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Wednesday Night Bible Study—Live Via Webcast

October 22, 2013

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, October 23. The study continues at the new time of 7 p.m. EDT and is available live via webcast. Steve Myers will be continuing the study in Hebrews chapter 12.

live bible study webcast

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

Steve Myers—Pastor, United Church of God Cincinnati East

October 22, 2013 Posted by | Ambassador Bible Center, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Video Snapshot: “A Day in the Life” of Beyond Today TV

October 17, 2013

Wednesday and Thursday of this week our Beyond Today presenters recorded three new programs for airing in the coming weeks:

In addition, all-day Tuesday was spent in a focused and very profitable planning meeting with 18 of our Beyond Today production staff and management. Some excellent ideas were cemented that will help our internationally televised program move forward even more effectively. Your prayer for God’s ongoing blessing and direction in our work is much appreciated.

Please enjoy this one-minute, HD time-lapse snapshot of our Wednesday, October 16, recording day! It was shot and edited by Jamie Schreiber on his GoPro camera.

Peter Eddington—Producer, Beyond Today

October 17, 2013 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Post-Feast Letter from Chairman Webber

October 10, 2013

Dear fellow elders and members,

My wife Susan and I came away from the recent festival in Oceanside, California, having spiritually experienced the “best Feast yet.” We always say “best Feast yet,” rather than “best Feast ever,” because we are expectant that our Heavenly Father has more spiritual “bests” in store for all of us, as He fashions us into the full measure of His Son’s image (Ephesians 4:13). Christians always lean forward with knowing expectation of God’s continuous grace and favor, grooming us in this sacred vocation to which we have been called (John 6:44).

If you are like us, God not only challenged and inspired you from the pulpit, but He utilized people in the hallways and parking lots—many in the aisles at services—and perhaps used individuals we had never previously met to enlighten and encourage us with answers to our personal challenges. Perhaps he used a local community member to show you how to properly represent your “citizenship that is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20). We must never limit the manner or ways or persons God may use to tell us, “This is the way, walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21).

In Oceanside, we had many children, teens, and young adults in attendance this year. It was so encouraging! We marveled at how important this fresh layer of dedicated youth is to our Church. It is evident—by the fruit demonstrated in their cheerfulness, in their infectious desire to volunteer and in their ability to seamlessly work with others—that something special is occurring. I believe we are seeing ongoing and developing results of many years of them learning about “the Zone” at camp; of our young adults volunteering to serve in various Church functions; as well as the positive results of the Ambassador Bible Center program. I believe all of these components factoring together are creating an indelible impact on the fabric of the Church. These younger Church members are excited about being involved in a way of life that works—and works best—because it has God’s blessings. They seem to sense that their time is now!

In 50 years of festival attendance, I can clearly state that I have never experienced such unity, cooperation and sheer joy from so many—from those of us who have been invited to experience a foretaste of “the wonderful world tomorrow.” It was thrilling! At our Feast site, we chose to remember an old adage: “Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.” We chose not to allow every accident to become an incident and realized it takes “many hands and hearts to make a heavy load lighter.” These lessons apply to all of us throughout this coming year.

None of this comes naturally. It comes through understanding we have surrendered our lives to something greater than ourselves and by allowing God’s love and laws to rule our hearts and minds. It takes devotion and constant focus to have outgoing concern beyond our personal “kingdom of self.” What we witnessed at our Feast site was mirrored many times over around the world. Ultimately, the festivals are not about meeting halls and local attractions, but taking note of the Spirit of God on full display in ordinary people who are being enabled to do extraordinary things.

At a Feast site, summer camp site or in daily life, God can take that which seemingly is small and multiply it to His glory—that is, if we will give to Him whatever it is we have to share, no matter how small, and let Him fill in the rest of the story. I am mindful of the parable in which Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened (Matthew 13:33, emphasis added). This is the leaven we hopefully take home with us that needs continual expansion in our daily lives, whoever we might be, wherever we are, and whatever might come our way.

Personally this Feast of Tabernacles and Eighth Day festival galvanized us as a couple, and I hope you as well, to more than ever put our “hand to the plow”(Luke 9:62) and to do our individual part before God, for Him to strengthen the Body of Christ. We tasted what a church full of godly joy can fully be. It’s not about looking over our shoulder at somebody else, but looking to our Heavenly Father and asking, “How can I live and serve you more fully?”

I’m mindful of three specific points mentioned in Isaiah 2:3: 1) “Let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,” 2) “He will teach us His ways,” and 3) “We shall walk in His paths.” Well, the Feast days are over for now, and in that sense “we have gone up” and been “taught His ways,” and it’s time to “walk the walk.” Now we all move into our personal spheres of influence, whether at home, in our neighborhoods, schools or workplace, to make a difference. It needs to be the same difference created by light when it penetrates darkness; the same difference created by salt as it seasons all it touches (Matthew 5:13-16). Everything changes, and we have the incredible privilege of being God’s personal instrument, to be a touchstone of His Kingdom now!

We on the Council of Elders and the administration of the United Church of God have the same responsibility as all of you to come away from these festivals with a renewed desire to serve God and our fellow man. God says, “Blessed are the peacemakers,” not “peace-wishers” (Matthew 5:9). Thus, we ask ourselves, “What would God have us do?” Micah 6:8 tells all that will hear: “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God?”

