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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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Try Bird Watching!

‘Look at the birds.’ Matthew 6:26 NLT

You may not like the political party that’s in power, but you’re much better off than the Jewish people Jesus was speaking to here. Their country was occupied by the Romans, and they paid extortionate taxes to keep them in power. They lived as slaves—so they worried a lot. Then Jesus came along and said: ‘Look at the birds. They don’t plant… harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?’ (Matthew 6:26–27 NLT)

In other words, if you worry a lot—try bird watching! Birds don’t know where their next meal is coming from, yet you never see one sitting on a branch having an anxiety attack. So here’s the question: ‘Aren’t you far more valuable to God than they are?’

A man who was out of work, despondent, and worried about feeding his family noticed some birds eating strawberry shortcake from a bin. All at once it dawned on him—‘If God can feed the birds strawberry shortcake, surely He can take care of me too!’

Even if you suffer from a poor self-image and think you’re not worth taking care of, aren’t you still more valuable than a bird? So look at how well your heavenly Father takes care of them, and remind yourself that He will take care of you too. If anxiety is robbing you of happiness during the day and sleep at night, make up your mind to live by this Scripture: ‘Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.’ (1 Peter 5:7 NLT)

SoulFood: 2 Sam 20:1–22:30, John 4:1–12, Ps 100, Pr 23:22–28

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

Stay Calm!

‘Keep your head in all situations.’ 2 Timothy 4:5 NIV

A woman was sitting in her lounge when a small black snake suddenly appeared, slithered across the floor, and made its way under the sofa. Being deadly afraid of snakes, she ran to the bathroom to get her husband, who was taking a shower. He came running from the shower with just a towel around his waist, grabbed an old broom handle from the cupboard, and began poking under the sofa.

At this point the family dog woke up. Curious to see what was happening, the dog came up behind the husband and touched his cold nose to the back of the man’s heel. The man, thinking the snake had bitten him on the heel, fainted. The wife thought her husband had collapsed with a heart attack, so she ran from the house to a hospital just a street away. The ambulance drivers promptly came to her house and placed him on a stretcher. But as they were carrying him out, the snake reappeared from underneath the sofa. One of the drivers got so frightened that he dropped his end of the stretcher and broke the man’s leg. Seeing her husband’s twisted leg, the wife collapsed on the spot. Meanwhile, the snake slithered quietly away!

An old African proverb says, ‘There are 40 kinds of lunacy, but only one kind of common sense.’ Acting impulsively usually means things will get worse before they get better. So before you panic, calm yourself and ask God for wisdom and help, even in the simplest things.

SoulFood: 2 Sam 17:14–19:43, John 3:22–36, Ps 89:38–52, Pr 23:19–21

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

Doling Out God’s Grace (2)

‘Do not nullify the grace of God.’ Galatians 2:21 NASB

Chuck Swindoll says as believers we’re often intolerant ‘of those who don’t fit our mould—an attitude that reveals itself in the stoic [statue-like] stare or burning comment. Such reactions will thin the church ranks faster than fire in the basement or flu in the pew. Paul rebuked the Galatians for “deserting Christ” (see 1:6), “nullifying the grace of God” (see 2:21), and becoming “bewitched by legalism” (see 3:1)… Sure, there are limits to freedom. Grace does not give us free licence… The opposite of legalism isn’t “do as you please”. But the limitations are broader than most of us realise. I can’t believe, for example, the only music God smiles on is hymns… Nor do I believe the necessary clothing for entering His temple is a suit and tie… Let’s remember who gets wrought up over outward appearances. It’s not God! He “looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7 NASB)… Jesus reserved His strongest and longest sermon… for… legalists—present-day Pharisees. When it came to self-righteous showing off, Jesus pulled no punches. He found it was the only way to deal with those who hung around places of worship disdaining and despising others. No less than seven times He pronounced “Woe to you”, because that’s the only language a Pharisee understands…

Two final comments:

(1) If you tend towards Phariseeism in any form, stop it! If you’re the type who bullies and looks down on others… you’re today’s Pharisee.

(2) When a modern-day Pharisee tries to control your life, stop them. Remind those religious phonies that the splinter in your eye is between you and God, and they should pay attention to the tree trunk in their own eye.’

SoulFood: 2 Sam 14:21–17:13, John 3:1–21, Ps 89:15–37, Pr 23:15–18

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

Doling Out God’s Grace (1)

‘You would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.’ John 4:10 ESV

When the woman at the well offered Jesus a drink of water, He replied, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give Me a drink,” you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.’ Jesus routinely showed mercy to the people who least deserved it, and this woman was no exception. How do you measure up when it comes to extending God’s grace to others? Are you generous, or do you take it upon yourself to dole it out sparingly?

Jon Walker says: ‘Grace allows people to make choices… it’s free… flowing… unencumbered by guilt or shame. It says, “I know all about you, and I still love you”… Most of us, if we’re honest, function as if God were stingy with His grace. We fear His punishment… we think He is like the school head teacher walking the corridors, taking down names… but God already knows who did what and who’s to blame, and He loves us anyway. His interest is in redeeming us, not in keeping us on the hook for our sins. Unfortunately, many of us Christians live our lives as if we’re still on the hook… therefore we have to keep everyone else on the hook. We use weapons of the flesh—the sarcastic comment, the angry stare—to get people to straighten up and live right. By contrast, when the woman at the well went back to her village, she said, “Come see a man who [told me everything I’ve ever done!]” …Nothing was hidden from Jesus, yet He communicated in such a fashion that she left feeling loved and accepted. That’s God’s grace!’

SoulFood: 2 Sam 12:1–14:20, John 2:12–25, Ps 89:1–14, Pr 23:10–14

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

Avoid ‘Whelks’

‘Don’t befriend angry people.’ Proverbs 22:24 NLT

Ever seen an oyster shell without an oyster inside, and wondered how the oyster got out? Look for a small hole in the top of the shell made by a whelk. This little ocean creature has an appendage that works like a drill bit. With it the whelk bores into the shell and sucks the oyster out through the hole, little by little, until it has devoured it.

Don’t allow somebody’s angry outbursts or critical remarks to bore a hole in your good nature and rob you of your cheerfulness. If you aren’t careful, you can become irritated to the point where anger and bitterness begin to seethe in you. And that can be dangerous to your health. There’s a mountain of medical evidence to support the fact that certain kinds of depression are simply anger turned inward. Remember the old adage, ‘It’s not what you’re eating, but what’s eating you that’s making you ill.’

The Bible says, ‘Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul [and emotions].’ (Proverbs 22:24–25 NLT) If you’re wise, you’ll try to avoid people you find continually negative or habitually angry at life, as well as those who seem to delight in needling [digging at] you.

In other words—avoid whelks! John Mason writes: ‘One way to be free of unwanted baggage is to take your mind off the things that seem to be against you. Thinking about negative factors simply builds them into a power they truly don’t possess. Talking about your grievances merely adds to those grievances. Attach yourself to God’s forgiveness, plan, and Word. Then watch yourself become loosed from former “sticky” situations.’

SoulFood: 2 Sam 7:18–11:27, John 2:1–11, Ps 110, Pr 23:6–9

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

Thank You for the UCB Daily Word

HALLO UCB READERS SOLOMON ISLANDS AND UCB ASIA PACIFIC my daily reading and prayer helps me to have the stronger determination to activate my role as a companion regional leader of the Brother hood for my district companion leaders in Pele region Diocese of Temotu...