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Understanding the Bible in the 21st Century

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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.
Fear and faith

UCGia Bible Insights November 19 2020

Fear and faith

A young girl's fear of horses reminds the author of the Christian struggle to overcome our fears and have faith in God.
Read 6:00
Why does God allow suffering?
COVID-19 has caused a lot of suffering around the whole world.

UCGia Bible Insights November 19 2020

Why does God allow suffering?

Many people believe that if God is a God of love and mercy, He would be bound to prevent suffering in the world.
Read 17:00
Modern world conditions described centuries ago
Modern technology allows for instant mass communications.

UCGia Bible Insights November 12 2020

Modern world conditions described centuries ago

Bible prophecy described thousands of years in advance many conditions that have only been fulfilled in modern times.
Read 4:00
Are those who commit suicide forever condemned?
Suicide is not the final end of a person’s life. Everyone will have the opportunity to repent and receive Christ’s healing of their minds and hearts.

UCGia Bible Insights November 5 2020

Are those who commit suicide forever condemned?

While there can be no doubt that taking one’s life is wrong, suicide is often a complex matter.
Read 4:00
The Coming Prophetic Storm

UCGia Bible Insights November 5 2020

The Coming Prophetic Storm

Jesus Christ warned about the need for Christians to prepare for the difficult and perilous times ahead and, for many, the Corona virus pandemic has served as a wake up call.
Watch 28:30
The Fifth Commandment: The foundation of success

UCGia Bible Insights October 29 2020

The Fifth Commandment: The foundation of success

The history of humanity is highlighted by our inability to get along with each other. The primary focus of the Fifth Commandment teaches the importance of learning to respect others.
Read 9:00
As human beings we are incomplete

UCG-A Bible Insights October 22 2020

As human beings we are incomplete

The spirit of man, or “our spirit,” gives us the ability to physically function on a level above animals, but we are incomplete without God’s Spirit dwelling within us.
Read 5:00
Is Halloween harmless?

UCGia Bible Insights October 22 2020

Is Halloween harmless?

Halloween is one of many human traditions that cloud biblical teachings and keep people in the dark about God’s truth.
Read 8:00
Does the Bible teach predestination?

UCGia Bible Insights October 15 2020

Does the Bible teach predestination?

Does God predetermine a person's life and know, in advance, whether or not a person will be saved?
Read 4:00
A holy day that brings comfort

UCGia Bible Insights October 8 2020

A holy day that brings comfort

After attending the annual Feast of Tabernacles and observing the Eighth Day, Kristin arrives home to find her friend has died in a car accident.
Read 6:00
The battle for your mind

UCGia Bible Insights October 8 2020

The battle for your mind

Faced with the onslaught of the information age, providing both helpful and harmful influences, the author compares the fragility of an egg to our susceptibility to succumb to the wrong influences.
Read 7:00
Growing in grace and Dennis the Menace

UCGia Bible Insights October 1 2020

Growing in grace and Dennis the Menace

Few things could be more important to our relationship with God than a true, biblical understanding of grace.
Watch 3:00
Faith and the balance beam

UCGia Bible Insights September 24 2020

Faith and the balance beam

Andrea learns an important lesson about faith from her granddaughter when wrestling with feelings of discouragement and loneliness.
Read 4:00
The significance of the Day of Atonement

UCGia Bible Insights September 24 2020

The significance of the Day of Atonement

We all suffer the tragic consequences of sin and God makes the cause of sin clear in the symbolism associated with the Day of Atonement.
Read 11:00
Noah: A true nonconformist

UCGia Bible Insights September 17 2020

Noah: A true nonconformist

We all like approval and acceptance from others, but the example of Noah's life illustrates that sometimes, in order to obey God, it is not possible.
Read 3:00
I was robbed!

UCGia Bible Insights September 10 2020

I was robbed!

As the world struggles to contain the spread of the Coronavirus, coping with the resulting social restrictions and changes to daily life can be a challenge.
Read 4:00
To hell and back for a popsicle

UCGia Bible Insights September 10 2020

To hell and back for a popsicle

US Pastor, Randy Stiver, takes us on a tour of the Bible to discover what is actually taught about hell and the fate of those who ultimately reject God.
Read 7:00
Repentance, penance and grace

UCGia Bible Insights September 3 2020

Repentance, penance and grace

Penance – according to the dictionary – is “any act of self-punishment for a sin or wrongdoing.” Penance is not mentioned in the Bible, but repentance is.
Read 2:00
A modern menace: Emerging and re-emerging diseases

UCGia Bible Insights August 27 2020

A modern menace: Emerging and re-emerging diseases

According to the WHO, at least one new infectious disease has emerged each year since 1980, many of which evade traditional therapies and have no vaccine or cure.
Read 20:00
Small things can make a big difference

