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  • March 11, 2018 Welcome!
  • A Poem for Fall by William D. May September 19, 2018 Another poem by William D. May from Chicago 
  • Winston Churchill Quotes September 16, 2018 Tap or click on images to step through the slide show of 25 slides ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]
  • A Feast Poem by Willliam D. May (2018) September 8, 2018 What are our plans for the Feast this year? Is it all on travel, food and and cheer? We are to travel, eat, have fun indeed. But are we thinking of friends, widows and those in need? But let us not forget the reason we are here. It is for messages from God and to evaluate our year. Have we made any changes in our life? Or has it been a year of fun, movies, TV and strife? Let us do better this coming Feast, let’s think of others and consider their need. Then when the Father looks at us, He won’t be ashamed to call us His seed.
  • Zambia UYC 2018 September 7, 2018 The best week ever!! For many young people in Zambia, camp is the best and favourite time of the year for them. Once every year we hold camp and many young people from various locations in Zambia attend this event. It’s a time they look forward to being found in the zone, making new friends and being surrounded with people of similar beliefs. This year’s camp was held at Verino on the church property hosting a total number of 98 people, 80 campers and 18 staff from different areas in Zambia. It was a power and fun packed camp with a wonderful theme ‘God’s vision for you’ reminding the young people of their place in this world and the plans that God has for them. Camp lasted for 7 days. Arrival was on the 26th of August and departure on the 2nd of September. It was directed by Pastor Talama and Mrs Talama and Pastor Siame and Mrs Siame. There was lots of fun and games and a visit to a walking safari just about 5.5km from the campsite. There they saw different kinds of animals and birds ranging from the peacock to the ostrich. The activities included arts and crafts, first aid, health and hygiene, baking, choir rehearsal and many sporting activities such as speedaway, volley ball, swimming, handball and lots more. This year another activity called ‘the challenge’ was added. This was where each team picked random items from a box and were asked to come up with the best art project using the items they picked. They were then asked to make a budget worth K50 ($5) to purchase anything that they felt could help them with their challenge. The team that made the best art project made a mosaic out of millet, toilet paper and card box. From their K50 ...
  • Summer – The Time of Growth Before the Harvest – A Poem by Willliam D. May September 3, 2018 I have enjoyed the poetry of William D. May of Chicago.   It has an uplifting and encouraging tone.  This is SUMMER.  More to follow.  Now we must put aside the physical things. Now is the time we must grow. There is only a short time before the harvest. Now we must take our weeds out with a hoe. We planted good deeds when we prayed and shared and showed care for each other. We left after Pentecost full of zeal and resolved to produce good fruit not to see it smother. We have to make sure no stray thoughts and deeds overwhelm the good works of spring. Those old weeds we thought were gone keep popping up as we turn and forget our King. God provides us with his word and expects a good crop from us. Are we growing? The Trumpets will blow and we must be ready or the end will come without us knowing.
  • Spring, the Rebirth of Creation. A Poem by Willliam D. May September 2, 2018 The grass is growing, the trees sprouting leaves and the days are now sunny. Bees are humming and gathering nectar to make honey. Flowers are gracing the land, birds are singing their sweet song. We are shedding our winter wraps and the days are getting long. The new feast season is starting for us. The Passover is almost here. It is time again to look at what we have done with the last year. Have we wasted the time or have we grown? Can we come before God this year with joy, one less fault be known? Are we doing the same old things or have we made the changes we need? When we take the bread and drink the wine, will God be pleased at our deed? The day is coming when there will be a new earth but now we are God’s Sod. As the earth is renewed let us be renewed and have a spring pleasing to God.
  • The Marych Tapes August 25, 2018 For the longest time, I had wanted to visit the Marych’s in Edmonton.  They have always been a part of our family because of their being good friends of our parents during World War II and afterward.  I also wanted to hear their story about our parents. So, in August 2003 Bev and I flew to Edmonton and spent a few evenings with them. We also went to a Ukrainian Day event celebrating Ukraine’s Independence. it was 12 or so years after Ukraine became independent.  Below are three one hour unedited videos. Part One of Three – Visit with Walter and Dusia Marych in Edmonton on August 23, 2003, by Vic and Bev Kubik Part Two of Three Part Three of Three
  • Vanuatu August 2018 August 21, 2018 Here is Jenny Bradford’s report about a trip taken by her and her husand Bill of Brisbane, Australia to Vanuatu in early August 2018.  Here is what Jenny Bradford wrote to me: ” I  want to let you know we are going to Vanuatu this Tuesday, August 7th for 6 days and have two men carpenters coming with us to repair the “ Tabernacle in the Wilderness” as Bill calls it. To get it repaired from a partial collapse from heavy rain and have it ready for the Feast. They had 25 take the Passover and 60-70 for the Holy days. We have several waiting for Baptism and counselling. We will be taking clothes and whatever we can fit in for them. They are a very happy people but have so little. Houses some corrugated tin put together.. bare floors. “They are so very thankful for the large water tank LifeNets helped us put together for them with the water runoff from the roof. Now they don’t have to go down a very steep walk to the river to get drinking water, just bathe. This makes it so much better for the Feast for them.  I will let you know how this trip goes with some photos. Thank you again for your message and LifeNets Safe travels for you and Bev.” 8-12-2018 “Bill baptised 6 today here in Vanuatu. Counselling them after church yesterday. The leader here has been teaching them and preparing them. Trying to send photos but bot a strong enough signal. “We had to walk or climb down a steep track to a water spring. It had a lot of volcanic rock. We had to be very careful. Not so bad coming up. Very happy occasion. Many others coming in from other islands for the Feast. (Some go back from there to ...
  • Our Visit to Facebook August 17, 2018 While in California, we visited the headquarters of Facebook in Menlo Park in Silicon Valley on August 9, 2018. It is the world’s most widely-used social media platform subscribed to by two and a half billion people. That includes the other familiar services of Instagram and WhatsApp, also owned by Facebook. An astounding 25,000 people work for Facebook. We were given a private tour by Michael McNally, an engineering director supporting the News Feed Integrity team. His team of 70 engineers uses artificial intelligence to fight misinformation called “fake” or “false” news. His group also combats spam, fraud and abuse in the Facebook feed. Facebook has produced a short documentary that explains the challenge, available at https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/05/inside-feed-facing-facts-a-short-film/. What I learned on this visit gave me insight not only into cutting-edge technology, but into the ever-present, seemingly never-changing evil side of human nature in an interconnected world where we human beings come up close and personal to one another. On social networks we have the freedom to say what we please to anyone and everyone. We have the freedom to tell the truth and to use social media for good. Or, we have the capacity to manipulate, misrepresent and malign with wicked bias and intent. Regarding the use of social media, questions arise about whether true objectivity and neutrality can really be possible. How much bias is “acceptable” and at what point does content become deceptive and false? And, then, how does that affect those consuming what may be manipulated content? Social media is a marvelous phenomenon that brings people together. Yet it can also cause harm, spread hate and falsehood that even this world cannot tolerate. This forces those who provide platforms for anyone’s content to take action by restricting or removing material that crosses lines of decency. A primary function for those of ...
