Who is Jesus Christ?

This is one of the most important questions you can ever ask because, you need Jesus.

God loves you. He desires to have a living relationship with you and give you salvation, purpose and eternal life. It is an important decision that only you can make, but you need to make it!

1. You have a past

Scripture states clearly that everyone in the world is guilty of sin — and that includes you and me. Romans 3:23 says: ‘For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.’

2. Sin has its price

Romans 6:23 tells us: ‘For the wages of sin is death.’ The wage we earn from work is money, but the wages of sin is death. Death means separation from God forever. But there is good news.

3. Christ paid for your sin

Even though we are sinners, Christ loves us so much that He died in our place to pay for our sin. ‘But God demonstrated His own love for us in this while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ (Romans 5:8)

4. You must believe

To become a Christian and have assurance of eternal life is a personal decision only you can make. Romans 10:9 says: ‘if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.’ The word ‘believe’ here means to entrust your life completely over to Jesus Christ. That’s what real faith is, asking Jesus Christ to be Lord of your Life.

If You’d like to begin a personal relationship with Jesus today, please pray this prayer.

Dear Lord Jesus, I believe You died for me and that Your blood paid for my sins. Please forgive me for my sin. I want You to be my Lord. Thank You for dying for me, forgiving my sin and giving me the gift of eternal life. I wish to turn away from sin and I acknowledge You as my Lord and Saviour. Lead and guide me in Your way, Amen.

You have just made an important and very wise decision. We encourage you to now contact your local Christian church for regular, ongoing fellowship and guidance in becoming a disciple. Anytime you would like us to pray for you, either now or in the future, you can always contact the team at Vision Christian Prayer.

We’d love you to send us an email to tell us the story behind your decision.

We’d also love to send you a complimentary copy of our devotional, The Word for Today to help you search the Scriptures daily, know Jesus better and follow Him more closely. Give us a call if you’d like a copy.

1 John 5:11-12 tells us there are two groups of people. ‘He who has the Son has life’ and ‘He who does not have the Son of God does not have life.’ Because you have prayed and believed in the Son you have life!

 

Fishing lessons (2)

‘He and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish.’ Luke 5:9 NKJV

Lesson two: God is interested in your success. Peter knew Jesus was a great teacher and that He could even heal the sick. What he was about to learn, however, was that Jesus wants you to succeed in your career. Peter probably had the best nets, owned a good boat, and knew exactly where to catch the most fish. And his income depended on a good catch. But after fishing all night and catching nothing, Peter made the best move of his life: he got Jesus involved in his business!

Did you know that God wants you to succeed? Don’t you want your children to succeed? So does God. The question is: do you take God to work with you? Is your business available to Him to use at any time? Is He able to minister to people through you?

Too often we try to separate the secular from the spiritual; we have our Christian life nicely partitioned off from our career. But this prevents God from blessing your business or job. When you realise this, then if you’re wise, you’ll begin to operate according to the principles of Scripture. Here’s one of God’s success principles for your business or career: ‘Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.’ (Joshua 1:8 NLT)

God, who’s the CEO of the universe, says: ‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go.’ (Isaiah 48:17 NKJV) Today claim that promise!

SoulFood: Acts 3:11–5:42, Luke 6:37–49, Ps 109:16–31, Pr 15:23–26

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

Give Your Children Self-Confidence

‘Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.’ Proverbs 22:6 NLT

Journalist William Hodding Carter famously quoted the German poet Goethe when he wrote, ‘There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other is wings.’ Children who know they are loved unconditionally are children with roots. Consequently they’re able stand up to whatever life throws at them. By the same token, when you instil in your children a sense of self-confidence and encourage them to dream, you’re giving them wings. And any time children are given the will to win, they’re already halfway to success. But if you let them grow up without it, they’re already halfway to failure. That means as a parent you must demonstrate faith in your children so that they learn to have faith in themselves.

Every child has within them a God-given seed of greatness, and when you let them know you believe in them, you’re watering that seed and giving it a chance to grow. Have you noticed how people generally rise or fall in accordance with your level of expectation? When you constantly criticise kids they grow up to be negative, self-doubting, and fearful. But when you believe in them and assume they will do well, they’ll go the extra mile by trying to live up to your expectations. It’s your faith in them that creates the environment in which they learn to fly!

