As we approach Easter, Good News Wants to Know… what Bible verse has recently been impactful for you personally, and why?
Psalm 91:3 “For He will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.” NLT
The world is in a panic mode right now and it’s up to us the Christians to encourage them. When we share this verse and explain our faith to them, someone is going to get saved. Our faith in a nutshell (Jesus Christ left Heaven and came down to Earth to show us how to live and then die on the cross for us. Jesus rose from the dead on the 3rd day and have over 500 eye witnesses to His resurrection. Jesus went up to Heaven while the Disciples watched and then sent The Holy Spirit to live in all who believe and accept Him. We now await the rapture where we go up and see Jesus, or death and go see Jesus, either way we win.) Let us not join the world in panic, after all we are not of this world but Citizens of Heaven. Let everyone know that’s the reason we have peace in this very troubling time. Let the world know that they can’t have peace without The Prince of Peace Jesus.
Trevor R. Wallace, Pastor, Jesus Team Ministries
“For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”
We are now convinced that whatever happened to the human race because of Adam’s fall, is far superseded in every possible proportion by the revelation of mankind’s inclusion in the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. The basis of our new life in Christ, is established in the divine exchange that took place on the cross.
This mystery of God’s love plan, now reveals how one would die for all, and how simultaneously all indeed died in His death so that all could legally share in His glory! At the cross all of humanity were represented in the single act of one man and so disarm the claim of darkness and ignorance over all people.
Through this one act of obedience Christ delivered mankind from the power and authority of darkness. As history recorded the death and resurrection of one individual, eternity recorded the repositioning of humanity.
The conclusion is clear: it took just one offence to condemn mankind; one act of righteousness empowers the same mankind who now embrace this abundance of grace, and the gift of righteousness to reign in life!
Alan Platt, Global Leader, Doxa Deo/CityChangers
I am sooo excited about the verse God highlighted to me at the UNLEASHED women’s event. There was no doubt that it was a sweet birthday kiss on the cheek from my Heavenly Father! This Word reminds me that the King of the universe is behind me as I serve Him with my whole life. So, as a reminder, I posted a nice word art graphic on my fridge where it has become a daily point of prayer to ENLARGE-STRETCH-LENGTHEN-& STRENGTHEN every area of my life: from Isaiah 45:2-5 “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left…Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated…For your Maker is your husband— the Lord Almighty is His name — the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; He is called the God of all the earth.”
Dr. Andrea Hazim, President and Founder, Elev8Life Educational Foundation
Romans 4:18 — “When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do.” (MSG) I have been encouraged by Abraham’s faith to trust God’s promises when I can’t see any movement in what I’m doing.
William”Bill” C. Davell, Director, Tripp Scott Attorneys at Law
Thank you for this opportunity to reflect on a favorite Bible verse. One that I always remember is probably the most famous for what it means, and it is also my birthday is John 3:16.
However, the Bible verse that has had a profound impact on me, especially in public service, is John 15:13, because it shows the debt of gratitude that we owe those who keep us safe and free as Americans.
John 15:13 – “Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Chip LaMarca, State Representative, Florida House District 93
Matthew 5: 3 – “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” When we realize our spiritual poverty and inability to live godly, acknowledging our absolute need for God, that is when God grows us and will use us for his great work in us, in others and in the wider world.
H. Collins Forman, Jr., P.A.
A Bible verse that has recently been impactful for me personally is 2 Timothy 1:7. My “lane” is leadership and communication. Something perhaps more contagious than a virus is a leader’s attitude. People are looking for leadership right now.
There are a lot of voices vying for attention right now. If our voice is the same as the rest of the crowd, then we are not leading. Without downplaying or dismissing the weight of what all of us are going through right now, someone is watching to see what your reaction is going to be. My hope is that it’s a response not a reaction.
We have power beyond ourselves. Love that causes us to run toward instead of away, and self-control that keeps us from running around like chicken little. Calm is contagious. Now is the time to lead like this verse is real to you.
Craig Huston, Huston Consulting Group, LLC
My answer is James 1:19 where it talks about being quick to listen and slow to speak. Here’s why that is so impactful for me right now. As a pastor who is still trying to make a difference for the kingdom of heaven, I am more and more understanding the importance of listening to the Lord speaking through the Scriptures and through others, as to who, how, and when.
Daryl Nelson, Pastor, Calvary Chapel of the Palm Beaches
In these days when it’s easy to let the spirit of fear trump Faith, I’ve been camping out in the promises of Psalm 91 and am encouraged to reset my heart of affection on our Lord. “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him. I will set him securely on high, because he has known my name.” Since we’re seated with Christ in heavenly places, we can have a different perspective on what’s transpiring. I believe this could be the Church’s finest hour as we cast a lifesaving message to fearful ones of hope and salvation in Christ alone.
Deborah Cusick, FAU Campus Volunteer, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
The Bible verse that has recently been impactful for me personally, and professionally is John 15:27 – “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful.”
With all the responsibilities, waves of ever changing information, emotional roller coasting, and “excited” neighbors, it’s imperative to find some peace. God is such a liberal giver to His children and a trusted promise keeper as the Resurrection Reality reminds us. grateful #EasterRocks!
Dennis DeMarois, CEO/Executive Director, Gathering Palm Beach
Coronavirus spreading, stock market crashing, politicians pointing fingers, restricted travel, media gone nuts… and yet the our Creator instructs us – Philippians 4:6 (NIV) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Wow isn’t awesome to know that God is in control?