  • “A Texas Lullaby” by Anne G. Elliott June 28, 2018 Oh, to be in Texas Now that spring is there, With bluebonnets and daffodils And golden sunbeams in her hair. White dogwoods glisten In greenland shade, And redbuds add color To woodland glade. Robins, and redbirds, And sparrows sing Their joyous thanksgiving, To every living thing. The lakesides glisten With minnow schools, While tadpoles frolic In shallow pools. As the light fades slowly In the west, And Mother Earth puts Her brood to rest All daytime clamor ceases. Then the evening symphony begins, With throaty bullfrog basses, And cricket violins. A mockingbird’s serenade Fills the night with song, And we listen to nature’s heartbeat All night long. Could there ever be A land more fair Than East Texas, When spring is there? Dedicated to former President and Mrs. George W. Bush in grateful appreciation, April, 2016
  • “This is the Way, Walk Ye In It” by Betty Randle June 27, 2018 This is the Way – Walk Ye In It This is the Way of God above It’s the language of  ”Everlasting Love” It’s the language of love – A new language to learn The way you speak – how much you discern Is it caring, loving,  and filled with concern Excitement fills the air- when you go to the place God did prepare Your step is lighter….your future is brighter When you  join with others and share In his house of rejoicing and prayer With intent in mind -to understand .. “What is Man?” How much the need of living His way To initiate love, peace and joy in your life each day Instead of revenge, rejection and pride A choice of humility and gentleness tried Forgiveness much – Words that don’t crush Lifting their spirits ….making them soar Think about what you say – not hurting them more So leave your worries behind – your problems forget Pack your bags lightly – never carry regret. Remember your example to others will be A witness of this way for Eternity Will you be happy?  Can you learn this way? The Mystery revealed – once was kept Many were called -some have slept Your Bible’s a map …It’ll guide your way To the right path – to every word that you say It’s not well-worn, but some soon will be born So put Him first ….and Hear Him say Walk thou in it ….for “ This is the Way!” – by Betty Randle
  • Chick- Fil- A June 8, 2018 On May 29, 2018 Tom Sutton, owner of the Cincinnati Eastgate Chick-Fil-A store spoke to our Batavia Rotary Club.   His presentation was interesting in that he brought out lessons about relationships and management of people that bring about successful results. His store serves about 2000 people per day.  There is a special bonding between employees that carries over to the customers. They have gotten to know many of the customers to the point that they know well what they will be ordering.  Tom stated that his business was a “people business.” The store has 80 employees and does five million dollars worth of business each year. Some interesting points made in his presentation: Employees are appraised quarterly. When minors come to interview for a job, he asks that the parents also come in on the interview. They control behavior in the store with the kind of music that is played. Chic-Fil-A started closing on Sunday’s at first not particularly because of religious reasons, but because the equipment needed a rest as well as owners who put a lot of their time and energy into being open all the time and needed a break. Still, being closed on Sunday’s they outsell their competition to whom they give 52 days of lead time a year!
  • The Looking Glass – A Poem by Anne Elliott June 2, 2018 THE LOOKING GLASS When I realize how my life’s been spent Making a self-image for the world to see, And how that picture has now been rent By God’s assessment of what makes me, me, I am confounded and undone As truth refutes my view. In vanity I have believed a lie, And in conceit, I tried to pass it on to you. Now, convicted by God’s word, I face reality, (That old mocker whose truth we shun), And as I look in God’s looking glass, I see The devil’s ingrown likeness I’ve become. God does not see as humans see, He is unimpressed by show. He sees our heart, the inner man, Our secret thoughts to know. In loving mercy God showed me truth- I’m my own worst enemy! It is with my ego that I must fight the fight, Just as Jesus fought His humanity. This is where our souls are tried- A relentless struggle within To master desire to please the SELF, The Old Deceiver’s nature built in. What shall I say at journey’s end? What worth then will my false image hold? How hard did I fight that old enemy-myself? How within me did Christ’s life unfold? The battle lines are clearly drawn, My enemy is in view, Yet I do not fight the fight alone, My Savior wars with me, too. With my Lord and Master at my side God’s purpose cannot fail. United with Him in this fight to the death, Together we shall prevail. When my self-will is at last put down, And my battle of life is done, Awaking, I’ll look In God’s looking glass and see An image of God’s Perfect Son.  
  • June 2, 2018 Prophetic Times: Iran, Syria, Russia, Gaza, Hamas, North Korea, China… June 1, 2018 June 2, 2018 Prophetic Times: Iran, Syria, Russia, Gaza, Hamas, North Korea, China...
  • TravelArk Blog Africa March/April 2018 June 1, 2018 From March 19, 2018 through April 17, Beverly and I will visit three African countries where we feel near and dear to the people.   We have worked there in various ways through the United Church of God and in humanitarian terms through LifeNets. We will visit South Africa, Malawi and Zambia.  We have people, projects and buildings on the agenda.  I will have an up to day TravelArk blog posted at http://v2.travelark.org/travel-blog/victorkubik/23 You can also see our dynamic calendar of stops and activities at http://www.kubik.org/africa2018 Our stops will include Johannesburg/Pretoria, South Africa Blantyre, Malawi Lilongwe, Malawi Lusaka, Zambia Kitwe, Zambia Mufulira, Zambia Solwezi, Zambia Mufumbwe, Zambia Cape Town, South Africa. More info coming!                 http://kubik.org/africa2018/  
  • Memorial Day Post by Oleh Kubik about Dad May 28, 2018 I would like to post this Memorial Day. My Dad was 16 years old when the Nazis invaded Ukraine. Hitler outlawed high school attendance and offered many youths the “opportunity” to go to Germany and work and earn some money and return in 3 months. 3 YEARS later my Dad is gaunt famished and working as a slave in Nazi labor camps. Day and Night he is enduring bombing runs from the allies. One day leaflets are dropped and the factory where he was working was to be bombed that night. The Nazis chase everyone out into the adjoining fields to avoid the loss of life. That night my father slept on a bale of hay and watched his factory blow up and burn to the ground. The following morning he is awakened by the drone of wing of planes approaching from the horizen and coming over his head. There was a different sound to these planes. They were not bombers. The sky begins to be speckled with thousands of descending paratroopers. It was the AIRBORNE. Word was out that you wanted to be captured by the Americans. They treated you right and fed you. My Dad spun around as heard the commotion of a young GI rolling up his parachute. The paratrooper ran to my Dad and started barking out orders to get out of the area. He was shocked at my Dad’s gaunt face and boils. My Dad did not understand so the soldier reached into his jacket and my Dad thought he was a dead man. The paratrooper pulled out Hershey Bar, Wrigley’s Doublemint gum and combat rations. Best meal in 3 years. My Dad says he tasted freedom.  My parents have always been grateful to the many who lost their lives liberating so many from bondage, tyranny and ...
  • Visit with John D. Cooke, former vice-president of McDonald’s Corporation May 5, 2018 December 3, 1997 On Wednesday, December 3, 1997 Jim O’Brien, pastor of UCG Cincinnati North and Lexington, KY congregations and I visited with former McDonald’s vice-president and ombudsman, Mr. John D. Cooke. We were guests at his home in Galena, Illinois where he and his wife Marge have retired. Jim O’Brien has been a friend of Mr. Cooke for many years, going back to the time when they both lived in Paducah, Kentucky. Our discussions were most enlightening as we discussed organizational and management philosophy. Here is some advice that Mr. Cooke had given us. Speaking about boards working with CEO’s, he stated that the most successful corporations have strong CEO’s working with a strong board where there is a lot of interaction. He said it was very important for every board member to know the company’s by-laws forwards and backwards. The duty of board members is to make the company successful. In meetings board members need to speak up. Silence means assent. UCG pastor Jim O’Brien with John D. Cooke Victor Kubik and John D. Cooke John Cooke strongly recommended that a new organization like the United Church of God be focused on educating future ministers and make that a priority. In working with McDonald’s, he said it was very important for the all those who worked for McDonald’s to uphold the identity and image of McDonald’s whether it was in the United States, Asia or Europe or wherever. He said it was important for board members to develop proper alliances among themselves to get business accomplished. Jim O’Brien and I found our talk with Mr. John Cooke most enlightening. While he has worked for a business corporation, many principles could be well applied to working together in our Church environment.      
