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UCB Family gets together

UCB Family gets together

Today we enjoyed a digital Family Get Together. While COVID is ruining everyone's travel plans and, in some cases, our ability to get together with friends. Digital technology means we can get together! So today, our...

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AGM in the Cook Islands

Over the weekend the UCB Cook Islands members got together for their Annual General Meeting (AGM). This is an important meeting for all UCB groups. At the AGM the Board is elected (or reelected) and all members get to...

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The Old Becomes New

Repurposed for YWAM's Training and a Community Radio Station in PNG   Aerial view of the campus - originally built as a water sports complex for the South Pacific Games in 2015. A generator that once served our...

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Licence Granted for Vanuatu

Licence Granted for Vanuatu

It was with great excitement that we received notification from the TRBR in Vanuatu that our application for a nationwide radio licence was successful! Praise the Lord! This is a huge step forward for our fledgling...

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A Blessing for Christmas

2020 has been a year like no other and one that some people want to forget and many others want to quickly move on from. However even in the middle of all the disruption God has been working powerfully in the lives of...

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How To Deal With Difficult People (1)

‘Strive to do what is good for each other.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:15 NIV

Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as ‘the Helper’. (John 15:26 ESV) And as you submit to Him, He’ll help you handle the difficult people in your life the right way. Paul writes, ‘Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.’ (Ephesians 4:30 NIV) Don’t offend, or inhibit, or block the Holy Spirit from working in your life.

You say, ‘How would I do that?’ Paul answers, ‘Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.’ (Ephesians 4:31 NIV) That’s a list of pretty nasty stuff! And Paul’s point is this: either you allow your responses to be ruled by that nasty list, or to be ruled by the indwelling Holy Spirit. The choice is yours.

The Bible says, ‘Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.’ (Ephesians 4:26–27 NIV) When you retaliate in anger, you give the devil a foothold in your life—a beachhead from which he can attack you in other areas. When that happens, not only do you have to deal with the hurt caused by the difficult person in your life, you have to deal with the added hurt that comes from giving the devil a foothold. So what should you do?

The Bible says, ‘Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’ (Ephesians 4:32 NIV) In other words, remember the love, patience and grace that God has shown to you, and extend it to others. That’s a strategy that never fails!

SoulFood: Deut 28–29, Luke 11:29–44, Ps 119:1–8, Pr 17:3

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©

God Wants You To Become More Patient

‘You will have all the endurance and patience you need.’ Colossians 1:11 NLT

The older we get the more, the more experience of life we have. And the more we begin to realise what the really important things are. As we face trials and troubles, we should be maturing in wisdom and growing in patience. Our problems might not have changed, but our perspective should have.

Instead of worrying, we can be like Joseph and look back on experiences we thought we’d never get through and say to the opposition, ‘You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.’ (Genesis 50:20 NASB) Instead of complaining in bitterness, which only makes the problem worse and robs us of joy, we can see God’s hand at work and say: ‘His grace is sufficient.’ (See 2 Corinthians 12:9)

The word for today is—God wants you to become more patient! Patience is one of the nine fruit of the Spirit named in Galatians 5. But it’s a very slow-growing fruit that thrives best in the soil of troubles and trials. Some of us are like the lady who prayed, ‘Lord, give me patience, and I want it right now.’

James writes: ‘When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete.’ (James 1:3–4 NLT)

When you think about it, patience is simply trusting God with things like ‘how’ and ‘why’ and ‘when’. As you look back on some of the things you wanted so badly, you realise God kept you from getting into some major messes. Impatience is one of the dominant characteristics of children; it’s spiritual immaturity. So be patient!

SoulFood: Deut 25–27, Luke 11:14–28, Ps 78:65–72, Pr 17:1–2

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©

Keep Praying And Believing (2)

‘Keep on asking and it will be given you.’ Matthew 7:7 AMPC

Observe these three things:

(1) Jesus never said that following Him would be easy. ‘In the world you will have tribulation.’ (John 16:33 NKJV) So when you attempt great things for God, expect difficulties—and delays. When construction crews work on a road, they often put up a sign: ‘EXPECT DELAYS’. The walk of faith is littered with these signs. Abraham and Sarah waited 25 years for Isaac to be born, so why do you think your answers should be instant?

