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Waiting-A Dimension of Faith

john : September 30, 2010 2:56 pm : John Shirk

JOHN SHIRK – In First Samuel 22, verse 3, David made this statement to the king of Moab: “Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me?”

David was anointed to be the next king of Israel, but was on the run from the current king who was seeking to take his life.  David makes provisions for his parents to stay with one of King Saul’s adversaries. David also affirms that God has a plan for his life.  He just does not know how God will work out that plan for him, but he believes that one day God will reveal it to him as he trusts God with each step.  God has a plan for our lives to be His workmanship while we live on the earth.  We don’t know where the Lord will take us 20 years from now.   By faith, we might not see the future clearly, but we can trust in the One who does see our future clearly, and loves us sincerely. We can go forward with the confidence that He works out His redemptive purposes in the lives of those who follow Him.  We might not become a famous king, but by His grace, we can live a life that brings honor to the name of Jesus, the King of Kings.

That’s today’s Mission Statement for representing Jesus in the world today.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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A Life That Counts For God

john : September 28, 2010 4:50 pm : John Shirk

JOHN SHIRK – The Apostle Paul had a desire to be home in heaven with the Lord, but while he remained on the earth, he also celebrated the opportunity to represent the Lord.

He said in Philippians 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”  When he died, he knew he was getting a promotion in the form of a new body that was made to last in the presence of the Lord he loved. Yet, he knew that God had placed him on the earth for an important mission, and he would continue that mission with faithful service to build the church and bring souls into God’s kingdom.

Hans Moetteli has gone the way of the Apostle Paul.  He died this year on May 31st.  Before he died, his life counted for God. He was a volunteer, taking calls for the NEED HIM ministry.  During his nine years as a volunteer, he spoke with over 14,000 people about their relationship with Jesus Christ.  He was known for offering this advice, “Make Jesus number one in your life.”  That is essential for living a life that counts for God.

That’s today’s Mission Statement for representing Jesus in the world today.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Carrying On With The Mission

john : September 27, 2010 2:21 pm : John Shirk

JOHN SHIRK – The book of Acts ends with an open-ended statement. 

“For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to him. Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.”

This is the last of the early church narrative in the Bible. There is something to be said about lasting impressions.  Our farewell picture of Paul in the book of Acts is carrying on the work of the Lord in the form of preaching and teaching.  He used what freedoms he had to be an influence on others for the sake of the Kingdom.

Could it be that the book ends this way to impress on us that our mission picks up where Paul’s mission ended? Like a relay race, the baton has been passed along to followers of Jesus today to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ boldly and without hindrance. This is how the church serves as a redemptive influence in the world. Paul gladly welcomed all who came to him. By doing the same, we can keep avenues of communication open so that others might come to faith in Jesus.

That’s today’s Mission Statement for representing Jesus in the world today.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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God’s Word is a Lamp and a Light

john : September 22, 2010 2:22 pm : John Shirk

JOHN SHIRK – Psalm 119, verse 105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”

In a world that is darkened by sin, we need light to be able to move forward without stumbling.  God’s Word here is compared to a lamp that keeps our feet on the right path.  This is enough light for our next step, but not enough to see our whole journey.  This requires faith that trusts in God to lead us, and to believe that His wisdom is higher than ours. The guiding impact of God’s Word on our lives is that His counsel is a light to show us where to go and what to do. His direction will lead us to productive places that bring honor to His name.

That’s today’s Mission Statement for representing Jesus in the world today.  

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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The Joy of Following God

john : September 21, 2010 3:15 pm : John Shirk

JOHN SHIRK – Psalm 119:14 says, “I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.” 

A statute is a decree or law issued by a ruler or governing body.  In this case, a statute is a law given by God.  The prophet Isaiah talked about the LORD as being our lawgiver. The writer viewed God’s statutes as a precious treasure, not a rule book to be followed grudgingly.  Like a loving parent whose house rules are designed to protect children from harm and provide for their well-being, so God’s statutes have great value to protect us and provide for us. We ignore God’s laws at our own peril.

Psalm 19:8 says “The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.” The joyful impact of God’s Word is that His truth is a treasure that enriches our soul.  Our conscience is at peace when we have the assurance that we are doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord, and pleasing Him with a trusting heart.

