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The Three Woes of the Seventh Seal
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/t18sh8Qzb3w" width="480"></iframe><div><br></div><div><h2><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Christ&#39;s </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">second coming to planet earth is announced by a mighty trumpet blast</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;"> </span><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Matthew 24:31-32</span></b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">.</span></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;;">Two long awaited event take place at His coming: 1) the resurrection of those who are in Christ 2) the time when he will take up His rule as king of kings announcing condemnation upon the governments, cultures, and false religions of humanity.</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 Corinthians 15:52</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;;"> Paul tells us this trumpet blast is &quot;the final one&quot; indicating there are some other trumpets sounded prior to this final blast.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><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/2022/09/the-three-woes-of-seventh-seal.html</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/2022/09/the-three-woes-of-seventh-seal.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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The 5th and 6th Seals of Revelation - What Will Be The Sign of Your Coming?
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lOF0fjMfz6I" width="480"></iframe><div><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">What Will Be The Sign of Your Coming?</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;;">First let’s review Jesus’ first coming…</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;;">Scripture tells us the Word [who was God and was with God] set aside His glory to come to us in the form of a flesh and blood human being. Furthermore, we are told that He did not come into the world to condemn it. His purpose was to save those who were willing to listen and heed God&#39;s call to repentance, baptism, and the receiving of the holy 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;;">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;;">hrough His own life and death He opened up the doorway to life eternal so that people, like you, could walk 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;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><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/2022/09/the-5th-and-6th-seals-of-revelation.html</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/09/the-5th-and-6th-seals-of-revelation.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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Daniel and Darius the Mede - Thrown Into The Den of Lions
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZvUdXWdYLc8" width="480"></iframe><div><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;;">Chapter 6 is one of them most well known stories in the Bible - Daniel in the Lion&#39;s Den. The setting is the aftermath of the Persian conquest of Babylon. A new government was being formed... very likely within the first or second year 539-537 BC. Daniel was over 80 years old but God still had a  few more things for him to do.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><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/2022/09/daniel-and-darius-mede-thrown-into-den.html</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/2022/09/daniel-and-darius-mede-thrown-into-den.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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Belshazzar's Feast - The Handwriting on the Wall
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nQ1XSBx22Yw" width="480"></iframe><div><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">The Handwriting on the Wall</span></b></div><div><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Daniel 5:1</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;;"> according to the historians Xenophon and Herodotus this feast happened October 12 539 BC. 30 years had passed since the death of Nebuchadnezzar</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;;"> a new king was on the throne</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;;"> and Daniel </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;;">the prophet </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;;">was an old man [probably 80 years old].</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 know the date of the feast because it is also the night the Persian army broke into the city of Babylon and conquered the kingdom. As prophesied Babylon&#39;s days were ended</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;;">[compare with verse 30].</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><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/2022/09/belshazzars-feast-handwriting-on-wall.html</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/2022/09/belshazzars-feast-handwriting-on-wall.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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Knowing God's Purpose For Your Life... The Source of Joy
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/e_mzD6ROOLI" width="480"></iframe><div><br></div><div><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">A great and horrible lie taken root in our society... the lie is this</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">:</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;"> &quot;human life has no purpose&quot;. We are not created beings with a great destiny to fulfill. We are a highly improbable accident that came about by a series of random events. We come from nothing and our end is nothing. In between the best we can do is grab a bit of pleasure and enjoyment until the day we die. </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;">God&#39;s message to you is that your life does have purpose... and knowing that purpose </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">is the way to find</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;"> great joy... </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">no matter what your circumstances</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.52); font-family: Roboto, RobotoDraft, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><a href="https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/08/knowing-gods-purpose-for-your-life.html">https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/08/knowing-gods-purpose-for-your-life.html</a></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/2022/08/knowing-gods-purpose-for-your-life.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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Repentance is the Answer for Nebuchadnezzar
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xCCnj-G66j8" width="480"></iframe><div><br></div><div><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 4th chapter of Daniel is unique... it is the personal testimony of one of the great Gentile kings about his personal encounter with the living God. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had an intense experience that changed his way of thinking and he wants you to know about it.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><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/2022/08/repentance-is-answer-for-nebuchadnezzar.html</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/2022/08/repentance-is-answer-for-nebuchadnezzar.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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The Proverbs 31 Woman
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q-OBu2T1dUk" width="480"></iframe><div><br></div><div><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">The W</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">oman </span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">of W</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">isdom</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;"> - the Proverbs 31 Woman</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;;">At the end of the book of Proverbs we find 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;;"> character sketch of a woman</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;;">… she’s 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;;"> good woman, </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;;">she’s </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 wife, </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;;">she’s </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 mother. Through her </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 are given a short summary 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;;">the practical wisdom presented in the book of Proverbs</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;;"> interpreted in the setting of a happy home.</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;;">In biblical thought, true wisdom is pictured by contentment with diligent work in a safe, peaceful, structured family setting…</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><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">We must actively teach this Godly wisdom to our children</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 must do this in word and in deed. </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;;">In a world that tells them “</span><i><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">its not enough</span></i><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 must tell them, and show them “</span><i><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">this is the way</span></i><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></p><p class="MsoNormal"><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/2022/08/the-proverbs-31-woman.html</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/2022/08/the-proverbs-31-woman.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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God is Able to Deliver - Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-Op_tBWgEVo" width="480"></iframe><div><br></div><div><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Daniel 3:1-3</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;;"> Just before this section of the book Nebuchadnezzar had experienced a dream of a golden statue which Daniel, the man of the true God in heaven, interpreted for him. That dream foretold the sequence of worldly kingdoms that would dominate the earth from </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;;">the time of Israel’s demise,</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;;"> until the return of the Messiah</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;;"> at the end of the age</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;;">In that vision </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;;">Nebuchadnezzar had the flattering position of the hea</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;;">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;;"> of gold while the subsequent kingdoms were of lesser value. </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;;">Later we’ll see that he might have let this go to his head…</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="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/2022/07/god-is-able-to-deliver-shadrach-meshach.html</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/07/god-is-able-to-deliver-shadrach-meshach.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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Seek First The Kingdom of God
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dlyJo45pJbo" width="480"></iframe><div><h2 style="line-height: 114%;"><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">Seek First the Kingdom 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"><b><span style="font-size: 12pt;">John 3:1-2</span></b><span style="font-size: 12pt;"> Nicodemus “you are a great teacher sent from God”</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Verses 3-8</span></b><span style="font-size: 12pt;"> Jesus reply seems enigmatic… why wasn’t He more straightforward?</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Why not something like:</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman;">“Nicodemus… actually I am God. Technically the Father and I together are God, we are one, we are a family. You are correct in that I was sent here, you see the Father sent me. You haven’t met the Father yet… I’m here to reveal Him to you, to show you what He’s like and what He’s all about. As I mentioned before… the Father and I are one. So, if you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father and I’m only going to say what He would have me say, so if you hear my words you’ve heard the Father’s words.”</span></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Jesus could have said all that to Nicodemus…</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><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/2022/07/seek-first-kingdom-of-god.html</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/07/seek-first-kingdom-of-god.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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Daniel and the Magicians of Babylon
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IKwxfZE-jGM" width="480"></iframe><div><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">Daniel the Interpreter of Dreams</span></b></div><div><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;;">Daniel was placed</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;;"> in</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</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;;"> an important position within the court of the Ba</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;;">b</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;;">ylonian King. He was put 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;;"> </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 witness to God&#39;s sovereign power over all nations. The lesson for you and me is this: because God controls and directs the affairs of the earth kingdoms we should be mindful that He can and does control the events of your life. </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;">Daniel 1:17-21</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;;"> God was working with Daniel and his companions through the power of His spirit. God gave Daniel spiritual and intellectual gifts. He understood the literature, culture and wisdom of Babylon... but it would be the interpreting of dreams that would cause Daniel 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;;">rise to power</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 king&#39;s court... where he would serve as God&#39;s witness.</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;;">Daniel </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;;"> had proven </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;;">his </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;;">obedience through the simple test of not defiling </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;;">himself </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;;">with the royal food [either unclean or having been offered to idols]. This is why the book of Daniel begins with a test of obedience!</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><i><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Acts 5:32 </span></i><i><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">&quot;God gives His spirit to those who obey Him&quot;</span></i></p><p class="MsoNormal"><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/2022/06/daniel-and-magicians-of-babylon.html</span><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;"><i><br></i></span></span><i><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><span></span></span></i></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/06/daniel-and-magicians-of-babylon.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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Gender, Roles, and Responsibilities in the Bible
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PlpQJBU6RDc" width="480"></iframe><div><br></div><div><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;;">Christ [the second member of the God family] has a role to fulfill within that God family. He assumes the role of a Son while the first member of the God family assumes the role of Father. The Son is as much all powerful, all knowing, and eternal as the Father… yet he takes on the subordinate role. He is a servant, He is a Son, He is a messenger.</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 Son does not consider equality with God the Father a matter to be contested. They work together as one… yet they are unique.</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 Father and the Son have big plans for you… who are to be part of the first resurrection. When Christ returns He will give you a new role to fulfill: you will be His bride, you will wield authority [kings], you will teach on matters eternal and spiritual [Priest], and you will dispense mercy and punishment [judges].</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;;">All of these are roles which have responsibilities… and boundaries.</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;;">For now we are like school children. In the flesh we are given simple tasks intended to teach big lessons. Faithfulness in small matters indicates readiness to take on the weightier matters that will be given to us when Christ returns.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><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 of these simple lessons is to accept, and operate within the roles God has given us based on gender… And to do so in a Christ like way. Today, I would like to discuss how marriage, family, and gender help us better understand God.<span></span></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/06/gender-roles-and-responsibilities-in.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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Prepare Now For What's Coming Next - Pentecost Sermon
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LMqEMS1GLIQ" width="480"></iframe><div><br></div><div><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 day of Pentecost focuses on the first</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;;">fruits of God&#39;s plan of salvation. </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 imagery of harvest the bible </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;;">teaches us that God&#39;s plan is rolling out in waves. </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: 36.0000pt; mso-list: l2 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -18.0000pt;"><!--[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;">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;;">There is a </span><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">first harvest</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;;"> [the offering of a single wave sheaf of the early barley crop], that is Jesus Christ the first of the first born</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: 36.0000pt; mso-list: l2 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -18.0000pt;"><!--[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;;">Then there is 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;;"> small</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><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">second harvest</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;;"> of the winter wheat [Pentecost] - 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="15" style="margin-left: 36.0000pt; mso-list: l2 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -18.0000pt;"><!--[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;">3. </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;;">Then there is 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;;"> large</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><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">final harvest</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;;"> of all the various produce of the land [ the festival of in-gathering or Feast of Tabernacles]. When &quot;the rest of the dead&quot; are raised.</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;;">What is important for now is that 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 first fruits of Pentecost have been given a job to do. Let&#39;s talk today about the purpose of 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</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;;"> first fruits... what </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 </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;;">have been given to do</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;;"> and why.<span></span></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/06/prepare-now-for-whats-coming-next.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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Life and Times of Daniel the Prophet
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RM3OEYwwDSQ" width="480"></iframe><div><br></div><div><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;"><a href="https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/05/life-and-times-of-daniel-prophet.html">The Life &amp; Times of Daniel the Prophet</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: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Daniel was a teenager wh</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</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;;"> was taken captive by Babylonian </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;;">army in the year </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;;">605 B.C. </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 would be used by God to record</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;;"> important prophecies </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;;">concerning</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;;"> the course of human history </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;;">from the fall of Israel through to the end of age and the return of the Messiah</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="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/2022/05/life-and-times-of-daniel-prophet.html</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/2022/05/life-and-times-of-daniel-prophet.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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Daniel in the Court of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PdWj4f4hQU0" width="480"></iframe><div><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;"><a href="https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/05/daniel-in-court-of-king-nebuchadnezzar.html">Daniel in the Court of the King</a></span></b></div><div><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Genesis 11:1-3</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: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">In 605 BC the army of Babylon moved into Palestine and subjugated the kingdom of Judah. They carted off the treasures of the temple and took much of the nobility and skilled tradesmen of Judah as captives to Babylon. Daniel, the prophet was among those captives.</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 Hebrew text of Daniel calls Babylon by its ancient name... Shinar. A name that points us back to the plain where people first sought to unify themselves under one government and magnify themselves before 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;;">Babylon in the time of Daniel was not a new kid on the block... it was only the most recent version of an ancient civilization</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;;"> between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Babylon</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;;"> had risen and fallen many times.</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;;">From the biblical perspective it is the place where wickedness dwells </span><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Zechariah 5:5-11</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"><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;;">Babylon remains the biblical label for the wicked nature of human self government from the time of Daniel... to Zechariah... to our own day</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 the prophecies of the end time. Babylon 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 cultural, social, and political model </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;;">of human self 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;;">with its own standards of righteousness... </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;;">standards that are presented </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 the alternative to the righteousness</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 authority</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;;"> 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="15" style="margin-left: 36.0000pt; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -18.0000pt;"><!--[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;;">Daniel lived in a Babylonian world --&gt; You and I live in a Babylonian world</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: 36.0000pt; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -18.0000pt;"><!--[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;;">Daniel had to find a way to survive in culture hostile to God --&gt; You and I must survive in a culture hostile to God</span></p><p class="15" style="margin-left: 36.0000pt; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -18.0000pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.52); font-family: Roboto, RobotoDraft, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; text-indent: 0px;">https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/05/daniel-in-court-of-king-nebuchadnezzar.html</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/2022/05/daniel-in-court-of-king-nebuchadnezzar.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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Christ Does His Part - Now You Need To Do Yours!
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LTyAi0NiQMc" width="480"></iframe> <h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">Your Part in God&#39;s Master Plan of Spiritual Creation</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 biblical festival of Unleavened bread follows im</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;;">m</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;;">ediately after the biblical festival of Passover. There is no separation between the two. The nanosecond the Passover ends at sundown the first day of unleavened bread begins. Perhaps this is to tell us how closely inter-related the spiritual meaning of both festivals 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;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Step 1</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;;">: Jesus&#39; sacrifice makes possible forgiveness of sin and provides atonement for it. </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 who was God and was with 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;;"> came in the flesh to do for us what we could not ever do for our</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;;">self. </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;">Step 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;;">After Passover</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;;">, comes the festival of unleavened Bread which tells us about</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">:</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 21.0000pt; mso-char-indent-count: 0.0000; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; mso-para-margin-left: 0.0000gd; text-indent: -21.0000pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Wingdings; font-size: 11.0000pt; font-weight: bold; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun;">l </span><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">First, </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;;">the contribution we must 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;;">towards</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> God&#39;s </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;;">great </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;;">purpose for us </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 21.0000pt; mso-char-indent-count: 0.0000; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; mso-para-margin-left: 0.0000gd; text-indent: -21.0000pt;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Wingdings; font-size: 11.0000pt; font-weight: bold; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun;">l </span><!--[endif]--><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">AND</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;;"> it points to the help God extends to us through the living risen Christ</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;;">My purpose today is to explore both of these aspects of the festival:</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><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/04/christ-does-his-part-now-you-need-to-do.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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Passover - a time for spiritual renewal
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2lwD_41JY44" width="480"></iframe> <p><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 20px; white-space: pre-wrap;">A repost from the archives...</span></p><span face="-apple-system, &quot;SF Pro Text&quot;, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, &quot;PingFang SC&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; font-size: 20px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Passover is a time of spiritual renewal and rededication. We get more out of it if we prepare ourselves mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. What better example can we look to that Jesus and how He approached the Passover. </span><span class="highlight" face="-apple-system, &quot;SF Pro Text&quot;, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, &quot;PingFang SC&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #016edc; font-size: 20px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; white-space: pre-wrap; z-index: 20;">#christ</span><span face="-apple-system, &quot;SF Pro Text&quot;, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, &quot;PingFang SC&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; font-size: 20px; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span><span class="highlight" face="-apple-system, &quot;SF Pro Text&quot;, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, &quot;PingFang SC&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #016edc; font-size: 20px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; white-space: pre-wrap; z-index: 20;">#passover2022</span><span face="-apple-system, &quot;SF Pro Text&quot;, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Roboto, &quot;PingFang SC&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; font-size: 20px; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span>
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Why Should Christians Keep The Biblical Festivals of Leviticus 23
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RdPkO6-tyTM" width="480"></iframe><div><br></div><div><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 href="https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/04/why-should-christians-keep-biblical.html">Why Should We Keep the Biblical Holy Days</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;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">God’s </span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">Holy Days</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;"> Are Full of Meaning, Instruction &amp; Insight</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;;">God created human beings for an amazing/eternal purpose! Every man, woman, and child here has been made in God&#39;s own image... a physical being made of dust, clay, molecules.... yet with a spiritual component built into 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="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 spirit within human</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</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;;"> distinguishes us from all the other creat</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;;">ures</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;;"> on the planet... </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">it </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;;">tak</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;;">es</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;;"> humans to a different level of being and thinking. </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;;">That spirit God has placed within us is designed to interact with and work with the holy spirit of God to bring about a new creation... </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;;">each </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;;">completely unique... </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;;">yet conforming to a righteous pattern</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;;">Humans</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 designed for 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;;">-</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;;">born life... and all have the potential to be born into the family of God Himself.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal">The chart referred to in this message can be downloaded at this link - <a data-cke-saved-href="https://www.ucg.org/system/storage/serve/1371366/slide5_1.jpg" href="https://www.ucg.org/system/storage/serve/1371366/slide5_1.jpg">https://www.ucg.org/system/storage/serve/1371366/slide5_1.jpg</a><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/2022/04/why-should-christians-keep-biblical.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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2016 Repost: A Passover for the Followers of Christ
