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Christian Radio in Butwal

Last week our Message of Hope Nepal team travelled to Butwal, near the Indian border, to renew Radio Chhimeki's broadcasts. Radio Chhimeki has been on air for many years but recently has been struggling to maintain...

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New Hauswin in PNG

Our team in Papua New Guinea just celebrated the opening of a new hauswin (a building [haus] open to the wind) on their compound. The new building was generously paid for by Mrs Sumanop in memory of her late husband...

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SUCCESS!

All copies of The Word for Today have successfully arrived and are safely in the hands of our teams in the various countries! Thank you for praying for this important ministry. We printed a total of 17,000 copies for...

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Great Support of Radio Voz

Our team in Timor-Leste have been counting their blessings (and donations). Even with COVID-19 playing havoc with their plans, the team knew their listeners would continue to support the ministry as they broadcast...

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Wonderful ministry in Timor-Leste

Pastor Elienae writes: "During the 17 years of Radio Voz ministry in Timor-Leste, this year 2020 has been one of the most fruitful of our radio ministry in this beloved country. Because of the COVID-19 situation, we...

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How’s Your Relationship with God? (1)

‘…I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.’ John 5:30 NKJV

The relationship Jesus had with His Father is the kind of relationship that He wants you to have with Him. Three things describe that relationship. For the next few days let’s look at each of them. First: Intimacy. Jesus said, ‘The Father loves the Son and shows Him all He does…’ (John 5:20 NIV) You interact with many people throughout the day, but you only share your heart with those you trust, and with whom you have a close relationship. So, how close are you to God right now? Close enough to hear when He speaks to you? Close enough to know when you’ve said or done something which has grieved Him? Close enough to feel the warmth of His presence? The truth is, you are as close to God right now as you desire to be, decide to be, and discipline yourself to be. Nothing is born unless there is first an act of intimacy between two people, and intimacy is based on one word: ‘desire’. How much do you desire God? David said, ‘O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You…’ (Psalm 63:1 NIV) Do you desire His house? ‘They feast on the abundance of Your house; You give them drink from Your river of delights.’ (Psalm 36:8 NIV) Do you desire His Word? ‘I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.’ (Job 23:12 NIV)

SoulFood: Josh 1 Ps 27:11–14, 2 Tim 2:1–13

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

The ‘Spirit of Wisdom’

‘The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom…’ Isaiah 11:2 NKJV

During His earthly ministry Jesus needed ‘the Spirit of wisdom’ when it came to making decisions and dealing with the enemy. As believers, that same Spirit lives in us. James 3:15 says ungodly wisdom has three aspects. It’s: (1) Earthly, so it isn’t always dependable because ‘Sometimes what seems right is really a road to death.’ (Proverbs 16:25 CEV) (2) Sensual, based on emotions that can lead to confusion, hurt, and jealousy. (3) Demonic; that is, selfish, lustful, and ungodly. Godly wisdom, however, that comes ‘from above is… pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and… hypocrisy.’ (James 3:17 NKJV) The Bible says, ‘[When] you need wisdom, ask… God, and He will give it to you.’ (James 1:5 NLT) And when you’re praying, ask yourself these questions: (a) Are my motives pure or will I be ashamed of them later on? (b) Will my decision result in mercy and compassion or strife and stress? (c) Have I considered all the people who’ll be affected by the outcome? (d) Am I willing to submit to what God wants or am I determined to plough on regardless? (e) Will the end result cause me to have a harsh attitude or will it produce an environment where love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control can grow? (Galatians 5:22–23) (f) Is it fair and impartial or does it favour a particular person or group? (g) Can I take this particular course of action with a clear conscience or does it involve some level of deceit and selfishness?

