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Big News About “The Good News”

December 14, 2015

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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!”.

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Scott Ashley
Managing Editor
Beyond Today

December 14, 2015 Posted by | Beyond Today, Good News Magazine, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 4 Comments

LIVE Wednesday Bible Study Webcast

November 17, 2015

“Confession Is Good for the Soul”

The United Church of God is continuing its four-part Bible study series, “The Time Is Now,” with part two on Wednesday, November 18, at the time of 7 p.m. Eastern. It will be available live via webcast.

Darris McNeely, Beyond Today presenter and associate media producer for the church, is presenting the topic: “Confession Is Good for the Soul.” Personal renewal begins with prayer. Daniel’s prayer of confession gives us a key to begin anew. Don’t miss this important Bible study.

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Remaining studies are as follows:

  • December 2 — The Time Is Now: Laboring in God’s Word
  • December 16 — The Time Is Now: Get To It!

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

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

November 17, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

United Church of God Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

July 1, 2015

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-anticipated decision about what the status of same-sex marriage is to be in the United States. Based upon Holy Scripture the United Church of God believes and teaches that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, exclusive of all others.

Victor Kubik, president of the United Church of God, an International Association, issued a video statement on the Churchs’ stance on this subject.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

July 1, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | 12 Comments

LIVE Webcast: Smyrna—The Persecuted Church

The Churches of Revelation

June 30, 2015

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God (UCG) is continuing its bi-weekly Beyond Today Bible study series titled: “The Churches of Revelation.” The story of Smyrna will be covered on Wednesday, July 1, at the time of 7 p.m. Eastern and will be available live via webcast.

For this third study Gary Petty, Nashville, Tennessee, pastor and Beyond Today presenter, will present , “Smyrna—The Persecuted Church.” What would you think of Christians who lived in poverty and were hated by their neighbors? In the book of Revelation, the church at Smyrna is famous for their poverty and persecution, yet Jesus Christ calls them “rich.”

Join Gary Petty as we explore the church in Smyrna and how to deal with persecution.

Here is the remaining schedule for the Churches of Revelation series:

  • July 1, 2015: Smyrna—The Persecuted Church – Gary Petty
  • July 15, 2015: Pergamos—Where Satan Dwelt – Darris McNeely
  • July 29, 2015: Thyatira—The Corrupt Church – Steve Myers
  • August 12, 2015: Sardis—The Dead Church – Gary Petty
  • August 26, 2015: Philadelphia—The Faithful Church – Steve Myers
  • September 9, 2015: Laodicea—The Lukewarm Church – Darris McNeely

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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.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

June 30, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Live Webcast: Ephesus, the Loveless Church

The Churches of Revelation

June 15, 2015

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God (UCG) is continuing its bi-weekly Beyond Today Bible study series titled: “The Churches of Revelation.” The story of Ephesus will be covered on Wednesday, June 17, at the time of 7 p.m. Eastern and is available live via webcast.

For this second study, Darris McNeely, associate media producer and Beyond Today presenter, will present , “Ephesus: The Loveless Church.” The church at Ephesus had more written to it, than to any of the other six churches in Revelation. What is behind this message Christ gave to Ephesus that is vitally important to us in today’s world?

Join us in this Bible study to uncover this important message, and then hold it up for personal instruction.

Here is the remaining schedule for the Churches of Revelation series:

  • June 17, 2015: Ephesus—The Loveless Church – Darris McNeely
  • July 1, 2015: Smyrna—The Persecuted Church – Gary Petty
  • July 15, 2015: Pergamos—Where Satan Dwelt – Darris McNeely
  • July 29, 2015: Thyatira—The Corrupt Church – Steve Myers
  • August 12, 2015: Sardis—The Dead Church – Gary Petty
  • August 26, 2015: Philadelphia—The Faithful Church – Steve Myers
  • September 9, 2015: Laodicea—The Lukewarm Church – Darris McNeely

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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.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

June 15, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Learn More About UCG’s New Website

April 16, 2015

We’re very happy to say we’re almost ready to unveil the new UCG.org website!

The media team at the United Church of God has produced a promotional video that highlights many of the upgrades and enhancements you can expect to see at UCG.org when our new mobile-first website launches.

A key change is a new Beyond Today media section that will highlight and facilitate a more aggressive preaching of the gospel of God’s Kingdom. You can expect to see the new site in three or four days time!

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

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April 16, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Bible Prophecy Webcast: The Two Witnesses

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December 15, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God (UCG) is continuing its new Bible study series titled “End-time Prophecy 101” on Wednesday, December 17, at the time of 7 p.m. ET and it is available live via webcast.

Steve Myers, a presenter on Beyond Today and Cincinnati East UCG pastor, will cover the fourth part of this series with, “The Two Witnesses.”

