September 17, 2021
Celebrating the Coming Kingdom of God
In deep contrast to today’s time of pandemic-fueled trauma, multiple conflicts, political upheaval and societal division, members and families of the United Church of God, an International Association, will gather this month to observe a time foretold in the Bible of coming global peace. Following the example of Jesus and the early disciples, the Church will observe the Christ-centered biblical Festival of Tabernacles September 21-28, an eight-day season that portends a future time of unprecedented harmony and reconciliation. All are welcome to log into video webcasts of daily services. Read more in the Church’s media release.
Looking at Life from God’s Perspective
Are you in the middle of a sore trial or personal challenge that seems to have no way out? Or are you perhaps wondering if there is real meaning to life? There is good news! Looking at life from a higher vantage point can help us understand and draw strength from the full context of our personal lives. This context demonstrates how God works directly in the affairs of humanity, including your life! Church president, Victor Kubik, provides critical insight in his Beyond Today magazine article “Gain from God’s Perspective.” Read it now.
The Incredible Human Potential: What is God’s Plan for You?
According to the Bible, you are born into this world with an incredible human potential! God’s primary purpose today is to bring many sons and daughters to glory (Hebrews 2:10 Hebrews 2:10For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
American King James Version×)—living for all eternity in a marvelous realm of unparalleled peace and joy. This plan for humanity—which includes you—is laid out plainly in the Bible. An annual cycle of biblical festivals teaches and reminds us specifically how God is working out His plan, and how Jesus Christ is at the center of each step. Increase your understanding of this extraordinary plan and your personal incredible human potential by reading our popular Bible study guide, “God’s Holy Day Plan: the Promise of Hope for All Mankind.”
September 10, 2021
Coming: An End to Evil
Many years ago a powerful spiritual being made a catastrophic decision. The prophet Isaiah describes the terrible thought process: “You said in your heart. ‘I will ascend to heaven…I will set my throne on high…I will make myself like the Most High’” (Isaiah 14:12-14 Isaiah 14:12-14  How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations!
 For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also on the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
American King James Version×, English Standard Version). Thus, Lucifer (Day Star) the arch angel rebelled and became Satan the adversary, wreaking havoc on humanity. But God remains in complete control, and as evidenced in the meaning of the coming Day of Atonement, God will remove Satan as the “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4 2 Corinthians 4:4In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine to them.
American King James Version×, ESV), bringing a marvelous opportunity for the reconciliation of humanity to God through Jesus Christ. Read more about this critical biblical truth in the article "Atonement: Removal of Sin’s Cause and Reconciliation to God."
God’s Extraordinary Plan for Restoration—and You
Jesus Christ revealed God the Father as an intensely personal, loving and all-powerful God—One who is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9 2 Peter 3:9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
American King James Version×). To “repent” comes from a Greek word that means to “think differently,” focusing on getting one’s life into alignment with the will of God. The ultimate outcome of this spiritual focus leads directly to being transformed and becoming an eternal member of God’s family in the Kingdom of God. What does the Bible say this life in the Kingdom will be like? “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9 1 Corinthians 2:9But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.
American King James Version×). Read more about this incredible human potential, a potential available to you, that will be achieved as part of God’s astonishing plan for humanity: "The Feast of Tabernacles—Jesus Christ Reigns Over all the Earth."
Defending Personal Rights and Freedom of Religion
What rights do Christians—particularly those living in the United States—have with regard to keeping the 7th day Sabbath, COVID-19 issues, vaccines and other legal issues? Church president, Victor Kubik, talks with attorney Larry Darden, long-time legal counsel for the United Church of God, an International Association, on legal issues potentially facing disciples of Jesus Church in a recent podcast. Click here to listen to “Rights and Religion.”
September 3, 2021
Accident: Or Supernatural Emphasis?
The oldest known physical fragment of the New Testament—dating from perhaps only a few decades after it was written by the apostle John—centers on the famous discourse on truth between Jesus and the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate. Coming face to face with the soon-to-be sacrificed Son of God, Pilate posed a legendary question: “What is truth?” For a world tottering on an abyss of global upheaval, what question could be more relevant today? Church president, Victor Kubik, reviews the critical importance of biblical truth in his weekly column “Personal from the President.”
The Coming Turning Point in History
During his early ministry, Jesus Christ taught often and deeply about the coming Kingdom of God—an astonishing truth that powerfully ties together many biblical passages that foretell this wonderous time. A critical prophecy that Jesus Himself spoke of is the time of His history-changing return to this planet, when He will personally inaugurate the Kingdom of God on earth. The biblical plan of salvation highlights this coming epochal event on the coming Festival of Trumpets, where disciples of Jesus celebrate His future coming. To learn more about this special Holy Day that will ultimately affect you, read this short Bible study guide: "The Feast of Trumpets: A Turning Point in History."
Twenty Years after 9/11: What Have We Learned?
Two decades ago, on September 11, the world stood horrified as thousands of innocents gruesomely perished in the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center. The shocking terrorist attack in New York and on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., set in motion a broad scope of global events—including a multinational invasion of terrorist bases in Afghanistan, spawning a two-decade conflict that recently ended badly. As Beyond Today managing editor, Scott Ashley, writes: “Reflecting, we try to make sense of what makes no sense at all.” For critical insight and what this can mean for America, read more here from the September/October issue of the Beyond Today magazine: "Twenty Years After 9/11."
August 27, 2021
After Afghanistan, What Does the Future Hold for America?
The British Economist magazine summed it up: “If the propagandists of the Taliban had scripted the collapse of America’s 20-year mission to reshape Afghanistan, they could not have come up with more harrowing images.” Refugees falling to their death from American C-17 transport planes and blood-soaked survivors of an ISIS terrorist attack outside the Kabul airport represented but a few of the images recently seen around the world. U.S. President Joe Biden now faces “withering bipartisan criticism” for “botching” the withdrawal, which has deeply harmed America’s reputation as an ally. Writing a few days before the collapse of Afghanistan, Beyond Today managing editor, Scott Ashley, encourages readers to dive deep into the current BT issue: “Our world is changing before our eyes, and in ways that are highly dangerous for the current world order and the United States in particular. You need to understand why.” To read the current issue of Beyond Today—themed “The Great Reset”—visit our website now and download the PDF of this entire edition.
Important Lessons from History
Continuing his series on insightful books—“nails firmly fixed” (Ecclesiastes 12:11 Ecclesiastes 12:11The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
American King James Version×)—Beyond Today TV host, Darris McNeely, discusses a number of biographies written about the life and career of Sir Winston Churchill. Acknowledging that regarding Churchill, “the making of books about him there is no end,” the Beyond Today host recommends a few works that provide keen insight that applies for families, work and personal responsibility. To see which ones he recommends (including one short work), watch the short BT Daily video, Books That Feed You: The Last Lion, or read the transcript.
What’s New in the United Church of God?
