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Reason To Believe-Wonder Of The Cross

March 15th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason To Believe is the wonder of the cross.

One of the great wonders of the cross is that while Jesus was nailed to the cross, the nails were not the ultimate force that kept Him there.

In Matthew 26, when Jesus was arrested, one of Jesus’ disciples drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. This drew a swift rebuke from Jesus, who said to His disciple, “Put your sword back in its place….” Then He said, “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?”

Jesus was saying that if He wanted to call off His mission to die for our sins, He could call the heavenly cavalry at any time consisting of 72,000 angels. Jesus did not need nor did He desire His followers to defend Him.

“The wonder of the cross” is that no one took the life of Jesus from Him. He laid it down for us willingly because of His extraordinary love for the sinners of the world.

The wonder of the cross is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Reason To Believe-Centurion At The Cross

March 14th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is the declaration of the Centurion who stood by the cross.

On the day when Jesus died, Matthew 27:54 records the response of a centurion and those nearby. “When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God.’”

There were a number of extraordinary circumstances surrounding the crucifixion. In the middle of the day, darkness came over the land.

At the death of Jesus, there was an earthquake that caused the rocks to split. The curtain of the temple was torn in two. And Matthew’s Gospel records that tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.

Another extraordinary circumstance was the way Jesus prayed for those who were crucifying Him. He prayed, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.”

The Centurion was perceptive to the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ death and concluded that Jesus was not an ordinary man.

The exclamation of the Centurion acknowledging Jesus as the Son of God is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Reason To Believe-The Purpose Of The Cross

March 9th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is the purpose behind the cross.

Jesus died for us. He gave His life as a sacrifice for our sins. What does that accomplish? What was the purpose of Jesus dying on the cross for us? The Bible shows us various ways that we are blessed by what Jesus accomplished at the cross.

Second Corinthians 5:15 says, “He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them, and was raised again.” The death of Jesus gave us purpose to live for His glory.

First Thessalonians 5:10 says that Jesus “died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.” The death of Jesus provided a way for us to live in God’s presence.

First John 4:9 says, “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” The death of Jesus gave us power to live through His love to touch people with His grace.

The purposes behind the cross to bless us are reasons to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Q and A-The Joy Set Before Jesus

March 7th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A Segment explores the question, “When Jesus went to the cross, what was the joy that was set before Him?”

Hebrews 12:2 urges us to fix our eyes on Jesus, “the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Just before Jesus died, we see many quotes, where Jesus is looking past His suffering to the glory that would follow. He said to His disciples, “Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice.”

Perhaps the most insightful statement revealing the joy that was set before Him came when He prayed to the Father just before His death. Jesus prayed in John 17:24, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”

The cross was the only way this holy desire could become reality. By way of the cross, we have a pathway to heavenly citizenship, whereby we can be in His presence and enjoy His glory forever.

By faith, the joy that was set before Jesus becomes our greatest hope in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Praise & Worship Show Playlist

February 21st, 2016 No comments

There’s power in the Name of Jesus!  See the song details below.  You’ll also see the Bible verses I mentioned, too.  Feel free to get in touch–I’d love to hear from you.

Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ

Kristi@WJTL.com

Name

Artist

Album

Year

6:00 a.m.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Look Up)

Nichole Nordeman

Jesus, Firm Foundation (Hymns Of Worship)

2013

Jesus Saves  [ROMANS 10:13]

Tim Hughes

Love Shine Through

2011

Your Name Will Be Praised

Laura Story

Blessings

2011

Let It Be Jesus (feat. Passion)

Christy Nockels

Passion: Take It All (Deluxe Edition)

2014

Hallelujah, Jesus

Monk and Neagle

The Twenty-First Time

2007

Take The World But Give Me Jesus

Matt Redman

The Fathers Song

2000

In Jesus Name

The Museum

My Only Rescue

2012

The Mighty Hand of God  [JEREMIAH 10:6]

Citizens & Saints

Join the Triumph

2014

Jesus Messiah

Chris Tomlin

Hello Love

2008

There Is Power

Lincoln Brewster

Oxygen

2014

Your Name (We Shout)

The Digital Age

Evening : Morning

2013

Mighty Jesus

The Neverclaim

The Neverclaim

2013

None But Jesus

Christy Nockels

iWorship 24-7 (From Integrity Music)

2007

The Only Name (Yours Will Be)

Big Daddy Weave

Love Come To Life

2013

Bless Your Name

Brian and Jenn Johnson

We Believe

2006

7:00 a.m.

