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Each week, subscribers to Bible Insights Weekly receive a free email with links to three short articles on a variety of biblical topics. Following is a growing archive of articles previously posted.
He got on the boat anyway
When Paul’s travelling companions and the local believers heard what awaited Paul, they begged him not to go on to Jerusalem. (Sweet Publishing / FreeBibleimages.org)

UCGia Bible Insights November 21 2019

He got on the boat anyway

Life is about choices. Perhaps none is so great as whom we will ultimately serve—God or ourselves. Let's take a look at the example of the Apostle Paul.
Listen 8:00 Read
Finances: Some biblical principles

UCGia Bible Insights November 21 2019

Finances: Some biblical principles

The old adage that money is the 'root of all evil' is not necessarily true. Pointers on the appropriate Christian approach to financial management can be found in the Bible.
Read 8:00
The tribe trackers guide to the future
A Bible atlas map overlaid on Google Earth aligns ancient places to the modern world.

UCGia Bible Insights November 14 2019

The tribe trackers guide to the future

Most of the ancient biblical nations mentioned in the Bible still exist today with different names. To properly understand Bible prophecy these historical peoples should be correctly identified.
Read 7:00
Ruth - An example of faith and devotion

UCGia Bible Insights November 7 2019

Ruth - An example of faith and devotion

Ruth’s loyal devotion to Naomi shows how God works through those who obey Him and inspires us to remain faithful to the truth of the Bible.
Read 15:00
The blessings of the Sabbath

UCGia Bible Insights November 7 2019

The blessings of the Sabbath

The Sabbath Day is a time for prayer, study and fellowship. However Christians differ as to whether the Sabbath should be observed on Saturday or Sunday.
Read 6:00
Jerusalem: A past and present vortex
A tourist captures a photo at the Temple Mount area.

UCGia Bible Insights October 31 2019

Jerusalem: A past and present vortex

Jerusalem and its surrounding areas evoke much passion and conflict and are also featured prominently in Bible prophecy.
Read 4:00
Trick or Treat: Is it harmless?

UCGia Bible Insights October 24 2019

Trick or Treat: Is it harmless?

On the surface Hallowe'en can seem like some good fun for our children, but it's worth taking a closer look at the origins of this strange celebration.
Read 8:00
Lessons from the Parable of the Talents
To the first servant he gave five talents to manage. A talent was a lot of money, worth around a million dollars today. (Photo: www.LumoProject.com)

UCGia Bible Insights October 24 2019

Lessons from the Parable of the Talents

The parables of the pounds and talents teach us to examine our lives both physically and spiritually.
Read 9:00
David: A man after God's heart

UCGia Bible Insights October 17 2019

David: A man after God's heart

David captured Jerusalem, reunited the nation and controlled an empire. He was the most renowned of Israel’s kings and the Bible describes him as a man 'after God's own heart'.
Read 13:00
Jesus Christ in the biblical festivals

UCGia Bible Insights October 10 2019

Jesus Christ in the biblical festivals

Are the festivals of the Bible that Christ observed while on earth relevant for those who follow the teachings of Jesus Christ today? What can we learn from them?
Read 21:00
Does the Bible tell us when Christ will return?
Mt of Olives, superimposed with the Doomsday Clock from Wikimedia Commons

UCGia Bible Insights October 10 2019

Does the Bible tell us when Christ will return?

Among the many prophecies of events leading up to Christ’s return there are some major incidences and trends that can be identified.
Read 10:50
How the Holy Spirit helps us

UCGia Bible Insights October 3 2019

How the Holy Spirit helps us

We need help, through God's Spirit, to bring our thoughts, attitudes and actions into line with God's way of life.
Read 6:00
A shadow of things to come

UCGia Bible Insights September 26 2019

A shadow of things to come

Why are today's supposedly Christian holidays observed with so many rituals and customs that are not sanctioned anywhere in the Bible? Read how Roger found the answer.
Read 6:30
A fast commanded by God

UCGia Bible Insights September 26 2019

A fast commanded by God

The Day of Atonement is the only annual festival of God when Christians are commanded to fast. Read what pastor, Reg Wright says about the many decades he has observed this fast.
Read 3:40
Why does a loving God allow suffering?

UCGia Bible Insights September 19 2019

Why does a loving God allow suffering?