UCGia Bible Insights August 27 2020

Small things can make a big difference

Throughout the Bible we are admonished to help others. No act of service, no matter how small, is overlooked by God.
Read 5:00
The Bible's Holy Days: God's blueprint for peace on earth

UCGia Bible Insights August 20 2020

The Bible's Holy Days: God's blueprint for peace on earth

A series of biblical festivals shows how God will bring the peace He promises to the entire world.
Read 13:00

UCGia Bible Insights August 13 2020

"Adult" Entertainment

The tolerance and spread of pornography over the last few decades has had far reaching detrimental effects, not only for the person viewing it, but also on society in general.
Read 10:00
Nehemiah: Portrait of a leader
Illustrative depiction of Nehemiah rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Credit: Sweet Publishing / FreeBibleimages.org

UCGia Bible Insights August 13 2020

Nehemiah: Portrait of a leader

Nehemiah is one of the lesser known leaders of the Bible. The book bearing his name documents a faithful man, leading by example, during turbulent times.
Read 20:00
Seven signs of the end of the age

UCGia Bible Insights August 6 2020

Seven signs of the end of the age

Modern advances in meteorology mean we are very good at predicting the weather, but how accurate are we in identifying the prophetic signs heralding the end of this age and the return of Jesus Christ?
Read 21:00
Satan's four great deceptions
For a lot of people when you say the word Satan they think of a sort of half-goat, half-human being with red skin.

UCGia Bible Insights July 30 2020

Satan's four great deceptions

Do you believe Satan is a powerful, evil being who actively influences humanity or, is he just the product of overzealous imaginations?
Watch 28:30
The comfort of Psalm 91

UCGia Bible Insights July 30 2020

The comfort of Psalm 91

When we are worried or upset because we are facing difficult times, Psalm 91 reminds us of God's unfailing concern and care.
Watch 2:15
The search for life: Are we alone?

UCGia Bible Insights July 23 2020

The search for life: Are we alone?

Is man alone in the universe? Scientists have desperately tried to find an answer to this question.
Read 16:00
Social media balancing act

UCGia Bible Insights July 16 2020

Social media balancing act

What we say online matters. It’s important we find a healthy balance between having fun and using good judgment.
Read 4:00
The United States and Britain in the Bible

UCGia Bible Insights July 16 2020

The United States and Britain in the Bible

Great Britain and the United States have been the dominant world powers for decades. What many do not realise is that this development was prophesied centuries ahead of time.
Watch 28:30
Peter - from fisherman to fisher of men
Re-enactment of Peter fishing at the Sea of Galilee. Credit: www.LumoProject.com

UCGia Bible Insights July 9 2020

Peter - from fisherman to fisher of men

The Apostle Peter's journey of faith and conviction culminating in his bold sermon on the Day of Pentecost is as an example to Christians for all time.
Read 14:00
The difference between love and infatuation

UCGia Bible Insights July 2 2020

The difference between love and infatuation

The modern world has confused real love with infatuation resulting in broken relationships and heart-breaking divorce.
Read 6:00
What's in your diet?
God has prepared and designed spiritual words for us to consume on a daily basis—the Bible.

UCGia Bible Insights July 2 2020

What's in your diet?

The consequences of neglecting our spiritual diet can be more serious than carelessness about what we eat and drink.
Read 3:00
The Prodigal Son and God's grace

UCGia Bible Insights June 25 2020

The Prodigal Son and God's grace

The well-known parable of the Prodigal Son demonstrates the magnitude of God's grace and love for all humanity.
Read 10:00
Evolution: An article of faith

UCGia Bible Insights June 18 2020

Evolution: An article of faith

It is not well known that Charles Darwin admitted the available fossil evidence didn’t support his theory of evolution.
Read 16:00
Idol worship lives on today
Idolatry may not resemble its ancient predecessors, however it actually occurs today in many other ways.

UCGia Bible Insights June 11 2020

Idol worship lives on today

Idolatry in our modern world is alive and well, blinding us to life’s true purpose and our incredible potential future in the Kingdom of God.
Read 10:00
Dealing with anxiety about what is going on in the world

UCGia Bible Insights June 11 2020

Dealing with anxiety about what is going on in the world

The assurances of God's Word are encouraging when faced with a daily diet of serious and sometimes tragic news events.
Read 4:00
Are the Ten Commandments in the New Testament?

UCGia Bible Insights June 4 2020

Are the Ten Commandments in the New Testament?

Jesus Christ referenced the Ten Commandments throughout His ministry, clearly demonstrating they are still valid in our modern world.
Read 7:00
Grace, works and obedience

UCGia Bible Insights May 28 2020

Grace, works and obedience

Christ's exhortation of Christians to produce fruit and obey God does not mean we somehow earn our salvation.
Watch/Listen [7:00] Read 9:00
Pentecost - May 31, 2020

UCGia Bible Insights May 28 2020

Pentecost - May 31, 2020

With the Feast of Pentecost being observed on Sunday, May 31, Darris McNeely shows how its observance helps us see hope for the future in spite of current trials.
Watch/Listen [7:00] Read 9:00
Is there an evil spirit world?

