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Deception and The False Prophet of Revelation
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pzcSRSoPZOw" width="480"></iframe><div><br></div><div><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;;">Some 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;;">iblical 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;;">concerned the first coming of Christ and some of it </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;;">look</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;;"> ahead </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;;">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;;"> the time </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 return</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 great power and glory.</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;;"> We read 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;;"> kingdoms rising and falling, troubles of persecution, war, disease. All these </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</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;;"> present </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;;">from the time the prophecy was given through</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 intervening 2,000 years of human history, yet seem to insistent as the final days approach. </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;;">Deception and false prophets are another area prophecy addresses... deception </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;;">has been </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;;">present </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;;">since</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 days of the apostles</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;;">, it is present</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;;"> today... and deception is predicted to intensify as the </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;;">time of the end </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;;">approaches. </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;">Matthew 24:22-2</span></b><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">5</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;;">Have you ever wondered or worried about being deceived in the time of the end? If some prophet is at large doing amazing miracles how could you not be swayed... their instruction and teaching would appear to have </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 power of the spirit realm</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;;"> backing it up. How will you be able to tell what is &quot;of God&quot; and what is &quot;of the evil one&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"><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Revelation 13:11-14</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 false prophet makes your task of discernment even harder because he/she makes them self look like a teacher of Christ while teaching a message that is actually against Christ (so you have 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;;">look past any miracle or sign 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;;">pay attention to what they actually say). The false prophet will appear to be on the side of all that is right and good... and they will have power to perform amazing signs and wonders. </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;;">Today I would like to explain the biblical guidelines for determining the validity of prophets and prophecies and determine if they are &quot;of God&quot; or &quot;not of God&quot;.</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;">Request your free copy of --- Who Is The Anti-Christ? </span><span style="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/who-is-the-antichrist-0">https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/who-is-the-antichrist-0</a> </span></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: xx-small; 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; white-space: pre-wrap;">Read this message on our blog ➤ </span><span style="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/01/deception-and-false-prophet-of.html">https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/01/deception-and-false-prophet-of.html</a><span></span></span></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/01/deception-and-false-prophet-of.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/IPzNuCRPFIA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Pay Your Vows to God
<p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mQ7GP74_wqg" width="480"></iframe></p><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">Vows and Commitment</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;;">Each new year that comes makes us all think about what the year ahead will be like. Many people decide to start off the new year with some plans... very often called &quot;new year&#39;s resolutions&quot;... usually focused on some form of self improvement. </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;;">New year&#39;s resolutions are a running joke in our culture... because they are most often abandoned sometime within the next few months. Modern culture has a low expectation of commitment [</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;;">we don’t expect much </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 our self 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;;">we don’t expect much </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 others]... this affects marriage and families, business and employment, politics, international relations etc.</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;;">People might have logical or emotional reasons for avoiding commitment... but having a good reason for avoiding commitment does not protect us from the harm that </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 non-committal</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;;"> approach will inevitably bring... both personally or socially.</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;;">Commitment and follow through are an essential ingredient of a functional healthy society, and for our purposes in this message </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;;">commitment is necessary for </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 person who is growing in grace, knowledge and putting on the mind of the God family.</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;;">Today I </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;;">will approach</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 subject of commitment by looking at what the bible says about vows. Then I&#39;ll follow up with a brief section on setting some spiritual goals based on the gifts of the spirit. </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;;">blog URL for syndicates </span><span style="background-color: white; color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.52); font-family: Roboto, RobotoDraft, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/01/pay-your-vows-to-god.html<span></span></span></p><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/01/pay-your-vows-to-god.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/m77SogFY1Qw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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The Riddle of the Beast of Revelation and Daniels Dream
<p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Wyi6AavCQ5w" width="480"></iframe></p><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;"><a href="https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-riddle-of-beast-of-revelation-and.html">The Riddle of the Beast</a></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;;">The book of Revelation is Jesus Christ&#39;s final written words to His church. </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;;">These words</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;;"> foretell future events as they relate to the Church of God. The book is both a revealing and a riddle.</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;;">A riddle is a word puzzle in which the answer is understandable based upon what is said, yet not understood by anyone but the riddler. Here&#39;s a classic riddle you may have heard; &quot;</span><i><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">what is black and white and read/red all over?</span></i><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 person hearing the riddle is misdirected by the clever word play based on the word red/read.</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 meaning is concealed but yet fully spoken.</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;;">Most people don&#39;t get good riddles until they are given the answer. Then when the</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;;"> answer is revealed </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;;">it all seems quite obvious.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;"><br></span></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></span></p><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-riddle-of-beast-of-revelation-and.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/klAXi0ii1FY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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The Mercy and Compassion of God
