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Thanks for your interest, and we hope you do have an opportunity to visit one of our congregations .

Our meetings begin with congregational singing, followed by a prayer. (Our congregational hymns are Psalms or biblical themes set to music.) After that, an elder or someone designated by the pastor gives a 10- to 12-minute message. More congregational singing follows, and after some announcements, often a choir or musicians present special music.

The main message lasts approximately one hour and is normally delivered by either the pastor or a designated elder. These messages provide guidance, encouragement and education to the membership, as well as help us worship God. The service ends with another congregational hymn and prayer.

For more information, please read our booklet This is the United Church of God .

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  • buckrss

    hi, I find your site interesting, and your attempt to portray the “gospel message” as understood by first century believers as admirable. It was good to see that many of the erroneous beliefs that developed in christianity eg trinity, immortal soul etc have been disregarded, and equally good to see that the real christian hope of resurrection to life in a very real kingdom here on earth is being taught. I do have some reservations however, since I do not believe that all eroneous doctrins have been disregarded (eg supernatural devil). The great thing is, however, as we come to the end of mans reign and the start of Christs millenial reign, we will soon all be able to worship God having a much greater understanding of the intricacies of the orginal gospel message.

  • Lena VanAusdle
    @buckrss Jesus Christ spoke of the devil as a powerful, conscious, real being. If we accept Jesus as real, as the Son of God—and the Bible as giving the truthful account of His ministry and teachings—we must also accept the devil as real. The writers of the four Gospels record instances in which Christ confronted Satan and his cohorts, the demons. The Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament, show Satan to be the enemy of Christ, determined to thwart and undermine His work. Just before Jesus began His ministry, Satan tried, through temptation, to turn Him aside from His divine purpose (Matthew 4:1-11 Matthew 4:1-11 1 Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If you be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. 5 Then the devil takes him up into the holy city, and sets him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 And said to him, If you be the Son of God, cast yourself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning you: and in their hands they shall bear you up, lest at any time you dash your foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said to him, It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord your God. 8 Again, the devil takes him up into an exceeding high mountain, and shows him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And said to him, All these things will I give you, if you will fall down and worship me. 10 Then said Jesus to him, Get you hence, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve. 11 Then the devil leaves him, and, behold, angels came and ministered to him.
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    ; Luke 4:1-13 Luke 4:1-13 1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungry. 3 And the devil said to him, If you be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. 4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. 5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to him, All this power will I give you, and the glory of them: for that is delivered to me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7 If you therefore will worship me, all shall be yours. 8 And Jesus answered and said to him, Get you behind me, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve. 9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, If you be the Son of God, cast yourself down from hence: 10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you: 11 And in their hands they shall bear you up, lest at any time you dash your foot against a stone. 12 And Jesus answering said to him, It is said, You shall not tempt the Lord your God. 13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.
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    ). Failing at every turn, Satan was finally allowed to influence other human beings to execute Jesus (Luke 22:2-4 Luke 22:2-4 2 And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people. 3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. 4 And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him to them.
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    ; John 13:2 John 13:2And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him;
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    , 27)—making Him, as the Messiah and our Savior, the atoning sacrifice for the sins of mankind. The apostle Peter, who experienced his own struggles with Satan (Matthew 16:21-23 Matthew 16:21-23 21 From that time forth began Jesus to show to his disciples, how that he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from you, Lord: this shall not be to you. 23 But he turned, and said to Peter, Get you behind me, Satan: you are an offense to me: for you mind not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
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    ; Luke 22:31-32 Luke 22:31-32 31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not: and when you are converted, strengthen your brothers.
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    ), warns us to be on guard against this powerful wicked spirit: “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8 1 Peter 5:8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:
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    , NIV, emphasis added throughout). Peter’s sobering warning helps us to realize that the devil is the enemy of not only Jesus Christ, but also the unwavering enemy of all Christ’s followers, seeking to rend and consume them. For more information on Satan the Devil I recommend reading the booklet “Is There Really a Devil?” http://www.ucg.org/booklet/there-really-devil/
  • Reflector
    May 5, 2013 is a long way back: but to be frank with you, Satan needs to be kept in check. As one who many decades ago experienced many dark forces and beings from the other side, and was miraculously saved by Jesus (and the full story can never be told), Satan does not have to do too much as the flesh (mortal mind and heart) is quite capable of doing everything against God that it desires. Even the most pious Christian or saintly mother, child or teenager is not immune to human influences of the flesh that we try to battle against every day. Sometimes we win and sometimes we fail; and if your God is Jesus, you really know when you have failed and have to repent in sincerity. If you can, be brave and courageous and do not put Satan or his followers on a pedestal, he is already defeated and knows it all too well. Put Jesus on a pedestal in your mind and let the good Word of God rule in your heart. A.K.A read the bible and let it speak to you about God’s Victory. Satan will disappear into the shadows where he belongs. He never had the power of God, nor possessed the power of God’s Holy Spirit, he is just a weakling waiting for full destruction when the Lord God is ready. Praise the Lord. No not enough… Blessed be the Lord God Almighty and his precious Son Jesus, without whom none of this would be available to us or even possible. Live in the victory Christian, not in Satan’s past efforts. They failed but Jesus did not. Cheers my friends. N’

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