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Faith Building Verse-Habakkuk 3:17 and 18

August 11th, 2022 No comments

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

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Key Element for Thriving Relationships-Servant Leadership

August 11th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Key Element for Thriving Relationships is Servant Leadership.

After Solomon died, Rehoboam had a choice to make in First Kings 12. The people said to him, “Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor he put on us, and we will serve you.”

He consulted the elders who advised him to be a servant to the people and give them a favorable answer. Then he went to his peers, who advised him to make the yoke even heavier.

Rehoboam listened to his peers, and the result was a divided kingdom. Servant leadership considers the needs of those they serve and does not lead by intimidation or selfish ambition. That is the kind of leadership that Jesus demonstrates. He said in Matthew 11:28 and 29, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.”

Servant Leadership is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk

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Faith Building Verse-John 3:30

August 10th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verse is John 3:30.

John the Baptist prepared the way for the Messiah with his preaching of repentance and Baptizing ministry.

The day came when Jesus was drawing followers. John heard what people were saying, “that man you testified about-look, he is baptizing and everyone is going to him.”

This was welcome news. John’s faith spoke in his humility. This was his reply: “He must become greater; I must become less.”

That’s a great statement of faith for anyone who is wanting to see Jesus magnified. Draw attention to His worthiness rather than our own. That is what John did when he said about Jesus, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”

This Faith-Building Verse inspires us to magnify Jesus with a humble heart in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

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Key Element for Thriving Relationships-Accept Children

August 10th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Key Element for Thriving Relationships is Acceptance of Little Children.

In Matthew 19:13, the people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

This was a great lesson of faith for the disciples to understand that Jesus loves the children of the world, and calls us to accept them.

We can be a voice of hope, truth, and encouragement for children by loving them with a tender heart. Look for opportunities to invest in their lives with the love of Jesus.

Jesus said in Mark 9:37, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me.”

Acceptance of Little Children is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk

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Key Element for Thriving Relationships-Celebrating Changed Lives

August 9th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Key Element for Thriving Relationships draws a lesson of love from the heart of the Father toward a Prodigal Son.

In Luke 15, the Prodigal Son returned home after squandering his wealth in a distant country.

His father embraced him with open arms and kisses. Then, he did something extraordinary. He called for a celebration.

He said in Luke 15:22, ‘“Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.”

Luke 15 is all about celebrating the lost being found. This is what happens in heaven whenever someone turns to the Lord.

Celebrating changed lives by the Gospel is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk

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Faith Building Verse-Joshua 24:15

August 9th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verse is Joshua 24:15.

Joshua motivated the Israelites to follow the LORD by his example.

He told them, “As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

Joshua’s faith spoke through his commitment and strong example. He was consistent in taking courageous steps forward as he was led by God.  His integrity made him a credible voice to guide a nation toward devotion to God.

The people responded with these words, “Far be it from us to forsake the LORD to serve other gods.”

Israel served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him. This is the kind of impact that is possible when our life speaks with devotion to God.

This Faith-Building Verse inspires us to lead with a godly example in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Faith Building Verse-Job 23:10

August 8th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verse is Job 23:10.

In the midst of grief, pain, and affliction, Job said, “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”

Job’s faith spoke through his perseverance. He endured suffering and saw the value of what suffering would produce in building his character. Not everyone responds to suffering in the same way. Suffering has the potential to make us bitter, but suffering also has the potential to refine our faith and build maturity into our character.

First Peter 1:6 and 7 says,, “For a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”  This genuine faith is more valuable than gold.

This Faith-Building Verse inspires us endure times of testing with God in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

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Friday Time Capsule-August 01 2005

August 5th, 2022 No comments

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Faith Building Verse-Isaiah 6:8

August 4th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verse is Isaiah 6:8.

Isaiah heard the voice of the LORD say, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

Isaiah said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Isaiah’s faith spoke with a willing spirit to serve God. This has been the response of many people who responded to God’s call on their lives.

Isaiah saw the LORD high and lifted up in a place of holiness. Seeing God’s holiness reminded Isaiah of his sinfulness and guilt. But one of the angels told him, “Your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

Forgiveness frees us to serve God with a grateful heart. It is our honor to serve Him because He is merciful to His people and worthy of our praise.

This Faith-Building Verse inspires us to make ourselves available to God to go where He sends us in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Faith Building Verse-Daniel 6:10

August 3rd, 2022 No comments

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

A decree was issued by King Darius forbidding prayer to anyone besides him. Anyone who disobeyed this decree would be thrown to the lions’ den.

When Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to God, just as he had done before.”

Daniel’s faith spoke through his consistent prayer life. He was grateful to God for His many blessings from above. Not even the threat of death would prevent Daniel from spending time with God in prayer.

Daniel did go to the lions’ den, but did not die there. God rescued him, by shutting the mouths of the lions. Afterward, God was honored throughout the world because of Daniel’s faithful prayer.

This Faith-Building Verse inspires us to make time with God a daily priority in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

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Key Element for Thriving Relationships-Overcome Evil with Good

August 2nd, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Key Element for Thriving Relationships is returning evil with good.

That is what Joseph did for his brothers in the Old Testament. They treated him very badly in his youth. The Bible says that they could not speak a kind word to Joseph. That is how envy, jealousy, and hatred can express themselves in harmful ways.

Toward the end of Joseph’s life, he had opportunity to get revenge, but instead, he repaid evil with good. Joseph’s brothers sought his help in Egypt. As the family was coming together, again, Joseph said to them in Genesis 50:20, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children. And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.”

This is how love and forgiveness can speak in redeeming ways. That is the way of Jesus toward a world that treated Him very badly.

Returning evil with good is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk

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