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by Victor Kubik

When disaster strikes, where is the all-powerful God of the Bible?

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Posted January 22, 2015 -
by Janet Treadway

Recently I watched an old movie with Shirley Temple in it called The Little Princess . Temple was 11 when she starred in that movie. She played Sara Crew, a little girl who was left by her father in an exclusive seminary for girls, due to her father having to go to Africa with the army.

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Posted January 22, 2015 -
by Darris McNeely

Last night I viewed Patterns of Evidence: Exodus.  It's a well done film that goes carefully through the Biblical account and shows the archaeological evidence for the Exodus. Interviews show archaeological and Biblical experts on all sides of the issue concerning this critical historical and spiritual event, as told in the book of Exodus. I think the evidence presented by filmmaker Tim Mahoney is fair and leaves you the viewer to decide what you believe.

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Posted January 20, 2015 -
by Darris McNeely

Do you ever find yourself restless, agitated or angry for no reason?

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Posted January 19, 2015 -
by Darris McNeely

I have been writing a series of articles on the parables Jesus spoke in his ministry. Today I just finished an article on the parable of the sower and the seed to appear in an upcoming issue of The Good News . I was struck by a passage in Matthew 13 where Jesus tells the disciples why He spoke in parables. The reason is rooted in a little understood truth about reality. The world we see is not the world that is.

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Posted January 14, 2015 -
by Amanda Stiver

During a murderous attack at the offices of  Charlie Hebdo , a French publication that specializes in satire, seven staff members were killed along with others in the building and police officers. Specifically targeted were political cartoonists who had created satirical cartoons of, among others, the founder of Islam, Mohammed. Four more were killed at a grocery store in the Jewish Quarter of Paris, targeted because of their Jewish ancestry and beliefs.

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Posted January 14, 2015 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Darris McNeely

In America last weekend, a small plane went down in rural Kentucky, leaving four members of a family dead. Out of the wreckage came one lone survivor: the 7 year old daughter and the one member of the family who survived. The little girl was able to walk seven miles, knock on the door of a house and tell her story to the owner. Incredibly she also led rescue workers to the wreckage. She had only minor cuts and bruises and was later released from a hospital. It is an incredible story.

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Posted January 9, 2015 -
by Darris McNeely

The new year has started violently in Paris. Twelve people were killed on Wednesday, January 7 in an deliberate terrorist attack by men claiming connection with Al Qaeda. It was a barbaric ruthless attack. One video showed a policeman being gunned down on a sidewalk.

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Posted January 7, 2015 -
by Kevin Greer

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports that approximately 17 million Americans are afflicted with alcoholism or a related disorder, and that only 15% of this group ever receives treatment. Alcohol-related deaths are the United States’ third highest preventable cause of death, with tobacco as the leading factor.

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Posted January 6, 2015 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Mitchell Moss

An interesting opinion piece in the WSJ the other day pointed out the outrageously small odds science seems to be concluding are necessary for anything physical to exist.

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Posted January 2, 2015 -
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 29, 2014 -
by Gayle Hoefker

Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Times Square in New York City where I was able to see the famous "ball of Times Square." It was there, lit up, and ready for the widely known celebration on New Year's Eve. One million are expected to travel to Times Square to welcome the New Year. Another one billion will watch the dropping of the ball on TV as they welcome in the New Year in their own home and cities (Mark Johanson, “New Years Eve By The Numbers,” The International Business Times at IBTimes.com, December 31, 2012).

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Posted December 29, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Mitchell Moss

My wife and I are going through this marriage book called His Needs, Her Needs. It’s a classic book; it’s probably old news for a lot of people. We’ve been married for 5 years, but in a lot of ways we both feel like this past year has been our first real year of marriage.

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Posted December 19, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

Victor Kubik and Darris McNeely talk about the United Church of God's proclamation efforts and 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 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 -

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linda effenberger said...

Thanks, Janet, for your article and the remembrance of a nice movie. We can look at the example of Jesus Christ in the Bible and find that he never showed favoritism.

Some have rationalized that Jesus Christ loved John more than all the other apostles. This cannot be true. It is not found in the Bible either. What we...

dust_i_am said...

A Christian radio network is offering something similar to this - a DVD claiming to show evidence of possible "Egyptian chariot wheels" at the bottom of the Red Sea.

I hear that and ask where the bodies are. Shouldn't there also be a lot of dead Egyptians at the sea bottom - who ought to be easy to find?

Ahumble1 said...

Great message & a good reminder. Thanks.

Melissa Mather said...

This is so true. God has been revealing so much to me over the past several years, that has truly opened my eyes to see things that are not what they seem. At first I was in shock and almost disbelief, but the more he revealed to me the more it came together like a puzzle. This gave me a much deeper understanding of so...

Nico Henning said...

God gave us a new commandment, and that is the only Gospel there is to me: LOVE. Our example should be of such nature that the pagans would desire such lives. That love includes tolerance for EVERYONE. We all are seen as co- heirs of the Kingdom, that is the will of the Father, until the day of Jesus where the goats will be...

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