You Can Have Living Faith

United Church of God
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What is faith, and how do we receive it and grow in it?We live in a society that is virtually devoid of faith. Since most people don't read the Bible, they don't know much about God or believe He even exists. What about you - do you lack the faith to believe in God?

Having true faith will help you make sense out the troubling and confusing world you live in. It will give you the confidence you need to move forward with your life despite trials and setbacks.

How do you get faith?

Growing in faith requires believing in God and maintaining a close relationship with Him. You can have this relationship with God through daily prayer, Bible study and applying what God says in the Scriptures in your personal life.

Learn more about how to grow in Christian faith by reading this Bible study aid ebook, You Can Have Living Faith, and start building that close relationship with God today!


Chapters in this ebook:

-- Introduction: You Can Have Living Faith
-- What Is Faith?
-- The Meaning of Faith
-- The Book of James: An 'Epistle of Straw'?
-- Examples of Living Faith
-- When It Seems God Doesn't Hear or Answer
-- Enemies of Faith
-- Growing in Faith


Inside this Bible Study Aid ebook:

"Lack of faith—an active, living trust in and relationship with God—is a widespread problem affecting every nation and virtually every individual."

"If we want to better our lives, our model for living faith should be Jesus Christ."

"Many people don't have the faith described in the Bible because they do not believe or practice what Jesus said: "If you love Me, keep My commandments" (John 14:15)."

"The Bible tells us salvation is by God's grace and is not earned by good works "lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9). But we are saved by grace through faith. The danger we face is that our faith will die if we neglect our salvation by not living a life of obedience to God (Hebrews 2:1-3)."

"The examples and testimonies of the men and women we read about in Hebrews 11 show us we can believe God."

"We should pray to God for faith, and we should pray often for it (Luke 18:1)."

"Living a life of prayer, Bible study and humble obedience to God clarifies and strengthens our faith."
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Who we are: This publication is provided free of charge by the United Church of God, an International Association, which has ministers and congregations throughout much of the world.

We trace our origins to the Church that Jesus founded in the early first century. We follow the same teachings, doctrines and practices established then. Our commission is to proclaim the gospel of the coming Kingdom of God to all the world as a witness and to teach all nations to observe what Christ commanded (Matthew 24:14; 28:19-20).

Free of charge: Jesus Christ said, “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). The United Church of God offers this and other publications free of charge as an educational service in the public interest. We invite you to request your free subscription to The Good News magazine and to enroll in our 12-lesson Bible Study Course, also free of charge.

We are grateful for the generous tithes and offerings of the members of the Church and other supporters who voluntarily contribute to support this work. We do not solicit the general public for funds. However, contributions to help us share this message of hope with others are welcomed. All funds are audited annually by an independent accounting firm.

Personal counsel available: Jesus commanded His followers to feed His sheep (John 21:15-17). To help fulfill this command, the United Church of God has congregations around the world. In these congregations believers assemble to be instructed from the Scriptures and to fellowship.

The United Church of God is committed to understanding and practicing New Testament Christianity. We desire to share God’s way of life with those who earnestly seek to follow our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Our ministers are available to counsel, answer questions and explain the Bible. If you would like to contact a minister or visit one of our congregations, please feel free to contact our office nearest you at info@ucg.org .

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United Church of God
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Sep 8, 2010
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38
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9780557665280
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Does your life have real meaning?What is my destiny? Why do I exist? Is there a reason for my life?

Have you asked these questions? If so, you are not alone - these questions have baffled and confused people through the ages.

A child naturally wonders, "Where did I come from?" As we get older and become uncertain about our future we want to know... "Did my life have a purpose? Is this all there is? What's next...anything?" From the beginning to the end of our lives, we ponder the meaning of life.

Think about your own existence. Can you see a purpose for your own life with its ups and downs, its mixture of joys and sorrows? Do you sense lasting value in its toil, challenges and uncertainties?

Never underestimate the value of your life. From the very beginning, God has planned an incredible future for you!

Thousands of years ago, the biblical King David looked up into the night sky and wrote down his thoughts regarding man's relationship with his Creator: "When I consider Your heavens, the works of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?" (Psalm 8:3-8)

King David wondered about the purpose of man just as we do today. Every one us was created for a purpose, but few understand what that great purpose is.

Inside the Bible Study aid, What is Your Destiny?, we will search through the scriptures in the Bible and find out the purpose God has planned personally for you.

Its time you began to understand your real future!

Chapters in the ebook:
-- The Question of the Ages
-- The Spirit in Man
-- Destination and Course Correction: Planned From the Outset
-- God's Own Literal Children
-- The God Family
-- Adoption or Sonship?
-- Early Theologians on Becoming Divine
-- Life in God's Family
-- The Likeness of God


Inside this Bible Study Aid ebook:

"Throughout the ages the overwhelming majority of people have failed to grasp the amazing future God has in store for those who develop a proper relationship with Him."

"That family relationship—our becoming children of God the Father—is the heart and core of God’s incredible plan for humanity!"

