JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A Segment explores the question, “As we live with an eternal perspective, what can we learn from history?”
An eternal perspective includes an appreciation of history.
It has been said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. If you think about it, that is a sobering view of the sinful nature, because it reflects on our tendency to be blind sided by the dark side of history.
First Corinthians 10 is a textbook case of learning from previous moral failures in Israel’s history. Verse 11 says, “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us.”
History can also stir us to praise God, as we remember the reference points proving His love for us. Psalm 78, verse 4 says, “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.” Verse 7 says, “Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds.” Since those words were written there is more to God’s story of love and redemption. Jesus came from heaven to earth, died on a cross for our sins, and rose again to offer us eternal life through faith in Him. This is the message that our generation is entrusted with to pass along to the next generation in the Year of Exploration.
JOHN SHIRK-Today’s Q and A Segment explores the question, “What does it mean to live with an eternal perspective?”
The Apostle Paul said in Second Corinthians 4:18, “We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Living with an eternal perspective acknowledges that there is more to this life than what we see in this world. If our trust is in the things we see, then we are living with a false sense of security, because the things we see around us will eventually pass away.
The invisible qualities of God’s Kingdom will outlast our physical lives on earth. Faith, hope, and love last forever. God’s word lasts forever. Heaven lasts forever. Jesus Christ lives forever. And if our hope is in Jesus, our souls will last forever with Him.
Revelation 22:21 is the last verse of the Bible, revealing the eternal view of God’s Kingdom in a place of peace and security: “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.”
This is where our hope is ultimately found in the Year of Exploration.
JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is the increase of knowledge.
A transition has been underway in society, taking us from the industrial age to the information age, ever since the invention of the computer.
In the last century, we have seen tremendous advancements in transportation, communication, and medical breakthroughs. Daniel 12:4 pointed to a day when people would go here and there to increase knowledge.
But General Omar Bradley has made this observation about our times: “We have grasped the mystery of the atom and neglected the Sermon on the Mount…Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.”
There is a type of knowledge that we need beyond facts-and that is the knowledge of the truth-knowing Jesus Christ with a mind and heart that embraces Him as Savior and Lord. Second Peter 3:18 urges us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That is the kind of knowledge that will help us use technology constructively, and live out our faith productively.
The increase of knowledge in the grace of the Lord Jesus is a reason to believe in God’s good news.
JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason To Believe is the shuddering of demons in the presence of Jesus.
In Matthew 8:29. Jesus encountered two demon-possessed men. They were so violent, no one passed their way. As they encountered Jesus, they said, “What do you want with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
These demons recognized Jesus as the Son of God, and they also knew that there is an appointed time when He will destroy them and the evil that they promote. These demons possessed men, but they shuddered in the presence of Jesus.
This says something to us about our need to welcome the presence of Jesus as Savior and Lord. He has the power to deliver us from evil.
James 2:19 says, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that-and shudder.” They might believe in God’s existence, but they are certainly not on God’s side, and they tremble at the thought of the appointed time when God makes everything new.
The shuddering of demons in the presence of Jesus is a reason to believe in God’s good news.
JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A Segment explores the question, “What is the key to knowing the will of God?”
We might think that the key to knowing God’s will is more information, but according to Romans 12, verses 1 through 3, the key to knowing God’s will is through transformation, and transformation happens when we offer ourselves to God in a spirit of worship.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Responding to God’s mercy with a grateful heart is the starting place for opening our lives to knowing the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God in the Year of Exploration.
NIK – I invite you to join me, Nik at Night M-TH at 10:37, for The NON-STOP WORSHIP BLOCK. It’s an opportunity, weeknights Monday through Thursday, to reset your day.
I am blessed to know lyrics have been poured over by the God pursuing men and women we play here at WJTL so just the right message has the opportunity to soak into our soul.
You’ll hear the Word of God, and a theme supporting surrender–not only of the day, but also a surrender of our hurts and hang-ups over to our Savior! I invite you to bring your heart to the table and let your mind rest as we settle into some prayers in melody– inspired by and offered back to our God, Most High!
Each night features a three song set where you’ll find a progression: a starting point of our surrender which grows lyrically to a point of praise and thankfulness. We conclude each Worship block with an encouraging word from:
I encourage you to go to that site at any time for assistance in growing your faith. God longs that we desire to grow in our faith and in His provision, His healing, His Mercy, and His Blessing!
The Monday block featured Mac Powell “By His Wounds” f/ Steven Curtis Chapman and Mark Hall, Matt Maher “Abide With Me” and New Life Worship “Bless The Lord.” And Billy Graham talked about the disciples, although young, willing of heart to do God’s will. Our focus was from Micah 6:8.
Pictured on WJTL’s facebook page Non-Stop Worship Block: Mac Powell with Steven Curtis Chapman (recently together on the SCC 3D Tour), Matt Maher w/ Nik at the recent WJTL concert in York, New Life Worship, and Billy Graham].
