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by Debbie Werner

According to their website, Facebook’s mission is to “give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.” There was an impressive average of 802 million active users per day in March.

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Posted July 28, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Jacob Mammen

“And he (Jahaziel) said, 'Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the  Lord  to you: " Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle   is   not yours, but God’s”'" ( 2 Chronicles:20:15).

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Posted July 26, 2014 -
by Amanda Stiver

We started out on our trip, a long cross-continental journey to see family in the Pacific Northwest and Western South Dakota, with no GPS unit. Technically we had one, but it stopped tracking at the border of Illinois, dropping us into a void of non-digital migration. What could we do? Luckily, being fans of maps we were well supplied and it forced us to renew a skill we had neglected, map reading.

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Posted July 25, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Rachel Henderson

Have you ever seen a child after being told to clean his room, drag his feet, fold his arms, and lug himself ever so slowly towards that dreaded room? You know he is walking in the right direction, but it will take him three hours to get there, and once he gets there he sits down to read a book or play instead of getting down to business. In a stirring sermon I listened to recently, the speaker asked if that just might be a description of us as Christians. I am a child of God—that’s what I became when I was submerged under that water and had hands laid on me.

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Posted July 25, 2014 -
by Rachel Henderson

Just what does the Bible have to say about money? Are we as Christians held to some higher standard when it comes to money? Are there practical tips in Scripture we can use today with regard to our own budgets? I believe the answer to those questions is a resounding yes! Rather than go through the specifics of how to create a budget, plan, save, and so forth, I want to examine the fundamentals of monetary stewardship and how it begins in the heart (There are other excellent resources for those other things, such as UCG’s booklet Managing Your Finances).

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Posted July 23, 2014 -
by Owen Spring

A friend of mine recently moved away to attend college. As the move date approached, she started questioning her decision and asking herself if she was doing the right thing. This questioning is normal and it took me back to that time in my life. 

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Posted July 21, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Jacob Mammen

“So he (Saul), trembling and astonished, said, 'Lord, what do You want me to do?'”  (Acts:9:6)

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Posted July 18, 2014 -
by Michael Snyder

They used to call my city "Naptown." No more. Today para-military SWAT teams patrol the night streets of Indianapolis, trying to cool a savage murder streak that threatens to set a bloody new record of life-ending assaults. Recently a resident fatally cut down an Indianapolis police officer with an AK-47, spawning fresh outrage. Opportunistic politicians pointed fingers and called for law and order.

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Posted July 18, 2014 -
by Dan Dowd

History rarely turns on the impact of one lone event. It is more common that a major historical shift is built on the smaller events that precede it. The current anti-religious environment in the United States did not arrive without prior notice. Those seeds were planted a long time ago. However, a major public relations blow was dealt against having God at the center of society and education back in late July, 1925. It was known as the Scopes Monkey Trial.

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Posted July 17, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Aaron Booth

Are there items that you always carry with you everywhere you go? Things like small items that are always stuffed into your pockets, bag or purse that are used for common daily tasks or used in emergency situations? You never leave the house without them and if you forget them, you feel like you’re not fully prepared for the day.

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Posted July 16, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

Katherine Rowland talks about the Ambassador Bible Center (ABC) library at the United Church of God's home office. The library has gone through significant reorganization and improvements in the past year. She talks about how the library uniquely serves the Church's ministry and the local congregations.

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Posted July 16, 2014 -
by Sherrie G

We are often told that to love others is to also accept their lifestyles, regardless of what the Bible may say about it. Society expects us to love and accept others as they are, and forbids us to judge in any way.

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Posted July 15, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

I had a great story that I was just about tell you that someone else told me. But I won't. Why not? The story sounded good. I was moved by it. It had a great point. But after trying to verify the facts of a public event, I found that the real story was a lot different than what others said about the same event. It didn't check out. The person may have been just passing on a narrative that someone else told him. However, I'm not going to repeat something that I'm not sure is accurate.

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Posted July 10, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

One question consistently shows up as one of the most-asked of all time. Most certainly you've asked yourself this question at one time or another. Some say it is "unanswerable." Simply put, the question reads like this:  "Why was I born?"   At some point in our lives, we ask: "Is there any reason for my existence?"

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Posted July 3, 2014 -
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 -
by Darris McNeely

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 -
by Victor Kubik

When I was a teenager I once asked my minister: "Why is it so easy to think and do wrong, and why is it so hard to think good thoughts and do good deeds?"

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Posted June 26, 2014 -
by Dan Dowd

One of the many things I appreciate about the calling God has given to us, is that He doesn’t sugar-coat things.

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Posted June 20, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Darris McNeely

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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Posted June 16, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

We have just graduated our 15th class of the Ambassador Bible Center (ABC). We are pleased to see more than 40 students take a year out of their lives to intensely study or survey the entire Bible

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Posted June 12, 2014 -
by Randy Stiver

There are real people in the Bible! They lived in, travelled to, fought and fell in love in real places!

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Posted June 12, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Darris McNeely

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 -
by Darris McNeely

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 -
by Victor Kubik

The Christian church started with a big bang on the Day of Pentecost ten days after Christ ascended into heaven.

