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Daily Challenge-Celebrate Birth of Christ

December 15th, 2021 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Endurance, today’s Daily Challenge motivates us to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

In the Biblical account of Christ’s birth we see the evidence of celebration.

One of those vivid expressions of celebration can be seen in the response of the shepherds after they visited Jesus lying in the manger.

Luke 2:20 records that “the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”

Out of a grateful heart to God, our mouth speaks praise. The birth of Christ is a moment of history that gives us a good reason to express thanks to God for His indescribable gift.

Take the Daily Challenge to celebrate the birth of Christ by praising God on the journey of faith.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Moment Of Celebration-Joyful Occasions

May 15th, 2014 No comments

JOHN SHIRK -Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the opportunities to join joyful occasions.

When you think of joyful occasions, what are some situations that come to your mind? It is likely that when a joyful occasion comes to our mind, that we will picture several people being there to enjoy the festivities.

Entering into someone else’s joy is expressing sincere friendship just like having the compassion to enter someone else’s pain. Romans 12:15 urges us to rejoice with those who rejoice.

In Luke 15, Jesus told three stories of something or someone who was lost and then was found. In each story, the person who found the object or person who had been lost, wanted someone to celebrate with. Who do they call? Friends, neighbors, and family members.

It’s the people closest to us with whom we want to celebrate. This is something to consider when we receive invitations to weddings, baptisms, award ceremonies, graduations, or anniversary celebrations. We may not always be able to attend every celebration, but receiving such an invitation means that someone wants us to join in their celebration, and we have an opportunity to express our joy in their joy.

The opportunity to join joyful occasions is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com