Devotionals by Dick Woodward

MBC Daily Devotional

Values Clarification and Application

 “Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for Him is a waste of time or effort.” - (1 Corinthians 15:58, The Message)

We are exhorted by the Apostle John to confess Jesus Christ (1 John 4). That is a compound Greek word that means to speak the same thing or to agree with the values of Jesus. I challenge you to clarify your value system and apply these eternal values I have focused for you. The eighth and final eternal value is:  the work of God is a greater value than the works of man.

In his two swan songs (Psalm 127 and the book of Ecclesiastes) Solomon told us it is possible to work very hard in vain our entire lives when we work for the wrong things.

Many years ago a Methodist missionary, who had labored in India for fifty years, was saying farewell to the people of India, whom he loved very much. He had won the respect of many of the large gathering of influential, high-caste Indian political and professional leaders who gathered for his farewell address. After he proclaimed the Gospel that night in the mighty energizing power of the Holy Spirit, his concluding words to them were: “If what I have told you tonight and for the past fifty years isn’t true, it doesn’t matter; but, if what I have told you is true, then nothing else matters!”

I want to conclude my perspective on these eternal values the same way that missionary concluded his message to those leaders in India. If what I have written about the meaning of these eternal values isn’t true, then what I have written here doesn’t matter.  But, if what I have written here is true, then nothing else matters!


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The Mini Bible College (MBC) serves as International Cooperating Ministries’ (ICM) core curriculum for nurturing believers and assisting the spiritual growth of the Church worldwide. Pastor and teacher Dick Woodward has a unique approach to making the scriptures come alive, cutting through denominational and cultural boundaries. The audio teachings, which cover Genesis through Revelation, provide a devotional approach to the scriptures and is easily understood by those with little education and those who are very educated. MBC has been translated into 26 languages spoken by over 4 billion people with more languages in development.

About Dick Woodward

In the late 1970s, when his mega-church ministry seemed at its zenith, Pastor Dick Woodward was afflicted with a rare degenerative disease of the spinal cord that slowly and steadily left him a bedfast quadriplegic. In spite of huge obstacles and crippling limitations in his life, he remains active in small groups, mentoring, and writing Bible study materials.

Pastor Woodward received his B.A. degree from Biola University and did graduate work at San Jose State University and Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the author of many devotional and inspirational booklets. His expository survey of the scriptures, known as the Mini Bible College (MBC), has been translated into 26 languages and used around the world to nurture and assist church growth.

This husband, father of five and grandfather, who celebrated his 80th birthday in 2010, often says,"The less I can do, the more the Lord does."

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