Living Today

Interesting articles from Christian teachers and leaders. Designed to help you as you follow Jesus here in Fiji

God knows what we really need!

God knows what we really need!

This is a powerful testimony of a young woman that encountered God through The Word for Today, reminding us to be aware of how God may want to speak to us, either through His Word, through people, even through our situations. GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME, ALL THE TIME,...

The Word for Today encourages Teachers and Students

The Word for Today encourages Teachers and Students

We got this encouraging testimony from Lilian who is a teacher in Vanuatu to our UCB Vanuatu team... Thank you for all that you are doing. It's touching lives. I am a teacher and I find it very helpful in helping my students know about the love of God. All the...

Share The Light This Christmas

Who can you share the Light of Christmas with? Christmas is a tapestry of emotion — a celebration filled with care, kindness, and hope. It's the joy of togetherness, where hearts connect and exchange moments that sparkle with warmth. As we gather, we share more than gifts; we exchange love. In the glow of festive lights and the melody of carols, the true magic of Christmas unfolds — the magic of connection. Caring becomes a beacon of light, radiating the spirit of the season. Christmas is a...

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4 Ways to Love Better

I was recently talking with someone about some relationship struggles they were experiencing.  The need for patience was what we ended up with as a critical component to loving better. It’s very interesting, that in the love chapter in 1 Corinthians, it starts with “Love is patient…”. Love in our relationships (spouse, friends, family etc), is more than just the thought. God wants us to love, not just in word, but also in deed! The good part is that God will help us love. Here are 4 habits...

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Relationships

Relationships

Psalm 133:1  Behold, how good and how pleasant it is, for the brethren to dwell together in unity.  Relationships are such a part of our lives that at times we forget how important and necessary they are.  Every part of our day is revolved around different forms of relationships. Imagine a life with no relationships?  We would be like a person stranded on a deserted island.  Yes, at first it might be alright, (especially for introverts), but after a while without any other human contact, we...

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Rebuilding your marriage (3)

‘Unless the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain who build it.’ Psalm 12 7:1 NKJV

You must be willing to forgive the other person. Loving someone makes you vulnerable. When you give someone your heart, they can break it. A stranger can say something that would roll off you like water off a duck’s back. But if your mate says the same thing to you, it can stir up feelings of anger and resentment. No one stays married to anyone without some forgiveness involved. Think about it: your relationship with God involves needing, asking for, and receiving His forgiveness.

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us to say: ‘Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.’ Then He explained, ‘For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you’ (Matthew 6:12, 14 NKJV). The word ‘trespass’ not only means ‘sin’ it also means ‘going where you have no right to go’. And we do that to each other in marriage. Familiarity breeds contempt. When you feel continually taken for granted by your mate, it can build up and explode into an argument. Trespassing includes infidelity, among other things. If you don’t practise forgiveness in little things, it makes it much harder to extend and receive grace during a crisis. (However, if you are at risk in a relationship, it’s important to get help and be safe.) The art of forgiveness requires letting go of perfection and performance and grabbing hold of grace and gratitude.

When the Bible says that a man must leave his father and mother (including his culture, background, and family language) and be joined to his wife (developing a new culture, background, and family language), they begin to bond together and become one (see Matthew 19:5). But this bonding takes a lot of time and work. It also calls for focusing on what’s good in your mate and forgiving the rest.

SoulFood: Judg 4-6, Mark 10:13-22, Ps 88:9b-18, Pro 13:4-6

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


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Praying for Our Leaders

Different countries have handled the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways. Some because of a slow response, have suffered terribly. Others have gone for early and complete lockdowns. And yet others have gone for something of a middle ground, with progressive shutdowns....

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Your Mind Matters

With social distancing and isolation, people seem to have a lot more time on their hands to think. But not all of that thinking is all that helpful. Yes, these are worrying times. There’s a risk of catching the COVID-19 virus. There’s an increased risk of dying....

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The Best and the Worst

It seems that in times of crisis, we see both the best and the worst of humanity. So, what are you showing the world? Your best, or your worst? Different parts of the world have suffered vastly different infection and death rates from the COVID-19 virus. Italy, Spain,...

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The Opportunity of Social Distancing

This whole social distancing thing takes some getting used to doesn’t it? Whether you live somewhere where you’re in lockdown, or you just have to maintain a safe distance, it really is quite jarring to be so separated from other people. But I wonder whether God...

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It’s Time to Shine

I guess we’re all at the point of adjusting to a new normal. A normal of social isolation. A normal where many people are withdrawing into their shells amidst this COVID-19 pandemic. Yep, people are doing it tough – from a health and safety perspective and financially...

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