Give them kina and they’ll spend it.

Give them resources and they’ll squander [waste] them.

But give them faith in God and in themselves, and chances are they’ll excel at whatever they do in life.

SoulFood: Gen 13–16, Luke 8:16–25, Ps 120, Pro 3:33–35

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

It Happens to the Best of Us!

‘…these things happened…as examples…’ 1 Corinthians 10:11 NKJV

A pastor was building a fence while the neighbour’s 12-year-old son watched. The pastor smiled and said, ‘Are you interested in carpentry?’ ‘No,’ the boy replied. ‘I just want to hear what a preacher says when he hits his thumb with a hammer!’ You are the only Bible some people will ever read, and they’re watching to see how your life lines up with what you say. Some are hoping for confirmation of the life-changing power of Jesus; others for a chance to say, ‘See, Christians are all hypocrites!’ We want to set a good example, but sometimes we fall short. And as humbling as it is to mess up, God uses those failures to ‘…[make] it clear that our…power is from [Him], not…ourselves.’ (2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT) God doesn’t gloss over the shortcomings of even the most notable saints. They’re ‘examples…written down as warnings for us…’ (1 Corinthians 10:11 NIV) Abraham, the ‘friend of God’, lied about Sarah being his wife (Genesis 12:10–20). Moses, the mighty leader, got angry and disobeyed God. David, a man after God’s heart, committed adultery and then tried to cover his tracks with murder (2 Samuel 11:15). Peter, head of the church, denied Jesus not once but three times (Luke 22:54–62), and John Mark gave up and went home during a missionary trip (Acts 15:38). They’re all in there, warts and all, and Paul says, ‘If you think you are standing strong, be careful, for you, too, may fall into the same sin.’ (1 Corinthians 10:12 NLT) So don’t get discouraged when you stumble. Get up, admit your mistake, apologise to the people involved, ask God for forgiveness, forgive yourself, learn from what happened, and move on.

SoulFood: Num 14–15, Mark 7:1–13, Ps 37:32–40, Pro 11:7–8

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

Has Your Blessing Become A Burden?

‘Life is not measured by how much you own.’ Luke 12:15 NLT

In Jules Verne’s novel, The Mysterious Island, five men escape a prison by hijacking a hot air balloon. Quickly they sense the wind is carrying them out over the ocean. They see the horizon receding and realise they are losing altitude. Since they have no way of heating the air in the balloon, they begin to throw some of the excess weight overboard. Shoes, coats, and weapons are reluctantly tossed overboard, and they rejoice when the balloon begins to rise. Soon they draw dangerously close to the waves again and begin to toss their food overboard.

A third time the balloon begins to descend, and this time one man suggests they tie together the ropes that connect the balloon to the basket in which they are riding, then sit on the ropes and cut away the heavy basket. The very floor they had been standing on falls away, and the balloon rises once again. Suddenly they spot land. With not a minute to spare, they jump into the water and swim to an island. Their lives were spared because they learned what they could live without.

Why did Jesus say, ‘A man’s real life in no way depends upon the number of his possessions’? (Luke 12:15 PHPS) Because what you think will be a blessing can end up being a burden. What you strive for today, you may stress out over tomorrow. Jesus said, ‘Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.’ (Matthew 6:32–33 NLT)

SoulFood: Num 25–26, Mark 4:13–25, Ps 37:32–40, Pro 11:7–8

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

Forgive Because You’ve Been Forgiven

‘Shouldn’t you have mercy?’ Matthew 18:33 NLT

Jesus said:

‘The Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt. But the man fell down before his master and begged him, “Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.” Then his master was filled with pity for him, and… forgave his debt. But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. His fellow servant… begged for a little more time. “Be patient with me, and I will pay it,” he pleaded. But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full… the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, “You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?” Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. That’s what My heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.’ (Matthew 18:23–35 NLT)

If you are holding onto resentment and refusing to forgive someone, read this story again. It’s the word for you today!

