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Focus on God’s Goodness-Purity of God

January 25th, 2024 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Focus on God’s goodness is found in James 1:13.

“When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone.”

James was pointing out that we are tempted when we are dragged away by our own evil desire and enticed. God will not tempt us to do what is wrong, but God will teach and motivate us to do what is right.

He has provided the Bible for us to know His will and to invite us to faith in Jesus that leads to abundant and eternal life.

God has also provided the church, so that we can be in relationship with God’s people and encourage each other.

God also sent His One and only Son into the world to save us from our sins, and to become our source of righteousness.

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

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Light Reflection-John 5:39-40 Scriptures

October 31st, 2023 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Light Reflection is from John 5, verses 39 to 40.

Jesus said to His critics, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”

Is it possible to read the Bible and miss the message? Evidently, the religious leaders in the days of Jesus were very familiar with the Scriptures of the Old Testament, but rejected Jesus as their Messiah. When we see the influence of Jesus in the Bible from the books of Genesis to Revelation, His good news of redemption comes into view.

The Bible is a lamp for spiritual transformation if we believe and obey the message that leads us to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord.

This Light Reflection inspires us to see the influence of Jesus as we study the Scriptures in the Year to Shine.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Vital Step to a Radiant Faith-Feed The Fire of Faith

October 31st, 2023 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year to Shine, today’s Vital Step to a Radiant Faith is to feed the fire of faith.

The beginning of our relationship with God brings refreshment to our souls.  Over time, there are some disciplines that can help us keep that passion for the Lord so that we overflow with enthusiasm.

One of those disciplines is to read God’s Word daily. This is an opportunity to meet God and listen to His voice speaking into our day.

Another discipline is prayer. This is an opportunity to tell God what is on our heart. Jesus often withdrew to lonely places to pray.

A third discipline is connections with believers. The church can serve as a support system to encourage our faith to grow.

A fourth discipline is to find a meaningful place of service that meets the needs of others. Romans 12:11 says, “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”

Feeding the fire of our faith is a vital step to a Radiant Faith that makes a difference in our world.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Vital Step to a Radiant Faith-Godly Training in God’s Word

July 3rd, 2023 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year to Shine, today’s Vital Step to a Radiant Faith is Godly Training in God’s Word.

One of the resources that God has provided for our spiritual growth is the Bible.

Second Timothy 3:16 says that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Filling up on God’s Word prepares us to do God’s will, not just because of what we learn in the Bible, but also, how the content changes us by the transforming love of Jesus. We learn to love Jesus and grow in His grace. God’s will becomes the desire of our heart.

Godly Training in God’s Word is a vital step to a Radiant Faith that makes a difference in our world.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Faith Building Verses Psalm 19:7-8

March 9th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verses are Psalm 19:7 and 8.

“The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.”

God’s Word is a precious gift to us. Some people have described the Bible as God’s love letter to the world. The wisdom of His words teaches us and guides us in the path of God’s will. The encouragement of His words reveals to us that our lives matter to God, and that He dearly loves us. The plan of salvation is revealed in the good news of His Word, which directs us to faith in Jesus Christ. That is where we find forgiveness, true love, certain hope, and eternal life.

These faith-building verses inspire us to spend quality time with God by reading His Word in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Daily Challenge-Grow In God’s Word

June 10th, 2021 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Endurance, today’s Daily Challenge motivates us to grow in God’s Word.

When Jesus taught a parable in Luke chapter 8, He spoke of seeds scattered on four different kinds of soil. There were three different soils where the seed did not produce a crop. They represent people who either don’t embrace God’s word, or are distracted from God’s word to pursue something else, like wealth or pleasure.

But there was one type of soil that did produce a thriving crop.  That soil represents the person with a noble and good heart, who hears the word, retains it, and by persevering, they produce a crop.

This is a description of someone whose heart is receptive to God’s Word, believes Gods Word, obeys God’s Word, and continues in God’s Word. By God’s grace, this is how we can live out a productive Christian life and stand tall as a witness for Christ.

Take the daily challenge to grow in God’s Word on the journey of faith.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Daily Challenge-Look for God in His Word

April 28th, 2021 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Endurance, today’s Daily Challenge motivates us to look for the evidence of God in the value of His Word.

The Bible is a unique book, inspired by God, and written by different authors in different time periods. His wisdom in those words offers greater value than the riches of the world.

David wrote in Psalm 19:7, “The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.” Verse 10 adds, “They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold.”

If we take the message of the Bible to heart, it will be good news for our soul that leads us to follow Jesus. He will be our source of joy.

Take the daily challenge to look for the evidence of God in the wisdom of His Word on the journey of faith.

John Shirk

John@wjtl.com

Eye On Integrity-Following Jesus

September 18th, 2018 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Eye on Integrity is based on Exodus 13:21.

Speaking of the Israelites on the way to the Promised Land.

“By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.”

Just as God provided for the Israelites so that they could continue on their journey, so God provides us with the means for moving forward in our faith. He gives us His Word in the Bible. He sent Jesus to provide forgiveness that covers our sins. He sends the Holy Spirit to guide us in the truth that sets us free from the slavery of sin.

We are on a journey in life. We can make good progress by walking in the guidance of His Word, and by the counsel of the Holy Spirit.

Walking in the footsteps of Jesus is a virtue to embrace for our lives in the Year of Integrity.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Reason To Believe-God’s Provision for a Godly Life

October 10th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is the provision of God to live a godly life.

