By Sarah Kittle
Do you see wars, famine, human trafficking, terror, drug and alcohol addictions, abuse, families falling apart?
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the solution to the problems of the world. Follow Jesus and you can help bring an end to suffering in the world.
Many of the world’s problems are problems of the heart.
Jesus tells us, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander,” (Matthew 15:19).
And if the “heart of the problem” is the heart, we need the Gospel. For only God can truly change the heart.
Why is there human trafficking? Because of lust and greed. Two things Jesus teaches against. If people refused to give into lust and greed, human trafficking would stop. No more sellers. No more customers. No more prisoners.
When the Gospel is spread and people come to know Jesus, their hearts are changed. Their minds are renewed. They change their way of thinking. And when people are true followers of Christ, they will follow His ways. After all, Jesus said in John 14:23, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching…
So what did Jesus teach?
Jesus said: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments,” (Matthew 22:37-40).
Love your neighbor as yourself? Can you imagine the changes that would take place in the world if people did this?
Jesus teaches, “‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 19:18-19).
When people are truly believing and following God’s ways, they will live it out in their lives.
“We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands. The man who says, ‘I know him’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him,” (1 John 2:3-4). “But if anyone obeys His word, God’s love is truly made complete in him…” (1 John 2:5).
The problems with drugs and alcohol is that many people use them to try to fix themselves, dull the pain, escape their problems or fill a void. But the problem with that is… they never can. They are used as an escape, when they are really only a trap. Used to fill a void, when they only leave one empty. Drugs and alcohol addictions don’t create solutions or make problems better… they only make problems worse. Drunk drivers. Abusive behavior. Lack of productivity. Only Jesus Christ can fill the void in our hearts. Not fame, not a relationship, not drugs, not sex, not alcohol. Jesus is the only one who can meet a person’s deepest needs. They may not know how to deal with fear, guilt, worry, pain or depression, but if they will look to Jesus, He will help them. He will bring healing. If drug dealers start following Jesus, they will stop selling drugs.
Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full,” (John 10:10).
The problem with famine is not a shortage of food in the world. Our grocery stores are full in America. Eating at restaurants and fast food are an American past time. Can you count how many cooking shows there are on television? One of the reasons people are starving is because of selfishness. Many people don’t share. Many people don’t take the time to give or to reach out to those in need. They don’t make the effort. Jesus teaches His disciples to feed the hungry and to give water to the thirsty. If this instruction was followed, wouldn’t most of famine and dehydration cease?
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth,” (I John 3:16-18).
We see Jesus’ compassion for the hungry in Matthew 15:32:
“Jesus called his disciples to him and said, ‘I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.’” Jesus then miraculously provided food for the people.
Jesus teaches the importance of feeding the hungry and providing a drink for the thirsty in his famous parable of the sheep and the goats: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,” (Matthew 25:35). “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:40). What are you doing for Jesus today?
Orphans. One of the saddest things in the world is children without caretakers and protectors. Children with no present father or mother. Children left vulnerable as prey to those who would hurt them. The Bible teaches Christ’s followers to take care of orphans:
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world,” (James 1:27).
Jesus also warns against harming children: “It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin,” (Luke 17:2).
Consider the breakdown of the family. The Bible teaches marriage to be with one person “till death do you part” and teaches against divorce. The Bible teaches “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14) and “…You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife…” (Ex. 20:17). Such simple instructions followed would save a lot of marriages!
“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others,” (Ephesians 2:4). Love and forgiveness is what’s needed.
The Bible instructs parents to teach their children the Word of God and for children to honor their mother and father.
And I could go on and on:
Do not steal
Do not lie
Do not murder.
For anyone willing to honestly look at scientific fact and evidence, abortion is taking a human life. Human life is to be protected, including the unborn, the disabled and the elderly. All human life is valuable because we are made in the image of God. The way you treat people says a lot about you. The way society treats its people – the unborn, the disabled, the sick and the elderly – says a lot about them. What do your actions say about you?
