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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 -
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 -

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Jennifer T said...

Hi dust_i_am, Very well said!

dust_i_am said...

Better to have 66 books than 50 shades. If you know what I mean. :-)

linda effenberger said...

This article was recommended to me to read. You bring the issue of obedience right to the point. Sin is what God says is sin and not what we think is ok and not ok.

Bryant1991 said...

agreed.

KARS said...

Thank you for the warning Mr. Moss.

For years now I really haven't gone to the movies anymore. Most movies are of immorality. I find myself going to the Christian bookstore and purchasing those movies instead. Sure there are wrong choices made these stories (just like we all make in our own lives) but God is brought...

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