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March 27, 2016: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] has three speakers from Germany and Austria attend the Church Leadership Weekend being conducted near London by the United Church of God-British Isles.
March 21, 2016: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another video sermon, Das zehnte Gebot ["The tenth commandment"]. UCOG President Paul Kieffer gave the sermon in Hamburg.
March 14, 2016: In the first two months of 2016 UCG-Germany distributed 698 ebooks via Amazon, the Google Play Store and Smashwords, including 325 downloads via the Apple store. The most requested booklet was "Das Buch der Offenbarung verständlich erklärt" ["The Book of Revelation Unveiled"] with 80 downloads.
March 7, 2016: The March-April issue of the "Gute Nachrichten" magazine is mailed to 8840 readers in 25 countries, a 3.4 percent increase over the 2015 March-April issue. The magazine was mailed to 7288 subscribers in Germany, 690 subscribers in Switzerland and 669 subscribers in Austria. The cover page was produced in German with assistance from the United Church of God.
February 29, 2016: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the first two months of 2016 was 3.9 percent higher than the same period last year. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 17.9 percent of UCG-Germany's income in January and 14.2 percent in February.
February 18, 2016: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces another video sermon, Ist das Ihre letzte Antwort? ["Is that your final answer?"]. UCOG President Paul Kieffer gave the sermon in Hamburg.
February 11, 2016: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] adds 50 MP3 sermons to its sermon website for members and church attendees. 494 recorded sermons are currently available for listening and download.
February 4, 2016: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["United Church of God-Germany"] produces its third "Beyond Today" television program in German, Nahtoderfahrungen und die Bibel ["Near Death Experiences and the Bible"]. A volunteer team translated the original English text and the scripture images, provided the German voices for the three "Beyond Today" speakers and dubbed the audio.
January 25, 2016: For the year 2015 the Vereinte Kirche Gottes ["UCG-Germany"] distributed a total of 61,497 print publications in the German language, 0.6 percent less than in 2014. The booklets requested most often were "Das Geheimnis Ihrer Existenz" ["What is Your Destiny?"], "Nach dem Tode – was dann?" ["What happens after death?"] and "Biblische Prophezeiung: Ein Blick in Ihre Zukunft?" ["You Can Understand Bible Prophecy"]. In addition, 3651 ebooks were downloaded from the Apple Store and Amazon. The booklet "Das Buch der Offenbarung verständlich erklärt" ["The Book of Revelation Unveiled"] was downloaded 428 times.
January 18, 2016: The January-February issue of the "Gute Nachrichten" magazine is mailed to 8763 readers in 25 countries, a 2.8 percent increase over the 2015 January-February issue. The magazine was mailed to 7227 subscribers in Germany, 690 subscribers in Switzerland and 669 subscribers in Austria.
January 11, 2016: During the year 2015 the "Gute Nachrichten" website had 269,973 visitors, 8.7 percent more than in 2014.
January 4, 2016: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] in 2015 was 23.5 percent higher than in 2015. Regular mail income was 25 percent higher, and Holy Day offerings increased by 16.1 percent. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 19.8 percent of UCG-Germany's regular mail income in 2015.
December 28, 2015: At the end of the year, 17 ebooks produced by the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] are available in the Apple iTunes store, the Google Play Store, via the ebook distributor Smashwords, the European ebook distributor Xinxii and German ebook distributors Thalia, bücher.de and Weltbild.
December 21, 2015: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] now has 12 video sermons and 2 "Beyond Today" videos available on its YouTube channel. The videos have been viewed 10,344 times, including 6,996 views for the "Beyond Today" program on the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
December 14, 2015: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] has begun translation and editorial work to produce the new booklet "Tools for Spiritual Growth". The German title of the booklet will be determined via a member survey.
December 7, 2015: The Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] is changing the layout of its booklet "Schlüssel zum Verständnis der Bibel" ["How to Understand the Bible"] for reprinting to match the smaller color format used by the United Church of God for English booklets. The booklet will be reprinted next year.
November 30, 2015: Donation income for the Vereinte Kirche Gottes [UCG-Germany] for the period January-November 2015 remained steady at a 15.9 percent increase over last year. Coworkers and donors (defined as individuals who provide financial support but do not attend UCG-Germany worship services) contributed 20.9 percent of UCG-Germany's income in the first eleven months of the year.