UCGia Bible Insights May 21 2020

Is there an evil spirit world?

A powerful spiritual being actively orchestrates the wickedness dominating our planet. The Bible refers to him as the Devil and Satan.
Read 19:00
Who should we pray to?

UCGia Bible Insights May 14 2020

Who should we pray to?

Prayer is part of our worship of God, but is the Bible clear about to whom we should pray?
Read Watch Listen 2:00
Pompeii: The day the world ended
The ruins of Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius in the background.

UCGia Bible Insights May 14 2020

Pompeii: The day the world ended

One day Pompeii was a thriving city; the next a steaming mound of smouldering volcanic ash. Are there lessons to be learned from Pompeii's tragic fate?
Read 15:00
Eat clean

UCGia Bible Insights May 7 2020

Eat clean

God cares about what we eat and detailed instructions about our diet can be found in Leviticus and Deuteronomy.
Watch / Listen 29:00
Esteeming others

UCGia Bible Insights April 30 2020

Esteeming others

Learning to love our neighbour and esteem others is central to Christian development and growing closer to God.
Read 6:00
When God doesn't make sense

UCGia Bible Insights April 30 2020

When God doesn't make sense

How can we trust God when we don't understand what is going on in the world and God seems distant from human suffering?
Read 9:00
Why does God allow Christians to die in accidents?

UCGia Bible Insights April 23 2020

Why does God allow Christians to die in accidents?

How do we explain the tragedies that overtake some Christians who are striving to follow God?
Read 10:00
What will you do in a crisis?

UCGia Bible Insights April 16 2020

What will you do in a crisis?

Your reaction if you had to flee your home at a moment’s notice is something to consider at more than just a physical level.
Read 12:00
Sin is contagious

UCG-A Bible Insights April 9 2020

Sin is contagious

Currently the world is dealing with a viral pandemic, but we all deal on a daily basis with the pandemic of sin.
Read 3:00
Why did Christ have to die?

UCGia Bible Insights April 9 2020

Why did Christ have to die?

It's important to fully understand how Jesus Christ's voluntary death on the cross paid the price of sin for all humanity.
Read 18:00
The Book of Revelation - Timetable for the end time

UCGia Bible Insights April 2 2020

The Book of Revelation - Timetable for the end time

The Book of Revelation is history written in advance outlining conditions on earth just before the return of Christ.
Read 8:30
Is your life in sync with God?

UCGia Bible Insights March 26 2020

Is your life in sync with God?

God is concerned about how we spend our time. It is the substance of life and once spent it is gone forever.
Read 7:00
The coronavirus and rampant fear
Map showing the spread of confirmed cases of Covid-19.

UCGia Bible Insights March 26 2020

The coronavirus and rampant fear

The Bible foretells a rise of disease epidemics and other calamities. It also mentions mass panic and encourages Christians not to give in to fear.

Read 10:00
Christianity isn’t for wimps

UCGia Bible Insights March 19 2020

Christianity isn’t for wimps

Most people today think being a Christian is easy, but the surprising truth is that real Christianity can be challenging and difficult.

Read 3:00
Judging yourself

UCG-A Bible Insights March 12 2020

Judging yourself

Pastor Bruce Dean, points out that when we judge others we can avoid focussing on our own faults and weaknesses.
Read 3:00
Why some Christians don't celebrate Easter

UCGia Bible Insights March 12 2020

Why some Christians don't celebrate Easter

Good Friday and Easter Sunday are considered important Christian observances, but Easter was never observed by the Apostles after Christ's death.
Read 18:00
Should we pray to angels?

UCGia Bible Insights March 5 2020

Should we pray to angels?

People have a number of ideas about angels that do not accurately reflect what we see revealed in Scripture.
Read [4:00] Listen Watch [28:26]
The purpose of biblical prophecy
Photo of a portion of the Great Isaiah Scroll facsimile (Wikipedia.org)

UCGia Bible Insights February 27 2020

The purpose of biblical prophecy

The purposes for Bible prophecy revealed in Scripture are important concepts to understand.

Read 15:00
What is man that you are mindful of Him?

UCGia Bible Insights February 27 2020

What is man that you are mindful of Him?

Is there a purpose to human existence or are we just an accident of evolution?

Read 4:00
The disciples knew Christ is the Creator

UCGia Bible Insights February 20 2020

The disciples knew Christ is the Creator

The early followers of Jesus Christ understood that He was the Creator of the physical universe.
Read 1:30
What happens to me when I die?

UCGia Bible Insights February 13 2020

What happens to me when I die?

