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UCGia Bible Insights July 11 2019

Who’s telling you what to think?

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

UCGia Bible Insights July 11 2019

Lessons from the Prodigal Son

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

UCGia Bible Insights July 11 2019

The Lord's Prayer - Some insights

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

UCGia Bible Insights July 4 2019

Dealing with tragedy

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

UCGia Bible Insights July 4 2019

Angels and you

Uoaei1 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]
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

UCGia Bible Insights July 4 2019

The 3rd heaven

The 3rd heaven
What does the Apostle Paul mean when he writes about "the third heaven"?
Read 1:27

UCGia Bible Insights June 27 2019

Should I watch that horror movie?

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

UCGia Bible Insights June 27 2019

Ancient wisdom for modern times

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

UCGia Bible Insights June 27 2019

The purpose of Prophecy

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

UCGia Bible Insights June 20 2019

Put down your phone and pick up the Bible

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

UCGia Bible Insights June 20 2019

Jesus warned christians to 'Watch'

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

UCGia Bible Insights June 20 2019

What happened to sin?

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

UCGia Bible Insights June 13 2019

Sex and the Bible

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

UCGia Bible Insights June 13 2019

The creation of the Universe - A famous scientist comments

The creation of the Universe - A famous scientist comments
Image Pixabay
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

UCGia Bible Insights June 13 2019

The mustard seed: A statement of faith

The mustard seed: A statement of faith
UCG.org.au
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

UCGia Bible Insights June 6 2019

Our need for the Holy Spirit

Our need for the Holy Spirit
UCG.org.au
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

UCGia Bible Insights June 6 2019

Pentecost and the Church

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

UCGia Bible Insights June 6 2019

Why Europe matters

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

UCGia Bible Insights May 30 2019

The resurrections and God's plan of salvation

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)

UCGia Bible Insights May 30 2019

Repentance: the first step

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)

UCGia Bible Insights May 30 2019

Near death experiences

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)

UCGia Bible Insights May 23 2019

James - Jesus' half brother

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

UCGia Bible Insights May 23 2019

What to do after you say 'I Do'

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

UCGia Bible Insights May 23 2019

Is God calling me?

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]

UCGia Bible Insights May 16 2019

Pressing the spiritual snooze button

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)

UCGia Bible Insights May 16 2019

Babylon validates Bible prophecy

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])
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)

UCGia Bible Insights May 16 2019

Harry Potter and the Bible

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)

UCGia Bible Insights May 9 2019

Martin Luther and the unfinished reformation

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

UCGia Bible Insights May 9 2019

The Ten Commandments: a guide for life

The Ten Commandments: a guide for life
'Moses Breaking the Tablets of the Law' by Rembrandt, 1659 Wikipedia.org
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.
Read (5 mins)

UCGia Bible Insights May 9 2019

An addict's story

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)

UCGia Bible Insights May 2 2019

Living Together: What you aren't being told?

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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UCGia Bible Insights May 2 2019

What must I do for God to hear my prayers?

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]

UCGia Bible Insights May 2 2019

The wondrous spirit of man

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?
Read Listen [1m 52s]

UCGia Bible Insights April 25 2019

What's wrong with our human nature?

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.
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UCGia Bible Insights April 25 2019

Are you led by God's Spirit?

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.
Read Listen [28m 18s] Watch

UCGia Bible Insights April 25 2019

Did God create the Devil?

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

UCGia Bible Insights April 17 2019

Was Jesus really resurrected?

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.
Read Listen [16m 24s] Watch

UCGia Bible Insights April 17 2019

The plagues of Egypt and the Egyptian gods

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.
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UCGia Bible Insights April 17 2019

Why should Christians keep the Passover?

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.
Read

UCG-A Bible Insights April 11 2019

A feast celebrating sincerity and truth

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.

UCGia Bible Insights April 11 2019

Biblical keys for a happy family

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.

UCGia Bible Insights April 11 2019

The day the world ended

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.

UCGia Bible Insights April 4 2019

Longsuffering: A fusion of patience and power

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.
Read Listen [11m 05s]

UCGia Bible Insights April 4 2019

Something better than Easter

Something better than Easter
Should Christians be concerned that Easter celebrations, a holiday not found in the Bible, have replaced the biblical Passover?

