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Element for Thriving Relationships-Cooperation with God’s Plan

john : August 17, 2022 11:36 am : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Key Element for Thriving Relationships is cooperation with God’s plan.

One of God’s plans for our lives is to be in community-to get out and be with people. This is how we can get to know people and bless them with God’s love. That is where the disciples were when they cooperated in the miracle of feeding 5,000 people from five loaves and two fish.

Matthew 14:19 says that Jesus “directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied.”

Elizabeth Elliot has said that God “summons us to cooperation. We are honored in being given the opportunity to participate in his good deeds.”

Cooperation in God’s plan is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Faith Building Verse-Philippians 1:21

john : August 17, 2022 11:32 am : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verse is Philippians 1:21.

The Apostle Paul said, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

As long as we are alive in our bodies, we have the opportunity to know Jesus personally, to live for Him, and find our purpose in Him. Paul reasoned that as he went on living in his body, that would mean fruitful labor for him. Yet, to be with Christ was better by far. So, he viewed death as a promotion into the presence of God.

So, as we live for Jesus today, we have the opportunity to advance the Kingdom of God. This happens as we work for the progress and joy of believers, and persuade unbelievers to become followers of Jesus.

This Faith-Building Verse inspires us to use our time on this earth to live for Jesus in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Key Element for Thriving Relationships-Place of Humility

john : August 16, 2022 4:33 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Key Element for Thriving Relationships is choosing places of humility.

In Luke 14:8, Jesus taught a parable to show the value of seeking humility rather than honor for ourselves.

Jesus said that when someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited…..When you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Philippians 2:3 instructs us with these words, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”

Choosing places of humility is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Faith Building Verse-Acts 4:12

john : August 16, 2022 4:29 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verse is Acts 4:12.

Peter said, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

He did not make this statement in a church or at a Bible study among believers. He said this in front of very influential men who were not believers in Jesus. Just a few weeks earlier, Peter denied knowing Jesus three times. But this time, Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and with courage.

This kind of courage flows out of spending time with Jesus in His Word and in prayer. The teachers of the law observed the courage of two disciples that day-Peter and John. They noted that these unschooled, ordinary men had been with Jesus.

This Faith-Building Verse inspires us to turn to Jesus to save us from our sins in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Kids Cookie Shop Card Game Releasing at KCB Fest!

stacey : August 16, 2022 11:39 am : News, Stacey Gagne

We’re really excited that the new family card game “Kids Cookie Shop” is being officially released on August 27th at Kids Cookie Break Fest as we celebrate our 10th year!  This brand new game is themed with favorite cookies and friends you’ve heard from on The Kids Cookie Break on Saturday mornings with Lisa Landis!

A sneak peek at the game and instructions are available on Youtube.  You can even follow along on Instragram.

The game will be available to Kids Cookie Break Fest attendees in the Artist Merchandise area at KCB Fest for $20.

 

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Key Element for Thriving Relationships-Sharing the Workload

john : August 15, 2022 5:49 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Key Element for Thriving Relationships is sharing the workload with others.

If our workload gets too heavy for us, that is a good time to seek support from others to share the workload. This will include them with meaningful tasks and help us to prevent burnout.

In Exodus 18, the father-in-law of Moses saw that Moses was serving as judge for the Israelites from morning until evening. When he observed this, he said, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. This work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.”

So, he advised Moses to select capable men from all the people-trustworthy men who feared God, and hated dishonest gain. They would decide the simple cases. Moses would decide the difficult cases. This was how Moses enlisted much-needed support.

Sharing the workload with others is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Playlist

kristi : August 14, 2022 8:32 am : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages
Today’s playlist includes lots of new releases from Anna Golden (feat. Kari Jobe), The Gettys (feat. Skye Peterson), Mitch Wong (feat. Lindy Cofer) and more. Plus, a Dante Bowe mini-theme showcasing his awesome gravely vocals on 4 duets with Rita Springer, Crowder, Chandler Moore and Kirby Kaple.