Join us for this series on the basics of end time prophecy. We’ll examine important prophecies that could have significant impact on your life. By delving into a study of God’s Word, we’ll find what a tremendous benefit and blessing it is to understand Bible prophecy!
 
Here is the schedule for the remainder of the prophecy series:

  • December 17, 2014: “The Two Witnesses” – Steve Myers
  • January 7, 2015: “False Prophets” – Gary Petty

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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.

Peter Eddington—Media and Com

December 15, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

NEWS: Cincinnati East Webcast Now on Roku

April 28, 2014

We are very pleased to report that the Cincinnati East congregation weekly Sabbath service webcast broadcast by the United Church of God now has a dedicated Roku channel.

Appearing in the “Religion and Spirituality” category, Roku users can now conveniently watch Sabbath services “live” in high definition on their television sets, and also browse through dozens of archived sermons.

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Here is a description about Roku from the company’s “about” page:

Roku…is…the market leader in streaming entertainment devices for the TV with millions of units sold. Roku has always believed that anything you want to watch, listen to, and enjoy should simply be there on your TV, whenever you want it. Roku streaming players are renowned for their simplicity, variety of entertainment choices, and exceptional value.

If you have a Roku unit, add the United Church of God to your channel listing now. You can watch each week’s Sabbath service live—and archives as soon as they’re posted—in the comfort of your living room or with a larger gathering of church members.

We pray that this additional electronic outlet for our members and the preaching of God’s Kingdom will bear fruit and further the work of the Gospel.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

April 28, 2014 Posted by | Media and Communications, Ministerial Services, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Pre-Festival Letter from Victor Kubik

September 11, 2013

Dear brethren around the world,

The Feast of Tabernacles falls on the early side of the Roman calendar this year—and it’s already at our doorstep! The Feast has been an integral part of our lives to which we devote time, thoughts and considerable financing through our second tithe.

gods-holy-day-plan-the-promise-of-hope-for-all-mankind_0Often we have heard the term “the best Feast ever” for each completed Feast. Let’s keep it that way by remembering the purpose of this special event of the year for all of us as stated in Deuteronomy 14:23: “And you shall eat before the Lord your God, in the place where He chooses to make His name abide, the tithe of your grain and your new wine and your oil, of the firstborn of your herds and your flocks, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always” (emphasis added throughout).

The Feast first and foremost is a spiritual occasion, the biggest of the year because virtually the entire Church goes to many sites around the world. Our primary reason for being there is to learn about what God is doing for mankind. While we may be going to wonderful vacation spots and should enjoy the locations where we are, we must be sure to keep the spiritual focus foremost in our mind. By growing in the knowledge of the Feast’s purpose, we make it a better and better Feast every year. We learn the lesson of the Feast by observing it, not just “knowing” what it’s about.

The Feast is a time when our daily prayer, “Thy Kingdom come,” is answered because we are celebrating the fulfillment of the greatest prophecy of all: the return of Jesus Christ to the earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

The Feast is for everyone in the Church. Business conventions may be for just the employees or representatives of a company. But it’s not so with the Feast of Tabernacles. It’s for the entire household as we also read in Deuteronomy 14:26: “You shall eat there before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your household.”

  • For families, make sure that you make this time special for all your dependents that share in your learning and rejoicing. For children, the Feast of Tabernacles, with its spiritual focus, family bonding and excitement of travel will be pleasant, lifelong memories.
  • When at the Feast look out for singles and those who are lonely. They may need you to especially invite them to share a meal and time with you.
  • Pay special attention to children and use the Feast as an occasion for much needed family time.
  • For the ministry, I ask that you to do your very best in the sermons, Bible studies and seminars that you may present. People’s expectation’s are to be motivated by all the messages.

May God bless us all at this year’s Feast of Tabernacles. I’m already eagerly awaiting good reports!

In Christ’s service,

Victor Kubik—President, United Church of God, an International Association

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September 11, 2013 Posted by | President's Office, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

New Video: Focus on God’s Work

June 7, 2013

Information Technology

The home office has released its fifth monthly Focus on God’s Work video about its Information Technology department. Richard Kennebeck, Information Technology manager, gives an overview of the work done by his team, and the auxiliary projects his area undertakes on behalf of serving the Church.

As earlier announced, the plan is for various managers and employees of the United Church of God to give a report about their area of responsibility that may be of particular interest to our congregations. Pastors are asked to make the video links available to our membership, and most videos will be suitable to play in the sermonette timeslot at Sabbath services if desired.

Focus on God’s Work has it’s own menu selection on the member’s website under the “resources” tab at members.ucg.org/content/focus-gods-work. This is where a new video will be posted each month.

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

June 7, 2013 Posted by | Home Office, President's Office, Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

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