Many believe a God of love would be bound by His own character and principles to prevent suffering in the world, so why doesn’t God intervene to prevent human anguish and pain?
Read 18:30
Christian living: Ordeal or adventure?
A Christian faces life's difficulties with the determination of a climber.

UCGia Bible Insights September 5 2019

Christian living: Ordeal or adventure?

For a few, God’s way of life is an ordeal to be endured rather than an adventure to delight in.
Read 7:00
The 'firstborn from the dead' - What does it mean?

UCGia Bible Insights September 5 2019

The 'firstborn from the dead' - What does it mean?

The apostle Paul referred to Jesus Christ as “the firstborn from the dead.” If He is “first,” will others follow?
Listen 12:00 Read
Jeroboam, King of Israel
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UCGia Bible Insights September 5 2019

Jeroboam, King of Israel

King Jeroboam made some mistakes during his reign over the northern ten tribes of Israel and similar approaches are still influencing us today.
Read 13:00
Fathers and families

UCGia Bible Insights August 29 2019

Fathers and families

Studies show fathers have a vital role in the upbringing of their children and play an important part in assuring their future success.
Read 14:00
Speaking in tongues: What does the Bible say?

UCG-A Bible Insights August 29 2019

Speaking in tongues: What does the Bible say?

The subject of "speaking in tongues" is quite controversial within the Christian community, with some embracing the phenomenon whole-heartedly, and others strongly opposing it.
Read 6:00
What do you believe and why?
Sister Elizabeth Kenny, who established a backyard clinic in Townsville to treat long-term poliomyelitis victims and cerebral palsy patients, 1932.

UCGia Bible Insights August 22 2019

What do you believe and why?

Is what you believe really true? Many of us just accept what those around us believe without really checking for ourselves.
Read 9:00
The frog in the pot

UCGia Bible Insights August 15 2019

The frog in the pot

How much are we unconsciously influenced by the values and opinions of society without really noticing it?
Read 8:00
Are we living in the end time?
View of old Jerusalem from Mount of Olives

UCGia Bible Insights August 15 2019

Are we living in the end time?

Bible prophecy shows cataclysmic events will occur just before Jesus Christ returns to directly intervene in human affairs. How should Christians prepare?
Watch 28:26 Listen Read
The hope of the second resurrection

UCGia Bible Insights August 8 2019

The hope of the second resurrection

Do you worry about loved ones who have died without becoming Christian? Are they condemned because they didn't "accept Christ"?
Read 8:30
Biblical Villains: What can we learn from them?
'The Death of Jezebel' by Gustave Doré [Public domain]

UCGia Bible Insights August 1 2019

Biblical Villains: What can we learn from them?

The heroes of the Bible are held up as examples to Christians, but there are vital lessons for life we can also learn from the villains.
Read 6:00
Disbelief in the Bible

UCGia Bible Insights August 1 2019

Disbelief in the Bible

The rapidly decreasing respect for the teachings of the Bible is having serious implications in society and on our everyday life.
Read 13:00
Where did the idea of a Trinity come from?

UCGia Bible Insights July 25 2019

Where did the idea of a Trinity come from?

The Trinity doctrine is considered a basic biblical teaching, but paradoxically many theologians admit it is not mentioned in the Bible.
Read Listen 16m 39s
Joseph - A faithful servant
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UCGia Bible Insights July 18 2019

Joseph - A faithful servant

The story of Joseph is an example of enduring faith. Although God allowed Joseph to be severely tried, He also abundantly blessed him and his descendants.
Read 10:00
The Abortion Debate: What does God think?

UCGia Bible Insights July 18 2019

The Abortion Debate: What does God think?

Every day tens of thousands of abortions take place around the world. But how does God view the taking of the lives of the unborn? Let's take a look at what the Bible says.
Read 16:00
Lessons from the Prodigal Son

UCGia Bible Insights July 11 2019

Lessons from the Prodigal Son

In a world of broken relationships and shattered families, the story of the prodigal son illustrates the positive outcomes resulting from reconciliation and forgiveness and also helps us learn more about our Father in heaven.
Read 10:00
Dealing with tragedy

UCGia Bible Insights July 4 2019

Dealing with tragedy

If you were accidentally responsible for the death of a family member, how would you deal with the grief and guilt , as well as comfort other family members? John Miller reveals some insights based on his experience.
Read 13:00
The 3rd heaven

UCGia Bible Insights July 4 2019

The 3rd heaven

What does the Apostle Paul mean when he writes about "the third heaven"?
Read 1:27
Ancient wisdom for modern times

UCGia Bible Insights June 27 2019

Ancient wisdom for modern times

Proverbs is not just an ancient book, it's full of instruction and tips about how a Christian should behave in today's world.
Read 5:00
Put down your phone and pick up the Bible

UCGia Bible Insights June 20 2019

Put down your phone and pick up the Bible

Social media has become a distraction that eats up a great deal of time. Could it be luring your thinking to focus less on spiritual matters?
Read 6:00
What happened to sin?