Dying is an inevitable part of human life. The Bible reveals God's plan for all humanity that has ever lived, but it may not coincide with what you have been taught.
Watch 28:26 Listen Read
Lessons from the psych ward

UCGia Bible Insights February 13 2020

Lessons from the psych ward

The mentally handicapped often respond to kindness and someone who listens and is sincerely interested in them, just as we all do.
Read 7:00
The importance of modest attire

UCGia Bible Insights February 6 2020

The importance of modest attire

It’s wise to dress in styles consistent with one’s culture, but Christians should make very modest choices within that range of styles.
Read 12:00
Historical proofs of Christ's existence

UCGia Bible Insights January 30 2020

Historical proofs of Christ's existence

Although not widely acknowledged, there is compelling historical documentation of Christ's existence.
Read 7:00
Why were you born?

UCGia Bible Insights January 30 2020

Why were you born?

The Bible tells us that God created the earth and man with a specific—and awe-inspiring—purpose in mind.
Read 10:00
Barnabas - The encourager
Barnabas encouraged Paul to come to Antioch to help the new converts. (Sweet Publishing / FreeBibleimages.org)

UCGia Bible Insights January 23 2020

Barnabas - The encourager

Many people came to the knowledge of God’s way of life, not only through Barnabas’ preaching, but also because of his outstanding example of encouragement.
Read 5:00
Changes to Christianity

UCGia Bible Insights January 16 2020

Changes to Christianity

Christianity changed forever when pagan practices were introduced during the early centuries of the New Testament Church.
Read 2:00
Prayer and your spiritual growth

UCGia Bible Insights January 16 2020

Prayer and your spiritual growth

As Christians, we all want God to draw close to and relate to us, but how much time and effort do we spend in relating to God and learning about Him?
Watch 28:30 Listen Read
Observing the sabbath

UCGia Bible Insights January 9 2020

Observing the sabbath

The Sabbath is a day for restful activities that complement a close relationship with God.
Read 4:00
Two questions for a disciple

UCGia Bible Insights January 2 2020

Two questions for a disciple

The two questions Christ asked the Apostle Peter are to be considered and answered by all Christians.
Read 10:00
Passing your faith onto your children

UCGia Bible Insights January 2 2020

Passing your faith onto your children

Parents have a responsibility to teach their children about God and His Word and there are some proven, effective strategies to accomplish this.
Read 11:00
The 4 horsemen of Revelation
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, an 1887 painting by Viktor Vasnetsov. Depicted from left to right are Death, Famine, War, and Conquest. The Lamb is visible at the top. (Public domain, Wikipedia.org)

UCGia Bible Insights December 26 2019

The 4 horsemen of Revelation

Nothing grabs the attention of readers of the Bible like the four riders of the horses of Revelation, but are they relevant in the 21st century?
Watch 28:30 Listen Read
Kicking the Christmas habit

UCGia Bible Insights December 19 2019

Kicking the Christmas habit

If you have made the decision not to celebrate Christmas this year, breaking the news to friends and family can be a major concern.
Listen 19:30 Read
Does Colossians 2:16 abolish the annual holy days?

UCGia Bible Insights December 19 2019

Does Colossians 2:16 abolish the annual holy days?

The passage in Colossians 2:16, probably more than any other in the Bible, is interpreted by those who reject God's festivals as confirmation that the biblical feast days are unnecessary observances.
Read 6:00
What teens wish their parents knew

UCGia Bible Insights December 12 2019

What teens wish their parents knew

The role of a parent to their teenage children is that of a coach, mentor and friend to assist them in coping with the challenges of life.
Read 4:00
Celebrating Christmas: Does it matter?

UCGia Bible Insights December 5 2019

Celebrating Christmas: Does it matter?

It's nearly Christmas time again and most Christians take part in the celebration knowing it's pagan roots. Is this something we should be concerned about?
Watch 3:25 Listen Read
Give yourself a spiritual X-ray

UCGia Bible Insights December 5 2019

Give yourself a spiritual X-ray

The things we think about are often revealed by what we say, especially when our guard is down.
Watch 3:45 Listen Read
Is the spirit world real?
Even though we cannot see it, the spirit world is very real.

UCGia Bible Insights November 28 2019

Is the spirit world real?

As followers of Jesus Christ, what should our perspective be towards the reality of the spirit world and its influence in our lives?
Read 9:00
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
Sweet Publishing / FreeBibleimages.org

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
freebibleimages.org

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
UCG.org.au

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Was Jesus born on Christmas Day?
There is no mention of special shepherds out at night tending their sheep in winter—it’s just an attempt to justify the date of Jesus’ birth occuring in winter.

UCGia Bible Insights November 19 2020

Was Jesus born on Christmas Day?

The observance of Christmas Day as the day on which Christ was born is a popular tradition, but it is based on false assumptions.
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Did God create evil?

UCGia Bible Insights November 12 2020

Did God create evil?