August is a busy month for the United Church of God. In his latest “Personal from the President,” Victor Kubik writes about COVID-19 issues and the upcoming Festival of Tabernacles, the start of the 23rd class of the Ambassador Bible College, and how the instructors use a solid curriculum that “studies the Word of God and teaches godly principles of living for a lifetime.” Read it now.
August 13, 2021
Who’s to Blame for Society’s Troubles?
A short review of today’s news and commentary shows near-endless mudslinging and energy-sapping vitriol on virtually any topic. In the political and economic arenas—Democrats, Republicans, Chinese, Russians, the media, medical professions, and even conspiracy theorists—are all often held up as an alleged root cause of boiling drama and trauma. Where’s the truth? Beyond Today TV host, Gary Petty, reviews the biblical view of these issues and demonstrates how even in the midst of global turmoil God is working out a powerful personal purpose for you. Watch (or read the transcript) the insightful Beyond Today TV program, “What Motivates Your Citizenship?”
Getting Through Tough Times
James, the human brother of Jesus Christ, wrote a seemingly contradictory statement some 2,000 years ago: “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:2-4 James 1:2-4  My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations;
 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience.
 But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
American King James Version×). King David, a person whom the Bible says was a man after God’s own heart, provides some surprisingly powerful direction on how not only to get through painful difficulties, but to do so in a joyful attitude. Read more about Psalm 103, sustaining faith and being an overcomer in the article, “The Joyful Trial.”
What’s Up in the United Church of God?
As summer comes to an end in the northern hemisphere, the work of the United Church of God continues unabated! Church president, Victor Kubik, discusses plans for new online Bible studies, the start of a new season of the Beyond Today television program, a new class of students starting up for Ambassador Bible College and more in his August 12 weekly, “Personal from the President” column. Read this and more details on what’s happening in the United Church of God.
August 6, 2021
Space Junk and You
The U.S. Department of Defense presently tracks more than 27,000 pieces of orbital debris—or “space junk”—that can cause grievous, even deadly, harm to spacecraft. Beyond Today TV host, Steve Myers, adapts the concept of space junk to ask a spiritual question: What harmful attitudes or even people are in our lives? For the answer, watch the short BT Daily video: Space Junk: The Company You Keep.
Taking the Gospel to China
During a brief period in the 1980s, the People’s Republic of China opened to receive Western leaders, including an important one with a gospel message. Church President Victor Kubik interviews long-time pastor, Aaron Dean, who accompanied the late Herbert W. Armstrong during a personal visit with Deng Xiaping, then the “Paramount Leader” of China. Listen to the details of this remarkable visit on the recent Inside United podcast: Second Visit to China.
The “Old Man” vs. the “New Man”: What Does this Mean?
The apostle Paul wrote in the Bible that the act of baptism—complete immersion in water—symbolizes the fact that Christians are “buried” with Jesus Christ and that “just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so should we walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4-6 Romans 6:4-6  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that from now on we should not serve sin.
American King James Version×). What does this personally mean for us? Read the answer in the article “What Does the Bible Mean by Our ‘Old Man’ and the ‘New Man’?”
July 30, 2021
Coping with Change
As schools start to reopen for a new year and people begin to transition back to work in-person, conflict has arisen because of new outbreaks from the coronavirus Delta variant. More contagious than the original coronavirus, this variant has wreaked havoc in some areas, causing new concerns. Beyond Today TV host, Darris McNeely, speaks about the emotional and other challenges in working physically back in offices and workspaces, as well as going back to school. He recommends that people acknowledge how they feel and offers specific suggestions on how to positively cope with change. Listen to the short BT Daily, “Emotional Awareness," or read the transcript.
What Does the Bible Mean, “You Were Bought with a Price”?
Disciples of Jesus Christ are so called because they are studying how to become like their Master and applying those principles in daily life. The apostle Paul asked the ancient Corinthians whether they understood that “you are not your own.” Long-time pastor, Robin Webber, provides the critical biblical understanding behind this concept in his Beyond Today magazine column, “Whom Do You Belong To?”
For Young People: “Jelly Learns to Pray”
A popular short production series from the United Church of God features the puppet “Jelly,” who learns more about the Bible and God’s way of life. The latest short video for young people, “Jelly Learns to Pray,” offers amusing situations and stories that illustrate biblical principles. In this episode, Jelly has his first sleepover and the boys have a little fun before the babysitter returns. Watch the nine-minute short production.
July 16, 2021
Love: A Spiritual Superpower
The Bible reveals an amazing definition of God: “God is love” (1 John 4:8 1 John 4:8He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.
American King James Version×). The apostle Paul makes this attribute of God personal for disciples of Jesus Christ, “Be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us” (Ephesians 5:1-2 Ephesians 5:1-2  Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;  And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and has given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling smell.
American King James Version×, English Standard Version). Jesus Himself commanded His followers to love one another just as He had loved (John 15:12 John 15:12This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you.
American King James Version×). How can Christians achieve this high standard? Long-time pastor, Don Hooser, explains that God Himself pours out His powerful divine love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. To read more how to become a literal imitator of God and live a life of love, read Mr. Hooser’s article “Love: The Ground from which Spiritual Fruit Springs.”
Meaning for Today: Jesus’ Message to Seven Ancient Churches
Do the messages Jesus Christ delivered to seven congregations in the book of Revelation hold meaning for us today? Beyond Today TV presenter, Darris McNeely, recently returned from an in-depth study tour of archeological sites in Turkey. The intense tour included daily on-site presentations by experts. Church president, Victor Kubik, interviewed Mr. McNeely for a multi-part series about the high contemporary relevance of Revelation chapters 2 and 3 for his Inside United podcast. Listen to the first part here: "Trip to Turkey – Part 1."
The Chinese Communist Party and the Gospel of the Kingdom of God
In early July, major media carried news of the People’s Republic of China celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Community Party—the ruling party for China’s 1.4 billion people. China’s leader, Xi Jinping, used the celebration to harshly warn other nations of consequences for intervention as democratic reforms all but disappear in Hong Kong and elsewhere. This is quite different from previous years, where Church of God leaders once held talks at the highest levels in China, carrying the gospel of the Kingdom there. Church president, Victor Kubik, provides details in the July 15 “Personal from the President.”
Now Available: New Video Production on Anxiety, Depression
The Beyond Today video production team recorded a new presentation with Andi Chapman, a medical professional and registered nurse, on the timely topic of positively dealing with anxiety, depression and despair. In addition, Peter Eddington, Beyond Today TV producer, conducted an interview on related topics with Ms. Chapman. The first of the two presentations, the 80-minute lecture before a live audience, is now available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/do2P7I3wjaw.
July 9, 2021
Kindness: A Spiritual Superpower
The hopeful phrase “Just Be Kind” presently appears on thousands of road signs throughout American neighborhoods and cities. Being kind—openly displaying the quality of being friendly, generous or considerate—is easy when others are kind to you, but often difficult in unfriendly or hostile environments. Yet, a simple act of kindness is often positively contagious and can nearly-instantly transform and soften a harsh situation or attitude. Being kind is a spiritual “fruit”—an outcome—of the presence of God’s Holy Spirit. Long-time pastor, Don Hooser, discusses how an attitude of kindness can be positively cultivated in his article, “From the Heart to the Helping Hand.”
