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Traditionally, what do we expect from our church? We expect unity, a social network, a teacher of moral values, a forum for the exchange of ideas, a champion for the needy and downtrodden, a safe haven for all who enter, and (we hope) the truth. My church, the Universal Life Church, is all that, and more! On our letterhead you will find the phrase, "We Are One." We are one. We are one people united in our quest for religious freedom. We are united in our fierce defense of the First Amendment that we, too, are entitled to worship our God in our own way.

The most important people in my life are involved with this church. My father preaches from the time he gets up until the time he goes to bed. He alone, has taught me courage, the power of confrontation, and the gift of "thinking." My mother has taught me that life is seldom easy. My husband John has taught me love and loyalty. My church family is closer to me than my extended family. For these are the people with whom I am most comfortable and with whom I have the most in common.

The one doctrine, "to do that which is right," will guide you through any, or all decisions in your life. You must decide what is right for you and not condemn others if their 'right' is different than yours.

You will never go to another church that will exchange ideas and beliefs so varied that you'll leave with your head spinning! I guarantee it. At our Annual Conventions, one speaker may talk on devil worship, one on the evil of money, one of the love of God, and, one on our animal nature, all within one service. Every congregation has a free flow of ideas that we all respect.

There is an old story about the hospital being a place for sick people, a school a place for the uneducated. Well, our church opens wide its arms to encompass all who might enter. We are equal. There are no big 'I's' and little "you's". We can all enter and are alI respected.

For the past 30 years, we have fought for truth. We have fought long and hard, and, we will continue to fight, for truth will bring freedom! In this book you will learn about this very traditional church. It is alive! It is growing! It is changing the world as we know it! Welcome to our family!

--Manzanita Hensley Lowarch


by Kirby J. Hensley, D. D.

If you are a Bible Student you will understand what I am about to say. We have had three world orders: first from Adam to the Flood was about 2,000 years, then there started a second new order and it lasted about 2,000 years. Next came Jesus and he started yet another world order and it lasted about 2,000 years until now 1994. This brings us to the fourth order, the Universal Order. No order has worked until now. All three world orders before had never worked. Why? Because they looked outside of themselves for direction on which way to go, what to do, why, etc . . . they were looking for some super natural power.

The new Universal Order teaches men & women to look within themselves, because it is within men & women lies the answer.

What does the bible say about the new world order? We find in the book of Colossians, Chapter 1, Verse 16, from the Universal translation. "For by man all things were created, that are in heavenly places, or earthly places, visible or invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions, or powers, all this were created by man and for man, and without man there was nothing created. So we see from this verse of scripture that man is the creator, and not some power outside of man."

We find another scripture, found in Romans, Chapter 11, Verse 34. "For who hath known the mind of man. Only man knows the mind of man." Here we find Paul's saying. Yes, man had to create a power . . . everything was his and now it's being restored to him, all things. We find here that all things come by man, for man, and are now being returned back to man. What are we going to do with this Universal Order? Are we going to make it work . . . ? Yes!

Here is my prediction why the church and state is in war. It looks like at this present time that the church wants to take over the government. There are a lot of people who are caught up in the spirit of war who are killing. We've seen this the last couple of years. Different people have been killing, saying it is gods will for them to kill and that they are doing god's service by killing. We are going to see more between the government and the church within the next few years. I am telling you that the majority of the people on this planet will turn against the church and state and they will set up and bring into being the new Universal Order which according to the dictionary states: a sequence, arrangement; the way one thing follows another; the condition in which everything is controlled as it should be; is in its right place, performing its correct function; peaceful regularity of public life.

We see today many things being changed out of this right order and this is one of the things that is destroying the three orders that were. Men and women have began to rise up, saying we are going to find a way to bring about a peaceful solution to this planet. As I write this message, right now today, President Clinton and Russia's Boris Yeltsin are speaking and it is the same old rigmarole that we heard before.

I would like to quote one more verse of scripture in closing this message. The writer of the Revelation, the last chapter, last few verses, makes this statement to the churches: "Go out and invite everyone to come and join this freedom . . . freely". He says to include everyone to take this freedom, the liar, the adulterer, the whoremonger, the murder, etc. A new Universal Order will include all races. The good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful, including all without prejudice.

From time to time we will be writing in the Universal Newspaper constantly about the Universal Order. If you have any thoughts or feelings about the Universal Order, write to me and I will consider printing it into the paper. Universal Life Church Headquarters, 601 3rd Street, Modesto, CA, 95351.



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