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Live Bible Study Webcast: Jesus Our Passover

January 21, 2014

The Cincinnati East, Ohio, congregation of the United Church of God is continuing its bi-weekly Bible study Wednesday night, January 22. The study continues at the new time of 7 p.m. ET and is available live via webcast.

Steve Myers, a presenter on Beyond Today television, will be starting a new six-part series in preparation for the Passover.

The Bible reveals Jesus as Creator, Prophet, Priest, and King. It is said there are over 200 ways He is made known to us in Scripture. The first Bible study in our series will focus on Christ as the Lamb of God slain for the sins of the whole world and the deep meaning for each of us. He is Jesus, our Passover.

Live Bible Study

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

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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

KOG Bible Seminars Report

December 17, 2012



kingdom-of-god-seminarA report on the first series of our Kingdom of God Bible Seminars was delivered to the Council of Elders on December 12. Peter Eddington gave the Council a handout that showed a total of 5,680 seminar guests were in attendance at more than 200 locations around the globe.

Here is a breakdown on guest attendance for each round of the series:

September 2011 Round 1 176 Locations 1,514
January 2012 Round 2 190 Locations 1,653
May 2012 Round 3 206 Locations 1,258
September 2012 Round 4 181 Locations 1,255
TOTAL 5,680 

Below is a listing of cities with the top five guest attendance figures for each round. As you will note, the developing areas of the world most often showed the highest interest in the gospel of the Kingdom of God:

Round 1

  1. 52     San Antonio, TX
  2. 50     Santiago, Chile
  3. 35     Davao City, Philippines
  4. 33     Got Kachola, Kenya
  5. 33     Ogembo-Rianyamwamu, Kenya

Round 2

  1. 110    Manila, Philippines
  2. 57     Davao City, Philippines
  3. 42     Bacolod, Philippines
  4. 42     Melbourne, Australia
  5. 40     Sydney, Australia

Round 3

  1. 117    Manila, Philippines
  2. 58     Bacolod City, Philippines
  3. 43     Mexico City, Mexico
  4. 34     San Carlos City, Philippines
  5. 32     Bolivia

Round 4

  1. 125    San Carlos City, Philippines
  2. 108   Johannesburg, South Africa
  3. 96     Manila, Philippines
  4. 76     Capetown, South Africa
  5. 49     Davao City, Philippines

We have people now regularly attending Sabbath services with us as a result of the seminars, and a number of baptisms have stemmed from the seminars too. It can be considered a success if even just one or two guests graced our congregation’s doorstep who otherwise would not have attended. We were successful in getting them out of their homes to come and hear the gospel of the Kingdom. note taking bible computer

Jesus Christ, as the Head of His Church, has a plan for each person. While numbers are not everything, results do help us measure our efforts. And, while God’s Church will be a small flock (Luke 12:32), there was a very encouraging number of guests in many cities.

Recommendations for Next Series

Dennis Luker, president of the United Church of God, an International Association, gave his support to the Kingdom of God Bible Seminars program moving forward. The Council of Elders agreed with the approach put forth. Here are a few details on the next series:

  • We will keep the “Kingdom of God Bible Seminars” brand and theme, but offer a specific topic under the title. For example: “The Sabbath: A Key to the Kingdom of God.”
  • Rather than produce a detailed script for each new seminar, we may choose a relevant UCG booklet to use as core material. For example, Sunset to Sunset: God’s Sabbath Rest. The presenters can choose which section or chapter of the booklet they’d like to focus on. The website also provides a valuable resource for presenters to use in developing their presentations.
  • Have two seminars per year, instead of three.
  • Choose the months of June and November each year for seminars, with pastors having the flexibility to work as they see best within this timeline.
  • Due to budget constraints, use regular Sabbath service halls to avoid additional hall rental. And use local funding for seminar advertising (letters, postcards, etc.) that is not part of the home office budget subsidy.
  • Proposed Topics:
  • Format:
    • Opening Prayer
    • 1 Seminar (60 min.)
    • Closing Prayer


    • If desired, abbreviated 60-minute Sabbath service either before or afterwards with hymns, prayers and one sermon or split sermon.