"The Bible explains that those inducted into God’s immortal family must first sincerely repent of their sins, be baptized and receive the gift of God’s Spirit (Acts 2:38)."

"Those who overcome will be given responsibility as kings and priests of God in that Kingdom (Revelation 1:5-6)."
Do you believe in many roads to salvation? When you think about establishing a relationship with God, what comes to mind? 

Do you know what the Bible reveals on this subject? Notice what Jesus Christ Himself has to say: "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:44) 

God starts this relationship process and you must choose to accept or reject His calling when offered. If you accept, you have a definite process to follow that He clearly reveals in the Bible. What is that process? 

1) After God calls you, repentance is the starting point in your relationship with Him. Without repentance, you are cut off from God. 

2) After you repent, your next step is water baptism, a primary principle of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 6:1-2). 

3) The next step on your road to eternal life is to receive God's Holy Spirit, which comes through "laying on of hands," as described in Hebrews 6:2. 

If God is calling you, will you respond? 

Inside the Bible Study aid ebook, The Road to Eternal Life, we will examine the Scriptures and look at the steps you must take to respond to God's calling. Start your journey on the only road to eternal life and be part of the awesome future God has planned for you! 


Chapters in this ebook: 
-- Introduction: The Road to Eternal Life 
-- Repentance: Your First Step 
-- Jesus and His Apostles Affirm the Need to Obey God's Commandments 
-- Grace, Works and Obedience 
-- The Crucial Role of Faith 
-- Water Baptism and Laying On of Hands 
-- Should Children Be Baptized 
-- Should We Want to Be Baptized With Fire? 
-- Forgiveness of Sin 
-- Staying the Course 
-- We're Baptized Into a Spiritual Body 

Inside this Bible Study Aid ebook: 

"The Bible describes repentance as a profound realization of our sins and resulting sorrow that leads us to change our thoughts and actions (2 Corinthians 7:10)." 

"To some, the change God wants in us can appear so overwhelming that repentance and conversion to God's way of thinking seem impossible. And that's the point. Without God's help, they are impossible!" 

"Overcoming our habitual sins and selfish nature does not happen instantly. It is a lifelong process, often involving great effort." 

"The symbolic meaning of baptism, then, is profound. It represents both forgiveness of sins and newness of life in Christ." 

"No matter what our background or past mistakes, when we genuinely repent and are baptized, God promises complete forgiveness." 

"Living God's way must always remain our priority. We must continually "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness" (Matthew 6:33)."
The story of Jesus Christ goes much deeper than His crucifixion and resurrection.Few will dispute that a man named Jesus Christ lived 2,000 years ago and that He was a great teacher who impacted the world. Christ made a controversial claim—that He was the very Son of God, the long-prophesied Messiah—causing religious authorities in Jerusalem to reject Him, hate Him and eventually succeeded in having Him put to death.

Likewise, the local Roman civil authorities also saw Him as a threat and became complicit in His execution. The religions of His day, both Judaism and paganism, opposed the growth of His teachings and used unlawful and violent means to try to destroy the Church He founded. The government of Rome also came to vigorously persecute the followers of this Jewish teacher from Galilee.

Today, there is much confusion and questions concerning this controversial figure. Where can you go for the answers? The Bible.

This Bible Study aid booklet, "Jesus Christ: The Real Story" will help explain what is written in the Bible about Jesus Christ. You can discover the answers to these questions and more: Who was Jesus Christ of Nazareth? Where did He come from? When was Jesus Christ born? What did Jesus teach? Was He God in the flesh? What did Jesus look like? Was He only a man? Why did He die?

Discover the true, fascinating story that so few understand. The story of the greatest Man who ever lived and the misunderstood message He preached—the gospel (good news) of the coming Kingdom of God!

Chapters in this ebook:

-- Introduction - Jesus Christ: The Real Story
-- Who—and What—Was Jesus Christ?
-- Jesus Christ's Disciples Understood Him to Be the Creator
-- Jesus Christ: 'The Rock' of the Old Testament
-- The Family of God
-- Jesus' Amazing Fulfillment of Prophecy
-- The Bible Prophesied the Exact Year the Messiah Would Appear
-- Was Jesus Born on Dec. 25?
-- A Sinless and Miraculous Life
-- Could Jesus Perform Miracles?
-- Did Jesus Really Die and Live Again?
-- Roman Forms of Crucifixion
-- When Was Jesus Christ Crucified and Resurrected?
-- The Chronology of the Crucifixion and Resurrection
-- Do Other Nonbiblical Sources Confirm Jesus Christ's Existence?
-- Much More Than a Man
-- Was Jesus a Created Being?
-- The God Who Became a Human Being
-- Jesus' Family Connections
-- Did Jesus Have Long Hair?
-- The Messiah's Misunderstood Mission
-- What Do 'Messiah' and 'Jesus Christ' Mean?
-- What Was Jesus' Gospel?
-- Salvation Is Entrance Into the Kingdom of God
-- Other Names for the Kingdom
-- Jesus' Teaching on God's Law
-- Other Important Ways Jesus Fulfilled the Law
-- Christ's New Commandment
-- Does the New Covenant Abolish the Commandments?
-- Jesus Christ and the Festivals of the Bible
-- Who Killed Jesus?
-- Jesus Christ, the Wisdom of God
-- The Tearing of the Temple Veil
-- Alive Again Today and Forever
-- Your Date With Destiny: Meeting the Real Jesus
-- 'Even So, Come, Lord Jesus!'



