Vital Step to a Radiant Faith-Controlling Our Temper

john : September 14, 2023 11:05 am : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year to Shine, today’s Vital Step to a Radiant Faith is to control our temper.

Outbursts of anger often lead to emotional pain, discouragement, division, and regret. Not all anger is sin. Jesus got angry when God’s house was defiled. But how we handle our anger is vitally important in how we represent God’s love and holiness.

Ephesians 4:26 says, “In your anger, do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”

James 1:20 says that “human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” He instructs us to be slow to become angry.

Psalm 4:4 reveals what we can do when anger tempts us to sin. “When you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.”  In the quietness of that moment, we will have opportunity to do some soul-searching, pray, and invite God’s peace to settle our troubled spirit.

Controlling our temper is a Vital Step to a Radiant Faith that makes a difference in our world.

John Shirk

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Light Reflection-First Corinthians 4:5 Motives of the Heart

john : September 14, 2023 11:02 am : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Light Reflection is from First Corinthians 4:5.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore, judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.”

We all have an appointment with the Lord someday. This verse gives us a warning about judging someone else’s motives. Don’t be the judge and jury of someone else’s motives. What if we are wrong? What happens if we assume that someone’s motives are impure when they are really pure? It would have a harmful impact on that relationship, and would likely cause discouragement.

Ultimately, God knows the condition of their heart even as He knows the condition of ourheart. Pure motives matter to God, and that is why we are wise to commit our activities to God. He will reward us for the good deeds we have done for His glory.

This Light Reflection inspires us to align our motives to the purposes of God in the Year to Shine.

John Shirk

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Light Reflection-Genesis 9:13-15 Rainbow

john : September 13, 2023 10:54 am : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Light Reflection is from Genesis 9:13 to 15.

After the worldwide flood in Noah’s day, God said, “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.”

The rainbow is a brilliant display of colors built on a promise from God. Never again will the earth see a flood like Noah’s day.

Rainbows typically appear after a storm, often appearing as an arch. But the beauty of heaven includes a full rainbow at the throne of God.  Revelation 4:3 talks about a rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircling the throne.

The storms of life still come, but they will not always last. There is a rainbow at the end of faith’s journey where our healing will be complete in the presence of God.

This Light Reflection inspires us to hold on to the promises of God in the Year to Shine.

John Shirk

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Vital Step to a Radiant Faith-Speak Truthfully

john : September 13, 2023 10:51 am : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year to Shine, today’s Vital Step to a Radiant Faith is to speak truthfully to our neighbor.

God is calling us to a new attitude where we are transformed in true righteousness and holiness. Jesus told believers that we are the salt of the earth. Just as salt flavors food, we are called to flavor this world with the Gospel.

Speaking truthfully to our neighbor is one of the ways we can represent Jesus. Honesty builds trust and stronger relationships on a foundation of truth. Proverbs 24:26 compares an honest answer to a kiss on the lips. The general idea there is that honesty is pleasant and brings people together.

Ephesians 4:25 says, “Each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.”

Speaking truthfully to our neighbor is a Vital Step to a Radiant Faith that makes a difference in our world.

