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Promise of Hope-Renewed Strength

August 25th, 2017 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Promise of Hope is based on Isaiah 40, verse 31.

“Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Verse 29 in that chapter tells us that the LORD gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Worry has a way of depleting our energy. Stress leads us to places of anxiety. And a hurried pace of life can lead to burnout. But hope in the Lord brings renewal of strength, by refreshing our perspective that God is in control. He is greater than the weight of our adversity. He is stronger than the spiritual forces of darkness. In His grace, we experience His peace, know His joy, and are energized by His love. Hope strengthens us to rise above life’s challenges to move forward in God’s grace.

Renewed Strength is a promise of hope for those who follow Jesus in the Year of Trust.

John Shirk

The HOPE Project; Free Movie and Cultural Night!!

June 25th, 2017 No comments

The Hope Project, India and Narvon Gospel Tabernacle Church are teaming together to fight child trafficking on June 25th from 6pm-8pm.  The public ages 13 and above are invited for a special one night screening of the Lions Gate Film NOT Today. Tracy Isaac,  Founder of The HOPE Project India will share personal stories of her experiences of fighting child trafficking while living and serving on the Front Lines in Nagpur, India.

Free Refreshments will be provided.  There will also be an authentic Indian “store front” where you can see and purchase beautiful handcrafted tapestries and jewelry made by the Indian ladies to self sustain and help prevent trafficking.  We Hope you will join us to see, taste and experience a bit of India and help bring HOPE to children in darkness! The HOPE Project (Healing, Prevention, Overcoming, Educating & Empowering)

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Q and A-How can I have peace in a world of turmoil?

October 14th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A Segment explores the question, “How can I have peace in a world of turmoil?”

There is a way to have peace in the mist of an unsettled today and an uncertain tomorrow. Hold on to Jesus with all your weight. Lean on Him with all your trust.

In John 14:27, Jesus said to His followers, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Jesus is the source of peace-peace with God, peace with others, and peace within.

Knowing the peace of God is linked with trusting God in Isaiah 26, verses 3 and 4: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.”

Long after the troubles of this world are gone, the grace of God will remain for His people forever. That is why we have a secure foundation for our faith, and that is why we can trust in Jesus in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

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Encounter With Jesus-Hope And Purpose

October 27th, 2015 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Connection, today’s Encounter with Jesus examines hope and purpose.

In Philippians 1:21, a follower of Jesus made this remarkable statement, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

What did that statement mean for the Apostle Paul? He went on to elaborate that if he went on living in the body, that would mean fruitful labor for him. After he departed through death, he would be in the presence of Christ, which he described as “better by far.” He saw death as a promotion into heaven.

Yet, in the body, he recognized his purpose to spread the good news of Jesus to unbelievers and to build the body of Christ. His relationship with Jesus is what enabled Paul to live with this perspective.

A daily relationship with Christ inspires higher purpose and heavenly hope.

John Shirk

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Praise&Worship Playlist (5/18)

May 18th, 2014 No comments

The Praise & Worship Show has a HOPE-themed hour at 7:00 this Sunday morning!  Also, for those who pay close attention, you’ll notice a trend in the song titles from 8:00-10:00.

God Moves In A Mysterious Way Jeremy Riddle Full Attention 2007
Be Still And Know Christy Nockels Deeper (Integrity Music) 2008
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) Hillsong United Zion 2013
We Still Believe Kathryn Scott Songs 4 Worship Ultimate 2011
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) (feat. Passion) Matt Redman Passion: White Flag 2012
How He Loves John Mark McMillan The Medicine 2010
Restoration David Brymer Unceasing
Pour Out Your Spirit Lord Evan Wickham Mysterious Things 2005
Brokenness Aside All Sons & Daughters Season One 2012
Beauty of Your Peace Tim Hughes When Silence Falls 2004
Great I Am (feat. Jared Anderson) New Life Worship You Hold It All 2011
7AM (HOPE Theme)
Thrill Charlie Hall The Bright Sadness 2008
God Of Hope Acquire The Fire Epic Truth 2014
Hope Unchanging Brightwork Loving Rescue EP 2012
Hope Is Calling Bellarive The Heartbeat 2012
Hope Is Rising Luminate Come Home 2011
Hope Of The Nations Brian Doerksen Its Time 2008
Hope Is Rising Downhere Ending Is Beginning 2009
My Hope Matt Redman We Shall Not Be Shaken 2009
Hope Of The World Hillsong Live Cornerstone 2012
You Are Our Hope Sovereign Grace Music Risen 2011
Hope Now Addison Road Addison Road 2007
The Hope That Lies In You The Glorious Unseen The Hope That Lies In You 2009
You Are My Hope Cory Asbury Holy 2008
My Hope Glenn Packiam Rumors And Revelations 2009
8AM (Title to Title Keyword Theme)
My Hope Is In You Aaron Shust This Is What We Believe 2011
My Hope David Crowder Band Can You Hear Us? 2002
Cornerstone (My Hope Is Built) Hillsong Live Cornerstone EP 2013
Song of Hope (Heaven Come Down) Robbie Seay Band Give Yourself Away 2007
Come And Let Your Presence The Merchant Band The World Can Wait 2006
Come Thou Fount David Crowder All I Can Say 1998
All My Fountains Chris Tomlin Passion: Here For You 2011
All To You Kutless Glory 2014
Unto You Shane & Shane Psalms 2002
Unto You Lord Charlie Peacock Coram Deo II – People Of Praise 1993
All Praise To You All Sons & Daughters Season One 2012
All Glory Tim Hughes Love Shine Through 2011
Give You Glory Jeremy Camp Beyond Measure 2006
You Give Me Life Rita Springer Rise Up 2004
More Than Life Jared Anderson Hope Of The Nations 2003
More Than Amazing Lincoln Brewster Real Life 2012
This Is Amazing Grace Jeremy Riddle Bethel Live: For The Sake Of The World 2012
This Is The Day Phil Wickham Response 2012
Forever And A Day Anthony Skinner Forever And A Day 2004
Forever Kari Jobe Majestic 2014
Forever Reign Hillsong A Beautiful Exchange 2010
Our God Reigns Delirious The Mission Bell 2006
Our God Chris Tomlin Passion: Awakening 2010
God Of Our Salvation Phil Wickham Response 2011
Rock Of My Salvation Joel Engle Nothing Left Of Me 2002
The Solid Rock Charlie Hall Passion: Hymns Ancient and Modern 2004


