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Gary Petty

Beyond Today Presenter, United Church of God Pastor

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  • Gary Petty
    Tanja, The issues you are facing are difficult. As we learn to obey God as our loving Father, we find ourselves out of step with the rest of society. Ask God to help you not only in understanding the truth, but in growing in faith. Sometimes it can be helpful to do a Bible study of the promises God makes to us and His faithfulness to fulfill those promises. When we trust in His faithfulness then we can step out on faith, expecting His help.
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    John, Every person has different gifts and opportunities to serve God by serving others in a local congregation and in their community. We can't always think of service in terms of organized church activity. It may be a wonderful blessing to others to work with fellow members of a congregation at a Thanksgiving food bank, but it may be of greater service for one person to take time to serve a neighbor who is sick and needs regular visiting and encouragement. Christian service must be a way of life that finds expression in everyday actions in the kindness we show to all people whether in participation of a church activity or because we see a private opportunity. to simply help someone.
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    You are correct that Satan introduced the false idea of the immortal soul to Eve. The Old Testament doesn't contain any teachings from God's servants about an immortal soul. In fact, what they teach is the exact opposite which is that human beings are mortal.
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    The Day of Atonement contains many wonderful lessons. Fasting and the necessity for Christ's atonement and understanding His role as High Priest.
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    Margaret, There is some information on the UCG website about baptism for the dead. Just type "baptism for the dead" in the search box.
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    It was a wonderful experience to do this program in Germany. Martin Luther was a courageous man who stood up to corrupt Catholicism. Unfortunately, he also misinterpreted some Scripture to create some wrong doctrine.
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    I'm glad you found it helpful. The resurrection doctrine is a great comfort when we lose a loved one.
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    Dorthy, Sometimes it can be impossible for a person to travel to a place where they can attend Sabbath services. Modern technology allows us to bring Sabbath services to you. Through the UCG website you can connect to live weekly services and watch recorded sermons anytime. You can also request for a minister to come visit you at your home. God understands our limitations. Ultimately, the Sabbath is about us spending time with Him.
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    Gary, You make a good point. I've visited many older men who felt alone and needed encouragement. When I was a child my Dad would take me with him to visit a widower who was alone. I still treasure the memories of listening to them share stories. Sometimes it helps when you are alone to reach out to someone who is just as isolated as you are. This way both of you can benefit from each other's company. We live in a high paced, technological world where it is easy for people to feel isolated. Fortunately, God says He will never leave us.
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    Cathie, We were not able to record the laying on of hands study. I plan on giving the sermon on baptisms and study on laying on of hands in Nashville on August 11. It should be recorded then.
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    I'm glad you found this helpful. All of us go through times when we feel like God is so far away that we can't reach Him. Fortunately, He can reach us.
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    Regina, Good point. Since they were all part of Judah when Israel and Judah split into two kingdoms we usually refer all of them as Jews, but they are from different tribes.
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    Joseph, Thanks for catching the mistake on my part. I meant to say that Zerrubabel's temple was desecrated. Even members of our editing crew, who are very conscientious, missed my gaffe. I didn't talk about the man of sin because we thought it was too much to add to a short program. Many of our viewers have limited biblical knowledge and sometimes we are told that we pack too much info into one program. It is always difficult to decide on how much to cover. Sorry for any confusion this caused.
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    Cynthia, God expects us to obey Him. When a pastor changes a fundamental truth, like Sabbath observance, then you have no choice but to seek another church.
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    I'm glad you found this program to be helpful.