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Word of Encouragement-Grace

May 26th, 2021 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Word of Encouragement is Grace.

To be in God’s grace is to have God’s favor. For those who have sinned against God, we don’t deserve God’s grace, but out of God’s abundant goodness and love for us, He gives His grace to bless us.

Grace is a gift to be received, not a paycheck to be earned. The life-saving impact of grace is highlighted for us in Ephesians 2:8. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

And Romans 3:22 says, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement through the shedding of his blood-to be received by faith.”

That is what the death and resurrection of Jesus was all about-to offer the gift of grace to sinners like us, so that we might be redeemed, restored, and reconciled to Him.

Find encouragement in receiving the gift of God’s grace in the Year of Endurance.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Daily Challenge-Store Up Heavenly Treasures

May 25th, 2021 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Endurance, today’s Daily Challenge motivates us to store up heavenly treasures.

That is what Jesus instructed us to do in Matthew chapter 6. He said in Verse 19, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

While the treasures of earth last only for a little while, heavenly treasures are eternal and secure. They are out of the reach of bandits. They will not fade out, wear out, or rust out. They are precious trophies for faithful service to God.

First Timothy 6:17 and 18 highlights how we can invest in heavenly treasure. Put our hope in God rather than in our wealth. Do good, be rich in good deeds, and be generous and willing to share.

Take the Daily Challenge to store up heavenly treasure on the Journey of faith.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Praise & Worship Playlist

May 23rd, 2021 No comments

Good morning! It’s Pentecost Sunday, so I have a themed Praise & Worship playlist for you filled with declarations, prayers, invitations and praises.

Here’s a Spotify highlights version of today’s lineup:

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Song Title Artist Album Year
6AM 2011
See A Victory Dante Bowe & Essential Worship Single 2021
Praise Is a Weapon (Reload) Mark & Sarah Tillman & Neon Feather Single 2021
Let The Lion Roar Caleb & Bethany Kuenzli Single 2021
Heaven Fall (Live) The Belonging Co & Henry Seeley Awe + Wonder (Live) 2019
Let The Light In Cody Carnes Run To The Father 2020
All Praise (feat. Sean Curran) Passion Roar (Live From Passion 2020) 2020
Flame of Fire, Rushing Wind Bryan & Katie Torwalt Champion 2016
Thin (feat. Kirby Kaple) Housefires Single 2020
From Whom All Blessings Flow (Doxology) Hillsong Worship Awake 2019
Consuming Fire Tim Hughes When Silence Falls 2004
All Consuming Fire (Live) Chris McClarney Everything and Nothing Less (Live) 2015
Come like the Wind Lifepoint Worship Single 2021
7AM 2011
Spirit Of Revival (Live) Life Center Worship Hope For All 2020
Thy Kingdom Come (feat. Francesca Battistelli) Rita Springer Single 2020
Come Holy Spirit (Live) Matt Maher & Martin Smith Alive & Breathing 2020
Set Me Ablaze Bryan & Katie Torwalt Champion 2016
Hearts Ablaze (feat. Bethany Kuenzli) Philip Herndon Send Revival EP 2020
Pour Out Your Spirit Lord Evan Wickham Mysterious Things 2005
Spirit Fall Phil Wickham Cannons 2007
Spirit Fall Chris Tomlin Passion: Here For You 2011
King of Kings (Live) Hillsong Worship Single 2019
Freedom in the Spirit (feat. Adam Agin) Sarah Kroger Bloom 2019
8AM 2011
Spirit of the Living God Audrey Assad Fortunate Fall 2013
Breath Of Your Spirit (feat. Kari Jobe) Klaus Glory 2008
By The Spirit Pat Barrett Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly 2021
Spirit Sing Zealand Worship Liberated 2018
Where The Spirit of the Lord Is Life Church Death of Death 2019
Spirit Lead Me / Spirit Break Out (feat. Kim Walker-Smith) Influence Music & Michael Ketterer REBELS (Deluxe) 2020
Pour Out Your Spirit/Let It Rain Anthony Skinner Forever And A Day 2004
Fires Gonna Fall Martin Smith Iron Lung 2019
Rest on Us (Live) UPPERROOM Land of the Living (Live) 2020
Where The Spirit Of The Lord Is (feat. Christy Nockels) Chris Tomlin Passion: Awakening 2010
Freedom Jesus Culture Living With A Fire 2018
Hymn of the Holy Spirit (Live) Pat Barrett Canvas and Clay (Live) 2019
9AM 2011
Spirit Speaks All Sons & Daughters Season One 2012
Spirit of God Phil Wickham Children of God 2016
Set a Fire (feat. Will Reagan) United Pursuit Endless Years 2012
Fresh Outpouring (feat. Kim Walker-Smith) Jesus Culture Love Has a Name (Deluxe) [Live] 2017
Fall Afresh (feat. Dinah Wright & Robbie Seay) The Worship Initiative The Worship Initiative, Vol. 25 (Live) 2021
Spirit Of The Living God Meredith Andrews Deeper 2017
Holy Spirit (Live) Jesus Culture Live from New York (with Martin Smith) [Live] 2012
Fresh Wind/What A Beautiful Name (feat. Taya & David Ware) Hillsong Worship Fresh Wind/What A Beautiful Name (Live) – EP 2021