An Ancient Warning: Awaken from Spiritual Complacency
Jesus Christ outlined both positive and harmful spiritual traits of the historic assemblies of Christians meeting together in certain cities in ancient Turkey. Each account contains important lessons and considerations for 21st century disciples. A key issue for the ancient congregation in Sardis (Turkey) was one of dangerous complacency. In a time of COVID-19-fueled burnout, it is an issue alive with concern today. Beyond Today TV presenter, Darris McNeely, recently took part in an onsite study tour of the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation. To hear (or read) his insight from that visit, watch the two-minute BT Daily, “Seven Churches – Sardis.”
Burned Out and Ready to Quit?
Extended trials and challenges can test us severely. Complicated by a relentless year of COVID-19, we can feel discouraged, exhausted and even emotionally burned out—ready to give up. Sometimes we may temporarily lose faith in God, thinking He’s not listening or caring. But the Bible shows how these times of heavy testing are the precise times when God can help us the most! Beyond Today writer, Janet Treadway, offers sound biblical encouragement in her article, “Facing the Giants with God’s Help”
July 2, 2021
Feeling Burned Out from Stress and Anxiety?
As many experts note, events of the past year overloaded millions of people with heightened stress. Physicians and medical professionals today note dramatically increased levels of depression and anxiety. Many express that they feel burned out. You probably know someone in this condition or are experiencing it yourself. There is hope! Beyond Today senior writer, John LaBissoniere, offers practical tips and spiritual solutions to consider in the current Beyond Today cover story: “Keys to Coping in Troubled Times.” Download a copy for review today for real relief.
The 4th of July: A Biblical View of Equality
Millions of Americans will celebrate the founding of the United States this Fourth of July. The famous Declaration of Independence adopted on that day serves up powerful language: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Today, many rightly focus on equality and how that might truly be achieved. Perhaps surprisingly, the Bible reveals God’s standard of equality stands far above that of human government. Beyond Today TV host, Darris McNeely, offers remarkable insight about coming up to God’s definition of equality. Watch the short BT Daily “Searching for Equality” (or read the transcript).
Religious Freedom and Censorship: Critical Trends
Freedom of worship and expression of spiritual beliefs have long been a hallmark of American life. Recently a number of events have challenged this cherished principle. During his recent visit to the National Religious Broadcasting conference in Dallas, Texas, Church president, Victor Kubik, and national religion journalist Mark Kellner met, leading to Mr. Kubik hosting Mr. Kellner, a former Christianity Today writer and current Faith and Family reporter for the Washington Times on his Inside United podcast. Listen to the extended discussion about religious freedom and what research shows people—both religious and “unchurched”—seek to learn about world trends today in our latest podcast: "Religious Freedom and Censorship."
June 25, 2021
Practice Practical Encouragement Today
One thing is clear from current research and experience: burned-out emotions and mental fatigue are at all-time highs. Unrelenting concern from the pandemic year—including weeks and months of separation from family and friends—have left their mark of anxiety and depression among many. What can you do to help people in this condition? Check out the practical tips for meaningful encouragement in this timeless article: “Ten Things You Can Say to Make Someone’s Day” and try putting them into practice!
“Well Driven Nails”—What’s on Your Summer Reading List?
During the summer months, many people like to take time to pick a few “beach books,” books to read (or listen to) while on vacation and relaxing on a beach. Some books are pure entertainment. Some books provide a well-deserved break from everyday work. And, as Beyond Today host, Darris McNeely, puts it: some books serve up life-changing information “that feed us for a very long time.” Citing Ecclesiastes 12:11 Ecclesiastes 12:11The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
American King James Version×, the long-time pastor noted: “The words of scholars are like well-driven nails.” These “nails,” he said, are “going to hold something of substance for a very long time.” Watch the short BT Daily “Well Driven Nails” to learn more, including the name of history book that inspired the video.
Pray to the Lord of the Harvest
With access to more than 100 TV channels, multiple thousands of videos and podcasts, and more (including radio and near-endless social media outlets), consumers today face astonishing media clutter. Most respond by selectively choosing media outlets and platforms that provide personalized, meaningful and trusted content, blocking out much of everything else. This raises an important question: how do those entrusted to proclaim the gospel of the Kingdom of God “Throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations” (Matthew 24:14 Matthew 24:14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then shall the end come.
American King James Version×, English Standard Version) break through this challenging clutter? This week Church president, Victor Kubik, and members of the Beyond Today team, traveled to Dallas, Texas, to take part in the annual National Religious Broadcasters conference to explore how to achieve this. What did they find? Read Mr. Kubik’s “Personal from the President” titled, “Pray to the Lord of the Harvest.”
June 18, 2021
Find Real Peace: One Moment at a Time
As the world moves toward a post-pandemic era, many find life to be more stressful than ever. Long-time pastor and Beyond Today television host, Steve Myers, points out how a quiet moment of meditating on God’s Word can make a huge difference in calming mental and emotional turmoil. For more useful insights, watch his recent BT Daily, "Quiet" (or read the transcript).
New Video Production on Anxiety, Depression
The Beyond Today video production team recorded a new presentation with a medical professional on the timely topic of positively dealing with anxiety, depression and despair, writes Church president, Victor Kubik, in his latest “Personal from the President" column. Peter Eddington, Beyond Today TV producer, also conducted an interview on related topics with Andi Chapman, an educational consultant on medical issues and registered nurse. Her prior interviews, as well as video productions on a variety of interesting topics, can be accessed at Beyond Today Interviews.
Want to Dive Deep into God’s Word?
Many believers who have recently begun seeking God want to engage with His Word in a logical and orderly way, finding answers to critical personal questions and learning how to positively apply biblical lessons. A 12-lesson Bible Study Course is available online (and by free monthly subscription) to help achieve this. Each in-depth lesson concludes with a special section “Points to Ponder” to help Bible students integrate God’s Word into their lives, and also an interesting short quiz to test what is learned. A companion online version with videos and links is also available at the Bible Answers website. Already taken the 12-lesson course? See new in-depth study guides on a variety of topics here on our Bible Study Tools site.
June 11, 2021
A Big Question of Life: Does God Exist?
In an era of 21st century rational thought, where many hold up science as an authoritative viewpoint for life, is there potential for the existence of an all-powerful spirit Being we know in the English language as “God”? That’s a fair question. And as it turns out, there’s a lot more than mere “potential” when it comes to God. The laws of physics and many physical phenomena all hold many discernable traits that present objective and fascinating evidence of the existence of a powerful Being. Beyond Today television host, Darris McNeely, reviews this remarkable evidence in the Beyond Today video production: “How Do You Know God Exists?” See for yourself or read the transcript.