Don Campion, President, Banyan Air Service
Recently I have been leading a study called “defining moments” by Pastor Andy Stanley. His breakdown of John 4:1-26 known to all of us as the “women at the well” really moved me. It was my story of coming to God. Many of us try every worldly way to find personal pleasure before we turn to God to fill that hole that is in all of us without God!
Fred Scarbrough, DVM, Founder, Scarbrough Animal Hospital and Hope South Florida
We have been studying 1 Corinthians 15-16 in Bible Study Fellowship this week. I am so thankful that in these troubled times, the Word of God keeps us grounded and that we are eternally secure because Jesus saves.
Our last Bible study question this past week was: How did this week’s study impact your thinking about eternal security?
“Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:54-58
“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure they will have no fear.” Psalm 112:7-8
Gita Santangelo, Community Prayer Partner
The Bible verse that has recently impacted me is Ecclesiastes 3: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens, including Coronavirus. And this, too, will pass.
Gregg Wallick, President, Best Roofing, Inc.
“Even as a small child raised in the Catholic Church, I knew in my heart that God would take care of me. We were a typical immigrant family. Both parents worked in order to keep food on the table and a roof over our heads. It was not an easy time but we were so grateful for our freedoms and for all we had!!
Jeremiah 29:11 was the verse the Lord gave me when I was saved at the young age of 18. It has been my Reality through life since then… God’s word never fails. Through heartache, sorrow, rejection and pain, God’s Love Never fails… ❤️”
Helen Wayner P.A., Century 21 Hansen Realty
In view of everything that has been going on recently, I have been reading Psalm 91, the protection of the Lord. This Psalm gives me reassurance that God will take care of everything we are facing. In addition, since January, God has placed the word “trust” on my heart. We can “believe” God, but do we TRUST Him? There is a difference. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5.
Dr. Mary Drabik, President, South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary
For only the past the twenty years, Mark 8:36 is one verse that has been consistently impactful. As a half centenarian businessman, husband, father and friend, I am constantly required to make decisions that affect me and those around me. This causes me to be mindful and aware about the choices I make. This verse has helped me simplify the process by reminding me that, if I were to gain the whole world, yet in doing so, forfeit my soul, I would have actually gained absolutely nothing. The best Gift in life is actually free so like the song says, “You can have all this world, just give me Jesus”
Dr. Michael Rozenblum, Genesis Physical Medicine
The Bible verses which has recently impacted me is from Philippians 4:4-7. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
With the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus and all the reactions, it’s easy to get caught up in the fear and hysteria. However, these verses give me comfort and peace knowing the Lord is in control. It reminds me to be smart and reasonable about the proper way to deal with these health concerns. But I will not fret or be anxious because my trust is in Jesus Christ, who commands us to pray to Him with all our requests. Praise God for His deep love and care for us always.
Milan Stefanovic, Chief Operating Officer, Bass Underwriters, Inc.
My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 37:25, which says, “ I have been young, and now am old, yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” This Bible verse has impacted my life in a very positive way, in that, it has given me the absolute assurance that God would never forsake me, my family and the body of Christ.
O’Neal Dozier, Pastor, The Worldwide Christian Center
My favorite all time verses in the Bible are the 23rd Psalm. I know it is not just a verse, but it is my go-to all times of my life. I memorized it in 3rd grade (KJ version) and have recited it before a test, during labor, death of a loved one, and often when I need comfort. The words remind me to seek, rest, and rely on Him throughout my life.
Patricia Colangelo, EdS, Director of Operations – Florida, Trinity International University
The Bible verse that God reminds me of over and over again is: “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you is faithful to see it through until completion!!” Philippians 1:6
God is soooo Faithful, He is a ‘promise keeper.’ My walk with Christ is not about a destination, it is about the journey. He is such a good, good Father. “Better is one day in His courts than a thousand elsewhere.” I cannot imagine life without Jesus!!
Coach Rick Andreassen, Founder and President, SAINTS International Sports Ministry and SAINTS Homeschool P.E.
I try and pick a Bible verse every year to be a “theme” for the year. This year I chose 1 Thessalonians 5:17, which is only two words…”Pray Constantly.” Since prayers are the only way we can talk to God, we need to be praying all the time. You might think that is impossible, and surely it is. However, I have interpreted it to mean you need to pray whenever you think about someone or something that has a need, a praise or a request. Don’t just tell someone you will pray for them and walk away, pray right then and right there! You will be amazed at the impact that has on the person or issue you are praying for. So Pray Constantly!
Romney C. Rogers, Managing Partner, Rogers Morris & Ziegler Llp
I’ve recently taken up trying to learn fly fishing so this verse from the King James (though taken out of context) spoke to me: Exodus 8:5 “And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds…”
Samuel Lamerson, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies, Knox Theological Seminary
In early January, I prayed for God to give me a word for the year. The word I heard was Wisdom. Ironically, or God reminding me to stay faithful to what He has been saying to me for many tears, the verse that came to mind for this is Matthew 10:16, a verse I have tried to live out for my entire walk as a believer.
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
In these unique days, this is how I will strive to live – Wise as a serpent and Innocent as a dove!”
Thomas L. Lukasik, Vice President, Community Engagement, 4KIDS
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10
Yes, “You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble”….Psalm 32:7 Many scriptures tell us of God’s love and protection for each of us. During hard times we need to reach out in prayer and know that the Lord is our hiding and healing place.
Virlee “Vee” Stepelton, Ministry Advocate