Following Jesus means dying to ourselves – to sinful habits and thoughts and ideas. It means renewing our minds to believe and think in accordance with Jesus’ teaching and live that out in our actions. And part of following Christ is teaching other people to do the same.
Jesus instructs us to “…go and make disciples of all nations… and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…” (Matt 28:19-20).
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets,” (Matthew 7:12).
If everyone followed Christ and His teachings, wouldn’t the world be a better place?
Jesus tells us, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me…” (John 14:21). “He who does not love me will not obey my teaching…” (John 14:24).
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you,” (John 15:12).
How did Jesus love people? With compassion and understanding. With kindness. Good deeds and sharing the Gospel. By giving His life.
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends,” (John 15:13).
There are many needs and hurting people in the world. If we truly care about people, we will work to eliminate their suffering on earth and care enough about their souls to desire their eternal salvation.
After all, preaching the Gospel is also a command of Jesus:
“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved…’” (Mark 16:15-16).
If we only focus on social justice issues without sharing the Gospel, we leave out the most important part.
So do what you can to help people. Love your families. Love your spouse and children. Raise your family. Help your siblings, grandparents and parents. Care for children. Help the hungry, thirsty, hurting and afflicted. Do it for Jesus. But don’t leave out the Gospel. The way to remove the darkness is to spread the light. Tell people about Jesus!
“In him [Jesus] was life, and that life was the light of men,” (John 1:4). “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,’” (John 14:6).
Tell people how much Jesus loves them and that He died on the cross for their sins so they can know God and have eternal life.
“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent,” (John 17:3).
“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name,” (John 20:31).
“that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life,” (John 3:15).
Tell them to ask Jesus to save them and forgive them of their sins. Let them know God has a good purpose and plan for their life! That God can bring good in their life and there is a reason they are on earth. Their life has meaning and value!
If we try to fix the problems by works alone without sharing the Gospel, we’re not truly solving the problem. We’re not helping their deepest need or getting to the root: the heart.
The world needs a change of heart. It needs more Christ followers. People need Jesus to touch their hearts and heal their lives and families. People need to see how much Jesus loves them and just how valuable they are to God. And how valuable other people are to God. And positive change will happen in this world: in families and schools and neighborhoods, cities and countries.
Although we know from the book of Revelation in the Bible what will come. Not everyone will repent. Not everyone will turn to Christ for the forgiveness of sins. Not everyone will love like Jesus. But don’t let that be you.
As Jesus said in Mark 1:17, “Come, follow me…”
Come love like Jesus.
Sarah Kittle is Host & Executive Producer of Soul Check TV, a Christian television outreach show that focuses on sharing the Gospel, encouraging believers in their walk with Christ and bringing positive entertainment. Sarah works on the show with her family, who are also featured on the show. Soul Check TV features backstage interviews with Christian bands, artists and guests, along with music videos. The show airs Saturday nights on the NRB Network, DirecTV Channel 378. For more information, please check out soulchecktv.com.
Episodes: Journey of Soul Check TV Part 1 & Part 2
Want to know how Soul Check TV got started? Who was Soul Check TV’s first interview? From creating the show, to making a set in the basement, to working with family and interviews with Grammy award winning artists who share faith in Jesus Christ, hear the inspiring story how with God nothing is impossible and dreams really can come true.
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Watch Soul Check TV’s episode “Journey of Soul Check TV Part 1” here!
Watch “Journey of Soul Check TV Part 2” here!
Soul Check TV, a Christian interview/reality show is premiering a brand new episode Dec. 6th, “The Journey of Soul Check TV Part 1.” This episode is very close to host and Executive Producer Sarah Kittle’s heart who started the show. “This story is so important to me because its important to share what God has done. The Journey of Soul Check TV is really a story of how ‘with God all things are possible.’ Soul Check TV began as an idea and God brought a dream into reality. My family and I have watched how God has opened amazing doors and provided everything for the show to happen. He has amazed us.”
