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Focus on God’s Goodness-Plan of Redemption

john : February 6, 2024 5:05 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Focus on God’s goodness is found in Galatians 3:13 and 14.

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.’ He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.”

The curse of the cross became a lifeline to the lost. This was the journey that Jesus took to find us and set us free from sin. The love of Jesus extends this offer of forgiveness and eternal life to all who will put their faith in Him. This is how we are restored to a right relationship with God. Second Corinthians 5:21 explains:

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

God’s plan of redemption through Jesus reveals the goodness of God and is a reason to give thanks in the Year of Gratitude.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Playlist

kristi : February 3, 2024 8:33 am : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages
This week’s Praise & Worship Playlist includes a Communion mini-theme, plus fresh anthems from Red Rocks Worship, Benjamin William Hastings, Shane & Shane and Canyon Hills Worship. Plus, the brand new 75th anniversary edition of the hymn “How Great Thou Art” from Matt Redman and a whole bunch of friends.

 

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Song Title Artist Album Year
6AM
Forever & Amen (Live) Cody Carnes & Kari Jobe God Is Good! (Live) 2022
The Lords Prayer (Its Yours) Matt Maher Single 2022
This Is the Kingdom (feat. Pat Barrett) Elevation Worship LION 2022
Psalm 150 (Praise The Lord) Matt Boswell & Matt Papa Almost Home 2021
Praise The Lord (Brighter The Morning) Sean Curran 1,000 Names 2021
Let Everything (Praise the Lord) Pat Barrett Canvas and Clay (Live) 2019
God Really Loves Us Crowder Milk & Honey 2021
Abide Canyon Hills Worship All To Jesus (LIVE) 2024
Back To Life Zahriya Zachary Single 2023
I Still Believe (Faithful Always) Thrive Worship A Thousand More 2019
Monday Morning Faith SEU Worship Heart Cry 2023
7AM
Christ Be Magnified (feat. Cody Carnes) The Belonging Co See The Light (Live) 2021
How Great Thou Art (Until That Day) Matt Redman Single 2024
Living Hope Phil Wickham Living Hope – Single 2018
King of Kings Chandler Moore & Essential Worship Single 2021
Gratitude (Live) Brandon Lake House of Miracles (Live) 2021
Bless God Brooke Ligertwood EIGHT 2023
Ive Witnessed It (feat. Melodie Malone) Passion Live From Passion 2023 – Single 2023
More Than Able (feat. Chandler Moore & Tiffany Hudson) Elevation Worship Single 2023
8AM
Theres No Way (Song Session) Red Rocks Worship & Essential Worship Single 2024
Hymn Of Heaven (feat. Brian Johnson & Zahriya Zachary) Bethel Music Homecoming (Live) 2021
O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing (feat. Shane & Shane) The Worship Initiative Single 2024
Abandoned (ft. Brandon Lake) Benjamin William Hastings Single 2024
In The Room (ft. Chris Brown of Elevation Worship) Matt Maher The Stories I Tell Myself 2023
Praise Him! Pat Barrett & Katie Torwalt Shelter 2023
Oh My Soul (feat. Katy Nichole, David Leonard) Casting Crowns Voice of Truth – EP 2023
Every Season Canyon Hills Worship Single 2023
A Thousand More Thrive Worship A Thousand More 2019
Firm Foundation (He Wont) The Belonging Co & Cody Carnes Here (Live) 2022
Promise Keeper  (feat. Joe L Barnes) Skye Reedy Single 2023
9AM
1,000 Names Sean Curran 1,000 Names 2021
Crowns Down (Live) Gateway Worship & Josh Baldwin Crowns Down (Live) 2023
He Who Is To Come Passion, Kristian Stanfill & Cody Carnes Single 2023
Lamb of God (Live) Matt Redman & David Funk Lamb of God (Live) 2023
I Remember (ft. Forward City) Travis Greene Single 2023
Love is This (ft. May Angeles) Matt Redman Lamb of God (Live) 2023
The Blood (feat. Mitch Wong) Jenn Johnson Simple 2022
Who Else (feat. Claire Smith) Gateway Worship Radio Single 2023
Plead The Blood (feat. Brandon Lake & Cody Carnes) Chris Davenport TIME 2023
Seas of Crimson (feat. Brian Johnson) Bethel Music We Will Not Be Shaken (Live) 2015
The Wonderful Cross (feat. Pat Barrett) Simple Hymns Songs of Communion 2020
Praise God (Doxology) [Live] Thrive Worship Pour Your Spirit Out (Live) 2022
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Focus on God’s Goodness-Great Things

john : February 2, 2024 5:16 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Focus on God’s goodness is found in First Samuel 12:24.

