On the Air
April broadcasts of The Word And The World focused on the Good News, its ramifications, and sharing it.
An anniversary broadcast shared the background and beginning of The Word And The World. (April 28/29)
Controversy has risen about the existence of hell and who goes there. The idea that hell is not a real place is not a new one, but the Bible is clear. (April 21/22)
Christ’s command to share the Gospel was given not long after His resurrection. Bill looked at how, and if, the Great Commission is being fulfilled today. (April 14/15)
Two broadcasts celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. On Easter weekend, a program from our archives featured Dave Virkler’s insights into the necessity for Christ’s shed blood and the prophecies His death fulfilled and recollections of his own visits to Jerusalem (Mar. 31/April 1). Because Easter is increasingly seen as just another commercial holiday and soon forgotten, a follow-up broadcast stressed its importance in light of eternity (April 7/8).
Listen to these at the Broadcasts page.
Israel celebrates 70 years as a country this month. At the same time, tensions are high as it appears to be moving toward war with Iran. Dave Virkler’s commentaries (updated with current information) on Israel, its conflict with Palestinians, and Iran contain timeless truths from God’s Word and offer a biblical perspective that secular news does not cover. The commentaries on Israel also outline the plan of salvation and can be useful in sharing the Gospel.
These print commentaries are available for a gift of any size, or you can read them at the Commentary page:
Israel: What You Need To Know covers the history of the Middle East conflict, insights from God's Word, the prophetic significance and a Christian response. (16 pg.)
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict outlines the history of the conflict and offers insight into what the Bible says about a
Palestinian state. (8 pg.)
Iran: Ancient Power and Modern Peril covers Bible references to Iran, the significance of its government’s Islamic views, and how Iran and Islam might factor into end times. (10 pg.)
A Special Word
“All these outbreaks [in Israel] are a harbinger of terrible times to come. Peace agreements may be signed, but they will not be kept. Satan hates the Jews for their spiritual heritage. They were the people that God used to give us Jesus Christ as the Messiah. Satan hates the land. It was there that God became flesh and dwelt among us and where Christ died and rose again to provide our salvation. Satan wants to rule as an imposter. Antichrist will convince the Jewish people to accept him as their leader, and he will rule in a rebuilt Temple (2 Thess. 2).
“Attacks on Israel and the general terror toward the West are anticipated in Psalm 83, Ezekiel 38 and Revelation 6. The Bible declares, ‘Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.’ (Luke 21:24) This trampling has continued over the centuries. In the future, it will include the brutal rule of Antichrist during the seven-year Great Tribulation.
“God told Abraham, ‘I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee.’ (Gen. 12:3) Israel has a unique place in the plan of God. We in America have likely been blessed because of our country’s position as Israel’s ally. Pray for wisdom for our government’s leaders that they not abandon that view and our blessing be lost.
”Psalm 122:6 enjoins, ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; they shall prosper that love thee.’ Until our prayer is fully answered in the Millennial rule of Christ, personal peace is available to any individual by receiving Him as Savior.”
From Israel: What You Need to Know by David Virkler
This month marks 54 years of broadcast ministry through The Word And The World – over 2,800 weekly broadcasts!
The first broadcast aired on April 12, 1964 on a single station in Pennsylvania. Today, the broadcast is heard on 77 outlets (full power stations and translators) reaching 18 states and Ontario, Canada. We praise God for these ministry partners who air the broadcast each week. Our broadcast ministry also includes archives at our website, podcasts and stations’ live streaming, which expands our outreach globally.
In today’s world, a biblical perspective on the news is especially vital. We praise God for enabling us to continue sharing the truths of Scripture through current issues and events in light of God’s Word. We have never used air time to solicit contributions, but God has been gracious and His people have provided the necessary financial support.
In March, The Word And The World focused on the Gospel message and those who share it.
Mar. 31/April 1 – A broadcast from our archives celebrated the Resurrection. Dave Virkler shared insights into the necessity for Christ’s shed blood and the prophecies His death fulfilled. He also recalled his own visits to Jerusalem.
Mar. 24/25 – Another broadcast featured Dave’s timeless comments on the significance of Palm Sunday.
Mar. 17/18 – The broadcast compared world religions and biblical truth.
Mar. 10/11 – Bill Breckenridge revisited some highlights of the Winter Olympic Games and shared the behind-the-scenes Gospel witness that also took place.
Mar. 3/4 – Bill reflected on the life of Billy Graham and shared some personal connections to the remarkable evangelist’s ministry.
A Special Word
It’s the end of tax season with its conflicting emotions of joy, disappointment and even anxiety. Here are some excerpts from David Virkler’s commentary Financial Integrity: A Biblical Point of View.
“Christians are wealthy beyond measure in Christ. We are ‘heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ’ (Rom. 8:17), and we are heirs to the unsearchable riches of Christ (Eph. 3:8). All treasures of wisdom and knowledge reside in Him (Col. 2:3). As Creator, He made all things, and as our Savior, He gives us all things (Rom. 8:32).
“Our primary focus is to be on spiritual things, not just material needs. ‘Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” … For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you’ (Matt. 6:31-33).
“Our trust for salvation and for daily bread is in our Lord Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul had it right: ‘Therefore we do not lose heart. … we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal’ (2 Cor. 4:16-18).”
On the Air
Recent broadcasts of The Word And The World featured commentary on a variety of news and topics:
Mar. 3/4: Tribute to Billy Graham – The broadcast honored the man who boldly preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ across the U.S. and around the world.
Feb. 24/25: Florida School Shooting – Bill looked at whether the increase in violent acts such as this is a sign that we are moving closer to end times and the ultimate solution found in God’s Word.
Feb. 17/18: Presidents Day Tribute – A timeless broadcast featured Dave Virkler’s insights into the spiritual lives of presidents born in February (Washington, Lincoln and Reagan) and a lesson from the short-lived presidency of a fourth.
Feb. 10/11: Super Bowl LII – It was a thrilling football game, but an added highlight was the outspoken Christian witness by members of the Philadelphia Eagles, and all believers have a personal connection to it.
Feb. 3/4: America’s Spiritual Climate – The broadcast considered the current spiritual state in the US and how believers can make a difference.
Listen to these and a number of past broadcasts at the Broadcasts page or via podcast (newspoint.castmate.fm).
The March 7th nor’easter dumped over two feet of heavy snow on Towaco, and we were without power for three days. A number of large limbs fell from trees on the property, but none hit the building. The battery back-up sump pump did its job and kept the basement dry. We praise God for His protection! Pray for the funds needed to get extensive clean-up done.
As March turns to April, we will remember Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. But how often do we consider the trial that led up to those events? In The Illegal Trial of Jesus Christ, Dave outlined the many illegalities of the trial and how it demonstrates Christ’s willing sacrifice. The pamphlet can be useful in witnessing to someone who might be wondering what Good Friday and Easter are really about.
April is also income tax month, and the subject of taxes and finances has been in the news lately. In the 12-page booklet Financial Integrity, Dave Virkler outlined timeless biblical teaching on wealth and prosperity, its dangers and blessings, helping the poor, end-time implications, and how to fix both personal and national financial troubles.
These are available for a gift of any size, or you can read them at the Commentary page. There are also a number of other articles and messages by Dave at our website as a list of all our resource materials.