John Shirk

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Praise & Worship Playlist

kristi : September 10, 2023 8:21 am : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages
This week’s Praise & Worship Playlist has an hour of each of these themes: Super Singable Songs, Awakening, Duets, Light.
Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ
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Song Title Artist Album Year
6AM 2021
Revelation Song (feat. Kari Jobe) Gateway Worship Cover The Earth 2006
I Could Sing of Your Love Forever Shane & Shane Vintage 2020
This Is My Song (feat. Mac Powell) North Point Worship Single 2022
Blessed Assurance Celtic Worship Morningtide 2021
Holy Forever (feat. Brian & Jenn Johnson) Chris Tomlin Holy Forever (Live From Good Friday 2023) – Single 2023
Holy (Song Of The Ages) (feat. Andrew Holt) The Belonging Co Single 2020
Here I Am To Worship (feat. Martin Smith of Delirious Tim Hughes Happy Day 2009
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) Worship Together & Matt Redman 10th Anniversary Single 2022
Goodness of God (Live) Bethel Music & Jenn Johnson Victory (Live) 2019
The Blessing Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes & Elevation Worship Single 2020
7AM 2021
Awakening Amanda Lindsey Cook House on a Hill 2019
Back To Life Zahriya Zachary Homecoming (Live) 2021
No Longer Bound (Im Free) (fear. Chandler Moore & Forrest Frank) Maverick City Music Single 2023
Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains) Crowder Neon Steeple 2014
Resurrection Blood Cody Carnes The Darker the Night / The Brighter the Morning 2017
God of Revival Phil Wickham Hymn Of Heaven 2021
Glorious Day (feat. Kristian Stanfill) Passion Worthy Of Your Name 2017
Awake My Soul Hillsong Worship Awake 2019
Graves Into Gardens (feat. Brandon Lake) Elevation Worship Graves Into Gardens 2020
You Came (Lazarus) Jonathan & Melissa Helser Beautiful Surrender 2017
There is Freedom Josh Baldwin Where The Glory Is 2022
Resurrecting Elevation Worship Here As In Heaven 2018
Awakening Chris Tomlin Passion: Awakening 2010
Come Out of that Grave (Resurrection Power) Brandon Lake Revivals In The Air (Live) 2020
8AM 2021
Oh My Soul (feat. Katy Nichole, David Leonard) Casting Crowns Voice of Truth – EP 2023
Is He Worthy? (feat. Chris Tomlin) Keith & Kristyn Getty Sing! In Christ Alone 2022
Hallelujah, You Are Good (feat. Matt Maher) Steven Curtis Chapman Worship and Believe (Deluxe Edition) 2016
Psalm 23 (feat. Tiffany Hudson) Phil Wickham I Believe 2023
Im Listening (feat. Hollyn) Chris McClarney Breakthrough 2018
Lost In Your Love (feat. Sarah Reeves) Brandon Lake House Of Miracles 2020
Wild Faith (feat. kalley) Patrick Mayberry Wild Faith 2023
Thy Kingdom Come (feat. Francesca Battistelli) Rita Springer Single 2020
Holy (feat. Kari Jobe) Martin Smith Single 2023
Leaning (feat. Lizzie Morgan) Matt Maher Single 2022
Good To Be Loved (Live) Cody Carnes & Natalie Grant God Is Good! (Live) 2022
9AM 2021
Shadow of Shaddai (Psalm 91) Aaron Shust Heaven + Earth 2023
Light the Way Matt Maher Alive & Breathing 2020
Light a Fire David Leonard Single 2022
Running to the Light (Live) Brandon Lake House of Miracles (Live) 2021
Into the Light Red Rocks Worship Into the Light 2015
Light Rita Springer Light 2020
Light Breaking Through (feat. Lauren Lee) North Point Worship Single 2020
Everlasting Light (Live) Mosaic MSC HUMAN (Live) 2020
Father Of Lights Chris Tomlin Always 2022
I See The Light Josh Baldwin Where The Glory Is 2022
Let The Light In Cody Carnes Run To The Father 2020
See the Light Hillsong Worship Awake 2019
Shine On Us (Live) (feat. Mitch Wong) CAIN Honest Offering (Live) 2023
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Friday Time Capsule-September 10 2012

john : September 8, 2023 1:02 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages


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Praise & Worship Playlist

kristi : September 3, 2023 8:28 am : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages
We’re starting in the Psalms today for a whole hour. Then our lineup includes new anthems of praise and songs of worship from Phil Wickham, Cody Carnes, Melodie Malone, Jenn Johnson, Chris Davenport, Mitch Wong and more.