Samuel said to the Israelites: “Be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.”

It is good to consider the source when we hear someone instructing us to do something. In the case of Samuel, he was a trustworthy source to speak for the Lord. He had a lifetime of experience walking with the Lord as a true prophet. He prayed for the people that he led and showed great concern for their well-being. Samuel consistently pointed people to trust in the Lord faithfully.

He reminded the Israelites in specific ways how God provided for them and led them this far. When we remember the great things that God has done for us, we have motivation to continue the journey of trusting God to lead the way.

The great things God has done for us reveals the goodness of God and is a reason to give thanks in the Year of Gratitude.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Friday Time Capsule-February 01 1993

john : February 2, 2024 1:03 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4qyu3pKBKKHMVtYlVJk0Zw?si=a721269e3e8540c7

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Focus on God’s Goodness-Saving Grace

john : February 1, 2024 6:30 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Focus on God’s goodness is found in First Peter 1, verses 8 and 9.

Speaking of Jesus, “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

Remembering the destiny of eternal life with Jesus brings joy into the experience of living for Him today. This world can be a tough place that brings trials, tragedies, and temptations. Peter was addressing believers who were facing serious opposition to their faith. To encourage them, he reminded these saints of their glorious destiny. This is a focus point that can help us live with a faith that endures the test of time.

Hebrews 13:9 tells us that it is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace.

God’s saving grace reveals the goodness of God and is a reason to give thanks in the Year of Gratitude.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Focus on God’s Goodness-Stability of His Ways

john : January 31, 2024 4:11 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Focus on God’s goodness is found in Psalm 37, verses 23 and 24.

The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.

The hand of the LORD is dependable for guiding us and supporting us. The key to knowing God in this way is to delight in Him. This means, we enjoy walking with Jesus and being in relationship with Him. His words move us and encourage us. His love refreshes us daily. His Presence brings us joy. Flowing out of that relationship, we find our purpose and move forward by faith to be a light in this world.

The stability of God’s ways reveals the goodness of God and is a reason to give thanks in the Year of Gratitude.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Focus on God’s Goodness-God’s Love

john : January 30, 2024 9:43 am : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Focus on God’s goodness is found in Romans 5:6.

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”

God’s redemption plan was put into place at the right time to meet our deepest need for a Savior. Jesus did not come to us in our loveliness. He did not wait to come to earth until we got our house in order. Instead, He saw our need for forgiveness, and then He did something about it by going to the cross.

While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. That is how God demonstrated his own love for us. That is how He rescues us from our sinful condition.

The demonstration of God’s love for us reveals the goodness of God and is a reason to give thanks in the Year of Gratitude.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Focus on God’s Goodness-Peace of God

john : January 27, 2024 1:13 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Focus on God’s goodness is found in Philippians 4, verses 6 and 7.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

The presence of God is a peaceful influence for our soul. His grace is our source of hope, joy, and love. We can count on Jesus to be with us through our triumphs and trials. He can calm our fears in the midst of turbulent circumstances. Prayer invites God’s presence into our situations, whatever they happen to be.

Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

The peace of God reveals the goodness of God and is a reason to give thanks in the Year of Gratitude.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Friday Time Capsule-January 26 2009

john : January 26, 2024 1:03 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5z36HaRBz09wBx6Eorw2qd?si=36faac1b05fb46f2

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Focus on God’s Goodness-Miracles

john : January 26, 2024 10:37 am : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Focus on God’s goodness is found in Luke 7 verses 16 and 17.

These verses show the response of the crowd to the miracles of Jesus.

“They were filled with awe and praised God. They said, ‘A great prophet has appeared among us. God has come to help his people.’ This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.”

The miracles of Jesus had a healing and life-giving impact on those who were blessed by His gracious hand. In this case, Jesus raised a young man from the dead and gave him back to his mother. His miracles were praiseworthy deeds, pointing to His identity as God’s anointed One. According to the Gospel of John, Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

The miracles of Jesus reveal the goodness of God and are reasons to give thanks in the Year of Gratitude.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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