Soul Check TV first began as an online show, although Sarah’s original hopes were for television. The very first interview was with the popular band Kutless, backstage at a large festival. Sarah says, “The night before our interview with Kutless, I sort of woke up in a panic and I thought, ‘Who am I to go in there and interview Kutless?’” Sarah continues, “The band was so nice to us. I’m thankful to the guests who were patient with me in my early beginnings as a host.”
Guests such as Lecrae, Switchfoot, American Idol’s Colton Dixon and Rebecca St. James have all been guests on the show. “When bands and artists say yes to being on the show, I believe that God is the One who is opening the door and granting this opportunity,” host Sarah says. The interviews are uplifting and encouraging with guests sharing their faith in God and discussing current issues and projects. The reality part of the show features family interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, giving an inside look at filming the backstage interviews. The series even includes a two part family dog sledding adventure.
Sarah’s family works on the show with her. “My family is a big part of Soul Check TV. They are so important to the show and they add a lot. They help me with the interviews, with the set, with filming and they’re on the show.” Her mom, Lynette Kittle, who also serves as Associate Producer, and her sister Hayley Kittle, are crew who help with backstage interviews. Lynette & Hayley also appear on camera. “Everyone of us has had a part in Soul Check TV,” says Lynette. Sarah’s Dad, Rev. Dr. Philip Kittle, has also appeared on the show and built the set, located in the basement of their house, where the family films their interviews and more.
Although help is not without some reluctance on Hayley’s part. “I don’t know if we have a number on how many times I’ve quit,” Hayley says. Sarah shares, “I love having my sister Hayley on the show with me. She has a great sense of humor and adds a lot of good commentary. Its so fun to be able to share the experiences with my family and I’m grateful to God.” Part 2 of the show will give a glimpse into the Kittle girls’ Christian upbringing and more.
Making a television show is not easy though. Sarah, who also edits the show, admits, “There’s a lot of hard work that goes into each episode. I will spend hours and hours and hours editing. There are challenges and difficulties, but God helps us overcome them all. I couldn’t do it without God’s help and a lot of prayer and support.”
Sarah also confesses, “When the show was online, I often wanted to quit and to stop making episodes. When I wanted to give up on the show, my Mom encouraged me to keep going. She saw a future for the show. I decided to give it one more year and see what God would do with it. At the very end of that year, right before New Years Eve, something special happened. God opened the door for Soul Check TV to be on television.” The NRB Network picked up the show where it airs weekly. “It’s a dream come true from God for Soul Check TV to be on television.” God continues to provide and open amazing opportunities.
The Journey of Soul Check TV also shares about Sarah’s start in television. “God opened the door for me to work at a Christian television ministry with an incredible group of people. God blessed me with wonderful friends and mentors in television production. There God gave me training that I would need to create and produce a television show. I’m really thankful to God for the wonderful opportunities and experiences He gave me and blessed me with at the Christian ministry. I’m thankful to God for the wonderful people there who invested in my life and took time and took me under their wings and helped me learn how to produce and edit and let me be on camera. It was a great experience working there ad I treasure that experience and I treasure those friendships.”
“The series shows that families can love and work together. Mothers and daughters and sisters can have good relationships and be best friends. I want people to be encouraged and not give up. To know you can trust God to follow Him. I marvel at God’s good plans for us and how He brings all the pieces together. My experience has been that His plans amaze me,” Sarah says.
The show is very evangelistic and shares the Gospel. Host Sarah is very bold and outspoken on faith, relevant issues and pro-life. “I want God to touch people through the show. For people to come to Christ.” Sarah continues, “The Journey of Soul Check TV is really a story of God’s provision and that with God, all things are possible. That when you step out in faith to God’s leading and believe, dreams can come true.”
The Journey of Soul Check TV Part 1 premieres Dec. 6th and re-airs Dec. 27th.
Soul Check TV airs Saturday nights on the NRB Network DirecTV channel 378 and affiliate stations. The show is also available to watch at soulchecktv.com and nrbnetwork.tv during airtime. You can watch a trailer for the episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeLgcHWVfXo
Need info how to vote in accordance with Christian values? To find out which candidates are pro-life and have godly values? Check out this voters guide for your state! Let’s vote for candidates with godly & pro-life values! It is so important for our nation and the lives who will be affected! Please do your part by voting pro-life!