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ
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Playlists: Spotify

Song Title Artist Album Year
Psalm 42 (Loudest Praise) Shane & Shane Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs 2021
Psalm 23 (I Am Not Alone) (feat. Meredith Andrews) Phil King Single 2023
Psalm 8 The Corner Room Psalm Songs, Vol. 1 2015
Better Is One Day (feat. Jeff Johnson) Passion Live From LIFT: Creative Conference 2023
Taste and See Paul Baloche Offering of Worship 2008
Our God Reigns (Psalm 47) [Live] Cody Carnes God Is Good! (Live) 2022
Hallelujahs Song (Psalm 103) (feat. Caleb Chapman) JUDAH. 3 + 7 2021
Psalm 140 (Cry for Mercy) Robbie Seay Band Psalms LP 2015
Psalm 150 (Praise The Lord) Matt Boswell & Matt Papa Almost Home 2021
Hallelujah (Psalm 148) (Feat. Flo Paris) Rain For Roots All Creatures 2020
Psalm 116 (I Love You, Lord) (feat. Andrew Peterson & Skye Peterson) Mission House Single 2020
My Heart Is Steadfast (Psalm 103) Ellie Holcomb Magnolia 2011
Create In Me A Clean Heart (Psalm 51) Martin Smith Your Love Broke Through: Worship Songs of Keith Green
Psalm 23 (feat. Tiffany Hudson) Phil Wickham I Believe 2023
Be Still And Know (feat. DOE) Housefires How To Start A Housefire, Pt. II 2023
Gratitude (Live At Sound Emporium) Benjamin William Hastings & Worship Together Songs You Maybe Didnt Know I Wrote And Some You Maybe Did 2023
Faithful Still KingsPorch Single 2023
Honest Offering / I Surrender All (Live) CAIN Honest Offering (Live) 2023
Beautiful Things Shane & Shane The Worship Initiative, Vol. 1 2014
Good Ground Citizens Single 2023
Firm Foundation (He Wont) Cody Carnes Radio Single 2023
Light a Fire David Leonard Single 2022
Keep Me Burning Josh Baldwin Where The Glory Is 2022
Take It To Jesus (feat. Kari Jobe) Anna Golden Single 2022
Thats The Power (feat. Benjamin Hastings) Hillsong Worship These Same Skies (Live) 2021
Thank You Jesus for the Blood Charity Gayle Endless Praise 2022
Plead The Blood (feat. Brandon Lake & Cody Carnes) Chris Davenport TIME 2023
The Blood (feat. Mitch Wong) Jenn Johnson Simple 2022
The Name of the Lord (feat. May Angeles) REVERE, Leeland & Mitch Wong Single 2023
Again and Again Red Rocks Worship Things of Heaven 2021
In the Room (feat. Chris Brown) [Radio Version] Matt Maher In The Room – EP (Radio Version) 2023
Divine Power (Live from The Orchard Conference) Gas Street Music Single 2023
More Than Able (feat. Chandler Moore & Tiffany Hudson) Elevation Worship Single 2023
Greater Still Brandon Lake & Essential Worship Song Sessions – EP 2022
A Thousand Hallelujahs (Live) Brooke Ligertwood Single 2022
Thy Kingdom Come (feat. Francesca Battistelli) Rita Springer Single 2020
Simple Kingdom (feat. Cody Carnes) Bryan & Katie Torwalt Ive Got Good News (Live) 2022
Abide Christy Nockels Single 2022
Be Glorified (Live) Lindy Cofer & Circuit Rider Music Single 2023
Altogether Good (feat. Paul Baloche & Lucy Grimble) Anchor Hymns Be Unto Your Name – EP 2022
What Hes Done Passion Single 2022
Creator Phil Wickham I Believe 2023
With Everything I Am (Live) 7 Hills Worship Single 2023
Ive Witnessed It (feat. Melodie Malone, Jenn Johnson) Passion Ive Witnessed It – EP 2023
Same God (feat. Chris Quilala) Jesus Culture & Worship Together Same God (Live) – Single 2023
YAHWEH (No One) (feat. Elevation Worship) Chris Tomlin Always 2022
Praise You Anywhere Brandon Lake Single 2023
Be Glad Cody Carnes Single 2022
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Vital Step to a Radiant Faith-Support of Christian Ministry

john : August 30, 2023 5:15 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year to Shine, today’s Vital Step to a Radiant Faith is Support of Christian ministries.

