Darris McNeely

Darris McNeely works at the United Church of God home office in Cincinnati, Ohio. He and his wife, Debbie, have served in the ministry for more than 32 years. They have two sons, both married. Darris is the Associate Media Producer for the Church. He also is a guest instructor in Early Church History at the Ambassador Bible Center. He enjoys hunting, travel and reading.

 
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The author stands atop the hill of Megiddo - biblical Armageddon.
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by Darris McNeely

As America celebrates it’s “glorious fourth”–the 4th of July–this week I have three events that remind me of the basic human liberty this nation holds dear, and rightly so, even nearly sacred.

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Posted July 3, 2014 -
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Tomorrow, June 28, marks the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Austria’s Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sophie on the streets of Sarajevo. One lone gunman, a Serbian anarchist named Gavrilo Princip fired two shots killing both and setting the fuse that led to the beginning of World I a few weeks later on August 4.

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Posted June 27, 2014 -
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When I heard the news of a tragic car accident involving four friends I immediately thought of the words spoken by David, "...there is but a step between me and death".

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It’s Sunni versus Shiite once again in Iraq and this time America is not around to keep the peace. How far will sectarian strife escalate during this round of fighting in this ancient region?

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Posted June 12, 2014 -
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Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Europe by allied forces during World War II. Normally, I would write about my father, a combat engineer who landed on Omaha Beach that morning with the first wave of troops. But today my thoughts are on his wife, my mother, back in Missouri that day. What, I wonder must she have thought when she heard the news alert that American troops had landed in France?

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Posted June 6, 2014 -
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Yesterday I talked about the positive “buzz” you hear in a winning teams locker room. Today I want to talk about what goes on in the head of a winner. It is one thing to be with a winning team it is another to think like a winner.

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Posted June 3, 2014 -
by Darris McNeely

Do others hear a “winning buzz” when they walk into your church, your office, your family or circle of influence? It can make the difference between success or something less than success.

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A gunman killed three people at a Jewish Community Center in Kansas City yesterday; we are again reminded of how a peaceful moment can turn into a terrible moment of death. The suspected gunman is a known anti-Semitic. He apparently picked this place to vent his seething rage. It is a terrible reminder of a dark mood that resides within our world—waiting to emerge in it's full fury.

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Posted April 14, 2014 -
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The recent movie Noah has generated a lot of buzz. We have given it a fair amount of coverage this week on Beyond Today . Frankly, I had decided I was done commenting on the subject. But I have changed my mind.

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Many people say today’s Western culture is an unrelenting war on men. Is this true? Most often, yes. Here’s a word of advice to ladies: Don’t let yourselves get duped into carrying water for those pushing a feminist agenda. Take control of your life, and plan for your happiness.

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There once was a centurion who gave his life in service to Rome until one day he realized he must recover his life and stop taking the life of others. In that day he began the road to redemption.

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Something significant is happening in our world today and we can’t seem to put our finger on just what it is. But something is happening.

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Many times I have been offended and many times I have offended. It is an unpleasant part of life. It is when I decided not to be offended that I turned the corner on emotional maturity. It is a lesson worth learning.

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Can a man dead for 2000 years serve as a mentor? I think so.

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I like to tell people I started smoking before kindergarten and quit when I was in the seventh grade. Looking at two news items this week tells me I made the right decision.

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Posted February 7, 2014 -
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A natural reaction when we hit a difficult challenge is to wish we did not have to deal with it. We wish it would go away. We all want stress free lives. Life with God isn’t dialed in that way.

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The disciples were watching something better than a 3-D holographic image and were on the verge of a genuine distraction. Life is full of dazzling things just waiting to derail us for our true mission.

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Posted January 29, 2014 -
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This week begins the second semester of the Ambassador Bible Center classes. For my part this means I am gearing up my class on the Acts of the Apostles. I tell the class every year that this New Testament book should be something every Bible student reads regularly. I liken it to sticking your finger into an electrical outlet and and getting a jolt. The story of the  men and women who took the message of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God to the Roman Empire is a gem set within the Biblical story of God’s revelation for mankind.

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Posted January 24, 2014 -
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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed Israel’s Knesset this week. It was an historic first time speech for a leader from Canada. By all accounts it was well received–another passionate speech about the presence and role of not just the State of Israel but the prophetic relationship of the State of Israel with the English speaking nations. Those who really understand this historic relationship are the only ones speaking today with such fervor. Anyone who has to sell a belief or idea should listen or read a speech like this. It is passion on full display.

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Posted January 22, 2014 -
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The culture a leader creates around himself speaks volumes about his leadership style. Last week, revelations about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s staff ordering a shut down of the nation's busiest bridge—the George Washington Bridge—grabbed headlines. Apparently a key member of the the governor’s staff texted an order to close down traffic lanes on the bridge as political retaliation against the mayor of Fort Dix, New Jersey, for not supporting the governor’s re-election bid last year.

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Posted January 15, 2014 -
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The controversy over Phil Robertson’s comments about homosexuality remind us of the consequences of a public figure speaking their true thoughts about modern morality. It also shows us the selective nature of censorship. Here’s how.

