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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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Tetun News Added

Our team in Timor-Leste have really taken hold of their new website. www.radiovoz895.com They've already added a news feed in the local Tetun language as they saw there is a need. They were also keen to ask for a...

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Help in the aftermath of TC Harold

Help in the aftermath of TC Harold

The people of Vanuatu were hit hard by Tropical Cyclone Harold. Many people lost buildings, crops and their livelihood. But there are some good news stories too. Like the folk at the Santo Baptist Church who were out...

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Good News – there really is some!

Good News – there really is some!

Lots of Good News regarding The Word for Today! All The Word for Today copies are (with the exception of Timor-Leste) through customs and in the process of being distributed to readers in each Pacific nation. Already...

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Learning to Focus on Jesus

‘I have set the Lord always before me…’ Psalm 16:8 NKJV

Frank Laubach’s life began to fall apart when his plans for the Maranao people of the Philippines were rejected. Then, after losing three children to malaria, his wife and remaining child moved away. In despair, Laubach climbed a mountain to seek God. He writes, ‘My lips began to move and it seemed God was speaking: “You failed because you don’t really love these people. You feel superior… because you’re white. Forget your skin-tone; think only about how much I love them and they’ll respond.” I answered, “God, I don’t know whether You spoke through my lips, but I know it was the truth. My plans have all gone to pieces. Drive me out of myself, take possession, think Your thoughts through my mind.”’ That day Laubach decided to live—focused on God’s presence! He writes about two things: double vision—seeing others not as they are, but as God sees them; and problem solving—including God so you’ll always think more clearly. At a mealtime an extra chair at the table can remind you He’s always present. Putting a Scripture where you’ll see it as you fall asleep and wake up will set the tone for your day. The New Living Bible paraphrases the Psalmist’s words, ‘I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.’ (Psalm 16:8 NLT) What you focus on becomes the main influence in your life. Frank Laubach went on to write books, lead world literacy crusades and become an adviser to kings and presidents. But his biggest accomplishment was learning to focus on Jesus.

SoulFood: 1 Kings 3–5, Mark 11:27–33, Ps 128, Pro 12:10–11

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

Be a Barnabas (2)

‘…Barnabas…encouraged them all…’ Acts 11:22–23 NIV

Former US President Ronald Reagan earned the nickname ‘The Great Communicator’ because he was a gifted public speaker. Earvin Johnson earned the nickname ‘Magic’ because of what he could do with a basketball. And Joseph of Cyprus earned the nickname ‘Barnabas’ because wherever he went he ‘encouraged them all’. What a testimony! The Scripture says, ‘Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), sold a field… brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.’ (Acts 4:36–37 NIV) Then, ‘When [Barnabas] arrived…he…encouraged them all to remain true… He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith…’ (Acts 11:23–24 NIV) Barnabas accompanied Paul on missionary trips and wherever he went his spirit of encouragement shone through: ‘…they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples…’ (Acts 14:21–22 NIV) ‘When [Paul] came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles…’ (Acts 9:26–27 NIV) It was Barnabas who encouraged them to accept Paul and work with him as a brother in Christ. When Paul didn’t want to take John Mark with them because of a perceived failure, Barnabas gave him a second chance. Later Paul acknowledged what a great asset John Mark was. Indeed, it seems he ended up writing the Gospel of Mark, but without encouragement from Barnabas it might not have happened.

SoulFood: 1 Kings 1–2, Mark 11:12–26, Ps 45, Pro 12:7–9

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

Be a Barnabas (1)

‘…Barnabas…encouraged them all…’ Acts 11:22–23 NIV

Our talents should be used ‘…for the edification of the church…’ (1 Corinthians 14:12 NKJV) The word ‘edify’ comes from an architectural term which means ‘to fortify, construct, and build up’. Your gifts were designed by God to build others up. Only when you use them for that purpose will you find fulfilment. If you’re not familiar with the name ‘Joseph of Cyprus’, that’s all right. Most of us know him by his nickname, ‘…Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement).’ (Acts 4:36 NIV) When New Testament Christians were discouraged and needed to be cheered on, the church at Jerusalem sent Barnabas, who ‘encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord…and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.’ Then as the work grew and flourished, Barnabas asked Paul to join them, and he took on a supporting role (Acts 11:25–26).

