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) Matthew 6:25
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
a) This verse’s message is a very positive one – especially if you believe God exists and you are not an atheist or agnostic.
b) Even atheists and agnostics who do not worry about their needs have unknowingly been blessed by God’s love toward them ….
c) … which is why John 3:16 is consistent with this passage in Matthew 6.
2) Matthew 6:19-21
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
a) Silly question: Are there real moths, vermin and thieves in heaven that destroy? Why didn’t Christ just say, “in heaven, where there are no moths, vermin that can destroy and no thieves who can break in and steal”?
b) How will treasures in heaven differ from treasures on earth?
c) Do Christians already now have treasures where moths, vermin and thieves cannot get to? If so, what are some if them?
3) John 10:27-28
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
a) The animal sheep belonging to men are herded for their wool and killed for food. Christ’s human sheep are guided for service and given life forever.
b) Christ’s sheep listen to His voice, just as Christ, the lamb of God, listened to His Father’s voice.
c) Therefore, we follow Christ as He followed the Father.
4) John 10:11-14
11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
12 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.
13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.
a) Who is the hired hand against the church today?
b) Who is the wolf who attacks the church today?
c) How does the church get to know Christ, the good shepherd?
5) 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) When you have constant thoughts of lacking what you need; when you chronically think you have been dealt a bad hand in life (like in a card game); when you always think thoughts of how life would be better if…, your life will eventually tend to take on a godless existence.
b) Discontentment within you will ultimately be witnessed by others around you.
c) What you long for because of your lack now should be set aside and viewed as childish once you have God, the source of all that is important for true contentment.
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) Not being content with what you already possess has caused many to abandon their posts in search of riches that do not fulfill.
b) Paul is stating it is best to have the love of God rather than having the love of money. Why?
c) Answer: Because money will ultimately “forsake” you when you die. But God will always be with you – especially after you die.
7) 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) Is it easier to command those who are wealthier than us to change their ways with money and wealth? Answer: No.
b) Are there those who are rich in this present world who are also members of the body of Christ? Answer: Yes.
c) Are there those we are to tell to put their hope in God yet not members of the body of Christ? Answer: Of course. Christ wants us Christians to be witnesses of Him among them.
8) 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) The blameless are those who believe and accept Jesus Christ’s cleansing blood on the cross.
b) The inheritance of Christians is everything that the Father has for them (Matt. 19:29; Rev. 21:7).
c) In times of disaster and famine, Christians will continue to be given attention and care by the Father – according to His will for each of them.
9) 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) In both the Old and New Testaments, the offer of salvation given to those who later became disciples or did not become believers in God, always was first INITIATED by God. Think, meditate and praise the Lord for this.
b) The salvation of the righteous includes protection from God who is their stronghold, helper and deliverer.
c) Therefore, this passage of Scripture evidently shows that the righteous are not immune from the trials and dangers of this world – both physically and spiritually.
10) Philippians 4:19
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
a) The biggest need every human being has is knowing and loving God. It is a need.
b) Every human being needs love. God is love. And His will is to fulfill the need for love – Him.
c) The apostle Paul’s God is also your God. He will be your God when you respond positively to His call in your life.
11) 1 Chronicles 28:9
And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.
a) If every Christian dad were to continually admonish his children the same way David did with Solomon in this instance, how much stronger would future families living in nations be.
b) These words given to Solomon had David’s, his father, lifelong example behind them.
c) The Lord searches every heart He has chosen by understanding and influencing it through the working of the Holy Spirit.
12) John 12:26
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
a) While on earth, Christ came to serve – not be served.
b) Christ said the chief of leaders must be the best of servants. Yet we see Him saying that believers must serve Him as our Lord and Master. Is this not a contradiction?
c) What honor will the Father bestow on those who follow Christ?
13) Romans 7:6
But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.
a) The Old (Mosaic) Covenant was about man serving the law. The New Covenant is about man serving Jesus Christ.
b) Serving in the new way of the Spirit is living in the way of grace.
c) Observing anything written in the Old (Mosaic) Covenant’s laws, decrees and statutes, which were initially written on stone tablets, is serving God the old way. Serving God in the New Covenant way is through His grace.
14) Colossians 3:23-24
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
a) The reward for a good attitude toward your current occupation will be reflected in the Lord’s inheritance in the next life.
b) Look at your employer as Jesus Christ Himself being your boss.
c) These verses were very precious to Christians serving as slaves in the Roman Empire.
15) Mark 10:43-44
Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.
a) Greatness and being a servant go hand in hand.
b) In this world, greatness tends to focus on one individual who is above, or “great“; someone who is above his peers. Not so in God’s realm.
c) Has the Church throughout her history overall internalized and actualized this passage of Scripture? Yes or No?