December 14, 2015
For more than 20 years The Good News has been bringing readers the same good news—which is the meaning of the term “gospel”—that Jesus Christ brought when He walked the earth 2,000 years ago. He came “preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel’” (Mark 1:14-15).
We at the United Church of God bear that same message—the message of the Kingdom of God that Jesus Christ will establish throughout the world following His return to the earth, and how you and I now, through repentance and belief in that Kingdom, submit to the rule and way of life of the King of that Kingdom.
That is a truly life-transforming message, if we allow our Creator to work within us to change us from the inside out. It is also a message of great hope, because although we live in a time of great turmoil and trouble, “if God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
We know that God is working out His plan, and it will come to pass exactly as He sees fit. We look forward to a world and a way of life beyond today.
And that leads to some big news about The Good News. Beginning with the next print issue (January-February 2016), we are changing the name of The Good News to Beyond Today to reflect this hope and mindset. This move is also to better distinguish our publication from others using the name “good news” and to link our magazine more closely to our Beyond Today television program and Internet website.
You’ll still be receiving the same eye-opening articles you’re used to from The Good News, but in a new, more eye-catching package.
The same staff will still be working hard to bring you what our readers have regularly told us they like best—what they need to make both the Bible and the world around us make sense.
We want to share with readers the hope of a new world beyond today—a world in which “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9). We also want to help you learn how to start living by the values of that Kingdom and begin experiencing its blessings now.
You don’t need to do anything to continue to receive this renamed and refreshed magazine. If you are subscribed to our print version of the magazine, your subscription will continue as before with no charge. Your email subscription to this email update will also continue. We will be sending out new email messages from Beyond Today within the next few days.
We look forward to having you with us as we turn the page on a new chapter with this magazine. We also hope you’ll continue to join us in praying to God, “Your Kingdom come!”.
December 11, 2015
Coming to 10 More Cities
We are pleased to announce that after three successful Personal Appearance Campaigns (PACs) in Texas last October, an additional 10 cities over the course of 10 months will hold PACs.
Here is a listing of what is currently planned:
- Nashville, Tennessee — Sunday, February 21 at 3 p.m.
- Indianapolis, Indiana — Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m.
- Columbus, Ohio — Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m.
- Chicago West, Illinois — Sunday, June 26 at 3 p.m
- Chicago South, Illinois — Monday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m.
- Cleveland, Ohio — Sunday, August 14 at 3 p.m.
- Dayton, Ohio — Sunday, August 21 at 3 p.m.
- Raleigh, North Carolina — Tuesday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m.
- Greensboro, North Carolina — Thursday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.
- Charlotte, North Carolina — Sunday, September 25 at 3 p.m.
A new promotional video (shown below) has been created and placed on the PAC event Web page at www.ucg.org/beyond-today/events and each of the cities will be added to the online list as meeting halls are finalized. Ongoing support and prayers for God’s blessing upon the success of these campaigns is much appreciated.
The PACs are designed to further engage our current Beyond Today magazine subscribers and television viewers. We want them to make an effort to visit us face to face. By shaking hands with our pastor in their city, or by personally meeting our Beyond Today TV presenters, we add personal contact and engagement—hopefully toward the goal of future attendance with the United Church of God as God calls them to repentance and conversion.
Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services
December 18, 2014
In this new Inside United Podcast, United Church of God president, Victor Kubik, talks about the Church’s proclamation efforts and the recent approval by the Council of Elders to change the title of The Good News magazine to the Beyond Today magazine.
Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services
December 25, 2013
In this episode President Victor Kubik is joined by Scott Ashley, managing editor of The Good News magazine, to discuss topics in upcoming issues of the magazine and featured articles.
Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services
October 9, 2013
We are very pleased to report that our website traffic at www.ucg.org 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.
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
July 2, 2013
Marriage has been in the news a lot lately, as it should be. In two decisions last week, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially tossed out the definition of marriage as it’s been understood and practiced for centuries, including long before the United States existed as a nation.
In one decision the court declared unconstitutional the core of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, in which the U.S. Congress defined marriage as being between one man and one woman. As one analyst described the absurdity of the situation, the U.S. Congress now can, will and does write laws about marriage, but it can no longer define what marriage is or what it means!
