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Key Element for Thriving Relationships-Doing Good

john : October 26, 2022 6:03 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Key Element for Thriving Relationships is a commitment to doing what is good.

Good deeds will not save us, but those who are saved by God’s grace are instructed to do good deeds.

Titus chapter 3 talks about the value of good deeds in several places.

In verse 8, Paul instructed Titus to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

Verse 14 says, “Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.”

As we let our light shine for Jesus with good deeds, many people will be blessed and be moved to glorify our Father in heaven.

A commitment to good deeds is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Faith Building Verse-Matthew 6:12

john : October 25, 2022 5:43 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verse is Matthew 6:12.

Jesus taught us to pray, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

There is healing in confession, but confession requires humility. There is also healing in extending forgiveness to others. That too, requires humility. Forgiveness is a gift to receive, and an expression of grace toward others.

Colossians 3:13 says, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

This Faith-Building Verse inspires us to seek God’s forgiveness when we have wronged Him and to forgive others when they have wronged us in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Key Element for Thriving Relationships-Eye Contact

john : October 25, 2022 5:41 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Key Element for Thriving Relationships is Eye Contact.

Giving someone eye contact is a sign that you are actively listening and giving them your full attention. Much of our communication is non-verbal, and eye contact is a significant form of non-verbal communication.

It might be tempting to check a text from a friend while we are in the midst of a conversation, and it might be necessary to do that in some situations. But checking that text might also disrupt the conversation right in front of us. So, think about the importance of eye contact in conversation to show the other person that we value their friendship.

In Acts chapter 3, a beggar asked Peter and John for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

What he received that day was a gift more valuable than money could buy. He was healed, and used his strength to praise God.

Eye Contact is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Playlist

kristi : October 23, 2022 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

This week we’re singing favorites like “Reign Above It All”, “Joy Invincible”, “Praise Before My Breakthrough” and new songs from Rend Collective, Brandon Lake and John Marc Kohl. I also put some mini-themes into the playlist including songs celebrating the Song of the Ages, a few that remember what Jesus said about abiding, and choruses deciding to worship our Maker with the breath in our lungs. The lineup is below.

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Song Title Artist Album Year
6AM
How Good Is He (Live from Chicago) Vertical Worship Single 2021
Gratefulness Rend Collective Whosoever 2022
So Blessed (feat. Chris Cleveland) 7 Hills Worship Single 2022
Feels Like A Blessing Benjamin Hastings & JUDAH. Single 2022
Joy Of The Lord Mac Powell New Creation 2021
Up To Something (Live) Gas Street Music Single 2022
What I See (feat. Chris Brown & Pat Barrett) [Live] Elevation Worship LION: Live From The Loft 2022
Heart & Flesh (feat. TAYA) Leeland Single 2022
Holy (Song of the Ages) The Worship Initiative & Shane & Shane Single 2022
Holy Forever Chris Tomlin Always 2022
King Jesus (Live) Brooke Ligertwood SEVEN (Live) 2022
Son of Suffering Matt Redman Single 2022
7AM
Forever & Amen (Live) Cody Carnes & Kari Jobe God Is Good! (Live) 2022
Greater Still Brandon Lake & Essential Worship Song Sessions – EP 2022
A Thousand Shores Citizens A Thousand Shores – EP 2022
Carry the World Meredith Andrews Single 2022
God Is On The Throne We The Kingdom We The Kingdom 2022
I Believe (Live) Jonathan & Melissa Helser Homecoming (Live) 2021
Good News Bryan & Katie Torwalt Ive Got Good News (Live) 2022
Reign Above It All Paul McClure Revivals In The Air (Live) 2020
Be Glad Cody Carnes Single 2022
Hallelujah Anyway Rend Collective Whosoever 2022
Joy Invincible (feat. Jenn Johnson) Switchfoot Joy Invincible recut Single 2020
8AM
Alleluia Anyway Martin Smith Dancing in the Fire 2022
Praise Before My Breakthrough Bryan & Katie Torwalt Praise Before My Breakthrough – EP 2018
Gratitude (Live) Brandon Lake House of Miracles (Live) 2021
Sing His Praise Again (Oh My Soul) (feat. Jenn Johnson) Bethel Music Revivals In The Air (Live) 2020
I Will Worship Erik Nieder Single 2022
I Choose To Worship Rend Collective Choose To Worship 2020
Right Here (Hallelujah) / Raise A Hallelujah (Live) Influence Music REBELS (Deluxe) 2020
Right Here, Right Now (Live) Red Rocks Worship Here (Live) 2017
Hallelujahs Song (Psalm 103) (feat. Caleb Chapman) JUDAH. 3 + 7 2021
1,000 Names Sean Curran 1,000 Names 2021
9AM
Awe + Wonder (Live) (feat. Daniella Mason & Andrew Holt) The Belonging Co Awe + Wonder (Live) 2019
Maker Woodlands Worship Live 2019
So Will I (100 Billion X) Hillsong United Wonder 2018
To Not Worship You MercyMe Always Only Jesus 2022
Tapestry John Marc Kohl Still 2022
Tend Emmy Rose Simple 2022
Abide Christy Nockels Single 2022
Tabernacle We The Kingdom We The Kingdom 2022
Light a Fire / Great Are You Lord (Live) David Leonard Single 2022
Monday Morning Faith SEU Worship & Chelsea Plank Heart Cry 2022
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Faith Building Verse-Matthew 6:10

