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by Victor Kubik

KITWE, Zambia—Living in the Western world and want a reality check? Try visiting Christians living and working in some of the most economically challenged areas of the world.

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Posted April 24, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

Merna Leisure-Eppick is in the studio to talk about her Ambassador Bible Center class on alcoholism. She instructs people on how to best help people who are struggling with the disease of alcoholism. Learn more about Ambassador Bible Center and its Bible-centered curriculum at abc.ucg.org.

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Posted April 22, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

PRETORIA, South Africa -- How real is the power of God in your life? Can you see and know for certain where God has touched your life and made change possible?

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Posted April 17, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

LeeAnn Luker drops by the studio to give an update on her life and what she has been working on in Women's Services.

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Posted April 17, 2014 -
by Darris McNeely

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 -
by Steve Myers

As we prepare for Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread, people usually ask about products that contain leavening. I thought I'd post a blog with a bit of information to help. Of course as we de-leaven our homes the most important focus is on the spiritual - the greater task of becoming unleavened ourselves.

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Posted April 14, 2014 -
by Mitchell Moss

It’s the last day before Passover, which begins at sundown tonight. In His day, Jesus, knowing that His hour had come, and that He would be delivered into the hands of the Romans to be killed, gave His disciples the lasting, unforgettable ceremony of the New Covenant Passover. The whole story of what happened during the supper He had with His disciples goes from John 13-18, but the first sentence of John 13 is what we will focus on:

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Posted April 13, 2014 -
by Mitchell Moss

It isn’t clear or specific what happened on this day, two days leading up to Jesus’ final Passover, from the Bible. That being said, there is an event that could have possibly taken place on this day, and which we can draw a lesson from nonetheless. John:12:20-32 has the first part of the story, and specifically John:12:27-32 is what we will read:

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Posted April 12, 2014 -
by Rudy Rangel

I noticed it recently, and it happened more than once. I was spending time with my daughter. She was riding her bike in our driveway. But I wasn’t there. I was on my phone. Sure, I took her picture, tweeted it and iMessaged it to her grandparents. But I wasn’t enjoying this special moment, sharing in her joy as she was overcoming the trepidation of her “big girl” bike. There was my beautiful daughter riding her bike, and I was staring at my screen. Lost moments.

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Posted April 11, 2014 -
by Mitchell Moss

Instead of going back to Bethany to stay the night after the lengthy preaching and Olivet Prophecy, Jesus probably stayed on the Mount of Olives overnight. The next day is recorded in Matthew:26:1-5, Mark:14:1-2 and 10-11, and Luke:22:1-6, where we will read what happened:

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Posted April 11, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

Alec Surratt, international mail manager for the United Church of God, talks about the department's work, such as dealing with incoming international literature requests, request translations, and helping with personal correspondence for some incoming Spanish mail.

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Posted April 10, 2014 -
by Mitchell Moss

Going back into Jerusalem from Bethany, Jesus and His disciples ran across the fig tree He had cursed the day before. Mark:11:21 explains how the disciples saw the withered fig tree and Jesus made a lesson out of it about having faith.

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Posted April 10, 2014 -
by Mitchell Moss

After having gone into Jerusalem in the Triumphant Entry, Jesus went back to Bethany to stay the night and in the morning (5 days until Passover), came back into the city. Mark:11:12-19 has the story:

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Posted April 9, 2014 -
by Peter Eddington

Is the biblical Passover valid for Christians in the 21st century? While its observance is not commonplace today, history confirms that the original 1st century Christians took part in the Christian Passover as described in the New Testament book of John.  Following the example of Jesus Christ, members of the United Church of God will again revive the ancient biblical command to take the Christian Passover this year, which will occur on the evening of April 13.

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Posted April 8, 2014 -
by Gayle Hoefker

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, the New York Times advertised the Noah movie. They published a link to YouVersion.com in their ad to encourage potential movie goers to read the story from the Bible. Looking from the outside, I view this as a way to say that the two stories are related and/or similar, and we are to compare the two stories.

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Posted April 8, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Victor Kubik

Gerald Seelig talks with Victor Kubik about his role as corporate secretary for the United Church of God and the Church's Council of Elders.

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Posted April 8, 2014 -
by Mitchell Moss

When Jesus comes into Jerusalem from Bethany the day after having His feet and head anointed by Mary, the crowds gather and celebrate Him. John:12:12-16 tells the story succinctly, but Luke:19:29-44 has more detail:

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Posted April 8, 2014 -
by Sherrie G

It seems that while many people have focused on the Noah movie, and its many inaccuracies, another movie has gone almost unnoticed. God's Not Dead , introduces viewers to various individuals as they come to grips with their own personal relationships with God. Is He real; is He not? That question is the basis of the film and is fueled by the ongoing debate that has long existed between atheists and theists.

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Posted April 7, 2014 -
by Mitchell Moss

Jesus continued making His way toward Jerusalem and arrived in Bethany, which is two miles east of Jerusalem. The family of Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead, gives a dinner in honor of Jesus. At some point during the dinner, Mary makes a memorable gesture. John:12:1-3 tells what happened:

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Posted April 7, 2014 -
by Mitchell Moss

Jesus left Jericho after having stayed there at the house of Zacchaeus. Along the road, two blind men cry out for Jesus, though the crowd following tries to quiet them. There are two accounts of this story, one in Matthew:20:29-34, and the other in Mark:10:46-52, which gives a bit more detail about one of the two blind men.