Are You Part of the Family of God?
Writing to disciples in the first century, the apostle John, an eyewitness to the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ, penned a remarkable statement: “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God” (1 John 3:1 1 John 3:1Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not.
American King James Version×, English Standard Version). Referring to those in the Church of God, the author of Hebrews profoundly noted that Jesus Christ “is not ashamed to call them brothers” (Hebrews 2:11 Hebrews 2:11For both he that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brothers,
American King James Version×, ESV). Is that possible? Can men and women today be members of the very family of God? Find the answer for yourself in the pages of your Bible. Read this excerpt, “The God Family,” from one of our most popular and insightful Bible study guides, "Why Were You Born?"
How Can You Be Protected by God?
As the story goes, a ruler in ancient Eurasia once called his sons together. He wanted to make a critical point: stay and work together and you will prosper. Deliberately break away, and you will be snapped in half like a dry stick. What does this story mean for 21st century disciples of Jesus Christ, particularly as they live in a world directly influenced by a powerful adversary? Church president, Victor Kubik, outlines the biblical answer and how Christians can be protected by God Himself in his latest Personal from the President: "A Bundle of Sticks."
June 4, 2021
Raising Children in a Hopeless World? Here’s Real Hope!
Are families showing stress fractures in a post-pandemic world? An alarming situation developed recently in Colorado, where the CEO of a children’s hospital declared a shocking emergency. Why? Because his hospital was "overrun with kids attempting suicide and suffering from other forms of major mental health illness." As the hospital’s Chief Medical Officer sadly noted, “Our kids have run out of resilience—their tanks are empty." In an era where almost half of American marriages end in divorce and children feel hopeless, what can be done? In the current Beyond Today magazine, long-time pastor, Mario Seiglie, documents the reasons behind troubled families, but also provides solid advice for single parents trying to cope in this turbulent world. The Bible is clear about parental roles, but it also shows how people can be compassionate. Read more in “Where Have All the Fathers Gone?”
What Kind of Relationship Does Jesus Christ Want from You?
Sitting on a mountain some 70 miles north of Jerusalem, Jesus Christ delivered specific directions to a small group of followers: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19 Matthew 28:19Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
American King James Version×). But before one can make disciples, they must first be a disciple. As the Bible records, disciples must meet high standards, but the rewards are great: a personal relationship with Jesus Christ Himself. Church President, Victor Kubik, explains more in his June 3 “Personal from the President.”
Who is this “United Church of God”?
Tens of thousands of visitors come to our website every month, some in response to research on various topics, some who are looking for answers to big questions, many who desire to know what the Bible says about life’s major issues, and more. Many—perhaps including you—arrive online with a degree of curiosity about this spiritual assembly called the United Church of God, an International Association. Some wonder why, in this 21st century, our members observe a seventh-day Sabbath. Others might have met a church member and want to know more. The list of why people visit is long. Given all of the inquiries and well-founded curiosity, we have prepared a short section (including a brief video) that provides more information. If you’d like to know more about us, click here: "I'm New." And if you’re interested in seeing whether there’s a congregation meeting near you, visit our congregation index.
May 28, 2021
The Death of George Floyd: One Year Later
Right as the global pandemic was taking hold and ravaging countries all over the globe, the appalling death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, shocked us all. As the video of his murder appeared on social media and television, a maelstrom of outrage and riots exploded nearly instantly across America and around the world. As people struggle today to eradicate racism, the British Economist magazine soberly notes: “Since it [racism] is lodged in bigoted minds, rooting it out is largely beyond the power of any [human] government.” What have we learned in this year since the murder of Floyd, and how should disciples of Jesus Christ react? Read the answer from Church president, Victor Kubik—who grew up and served in Minneapolis—in his latest Personal from the President, and be sure to listen to insightful comments from people of color in two of Mr. Kubik’s latest podcasts (see article for links).
Does Government Have the Answer to Today’s Challenges?
As the Biden Administration submits a budget for a record $6 trillion, can Americans—and those watching around the world—hope for success? As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage nations like India, plus countries in Africa and South America, can we really hope for an end? Countries like Russia and China ominously rattle war-tech sabers, leading the Chairman of U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff to recently warn that peace between the United States and those two countries is dangerously “fraying.” What will be the outcome? Bible prophecy authoritatively holds what might be a surprising answer. Read for yourself who will ultimately unite the world and create a stunning time of global peace in our free Bible Study Guide, You Can Understand Bible Prophecy.
How Do You Remember Memorial Day?
On the fourth Monday of May, people in the United States of America observe Memorial Day, a time to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice of those who gave their lives defending liberty and freedom. For many it is a somber memory of family, friends and loved ones who died in the uniform of their country. For some, it is simply an extended weekend that usually involves grilling out and getting together with family and friends. Darris McNeely, a long-time pastor and a host of the Beyond Today television program, remembers a call to learn a new way of life that would end all wars. Watch his short BT Daily video commentary: “Memorial Day.”
May 21, 2021
Are You Receiving Favor through Grace?
In these tumultuous times of pandemic, ceaseless outrage and global unrest, we can find ourselves at the end of our proverbial rope. And then, suddenly, we may unexpectedly receive a providential touch of favor—the literal grace of God pouring out—that supernaturally resolves a painful situation or opens a door to new opportunity in our lives. The Bible speaks of this type of marvelous grace in this and other situations, including the most important one of all: the free gift of eternal life through the grace of God (Ephesians 2:8 Ephesians 2:8For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
American King James Version×)! When we find ourselves in a difficult situation, we are expressly directed to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16 Hebrews 4:16Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
American King James Version×). What is that grace and how is it applied? You can learn more about this vital dimension of grace through our free Bible study guide What Does the Bible teach about Grace? Download a free copy now.
The Iron Dome, Gaza and You
Temporary peace? Deadly conflict which threatened to destabilize the Middle East in May, has been averted through an internationally brokered ceasefire, ending for the moment a high-tech exchange of lethal missiles and bombs between Hamas in Gaza and the Israeli government. Hundreds of deaths on the Israeli side were prevented by the country’s sophisticated “Iron Dome” missile shield. What do these events mean and how should you personally respond? Victor Kubik outlines important considerations in his current “Personal from the President.”
Should You Pray for World Leaders?
In today’s supercharged social media environment, everyone seems to have an opinion—even opinions that divide and upset others. What does the Bible say Jesus' disciples are to do? Long-time pastor and Beyond Today television host, Steve Myers, explains how the Bible has a surprising command: “We should pray for kings and all who are in authority,” including the political leaders of today. In a two-minute video, he explains why we should be doing this. Watch the BT Daily, Praying People, or read the transcript.
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May 14, 2021
What Does the Bible Mean by “Firstfruits”?
