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The Word for Today for 2022

The Word for Today for 2022

We are excited to let you know that all the 2022 editions of The Word for Today are on their way to their various Pacific Island destinations. We've printed just under 20,000 copies in total for the people of: The Cook...

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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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You Can Begin Your Life Over Again

‘As he thinks within himself, so he is.’ Proverbs 23:7 NASB

It was a long, hard road that took the Chandler family out of the cotton fields and out of poverty in Mississippi. All nine children have memories of the sharecroppers’ cabin and having nothing to wear or to eat. But today, all nine share the same inspiring success story. Their parents borrowed $2.50 to buy a bus ticket for their son Cleveland so he could go to college. Cleveland worked his way through school, and became Chairman of the Economics Department at Howard University. He helped his brother Luther attend the University of Omaha, and Luther became the public service employee manager for Kansas City. Luther helped his brother James get to Omaha, and then to Yale for graduate work. James, in turn, helped Herman, who is now a technical manager in Dallas. And to make a long story short, all nine children are successful college graduates. In 1984, all the children got together and bought a home for their parents.

That was then and that is now too. Today there are 37 Chandler grandchildren with more than 37 college degrees between them! The Bible says, ‘As he thinks within himself, so he is.’

If you convince yourself that you can’t, or allow others to convince you of that, then you won’t. But if you believe that by God’s grace you can, then you will! If the Chandlers can do it, you can do it too. Forget what has happened in the past! Every day God gives you the choice to begin your life over again.

SoulFood: Ex 36–38, Matt 8:1–9, Ps 81, Pr 2:11–15

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

Areas Of Success, Areas Of Struggle

‘Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them.’ Romans 12:6 NKJV

The Bible teaches that God gives each of us certain gifts, and the grace to use them. And when we are not operating in our area of giftedness, we struggle. We need to keep that in mind when we see a great achiever, or become a great achiever ourselves. Paul is believed to have spoken four languages and he wrote half the New Testament. Yet he constantly struggled with what he refers to as a ‘thorn in the flesh’. When he prayed and asked God to remove it, God said no. ‘My grace is sufficient for you: for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV)

So we need grace in the areas of our gifting, and grace for the areas in which we’re not gifted at all. The story’s told of a man who went to hear a great speaker, and ended up seated beside the speaker’s wife. During the speech, the man noticed that the great speaker had monogrammed socks. Intrigued by this, he looked closer and saw that instead of the usual two or three initials were the letters ‘TGIF’.

When the speech was over he complimented the speaker, then turned to the speaker’s wife and said, ‘How come your husband’s socks say, “TGIF: Thank Goodness It’s Friday?”’

She replied, ‘Oh, that’s not what those letters mean; the monograms are there to help him get dressed. They stand for Toes Go In First.

As long as you live you will soar in some areas and struggle in others. And you will find that God’s grace is sufficient for any challenge you face. And that’s the word for you today.

SoulFood: Gen 5:22–24, Heb 11:5, 2 Kings 2:1–12, Acts 1:9–11

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

Don’t Obsess Over The Future

‘Don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.’ Matthew 6:34 TLB

The story’s told of a clock that spent a great deal of time worrying about its future, reasoning that it had to tick twice each second. ‘How much ticking might that be?’ the clock thought. So it began to calculate that it would tick 120 times each minute, which is 7,200 times each hour. That meant in a 24-hour day it would have to tick 172,800 times, and 63,072,000 times every year. By this time the clock began to get overwhelmed and even more worried. Finally, it calculated that in a 10-year period it would have to tick 630,720,000 times, but then it realised it had forgotten about the leap years—and at that point the clock collapsed with a nervous breakdown.

Psychologists reckon that about 95% of all we worry about never happens. What about the other 5%? Four out of five times things turn out better than we anticipated, including a lot of outright blessings! In the end, only 1% of all the bad we think might happen actually does and, of this, it’s rarely as bad as we feared. That’s why Jesus said, ‘Don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.’

The apostle Peter gives us the right perspective to live by in these words: ‘Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.’ (1 Peter 5:7 AMPC)

So the word for today is—don’t overly worry about the future.

SoulFood: Ex 33–35, Matt 7:15–29, Ps 79, Pr 2:9–10

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

The Protocol For Church

‘Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name.’ Psalm 100:4 NKJV

One Sunday a plainly dressed, scholarly-looking man went to a church in the Netherlands and took a seat near the pulpit. A few minutes later, a lady approached the pew. Seeing a stranger sitting in it, she curtly advised him that this was ‘her seat’. He graciously apologised, and moved to one of the pews in the back of the church reserved for the poor. There, he joined in the service and left afterward without further incident.

When the service was over, one of the woman’s friends asked her if she knew who it was she had ordered out of her pew. ‘No,’ the woman replied casually, ‘only some stranger, I suppose.’ She was shocked to learn from her friend that the stranger was King Oscar of Sweden, who was in the country visiting their queen.

There’s a lesson here for us all. Whether you go to a big church or a small one, Jesus the Head of the church, said, ‘Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.’ (Matthew 18:20 NKJV) That means, Jesus, the King of Kings, will be present. You must recognise His presence, worship Him, and make Him your central focus. Otherwise, you might as well join a social club or just stay home.

The psalmist gives us the protocol for church: ‘Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.’ (Psalm 100:4–5 NKJV)

SoulFood: Ex 30–32, Matt 7:1–14, Ps 74:12–23, Pr 2:7–8

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

Learn To Say Yes Or No

‘Just say a simple, “Yes, I will,” or “No, I won’t.”’ Matthew 5:37 NLT

Good negotiators understand that talking too much is a sign of insecurity and weakness. Sometimes the most potent word in any language is a simple yes or no, without further explanation or elaboration. Most decisions eventually come to that point. In order to do that, you must be able to answer these three questions:

(1) Is this decision mine alone to make? If you are the sole decision maker or the final decision maker, don’t hesitate and don’t be uncertain, make the decision. And before you do, stand on this Scripture: ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.’ (James 1:5 NKJV)

(2) What will happen if I put off making this decision? In most cases, things will either get better or worse for one or more persons. So consider your decision carefully, realising that it is likely to lean in favour of the heavier weight of the argument, then decide. At this point, stand on the Scripture: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.’ (Proverbs 3:5–6 NKJV)

(3) Does every decision have a moral and spiritual dimension? When you compromise your convictions or character for popularity or profit, you end up morally and spiritually bankrupt. So hold to your values, base your decisions on them, and stand on this Scripture: ‘A good man [and woman] obtains favour from the Lord.’ (Proverbs 12:2 NKJV)

SoulFood: Ex 28–29, Matt 6:19–34, Ps 74:1–11, Pr 2:6

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

Away from home but close to God

Greeting, Originally, I am from western part of Nepal now I am at Dubai for my work purpose. I am regular of the Message of Hope Nepal’s program. This program became one my source of encouragement and help me to draw more closer to my Almighty. It inspires me many...