SoulFood: 2 Chr 32–34, John 14:15–25, Ps 118:19–29, Pro 28:5–8

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

Meditate and Chew

‘…meditate on it day and night…’ Joshua 1:8 NIV

Pastor, are you an starving chef? Are you serving healthy meals to your congregation every Sunday, while you yourself are starving to death spiritually? Have you allowed the business side of the church to steal your prayer life and rob you of time spent in the Scriptures building yourself up? One of the great dangers of ministry is giving out but not taking in. Financially, when you give out more than you take in you end up bankrupt. And the same thing can happen to you spiritually. When Joshua replaced Moses as the leader of Israel, God said the same thing to him three times: ‘Be strong and of good courage.’ (Joshua 1: 6, 7 and 9) Then He explained to Joshua where his strength and courage would come from: ‘This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.’ (Joshua 1:8 NKJV) Note the words, ‘you will make your way prosperous.’ You have a role to play in both your strength and your success. What is it? To ‘meditate on [God’s Word] day and night.’ To meditate is to ruminate. Cows ruminate. This means they chew grass, swallow it, bring it back up and chew it some more, and each time they do they get something more out of it. So chew on God’s Word. Think about it. Process it. If you want to be spiritually healthy, meditate and ruminate on the Scriptures!

SoulFood: 2 Chr 29–31, John 14:1–14, Ps 118:10–18, Pro 28:1–4

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

Staying When You Feel Like Quitting

‘Love…endures through every circumstance.’ 1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT

When Ed and Alice went for marriage counselling the therapist asked Alice, ‘What first attracted you to Ed?’ She replied, ‘His strong, silent ways.’ The counsellor continued, ‘So why do you want a divorce?’ Alice answered, ‘His strong, silent ways!’ Sometimes what drew us together ends up a major irritant. In every relationship there are times when it seems it would be easier to quit than to hang in. But short of physical and emotional abuse, there are advantages to working through your issues: (1) Emotional benefits. Contrary to what Hollywood’s culture would have us believe, divorced people are more likely to feel depressed due to loneliness. In fact, many say although there were disagreements in the relationship, they miss having somebody to come home to. (2) Health benefits. Emotional stress leads to physical problems, and being in a relationship, especially a good marriage, can be beneficial for your health. It’s like having your own nurse or therapist. (3)Community benefits. What your kids see influences their future choices. Staying in your marriage teaches them how to work through relationship challenges. Couples with strong marriages are helping to build a nation of loving, responsible parents who can guide their children onto the right track. ‘Love… endures through every circumstance.’ Author Christy Scannell says, ‘When [we] got married, we agreed it was for life… Weeks before our wedding we made a pact to work out whatever problems came our way… Yes, we fight. We accuse… but we won’t be moving out or filing papers… whatever happens we’re staying.’

SoulFood: 2 Chr 25–28, John 13:31–38, Ps 118:1–9, Pro 27:23–27

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

More Than Conquerors (3)

‘…who always leads us in triumph in Christ…’ 2 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV

Few things can discourage you like when your children don’t follow in your path. As Christian parents we long to see our children serve God. If you’ve prayed, lived your faith before them as best you could and yet they choose another path, your heartache can be deep. But others have travelled the path before you. Isaac saw his son Jacob surrender to God, while his other son Esau rejected Him. Aaron, the high priest, had two sons who offered ‘strange fire’ on God’s altar. Manoah’s son, Samson, committed suicide. Even the sons of the prophet Samuel ‘…did not walk in his ways; they turned aside after dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice.’ (1 Samuel 8:2–3 NKJV) You’re not alone in your concern for your children, and it’s too early for guilt, or for giving up on them. Remember (1) God alone can save. ‘Salvation is of the Lord.’ (Jonah 2:9 KJV) Don’t try to take on God’s responsibility or accept guilt that’s not yours. Because He knows our hearts, God knows how and when to ‘close the deal’ with your child. So instead of worrying, keep lifting up their names before Him in prayer. (2) Let God shoulder the load. Your part is to pray and believe God for them, then to get out from under the burden. He can carry it; you can’t! (1 Peter 5:7) (3) There’s still hope. (Jeremiah 31:17) God can arrange circumstances and turn their stubborn hearts around, if you will only trust Him.

SoulFood: 2 Chr 22–24, John 13:18–30, Ps 114, Pro 27:20–22

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

Drawing closer to our Lord

Firstly, I personally would like to thank Message of Hope Nepal for sharing The Word for Today through various medium. I am regular listener of The Word for today every morning. This devotional book helped me a lot to draw close to Lord and build up my Spiritual...