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Faith Building Verse-Psalm 23:3

October 10th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Faith-Building Verse is Psalm 23:3.

With the LORD as my Shepherd, “He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.”

Before knowing Jesus, our heart is polluted and corrupted by sin and wrong motives. But God’s grace is a life-changer. He is able to remove the pollution of our hearts to make them pure. He is able to correct wrong motives and make them rightly motivated by His love.

Charles Spurgeon once said, “For nourishment, comfort, exhilaration, and refreshment, no wine can rival the love of Jesus. Drink deeply.”

This Faith-Building Verse inspires us to find refreshment and direction by following Jesus in the Year of Relationship.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Key Element for Thriving Relationships-Kindness

June 27th, 2022 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Key Element for Thriving Relationships is Kindness.

This quality is identified in the fruit of the Spirit, showing tender concern for others. Kindness causes us to take notice of the person who feels forgotten or to be gentle with the person who feels anxiety.

Kindness is refreshing for someone who is beaten down by harsh words and discouraging influences.

Kindness is life-changing for someone who recognizes their need for God’s grace. Romans 2:4 tells us that the kindness of God leads us to repentance.

Because of God’s kindness toward us, we can be a voice of kindness and refreshment for others. Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Kindness is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Good News Focus-Generosity and Refreshment

August 20th, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Good News Focus is on Acts 20:35.

The Apostle Paul spoke to other church leaders, and as he was saying good-bye to them, he said, “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

The way of Christ is to help those who cannot help themselves. That is the impact of grace on our lives. When we receive God’s grace for the precious gift that it is, we become more sensitive to the plight of those who cannot help themselves. The Apostle Paul carried out his ministry with concern for those in poverty. He sought financial assistance from the church to help those with physical needs. As they worked together, they made a difference for the glory of God.

The way of Christ is the way of love and generous giving. Proverbs 11:25 says that a generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”   

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

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