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by Victor Kubik

Victor Kubik discusses the recent approval by the Council of Elders to change the title of The Good News magazine to the Beyond Today magazine. 

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Posted December 18, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

It's a familiar refrain this time of year: Peace on earth, good will toward men. Really?

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Posted December 18, 2014 -
by Jacob Mammen

"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them" (Hebrews:11:13-16).

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Posted December 17, 2014 -
by Janet Treadway

Recently, I watched a documentary about the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kailash Satyarthi, from India. He shared the Nobel Prize money worth USD 1.1 million with Pakistan's Malala Yousufzai, only 17 years old. While we have seen a lot in the news about this amazing young lady, Malala Yousufzai, I had never heard of Kailash Satyarthi.

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Posted December 17, 2014 -
by Dan Dowd

Who shows respect these days? Politicians? Celebrities? Not so much. Disrespect for those in authority is commonplace; and we regularly see angry reactions when people disagree with a decision.

What about the Bible? Is there any respect for God's Word? From the first century A.D. until around the end of the last century, the Bible had a prominent place in individual lives and in the surrounding culture. Now the Bible is portrayed in academics, the news, and film as a book of stories or myths, definitely not the Word of God.

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Posted December 16, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Janet Treadway

On the heels of the Ferguson riots, New York City is under a wave of protest after the death of Eric Garner. Garner was killed by a policemen in an altercation. According to the police, they approached Garner because he was selling unlicensed cigarettes, and he resisted arrest. They noted that Garner’s rap sheet listed 31 arrests, beginning when he was 16. Nine of those arrests were for the same thing, for selling cigarettes unlicensed.

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Posted December 14, 2014 -
by Mitchell Moss

In interviews during the early stages of production on Exodus: Gods and Kings, Ridley Scott said that what intrigued him the most about the story of Moses was the relationship between him and his adopted brother, Pharaoh Ramses. That human aspect, he explained, would be what he would explore in the film. Those statements, as well as what I hoped to be incredible visual effects of the supernatural plagues of Egypt are what drew me to see this movie.

Sadly, the film delivers on neither.

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Posted December 12, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

Is tactical nuclear war on our forefront? I recently read a Forbes article detailing four ways that Russia could use its new tactical nuclear strike capacity in the present Ukrainian confrontation. Even though I have thoroughly read, understand and believe God's biblical promises of the coming Kingdom of God for all of humanity, I found the Forbes article disheartening.

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Posted December 11, 2014 -
by Jacob Mammen

I don't know about you, but in my life I hope for the godly desires of my heart to become reality. Notice I said "godly" desires. We can all agree that some of the desires that come out of our hearts can leave us and others all messed up. When I read Psalm:37:4: "Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart," I take that as a promise from our Creator!

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Posted December 10, 2014 -
by Kevin Greer

Science and religion often appear conflicted and utterly opposed to one another. But how does science actually line up with the Bible and true Christianity? Why do the two philosophies seem at odds so frequently? Some of the tension can be traced back to a time when Catholicism was the monolithic and solitary voice for religion in the West.

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Posted December 10, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Darris McNeely

This week the Beyond Today production team came together at our office to tape three Beyond Today programs.

Gary Petty flew up from San Antonio and taped a program called "What Is a Saint?" Steve Myers’ program asked, "What Are the Signs of the End Times?" It’s always a busy two days of script editing and production when we gather every month for these programs.

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Posted December 5, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

Has someone ever personally shared a hard or important moment of their life with you? How did you respond? In this third in a series about experiences in prayer I'd like to talk about effectively delivering powerful prayers on behalf of others.

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Posted December 4, 2014 -
by Kevin Greer

What a world we live in! There's so much for Christians to avoid: drugs, sexual sins, drunkenness, repugnant entertainment, the world's holidays (like Christmas and Easter), lying, covetousness, greed, foul language, Sabbath-breaking, idolatry, cheating, bitter thoughts - and this list doesn't even begin to cover the horrors of this world's ways and their pervasiveness.

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Posted December 4, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Janet Treadway

As I watched and read the news, it struck me that a lot of our national arguments are based on two little words: "my rights." Various articles were titled like this: "How to Flex Your Rights During a Police Encounter," "Your Civil Rights," "Gay Rights," "Abortion Rights," "Right to Life," and even "What You Need to Know About Your Rights at the Airport." And here's one that I thought was somewhat humorous: "You're Smoking Pot and My Rights."

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Posted December 3, 2014 -
by Peter Eddington

Beginning Friday, January 2, 2015 the Beyond Today television program will be airing on a new day and times.