This includes overseas missionaries, the local church, and community outreaches that help people in Jesus’ name. The church functions best when we work together under the leadership of Jesus to carry out His mission of making disciples.

This mission is supported by the prayers, service, and financial support of God’s people. This kind of support serves to equip Christian ministry for sharing the Gospel. and refreshing God’s servants.

Paul the Apostle told one church in Philippians 4:15, “In the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only…….you sent me aid more than once when I was in need.” Paul described their gift to him as a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.”

Support of Christian Ministries is a Vital Step to a Radiant Faith that makes a difference in our world.

John Shirk

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Light Reflection-Luke 12:35 Keep Lamps Burning

john : August 30, 2023 5:12 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Light Reflection is from Luke 12:35.

Jesus said, “Be dressed, ready for service, and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks, they can immediately open the door for him.”

Jesus is urging us to be ready for His return. The way to be prepared is to be one of His faithful servants who watches for His return. This is a motivating promise to be a faithful steward of what God has entrusted to us.  Jesus later said in verse 42, “Who is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.”

This Light Reflection inspires us to keep our lamps burning for God with faithful service and wise stewardship in the Year to Shine.

John Shirk

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Responding to Hawaii’s Wildfires

stacey : August 28, 2023 4:25 pm : News, Stacey Gagne

The fire that devastated the historic town of Lahaina is among the deadliest US wildfires in over 100 years.  As Maui residents continue to sift through the ashes, they are in need of our prayer and support.  The following organizations are providing various types of relief.  We will continue to update this list as we receive additional information.

Samaritans Purse  “Our DC-8 cargo jet airlifted a volunteer team and 17 tons of relief supplies from Greensboro, North Carolina, to Maui, Hawaii, on Tuesday, Aug. 15. Among many other items onboard were solar lights, cooking kits, hygiene kits, and plastic tarp to provide immediate relief to survivors of the deadly wildfires. The plane also carried tools and equipment that will help our volunteers sift through ashes to recover valuables and treasured mementos for devastated homeowners.” To sign up to receive updates about volunteer opportunities on Maui, visit spvolunteer.orgContributions are being accepted here

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is also on the ground ministering to the spiritual needs of people who have suddenly found themselves in displacement centers due to the fires. These chaplains are also assisting local law enforcement offices with a variety of duties. So far, there have been two reported salvations. Please pray for the suffering people of Maui and for Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Rapid Response teams as they extend the comfort and hope offered in Jesus Christ.

Harvest Christian Fellowship   Greg Laurie’s church, Harvest Kumulani, is located on West Maui.  The church building was unharmed by the fires but the church family has been dramatically affected.  They have set up the Harvest Maui Relief Fund   They are there as a community of believers to bring hope, relief and the gospel to the hurting people of the island of Maui at this critical time.

The Salvation Army  The Salvation Army provides food, emotional and spiritual care to survivors of the Maui wildfires.  The Salvation Army has been providing feedings, food distribution, safe havens and other services at their local community centers.

Mennonite Disaster Service: Currently praying, monitoring and assessing the needs.  “MDS has been communicating with its partner organizations—including the Federal Emergency Management Agency and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster—about potential long-term needs on the ground in Maui. Please pray for emergency responders as they continue to face an unprecedented situation in their communities,” said MDS Executive Director Kevin King. As we assess needs, please be aware that, particularly in the aftermath of a wildfire, MDS may not send volunteers for another nine to 12 months, as fire cleanup and relief operations will be unfolding during that time. ” Look for updates at

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