UCGia Bible Insights June 20 2019

What happened to sin?

It is becoming less fashionable to speak about “sin”. An emphasis on feel-good themes is even dominating some Christian churches and appealing to many. But is this the message of Jesus Christ?
Read 7:00
The creation of the Universe - A famous scientist comments
Image Pixabay

UCGia Bible Insights June 13 2019

The creation of the Universe - A famous scientist comments

Robert Jastrow, former Director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is quoted concerning the flaws in the scientific approach to theories concerning the origins of the universe.
Read 6:24
Our need for the Holy Spirit
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UCGia Bible Insights June 6 2019

Our need for the Holy Spirit

What happens to a person when he or she receives the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as the followers of Jesus did on that great day of Pentecost?
Watch 28:26 Listen Read
Why Europe matters

UCGia Bible Insights June 6 2019

Why Europe matters

We should be concerned about what happens in Europe, because Bible prophecy indicates a European union will be at the center of future, end-time world events.
Read 19:00 Listen 25:51
Repentance: the first step

UCGia Bible Insights May 30 2019

Repentance: the first step

Repentance represents the beginning of our relationship with God. It's a change in attitude and comprehension enabling us to yield to His will.
Read (15:00)
James - Jesus' half brother

UCGia Bible Insights May 23 2019

James - Jesus' half brother

James, the half brother of Jesus Christ, became a loyal believer and follower of the Messiah after His resurrection and is the author of the book of James in the Bible.
Read 12:00
Is God calling me?

UCGia Bible Insights May 23 2019

Is God calling me?

When God is calling you, you become aware of the need to change your life and live in line with the godly standards revealed in the Bible.
Read Listen [5m 49s]
Babylon validates Bible prophecy
The ruins of ancient Babylon. (Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Arlo K. Abrahamson. [Public domain])

UCGia Bible Insights May 16 2019

Babylon validates Bible prophecy

The prophet Isaiah foretold the complete destruction of the magnificent city of Babylon 200 years before it actually occurred. Even today it is a city of empty ruins, just as the Bible predicted.
Read (8 mins)
Martin Luther and the unfinished reformation

UCGia Bible Insights May 9 2019

Martin Luther and the unfinished reformation

Martin Luther and other Protestant reformers who protested the teachings of the Catholic Church had enormous influence on the development of Christianity.
Watch Listen Read
An addict's story

UCGia Bible Insights May 9 2019

An addict's story

A recovered addict reveals the underlying emotions and beliefs that trapped him into addiction at seventeen years of age, in the hope that it will help others.
Read (7 mins)
What must I do for God to hear my prayers?

UCGia Bible Insights May 2 2019

What must I do for God to hear my prayers?

Our actions and attitudes can influence God's decision in granting our requests in prayer, however there is no prayer our Creator is unable to hear.
Read Listen [5m 16s]
What's wrong with our human nature?

UCGia Bible Insights April 25 2019

What's wrong with our human nature?

The tendency of human beings to disobey God and exalt themselves indicates selfishness and pride are often the primary motives, rather than a desire to obey God.
Read
Did God create the Devil?

UCGia Bible Insights April 25 2019

Did God create the Devil?

Many Christians wonder if God created a being as evil as Satan. The Bible reveals the answer to this question.
Read Watch
The plagues of Egypt and the Egyptian gods

UCGia Bible Insights April 17 2019

The plagues of Egypt and the Egyptian gods

The plagues of Egypt specifically targetted the Egyptian gods and demonstrated to both the Egyptians and Israelite slaves their impotence.
Read
A feast celebrating sincerity and truth

UCG-A Bible Insights April 11 2019

A feast celebrating sincerity and truth

For people who observe Easter it might come as a surprise to learn that Paul, the Apostle sent to the Gentiles, gave instructions to a mostly Gentile church in Corinth to keep festivals generally regarded as Jewish and not for Christians.
The day the world ended

