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United Church of God, ia
Portland Oregon/The Dalles Oregon

Preaching the Gospel, Preparing a People

Important Study Guides

The publications listed below will assist you in daily living and in answering the question: What is the purpose for life?  

Making Life Work

Frankly, life just isn't working for some people. Maybe you have noticed the incredible proliferation of self-help books on store and library bookshelves.

Why are so many self-help books published? Could it be simply because people recognize they need help with the many problems, challenges and stresses of everyday life? Writers and publishers recognize this, and their books fly off the shelves by the thousands.

You may not realize that most families already own the best self-help book ever published. Millions of copies have been published, and it's been translated into hundreds of languages. Its words have been around for thousands of years. This book is your Bible.

The joy of a happy marriage blessed with loving, respectful children who easily transition from childhood into responsible adults is a dream of most men and women. Found in almost every nation and culture, this desire seems to be hard-wired into our minds and genetic makeup.

But how is this possible in a world with rampant use of drugs, gang violence, divorce, same-sex marriages, single parents, and a host of other issues parents and children have to deal with each day. There is a way - read this important booklet to find out!

Money makes the world go round, or so it seems. Vast sums change hands every day in a global economy that affects virtually every man, woman and child on the planet. Paradoxically in this time of wealth and opportunity, millions of people struggle to survive economically. What can you do about money problems? This booklet reviews the many timeless economic principles from a biblical perspective. It shows us how to manage our financial affairs from a godly point of view.

Read this booklet to gain a firm fiscal foundation.



Biblical Perspectives

Who among us has not gazed up into the nighttime sky and wondered why we are here? What is our place in the universe? What is the purpose of life?

At a time of astounding increase of knowledge about the universe, philosophers, scientists and other thinkers ask these same questions. The assumptions they have drawn from traditional scientific understanding and thoughtful reasons have been tried and found wanting.

Is this life all there is, or is there something more? If there is something more, how should awareness of that something impact your life? Are we missing a vital perspective when we review the pages of human history?

These are fundamental questions indeed. Have you squarely faced them? Why are we here? Is there a purpose for our lives? What is our destiny, and is that destiny inextricably linked with the existence of God? We need to ask and seek answers to these questions. Their answers have serious consequences that should profoundly affect the way we live.

But where do we begin? How do we answer that most basic of all questions: Does God Exist? Is He Real? Does He live? If so, what is He like? Does He have a plan for you?

We can find the answers to these questions. Evidence of God's existence is available. Read this publication to explore the evidence for God's existence and the meaning and purpose for life.

Most people have their own distinctive opinions of a Supreme Being. But where do these impressions come from? Many are simply reflections of how people perceive God. As a consequence the word God has come to embody a spectrum of meanings, many of them quite foreign to the Bible. 

How does the Creator reveal Himself to man? 

The principal way is through His Word. The Bible is a book about God and His relationship with human beings. The Scriptures contain a long history of God's revelation of Himself to man -- from Adam to Moses down through the apostles and the early church.

The Holy Bible is regarded by millions as the written Word of the one and only true God. Indeed the Bible claims this distinction for itself. In the eyes of many others it is highly regarded as a collection of some of the world's greatest literature.

However, for all of the attention given to the Bible, its value is underestimated. When we probe a little deeper we find the Bible being lauded, even revered, yet a book whose contents are often little read and even less understood.

Far too many neglect to take the Bible seriously. They fail to recognize the Bible for what it is: the handbook for humankind, provided by God for our journey through life. It is a source to be consulted in every life situation, with guidelines for triumph and adversity, joy and sorrow, prosperity and poverty, confidence and doubt.

But can the Bible withstand scrutiny? Is it true just because it claims to be true? Can you- should you- believe it?


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