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Preaching the Gospel - Preparing a People... Beyond Today British Supplement
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Beyond Today British Supplement

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Mar/Apr '17

Strangers in a strange land.
The issue of immigration is very much in the news today, both across Europe and in the USA. It raises issues of identity and citizenship. What rights and responsibilities do citizens have and how do they translate to God’s future Kingdom here on Earth?

Jan/Feb '17

Three reasons Christ clashed with the Pharisees.
Who were the Pharisees and why did they incur such strong censure from the Son of God?

Nov/Dec '16

Itching ears or ears that heed God’s Word.
Are we listening to God, or do we have a hankering to hear “some new thing”?

Sept/Oct '16 Keep both eyes on the goal.
Commitment, dedication and sheer hard work brought Team GB their greatest haul of
Olympic medals in living memory. Their approach can inspire Christians.
July/Aug '16

What Next for the EU?
What will the Brexit decision mean for Britain and the rest of Europe.
Will the EU split as other members seek to regain their national sovereignty?
Or will it seek perceived safety in a much closer political union?

May/June
'16

'Fountain of Youth' drugs hold promise of a longer life
Predicted medical advances bring an interesting dilemma.
Is a longer physical life desirable?

Mar/April '16

Reciprocating God's Love
The multi-faceted love God has already shown us is often unrecognised,
overlooked and, as a result, unreciprocated.

Jan/Feb
'16

Lessons from a Master Potter
Man was made from the 'dust of the ground' and has a physical affinity with clay. Processes used by a master potter can provide insights into how God also moulds our spiritual development.

Nov/Dec '15 Jesus Christ: Seeking a True Portrait
Does it matter what Jesus looked like when He walked the earth in human form? The Bible gives an accurate portrait of Him as He is now – and it differs greatly from commonly held views.
Sept/Oct '15 Building for Eternity
As a carpenter, Jesus knew much about building. But what is our part in His current construction?
July/Aug '15 Bible Contradictions? - Challenging the Claims
By asserting that the Bible is full of contradictions people feel free to dismiss its teachings. How can we evaluate the evidence for alleged inconsistencies?
May/June '15 Is God Cruel and Capricious?
Comedian, actor and television presenter Stephen Fry recently blamed God for the world’s ills. What is the real reason for all the injustice and pain?
Mar/April  '15 Forgiving Others - Letting Go of the Hurt
At this time of year Christians remember Jesus Christ’s death for the forgiveness of sin. However, Christ warned that if we are not willing to forgive those who may have harmed us, God will not absolve us of our wrongdoings either. How can we learn to forgive?
Jan/Feb '15 Richard III’s Royal Re-Interment - A Biblical Perspective
On 26 March 2015, the remains of Richard III will be reburied in Leicester Cathedral. But is the former English sovereign aware he became the ignominious ‘king in the car park,’ with his grave walked on for centuries and later driven over by ‘commoners’?
Nov/Dec '14 Prepare to Meet Your God
As political tensions heighten in the world around us, as natural disasters loom and as violence increases, how ready are we for Christ’s return?
Sept/Oct '14 Trumpets Announce Christ’s Return
Christians eagerly await a time when God will send Jesus Christ to rescue this
world from disaster and to bring eternal life. The Feast of Trumpets, one of God’s Holy Days, anticipates these events.
July/Aug '14 Will Humanity Ever Find the Way to Peace?
The First World War was expected to end all war, but in the last one hundred
years, multiple millions have met a gory end on the battlefields of human conflict. War has been a part of human history for millennia. In contrast, God promises a future age of peace where war will finally be abolished.
May/June '14 The Seriousness of Sin
God has already taken action to deal with the tragic state of this present evil world by sending His Son to die for the sins of all people. Following on from that, we need to understand what sin is and why we each need Christ’s atoning sacrifice.