November 23, 2015: The 2016 stock of insert cards for literature and new subscriptions included with subscriber copies of the "Gute Nachrichten" magazine has been ordered. 57,000 insert cards are being printed to ensure sufficient supply for next year.
What's new in Germany & elsewhere?
News on events in
Europe and commentary
March 25, 2016: The news can give us cause to ask about the times in which we live. Or perhaps more precisely: about the course of events relative to biblical prophecy. Read more »
March 18, 2016: The divorce statistics in western countries are reason enough for some to joke about changing the traditional marriage vow from "Till death do us part" to "Till the judge parts us". Read more »
March 11, 2016: We are familiar with Jesus' exhortation concerning judgment in Matthew 7, verses 1-2: "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you." Read more »
March 4, 2016: Members of the European Parliament, labor organizations and mainstream churches are uniting to promote EU legislation promoting Sunday as EU’s official day of rest. If passed, what will this mean for religious minorities that keep the biblical Sabbath? Read more »
February 26, 2016: Some people who have great achievements to their credit seek fame. And sometimes their achievements are readily recognized by others. Images of famous people honored for what they have done have appeared on postage stamps. Some have monuments erected to honor them, others have streets, squares or schools named after them. Read more »
February 19, 2016: In Luke 10 Jesus rejoices over the knowledge that God was revealing through Him: "At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure." Read more »
February 12, 2016: Longsuffering is no longer an everyday word, but it is a virtue needed more than ever when impatience, intolerance, oversensitivity and impulsive anger are so prevalent. If we are growing as Christians, "longsuffering" will be part of our character, since it is part of the fruit of the spirit. Read more »
February 5, 2016: 33 years ago my family and attended the church's winter camp in Austria as guests. Sport in the winter for me as a child and youth meant ice skating and ice hockey, but not skiing. Nevertheless, one day we went cross country skiing with other families who were at the camp. Read more »
January 29, 2016: In his epistles the apostle Paul exhorted Christians to be tolerant of one another in their fellowship. Have you ever thought about the fact that God also "bears with us"? Read more »
January 22, 2016: As an associate pastor 38 years ago I got to know a young married couple that asked me for advice. They were having financial difficulties because their expenses were at times higher than their income. The husband had a good job with a good salary. What was the problem? Read more »
January 15, 2016: Who can say that he never has problems? We can have them when we least expect them or are not prepared for them. Sometimes they can make us feel like we are on a roller coaster. Read more »
January 8, 2016: There is a similarity between eyesight and faith simply in the effect that they have – one on the physical, the other on the spiritual. "Seeing is believing", man says. People learn from what they see and it helps to shape their life. Seeing in this sense can also mean experience; we learn from experience. Read more »
January 1, 2016: Jesus, the righteous judge, does not base His judgment on the way things seem to be, but on the way they really are. He expects those who will assist Him as kings and priests in the world tomorrow to do the same: "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." Read more »
December 25, 2015: As Christians we all know that prayer is an important part of our relationship with God. In the parable of the unrighteous judge, Jesus describes the righteous in this manner: "And will God not grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night?" Read more »
December 18, 2015: In the parable of the sower and the seed, Jesus said that persecution often arises when people begin to turn to God. The same thing occurred in the apostle Paul's life. Paul had an active role in the persecution of Stephen and the early Church. Read more »
December 11, 2015: What did Jesus preach first when He started to preach? He preached the gospel of the kingdom of God (Mark 1:14-15). Today Jesus, as the head of the church, continues to work through us to preach that same gospel. Read more »
December 4, 2015: One important aspect of God's Sabbath commandment is the special "holy convocation" God provides for His people. Leviticus 23:3 says, "Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings." Read more »
November 27, 2015: Unemployment among young people in the European Union, especially in southern Europe, remains a problem even four years after the critical situation was first highlighted. Read more »
November 20, 2015: With the number of Muslims in Germany numbering some four million (about five percent of Germany's population), it is no surprise that the number of mosques has increased in recent years. The question now is: "How big should Muslim mosques be?" Read more »
November 13, 2015: Have you ever wondered how people in today's liberal Europe will be motivated to persecute those who have a different belief system? That seems unrealistic in our society today, where being tolerant is the norm and almost any lifestyle is acceptable. Read more »
November 6, 2015: 30 years ago my wife and I visited Israel. On one of the last days of our visit, our tour guide took us along to show us an area not far from Jerusalem where Joshua's long day took place. Read more »