We are looking forward very much to our next round of seminars and are asking pastors to choose their seminar dates as soon as possible and get them listed on our website. A number of our readers and viewers are already looking for the next seminar to be held in their city—and they check our website regularly hoping to sign up to attend. So the sooner our presenters get their seminar dates listed the better.

Thank you for your prayers for the ongoing success and God’s blessing on this part of our work to preach the gospel of God’s Kingdom.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

December 17, 2012 Posted by | Media and Communications, Ministerial Services, President's Office | , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

The Solution to Fears of War in the Middle East

[The following letter by Dennis Luker, president of the United Church of God, was sent to Church membership September 19.}

September 19, 2012

Dear Brethren,

As we in the home office busily finish up final details for the much anticipated Feast of Tabernacles, tensions mount amidst fears of fresh war in the Middle East, even while this letter is being prepared for you. What a contrast! Just as we read and hear anew the biblical words and passages about soon-coming peace and prosperity in the Kingdom of God, the news is filled with fears of regional conflict, perhaps even the beginnings of global conflict. While many intently follow what the British newspaper The Telegraph calls an “armada of international naval power massing” in the Persian Gulf, we are urged to redouble our efforts in spiritual preparation, being alert and avoiding being caught up in “the anxieties of life” (Luke 21:34-36, New International Version).

Unlike what God gives us, the world does not yet have the serene strength that comes from the truth. Millions, perhaps billions, of people toss and turn at night, worried about what the next day may bring. At the same time we in the Church have these powerful and comforting words: “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom” (Luke 12:32). What a blessing! Ours is the sure knowledge and unbreakable promise that God’s plan is to deliver us. Our soon-to-come inheritance is a never ending time of unprecedented splendor, all focused on an eternal relationship of service with our Elder Brother and soon coming King. To continue our journey toward this Kingdom, we have but to continually yield and turn our lives over to God, following the leadership of the Head of the Church, Jesus Christ.

As we watch world events unfold during this annual biblical season, we know that “the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God” (Romans 8:19). This is the time of revealing when God will complete the incomprehensible and wondrous task of “bringing many sons to glory” (Hebrews 2:10). How deep and profound is this? The apostle Paul tells us that even now the physical world “groans and labors with birth pangs,” awaiting the time when it “will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:22, 21).

I am personally grateful that this year’s Feast season comes at a time when we are finishing up our year-long round of Kingdom of God Bible Seminars. Many have told me how these seminars serve as an excellent jump-start in helping us refocus, deeply recalling why we were called in the first place: to preach the gospel and prepare a people!

The vision for the Church comes alive in activities like these, with “the whole body [of the Church] joined and knit together…working by which every part does its share” (Ephesians 4:16). While ministers may have provided the heavy lifting on the main presentation, members had the equally critical role of “being witnesses” of God’s way of life (Luke 21:13; 1 Peter 3:15). I had the privilege of speaking at the New York City Kingdom of God Bible Seminar, one of the more than 160 separate seminars being conducted in this public series. When unseasonal heavy weather came and even a rare tornado touched down near the site where the seminar was being held, it wasn’t difficult to think that opposing spiritual forces were not pleased that the gospel of the Kingdom was being carried to New York!

Despite any physical and spiritual opposition, the seminars are indeed bearing fruit. Just like in the earlier days of the Church, new people are now coming to services in many areas, and some baptisms are taking place. The total attendance and impact will be compiled in November after all of the seminars have taken place across the world. As one minister said, “People now know where we live!” God’s Church—His “called out ones”—is out in the open!

As we participate in the Feast of Tabernacles, heralding through our observance the future coming Kingdom, let us truly refresh and renew ourselves spiritually, drinking deeply of the biblical truths we will again hear and read. For some it will be the first Feast, a time of the joyous enthusiasm of the spiritual “first love” (Revelation 2:4). For others it may be the 10th, 20th, even 50th or more observance of this festival season.

Whatever milestone it is for you and wherever you observe it, keep the Feast with joy and purpose! As history records, there have been times when the early Christians were openly condemned for keeping God’s Holy Days. At least one religious leader (John Chrysostom) listed the biblical Feasts by name as late as the fourth century A.D., wrongly calling their observance by Christians some 300 years after Christ’s death a “perverse custom.” Many in this current election year have warned of the possible erosion of religious freedom in the United States, which leads us to recall the words of Christ: “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is still day; the night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4).