Mar/Apr
   '14

Are We Experiencing ‘The Beginning of Sorrows’?
In a discussion with His disciples on the Mount of Olives, Jesus Christ foretold a time of great trouble. He listed events which He said were the ‘beginning of sorrows.’ Is it possible that this part of the prophecy is coming to pass now?
Jan/Feb '14 Why Many Britons Object to Governance from Brussels
Why does much of the media raise such stark objections to increasing
political involvement with the European Union? And why did the United Kingdom choose not to embrace the euro currency? Is there both an historical and a biblical answer?
Nov/Dec '13 Why the Family is So Important in Nurturing Our Children
Are children mere possessions to be exploited or discarded for self-gratification,
or are they society’s future, needing, among other things, to be trained
to distinguish between right and wrong?
Sept/Oct '13 Proverbs: A Wealth of Wisdom for All Our Youth
As we learnt at UCG Summer Camp, large parts of the biblical book of Proverbs are addressed to young men. What can young people glean from these wise words of wisdom literature?
July/Aug
'13
Born to Be a King
The birth of a future king is a time of joyous national celebration.
However, the greatest of all Kings had a lowly birth and has not yet
received His kingdom. How He will is a uniquely compelling story.
May/June '13

The 2000-Year-Old Church Jesus Built: Then and Now.
A pervasive, clever counterfeit of the New Testament Church has taken centre stage. Within it, man-made traditions and pagan concepts abound – none of which were found in the first-century Church.

Mar/April '13

How the Church Fosters Greater Spiritual Growth.
Just exactly what is the Church? What is its purpose and why do you need it?
The Church that Jesus Christ founded and directs can be a priceless tool for aiding personal growth.

Jan/Feb '13

The Apostle Paul - Commandment Keeper or Commandment Breaker?
A recent two-part British TV programme illustrating Paul's journeys put forward the supposition that he taught contrary to God's law. What does the New Testament reveal?

Nov/Dec
'12
Who Exactly was Jesus of Nazareth?
Was Jesus merely a prophet, as some of the Jews of His day believed, or was He really the divine Son of God as He claimed? The Bible leaves us in no doubt about His true origin.
Sept/Oct
'12
How Should We Share the Gospel with Others?
There are many ways to approach preaching the Gospel. All are governed by scriptural principles. How do we apply these principles to human relationships?
July/Aug
'12
Winning The Race for the Kingdom.
Are there important parallels between the Olympic Games in London and the purpose of human life? Is there a vital race that all of us must eventually run? Figuratively speaking, the apostle Paul was a superbly unique ‘Olympic runner’. While making his way along a road to Damascus to pursue and persecute Christians he was suddenly knocked off his course by Jesus Christ, who entered him into another race – a race for the Kingdom of God.
May/June '12

What Scientists Think About God.
In Britain the debate over the existence of God continues apace. The 17 March
edition of New Scientist magazine devoted 13 pages to discussions on the
possible existence of God and the benefits, or otherwise, of religious belief.

Mar/Apr '12 Why Persecution of Christians in Modern Britain?
Will Hutton in The Observer wrote: ‘Britain became engulfed in
a culture war last week as secularists and believers clashed over
the role of religion in public life’...
Jan/Feb
'12
The Queen - Sixty Years On
On 6 February 2012 Queen Elizabeth II will have reigned for 60 years. Her Diamond Jubilee will be celebrated with regal splendour and worldwide interest, culminating in early June. It was in the depths of the winter of 1952 when Princess Elizabeth of the Royal House of Windsor acceded to the throne on the death of her father, George VI.
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Nov/Dec '11

The Eurozone in Chaos - What Does It Mean?
We live in a highly charged time of global transition.
Chaotic events in Europe may be leading up to the end of this age and the arrival of God’s Kingdom on this earth.

Sept/Oct '11 England’s Social Upheaval - What Does it Portend?
For five days at the beginning of August 2011, a kind of madness took hold in several British cities as criminals, the disaffected and even ordinary people joined in a frenzy of vandalism, violence and looting.
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July/Aug '11 Managing Your Finances - in an Uncertain World
It is over three years since the current recession began, and it shows little sign of resolution. Global in its implications, its origin can be traced to any number of financial pressure points. How can we cope?
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May/June '11 What Does Pentecost Teach - Us About the Church?
Pentecost pictures both the coming of the Holy Spirit and the role of the firstfruits in the divine spiritual harvest. Those few called to salvation by God during this age of man make up the Church today. How can you become an integral part of the Body of Christ?
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Mar/April '11 As Britain Celebrates a Royal Wedding - Another Royal Marriage Awaits Christians
Weddings are usually times for rejoicing, but marriages, even royal ones, often end in sadness and recriminations. However, the Bible reveals that there will be a future marriage lasting through all eternity. Christians preparing for that glorious marriage renew their commitment to the Bridegroom at the annual Passover service.
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Jan/Feb '11 Be Clothed with Christ
Fashion is big business, and many people wear the latest styles of clothing. Clothing keeps us warm – protecting and shielding us. It also says a lot about us as individuals. There is, however, a more important type of clothing that God looks for in a Christian.
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Nov/Dec '10

The Feast of tabernacles in Scotland
The site of our autumn Feast of Tabernacles in the British Isles. Historically, it was here, near Stirling, that some of the Scottish wars of independence were fought, and where monarchs ruled in regal splendour.