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Posted December 2, 2014 -
by Darris McNeely

America and the world has been focused on Ferguson, Missouri, and the aftermath of the tragic shooting incident that left Michael Brown dead and has now seen Officer Darren Wilson exonerated. Both the rioting and rhetoric have highlighted the deep racial divides in America. But among the stories there is one that shows us the depth of humanity it takes to overcome hatred, fighting and anger that divides not just white from black, but Serb from Croat and Arab from Jew in our world.

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Posted December 2, 2014 -
by Janet Treadway

If you’re American, you’ve almost certainly recited the “Pledge of Allegiance” sometime during your lifetime. For me as a child, it was a requirement at the beginning of each and every school day. The last three words in the Pledge are justice for all. Those words really stood out to me recently. I want to ask: Is there “justice for all?” Is there justice for you?

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Posted November 26, 2014 -
by Janet Treadway

We were all shocked by the recent beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The daily news of brutality and death sentences that people are inflicting on others because they do not believe the same way is shocking!

This barbarism is being done in the name of religion. The latest hostile, brutal group on the world scene is ISIS. However religious persecution is not just happening in the Middle East.

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Posted November 26, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

Violence, looting and burning erupted last night after a prosecutor announced that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the August 9th death of Michael Brown. Since that date tension has been high and sustained in what appeared to be a delayed ruling. Fear was that whether Wilson was indicted or not, violence would erupt. Supporters of both sides were ready to take action after the verdict would be announced.

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Posted November 25, 2014 -
by Janet Treadway

We have all seen news about celebrities and their scandals; Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus to name a few. Recently, actors Bill Cosby and Steven Collins, who played respectable fathers in regular sitcoms, sitcoms that I watched, are now the latest to be embroiled in scandal. Of course, there are two sides to the story. Our society tends to idolize celebrities, so when these kinds of stories come out we tend to be in disbelief.

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Posted November 25, 2014 -
by Gayle Hoefker

Now is the time of year that many in the United States begin to think about Thanksgiving. We are thankful for many physical blessings like safe neighborhoods, freedom of travel, abundant harvests, good jobs, and comfortable homes.

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Posted November 18, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Steven Britt

Modern psychology has shown that our attitude can influence our perception of events, places, people and their motives--everything we experience! Our attitude is generally outside of our control and shaped by our prior interactions, unless we are keenly aware of our own prejudices and make a conscious effort to free ourselves from them.

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Posted November 18, 2014 -
by Darris McNeely

There was tragic news out of Jerusalem yesterday. Two Muslim gunmen entered a synagogue with guns and knives and killed four and injured several others. The gunmen were later shot down by Israeli police. This is the most violent incident yet in recent escalation of attacks in the city.

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Posted November 18, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

If you're like me, it's altogether too easy to allow distractions. If I'm not focused, my mind can wander. How do we avoid that and offer up powerful prayers that "avail much"? (James:5:16).

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Posted November 13, 2014 -
by Janet Treadway

Recently I hit the "six-zero." I had been dreading it for months. The reality sunk in that I have lived most of my life! Even if I lived to my eighties, that is but a vapor as I see time speeding along.

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Posted November 13, 2014 -
by Mitchell Moss

“We used to look up in the sky and wonder at our place in the stars, and now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.”— Interstellar main character Cooper.

Is there any more wide a chasm separating two distinctly contrasting perspectives in the human condition than that?

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Posted November 7, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

Ever talk with God? Did He answer? The Bible references prayer more than 600 times, confirming its critical importance. Simply put, prayer represents the very spiritual lifeblood of the relationship we have with God. It's the main way we communicate with both our all-powerful Father in heaven and with Jesus Christ, our Advocate. Through many examples, the Bible shows how prayer is the miraculous medium directly connecting physical man to God, who is Spirit (John:4:24). Through prayer we can express our gratitude, praise, thoughts and needs to God.

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Posted November 6, 2014 -
by David Dance

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold (Psalm:18:2, NIV).

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Posted November 5, 2014 -
by Dan Dowd

What do you trust in?

Some people trust in wealth. Some people trust in a select group of individuals – a spouse, or family, or friends. Some trust only in themselves. Others trust in the government of the nation they live in. One of the great tragedies of the time in which we live is the erosion of trust across all aspects of our society.

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Posted November 4, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Darris McNeely

Revelations this week that senior members of President Obama’s administration have resorted to speaking of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a derogatory manner are disturbing. It was revealed this week that Mr. Netanyahu has been called “chicken****” and a “coward.” Deliberately leaking these comments to the press shows others deficiencies I won’t comment on here.