<div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/run84HYbWRg" width="480"></iframe></div><div style="text-align: left;"><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;;"><br></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><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;;">Mercy is </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;;">part of the emotional makeup of the living</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... when God wants to tell us about himself </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;;">to us </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 reveal some of the inner workings of His being... MERCY top</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;;"> the list.</span></div><div><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><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 what is mercy? When refe</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;;">r</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;;">ring to God&#39;s mercy are we merely using another means of saying God&#39;s grace? Does God&#39;s mercy serve the same function as His forgiveness?</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;;"> IF different … how are they different?</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="text-align: left;"><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;;">I believe God&#39;s mercy is intimately related to His grace and His forgiveness yet </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;;">ercy is a more intimate revealing of the mind of God that either grace of forgiveness.  </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="text-align: left;"><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;;">Today we will </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;;">review</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;;"> mercy in the old testament, then in the new testament</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;;"> as</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 revelation to us of who and what He is</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, </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;;">that developing mercy in our own way of thinking is </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;;">crucial </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 God&#39;s plan for us to grown into fully mature children in His eternal family.</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="text-align: left;"><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Exodus</span></b><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;"> 33:18-20,</span></b><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;"> 34:6-7a</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;;"> Moses had asked God if he might see Him in all his glory... God answered, &quot;I will cause my goodness to pass before you&quot;. God is not known by seeing His appearance, He is know though His character</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;;">… especially</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;;"> seeing that character in action. </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="text-align: left;"><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 revealing Himself </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 does not focus on His power, His all knowing wisdom, or His transcend</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;;">e</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;;">nce of all things physical and material... He reveals Himself through mercy, grace, and forgiveness [but also on justice]. Understanding these </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;;">qualities </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;;">is essential to understanding and knowing 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" style="text-align: left;"><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;;">Today we will concentrate on mercy.</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: left;"><span style="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Request this free bible study booklet: </span><a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/who-is-god" style="font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Who Is God?</a></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;;"><div style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/who-is-god" style="font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/who-is-god</a></div></span><p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/12/the-mercy-and-compassion-of-god.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/AZcRYHqB_Oc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Sabbath Keeping - An Ox in a Ditch and Healing on the Sabbath
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mOdFtgEs0Z8" width="480"></iframe><div><br><div><p class="MsoNormal" style="background: rgb(255, 255, 255); margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; text-indent: 0pt; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; color: #212121; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0pt;">The ox in a ditch principle is found in </span><b><span style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; color: #212121; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0pt;">Luke 14:1-6</span></b><span style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; color: #212121; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0pt;">. From this short section of scripture we get an important perspective on Sabbath keeping:<span style="font-family: Source Code Pro Black;"> </span></span><i><span style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; color: #212121; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0pt;">It is right and proper to alleviate the suffering of others on the Sabbath</span></i><span style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; color: #212121; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0pt;">. The example of the ox falling into a hole it cannot get out of also adds the element of an emergency and danger where immediate action is required.</span><span style="color: #212121; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background: rgb(255, 255, 255); margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; text-indent: 0pt; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="color: #212121; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0pt;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background: rgb(255, 255, 255); margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; text-indent: 0pt; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; color: #212121; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0pt;">Actions required to alleviate suffering could take the form of work you would otherwise not perform on the Sabbath but which needs to be addressed right away.</span><span style="color: #212121; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background: rgb(255, 255, 255); margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; text-indent: 0pt; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="color: #212121; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0pt;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background: rgb(255, 255, 255); margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; text-indent: 0pt; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; color: #212121; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0pt;">In<span style="font-family: Source Code Pro Black;"> </span></span><b><span style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; color: #212121; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0pt;">Luke 13:10-15</span></b><span style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; color: #212121; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0pt;"> <span style="font-family: Calibri;">another example is offered by Jesus where the </span></span><u><span style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; color: #212121; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0pt;">regular work</span></u><span style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; color: #212121; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0pt;"> of feeding and tending animals is cited. If the animal&#39;s owner does not perform the necessary feeding and watering on the Sabbath then the animal would suffer. We know the animals would not die without water or food for 24 hours, but why should they suffer in even a minor way so that we might keep the Sabbath more strictly. </span><span style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; color: #212121; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background: rgb(255, 255, 255); margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; text-indent: 0pt; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; color: #212121; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0pt;"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background: rgb(255, 255, 255); margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; text-indent: 0pt; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-attachment: initial; background-clip: initial; background-image: initial; background-origin: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-size: initial; color: #212121; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; letter-spacing: 0pt;">Request a free bible study guide - <a href="Sabbath Keeping: An Ox in a Ditch and Healing on the Sabbath">The Ten Commandments</a> <span></span></span></p></div></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/12/sabbath-keeping-ox-in-ditch-and-healing.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/wz-5jH0K-uU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Leaving Sin Behind - Israel Leaving Egypt
<div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UzrzyUF4o-U" width="480"></iframe></div><p> <span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">The 7 day Festival of Unleavened Bread was given to Israel so they would remember their deliverance from the clutches of Egypt. That same festival is now given to the Church of God under Jesus Christ so that we will remember our own deliverance from the clutches of sin and futility.</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: 等线; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Just as Israel was commanded by God to come out of Egypt.. you were told [and today are being reminded] to come out of a way of thinking and acting that has no positive future… because sin separates you from God and cuts you off from eating of the tree of life.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: 等线; 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: 等线; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Lets take a few minutes to review some scriptures on coming out of Egypt:</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: 等线; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-ansi-font-weight: bold; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: 等线; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Hebrews 11:24-28</span></b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: 等线; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> leaving behind temporary pleasures for a reward… a reward with a positive future.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: 等线; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-ansi-font-weight: bold; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: 等线; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Revelation 11:8 </span></b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: 等线; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">the idea of a humanly devised society, built up as an alternative to God’s society, endures and persists until the day of Christ’s return. The scriptures here speak of the God hating society of the end which is of the same spirit as Egypt… and Sodom. </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: 等线; 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: 等线; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">His command to come out of a sinful society is as real in our time as it was in the past. And so we can draw lessons, and warnings from the biblical record we have</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: 等线; 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: 等线; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> those commanded to come out of Egypt and Sodom.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: 等线; 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: 等线; 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;">Request a free copy of: The Road To Eternal Life </span><span style="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-road-to-eternal-life<span></span></span></span></p><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/12/leaving-sin-behind-israel-leaving-egypt.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/0geO5bfrpk0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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The Hardening of the Heart
<div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3u5wCsJQ6Y8" width="480"></iframe> </div><div style="text-align: left;"><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">The Hardening of </span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">The</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;"> Heart</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;;">The hardening of the heart is a biblical way of indicating a spirit that is stubborn, obstinate, resistant, self righteous, unmerciful, and [the most dangerous of all] oblivious to their own spiritual condition... Hard hardheartedness is offered up in scripture as an explanation for the unbelief of humanity at large, but also as a warning to the household of 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;;">. Hardness of heart is </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 spiritual condition that can creep up on </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;;">you </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 cause </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;;">you </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;;">to miss out on the glory and inheritance of the first-fruits.</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"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun;">1. </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;;">Romans 9 is where hardheartedness among unbelievers is addressed. The example of hard hardheartedness given is the Pharaoh of Egypt.</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="margin-left: 0.0000pt; mso-char-indent-count: 0.0000; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; mso-para-margin-left: 0.0000gd; text-indent: 0.0000pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun;">2. </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;;">Hebrews 3 is where the Church of God is warned about their own hardness of heart. The example given is indifference and disregard for the weekly Sabbath.</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;;">Today we will walk through both sections of scripture. In the process learning how hard hardheartedness happens, and how it can affect 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"><span style="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Request a free copy of &quot;<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>&quot; </span><span style="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/what-does-the-bible-teach-about-grace<span></span></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/12/the-hardening-of-heart.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/ItbQInmxlcg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Conduct in the Household of God