Let’s vote pro-life to save the babies! Please watch this video below!
This show addresses important issues. Please watch the videos below!
Selfies: Message To Girls
Social Media – Clean It Up & Use It For Good!
Who are your friends? Clay Crosse talks about the importance of Christian friends!
“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm,” (Prov. 13:20)
“Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character,'” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
“Don’t envy evil people; don’t desire their company,” (Prov. 24:1)
Do you know that God loves you & has a good plan for your life?
Save the Babies & Embryos! It’s a matter of life and death! Unborn people are still people – people who deserve to be given life, to be loved and to be protected.
Do you know a baby whose life is in danger due to a possible abortion? Maybe a friend’s, relative’s or maybe the child is your own? Do you know a mother considering abortion who needs spiritual, emotional or financial support to have her child? Reach out with Christ’s love today to help save this baby’s life! Use your influence, support and encouragement to help this child be born! Pray to God for help. Pray for the mother and baby, and pray for wisdom, guidance, ideas and direction. Pray for Christ’s love to shine through your heart!
Pornography – Why Is It Wrong and Destructive? Is it harmful to marriages? Can people be free from the traps and addictions of pornography? The answer is yes! Freedom is always possible with Jesus!
Watch singer & Pastor Clay Crosse share on this important issue.
Interview that can change your life!
Clay Crosse was reaching the top of the ladder of success as a singer. But it was there that he almost lost his singing career… his wife… and family. And it was there that Clay was willing to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit and make changes in his life. Hear his story of re-dedication to Christ that saved his marriage! In this interview, award winning recording artist & author Clay Crosse talks about saving marriages, living for Jesus, the harm of pornography and how men can be free from it, and more! Hear about Clay’s new album Rededication and book “Dashboard Jesus” (now one of Sarah’s all time favorite books!) Don’t miss this important interview that could change your life!
Everfound, a band of four brothers from Russia, joins Soul Check TV for a backstage interview! Hear the guys discuss their new album “Everfound,” funny stories from the road, freedom to share our faith and encouragement to live boldy for Christ, and more! Plus, Everfound gives us an exclusive acoustic performance of one of their songs and see their music video!
Watch Soul Check TV Saturday nights on the NRB Network DIRECTV Channel 378!
Please check nrbnetwork.tv for scheduling!
Watch Episodes Online on our website soulchecktv.com!
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Newsboys’ drummer Duncan Phillips came to our rescue and went out of his way to help us! Find out how! Watch Duncan’s interview on Soul Check TV about the Newsboys album Restart, their new movie “God’s Not Dead” and more!
Candid Moments With Newsboys Drummer Duncan Phillips!
Does Duncan really look like Mel Gibson? And what did Newsboys really eat from the trash?
Sarah Cracks the Whip
So thankful to Duncan for all his help!
God’s Not Dead Movie Interview Clip with Duncan Phillips
Watch this encouragement to stand strong for Christ! Don’t deny Jesus! As Sarah says, your relationship with God is more important than what school you go to and more important than a grade! It’s for eternity!
Be sure to check out the Newsboys movie “God’s Not Dead,” featuring, of course, the Newsboys, Shane Harper (Disney Channel’s “Good Luck Charlie”), Dean Cain, Kevin Sorbo, Duck Dynasty and more! The movie is about a college student who’s professor says he will fail him if he says God exists.
Watch Soul Check TV Saturday nights on the NRB Network DirecTV Channel 378!
Please check nrbnetwork.tv for scheduling!
You can also watch episodes online at soulchecktv.com!
Soul Check TV features exclusive on-camera interviews with bands, artists and guests. The guests discuss their faith in God, their passion and relevant issues. The show is hosted by Sarah Kittle.
Thanks so much for watching!!!! Please help us spread the word and the Gospel!!!!