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Posted October 31, 2014 -
by Darris McNeely

If I were a Minion, I would think I got the short end of the stick.

A quick trip to the grocery store a couple of days ago found me checking out behind a gentleman who had bought every package of Twinkies on the grocery shelf. The boxes of soft yellow sponge cakes filled his grocery cart. I couldn’t resist making a comment. “Are you afraid they might stop making Twinkies again?”

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Posted October 30, 2014 -
by Mitchell Moss

Gas is down below $3 per gallon for the first time in years, and it’s so good. One energy analyst says he thinks that crude oil could dip in price as low as $65 per barrel (right now it’s about $81 per barrel).

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Posted October 30, 2014 -
by Randy Stiver

The answer is that you should keep none of the above. But why?

During this last week of October the Vatican hosted a conference of The International Association of Exorcists (IAE) formed in 1990 by a group of Catholic  priests who specialize in exorcising (casting out) demons (fallen angels who are now evil). Reports indicate that Pope Francis praised their work in the battle against the Devil.

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Posted October 30, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Jacob Mammen

"Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God" (Psalm:42:5, New International Version).

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Posted October 27, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

"It's not my fault!"

How often have we heard—or even said ourselves—those exact words when something we're involved in goes wrong? It's often an initial reaction. Nobody likes to be wrong or liable, and we often can quickly grope for ways to explain away or justify failure or setback by placing blame on everyone else but ourselves.

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Posted October 23, 2014 -
by Darris McNeely

The dust has settled, for now, on the land of Israel and Gaza after this summers exchange of rockets. Thousands of Arabs died and the tiny enclave of Gaza perched on the edge of the Mediterranean is sorting through the devastation rained down in retaliation from rocket attacks and clandestine tunnels dug to launch surprise incursions into Israel. For the Arab population of Gaza it was a stunning tragedy.

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Posted October 22, 2014 -
by Janet Treadway

On a visit to my favorite second hand store recently, I started talking with one of the clerks. She is always so friendly and upbeat. This trip was different, though. I knew she was waiting for tests to come back to see if her brain cancer had returned, so I asked if she had received the results back from the test. Still smiling, while taking a big swallow, she informed me that the cancer was back. She had decided to not do treatment. My heart ached for her. She proceeded to wait on her customers with that same friendly voice as if nothing was different. 

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Posted October 15, 2014 -
by United Church of God

Some 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ observed an ancient Hebrew festival called the Festival of Tabernacles, which was recorded for future generations in the New Testament book of John. Beginning at sunset on October 8, multiple thousands of 21st century Christians and families of the United Church of God will follow this example of Jesus at more than 40 Festival sites around the world (including the United States and Canada), beginning eight days of celebrating a future time of unprecedented peace and prosperity – the coming biblically prophesied Kingdom of God.

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Posted October 4, 2014 -
by Heather Disher

On a sunny afternoon, I was in my bedroom. I could hear my mom in the kitchen cooking dinner. I was maybe six or seven, sulking and crying and pouting as hard as I could. Face down in my covers, hot tears soaking everything.

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Posted October 3, 2014 -
by Darris McNeely

Evil can only be overcome by force. That’s the hard lesson the United States is learning as it leads another coalition to move into the Middle East to destroy another Hydra-headed monster. ISIS is a manifestation of evil that should teach us a vital lesson about dealing with evil in today’s world.

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Posted October 3, 2014 -

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Kevin Greer said...

Without commenting on whether or not The Ten Commandments (1956) is a good or bad movie in its own right, the fact is that it took certain liberties with the biblical narrative and added things to it that simply are not in the Scriptures. Consider the following examples:

- The Ten Commandments (TTC) draws on non-...

linda effenberger said...

Thank you for your article, Janet. If only God's laws were followed, there would be so much more peace in the world and incidences like you described would not even happen!

It is sad, but so true, that the police officers all over the world do not get the respect due to them all the time. Police officers put their...

Kevin Greer said...

Hi mgb,

"He [Mr. Moss] has given his money to these film makers, and now gives them 'neat" and "interesting' praise."

In I Thes. 5:21, God urges Christians to "prove all things; hold fast that which is good." Other translations use the phrase "test everything" (NLT, ESV), "examine everything carefully" (NASB...

linda effenberger said...

Very encouraging! Thank you for your blog, Jacob!

Mitchell Moss said...

@mgb

Good scriptural points. I agree with you on both points, actually.

To the comment I made about the choice of personifying God as "interesting" and "intriguing," it was never my intent to somehow endorse that as a good idea, or one that any Christian should look upon that as a good idea. Rather, my intent...

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