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Life Application Verse-God’s gracious gift

January 9th, 2012

JOHN SHIRK – Ephesians 2, verses 8 and 9-“For it is by grace you have been saved through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast.”

God’s grace is a gift to be received, not a paycheck that can be earned. At Christmastime, we often exchange presents with loved ones.  But imagine if you offered a gift to a family member, and that gift was refused.  Would that person benefit from the gift?

Not all gifts offered are received, and this especially applies to the gift of God’s grace in the person of Jesus Christ, who came to save His people from their sins. John 1:11 says about Jesus, “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become the children of God.” Faith in Jesus is identified in this passage as receiving Him as Savior and Lord. When we believe in His name, we are given the privilege of belonging to His family.

A Receptive Heart to Jesus as Lord and Savior is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk


  1. Melissa Shumaker
    January 9th, 2012 at 16:24 | #1

    I just wanted to drop a note saying thanks so much for everything that was shared today on the radio. This was my first whole day off in a while and I was feeling pretty empty, just needing to cry out to the Lord and hear from him. Every song that you have played today has been a blessing and the perfect reminder of who God is and where that puts me in the grand scheme of things. He is everything and it’s only by His grace that we can even possibly understand this. We can’t do anything to earn it, it’s a free gift. It’s certainly one that I could do a better job of constantly receiving. Blessings to you all at WJTL for serving the Lord and creating an environment that encourages worship in every area of our lives. Your station has become a vital part of my engagement in a life of worship.

  2. Terry Bingaman Sr
    January 10th, 2012 at 21:44 | #2

    Reading this John make me think of the old hymn “Grace Greater then All Our Sins”. I think all 4 verses are like all what you said about here. That is a good hymn and do enjoy sniging it.
    Thank You

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