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From the Readers

  • February 2016 Issue
From the Editors

All of us at Today in the Word savor the adventure that begins with each issue and each Bible topic; we look forward to learning new things about the God of the universe; and we rejoice in His love and mercy. We also delight in hearing from our readers how God uses Today in the Word to encourage you to study God’s Word and to apply it in your life. It is a privilege to learn from you and to hear your testimonies. This month, we would like to share some highlights from your correspondence.

“We study God’s Word with Today in the Word that we may know the Lord and walk in His ways. The studies are insightful and apply to our lives each day. What a wonderful way to start a day! We study in our motor home ‘living room’ each morning with a cup of tea. We sold our home and all our ‘stuff’ last year and now travel to various ministry headquarters in the U.S. to provide volunteer help . . . Thank you for this useful tool that we can take with us wherever we go as we grow in our walk with the Lord and share Him with others.”–Robert and Pam (via email)

“I read Today in the Word every morning at 6:00 in my prison cell, and then again about three nights a week as an inspirational reading to our prayer group, which I lead. [The reason why I read it] dates back to about 1993, and a man named Mike Kellogg. I was in my early 20s and fresh out of the foster care system and jail. I had so much hate and anger, but though I wasn’t living right, I still loved Christian music and the calming effect it had on me. I was a driver for Domino’s Pizza at the time, and one night the music went off the air and Mike Kellogg would speak. He spoke with such warmth and wisdom I knew he was speaking to me. The Scriptures he would read and the songs [that followed] were balm for my heart. Without his knowledge Mike became my mentor and what I imagined a warm father would be like. I eventually started serving Christ and got help with my anger problem. [But because I didn’t dealwith other issues], I ended up in prison in 2008. A while back a guy showed me his Today in the Word. Before even reading it, I knew I wanted one. After reading it I was hooked.The thing I like best about it will seem silly to most people. I have no family [that I can pray for]. I long to lift actual personal needs up to my Father. Your little corner ‘Pray with Us’ adds value to my reading. It makes me feel I have value to your ministry. I have value to someone outside this razor wire. And I have value to the man and ministry that helped me so much. Thank you for your devotional and everything else that you do.”–William, inmate in Amarillo, TX

Today in the Word gives me a sense of joy and peace as I read God’s Word. I read it at work during my lunch hour.”–Angela, Indianapolis, IN

“I really appreciate the spiritual growth Today in the Word brings to me. I am incarcerated, and many of us are eager to deepen our faith in Christ, yet our resources are slim. Your devotional enlightens each day, opening spiritual eyes that are hungry for the Word. I thought you might get a kick out of this poem: 

Would You Read It with a Mouse?

I cannot read it with a mouse. 

I cannot read it in a house. 

You see, I read it in my county jail—

And now I read it in my prison cell! 

I do so like Today in the Word

How it helps my prayers be heard! 

I would read it in the rain, 

I would read it in the chain gang. 

And I do read it standing in line—

I can take it with me everywhere as I do time. 

Thank you, thank you, MBI! Your magazine lifts my spirit high!”–Jennifer, inmate in Hawkinsville, GA


We also wanted to thank all of you who responded to the Reader Survey in the October issue of Today in the Word! Thank you for taking time to participate. We are looking forward to studying the results of the survey and sharing them with you in the future. Your partnership with Today in the Word makes this ministry possible, and your feedback is important to us.

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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