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Freedom Phrase-Strength and Peace

July 15th, 2019 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Redemption, today’s Freedom Phrase is based on Psalm 29:11.

“The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.”

God is our source of strength. Whatever good accomplishments flow out of our lives is ultimately because He gave us the strength to be successful. 

God is also our source of peace. His love for us speaks at the cross and tells us that we matter to God. 

Jesus invites us to follow Him with a faithful heart, and offers to replace our guilt with His righteousness. In saying “Yes” to this invitation, we are no longer isolated from God, but restored to a meaningful friendship with God. His love surrounds us, and we find comfort in His love.

Through Jesus, we are set free to celebrate His strength and peace.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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

john@wjtl.com

Red Letter Wisdom-No More Of This

May 29th, 2019 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Wisdom from the Red Letters is found in Luke 22:51.

Jesus said to Peter, “No more of this.” Then, He touched a man’s ear and healed him.

Peter had just drawn the sword and used it on the servant of the high priest. That was when Jesus stepped into say, “No more of this”-meaning, No more violence. He was telling Peter to put away his sword. 

Earlier, Jesus told the disciples to take two swords, but clearly, it was not for the purpose of preventing His arrest. Jesus told Pilate at His trial, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

The words of Jesus inspire us to use peaceful means in our defense of the Gospel in the Year of Redemption.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Freedom Phrase-Green Pastures and Quiet Waters

May 15th, 2019 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Redemption, today’s Freedom Phrase is based on Psalm 23:2.

With the LORD as my shepherd, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.”

In a relationship with God, we can rest in His grace. His love will be our source of peace and confidence. In a works-oriented religion, a person tries to earn the favor of God with good deeds, but with that mindset, there is never any true security that we have done enough to please our Maker. When we see God’s love through the cross, we see His grace as a gift to be received by faith, not a paycheck to earn by our good deeds.  

Our yearning for peace with God is satisfied in Christ, and our thirst for righteousness is satisfied by the gentle flow of His grace.   

Through Jesus, we are set free to enjoy God’s rest and refreshment.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Freedom Phrase-Think About Such Things

April 24th, 2019 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Redemption, today’s Freedom Phrase is based on Philippians 4:8 and 9.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-thing about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Sometimes, we can be disturbed by our thought patterns. Fear and anxiety paralyze us from moving forward in God’s will. Self-righteousness keeps us from loving people. Complaining thought patterns keep us from the joy of thanksgiving. But if we fix our thoughts on Jesus, a new way of thinking will emerge that focuses on the virtuous qualities of the Bible.

Through Jesus, we are set free to focus our thoughts on Jesus and experience His peace.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Red Letter Wisdom-Peace of God

April 11th, 2019 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Wisdom from the Red Letters is found in John 14:27.

Jesus told His disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

The peace of God is a wonderful treasure and is available for those who trust in Jesus completely. Just before Jesus died, He was talking about peace that was better than anything this world could give.

With faith in Jesus, we are able to rest in God’s grace. We don’t have  to prove our worth to Him. He has proved His love for us.

With faith in Jesus, we have a secure relationship that is built on sure promises of blessing.

With faith in Jesus, we have a Savior, who does not count our sins against us. We are forgiven and reconciled to God through Jesus.

The words of Jesus inspire us to embrace the peace that Jesus offers us in the Year of Redemption.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com


Eye On Integrity-Peacemaking

August 20th, 2018 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Eye on Integrity is based on Matthew 5:9.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

One of the purposes of those who follow Jesus is to be agents of reconciliation. Second Corinthians 5:19 tells us that God has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We have good news to share with the world that God’s forgiveness is available through faith in Jesus Christ. There is no greater way to be a peacemaker than to be an influence for the Gospel, where people come into relationship with God and experience His peace.

Another way to be a peacemaker is to have a mediating role between two conflicting parties. This takes wisdom and patience to rebuild relationships that have been strained by conflict.

God’s peacemakers in the world will be called God’s children in His kingdom.

Walking as a peacemaker is a virtue to embrace for our lives in the Year of Integrity.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Praise & Worship Playlist

July 22nd, 2018 1 comment

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  (Psalm 46:10 NIV)

Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ

Kristi@WJTL.com

Song Title Artist Album Year
6AM
P E A C E Hillsong Young & Free III 2018
God Moves In A Mysterious Way Jeremy Riddle Full Attention 2007
Whole World in His Hands Tim Hughes When Silence Falls 2004
Peace Josh Baldwin The War Is Over 2017
Be Still My Soul Leigh Nash Hymns And Sacred Songs 2011
Psalm 91 (On Eagles Wings) Shane & Shane Psalms, Vol. 2 2015
Psalm 130 (I Wait) Robbie Seay Band Psalms LP 2015
Be Still (feat. Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger) Bethel Music Tides 2013
Clinging To The Cross (feat. Brooke Fraser) Tim Hughes Holding Nothing Back 2007
The Purest Place Watermark A Grateful People 2006
Rest Matt Maher Saints and Sinners 2015
SMS (Shine) David Crowder Band Church Music 2010
Hold Me Close Aaron Gillespie Grace Through the Wandering 2015
7AM
Close (Live) Hillsong Young & Free We Are Young & Free (Live) 2013
Unashamed Love Ten Shekel Shirt Open The Eyes Of My Heart 2001
Rest in You All Sons & Daughters Poets & Saints 2016
God of Comfort (Live) Tim Hughes Glimpses of Glory (Live) 2002
None But Jesus Hillsong United United We Stand 2005
Trust Kristene Mueller Those Who Dream 2008
Highs & Lows Hillsong Young & Free III 2018
Be Still And Know Christy Nockels Deeper (Integrity Music) 2008
Beauty of Your Peace Tim Hughes When Silence Falls 2004
Psalm 23 (Surely Goodness, Surely Mercy) Shane & Shane Psalms, Vol. 2 2015
Perfect Peace Laura Story Great God Who Saves 2008
A Little Longer (Live) Bethel Music & Jenn Johnson You Make Me Brave (Live) 2014
8AM
There Is No Striving (feat. Kalley Heiligenthal) Rita Springer Battles 2017
Measures Of Rest Bellarive The Heartbeat 2012
Peace Robbie Seay Band 10,000 Charms 2002
Full Attention Jeremy Riddle Full Attention 2007
Attention Know Hope Collective Know Hope Collective (compilation) 2010
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Look Up) Nichole Nordeman Jesus, Firm Foundation (Hymns Of Worship) 2013
Give Me Jesus All Sons & Daughters Prone To Wander: A Collection of Hymns
I Will Wait Jason Upton Faith 2001
Psalm 62 (God Is a Refuge) Robbie Seay Band Psalms LP 2015
I Wait All Sons & Daughters Poets & Saints 2016
Defender Rita Springer Battles 2017
Surrounded (Fight My Battles) Michael W. Smith Surrounded 2018
Fighting for Us Michael Farren Fighting for Us – Single 2018
9AM
Waiting Here For You / Majesty [Live from South Africa] Martin Smith Love Song for a City (Live) 2018
We Are Waiting All Sons & Daughters Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns of Fanny Crosby 2015
This I Know (feat. Chris Quilala) Sarah Reeves My Utmost for His Highest 2017
When My Heart Is Torn Asunder Phil Wickham The Ascension 2013
Holding On Josh Baldwin The War Is Over 2017
We Will Not Be Shaken (Live) Bethel Music & Brian Johnson We Will Not Be Shaken (Live) [Deluxe Edition] 2015
Everlasting God Chris Tomlin See The Morning 2006
What I Know Tricia Gods Not Dead (Movie Soundtrack) 2014
Find Me At The Feet Of Jesus Christy Nockels Let It Be Jesus 2015
The More I Seek You Kari Jobe Deeper (Integrtity Music) 2008
It is Well (feat. Kristene DiMarco) Bethel Music You Make Me Brave (Live) 2014
The Secret Place (feat. Madison Cunningham) Phil Wickham Children of God 2016
Every Little Thing Hillsong Young & Free III 2018

Eye On Integrity-The Life

June 8th, 2018 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Eye on Integrity is based on John 14:6.

Jesus told His disciples, “I am the life.”

He is the source of life. He spoke of two dimensions of life when He held out the offer of life to us-eternal life and abundant life.

In John 6:40, He said, “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.”

In John 10:10, He said, I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” Jesus offers the kind of life that abounds in peace, in love, in grace, in joy, in hope, in gratitude, and in good deeds. Receiving Jesus as Lord is the key to these abounding treasures.

Faith walks toward God, using the bridge that He has provided to cross over from death to life.

Walking in the life that Jesus has for us is a virtue to embrace for our lives in the Year of Integrity.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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

john@wjtl.com

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Q and A-What is the Priestly Blessing?

September 15th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A Segment explores the question, “What is the priestly blessing?”

In Numbers 6:24, The LORD instructed Moses how to direct Aaron and his sons to bless the Israelites:

“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you: The LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

This is a benediction sometimes given at the end of church services today. This blessing reflects God’s heart for us to know His peace and grace, which satisfies our soul and makes our joy complete.

This blessing is ultimately realized through a relationship with Jesus Christ, who is the way for us to experience God’s favor. Grace and peace prevail in the hearts of those who turn away from sin and turn to Christ for forgiveness and direction in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com