<div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_oP7gZM8ECs" width="480"></iframe> </div><div style="text-align: left;"><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">Ephesus: Home Economics in the Household 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"><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 well-run household has rules of conduct and procedures. Knowing the house rules helps day-to-day living run smoothly and avoids strife. Knowing in advance who&#39;s job it is to wash and put away the dishes prevents every night turning into a battle. And so it is with the household of God, which is the Church. </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;;">Today we will finish off our review of Paul&#39;s instructions for Timothy regarding the congregation in Ephesus. Chapters 4,5, and 6 of Paul&#39;s letter to Timothy provide additional guidance for congregational matters that are as relevant today as they were in 60 A.D.</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="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Request a free copy of <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-church-jesus-built">The Church that Jesus Built</a></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><span style="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-church-jesus-built</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/11/conduct-in-household-of-god.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/IFVn5JYsuW8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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The Household of God
<div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QA3R-YB5r84" width="480"></iframe> </div><div><h2 style="text-align: left;"><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">Ephesus</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">: </span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">Roles and Responsibilities</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;"> In the Household 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: 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;;">The apostle Paul wrote 2 letters to Timothy. In them Paul </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;;">commissioned Timothy </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;;">to address problems </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;;">that had taken root </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 the church of God located in Ephesus. In the first chapter of the first letter to Timothy, Paul identifies the problem as false doctrines [teaching based on genealogies and myths]. He wants Timothy to confront and correct the situation with all assurance that he has the authority and mandate to get the job done. </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;;">Paul does not leave Timothy to figure out how to attack the problem</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;;"> without guidance</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;;">. Paul had plenty of experience settling congregational disputes, correcting bad practices, establishing proper doctrinal focus and spiritual development. </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;;">Today we are going to review the plan and priorities </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;;">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;;">Paul laid out for Timothy in the next section of the letter.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Request your free copy of a bible study guide we have prepared for you on this subject: <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-church-jesus-built">The Church Jesus Built</a></span><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;"><br></span></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></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/11/the-household-of-god.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/e7ij3tOAiXo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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False Teachers in the Church of Ephesus: Endless Genealogies and Fables
<div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/34hR_vUjliA" width="480"></iframe> </div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;"><br></span></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">Ephesus: A Congregation in Trouble</span></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><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;;">Ephesus was a local assembly of God people on the coast of what is now Turkey. At that time it was a huge metropolitan city especially noted for it magnificent temple dedicated to Artemis. The goddess protector of young girls, also of childbirth/midwifery... </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;;">You can read about Paul establishing the congregation in Acts 19:1-40 and dynamically drawing them out of a culture dedicated to the occult and sorcery. In Acts 20:17-38 you can read Paul&#39;s farewell warning to 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;;"> elders there</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 <a href="https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/11/false-teachers-in-church-of-ephesus.html">false teachers</a> who would soon attack them like ravenous wolves, and in Revelation 2:1-7 you can read Christ&#39;s assessment of Ephesus; they beat back the false teachings, persevered in the truth, but they appear to have lost much of their zeal and enthusiasm for the precious truth revealed to them. </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;;">After Paul left Ephesus he travelled to Jerusalem where he was arrested, imprisoned, and sent to Rome for a trial. While under house arrest in Rome Paul wrote quite a bit concerning the Ephesian church: the book of Ephesians itself [a very high enthusiastic doctrinal message], plus 1st and 2nd Timothy which are written to Timothy concerning problems in the Ephesus church. Timothy was specifically sent there and commissioned to correct the situation [</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;;">many aspects of this instruction are</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;;"> applicable to any congregation if necessary].</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;;">Our purpose to day is to review Paul&#39;s instructions to Timothy.</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="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">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></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/11/false-teachers-in-church-of-ephesus.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/ZIFFd3G17vk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Cleansed By The Sprinkled Blood Of Jesus Christ
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/opVQ0R0-au4" width="480"></iframe><div><br></div><div><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">Set Apart For Obedience &amp; Cleansing</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;;">The feast of tabernacles is a joy filled time. During the feast we focus our thoughts on the rule of Christ on earth, our eternal inheritance, and teaching the ways of peace and reconciliation to all of humanity. We spend a week plus a day surrounded by Godly people of the same mind and we are able to shut out the madness of the world around us [to a greater or lesser degree depending on the effort you make].</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;;">T</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;;">he temporary dwellings of the feast </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;;">are </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 reminder that we live as strangers in a strange land, sojourners, pilgrims.</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 live </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;;">here among the rest of humanity but </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 have </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;;">our eyes and hearts set upon that city and society built on the solid foundation whose builder and maker is 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;;"><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;;">This year, like every past year, the feast ends and we return home to the lives we temporarily left behind. We are once again immersed in the ravings of a world that is twisted, perverted, and hostile to the truth of God. The feast pictures good things to come… but…  we are not there yet.