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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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Conception, Birth & Coming of Age in the Family of God
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SpKyw6c-4HU" width="480"></iframe> <h2><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">We are in the midst of a </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">decades long </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">sexual revolution. Many see this as a liberating process of throwing off the shackles of shame and </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">taboos</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">... inherited from the influence of the bible on western culture.</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;;">Actually</span><span style="font-family: 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;;"> the bible teaches that human sexuality is a good thing</span><span style="font-family: 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 that it is only</span><span style="font-family: 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 wrong applications and uses of sex</span><span style="font-family: 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 cause shame and feelings of guilt</span><span style="font-family: 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;;"> But that’s a technicality to most.</span><span style="font-family: 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 western culture the dominating perspective is to regard</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> human sexuality as </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">primarily </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">pleasurable activity</span><span style="font-family: 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 a somewhat inconvenient connection to actual reproduction.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> Its a rather lame human attempt to come to grips with </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">trying to interpret </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">sex as something good…</span><span style="font-family: 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 does   a better job but does a lot of restrictions on a person’s sexual activity.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Read 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/2022/01/conception-birth-coming-of-age-in.html">https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/01/conception-birth-coming-of-age-in.html<span></span></a></span></p><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/01/conception-birth-coming-of-age-in.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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How Does Jesus Sacrifice Save Us From The Penalty of Sin?
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zu3Zg7VV-ls" width="480"></iframe><div><br></div><div><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">Jesus Sacrifice For Sin</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></h2><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">God </span><u><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">shows</span></u><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> His great love for the created world through H</span><span style="font-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;;">s great </span><u><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">acts</span></u><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> of love. This love is demonstrated</span><span style="font-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;;">seen</span><span style="font-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 experienced</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> through His great plan to save human beings... who have all brought upon themselves the penalty of eternal death for their sins... through  the life death and resu</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">r</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">rection of His only begotten Son... Jesus Christ.</span><span style="font-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;;">Although 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;;">[Jesus Christ] </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">was without beginning or end... </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">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;;">was God... 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;;">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;;">was 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;;"> the other who was  also</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> God... He submitted to being born as a human being named Jesus. This Jesus live a perfect human life... without any sin whatso</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">e</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">ver... although experiencing temptation on all points. 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;;">gave His life</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> as a sacrifice to pay the penalty of death for all 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;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.52); font-family: Roboto, RobotoDraft, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Read this message on our blog -- &gt; https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/01/how-does-jesus-sacrifice-save-us-from.html</span></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/01/how-does-jesus-sacrifice-save-us-from.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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We Begin With Repentance
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/de3kHRvG25A" width="480"></iframe><div><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">We Begin With Repentance</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;;">Repentance is where the message of Christ and His church begins. </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">When John the baptist came to lay the groundwork for Jesus he taught a message of repentance.</span><span style="font-family: 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;;">Repentance is how we begin the process of self examination</span><span style="font-family: 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 correction, and self awareness</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">. Repentance is the process whereby we change the direction of our life towards life rather than death. Repentance has real psychological and spiritual benefits. Repentance has an ongoing role in the life of every believer!</span><span style="font-family: 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 discuss repentance using this same outline: 1) the message 2) self examination 3) changing to a life giving direction 4) benefits of repentance 5) </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">the enduring role 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;;">repentance</span><span style="font-family: 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;;"> your life after baptism</span><span style="font-family: 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;"><a href="https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/01/we-begin-with-repentance.html">https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/01/we-begin-with-repentance.html<span></span></a></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2022/01/we-begin-with-repentance.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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How False Worship Takes Root - The Idols and Ephod of Micah in Judges 17 thru 18
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wT9ruSEUlUE" width="480"></iframe> <div><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">How False Worship Takes Root</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></h2><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">The book of Judges gives us insight into the struggles of Is</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">r</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">ael as they moved into the promised land. The cent</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">r</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">al theme of Judges is confusion, and failure to fulfill the mandate of YHWH to move into the territory and drive out the present inhabitants [Canaanites]. We mostly learn about what went on in those days through the exploits of the judges and deliverers, Samson, Jephthah, Gideon etc. [the Great Man Theory of history].</span><span style="font-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 at the end of the book... starting with chapter 17... you&#39;ll find a series of episodes that give a glimpse into the spiritual and moral condition of the people in the towns and villages. Today we are going to read through the first of these episodes, which is found in chapters 17 and 18. The account of Micah, Jonathan, and the warriors of Dan.</span><span style="font-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;;">I want to focus on</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">: how false worship takes root</span><span style="font-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’ll itemize these as a series of “lessons”</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;">Read on our blog 👉 https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/12/how-false-worship-takes-root-idols-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/2021/12/how-false-worship-takes-root-idols-and.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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God's Commandments Are Good For You!
