Posts Tagged ‘resurrection’

Reason To Believe-Empty Tomb

March 21st, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason To Believe is the empty tomb.

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

The fact that the stone was rolled away gave Jesus’ followers the opportunity to see the folded grave clothes. They saw with their own eyes that the body that had been laid in the tomb three days earlier was now missing. The meaning of the empty tomb can be summed up in the message that the angel gave to the women who came to Jesus’ gravesite on the first day of the week.

He said, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, “He has risen from the dead.”

The empty tomb is not a reason to be filled with fear. It is a reason to explore the claims of the resurrection. It is a reason for celebration, awe and wonder. It is worthy news to share with others.

The meaning of the empty tomb is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

Encounter With Jesus-Thomas

April 16th, 2015 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Connection, today’s Encounter with Jesus examines His resurrection appearance to Thomas.

One of Jesus’ disciples was skeptical that Jesus actually rose from the dead. Jesus had appeared to the other disciples, but not Thomas. When the disciples told Thomas that they had seen the Lord, he responded by saying, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” For Thomas, seeing was believing.

A week later, Jesus appeared to His disciples. This time, Thomas was with them. Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” In that moment, Thomas would have seen the evidence that Jesus is alive. He would have also seen the evidence of His love for Thomas. The nail marks revealed the price that Jesus paid for our sins. There is no expression of love more powerful and life-changing.

Jesus said to Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” That blessing extends to you if you believe the good news of His resurrection.

A daily connection with Christ causes our doubt and skepticism to be overcome by faith and worship.

John Shirk

Moment Of Celebration-Bold Witnesses

July 16th, 2014 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment of Celebration reflects on the steadfast, bold witness of the apostles.

When Jesus rose from the dead, He did not keep it a secret from His friends. According to First Corinthians 15:3, “Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures,…he was buried,….he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures….and he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.” Here was a group of men who followed Jesus to Jerusalem, where they saw His suffering at the cross and the triumph of His resurrection. Brave souls will stand for the truth even in the face of persecution, but very few would die for a lie. Each of Jesus’ followers who saw Him alive again faced some type of persecution for their witness. Most of them died for their faith in Jesus.

In the life of the early church, the disciples went their separate ways, but they remained faithful to the mission of spreading the good news wherever they went. In their courageous witness for Jesus, they said to the governing authorities, who tried to silence them, “We must obey God rather than men.”

The steadfast, bold witness of Jesus’ followers is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

Moment Of Celebration-The Empty Tomb

July 15th, 2014 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment of Celebration reflects on the empty tomb.

On the day of Pentecost, Peter preached a sermon that persuaded 3,000 people to come to faith in Christ. It was a moment when he preached the Gospel. In that sermon, Peter said in Acts 2:32, “God raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.”

This happened fifty days after the crucifixion of Jesus. If opponents wanted to prove Peter wrong, they could have pointed people to a tomb where they placed the body of Jesus. But the stone had been rolled away, and the tomb was empty. The empty tomb tells us that Jesus has defeated death and conquered the grave. He leads His followers to eternal life, not a mortal end. Jesus told His disciples in John 14:19, “Because I live, you also will live.”

The empty tomb of Jesus is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

Moment Of Celebration-The Comeback

April 22nd, 2014 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the comeback of Jesus.

Two men were walking along the road to Emmaus wearing somber faces. They had hoped that Jesus would be their redeemer, but after the events of the past few days, their hopes had faded to disappointment. Suddenly, Jesus showed up and started walking and talking with them. After they recognized Jesus later, their spirits were lifted, and they went to tell His disciples, “It is true! The Lord has risen.”

Suppose you were watching a sporting event with a friend who cheered on the same team,  and you turned off the TV because your team fell so far behind. Then, imagine finding out the next day that your team scored a stunning come-back victory. You would probably text your friend to share the good news.

Jesus made the greatest comeback of all time when He rose from the dead. It looked bleak on Friday, when Christ was nailed to a cross, and the disciples were scattered and distressed. It looked like the enemies of Christ had prevailed, but Jesus would not stay silent in the tomb. He came back from death, and emerged victorious over death and sin. His triumph renews our hope every day and fills us with so much joy that we want to tell others about the greatest comeback in   history.

The comeback of Jesus from the grave is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

Praise&Worship Easter Playlist

April 20th, 2014 No comments

Here’s the playlist themed to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the grave and triumph over death!

Happy Easter!

Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ

Hes Alive Laura Hacket Joy (LIVE) 2010
How Deep The Fathers Love For Us Joy Williams WOW Worship 2004
I Will Remember You Brenton Brown Everlasting God 2006
How Great Thou Art NewSong Newsong Rescue – Live Worship 2005
Christ Has Set Me Free Rend Collective Homemade Worship By Handmade People 2012
Risen King Sisterbrother Sisterbrother 2011
Nothing But The Blood Charlie Hall Passion: How Great Is Our God 2005
I Will Sing Of My Redeemer (feat. Barlow Girl) Selah Bless The Broken Road 2006
Nails The Bridge Band More Like You 2004
Remember Tim Hughes Happy Day 2009
Jesus Messiah Chris Tomlin Hello Love 2008
Risen Today Aaron Shust This Is What We Believe (Deluxe Edition) [Disc 1] 2012
Our Gods Alive Andy Cherry Nothing Left To Fear 2011
For the Cross Matt Redman The Heart of Worship 1999
Old Rugged Cross Chris Rice Peace Like a River – The Hymns Project 2007
Clinging To The Cross (feat. Brooke Fraser) Tim Hughes Holding Nothing Back 2007
Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross Paul Colman Bridges – Classic Hymns, Modern Worship 2005
Power Of The Cross Leigh Nash Hymns And Sacred Songs 2011
True Love Phil Wickham Singalong 2008
Creed Rich Mullins A Liturgy, A Legacy and A Ragamuffin Band 1993
Lead Me To The Cross Hillsong United All Of The Above 2006
At the Foot of the Cross (Ashes to Beauty) Dave Chatel Worship Project P40.3 2004
Shadow Of Your Cross Joel Engle Made For Worship 2005
Jesus, Son Of God (feat. Christy Nockels) Chris Tomlin Burning Lights 2013
Above All Michael W. Smith Worship 2001
Love Came Down Brian Johnson Love Came Down 2010
Wonderful Merciful Savior Phillips, Craig and Dean Let My Words Be Few 2001
Messiah Phil Wickham Phil Wickham 2006
We Are Saved Paul Baloche The Same Love 2012
Redeemer Nicole C. Mullen Nicole C. Mullen 2000
Death In His Grave John Mark McMillan The Medicine 2008
Buried In The Grave All Sons & Daughters Season One 2012
Christ is Risen Jeremy Riddle The Now And Not Yet 2009
Christ Is Risen Matt Maher Alive Again 2010
Redeemer Tim Hughes Here I Am To Worship 2001
Thank You For Saving Me Delirious Deeper 1998
Jesus Paid It All Kristian Stanfill Passion: Everything Glorious 2006
Thank You God For Saving Me (feat. Phil Wickham) Chris Tomlin Burning Lights 2013
Sweetly Broken Jeremy Riddle Compilation – Sweetly Broken 2006
The Power Of The Cross Bethany Dillon and Matt Hammitt (of Sanctus Real) In Christ Alone – Modern Hymns Of Worship 2008
The Wonder Of The Cross Vicky Beeching Painting The Invisible 2007
To The Cross Jadon Lavik Art and Soul 2010
Hail the Day Sovereign Grace Music Risen 2011
This Is Amazing Grace Jeremy Riddle Bethel Live: For The Sake Of The World 2012
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) Chris Tomlin Music Inspired By The Motion Picture Amazing Grace 2007
Mystery (feat. Passion) Charlie Hall Passion: White Flag 2012
Overcome Jeremy Camp We Cry Out-The Worship Project 2010
Victors Crown Darlene Zschech [digital single] 2014
Forever Kari Jobe Majestic 2014
The Stone Was Rolled Away (feat. Jars of Clay) Three Crosses Jefferson Street 1996
Here Is Love Matt Redman Passion: Hymns Ancient and Modern 2004
We Have Been Forgiven Seven Places Glowing 2007
The Wonderful Cross Chris Tomlin The Noise We Make 2001



Moment Of Celebration-Resurrection and Life

March 26th, 2014 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on Jesus as the Resurrection and the Life.

In John 11:25, Jesus said to Martha: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”

Then, He turned to Martha and asked her a question that is relevant for us as well.  Jesus said, “Do you believe this?”

There are various beliefs about Jesus today. Some say that He was a good man, who demonstrated wise teachings and who did good things for people, but not more than that. To others, He is a swear word. To others, He was a deceiver. Others echo the response of Martha, who said, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”

By saying this, Martha was affirming that Jesus was not just another ordinary man, but that He came from heaven as a promise from God, and is the source of eternal life for all who trust Him for salvation.

The eternal life that Jesus offers us is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

Lesson of Faith-Hope Of The Resurrection

April 8th, 2013 1 comment

JOHN SHIRK – In First Corinthians 15, the Apostle Paul talked about our situation if Christ did not rise from the dead. He said in verse 14, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.”

He said, “If only for this life we have hope in Christ we are to be pitied more than all men.”

Paul was living with an eternal perspective. He assures us that Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, and because of His resurrection, those who are in Christ will be made alive.

Jesus told His followers, “Because I live, you also will live.” Because Jesus lives, our failures are not fatal, our faith is not futile, and death is not final. Our labor has purpose, our soul is secure, and our future is forever in the grace of God. This is our hope when our faith is in Christ to save us from our sins.

The hope of the resurrection is a lesson of faith worth remembering.

John Shirk

Lesson Of Faith-A Compelling Claim

April 4th, 2013 1 comment

JOHN SHIRK – In his speech on the day of Pentecost, Peter made a declaration that was both powerful and controversial. He said in Acts 2:32, “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.”

Peter called the resurrection of Jesus a fact. It would have been recognized by many witnesses that Jesus died on a cross, but not every one had seen Jesus alive. If the claim of Jesus’ resurrection had been nonsense, Jesus’ adversaries could have produced the body to indicate otherwise. However, the Bible records that the tomb was empty and the body was gone. Opponents of Jesus did not present the evidence of a body.

A rumor was circulating that the disciples stole the body. But if that were the case, would they really have become martyrs for a lie? Those followers of Jesus who claimed to see Jesus after He rose from the dead were willing to die for that claim, which is a powerful testimony of their conviction.

Here is another compelling claim of the resurrection: Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in  your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

The compelling claim of the early church leaders is a lesson of faith worth remembering.

John Shirk

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