We still presently have the wonderful ability to meet together in peace, worship God and demonstrate His way of life, so let us seize every opportunity! Let us embrace a renewed sense of urgency and let this Feast be a time of great renewal.

In closing, please remember to ask for God’s blessing both on the speaking and the hearing during this festival. Please pray both for the inspiration of speakers and for a special blessing for those receiving the word. I also want to thank you in advance for your special offerings on the Holy Days—there remains much work to be done, and your fervent prayers and your generous offerings directly impact the scope of that work. Let us humbly remember to give cheerfully, for “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

May we all be greatly blessed during the Feast and the days ahead. We are called to a life of service and this time affords us a special opportunity to demonstrate that. Let us truly become that spiritual lamp that “gives light to all” (Matthew 5:15).

In Christ’s service,

Dennis Luker

September 19, 2012 Posted by | President's Office | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Pre-Passover Letter From Dennis Luker

March 21, 2012

Dear Brethren,

An early spring has engulfed the home office area in the northern hemisphere, bringing with it the anticipation of the biblical spring Holy Day season and the beginning of the annual observance of God’s plan for humanity.

It is very interesting that during this time three high-profile ancient Middle Eastern artifacts have made big news in the archeological world. A long, multi-year trial in Jerusalem ended earlier this month, clearing professionals of forgery charges related to three important finds: an ancient piece of sculpture that some experts believe comes directly from Solomon’s Temple, a tablet fragment from the 9th century B.C. that also could have been associated with Solomon’s Temple, and finally an ossuary (bone burial box) that many believe is directly associated with James, the half-brother of Jesus Christ and the author of the book of James.

The James Ossuary. Source: Paradiso Images

The first two are significant and exciting because if they are indeed authentic, they may serve as additional extra-biblical proof of the events described in the Old Testament during Solomon’s time. The third, the James ossuary (dated from the time of Christ), had attracted the most attention, in part, because it includes an inscription in Hebrew stating, “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.” Over the past few years this news of a possible direct physical connection to Jesus has served to raise considerable fresh interest in both the book of James and in James’ role in the early New Testament Church.

As we in the Church know, the book of James emphasizes the “royal law” (James 2:8) and the “law of liberty” (verse 12). In the book, as James clearly teaches, and just as his older Brother Jesus taught, Christians are expected to obey God and produce good fruits, which James refers to as “works” (James 2:14-18, 26). The apostle Paul singled out James, confirming him as “the Lord’s brother” (Galatians 1:19). Paul also notes that Jesus appeared to James privately after His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:7).

While we do not seek to venerate ancient artifacts (Exodus 20:3-6), they can be useful to reinforce the biblical message and raise awareness of the accuracy of its teachings. With that in mind, consider this: In referencing the “royal law,” James cites Leviticus 19:18: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus, the Son of God and the living Head of the Church today, stated that this was the second of the two greatest commandments, the first of course being: “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37; Deuteronomy 6:5).

Now, as we approach the spring Holy Days and the Christian Passover, you have probably already begun the process of preparing for these days. As Paul taught, to properly fulfill the potential for spiritual growth during this time, “Let a man examine himself and so [prepared] let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup” (1 Corinthians 11:28). The biblical message is clear. Lest we wrongly come before God in “an unworthy manner” (verse 27), we are to diligently and humbly prepare in advance, renewing our commitment to God and rededicating ourselves to His Son, Jesus Christ, and His way of life (2 Corinthians 13:5).

So how do we prepare and “examine ourselves”? Clearly we know that we “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), and that were it not for receiving God’s grace through the sacrifice of Jesus—the very event we are to remember during the Passover service—we could not be heirs with Christ in the family of God.

As we prepare for the Passover and continue to grow in our Christian life, are we more concerned about the welfare of others over ourselves? Do we have self-centered thoughts that need to be replaced by the thoughts of God? Has our speech improved? Has unwarranted criticism, foul-speaking, gossip and harsh talk vanished from our lives? If not, James warned, “If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless” (James 1:26, emphasis added).

