Your friendship, partnership, and prayer support are important to us. More than that, the ministry of Today in the Word would not exist without you, our readers. This month, we would like to thank you for your letters, notes, phone calls, and e-mails—a testimony to what God is doing in your life through Today in the Word. Here is a selection of letters and e-mails you have written to us lately. Thank you for keeping in touch!
I was born with a mental disability which led to sin, rebellion, and mental illness. I never knew what love was. But through counsel, medication, reading God’s Word, Our Daily Bread, and Today in the Word for many years, I slowly came to realize the love of God and His care and compassion for me. Thank you so much for Today in the Word. Through its words and teaching, I have learned the love of Jesus, and I personally want to thank you from the depths of my soul. You have been a part of lifting me from deep darkness to the light. May the Lord Jesus Christ be praised!
I have been reading Today in the Word since 2005, and I thank God for all of you every day. This devotional has inspired me to stay in God’s Word every day and has helped me to understand the Bible better. I love the “Q&A” section. I never would have thought to ask the meaning of hallelujah. Being reminded of its true definition makes it so much more meaningful when I sing it or say it. The application section is so helpful and needed for my daily life. Thank you so much for every section of this precious book. I would not change a thing. I thank God for the technology that allows me to read my Today in the Word [online]. May God continue to richly bless you.
—Marilyn (via e-mail)
Thank you for this monthly magazine. My daughter started me on it, and I’m glad to say that my niece is now also reading it. I’m 84 years old and I’m always learning.
I have been reading Today in the Word for over 20 years now. I’ve enjoyed being blessed each month by your excellent studies. Recently I moved to London where I couldn’t get the monthly booklet in time. Even the daily e-mail didn’t arrive early enough for my morning devotions. The discovery of your great website has fulfilled my needs. I go to the website for my daily study and also print out the monthly study in PDF for those times I may be unable to access the Internet. I thank God for how He has grown and blessed me through your ministry.
—Marcus (via e-mail)
I have been using Today in the Word for many years now. I keep a growing stack of my favorite issues and have used them in our family Bible study times with the children (now teens) or gave away to friends to introduce them to what I have discovered is an excellent biblical study resource. Keep teaching!
—Barbara (via e-mail)
I just have to tell you that I have learned so much this month [from the study of Leviticus]. I have to say I was not too excited about studying this book, but it has answered a lot of questions for me. Also wanted to say that after I pray for your requests every day I always add “and God Bless Moody Bible Institute."
—Joyce (via e-mail)
Any time I read Today in the Word, I become refreshed in the Spirit; it carries a great anointing. It is my prayer that the Lord Himself will prepare souls for eternity. May our Lord Jesus Christ use His divine multiplication factor to exceedingly bless you always.
—Pastor Joshua, Nigeria
I thank our gracious God for the ministry of teaching that MBI offers. Each morning I glean something from Today’s teaching and then our faithful God underscores what He has given me all through the day! Isn’t it amazing how He loves us?!
—Deborah (via e-mail)
This past Saturday [March 24], Philip, one of the men in our church where I am the pastor, had just finished reading the devotional for the day, just as he always did before getting out of bed in the morning. That particular day, he put on his slippers preparing to rise—but then he fell back on his bed and slipped into the presence of Lord Jesus. When Philip’s wife showed me the passage, we were both amazed. The reading for that day was from Luke 23:26–43. And the last words Philip read were: “Today you will be with me in Paradise.” And Philip was! I used this passage for his memorial service sermon.
—Pastor Rod, IN
I start each morning reading Today in the Word. It’s an encouraging way to begin my day. Thank you so much for the great messages and for spiritual things to ponder. I especially enjoyed the message on January 30 [that mentioned] Philip and Lucy Bliss. They are in my family tree. Lucy was the daughter of my great-great-great-grandfather, O. F. Young from Rome, PA. I’ve been blessed with knowing that I have such a rich heritage. I have Philip Bliss’s memoirs, and D. L. Moody was a good friend of his. May Moody Bible Institute continue to influence the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ!
By Elena Mafter, Associate Editor
Elena Mafter has been working at Moody’s Marketing and Communications department since 1999 and has been part of the Today in the Word team in a variety of roles: editor, proofreader, project coordinator, and contributing columnist. A transplant to the United States, she loves traveling, getting to know other cultures, and learning foreign languages.