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Ministerial Visit to Radio Voz

Our team at Radio Voz had a visit from Francisco Martins da Costa Pereira Jerónimo last Week, Timor-Leste's Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Social Communication. They were able to show the minister their studio...

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An increase for 2021

We are excited and encouraged by the positive response to the launch of The Word for Today in 2020. So for 2021, thanks to your support we've been able to increase our print run to over 17,000 copies across 7 nations...

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The Word for Today now on air and online in Tetun

Our team at Radio Voz in Timor Leste have a new website - but that's not what this story is about. As part of their website we gave them The Word for Today - with each new devotional automatically publishing each day. ...

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Vanuatu Team registered

We're excited that our team in Vanuatu are now fully registered with the Vanuatu Government as a not-for-profit association. This is a huge step forward as we work towards establishing a flourishing and effective radio...

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Still bringing hope

At our staff meeting last week Aimee shared from Psalm 138:2 For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. This is a great reminder about how important God’s Word is – and why we are so passionate about getting...

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Bring Out the Best in Others (4)

‘Be strong and of good courage…’ Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV

Your words and attitudes have a powerful effect on other people. The woman caught in adultery is a great example. Notice how the Pharisees handled her: ‘In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women.’ (John 8:5 NIV) How different Jesus’ attitude was! Looking at her with compassion, He said, ‘Neither do I condemn you… Go now and leave your life of sin.’ (John 8:11 NIV) Lifted, redeemed, empowered—you can’t help but believe she spent the rest of her life trying to live up to Christ’s view of her. The instruction to ‘encourage one another’ and ‘build each other up’ is woven throughout the New Testament. All of us need reassurance and appreciation. So why do we sometimes fail to pass on praise to others, or sidestep the practical help we could offer to open the way for them to succeed? Sometimes it’s simply because we’re lazy or selfish or we fall into the habit of taking people for granted. Sometimes it’s just easier to find fault. We underestimate the impact our words and attitudes can have on another person, or we assume our approval is obvious. Are we afraid our praise might be a stumbling block, causing pride in them? Jesus didn’t fear that when He said to Nathanael, ‘Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.’ (John 1:47 NIV) What a compliment! The truth is, more people die of broken hearts than swelled heads. So ask God today for an opportunity to offer genuine praise to someone in your life. Ask Him to use you to come alongside them, and encourage them towards their goal.

SoulFood: Deut 8–10, Luke 11:14–28, Ps 78:65–72, Pro 17:1–2

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

Bring Out the Best in Others (3)

‘Be strong and of good courage…’ Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV

Scarlet fever left Helen Keller blind and deaf when she was only 19 months old. She was seven when Anne Sullivan became her teacher and worked tirelessly to draw out of Helen the treasures buried deep inside her. She literally ‘willed’ Helen to succeed. Watching this relationship in the powerful play The Miracle Worker, you see Helen begin to blossom and develop gifts that would inspire the world for generations to come. Understand this: God uses the encouraging words, actions and attitudes we direct at each other to strengthen our inner resolve to succeed. But to be effective, your praise should be immediate, specific and genuine. Dr William Mayo, co-founder of the famous Mayo Clinic, used praise to encourage young doctors. One of them said, ‘You’d read a paper at a staff meeting and afterwards he’d see you in the lift or the hall, and would shake your hand and put his hand on your shoulder with a quiet “Good work,” and a straight, warm look that made you think he meant it. Or perhaps a day or two later you’d get a note from him, just a short one, saying something like, “Dear _______, I learned more about _______ from that paper of yours the other night than I ever knew before. It was a good job.” Believe me, a fellow prized those notes.’ Praise, practical help, encouragement—all of these flow out of us naturally and genuinely when we begin to see the untapped potential buried inside each individual. That’s why the Bible says, ‘Let everything you say be… helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.’ (Ephesians 4:29 NLT)

SoulFood: Deut 5–7, Luke 11:1–13, Ps 78:56–64, Pro 16:33

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

Bring Out the Best in Others (2)

‘Be strong and of good courage…’ Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV

In the musical My Fair Lady, Eliza Doolittle, a common flower girl, becomes an elegant lady who mixes with England’s high society. How did it happen? Because Henry Higgins, a celebrated linguistics (speech) professor, taught her to act like a lady—and she began living up to his expectations. Alan Loy McGinnis writes, ‘I was once waiting to speak at a sales conference where the year’s awards were being given. One woman, who’d performed spectacularly and made an extraordinary amount of money, gave all the credit to her sales manager. As she stood before a crowd of 3000 people, holding the award for ‘best producer of the year’, she talked about the slump she’d been in for two years previously. The future looked so hopeless she was ready to resign, and had even called her supervisor several times to quit. But the manager kept persuading her that she hadn’t tried long enough, that she would not have been hired if they had not seen the potential in her. Her voice cracked as she told her story. Then she made this insightful remark: “For all those months when I wanted to quit and didn’t think I had any future, Joan believed in me more than I believed in myself. She wanted me to succeed even more than I did.”’ One of the attributes of true Christian character is a willingness to encourage and lift people: ‘I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.’ (Isaiah 41:13 NIV) So, in your dealings with others, are you problem-focused or possibility-focused?

SoulFood: 1 Sam 16, 1 Sam 17:32–51, Acts 13:21–22

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

Bring Out the Best in Others (1)

‘Be strong and of good courage…’ Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV

Over and over in Scripture God says things like, ‘Be strong and of good courage, do not… be afraid… for the Lord… goes with you.’ (Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV) Why? To bring out the best in us! History is full of stories of gifted people whose talents were overlooked until someone believed in them. Einstein was four years old before he could speak. Isaac Newton did poorly in primary school. A newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because he had ‘no good ideas’. Tolstoy dropped out of university. There’s a lesson here: people develop at different rates. To motivate them you must always be looking for their hidden capacities. Your words create an environment in which people not only discover their gifts, but also develop and excel in them. John Erskine, Professor of English at Colombia University, was an educator, concert pianist, author of 60 books, president of the Juilliard School of Music, and a popular and witty lecturer. Writing about that remarkable career, his wife Helen said it was because of his ‘defiant optimism’. ‘He was a good teacher,’ she said, ‘because of his own excitement for learning and his trust in the future.’ He would say to her, ‘Let’s tell our young people that the best books are yet to be written; the best paintings have not yet been painted; the best governments are yet to be formed; the best is yet to be done by them.’ Within every human being there is a God-given drive to achieve something. If you tap into that drive and demonstrate that you believe in their future, they’ll do almost anything to live up to your expectations.

SoulFood: Deut 3–4, Luke 10:38–42, Ps 78:40–55, Pro 16:32

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

How to Avoid Burnout

‘…the bush burned…yet was not consumed.’ Exodus 3:2 AMP

Remember the story of the burning bush? It burned, but it didn’t burn out. Some people who once burned for God have burned out. Loyal workers in the church for years, suddenly they vanish. Herbert J. Freudenberger, a psychologist, describes burnout as ‘fatigue brought about by devotion to a cause that failed to produce the expected reward.’ So how can you avoid burnout? First, seek God’s input. ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault…’ (James 1:5 NIV) God is an expert; consult Him. Second, realign your priorities. Too many jobs at once mean none of them gets adequate attention. Learn to say no. Your family will appreciate it, even if others don’t. Third, practise the art of thanksgiving. Freudenberger says, ‘Get into the habit of noticing—and nurturing—the unspectacular good things that happen to you.’ Next, learn the art of physical relaxation. Take ten or twenty minutes at the end of the day to sit in a comfortable place and enjoy a good stretch. Train your body and mind to relax. Maybe just sit and watch the sunset. How about exercising? It’s one of the best ways to avoid burnout. But pick what works for you, not what stresses you. You could develop your own activities; take a walk; read a good book; try a little creative drawing or writing. Finally, find someone to share with. Shutting yourself off increases the problem rather than solving it. Find someone you trust to talk with.

SoulFood: Deut 1–2, Luke 10:25–37, Ps 78:32–39, Pro 16:31

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

Salvation from hearing

Radio Voz (Timor-Leste) has a program called Jerasaun Los Nasaun Diak (JLND). The program also conducts outdoor events, namely gathering young people from churches, to conduct a kind of revival meeting. There was a young boy named Fridonia who attended this program...