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Posted April 6, 2014 -
by Mitchell Moss

On His way from Ephraim to Jerusalem, Jesus stopped in Jericho, which is on the route between the two towns. In Jericho, he meets a man named Zacchaeus, and the story of what happens next will provide our point for meditation today (Luke:19:2-10):

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Posted April 5, 2014 -
by Darris McNeely

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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Posted April 4, 2014 -
by Rudy Rangel

On March 16, 2014, gunmen on motorcycles raided at least four Nigerian villages. They opened fire on residents and burned homes to the ground. The New York Times reported: "The state’s police chief, Hurdi Mohammed, who gave a toll of 30 dead, said the violence was carried out by ethnic Fulani herdsmen, who have been blamed for scores of deadly raids in the region" ("Scores Reported Kills in Village Raids in Nigerian Land Conflict," March 14, 2014). The Times reported that this was not religious strife, but contention over resources and land.

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Posted April 4, 2014 -
by Mitchell Moss

Passover: It’s a day God commands us to observe each year by commemorating the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who lived a perfect life and paid the ultimate price on our behalf. When we get baptized, we are committing our lives to God, and Passover is when we renew that commitment.

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Posted April 4, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

How do you cope when a friend or family member dies? Death seems to have surrounded me this past month as a number of close acquaintances and friends have died one after another.

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Posted April 3, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

Peter Eddington is in the studio to talk about Beyond Today's new time slot on the ION network. It will air at 9 a.m. Eastern and Pacific. Check out the ION Television website to find airing times in your location.

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Posted April 3, 2014 -
by Ray Clore

As Christians, we realize there is a spiritual war being waged for the hearts and minds of humanity. This war is waged using television, radio and all other types of media. While we fight using the Word of God, Satan will use any method to try and win. Contained amongst the many tactics used by the enemy, is the tool of, “propaganda.” While people can engage in propaganda either knowingly or unknowingly, it is important that we are able to identify it, so that we will not be deceived! Propaganda is used by world leaders, politicians, pundits and PR firms.

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Posted April 3, 2014 -
by Janet Treadway

I have to say this has been one of the worst winters for me personally. I had been hit with the flu twice, which really knocked me out for several weeks. On top of all of this, we had to put our beloved dog, Jo Jo, to sleep after 14 wonderful years with this amazing dog. But this pales in comparison to what others are going through.

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Posted April 3, 2014 -
by Don Hooser

Why did America become such a great power?

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Posted April 2, 2014 -
by Milan Bizic

After a long, arduous search, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is still missing. After its communications went silent and its tracking systems were turned off, the Malaysian flight baffled investigators by its apparent disappearance "out of thin air."

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Posted April 2, 2014 -
by Darris McNeely

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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Posted April 2, 2014 -
by Mitchell Moss

On my way to work this morning, NPR's Morning Edition played an interview with an author that caught my attention. "Is democracy compatible with a country where there's a large Islamist movement?" is the fundamental question asked by Shadi Hamid in his book Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East. 

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Posted April 1, 2014 -
by Darris McNeely

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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Posted April 1, 2014 -
by Gayle Hoefker

Should you or I participate in April Fools’ Day?

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Posted April 1, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Scott Ashley

The movie Noah, released earlier today, has generated a lot of publicity with its big-name stars, huge budget and controversy over to what extent it sticks to or strays from the biblical story.

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Posted March 29, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

Victor Kubik talks a bit about his trip to England for the funeral of John Ross Schroeder, a friend and a United Church of God employee. He focuses on the friendships he was able to reestablish with people he hadn't seen for decades.

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Posted March 28, 2014 -
by Victor Kubik

Nearly 2,000 years ago the apostle Paul gave an interesting directive to Christians living in the Mediterranean port city of Thessalonica: "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians:5:17).

What did Paul mean by that?

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Posted March 27, 2014 -
by Frank Dunkle

We all know the economy is tough right now. Prices keep going up and good jobs are hard to find. This is especially discouraging for a young adult finishing school. He or she might wonder, “What’s the point, if I can’t find a job when I graduate?”

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Posted March 26, 2014 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Victor Kubik

Clint Porter talks with Victor Kubik about his work in designing graphics for Beyond Today and the Web. His main focus is creating content that works on TV, in print and on the Web, bringing them all together to visually express the gospel of the Kingdom of God.

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Posted March 25, 2014 -
by Janet Treadway

Recently, I watched a court proceeding online concerning Rachel Canning, a senior honor student at Morris Catholic High School, who was suing her parents. Rachel claimed her parents "constructively abandoned" her, mostly because she would not break up with her boyfriend and follow her parents’ rules.

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Posted March 24, 2014 -

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Filius Chalo Jere said...

What an inspiration for the wives of our own pastors in Zambia and elsewhere!
I feel Luker's presence through LeaAnn's continuity.

Lena VanAusdle said...

@SkyKing, oatmeal is NOT a leavening agent.

@TimS, food starch is also NOT a leavening agent (it's usually a thickener).

@JWF57, when it comes to medications, cleaning agents, pet foods, and personal hygiene products it really comes down to your personal convictions. My thoughts on the subject have always...

Skyking said...

Is oatmeal considered to be leaven?

dhenry said...

Actually Larry, I tend to disagree only in that, through living God's way, and trying to avoid sin, we can rise. I see it as two different things - puffed up with self righteousness and sin and the other simply rising in that God provides for his people to ultimately rise above adversity. Anyways, just a thought. Hope you...

sa said...

Mr. Moss, it has been a pleasure to read your blog, " Ten Days To Passover", it has given me a deeper insight to the mind of Christ and he he must have felt in the days leading up to His crucifixion . How the Love of His Father can be soooo deep that He gave you and me and the world His only son in order for us to be able...

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