In a second decision, the court concluded that citizens of California—who by popular vote had approved marriage as being between one man and one woman—had voted incorrectly and had no legal standing to object when a judge overruled the voters and declared that homosexuals could marry there after all.
By the reasoning of the Supreme Court, if marriage cannot be defined as being between one man and one woman, then it can be whatever people choose it to be—man and man, woman and woman, brother and sister, parent and child, one man and two women, two men and one woman, two men and two women, or any other combination enough people can convince others is their “right.”
And make no mistake, already people are advocating for these and other combinations to be legalized as their right—and the Supreme Court ruling eliminates grounds for disallowing these kinds of relationships as marriages.
These are merely the latest in a long string of assaults on marriage, but they are likely the most far-reaching to date.
Why do we see marriage under attack as we do?
Marriage is the building block of families. Families are the building blocks of communities. Communities are the building blocks of societies. And societies are the building blocks of civilizations. Once those building blocks start to crumble, everything starts to fall apart—which is exactly what we’re seeing around us today.
What’s behind the assault on marriage, and why? What can you do to reverse the trend and strengthen your own marriage? You need to read the latest issue of The Good News, especially the articles Five Keys to a Happy Marriage and The Ultimate Purpose of Marriage to understand why marriage is important and why God gave us this wonderful gift!
Scott Ashley—Managing editor
PS—Never has it been more important for you and your family to understand where the world is headed and why. You need to understand the crucial biblical perspective you’ll find only in The Good News. Download or read the July-August issue today!
April 22, 2013
Prior to his ruling a woman had to be at least 17 to legally get the drug. If his ruling stands, a girl as young as 12 or 13—or her male partner—can buy a pill that will cause her body to spontaneously abort her “problem,” ending that unborn life.
This follows on the heels of a 2012 decision by the New York Department of Education to make morning-after pills available to schoolgirls as young as 14 without parental consent.
Ironically, if that same 14-year-old were to go her school nurse to get an aspirin for a headache, the nurse would have to get parental permission to do so. But courtesy of this education department, children can be given abortion-inducing drugs without their parents ever knowing.
What a horrifying message to send to girls who are little more than children themselves—that destroying an unborn human life is of such little consequence, or none at all.
What does it say about a society when, on the grounds of protecting citizens’ health, a city bans the sale of sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces (a third larger than the most common size), but it allows, and even pays for, abortion-inducing drugs for its schoolchildren?
In what kind of twisted universe does that make sense?
This is the kind of blind and perverse reasoning we see when a people and their leaders increasingly turn their backs on God. As our Creator, He gave us an instruction manual in the form of His Word, the Bible. But rejecting its revelation for how we should live and what makes for a peaceful, purposeful, well-ordered society, we’ve increasingly decided to create our own rules and ignore the lessons of history—bringing curses on ourselves in the process.
But you don’t have to go that way. You can learn from God’s Word the awesome purpose of human life, and why abortion is so wrong in His sight. You can know why you are here and why you were born, as described in the cover article of the latest issue of the United Church of God’s Good News magazine, arriving in your mailbox shortly.
We hope you’ll carefully read the articles in this issue to learn about the future God has in store for you. Understanding that, you’ll then understand how God views one of the most divisive and controversial issues affecting our society today—that of abortion.
PS—To really understand where the world is headed and why, you need to understand what’s going on from a biblical perspective. Get the real story you won’t read anywhere else. Download or read the May-June issue today!
March 5, 2013
Setting the Stage for Bible Prophecy
For more than a year our news headlines have been chronicling the so-called “Arab Spring”—a supposed flowering of democracy in Mideast nations long ruled by dictators. Western journalists, commentators and politicians hailed the popular uprisings that ousted such leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.
But the Western media have overwhelmingly overlooked the two most important factors in this movement that’s transforming the region before our eyes.
The first key factor they’ve overlooked is what’s filling the vacuum left by the ouster of these strongmen. Most of those driven from power—or struggling to hold on—are secular nationalists motivated by personal and national interests. But it’s increasingly evident that they are being replaced primarily by religious fanatics determined to set up Islamic theocracies.
They’re essentially following in the footsteps of Osama bin Laden, whose ultimate goal was to see the establishment of a worldwide Islamic superpower, transcending national borders, comprised of all Muslim believers. But because so many of our Western media and political leaders don’t understand the teachings of Islam, they are blind to the significance of these world-transforming developments.
