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Message from Ministerial and Member Services: March 13, 2020

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Message from Ministerial and Member Services

March 13, 2020

Since we will not be holding physical services for the next few Sabbaths, you may have a little more time on your hands and, perhaps, would like some help determining what sermons you may like to listen to as we all prepare for Passover, now less than a month away. Here are some suggestions you may want to consider. I have listened to at least portions of all the messages recommended below and have included a short summary on each one and why you may want to listen/watch the message. 

I realize there are many, many fine messages that I haven’t had the time to listen to or review—and you may prefer another message since we have nearly 30,000 messages to choose from. Hopefully I can just give you a little help in narrowing down your selections! These sermons were all given in the last two weeks and are all very timely in our preparation for the Passover season. May God inspire you and enrich your spiritual lives as you turn to Him for guidance in these perilous times!

https://www.ucg.org/sermons/baptism-and-the-days-of-unleavened-bread—This is a sermon given by deacon Mike Fike of the Tampa, Florida congregation. Mike ties in our baptism commitment and how it relates to Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread. This is an excellent message for anyone contemplating baptism—and all of us who could use a reminder of the importance of our baptism.  

https://www.ucg.org/sermons/the-apostle-paul-and-the-biblical-holy-days—This is a sermon given by pastor Craig Scott about the annual Holy Days of God and how Paul truly viewed them. He explains what Paul really thought and taught about the law of God and, in particular, God’s law regarding the annual Holy Days. Mr. Scott does a bit of expository preaching and explains Colossians 2:14-17 Colossians 2:14-17 [14] Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; [15] And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. [16] Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: [17] Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
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, Romans 14:5-6 Romans 14:5-6 [5] One man esteems one day above another: another esteems every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. [6] He that regards the day, regards it to the Lord; and he that regards not the day, to the Lord he does not regard it. He that eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he that eats not, to the Lord he eats not, and gives God thanks.
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, and Galatians 4:8-10 Galatians 4:8-10 [8] However, then, when you knew not God, you did service to them which by nature are no gods. [9] But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn you again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto you desire again to be in bondage? [10] You observe days, and months, and times, and years.
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, scriptures that have all been twisted to say something they clearly do not say regarding Paul’s belief and observance of God’s annual Holy Days. 

https://www.ucg.org/sermons/humility-brings-to-bear-powerful-healing-for-the-christian-1—This poignant sermon was given by pastor Randy D’Alessandro regarding the foot-washing service and the need, importance and power of true humility as we approach the Passover season.  

https://www.ucg.org/sermons/when-and-why-did-god-plan-for-our-forgiveness-preparing-for-passover—This sermon, given by pastor Greg Thomas, teaches about God’s plan for humankind and how forgiveness is made possible through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  What a blessing to know God’s truth regarding our future!

https://www.ucg.org/sermons/it-was-necessary-for-christ-to-suffer—This sobering and thoughtful message was given by pastor Andy Diemer explaining why our Savior, Jesus Christ, needed to suffer as the perfect sacrifice for us.

https://www.ucg.org/sermons/the-sacrifice-of-jesus-christ-fundamental-of-beliefs—This split-sermon is given by deacon Larry Wunderlin of the Oshkosh, Wisconsin congregation. In this message, Larry addresses the UCG Fundamental Belief #20, the Sacrifice of Christ. 

https://www.ucg.org/sermons/a-passover-like-none-before—In this sermon, pastor Rick Shabi speaks of the importance of the Passover service and how to prepare to take the Passover in a worthy manner.