SoulFood: Is 63–66, Matt 12: 38–50, Ps 120, Pr 3:33–35

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

Change how you think

‘…if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.’ Philippians 4:8 NIV

You do not have more problems than other people—you just think about them more often! Stop: go back and reread that sentence. Take a moment and consider what it means. It is what you think about that produces how you feel. If you do not believe that, try getting angry without first having angry thoughts, or getting sad without first having sad thoughts. You cannot do it, can you? To experience a feeling you must first have the thought that produces it. That is life–changing information; it is knowledge the devil doesn’t want you to have. If you change how you think you will change how you feel! Nothing can hold your negative feelings in place other than your own thinking. The truth is, it is your thinking that is negative, not your life! Once you understand that you can get back on the path to happiness again.

But change takes time. You did not become negative overnight and you won’t become positive overnight. But you can start. How? By doing two things: First, by treating your negative thoughts in the same way you treat flies at a picnic—shoo them away and replace them with thoughts that are ‘excellent and praiseworthy’. You have that choice! Second, by thinking about God’s goodness. David did: ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases; who redeems your life from destruction; who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies.’ (Psalm 103:2–4 NKJV) So, if you are serious about changing your life, start changing how you think!

SoulFood: Gen 10–12, Matt 18:10–20, Ps 58, Pro 6:12–15

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

Become a better listener

‘…Be quick to listen, slow to speak…’ James 1:19 NLT

Want to become a good leader? Become a good listener! Here are two stories of what happens when we don’t take time to listen. The first is from a young woman hurt by a manager who didn’t listen: ‘We expected he would wait and give us answers to serious questions about our work. Many times he walked off when we were in mid-sentence, having heard nothing.’ The next is from a church youth leader who was fired: ‘After serving the Lord there for two years, I was called into an elders’ meeting. They took out a list of all the things I’d done wrong in the past two years. Most of what they said was true, for I was brand new in this work. Then they called for my resignation. What did I learn? (a) not once did anyone care enough to coach or shepherd me (b) I’d no idea or warning that I was doing anything wrong (c) the church leaders never built a relationship with their staff.’ Why is it so hard for some leaders to listen? Because leaders love to talk, and as they gain more authority there is the danger to think they have less reason to listen. Leaders by their very nature tend to be removed from the frontlines of battle. To win, they must constantly listen to those who are in the trenches and rely on that information to make wise decisions. Before Ezekiel was qualified to prophesy or lead God’s people, he wrote: ‘…I sat among them for seven days—overwhelmed. At the end of seven days the Word of the Lord came to me.’ (Ezekiel 3:15–16 NIV)

SoulFood: Hosea 6–10, Luke 2:21–33, Ps 17, Pro 14:13–16

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

When You Don’t Understand

‘The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us.’ Deuteronomy 29:29 NIV

When you don’t understand what’s happening in your life, start with what you know for sure; namely, that God is good all the time, and His ‘love for those who respect Him continues forever.’ (Psalm 103:17 NCV) He’s not fickle. He doesn’t bless you one day and curse you the next: His ‘mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning.’ (Lamentations 3:22–23 ESV) But there are things God chooses to reveal to us, and ‘secret things’ He doesn’t—for our own good.

Writer Beth Jones says: ‘If God keeps a secret from us, it’s for our benefit and the benefit of others… For example, He doesn’t go around blaming or telling others about our sins, weaknesses, unbelief, carnality, selfishness or pride to others. When things happen, God knows why… Secret things belong to the Lord. And when He reveals something to us, it’s because He wants us to walk in that truth by faith. For example, He reveals His character and His will in His Word… so we can live by faith knowing that He’s good, fair, kind, generous, merciful, faithful, gracious, patient, and He’s in the saving, healing, redeeming, restoring, sanctifying, and blessing business. Things revealed belong to us. When we don’t know why… here’s what we know for sure. God’s Word is truer than our circumstances or experiences… and just because He knows everything about us doesn’t mean He tells us about everything. We also know that when things look bad, God is still good. He’s a giver, not a taker… a blesser, not a curser… and no matter what happens or doesn’t happen, at the end of the day—we still win!’

SoulFood: Jam 3–5, Mark 4:1–12, Ps 7:10–17, Pr 10:17–18

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

This Is No Small Matter!