Christianity rightly claims each person is God’s special creation and has value. But if that is the case why do some people commit heinous crimes? Did God create people evil?
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Thinking of getting an abortion? Don't do it!

UCGia Bible Insights November 12 2020

Thinking of getting an abortion? Don't do it!

Did you know it’s a crime to destroy an eagle’s egg in the United States? Yet killing an unborn child is permitted. Society today is completely mixed up!
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Repentance: Your first step

UCGia Bible Insights November 5 2020

Repentance: Your first step

Repentance is the starting point for an individual's relationship with God. But what does it mean to "repent"?
Read 13:00
Non-biblical sources confirm Christ's existence

UCGia Bible Insights October 29 2020

Non-biblical sources confirm Christ's existence

Many people assume that, apart from the Bible, history is silent concerning the existence of Jesus of Nazareth, but this is not the case.
Read 4:00
What's behind the war on God?

UCGia Bible Insights October 29 2020

What's behind the war on God?

The freedom to worship and obey God is under attack in many nations. This is particularly true for those who profess Christianity.
Read 20:00
iHuman 2.0: The final upgrade

UCGia Bible Insights October 22 2020

iHuman 2.0: The final upgrade

The author compares the incredible complexity of the human body with advanced software awaiting a final upgrade to eternal life and a spiritual body.
Read 10:00
Are Christians guilty of idolatry?
Could you be practicing idolatry without realising it?

UCGia Bible Insights October 15 2020

Are Christians guilty of idolatry?

Portraying God with something physical is sternly forbidden by the second commandment, but could some Christians be practicing idolatry without being aware of it?
Watch 28:30
Esther: A woman of faith and courage
Illustrative depiction of Esther pleading with the King. Credit: Sweet Publishing / FreeBibleimages.org

UCGia Bible Insights October 15 2020

Esther: A woman of faith and courage

Esther's life demonstrates how fear and indecision can be overcome by resolutely seeking God's intervention with the courage and conviction that God will never let us down.
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Is Satan real?
Satan is often depicted as a fairy tale creature with horns.

UCGia Bible Insights October 8 2020

Is Satan real?

Satan is often depicted as a fairy tale creature with horns and a pitchfork. Even some Christians doubt he is a real, powerful spirit being who influences us to drift away from God.
Watch 28:30
Eternal life offered to all
Thousands of millions have lived and died with their deepest spiritual needs unrealized. When will they be refreshed by the life-giving power of God’s Spirit?

UCGia Bible Insights October 1 2020

Eternal life offered to all

Many wonder what happens to those who, simply because of when and where they were born, never had an opportunity to hear of Jesus Christ and God's Word?
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The Feast of Tabernacles

UCGia Bible Insights October 1 2020

The Feast of Tabernacles

The seven-day Feast of Tabernacles, which begins with an annual Holy Day, pictures the 1,000-year reign of Jesus Christ over the earth after His second coming.
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Gentleness: The mark of a Christian
The followers of Jesus should shine forth as lights in the world by emulating the gentleness of Christ in word and deed.

UCGia Bible Insights September 24 2020

Gentleness: The mark of a Christian

Galatians 5:22 lists 'gentleness' as one of the fruits of God's Spirit, but how is this characteristic manifested in the life of a Christian?
Read 8:00
Alcohol consumption and the pandemic

UCGia Bible Insights September 17 2020

Alcohol consumption and the pandemic

The United States, Australia and other countries have reported a significant increase in alcohol consumption during this pandemic.
Watch / Read 2:30
The Feast of Trumpets: A turning point in history
God instructed ancient Israel in the appropriate use of trumpets—a hollow animal horn, known as a shofar, and metal instruments—to communicate important messages.

UCGia Bible Insights September 17 2020

The Feast of Trumpets: A turning point in history

The Feast of Trumpets is an annual Holy Day commemorating the return of Jesus Christ to establish His government and bring this present evil age to an end.
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It does matter who your friends are

UCGia Bible Insights September 10 2020

It does matter who your friends are

Our friends influence us, for better or for worse, more than we may realise.
Read 8:00
Jesus' warning to 'watch': Just what did He mean?

UCGia Bible Insights September 3 2020

Jesus' warning to 'watch': Just what did He mean?

When Jesus exhorted his followers 'to watch' He wasn't telling us to become passive spectators. He meant something very different.
Read 14:00
The parable of the sower
Illustrative depiction of the parable of the sower. Credit: Good News Productions International & College Press Publishing / FreeBibleimages.org

UCGia Bible Insights September 3 2020

The parable of the sower

The parable of the sower gives three reasons why some who hear God’s truth fail to respond. It also reveals the state of mind of those who respond to God's calling and produce spiritual fruit.
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History of the immortal soul teaching
Plato, the Greek philosopher, taught that the body and the immortal soul separate at death.

