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Reason To Believe-The Moon

November 3rd, 2016 No comments

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

According to NASA, the Moon is approximately 238 thousand miles from planet earth. On a cloudless night, it appears as a light in the sky faithfully.

Psalm 89:37 describes the moon as the faithful witness in the sky. We see the moon because it reflects the light of the sun.

God’s promises are like the moon in the sense that they reflect His goodness and trustworthiness.

Our good deeds carried out in the name of Jesus are also like the moon in the sense that they reflect God’s glory.

Jesus instructs us to let our light shine before others, that they may see our good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven.

In this way, followers of Jesus can be like the moon and reflect Christ’s love and goodness to the world in which we live.

The Moon, as a faithful witness in the sky, is a reflector of light and is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Praise & Worship Show Playlist

October 30th, 2016 No comments

Halloween is on Monday and we’re losing more and more daylight every day…I thought it was the perfect time to focus on Shining our Light!  See my themed playlist, and links to helpful blogs below.

Kristi – WJTL DJ

Kristi@WJTL.com

http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/youre-shining-for-jesus-wherever-you-are/\

https://billygraham.org/story/shine/

http://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/kelly-balarie/afraid-to-shine-bright-for-christ.html

Name

Artist

Album

Year

6 a.m.

Light of Your Face

Misty Edwards

Relentless

2007

Joy (Shining Light)

Victory Fellowship Worship Band

Elevator Music

2010

I Saw The Light

David Crowder Band

A Collision

2005

Live Alive (live)

Rend Collective

Campfire II-Simplicity

2016

Father Of Lights

Third Day

Lead Us Back: Songs Of Worship

2015

Light Of The World

Matt Redman

The Fathers Song

2000

This Little Light Of Mine

Addison Road

Stories

2010

Set Me Ablaze (feat. Katie Torwalt) [Live]

Jesus Culture

Let It Echo (Live)

2016

Pure Light

Matt Redman

Facedown

2004

O Lord Of Light

Jill Paquette

Bridges – Classic Hymns, Modern Worship

2005

Brighten My Heart

Sixpence None The Richer

Exodus

1998

The Light Will Come

Phil Wickham

Cannons

2007

Marvelous Light

Charlie Hall

Flying Into Daybreak

2006

Light Will Shine

Hillsong United

Aftermath

2011

7 a.m.

2011

We Shine

Fee

Burn For You

2007

Glow

The Digital Age

Evening-Morning

2014

Shine On Us

Cory Asbury

Immersed

2007

Into The Light

SisterBrother

TBD

2013

We Will Not Be Shaken (Live)

Bethel Music & Brian Johnson

We Will Not Be Shaken (Live) [Deluxe Edition]

2015

Joyous Light

Chris Tomlin

Passion: Hymns Ancient and Modern

2004

God Ablaze

Charlie Hall

The Rising

2010

Holy Light

Phil Wickham

The Ascension

2013

Let There Be Light

The City Harmonic

We Are

2016

Life Light Up

Christy Nockels

Life Light Up

2009

Light of the World

Watermark

A Grateful People

2006

SMS (Shine)

David Crowder Band

Church Music

2010

Great Light of the World

Bebo Norman

Myself When I Am Real

2002

Shining

Phil Wickham

Cannons

2007

Shine On Us

Phillips, Craig & Dean

My Utmost For His Highest

8 a.m.

Let There Be Light

Bryan & Katie Torwalt

Let There Be Light – Single

2016

Lift Up the Light

Shane & Shane

The One You Need

2011

Father of Lights

Jesus Culture

Jesus Culture Awakening: Live From Chicago

2011

Children Of Light

Kristian Stanfill

Passion: Let The Future Begin

2013

Shine On

Bellarive

The Heartbeat

2012

Light of the World (feat. Chris Quilala) [Live]

Jesus Culture

Unstoppable Love (Live)

2015

Shine

Sisterbrother

Into The Light

2014

My Lighthouse (live)

Rend Collective

The Art of Celebration

2014

Let There Be Light

Bellarive

Before There Was

2014

Let Me Feel You Shine

David Crowder Band

Give Us Rest-A Requiem Mass In C (The Happiest Of All The Keys)

2011

Light After Darkness

Kings Kaleidoscope

Becoming Who We Are

2014

Marvelous Light

Ellie Holcomb

As Sure As The Sun

2014

Glowing Hearts

Seven Places

Glowing

2007

9 a.m.