</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;;">We are still sojourners in a strange land. Called to live by a different standard, and headed toward a different goal than the society surrounding 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"><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">1 Peter 1:1-2</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;;">your time of sojourning is</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;;"> by 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;;">’s design. It serves to prepare you</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;;"> to fulfill a mission</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;;"> to prepare you for the time we are all looking forward to</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"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun;">1) </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;;">As a sojourner you </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;;">learn obedience to His will</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 a matrix of testing &amp; temptation</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"><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;;">2) </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 a sojourner </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;;">your mind, thoughts, attitudes and actions </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;;">may 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;;"> cleansed, purified and made holy</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;;">As a sojourner</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;;"> you stand apart from the sin-filled world around you. Defilement, uncleanness, lust, and evil are all round you. Your job is to resist sin, overcome sin, and be purified in mind and heart, clean and acce</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;;">p</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;;">table for entry into the family of 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;;"><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;;">Your renewed contact and interaction with the sin sick world is going to [in one way or another] infect you contaminate you, defile you. You will get through </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;;">your days of sojourning seeking </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;;">through the cleansing power of Christ&#39;s blood. </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="color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87); font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Request your free copy of this essential bible study guide - <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/jesus-christ-saved-by-his-life">Jesus Christ, Saved By His Life<span></span></a></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/10/cleansed-by-sprinkled-blood-of-jesus.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/_erKuoBiL3s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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What Does The Bible Say About The Poor?
<div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EAytZZGS5_I" width="480"></iframe></div><p>&nbsp;<span color="rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87)" face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif" style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Jesus' concern for the poor and needy gives us the example to follow when addressing poverty. What does the bible say about the poor and our responsibility to help them?</span></p><span color="rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87)" face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif" style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Jesus helped the poor and multiple bible verses tell us to help the poor and needy. The bible also reminds us that poverty will always be with us. So what is our goal? We can assume God's goal is not to eradicate poverty... otherwise, He would make it happen. But why does God allow poverty to persist? The answer is found in an understanding God's purpose in creating human life and His goals and plans for human beings. Request a free copy of <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/why-does-god-allow-suffering">Why Does God Allow Suffering?</a></span><span color="rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87)" face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif" style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"> Request a free copy of <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/christs-reign-on-earth-what-it-will-be-like">Christ's Reign on Earth, What Will It Be Like?</a></span><span color="rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87)" face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif" style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><div><span color="rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87)" face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif" style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/WVK3WfxA7CE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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The King of Kings Will Return And Rule From Mount Zion
<div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/iBLjG9oVtsY" width="480"></iframe></div><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 return of Jesus Christ as king of kings an</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;;">d</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;;"> lord of lords is announced by a trumpet blast. It is that amazing turning point in human history that we are here to remind ourselves of today. The feast of Trumpets is the 4th of the appointed times to be proclaimed by the 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; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/c/UCGRaleigh?sub_confirmation=1">Subscribe to this channel on Youtube</a> </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;;">Many exciting things happen when Christ makes His dram</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;;">tic appearance: the people God has called and chosen receive the gift of eternal life, they also receive their reward, they are from</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;;">that point forward at His right hand working together with Him as the bride of Christ in the family 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; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">For those who are not Christ&#39;s at His return &quot;exciting&quot; is not the word to use... </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;;">for them </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;;">it will be a time of terrible distress, fear, pain, plagues, </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 </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;;">environmental disasters. </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 time when God’s condemnation of humanity’s unjust</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;;"> gove</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;;">r</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;;">nments, </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;;">perverse </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;;">religions</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;;">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;;">misguided </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;;">cultural institutions will </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;;">come to pass. These</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;;">will be destroyed permanently </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 swept </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;;">into the garbage can of the universe</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;;">But humanity will not give up all they have created and bought into without a fight. So, there will also be a terrible and final battle in the valley of decision.</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 color="rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87)" face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif" style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>Learn more about the prophecies found in the book of Revelation using our free study guide <a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-book-of-revelation-unveiled">The Book of Revelation Unveiled</a> </b></span></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></span></span></p><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/10/the-king-of-kings-will-return-and-rule.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/dyV4HIvX9p8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Fear God and Keep the Feast of Tabernacles