UCGia Bible Insights April 11 2019

The day the world ended

The sudden destruction of the ancient city of Pompeii is a reminder of the fragility and fleetingness of existence. An entire city and its population was wiped out in one afternoon and centuries later there are still lessons we can learn from this calamity.
Something better than Easter

UCGia Bible Insights April 4 2019

Something better than Easter

Should Christians be concerned that Easter celebrations, a holiday not found in the Bible, have replaced the biblical Passover?
Grieving the Holy Spirit

UCGia Bible Insights April 4 2019

Grieving the Holy Spirit

Through His presence in us, via the Holy Spirit, Jesus is witness to our every word, thought and act. Some of which have the potential to grieve Him.
Read Listen [8m 47s]
From harlot to heroine

UCGia Bible Insights March 28 2019

From harlot to heroine

We can learn a powerful lesson from Rahab. Her example demonstrates living faith in a forgiving and merciful God.
The human side of homosexuality

UCGia Bible Insights March 28 2019

The human side of homosexuality

Does the Bible offer hope for those struggling with same-sex attraction? A Christian who's wrestled this problem shares his perspective.
History proves Bible prophecy
Wall relief from the South-West Palace at Nineveh. Sennacherib reviews Judaean prisoners after Lachish city surrendered to the Assyrian army.
(Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)])

UCGia Bible Insights March 21 2019

History proves Bible prophecy

A remarkable series of prophecies spanning hundreds of years predicted the fate of the rebellious nations of Israel and Judah, who refused to follow God's way of life.
Is Judas Iscariot suffering eternally in hell?

UCGia Bible Insights March 21 2019

Is Judas Iscariot suffering eternally in hell?

Judas Iscariot is infamous as the disciple who betrayed Jesus Christ and many believe he is now suffering for his heinous sin in hell fire.
Read Listen [5m 03s]
A world held captive
The world as a whole will soon be released by Jesus Christ from Satan's captivity.

Jerold Aust, UCGia Bible Insights March 15 2019

A world held captive

The world is shrouded in deception and blindness for now. But this state of affairs is soon coming to an end!
Read Listen [20m 38s]
Late-term abortion

UCGia Bible Insights March 15 2019

Late-term abortion

United Church of God President, Victor Kubik, and Dr Steven Britt discuss the subject of abortion and how God views the unborn foetus.
Read Listen [15m 12s]
The miracles of Jesus: A foretaste of God's Kingdom
Pixabay

UCGia Bible Insights March 7 2019

The miracles of Jesus: A foretaste of God's Kingdom

The coming Kingdom of God was the subject of much of Jesus’ teaching during His ministry. It was the topic of many parables and another way Jesus demonstrated what the Kingdom of God on earth would be like was through His miracles.
What does the Bible say about tattoos?
Pixabay

UCGia Bible Insights March 7 2019

What does the Bible say about tattoos?

Tattooing has been around for centuries and in recent years, this practice has enjoyed a popular resurgence, especially among young people.
Jesus & the Sabbath

UCGia Bible Insights February 28 2019

Jesus & the Sabbath

When Christ was on earth He observed the fourth commandment and set the Sabbath Day aside to grow closer to and serve His Father in heaven.
Watch Read Listen [28m 18s]
The struggle for the English Bible
Peter Schöffer (printer); William Tyndale [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

UCGia Bible Insights February 28 2019

The struggle for the English Bible

Hundreds of years ago some courageous men risked their lives to bring us the Holy Scriptures in English. Some had to flee their homes and countries and others died as martyrs to produce an English translation of the Bible.
DNA - Part 2

UCGia Bible Insights February 21 2019

DNA - Part 2

Victor Kubik and Steven Britt put the theory of evolution under the microscope.
Praying to Angels?

UCGia Bible Insights February 21 2019

Praying to Angels?

