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Cultivating a spirit of service

Ryan Rehnborg

At its simplest, Christianity can be defined something like this: following Christ’s

example and teachings by surrendering our hearts to God, who is our heavenly king. For 

non-Christians, such complete surrender can seem awfully frightening. Their thoughts 

might run a little like this: “Surrender? To Him? But why? I don’t need Jesus or God to 

rule me. I like ruling myself just fine.”  

But at the bottom of that leap of faith, there’s tremendous joy in discovering that our 

mighty God is more than a king: he’s a Servant. He doesn’t want to rule us for ruling’s 

sake – He wants to love us and serve us, and to teach us to love and serve others, in turn. 

We know this from the way Christ lived his life on earth, and we’re also blessed to know 

it from His own lips. Read His words in Matthew 20:24-28 and see it for yourself:

But Jesus called [his ten disciples] to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the

Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not

be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and

whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not

to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

These verses demonstrate that part of our mission on earth is to serve others no matter 

what. Christ spent thirty-three years serving the lost, the found, and the guilty by 

teaching, baptizing, comforting, instructing, and healing them. He laid His life down 

daily for others, and then paid the final ransom by sacrificing Himself on the cross for all 

humanity’s sake. 

But because we are human and imperfect by nature, cultivating a spirit of Christ-inspired 

service doesn’t happen overnight. It’s something we have to work at, day after day, week 

after week, and sometimes we all fail. In fact, we might fail a lot of the time. But when 

we do serve, we succeed in being good stewards of God’s grace to us. Look at 1 Peter 

4:10: “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s

varied grace.” 

At WHTN, we take “serving others” as a serious charge. Not just because it’s our job, but 

because it’s our responsibility as followers of Christ to serve one another. As we look 

forward to this year, we want to launch our 2016 blog by listing some of the ways we can 

serve you. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to look for new ways to serve others. 

Programming and Air Time: We broadcast quality Christian programming 24/7 to the 

Middle Tennessee and Nashville areas. Some of our programming is national, such as 

The 700 Club and Life Today with James and Betty Robison. Other programs are 

produced by local churches, like World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Mt Zion 

Baptist Church in Nashville, and Victory Baptist Church in Mount Juliet. Some 

programs, including Rise Up, Jesus Is The Answer, and Bridges, are produced, filmed, 

and edited in our very own HD studio. We work hard to keep the costs of airtime and 

production affordable, too, so that even the smallest church can pursue a calling to 

television ministry.

In-House Productions: With a fully-equipped HD studio and multiple video editors and 

producers on staff, our station also has a special heart for creating high-quality programs 

in-house. From exercise programs to teaching programs to comedic variety shows, our 

production team enjoys working with clients to create beautiful and edifying content to 

spread the Word on the air. We also produce, film, edit, and air commercials for local 

Christian authors, community events, and churches.

WHTN Prayer Line: Every Wednesday morning, we air a program called Bridges that 

features local pastors and ministers praying for real viewers’ prayer requests. From 9:30-

10 am CST on Wednesdays, Monica Schmelter (our general manager and the host of 

Bridges) invites viewers to call the station for prayer, where staff members and 

volunteers are on hand to pray. And that’s not the only way you can ask for prayer – you 

can also go online to our website to submit prayer requests. Prayer requests can be 

anonymous, and no matter what, you can rest assured that we’ll keep praying for you 

even after we hang up the phone.

Live Studio Audiences: At least once a month, we host a taping in our studio and invite 

members of the community to attend and be part of our live studio audiences. Tapings are 

great for us and for the public because they give us a chance to meet and fellowship with 

our viewers (and serve them lunch!). In-studio tapings also give our viewers a chance to 

see our studio in person while working with us to create exciting new Christian programs. 

Love Basket: WHTN’s Love Basket ministry serves our local community in a very real 

and necessary way. The Love Basket consists of funds set aside specifically to pay utility 

bills for viewers who might find themselves in need. We aren’t always able to help 

everyone, but when we can, it’s something we love to do. The Love Basket also 

represents a direct opportunity for you to serve. It’s easy and rewarding to donate to the 

Love Basket because you’ll know the money will go to pay a bill for a family in need. To 

donate via credit card, call 615-754-0039 and make sure to specify that it’s for the Love 

Basket. Or you can mail a check to WHTN at 9582 Lebanon Rd Mt Juliet, TN 37122. 

No matter what your gifts and resources are, there’s a way for you to serve other people 

in the name of Christ – all you have to do is decide how. A skilled gardener could 

volunteer to care for an elderly neighbor’s lawn. A teenager could offer to babysit or pet-

sit. Next time you’re batch-cooking, make a few extra casseroles or sandwiches to give to 

a hungry individual or needy family. Donate money to worthy causes. Pray with people 

who are struggling. Look for how you could serve others – then do it, in the name of 

Jesus!

We thank you for reading, for watching, and for serving your community alongside us. 

God bless!  

- Allison Rehnborg, WHTN Traffic Manager