Posts Tagged ‘resurrection’

Light Reflection-Acts 4:2 Resurrection of Jesus

November 8th, 2023 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – This week’s Light Reflections examine some of the bright spots in the book of Acts when God was on the move in the hearts of people.

One of those places was Acts chapter 4, as Peter and John, two followers of Jesus, were speaking to the people. Verse 2 tells us that the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. Some of the religious leaders seized Peter and John and put them in jail the next day. But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.

Through changing times and the current issues that the church is compelled to address, we are wise to stay focused on the meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection. That is where our ultimate hope is found. That is where the battle was won for those who would believe in Christ. Those moments in history draw us to Jesus as forgiver of our sins and the source of our salvation. The message of the cross and the empty grave remind us of the victory that we have in Jesus over our greatest adversaries.

This Light Reflection inspires us to remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, and share that message with others in the Year to Shine.

John Shirk

Light Reflection-Matthew 28:9 Glory of the Resurrection

October 20th, 2023 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Light Reflection is from Matthew 28:9.

After Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb of Jesus, they encountered an angel who announced that Jesus was not in the tomb and had risen from the dead. He sent them on their way to tell this good news to the disciples of Jesus.

As they hurried away from the tomb, suddenly Jesus met them, saying “Greetings.” They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.

Jesus was glorified at His resurrection. There was a pattern here. The eyewitnesses to the resurrection of Jesus would worship Him, and then Jesus would tell them to spread the good news of His resurrection.

This is the calling of His followers today-to worship Jesus and be a light that tells other people that He is alive and able to save us from sin.

This Light Reflection inspires us to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with faith, worship, and testimony in the Year to Shine.

John Shirk

Light Reflection-Psalm 16:9 to 11-Resurrection Prophecy

April 4th, 2023 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Light Reflection is from Psalm 16:9 to 11.

David wrote, “My heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

David saw hope beyond the grave because of this prophetic truth. God’s faithful one would not see decay. This prophecy came to light when Jesus rose from the dead.

On the day of Pentecost, Peter referred to this Psalm to apply it to Jesus. Acts 2:31 says, “Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.”  Our hope for life beyond the grave flows from the reality that Jesus rose from the dead.

This Light Reflection inspires us to rejoice in Jesus as our living hope in the Year to Shine.

John Shirk

20/20 Insight-Witnesses of the Resurrection

April 16th, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on the testimony of Jesus’ disciples to His resurrection.

In John 20:25, the disciples told Thomas, who had not yet seen Jesus alive, “We have seen the Lord.”

One of the compelling pieces of evidence that Jesus rose from the dead is found in the Bible.  There were witnesses, and those witnesses were the disciples of Jesus. 

Tim Keller explains why this is significant in his book “The Reason for God.” “Virtually all the apostles and early Christian leaders died for their faith, and it is hard to believe that this kind of powerful self-sacrifice would be done to support a hoax.”

Even though Thomas did not initially believe this report, he too would be convinced after seeing Jesus with his own eyes one week later.

Focusing on the resurrection of Jesus from the dead gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.

John Shirk

Good News Focus-Resurrection Hope

April 15th, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Good News Focus is on John 20, verse 1.

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.”

Peter Marshall is quoted as saying, “The stone was rolled away from the door, not to permit Christ to come out, but to enable the disciples to go in.”

What did they find when they went into the tomb? Peter and another disciple saw strips of linen lying there and the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. But there was no body. John 20, verse 8 records that the disciple who reached the tomb first saw and believed when he went inside. The biggest piece of evidence to make the case for the resurrection of Jesus was what was missing at the tomb of Jesus when the stone was rolled away. Jesus’ body was missing, but He later appeared to His disciples alive. Jesus told His followers in John 14:19, “Because I live, you also will live.” 

Jesus is our source of Good News, leading us to a place of faith and resurrection hope in the Year of Vision.

John Shirk

Praise & Worship Playlist

April 12th, 2020 No comments

Happy Easter Sunday!

This morning we are celebrating Resurrection Day with a themed playlist! See the lineup below, including “Jesus Paid It All” by Kim Walker-Smith, “King of Kings” by Hillsong Worship, “Living Hope” from Phil Wickham, “Death Was Arrested” by Seth Condrey, “Resurrection Day” by Rend Collective and more.