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CjWwqivzyF8" width="480"></iframe><div><h2><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">God&#39;s Law - The Only Way to Happiness, Peace, and Joy</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 <a href="https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/12/gods-commandments-are-good-for-you.html">Commandments, laws and statutes of God</a> are spiritual, perfect, holy, just, and good. They provide a foundation for defining, understanding and living God&#39;s love. The law of God reveals the only way to true everlasting life, and the only possible way to achieve happiness, peace, and joy.</span><span style="font-family: 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;;">God created human beings to ultimately become members of His family, to inherit immortality and live in harmony with Him and with one another. To dwell with God in harmony we must also agree with, embrace and share His way of thinking. These values are revealed to us in His law… which have been carefully recorded in scripture. Those who God chooses also are given  understanding through the power 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;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">We are given understanding of the application of God’s law… but  also its meaning and purpose. Which is simply: that anyone who seeks this ultimate relationship with God must make every effort to heed the directives of God&#39;s law.</span><span style="font-family: 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/2021/12/gods-commandments-are-good-for-you.html<span></span></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/12/gods-commandments-are-good-for-you.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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The Old Testament vs The New Testament
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DkER3lmsvEs" 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;;">The revelation of God&#39;s will for humanity is found in the written word of God... the ideas expressed and the words used in the original writings and languages are inspired by God and without error... the old testament and the new testament are the final authority in all things pertaining to faith and in life... they are the foundation of all truth.</span><span style="font-family: 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/2021/12/the-old-testament-vs-new-testament.html</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/12/the-old-testament-vs-new-testament.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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Meat Offered to Idols - Bear with One Another in Love
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YUF2c5q0nz8" width="480"></iframe> <div><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Around the late 40s and into the 50’s and perhaps 60’s AD. there was a controversy within the Church of God which cause a lot of upset. That controversy revolves around the question… how should church members deal with <a href="https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/11/meat-offered-to-idols-bare-with-one.html">meat offered to idols</a>.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">The issue first comes up at the first Church council recorded in Acts 15. I delivered a sermon on what was decided at this first council of the Church of God [ April 2020]. If you have questions about the issues and decisions made by the council you might find that message helpful. In a nutshell: it addressed whether gentiles needed to adopt Jewish cultural traditions. For our purpose today I only want to look at what is decided about meat offered to idols </span><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt;">Acts 15:28-29</span></b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; 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: 12pt;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Why would this be a controversy? The bible gives a very clear message about avoiding participation in all forms of idolatry. Isn’t that sufficient instruction on the matter!</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt;"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Today we are going to review the context and application of this instruction.</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/2021/11/meat-offered-to-idols-bare-with-one.html</span><span style="font-family: Calibri;"><br></span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 12pt; 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/2021/11/meat-offered-to-idols-bear-with-one.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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Partakers of the Divine Nature - Created in the Image of God
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VUV9WYLUeCE" width="480"></iframe><div><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">The United Church of God believes and teaches that human beings are created in the image of God... and that human beings have the potential to become <a href="https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/11/partakers-of-divine-nature-created-in_01411836930.html">partakers of the divine nature</a> [to share in/to participate in the properties and/or characteristics of God].</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; color: #0d0d0d; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">📚 Dig deeper into your bible with this helpful bible study guide:</span><span face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; color: #0d0d0d; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><span face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; color: #0d0d0d; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/jesus-christ-the-real-story</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; color: #0d0d0d; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><span face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; color: #0d0d0d; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">📚 Dig deeper into your bible with this helpful bible study guide:</span><span face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; color: #0d0d0d; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><span face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; color: #0d0d0d; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/who-is-god</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/11/partakers-of-divine-nature-created-in.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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The Authority of God the Father and the Submission of Jesus Christ the Son