The second key factor they’ve overlooked is how these developments relate to Bible prophecy. Scripture reveals that at the time of the end, a new leader from the Arab world will light the match that ignites a new world war, setting in motion a devastating chain of events that will lead directly to Armageddon and the second coming of Jesus Christ.
This is why the subtitle of The Good News is “a Magazine of Understanding.” We at the United Church of God analyze the world from the perspective of the Bible and Bible prophecy, helping you understand where major world events and trends are ultimately heading. And no region is more important to understand than the Middle East, where so much is foretold to happen in the coming years.
You need to understand what’s going on as revealed in the articles “Winter Advisory: The Arab Spring That Wasn’t,” “Will the World See a New Caliphate?” and “Israel: A Nation in Constant Peril,” all in the latest issue of The Good News, arriving in your mailbox soon.
Managing editor, The Good News
PS—The world is being reshaped before our eyes. You need to understand the real story that you won’t read anywhere else. Download or read the March-April issue today!
January 9, 2013
In August we reported that between July 2012 and March 2013 the United Church of God would mail Good News subscription advertisements to 13.2 million households in the United States at a cost of under 2¢ each. We are fully on track to accomplish this goal.
To date we have mailed 6.1 million advertisements to households in all 50 states. Subscriber reaction is fully on target with 25,913 cards and electronic responses having been received and processed so far. Each new reader is being sent a subscription to The Good News and one or more of our foundational booklets.
Of the ten booklets currently being offered the following are the top five most requested so far:
- Heaven and Hell: What Does the Bible Really Teach?
- How to Understand the Bible
- Are We Living in the Time of the End?
- The Book of Revelation Unveiled
- The Middle East in Bible Prophecy
Thank you so much for your steady support and careful prayers as the Church continues its global mission to preach the gospel (Mark 16:15).
John LaBissoniere—Print Advertising Manager, Media and Communications Services
January 3, 2013
For some reason I don’t feel much like celebrating when the last-minute deal struck by congress to supposedly help put the nation’s financial house in order will in reality add about $4 trillion to the federal deficit over the next decade—and will add $41 in taxes for every $1 cut in spending.
So how did we get into this mess?
Consider a few facts:
- The U.S. government is like a family with a $21,700 annual income spending $38,200 a year, with $16,500 of that put on credit cards—when the family already owes $142,710 on those credit cards!
- The U.S. government currently borrows 40 percent of all that it spends. That means it borrows and spends $10.4 billion each day, $433 million per hour, $7.2 million per minute, and $120,370 per second! (And this isn’t all that it spends—merely what it borrows to spend.)
- For four consecutive years the federal government has amassed a trillion-dollar deficit. It took the United States 200 years to accumulate its first trillion dollars in debt. Now it takes about 10 months!
- We have already spent the money that will be paid in taxes by the next generation of Americans, and more—stealing wealth from them to maintain our standard of living through massive borrowing.
- Each American’s share of federal government debt is about $45,000—and expected to grow to almost $75,000 by 2020, only seven years away.
- Shocking as these figures are, they in fact vastly underestimate the scope of the problem. When we factor in unfunded liabilities—the amount needed to fully fund government promises for Social Security, Medicare, military and government employee pensions and health care, the real debt load then jumps to five to ten times the $16 trillion current deficit! And that doesn’t even include similar unfunded liabilities for the 50 individual states and hundreds of American towns and cities.
The fact is, America has already run off the fiscal cliff. The real question is, how long until we hit bottom?
But again, how did we get into this mess?
You need to understand the answer. You may be surprised to learn that it was foretold several thousand years ago in the pages of your Bible!
You need to understand what’s prophesied to happen to America, and much of the rest of the Western world. More importantly, you need to understand why.
That’s why we call The Good News “a Magazine of Understanding.” We want to help you make sense of this world that’s rapidly changing around us. And the keys to understanding that are found in the Bible.
We hope you’ll carefully read the articles in this next issue, which is dedicated to the crucial question of “Where Does America Go From Here?” You need to know! Your issue should be arriving in your mailbox any day now (if it hasn’t already). Or you can preview and download it here.
Either way, you need this crucial information!
Scott Ashley—Managing editor, The Good News