Some pray to angels for help without ever calling on God. But what about the role of Christ as our Mediator?
Facts about Noah's Ark

UCGia Bible Insights February 14 2019

Facts about Noah's Ark

Many people today believe Noah’s ark could not have carried all of its intended cargo. They're convinced it would have had to have been of gargantuan proportions—far exceeding the dimensions recorded in Genesis or the supposedly primitive technology of that time.
DNA - Part 1

UCGia Bible Insights February 14 2019

DNA - Part 1

Victor Kubik and Steven Britt explore God’s creation on the molecular level and examine the case made for God by DNA.
Christ's existence confirmed by non-biblical sources

Beyond Today Magazine Bible Insights February 8 2019

Christ's existence confirmed by non-biblical sources

Many people assume that, apart from the Bible, history is silent concerning Jesus of Nazareth.
The Law before Moses

UCGia Bible Insights February 8 2019

The Law before Moses

The 10 commandments were given by God at Mt Sinai, but the Bible shows that these same commandments were known and in effect long before Moses or a people known as the Jews existed...
My decision about Christmas

Reg Wright Bible Insights February 1 2019

My decision about Christmas

It's Christmas season again. Christian families take for granted that Christ was born on Christmas day (25th December) and honour God by observing this special event. As a thinking Christian, some years ago, I made a daring decision not to.

An overview of endtime prophecy

UCGia Bible Insights November 21 2019

An overview of endtime prophecy

Prophecy can be viewed as history written in advance, but it is also God’s advance warnings against ongoing human sin.
Read 17:00
A young adult's guide to life
Portion of painting by Sir Edward John Poynter, "The visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon"

UCGia Bible Insights November 14 2019

A young adult's guide to life

The book of Ecclesiastes, written by King Solomon, contains powerful advice to help us avoid the pitfalls of life.
Read 7:00
Why be baptised?
The biblical practice of full immersion water baptism symbolises in one act, death, burial, and resurrection to a new life.

UCGia Bible Insights November 14 2019

Why be baptised?

Water baptism is one of Christianity’s most ancient practices and a crucial, life-changing decision for those who wish to follow God.
Read 12:00
What your clothes say about you

UCGia Bible Insights November 7 2019

What your clothes say about you

What steps can Christians take to achieve a modest, but attractive style of dress in an environment of increasingly extreme fashion?
Read 6:00
My almost huge mistake

UCGia Bible Insights October 31 2019

My almost huge mistake

Marriage is one of the most important decisions of our life and the right partner should share our spiritual journey and goals.
Read 4:00
Can you spot a counterfeit?

UCGia Bible Insights October 31 2019

Can you spot a counterfeit?

Spotting counterfeits, whether it is in the art world or false biblical teachings, takes dedication and commitment.
Read 4:00
Where do dinosaurs fit into the Creation account?
Pixabay

UCGia Bible Insights October 24 2019

Where do dinosaurs fit into the Creation account?

It is possible to reconcile the existence of dinosaurs in earth's ancient past with the creation account in Genesis.
Read 6:00
The last annual festival of God

UCGia Bible Insights October 17 2019

The last annual festival of God

Most people believe those who die unsaved end up in hell to be tormented forever. This is one of the great deceptions of Satan and is simply not true.
Read 8:30
Teaching your children about God

UCGia Bible Insights October 17 2019

Teaching your children about God

Are the festivals of the Bible that Christ observed while on earth relevant for those who follow the teachings of Jesus Christ today? What can we learn from them?
Read 4:20
Celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles in today's world

UCGia Bible Insights October 10 2019

Celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles in today's world

To observe the seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles and the Eighth Day that immediately follows, families gather in centralised locations.
Listen 2:30 Read
Is there air in your spare?

UCGia Bible Insights October 3 2019

Is there air in your spare?

You may be able to handle a flat tyre on your vehicle but more importantly, are you prepared to handle a “spiritual flat tyre” on the road to eternal life?
Read 5:00
What commandments should Christians obey?

UCGia Bible Insights October 3 2019

What commandments should Christians obey?

Most churches and denominations believe Jesus taught Old Testament laws are no longer binding on Christians today, and that He departed from Old Testament teachings especially in regard to law.
Watch 28:26 Listen Read
Feast of Trumpets: A turning point In history

UCGia Bible Insights September 26 2019

Feast of Trumpets: A turning point In history

The observance of the annual Feast of Trumpets represents the culmination of the present age of man and the beginning of a remarkable time during which God will play a much more direct role in world events.
Read 4:00
Sex and the young christian

UCGia Bible Insights September 19 2019

Sex and the young christian

Sex sells and many young Christians are giving into society’s pressures, but what does the One who created sex have to say on the matter?
Read 6:00
Jesus Christ in Eternity

UCGia Bible Insights September 19 2019

Jesus Christ in Eternity

Jesus Christ asked His disciples before He was arrested and crucified, “Who do men say that I am?” The answer is vital to our understanding of our Saviour's message and sacrifice.
Read 13:00
Babylon stands against God
Pieter Bruegel's The Tower of Babel depicts a traditional Nimrod inspecting stonemasons. (https://en.wikipedia.org)

UCGia Bible Insights September 5 2019

Babylon stands against God

The prophetic book of Daniel foretells of a coming superpower, referred to as “Babylon the Great,” which will rise to dominate global events just before Jesus Christ returns.
Listen 15:00 Read
Learning from the ants

UCGia Bible Insights September 5 2019

Learning from the ants

In the book of Proverbs God provides some important instruction for us citing the ways of the ants as an example.
Read 7:30
Reincarnation: Is it biblical?

