Devotionals by Dick Woodward

MBC Daily Devotional

A Communication Prescription

“We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you…As a fair exchange – I speak as to my children – open wide your hearts also.” - (2 Corinthians 6:11-13 NIV)

To paraphrase this passage, Paul is suggesting that each of us has a communication “flap” on our heart.  We should be face-to-face and heart-to-heart with our communication flaps open.  But, the hard reality is that we are often back-to-back with our communication flaps down and tightly closed.  The solution Paul prescribes here is that someone must say, “I am heart-to-heart with you, and my communication flap is open.  Be heart-to-heart with me and open your communication flap.”

We face communication challenges every day in our family, work life, and in our interactions with people.  When there is a communication problem it is so very important to realize that someone has to initiate a solution by saying, in spirit and in principle, to the person with whom they are having a communication conflict, “I am heart-to-heart with you, and my communication flap is open. Be heart to heart with me and open your communication flap.”

You may be totally amazed at how taking that stance can melt the obstacles between you and that person with whom you are having a difficult and challenging relationship.  This can be a communication “circuit breaker” that restores communication in a relationship.

Bacteria multiply in the dark but cannot live in the light.  If we do not have good communication in a relationship misunderstandings multiply like bacteria, but when communication is restored it is as if we have turned the light on our relationship.  Most of the bacteria will die and we can address that which doesn’t die with the light of our restored communication.


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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.

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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 remained active in small groups, mentoring, and writing Bible study materials.

The late Pastor Woodward, who passed March 8 2014, 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 currently translated into 36 languages and used around the world to nurture and assist church growth.

This husband, father of five and grandfather often says, "The less I can do, the more the Lord does."

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