(2) You must persevere to receive. Waiting is an uncomfortable concept for us. We’re used to having everything ‘on demand’. If someone tells us to wait, we find an app on our phone and speed up the process. But there’s no shortcut when it comes to perseverance. Sometimes faith is painful because God is stretching your capacity to receive. So press through the pain—there’s gain on the other side! ‘Keep on asking and it will be given you.’

(3) The end result of faith is larger territory. Twice after Isaac dug a well, the Philistines laid claim to the water. But when he dug a third time, the conflict stopped, and he named the new well Rehoboth, which means ‘a broad place’ (see Genesis 26:18–22). Isaac kept on digging, and when the breakthrough came, he declared, ‘At last the Lord has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.’ (Genesis 26:22 NASB) And the lesson Isaac learned is still part of our faith curriculum.

We must stretch our faith even when there’s no stretch left, and we must pray beyond delay.

SoulFood: Deut 22–24, Luke 11:1–13, Ps 78:56–64, Pr 16:33

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©

Keep Praying And Believing (1)

‘Pray without ceasing.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV

During his lifetime, nineteenth-century British evangelist George Müller ‘prayed in’ more than £5.7 million to feed the orphans in his care—more than US$174 million in today’s terms. He didn’t believe in broadcasting his financial needs, yet he always had enough to pay his bills— because God supernaturally provided.

However, Müller’s faith was stretched in other ways. For example, he prayed regularly over a list of five men he earnestly desired to see won to Christ. The 1st man gave his life to Christ after five years, the 2nd and 3rd after 10 years, and the 4th after 25 years. But here’s the clincher: Müller prayed for the 5th man’s conversion for a whopping 52 years! In fact, the man made a profession of faith in Christ a few months after Müller’s funeral.

Would you pray about something for 52 years without some visible sign of an answer? You should, and you must! In Müller’s own words: ‘God delights to increase the faith of His children. We ought, instead of wanting no trials before victory, no exercise for patience, to be willing to take them from God’s hands as a means. Trials, obstacles, difficulties, and sometimes defeats, are the very food of faith.’

If you’re praying and asking God, ‘Will You?’ His answer is, ‘I will!’ Psalm 91:15 NLT tells us, ‘When they call on Me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honour them.’

And in Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV, God says, ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ So the word for today is—keep praying and believing.

SoulFood: Deut 18–21, Luke 10:38–42, Ps 78:40–55, Pr 16:32

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©

Examine Your Ways!

‘Let us examine our ways.’ Lamentations 3:40 NIV

A guy rushed into a service station one day and asked the manager if he had a pay phone. The manager nodded, ‘Sure, over there.’

The guy inserted a couple of coins, dialled and waited for an answer. Finally someone came on the line. ‘Uh, sir,’ he said in a deep, gruff voice, ‘could you use an honest, hard-working young man?’ The station manager couldn’t help overhearing the question. After a moment or two the guy said, ‘Oh, you already have an honest, hard-working young man? Well, okay. Thanks all the same.’ A broad smile stretched across his face. He hung up and started back to his car, obviously elated.

‘Hey, just a minute,’ the station manager said, ‘I couldn’t help but hear your conversation. Why are you so happy? I thought the man said he already had someone and didn’t need you?’

The guy smiled. ‘Well, you see, I am that honest, hard-working young man. I was just ringing my boss to check up on myself!’

If you’re serious about walking with God, examine yourself regularly. Are you praying, reading God’s Word and renewing your mind daily? How about your attitudes? Are they slipping?

Your attitudes send a signal before you’ve said a word. They’re like traffic lights. Sometimes they’re red, which means: ‘Stop, don’t get in my way, I’m too busy to love, help, or care.’ Sometimes they’re yellow, which means: ‘I’m touchy and out-of-sorts, I could go either way.’ Sometimes they’re green, which means: ‘It’s go, I’m with you, you can count on me.’

The Bible says, ‘Let us examine our ways and test them and let us return to the Lord.’ What needs to be examined regularly? ‘Our ways!’

SoulFood: Lev 24:17–22, Deut 15:7–11, Matt 5:38–48

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©

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