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    Hi Lisa. Thank you for your thoughts and comments. Perhaps the best explanation on where we see the United States and Europe fulfilling end-time prophecy can be found in several of our booklets that you can search for here on our site. These include: "The Book of Revelation Unveiled," "The Middle East In Bible Prophecy" and "The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy." There is some very good information in these. All the best! And, we are working on a new booklet about Russia In Bible Prophecy. ....Peter.

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    Hi Kevin. Thank you very much for your encouraging note. All the best to you! ...Peter.
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    Thank you very much Neville. I really appreciate your encouraging comment. All the best!
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    Hello Martie. We will see if it can be added for you.
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    Thank you very much Wendy. I pray the message is of help to people. And, yes, we are in urgent times!
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    Hello Doris, Thank you for contacting us above our TV program, “Is Satan Real?” In particular, you mentioned the request in the Lord’s Prayer “lead us not into temptation” and asked for clarification. That is an excellent question. You correctly stated that God does not tempt us and asked whether this was a mistranslation or something else. It takes some research, thought, and prayer to understand. As we read in the book of James, “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed” (James 1:13-14). So, God may “allow” us to be tempted by our own desires or lusts. Paul’s comments lend insight to the question of temptations in his letter to the church in Corinth. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). And here is what the “Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary” says about Matthew 6:13. “And lead us not into temptation. He who honestly seeks, and has the assurance of, forgiveness for past sin, will strive to avoid committing it for the future. But conscious that ‘when we would do good evil is present with us,’ we are taught to offer this sixth petition, which comes naturally close upon the preceding, and flows, indeed, instinctively from it in the hearts of all earnest Christians. There is some difficulty in the form of the petition, as it is certain that God does bring His people -- as He did Abraham, and Christ Himself -- into circumstances both fitted and designed to try them, or test the strength of their faith... We incline to take it as a prayer against being drawn or sucked, of our own will, into temptation, to which the word here used [eisenengkees translated as ‘lead’] seems to lend some countenance -- ‘Introduce us not.’” Our study aid titled, “Tools for Spiritual Growth,” at https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/tools-for-spiritual-growth/the-lords-prayer-as-a-guideline mentions “The Lord’s Prayer” as a guideline for our prayers. In discussing our request to “lead us not into temptation” it states the following. “‘And lead us not into temptation [or severe trial]. “We ask that God would help us to learn lessons quickly and do right immediately rather than having to go through chastising hardship and tribulation to get our act together. “‘But deliver us from the evil. “We ask for protection -- from harm or calamity as well as malevolence directed against us. We seek deliverance from the evil one -- Satan the devil -- and His demonic accomplices along with the society they have influenced. And we seek rescue from our own corrupt selves with our selfish nature.” Considering all of the above references and comments, our request to “lead us not into temptation” seems to be a request to help us control our desires and avoid being tempted beyond what we can endure. All the best in your studies into this subject. Peter Eddington, Producer, Beyond Today TV
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    Hi Rodrigo. Thank you for your comments. In our literature at the United Church of God, an International Association, we primarily refer to the Assyrian Empire only as they interacted with ancient Israel. We do talk about Assyria in our booklet, "The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy," in the chapter, "From Empire to Exile." You may find some more information there that is helpful to you: https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-united-states-and-britain-in-bible-prophecy/from-empire-to-exile. You can also do a search on our website for "assyrians" to see what else we cover: https://www.ucg.org/bcse/search/assyrians. All the best in your studies! Peter Eddington.
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    Thank you for the feedback Lisa! Everyone is important in God's temple!
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    Hi Kathy,

    Thank you for your message. That is a 20-year old link. Here is the new one: https://abc.ucg.org/courses.

    All the best!

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    Thank you Brian for noticing the wrong Scripture reference. It has now been updated to Luke chapter 22.

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    Hi Robert. Thank you for the suggestion. The main reason we can't post them in other places is because the literature link URL given is unique to our airing on Newsmax TV, and if people see the video in other venues and try the URL, it will register as a Newsmax TV response, and skew our analytics and cost per response figures.

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    Thank you for your comments Jim. We did reword the article above based on your suggestion and further research. Much appreciated — Media and Communications Services, UCGIA.

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    Hello Alex, Regarding your messages about looking for help or for someone to talk with you, the United Church of God would be happy to reach out to you. Please send your concerns via email to info@ucg.org and we will respond. All the best. Peter Eddington — Media and Communications Services
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    Thank you for your comments Debra. I really appreciate it. We all need some encouragement during these trying times! All the best...
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    Thank you for your message Constance. I trust it was helpful to you. All the best!