Posts Tagged ‘faith’

Word of Encouragement-Right

March 3rd, 2021 No comments

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

One of the definitions of “right” is “that which is morally correct, just, or honorable.”

The Bible tells us to focus our thoughts on that which is right.

When we think about Jesus, we are focusing on the Only person who always did what was right and never sinned. He is the Righteous One. We need His righteousness to be accepted by God, and thankfully, His righteousness is available to us when we trust in Him to forgive our sins.

Romans 3:22 tells us that this righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.

Jesus is the right solution for anyone who has done what is wrong before a holy God. His grace motivates us to change course and do what is right in the eyes of God.

Find encouragement in the righteousness of Jesus Christ in the Year of Endurance.

John Shirk

Good News Focus-the Holy Scriptures

November 30th, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Good News Focus is on Second Timothy 3, verses 14 and 15.


“As for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”


Bible study is an important part of growing in our understanding of who God is. Much like giving of our tithes, it is not meant to be a begrudging duty, but a joyful delight. It can be one of the highlights of our day, to open God’s word and read about His salvation plan through Jesus Christ. This is where we learn of God’s love to the world in need of a Savior. And through Jesus, He provided the solution for the sinful human condition.


Jesus is our Source of Good News, leading us to a place of trusting His grace to save us from our sins in the Year of Vision.

John Shirk

20/20 Insight-Extraordinary Faith and Courage

October 16th, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on the extraordinary faith of ordinary men.

Peter and John were two of Jesus’ disciples.

In Acts 4:12, Peter made this public declaration about Jesus, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Here is how the religious leaders responded to this statement: When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.  

One of the demonstrations of extraordinary faith is courage, and the pathway to extraordinary courage is time well spent with Jesus.

Focusing on being with Jesus daily gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.

John Shirk

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Good News Focus-Righteousness and Redemption

August 26th, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Good News Focus is on Romans 3, verses 22 to 24.

“This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for 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.”

This is the miracle of amazing grace-even though we have missed the target of God’s will, God has provided a way for us to be made right with Him. The guilt of our sin is removed by faith in Jesus to forgive us and save us. His grace is at the foundation for our lives. There is nothing we can do to earn it. He freely gives it to all who will receive Him as Savior and Lord. His blood shed at the cross was the sufficient payment for our sins. Now we can be set free from the control and penalty of our sin and live in the liberty of Christ.

Jesus is our Source of Good News, leading us to places of righteousness and redemption in the Year of Vision.

John Shirk

Good News Focus-Belonging to God and His Church

June 10th, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Good News Focus is on Galatians 3:26.

“So, in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.”

Each member of God’s family has many spiritual blessings to celebrate. We are connected to the people of God. He places us in a spiritual family with His believers. That spiritual family is called the church. There are times of rich fellowship together as we share what God is doing in our lives. 

The most precious blessing is that we belong to God as one of His children. He is our Father. Jesus is our Savior. The Holy Spirit is our Counselor. We live with an awareness that the One who made us is the One who loves us with an everlasting love.

Jesus is our Source of Good News, leading us to a place of belonging to God and His spiritual family in the Year of Vision.

John Shirk

20/20 Insight-The Origin of Bible Prophecy

June 6th, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on the work of the Holy Spirit to tell us of things yet to come.

Second Peter 1:21 says, “Prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

The prophecies in the Bible are inspired by the Holy Spirit. When we take the words of the prophets to heart, they have an impact on our lives in a number of ways. Here are two of them.

The words of the prophets build faith. Jesus Himself said, “I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.” When we see a connection between a prophecy and its fulfillment, we are moved to a greater confidence that God’s word is trustworthy and true, and that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.

Another impact of prophecy is that we are moved to worship. The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy, which directs us to view Him as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

Focusing on the prophecies of the Bible gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.

John Shirk

20/20 Insight-Father’s Will-Look To The Son

January 22nd, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on the Father’s will.

Jesus said in John 6:40, “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

The Bible tells us that salvation is found in no one else. Jesus is the name given to mankind by which we must be saved. He is God’s precious gift from heaven. As we look to Jesus with a believing heart, He will be our source of righteousness and salvation. He will be our source of peace in times of conflict; He will be our source of confidence in times of crisis.  

Focusing on Jesus as the reason for our hope gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.  

John Shirk

Freedom Phrase-Peace With God

July 5th, 2019 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Redemption, today’s Freedom Phrase is based on Romans 5, verses 1 and 2a.

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”

In the presence of violence and conflict, many of us crave peace. We want wars to end. We want crime to stop. We want the arguments and disagreements to disappear from our relationships. There are some types of conflict that we cannot control, but there is a pathway provided by Jesus that leads us to peace with God. That way is the good news of His grace, which we can receive as the ultimate gift.

He will be faithful to bring us into a peaceful relationship with God and to separate us from the guilt of our sins. There is no more war with God when our sins are covered by the blood of Jesus.

Through Jesus, we are set free to have peace with God forever.  

John Shirk

Praise & Worship Playlist

May 12th, 2019 2 comments


This morning’s lineup is special.  It’s a Breakthrough Theme!  These songs are powerful — helping us to sing our way through impossible situations.  If you’re in one, or know someone who is, I hope you receive a boost of confidence that God gets our victory before the battle begins. Proceed with praise and faith!

