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Focus on God’s Goodness-Presence and Faithfulness

March 4th, 2024 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Focus on God’s goodness is found in Deuteronomy 31:6.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

The Israelites were marching toward the Promised Land, and it would require courage on their part to follow the Lord into unknown territory.

Whenever God calls us to do something in His plan, we can go forward with the confidence that He is leading the way. We do not know the outcome of our obedience to God. That is up to Him. But we do have the assurance that as we follow Jesus with a willing heart, He is with us and for us and will bless the fruit of our labor for Him.

The Presence and Faithfulness of God 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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Friday Time Capsule-March 06 1995

March 1st, 2024 No comments

 

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Focus on God’s Goodness-Ministry of Jesus

February 29th, 2024 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Focus on God’s goodness is found in Luke 4:18 and 19.

Jesus read from the scroll in the synagogue:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Jesus was quoting from the prophet Isaiah to describe the power of His mission to change people’s lives.

His ministry was delivering good news, providing freedom and healing, and bringing salvation to people in need of God’s grace.

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

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Focus on God’s Goodness-Sufficient Grace

February 28th, 2024 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Focus on God’s goodness is found in Second Corinthians 12:8 and 9.

The Apostle Paul told the church about his thorn in the flesh experience.

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest in me.”

We might be able to identify with Paul when we think of our own physical limitations or something that causes us to experience pain. Sometimes God does not remove our thorns because He wants us to remain humble before Him. Paul said that the reason for his thorn was to keep him from becoming conceited.

Another reason for thorns is to move us to depend on God’s grace rather than our own strength. His grace is the reliable foundation of our lives and is the shining influence of our witness for Jesus.

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

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Focus on God’s Goodness-Victory in Jesus

February 27th, 2024 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Focus on God’s goodness is found in John 16:33.

Jesus told His disciples, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!”

These were some of the last words that Jesus shared with His disciples before His arrest. Jesus was preparing His followers for His death, resurrection, and eventual departure from this world. He was leaving final words of instruction and comfort for them.

The reason He told them these things is the reason that these things are recorded for us-so that in Christ we may have peace. Life in this world can be filled with peer pressure, stress, and conflict. But there is also a greater reality than our problems. We can be encouraged by the proclamation of Jesus to overcome the world. Because He wins, so will His followers.  First Corinthians 15:57 says, “Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The victory of Jesus over sin and death reveals the goodness of God and is a reason to give thanks in the Year of Gratitude.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Focus on God’s Goodness-Cleansing

February 26th, 2024 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Focus on God’s goodness is found in Isaiah 1, verses 16 to 18.

The LORD said to a nation in need of repentance: “Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Come now, let us settle the matter. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.”

The message of the Gospel urges us to turn from our sins and follow Jesus. God reasons with us on the basis of conviction. He points out where we are wrong, shows the right way, and urges us to change direction. The Gospel is also a message of forgiveness. Through Jesus, we are cleansed of sin and have a fresh start in God’s grace.

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

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Focus on God’s Goodness-God’s Good Work

February 24th, 2024 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Focus on God’s Goodness is found in Romans 8:28.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

We are instructed to give thanks in all circumstances. That is because God is at work in the circumstances of those who love Jesus. He is able to weave together the good, bad, and ugly experiences of our lives to bring about God’s good purpose in us. And what is that purpose? The next verse gives us the answer: For those God foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.

God’s priority in our lives is to make us more like Jesus. God’s love gives us a healthy and heavenly perspective through life’s experiences. His power helps us to overcome evil with good-like He did for us at the cross and empty grave.

God’s work in His followers reveals the goodness of God and is a reason to give thanks in the Year of Gratitude.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Friday Time Capsule-February 22 2010

February 23rd, 2024 No comments

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Focus On God’s Goodness-Depth of God’s Love

February 22nd, 2024 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Focus on God’s Goodness is found in Micah 7:18.

“Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”

The depth of God’s love reveals His ability to bury our sins where they are remembered no more. The blood of Jesus, shed on the cross, has the power to cover our sins so that they are no longer held against us on Judgment day. Confessing our sins to God opens the way for His purifying grace to cleanse our corrupted hearts.

Dwight Moody once said, “God has cast our confessed sins into the depths of the sea, and He’s even put a ‘No Fishing’ sign over the spot.

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

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Focus on God’s Goodness-Height of God’s Love

February 20th, 2024 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Focus on God’s goodness is found in Psalm 36:5.

“Your love, LORD reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.”

This verse highlights the height of God’s love for us. Jesus came from heaven to earth so that we might ascend from earth to heaven. After accomplishing His mission on earth, Jesus returned to heaven.

Oswald Chambers noted the ascension of Jesus this way: “At his ascension our Lord entered heaven, and he keeps the door open for humanity to enter.”

The door is still open for us today to accept the invitation of Gospel. Now is the time of God’s favor. Now is the day of salvation.

Heaven is the destiny for all who belong to Jesus. It is a place where there is no more death, or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

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

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Friday Time Capsule-February 17 1986

February 16th, 2024 No comments

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