  • Why Did You Leave? May 2, 2018 Why Did You Leave?
  • A ride up the M1 in Malawi March 28, 2018 March 29, 2018 Beverly and I traveled by AXA bus from Blantyre to the capital Lilongwe, Malawi on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.  All these scenes and slices of Malawi life were taken from the bus.  It was an unusually clear and beautiful day and I’m glad to share these photos with you in slide show mode. Tap on the photos to see the slide show!   ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]
  • My visit to where I was born in Germany March 18, 2018 In 1985 I wanted to visit refugee camp Lyssenko in Hannover, Germany camp where my parents lived from 1945-1949.  I was born there in October 1947.  From other Ukrainian families who were from the same camp as my parents at camp Lyssenko I got the address and the exact location where my parents lived.  Camp Lyssenko was in the northern part of Hannover, north of the city center. So, Bev and I and my son Michael along with friends Don and Colleen Erickson traveled to this city in 1985.  We had earlier driven through France, Czechoslovakia, Poland and East Germany. These were still in the days when East Germany was under Soviet domination and security was tight.  During the way my parents lived in Magdeburg, which is situated between Berlin and Hannover.  They escaped from the Russians after the war and found themselves in the British zone, in Hannover.  They found their way to the United Nations Refugee camp right here where the pictures are taken. This facility when we visited was a training center for border police.  I walked into the camp and told them that I was an infant here, from where my parents and I sailed to the United States in July 1979. The personnel at the academy for police were very congenial and took me right to the address I had for where my parents lived.  The place has obviously been greatly remodeled and improved. It was a very interesting experience to see this place where I lived when little.  I am so thankful that my parents and my life turned out the way it did. The camp today is a training center for SWAT police. You can see my earlier story about our departure at http://kubik.org/kubik-to-america  
  • March 17, 2018 Prophetic Times: Space Wars looming? March 16, 2018   
  • “Wild Geese Calling” by Anne Elliott March 13, 2018 As I sat on my porch in the cool of the day I heard wild geese calling, High in the air, with the wind in their wings, Their echoing voices falling. Onward they came, a triumphant band, Each bird fulfilling its role, Each wingstroke uplifting those flying behind, Each joy-cry encouraging the whole. And then they were gone, like a dream in the night, Surging onward, a new world to find; But their ringing call kept sounding in my ear, A soft echoing voice in my mind. As my heart swelled within at their plaintive refrain My soul seemed to whisper a thought- We, too, have left our world behind, And a new world of hope we have sought; Together we’re traveling onward, too, And our journey’s end is near. Like those geese, I mused to myself, Our leader’s voice we hear. “Come to me, unite with me, Love me, as I love you; Help me to finish my master-work To build the world anew.” We’ve heard the call, we’re on our way, The race is nearly run. Keep the pace, maintain your place, The battle’s almost won! With the blast of a trumpet and an angel’s loud call, We’ll fly on the wings of the wind To the arms of our Savior in the clouds, And we’ll never be earthbound again! Have you ever heard wild geese calling? Does your soul, also, for a new home cry? Do you envision a grand new world, And you there by your Maker’s side? Then look upward and look onward, Let God’s Life-book show the way; Let His spirit lift and lead you From this war-torn world away. To a world we’ve never seen before Where truth and mercy reign, And God’s love, a mighty river flows, Bringing life to the world again!
  • Former Ambassador College Pasadena on March 8, 2018 March 9, 2018 Along with few friends about sunset time, I quickly walked over the Pasadena campus of Ambassador College where I went to school from 1966-1968. Some of the stately buildings are there, others are torn down making way for residential condos. Some of you find this slide show of interest. Click or tap on photo below to step through slide show. ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]
  • Final Visit to Pasadena Ambassador College Campus in 2013 March 4, 2018 Final Visit to Pasadena Ambassador College Campus in 2013
  • Chile-Argentina Visit January 2018 March 4, 2018 Chile-Argentina Visit January 2018
  • Feb 24, 2018 Prophetic Times: Fake holocaust, Space Wars, Yellowstone eruption? February 23, 2018   
  • Feb 17, 2018 Prophetic Times – FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTINGS. Commentary and more February 16, 2018 Greetings from Phoenix, This Week’s Prophetic Times   This week a Florida high school has dominated the news with  a 19 year old gunman who killed 17 people.  Authorities have said he had mental problems.  Authorities also said he had been traumatized by the death of his mother of the flu.   One police officer said he had posted messages with focus on firearms in social media which should have been a red flag of concern.  I’m sure much more will come out as they investigate this case.   We do sincerely mourn with and pray for the families who have suffered this awful loss. They were robbed of the experiences they could have had with their loved ones in the years ahead.    There is something tragically wrong with our families in this country.  Our society is a fault because it is the crazy place which contributes to the kind of mind in which a person doesn’t think anything of killing another human being.  It seems every few months someone else goes on a killing spree either in an American school or some other venue.   The problem must relate to what is being learned.  Obviously, some of our youth are learning things which cause them to have radical violent tendencies.  It is what is going into the minds of developing youth which ultimately produces a killer.     A terrible family life plus a wide variety of things in society, such as violence oriented music, video movies and games which has glamorize killing, or even satanic cult ideas affecting the mind, could produce a mind which could turn violent.  If someone has mental issues on top of these things being pumped into the mind, and a person could lose it and become violent.  A  society which exposes its people to crazy making media could produce some who turn out crazy and violent.   No one ...
  • Feb 10, 2018 Prophetic Times – Brexit fallout, EU realigning, China sending 300,000 troops towards N. Korea…. February 9, 2018 Greetings from Phoenix, With Brexit the European Union seemed doomed, but the EU is expanding in the an area long neglected by the West.  The EU’s wavering political commitment to future membership of the six Balkan countries has caused many people in the region to lose hope.  The EU strategy aims to turn the tide and push the region towards EU membership and deep transformation. The EU is offering Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia membership in the union by 2025.  Other nations are under consideration in an EU expansion.  It seems the European Union is morphing as Britain seeks to exit the EU.     There is an article concerning the Balkan states in this issue of the Prophetic Times.  The beast power is morphing and expanding with Germany taking the lead.   Attached is the PT.  Please have a wonderful Sabbath!   Kind regards, Jim Tuck
  • Bradfords on Vanuatu December 2017 February 7, 2018 I always enjoy reading reports like this and wanted to share this Facebook Messenger message to me from Jenny.   From Jenny Bradford, wife of pastor Bill Bradford in Brisbane, Australia:                                      December 21, 2017 Hi Vic and Bev, These are some photos from our trip tp Vanuatu last Sabbath. We were there 5 days. Just 3 hour flight. The first photo is going out to the village where a number of members live and where they kept the Feast of Tabernacles. The second and third photos are the transport in a 4 wheel drive, with Bill in the back with Ruben and his wife and children. 4 th photo is with Bill and two couples he just married. We find out many just star and live together without a marriage, so Bill was surprised when they ask him to marry the with God’s blessing on Sunday. The two couples with the flowers on had just formalised their marriage. I think we will have more next time we go. Last photo is Church on the Sabbath. We had around 30 adults and 15 children that I counted as best I could. They wander in and out come and go. The area and villages reminded me of how you describe your trips to Africa. Love, Jenny   
  • Feb 3, 2018 Prophetic Times – North Korea standoff, Antisemitism in France, Drought and more… February 2, 2018 Dangerous civilization-ending games with North Korea and the world.  Antisemitism in France, Drought in South Africa.
