New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Jonathan Thulin

phil : March 26, 2014 8:23 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.) Singer/songwriter Jonathan Thulin was a recent guest on New Tunes at 9. The Swedish born artist, who makes his home in Minneapolis, has released the project “The White Room,” on Dream Records. Jonathan Thulin began singing at an early age and began traveling around the world with his parents at age 11. (His parents, who were evangelists, toured with The Gaithers and Carman, among others.) Thulin, whose also recorded and written songs with the band, Press Play, continues to mature as a songwriter. “This album was different for me,” he says, “I didn’t strategically write songs as I usually would,” The first single off “The White Room” is a song called, “Architecture.” Jonathan writes, “You build me up like a city of gold. The battles rage but I’m standing tall. You formed my heart like an empire. The wind and rain can’t stop this fire.” (Jonathan spoke about the song on New Tunes at 9. For more on Jonathan Thulin, go to, or visit Thulin is spelled “T-h-u-l-i-n” and pronounced “too-lane.”

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Moment Of Celebration-Resurrection and Life

john : March 26, 2014 2:19 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

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

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Moment Of Celebration-Bread Of Life

john : March 25, 2014 5:00 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

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

After feeding 5,000 people, starting with five loaves of bread and two fish, Jesus taught a lesson of faith about spiritual bread.

He said in John 6:35: “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

Jesus was inviting us to come to Him for a type of nourishment that physical food could not provide. Blaise Pascal has said, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus.

There are many different things that people seek to fill this vacuum. Some people seek satisfaction in money, fame, or pleasure. These are shallow substitutes for the long haul. Seeking Christ opens the way for us to live in relationship with God, and to experience His love and righteousness.  In this way, we can have a fulfilling and thriving relationship with God that lasts forever.

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

John Shirk

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Moment Of Celebration-Living Water

john : March 24, 2014 5:09 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment of Celebration reflects on the living water that Jesus offers us.

Jesus said to the woman at the well, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Water is essential for us to live. Physical water refreshes us for a period of time, but then we need to have more to sustain us.  Going three days without water puts a person’s life at risk. The water that Jesus offers is enough to satisfy our soul forever.

Today, Jesus gives us the opportunity to drink from the fountain of His grace. This grace is a gift from God. It’s not something that we earn or buy with money. His grace is a gift that we receive by trusting in Jesus for salvation.

Psalm 34:8 invites us to taste and see that the LORD is good. This becomes a reality when we embrace God’s grace.

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

John Shirk

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My Field Trip to Pathways Out Of Poverty

kristi : March 23, 2014 5:07 pm : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

This week I took a field trip!  I visited the Pathways Out Of Poverty exhibit at HOPE International‘s headquarters in Lancaster.  Pathways out of Poverty is an interactive experience that invites visitors to remember the needy by walking alongside them for a moving journey from poverty to hope.

I’ve heard about the lives changed by HOPE and what they do over the years; but now I feel like I’ve seen it for myself.  I didn’t physically leave the country; but the 30 minute exhibit sure makes it feel that way!  I was given an .mp3 player and headphones and started at the front door of a typical home here in Lancaster County.  Next, the exhibit took me to the huts and hospital rooms of people facing big challenges all over the world.  There are 8 different real-life stories featured.  I saw their faces, peeked into their homes and heard their very own voices describe what they were up against.  If that’s where it ended, it’d be one big bummer–but thankfully the exhibit also shows the difference that HOPE International helped them make in their lives.  It was powerful and something I’ll remember for a long time.  I want to encourage you to visit!  Click here for info at HOPE’s website and to book a time to visit.



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Praise&Worship Playlist (3/23)

kristi : March 23, 2014 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

I hope you’re enjoying this fresh new season so far.  Here’s the playlist!  Today we’re starting off “at the top of the mountain” and singing songs of worship from there.  Some songs in the 8:00 hour also celebrate the new season as we come out of the darkness of Winter and into the light of Spring!

Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ
The Ascension Phil Wickham The Ascension 2013
Mountaintop The City Harmonic I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home) 2012
Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble? Delirious Revival Generation 1998
Mountain Of God Third Day Wherever You Are 2005
High Places Brian Campbell Hearts Wake To The Giver Of Life 2013
Lord Most High (feat. Aaron Shust) Scott Wesley Brown Songs From The Valley 2013
Most High Hillsong Blessed 2002
Chasing After You Deluge Deeper (Integrity Compilation) 2008
Chasing Charlie Hall On The Road To Beautiful 2003
I Will Search Israel and New Breed 2007
I Will Run Jason Morant Open 2006
Come Home Running Chris Tomlin Not To Us 2002
Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus) Chris Rice Run The Earth…Watch The Sky 2003
Come Thou Fount Audrey Assad 2013
Be Lifted High Bethel Live Be Lifted High 2011
Who You Are Desperation Band Who You Are 2006
Never Stop Singing Tim Hughes Love Shine Through 2011
All My Fountains Chris Tomlin Passion: Here For You 2011
Oh How I Need You All Sons and Daughters The Longing 2012
Make A Joyful Noise David Crowder Passion: The Road To One Day 2000
This Is Amazing Grace Jeremy Riddle Bethel Live: For The Sake Of The World 2012
This Is What You Do (feat. William Matthews) Bethel Live For The Sake Of The World 2012
Praise Like Fireworks Rend Collective Homemade Worship By Handmade People 2012
Lift The Name (feat. Jared Anderson) New Life Worship You Hold It All 2011
Everywhere Revolution Worship Live In Love 2013
We Wont Stay Silent Tim Hughes Happy Day 2009
Joy Phil Wickham Response 2011
Where The Spirit Of The Lord Is (feat. Christy Nockels) Chris Tomlin Passion: Awakening 2010
I Am Free Jared Anderson 51 Must Have Modern Worship Hits 2007
Let The Earth Awake Charlie Hall The Rising 2010
In Your Light (feat. Jeremy Riddle) Bethel Live For The Sake Of The World 2012
Into The Light Sisterbrother TBD 2013
Good to Me Audrey Assad Fortunate Fall 2013
Before the Throne of God Above Shane & Shane Pages 2007
Victors Crown Darlene Zschech [digital single] 2014
Future / Past John Mark McMillan Borderland 2014
Sing Along Christy Nockels Into The Glorious 2012
Awake My Soul (feat. Lecrae) Chris Tomlin Burning Lights 2013
Heres My Heart Crowder Passion: Let The Future Begin 2013
With Everything Hillsong United Passion: Awakening 2010
I Belong To You (feat. Derek Johnson) Jesus Culture Live from New York (with Martin Smith) 2012
Forever Reign Kristian Stanfill Passion: Here For You 2011
Great I Am (feat. Jared Anderson) New Life Worship You Hold It All 2011
At Your Name (Forever) Tim Hughes Love Shine Through 2011
Forever Kari Jobe Majestic 2014
Lord, I Need You Chris Tomlin Passion: Here For You 2011
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) (feat. Passion) Matt Redman Passion: White Flag 2012
The Stand Kristian Stanfill Passion: Awakening (Deluxe Edition) 2010
I Am Crowder Neon Steeple 2013
One Thing Remains (feat. Chris Quilala) Jesus Culture Come Away 2010
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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend

phredd : March 21, 2014 11:48 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages


5) LBC will host the annual Lancaster County Intercollegiate Band Festival Sunday (March 23) at 7:30pm in the Good Shepherd Chapel, featuring the symphonic bands from Franklin & Marshall College, Millersville University, Elizabethtown College, and Lancaster Bible College. Admission is free, but tickets are required. A donation will be received to help with the cost of the event and a ticket is required. More Info:

4) Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart in Concert – Tonight (Friday, March 21) 6:30-8:30pm at Building Character, North Queen Street in Lancaster. Free Admission and Free Refreshments.  Sponsored by the River Valley Music Collective. More info:

3) 41st Annual Woodcarving & Wildlife Art Festival, Saturday & Sunday, (March 22nd & 23rd, 2014) Sat. 10am – 5pm &
Sun. 10am – 4pm,  At the Millersville University Fitness Center, There is a cost for adults, however Children under 15 are free when accompanied by an adult. This year’s theme is AMERICA FOREVER. More Info:

2) An evening of music with Phil Joel, formerly of the Newsboys, and solo artist Galen Crew at Grace  Fellowship Church, Old Lancaster Pike in Shillington, tonight (March 21) at 7PM. Free admission.  Doors open at 6pm.  More Info:

1) Cavod Dance Company will perform Not of This World tonight (Friday, March 21) at 7 p.m. at Living Waters Theatre in Strasburg. The dance company will share stirring stories about three young adults who overcame extreme adversity. The performance is free. An offering will be taken to support the seven member dance company’s mission trip to serve in Cape Town, Africa. More Info: 

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Ellie Holcomb

phil : March 20, 2014 7:33 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.) Singer/songwriter Ellie Holcomb is coming to the Junction Center. She’ll be appearing next Friday morning, March 28, along with her father, acclaimed producer, Brown Bannister. (Bannister, whose credits include Amy Grant, Jeremy Camp, Third Day, and Steven Curtis Chapman, among others, is also the producer of Ellie’s new project, “As Sure As the Sun.”) Following a successful kickstarter campaign, Ellie released her project in February and has made “As Sure As the Sun” available on vinyl. (“As Sure As the Sun” is also available on iTunes.) Ellie Holcomb’s first radio single off “As Sure As the Sun” is “The Broken Beautiful.” The song has a playful melody and reads like a personal letter to Christ. She writes: “I know that I don’t bring a lot to the table; just little pieces of a broken heart. There’s days I wonder if you’ll still be faithful. Hold me together when I fall apart. Would you remind me now of who you are?” (Ellie spoke about the song on New Tunes at 9. For more on Ellie Holcomb, go to Again, Ellie will be appearing at the Junction Center, Friday morning, March 28; click for details. She’ll also be our guest, next Thursday night, March 27, on New Tunes at 9.

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Moment Of Celebration-Healing and Freedom

john : March 20, 2014 2:31 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the freedom and healing of the righteous.

In Malachi, chapter 4, we find a description of a day that is coming when the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble. In Verse 2, the LORD says, “But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.”

The reference to healing in this passage indicates that God’s people will experience wounds in this life. Some of those wounds surface in the form of physical pain. Others may take the form of emotional scars. Other wounds may result from persecution because of our faith in the Lord. On the day of the LORD, there will be healing for those who live with reverence for His name. The scars will be removed. There will be nothing fearful to give us nightmares. Painful memories will no longer make us sad.

The reference to freedom in this passage indicates that the righteous will experience liberty to worship God without interference. No one will be able to censor our testimony, or our expressions of love for God. Our faith will be unchained. It will be like a refreshing day of spring after a paralyzing, snow-covered winter.

The freedom and healing for the righteous on the day of the LORD is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

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KCB Roller Skating Party Update

lisa : March 19, 2014 9:59 am : Lisa Landis, Staff Pages

LISA LANDIS- A reminder that the next KCB Roller Skating Party is MAY 31, NOT this weekend.  Since the last skate was postponed due to the wintry weather, we decided to move the March 22nd date so as not to hold two skates in the same month.  In case you didn’t get word, the last skate of the season is MAY 31 from 10am-11am at Castle Roller Skating in Lancaster.  I hope to see you then for tons of KCB skating fun!  Visit the Calendar at KIDSCOOKIEBREAK.COM, or click the Kids tab here at WJTL.COM for more KCB live on location dates.  We are very busy starting April 26th!

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