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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.
Read

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.
Read

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]
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