  • Knit Hats From Prison January 17, 2018 At the home office in Cincinnati we received a box of knit caps, shawls and a blanket. They were knit by Jeff Bertrand  who is incarcerated in Caldwell, Ohio.  He writes this: “In past years I’ve donated hats that I’ve made, but I’ve learned how to do more than hats, so now I’m sending you a baby blanket, some hats  purses and clothing. So, here’s a variety of items.  Hopefully, they can be of use somewhere in the world.” These items will be sent to Africa through Good Works.  We are very grateful for what Jeff has done.  He hopes to be released in this year. If you would like to write to him, his address is: Jeff Bertrand #61117315708 McConnelsville Rd.Caldwell, OH 43724
  • Malawi: Brennan and Michala Hilgen with NEW blog January 15, 2018 Great blog from our Malawi Project leaders Brennan and Michala Hilgen who are starting their second year of service in Malawi.
  • Article about Colin Kubik in Ukrainian Publication January 15, 2018 I received this very interesting article in a Ukrainian publication from my nephew Colin. Don’t have any more information at this point.  Received it December 2, 2017.  Vic COLIN KUBIK: “THANK YOU TO TELL A LANGUAGE, AND THAT I DO NOT USE” In 1969, American psychologists Stanley Millgraem and Fzeffrey Trevers advanced the theory of “six handshakes”. Their proposed hypothesis was that each person is indirectly familiar with any other inhabitant of the planet through a short chain of common acquaintances. On average, this chain consists of six people. At the same time, it was easier to refute this theory than to confirm, but today, thanks to social networks, all the doubts disappear that we are familiar with anyone through the six handshakes. This theory confirms that all people on earth, if not a family, are good friends. In pre-war years, a sixteen-year-old girl from Kharkiv was taken to Germany. They took their children from each family in their village. She went to the so-called “Ostarbeiter” to Germany for voluntary compulsory labor. “Employers” promised that after half a year the girl would return, but this opportunity appeared only after the war.  The same fate came from a boy from Ternopil region, who voluntarily went to work in Germany. There, these two people got to know each other, and got married there. They were released after the war and they wanted to return home, but the boy’s father wrote to them a letter in which he called for no return to his native Ukraine. He talked about a big danger. As soon as they returned, they would immediately have been declared spies and traitors of the Soviet people. Young people listened to their father’s advice and never stepped on their native land. On the contrary – they emigrated even further – to the United States of ...
  • Jan 13, 2018 Prophetic Times – Iran, North Korea and usual suspects January 12, 2018 This week’s first new 2018 post from Jim Tuck. Iran, North Korea, Philippines, Israel and more….
  • Until Forever January 8, 2018 Bev and I came across Faith-based movie Until Forever.  We were looking for a movie that was a true story and found this on Amazon Prime for free.  We almost passed over it, but sure glad we didn’t!     Until Forever:  The story of Michael Boyum and Michelle  is a love narrative of a couple falling in love and looking forward to a life together.  But, before their wedding, he is diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia and his journey of faith in facing the tough questions of life for him and those close to him in the midst of this suffering.  The movie is thought-provoking and does not leave you dry-eyed.  The story is set in Inver Grove Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.  This is a movie worth watching in the wasteland of movie entertainment.  Here is how the movie is described:  Until Forever is a powerful account of one young man’s courageous battle with cancer and his spiritual journey throughout the ordeal. Based on the true story of Michael and Michelle Boyum, Until Forever illustrates the strength of faith in the midst of the unknown. A more detailed description is at http://www.farmingtonindependent.com/entertainment/3950285-story-her-life-sort Starring: Stephen Anthony Bailey, Madison Lawlor Runtime: 1 hour, 40 minutes Available to watch on supported devices. https://youtu.be/KJgrKKBzPno
  • December 2017 South Africa Family Camp and ABC January 5, 2018 United Youth Camp and Ambassador Bible College Sampler, South Africa: 24 to 31 December 2017 Following on from the success of the UYC Camp held in 2016 the 2017 camp was planned. The 2016 camp combined pre-teens and teens into one camp allowing parents of pre-teens to attend with their young children. This also raised the idea of an Ambassador Bible College Sampler being done in conjunction with the 2017 camp. Allowing the parents to be occupied during camp activities as well as any other adult members wishing to attend.
  • Africa Trip 2018 January 1, 2018
  • Prophetic Times December 30, 2017 Jim Tuck December 29, 2017 Greetings from Phoenix,    December 30, 2017 Prophetic Times    We are set to begin a new year as the international climate among nations is tense, and we wonder what this portends.  Some predict the United States economy will boom in 2018 and tank in 2019. Others have warned of imminent war in the Mideast.     Only time will tell, but the Bible admonishes in I Thes. 5:1-5,  “But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.”    Those who are part of the darkness of this world either know nothing of the Bible or they don’t care. Many are so caught up in their own lives they do not take time to give a thought to the really important questions of their own salvation.     The message of  the scriptures is that end time events will be a surprise most people, and we as Christians must be prepared spiritually.  (Luke 21:34-36)   God’s true people have an understanding of the times having knowledge of what prophecy says and are alert to events transpiring in the world.  They walk in the light.   As we begin another year it behooves us to remain aware and alert, and be reminded that one major event could change nearly everything.    Please have a great Sabbath!   Sincere regards, Jim Tuck
  • Argentina Sabbatarians – former and upcoming visit December 29, 2017 In the autumn of 1996 Ivan Yurishko, my friend from Khust in western Ukraine, a Sabbath-keeper, visited Misiones, Argentina to Sabbath-keepers, many of Ukrainian origin.  I had met with some of these people in Uruguay in 1993 and 1994.  Ivan brought Oleh Pavliy with him, who was the son of Sabbath leader Ivan Pavliy from Rokosovo, Ukraine.  Here are photos from his 1996 visit.   I will be visiting in this area in late January 2018 with Mario Seiglie and our wives and hope to find some of these people again.  I will report on this after we visit. — Victor Kubik Pastor Visits Sabbatarians in Uruguay and Ukraine From Worldwide News article August 9, 1994             My wife, Bev, and I returned July 13 from a 25,000-mile trip to South America and Ukraine.  Our main purpose was to visit Sabbatarian groups in Uruguay.  One group consisted of Ukrainians who had immigrated to South America between World Wars I and II.             The other group we visited were Sabbath-keepers who had built their work on our literature.  We met many interesting people and learned about migrations of people and how Sabbatarianism has flourished.  In Ukraine we visited our Ambassador Foundation project, where nine students, eight from Ambassador University, are teaching English.             We left for Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 26.  We met with the pastor, Al Sousa, and his wife, Faith, and brethren in Ezeiza, an outlying church from Buenos Aires, pastored by Carlos Espinosa.  Spanish regional director Leon Walker and his wife, Reba, were with us on the first part of this trip.             The next day we flew about an hour south to Bahia Blanca, a port on the South Atlantic.  The Bahia Blanca church pastor is Luis Chavez.  Both the Ezeiza and Bahia Blanca churches own meeting halls.  We were pleased to see what the brethren ...