Love Shine Through

Tim Hughes

Love Shine Through

2011

Spark

The City Harmonic

I Have a Dream (It Feels Like Home)

2011

God Of Brilliant Lights

Aaron Shust

Morning Rises

2013

In Your Light (feat. Jeremy Riddle)

Bethel Live

For The Sake Of The World

2012

Let Your Light Shine

Bethany Dillon

Waking Up

2007

Great Are You Lord

All Sons & Daughters

All Sons & Daughters

2014

Here I Am To Worship (feat. Martin Smith of Delirious

Tim Hughes

Happy Day

2009

O This God

Matt Redman

10,000 Reasons

2011

Let It Shine

All Sons & Daughters

Season One

2012

Shine

Matt Redman

Beautiful News

2006

Pushing Back The Dark

Josh Wilson

Carry Me

2013

Go Light Your World

Chris Rice

Short Term Memories

Let Your Light Shine

October 26th, 2016 No comments

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I was baptized at Hershey Free Church when I was in junior high.  It just so happened that the day my church was holding the event was on Halloween, and I was at a point in my life where my school was my mission field.  This was back in the day when “In The Light” by Charlie Peacock and “Be The One” by Al Denson were newer hit songs, not Classics — and “Shine” by Newsboys didn’t even exist yet!  I carried my Bible with me every day at school and invited friends to youth group events.  I was on fire for God on couldn’t think of a more powerful day to be baptized than on Halloween.  I was into Frank Peretti books and learning about spiritual warfare…being baptized on Halloween was as good as it could possibly get!  It was like taking the darkest day and making it stand for my dedication to Jesus, which I figured would send a loud and clear message to the devil.

The Bible verse I shared before taking the plunge was Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

If you’re in total darkness, even just one match is a game changer!  One very small light will always defeat darkness.  “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5

In the Bible, “Light” is life.  It guides our path.  It purifies.  It brings hope.  It is closely associated with God’s presence and favor.  Jesus is called the “Light of the World”.  Isn’t it such good news that God called us out of the darkness and into His marvelous light?!  We’ll sing about it with a light-themed playlist on this Sunday’s Praise & Worship Show from 6-10 a.m. and I hope you’ll join me.

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

john@wjtl.com

Lesson Of Faith-Jesus Light of the World

August 1st, 2013 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today, WJTL remembers the identity of Jesus as the light of the world.

In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

With our focus of faith on Jesus, we have moral clarity with a better understanding of how God wants us to live.

With our focus of faith on Jesus, we have Kingdom clarity with a better understanding of what God wants us to treasure.

And with our focus of faith on Jesus, we have directional clarity with a better understanding of where God wants us to go.

Jesus invites us to follow Him and to see the world in the light of His grace and truth. He offers abundant and eternal life to those who say “Yes” to His invitation.

The identity of Jesus as the light of the world is a lesson of faith worth remembering.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Lesson Of Faith-Sacrificial Giving

June 6th, 2013 1 comment

JOHN SHIRK – We find this word of instruction in Hebrews 13:16: “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

God’s design for our good deeds is for the righteousness of Christ to be exalted. The follower of Christ is motivated to good deeds because the love of Christ is active within us.

After the recent tornado outbreak in Oklahoma, various Christian relief groups moved in to help those devastated by the tornadoes. News broadcasts were drawing attention to the initiative of faith-based groups to come to the aid of those who were suffering.

The compassion of Christ is at the heart of many of these efforts. Doing good and sharing with others will involve sacrifices of personal time. It will require the heart of a servant. There might be a cost involved with making financial donations or buying items that other people need. The risk is worth the potential outcome. Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” When we give sacrificially for Christ, God is pleased, practical needs are met, and the door is open for others to give glory to God as a result of our witness.

The “results of sacrificial giving” is a lesson of faith worth remembering.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

LIFE APPLICATION TRUTH-STEP INTO THE LIGHT

November 28th, 2012 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – From First John 1:6 and 7.

“If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

One of Steve Taylor’s classics is “Sin For A Season.” In that song, he exposed the faulty thinking of those who used God’s grace as a license for sin. One of the lines describes their motivation:  “Gonna get the Lord to forgive a little sin. Get the slate cleaned so he can dirty it again. And no one else will ever know. But he reaps his harvest as his heart grows hard. No man’s gonna make a mockery of God.” These are the schemes of a deliberate sinner who abuses the grace of God.

God’s grace is amazing, but it is not a license for sin. Instead, it is a pardon for sin and an incentive for change. In Romans 6:1, Paul the Apostle asked, “Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?

God’s grace enables us to come out of darkness and into the light. As we follow Jesus with sincere devotion, we experience the freedom of forgiveness and the fulfillment of joyful Christian fellowship.

Walking in the light of God’s grace and truth is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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