UCGia Bible Insights September 5 2019

Reincarnation: Is it biblical?

Do you think you may have lived a prior life as a different human being, or maybe as some other creature or animal?
Watch 5:01 Listen Read
Teaching your children to pray
Portion of Painting, 'Child at Prayer' by Eastman Johnson, circa 1873 [Wikimedia Commons]

UCG-A Bible Insights August 29 2019

Teaching your children to pray

By teaching your children to pray, you are giving them a tremendous gift in setting their feet on a path towards a relationship with their heavenly Father!
Read 5:30
Christ as a child: Removing the myths
A filmset recreation of how Nazareth may have looked at the time of Jesus (LumoProject.com)

UCGia Bible Insights August 22 2019

Christ as a child: Removing the myths

Many legends have sprung up about the early life of Jesus Christ during the 2,000 years since His birth. Can the Bible help us separate fact from fiction?
Read 18:00
The crucial role of Faith
A practical example of faith, as skydivers exhibit trust in their parachutes to save their lives.

UCGia Bible Insights August 22 2019

The crucial role of Faith

Many people believe in God. They assume He exists, but He is not real enough to them to affect what they think and do.
Read 5:00
Beliefs of the New Testament Church

UCGia Bible Insights August 15 2019

Beliefs of the New Testament Church

The book of Acts reveals some differences between the practices of the New Testament church and mainstream Christianity today.
Watch 5:15 Listen Read
What would you do? - A moral dilemma

UCGia Bible Insights August 8 2019

What would you do? - A moral dilemma

God has plenty to say about honesty and lying in His Word, but how do you implement this into situations you encounter?
Read 7:30
Keeping the Sabbath in High School

UCGia Bible Insights August 8 2019

Keeping the Sabbath in High School

Explaining your beliefs to someone who is not a believer takes courage and may not always go to plan. Read what one high school student has to say about her experiences.
Read 4:40
Your invitation to the Wedding Feast

UCGia Bible Insights August 1 2019

Your invitation to the Wedding Feast

One of Jesus Christ's parables shows it's crucially important for Christians to be wearing the right kind of wedding garments — but what does that mean?
Read 11:00
Mass media and Bible prophecy

UCGia Bible Insights July 25 2019

Mass media and Bible prophecy

Amazingly Bible prophecy described the global media coverage we have today and also its negative consequences hundreds of years in advance.
Read 11:00
Racism and the Bible

UCGia Bible Insights July 25 2019

Racism and the Bible

Does nationality, lineage and race determine where we stand with God? Does the Bible gives clear guidelines concerning this important subject?
Read 2:30
Has God lost control?

UCGia Bible Insights July 18 2019

Has God lost control?

If God is all powerful and a God of love why is there so much pain and suffering in the world?
Read 10:00
Who’s telling you what to think?

UCGia Bible Insights July 11 2019

Who’s telling you what to think?

As you consider the veracity of newspapers reports, or information from television news programs and social media be sure to ask who's subtly influencing your beliefs and attitudes.
Read 14:00
The Lord's Prayer - Some insights

UCGia Bible Insights July 11 2019

The Lord's Prayer - Some insights

Jesus gave us an example of how to pray which is known as the Lord's prayer. We can use this outline to make our prayers more effective.
Read 5:00 Listen 6:27
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UCGia Bible Insights July 4 2019

Angels and you

Many of us have an incorrect view of angels and some even pray to angels. What can we glean from our Bibles about angels and how we should relate to them?
Watch 28:26 Listen Read
Should I watch that horror movie?

UCGia Bible Insights June 27 2019

Should I watch that horror movie?

