The Christian radio station that I listen to daily is WIHS 104.9 FM based out of Middletown, CT. To me, those involved with this station, as in most Christian radio stations, are broadcasting the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.
A segment that this station has been broadcasting for as long as I can remember is The Good News Verse heard every day. Very early each morning, one thoughtful Bible passage is given for us to consider and to meditate. This is then repeated several times throughout the day.
When I hear each passage, I ask, how is this “good news” for me? How can I apply it? Why did the publishers choose it for me to consider?
With that in mind, I have gathered a few of them that were broadcasted a few days ago and posted them here for your review. Underneath each I have listed three ways that the passage is applicable for us to use. Please note that the views and opinions I expressed here for each passage do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of WIHS radio’s staff and management.
As you read them, I am sure you will discover other significant applications than what I have listed.
Below is the collection:
1) John 6:27
Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
a) The Bible will never spoil – perish – while man is on earth.
b) The Son of Man often gives Christians His food via the Holy Spirit from the Father. How then are we are to work for it when it is also given to us?
c) The food that endures to eternal life was offered to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden by God.
2) John 10:11-14
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
a) Think about it, why would a shepherd – good or bad – give up his life over a supposedly expendable animal? After all, isn’t human life (including your own) more valuable than that of sparrows or sheep (Matthew 10:31)?
b) How does this passage apply to Christians? How does a Christian ever NOT have Jesus Christ as his shepherd? In other words, at what point in a Christian’s life would Christ the shepherd abandon the Christian at the mercy of wolves? Never.
c) Are churches that have divided into splinter groups to form new churches and denominations necessarily the result of wolf attacks against the sheep? Does Christ “run away” from the sheep that leave a Christian denomination for another?
3) 1 Corinthians 7:22-23
And remember, if you were a slave when the Lord called you, you are now free in the Lord. And if you were free when the Lord called you, you are now a slave of Christ. God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world.
a) Everyone born soon becomes a slave to sin, to temptation – his human nature, but Jesus Christ came, died and rose again, to put an end to all this.
b) Christians who have been freed from the master (Satan) who is the lord of this world (with its lust, greed and godlessness) are to be under a new and benevolent master, Jesus Christ.
c) The high price that the Christians’ Master paid to have them freed was enormously great – His life.
4) 1 Timothy 6:6-8
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
a) Yes, we “brought nothing into this world and can take nothing out of it” when we die, but, (here’s the overly used “but” everyone!), as Christians, we can store great treasures (plural) in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21).
b) All food, housing and raiment, both physical and spiritual, are from the Lord.
c) How is godliness with contentment a “great gain”? What is there to gain by being godly and content?
5) 2 Timothy 2:3-4
Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.
a) Christ Jesus is our commander-in-chief.
b) Many friends or family members will ask you to come to their “party”, their world’s adult playground in order to have some sinful pleasures and “fun”, but the apostle Paul is here admonishing us to join him in suffering.
c) A soldier always involved in the affairs of civilian life will eventually lose all of his training and combat skills that made him a good soldier. A good Christian soldier must follow Christ under His training (good topic here) rather than be under the ways of this world.
6) Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”
a) Is gambling and playing the lottery displaying a love of money?
b) Many of us have had occasional daydreams of what we would do if we won a large sum of money somewhere or received a huge inheritance from an unknown rich relative. If these dreams were to come true, what will most likely happen? Answer: More and more self-reliance and less and less trusting in God.
c) The love of money is usually the result of not being content with what you already have.
7) Psalm 37:1,3
Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity… Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed (KJV).
a) Fretting and envy toward others is time misplaced away from God.
b) Trusting in the Lord goes hand-in-hand with doing good.
c) You can always trust that God will feed you forever. Note: God will still feed you in the next life even though you will have an immortal body. Why not?!
8) 1 Timothy 6:17
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
a) True or False: Those who are rich in this present world that Paul was writing to Timothy about are most likely those who are wealthy Christians in the Body of Christ.
b) How about: Can those who are rich and in the Body of Christ become susceptible to becoming arrogant and putting their hope in wealth rather than in God?
c) God who is rich always bestows everything in one way or another for His children to enjoy.
9) Psalm 37:7
Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
a) Being still before the Lord means ceasing to dwell on the situation(s) around you that is negatively threatening to overwhelm you away from concentrating on Who is above you.
b) Waiting patiently on Him is, after bringing your situation to God’s attention, continuing to beseech Him and waiting, waiting, just waiting for His answer. As long as it takes.
c) When wicked people seem to be having an upper hand against you, stay calm and close to God and wait for His instructions. Often He will change circumstances to your favor.
10) Psalm 37:18-19
The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,
and their inheritance will endure forever.
In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
a) No one, no one, including Job, (Job 1:1; Romans 3:23) was (or is) blameless without God the Father and especially Jesus Christ having something to do with it.
b) Being blameless as a Christian is about righteousness through Jesus Christ.
c) Righteousness is having faith, hope and charity through both good times and bad times.
11) Psalm 37:23-24
The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
a) The one who delights in the Lord most likely has God’s Spirit near or in him.
b) A person who stumbles while delighting in God is one who has been walking (or learning to walk) – not one who is just standing still and not moving and growing.
c) True or False? Stumbling is usually temporary while falling is usually very long lasting.
12) Psalm 37:39-40
The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
The Lord helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.
a) Salvation was seen firsthand by the disciples at the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
b) Salvation is realized in your life when you accept Jesus Christ.
c) Salvation will become more and more evident to the rest of the world at the return of Jesus Christ.
13) Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
a) When you are in tense situations or facing trials, praying unceasingly (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV) does not necessarily mean praying to God every second of every day. Instead of worrying or fretting, talk and make petitions constantly to God as you go about your everyday activities. Always walk with God. Do not neglect Him.
b) When you are in tense situations or facing trials, offer your petitions to God. Instead of worrying or fretting, beseech God constantly as you go about your everyday activities. Walk with God. Do not neglect Him.
c) When you are in tense situations or facing trials, give thanks to God ahead of time. Instead of worrying or fretting, thank God constantly as you carry on your everyday activities. Walk with God. Do not neglect Him.
14) Philippians 4:19
And my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (ASV)
a) This verse is a promise for the Christian when he has a need to be filled – especially as he prays to God .
b) The basic needs of each human being are: food, shelter, clothing, and love – just to name a few.
c) The basic needs of each Christian are: food, shelter, clothing, and love – just to name a few!
15) Matthew 20:27-28
[W]hoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
a) The context of this passage is about the mother of Zebedee’s sons going to Jesus asking if He would grant her sons sit alongside Him in His kingdom (Matthew 20:21-22). Why do you suppose she wanted this for her sons? I do not know myself, but based on Christ’s reply, who do you think will sit next to Christ on the throne? Do you suppose these sons asked their mother to make this request? Also, it may be possible she was one of the 120 disciples who received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Perhaps we will know in the next life.
b) The word great is a term often used in this world but which tends to strongly and overly compare one individual with another.
c) All of the risen saints, when Christ returns, will be great as they serve the rest of humanity who will comprise the inhabitants of the kingdom initially.