As a reader of the Bible, perhaps you’ve encountered an unusual word: “firstfruits.” In the Old Testament, this phrase applied to the first and best portions of a harvest that were to be presented in honor to God, particularly on the festival of Pentecost (also known as the Feast of Weeks). On the day of Pentecost in the New Testament, the Holy Spirit—the literal “promise of the Father” (Acts 1:4 Acts 1:4And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, said he, you have heard of me.
American King James Version×)—was supernaturally gifted in great power to the first Christians, who became a new kind of “firstfruits” (Romans 8:23 Romans 8:23And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
American King James Version×). Where are “firstfruits” today? For the answer, read “The Firstfruits of Salvation” by long-time Beyond Today contributor Peter Eddington.
Worried About Inflation, Unrest in Israel, or Other Events?
Coming off a year of pandemic—and even more uncertainty today—many are stressed out, looking for a way to move forward. Perhaps you know someone like this, or perhaps you yourself can relate. What can be done? Long-time pastor and Beyond Today television host, Darris McNeely, offers a sure, spiritual solution. As he notes, sometimes we have to “stand up in the midst of a time of trial when things look pretty dark, when things look like they’re not going to go well.” How do we do that? Watch the two-minute BT Daily “Courage,” or read the transcript.
What’s Happening in the United Church of God?
May is a busy month: the Ambassador Bible College held its 22nd graduation in Cincinnati, Ohio; the Church is considering the purchase of a new multi-purpose facility in the northwest United States; and a major letter to Beyond Today magazine subscribers carries a special message about the meaning of baptism. Read more exciting details in the May 13 “Personal from the President.”
How Will You Be Worshiping God on the Day of Pentecost?
Following His resurrection, Jesus gave a special direction to the apostles: “He ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father” (Acts 1:4 Acts 1:4And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, said he, you have heard of me.
American King James Version×, English Standard Version). A few days later, on the biblical day of Pentecost, “a sound like a mighty rushing wind…filled the entire house where they were sitting,” as “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:2-4 Acts 2:2-4  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared to them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat on each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
American King James Version×, ESV). Does the observance of this day have meaning for you today? You might be surprised to know that Jesus Himself observed all of the ancient Hebrew High Days—setting an example for us today. Reading this, perhaps you might echo comments made on that day of Pentecost some 2,000 years ago: “Brothers, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37 Acts 2:37Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said to Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brothers, what shall we do?
American King James Version×, ESV). For answers, download our free Bible Study Guide, God’s Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope for All Mankind.
May 7, 2021
Mothers of Faith and Promise
May 9 represents the annual celebration of Mother’s Day in the United States and other parts of the world. “Mothers and motherhood are true gifts of God created to be an important cornerstone of humanity and of society,” says Richard Kennebeck, an Elder speaking in a United Church of God worship service. “Mothers,” he says, “have a great opportunity to have an impact, an impact on people’s lives that can last forever, to impact multiple generations with their wisdom, their hope, their faith, their love and their example.” Listen to Mr. Kennebeck’s sermon, "Mothers of Faith and Promise," or read the transcript.
Living Free from Worry
“What are you worried about? What is living rent-free in your mind and sinking your heart?”
Long-time Pastor and Beyond Today contributor, Robin Webber, asks these and other probing questions as he explains from the Bible how to rid your life from needless fear and worry. Read his current Beyond Today article, “A Doorway of Remembrance.”
Do You Control Your Technology: Or Does It Control You?
Coming off a lockdown year of pandemic, personal technology (smartphones, laptops, computer pads and HD TVs) has become more important in our lives than ever. When does technology start becoming a burden instead of a helper? Darris McNeely details how technology can have a draining effect on our lives, and how we can use biblical principles to get our lives back and put things in productive perspective. God offers a surprising spiritual tool to help us set our lives aright, one that requires us to stop, pause and rest. Watch Mr. McNeely’s insightful presentation (or read the transcript) on the Beyond Today television program “The Sabbath Rest."
What’s It Like to Worship God in Zambia?
Zambia pastor Derrick Pringle offers an insightful look at what disciples of Jesus Christ deal with in northwest Zambia, including some areas close to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Church President, Victor Kubik, who has visited these areas with his wife Bev on a number of occasions, provides an inside look of life in this African nation in his May 6, “Personal from the President."
April 30, 2021
Special Streaming Service: A Vision for the Church
What’s on deck for the United Church of God in 2021? Watch Church President, Victor Kubik, outline a vision for the Church this Sabbath, beginning at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). Church Treasurer, Rick Shabi, will also present a message prior to Mr. Kubik’s sermon. The live presentations and Church service are part of the Church’s annual General Conference of Elders, which is taking place this year in a virtual format. Watch the special church service on May 1.
Heartbeats Never Lie
What choices are available to women who unexpectedly find themselves pregnant? An unanticipated pregnancy can represent a complex set of challenges and possible outcomes. Can the Bible help make a decision in these possibly challenging circumstances? In an important article titled, “Heartbeats Never Lie,” Beyond Today magazine contributor Terri Eddington describes a situation that she witnessed while volunteering at a pregnancy resource center and offers objective thoughts. Read this important article now.
How Do You Exercise Your Free Will?
An amazing attribute of God includes the fact that He gives all humans free will to make independent decisions. But with free will comes accountability and consequences—for both good and not-so-good decisions. God has a specific path He wants you to choose. Long-time pastor and Beyond Today television host, Steve Myers, reviews this path in his short BT Daily "Free Will." Watch the short video or read the transcript.
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April 23, 2021
The Risk of Being Tone-Deaf
Much communication today can be described as “tone deaf.” Someone who talks, writes or posts in an insensitive or inappropriate manner runs the risk of offending or hurtfully polarizing a situation. Drawing on a biblical example of how Jesus Christ communicated at a critical time, long-time Pastor and Beyond Today television host, Darris McNeely, examines the critical aspect and positive power of proper tone and voice in communicating with others. Watch the four-minute BT Daily on Tone and Voice.
When God Knocks, How Do You Respond?
The Bible uses a simple but powerful figure of speech to describe how God and Jesus Christ sometimes gently get our attention. Calling on us to grow in grace and knowledge, Jesus Christ makes this powerful statement: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him” (Revelation 3:20 Revelation 3:20Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
American King James Version×). The same figure of speech is used by Jesus Himself to also illustrate how we are to communicate with God. Beyond Today contributor and long-time pastor, Robin Webber, explains the vital importance of this for us today. Click here to read, Knock, Knock! Will You Answer?
Spiritual Riches in an African Nation
Malawi is one of the poorest nations in the world in terms of economic standards of life, but it contains some of the most spiritually rich disciples of Jesus Christ. Church President Victor Kubik and his wife Bev have visited and served in this country for many years, as recently have a number of young people. Mr. Kubik describes how Christians live, serve and worship in his current Personal from the President.
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April 16, 2021
A Critical Question: Is Jesus the Only Way?
