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Encounter With Jesus-His Compassion

October 7th, 2015 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Connection, today’s Encounter with Jesus examines His compassion.

The evidence of His compassion can be seen in the way He ministered to a crowd that followed Him.

In Luke 9, Jesus was taking His disciples to a place of retreat after a time of ministry. But, according to verse 11, the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.

The Gospel of Mark describes the same event this way: “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.”

Compassion is the quality that welcomes people with God’s love. Compassion allows for flexibility to change plans in order to meet people at their point of need. Compassion also moves us to be a voice of hope and healing for those who need the grace of God.

A daily connection with Christ fills us with compassion for people who need hope and direction.

John Shirk

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Relationship Building Principle-Carrying Burdens Of Another

August 27th, 2015 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Relationship-Building Principle comes from Galatians 6:1 and 2.

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Expressing love to sinners can get messy. The ultimate example of this is Jesus Christ, who went to the cross for our sins. As we walk in the light of God’s love, we will recognize two important realities. The first reality is that there are people all around us who need Jesus. And the second reality is that even though we might have a relationship with Jesus, we are still capable of giving in to temptation. So, we are wise to guard our own heart, so that the Spirit living in us influences the person caught in sin, rather than sin in the other person having an influence on us.

In reaching out to people who have been caught in a sin, we have the opportunity to restore them to fellowship with God. The Bible says that we are to do this gently. This means, showing mercy and patience so that they can perceive God’s love expressed through us. It means sharing the good news that Jesus can change us from the inside out as we look to Him as Savior and Lord.

Carrying the burdens of another is a vital relationship-building principle to take to heart in the Year of Connection.

John Shirk

Encounter With Jesus-The Good Samaritan

August 11th, 2015 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Connection, today’s Encounter with Jesus examines the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

Jesus told this Parable to an expert in the Law who recited the greatest commandments of the Bible to Jesus. One of those commands is to love your neighbor as yourself. The expert in the law asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?”

That is when Jesus told the story of a man going from Jerusalem to Jericho. He fell into the hands of robbers and was beaten badly. Three men traveled on the same road and noticed the man. The two religious leaders who saw him passed by him on the other side of the road. But a Samaritan man, a foreigner, responded differently. He moved toward the injured man, bandaged his wounds and took care of him.

After telling the story, Jesus asked the expert in the law, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus said, “Go and do likewise.”

A daily connection with Christ will move us to love our neighbor as ourselves.

John Shirk

26 Hours of Compassion

March 25th, 2015 8 comments

Join us today and tomorrow (March 25 & 26) as we seek to sponsor a new project in Guatemala that Lisa and I visited earlier this month.  Please click on the Compassion Banner at or call 866-392-3690. Your $38 a month will revolutionize the life of a very special child. Thank You.


Lisa and Fred and the Children of Chimaltenango, Guatemala Project GU501 that we are hoping to sponsor.


The kids at the Compassion Project were filled with hugs and smiles.


Moment Of Celebration-God’s Graciousness

August 25th, 2014 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the graciousness of God.

Grace is that quality of God’s character that ultimately saves us from our sins and gives us eternal life. It is not an item we can purchase or a wage that we can earn. Ephesians 2:8 describes God’s grace as a gift to be received. In His grace, God shines His favor on His people.

The graciousness of God can be seen in the blessings that He pours out on the inhabitants of the earth. He sends rain from heaven to provide us with food from the crops.

His graciousness is often connected with His patience and kindness.

Instead of wiping out the civilization of Nineveh, as He had threatened through Jonah the prophet, the LORD saw how they had turned from their evil ways and had compassion on them. Likewise, God’s graciousness relents from the judgment that we deserve when we repent from our sins and trust in Jesus for forgiveness

God’s graciousness also equips the believer with spiritual gifts. He blesses us to be a blessing to others through acts of service. First Peter 4:10 tells us to use whatever gift we have received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

The graciousness of God is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

Moment Of Celebration-Compassion

May 15th, 2014 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment of Celebration reflects on the compassionate expression of a sensitive heart.

Romans 12:15 urges us to mourn with those who mourn.

There is a wise saying that cautions us from singing songs to a heavy heart. When someone hears sobering news from the doctor, or is grieving the loss of a loved one, it is not just a typical day for them. God calls us to be compassionate and sensitive to others who find themselves in vulnerable places. God calls us to take the time to enter their world of pain, to walk with them, and be sympathetic in the midst of their tears. This show of support may look different in various situations. One person may need a listening ear. Another person may have practical needs where we can serve them. Another person might need a shoulder to cry on. The expression of compassion to a troubled soul takes our time, attention, and concern. In this way, we can represent Jesus in difficult places and offer hope and a godly perspective.