How often have you been watching TV when something objectionable comes on and you end up watching it all the way through?
Read 5:00
The purpose of Prophecy

UCGia Bible Insights June 27 2019

The purpose of Prophecy

Many of God's greatest servants, including Jesus Christ, were prophets and at least a third of the Bible consists of prophecy.
Read 15:00
Jesus warned christians to 'Watch'

UCGia Bible Insights June 20 2019

Jesus warned christians to 'Watch'

Jesus and the Apostles exhorted Christians to actively 'watch'. What exactly did He mean?
Read 14:00
Sex and the Bible

UCGia Bible Insights June 13 2019

Sex and the Bible

We live in a promiscuous society where confusion and misinformation about sex is rife and biblical instruction on the subject is ignored and ridiculed.
Read 11:00
The mustard seed: A statement of faith
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UCGia Bible Insights June 13 2019

The mustard seed: A statement of faith

The parable of the mustard seed is a message of encouragement that from insignificant beginnings God is able to accomplish mighty results.
Read Listen 11:41
Pentecost and the Church

UCGia Bible Insights June 6 2019

Pentecost and the Church

Pentecost is the annual observance of the anniversary of the beginning of Christianity under the New Covenant and, according Jewish tradition, this was also the day God gave the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai.
Read 9:09
The resurrections and God's plan of salvation

UCGia Bible Insights May 30 2019

The resurrections and God's plan of salvation

The Bible does not support the commonly held belief of the immortal soul. God's purpose for humanity is that we be given the opportunity for eternal life through a resurrection.
Read (14:00)
Near death experiences

UCGia Bible Insights May 30 2019

Near death experiences

Some accounts of near death experiences can appear to contradict the Bible, promoting the idea we continue to live on in heaven or hell.
Read (3:38)
What to do after you say 'I Do'

UCGia Bible Insights May 23 2019

What to do after you say 'I Do'

Marriage should be one of the most fulfilling experiences of a person's life, but in some countries nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce.
Read 15:00
Pressing the spiritual snooze button

UCGia Bible Insights May 16 2019

Pressing the spiritual snooze button

Our relationship with our Father in Heaven should be our first priority, but often we all struggle to fit an effective spiritual life into our busy 'to do' list. Here's some good advice.
Read (9 mins)
Harry Potter and the Bible

UCGia Bible Insights May 16 2019

Harry Potter and the Bible

Children's books portraying a fictional young wizard called Harry Potter have become best sellers. Parents are pleased the stories encourage children to read, but are there other factors that need consideration?
Read (13 mins)
The Ten Commandments: a guide for life
'Moses Breaking the Tablets of the Law' by Rembrandt, 1659 Wikipedia.org

UCGia Bible Insights May 9 2019

The Ten Commandments: a guide for life

The Ten Commandments have been a guide for life for the patriarchs of the Old Testament, the apostles and disciples of the New Testament and Christians today.
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Living Together: What you aren't being told?

UCGia Bible Insights May 2 2019

Living Together: What you aren't being told?

Millions of people are choosing to live together outside of marriage, thinking it ensures a greater chance of happiness and a stable relationship.
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The wondrous spirit of man

UCGia Bible Insights May 2 2019

The wondrous spirit of man

We marvel at how smart some animals are, but nothing remotely compares with human intellect, free will and self-awareness. What makes us so different?
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Are you led by God's Spirit?

UCGia Bible Insights April 25 2019

Are you led by God's Spirit?

Being led by God's Spirit means you allow God to govern your life by diligently submitting to Him in your thoughts, words and deeds.
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Was Jesus really resurrected?

UCGia Bible Insights April 17 2019

Was Jesus really resurrected?

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is foundational to the Christian faith. Without it, we have no interceding High Priest and Saviour.
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Why should Christians keep the Passover?

UCGia Bible Insights April 17 2019

Why should Christians keep the Passover?

Many Christians have been taught the Passover is an outdated “Jewish” observance done away with at Jesus’ death and replaced by Easter.
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Biblical keys for a happy family

UCGia Bible Insights April 11 2019

Biblical keys for a happy family

The traditional family structure is breaking down, with society and the media redefining the definition of ‘family’ and moral behaviour. In spite of these negative influences most parents want to ensure their children lead happy and secure Christian lives, eventually maturing to wisely nurture their own families.
Longsuffering: A fusion of patience and power

UCGia Bible Insights April 4 2019

Longsuffering: A fusion of patience and power

Longsuffering is no longer an everyday word, but it's needed more than ever when impatience, intolerance, oversensitivity and impulsive anger are so prevalent.
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Empires on the rise

UCGia Bible Insights April 4 2019

Empires on the rise

Will China or Russia eventually replace the United States as the leading nation or, does the Bible indicate another ancient power will emerge to dominate the world scene?
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Are you a truth seeker?