Do all paths lead to the same eternal place? Are Jesus, Buddha and Aristotle all human guides who should be equally rolled into a form of practical atheism, serving up generic moral precepts? Certainly, many gifted humans have discerned remarkable truth, but all have flaws (for example, Aristotle is considered to be the human originator of western logical thought, but he also incorrectly taught that the brain is a radiator to vent excess body heat). In profound contrast, Jesus Christ made two astonishing, unbreakable claims: “I am the way, the truth and the life,” and further, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” Does Jesus mean what He said? Long-time pastor and Beyond Today television host, Gary Petty, explains the answer—and its direct meaning for you—to the critical question: Is Jesus the Only Way?
Liberation and the Fear of God
Unrestrained, free-floating fear can be a symptom of a generalized anxiety disorder. But a focused and deliberate fear—an expression of profound spiritual respect and acknowledgement—can serve as a positive liberating strength for a disciple of Jesus Christ. In fact, such reverence and respect produces change and positive vision in a Christian. Darlene Lausted, a member of the United Church of God, provides some simple but insightful thoughts to consider in her short Beyond Today blog, To Fear God.
Can Science and Christian Beliefs Actually Complement Each Other?
Science and Christian belief—when these words appear in a discussion—they often reflect unremitting hostility. Are science and Christian belief truly eternal antagonists? Or can they yield remarkable insight when viewed together? Pastor Steven Britt brings an unusual dimension to his service as a minister of Jesus Christ—that of a trained scientist holding a PhD in Applied Mathematics. In this special edition of the Inside United Podcast, Dr. Britt and Church President Victor Kubik discuss how the impressive complexity of DNA and RNA—together with thousands of genes and multiple billions of combinations—mathematically and systemically prove the existence of a powerful Creator God. Listen to details in this fascinating 27-minute podcast.
A Refreshing Point of View
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April 2, 2021
What Biblical Festivals Did Jesus Observe?
When people read the Bible in depth, some find it amazing that common modern religious festivals—like Easter and Christmas—are never observed by biblical figures, including the original apostles and Jesus Christ Himself! In addition to seeing Jesus observing the annual, biblical Hebrew Holy Days—like Passover and the Festival of Tabernacles—we also see the apostle Paul writing to a Greek gentile congregation in Corinth, urging them: “Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Corinthians 5:7-8 1 Corinthians 5:7-8  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
American King James Version×, English Standard Version). Paul was clearly writing to a non-Hebrew church assembly about positively observing the Days of Unleavened Bread season, one that is commanded by God in Leviticus 23:4-8 Leviticus 23:4-8  These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their seasons.  In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD's passover.  And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread to the LORD: seven days you must eat unleavened bread.  In the first day you shall have an holy convocation: you shall do no servile work therein.  But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: you shall do no servile work therein.
American King James Version×. What does that personally mean for us today? For more information, read this meaningful excerpt from one of our popular study guides: "Are God's Holy Days Relevant Today?"
Easter: The Rest of the Story
Each year, multiple thousands of well-meaning people gather on a spring Sunday to take part in many traditions, including egg coloring, egg hunts and big family meals. But what do baskets of chocolate and brightly colored eggs have to do with worshiping Jesus Christ? Long-time minister and Beyond Today television host Steve Myers, answers this question and more, including discussing the very sign that Jesus powerfully gave to prove He is the promised Messiah. Get the answers about Easter for yourself. Watch, "Easter: The Rest of the Story" or read the transcript.
God, the Moon and the Suez Canal
On the day when the Ever Given container ship—one of the largest ships in the world—was pulled free from blocking billions of dollars in shipping through the Suez Canal, some found a bit of humor in the fact the day coincided with the same biblical day the ancient Israelites were set free from Egyptian slavery. What was more interesting was it took what one international news source described as “a piece of celestial good luck”—an unusually high tide caused by the Supermoon that heralded in God’s annual Days of Unleavened Bread—to lift the 200,000-ton ship free. Church President Victor Kubik reviews how the stars and moons declare both the existence and glory of God, even though these celestial wonders never say a word. Read more about God’s awesome power and what it means for you in President Kubik’s weekly column for April 1, 2021.
Dealing with 21st Century Philistines
The Bible speaks of the many challenges ancient Israel faced with its arch enemy, the Philistines. The aggressive Philistines relentlessly plagued the people of Israel and Judah. Longtime pastor and Beyond Today television host, Darris McNeely, notes: “We don’t fight against the Philistines today, [but] we have spiritual Philistines and spiritual battles that we have to engage in today.” Are you dealing with spiritual issues of depression, anxiety, anger and more? Check out what Mr. McNeely recommends to do by viewing (or reading the transcript of) his recent BT Daily: Philistines.
A Critical Lesson from Jesus Christ
Shortly before dying, the late president of the United Church of God, Dennis Luker, wrote to the ministry of the Church. He emphasized how disciples of Jesus Christ learn, and how we are to embrace an attitude of Christ-like service when we take part in the annual footwashing ceremony during the Passover service. Current Church president, Victor Kubik, republishes Mr. Luker’s insightful comments to help us embrace “deep, godly love and sincere humility.” Read Mr. Kubik's March 25 "Letter from the President" for the full letter from Mr. Luker.
March 19, 2021
The Christian Passover: A Pivotal Event for You
Here is a critically personal truth: the astonishing sacrifice of Jesus Christ as our Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7 1 Corinthians 5:7Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
American King James Version×) opens the door for Christians to be forgiven of their sins, to be reconciled with God, and to ultimately receive eternal life. The importance of the Passover cannot be understated—without it, none of the rest of God’s plan for humanity can take place. How are 21st century disciples of Jesus Christ directed to observe this New Testament Passover? Read more in, "The Passover: Why Did Jesus Have to Die?"
Christian Perspective on Race Issues
“People of color need to hear the same thing as all people, that is God is love.” Dealing with racism, white supremacy issues and modeling compassion in turbulent times, are among the topics discussed in a special edition of the Inside United podcast hosted by Pastor Dan Preston and Ernest Grier, an African-American serving United Church of God congregations in North and South Carolina. Mr. Grier, a deacon in the Church, notes that over the past year, “as more police killings of unarmed people of color have been publicized, it has put a spotlight on racism in the United States.” Mr. Grier believes all people need to remember, “God is no respecter of persons” and according to Acts 10:35 Acts 10:35But in every nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is accepted with him.
American King James Version×, all people who fear God and do what is right are “accepted by Him.” What should members of the Church of God fellowship be doing? Listen to this insightful podcast.
Changing How We Think
An important aspect of our lives is that our all-powerful God grants us the freedom to act at our own discretion. As Church President Victor Kubik writes: “We are deliberately allowed to make personal decisions, whether for good or evil.” As he continues, “God will equip us to make good choices, but He will not make those choices for us. We have to develop and exercise godly character and wisdom to make the right decisions.” Spiritually preparing for taking the Christian Passover includes a focus to bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5 2 Corinthians 10:5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
American King James Version×). Read more about how to do this in Mr. Kubik’s March 18 “Personal.”
