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.