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kOcg7O-5UKE" width="480"></iframe>&nbsp;<div><br /></div><div><span style="background-color: white; color: #0d0d0d; font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Jesus Himself put in place a new Passover service for His followers. He changed the practices of the old Passover service and gave us a new purpose for observing the Passover. </span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; color: #0d0d0d; font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="color: #0d0d0d; font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">This is a message from 2016 that is appropriate for the present season. I am re-posting it to our podcast feed. I hope you find it helpful for understanding why Christians ought to observe the biblical holy days and festivals as outlined in Leviticus 23. This message starts with the first of these observances found in Leviticus 23:5.</span></span></div><div><span style="color: #0d0d0d; font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></span></div><div><span style="color: #0d0d0d; font-family: Roboto, Noto, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">The original post with full text can be found here: <a href="https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2016/03/a-passover-for-followers-of-christ.html">Passover Observance for Christians</a></span></span></div>
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Jesus Betrayed By Judas for 30 Pieces of Silver
<p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1IYWZ6uoimA" width="480"></iframe></p><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">Betrayed By A Friend</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 Messiah/King entered the gates of Jerusalem in the spring of 31 A.D. The Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread of 31 AD. were about 2 days away... there was excitement and expectation in the air. To many the signs looked like the restoration of Israel was about to unfold.</span><span style="font-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, over the course of the next few days, that same Messiah/King would be rejected by the very people God had chosen to represent His name on earth. Even as Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem [riding on a donkey... greeted with shouts of joy], the chief priests and leaders of the Jewish people were plotting for a way to arrest and kill 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;;"><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;;">They wanted a way to do it that would not cause Jesus&#39; crowds of followers to rise up in revolt. They did not know it yet, but their plans would be fulfilled though a man names<a href="https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/03/jesus-betrayed-by-judas-for-30-pieces.html"> Judas who would betray his friend</a>, master and teacher... Jesus... for a handful of silver coins.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><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/2022/03/jesus-betrayed-by-judas-for-30-pieces.html</span><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/2022/03/jesus-betrayed-by-judas-for-30-pieces.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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The King of Peace Comes Humbly and Riding on a Donkey
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FjM7DeVIVE0" width="480"></iframe> <div><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">Prophecies of </span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">The King of Peace</span></b></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;;">Today we are going to survey </span><span style="font-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</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> prophecies made about 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;;">as the Messiah who would come to bring peace and reconciliation. BUT… would be rejected by humanity</span><span style="font-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><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">The Messiah Would Be Rejected</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;;">[ca 740-700 B.C.] </span><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Isaiah 52:13 - 53:3</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;;"> Jews who knew the scriptures were eagerly expecting a powerful Messiah figure to restore Israel to its former pos</span><span style="font-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</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">tion of honor, Godly purpose, and dominant status on the world stage.  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;;">understood</span><span style="font-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;;">the servant of the Lord</span><span style="font-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;;"> 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;;">be the Messiah </span><span style="font-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 </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">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;;"> great ruling power</span><span style="font-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 example;</span><span style="font-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><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Isaiah 42:1-4</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;;">Embedded in these prophecies of the Messiah were a subtext of suffering and death which confused the Jews. 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;;"> prophecies of the suffering and rejected servant only made sense after Jesus first coming. Jesus had</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> prepared the disciples for this. He</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> told 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;;">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;;"> the rejection would come and the contempt  would come </span><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Luke 17:25, Matthew 16:21, Mark 10:34</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;;">. Yet like so many other prophecies they only really got it after it came to pass. </span><span style="font-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;;">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;;">he holy spirit would later help them to recall and unders</span><span style="font-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;;">and all these events and fulfilments... but their understanding </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">began 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;;"> clear, literal statements </span><span style="font-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 Jesus 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;;">they would be able remember... </span><span style="font-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;;"> record for future generations.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span color="rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.52)" face="Roboto, RobotoDraft, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; font-size: 14px;">https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/03/the-king-of-peace-comes-humbly-and.html</span><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></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/03/the-king-of-peace-comes-humbly-and.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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The Care and Feeding of a Clean Conscience