A Fresh Point of View
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March 12, 2021
Forgiveness: For Us and For Others
There’s an old saying about forgiveness: "When we seek forgiveness for something we did to someone else, we want mercy. When someone has hurt us, we want justice." What is the biblical view? Being forgiven of our personal sins is critical for our eternal salvation and our mental health. But also important in this spiritual act is our forgiveness of others when we have been hurt or harmed. Forgiving others can be a real challenge. Sometimes it’s not easy. In this time of examining ourselves before the Christian Passover (1 Corinthians 11:28-31 1 Corinthians 11:28-31  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
 For he that eats and drinks unworthily, eats and drinks damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
American King James Version×), we should ask for the spiritual gift of forgiveness, including help from God in forgiving others. Read, “The Spiritual Need to Forgive Others,” excerpted from the Beyond Today Bible study guide, "Forgiveness is Possible."
A High Tower of Hope
A quick review of everyday news can be discouraging. But despite daily tests of every shape and size, there is good news! No matter what the issue, challenge or trial, the Bible declares that God Himself is the high tower—a safe place of refuge—where disciples of Jesus Christ can find confidence and shelter. Long-time minister and Beyond Today host, Steve Myers, tells Christians where they can confidently place their trust and be rewarded. Watch his Beyond Today Daily, "A High Tower," or read the accompanying transcript.
Preparing for the Christian Passover
A year of living and persevering in a pandemic has taken a toil on many, but Christians have real hope. How does one find that hope? As disciples of Jesus Christ prepare to take the annual Christian Passover, we can seek God for personal insight, asking Him what each of us needs to know about ourselves and what we need to change. This can confidently propel us to new spiritual heights and an abundant life. In his March 11 podcast, Church President, Victor Kubik, challenges us to renew our relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ as we prepare both for the Passover and the transformational Days of Unleavened Bread which follow. As Mr. Kubik encourages us: “This season, be a believer. Believe in Jesus Christ your Savior, believe what He says, believe in what He does, believe in His role in the coming Kingdom of God and everything that this means—and experience your best Passover yet!” Listen to the 15-minute podcast, "Passover Preparation."
March 5, 2021
The Ultimate Vision
The book of Proverbs makes an important fact plain: when people lack a motivating vision to sustain and guide them, the Bible says they can literally “perish” (Proverbs 29:18 Proverbs 29:18Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.
American King James Version×). Minister John Miller, a member of the United Church of God Council of Elders, relates how Abraham Lincoln created a human vision to help a divided people come together. However, as the Bible shows, the ultimate energizing vision is to fully grasp and understand what it means to be like Jesus Christ in both present and future realities (1 John 3:2 1 John 3:2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
American King James Version×). Read more of this exciting and motivating vision in, "The Ultimate Vision."
What is the Future Role of Jesus as the Messiah?
As He stood before Jewish and Roman authorities, on what cause was Jesus condemned to die? Jesus powerfully acknowledged before Pilate, the Roman governor representing Emperor Tiberius, that He was in fact a king, the King who would one day rule over the entire Earth! Born from the prophesied line of King David, Jesus will return to this Earth as the living, visible Head of the coming Kingdom of God. What does that mean for you personally? Read more from Church President Victor Kubik in the current issue of Beyond Today: "Christ the King."
Prayers Requested for Christians in Myanmar
Violence between protestors and military forces in Myanmar continues to rise. The United Church of God has members in the area, who report of dangerous situations and request prayers for God’s safety and intervention. Read more here.
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February 26, 2021
Join us online and experience our worship services live – and Preparing for Your Best Passover Yet! (part two)
Have you wanted to worship with the Church that produces the Beyond Today television program and magazine, or are you simply looking for a Christian assembly dedicated to preaching biblical truth? This week please join us online at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Saturday, February 26, for a special live service (or catch the archived service afterwards). Click here to watch and participate online.
The Christian Passover represents a critically important event for the disciples of Jesus Christ. As Church president, Victor Kubik, writes in his weekly personal column: “As we renew our relationship to Jesus as our Passover, we reignite our commitment to overcoming sin, to being spiritually victorious (Revelation 2:7 Revelation 2:7He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the middle of the paradise of God.
American King James Version×). The rewards for this commitment are many, both spiritual and physical.” The Bible directs Christians to humbly and deliberately make ready to take part in this annual service with focused preparation, directly engaging God and Jesus Christ in the process. Read the full personal now.
Why Did Jesus Christ Come to Earth?
In the March-April 2021 Beyond Today magazine cover story, managing editor, Scott Ashley, details a powerful biblical truth which has a direct impact on all today. What did God intend to accomplish when He sent Jesus Christ to earth? As Mr. Ashley writes, God’s “purpose is to ‘bring many children into glory’ so you and I can be part of His eternal spirit family!” This incredible human potential is made plain in the Bible, as Mr. Ashley explains in his article, "When God Became Man So Man Could Become God." Please make sure you read this important piece in its entirety.
February 19, 2021
Preparing for Your best Passover Yet (Part 1)
What direct ties does the creation of the awesome universe have to do with you? Consider this critical fact: the sacrificial death of the Messiah in the first century stands alone as the singular event in human history. Amazingly, this extraordinary act was a most vital part of an awesome plan—a plan that directly affects you—which was laid out and set in motion billions of years ago, even before the foundations of the earth were fashioned. As part of this plan, we observe the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ as the Passover lamb for all humanity (1 Corinthians 5:7 1 Corinthians 5:7Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
American King James Version×). By observing it, we receive marvelous spiritual benefits. These include how the Passover illustrates the deep love God has for us all (John 3:16 John 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
American King James Version×), and how by observing it we declare our continuing dedication to be overcomers, more than conquerors in this physical life (Romans 8:37 Romans 8:37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
American King James Version×). But there’s more. Read Church president Victor Kubik’s personal message from February 19.
Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Paper
For Christians living in a world filled with judgmental comparisons, it’s far too easy to get caught up in worrying what other people may think about us. Instead of burning up emotional and mental bandwidth being concerned about what others think, long-time pastor and Beyond Today commentator, Darris McNeely, advises disciples of Jesus Christ to metaphorically “keep your eyes on your own paper.” In a recent Beyond Today Daily, he says: “We have our own lessons to learn…we need to keep our eyes on our paper and let those lessons come to us.” God’s direction? We should “not compare ourselves with one another.” There is a positive standard of comparison, but it’s above a human standard. View the short video: "Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Paper."
February 12, 2021
What Can God Do Through Believers?
In the early days of the Church of God, the first century disciples in Jerusalem faced great upheaval, scattering as they fled hundreds of miles to escape violence. What did God do with these early believers? Instead of being wiped out, these disciples energized great growth, becoming living examples of the gospel of the Kingdom that Jesus preached (Matthew 5:14 Matthew 5:14You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
American King James Version×). What did these early Christians do when they came to Antioch in Syria? “The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord” (Acts 11:21 Acts 11:21And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned to the Lord.