Praying you are encouraged—and that your breakthrough is coming soon!

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” –Romans 12:12 (NIV)

“Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!”–Romans 15:13 (MSG)

Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ

Song Title Artist Album Year

Breakthrough Red Rocks Worship spark. (No Other Love)  2019
Impossible Possible Jared Anderson The Narrow Road 2012
Yes and Amen (feat. Chris McClarney) Jesus Culture Living with a Fire 2018
Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies) Chris Tomlin Burning Lights 2012
Devotion Newsboys Devotion 2005
91 Radiate Worship Come Alive 2019
It is Well (feat. Kristene DiMarco) Bethel Music You Make Me Brave (Live) 2014
Chainbreaker Charlie Hall The Bright Sadness 2008
Unstoppable God Elevation Worship Wake Up The Wonder 2015
Your Love Never Fails Chris McClarney Love Never Fails 2008
Promises Never Fail (Live) Bethel Music & Emmy Rose Victory (Live) 2019
I Will Overcome Charlie Hall On the Road to Beautiful 2003

You Came (Lazarus) Jonathan David & Melissa Helser Beautiful Surrender 2016
You Came To My Rescue (feat. Christy Nockels) Passion Passion: Take It All (Deluxe Edition) 2014
Surrounded (Fight My Battles) Michael W. Smith Surrounded 2018
Break Every Chain Jesus Culture & Kristene Di Marco Jesus Culture Awakening: Live From Chicago 2011
You Never Fail (Live) Hillsong Live Glorious Ruins (Live) 2013
You Cannot Be Stopped Phil Wickham & Chris Quilala Single 2019
God Who Moves the Mountains Corey Voss Songs of Heaven and Earth 2018
Highlands (Song of Ascent) Hillsong UNITED People (Live) 2019
Do It Again Elevation Worship There Is A Cloud 2018
Already Done Free Worship Already Done 2019
Raise a Hallelujah (feat. Jonathan David Helser & Melissa Helser) Bethel Music Victory 2019

My Hallelujah Bryan & Katie Torwalt Praise Before My Breakthrough – EP 2018
Marching On (feat. Hillsong Young & Free) Rend Collective Good News 2018
Not Be Moved (feat. Jon Egan) New Life Worship Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns of Fanny Crosby 2015
My Feet Are On The Rock I Am They Trial & Triumph 2018
Breaking Through (feat. Jeremy Riddle) Bethel Music Tides 2013
Greater Things Mack Brock Greater Things 2018
Praise The Lord Kristene Mueller Those Who Dream 2008
Praise Before My Breakthrough Bryan & Katie Torwalt Praise Before My Breakthrough – EP 2018
God of the Promise Elevation Worship Hallelujah Here Below 2018
Breakthrough Chris McClarney Breakthrough 2018
Miracles (feat. Chris Quilala) [Live] Jesus Culture Let It Echo (Live) 2016
Yet Will I Praise You (feat. Crowder) Passion Follow You Anywhere 2019
Praise Your Name (Live) Corey Voss & Madison Street Worship Songs of the House (Live) 2019

Even Louder (feat. Leeland) Steven Malcolm The Second City, Pt. 2 – EP 2018
Be Strong (Live) Jon Egan Unveil (Live) 2019
New Stories (feat. Brandon Lake) London Gatch New Stories 2019
God of Breakthrough Mack Brock Greater Things 2018
Defender Rita Springer Battles 2017
God of Miracles (Live) Chris McClarney Everything and Nothing Less (Live) 2015
When You Walk Into the Room Bryan & Katie Torwalt Kingdom Come 2013
Victory Is Yours (feat. Bethany Wohrle) Bethel Music Victory 2019
Wont Stop Now Elevation Worship Hallelujah Here Below 2018
Every Giant Will Fall (live) Rend Collective Campfire II-Simplicity 2016

Red Letter Wisdom-John 3:16

April 18th, 2019 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Wisdom from the Red Letters is found in John 3:16.

Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and Only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

This is one of the most familiar Bible verses in the Bible. Billy Graham has said that this verse is the Gospel in a nutshell. 

It is a fitting verse for various occasions. At Christmas, this verse shows how Jesus is God’s precious gift to the world.

On Valentine’s Day, this verse can be used to focus on Jesus as the highest expression of God’s love.

And on Good Friday, this verse can be used to emphasize the sacrifice that Jesus made for us when He went to the cross.

This verse can also be used to invite others to receive the gift of God’s grace through faith in Jesus.

The words of Jesus inspire us to trust in His grace for eternal life in the Year of Redemption. 

John Shirk

Person of Integrity-Abraham

November 2nd, 2018 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Person of Integrity from the Bible is Abraham.

If there is one word that many people think of when Abraham’s name is mentioned, that word would be faith.

Galatians 3:6 says that Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith. That is true for those who put their faith in Jesus for salvation. We are counted as righteous in God’s eyes.

What did Abraham’s faith look like? Hebrews 11:8 gives us this example. “By faith, Abraham when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”

The faithfulness of Abraham to follow God’s direction inspires us to trust and obey God and to live a life of Integrity.

John Shirk

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