p.m. (GMT+2) each Sunday on Middle East Television (METV). Based in Cyprus, this 28-year-old station is available in every television home in Israel. It also reaches a potential audience of 200 million viewers in 22 Muslim countries. Our telecasts will be subscripted in Arabic at no additional cost to the church.
And additionally, starting July 8, Beyond Today will air every Sunday at 8:00 a.m. (GMT+2) on Far East Television (FETV). Our TV programs will reach viewers in nations throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. Far East Television has a potential audience of 4.3 billion people in 135 countries! You can see a full television station listing of all the stations and networks we’re on in The Good News magazine, and on our website at www.ucg.org/beyond-today/channels/.
This is truly amazing, brethren, when you consider the magnitude of what God has done! He has opened a huge door for us to preach the good news of His soon coming Kingdom to rule this earth and bring peace and prosperity to all nations. This is a message of hope desperately needed by all people in every nation.
I want to thank you, brethren, for your fervent prayers and faithful financial support of God’s work in the United Church of God. We are sincerely striving to serve and obey God and do His will and work on earth. Your love, loyalty and works of service are deeply appreciated!
Here at the home office in Cincinnati, Ohio, we are working together in peace and unity to accomplish God’s work. We all love one another and enjoy working together. As a result, God is opening many doors and blessing us with new opportunities to do His work and serve others.
I would like to ask for your prayers regarding the need for a larger and improved television studio so that we can produce even better and higher quality programs. We have a great team working together, and they do an amazing job considering the small size of the studio and the equipment available. And please pray for our three TV presenters, Darris McNeely, Steve Myers and Gary Petty, that God will continue to inspire and strengthen them and help them grow stronger and wiser in preaching and teaching His truth! They need our prayers and support even more with the expansion of our Beyond Today TV program into many more countries around the world.
I am reminded of the apostle Paul’s words to the brethren at Thessalonica, where he has a very similar request: “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1, King James Version). We too pray to see the gospel message, the Word of God, preached around the world freely, without obstruction.
And one final matter that I would like to share with you and ask you to pray about. God has blessed the United Church of God with a good, steady income because of your faithfulness in tithes and offerings, and we are doing well considering the church split we went through about 18 months ago. But now we are growing and expanding our efforts to preach the gospel and prepare a people.
So what am I asking you to pray about? It is this: that God will provide the “faith line,” an extra one million dollars income that we have included in our new budget, on faith, in order to keep growing and moving forward. Our treasurer, Aaron Dean, included this same amount in last year’s fiscal budget as a faith line—trusting God to provide the extra income that we would need to balance our budget—and God did provide it!
I am asking you to please pray that God will provide what we need this year as well, so that we will not need to make any reductions in preaching the gospel and providing for our churches and ministry. We can be encouraged that as we submit to His will that our God “shall supply all [our] need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
Thank you, dear brethren, for your fervent prayers and loyal support! Thank you for your love for God and His work on earth.
Sincerely, in Christ’s service,
July 3, 2012
Almost 30 centuries ago one of history’s greatest thinkers brilliantly summarized the results of good and bad leadership. “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice,” he wrote, “but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.”
Perhaps you recognize King Solomon’s words from Proverbs 29:2. But even if you don’t, you certainly know that when it comes to leadership, more people are groaning than rejoicing.
Look around you. How many of our great problems are, at their root, the result of bad leadership?
Consider the economic crisis that threatens the future of the United States and Europe. What’s behind it? At its root, for years political leaders have given away government handouts to those who would vote for them—to the point that they are borrowing trillions of dollars to keep the game going lest someone point out that our apparent prosperity is merely a mirage and everything comes crashing down.
Meanwhile we keep building up debt at a frantic pace. It’s to the point that several American cities are now faced with declaring bankruptcy because, unlike national governments, they can’t create more money out of thin air and no one is willing or unwise enough to loan them more money that can never realistically be repaid.
What about the wars that plague our planet? At their core, wars are inherently selfish—leaders desire to take what doesn’t belong to them (or take back what someone previously took from them), and they rally their followers to march forth and conquer. The result is destructive, debilitating, dehumanizing war that rips apart families, cultures and civilizations. Millions suffer for the corrupt desires of a few leaders.
Most of our other problems are just variations of these same basic themes.
If ever the world needed great leaders, the time is now! But where will they come from? And what makes a truly great leader? What sets apart a true leader from the wannabees and also-rans who have brought us to our sad state of the world?
Few questions are more important to our future—both collectively and to you personally. And you need to know the answers! That’s why you need to read the latest issue of The Good News, so you can understand why the world is in the shape it’s in and how a transformation of leadership can—and will—make literally all the difference in the world!
Learn much more about what makes a true leader in the July-August issue of The Good News, now available online and arriving in your mailbox soon. Good News truly is on the horizon!
Scott Ashley—Managing editor, The Good News