  • Prophetic Times December 23, 2017 Jim Tuck December 22, 2017 Greetings from Phoenix,    December 23, 2017 Prophetic Times    Increasingly, the United States is standing alone in our decisions among the nations, and an example of this is the move of Israel’s capital from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.   The U.N. recently voted unanimously to disavow U.S. President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  Of course, this will make little difference to the United States foreign policy, but even our allies did not back the United States.     Some 128 countries voted for the resolution, while nine voted “no,” and 35 nations abstained, including Canada, Mexico and Australia.  Nikki Haley, the U.S. UN Ambassador, openly stated that this vote would not be forgotten, meaning that financial aid given would be possibly pulled.   Israel and Jerusalem stand alone, and the virtually the whole world is opposed to this tiny little nation.  Regular threats are hurled at Israel on a daily basis, and armies surround her poised to wipe it off the face of the earth.  The Bible warned when this day would come in the book of Zechariah.     Zech 12: 1- 3 “The burden of the word of the Lord against Israel. Thus says the Lord, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him: 2 “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. 3 And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.”    Even though the United States stands on the side of Israel we must not think we shall escape what Zechariah says.  To the contrary we will be the first target of destruction when the next major war breaks out. ...
  • BBC Documentary about the history of the King James Bible December 16, 2017 This is an excellent BBC documentary about the history of the King James Bible.  An amazing translation and the work that went into it and the way it was done by the King of England. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CCevwHUIOU
  • Prophetic Times December 16, 2017 Jim Tuck December 15, 2017 Greetings from Phoenix,   It is a good idea to look at Turkey’s position regarding the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.  They are lining up with Russia and moving away from the United States.  Much in scripture about the end time role of Turkey in prophecy.  Jim Tuck
  • Prophetic Times December 9, 2017 Jim Tuck December 8, 2017 Greetings from Phoenix,   December 9, 2017 Prophetic Times    The news the week primarily focuses on the scandals of politicians Hollywood actors, and corporate leaders, but there is a real crisis brewing all over the world.  If something were to break out most people be shocked and totally unaware.     We are not unaware even as the Apostle Paul wrote in I Thes. 5:3 -6, “For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.”   I know there are many distractions in this world, but we need to keep alert to the times we are entering.  Right now the nations are sparring and dancing around the ring like boxers waiting for the first punch to be thrown, and when that happens the fight will begin.   Attached is the news for this week.  Have a wonderful Sabbath!   Kind regards, Jim Tuck
  • Archive of Don Ward’s “World News and Prophecy” Radio Program from the 2000’s December 2, 2017 Archive of Don Ward's "World News and Prophecy" Radio Program from the 2000's
  • Prophetic Times December 2, 2017 from Jim Tuck December 1, 2017 Greetings from Phoenix,   The dominant topic in the media has been sexual harassment in the workplace chiefly in Hollywood and Washington D.C. with women coming forward to name their abusers. In the private sector company heads have been forced to resign or have been fired, but in politics, this is not the case.  This ties into the words Isaiah was inspired by God to write anciently:  “Alas, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a brood of evil doers, children who are corrupters!  They have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel, they have turned away backward. why should you be stricken again?  You will revolt more and more.  The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints.  From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores;  they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment.”  (Isa. 1:4-8) The headlines of today’s news focus on the immorality of the heads of corporations and the leaders of the country who occupy elected office.   It wasn’t long ago a massive sex scandal surrounded Catholic priests across the country.  What Isaiah recorded long ago is certainly revealed before our eyes when he says the whole head is sick.  When someone is sick in the head is sick they make decisions that don’t make sense.  Decisions have been handed down on a national and state level which often are senseless.    One such landmark U.S. law given dealt with disallowing prayer in schools in 1962.  Another senseless law was passed down by our leaders in the 1973 decision of Roe v. Wade which affirmed a women’s right to have an abortion under the 14th amendment of the Constitution. National Right to Life estimates that, since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion 43 years ago in Roe v. Wade, more ...
  • Opiod/Heroin Epidemic in Southern Ohio November 25, 2017 At our October 17, 2017, Batavia, OH Rotary meeting Newtown Police Chief Tom Synan who is also the co-chairman of the Hamilton County Opiate Task Force was our guest speaker. He spoke about the heroin epidemic in Southwest Ohio.  It was an eye-opening presentation about a serious drug problem killing at an accelerating rate right here where we live.  It gets worse than heroin, however.  Synthetic substitutes that are many times more power and becoming lethal making this the dreaded problem it is.  Southwestern Ohio is one of the worst areas for this problem. Synthetic phenetol is 50 times more powerful than heroin.  Opioids goes to the brain stem and rewires it.  Takes a long time to recover….one to three years. Opiods are bought by users on the Internet and sent by US mail.  While legislation is being enacted to inspect suspect packages, but right now this is a primary way of delivery. Opioid overdose is now the number one cause of accidental death and more are dying of this and in car accidents in this country.  Last year 64,000 people died. President Trump has called this a national health emergency. Doctors are partly responsible as the drug manufacturers are the gateway to people become addicted.  75% of people becoming addicted started out with prescription meds.   People are in pain, insurance pays for the drugs.  Drug companies make them and doctors prescribe them. People want instant relief through a pill from physical and mental discomfort. The primary user group is white males 27-50, although it is used by those of ages 12-70.  All strata of society is affected  — from professionals to the working class.  Causes of addiction are trauma, genetics or the environment. A revealing book about this problem is the riveting story of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.  It is set in Portsmouth, Ohio.  Here is the ...
  • de Campos / Kubik Visit to Panama and Brazil Nov. 15-22, 2017 November 13, 2017 de Campos / Kubik Visit to Panama and Brazil Nov. 15-22, 2017
  • Prophetic Times November 11, 2017 November 10, 2017 This week United States President Trump is visiting with Chinese President Xi, and both are trying to present a united front as they hash out differences over trade and the growing problem of  North Korea.     North Korea is one of several nations which holds the potential of sparking the next world war.  North Korea will no doubt by a part of the great eastern hordes which will play a large role in the coming end time conflict. (Dan 11:44, Rev 9:16)   It would stand to reason with the huge numbers of China (1.3 billion) that they would be included in hordes who will be involved in the war in the final conflict prior to the return of Jesus Christ.  China currently is indeed stepping up the development of military power and striving to assert itself as a power in the Southeast Asian theater.   Another area to watch centers around Iran and Saudi Arabia as there is an expectation there will be a major conflict soon.   Some are predicting a bloody war.  If Iran was able to bring down the Saudi regime Iran, Syria, Hamas, and others would be emboldened to attack Israel.     Any war between the Saudis and Iran could be a catalyst for the formation of the King of the South which will play heavily into the scenario foretold by the prophet Daniel.   We don’t know exactly how prophecy will unfold,  but, as we get closer to the end of the age, we will be able to see which way events are leading.  Christ warned us to watch so we are not drawn way to the distractions of this world such that we neglect our spiritual condition, and we are caught unaware. (Lk 21:34)   Jim Tuck
  • Fred Kellers Tribute November 6, 2017 Fred Kellers is leaving for New Zealand this week of November 6, 2017 to help Dan Porteous who is recovering from an illness.
  • Stopping by in Salem, Oregon on October 21, 2017 November 4, 2017 On October 21, 2017, I spent the day with Ben Light going to church in Eugene and Salem, Oregon.  On the way down, we stopped by a church Herbert W. Armstrong preached in long ago on the corner of   17th and Chemeketa.  Reference to this is made on page 507 of the Autobiography,  Volume 1.  I was visiting the area in the aftermath of pastor, John Cafourek’s death October on 12th. 