UCGia Bible Insights August 27 2020

History of the immortal soul teaching

Many believe that various biblical scriptures teach human beings have an immortal soul which cannot die, but is this correct?
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Full of possibility and hope
Mount Cook, New Zealand

UCG-A Bible Insights August 20 2020

Full of possibility and hope

Brisbane UCG pastor, Bill Bradford, considers the wonders of God's creation and the increasing acceptance of the theory of evolution.
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Think before you ink

UCGia Bible Insights August 20 2020

Think before you ink

Tattoos are becoming very popular, but before you decide to follow the trend there are some things you should consider.
Read 6:00
Is the coronavirus the Four Horsemen?

UCGia Bible Insights August 13 2020

Is the coronavirus the Four Horsemen?

Some, who are familiar with Bible prophecy, may be asking themselves if the Coronavirus pandemic might be a fulfilment of the end-time prophecy of the four horsemen.
Watch 3:45
Lessons from survivors of the Great Depression
Scene from the Great Depression: Unemployed men lining up for free food and drink.

UCGia Bible Insights August 6 2020

Lessons from survivors of the Great Depression

As we live through this period of stress and uncertainty, there are lessons we can learn from those who have lived through similar times in the past.
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The Old Testament in the New Testament

UCGia Bible Insights August 6 2020

The Old Testament in the New Testament

Some believe the Old Testament was valid up until Christ came and, at that time, became outdated and was replaced by the more relevant New Testament.
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The carrot, the egg and the coffee bean

UCG-A Bible Insights July 30 2020

The carrot, the egg and the coffee bean

We all react to trials differently, but in times of trouble there is one factor we can absolutely rely on.
Read 7:30
God's guide to sex

UCGia Bible Insights July 23 2020

God's guide to sex

Sadly, the percentage of professing Christians who engage in extramarital affairs and end their marriages in divorce is just as high, and sometimes even higher, than among non-Christians.
Read 21:00
What is purgatory?

UCGia Bible Insights July 23 2020

What is purgatory?

Does the Bible say anything about Purgatory? If so, who goes to purgatory, and what happens to them there?
Watch 2:10
The curse of the law

UCGia Bible Insights July 16 2020

The curse of the law

Does Galatians 3:10-13 really mean the Apostle Paul regarded the law of God as a curse?
Read 4:00
Did the Ten Commandments exist before Moses?
The Bible shows that the Ten Commandments did not originate with Moses or in his time.

UCGia Bible Insights July 9 2020

Did the Ten Commandments exist before Moses?

The Bible shows the ten commandments were enforced by God long before the time of Moses.
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The Christian marathon

UCGia Bible Insights July 9 2020

The Christian marathon

The marathon race for eternal life requires perseverance and a determination not to quit.
Watch 3:30
Three surprising facts about angels

UCGia Bible Insights July 2 2020

Three surprising facts about angels

Popular culture has created a lot of misinformation about the angels which cannot be supported by what the Bible reveals about the subject.
Watch 28:30
King Solomon's reign
The remains of Megiddo, one of Solomon's leading fortified cities and an important biblical archaeological site.

UCGia Bible Insights June 25 2020

King Solomon's reign

There is a great deal of archaeological evidence corroborating the biblical account of King Solomon's reign.
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Why be baptised?
The waters of baptism symbolise the washing away of the sin in our lives so we may go forward with a clear conscience.

UCGia Bible Insights June 18 2020

Why be baptised?

Baptism is a crucial step in the life of a Christian washing away our sins and confirming our commitment to follow God.
Read 17:00
The end of the world: What does the Bible say?

UCGia Bible Insights June 18 2020

The end of the world: What does the Bible say?

Not only religious leaders, but politicians, educators and scientists have worried about the potential destruction of our world from a number of causes.
Read 11:00
How do I overcome racist thoughts and feelings?

UCGia Bible Insights June 11 2020

How do I overcome racist thoughts and feelings?

Shocking news reports detailing extreme racial oppression and murder in several countries should prompt us to ask ourselves if we harbour any racial attitudes.
Read 4:00
The empires of the Bible
The Pyramids of Giza. Egypt is one of the oldest empires recorded in history.

UCGia Bible Insights June 4 2020

The empires of the Bible

The Bible accurately tracks the historical progression of world empires from centuries ago right up till the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Read 8:00
Doing the most with what you have

UCGia Bible Insights June 4 2020

Doing the most with what you have

It's natural to try to improve our lot in life, but we are also exhorted to make the most of what we already have.
Read 3:00
The Rapture: Fact or fiction?

UCGia Bible Insights May 28 2020

The Rapture: Fact or fiction?

Many Christians look forward to a time when they will be suddenly raptured into heaven with Jesus Christ.
Read 3:00
Dating doesn't have to break your heart

UCGia Bible Insights May 21 2020

Dating doesn't have to break your heart

Many modern-day dating practices do not conform with biblical instructions about getting to know the opposite sex and preparing for marriage.
Read 8:00
Pentecost and the promise of the Father
The disciples were instructed to wait in Jerusalem until the Day of Pentecost. This photo features the Pool of Siloam in the foreground. (ibiblestock.org)

UCGia Bible Insights May 21 2020

Pentecost and the promise of the Father

The observance of the annual Day of Pentecost celebrates an awesome miracle occurring shortly after Christ ascended to heaven to be with the Father.
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Our amazing spaceship - Earth

UCGia Bible Insights May 14 2020

Our amazing spaceship - Earth

Instead of the once popular idea the universe could be teeming with life, many scientists are now realising the uniqueness of earth. Everything we see around us is carefully designed to sustain our existence.
Read 30:00
Did Jesus cancel dietary food laws?

UCGia Bible Insights May 7 2020

Did Jesus cancel dietary food laws?

Did Jesus abolish the food laws given in the Old Testament when He was on earth?
Watch / Listen / Read 5:00
What about alcohol and drugs?

UCGia Bible Insights May 7 2020

What about alcohol and drugs?

Biblical principles reveal the approach we should take in order to cope with the modern-day issues of alcohol and illegal drugs.
Read 4:00
How can I overcome my anxiety over what's going on in the world?

UCGia Bible Insights April 30 2020

How can I overcome my anxiety over what's going on in the world?

The faithful assurances found in the Bible is the only place to turn when faced with hardship and tragedy.
Read 4:00
Revelations relevant for today

UCGia Bible Insights April 23 2020

Revelations relevant for today

The prophecies in the book of Revelation help us understand today’s coronavirus pandemic and what lies ahead for mankind.
Watch Listen 12:00
Answered prayer

UCG-A Bible Insights April 16 2020

Answered prayer

The George Barna research company on religious matters suggests that even people with no specific religious affiliation still pray to God on a regular basis.
Read 5:30
The coronavirus and others

UCGia Bible Insights April 16 2020

The coronavirus and others

When facing crises like the current coronavirus pandemic, it's important to be aware of others and their needs.
Listen 20:00
Three days and three nights

UCGia Bible Insights April 9 2020

Three days and three nights

The widely held belief that Christ was crucified on a Friday and rose on the following Sunday is not supported by the Scriptures.
Read 10:30
Flatten the curve

UCGia Bible Insights April 2 2020

Flatten the curve

Doing our part during the coronavirus pandemic.
Watch/Listen [4:00] Read 5:00
Lessons from the Passover

UCG-A Bible Insights April 2 2020

Lessons from the Passover

Just before His death on the cross Christ instituted new symbols of bread and wine for the Passover. It is important to understand their meaning.
Read 6:00
Shadrach, Meschach & Abed-Nego

UCGia Bible Insights March 26 2020

Shadrach, Meschach & Abed-Nego

The account of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego is recorded in the Bible as a witness to the kind of unflinching faith we should have in the face of persecution and temptation.
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Good enough

UCG-A Bible Insights March 19 2020

Good enough

God's measure of our success and spiritual growth may be very different from how we see ourselves.

Read 3:00
The biblical alternative to Easter

UCGia Bible Insights March 19 2020

The biblical alternative to Easter

Is it possible for a religious tradition, even one that seems to honour God, to actually be contrary to what God instructs?

Read 10:00
Baptism: surrendering to God

UCG-A Bible Insights March 12 2020

Baptism: surrendering to God

Samantha reveals some personal insights about her relationship with God and her journey towards baptism.
Read 7:00
John - an apostle of Godly love

UCGia Bible Insights March 5 2020

John - an apostle of Godly love

The Apostle John was personally taught by Jesus Christ and was an eyewitness of many of His miracles. In His Gospel He refers to himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved (John 20:2).
Read 12:00
Approaching God in prayer

UCG-A Bible Insights March 5 2020

Approaching God in prayer

Getting to know God as our Father and developing a close relationship with Him in prayer is vital to our Christian growth.
Read 7:00
Corona Virus: New Pandemic?

UCGia Bible Insights February 27 2020

Corona Virus: New Pandemic?

The coronavirus continues to morph and spread. Is a pandemic just over the horizon?

Read/Watch/Listen 3:00
Timothy: Paul's son in the faith
Paul was able to travel to Macedonia. He visited Ephesus where he left Timothy with the instruction, ‘Stay here and command those teaching false things to stop’. [Sweet Publishing / FreeBibleimages.org]

UCGia Bible Insights February 20 2020

Timothy: Paul's son in the faith

The young Timothy was mentored by the Apostle Paul and became his constant companion and aid in ministering to the churches.
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Character traits God loves and hates

UCGia Bible Insights February 20 2020

Character traits God loves and hates

The book of Proverbs is very clear about the human character traits of which God approves and disapproves.
Read 2:00
Matthew 28:19 and the Trinity?

UCGia Bible Insights February 13 2020

Matthew 28:19 and the Trinity?

The claim that Matthew 28:19 establishes the doctrine of the Trinity as one God in three persons goes far beyond the actual words of the verse.
Read 3:30
Hezekiah - A faithful king
Six-sided clay prism containing narratives of Sennacherib's military campaigns, Oriental Institute Museum of Chicago University (Wikipedia.org)

UCGia Bible Insights February 6 2020

Hezekiah - A faithful king

King Hezekiah's life is an example of humility and obedience to God that continues to inspire us today.
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Valentine's Day - February 14
Inset: 'Lupercalia' by Andrea Camassei [Public domain, commons.wikimedia.org]

UCGia Bible Insights February 6 2020

Valentine's Day - February 14

Discover the history of the observance of Valentine's Day and determine if it is really a Christian celebration.
Read 4:30
The wonders of the universe

UCGia Bible Insights January 30 2020

The wonders of the universe

The great universe scientists view through powerful telescopes, humanity and all life on earth could not have come into exist without a master planner.
Read 7:00
Forgiving others

UCGia Bible Insights January 23 2020

Forgiving others

We cannot expect God to forgive our sins if we are not prepared to forgive those who offend or hurt us.
Read 10:00
Where did the symbol of the cross originate?

UCGia Bible Insights January 23 2020

Where did the symbol of the cross originate?

The symbol of the cross predates Christianity, and has its roots in ancient religious worship.
Read 3:00
Renewing your mind

UCG-AU Bible Insights January 16 2020

Renewing your mind

We were made in such a way that the presence of God’s Spirit can change the way we think and act, if we turn to God for redemption and salvation.
Read 3:00
Natural disasters: A biblical perspective

UCGia Bible Insights January 9 2020

Natural disasters: A biblical perspective

Is there a biblical explanation for all the pain and suffering in the world?
Read 2:00
Resisting sexual temptation

UCGia Bible Insights January 9 2020

Resisting sexual temptation

The brazen misuse of sex saturates modern society, but Christians are urged to be shining examples in spite of the temptations of everyday life.
Read 10:00
God on war

UCGia Bible Insights January 2 2020

God on war

How can we reconcile the existence of God with the reality of war?
Read 6:00
A New Year's challenge for you

Reg Wright, UCG Australia Bible Insights December 26 2019

A New Year's challenge for you

Read the experience of a couple who became convinced that the Sabbath Day was Saturday and not Sunday.
Read 5:00
What is the spirit in man?

UCGia Bible Insights December 26 2019

What is the spirit in man?

Science can't explain the vast difference in thinking ability between the animal brain and the human mind.
Read 4:00
Are Biblical Holy Days for New Testament Christians?
UCG's handy 5-year Holy Day reference calendar planner

UCGia Bible Insights December 19 2019

Are Biblical Holy Days for New Testament Christians?

It may surprise some sincere Christians to learn that the days labeled by many as “Old Testament Jewish days” are part of the legacy left to us by Jesus Christ and the apostles.
Read 16:00
The real nativity story
A typical nativity scene includes a number of features that are unbiblical.

UCGia Bible Insights December 12 2019

The real nativity story

The biblical accounts of Jesus Christ's birth present some surprising differences from popular ideas and traditions.
Listen 5:00 Read
Christianity: Is it the one true religion?

UCGia Bible Insights December 12 2019

Christianity: Is it the one true religion?

The Bible claims Christianity is the one true religion and this can also be confirmed from other objective sources.
Listen 4:30 Read
The Patrick you didn't know
Slemish, Ireland. Tradition holds that Saint Patrick, enslaved as a youth, was brought to this area and tended sheep herds on Slemish, and that during this time he found God. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slemish) (Photo: identity chris is, Flickr.com)

UCGia Bible Insights December 5 2019

The Patrick you didn't know

Saint Patrick's Day is observed in many countries, but what do we really know about him, and is it possible to separate the truth from myth and legends?
Read 5:00
A world lit only by fire
Jesus prophesied of religious deception in His name.

UCGia Bible Insights November 28 2019

A world lit only by fire

History sheds light on the gradual development of Jesus Christ’s prophecy of massive religious deception.
Read 3:00
How archaeology confirms the Bible
Sir Henry Rawlinson deciphered the Behistun Rock inscription cuneiform (images composited from WikiCommons)

Mario Seiglie, UCGia Bible Insights November 28 2019

How archaeology confirms the Bible

The study of archaeology has strengthened the faith of Christians down through the centuries and even influenced a famous, avowed atheist to become an ardent believer in the accuracy of the biblical accounts.
Read 13:00
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.
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Where do dinosaurs fit into the Creation account?
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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Babylon stands against God
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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.
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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.
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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?
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Teaching your children to pray
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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!
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Christ as a child: Removing the myths
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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?
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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.

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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?
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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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
Victor Kubik (left) with Steven Britt in the studio

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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