Second Peter 1:3 says that “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him, who called us by his own glory and goodness.”

Life is a spiritual battlefield. There are sinister forces that work against our soul, seeking to destroy us and separate us from God’s love. But God has resources too, to help us overcome those forces that wage war against our soul. Three of those resources are the Holy Spirit, the Bible, and the Church.

The Holy Spirit fills us with love and hope. He reminds us of Jesus’ words, and guides us in the truth.

The Bible is the word of God, encouraging us with the message of grace and making known His will for our lives.

The church gives us a support structure in the Christian life and a place of belonging in His family of believers.

God’s provision for us to live a godly life is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Q and A-How can I recognize when God speaks to me?

April 18th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A Segment explores the question, “How can I recognize when God is speaking to me?”

Exodus 33:11 records that the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.

Does God speak audibly to His servants today? While this form of communication is possible, this is not the most common way that God speaks to His followers today. We have something that the Old Testament prophets and servants did not have. We have access to the inspired word of God in the Bible. That is an important resource where we can turn to hear from God.

God does also guide us through the opportunities of our circumstances. He will sometimes place burdens on our heart so that we are motivated to take a stand for the Lord and against injustice. God may speak to us through the counsel of a friend. God has given people dreams and visions to bring them to faith in Christ or to start ministries that touch people’s lives. What a pastor says on a Sunday morning might be a timely word for us.

If we hear a message that directly contradicts what God reveals in the Bible, we can be confident that the message is not from God. Psalm 25:14 says, “The Lord’s loyal followers receive his guidance.”

Knowing Jesus, learning to trust Him, and growing in our understanding of the Bible are important pursuits for being able to recognize the voice of God in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Show Playlist (8/23)

August 23rd, 2015 No comments
6AM
Micah 6-8 Charlie Hall Flying Into Daybreak 2006
New Creation Brett Younker The New Has Come 2010
Fix My Eyes Kings Kaleidoscope Becoming Who We Are 2014
Isaiah 6 Todd Agnew Reflection Of Something 2003
Psalm 118 (This Is The Day) Shane & Shane Psalms 2002
See The Goodness Amy Horst Passages 2015
If I Have Not Love Matt Redman Facedown 2004
The Gospel Citizens & Saints Join the Triumph 2014
Singing Over Me Building 429 Iris To Iris 2007
Better Is One Day Charlie Hall Better Is One Day 1999
Revive Me (Psalm 119) Jeremy Camp Carried Me 2004
Psalm 18 (I Love You O Lord) Robbie Seay Band Psalms LP 2015
God so Loved Hillsong You Are My World 2001
Ecclesiastes Tim Hughes Love Shine Through 2011
7AM
He Is Able Jon And Tiffany Aitken We Honor You 2011
Song of Solomon (with Martin Smith) [Live] Jesus Culture Live from New York (with Martin Smith) [Live] 2012
Song Of Moses Leigh Nash Hymns And Sacred Songs 2011
Psalm 27 Telecast The Beauty of Simplicity 2003
Psalm 91 Sonicflood A Heart Like Yours 2008
Give Us Clean Hands Charlie Hall Band The Death of Death 2013
Create In Me Rend Collective The Art of Celebration 2014
Blessed Be Jason Gray All The Lovely Losers 2006
Lamp Charlie Hall The Rising 2010
Things Above Sisterbrother SisterBrother 2011
The Things Of God Brad & Rebekah The Things Of God 2011
Psalm 23 Brothers McClurg Alive – EP 2011
8AM
Isaiah 55 Leigh Nash Hymns And Sacred Songs 2011
Your Love Is Strong Jon Foreman Limbs and Branches 2008
This Is How We Know Matt Redman We Will Not Be Shaken 2009
Lord Will Guide Amy Horst Passages 2015
Simple Gospel (Live) United Pursuit Simple Gospel (Live) 2015
Your Love Oh Lord (Psalm 36) Third Day Offerings 2000
Trust Sixpence None The Richer The Fatherless And The Widow 1994
Strong Tower Kutless Strong Tower 2005
Psalm 3 (A Shield About Me) Robbie Seay Band Psalms LP 2015
Everlasting God Brenton Brown Everlasting God 2006
Job 19 Shane & Shane Psalms 2002
Word Of God Speak MercyMe Spoken For 2003
The Gospel Jimmy Needham Speak. 2006
2 Timothy 1:7 Charlie Hall Band The Death of Death 2013
9AM
Romans 12-1 Todd Agnew Integrity Music – iWorship Next 2004
Thy Word Amy Grant
Be Of Good Faith Sisterbrother Sisterbrother 2011
Isaiah 53 Sovereign Grace Music The Gathering 2011
Immeasurably More Rend Collective The Art Of Celebration 2014
Now To Him Amy Horst Passages 2015
Psalm 56 Jon Micah Sumrall Faith & Family 2015
139 Kings Kaleidoscope Becoming Who We Are 2014
King Of Heaven (Isaiah 61) Charlie Hall Passion: Awakening 2010
Our Father (feat. Jenn Johnson) Bethel Live For The Sake Of The World 2012
He Is Aaron Jeffery Aaron Jeffery 1994
Create In Me A Clean Heart (Psalm 51) Martin Smith Your Love Broke Through: Worship Songs of Keith Green
Psalm 63 (Better Than Life) [feat. Lindsey Kidd] Robbie Seay Band Psalms LP 2015
Red Letters DC Talk Supernatural 1998