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Sept/Oct '10 When Will God Intervene in the Affairs of Mankind?
People often ask: Why doesn’t God intervene and put a stop to man’s unjust rule? Some even think that the Creator is hiding Himself by not rescuing us from our tragic plight. Can we know the answer?
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Jul/Aug '10 Will Britain Be Better Off in 100 Years’ Time?
One author definitely thought so, basing his predictions on what man can and will do. God was left out of the picture altogether. We ask: What does our Creator reveal about a new dawn for Britain?
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May/June '10 What We Can't See Can Help Us!
Every day invisible physical forces affect the way we live. There are also unseen spiritual powers that can influence us for good. Read on to find out how.
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Mar/Apr '10 Alarm Bells Are Ringing
Sometimes an upsetting event stops you in your tracks and makes you review your Christian life.
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Jan/Feb '10 Join the Resistance!
There is a war going on in Britain that threatens to break down the moral standards that remain. Nationally our spiritual forces are weak as we continue to capitulate to behaviour that takes us further from God. Our leaders seem unlikely to respond to what we need to do to regain His blessings. Read on to find out about a resistance movement you can be part of!
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Nov/Dec '09 What Are the Implications of the Vatican’s Overtures to Anglicans?
The Roman Catholic Church is seeking to recruit disenchanted Anglican priests and lay members. How will Pope Benedict’s offer ultimately affect Europe? Do such religious developments appear in Bible prophecy?
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Sep/Oct '09 The Promise of Marriage - Hope for Our Future
Successful marriages can positively influence society right now and point forward to an awesome future beyond our wildest dreams.
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Jul/Aug '09 A Better Way to Govern
Apathy and a general mistrust of politicians have reduced voter turnout for the seats in the European Parliament. Why is there such a mistrust of government in Britain – and how should rulers rule?
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May/Jun '09

The Work of God in Ghana
We have had congregations in Ghana for over thirty years, but no numbers approaching our present outreach in this West African country. Our congregations in Ghana face daunting economic challenges.

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Mar/Apr '09

‘Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread’
Did you know that some nations are buying up arable land in other countries to secure food for their people? But if chaotic weather and warfare disrupts that food chain, where will we turn?

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Jan/Feb '09

‘The Unknown God’ Is Alive Today!
The apostle Paul was troubled by the idolatry he saw in Athens. Lessons from his experiences almost 2,000 years ago are just as important for us today.

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Nov/Dec '08

Will the Global Economy Signal Jesus Christ’s Return?
What possible connection could Christ’s return have with the global marketplace?

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Sep/Oct '08

The Coming Ecconomic Earthquake
Fulfillment of Bible Prophecy?

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Jul/Aug '08

Preaching The Gospel more Effectively
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This article, condensed from a letter by Church president Clyde Kilough to members around the world, lets our readers in on some of the Church’s current leadership developments and plans for the future.

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May/Jun '08

Finding Our True Identity
Has Britain truly lost its identity and sense of nationhood, as some have suggested? If so, is it important to recapture it? And is there an even more important identity we should seek?

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Mar/Apr '08

From Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II.
Is Britain returning to obscurity? The reign of the Tudors set the foundation for the rise to greatness of the English-speaking peoples. Four centuries later, during the reign of the second Queen Elizabeth, much of Britain has rejected the Word of God, politicans have relinquished its empire and turned towards Europe.

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Jan/Feb '08

The Changing Face of Christanity in Britian.
There are now more Catholics attending church in Britain than Anglicans. Meanwhile Non-traditional Christian groups are growing in numbers and influence. But are all these various bands within Christendom truly based on the teachings of the Judaeo/Christian Bible?