john : October 21, 2022 5:13 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verse is Matthew 6:10.

Jesus taught us to pray:

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

When we pray, “Your kingdom come”, we are inviting God’s presence to fill our lives and flow through our lives with Kingdom impact. Romans 14:17 tells us that the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.

There is also a future reality to God’s Kingdom when Jesus will reign as king. His reign will be built on kindness, justice, and righteousness, and the result will be a lasting peace that stops the weapons of warfare. This is a day that will bless God’s people with great abundance.

This Faith-Building Verse inspires us to seek first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Key Element for Thriving Relationships-Face To Face Communication

john : October 21, 2022 5:10 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Key Element for Thriving Relationships is Face-to-Face Communication.

Texting, Emails, and Written Letters all have a vital place in communication. But they do not measure up to the value of face-to-face communication.

In Second John, verse 12, we see the yearning of the writer to see the face of the person receiving this letter.

“I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.”

Wherever possible, let’s seek out face-to-face connections with those we love and cherish those moments of focused and meaningful interaction.

Face-To-Face Communication is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Friday Time Capsule-October 19 2009

john : October 21, 2022 1:05 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/492PztKjYTHVuicy7CKQto?si=d72fdcde1c81457a

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Key Element for Thriving Relationships-Helping According to Ability

john : October 20, 2022 4:39 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Key Element for Thriving Relationships is providing help according to our ability.

When we see the needs of people in this world, we can easily feel overwhelmed. We would love to help people caught up in famine or traumatized from a hurricane. But we know that we don’t have the resources to meet all of these vast needs.

However, we can make a difference by doing something, especially as we serve with others and give what we can to help people in their place of need.

In Acts 11, there was a severe famine over the entire Roman world. Verse 29 says, “The disciples, each according to his ability, decided to provide help for the brothers living in Judea. This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.” The early church leaders set an example for being sensitive to those in need and doing what they could to help.

Providing help according to our ability is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk

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Faith Building Verse-Matthew 6:9

john : October 20, 2022 4:36 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verse is Matthew 6:9.

Jesus taught us how to pray:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”

What an amazing opportunity for us to have access to God in prayer as His children.

This access is gained through faith in Jesus Christ to save us from our sins. Ephesians 3:12 and 13 says, “In him and through faith in him, we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”

Because God cares for us, we can approach Him with boldness and reverence. This is a good starting place for honoring His name with a heart of worship.

This Faith-Building Verse inspires us to acknowledge God as holy and our Heavenly Father in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Faith Building Verse-Matthew 6:6

john : October 19, 2022 5:52 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verse is Matthew 6:6.

Jesus said, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Jesus was contrasting the kind of prayer that God desires with the kinds of prayers that were on display from the hypocrites, who loved to pray in public to be seen by others. It is interesting to note that the word “hypocrite” comes from a Greek word that means “actor” or “stage player.”  The hypocrite plays the right part, but only for the purpose of good appearances.

Prayer is not intended to be a stage production. It is a personal encounter with the living God. In the quiet moments of our day, we have the opportunity to meet with God with words of confession, words of gratitude, words of petition, and words of praise.

This Faith-Building Verse inspires us to get alone with God and pray in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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