<div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="color: red;">Subscribe to this channel on Youtube⤵</span></b><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QJlyzSJselo" width="480"></iframe></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br></div><div style="text-align: center;"><h2 style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">The Feast of Taberna</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">c</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">les is the 6th of the 7 annual  biblical festivals. It pictures the 6th stage in God&#39;s plan of redemption and bringing spirit born children into a family relationship with Him.</span></h2><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;;">After the 4th stage of Christ&#39;s dramatic return, and the 5th stage removing the source of deception and atoning for sins of ignorance... stage 6 is a 1,000 year demonstration of what God&#39;s rule looks like. Humanity will live in peace, with one another, and with God. There will be unimpeded access to knowledge and spiritual truth </span><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Isaiah 11:9</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;;">. Stage 6 is not the final stage. Afterwards must come a day of decision for both God and all flesh.</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;"><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Leviticus 23:34</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;;"> we are commanded to keep/observe the feast. Our Creator wants us to live and experience this important step in His plan. There are many benefits and lessons we can learn through God&#39;s Feast of Tabernacles. But we will not learn them if we do not attend.</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;;"><b>Learn more about the biblical festivals and their significance for followers of Jesus Christ. Use this free bible study guide to walk you through the biblical festivals -</b> </span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/bible-study-course/bible-study-course-lesson-12-gods-festivals-keys-to-humanitys-future">https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/bible-study-course/bible-study-course-lesson-12-gods-festivals-keys-to-humanitys-future</a></span></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;;"><span></span></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/10/fear-god-and-keep-feast-of-tabernacles.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/sSNvHOf8ROI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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What Does It Mean That Jesus Is A King?
<div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3cT6LTruWQ8" width="480"></iframe></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span color="rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87)" face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif" style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Jesus says He is a king but where is His kingdom? Is Jesus king only of the hearts and minds of believers or is there more? Learn what it means that Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. </span></div><div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br></span></div><span color="rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87)" face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif" style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><div style="text-align: left;">Jesus rule as king is more that merely a spiritual presence in the hearts and minds of his followers. Jesus second coming will usher in a new age in the history of the earth. The rule of Christ will extend over all the earth and all its people. He will rule in justice, righteousness, mercy and love. </div></span></div><div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br></span></div><span color="rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87)" face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif" style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><div style="text-align: left;">All human governments will be subject to His rule. This period of Jesus Christ&#39;s rule is spoken of as lasting for 1,000 years [commonly called the millenial rule of Christ]. Those who are Christ&#39;s at His return will rule together with Him and assist the the king of kings.</div></span></div><div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br></span></div><span color="rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87)" face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif"><ul style="font-size: 15px; text-align: left; white-space: pre-wrap;"><li style="text-align: left;"><span color="rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87)" face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif" style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>You can access the free bible study book The Gospel of the Kingdom at this link - </b><a href="https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-gospel-of-the-kingdom">https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-gospel-of-the-kingdom</a></span></li><li style="text-align: left;"><span color="rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87)" face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif" style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>Here is a link to a free kindle version of The Gospel of the Kingdom - </b><a href="https://www.ucg.org/system/storage/serve/1651/the-gospel-of-the-kingdom.mobi">https://www.ucg.org/system/storage/serve/1651/the-gospel-of-the-kingdom.mobi</a></span></li><li style="text-align: left;"><span color="rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.87)" face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif" style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>Here is a link to a PDF version of The Gospel of the Kingdom - </b><a href="https://www.ucg.org/system/storage/serve/4606/the-gospel-of-the-kingdom.pdf">https://www.ucg.org/system/storage/serve/4606/the-gospel-of-the-kingdom.pdf</a></span></li></ul><span style="font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span></span></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2020/09/what-does-it-mean-that-jesus-is-king.html#more">Keep Reading »</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/UnitedChurchOfGodRaleigh/~4/6mSLosNoe0k" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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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: left;"><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;;">Under the new covenant established after Christ&#39;s death and resurrection there remains a temple</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 which</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 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: 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;;">timbers</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 metals</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;;">... 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: 11pt; 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: 11pt; 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: 11pt; 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: 11pt; 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: 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="text-align: left;"><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;;">Therefore teaching and scriptures re</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;;">la</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;;">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: 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="text-align: left;"><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;;">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: 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="text-align: left;"><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;;">Living stones are still being added to God’s new covenant temple. God still</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;;"> calls</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;;">, chooses,</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 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: 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="text-align: left;"><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><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><br></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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