Thanks for joining me to hear the Non-Stop Worship Block M-Th at 10:37 PM.
JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is Feast of Passover.
This Jewish feast continues to be observed year after year to this very day celebrating deliverance from slavery. Moses was sent by God as a messenger to tell Egypt’s powerful leader Pharoah, “Let my people go.” Pharoah resisted Moses’ message time after time, despite many plagues on his land.
The final plague was what led to Pharoah’s change of mind, and Israel’s deliverance from slavery. The Israelites were told to sacrifice the Passover lamb without defect and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. The firstborn of the family in that house would be protected when the LORD came to strike down all the firstborn in Egypt.
The LORD gave the Israelites instructions to observe Passover as a lasting ordinance.
Followers of Jesus see Jesus as the fulfillment of Passover. He was unblemished. His blood is precious, and qualifies as an atonement for our sins, to deliver us from slavery to sin, and from spiritual death. First Corinthians 5:7 says “Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.”
Passover is a reason to believe in God’s good news.
Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend – April 22-24, 2016
5 Construction Zone for Learning, tomorrow (Saturday, April 23) 10:30am – noon at Lancaster Public Library West – Mountville Branch on College Ave. Children and Families can construct a building, a new gadget, a robot. No matter where the imagination leads, you will have a variety of building materials from the library’s Construction Zone. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. More Info: lancaster.lib.pa.us
4 Mechanicsburg’s Eighth Annual Earth Day Festival at The Rosemary House tomorrow (Saturday, April 23) from 9am-3pm. Live music and fun activities for children. Complimentary Paper Shredding, Vendor Booths – Hosted by local merchants that sell or produce eco-friendly products.More Info: www.MechanicsburgEarthDayFest.com
3 The YMCA of Reading & Berks County Go Fly a Kite Day, tomorrow (Saturday April 23) from noon – 6pm. Non profits & business from all over Berks County will be onsite to offer health screenings, dental screenings, Zumba for kids, family yoga, arts & crafts, face painting, kite making & contests, hawk mountain sanctuary, hot air balloon demos, and much more! More Info: http://www.ymca-berkscounty.org/healthy-kids-day/
2 Conewago Creek Earth Day Celebration on the banks of the creek at Aberdeen Mills, Mill Rd., Elizabethtown tomorrow (Saturday, April 23) from noon to 4 pm. Fun, free, family oriented event, informative activities including live animals, guided walks, and giveaways. Special presentations include Zoo America, wildflower walks, fish surveys, electro-fishing and more! More Info: http://www.conewagocreek.org/
1 Sahd Metal Recycling Earth Day tomorrow (Saturday, April 23) 9am-1pm. Scrap Yard Tours, Over 25 educational and fun conservation and environmental exhibits. Food and Bake Sale to benefit the Columbia Food Bank. Contests and Prizes. Kids Passport book for Rita’s Ice Voucher. Kids Cookie Break Broadcasting Live. More Info: Recycleyourmetal.com/earth-day
The April 22 & 24th episode of Some Sort of Rock show includes shiny new music from House of Heroes & I Anthem. Plus, Spoken stars in a Now & Then Double Play. Here’s the complete playlist:
- Dance Like Nobody’s Watching – Family Force 5
- Tonight – TobyMac Feat. John Cooper
- Colors Run – House Of Heroes
- Stationary Stationary – Anberlin
- Clarity – Come Wind
- Alive – Tree63
- Born To Live – About A Mile
- Edge Of My Life – Manafest
- Feel You Falling – Devin Williams
- The One – Disciple
- Look on Up – Relient K
- Eyes Wide Open – Jars Of Clay
- Beyond The Stars – Spoken
- Promise – Spoken
- Out Of My Head – Fireflight
- Wasn’t Enough – XXI
- Loving Led – Ilia
- Roses – I Anthem
- You and Me Both – The Classic Crime
- Take Me Over – RED
- Fully Alive – Flyleaf
- Happiness – NEEDTOBREATHE
- Free – Switchfoot
- Who Got The Meaning? – The Elms -2001
- Running From The Scene – Manic Bloom
- Running With Giants – Thousand Foot Krutch
- You Can’t Stop Me – Andy Mineo
- Heartbeats – Nine Lashes
- Pretty Lies – VERIDIA
- Come Alive – Matty Mullins
JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is the season of spring.
Spring brings warmer temperatures, melting snow, blooming flowers, and a greener landscape. The Song of Solomon describes the spring season like this: “See! The winter is past. The rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.”
Have you noticed the birds chirping with songs of delight?
Spring is a season of new life and so much growth. These dimensions of spring become realities for the person who trusts in the Lord.
Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here.”
Spring reminds us of the new life found in Jesus Christ and the nourishing effect of His grace on our soul.
The season of spring is a reason to believe in God’s good news.