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Nov/Dec '07

‘Before the Night Comes…'
Remembrance Day, 11th November, has just passed. The outcome of World War II could have been so different if it had not been for the alliance of primarily English-speaking nations against an evil that was sweeping the European continent. Likewise the Church has a vital mission in a darkening world.

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Sept/Oct '07

Royalty – The Future of Rulership
There is undeniable evidence from an ever-reliable source that governments of the future will be benevolent monarchies. Christians are already receiving character training for a royal future.

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July/Aug '07

In the Steps of Moses
A nine-day trip to Egypt brings history recorded in the Bible to life. A highlight was seeing the mountain believed to be Mount Sinai, from where God spoke the words of His law.

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May/Jun '07

A Winning Combination: Teamwork and God's Holy Spirit
Throughout the ages God has worked with teams of people to accomplish His work. With the Holy Spirit we can serve the Church and also humanity as a whole.

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Mar/Apr '07

The Only Way From Here Is Up!
I was standing at En Gedi, near the shore of the Dead Sea, some 400 metres below sea level. The overall occasion was a three-week tour of the state of Israel. The title of this article can appropriately be applie to our Christian lives as well, no matter how far along that road we happen to be.

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Jan/Feb '07

Britain Debates Life’s Ultimate Question
The re-emergence of media coverage of atheism in 2006 has helped focus British attention on that most crucial of all questions: Does God exist?

Britain Debates Life’s Ultimate Question
Nov/Dec '06

Adventure Into Asia Minor
Modern Turkey is host to many historical ruins that were living cities in the time of the apostles and early Church. This autumn a group visited many of those sites. Peter Hawkins shares his observations about this fascinating tour.

Adventure Into Asia Minor
Sep/Oct '06

We Only Have One Earth!
The first chapter of Genesis shows us that God wants mankind to learn to rule himself and his environment wisely. Godly rule and stewardship of this earth require righteous leadership and thankfully it is finally on the horizon.

We Only Have One Earth
Jul/Aug '06

Visit to Modern Spain Reveals Historical Links to Middle East
Gerhard and Diana Marx recently travelled to Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Granada and Málaga. Their visit culminated in a week-long stay at the early Phoenician settlement in Almuñécar, near Málaga.

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May/Jun '06

Caterpillar to Butterfly the Transforming Power of the Holy Spirit
Like the astonishing metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly, we need to be changed from the inside and out. But how?

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Mar/Apr '06

Tower of London Prepares for Bird Flu
We take great care of the welfare of our birds and animals. But what about our children?

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  Jan/Feb '06

A Christian’s True Identity: How Do We Measure Up?
Today many Christians are faced with a serious spiritual identity crisis. What is the standard that will show us who we are and where we are headed?

A Christian's True Identity: How Doe We Measure Up? PDF Link  
  Nov/Dec '05 Children of War: War Creates Refugees
This was the theme for a Refugee Week in the United Kingdom in 2004 - a week which celebrated the enormous contribution of refugees to the UK and promoted understanding of the reasons people seek sanctuary.
Children of War: War Creates Refugees PDF Link  
  Sep/Oct '05

New Leaders in the Making
As each generation brings us a new group of leaders, what characteristics should be expected in those who will soon step to positions of influence? How can we nurture these qualities in today's youth?

New Leaders in the Making PDF Link  
  Jul/Aug '05

BERLIN - Europe's Future Political Capital?
British correspondent Gerhard Marx visited the German capital in mid-June. Here is his timely historical and prophetic analysis.

Berlin - Europe's Future Political Capitol? PDF Link  
  May/Jun '05

A New Government, but the Same Problems
Government directives attempt to limit the effects of social problems. But humanity can overcome crime, overspending and our lack of self-control through a 'heart transplant'.

A New Government, but the Same Problems PDF Link  
  Mar/Apr '05

Gaining Access to the King
In times past, gaining access to the presence of a king or queen of England was a difficult and often expensive process. How easy is it today to gain access to the King of kings?

Gaining Access to the King PDF Link  
  Jan/Feb '05

Why Does God Permit Humanity to Suffer?
As we struggle to come to terms with the great Asian earthquake and the catastrophic tsunamis that followed in its wake, we may be asking questions like, "Where was God,"and "Why didn't He prevent this tragedy?"

Why Does God Permit Humanity to Suffer? PDF Link