‘And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him.’ Isaiah 11:2 NLT

Isaiah said of Jesus: ‘Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot—yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root. And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. He will delight in obeying the Lord. He will not judge by appearance nor make a decision based on hearsay. He will give justice to the poor and make fair decisions for the exploited. The earth will shake at the force of His Word.’ (Isaiah 11:1–4 NLT)

You say, ‘That’s nice, but how does it influence my life?’ More than you may think! When Jesus Christ sits on the throne as Ruler of your life, the Spirit that rested on Him will rest upon you too! With that in mind, go back and reread the words in bold type slowly and thoughtfully. If you see evidence of them in your life, nurture them with prayer and water them with the Word of God. And if you don’t see any evidence, get down on your knees and pray, ‘Father, let me be a signpost to Jesus.’

Before you buy something, the salesperson usually gives you a ‘demo’ and shows you all the features and benefits. Chances are if you like what you see during this ‘demo’, you will buy it. We are each called to be a ‘demo’ for Jesus. This is no small matter! Why? Because in the final analysis, your words, attitudes, actions, and reactions either drive people away from Christ or attract them to Him.

SoulFood: Job 11–14, Matt 23:13–22, Ps 11, Pr 8:4–5

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

Examine Your Habits

‘…they continue practicing the former [habits]…’ 2 Kings 17:34 NKJV

God said, ‘…they continue practicing the former [habits]; they do not fear the Lord, nor do they follow…the law…which the Lord…commanded…’ (2 Kings 17:34 NKJV) Understand this: any habit you feed will strengthen its grip on your life. Ask anyone recovering from addiction; we only become willing to change when we hit the bottom. Prodigals don’t come home until they’ve lost everything! But that doesn’t have to be your story. Your heavenly Father is waiting to welcome you back. You are a child of the Most High; captivity is unnatural for you. You’ll never be free until you despise (hate) your chains. Whether you’re bound by alcohol, an unhealthy relationship or a life that’s out of order, your circumstances won’t change until your mind is released from the grip of old thought patterns and renewed by God’s Word (Romans 12:2). So start putting in place new habits, for what you do consistently, you become permanently. Begin the Bible-reading habit. Put it first on your ‘to do’ list or you won’t do it faithfully. ‘…for [these words] bring life and radiant health to anyone who discovers their meaning…’ (Proverbs 4:22 NLT) Set a specific time for prayer, otherwise everything else will crowd it out. In prayer God will tell you how He feels about things. Can you afford to live without His input? Attend church regularly, support it with your money, exercise your spiritual gifts and begin to invest time and energy into relationships that sharpen and strengthen you spiritually. God will say things to you in His house that He won’t say anywhere else. Your daily habits are carving out an irreversible future. If you want to know where you’re headed—examine them!

SoulFood: Exo 1–3, Matt 5:13–26, Ps 42:1–5, Pro 1:20–27

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

Praying for Mr Alberto

On September 19th, Zakiel, our technical staff, was sick and was admitted to the hospital. The next day Melly, Hadasa, and I visited him and prayed for him. After praying for Zakiel, apparently, there was a patient next to Zakiel who heard us praying and apparently he recognized our voices because he often listened to Radio Voz. He had indigestion. He asked us to pray for him and we prayed for him.

The next morning, I got a call from Zakiel that Mr. Alberto wanted to meet and talk to me. And after meeting he told me that he had been able to defecate twice. And asked to pray for him one more time.

Rio
Station Manager – Radio Voz
Timor-Leste

 

Young man impacted by The Word for Today

Man Reading TWFTA young man who works at the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs called in June 2022 to ask for a copy of the devotional booklet. He had reached out after trying for some time because he couldn’t get hold of the correct phone number. He finally got in touch with Tomu Raiviu and asked if there were any copies left. He went on to say that he got hold of a copy left on the desk of a work colleague. As he went through the devotion that morning, he was particularly touched by the message that changed his life. He couldn’t help but get in touch so that he is able to get a copy for himself and indulge in the daily encouragement provided by the TWFT.

Starting a Family

Back in June Amali called Radio Voz and asked for prayer so he and his wife could have children because they had been married for a long time but had not been blessed with children. Therefore he asked to be prayed for, and we prayed for him regularly.

In November when we had a meeting between announcers and listeners in the park. Amali came and thanked our Radio Voz team with tears. He happily reported that his wife was pregnant and had been three months.