American King James Version×, English Standard Version). How can we as believers today follow Jesus Christ, the living Head of the Church? Read more in Church president Victor Kubik’s personal message from February 11.
How Can We Experience God’s Gift of Peace?
In times of national and personal turbulence, how can we experience the peace that Jesus promised? Even in times of political turmoil, a seemingly never-ending COVID-19 pandemic, lack of employment, personal health issues or other challenges, we can experience miraculous peace of mind—a peace that passes all understanding. Robin Webber, a long-time pastor and Beyond Today contributor, invites us to claim the promise Jesus made in John 14:27 John 14:27Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
American King James Version×: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” How do we do this? Read how from Mr. Webber’s October 2020 Beyond Today column, "My Peace I Give to You."
February 5, 2021
Protecting Yourself from a Global "Infodemic"
Do people believe what they hear or read on the news? According to a major international report, a “global infodemic has driven trust in all news sources to record lows.” For the first time, research found that a majority of respondents viewed news media as both incompetent and unethical, “purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false.” That’s a dangerous place to be. Thankfully, as Church president Victor Kubik writes, we have a unique and indisputable source of real Truth to turn to. Mr. Kubik shows how to personally tap this source of real truth and protect ourselves by holding fast to the spiritual trunk of the tree. Read his personal message from February 4.
Have You Really Turned Your Life Over to God?
Many people desire earnestly to worship God, spending time reading the Bible, praying and trying to be a good person. These all represent good traits, but what does God want and expect? John LaBissoniere, a long-time minister and Beyond Today senior writer, shows how God’s purpose and expectation for disciples of Jesus Christ is nothing short of total transformation. How does one set out toward this seemingly impossible goal? God provides divine grace and a specific pathway for disciples to begin a rewarding life of spiritual growth. Read Mr. LaBissoniere's latest article: "Have You Really Turned Your Life Over to God?"
January 29, 2021
Spiritual Skills for Times of Severe Challenges
When times are challenging—even gritty—how do disciples of Jesus Christ find help and hope? Long-time pastor and Beyond Today contributor, Robin Webber, offers three keys to receive real spiritual strength and go beyond simply muddling through day-to-day life. Citing how disciples living in the first century received transformational spiritual power, Mr. Webber writes: “Let us all follow the example of Christ’s first disciples in likewise following Him, allowing Him to truly lead us from within in full assurance of faith.” Read more encouragement from his important article, "How to Cope Spiritually in Times of Darkness."
How Will God Put an End to Evil?
It’s hard question, but a fair one. As Church president Victor Kubik notes: “Many atheists claim that a major reason for their not believing in God is they cannot reconcile how there can be an all-powerful and loving God who is not able to stop war, suffering and injustice. How can a loving God who created us in His image and likeness not put an end to all the evil?” As Mr. Kubik writes, "The Bible plainly explains where evil comes from and how God Himself will abolish it. We can be confident that an all-powerful God has a magnificent purpose and has already defeated the evil powers of this world through Jesus Christ." Read more of what will happen in his article, "Where Does Evil Come From? How Will It End?"
January 16, 2021
Urgently praying in the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14 2 Chronicles 7:14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
American King James Version×
As a new President of the United States prepares to be inaugurated into office, what should be the response of a disciple of Jesus Christ? The Bible confidently tells us: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray…then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 2 Chronicles 7:14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
American King James Version×). In his current weekly column, Church President Victor Kubik reminds readers that all Christians are directed by the Bible to pray “for all who are in authority” (1 Timothy 2:2 1 Timothy 2:2For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
American King James Version×, New Living Translation). This is critically important for the perilous times we live in. Read his full remarks.
America and the Return to God
Recognizing a need for national repentance, tens of thousands of Americans peacefully gathered in the fall of 2020 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. They took part in a prayer-focused event called “The Return.” Beyond Today host Darris McNeely and Church President Victor Kubik were on hand to observe and report on this remarkable event. “I heard many blunt and true statements from sincere speakers. ‘The churches of the land are filled with golden calves,’ proclaimed one of the leading organizers. ‘God has left the building,’ he said, referring to Ezekiel’s vision of God’s presence leaving the Jerusalem temple,” writes Mr. McNeely in the current issue of Beyond Today. Listen to Mr. McNeely’s and Mr. Kubik’s first-hand experiences in the nation’s capital on the current Inside United podcast. Or read the full account in the January-February issue of Beyond Today magazine.
January 8, 2021
Fear not – let’s be about our Father’s business
How should disciples of Jesus react to the January 6 chaos on Capitol Hill? Congressional leaders warned of a possible “death spiral” of America shortly before protesters stormed into the Capitol and violently disrupted Congressional proceedings to confirm the next President of the United States.
Church President Victor Kubik refers all to the reassuring truth of the Bible: “Regardless of what we may have seen this week, even as we continue to endure turbulent times, we also confidently hold the precious and immovable truth that God is in control.” For more insight on this important development, listen to President Kubik’s eight-minute podcast, Rampage on Capitol Building. Or you can read his remarks in the January 7 Personal from the President.
Know someone worn down and struggling? Here’s how you can help!
Do you know anyone who is worn down and discouraged by the grind of life? Maybe this is affecting your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers. What can you do to help those who are worn down by weariness? How can you better cope yourself? In the January-February 2021 Beyond Today magazine, regular contributor Terri Eddington offers specific practical advice, following up on her well-received article from July, with How Can You Help Those Worn Down by Weariness?
October 22, 2020
Jesus and Today's Cultural Christianity
While a second wave of the coronavirus sweeps the United States, Europe and elsewhere, where is Jesus? Does the God described in the Bible even exist? On a recent Beyond Today television program, long-time pastor Gary Petty reviews how the creeping influence of misleading secular humanism dangerously erodes the societal influence and life-saving truths of the Bible. Watch the 25-minute program, "Jesus and Today’s Cultural Christianity" as Mr. Petty also answers the critical questions, is Jesus alive and can you have a transforming relationship with him.
Want to dive deeper?
The Bible reveals exciting truth about both your personal future and the future of humanity. God outlines a specific plan—broadly pictured by the ancient Hebrew Holy day seasons of the Bible—that involve you. The last annual seasons, the festival of Tabernacles and the Eighth Day, portray a coming time of marvelous peace and prosperity, heralded in by what Jesus described as the Kingdom of God. Click here to watch or listen to an in-depth sermon, "The Kingdom that Everyone Wants" from Victor Kubik, president of the United Church of God, from the Church’s recent observance of the Festival.
August 1, 2020
Hope and Help for the Brokenhearted
The Bible describes those who suffer depression, deep discouragement and emotional trauma from being subjected to harsh and unrelenting trial as being among “the brokenhearted.” Authors Peter and Terri Eddington, who have served in the ministry of Jesus Christ for more than 25 years, offer practical advice and real hope for people facing the challenges of 2020. Read Hope and Help for the Brokenhearted by Mr. Eddington and Are You Worn Down by Weariness? by Mrs. Eddington.