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Live Webcast: Six Steps to Passover—The Suffering Servant

March 24, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, March 26. The study continues at the time of 7 p.m. EDT and is available live via webcast.

Steve Myers, a presenter on Beyond Today television and UCG pastor in Cincinnati, will be continuing this six-part series in preparation for the Passover with the topic, “The Suffering Servant: Footwashing.”

In Part 5 of Six Steps to Passover Mr. Myers will show an important aspect of observing the New Testament Passover is washing each other’s feet. Jesus said “I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” Introducing footwashing into Passover observance was something new. Why did Jesus institute this portion of the evening? What does Bible show? This study will look at footwashing from a different point of view as we consider three observations and examine three lessons.

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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.

Steve Myers—Pastor, United Church of God-Cincinnati East

March 24, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Ministerial Services | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ION Television Network Awarded Contract Extension to Air Beyond Today

March 20, 2014

Beyond Today on WGN America will be seen for final time on Sunday, March 23, 2014

After a successful viewer response test of Beyond Today on ION television, the United Church of God is pleased to announce it has extended its telecast contract with the network through December 2014. The ION network provides widespread coverage—reaching nearly 76 million households, equaling a potential audience of approximately 227 million people. Beginning Sunday, March 30, 2014, our programs will air in the United States exclusively on the ION television cable and satellite platforms and on 30 local over-the-air stations.

Beyond Today Logo - low resOn the WGN America network Beyond Today television programs began airing July 11, 2010. Since then our episodes have been watched by multiple millions of viewers and we have received nearly 107,000 telephone and Internet responses. Although the Church has greatly valued its association with WGN America, our final program on this network will air on Sunday, March 23, 2014.

We are moving Beyond Today programming to ION because this network proved fruitful in the response test versus WGN America. Besides helping us save money per future viewer response, our move to ION makes it possible to reach a new audience. Viewers who watch Beyond Today on ION would not have necessarily have seen our programs on WGN America. Shifting to ION gives us the opportunity to help fulfill our commission to preach the gospel “as a witness” to many additional people (Matthew 24:14). Furthermore, ION provides us with an outstanding Sunday, 9:00 a.m. airtime on the West Coast which was not available with WGN America.

Even though Beyond Today will no longer be seen on WGN America after March 23, 2014, we encourage you to watch our weekly programs on ION television. For the ION network on cable, Beyond Today airs each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Eastern and Pacific time and at 8:00 a.m. Central and Mountain. For satellite (DISH 216 and DirecTV 305) Beyond Today airs at 9:00 a.m. Eastern, 8:00 a.m. Central, 7:00 a.m. Mountain and 6:00 a.m. Pacific. To find the ION channel locations in your area, including the 30 over-the-air stations mentioned above, visit www.iontelevision.com and click on “Channel Finder” located on the top right corner of the webpage. Enter your zip code and it will provide the channel number(s) on which you can watch ION television.

Additionally, all programs can be viewed on-demand on dedicated Beyond Today television channels on Roku, YouTube, Vimeo, Wii and Xbox.

Thank you for your vital prayers for the success of the Church’s ongoing television opportunities and our other efforts to spread the message of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God throughout the globe.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

March 20, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , | 16 Comments

Man to Man: Live Bible Study Webcast

March 13, 2014

Man to Man: How Does Jesus Define a “Man” Today?

Vertical Thought  Bible Study

God created both man and woman. What did He expect of the first man in the Garden of Eden? And what does Jesus Christ expect of you as a man today? Watch and listen as Randy Stiver and Matthew Fenchel show how to understand from Jesus Christ’s example and words how He defines a “man” today!

Join us on Friday night, March 14, at 8 p.m. EDT for the next Vertical Thought Bible Class (VTBC) titled “Man to Man.” This live webcast will originate from the Ambassador Bible Center lecture hall in the home office of the United Church of God in Cincinnati, Ohio. Be part of this exciting and insightful series addressing two key challenges facing teens and young adults today: true manhood and true womanhood.

Vertical Thought Bible Class is produced especially for teens, young adults and “young” adults of all ages. Just go to verticalthought.org and click on “Live Bible Class.

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Randy Stiver—Managing Editor, Vertical Thought

March 13, 2014 Posted by | Media and Communications, Vertical Thought | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Live Webcast: Six Steps to Passover—The Bread and the Wine

March 11, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, March 12. The study continues at the time of 7 p.m. EDT and is available live via webcast.

Gary Petty, a presenter on Beyond Today television and UCG pastor in San Antonio, Texas, will be continuing this six-part series in preparation for the Passover with the topic, “The Bread and the Wine.”

In Part 4 of Six Steps to Passover Mr. Petty will show how in the Old Testament the Israelites were commanded to eat a lamb as part of their Passover observance. But, Jesus made a dramatic change in how His followers were to keep this important ceremony. In the fourth study in this series, we’ll explore why Jesus commanded His disciples to drink wine and eat bread in commemoration of Him as the Passover Lamb.

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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.

Steve Myers—Pastor, United Church of God-Cincinnati East

March 11, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Ministerial Services | Leave a comment

“BT” TV Episode About Holy Spirit Produces Excellent Response

March 10, 2014

“The Power of the Holy Spirit” Generates 2,192 Viewer Responses

 “The Holy Spirit is a power, and it is a very potent power, like fire. And it has to be nurtured and ‘stirred up’ to be an effective tool that God uses to impart qualities we need for a successful life.” So said Darris McNeely in a Beyond Today episode “The Power of the Holy Spirit,” which he hosted and which aired on television networks March 2-8, 2014, in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States and on the Internet throughout the world.

In the United States alone, this United Church of God TV program generated 2,192 viewer telephone calls and Internet inquiries. This response quantity is the third highest this fiscal year and the fourth lowest in cost per response.

Additionally, the program prompted Internet responses from viewers in fourteen countries and territories including Australia, Canada, Chile, England, New Zealand, Malaysia, Nigeria, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, United States and the US Virgin Islands. So far this fiscal year we have received Beyond Today viewer responses from 80 countries and territories.

As always, we are deeply appreciative of your prayers, support and encouragement.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

March 10, 2014 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments