Listen to messages recorded during weekly Saturday Sabbath services from various United Church of God congregations. These sermonettes, sermons and Bible studies are available at UCG.org within the local congregation section of the website. Search for additional messages at http://www.ucg.org/sermon…
By Greg Thomas in Cleveland, OH - September 17, 2022 - The Old Testament prophets occasionally made some vague references to the Messiah being divine, but mostly he is portrayed as a powerful conquering King. Today, I would like to review the kingdom that the ancient prophets spoke about and see that it lacked a complete understanding of who the Messiah was. He was the Son of God… specifically Jesus the anointed, chosen one. So when the Feast arrives this year I want to encourage you to appreciate that it does not merely celebrate the return of the Messiah. It does not merely celebrate God's anointed one. It does not merely celebrate the return of a King, or the establishment of a Kingdom. The Feast of Trumpets celebrates the anticipated return of “Jesus”… the anointed Messiah and Son of God to rule the earth in righteousness and peace.
By Jorge de Campos in Dallas, TX - September 24, 2022 - The festival of the Day of Trumpets celebrates God's final intervention on earth, His wrath on the disobedient and the greatest event in human history, as God through Christ establishes His Kingdom on earth. That includes the revealing of the mystery of God. This is a time to rejoice when God finally sends His Son to solve the world's problems and destroy those who destroy the earth.
By Peter Eddington in Jonesboro, AR, Little Rock, AR, Memphis, TN - September 24, 2022 - Our actions affect lives of other people and we should be very cautious. This sermon examines how the actions on one individual that appeared only affect him, but in reality, it affected an entire nation.
By Greg Thomas in North Canton, OH - September 26, 2022 - The Feast of Trumpets pictures a huge contrast in emotions. For us, it will be the most joyful and exhilarating day of our existence – a day of deliverance and reward, but for those not in a relationship with God it will be a day of terror and punishment.
By Chuck Smith in Vero Beach, FL - September 24, 2022 - In our ongoing training to be rulers in the Kingdom of God, we should know how not to be as much as who we should be. In this series about kingship, we find more examples of terrible kings that we can learn from.
By Mark Welch in Cincinnati East, OH - September 24, 2022 - God's annual Holy Days reveal His graciousness and His plan of salvation for all mankind. We are indeed saved by grace and it is important that we reflect on God's grace and salvation as we observe these days. We greatly rejoice as we observe these days with this vital understanding.
By Jorge de Campos in Fort Worth, TX - September 17, 2022 - The Good News of God's Plan is not preached today. The Sabbath points to God's Plan, to God's creation, both physical and spiritual. God's Holy Days expound that Plan of Salvation. The fall Holy Days describe the second great phase of God's Plan, the second coming of Christ and the events to follow.
By Mario Seiglie in Orange County, CA - September 10, 2022 - Recent archaeological findings continue to uncover artifacts that lend biblical proof with evidence. The area where the ancient city of Sodom was located reveals evidence of the destruction that occurred there as a result of God's warning to those sinful people. The Bible describes this in Genesis 19.
By Rick Shabi in Cincinnati East, OH - September 17, 2022 - Leading up to Feast of Trumpets is a time of trouble for the world. Recapping what is happening in world today, we see the time of Revelation 13 approaching. God gives us warnings of what will be as we lead to the time of those final trumpets blasts.
By Paul Moody in Clearwater Valley, ID, Kennewick, WA, Kettle Falls, WA, Spokane, WA - September 10, 2022 - God has called us to be peacemakers, doing what we can to live peaceably with all. However, there may be times when a Christian comes under direct assault, either physically or spiritually. How we choose to respond in those cases has specific biblical parameters and consequences. Not every self-defense tactic is a fight. Situational awareness is recognized as the most important cognitive tactic you can employ towards your own personal safety. God is our defender, but we have our part to play as well.
By Andy Lee in Cleveland, OH - September 10, 2022 - Today we will look at a parable that confuses many people. It is perhaps the least quoted and least understood parable in the New Testament. Together let us examine the parable of the Unjust Steward. Should You Be Like an Unjust Steward?
By Jorge de Campos in Dallas, TX, Fort Worth, TX, Lawton, OK - September 15, 2022 - Paul encourages the Thessalonians highlighting how their example "sounds forth" throughout various communities as a model to others. Is our example also a model to others?
By Robert Dick in Portland, OR - September 14, 2022 - According to the Bible, seeking to attain wisdom is one of the greatest investments a person can make. It pays off here and now and for those converted even in the journey to life eternal. But the Bible also speaks of different kinds of wisdom—good and bad, temporary and eternal. Here is an introduction to both a vast and intriguing subject.
By Ben Light in Salem, OR - July 23, 2022 - When we consider the plan of God from a 30,000 foot overview, the foundational component of what He is doing in our lives is developing sons and daughters. This concept is throughout scripture, and represents a certain thread that we can see weave throughout the narrative from the beginning to the end. This year, during the 2022 United Youth Camp program, we will be exploring the concept of what it means to become sons and daughters of God. Each day, we will explore related subthemes with our youth to help them to understand the unique calling they have been provided. In this message, we'll explore that concept, and consider the critical nature of this theme in each of our lives today.
By Dan Apartian in Northwest Arkansas - September 10, 2022 - If we are honest with ourselves, we might conclude when talking about God, or when we pray, that we tend to focus on how much God loves us and all the ways He might show us His love. Though this is good, let us consider our responsibility to show God our love in return so that we both verbalize and actuate love fully toward God.
By Mario Seiglie in Orange County, CA - September 3, 2022 - A proper Christian life should have a balance between both the physical and the spiritual life. In this message, we learn three action steps to help us to put balance into our Christian lives.