Rebecca Barlow Jordan says, ‘The encourager may begin in the front row, but eventually he retreats to his rightful place in the background… After Paul and Barnabas had travelled together, Paul emerged as the leader and Barnabas faded into the background as many encouragers do. There are always orphans to adopt and… hungry hearts that need spiritual encouragement. Encouragers don’t look for honours, but the results of their work, like the works of Barnabas, are unmistakable.’ What oxygen does for the body, encouragement does for the soul. It inspires us to persevere when it would be easier to just quit. The truth is that you’ll never look into the eyes of a single person who’s not important to God! So help them by making ‘…every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification…’ (Romans 14:19 NIV)

SoulFood: John 6:1–15, John 6:25–40, 1 Cor 11:23–24

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

God Will Not Forget His Promise to You

‘I will remember My covenant…’ Genesis 9:15 NIV

The rain Noah experienced was a symbol of judgment. But after the flood God said, ‘…Never again…’ (Genesis 9:15 NKJV) He told Noah, ‘…the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you… the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy…’ (Genesis 9:14–15 NKJV) From that point on in Scripture, rain became a symbol of blessing. ‘…I will… open for you the windows of Heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.’ (Malachi 3:10 NKJV) Are you afraid that the heartache of your past is going to return? Don’t be. Just keep walking with the God Who promised, ‘Never again!’ When God uses the thing that should have destroyed you to grow you, you’ll look back and say, ‘My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees [commands].’ (Psalm 119:71 NKJV) Without hard times you wouldn’t have discovered certain things; for example, that stress can create in you a passion to seek God more and other things less; the power of your own prayers; what God can do when you face trouble; that when He heard you crying, your tears were so precious that He collected them in His bottle (Psalm 56:8); that the angel of the Lord protected you when the enemy wanted to harm you (Psalm 34:7); that God didn’t need your friends to support you in order to bless you and that He brought you through, because He saw the rainbow and remembered His promise.

SoulFood: Heb 11:17–13:25, Mark 11:1–11, Ps 47, Pro 12:4–6

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

Get Your Shaker Ready!

‘You are the salt of the earth…’ Matthew 5:13 AMP

We keep trying to find happiness the wrong way. We attempt to find it by getting instead of giving. Love must give; it’s the nature of love to do so: ‘live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.’ (Ephesians 5:2 NIV) Note the words ‘gave Himself’ and ‘sacrifice’. Love is all about giving of yourself and sacrificing to meet the needs of others—practical needs as well as spiritual needs. Some of us are so religious that we don’t see value in meeting people’s everyday needs. Love for God is the root; love for others is the fruit, expressed through encouragement, patience, kindness, courtesy, humility, unselfishness, good temper, gentleness and sincerity (Galatians 5:22). We must actively look for ways to show love, especially in little things. Jesus said, ‘You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality)…it is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out.’ Salt is like love; it can heal, purify, preserve and enrich, but it’s useless if it’s kept in a shaker and not sprinkled around. The truth is that all of life is tasteless without love. Even acts of generosity done out of obligation [duty], but without love, leave us empty. Love is the energy of life; it should be the reason we get up every morning. Each day can be exciting and meaningful if we see ourselves as God’s agents, waiting in the shadows to sprinkle some salt on all the tasteless lives we encounter. So, get your shaker ready!

SoulFood: Heb 9:1–11:16, Mark 10:35–52, Ps 97, Pro 12:1–3

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

New listeners and new readers in the Solomon Islands

It's encouraging to hear about what the Lord does in the lives of those who just begun to tune into Laef FM 93.5 and also to those who accessed The Word for Today. A Taxi Driver said yesterday morning that his Bible study group at Tuvaruhu is growing since they...