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from around our region of the global United Christian Broadcasters family…

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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Reaching people in Pukapuka

Reaching people in Pukapuka

The Island of Pukapuka is part of the Cook Islands and 1700km north of the main island of Rarotonga. Here they are receiving copies of The Word for Today for the very first time. (the 2021 edition) They were very...

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Prime Minister – Manasseh Sogavare

From Munda, Solomon Islands. The annual Lagoon Festival started a few years ago as the Wickham Festival. It was named after Alick Wickham, a half-caste Solomon lad from Munda who entered and won an Australian swimming...

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The Need For Rest And Renewal

‘Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.’ Isaiah 40:31 NKJV

When you’re physically, emotionally, and spiritually drained, you become vulnerable. When Samson grew tired, he lay down in Delilah’s lap.

Jesus called for 100% commitment, but He also knew the importance of staying in balance; of work and rest; of giving out and taking in. ‘Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and His apostles didn’t even have time to eat. So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone.’ (Mark 6:31–32 NLT)

A good general will never commit all his soldiers to the battlefield at the same time. He keeps a reserve force to relieve the exhausted ones when they stagger back from the front lines. Yes, you may have the greatest assignment in the world and be succeeding in it, but unless you ‘keep a reserve’, you’re opening yourself up to potential danger. That’s why setting aside time each day to be alone with God in prayer and Bible reading is so important. If Satan can’t defeat you outright, he will settle for an exhausted, ineffective version of the person God wants you to be. If you’re a highly organised, high-energy, and/or impatient person, you’re particularly at risk.

What’s the answer? ‘Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.’ (Isaiah 40:30–31 NKJV)

SoulFood: Exod 17:1–7, John 4:1–42

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

The Need For Repentance

‘Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted.’ 2 Corinthians 7:10 NKJV

There’s a difference between confessing your sin and repenting of it. In Scripture, the word ‘repentance’ means ‘to turn away from sin’. By confessing your sin you acknowledge what you have done; by repenting you turn away from it. And the good news is that there’s no limit to God’s forgiveness. The moment you ask for it, you receive it.

However, God doesn’t intend you to keep repeating your sinful patterns over and over again. That’s where ‘godly sorrow’ comes in. Paul writes, ‘You sorrowed in a godly manner: what diligence it produced in you.’ (2 Corinthians 7:11 NKJV) The purpose of godly sorrow is to make you more diligent when it comes to changing behaviour. When you allow sin into your life, you violate your core of righteousness.

‘For [God] made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.’(2 Corinthians  5:21 NKJV) At the point of salvation God literally made you ‘the righteousness of God in Christ’.

You’re a regenerated spirit living in an unregenerated body, and when you permit sin into your life, it violates the very core of who you are! And that will cause you godly sorrow, leading to repentance and turning away from sin.

Don’t settle for saying, ‘This is a habit I can’t break. But it’s ok because God will forgive me.’ Yes, He will forgive you, but He doesn’t want you to settle for a cycle of sin, repentance, forgiveness, and then repeating the same sin. He wants you to be strong and effective in His service. That’s why He’s calling you to a higher level.

SoulFood: Heb 5–8, Mark 9:30–37, Ps 18:30–50, Pr 11:22

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

An Attitude Adjustment (3)

‘Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.’ Proverbs 3:6 NLT

When it comes to having the right attitude—stay in touch with the control tower. Air traffic controllers ‘see the big picture’ when it comes to what’s going on in the sky. They have the knowledge and authority to tell pilots to slow down or speed up, fly higher or lower, avoid or navigate through storms, or take alternative routes. Amazingly, air traffic controllers in the Australia are some of the busiest in the world handling over 3.2 million flights each year—an average of around 8,900 every day. They manage commercial flights, private planes, military, and cargo air traffic, as well as air taxis and airport vehicles.

With so many flights taking off and landing every minute, pilots have to stay in touch with the control tower. Similarly, you must stay in touch with God—the One who sees the big picture for your life and orchestrates everything that involves you. He makes sure everything that needs to happen actually does happen at the right time, and also moves at the appropriate speed to make sure you arrive safely at the destination He’s planned for you.

That’s why staying in communication with God should be at the top of your daily to-do list. He will help you navigate the ups and downs of life, and find your way through cloudy days when you can’t see the next step you need to take. In short, when you ‘seek His will in all you do… He will show you which path to take.’

SoulFood: Heb 1–4, Mark 9:14–29, Ps 18:1–29, Pr 11:19–21

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

An Attitude Adjustment (2)

‘He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom.’ Daniel 2:21 NIV

Realise that rough times won’t last forever. As surely as God created spring to follow winter, ‘He changes times and seasons… He gives wisdom.’ Today’s season of adversity will end. And when it does, you’ll gain from it the wisdom to build a better future. Sometimes your greatest blessings come from your most negative circumstances.

Paul writes, ‘Our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!’ (2 Corinthians 4:17 NLT) Tough times don’t last, but tough people do! Out of your greatest tests come your greatest testimonies.

Don’t make major decisions during a storm. Thoughts and feelings often run wild in the midst of a crisis; those are times when you need to be careful about making decisions. Remain calm, discipline yourself to focus on what you can do, and trust God to do what you can’t. Just as a pilot error can cause a plane to miss its intended destination, or have to make a dangerous emergency, a bad decision can divert or delay you from reaching your destiny.

Let your emotions subside—before you decide. You may not always have that option, but as much as possible, put significant decisions on hold until your storm passes. Just as the wind blows about wildly during a storm, your thoughts can become wild and frantic, and that’s not the best time to make crucial decisions. What should you do? Paul answers, ‘Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and… His peace will guard your hearts and minds.’ (Philippians 4:6–7 NLT)

SoulFood: Titus 1–3, Mark 9:1–13, Ps 150, Pr 11:16–18

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

An Attitude Adjustment (1)

‘Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise.’ Philippians 4:8 CEV

We all need ‘an attitude adjustment’ from time to time. It’s crucial to maintain the right attitude when the going gets rough. No matter what happens in your life, determine to go through it with the right attitude. In fact, decide beforehand to keep a positive mindset in the midst of every negative situation that arises. If you make this a conscious decision and meditate on it during the good times, when difficulties arise you’ll already be prepared.

Paul writes: ‘Keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise… And God, who gives peace, will be with you.’ (Philippians 4:8–9 CEV) Some of the greatest writers and composers in history created masterpieces during the worst times of their lives. Beethoven’s most famous symphonies were written when he was almost totally deaf and experiencing great sorrow.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to think, ‘I could never be like those people.’ If you think like that, you’ll be defeated before you even try. Maintaining a right attitude is always much easier than regaining a right attitude. So as soon as you sense yourself becoming negative, make an immediate attitude adjustment.

The Bible says, ‘Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.’ (James 4:7 KJV) The moment the enemy sends negative thoughts into your mind, stop them midstream. Discipline yourself to stand strong with a positive attitude in every circumstance. When you do, ‘God, who gives peace, will be with you’.

SoulFood: Jonah 1–4, Mark 8:27–38, Ps 62, Pr 11:15

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

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