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The Controller's Office: Work and Prayer with Today in the Word

  • July 2014 Issue
From the Editors

This month’s theme reminded me that we at Today in the Word have the best job! We have the privilege to focus our work on the Word, and make each working day “today in the Word.” I wondered how other departments at Moody use Today in the Word, and how the Word of God and prayer help them in their day-to-day work.

Meet our Controller’s Office team, a department on Moody’s Chicago campus of mostly quiet people who don’t like to be in the limelight. They prefer working behind the scenes, and at first glance their ministry may not seem glamorous. But without them, Moody would not be able to function. They manage Moody’s budget and payroll, oversee our expenses, and make sure our bills are paid—they contribute a great deal to Moody’s commitment to godly stewardship of our financial resources. Today in the Word is an important part in this department’s life. Every morning before work starts, they gather for their departmental devotions. They read and discuss the Scripture portion of the day, share their personal insights into the theme, and may dwell on one of the questions in the “Q&A” column. Their favorite time is when they pray for the department listed in the “Pray with Us” section that day. They also mention in prayer Today in the Word readers as well as Moody donors and partners.

Roger Sipes, who supervises accounts payable and budget reviews, became a reader of Today in the Word 25 years ago, when as a young pastor he was striving to deepen his preaching and his personal daily devotions. “This devotional helped me revitalize my time with the Lord back then,” recalls Roger, “And it helps me now. So many publications feel outdated years after. But what’s great about Today in the Word is that you can take a 20-year-old copy and it’s still relevant today. The treasures of Scripture that Today in the Word mines never fade.” It’s a privilege for me to introduce some of the quiet prayer warriors at the Controller’s Office:

ANNITA SMITH
Place of birth: Crenshaw, MS
Years at Moody: 15
Years as a Today in the Word reader: 15
Why do you read Today in the Word? To grow spiritually
What do you like most about this devotional? “Apply the Word”
Most memorable/favorite issue: The issues with my name in the “Pray with Us” section. I feel even more connected to the writers and readers.
What would you like to say to other readers? The Lord loves you and is thinking about you. You’ll see this love in the issues of Today in the Word. The people here are seeking the Lord and writing what God has on His heart for you.

ROGER SIPES
Place of birth: Berkeley Springs, WV
Years at Moody: 23
Years as a Today in the Word reader: 25
Why do you read Today in the Word? To be inspired, encouraged, and challenged, to pray for co-workers at Moody and to get to know them better.
What do you like most about this devotional? Compact format, attention to biblical accuracy, and presentation of the Word in an attractive and interesting way.
Most memorable/favorite issue: The issue a year or so ago that highlighted the spiritual journey of one of my co-worker’s family, Michael Duong, in the “From the Editors” column.
What would you like to say to other readers? We appreciate their faithful, consistent prayer and financial support for Moody as we seek to glorify and serve the Lord here.

BLAKE SMALL
Place of birth: Seoul, South Korea (grew up in Arizona)
Years at Moody: 3
Years as a Today in the Word reader: 1.5
What do you like most about this devotional? Different theme each month and a team of authors, which gives readers various angles on Scripture.
Most memorable/favorite issue: January 2014 issue on God’s faithfulness met me at a time when remembering His faithfulness was a must for me.
What would you like to say to other readers? Read whole chapters before and after the Scripture portions for each day to gain a deeper understanding in context. Enjoy God’s Word!

LINDA WAHR
Place of birth: Michigan
Years at Moody: 28
Years as a Today in the Word reader: 5
What do you like most about this devotional? I like illustrations at the beginning of each day’s devotional. I learn from these stories and remember them. Of course, it is one way Jesus taught.
Most memorable/favorite issue: The one on Ecclesiastes (September 2013)
What would you like to say to other readers? It’s a good devotional!

ELEANOR EHRESMAN
Place of birth: East Chicago
Years at Moody: 14
Years as a Today in the Word reader: 10
Why do you read Today in the Word? It’s a great devotional, and I like to pray for my co-workers.
What do you like most about this devotional? I like the themes.
Most memorable/favorite issue: God’s Faithfulness (January 2014)
What would you like to say to other readers? Use this tool to increase your knowledge of God and His work.

MIKE DUONG
Place of birth: Saigon, Vietnam
Years at Moody: 16
Why do you read Today in the Word? It helps me build a stronger relationship with God each day.
What do you like most about this devotional? This is a chance for our department to communicate with God before the work day. We come together to share happiness and sadness, then we present them to the Lord.
Most memorable/favorite issue: The Christmas issue! It brought back special memories of what a wonderful Savior Jesus is.
What would you like to say to other readers? Reading Today in the Word is having spiritual food every day.

EUNICE CHILDRESS
Place of birth: Dominican Republic
Years at Moody: 2
Years as a Today in the Word reader: 1
Why do you read Today in the Word? It connects us with different ministries of Moody as we pray for them in the “Pray with Us” section.
What do you like most about this devotional? It’s relevant, inspirational, and practical, a great way to encourage others. Perfect for busy people!

MARIE BAILEY
Place of birth: South Haven, MI
Years at Moody: 22
Years as a Today in the Word reader: 15
Why do you read Today in the Word? Good start to my day!
What do you like most about this devotional? It encourages and equips me in my walk with the Lord; it gives me an opportunity to pray for my co-workers and other readers.
Most memorable/favorite issue: The January 2014 issue on God’s faithfulness really touched me. It’s been a difficult year for me, and it reminded me of the song “He’s Been Faithful”: “Though in my heart I have questioned, even failed to believe—yet He’s been faithful to me.”

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.

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