Inside this Bible Study Aid ebook:

"Perhaps the boldest claim Jesus made about His identity was the statement, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM” (John:8:58)...What was going on here? Jesus was revealing His identity as the actual One whom the Jews knew as God in the Old Testament."

"The New Testament writers cite messianic prophecies from the Old Testament more than 130 times. By some estimates the Old Testament contains 300 prophetic passages that describe who the Messiah is and what He will do. Of these, 60 are major prophecies. What are the chances of these prophecies being fulfilled in one person?"

"A careful analysis of Scripture, however, clearly indicates that December 25 is an unlikely date for Christ’s birth. Here are two primary reasons..."

"How can we fit “three days and three nights” between a Friday-afternoon crucifixion and a Sunday-morning resurrection?"
You can understand the mysterious book of Revelation.The book of Revelation—the last book in the Bible—is, to many people, its most confusing. They find its strange symbols and images puzzling and mysterious. But you can understand it. The book's very name mean a revealing, a way to gain understanding. Its first verse tells us it was written to reveal "things which must shortly take place."

If you are confused by the book of Revelation and would like to know what it all means—and how it's cast of mysterious characters all fit within Bible prophecy—then read the Bible Study Aid ebook The Book of Revelation Unveiled.

This study aid will take you through the major themes of the book of Revelation helping you to understand what Jesus Christ revealed to the apostle John and how it all fits together. Discover the major trends and future prophetic events that will shape this world—and your life—in the days ahead.

Chapters in this ebook:

-- The Book of Revelation: Is It Relevant Today?
-- Keys to Understanding Revelation
-- The Story Flow of the Book of Revelation
-- Chapter Outline of the Book of Revelation
-- God's Church in Prophecy
-- What Is the Church?
-- Duality in Bible Prophecy
-- The Book of Revelation's Divine Authority
-- The Seals of the Prophetic Scroll
-- The Day of the Lord Finally Arrives
-- Satan's War Against the People of God
-- The Mark and Number of the Beast
-- The Two Women of Revelation
-- The 'Time of Jacob's Trouble'
-- The Destruction of Satan's Kingdom
-- Satan: The Great Seducer
-- The Everlasting Kingdom of God

Inside this Bible Study Aid ebook:

"The name of the book, Revelation, is a translation of the title in the original New Testament Greek, Apocalypsis—the origin of the other name by which the book is now known, the Apocalypse. The Greek term denotes an unveiling or uncovering—thus, a revelation."

"Here is the key to understanding the book. Jesus alone can unlock the meaning of its symbols, visions and descriptions...Christ reveals its meaning. He unlocks its seals. But how does He do it?"

"Most of Revelation—about two thirds of its content—is devoted to the seventh seal. The contents of the first six seals are found in chapter 6 alone."

"How will the two witnesses and their message be received?"

"The book of Revelation reveals, from more than one perspective, the emergence of this vast end-time empire governed from a great city God labels “Babylon the great”, the reference here being to Rome."

"Jesus Christ will return to establish that Kingdom on earth (the Kingdom of God) at His second coming, at last bringing the peace mankind has always longed for but never achieved."
 The Bible is the world's most popular book, but at the same time the most misunderstood! How can you understand the Bible?
The Bible itself gives the keys to understand it! But you must read this Book with the right attitude and perspective.

So how can you properly read the scriptures? What principles and methods of study should you follow? What tools are available to help you? How can you grow in spiritual understanding while reading the Word of God?

This Bible Study aid ebook, How to Understand the Bible, will explore a number of important points that will help you grasp the Bible's message and meaning - and make it relevant in your life!


Chapters in this ebook:

-- Introduction: How to Understand the Bible
-- Approach the Bible With a Proper Attitude
-- Keys to Understanding the Bible
-- In Their Own Words: Great Men and Women Who Highly Respected the Bible
-- Does the Bible Contain Errors?
-- Actively Read and Study the Bible
-- Seven Scriptural Threads for More Complete Understanding
-- Are There Mistakes in the King James Version of the Bible?
-- Bible Study Software and Online Resources
-- Live What You Learn


Inside this Bible Study Aid ebook:

"Even though we might possess the world's brightest minds, if God does not act to open our minds, the Bible will remain closed to us."

"One vital key we must come to understand is that the Bible interprets itself. We must be careful not to force our own interpretations onto it."

"For us to understand the Bible, we must first learn about and respect God's law."
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