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ
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Song Title Artist Album Year
6AM
Morning By Morning (Live) Pat Barrett & Mack Brock Nothing/Something (Live) 2021
Over and Over Chris McClarney Breakthrough 2018
This Is My Song (feat. Mac Powell) North Point Worship Single 2022
Here is Our Hallelujah Village Lights Single 2021
Be Glad Cody Carnes Single 2022
Joyful Noise (Single Version) Matt Maher Joyful Noise (Single Version) 2021
Great Things Phil Wickham Living Hope (Deluxe) 2018
Holy (Song of the Ages) The Worship Initiative & Shane & Shane Single 2022
Holy Forever Chris Tomlin Always 2022
Take Shelter (feat. Skye Peterson) Keith & Kristyn Getty Single 2022
Take It To Jesus (feat. Kari Jobe) Anna Golden Single 2022
Run To the Father Matt Maher Alive & Breathing Vol. I – Single 2019
7AM
Nothing Else Cody Carnes Nothing Else – Single 2019
In The Hands Of Christ My King Austin Stone Worship With/In 2020
Reason To Praise (feat. Cory Asbury & Naomi Raine) Bethel Music Homecoming (Live) 2021
Ways Sean Curran Single 2021
Worthy Of My Song Phil Wickham Single 2022
Highlands (Song of Ascent) Hillsong UNITED People (Live) 2019
Dont You Give Up On Me Brandon Lake HELP! 2022
God Really Loves Us (feat. Dante Bowe & Maverick City Music) Crowder Milk & Honey 2021
Lift You High (feat. Kirby Kaple & Dante Bowe) Housefires Single 2020
8AM
Wait On You (feat. Dante Bowe & Chandler Moore) Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music Old Church Basement 2021
There Is a Power (feat. Dante Bowe) Rita Springer Light 2020
Hallelujahs Song (Psalm 103) (feat. Caleb Chapman) JUDAH. 3 + 7 2021
Hundred Miles (feat. Crowder) [Live] Passion Follow You Anywhere (Live) 2019
1,000 Names Sean Curran 1,000 Names 2021
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) (feat. Passion) Matt Redman Passion: White Flag 2012
A Million Years Paul Baloche Behold Him 2020
So Will I (100 Billion X) Hillsong United Wonder 2018
Countless Wonders Chris Tomlin Burning Lights 2013
Feels Like A Blessing Benjamin Hastings & JUDAH. Single 2022
Leaning (feat. Lizzie Morgan) Matt Maher Single 2022
Simple Kingdom (feat. Cody Carnes) Bryan & Katie Torwalt Ive Got Good News (Live) 2022
9AM
This Is the Kingdom (feat. Pat Barrett) Elevation Worship LION 2022
Abide Christy Nockels Single 2022
Blessed (Song Session) Vertical Worship & Essential Worship Songs Sessions – EP 2022
Jireh (feat. Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine) Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music Old Church Basement 2021
How You Love Me Patrick Mayberry Holy Spirit Come (Bonus Video Version) – EP 2021
Free, Amen (Live) We The Kingdom Live At the Wheelhouse – EP 2019
The Lords Prayer (Its Yours) Matt Maher Single 2022
Good News Bryan & Katie Torwalt Ive Got Good News (Live) 2022
Joy In The Morning Tauren Wells Joy In The Morning 2022
All My Praise Ryan Ellis Single 2022
Bloom (feat. Lindy Cofer) Mitch Wong Bloom – EP 2022
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Faith Building Verse-Micah 7:7

john : August 12, 2022 5:31 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verse is Micah 7:7.

“But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.”

Micah made this statement in the background of a morally corrupted culture around him. Sons were dishonoring their fathers. Daughters were rising up against their mothers. A man’s enemies were members of his household. Neighbors were not trustworthy.

Micah turned his hope toward heaven where God would be his source of comfort and strength. Micah’s faith spoke in how he waited on God. That is a good example for us. People will let us down. Things will break down. But there is salvation from above, and a certain hope in the Lord. He is our source of help in troubled times.

This Faith-Building Verse inspires us to put our hope in God’s unfailing love in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Friday Time Capsule-August 16 1993

john : August 12, 2022 1:05 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

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Faith Building Verse-Habakkuk 3:17 and 18

john : August 11, 2022 4:52 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verses are Habakkuk 3:17 and 18.

The prophet said, “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

This statement of faith stops us in our tracks to consider what our relationship with God might look like if the crops failed or if food was scarce. After this prophet of God struggled with hard questions, he arrived at a place where his joy was in the Lord, not in his circumstances.

For people like Habakkuk, David, and Jacob in the Bible, their struggles led to worship. That is what can happen with us when we seek God through our difficult questions.

These Faith-Building Verses inspire us to rejoice in the Lord through the circumstances of our lives in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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