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Approved unto God | From the Editors

  • August 2015 Issue
From the Editors

August is here. Leaves turn color, the weather gets cooler, sweet corn is everywhere—and the new school year begins! I look at the students who arrive on Moody’s Chicago campus (who are, by the way, somehow getting younger and younger every year) and I can’t help envying them. I love to learn, and in my dreams sometimes, I would like to come back to my student days and study full time. I know it won’t happen, but to be a student, and especially a student of the Bible, would fill my heart with joy.

If your full-time student years disappeared long ago in the distance of years but you long to study and to become a student again, my suggestion to you: How about enrolling in the “school of Today in the Word”? If you receive Today in the Word every month and use it as your Bible study guide, you are already a student—you are studying the Word of God. You learn something new every day, with fresh insights and perhaps even revelations. Not only does your knowledge increase, but your life is changing too. (Additional benefit—no student loans!)

With the beginning of the new school year, let’s resolve to study the Bible diligently every day and to go to “classes” whether we feel like it or not. Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord with passion and enthusiasm. Let us follow the apostle Paul’s words carved in stone in The Arch, the main entrance to Moody’s Chicago campus: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15, KJV).

We would like to give you an opportunity to invite your friends to “the classroom.” In the next issue of Today in the Word, in October, which will come in an envelope, you’ll find a reply card. On the back of the card we reserved a space for you to write the addresses of one or several of your friends who would like to receive our devotional.

In addition to the print version of Today in the Word, you and your friends can read it online at or receive a daily portion by email. Join the global Today in the Word community and let the power of God’s Word change you. Because, after all, “the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Peter 1:25).

BY Elena Mafter

Elena Mafter has been working at Moody Bible Institute's Strategic 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 (she's fluent in several!)

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