Daily Challenge-Praise the Lord Every Day

May 20th, 2021 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Endurance, today’s Daily Challenge motivates us to praise the Lord every day.

This was the commitment of David, expressed in Psalm 145, verse 2. “Every day, I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.”

Not only is God worthy of our praise for today, but He is also worthy of our praise forever.

In this Psalm, David identifies the praiseworthy qualities of God. These qualities remind us why God is most worthy of our praise.

Here are a few of them: verse 6 talks about God’s awesome works and great deeds.

Verse 7 talks about His abundant goodness.

Verse 8 tells us that the LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and rich in love.

Our worship for God is meaningful when we acknowledge His awesome greatness, abundant goodness, and amazing grace.

Take the daily challenge to praise the LORD today and every day on the journey of faith.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Word of Encouragement-Overcome

May 19th, 2021 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Word of Encouragement is Overcome.

One definition of Overcome is to defeat an opponent and prevail.

When Jesus died on a cross, it may not have appeared to most people that Jesus was prevailing, but three days later, He rose from the grave and overcame death.

When we face crisis situations or the pressures of daily life, we can be encouraged by the accomplishments of Jesus when He walked on the earth.

In John 16:33, Jesus said to His followers, “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Because Jesus lives, we can live with the confidence that He is able to lead us to a place of life and ultimate victory. First John 5:5 asks the question, “Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

Find encouragement in the grace of the Lord Jesus to help us overcome the pressures of the world in the Year of Endurance.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Word of Encouragement-Ambassador

May 18th, 2021 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Word of Encouragement is “Ambassador.”

This is a diplomat in a foreign land, representing their leader on a mission of peace.

Isn’t that a true description of the Christian in a spiritual sense? This world is not our home. We are serving the King of Kings in a foreign land, representing Jesus on a peacemaking mission. That is a high calling, and a privilege to serve in such a way.

The Apostle Paul said in Second Corinthians 5:20, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

To be a faithful ambassador, we need to make sure that we are at peace with God. Stay connected to Him. Walk in His love and truth. Establish relationships with neighbors, co-workers, and peers at school. Reach out to them with God’s love and be ready to share the good news of Jesus Christ with them.

Find encouragement in the opportunity to be an ambassador for Christ in the Year of Endurance.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Daily Challenge-Loyalty

May 17th, 2021 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Endurance, today’s Daily Challenge motivates us to learn loyalty from the example of Ruth.

She was a widow, along with her sister-in-law Orpah, and her mother-in-law Naomi. Together, they set out for Bethlehem from Moab.

But Naomi urged them to go back to the homes of their mothers. Orpah kissed Naomi good-bye, but Ruth clung to her, saying, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die, I will die and there I will be buried.”

Ruth was committed to Naomi and her God for the rest of her life.  This decision was the beginning of a journey that would bring Ruth into the genealogy of Jesus. That is what happens spiritually when we put our faith in Jesus with a loyal heart. We are included in God’s family of believers.

You can read about the loyalty of Ruth in the book of Ruth from the Bible.

Take the daily challenge to learn loyalty from the example of Ruth on the journey of faith.

John Shirk

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Praise & Worship Playlist

May 16th, 2021 No comments

This week’s playlist includes songs from the new Circuit Rider Music album, “Jesus People”! Plus, Josh Baldwin, Phil Wickham, Kari Jobe, Mack Brock, Rita Springer, Brandon Lake and more (including locals like Mission Worship and LCBC Worship!)