That’s today’s Mission Statement for representing Jesus in the world today.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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The Purifying Impact of God’s Word

john : September 20, 2010 4:38 pm : John Shirk

JOHN SHIRK – Psalm 119:11 says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

One of the reasons that studying the Bible is so valuable is that God’s Word is a trainer of righteousness.  Sometimes, we might read the Scriptures and learn that our lives are not lining up with how God wants us to live.  As we read the Bible with a teachable spirit, we might become convicted that a change is needed in a particular behavior or attitude. God leads us to repentance through His kindness. As God’s Word is stored up in our heart as a treasure, we cling more tightly to the truth of the Scriptures. The values of the world loosen their grip on us.  The purifying impact of God’s Word on our lives is that He teaches us to hate what is evil and cling to what is good. We come to recognize our need for Jesus, the sinless one, who died on the cross to take away the guilt of our sin and give us a new life filled with hope. His Word will give us a craving for His righteousness.

That is today’s Mission Statement for representing Jesus in the world today.

John Shirk

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Spiritual Growth-Faith expressing itself through Love

john : September 17, 2010 2:36 pm : John Shirk

JOHN SHIRK – God is passionate about forming godly character within us.  He wants us to grow mature in the faith and produce fruit for His glory. His intention to make us holy fills the pages of Scripture in places like Second Peter 1, verses 5 to 7.

“For this reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness, love.”

These are qualities that form the building blocks of faith.  It is God’s will for our faith to be expressed in love.  These qualities are highly effective in representing Jesus to the world.  Verse 8 says, “For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

That’s today’s Mission Statement for representing Jesus in the world today.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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The Clay And The Potter

john : September 16, 2010 4:12 pm : John Shirk

JOHN SHIRK – The Bible says that we are God’s workmanship.  A good way of viewing that is through the making of pottery.   

Isaiah 64:8 compares us to the clay and God as the potter.  He makes the pottery in ways that reflect His beauty and glory.  “Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”

God is still working on each of us as long as we have breath.  For best results, stay tender before God.  We are His masterpieces, designed and shaped by God to be useful in His kingdom and to reflect His glory while we live on the earth.  The clay does not deserve credit for its design.  The potter does.  Perhaps that is why David said in Psalm 139, “I praise you, because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Your works are wonderful. I know that full well.”

That’s today’s Mission Statement for representing Jesus in the world today.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Prayer-A significant way to commit our way to God

john : September 15, 2010 5:58 pm : John Shirk

JOHN SHIRK – Psalm 37:5 urges us to commit our way to the LORD. “Trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”

Between dawn and noon, the day gets brighter and brighter and brighter.  This is what it’s like for the person who follows Jesus with a trusting heart.  Our witness for Jesus shines brighter.  As we walk with Him, He teaches us His ways and shows us the way to go so we that we will represent Him in the world. 

When we have the desire to do something, it’s good to pray about it. Maybe God gives us a desire to lead a Bible study, or organize a community outreach for our church.  Maybe we are concerned about the poor among us and want to help in some tangible way. We can  say something like this: “Lord, is this something you want me to do?” Prayer is a significant way to commit our way to the Lord.  This will put us in a better position to do God’s work in God’s timetable with the attitude of Christ.  Righteousness and justice will shine brightly through out witness for Jesus when we commit our way to God.

That’s today’s Mission Statement for representing Jesus in the world today.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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The blessing of forgiveness

john : September 13, 2010 3:27 pm : John Shirk

JOHN SHIRK – David wrote in Psalm 32, “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.”

The path to forgiveness comes through confession; agreeing with God that we are sinners who need a Savior.  With a humble heart we plead for His mercy.  In His faithfulness, God answers our prayers.  Some people try to sweep their sins under the rug, but we are called by God to place them under the blood of Christ. This requires utter dependence on God, trusting in the sacrifice of Jesus to pardon us from the death penalty that we deserve.  First John 1:8 says that “if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins, and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

So, if there is something to get right with the Lord, now is a good time to bring it out into the open at His throne of grace.  He does not despise a broken and contrite spirit.  David said in Psalm 32:5, “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD’-and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”  Confession breaks down the barriers that interfere with God’s purpose for our lives.

That’s today’s Mission Statement for representing Jesus in the world today.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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