UCGia Bible Insights April 4 2019

Empires on the rise

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?
Read Listen [28m 10s]

UCGia Bible Insights April 4 2019

Grieving the Holy Spirit

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]

UCGia Bible Insights March 28 2019

Are you a truth seeker?

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.

UCGia Bible Insights March 28 2019

From harlot to heroine

From harlot to heroine
We can learn a powerful lesson from Rahab. Her example demonstrates living faith in a forgiving and merciful God.

UCGia Bible Insights March 28 2019

Who is the Antichrist?

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.

UCGia Bible Insights March 28 2019

The human side of homosexuality

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.

UCGia Bible Insights March 21 2019

The privilege and power of prayer

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.

UCGia Bible Insights March 21 2019

History proves Bible prophecy

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)])
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.

UCGia Bible Insights March 21 2019

Do Christians still have to keep the Ten Commandments?

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.

UCGia Bible Insights March 21 2019

Is Judas Iscariot suffering eternally in hell?

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]

UCGia Bible Insights March 15 2019

Christianity: a blessing to mankind

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.
Read Listen [23m 10s]

Jerold Aust, UCGia Bible Insights March 15 2019

A world held captive

A world held captive
The world as a whole will soon be released by Jesus Christ from Satan's captivity.
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]

UCGia Bible Insights March 15 2019

The abortion debate: what does God say?

The abortion debate: what does God say?
Public Health Image Library
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.

UCGia Bible Insights March 15 2019

Late-term abortion

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]

UCGia Bible Insights March 7 2019

Evolution: an article of faith

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.
Read Listen [22m 58s]

UCGia Bible Insights March 7 2019

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

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

UCGia Bible Insights March 7 2019

Europe: A future superpower

Europe: A future superpower
Pixabay
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.

UCGia Bible Insights March 7 2019

What does the Bible say about tattoos?

What does the Bible say about tattoos?
Pixabay
Tattooing has been around for centuries and in recent years, this practice has enjoyed a popular resurgence, especially among young people.

UCGia Bible Insights February 28 2019

Why did God create mankind?

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!

UCGia Bible Insights February 28 2019

Jesus & the Sabbath

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]

UCGia Bible Insights February 28 2019

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

Jesus asked,
How can we fully understand the awesome power and glory Christ turned His back on to die for our sins?

UCGia Bible Insights February 28 2019

The struggle for the English Bible

The struggle for the English Bible
Peter Schöffer (printer); William Tyndale [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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.

UCGia Bible Insights February 21 2019

The Great Battle for God

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.

UCGia Bible Insights February 21 2019

DNA - Part 2

DNA - Part 2
Victor Kubik and Steven Britt put the theory of evolution under the microscope.

UCGia Bible Insights February 21 2019

The 5th Horseman of Revelation

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.

UCGia Bible Insights February 21 2019

Praying to Angels?

Praying to Angels?
Some pray to angels for help without ever calling on God. But what about the role of Christ as our Mediator?

UCGia Bible Insights February 14 2019

10 Things we should know about God

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?

UCGia Bible Insights February 14 2019

Facts about Noah's Ark

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.

UCGia Bible Insights February 14 2019

The reality of Christ's resurrection

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.

UCGia Bible Insights February 14 2019

DNA - Part 1

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.

UCGia Bible Insights February 8 2019

Sound Science and the Bible

Sound Science and the Bible
Victor Kubik (left) with Steven Britt in the studio
Steven Britt and Victor Kubik talk about the detrimental assumptions made by prominent scientists that lead the world away from understanding the truth.
Listen to Podcast [13m 57s]

Beyond Today Magazine Bible Insights February 8 2019

Christ's existence confirmed by non-biblical sources

Christ's existence confirmed by non-biblical sources
Many people assume that, apart from the Bible, history is silent concerning Jesus of Nazareth.

Beyond Today Magazine Bible Insights February 8 2019

A well known atheist changes his mind

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?

UCGia Bible Insights February 8 2019

The Law before Moses

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...

Beyond Today Television Bible Insights February 1 2019

Do you have an immortal soul?

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.

Reg Wright Bible Insights February 1 2019

My decision about Christmas

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.

Beyond Today Bible Insights February 1 2019

Does God condemn non-christians?

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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