At Radio Voz’s 17th birthday yesterday we invited him to participate and we shared the happy news he received from God to the congregation and to other listeners.

<em>Radio Voz</em> is name of <em>UCB Timor-Leste's</em> radio station based in Dili. Aside from the high powered station serving the people of Dili they also operate small stations in each provincial capital of Timor-Leste.

The Word for Today having an impact in the Solomon Islands

The Board Chairman of UCB Solomon Islands recently wrote to tell us how The Word for Today is having an impact in the Solomon Islands.

He said…

My personal observation over the recent months is that The Word for Today has blessed many lives especially those who accessed copies of the book.People from different backgrounds, religion and ethnicity began to see the added value of the devotional book!

A few months ago, I happened to cross path with an Anglican Priest by the name of Fr Clement. He accessed a copy of the book through another leader. He smiled, put his right thumb up and made a positive comment about it saying,.. ‘The book is very good and very helpful! Other leaders must get their copy.’

About two months ago, I went down town to get something at an Hardware shop. An elderly woman, called my name, stopped me and said. ‘hey brother, thank you for the devotional book! It is very good! It encourages, strengthen and motivates my Christian journey. I bought some copies and gave them to others too. I want young people to get their copies. Do you still have copies available?’

Three weeks ago, a senior nursing officer met me on the road and said,.. ‘I enjoy my devotional time with Lord by using The Word for Today and the other nurses at the National Referral hospital asked where I got it. We want to use this devotional book in our prayer and fellowship time at the hospital. Do you have 40-50 copies now? she asked.

Also, about three weeks ago, the Deputy Principle of Seghe Theological Seminary in Western Province spoke to me and mentioned that the The Word for Today really helped the staff & student’s devotional prayer life. He said.. ‘I have seen a lot difference in the lives of the students.’

God bless!CoxwainSolomon Islands

Listening at the Copra Buying Centre

Our UCB Solomon Island Board Chairman Coxwain sent in this report…
“I went to a Copra buying centre this morning and noticed a number of people standing there waiting to collect their payment. As I got closer, I heard familiar music played from the office which is connected to the outside speaker. Yes, its Laef FM 93.5!!
People enjoyed listening to the Radio while waiting to collect their copra money.
I asked one of the senior staff about the station and she said,..” we have been tuning into this station for months.”
Coxwain – Solomon Islands

Source of Encouragement

I am grateful to Message of Hope Nepal for this wonderful media ministry. I really enjoying and blessed to read ‘The Word for Today’ every day.

This devotional book becomes one of the sources of encouragement in my life. I am a student so I don’t have much time to prepare the Word of God but from this devotional book, I encourage Christian youth in my circle. I belong to the Chaudhary community where fewer people are educated so the audio version of the daily devotional helps much to listen to all age groups in my community. So, every morning I share
YouTube links to my circle. I really thank you and pray to God for this ministry for sustainability.

Prasanna Chaudhary
Western Nepal

Listening in Munda

The ladies at the local hardware store in Munda, Solomon Islands are very happy that their Laef FM station is back on air, as she says in this video.

Nikolau and Alice Wedding

Nikolau and AliceNikolau is a listener who has recently heard of Radio Voz. He heard the radio three years ago. The program he participated in was Jerasaun Los Nasaun Diak, which was presented by James. Because the topic that was brought by James was interesting for Nikolau. Long story short they meet each other and James evangelizes Nikolau and until Nikolau decides to accept and follow Jesus. It turned out that after a few months Nikolau won his girlfriend for the Lord Jesus. Nikolau and his girlfriend chose to join together in the Nazarene church which is the church where James serves.
Nikolau and Alice decide to get married but they face problems because their parents do not approve of getting married in the Protestant church. They always tell me this and we carry it with us in prayer. And thank God, finally the prayer of the righteous was so powerful that the parents of Nikolau and Alice agreed to marry in the Protestant church. And Radio Voz staff were invited to attend the wedding.

Finding God

Nikolau from Maliana is one of the Radio Voz’ young listeners. Every night he listened to Radio Voz and consequently decided he wanted to learn more about God’s Word.

At the time of the JLND event he told me (Rio) of his eagerness of learning the Word of God. And now Ps. Samuel of the Nazarenu Church is following up with him.

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