UCGia Bible Insights March 28 2019

Are you a truth seeker?

We live in a world of information overload. Everyone has an opinion and many share the view that one opinion is just as good as another.
Who is the Antichrist?

UCGia Bible Insights March 28 2019

Who is the Antichrist?

Bible prophecy talks about a mysterious, end-time figure who will teach lies deceiving nearly everyone and will also oppose Jesus Christ at His return.
The privilege and power of prayer

UCGia Bible Insights March 21 2019

The privilege and power of prayer

Prayer is the key to our communication with God, who wants to hear from us because He loves us. Christ's disciples asked Him to teach them to pray.
Do Christians still have to keep the Ten Commandments?

UCGia Bible Insights March 21 2019

Do Christians still have to keep the Ten Commandments?

Jesus clearly taught God’s law has not been abolished, and He set us an example by keeping the ten commandments during His ministry on earth.
Christianity: a blessing to mankind

UCGia Bible Insights March 15 2019

Christianity: a blessing to mankind

Christianity is under increasing assault, but a brief look at historical facts shows that inspite of the lapses of some so-called followers it has had a most beneficial influence on humanity.
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The abortion debate: what does God say?
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UCGia Bible Insights March 15 2019

The abortion debate: what does God say?

The continuing abortion debate reveals deep fears and division. The life of a child in its mother’s womb, something that should bring people together, continues to divide and tear the moral fabric of a people.
Evolution: an article of faith

UCGia Bible Insights March 7 2019

Evolution: an article of faith

The scientific community has reacted to the growing weight of evidence against the theory of evolution by denying the issues and accepting the unsupported suppositions without adequate proof.
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Europe: A future superpower
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UCGia Bible Insights March 7 2019

Europe: A future superpower

A United Europe will soon emerge as a global superpower upstaging the United States in might and influence. You can read about it in the pages of your Bible.
Why did God create mankind?

UCGia Bible Insights February 28 2019

Why did God create mankind?

The purpose for human beings on earth did not end with the physical creation outlined in the book of Genesis. There are intriguing indicators of an awesome human purpose!
Jesus asked,

UCGia Bible Insights February 28 2019

Jesus asked, "Who do men say that I am?"

How can we fully understand the awesome power and glory Christ turned His back on to die for our sins?
The Great Battle for God

UCGia Bible Insights February 21 2019

The Great Battle for God

For thousands of years people have challenged God's guiding presence in the world He created and there is growing cultural pressure to erode the knowledge of God from all public discussion.
The 5th Horseman of Revelation

UCGia Bible Insights February 21 2019

The 5th Horseman of Revelation

The "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" is synonymous with frightening prophecies, but there's a fifth Horseman who brings the promise of a far better age to come.
10 Things we should know about God

UCGia Bible Insights February 14 2019

10 Things we should know about God

Most people get their ideas of God from other people, yet it is the Bible that has been preserved by God to teach us about Him, and the only inspired record we can rely on. How biblical are your ideas of God?
The reality of Christ's resurrection

UCGia Bible Insights February 14 2019

The reality of Christ's resurrection

We can trust in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The early Christians did, and many of them were witnesses to it.
Sound Science and the Bible
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UCGia Bible Insights February 8 2019

Sound Science and the Bible

Steven Britt and Victor Kubik talk about the detrimental assumptions made by prominent scientists that lead the world away from understanding the truth.
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A well known atheist changes his mind

Beyond Today Magazine Bible Insights February 8 2019

A well known atheist changes his mind

When you’ve devoted a lifetime to arguing against the existence of a divine Creator, it can be hard to admit you were wrong. So what compelled one of the world’s leading atheists to do just that?
Do you have an immortal soul?

Beyond Today Television Bible Insights February 1 2019

Do you have an immortal soul?

Millions believe they have an immortal soul destined at death for heaven or hell. Yet surprisingly, not only is the idea not found in the Bible, it obscures its most precious promise.
Does God condemn non-christians?

Beyond Today Bible Insights February 1 2019

Does God condemn non-christians?

“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). So what about those who die, having never even heard of Jesus Christ? Are they forever cut off from God, or damned to indescribable torment?

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