My Field Trip to Pathways Out Of Poverty

March 23rd, 2014 No comments

This week I took a field trip!  I visited the Pathways Out Of Poverty exhibit at HOPE International‘s headquarters in Lancaster.  Pathways out of Poverty is an interactive experience that invites visitors to remember the needy by walking alongside them for a moving journey from poverty to hope.

I’ve heard about the lives changed by HOPE and what they do over the years; but now I feel like I’ve seen it for myself.  I didn’t physically leave the country; but the 30 minute exhibit sure makes it feel that way!  I was given an .mp3 player and headphones and started at the front door of a typical home here in Lancaster County.  Next, the exhibit took me to the huts and hospital rooms of people facing big challenges all over the world.  There are 8 different real-life stories featured.  I saw their faces, peeked into their homes and heard their very own voices describe what they were up against.  If that’s where it ended, it’d be one big bummer–but thankfully the exhibit also shows the difference that HOPE International helped them make in their lives.  It was powerful and something I’ll remember for a long time.  I want to encourage you to visit!  Click here for info at HOPE’s website and to book a time to visit.



Lesson of Faith-The Hope of Christ’s Coming

December 9th, 2013 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Isaiah 9:2 says, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned.”

This statement was connected to Jesus in Matthew chapter 4. Jesus fulfilled these words of the prophet with His words of life, His touch of healing, and ultimately, by His death and resurrection from the grave.

In the Bible, darkness is often connected with sin and death. There is a spirit of despair in the heart of someone who is caught in the grip of spiritual darkness. Jesus came as the Light of the world. As we welcome His light, the shadows that cause despair flee under His influence of grace and truth. We live with freedom from guilt and shame. We live with the certain hope of eternal life. We live with the awareness that God loves us with an unfailing love. We live with a sense of joy in belonging to His spiritual family. And we live with a heavenly purpose, to reach souls for the Gospel through our witness for Jesus.

The hope that Jesus brought with His coming is a lesson of faith worth remembering.

John Shirk

Lesson of Faith-Hope Of The Resurrection

April 8th, 2013 1 comment

JOHN SHIRK – In First Corinthians 15, the Apostle Paul talked about our situation if Christ did not rise from the dead. He said in verse 14, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.”

He said, “If only for this life we have hope in Christ we are to be pitied more than all men.”

Paul was living with an eternal perspective. He assures us that Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, and because of His resurrection, those who are in Christ will be made alive.

Jesus told His followers, “Because I live, you also will live.” Because Jesus lives, our failures are not fatal, our faith is not futile, and death is not final. Our labor has purpose, our soul is secure, and our future is forever in the grace of God. This is our hope when our faith is in Christ to save us from our sins.

The hope of the resurrection is a lesson of faith worth remembering.

John Shirk


October 26th, 2012 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – From Isaiah 40:30 and 31.

“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Here we see three benefits of God’s grace granted to those who put their hope in the Lord.

1)  He renews our strength. He gives us the energy and motivation for doing His will faithfully.

2)  He gives us forward momentum. As we walk with God, He guides us in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

3)  He helps us to overcome life’s challenges and difficulties. To soar on wings like eagles is a picture of rising above the obstacles on the ground. We can count on God to carry us through times of trial and overcome the hurdles that slow down our spiritual progress. Jesus said we would have trouble, but not without His presence.

Hope is an acknowledgment that life is not as glorious as it will be, but by God’s grace, we will go forward in God’s plan, accomplish what He called us to do, and reach the place He is preparing for us.

Hope in the Lord is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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