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Posted June 5, 2014 -
by Dan Dowd

Some years ago, I was part of a group of church members who had gathered at another member’s home to cut firewood for him. He heated his home primarily with a wood stove, but he was dying and no longer had the strength to cut the wood needed to warm his house during the winter. His son showed us the trees to cut, and in short order the group started working. We had a tractor with a choke chain to pull the downed trees out of the forest for cutting to length and a log splitter to make firewood.

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Posted June 3, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Darris McNeely

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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Posted June 2, 2014 -
by Amanda Stiver

Can you achieve the impossible?

Next week, on June 6 th is D-Day, the commemoration of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of France on the Normandy coast in 1944. It was the largest coordinated invasion in history. It made the Spanish Armada look like toy-boats.

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Posted May 30, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Mitchell Moss

A sickening tragedy has resulted in a tremendous online hashtag campaign to bring to light the outrageous daily misogyny that women (yes, all women ) face from men.

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Posted May 25, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

It has been rightly said that to be successful, one must gain access to critical information, then assemble a defined body of knowledge from that information, and finally, transform that knowledge into understanding . Applying understanding that is grounded in truth leads to a successful and happy life.

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Posted May 22, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

How closely is God watching over you? Does your loyalty towards Him matter in the grand scope of life? It really does matter far more than you might think. Many people wonder if there is any purpose to their existence and is there anyone who really cares.

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Posted May 15, 2014 -
by Sue Dunkle

The other day I was watching the nightly news with my husband and young son when the anchor introduced a segment about new words that have been integrated into daily life over the last year—“selfie” and “photobomb.” I had to stop and think before I realized I was familiar with these two words.  “Selfies” are endless self-portraits posted on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, while a “photobomb” is when a total stranger jumps into the background of your picture.

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Posted May 14, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Michael Snyder

I like Bill Nye. I actually like Bill Nye quite a lot.

A former Boeing engineer, Nye possesses the unique capacity to ignite a passion for discovery, particularly for young people. Leveraging his flair for disarming humor, his television programs on science and discovery are legendary. “Bill Nye the Science Guy” is a universally recognized brand.

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Posted May 11, 2014 -
by Joy Porter

Can you imagine today’s U.S. Congress declaring a national Mother’s Day? It did in 1914, but a century later it feels like just another holiday running on Hallmark-card autopilot.

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Posted May 9, 2014 -
by Amanda Boyer

Recently I returned from Thailand where I taught at a school called the Legacy Institute. Legacy runs on a volunteer basis, as a service to young adults in Southeast Asia who are interested in learning the Christian faith and English language. Over the last year, I’ve had many new interesting, exciting and challenging experiences, but through them all, these are the three lessons that I learned.

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Posted May 9, 2014 -
by Janet Treadway

Recently, someone posted a request for prayer on Facebook for some lost keys.  They desperately needed those keys and had looked all over without success, so he asked for his friends to pray about it.  When he returned from church that day, his neighbor lady handed him his keys.  She found them outside in the snow.

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Posted May 9, 2014 -
by Sherrie G

If you are a homeschooling parent, you are probably in the process of considering next year's course of study. After looking through the various company catalogs offering full curriculum choices, or taking the time to seek out used and less expensive options for your needs; your budget might be hitting its limit. Gaining access to quality educational material that is also affordable, can mean searching through various websites and is a time consuming endeavor.

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Posted May 8, 2014 -
by Elysia Dowd

“I love you” is a potent phrase, thrown around all over the place in pop culture, and one that has lost some of its meaning. People “love” their significant others and all manner of other fleeting things in life. They throw their energies into short, intense, selfish bursts of affection that lead to the glorified roller-coaster life.

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Posted May 6, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Milan Bizic

We're live blogging from the site of the 2014 meeting of the General Conference of Elders. This page will be updated throughout the day, so check back periodically for updates and news.

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The 2014 meeting of the General Conference of Elders convened at 9:00 a.m. EDT. Chairman Robin Webber called the meeting to order. He called on Jerold Aust, pastor of the DeFuniak Springs, Florida, congregation, to lead the Conference in prayer.

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Posted May 4, 2014 -
by Amanda Stiver

They stood at the top of the fortress and looked down at the encampment below. There was no way down, no trail unguarded, and the enemy was rapidly building a ramp on which to deploy siege engines and all the might of their forces.

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Posted April 29, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog

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allenda1967 said...

Probably a lot of us have asked that question, and the answer doesn't always come, but you made it rather clear.
Excellent article, one to be read again.
Thank you,
Linda

SheriK said...

In today's world, Satan has made it the norm to focus on ourselves and our own needs, problems, situations, etc. Such self centeredness can lead to frustration, depression and anxiety, along with whole host of other conditions, causing one's life to spiral out of control, lacking any real happiness and meaning. Focusing on...

jlesliebooth said...

Excellent essay. Powerful words of clear thought, defined by the moral compass of God's Way of Life.

We, as humanity, have tried our own way; we've attempted to forge our own paths. We have bent, twisted and conjured our own interpretations of what God's Word truly says, and have declared Him useless and irrelevant...

jlesliebooth said...

Now that's something to consider. Excellent points, all. Exercises in thinking, of this manner and magnitude, are what construct a stronger matrix of who we are and what we believe. Well said Aaron. Well said. ":)

gerald vera said...

nice uplifting article

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