The compassionate expression of a sensitive heart is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

Lesson Of Faith-Sacrificial Giving

June 6th, 2013 1 comment

JOHN SHIRK – We find this word of instruction in Hebrews 13:16: “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

God’s design for our good deeds is for the righteousness of Christ to be exalted. The follower of Christ is motivated to good deeds because the love of Christ is active within us.

After the recent tornado outbreak in Oklahoma, various Christian relief groups moved in to help those devastated by the tornadoes. News broadcasts were drawing attention to the initiative of faith-based groups to come to the aid of those who were suffering.

The compassion of Christ is at the heart of many of these efforts. Doing good and sharing with others will involve sacrifices of personal time. It will require the heart of a servant. There might be a cost involved with making financial donations or buying items that other people need. The risk is worth the potential outcome. Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” When we give sacrificially for Christ, God is pleased, practical needs are met, and the door is open for others to give glory to God as a result of our witness.

The “results of sacrificial giving” is a lesson of faith worth remembering.

John Shirk

Sanctus Real Live From The Junction Center

March 6th, 2013 No comments

Sanctus Real and JJ Heller will stop by WJTL for a Live From The Junction Center mini concert this Thursday morning (March 14th) at 10:00!  Those in attendance will also enjoy Lancaster County Stroopies plus coffee courtesy of The Good Java Company!  Space is limited.  This is an exclusive event, but you could win your way onto our guest list!  Tune in to WJTL all day long on Tuesday, March 12th for chances to call in and win!  Keep us on speed dial: 717-392-3690

By the way, The Promises Tour with Sanctus Real, JJ Heller, Unspoken and Bread Of Stone is this Thursday night at 7:00 at Manheim BIC — and tickets are still available!  Click here.

Prizes During WJTL’s 26 Hours Of Compassion

February 18th, 2013 5 comments

During WJTL’s 26 Hours Of Compassion, we’re celebrating the ministry of Compassion International and inviting you to be a part of it.  Tune in to learn how sponsoring a child can change lives!  We’ll also give you chances to win prizes from local business listeners who are pleased to join in the celebration!

Prizes for Day 1 (Wednesday, Feb. 20):

7 AM – Kids Cookie Break prize pack including a 5 tickets to see Slugs & Bugs live in concert at Manheim BIC at 7 PM on March 9th, a family 5 pack of meals at Chick-fil-A’s on Lincoln Hwy East across from Rockvale Outlets in Lancaster, Phredd DVD/CDs, the new Kids Cookie Break 4 CD and KCB pencils, magnets and bracelets!

9 AM – The Good Java Company prize pack including 2 pounds of certified USDA organic fair trade premium coffee plus 2 ceramic stoneware mugs (basket not included)

10 AM – 4 Tickets to see Crowder live in concert at Calvary Church with special guest Chuck Gibson Band

Noon – 10 pack of snow tubing tickets from Roundtop Mountain Resort

2 PM – 4 Tickets to see Mark Schultz live in concert on the All Things Possible Tour with Aaron Shust and Jonny Diaz PLUS a CD from each artist!

5 PM – Pots by DePerrot Studio & Gallery  prize pack including 2 dinner plates, 2 bowls and 2 glasses (Tune in for a live interview with Steve DePerrot!)

7 PM – 4 Tickets to see Tenth Avenue North live in concert on the Struggle Spring Tour with Rend Collective Experiment and Moriah Peters PLUS a CD from each artist

Prizes for Day 2 (Thursday, February 21):

7 AM – Queen-size Quilt courtesy of Knight’s Landing Stables in Manheim

8 AM – Lancaster Bible College Prize Pack (Tune in for a live interview with LBC’s VP of Enrollment Management, Josh Beers–and 2 students!)

9 AM – FIG Magazine Prize Pack (Tune in for a live interview with Bob Lenz!)

10 AM – 4 Tickets to see Sanctus Real live in concert on the Promises Tour with JJ Heller and Unspoken

Noon – 4 Tickets to see Audio Adrenaline live in concert on the Kings And Queens Tour with Group 1 Crew and Seventh Day Slumber

2 PM – A “Treasures In Heaven” matted print by artist Andrew Lindberg of Walk On Watercolors plus a certificate for free custom framing by Grebinger Gallery in Lancaster (Tune in for a live interview with Brian Crow!)

3 PM – York Revolution Prize Pack including 4 tickets to a game, a Revs baseball cap and an opportunity to throw out the first pitch

4 PM – 2 tickets to the 3-In-1 Tour featuring Brandon Heath, Mandisa and Laura Story PLUS a CD from each artist

5 PM – 2 Hot Air Balloon Ride tickets from the US Hot Air Balloon Team




VIDEO VAULT – 26 Hours of Compassion

October 19th, 2010 No comments

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