In Jesus Name

Kutless

Glory

2014

One Name Alone (Live)  [PHIL. 2:9-11]

Matt Redman

Your Grace Finds Me (Live)

2013

Lift The Name (feat. Jared Anderson)

New Life Worship

You Hold It All

2011

My Jesus, I Love Thee (Your Holy Name)

Building 429

Jesus, Firm Foundation: Hymns of Worship

2013

No Other Name

Hillsong

No Other Name

2014

At Your Name

Tim Hughes

Love Shine Through

2011

Your Name Is Holy, Holy

Jeff Deyo

Light

2003

Call Upon His Name

Darlene Zschech

Change Your World

2005

Leaning On You, Jesus [Live]

Christy Nockels

Let It Be Jesus [Live]

2015

When I Speak Your Name (feat. Kari Jobe)

Klaus

Glory

2008

Sing To Jesus

Fernando Ortega

The Shadow Of Your Wings: Hymns And Sacred Songs

2006

I Love Your Name

Brian Johnson

Love Came Down

2010

How Sweet the Name

Delirious

Kingdom of Comfort

2008

8:00 a.m. 

The Power Of The Cross

Bethany Dillon and Matt Hammitt (of Sanctus Real)

In Christ Alone – Modern Hymns Of Worship

2008

Carry Your Name

Christy Nockels

Passion: Here For You

2011

Bless His Name

Jeremy Riddle

The Now And Not Yet

2009

For Your Name

Hillsong

Faith+Hope+Love

2009

Same Power

Jeremy Camp

I Will Follow

2015

Jesus, Only Jesus

Matt Redman

Passion: Let The Future Begin

2013

Your Name Alone Can Save   [PROVERBS 18:10]

Sovereign Grace Music

Risen

2011

Raise Up the Crown (All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name)

Chris Tomlin

Passion: Hymns Ancient and Modern

2004

Power Of Your Name (feat. Darlene Zschech)

Lincoln Brewster

Today Is The Day

2010

Sweetest Name I Know

Bart Millard

Hymned

2005

Power In The Blood

Bart Millard

Hymned

2005

Jesus, My All in All

Charlie Hall Band

The Death of Death

2013

More Love More Power

Jeff Deyo

Saturate

2002

9:00 a.m. 

Jesus, Rock Of Ages [Live]

Christy Nockels

Let It Be Jesus [Live]

2015

In Jesus Name

Third Day

Lead Us Back: Songs Of Worship

2015

Blessed Be Your Name

Matt Redman

Where Angels Fear To Tread

2002

Your Great Name   [PSALM 68:4]

Natalie Grant

Love Revolution

2011

Mighty To Save

Laura Story

Great God Who Saves

2008

Wonderful Name [Live]

Christy Nockels

Let It Be Jesus [Live]

2015

Mighty Is The Power Of The Cross

Chris Tomlin

Arriving

2004

Glory, Honor, Power, Praise

The Embers

The Embers

2008

Jesus, Firm Foundation (feat. Steven Curtis Chapman, Mark Hall and Mandisa)

Mike Donehey

Jesus, Firm Foundation (Hymns Of Worship)

2013

All The Poor And Powerless

All Sons & Daughters

Season One

2012

Jesus, Son Of God (feat. Christy Nockels)

Chris Tomlin

Burning Lights

2013

Counting On Your Name   [JOHN 14:13]

Tim Hughes

Love Shine Through

2011

Your Name

Paul Baloche

A Greater Song

2006

Praise The Name Of Jesus

Shane & Shane

Psalms

2002

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Reason To Believe-Honesty Of Jesus

February 8th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is Jesus’ honesty of what it means to follow Him.

When Jesus prepared His followers for what they would experience as believers, He included what they needed to know, not necessarily everything they wanted to hear.

He said, “In this world, you will have trouble.” That was a promise followed by words of encouragement that He has overcome the world. So, whatever kind of trouble we may face, Jesus is greater.
He also said, “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” That statement has also been true of His disciples.

