Posts Tagged ‘resurrection’

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
Spotfiy Playlist

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

Praise & Worship Show Playlist

April 16th, 2017 No comments

Song Title





Sweetly Broken

Jeremy Riddle

Compilation – Sweetly Broken



The Bridge Band

More Like You


To The Cross

Jadon Lavik

Art and Soul


How Deep The Fathers Love For Us

Bethany Dillon and Matt Hammitt (of Sanctus Real)

In Christ Alone – Modern Hymns Of Worship


Lead Me To The Cross

Hillsong United

All Of The Above


Through the Precious Blood (feat. Melissa Farmer)

Sovereign Grace Music

Come Weary Saints


Once For All

Paul Baloche

Your Mercy


By His Wounds (feat. Mark Hall, Steven Curtis Chapman, Brian Littrell)

Mac Powell

Glory Revealed


Mighty Is The Power Of The Cross

Chris Tomlin



Above All

Michael W. Smith



The Power Of The Cross

Bethany Dillon and Matt Hammitt (of Sanctus Real)

In Christ Alone – Modern Hymns Of Worship


You Are My King (Amazing Love) (feat. Charlie Hall)

Christy Nockels

Passion-Better Is One Day


All Because of the Cross

Paul Baloche

The Same Love


Clinging To The Cross (feat. Brooke Fraser)

Tim Hughes

Holding Nothing Back



The Wondrous Cross [Live]

Christy Nockels

Let It Be Jesus [Live]


At The Cross (Love Ran Red)

Chris Tomlin

Love Ran Red


Your Royal Blood

Rend Collective

As Family We Go (Deluxe Edition)


Your Blood Ran Down

Paul Baloche

The Same Love


Power in the Cross (feat. Derek Johnson) [Live]

Jesus Culture

Let It Echo (Live)


For the Cross (feat. Brian & Jenn Johnson)

Bethel Music



The Cross Stands

Tim Hughes

Pocketful of Faith


The Wonderful Cross

Chris Tomlin

The Noise We Make


Nothing Holding Me Back

Bryan & Katie Torwalt

Here On Earth


Nothing But the Blood

Jesus Culture

Jesus Culture Awakening: Live From Chicago


True Love

Phil Wickham



God Of Calvary

Chris Tomlin

Never Lose Sight (Deluxe Edition)


My Victory


American Prodigal



Lamb of God

Meredith Andrews

Deeper (Deluxe Edition)


Jesus Paid It All

Kristian Stanfill

Passion: Everything Glorious


Ashes (feat. Chris McClarney)

Dara Maclean



This I Believe

Hillsong Worship

No Other Name


What A Beautiful Name

Hillsong Worship

Let There Be Light


Forever (feat. Brian Johnson)

Bethel Music



Christ is Risen

Jeremy Riddle

The Now And Not Yet


Buried In The Grave

All Sons & Daughters

Season One


Death In His Grave

John Mark McMillan

The Medicine


Hallelujah, To Saving Grace


Before There Was


Hail the Day

Sovereign Grace Music



Victors Crown

Darlene Zschech

[digital single]


Risen King





This Is Amazing Grace

Phil Wickham

The Ascension



Elevation Worship

Here as in Heaven




Salvations Tide Is Rising


Like A Lion

David Crowder Band

Passion: Awakening


Hes Alive

Laura Hacket

Joy (LIVE)


Mystery (feat. Passion)

Charlie Hall

Passion: White Flag


Focus On God-Miracle Worker

January 27th, 2017 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Trust, today’s Focus on God examines His power as a miracle worker.

According to Psalm 77:14, God is a miracle-worker. “You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.”

The Christian faith is built on miracles, such as the Creation of the world, the virgin birth of Jesus, the miracle of His love demonstrated at the cross, and the raising of Jesus from the dead three days later.

There is another miracle worth noting-the miracle of God’s love to draw someone to faith in Jesus and to change a heart. Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!”

God’s power as a miracle worker is a reason to trust in God for today and forever.

John Shirk

Reason To Believe-Accusation And Resurrection

March 29th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is the accusation against Jesus and the empty tomb.

In John chapter 10, some of the Jews were picking up stones, getting ready to throw at Jesus. He said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”

They replied, “We are not stoning you for any of these, but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

Some people today claim that Jesus never claimed to be God, but in John 10, His critics made that very accusation.

No other living person could have made the claim to be God and be right, but Jesus was different. According to First Timothy 3:16, Jesus appeared in a body and was vindicated by the Spirit. The voice of the Father at Jesus’ baptism, the miracles that Jesus performed, and ultimately, the empty tomb are significant indications that Jesus’ claims were true. Romans 1:4 says that through the Spirit of holiness, Jesus was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead.

So, the accusation of blasphemy explains the reason why His enemies wanted to kill him, but the resurrection reveals why we have a reason to believe in God’s Good News.

John Shirk

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