Are we learning how to love one another, as Jesus directly instructed just prior to His crucifixion? Can people see this growing love in us for our fellow brethren (John 13:34-35)? Are we more forgiving and less judgmental? As James emphasized: “Mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:13).

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9). Reflecting on what He said, James wrote, “The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:18). Those words are rich with meaning, as that peace comes from receiving wisdom from God (verse 17), which is pure, gentle, willing to yield and full of mercy and good fruits.

Today, many good things are happening in the church, and I sincerely thank you for your prayers. As you can read in United News and elsewhere, many new opportunities are opening to us as we continue to grow spiritually and please God. Please pray that God will open the minds and hearts of many others as His Word goes forth in an ever more powerful way, and that they will help in supporting God’s work.

In conclusion, as James wrote, those of us who yield to God and become doers of the work will be blessed in what we do. May we all yield to the authority and guidance of the true Leader of this Church, Jesus Christ, our Passover Lamb, and seek to know and do the will of our living God!

You brethren are in my prayers as we approach the Passover. I pray that your preparation for and observance of the spring Holy Day season will be rich and spiritually rewarding.

In Christ’s service,

Dennis Luker—President

March 21, 2012 Posted by | President's Office | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

VIDEO: How to Make Simple Unleavened Bread

March 14, 2012

A new United Church of God short film on how to make simple unleavened bread was shot and made available this week—very timely as we approach the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread.

For more leaven-free recipes that you can enjoy during the Days of Unleavened Bread, visit

Peter Eddington—Media and Communications Services

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“Good News” Brochure Distribution Program to Expand

February 22, 2012

Successful U.S. Member Participation Program to Begin 14th Distribution Year

We are pleased to announce that four new tri-fold brochures and an updated earlier one are now available for distribution by brethren and congregations in the United States. The brochures offer potential readers a free, one-year subscription to The Good News magazine and one of our foundational booklets. The brochure titles include:

  • Heaven and Hell – What Does the Bible Really Teach?
  • Holidays or Holy Days – Does it Matter Which Days We Observe?
  • Managing Your Finances
  • The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy
  • What Happens After Death? (updated)

For the last 13 years the Good News brochure distribution program has been an important part of the efforts of the United Church of God to publish the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. Since 1999 our dedicated church members have distributed over half a million brochures. These brochures have generated 10,046 subscriber responses equaling an overall excellent 1.95 percent response at a very fine $1.56 cost per response. Below are brochure distribution totals for each year:

  • 1999            21,497
  • 2000            43,500
  • 2001            40,200
  • 2002            51,250
  • 2003            21,840
  • 2004            13,835
  • 2005            108,535
  • 2006            71,665
  • 2007            58,408
  • 2008            31,555
  • 2009            18,485
  • 2010            27,080
  • 2011            6,620

Total            514,470

Over the previous 13 years brethren have placed brochures in restaurants, supermarkets, motels, hospital and clinic lobbies, auto-repair shops, hairdressers, senior centers, libraries, convenience stores and many other locations.

Whether brochures are placed in a display or a few are left on a table for pick-up in such locations, many distribution opportunities exist to reach potential readers. Additionally, members have used brochures as an opportunity to introduce the Church’s literature to interested relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers.

As we begin our 14th distribution year, we invite all brethren and congregations in the United States to participate in this newly expanded program. This program is one in which every member can be involved.

Please contact John LaBissoniere at or call 423-562-9400 or toll-free 888-369-9940 for your supply of brochures and displays.

Also for information, you are welcome to visit the Brochure Program Web page at

John LaBissoniere—Print Advertising Manager, Media and Communications Services

February 22, 2012 Posted by | Good News Magazine, Media and Communications | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Announcement: UCG and LCG Representatives Meet

January 12, 2012

From: Dennis Luker, president

United and Living Church of God Representatives Meet

As the end of this age draws near, it seems more appropriate than ever that God’s people, wherever they may reside, support one another in fulfilling the commission Jesus Christ gave us. With this in the forefront of our minds, representatives of the of the United Church of God, an International Association, met with the leadership of the Living Church of God at Living’s Headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, on January 9-10 for a two-day visit.