Our future deliberations and decisions must be sustained by a genuine desire to echo the words of the prophet Micah through prayer and fasting and willingly lay down our lives as living sacrifices. Why? That we might glorify God and honor His name and guide this whole-Church endeavor to which you have been called as a coworker, to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God, make disciples in all nations and care for those disciples (Matthew 28:19-20).

Dear friends in Christ, there are so many people in search of answers to the big questions of life: Why was I born? Does life have purpose? If there is a God, what am I to do? Is the Bible really the divine message for all humanity? Why is there no other name but Jesus Christ by which we may be saved” (Acts 4:12)? In this modern day religious confusion is there a church striving to worship God in “spirit and in truth” (John 4:23) as seen in the book of Acts?

Yes there are many anxiously desiring to understand how humanity is not an accident of cosmic nature, but a divine creation given breath by the Living God when He proclaimed, “Let Us make man in our image, according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1:26). Yes, there are people who seek the relationship promised by an Almighty Being who lovingly proclaims, “I will be their God, and they shall be My people” (Ezekiel 37:27, 2 Corinthians 6:16). Yes, there are people who will accept the call of God to “be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). Yes, there are men and women around this world who will surrender their lives now in living faith, because they have come to take God at His word when He says: “I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it” (Isaiah 46:11).

There’s an incredible set of words in Revelation 21:6 that are often mentioned on the Eighth Day festival. They describe the unveiling of the New Jerusalem, as God trumpets forth, “It is done!” In this conclusion, we rediscover and solidify in our hearts that ultimately God Almighty triumphs and Christ is the victor. In one sense the victory is already in God’s hand, but the details are yet to be worked out here below.

That’s where we come in. We are called to personal salvation by God’s grace, but we have also been granted a precious privilege of spreading the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God as coworkers in Christ. Your prayers, faithful tithes, generous offerings and daily personal witness are all part of supplying very needed answers to those seeking that special “pearl of great price” (Matthew 13:46).

Thank you for your confidence in the efforts of the United Church of God as an instrument in the Body of Christ to share the goodness of God’s way of life to those whom He has called and will yet call and place into His spiritual Body. Let’s all make a renewed commitment to be about our Father’s business. May our collective anthem be the words of the apostle John: “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20). May the God of all comfort bless and keep you in all ways in all your coming days.

In Christ’s service,

Robin Webber—Chairman, Council of Elders


October 10, 2013 Posted by | Council of Elders | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Record-breaking Quarter at UCG.ORG

October 9, 2013

We are very pleased to report that our website traffic at continues to climb very favorably. The 2013 July-September quarter resulted in the highest number of unique website visitors in our history: more than 1.4 million. Please note that this is not the total number of visits, but the number of unique visitors. Many of these people visited multiple, multiple times throughout the same time period.

As a result, we are on track to log 5.5 million unique visitors for the 2013 calendar year. Please see the following chart that illustrates our website visitor growth over the past eight years. The final quarter of 2013 is a conservative estimate based on the average number of visitors for the first three quarters. It may actually be higher if the positive trend continues and if previous years’ Q4 are any indication.

UCG.ORG Unique Visitors

Please continue to pray for God’s blessing upon the United Church of God’s diligent effort to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God around the world with increasing reach and effectiveness. Also, please ask God that our Good News magazine readers and our Beyond Today television viewers will be inspired and feel compelled by the gospel message to become more involved in the work of God’s Church—as donors and coworkers, but especially as newly converted Christians part of Jesus Christ’s flock in this end-time Work.

We are presently in the middle of a further redesign of our website to gain the most opportunity from mobile Internet technology—especially for our readers and viewers who use smart phones and tablets (like the iPad). Our dedicated team of website professionals are hard at work on this new update. I’m sure they would appreciate your prayers to God on their behalf as well.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services


October 9, 2013 Posted by | Beyond Today, Good News Magazine, Media and Communications, UCGIA on the Web | , , , , , , | 10 Comments

VT-YABC—A Missing Dimension of Leadership: Good Followers

October 8, 2013

What really makes a leader? What one thing does a leader need to actually be a leader? There are many critical ingredients or components in effective leadership, but you must first learn to be part of this missing dimension in good leadership before you yourself are fit to lead.

Join us for this latest edition of the Vertical Thought YABC (Young Adult Bible Class) to learn how to be a good follower and help fill in this missing dimension in leadership. YABC instructors Randy Stiver and Matthew Fenchel will explore seven key principles from the Bible about following and leading.

Come to the Ambassador Bible Center Lecture Hall in Milford, Ohio, at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time this Friday, October 11, or connect to the live webcast at

YABC webcast

Remember, the YABC is meant for teens, young adults and “young” adults of all ages!

Get together with your friends to watch the webcast, print a few handouts at the link, and afterward enjoy a pleasant discussion of the topic over coffee and snacks. It’s a delightful way to begin the Sabbath!

Randy Stiver—Dean of Students, Ambassador Bible Center

October 8, 2013 Posted by | Ambassador Bible Center, Vertical Thought | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Webcast: Live Wednesday Night Bible Study

October 7, 2013

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, October 9. The study continues at the new time of 7 p.m. EDT and is available live via webcast. Darris McNeely will be continuing the study in the faith chapter of Hebrews 11.

live bible study webcast

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

Steve Myers—Pastor, United Church of God Cincinnati East

October 7, 2013 Posted by | Beyond Today, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment