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Covetousness - The Sin You Commit Against Yourself
<div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: red; font-family: arial;"><b>Subscribe to this Channel ⤵</b></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZbnUhWzO-5w" width="480"></iframe></div><p><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><br></span></b></p><p><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Acts 20:3</span></b><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">2-3</span></b><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">5</span></b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;"> at the time this </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">teaching of Jesus </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">took conventional wisdom and turned it upside down. Today, after 2,000 years of hearing this idea promoted by various churches it doesn&#39;t sound as revolutionary as it once did.      </span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Our society may be familiar with the idea but that does not mean we actually live by it or practice it. For most part we still measure a person by how much were they able to sock away in the bank or how much authority, or social status they ach</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">ie</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">ve. What they were able to g</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">et</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">, or what flowed into their life.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">To say giving is better than getting</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> indicates the more important measure of a person is what flows out from them to others, </span><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Luke 12:15</span></b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">. Covetousness is about focusing on what flows in rather than what flows out.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">But why give a commandment telling us not to covet stuff. How does me wishing I had my neighbors big fancy house harm anyone? If I were to murder my neighbor and take over his house I can see the harm  done. But we have commands covering murder and theft already... why prohibit coveting? </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Answer:</span></b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> the one harmed by coveting is You... the one thinking the thoughts... even if you never act on them. And this is how I intend to approach the subject today: covetousness is a sin against yourself. </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Request our free bible study booklet: <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-ten-commandments" target="_blank">The Ten Commandments</a>. Its a great way to walk through the bilical references to these important directives from our Creator.</span><span style="font-size: 11pt;"></span></span></p><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/09/covetousness-sin-you-commit-against.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/ok51vUf2_SA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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The False Worship of Jeroboam and the Samaritans
<div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rW7hwPo0rw4" width="480"></iframe> </div><div style="text-align: center;"><br></div><div style="text-align: left;"><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">How Should We Worship God?</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></h2><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">A great way to answer this is to quote Jesus Himself &quot;worship God in spirit and in truth&quot;. Lots of information is packed into that short phrase. Let&#39;s investigate more closely and see what we find.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">One day Jesus was traveling through a region in Judea known as Samaria. The region of Samaria roughly aligned with the region once occupied by the 10 northern tribes after they split away from the rest of Israel. The people who lived in this region of Samaria had a curious collection of beliefs and practices that were similar to what the Jews practiced but definitely not the same. </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">While the disciples were off running errands Jesus sat down to rest at a public well and started up a conversation with a Samaritan woman who was there. Their conversation was mostly about the truth of who He was and what He had to offer spiritually. However, their conversation touched briefly on the subject of proper worship.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Read the whole chapter to get the context and then zoom in on these verses John 4:19-24. The woman&#39;s question in verse 19 begs an answer &quot;which way of worship is correct&quot;? The summation of Jesus&#39; response is found in verse 23-24 &quot;the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth&quot;.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">The woman thought of Samaritans as the true worshipers of God. But Jesus corrected her saying &quot;no, your people don&#39;t know what they are talking about. The truth of salvation and</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> correct manner of</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> worship [at least up until that point] was with the Jews&quot;.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Some folks interpret Jesus&#39; comments </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">about “worshiping in spirit” </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">as meaning... after the coming of the sacrificial lamb of God and the new high priest all matters of worship </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">becomes a</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> spiritual matters of the heart rather than </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">a </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">matter of obedience and action. But, Jesus forecast actually said, true worshipers will worship 1) in spirit 2) in </span><u><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">truth</span></u><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">If there is a way to worship that is in truth... then there is also a way to worship that is false.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Here is a link to the handout referred to in the message regarding the kings of northern Israel - </span><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;"><a href="https://www.ucg.org/system/storage/serve/1206121/sins_of_jerobam.pdf">https://www.ucg.org/system/storage/serve/1206121/sins_of_jerobam.pdf</a></span></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #0000ee; font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;"><u><br></u></span></span><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;"><a href="https://www.ucg.org/system/storage/serve/1206121/sins_of_jerobam.pdf"><span></span></a></span></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/08/the-false-worship-of-jeroboam-and.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/FK-mgv3CyAc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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The New Covenant Temple of God: Haggai's Message to the Builders
<div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/osisJZTBr4A" width="480"></iframe></div><div><h2 style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">Restoring the Temple of God</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></h2><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Under the new covenant established after Christ&#39;s death and resurrection there remains a temple</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> in which</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> God will be present through the power of His holy spirit. That temple is not built of stones</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">, </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">timbers</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">, and metals</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">... it is made up of the people of God. </span><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">1 Peter 2:4-5</span></b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> tells us the keystone/capstone/cornerstone of the building is Christ... and the members of the church are like </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">living </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">stones used to build a spiritual house and temple</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> (refer to 1 Cor 6:19 etc)</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Therefore teaching and scriptures re</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">la</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">ted to the temple of God in Jerusalem have the potential to provide insight and instruction for those of us He considers part of His new covenant temple.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Today we are going to review the preaching and exhortations of Haggai... a man God sent to stir up the people who had returned from exile in Babylon to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem... and consider how the word of God meant to stir up the people (and get them back on track) might be helpful to us.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Living stones are still being added to God’s new covenant temple. God still</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> calls</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">, chooses,</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> and transforms people. We still have work to do in preparing a people for the day Christ returns.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Request a Free copy of <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-church-jesus-built">The Church Jesus Built</a></span></span></p><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;"><span></span></span></b></h2></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/08/the-new-covenant-temple-of-god-haggais.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/I9v5DGlDJ6o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Rebuilding The Jerusalem Temple: Jeremiah's Prophecy Fulfilled
<p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DjRzYuyfSEk" width="480"></iframe></p><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">Destruction &amp; Restoration</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></h2><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">If you have ever done one of those reading programs that get you though the whole bible in a year you know</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> some</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> books are difficult to get through... list of genealogies, temple functions, records of kings and kin</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">g</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">doms, years of rule etc.. The book of Ezra </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">can be</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> like that... but </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">this book also</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> serves a very specific function within the bible.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">  </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">The book of Ezra documents the fulfillment of a prophecy. Today we will to review the fulfillment of God&#39;s prophetic word [</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">given </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">through Jeremiah]</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">. T</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">hat true worship would be </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">restored </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">in Jerusalem after 70 years of exile in Babylon for Judah.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Prophecy often speaks of </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">God&#39;s judgment and punishment for sin</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">, and assures us of its unstoppable</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> march forward </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">which cannot be thwarted. Prophecy also speaks to </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">His promise of life giving restoration</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">, and establishment of Godly governance on earth</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> also marches forward with unstoppable sureness.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> The book of Ezra carefully documents the fulfillment of just such a prophecy.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"></p><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span style="font-family: calibri;">Request a free copy of this helpful booklet: </span><a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/is-the-bible-true" style="font-family: calibri;">Is The Bible True?</a></span></div><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><span></span></span><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/08/rebuilding-jerusalem-temple-jeremiahs.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/TyctvEWmjr0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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The Message of the Two Witnesses - God's Word Will Go Forth And Cannot Be Stopped
<div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TMYRo1b7tIw" width="480"></iframe></div><div><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">God has told us that prior to the return of Jesus Christ in power, there will be a distinct and discern</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">-</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">able period of 3.5 years [1,260 days]. </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">We will know when this period of time is upon us by the following series of events and circumstances</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">:</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="15" style="margin-left: 36pt; text-align: left; text-indent: -18pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun;">· </span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">A worldwide </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">power structure </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">will be established with total control over the lives of all people on the planet: military, police, business, religion. This state will be granted its absolute power from Satan. In the bible this final world government is called &quot;the beast&quot; [Revelation 13:5]</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="15" style="margin-left: 36pt; text-align: left; text-indent: -18pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun;">· </span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">The military and police forces of the Beast will occupy [trample] Jerusalem [Revelation 11:2, Matthew 24:15, and Luke 21:20]</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="15" style="margin-left: 36pt; text-align: left; text-indent: -18pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun;">· </span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">The public ministry of the Church of God will have ceased. What little strength and power they once had to witness to the truth of God, and His calling to repentance will be broken [Daniel 12:7] </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="15" style="margin-left: 36pt; text-align: left; text-indent: -18pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun;">· </span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Some of the</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> Church God </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">will be </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">deems eligible for protection </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">and </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">go into hiding in what is known as &quot;a place of safety&quot; [Revelation 12:14]. The remaining portion of His Church will be subject to direct persecution from Satan</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">. Who will accomplish this </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">working through the </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">government </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">power of the Beast</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="15" style="margin-left: 36pt; text-align: left; text-indent: -18pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun;">· </span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">All the flesh and blood descendants of Jacob will be persecuted and violently oppressed [Jeremiah 30:7, Matthew 24:21]</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">There is one more event that will occur during this 3.5 year period. Our purpose today will be to review the final, global witness of God&#39;s truth accomplished by those who are known as &quot;the two witnesses&quot; </span><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Revelation 11:1-14</span></b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>Request your FREE copy of... <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/seven-prophetic-signs-before-jesus-returns">Seven Prophetic Signs Before Jesus Returns<span></span></a></b></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/07/the-message-of-two-witnesses-gods-word.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/hCcM6CF8gaA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Facing Trials, Tribulations, and Testing of Your Heart
<h2><b><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8qiQlcu0jOw" width="480"></iframe></div></b></h2><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">When we are faced with a trial we have two options:</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="15" style="margin-left: 36pt; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -18pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: symbol; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun;">· </span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Give up</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="15" style="margin-left: 36pt; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -18pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: symbol; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun;">· </span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Gird up your loins... endure adversity with unflinching faith in God</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">There are times when all seems bleak. When everything appears to go wrong. When obedience towards God brings disappointment... We wonder, where are the blessings? Where is the reward for doing good? I&#39;m so tired…</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Giving up:</span></b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">  1. denounce God [ I cannot worships such a being], 2. denounce the church [I cannot deal with other people struggling with sin], 3. apathy, nothing really matters anyway, I don’t wanna think about it. One of these is going to get you… unless you:</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: calibri; font-size: 13pt;">Change your perspective </span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: calibri; font-size: 13pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></h2><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">God does not see life as we see it. Flesh and blood focuses on the days we have right now [because that&#39;s all we really know]. Your Father Creator sees a much bigger picture... so big, it actually goes on forever. He says &quot;</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">My thoughts are not your thoughts”.</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Our purpose today is to review 5 examples of endurance in the lives of faithful servants of God. </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><span style="background-color: #fcff01;">Get a Free copy of </span><a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-gospel-of-the-kingdom"><span style="background-color: #fcff01;">The Gospel of the Kingdom</span><span style="font-size: 11pt;"></span></a></span></p><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/07/facing-trials-tribulations-and-testing.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/-wdSLrUMzoY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Have The Ten Commandments Been Done Away With?
<div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ip8yqkGQ1sk" width="480"></iframe></div><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: calibri; font-size: 13pt;">Have The Ten Commandments Been Done Away With?</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: calibri; font-size: 13pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></h2><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">For followers of Jesus Christ the ten commandments remain as the foundation of ethical behavior and spiritual interaction with our Creator. Through the ten commandments we learn what it means to love God and to love other human beings.</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">These commands were known by Abraham </span><b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Genesis 26:5</span></b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">; they were written on tablets of stone as part of the old Sinai covenant </span><b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Exodus 20:3-17</span></b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">; they are now being written on the hearts of those who enter the new covenant </span><b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Hebrews 10:16</span></b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">.</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><span style="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Learn more about this important question using the pages of your own bible. This small information packed booklet is available free of charge. Request your&#39;s here ▶▶▶ <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-ten-commandments">The Ten Commandments<span></span></a></span></span></p><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/07/blog-post.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/-U_u1rZ_zac" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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None is Righteous: Galilean Blood and the Tower of Siloam
<div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6lpNLf6TgBw" width="480"></iframe></div><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: calibri; font-size: 13pt;">None is Righteous... No, Not One</span></b></h2><h2><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Jesus&#39; 3.5 years of ministry took place at a time of widespread civil unrest. The nation of Israel had been conquered by the Romans and was subject to them. They had to pay heavy taxes, their sense of national dignity was stripped away, and it was only through a great deal of unrest that they had been granted im</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">m</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">unity from the requirements to pay religious homage to the emperor as a God. Some of their protests </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">  </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">had borne fruits of religious liberty.... however...</span></span></h2><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">They were oppressed, harassed, and often brutally treated by the Roman soldiers who occupied and policed the land. There were protests [some of which turned violent], there were massacres, religious beliefs were often meshed together with political agendas... there were racial tensions, there were cultural tensions, economic tensions, nationalistic tensions.</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> The situation was so bad that within a few short decades Roman would send in an entire army to completely flatten the entire city of Jerusalem.</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">And in the midst of this walked Jesus Christ. Who </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">by doing the will of the Father and walking in the spirit of God, </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">cut a straight and true path right through the middle of it all... preaching repentance and the coming </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">rule </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">of God</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> on earth</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">.</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Luke 13:1-8</span></b><b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">A group of people had gathered and</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> were questioning </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Jesus</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> about current</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> events. B</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">ased on </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">the answer He gave</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> they were expecting Him to tell them which side He considered right. They </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">wanted Him to give His opinion</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">: who&#39;s cause was righteous, and who&#39;s was not? And I think the assumption was, if a person wa</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">s</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> aligned with the more righteous cause... they were themself more righteous.</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Jesus said, &quot;what makes you suppose, </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">the people in </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">this group w</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">ere</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> more righteous in the eyes of God than the other&quot;... </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">and then followed up with </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">&quot;the only path to righteousness is to repent before God&quot;.</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Practice justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Request your own free copy of <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/jesus-christ-the-real-story">Jesus Christ: The Real Story</a>. You&#39;ll get a short, but information packed, bible study into the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. <span></span></span></p><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/06/none-is-righteous-galilean-blood-and.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/re07N0W9z-Q" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Athletes, Soldiers, and Farmers: Images of Effective Disciples
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Vq_G_ZziP6I" width="480"></iframe><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: calibri; font-size: 13pt;">Images of Effective Disciples</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: calibri; font-size: 13pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></h2><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">2 Timothy 2:1-8</span></b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">in verse 7 </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Paul tells Timothy to take what he has written and reflect upon it, calling upon, or expecting God the to give insight. That is our goal today: to take these images of effective disciples and reflect on the qualities that bring about success in these worldly ende</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">a</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">vors and </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">consider </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> how these might be helpful for us to apply to our personal quest to put on the mind of Christ and attain the better resurrection.</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">`</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 4pt; margin-left: 21.6pt; mso-char-indent-count: 0.0000; mso-list: l3 level1 lfo1; mso-pagination: widow-orphan; mso-para-margin-left: 0.0000gd; text-autospace: ideograph-numeric; text-indent: -21.6pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-weight: bold; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun;">1. </span><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Athlete</span></b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> - [2:5] the one who trains and shows stamina</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 4pt; margin-left: 21.6pt; mso-char-indent-count: 0.0000; mso-list: l3 level1 lfo1; mso-pagination: widow-orphan; mso-para-margin-left: 0.0000gd; text-autospace: ideograph-numeric; text-indent: -21.6pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-weight: bold; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun;">2. </span><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Soldier</span></b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> - [2:3-4] the one who fights to win</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 4pt; margin-left: 21.6pt; mso-char-indent-count: 0.0000; mso-list: l3 level1 lfo1; mso-pagination: widow-orphan; mso-para-margin-left: 0.0000gd; text-autospace: ideograph-numeric; text-indent: -21.6pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-weight: bold; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun;">3. </span><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Farmer</span></b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> - [2:6] the one who sows and reaps</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 4pt; margin-left: 21.6pt; mso-char-indent-count: 0.0000; mso-list: l3 level1 lfo1; mso-pagination: widow-orphan; mso-para-margin-left: 0.0000gd; text-autospace: ideograph-numeric; text-indent: -21.6pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-weight: bold; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun;">4. </span><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Teacher</span></b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> - [2:1-2] the one who learns and passes along understanding &amp; strengthens others</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 21.25pt; mso-char-indent-count: 0.0000; mso-list: l3 level1 lfo1; mso-para-margin-left: 0.0000gd; text-indent: -21.25pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; font-weight: bold; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun;">5. </span><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Jesus Christ</span></b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> - [2:8] the one who set our ideal and pattern for righteousness</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 21.25pt; mso-char-indent-count: 0.0000; mso-list: l3 level1 lfo1; mso-para-margin-left: 0.0000gd; text-indent: -21.25pt;"><span style="font-family: calibri;"><font size="4">Request your free copy of <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/why-were-you-born">Why Were You Born?</a> This short book will help you gain biblical insight into God&#39;s purpose for human life.<span></span></font></span></p><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/06/images-of-effective-disciples-2-timothy.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/LPVoFQY1jDU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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The Holy Spirit at Work: Divine Aid in Understanding God's Word
<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oEuFEGum8_g" width="480"></iframe><br><br></div><h2><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">The holy spirit is at work in the people of God. The areas of our lives touched by the holy spirit are many. T</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">wo</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"> broad categories we could apply are INPUT, and OUTPUT:</span></h2><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Input:</span></b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"> through the active power of God present with</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">in</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"> us  good things </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">come </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">into our lives such as: conviction, faith, understanding, discernment, courage, endurance and more. </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Output:</span></b><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"> though acting upon and using these good things God gives us through the spirit we are able to produce good mental attitudes: love, peace, joy, humility, kindness, gentleness, patience, goodness, kindness, etc. These are examples of &quot;thinking like God&quot;, and they form the foundation of life everlasting, the bedrock principles of the kingdom of God, and positive participation in the family of God.</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">These inputs and outputs are workings of the holy spirit. </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Is there more we can know about the actual &quot;mechanics&quot; of how the spirit of God interacts with our minds and human spirits? Yes, there is. </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Is there anything we can do to &quot;grease the wheels&quot;, so that the good things coming into our lives and the good things produced in our live flow more freely? Yes, there is.</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Our purpose today is to </span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">review the work of holy spirit which is involved in our understanding of God’s word</span><span style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: calibri;"><font size="4">Get a free copy of this small but helpful book <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-power-of-the-holy-spirit" target="_blank">The Power of The Holy Spirit</a></font></span></p><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: calibri; font-size: 13pt;"><span></span></span></b></h2><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/06/the-holy-spirit-at-work-divine-aid-in.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/a3XNLs3d8wo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Free and Open Access to the Power of the Holy Spirit
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_Ub1sBfOOh4" width="480"></iframe><br><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 13pt;"><br></span></b> <b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 13pt;">Gaining Accessing the Power of the Holy Spirit</span></b><br><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">The holy spirit is a stumbling block for many people. The bible speaks of the holy spirit in so many different ways that understanding it can become jumbled, misunderstanding also happens when people latch on to a small or select set of biblical statements about the spirit and try to massage that into a complete description.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"><br></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">The holy spirit could be described as:</span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="15" style="margin-left: 36.0000pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -18.0000pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;wingdings&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">« </span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">The creative power and energy of the God family</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="15" style="margin-left: 36.0000pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -18.0000pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;wingdings&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">« </span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">The nature, life, and mind of the God family</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="15" style="margin-left: 36.0000pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -18.0000pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: &quot;wingdings&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">« </span><!--[endif]--><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">The power and active energy of life [temporary life &amp; everlasting life]</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">Request a FREE copy of this short booklet:</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 14.6667px;"> <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-power-of-the-holy-spirit">T</a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;;"><span id="goog_349332824" style="font-size: 14.6667px;"></span></span><a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-power-of-the-holy-spirit">he <span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Power of the Holy Spirit</span></span></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-t7tgXZuHspc/XswrT854LVI/AAAAAAAABTg/0_mGO7A0vtAZ-FrVddDLf2FgqI9lLnQBQCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/the-power-of-the-holy-spirit_2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="438" data-original-width="300" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-t7tgXZuHspc/XswrT854LVI/AAAAAAAABTg/0_mGO7A0vtAZ-FrVddDLf2FgqI9lLnQBQCLcBGAsYHQ/s200/the-power-of-the-holy-spirit_2.png" width="136"></a></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"></span></div></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/05/free-and-open-access-to-power-of-holy.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/aegNNU0bIYY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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The Resurrection of the Body: As Revealed in the Bible and the Risen Christ
<br><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LQX7mLmNeb0" width="480"></iframe><br><br><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 13pt;">The Resurrection</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 13pt;"> Body</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 13pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></h2><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">The teaching about the resurrection is the core of the plan of God. You can talk about forgiveness, building Godly character, commandments, prophecy, the nature of God, or any other biblical subject... but none of them matter one whit... unless there is the hope of resurrection.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">Sadly, but predictably... the truth of the resurrection is clouded with misunderstanding, error, false teaching, disbelief, and every other kind of stumbling block imaginable. Our purpose today is to review the scripture record concerning the nature of the resurrection body and see how that understanding affects our expectation</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> and preparation for resurrection.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgba(0 , 0 , 0 , 0.65); font-family: &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px; letter-spacing: 0.3px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Request your own copy of </span><a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/who-is-god" rel="noopener noreferrer" style="background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #0066cc; cursor: pointer; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; letter-spacing: 0.3px; outline: none; touch-action: manipulation; transition: color 0.3s ease 0s; white-space: pre-wrap;" target="_blank">Who Is God?</a><span style="background-color: white; color: rgba(0 , 0 , 0 , 0.65); font-family: &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px; letter-spacing: 0.3px; white-space: pre-wrap;"> . In this small but important mini-book you&#39;ll learn more about God&#39;s nature as described in the bible. Its a wonderful study tool you can have completely free of charge.</span></div></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/05/the-resurrection-of-body-as-revealed-in.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/J7hw1plbMNE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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What Did The Jerusalem Council of Acts 15 Actually Decide?
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mBDvLbZQmXw" width="480"></iframe><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">Recently, I had an online interaction with someone who saw some posts I had made about the spring holy days… the person brushed everything aside saying “that was all settled at the Jerusalem Conference in Acts 15”. This is a very common way of saying that Sabbaths and holy days are no longer to be taught or promoted as an outworking of Godly living by Christians.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 13pt;">What Did The Jerusalem Council Decide?</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 13pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></h2><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">The Jerusalem Council was a meeting of church leadership convened sometime between 45 AD. and 55 AD. The meeting was called to settle some doctrinal disputes related to the inclusion of non-Jews into the church. A brief report on the council and its decision is found in Acts Chapter 15.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">The Jerusalem Council of Acts 15 is very often presented as a turning point in church history in which </span><i><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">supposedly</span></i><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> a distinct break was made with the principles of teaching obedience to God&#39;s law. The Jerusalem Council argument is trotted out to justify abandoning the 7th day Sabbath, and the annual Sabbaths we call </span><i><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">holy days</span></i><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">Our purpose today is to demonstrate that the Council&#39;s discussion and decision w</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">as</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> limited to defining the role of circumcision in God&#39;s formation of a special assembly of people </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">which would be </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">composed of both Jew and non-Jew.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> It was not written to address the entirety of God’s commands, judgments and statutes.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span><br><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><span style="font-size: large;">Request a <b><span style="color: red;">FREE</span></b> copy of </span><a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-new-covenant-does-it-abolish-gods-law" style="font-size: x-large;">The New Covenant: Does It Abolish God&#39;s Law?</a></span><br><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span> <br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HJrrWw7S9rM/XqcsFNWycxI/AAAAAAAABS0/BuiGjzGXkiMnJOybY_ETt8liquIocvgvwCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/the-new-covenant-does-it-abolish-gods-law_0.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="438" data-original-width="300" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HJrrWw7S9rM/XqcsFNWycxI/AAAAAAAABS0/BuiGjzGXkiMnJOybY_ETt8liquIocvgvwCLcBGAsYHQ/s200/the-new-covenant-does-it-abolish-gods-law_0.png" width="136"></a></div></div></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/04/what-did-jerusalem-council-of-acts-15.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/l6nr7_twn00" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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The Witnesses to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Jvd8wmNAhoU" width="480"></iframe><br><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 13pt;">Is the Resurrection A Hoax?</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 13pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></h2><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">Did the early followers of Jesus make up the story of Him arising from the dead... was it merely a pathetic attempt to keep the dream alive after the unexpected execution of their spiritual guru from Galilee? Was it wishful thinking... was it malicious deceit... was it a trick to gain followers and fame... or extract money from credulous fools... an opiate to control the masses?</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">Our purpose today is to review the record of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and examine the witnesses.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: rgba(0 , 0 , 0 , 0.87); font-family: &quot;roboto&quot; , &quot;noto&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>Request this free bible study guide - <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/what-happens-after-death">What Happens After Death?</a> </b></span></div></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/04/the-witnesses-to-resurrection-of-jesus.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/r1fmQaIxcdo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Three Days and Three Nights in The Grave: 70 weeks Prophecy Fulfilled
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RpW5gV1-zxY" width="480"></iframe><br><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">People often want God to prove Himself. Let me see some miracle or mighty act. Then I will truly believe. Some generations have witnessed mighty acts and miracles… but when that small group of eyewitnesses dies and new generations come along those mighty acts fade into distant memory.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">What if one of those mighty acts were indelibly written into human history… that would be helpful! But where is that mighty act embedded in human history? Its found in Jesus prophecy of His own death.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">Matthew 12:40 </span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">– The scribes and pharisees wanted proof from Jesus. Some mighty act or indisputable miracle to verify that He was for real. Jesus did not give them some flashy display of power. He told them he would be in the grave for a duration of 3 daytime periods and 3 night time periods.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">The sign He gave probably meant little to them. Bu,t for future generations the 3 days and 3 nights provide  in human history. Verified by the most reliable source of time keeping in the physical world… the sun moon and stars. </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">Genesis 1:14 </span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">the moon circles the earth, meanwhile the earth spins on its axis, that spinning earth circles around the sun. This means that there are certain alignments of these three objects that only happen at certain times… like a full moon or an eclipse. Another important factor is that these alignments are visible to the human eye… everybody can see them.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;georgia&quot; , &quot;times new roman&quot; , serif;"><span style="-webkit-text-stroke: 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); background-color: white;"><span style="color: red;"><b>You can get the graphic of the 3 days and 3 nights at this link</b></span></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222;"> </span><a href="https://www.ucg.org/system/storage/serve/899081/the-chronology-of-jesus-christ-death-burial-and-resurrection.pdf" rel="nofollow" style="-webkit-text-stroke: 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); background-color: white; box-sizing: border-box; color: #346593; line-height: inherit;">https://www.ucg.org/system/storage/serve/899081/the-chronology-of-jesus-christ-death-burial-and-resurrection.pdf</a></span><br></div></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/04/three-days-and-three-nights-in-grave-70.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/CcQoHZIWAFQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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The Apostle Paul and the Biblical Holy Days
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/m_9sPX3htzY" width="480"></iframe></div> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><h2><b><span face="" style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: calibri; font-size: 13pt;">The Apostle Paul and the Holy Days</span></b><b><span face="" style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: calibri; font-size: 13pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></h2><div class="MsoNormal"><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Paul</span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">’s epistles</span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"> are often referred to by those who wish to teach the cancellation of the laws of God in general... and the holy days in particular. Among the commandments and laws of God the holy days are singled out for special attention due to three specific statements found in: Colossians 2:14-17, Romans 14:5-6, and Galatians 4:8-10.</span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Today we are going to carefully read our way through these statements </span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">and use their context </span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">to show that Paul&#39;s statements were not negatively targeting the observance of the annual holy days but rather:</span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="15" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-left: 36pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -18pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">1. </span><!--[endif]--><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">The manner in which members of the church were keeping them</span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="15" style="margin-left: 36pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -18pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">2. </span><!--[endif]--><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Humanly devised traditions they were elevating to the same level as God</span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">&#39;</span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">s comman</span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">ds</span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">.</span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="15" style="margin-left: 36pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -18pt;"><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">When considering Paul&#39;s statements about observing days it is important to remember that Paul himself writes about keeping the </span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">P</span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">assover and days of unleavened bread </span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">himself </span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">with the Corinthian congregation</span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"> [</span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"> </span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">1 Corinthians 5, 11]. </span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">He offered that congregation a lot of correction regarding the manner in which they observed the</span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"> biblical festivals</span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">... but never gave them any indication he wanted them to stop celebrating and observing </span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">them</span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;">. </span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span><br><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><br></span><span face="" style="font-family: calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><span color="" face="" style="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: roboto, noto, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Request this free booklet: <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/holidays-or-holy-days-does-it-matter-which-days-we-observe">Holidays or Holy Days - Does It Matter Which Days We Observe?</a> ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ </span></span><br></div></div></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-apostle-paul-and-biblical-holy-days.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/LjhcnYkyJTw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Called, Chosen, and Faithful: Finding Truth in a World of Lawlessness and Deception
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lTF_4dtyIC8" width="480"></iframe><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><h2><span style="font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">Many ideas about Jesus Christ are out there: </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">P</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">rotestant, </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">C</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">atholic, </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">M</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">ormon, Muslim, even atheists have a way of explaining Jesus.</span></span></h2><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">Does God just leave it up to you to figure it all out... </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">does he leave you </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">floating here and there... picking up little tidbits of truth until you start to piece it all together into some semi-logical personal religious outlook? Are you left to </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">figure out the truth all by</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> yourself?</span><b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"> No</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">The resurrected Jesus</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> is real, alive, and active</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">ly at work as</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> high priest. He has a real and definite body of teaching. He has a purpose and is operating according to a plan</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> that can be known and understood</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">. To perform this active work in the world he said, &quot;</span><i><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">I will build </span></i><i><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">[establish] </span></i><i><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">My church</span></i><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">&quot; Matthew 16:18.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">The word church is </span><i><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">ekklesia </span></i><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">in Greek, which means people who are called out to form an assembly. Note: in the original Greek usage it referred to citizens called out to discuss affairs of state. </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">Request a free copy of <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-church-jesus-built">The Church Jesus Built</a></span></b></span></div></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/03/called-chosen-and-faithfulness-finding.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/2TaQnE6X9Nc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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The Politics of the Kingdom of God: Peace and Justice on Earth
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DeJNJ-zmzsw" width="480"></iframe><br><div class="MsoNormal"><br></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">One of the great deceptions and false teachings is to s</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">piritualize away the reality of the coming kingdom of God, and the reality of its implementation on earth as a form of government which regulates economic and social policy.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">The true gospel of the kingdom proclaims that there are real world solutions leading to a peaceful just society on earth. Those solutions are found in submission to the commands, judgments, and statutes of God and the righteous rule of God&#39;s chosen king which is Christ alone.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">The false gospel teaches that your destiny is to fly away to heaven and leave the earth behind along with all its nasty problems. They also teach God&#39;s law is done away, its a curse, it useless, so why would we look at it as offering any real world solutions. </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span><br><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: large;">Request a free copy of 📙 <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-gospel-of-the-kingdom">The Gospel of the Kingdom</a> and discover more about the coming rule of Christ on earth.</span><br></div></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/02/the-politics-of-kingdom-of-god-peace.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/q_bN438aMf0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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The Mark of the Beast and the Mark of God
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mPMHHP0BFOQ" width="480"></iframe><br><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Revelation 13:15-17</span></b><span style="font-size: 12pt;"> will the </span><i><span style="font-size: 12pt;">mark</span></i><span style="font-size: 12pt;"> be a</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"> tattoo on your flesh, your social security number, a digital chip implanted in your body, facial recognition, retinal scans? </span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">In our technological times the idea of a universal identification that can be used to keep track of you and regulate your ability to buy &amp; sell make a living, to survive doesn’t seem far fetched at all. Today it seems inevitable, either as a matter of convenience or security… and on the surface it seems rather practical. </span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: large;">Click to request a free copy of: <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-book-of-revelation-unveiled">The Book of Revelation Unveiled</a></span></div></div></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/02/the-mark-of-beast-and-mark-of-god.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/Oi8UmZRYir8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Self Control and Self Discipline - The Power of the Holy Spirit Working in You
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JvGOQfUt_zo" width="480"></iframe><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"><br></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">Would  you like to be better able to exercise greater self control in your life?</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">You could use self control and personal discipline to: lose weight, stop snacking, take better care of your body... to get out of debt or improve your financial situation... how tackling about substance abuse, gaming addiction, </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">etc</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">All of the above are worthy goals which self control and discipline can help you reach.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> Your Creator/Father wants you to develop </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">the quality of </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">self discipline. But His goals are even higher than a better bank statement, better health, e</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">scaping addiction</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">. </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">F</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">or the children of God</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> d</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">eveloping self control is about becoming like your Father in </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">attitude and thought</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">…</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> which </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">mov</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">es you</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> forward in the process of spiritual creation... so you can </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">mature into </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">the ful</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">l</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">ness of sonship in the Family of God.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">God’s </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">method for developing</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">self control</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> in you </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> is </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">as</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> different</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> as His goals</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">. The type of self control God has</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">in mind is not gotten through the strength of your own will... but through </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">desiring and allowing </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">His power flowing through you. </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> You gain control by giving control of your life to Him.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">SPS: </span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">Today we are going to look into how the power of God&#39;s Spirit and </span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">your freedom to choose create meaningful</span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"> self control/self discipline over your thoughts, emotions, and habits.</span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b><br><b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"><br></span></b><span style="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-size: large;">Download a free bible study aide:</span></span><br><span style="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-size: large;"><a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-power-of-the-holy-spirit">The Power of the Holy Spirit</a></span></span></div><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;;"></span></b></h2></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/01/self-control-and-self-discipline-power.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/MFim7r3fD1Q" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Biblical Perspective on Human Sexuality
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-06Lsk_v865U/XgupNP1GXNI/AAAAAAAABQA/R8SWsohK5UkTONKmnqDsnIrqxkIKeBgswCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/frank-mckenna-A9kYGeJkMZE-unsplash.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1065" data-original-width="1600" height="213" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-06Lsk_v865U/XgupNP1GXNI/AAAAAAAABQA/R8SWsohK5UkTONKmnqDsnIrqxkIKeBgswCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/frank-mckenna-A9kYGeJkMZE-unsplash.jpg" width="320"></span></a></div><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">Our understanding of human sexual</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">i</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">ty and what its all about is crippled by some very fundamental errors, and false assumptions.</span><br><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"><br></span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: large;"><b>Request your free copy of <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/marriage-and-family-the-missing-dimension">Marriage &amp; Family the Missing Dimension</a></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">1. The Theory of Evolution</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">: among other implications, </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">this theory presents us with</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> the idea that a human being is nothing more than a highly functioning animal</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">… and that sex is a completely biological act (which it is not)</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">. However, if we dig deeper into the theory of evolution it contains a more fundamental premise: that the path of trial and error is the only way forward. </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">Evolution&#39;s starting point is: t</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">here is no intelligent Creator executing a grand purposeful design</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">… therefore, something else must be causing all this to happen.</span><br></div></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/01/biblical-perspective-on-human-sexuality.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/yltDBQmmpqM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Responding to the Grace of God
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gfKShAd4dVw" width="480"></iframe><br><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">God&#39;s grace is a very uplifting, happy, subject. The idea that we can have a positive, warm, friendly relationship with the Creator of the Universe should make you feel good. I believe the prospect makes God feel good as well.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">If you have a run-in with someone at work, in your social circle, your family, at church, the tension between those involved can tie you up in knots. Restoring good vibes with the people in your life results in mental peace, smoother operations, even spiritual joy.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">Graciously e</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">xtending mercy and forgiveness feels good, receiving mercy and forgiveness feels good too. </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">Question: o</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">nce you have reconciled what do you do? How do you follow up?</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span><br><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;"><b>Request a free copy of <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/what-does-the-bible-teach-about-grace">What Does the Bible Teach About Grace?</a>. This free bible study guide is available in a variety of digital formats... or you can request a printed copy sent to your address.</b></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">Let&#39;s say you lose your temper with a co-worker... they&#39;re upset, you&#39;re upset... lots of tension... </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">you realize you’ve been stupid… </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">you apologize, they forgive. Where do you go from that point? Do you change your behavior? Or do you intend to keep on letting your temper flare </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">assuming </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">the other party </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">will</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> keep on forgiving you? If you make no effort to change... what do you think is going to happen in the workplace if this pattern continues?</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">You might say that with God such a scenario is possible: He is infinitely merciful, always ready to forgive etc. This is true, God is infinitely merciful and forgiving. But His infinite mercy, and infinite forgiveness </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">is graciously extended to you to accomplish </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">an greater purpose: to make change possible.</span><br></div></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/01/responding-to-grace-of-god.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/Yx1H-CE4JV0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Pay Careful Attention To God's Instruction