By Randy Urwiller in East Texas - September 3, 2022 - Prophecies found throughout the Bible should motivate us to prepare to reign with God and Christ in the Kingdom of God. How do we prepare to reign? Now is the time to learn to reign over sin in ourselves so that we might reign with God and Christ in the Kingdom of God!
By Gary Petty in Nashville, TN - August 20, 2022 - Wars are constantly waged around the world, and even our culture and political environment feels like a war sometimes. The apostle Paul used the image of warfare to urge all Christians to maintain faithfulness against spiritual powers. One of the most important things the Church needs to remember today is that we are engaged in this spiritual warfare.
By Gary Petty in Nashville, TN - July 30, 2022 - Our minds are designed to focus and recall the things we spend the most time thinking about. God a character of agape love does not keep a record of wrongs, and meditates on what is good, transforming our life.
By Rick Beam in Rome, GA - August 20, 2022 - The spirit of the world is not the spirit we desire to have in us. As you well know the spirit of the world is Satan. Satan has blinded the minds of those that do not believe in God. God did not blind mankind. God just didn't give His Spirit to all people at this time. Satan denied man access tot he deep things of God that they would have to be accountable for. Have you ever wondered why Adam and Eve didn't partake of the tree of Life? God only told them not to partake of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This is another excellent sermon that you will not want to miss. If you haven't yet heard the sermon Mr. Beam gave on 8/6/22, The Spirit in Man, you will want to listen to it as well.
By Rick Beam in Rome, GA - July 23, 2022 - Well, I will just say that many, if not all, of us could spend a bit of time and listen to this frequently as a reminder of how we should behave as soon to be children of the Almighty God. Everyone wants to be treated with respect. One of the greatest values we should teach our children is to respect others. Remember, it isn't necessary to have respect for another to treat that person with respect. Agape, God's love, is all encompassing of all the good things. Respect is an ingredient of Agape love. It promotes and safeguards our relationships. Agape love is so much more that just an emotion. No relationship is safe without respect and a relationship cannot survive without respect. I could just go on and on about the contents of this wonderful sermon. You will certainly be inspired as you listen.
By Paul Moody in Clearwater Valley, ID, Kennewick, WA, Kettle Falls, WA, Spokane, WA - September 3, 2022 - Fallow ground is soil in which no crops are actively being grown - usually it is hard and full of weeds. Spiritually we can have areas in our lives where there is fallow ground - God's Word contains quite a number of things we need to be doing in our lives, including loving our enemies, developing long suffering, regularly praying, studying, and fasting, fellowshipping with brethren, and the list goes on. We should examine our lives to see if we are growing godly crops and producing the fruit of righteousness, or if we in fact are allowing fallow ground to remain in our lives.
By Mike Phelps in Ann Arbor, MI, Flint, MI - August 27, 2022 - The environment that Jesus Christ ministered in was one of bondage, heavy weights, and oppression. Those alive at the time felt this weight by the Romans who ruled over them. But what is hard to believe is that the religious leaders of the day also held heavy burdens over the heads of those who observed God's Sabbath rest. As Jesus taught, He worked to remove the burdens that man created and did good works on the Sabbath. Are there works of good we can also do on God's Sabbath? Are there people that we can help heal through our words and actions? Are there burdens that we can lift so others can live more freely? Jesus Christ performed works of good on the Sabbath as the Father also performs amazing works still today. Can we also perform a similar work?
By Greg Thomas in Cleveland, OH - September 3, 2022 - Today, I would like to look at some key scriptures all from the Minor Prophets. Let us see what special event they looked forward to. In spite of Judah's and Israel's many sins… what did these prophets proclaim about the future? What we will see... is that they proclaimed exactly what the fall Holydays remind us of… the return of Jesus Christ, the removal of evil from earth, and the establishment of the Kingdom of God beginning in Jerusalem.
By Mike Phelps in Ann Arbor, MI, Detroit, MI, Flint, MI - August 13, 2022 - Sometimes we can focus more on what we “can't do” versus what we “can do” as we observe the weekly Sabbath. This special and holy day is set apart from all other days and was given to humanity as a tremendous blessing. Jesus Christ observed the Sabbath and demonstrated the importance of God's people coming together weekly to “remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” Jesus changed lives on the Sabbath with those who were present with Him. He taught those who would listen the true intent of this day. We have the wonderful opportunity to come together in person before our God. What an incredible thing we “can do” on this special day!
By Rick Beam in Rome, GA - August 6, 2022 - God gave the spirit in man but not in animals. The mind is the spirit in man and the physical brain. Animals have intelligence and instinct but not mind and spirit. The spirit in man gives him superiority over the animals, or rulership. The spirit in man is not a separate being or personality. Of itself, aside from the brain it does not see or know or think. It is simply spirit essence. Learn many things about the spiritual side of our walk with Christ in this very informative and interesting message.
By Rick Beam in Rome, GA - June 25, 2022 - As Christians we are the church. The church is not a building or a business, we are the church. How do we progress to become the temple of God? Alternately how does one regress to no longer be the temple of God? Are we reachable and teachable? Please listen for the answer to these questions and much more.
By Rick Beam in Rome, GA - June 11, 2022 - Learning about and adopting humility as a way of life is vitally important to our walk with Christ and learning to live as Christians in our daily lives. Humility begins with us realizing we need help. This may very well be the beginning of a carnal human being learning to yield to God. We must yield our carnal nature to his perfect nature. It entails trust, trust in God. True humility allows us to function at our best. It allows us to see our strengths and weaknesses. Listen to this wonderful message and learn that without humility one is limited. Humility becomes a strength and safeguard for all eternity.