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ 
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Song TitleArtistAlbumYear
6:00 a.m.
Hes AliveLaura HacketJoy (LIVE)2010
Happy DayTim HughesHolding Nothing Back2007
Risen King (Sons and Daughters) (feat. David Leach)Life Center WorshipDebut EP2019
Hallelujah, To Saving GraceBellariveBefore There Was2014
Ashes (feat. Chris McClarney)Dara Maclean[Single]2017
OvercomeJeremy CampWe Cry Out-The Worship Project2010
Once For AllPaul BalocheYour Mercy2017
This I Believe (The Creed)Hillsong WorshipNo Other Name2014
Christ Is RisenMatt MaherAlive Again2010
God Of CalvaryChris TomlinNever Lose Sight (Deluxe Edition)2016
Hallelujah For the CrossChris McClarneyBreakthrough2018
StrongerHillsongThis Is Our God2010
7:00 a.m.
Nailed To the CrossRend CollectiveGood News2018
This Is Amazing GraceJeremy RiddleBethel Live: For The Sake Of The World2012
The Wonderful CrossChris TomlinThe Noise We Make2001
ResurrectingElevation WorshipHere as in Heaven2016
Mystery (feat. Passion)Charlie HallPassion: White Flag2012
How Deep the Fathers LoveShane & ShaneThe Worship Initiative, Vol. 102014
Behold Him (feat. Kim Walker Smith)Paul Baloche2019
Clinging To The Cross (feat. Brooke Fraser)Tim HughesHolding Nothing Back2007
Nothing Holding Me BackBryan & Katie TorwaltHere On Earth2011
In Christ AloneKristian StanfillPassion: Let The Future Begin2013
My VictoryCrowderAmerican Prodigal2016
8:00 a.m.
Forever (Live)Bethel Music & Kari JobeYou Make Me Brave (Live)2014
Christ is RisenJeremy RiddleThe Now And Not Yet2009
Jesus Paid It All (feat. Kim Walker Smith)Worship CircleWorship Circle Hymns2019
How Great a King (Live)Bethel Music, Paul McClure & Hannah McClureVictory (Live)2019
Graves Into Gardens (feat. Brandon Lake)Elevation WorshipGraves Into Garders2020
Death Was Arrested (feat. Seth Condrey)North PointNothing Ordinary2017
Glorious Day (feat. Kristian Stanfill)PassionWorthy Of Your Name2017
Like A LionDavid Crowder BandPassion: Awakening2010
Lion and the LambLeelandInvisible2016
You Cannot Be StoppedPhil Wickham & Chris QuilalaSingle2019
9:00 a.m.
Death Where Is Your StingCory AsburyReckless Love2018
Resurrection DayRend CollectiveGood News2018
It Is Finished (feat. Melodie Malone) [Live]PassionFollow You Anywhere (Live)2019
Your Cross Changes Everything (feat. Matt Redman) [Live]PassionWorthy of Your Name (Live)2017
No Longer SlavesBethel MusicWe Will Not Be Shaken2015
Living HopePhil WickhamLiving Hope – Single2018
King of KingsHillsong WorshipKing of Kings – Single2019
How Great Thou ArtDavid LeonardHow Great Thou Art – Single2020
Death In His GraveJohn Mark McMillanThe Medicine2008
True LovePhil WickhamSingalong2008
Christ Is RisenMack BrockGreater Things2018
RememberPassionSalvations Tide Is Rising2016
O Praise The NameHillsong WorshipOpen Heaven River Wild2016
For the Cross (feat. Brian & Jenn Johnson)Bethel MusicTides2013

20/20 Insight-Father’s Will-Look To The Son

January 22nd, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on the Father’s will.

Jesus said in John 6:40, “For 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.”

The Bible tells us that salvation is found in no one else. Jesus is the name given to mankind by which we must be saved. He is God’s precious gift from heaven. As we look to Jesus with a believing heart, He will be our source of righteousness and salvation. He will be our source of peace in times of conflict; He will be our source of confidence in times of crisis.  

Focusing on Jesus as the reason for our hope gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.  

John Shirk

Red Letter Wisdom-Jesus, The Living One

May 1st, 2019 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Wisdom from the Red Letters is found in Revelation 1:18.

Jesus said to the Apostle John,  “I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”

The resurrection of Jesus means that His followers live by faith in a Risen Savior, NOT a dead Christ.

His resurrection means that we can live in relationship with Him today. His word is living and active to guide us in the truth of God’s plan. He is alive and available to hear our prayers.

His resurrection also means that our faith overflows with hope, because Jesus has released His followers from the power of death and hell.

The words of Jesus inspire us to celebrate the miracle of the resurrection in the Year of Redemption.

John Shirk

Top 10 Easter Worship Songs

April 15th, 2019 No comments

Word Worship Team gathered information from national worship leader surveys, CCLI, and PlanningCenterOnline to create a list of the top songs for Easter 2019. 

The results are in!

1.  Living Hope – Phil Wickham
2.  Resurrecting – Elevation Worship
3.  Who Could – Meredith Andrews 
4.  The Lion And The Lamb – Big Daddy Weave
5.  My Victory – We Are Messengers 
6.  Death Was Arrested – North Point 
7.  Glorious Day – Passion
8.  Ashes – Dara Maclean 
9.  The Cross Has the Final Word – Cody Carnes 
10. Because He Lives (amen) – Matt Maher

Click on the songs above to find lyrics and resource links to lead them in your church.  Click below to listen through the top 10 songs as well as some other favorites.

YouTube Playlist
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Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ

Eye on Integrity-The Resurrection

January 24th, 2018 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Eye on Integrity is based on Romans 10:9.

“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

The Gospel is the good news of what Jesus did for us when He went to the cross and rose from the dead three days later. This is the defining moment in history that gives us hope. No longer will God hold our sins against us if our faith is in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Our failures are not fatal. Our faith is not futile. Death is not final. The resurrection of Jesus was a game-changer. His grace freely given is a life-changer.

Walking by faith in the resurrected Christ is a virtue to embrace for our lives in the Year of Integrity.

John Shirk

Focus On God-Good News

June 8th, 2017 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Trust, today’s Focus on God examines His good news.

According to Acts 13:32 and 33, God’s good news is linked to the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

“We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors, he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus.”

Without the empty grave, the Christian faith would collapse. But since Jesus did rise from the dead, we have a living hope by believing in the name of Jesus Christ. We have the gift of His grace, the forgiveness of sins, peace with God, and an inheritance in God’s kingdom that can never perish, spoil, or fade.

The good news of Jesus is a reason to trust in God for today and forever.

John Shirk