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6iWFCqHPoss" width="480"></iframe><br><br><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: large;"><b>May I have your attention? </b></span><br><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: large;"><b>May I have your undivided attention? </b></span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">Undivided attention in the 21st century is a scarce commodity... everyone wants your attention... keep you watching... keep you listening... keep you clicking. </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">They want your attention because they </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">want something from you [money, power, sex]... but to get that they first need your attention. </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: yellow; font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"><b>Request a free copy of <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-church-jesus-built">The Church Jesus Built</a></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"></span><br></div></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2019/12/pay-careful-attention-to-gods.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/VPlPb0vX2YU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Inheritance & The Rights of Sonship in The Family Of God
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5T5_CzrCuZo" width="480"></iframe><br><h3><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: &quot;cambria&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">Inheritance &amp; The Rights of Sonship in The Family Of God</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: &quot;cambria&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></h3><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">Those who have believed and are baptized are begotten/conceived by God the Father through the Holy Spirit and are truly His children… but the scriptures clearly indicate that there are elements to this process of being part of God’s Family that are still future. </span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">To help the Greek and Roman people of his day understand the idea of maturing from a state of infancy to  becoming a mature heir in the family of God Paul used an example from Greek and Roman culture… </span><i><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">Huiothesia</span></i><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">.  Paul is the only gospel writer who uses this particular analogy.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">It’s a 2 part word: Huio (son) + thesia (a placing or designating)… it was used occasionally in ancient Greek for what we call adoption but not typically. So the word adoption is a possible translation but not the only and probably not the best. As we shall see our 21 century ideas of adoption are not really compatible with the overall biblical teaching on who and </span><u><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">what</span></u><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> the children of God are. Note: the NIV &amp; RSV for example have translated the word as sonship in an attempt to put across the larger idea of what huiothesia means… the formal designation of your son as heir, conferring upon him full rights of citizenship, voting rights, a formal role in managing the estate and so forth.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">Paul’s use of adoption or sonship in the following places:  </span><b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">Rom 8:15, 23, 9:4; Gal 4:5; Ephesians 1:5.</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> We’ll go through these one by one and I would like you to notice as we go through these verses that the larger context in each case is your future inheritance as a member of the family of God.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><h3><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: &quot;cambria&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">What’s the Problem With Using The Word Adoption?</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: &quot;cambria&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></h3><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"></span><br></div></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2019/12/inheritance-rights-of-sonship-in-family.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/utsDt4n79sM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Begotten and Born Again - the Gift of Eternal Life Through the Holy Spirit of God
<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hLX0g4Fw_xc" width="480"></iframe><br><div class="15"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"><br></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">Question (child):</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> Where did I come from?</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="15"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">Answer (parent):</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"> from daddy and mommy…</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="15"><br></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">An inquisitive child might ask, where did mommy and daddy come from?... We’ll from grandma and grandpa… Where did they come from? And so on and so on until you get back to the beginning when God created the first man and woman.  And so, physical humanity are the children or, or the creation of God made from the dust of the ground.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><h3><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: &quot;cambria&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">What is a Human Made of?</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: &quot;cambria&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></h3><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">Physical humans are composed of mineral and chemical substances of earth (dust) plus animating bio-electrical impulses. Some people think that’s all there is… while others believe there is a spiritual component to humans. You and I fall into that second category… but there different ways that people understand a “spiritual component”.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><h3><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: &quot;cambria&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">You Do Not Have An Immortal Soul</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: &quot;cambria&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></h3><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">One of the great false teachings of all time is that man has some sort of immortal soul… fallen or removed from its spiritual home, trapped inside a sinful body and seeking to get back to where it belongs through a life of good deeds or right thinking.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">Many (perhaps most) people believe that once our physical body dies our immortal spiritual component continues on as a living conscious entity. This is not a concept gotten from scripture or revealed by God.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><h3><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: &quot;cambria&quot;; font-size: 11pt;">The Spirit In Man</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: &quot;cambria&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></h3><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;">According to God’s word man has a spiritual component BUT it too is temporary and when our flesh dies this spirit does not have life within itself, it has no conscious thoughts, no plans, no feelings… nothing… unless it is given life by the power of God. That gift of spiritual life is what we are here to discuss today.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><b><span style="color: #cc0000;">Request your own copy of</span> <a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/p/this-free-ebook-walks-you-through_24.html">Why Were You Born?</a> <span style="color: #cc0000;">This booklet will help you discover what the scriptures actually say about God&#39;s plan for bring new children into His eternal family.</span></b></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11.0000pt;"><br></span></div><div class="15"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;calibri&quot;; font-size: 11pt;"></span></b><br></div></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2019/12/begotten-and-born-again-gift-of-eternal.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/dcrEI41B954" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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