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Faith-Building Verse-Psalm 34:8

January 26th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verse is Psalm 34:8.

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”

This is possible when we live in relationship with God, as we walk with Him, talk with Him, love Him, and trust Him.

As we grow in God’s Word, we will learn the value of His wisdom and the treasure of His love. We will live in the freedom of His forgiveness and in the hope of His salvation. The eyes of our heart will be opened to the goodness of His grace. Jesus will be the focus of our faith. His cross is a reminder of His suffering for our sins. His empty grave is a reminder of His victory over death. His gentleness and humility invite us to approach Him with the cares of our heart.

This faith-building verse inspires us to taste and see that the Lord is good in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Key Element for Thriving Relationships-Sincerity

January 25th, 2022 No comments

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

First Peter 1:22 says, “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.”

Flattery may appear to be friendly, but it comes with personal agendas. Sincere love does not flatter someone with hidden motives. Instead, sincere love is purely motivated to build up others. The pure love of Jesus is the motivating force to reach out to others with words of hope and encouragement.

First Peter 4:8 shows us what can happen when we love with sincerity instead of using flattery. “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

Sincerity is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Key Element for Thriving Relationships-Devotion

January 24th, 2022 No comments

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

Romans 12:10 encourages us to “be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

We were made for relationships. Devoted love here is an affection love based on friendship. Our relationships have opportunity to thrive when we think beyond our own self-interests and look to the interests of others. In relationships, we can learn together, grow together, and build godly character in each other.

There is joy in friendships where affectionate love exists, where mutual respect is shared, and where each person thoroughly enjoys the companionship of the other.

Devotion is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Friday Time Capsule-January 24 2005

January 21st, 2022 No comments

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Faith-Building Verse-Proverbs 31:30

January 19th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verse is Proverbs 31:30.

“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”

Our culture often looks to the surface of things like beauty and personality to define value. But the Bible tells us that God looks at the heart. He looks at godly character and pure motives. His eyes range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. That’s God’s perspective.

Outward beauty has a way of fading over time, but the inward beauty of purity and reverence has great worth in God’s sight, and never loses value.

This faith-building verse inspires us to focus on Christ to develop the inward beauty of godly character in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Key Element for Thriving Relationships-Impartiality

January 18th, 2022 No comments

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

To be impartial is the quality of not being biased or prejudiced. It means we treat others with fairness.

Galatians 3:28 and 29 says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

No one is superior or inferior based on their ethnic background, economic situation, or gender. In heaven’s eyes, we are equally in need of a Savior at the foot of the cross, and loved by God who created us.

Peter learned this lesson when as a Jew, he went to the house of a Gentile named Cornelius. He said in Acts 10:34, “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism, but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.”

Impartiality is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Key Element for Thriving Relationships-Gentle Instruction

January 17th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Key Element for Thriving Relationships is Gentle Instruction.

From one church leader to another, Paul the Apostle wrote in Second Timothy 2:25, “Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.”

When we take a stand for Jesus publicly, there will be times of opposition. That will be a test to our character, and an opportunity to display the love of Jesus. Paul encouraged Timothy to avoid foolish and stupid arguments, to be kind to everyone, able to teach, and not resentful. That is what we can do to keep the conversation going with those who have yet to believe in Jesus.

Gentle Instruction is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Faith-Building Verse-Philippians 3, verse 8

January 14th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verse is Philippians 3:8.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him.”

Some people have an impressive religious resume and find their security there. For a while, that was Paul’s source of confidence before knowing Jesus as His Lord. When it came to legalistic righteousness, Paul said he was faultless. He had all the credentials of a Pharisee. His zeal led him to persecute the church because he was opposed to Christ.  After his encounter with Christ, Paul moved from legalistic religion into a faithful relationship with Jesus.

Apart from faith, our good deeds are like filthy rags. With faith in Jesus, our good deeds produce fruit that brings glory to God.

This Faith-Building Verse inspires us to understand the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Friday Time Capsule-January 09 2012

January 14th, 2022 No comments

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Thriving Relationships-Serving With Our Heart

January 12th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Key Element for Thriving Relationships is serving others from our heart.

This quality is found in Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Our jobs are opportunities to be productive in our community and to provide for the needs of our family. In our area of customer service, how would we do our job if we were serving Jesus? For followers of Jesus, that question challenges us to give our very best, because in reality, we are serving Christ where we work.

This motivation brings out the best in our efforts to provide quality work that makes a difference in people’s lives. First Corinthians 15:58 tells us that our labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Serving with all our heart is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Faith-Building Verses-Psalm 20, verses 7 and 8

January 11th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith Building Verses are Psalm 20, verses 7 and 8.

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.”

Chariots and horses would have represented military power at the time these words were written.  Some people find their security in the weapons of this world. But God’s people find strength in the armor of God. These are not military weapons, but weapons of righteousness. They are reliable for helping us to stand firm in the faith.

Ephesians 6 identifies them as the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, ready feet to go and share the Gospel, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. Verse 13 says, “Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything to stand.”

These faith-building verses inspire us to trust in the name of Jesus on the spiritual battlefield of life in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com