  • Poll from sermon on 8th Day by Victor Kubik October 12, 2017
  • A Day of Salvation October 2, 2017 Betty Randle from Eden Prairie, MN, who our family has known for 50 years just sent me this poem.  She wrote it for the arts and crafts exhibit at the Wisconsin Dells Festival site next week.  She says she writes poems like this most every year and I wanted to share it with you.  Oh Israel!! How I cried for you!Was Beloved of God….It’s trueBut forsook His law and turned their backOn righteousness and drifted off the trackHis called-out ones became “the Bride”Awaiting His return…took their trials in strideDepending on and trusting allTo the Great God …on Him they did callLoved by God who granted them favorHated by the world…..as was their SaviorShunned and banished, O children of loveUnworthy, as inhabitants ….like a little turtle doveTheir Mighty God has spread His wingsA covert …he protects and delivers…with hope He bringsWith the Angels shout!! The heaven ringsTo the sound of trumpets…Comes the King of KingsA welcomed sight- for creation in troubleCrying out in destruction and rubbleThe danger is o’er. The King has returnedMany now rewarded….for Him they have yearnedTo serve them….their Savior, faithful and trueRestoring the earth …in all things they doWiping the tears from their eyes and healThe broken hearts and spirits. The truth He’ll revealThe eyes of the blind will seeThe ears unstopped and captives set freeIsrael delivered….to its realm of majestyHe will rule with righteousness and endWars, famine, sickness, poverty and sendHis Saviors to come and teach His wayOf the mystery …the gospel…. The DayOf Salvation for allLet’s help them to heed the call!             — Betty Randle  
  • Coleman and Heather Gidcumb September 26, 2017 Bev and I are very happy for our niece Heather Kubik and Coleman Gidcumb who were married on September 22, 2017 in High Country Orchard in Colbert (Spokane area), Washington. Seeing Heather marry into such a fine family was very joyful for us to experience.  Both hold upright values and their marriage will be a success. Heather’s cousins Heather and Coleman It as a little over 30 years ago that Bev and I were in Washington for the marriage of Heather’s parents Eugene and Sherry Kubik. How quickly those three decades have passed, but how well we remember that joyous moment as well. It was so good to be with my siblings as well as the nieces and nephews to see everyone together. However, there is sadness that these moments could not have been experienced with our parents. Our father Igor died 50 years ago and mother Nina 33 years ago.  They were not able to share in the joy of the children and grandchildren.  Since they were transplanted as refugees from post-war Europe, we had no other family in the United States, however, we have developed lifelong friendships both in America and places overseas.  I am happy for my youngest brother Eugene to see him and Sherry have such a blessing in their family. Again, Heather and Coleman. May God bless you both as you yield to Him and to His ways that only guarantee what He intended for our good. Our love, Vic and Bev (Tap or click on photo below for slide show) ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Video clips…. https://youtu.be/p4vJuNqnd4U
  • Update from the President August 31, 2017 September 1, 2017 In this update from the president, Victor Kubik gives reports about HARVEY from people on the ground and what we are doing about it.
  • LifeNets, Good Works and the United Church of God August 26, 2017 At the August 23, 2017 Council of Elders meetings a “review” was done of the long-standing work of LifeNets (1999) and Good Works (2003). This presentation well explains it. More at http://lifenets.org/ucg https://youtu.be/_coYbw2EUV0
  • Update from the President August 24, 2017 August 25, 2017 In this update from the president, Victor Kubik talks about some of the recent Council of Elder meeting highlights, including a vigorous discussion about Good Works and LifeNets.
  • Prophetic Times August 26, 2017 August 25, 2017 We live in a time when children from an early age are being taught in some nations to hate and kill their enemies. It is a time when threats by rogue nations are made regularly, and the possibility of war is ever-present. The news these days is sometimes scary. More and more people do not want to hear about it, and as a result, the news media is catering to this mentality by providing fluffy nonsense mostly about Hollywood. Of course, we are admonished to watch and be aware. But, we have hope when we see the crazy news of these confusing time.  Jesus Christ told His disciples, “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” (Matt. 24:6 )
  • Prophetic Times August 19, 2017 August 18, 2017 More terrorism being planned, Iran, N. Korea….. 
  • Update from the President August 17, 2017 August 18, 2017 In this update from the president, Victor Kubik talks about how we benefit from praising God.
  • Update from the President August 10, 2017 August 17, 2017 In this update from the president, Victor Kubik talks about getting our congregations ready for the Feast of Tabernacles.
  • Prophetic Times August 12, 2017 August 11, 2017 Click or tap for PDF The condition of the world continues to heat up in many areas of the world. Central to the concerns now is the rhetoric coming out of the rogue nation of North Korea which is making threats of launching ICBM missiles at the U.S. Territory of Guam. U.S. Military officials believe the N. Koreans have developed nuclear capability and perhaps could mount a weapon on one of their missiles. Naturally, in the event of an attack, the United States must respond to protect the over 150,000 U.S. citizens on Guam. President Trump warned North Korea about any such actions and said, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. Mr. Trump told reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., where he is spending much of the month on a working vacation. Ã� They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen and promised “fire and fury” such as the world has never seen.” North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un has threatened to launch against Guam in mid-August, but what will occur is unknown. The United States must practice restraint so as not to escalate the problem. However, if this the N. Korean dictator carries through he could ignite the next world war. The United States has had the blessing of being secured by vast oceans making it more difficult for our enemies to attack. Now that missile technology has advanced even in some the poorer nations like North Korea and Iran the ocean barrier is no longer the protection it once was. Missiles can arrive any place in the U.S. in a matter of minutes. We need to keep in mind the prophecy in Ezekiel 6:2, 6 which gives a warning to the governments of modern Israel that all our cities will ...
  • Days of Creation August 5, 2017 Jelly and the Days of Creation Released August 3, 2017 WATCH! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1_bhmSTSg4&feature=youtu.be
  • Prophetic Times August 5, 2017 August 4, 2017 Is the entire world preparing for war? Is the die cast? Who and what can stop it?
  • Update from the President August 3, 2017 August 4, 2017 In this update from the president, Victor Kubik shares an encouraging message focused on courageously enduring through trials.
  • UCG Australia Streaming Radio July 29, 2017 Welcome to the brand new online radio station for United Church of God – Australia, now streaming 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Listen to booklet and magazine readings, Bible readings, Bible Q&As, Sermons, Bible class lectures, podcasts, the BT Daily series, and more!
  • Prophetic Times July 29, 2017 July 28, 2017 The focus of the news is on the Temple mount of Jerusalem, and the issues will likely worsen as the Palestinian Authority continues to stir up trouble. Attached is the Prophetic Times with key news items about the Jerusalem conflict and other hot spots to watch around the world.
  • Update from the President July 27, 2017 July 27, 2017 In this update from the president, Victor Kubik mentions the Beyond Today recordings in Europe, a visit from UCG Russian language coordinator and translator, Jorge and Kathy de Campos trip to Angola and Australia UCG streaming radio.
  • Update from the President July 20, 2017 July 23, 2017 In this update from the president, I share insight into the Beyond Today recordings that are currently taking place in Germany. I also gives some updates on what is going on in various places such as camps happening, the memorial for Lucretia Kellers, wife of Fred Kellers, and visits in Lilongwe, Malawi. Lastly, I talk in detail about how we can each share our gifts through fellowship.    