Jesus said in Mark 8:34, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

Jesus did not emphasize the blessing of following Him without mentioning the cost of being His disciple. He did not distort the truth. His honest assessment accurately reflects the experiences of His followers today. Hardships test our faith, which God is able to use to refine our faith and make it stronger.

The honesty of Jesus is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Reason To Believe-War and Peace

January 25th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is the harsh reality of war, and God’s solution for peace.

Jesus told us that there would be wars and rumors of war until the end of the age. Daniel mentioned that wars would continue to the end.

That is the sad and harsh reality of our time, which is the result of a world affected by sin.

The tragedy of war gives many people a yearning for peace. That is where Jesus is the solution for our most volatile conflict-our war against God. He is our Mediator to establish peace with God.

Colossians 1:21 says, “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.”

Jesus will establish peace among nations when He sets up His kingdom, but until that day, we have the opportunity to live at peace with God through faith in Jesus Christ. That is the foundation that motivates us to live at peace with others, as far as it depends on us.

The reality of war and God’s peace plan are reasons to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Reason To Believe-Fulfilled Prophecy

January 19th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is Fulfilled Prophecy.

According to Revelation 19:10, the spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus. Many scholars who teach on this subject believe that Jesus fulfilled at least 300 Old Testament prophecies when He came 2,000 years ago. There are other prophecies that He has yet to fulfill. The fulfilled prophecies about Jesus at His first coming give us reason to believe that Jesus will fulfill the other prophecies yet to be fulfilled.

One person in the Bible who was led to believe in Jesus through prophecy was an Ethiopian official in Acts chapter 8. He was reading a prophecy in the book of Isaiah. Philip was a follower of Jesus who came alongside of the man to explain how Jesus fulfilled that prophecy, and told him the good news about Jesus.

Second Peter 1:21 says that “prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

Fulfilled prophecies in the Bible are reasons to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Q and A-Who Is Jesus?

January 7th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A explores the question, “Who is Jesus?”

There came a moment in Jesus’ ministry when Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

There were various opinions. The disciples replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Then Jesus wanted to know their thoughts, and asked them, “But what about you? Who do you say I am?”

If Jesus asked you that question, what would you say? Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” In saying this, Peter was acknowledging Jesus as the promised Messiah. Jesus blessed Peter for such a reply.

Elsewhere in the Bible, Jesus is described as Savior and Lord. He is uniquely qualified to save us from our sins and bring us into a right relationship with God.

Knowing Jesus personally as our Savior and Lord is a blessed place to be in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Encounter With Jesus-The Great Banquet

August 6th, 2015 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Connection, today’s Encounter with Jesus examines one of the parables He taught from Luke 14.

“A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. One said, “I just bought a field, another I just bought oxen, another, I just got married.”

The invitations went out, but the invited guests had other priorities. Parables are stories about the kingdom of God. Jesus is talking about the great banquet that God is preparing for His people in heaven. Yet, when the value of this invitation is not fully appreciated, we tend to make excuses for not accepting this invitation. We have business to run. We have plans to make. We have places to go, and people to see.

But if we stop and consider the treasure of His grace, and how His love brings refreshment to our soul, and restoration with God, the incentive for saying “Yes” outweighs our excuses for saying “no.”

God’s grace continues to reach out with the simple invitation to come to Jesus, and to trust Him as Savior and Lord. He desires for His house to be full. There is room for you.

A daily connection with Christ leads to a celebration of His love and the eternal life that He gives.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Encounter With Jesus-Simon

July 14th, 2015 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Connection, today’s Encounter with Jesus examines His encouragement to a disciple overwhelmed by His holiness.

It happened in Luke 5. Simon was fishing all night long, but did not catch anything. At Jesus’ instruction, he let down the nets in deeper water, and caught a boatload of fish. It’s a remarkable event that shows the futility of our efforts without Christ, and the effectiveness of our efforts with the help of Christ.

When Simon saw what happened, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man.” But Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” So Simon and his friends pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed Jesus.

We may relate to Simon’s internal struggle. In the presence of Jesus and His holiness, we may feel unworthy to be called one of His followers. However, that is the kind of person that Jesus is ready to bless with a productive purpose in the Kingdom of God. He will not shame us when we recognize our sinfulness. Instead, He will lift us out of our shame by inviting us to follow Him. He will replace our fears of punishment with faith in His unfailing love.

A daily connection with Christ gives our life meaningful purpose as we follow Jesus.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com