 

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Song Title Artist Album Year
6AM
Be Enthroned (Live) Jeremy Riddle Have It All (Live) 2016
Morning By Morning Pat Barrett Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly 2021
Gratitude (Live) Brandon Lake House of Miracles (Live) 2021
Roar Tim Timmons Here 2021
Bless The One (feat. Matt Maher) Mack Brock SPACE 2020
My Hallelujah Bryan & Katie Torwalt Praise Before My Breakthrough – EP 2018
Heaven Invade (Live) Kari Jobe The Blessing (Live) 2020
My Hands Are Open (Live) Josh Baldwin Revivals In The Air (Live) 2020
Stand In Your Love Rita Springer & Worship Together Stand In Your Love – Single 2021
Waiting Here for You (feat. Robbie Seay) The Worship Initiative The Worship Initiative, Vol. 25 (Live) 2021
Wait On You (feat. Dante Bowe & Chandler Moore) Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music Old Church Basement 2021
7AM
Run To the Father Matt Maher Alive & Breathing Vol. I – Single 2019
He Is Crowder Milk & Honey 2021
Uncomplicated (Acoustic) Hillsong Young & Free All Of My Best Friends (Acoustic) 2021
Ill Go Anywhere (feat. Lucas McCloud) Circuit Rider Music Jesus People (Live) 2021
Ways Sean Curran Single 2021
Promises Mission Worship Single 2020
Still God, Still Good (Live) Here Be Lions Still God, Still Good (Live) 2021
Good News (Live) LCBC Worship Rise – EP 2021
Maker Woodlands Worship Live 2019
Son of Heaven (feat. Dante Bowe & Matt Maher) Brandon Lake House of Miracles (Live) 2021
8AM
This I Believe (The Creed) Hillsong Worship No Other Name 2014
Christ Be Magnified (Live) Cory Asbury Single 2020
Let The Light In Cody Carnes Run To The Father 2020
God of Revival Brian Johnson & Jenn Johnson Single 2020
Revivals In The Air Melissa Helser Revivals In The Air (Live) 2020
Sing His Praise Again (Oh My Soul) (feat. Jenn Johnson) Bethel Music Revivals In The Air (Live) 2020
Great Things Phil Wickham Living Hope 2020
House Of The Lord Phil Wickham Single 2021
We Praise You Brandon Lake Single 2020
Joyful Dante Bowe Circles 2021
9AM
Jireh (feat. Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine) Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music Old Church Basement 2021
Anchor of Peace (feat. Lauren Lee) North Point Worship Anchor of Peace (Live from Decatur City) – EP 2021
Peace Be Still (feat. Lauren Daigle) The Belonging Co All the Earth 2017
Still in Control (feat. Mack Brock) Jesus Culture Single 2020
Still On the Throne Mitch Wong Single 2020
Reign Above It All Paul McClure Revivals In The Air (Live) 2020
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) Pat Barrett Simple Hymns: Songs of Redemption (Deluxe Version) 2019
Break Every Chain Jesus Culture & Kristene Di Marco Jesus Culture Awakening: Live From Chicago 2011
Where Are The Chains (feat. Lucas McCloud) Circuit Rider Music Jesus People (Live) 2021
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Word of Encouragement-Gospel

May 14th, 2021 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s word of Encouragement is “Gospel.”

This word is associated with the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ.

When we receive the grace of God as a gift, we are embracing good news for our soul.

The Apostle Paul was moved by the Gospel to preach it. He said in Romans 1:16 and 17, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed-a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.”

That is good news that brings us hope, and will affect how we see the world today.

Find encouragement in the Gospel to live it out and share it with others in the Year of Endurance.

John Shirk

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Friday Time Capsule-May 11 2009

May 14th, 2021 No comments

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Word of Encouragement-Psalm

May 13th, 2021 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Word of Encouragement is Psalm.

A psalm is a song or poem used in worship. When you ask people their favorite book of the Bible, it is not uncommon for people to say “the Psalms.” Today, we may speak many of the Psalms to each other, but these writings were actually meant to be used as worship songs.

Today, many artists continue to record songs based on the Psalms, and many listeners are greatly encouraged by their content.

Ephesians 5:18 encourages us to “be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Find encouragement in the words of the Psalms to lead you to a place of worship in the Year of Endurance.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com