The purpose of the visit was to rekindle friendships and discuss ways to cooperate in serving God’s people. The meetings were cordial and positive and included an open and frank discussion about those things that we have in common, and some of our differences, including church government and the way each Church is organized. We also discussed our different strategies for preaching the gospel in this modern age. There was no discussion of any type of merger.

Discussions about areas of cooperation within the greater Church of God community included humanitarian concerns, disaster relief and other unforeseen events where we can help our members meet critical needs by supporting and loving one another as Jesus commanded. Cooperation could also include helping members who have difficulty getting time off for the Sabbath and Holy Days, and other legal matters that affect both organizations. It was agreed that open communication between Church of God organizations will become more important as world events move towards their ultimate prophetic fulfillment.

Those in attendance at the meetings in Charlotte on behalf of the Living Church of God were Dr. Roderick C. Meredith, Mr. Richard Ames and Dr. Douglas Winnail. Those who traveled from Cincinnati for the United Church of God were Mr. Dennis Luker, Mr. Victor Kubik and Mr. Peter Eddington. Mr. Luker commented that the Cincinnati team felt most welcome and were treated very warmly. In addition to the meetings, the UCG visitors were given a full tour of the Living Church of God headquarters and adjacent media center.

January 14, 2012 Posted by | President's Office | , , , , , , , , , | 44 Comments

Beyond Today TV: “God’s Roadmap” Results

June 14, 2011

Beyond Today on WGN America –Current Top 15 Programs

The United Church of God Beyond Today television program titled “God’s Roadmap,” hosted by Steve Myers, aired on WGN America on Sunday, June 5, 2011. We are happy to report that this episode produced an excellent 1,199 responses at $10.01 cost per response. These results place it in 7th overall place out of 49 programs aired so far. See the chart below which shows the current top 15 programs.

Beyond Today Weekly Response – Top 15 Programs as of 06-14-11

Program Number

Program Title

Aired During Week of

WGN Total Requests



Will I Go to Hell? (repeat)

Mar 27-Apr 2, 2011




Egypt in Bible Prophecy

Apr 3-9, 2011




Easter Exposed (repeat)

Apr 17-23, 2011




Get to Know Your Bible

Mar 6-12, 2011




The Coming King of the South

May 15-21, 2011




The Moment After You Die

Jan 9-15, 2011




God’s Roadmap

June 5-11, 2011




Easter Exposed

Mar 13-19, 2011




The Man Nobody Knows (repeat)

Apr 10-16, 2011




Who is the Antichrist?

May 29-Jun 4, 2011




The Rapture: Fact or Fiction? (repeat)

Nov 21-27, 2010




Europe on the Threshold

Apr 24-30, 2011




Thy Kingdom Come (repeat)

Feb 27-Mar 5, 2011




Will I Go to Hell?

Oct 17-23, 2010




The Rapture: Fact or Fiction?

Jul 18-24, 2010



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

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

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40,000 WGN America Responses

June 8, 2011

Beyond Today on WGN America Logs 40,000 Total Responses

A new Beyond Today program titled “Who is the Antichrist?“, hosted by Steve Myers, aired on WGN America on Sunday, May 29, 2011. This episode placed ninth in overall response ranking out of 48 programs aired so far. It attracted a very favorable 1,152 responses at $10.42 cost per response.

Also, we are pleased to report that as of this program, overall response on WGN America has topped the 40,000 mark. With God’s blessings and guidance total response on this vast television network could reach 50,000 by the end of August.

Additionally, Beyond Today program “God’s Roadmap” hosted by Steve Myers, aired on Sunday, June 5, 2011. Preliminary response indicates this episode, which covered God’s Holy Day plan, could place in the top fifth or sixth in terms of response.

Thank you for your continuing prayers for God’s favor on the Church’s vital efforts in preaching and publishing the Gospel of God’s Kingdom. We are still looking for the best West Coast and Chicago options for new stations to add to our station lineup. Our hard-working media team members are extremely grateful for your prayers and support.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

June 8, 2011 Posted by | Beyond Today, Media and Communications | , , , , , | 5 Comments