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by Victor Kubik

Eighteen years ago, things were looking very bad for what is today the richest and most valuable company in the world. In 1997, Apple was on corporate life support. The media was openly talking about the end of a once-promising enterprise, together with its ground-breaking Mac computer.

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Posted March 26, 2015 -
by Janet Treadway

Recently my friend Jenny lost her cat, Moe, after six years. I could tell the loss was great as she shared memories of her beloved cat. It reminded me of when we lost our family dog, Jo Jo. He had been a part of our family for over 10 years.

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Posted March 25, 2015 -
by Victor Kubik

What will you be remembered for?

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Posted March 19, 2015 -
by Darris McNeely

The controversy over Hilary Clinton’s e-mail arrangement while Secretary of State points out how easy it is for us to be distracted from bigger events in the world. There are two items in the news that we should note.

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Posted March 10, 2015 -
by Darris McNeely

I once had a supervisor I did not get along with. I tried to transfer out of his department but never could. I wound up working for him quite a bit longer than I intended. In the end I came to respect him. It was then I got a new supervisor.

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Posted March 10, 2015 -
by Janet Treadway

A while back, after ISIS executed a Jordanian pilot, I read that Jordan's King Abdullah II immediately dropped what he was doing to head back to his home in Jordan. He promised to deal swiftly with those who did such a horrendous thing to one of his men. He instilled confidence in his people by acting quickly and by showing compassion in comforting the family of the man who was killed.

The story made me reflect on what a leader should be like. Two qualities stand out in my mind from King Abdullah's example.

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Posted March 9, 2015 -
by Victor Kubik

Do you have a vision for the future?

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Posted March 5, 2015 -
by Melvin Rhodes

Prior to 9/11, most Americans were barely aware of the religion of Islam.

In the short time since that tragic day, Islam has established its presence in the country with mosques and schools in nearly every sizeable community. The president of the United States has even said that Islam has been woven into the fabric of our society.

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Posted March 4, 2015 -
by Darris McNeely

A few thoughts about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before a joint session of Congress today.

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Posted March 3, 2015 -
by Darris McNeely

In the late 1930s as Nazi Germany rearmed and threatened the peace of Europe, Winston Churchill was a lone voice in Great Britain sounding the alarm of a gathering storm. No one listened until it was too late to turn back the tide of war that swept over the world. I have thought about that moment as we look at the world in 2015. There seems to be only one voice speaking with moral clarity and vision that could waken the world to present dangers. If Great Britain did not heed Churchill in 1938 will they heed today's herald?

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Posted March 2, 2015 -
by Mitchell Moss

Chalk it up to my never having observed Valentine’s Day , but most years the holiday comes and goes without really registering with my brain. But this year, there’s a huge cultural event in America happening concurrent with Valentine’s Day

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Posted February 13, 2015 -
by Victor Kubik

Can we trust, even to the point of changing our very lives, a collection of ancient manuscripts that we know today as the Bible? Over the past two weeks I have been presenting solid evidence that we can indeed confidently rely on these very words of God.

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Posted February 12, 2015 -
by Janet Treadway

"It might be tough, but my dad used to say, tough times don't last—tough people do." Those words were spoken by James Robertson, 56, of Detroit as he talked about his daily commute to work. Robertson's daily commute is probably much different from mine or yours. I know my commute to work only takes five minutes of a nice warm car ride in the winter and a nice cool car ride in the summer. Not so with James! His car broke down in 2005, and because he couldn't afford another or the insurance, he decided to walk.

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Posted February 12, 2015 -
by Darris McNeely

Over the weekend I read several articles on personal finance and economics. There is never a shortage of such. But seeing it is tax season in America and some are still working with recent resolutions to get their financial house in order I think a recap of what I learned could be helpful.

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Posted February 12, 2015 -
by Kevin Greer

Christmas. Easter. Saint Patrick's Day. Halloween. Palm Sunday. Lent. Saint Valentine's Day. Devil's Day. Good Friday. These are some of this world's annual holidays and observances. While many of them began as mainstream Christian practices, in time they evolved to a point where they are generally accepted throughout all of society. Some of them are even based on half-truths synthesized from the Bible, but upon closer examination, we find they are infested with elements of pagan worship and the influence of Satan himself.

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Posted February 12, 2015 - Vertical Thought Blog
by Janet Treadway

They called him the "Ghost Boy." Martin Pistorius was born in South Africa in 1975, but suddenly at the age of 12 he fell ill. It started with a sore throat, but then he stopped eating, started sleeping almost constantly, and stopped communicating. No one could figure out what was wrong. Martin lost control of his body. The doctors told his parents to take him. They said that his brain was the brain of a baby. They said he would die.

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Posted February 10, 2015 -
by Victor Kubik

Last week I discussed what has rightly been described as an “irresponsible” cover article in Newsweek that was published at the end of December. This highly biased travesty of journalism titled “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin” was littered with error, assumptive illogical statements, and other outright nonsense. But because it is cleverly written and widely distributed, it needs to be brought to task.

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Posted February 6, 2015 -
by Janet Treadway

On Nov. 11, 2013, Lauren Hill, 18. of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, received the worst news that any teen could ever have possibly received. She was handed a death sentence, as she was diagnosed with DIPG, an inoperable brain cancer.

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Posted February 2, 2015 -
by Victor Kubik

Here’s a fact we need to consider. Many in our time foolishly reject the most ancient and voluminously preserved manuscripts in human history: the Bible. Given this tragic frame of mind, it should not be surprising that the very Word of God should come under withering attack from time to time. The Bible writers themselves warn of humanity’s foolhardiness when it comes to God’s revealed knowledge. But when these attacks happen, they still can be temporarily jarring in their magnitude.

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Posted January 29, 2015 -
by Dan Dowd

This past week U.S. President Obama gave the annual State of the Union speech. Decades ago, this speech was intended to be the President talking to the members of Congress concerning the state of the nation. With the advent of television, the State of the Union address began to be used to promote the accomplishments of the current president. In recent years in America this State of the Union address has become a footnote in the news cycle, only to be reviewed in passing the next day.

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Posted January 28, 2015 - Vertical Thought Blog
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 -

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coolguy43 said...

Great article. I also talk to my teacher and friend who speak ukrainian through skype at **Link removed to comply with comment policy** so I can relate. I hope this crisis there will be resolved soon.

smcewan said...

I have several TV's but no service which I am thankful for. Too much trash on TV for me to waste my time watching. I fail to understand why the world funds the trash by paying for TV. You can get news on the internet which costs a lot less.

stmcinto said...

WOW! This is a timely post and one I needed very much to read and now study further. I'm currently in this situation (unfortunately have been for years) and I've just come to realize its ME that's the problem (which is a hard thing to come to terms with and admit). I've been a "runner" in the past (I've left this...

ozambrana11 said...

It's amazing that those 8th grader can go that far... Just thinking about what you wrote is something that reassure myself what is coming ahead. I always pray to God for His Grace and Love and to have mercy on me. I would love to see this in a Picture if it is possible.
Thank you so much for your writing.

Sabrina Peabody said...

Christopher - I agree that you can have a "fast" or abstain from certain behaviors in order to put the focus and time on God. I think God wants us to have a relationship with Him so when we offer our time to spend with Him, He sees we love Him.

I think in the case of defining a biblical "fast" however, it is...

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