  • Prophetic Times July 22, 2017 July 22, 2017 Pope speaks of World Government, Iran threatens US bases in the Middle East, North Korea to fire missile from sub
  • My Visit to Mother’s Hometown, U.S.S.R. Plain Truth August 1989 July 13, 2017 My Visit to Mother's Hometown, U.S.S.R. Plain Truth August 1989
  • Update from the President July 6, 2017 July 12, 2017 Undercover Boss
  • A Poem From and Story About Artur Aleksandrov in Estonia July 7, 2017 Artur Aleksandrov lives in Tallinn, Estonia.  Bev and I first visited him in January 2009.  I write about this on my TravelArk blog at http://v2.travelark.org/travel-blog-entry/victorkubik/8/1233377700.  He is Russian and speaks excellent English.  He has a heart to help and serve.  I also told his story in our Eastern European newsletter http://kubik.org/ucgee/June%2030,%202009/june%2030-09.htm                                PDF Version of Poem Putting faith in God first — Artur Aleksandrov’s courageous story In June 2009 he graduated from high school. But, it was not easy.  He had important exams to take, some of which had to be taken on the Sabbath Day. If not taken, he would not be able to graduate, and worse, be denied admission to further education and look at a bleak future. This did not dissuade Artur.  He put God first.  And God responded and blessed him mightily.  The words below are Artur’s. We found them inspiring as we hope you will, too. __________________________________ Now that the more important things related to school are behind me, I am sitting down to tell you how it all went and how our shared Lord constantly blessed me through this time.  As you know, just recently I was a high school senior, trying his best to balance school, God and various ‘cares of this life.’ When the new year started, I wanted to focus on picking the right national exams to take. When I decided on which ones I prefer, it didn’t even come to mind that one of them could fall on the Sabbath. By nature being rather forgetful and slow, I didn’t notice the day of the week I was to sit for the first two exams (both were on the Sabbath). I lived on unsuspectingly until, about three weeks before the first exam, one of my teachers casually mentioned something ...
  • Colombia United Youth Camp 2017 July 3, 2017 For the third year, the 2017 Colombian United Youth Summer Camp was held at the Hotel San Gil del Campo just outside of the city of San Gil, Santander, Colombia from June 22-27, 2017. This was our fifth consecutive year for camp in Colombia, with a total of 16 campers, 6 staff from Colombia, and 4 staff from the United States–two of which were the Colombian pastor and his wife.  We experienced delightful cooperation, comradery, and unity among the campers and staff. This centrally located city makes travel to camp easier and less expensive for all who attended. Hotel San Gil del Campo is a former monastery and affords an absolutely peaceful and tranquil location with vistas of mountains and valleys covered with a variety of green vegetation. The temperature was also very comfortable day and night…no air conditioning was needed or available. Campers and staff stayed in hotel rooms that housed three to four people comfortably and we all ate together in the dining hall that provided three freshly prepared meals (from onsite grown vegetables and meat) cooked each day.  We started each day with a Spiritual Compass Check and ended each day with a Christian Living class or other Bible activity using the 2017 United Youth Camps theme of Building Your Relationship with God to keep us focused on what we all desired to learn while at camp.  Building bonds of friendship with our spiritual family was also a huge part of camp. Plenty of time for fellowship and relaxing is an integral part of this camp, allowing time for bonding and renewing friendships between campers, and staff with campers as well. It is truly an uplifting experience, and the setting of tranquility added to such. Click or tap on photo below to see slide show! ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Returning again ...
  • Parable of the Unjust Steward June 29, 2017 Intro: Do you have a scripture, or several verses, that are hard to understand? Read Luke 16:1-8 SPS: How are we to understand these verses? Background: Book of Luke has passages throughout on money, greed, the poor (Luke 12…beware of covetousness, rich man who built bigger barns, Luke 14….when you have a dinner invite those who can’t repay you…Luke 15 prodigal son) Luke 16: 14 The Pharisees were lovers of money :1 There was a certain rich man…. :8 The master commended the servant for being shrewd…meaning wisely, acting prudently, or figuring out a solution -implication is that he also valued this trait, he was not a son of lightWhat is Jesus’ comment?Jesus does not commend or praise the steward…He does not advocate this type of shrewdness and self-gain but rather our “shrewdness” is shown in faithfulness and the proper use of money.The steward resorted to shrewdness because he lacked faithfulness.He acted to save himself at the expense of others…you get the sense this was how the Pharisees conducted themselves Praising the steward would be in conflict with so many other sayings of Jesus about wealthStory is to show the contrast of a bad steward vs. a good steward (Proverbs)Good steward – based on faithfulness not on man’s skill or shrewdnessShowed that shrewdness is the way that the sons of this world operate…does not indicate spirituality but a secular naturePharisees probably liked the start of the story, but not the end. :9-:13 :9 We too are stewards and we are to be good stewards. We are to be faithful in how we use our resources. He does not speak against money, but the emphasis is using it for good…using our resources to help others and to serve God. Jesus calls money unrighteous as a further indictment against the Pharisees and their love of it.By using money for good now, we ...
  • Vic and Bev Kubik’s Spring 2017 Flowers June 24, 2017 These are some of the flowers that we have enjoyed during the spring of 2017 at our home and at the Cincinnati Nature Center. Batavia and Cincinnati Ohio  Click or tap on photos for slideshow ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]    
  • Myanmar 2017 Pentecost in Taungoo Report June 24, 2017 Also, Ian and Julia Stewart’s 2016 Spring Holy Day trip to the same location in Taungoo.
  • Prophetic Times June 24, 2017 June 23, 2017 Close Fighter Jet encounters in Baltic, Venezuela, Iran, of course, and more…
  • Update from the President June 22, 2017 June 23, 2017 Report on Emily Gerhardt in Australia and my comments about daily miracles that should not be overlooked.
  • Update from the President June 15, 2017 June 23, 2017 Rotary convention in Atlanta and National Geographic’s June 2017 article about Why We Lie
  • Pringle NW Zambia January 2017 Trip June 22, 2017 January 2017  Zambia North West Trip Hello Vic, This is a short belated report on a visit Cherry and I took up to Solwezi – Mufumbwe – Manyinga in January 2017. We spent the Sabbath at Solwezi. I gave them paint for the inside of the church hall and a sign to be fixed to an outside wall. The next day, Sunday we went to Mufumbwe where we had a meeting to discuss various issues. They had no trouble with Army Worm but had a plague of Stalk Borer. I had previously sent them K5,000  ($500) to purchase Knapsack sprayers and insecticide. This they had used to good effect and the scourge had mostly been eradicated. We also inspected the church plot where the foundations were in. I had also previously given them a plan and picture of what type of hall we needed.   I noticed power lines some 200m from our plot. I was told that if we paid K750 ($75) to the electricity department they would bring the line right up to the church building. Fortunately Cherry had grocery money to that amount in her bag which I pirated off her so we could have this done. Then I got all sorts of ambitious ideas  I had planned to put an extra room on the back of the church completely fitted out for us to stay for when we visited that area. A submersible water pump to be put in the borehole, an elevated water tank, lights in the church and Deacon’s flat and a 1.8m diamond mesh fence put around the complex. The next day we picked everyone up at Mufumbwe and went to Manyinga where we held a Bible study. We also inspected the church plot, 100x50m which is in a good location some 50m from a main road.  I gave them ...
  • My “New” Blog – various thoughts about various things…. June 22, 2017 My "New" Blog - various thoughts about various things....