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zpWK8jUsdV4" width="480"></iframe><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">The Care &amp; Feeding of <a href="https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/03/the-care-and-feeding-of-clean-conscience.html">Your Conscience</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: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">To have a conscience means &quot;to know better&quot;... a child caught stealing candy might be scolded by a phrase like &quot;you should know better than that&quot;. Which begs the question: just what were they taught? Were they taught at all? Were they expected to figure it out on their own?</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 English word </span><i><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">conscience </span></i><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;;">comes from the Latin </span><i><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">conscientia </span></i><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 is two words joined  together </span><i><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">con </span></i><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><i><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">scio</span></i><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;;">... meaning &quot;to know together&quot;, or &quot;joint knowledge with others&quot;.  In the new testament conscience is used to translate the Greek word </span><i><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">syn </span></i><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;;">[together] and </span><i><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">eidenai </span></i><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 know]... to have common knowledge together with someone. </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="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/2022/03/the-care-and-feeding-of-clean-conscience.html<span></span></span></p><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/03/the-care-and-feeding-of-clean-conscience.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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The Church is the Temple of God and Christ is the Chief Cornerstone
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/z7yVAivd7Ac" width="480"></iframe><div><br></div><div><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">Christ &amp; the Church: Together We Are a Temple</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 bible often compares spiritual realities to features of our day to day existence to draw out some feature</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;;"> of that spiritual reality</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;;">... Jesus compared the work of the holy spirit to the wind &quot;you can&#39;t see the wind but you can see the results of the wind&quot;. Sometimes a variety of different comparisons are made about the same thing. Each drawing </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;;">attention to a different aspect</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;;"> of the spiritual reality. </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 relationship of Christ and the church is just such a subject.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> It is</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;;"> compared to a marriage, it is compared to human anatomy, it is compared to a shepherd with his flock, it is compared to a city with citizens, and it is compared to a temple.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><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 look at the relationship of Christ &amp; the Church 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;;">analogy 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;;"> the temple where they come together.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><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/2022/03/the-church-is-temple-of-god-and-christ.html</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/03/the-church-is-temple-of-god-and-christ.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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Your Reward From God - What Is It and How Do You Get It?
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qu5CDcGsN04" width="480"></iframe> <div><strong><a href="https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/02/your-reward-from-god-what-is-it-and-how.html">What is Your Reward</a></strong></div><div><p>The subject of reward should be very important to Christians because it is the time when all good fruit of your life are shown to have made a difference. Everyone who enters the kingdom of God at Christ’s return receives the gift of everlasting life… but what you experience and enjoy within the kingdom of God is unique for each individual AND depends on what you do in this life.</p><p>We don’t often dwell on the subject of reward because it gets all tangled up in the various misunderstandings about “trying to earn your salvation”. Understanding the biblical teaching on reward means understanding the difference between the <em>judgment of your sin (which leads to salvation unto eternal life or eternal death)</em> <strong>versus</strong><em> judgment of your works – (which leads to reward).</em></p><p>Here is a link to a pdf version of the chart referred to in the message - <a href="https://www.ucg.org/system/storage/serve/1361046/judgment_chart.pdf">https://www.ucg.org/system/storage/serve/1361046/judgment_chart.pdf</a></p><p><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/2022/02/your-reward-from-god-what-is-it-and-how.html</span></p><p><span></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/02/your-reward-from-god-what-is-it-and-how.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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What Are Spiritual Blessings From God
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9N-T6yQgrzI" width="480"></iframe> <div><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Today we are going to take a close look at <a href="https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/02/what-are-spiritual-blessings-from-god.html">blessings in the bible</a>: who blesses who, how we receive blessings, how we give blessings, physical versus spiritual blessings, and finally how the flow of blessing can influence our prayers.</span></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;;">Blessings can be understood as the free flow of good things [both spiritual and material] from God to human --&gt; from human to God --&gt; from human to human.</span><span style="font-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;"><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">Read on our blog 📢 </span></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/2022/02/what-are-spiritual-blessings-from-god.html<span></span></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/02/what-are-spiritual-blessings-from-god.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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What Parents Owe to Their Children - Flip Side of The Fifth Commandment
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/c9LEHdgSzgI" width="480"></iframe> <div><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">In this message we will review </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">the </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;"> responsibilities </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">of Godly</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;"> parent. I have a listing of 6 things that you owe to your child.</span></div><div><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Read this message on our blog </span><span style="background-color: white; color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.52); font-family: Roboto, RobotoDraft, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><a href="https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/02/what-parents-owe-to-their-children-flip.html">https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/02/what-parents-owe-to-their-children-flip.html</a></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;"><br></span></div><div><span></span></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/02/what-parents-owe-to-their-children-flip.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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