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UCGia Bible Insights September 5 2019

Christian living: Ordeal or adventure?

Christian living: Ordeal or adventure?
A Christian faces life's difficulties with the determination of a climber.
For a few, God’s way of life is an ordeal to be endured rather than an adventure to delight in.
Read 7:00

UCGia Bible Insights September 5 2019

Babylon stands against God

Babylon stands against God
Pieter Bruegel's The Tower of Babel depicts a traditional Nimrod inspecting stonemasons. (https://en.wikipedia.org)
The prophetic book of Daniel foretells of a coming superpower, referred to as “Babylon the Great,” which will rise to dominate global events just before Jesus Christ returns.
Listen 15:00 Read

UCGia Bible Insights September 5 2019

The 'firstborn from the dead' - What does it mean?

The 'firstborn from the dead' - What does it mean?
The apostle Paul referred to Jesus Christ as “the firstborn from the dead.” If He is “first,” will others follow?
Listen 12:00 Read

UCGia Bible Insights September 5 2019

Learning from the ants

Learning from the ants
In the book of Proverbs God provides some important instruction for us citing the ways of the ants as an example.
Read 7:30

UCGia Bible Insights September 5 2019

Jeroboam, King of Israel

Jeroboam, King of Israel
Sweet Publishing / FreeBibleimages.org
King Jeroboam made some mistakes during his reign over the northern ten tribes of Israel and similar approaches are still influencing us today.
Read 13:00

UCGia Bible Insights September 5 2019

Reincarnation: Is it biblical?

Reincarnation: Is it biblical?
Do you think you may have lived a prior life as a different human being, or maybe as some other creature or animal?
Watch 5:01 Listen Read

UCGia Bible Insights August 29 2019

Fathers and families

Fathers and families
Studies show fathers have a vital role in the upbringing of their children and play an important part in assuring their future success.
Read 14:00

UCG-A Bible Insights August 29 2019

Teaching your children to pray

Teaching your children to pray
Portion of Painting, 'Child at Prayer' by Eastman Johnson, circa 1873 [Wikimedia Commons]
By teaching your children to pray, you are giving them a tremendous gift in setting their feet on a path towards a relationship with their heavenly Father!
Read 5:30

UCG-A Bible Insights August 29 2019

Speaking in tongues: What does the Bible say?

Speaking in tongues: What does the Bible say?
The subject of "speaking in tongues" is quite controversial within the Christian community, with some embracing the phenomenon whole-heartedly, and others strongly opposing it.
Read 6:00

UCGia Bible Insights August 22 2019

Christ as a child: Removing the myths

Christ as a child: Removing the myths
A filmset recreation of how Nazareth may have looked at the time of Jesus (LumoProject.com)
Many legends have sprung up about the early life of Jesus Christ during the 2,000 years since His birth. Can the Bible help us separate fact from fiction?
Read 18:00

UCGia Bible Insights August 22 2019

What do you believe and why?

What do you believe and why?
Sister Elizabeth Kenny, who established a backyard clinic in Townsville to treat long-term poliomyelitis victims and cerebral palsy patients, 1932.
Is what you believe really true? Many of us just accept what those around us believe without really checking for ourselves.
Read 9:00

UCGia Bible Insights August 22 2019

The crucial role of Faith

The crucial role of Faith
A practical example of faith, as skydivers exhibit trust in their parachutes to save their lives.
Many people believe in God. They assume He exists, but He is not real enough to them to affect what they think and do.
Read 5:00

UCGia Bible Insights August 15 2019

The frog in the pot

The frog in the pot
How much are we unconsciously influenced by the values and opinions of society without really noticing it?
Read 8:00

UCGia Bible Insights August 15 2019

Beliefs of the New Testament Church

Beliefs of the New Testament Church
The book of Acts reveals some differences between the practices of the New Testament church and mainstream Christianity today.
Watch 5:15 Listen Read

UCGia Bible Insights August 15 2019

Are we living in the end time?

Are we living in the end time?
View of old Jerusalem from Mount of Olives
Bible prophecy shows cataclysmic events will occur just before Jesus Christ returns to directly intervene in human affairs. How should Christians prepare?
Watch 28:26 Listen Read

UCGia Bible Insights August 8 2019

What would you do? - A moral dilemma

What would you do? - A moral dilemma
God has plenty to say about honesty and lying in His Word, but how do you implement this into situations you encounter?
Read 7:30

UCGia Bible Insights August 8 2019

The hope of the second resurrection

The hope of the second resurrection
Do you worry about loved ones who have died without becoming Christian? Are they condemned because they didn't "accept Christ"?
Read 8:30

UCGia Bible Insights August 8 2019

Keeping the Sabbath in High School

Keeping the Sabbath in High School
Explaining your beliefs to someone who is not a believer takes courage and may not always go to plan. Read what one high school student has to say about her experiences.
Read 4:40

UCGia Bible Insights August 1 2019

Biblical Villains: What can we learn from them?

Biblical Villains: What can we learn from them?
'The Death of Jezebel' by Gustave Doré [Public domain]
The heroes of the Bible are held up as examples to Christians, but there are vital lessons for life we can also learn from the villains.
Read 6:00

UCGia Bible Insights August 1 2019

Your invitation to the Wedding Feast

Your invitation to the Wedding Feast
One of Jesus Christ's parables shows it's crucially important for Christians to be wearing the right kind of wedding garments — but what does that mean?
Read 11:00

UCGia Bible Insights August 1 2019

Disbelief in the Bible

Disbelief in the Bible
The rapidly decreasing respect for the teachings of the Bible is having serious implications in society and on our everyday life.
Read 13:00

UCGia Bible Insights July 25 2019

Mass media and Bible prophecy

Mass media and Bible prophecy
Amazingly Bible prophecy described the global media coverage we have today and also its negative consequences hundreds of years in advance.
Read 11:00

UCGia Bible Insights July 25 2019

Where did the idea of a Trinity come from?

Where did the idea of a Trinity come from?
The Trinity doctrine is considered a basic biblical teaching, but paradoxically many theologians admit it is not mentioned in the Bible.
Read Listen 16m 39s

UCGia Bible Insights July 25 2019

Racism and the Bible

Racism and the Bible
Does nationality, lineage and race determine where we stand with God? Does the Bible gives clear guidelines concerning this important subject?
Read 2:30

UCGia Bible Insights July 18 2019

Joseph - A faithful servant

Joseph - A faithful servant
freebibleimages.org
The story of Joseph is an example of enduring faith. Although God allowed Joseph to be severely tried, He also abundantly blessed him and his descendants.
Read 10:00

UCGia Bible Insights July 18 2019

Has God lost control?

Has God lost control?
If God is all powerful and a God of love why is there so much pain and suffering in the world?
Read 10:00

UCGia Bible Insights July 18 2019

The Abortion Debate: What does God think?

The Abortion Debate: What does God think?
Every day tens of thousands of abortions take place around the world. But how does God view the taking of the lives of the unborn? Let's take a look at what the Bible says.
Read 16:00

UCGia Bible Insights July 11 2019

Who’s telling you what to think?

Who’s telling you what to think?
As you consider the veracity of newspapers reports, or information from television news programs and social media be sure to ask who's subtly influencing your beliefs and attitudes.
Read 14:00

UCGia Bible Insights July 11 2019

Lessons from the Prodigal Son

Lessons from the Prodigal Son
In a world of broken relationships and shattered families, the story of the prodigal son illustrates the positive outcomes resulting from reconciliation and forgiveness and also helps us learn more about our Father in heaven.
Read 10:00

UCGia Bible Insights July 11 2019

The Lord's Prayer - Some insights

The Lord's Prayer - Some insights
Jesus gave us an example of how to pray which is known as the Lord's prayer. We can use this outline to make our prayers more effective.
Read 5:00 Listen 6:27

UCGia Bible Insights July 4 2019

Dealing with tragedy

Dealing with tragedy
If you were accidentally responsible for the death of a family member, how would you deal with the grief and guilt , as well as comfort other family members? John Miller reveals some insights based on his experience.
Read 13:00

UCGia Bible Insights July 4 2019

Angels and you

Uoaei1 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]
Many of us have an incorrect view of angels and some even pray to angels. What can we glean from our Bibles about angels and how we should relate to them?
Watch 28:26 Listen Read

UCGia Bible Insights July 4 2019

The 3rd heaven

The 3rd heaven
What does the Apostle Paul mean when he writes about "the third heaven"?
Read 1:27

UCGia Bible Insights June 27 2019

Should I watch that horror movie?