  • Vic’s TravelArk (formerly TravelPod) trips June 16, 2017 http://v2.travelark.org/traveller/victorkubik
  • Prophetic Times – June 17, 2014 June 16, 2017 Prophetic Times - June 17, 2014
  • Personal from the President June 8, 2017 June 9, 2017 President, Victor Kubik, gives updates on the most recent Holy Day: Pentecost. He talks about his time in Indianapolis for this day and gives a brief update of LifeNets help in the Philippines with scholarships. Later on, Mr. Kubik, goes into detail on when our children are confronted with death and how we need to be the positive influence for our children to talk to in these difficult times. 
  • Prophetic Times June 3, 2017 June 5, 2017 Isis, Philippines, Trump alienating Europe, North Korea and more. Terrorists are operating from the United Kingdom because there is more “freedom.” In this weekly issue of Prophetic Times :Terrorism and the Philippines, North Korea, Trump and Germany. http://kubik.org/pt/2017/PT060317.pdf
  • Letter from the President June 2, 2017 June 5, 2017 I am moved to write a short note to all our congregations to ask your prayers for God’s healing, His grace and His comfort upon many in our midst who are suffering and are dealing with the impact of unexpected, fiery trials. https://www.ucg.org/members/news/letter-from-the-president-june-2-2017
  • Death of Mark O. Rorem June 1, 2017 June 1, 2017 It is with much sadness that we must announce that United Church of God elder Mark Ohmer Rorem, 69, died early on Wednesday morning, May 31, after battling a previously dormant condition which eroded the lining of his lungs and caused his death. He leaves behind his loving wife, Linda, a son, Greg, and two daughters, Jessica and Stephanie, and two grandchildren. All of his children are baptized members of the United Church of God. Jessica is married to James Goss and they have two children. They attend the San Jose, California congregation. Stephanie attends in Oakland, CA, and Greg is presently living and working in China. Mark graduated in 1973 from Ambassador University and taught at the college as well. Prior to coming to Ambassador Mark received a BA in economics from Tulane University. After leaving Ambassador he received an MBA from the Southern Methodist University, and he later received a JD degree from University of California, Hastings College. He practiced civil litigation and had an office in San Francisco. He was ordained as an elder in the United Church of God September 30, 2000 and served in the San Francisco area. He was deeply dedicated to his calling and his ministry and greatly affected the lives of brethren not only in northern California, but in Mexico and Central America as well. He also served on the board of LifeNets, a nonprofit charity helping in needy areas of the world. He will be remembered for his many labors of love for his family and for God’s people. We look forward to seeing our brother at the return of Jesus Christ! Please continue to pray for his family as they confront the circumstances of these past few weeks and their lives going forward.  Information will be forthcoming regarding memorial services. Tim Pebworth, pastor, Oakland, ...
  • Personal from the President May 25, 2017 May 26, 2017 https://www.ucg.org/members/news/update-from-the-president-may-25-2017 ABC Graduation, Ministerial Education, Pastoral Development Program, ABC Continuing Education and my blog about my parents gratitude to their sponsor for bringing them to the United States from post-WWII Germany.
  • Prophetic Times May 26, 2017 High points of last week’s world events to watch.  Including Iran, N. Korea and now the Philippines.  Jim Tuck gives this quick summary of items to be aware of. Jim Tuck has been producing a weekly newsletter highlighting world events of significance in light of Bible prophecy.  He is United Church of God pastor in Phoenix, Arizona.   I’m glad to feature his newsletter on my site at  http://kubik.org/pt Jim Tuck ljt5v053@sbcglobal.net
  • Kubik’s come to America 1949 May 21, 2017 May 21, 2017 I have just recently come across a letter that my father Igor wrote on July 18, 1949 to his Minnesota sponsor in the United States. This was the day before he, my mother Nina and I left Germany for the United States. The letter is preserved in the family archives of University of Minnesota professor Dr. Alexander Granovsky. He was the sponsor for our family to leave refugee camp Lyssenko in Hannover and start a new life in the United States.   The role of the sponsor was to invite and guarantee work for the immigrant. After arriving at Ellis Island in New York, my parents took the train to Faribault, Minnesota where my Dad Igor was given a job working at an apple orchard.   The three of us ultimately became naturalized US citizens.    When I read this discovered letter, I was deeply moved.  In this brief missive to his sponsor, my father briefly encapsulated hope, gratitude, anxiety and relief from demeaning suffering during seven years of life in Germany from 1942 to 1949.  My parents survived work camps, concentration camps and refugee camps in Magdeburg and Hannover, Germany.  They left Germany forever on July 19, 1949.  I was not yet two years old. My father Igor Davidovich Kubik Victor My mother Nina Dmitrinova Bremen – GrohnMonday, July 18, 1949 Highly respected Sir Professor! I am happy to inform that on the 19th of this month we completely will leave these inhospitable camps, which all got into our skin during these seven years. I don’t know whether you realize, Sir Professor, what a great favor you’ve done for me and my family by taking us out from that cursed German nest, and we are, those who experienced those seven years in those camps, had eaten not one ration of bread or ladle of soup, which ...
  • Personal from the President May 18, 2017 May 19, 2017 https://www.ucg.org/members/news/update-from-the-president-may-18-2017 Ambassador Bible College – Graduation this Sunday.  Teaching the Truth.  New Zealand update. More…
  • Prophetic Times May 13, 2017 Jim Tuck has been producing a weekly newsletter highlighting world events of significance in light of Bible prophecy.  He is United Church of God pastor in Phoenix, Arizona. I’m glad to feature his newsletter on my site at http://kubik.org/pt Jim Tuck ljt5v053@sbcglobal.net
  • Personal from the President May 11, 2017 May 12, 2017 https://www.ucg.org/members/news/update-from-the-president-may-11-2017 Summary of the new General Conference of Elders and a preview of the promotions we are doing to our readers about the new ANGELS booklet.
  • Personal from the President May 4, 2017 May 5, 2017 https://www.ucg.org/members/news/update-from-the-president-may-4-2017 Today I show the new artwork display at the home office in Cincinnati. I discuss the kind of person I would hire right away: Timothy!
  • Personal from the President April 27, 2017 May 2, 2017 Discussion of three traits of a Disciple. https://www.ucg.org/members/news/update-from-the-president-april-27-2017
  • Sing-a-long at Darris/Debbie McNeely’s home May 1, 2017 Saturday night April 29, the McNeely’s had much of the ABC class over for a social. One of the things we did was have a sing-a-long.
  • 24 Days in Africa March 29 – April 21, 2017 April 20, 2017 We are leaving South Africa, Malawi, Zambia on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Will be visiting lots of friends, pastors, congregations along the way. Join us on TravelPod and bookmark us http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog/victorkubik/20/tpod.html http://v2.travelark.org/travel-blog/victorkubik/20 http://v2.travelark.org/traveller/victorkubik  
  • LifeNets Business Center March 27, 2017 We have built a business center facing a main street in Lilongwe, Malawi.  It contains an Internet cafe, copy center, and grocery store.  It is also the location of the LifeNets office for the northern part of Malawi.   Take a look at the latest tri-fold brochure.  Financing for this operation was done by LifeNets and will provide employment for about four people.    LifeNets Business Center
  • From a sermon I gave in Los Angeles in spring 1992…. March 25, 2017 In 1992 I was a guest speaker in the Los Angeles congregation. My friend with whom we traveled together from Pasadena took notes, but as his habit was, he took them in the form of spontaneously generated poetry. He really caught the essence of my message well in this poem.  I just found this among my sermon notes from years gone by and thought you might enjoy this. Vic Looks at Passover
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