These verses cover several different facets of our faith as you can see by the themes listed below. Obviously the Scriptures are full of thousands of verses that all speak profoundly to our heart. I have chosen a select list that I think would be a great place to start.

Please feel free to comment on them or share a verse you would add if you came up with a list.


1) All About Grace  Ephesians 2:8-9          

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

2) Pleasing God     Hebrews 11:6                

6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

3) Our New Identity   2 Corinthians 5:17  

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

4) Key to Christian Living  John 15:1-5

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is thatbears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

5) Longing of Our Souls  Revelation 22:20

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

 6) Finding Rest in Midst of Struggle   Matthew 11:28-30

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 Formy yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

7) Our Calling on this Earth     Matthew 28:18-20

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

8) Heart of Worship  Psalm 100:1-5

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
2     Serve the Lord with gladness!
    Come into his presence with singing!

3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise!
    Give thanks to him; bless his name!

5 For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

9) Scripture is Our Victory   Psalm 119:11

11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
    that I might not sin against you.

10) God’s Faithfulness to us  Number 23:19

19 God is not man, that he should lie,
    or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
    Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? 



The news gets a bad wrap for highlighting so much negative in the world. Unless you are a conspiracist and think they are making these stories up, you have to recognize they have plenty of material with which to work.

Here is reality: the world is a sin-saturated and a broken place. You can’t escape it. Everywhere you turn, there is potential tragedy. Ignoring it does not make it go away.

The proper response for us as Believers is to allow the news to be a constant reminder of a few things:

1) This world is not our home. We are strangers here. We live here for a time, but we are homesick. We await a redeemed creation, a dwelling in the presence of God.

2) The same sin that disgusts us in the world is the same sinfulness in us. We need to see sin the way God sees it. We need to hate its destructive power, not just in the world, but also in us.

3) The hurt, pain, and devastation happening in our world is opportunity for us to spread the grace and love of Jesus. What better ears to hear the good news of Christ than the hurting. Jesus said He came to heal the sick, that God is the Great Physician. They recognize more fully their need. The news should motivate us to be a stronger witness.

4) The brokenness of this world is in us, not God. Our sin brought this devastation into the world. Our disobedience led to this. We’d like to think we have nothing to do with the evil we see out there, but it’s simply not true. We play our part, too. Maybe we did not murder someone today, but we may judge, gossip, backbite, ridicule, condescend, snub, and do other very harmful things to others. We are far from innocent; our hands are dirty. God did not cause this. We did.

So when you watch the news or check out Fox News or CNN online today, do so with eternal perspective. Consider the things I’ve said above, take time to praise God for your own salvation over sin, and intercede for those who are desperate for His touch.