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Nelson Mandela was a rare man. He managed to hold together conflicting forces and forge a workable nation at a time when most thought open civil war would break out. For that singular feat he should be remembered with respect.

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The real world is frightening enough without the manufactured “horror” of Halloween.

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Proverbs says, "Where there is no revelation the people perish"(Proverbs:29:18). What the verse is saying is without an accurate vision of reality the way forward for any person, organization or nation is perilous. Deep trouble lies ahead without the ability to accurately see reality plainly in front of our face.

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The twelve-year old SUV is still with me. The day I registered it for the plates was the day America was attacked in New York and Washington by terrorists. 9/11. The day we all remember.

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of one the great speeches in American history. On August 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King stood on the steps of Washington's Lincoln Memorial, before an estimated crowd of 250,000 marchers and wove a lyrical speech into the tapestry of our time.

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Egypt continues to unravel as violence and unrest sweeps through the major cities. Whatever the military's words may be it is certain their end game is not an Islamist state envisioned by the Muslim Brotherhood. How the country gets out of this present mess is anyone's guess.

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Posted August 20, 2013 -
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Along the hallway of the building where I work hang 14 group pictures of men and women who have attended Ambassador Bible Center, a Bible program sponsored by the United Church of God. Every time I pause and look at the groups I recall certain people, certain episodes and certain stories. Every picture tells a hundred stories.

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Posted August 19, 2013 -
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Some mornings I know I can't leave the house without wrestling with God in prayer for a blessing on the day.

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Posted June 21, 2013 -
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Why is it important to know who Jesus Christ was before His birth as a human? We often receive questions about Christ and His divinity. It’s one of the most important—if not the most important—questions of the New Testament.

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Posted June 10, 2013 -
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June 6 marks the anniversary of D-Day, the Normandy invasion of World War II. The day that marked the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. It was the largest assemblage of men and material in all history. The date and the event still cause many to pause and consider. I am one of those who each year, on the anniversary of this great battle, awakens and remember what one soldier did that day.

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It is a time for grieving in Moore, Oklahoma. The morning after a terrible swift moving tornado touched down that city and the state are recovering from the shock of death and destruction visited upon them in a matter of minutes on Monday afternoon. Our prayers go out to the victims and their families and friends. The slow movements of a new reality and recovery are upon them in the cold clear light of a new life. May God, who alone knows why He allows these forces of nature to randomly occur, hold them all in His perfect grace.

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Finally, after days of deliberating the jury returned a guilty verdict in the trial of Dr. Herbert Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortion doctor accused of running a filthy charnel house euphemistically called an "abortion clinic". All done of course under the protective cloak of law that allows doctors to rip human life from the womb of a mother. I hope he spends the remainder of his life behind bars dealing with the consequences of his actions, and maybe by the grace of God coming in time to a measure of guilt, the first step toward redemption.

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Our lives are tormented by a Chechen warlord whose spirit could not be settled, because a Russian Czar could not rule with justice and righteousness and sent wave after wave of slaughter across a land of those who would not yield to anyone. What happened on the streets of Boston last week, or any other scene of mindless raw terror has its origins among peoples and tongues far beyond what we can know, imagine or care about. Seeds of hate and evil sprout where bitter winds of war and terror blow them. And no one today can give a clear understanding of why.

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Beyond Today Media is planning an upcoming taping of a "The Four Horsemen of Revelation" . It has been a few years since we did a treatment of this well known prophecy from Revelation 6. As we begin to research the subject it is obvious there will be no problem finding fresh material for the program. Unfortunately, false religion, war, disease and famine are still around.

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Posted April 22, 2013 -
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A bomb at an event that brings people together from all over the world. Patriot's Day. The Boston Marathon. A Red Sox game. All major celebrations in a city already known for another massacre, long ago.

Who was the target? The American running for the sheer joy of an event? The African who runs for the proud legacy of his people? Or was it the Muslim, oblivious to the voices of extremism—just happy to be taking part in an event that honors freedom and patriotism. All faiths and all nationalities were represented on this day.

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Posted April 16, 2013 -
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(This blog was first published on May 20, 2012. Margaret Thatcher died on April 8, 2013)

Over the holiday weekend I had a chance to watch some movies I have been wanting to see for several months. One that I viewed, The Iron Lady, tells the story of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

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Posted April 8, 2013 -
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Change the terms, remove the stigma of shame, and all behavior is equal. That's what is happening with two critical issues today.

Last night I was watching Bill O'Reilly on Fox News. He was discussing the culture wars and specifically why traditional voices are losing the battle on two key issues: abortion and same-sex marriage. Since I am not a regular viewer of the program, but am always watching the ongoing culture wars, I stopped to hear what he had to say.

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Posted April 5, 2013 -
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I am currently working on a Beyond Today script titled, "Whatever Happened to Sin?” In researching the topic I found an old article from Newsweek of the same title. The article was written in 1995 and gives me some good ideas. It will have to be updated with more research since a lot has changed in the past 18 years.

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Pope Francis I (Francis the First) steps onto the world stage as the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina will face a load of work in taking on the role of pope. First reports say he is a man of people, one who rides a bus with the public (although those days are over!) and is man with his own mind. The church will soon discover just what this man will become.

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Osama Bin Laden Killed - Relief and Ramifications
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