Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

  • February 2018 Issue
From the Editors

Study of the Scripture is not new for me. When I was a little girl, I was blessed to have Sunday school teachers who faithfully told Bible stories with flannelgraph. I had AWANA leaders who encouraged me to memorize key Bible passages. In college, I became a student at Moody Bible Institute, where a key Bible study verse is engraved on the stone archway leading to campus: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15, KJV).

Now as an editor on the Today in the Word team, I consider it a privilege to play a small role in this Bible study that includes thousands of participating members, men and women in so many diverse locations, opening God’s Word and reading it together. Today in the Word has been a Moody ministry for 30 years, and I’ve been helping write and edit this devotional for many of those years! My job has included fine-tuning the devotional text (fixing the spelling and grammar, checking those fascinating introductory stories, and clearing up any inconsistent or confusing statements). I’ve written columns and even authored several issues, including “God’s Faithfulness” and studies of the Gospel of John and the book of Esther. I can see in my own life how my knowledge of Scripture has grown and my love and appreciation for God and His Word have deepened.

Some things have changed over the years. When I first began, we didn’t have computers for word processing or layout. In fact, I purchased one of our first desktop Apple computers—a tiny box with a five-inch screen! Our research was done through books without the help of the internet, and proofs were reviewed on paper. The only method of distribution was by mailing printed copies.

Thirty years later, thousands of readers join us by email, podcast, social media, and our website—even reading on their smart phones, an unimaginable idea in 1988! And the most important things have stayed the same. We have retained our singular focus on the Word of God. Each day, we study Scripture to have our daily lives shaped by God’s perspective.

All of us at Today in the Word—editors, writers, graphic designers, production, and marketing—send our appreciation for you. Your gifts have sustained and grown this ministry for 30 years. May we continue to walk together in studying the Bible, seeking to deepen our love for the Lord, and rightly dividing the Word of truth.

BY Jamie Janosz

Jamie Janosz serves as a content development manager for Moody Global Ministries. She writes monthly devotionals for Today in the Word and has published non-fiction essays with Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics blog. Recently Jamie wrote a book titled When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up (Moody Publishers). Jamie studied theology and writing at Moody Bible Institute, Columbia College, and Illinois State University. She lives on the Atlantic coast of Florida with her husband, Milt, and daughter, Sabrina.

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