Should I watch that horror movie?
How often have you been watching TV when something objectionable comes on and you end up watching it all the way through?
Read 5:00

UCGia Bible Insights June 27 2019

Ancient wisdom for modern times

Ancient wisdom for modern times
Proverbs is not just an ancient book, it's full of instruction and tips about how a Christian should behave in today's world.
Read 5:00

UCGia Bible Insights June 27 2019

The purpose of Prophecy

The purpose of Prophecy
Many of God's greatest servants, including Jesus Christ, were prophets and at least a third of the Bible consists of prophecy.
Read 15:00

UCGia Bible Insights June 20 2019

Put down your phone and pick up the Bible

Put down your phone and pick up the Bible
Social media has become a distraction that eats up a great deal of time. Could it be luring your thinking to focus less on spiritual matters?
Read 6:00

UCGia Bible Insights June 20 2019

Jesus warned christians to 'Watch'

Jesus warned christians to 'Watch'
Jesus and the Apostles exhorted Christians to actively 'watch'. What exactly did He mean?
Read 14:00

UCGia Bible Insights June 20 2019

What happened to sin?

What happened to sin?
It is becoming less fashionable to speak about “sin”. An emphasis on feel-good themes is even dominating some Christian churches and appealing to many. But is this the message of Jesus Christ?
Read 7:00

UCGia Bible Insights June 13 2019

Sex and the Bible

Sex and the Bible
We live in a promiscuous society where confusion and misinformation about sex is rife and biblical instruction on the subject is ignored and ridiculed.
Read 11:00

UCGia Bible Insights June 13 2019

The creation of the Universe - A famous scientist comments

The creation of the Universe - A famous scientist comments
Image Pixabay
Robert Jastrow, former Director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is quoted concerning the flaws in the scientific approach to theories concerning the origins of the universe.
Read 6:24

UCGia Bible Insights June 13 2019

The mustard seed: A statement of faith

The mustard seed: A statement of faith
UCG.org.au
The parable of the mustard seed is a message of encouragement that from insignificant beginnings God is able to accomplish mighty results.
Read Listen 11:41

UCGia Bible Insights June 6 2019

Our need for the Holy Spirit

Our need for the Holy Spirit
UCG.org.au
What happens to a person when he or she receives the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as the followers of Jesus did on that great day of Pentecost?
Watch 28:26 Listen Read

UCGia Bible Insights June 6 2019

Pentecost and the Church

Pentecost and the Church
Pentecost is the annual observance of the anniversary of the beginning of Christianity under the New Covenant and, according Jewish tradition, this was also the day God gave the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai.
Read 9:09

UCGia Bible Insights June 6 2019

Why Europe matters

Why Europe matters
We should be concerned about what happens in Europe, because Bible prophecy indicates a European union will be at the center of future, end-time world events.
Read 19:00 Listen 25:51

UCGia Bible Insights May 30 2019

The resurrections and God's plan of salvation

The resurrections and God's plan of salvation
The Bible does not support the commonly held belief of the immortal soul. God's purpose for humanity is that we be given the opportunity for eternal life through a resurrection.
Read (14:00)

UCGia Bible Insights May 30 2019

Repentance: the first step

Repentance: the first step
Repentance represents the beginning of our relationship with God. It's a change in attitude and comprehension enabling us to yield to His will.
Read (15:00)

UCGia Bible Insights May 30 2019

Near death experiences

Near death experiences
Some accounts of near death experiences can appear to contradict the Bible, promoting the idea we continue to live on in heaven or hell.
Read (3:38)

UCGia Bible Insights May 23 2019

James - Jesus' half brother

James - Jesus' half brother
James, the half brother of Jesus Christ, became a loyal believer and follower of the Messiah after His resurrection and is the author of the book of James in the Bible.
Read 12:00

UCGia Bible Insights May 23 2019

What to do after you say 'I Do'

What to do after you say 'I Do'
Marriage should be one of the most fulfilling experiences of a person's life, but in some countries nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce.
Read 15:00
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