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HDZNsnzIVk0" width="480"></iframe><div><br></div><div><h2><a href="https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/11/the-authority-of-god-father-and.html"><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">The Authority of </span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">God the Father</span></b></a><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 United Church of God believes and teaches that God is the sovereign of the universe, existing</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> without beginning or end,</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> and supreme above all. God is spirit and cannot be contained or described in terms of atoms, molecules, or mechanical processes like math or physics. God exists in a different realm from human beings, who are flesh, made up of atoms, molecules and subject to mechanical processes like physics </span><span style="font-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;">John 4:24</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> “tells us God is spirit”… 1 Corinthians 15:50 “tells us flesh and blood cannot inherit the KOG”.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">There is a</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> vast difference in who and what we humans are, co</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">mpared</span><span style="font-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 who and what God is</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">. Full comprehension is out of reach… what understanding we do have, our 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;;">deas, and our experience of God are based on God&#39;s revelation to us through the written word of the Bible. </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">The bible shows God as &quot;the Father&quot; and &quot;the Son&quot; [which/who is Jesus Christ]. </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">This is how </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">God wishes to be 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;;"> through the means of a family relationship. </span><span style="font-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</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> not who came first: father or the son... rather it is to be understood in terms of authority... authority that is expressed in love 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;;">obedience that is filled with love and respect</span><span style="font-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;;">That there is a Father, and Son, </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">was not previously understood in the OT scriptures. It is a teaching </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">transmitted to us </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">by </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">Jesus</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"> and from </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">the Church of God</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">.<span></span></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Montserrat, &quot;Montserrat Regular&quot;, MontserratRegular, &quot;Montserrat Light&quot;, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre;">LZGwXZ1PN1koJsHkrmUJ</span></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/11/the-authority-of-god-father-and.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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Deborah and Barack - Crisis of Leadership in Israel
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0lUVCONJyQk" 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/2021/10/deborah-and-barack-crisis-of-leadership.html">Deborah And Barack</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 face="Roboto, Noto, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; color: #0d0d0d; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">The interaction between Deborah the prophetess and Barack the deliverer expose the spiritual and societal crisis in Israel during the days after Ehud the Judge. There is much we can learn today from the record we have of these days in scripture.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt;">Judges 3:31</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;;"> based on the name Shamgar is not a man of Israel, its an Egyptian name.  Probably included to introduce the next section: which addresses  the sad state of leadership in Israel.</span><span style="font-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 is considered part of the Deborah and Barack saga…<span></span></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/10/deborah-and-barack-crisis-of-leadership.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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The Great Commission of the Church of God
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TwFcEd-RPvM" width="480"></iframe><div><br></div><div><h2><a href="https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/10/the-great-commission-of-church-of-god.html"><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">The Commi</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">s</span></b><b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;">sion of the Church</span></b></a><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;;">Matthew 28:19-20 is a scripture you should have committed to memory: 1) you should know what it says 2) you should know where to find it 3) you should know what it means.</span><span style="font-family: 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;;">Lets knock off points 1 and 2 right away... [</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">got to verse and </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">read]</span><span style="font-family: 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 go through the meaning of this scripture so you can add it to your storehouse of knowledge... but also so you </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11.0000pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">renew your sense of purpose</span><span style="font-family: 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 these word of the 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></span></p></div><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/10/the-great-commission-of-church-of-god.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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What Christ's Government Will Look Like
<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BcCoqczmw8s" width="480"></iframe><p> <b><span style="color: #4f81bd; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 13pt;"><a href="https://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/10/what-christs-government-will-look-like_01896786841.html">What Christ&#39;s Government Will Look Like</a></span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">At the appointed time Christ will return to earth to establish and administer the rule of God on earth for a preliminary 1,000 year period. He will overthrow every established form of human government. Every humanly devised institution will have been judged... and at His return co</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">n</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">demned to the garbage heap of the universe. </span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;"><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;;">Monarchies, dictatorships, democracies, nations, states, economic systems will disappear... but that does not mean the beginning of a world without gove</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">r</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-family: &#39;Times New Roman&#39;; mso-fareast-font-family: SimSun; mso-spacerun: &#39;yes&#39;;">nment, or without structure. </span><span style="font-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;;">Government and authority are spiritual in nature. Eternity itself will have structure. Order, government, and authority are of the mind of God.<span></span></span></p><a href="http://ucgraleigh.blogspot.com/2021/10/what-christs-government-will-look-like.html#more">Keep Reading »</a>
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