Moment Of Celebration-The Comeback

john : April 22, 2014 9:36 am : John Shirk, Staff Pages

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

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Praise&Worship Easter Playlist

kristi : April 20, 2014 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

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



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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Needtobreathe

phil : April 17, 2014 8:28 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.)


Needtobreathe release their new project this week: “Rivers in the Wasteland.”


Needtobreathe are a South Carolina-based Americana band, led by Bo Rinehart and his brother, Bear. The band’s unique sound mixes southern rock, southern soul, Gospel, country blues, and old-time. (Needtobreathe’s previous project, “The Reckoning,” debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200.)


For more on Needtobreathe, go to

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Moment Of Celebration-Eternal Life

john : April 17, 2014 5:50 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment of Celebration reflects on Jesus as our source of eternal life.

Romans 10:9 says that “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.”

It seems fitting to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus in the spring season, because spring marks a turning point from death to new life. The message of the Gospel celebrates the fact that Jesus cannot be found in the grave, because His body was raised to life. Because of Jesus’ triumph over death, we have a living hope. His resurrection is a joyful celebration of life following death.

His resurrection has special meaning for the person who takes the Gospel to heart. Our celebration of life is not confined just to the here-and-now, but extends beyond the grave into the picture of eternity.  Jesus is Lord. He came to save us from our sins. He has risen from the dead. He gives eternal life to those who make this claim their personal confession.

Trusting in Jesus as our source of eternal life is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

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Ragamuffin – The Movie

ann : April 16, 2014 4:23 pm : Ann D'Alessandro, Staff Pages


‘Ragamuffin’ is based on the life of Rich Mullins, a musical prodigy who rose to Christian music fame and fortune only to walk away and live on a Navajo reservation. An artistic genius, raised on a tree farm in Indiana by a callous father, Rich wrestled all of his life with the brokenness and crippling insecurity born of his childhood. A lover of Jesus and a rebel in the church, Rich refused to let his struggles with his own darkness tear him away from a God he was determined to love. As he struggled with success in Nashville and depression in Wichita, Rich desired most of all to live a life of honest and reckless faith amidst a culture of religion and conformity.

Towards the end of his life he encountered a love deeper than he had ever known dying tragically in a car accident at age 41.  (from

**Everyone is encouraged to bring an unwanted pair of used shoes to donate to Lancaster Teen Challenge. Support micro enterprise ventures in developing nations and keep old shoes out of local landfills.

Ragamuffin Movie Tour: The True Story of Rich Mullins on Sunday, April 27th at 7:30PM at The Junction Center Tent in Manheim.  For tickets and more information 717-459-3701 or

Ann D’Alessandro – Lover of Everything Rich


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Moment Of Celebration-God’s Love

john : April 14, 2014 3:36 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the power of God’s love.

According to First John 4:9, “this is how God showed his love among us. He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

God took the initiative to reach out to us with His love. The fact that He sent His one and only Son into the world reveals that He gave His very best for us. He knew what we were lacking, and provided the gift that we needed. Jesus is the expression of God’s love for us. He laid down his life as a sacrifice for our sins.

The power of God’s love frees us from bondage to sin and enables us to live in the freedom of His will for the purpose of His glory. If we say “yes” to Jesus as God’s plan to save us, then He will become our greatest joy and delight. We will learn to love Him more and more, and we will grow in love for other people, because God is love. His love transforms lives.

The power of God’s love is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

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Palm Sunday Praise&Worship Playlist

kristi : April 13, 2014 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

It’s Palm Sunday!  This is the day we celebrate Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and receiving the royal treatment from a celebratory crowd.  Read the story in Matthew 21.  You’ll find a lot of the songs in today’s playlist fit right in to that theme of a majestic king being hailed as the One who has come to save.  Take a look at the playlist below.

Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ

Hosanna Paul Baloche A Greater Song 2007
O Praise Him (All This For A King) David Crowder Band Illuminate 2003
Sing To The King Candi Pearson Passion: Sacred Revolution 2003
Crown Him (Majesty) (feat. Kari Jobe) Chris Tomlin Burning Lights 2013
Hosanna Hillsong United All Of The Above 2006
King Of Heaven (Isaiah 61) Charlie Hall Passion: Awakening 2010
Skeleton Bones John Mark McMillan The Medicine 2008
Majesty (Here I Am) Delirious World Service 2004
O Come Let Us Adore Him Matt Redman Passion: Sacred Revolution 2003
Before the Throne of God Above Shane & Shane Pages 2007
Praise The Lord The City Harmonic Heart 2014
Prepare The Way Charlie Hall Passion: Our Love Is Loud 2002
He Reigns Newsboys Adoration 2003
Here Is Our King (Live Version) David Crowder Passion: How Great Is Our God 2005
Joyful (The One Who Saves) Brenton Brown Joyful 2010
Hosanna Jason Morant Open 2006
Let Us Adore Hillsong God He Reigns 2005
Hallelujah To My King Paul Baloche Our God Saves 2007
King Of Glory Chris Tomlin Arriving 2004
Glory To The King Anthony Evans The Bridge 2008
Hail The King Citizens Citizens 2014
King Of Nations Dave Lubben A Place Called Surrender 2003
Unto The King Darrell Evans Awesome God Is He 2013
Prepare The Way Jeremy Riddle The Now And Not Yet 2009
We Crown You Steve Fee North Point Live: Awake 2009
Yours Is The Kingdom Hillsong God He Reigns 2005
Adoration Newsboys Adoration 2003
Come Worship the King (feat. Shane & Shane) Michael W. Smith Glory Revealed – The Word of God In Worship 2007
Wonderful King David Crowder Passion: Our Love Is Loud 2002
The Glory Of Our King Matt Redman We Shall Not Be Shaken 2009
Our God Reigns Delirious The Mission Bell 2006
Hosanna (Be Lifted Higher) Israel Houghton Love God. Love People. 2010
Praise To The Lord Citizens Citizens 2014
Majesty Of Heaven Chris Tomlin And If Our God Is For Us 2010
You Reign (Crown Him With Many Crowns) Dave Lubben A Place Called Surrender 2003
Hosanna (You Are Holy) Twila Paris The Ultimate Collection 2006
Hallelujah, God is Near Robbie Seay Band Better Days 2006
Prepare The Way Jared Anderson Live From My Church 2009
Hosanna in the Highest Passage Passage 2001
When I Think of You (with the African Children’s Choir) Michael W. Smith A New Hallelujah 2008
Love Chris Tomlin & Watoto Childrens Choir Hello Love 2008
My Deliverer (feat. Rick Elias) The Ragamuffin Band The Jesus Record 1998
Forever Reign Kristian Stanfill Passion: Here For You 2011
Jesus Saves Tim Hughes Love Shine Through 2011
Raise Up the Crown (All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name) Chris Tomlin Passion: Hymns Ancient and Modern 2004
Hosanna Jared Anderson 51 Must Have Modern Worship Hits 2007
King Of Kings, Lord of Lords Stan Sinclair Jesus Day – For Your Glory 2005
King of Glory (Psalm 24) Third Day Offerings – A Worship Album 2000
Prepare Ye the Way Michael W. Smith A New Hallelujah 2008
Hosanna Christy Nockels Passion: God Of This City 2008

Moment Of Celebration-Hosanna

john : April 11, 2014 5:49 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the meaning of Hosanna.

It’s called the Triumphal entry. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Matthew 21 records that a very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.”

Hosanna means “Save, please.”  The origin of this word “Hosanna” shows up in Psalm 118:25 in the form of a prayer: “O LORD, save us; O LORD, grant us success.” By the time Jesus stepped onto the scene, the meaning of this word was changed to a shout of hope and exaltation.

So, it changed from a prayer request to an exclamation of praise. Hosanna reminds us that Jesus is the answer to our prayer for salvation. Those who gladly welcome Him as Messiah are filled with expressions of praise, because of what Jesus has done for us and what He means to us.

The meaning of Hosanna is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend

phredd : April 11, 2014 8:54 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages


5) The Conservatory of Music Youth Orchestra and String Section will perform a free concert tomorrow (Saturday, April 12th) at The Trust Performing Arts Center in downtown Lancaster beginning at 7pm. More Info:

4)The “Hand’s 4 Him” Puppet Ministry Team will present the Easter musical “Countdown to Easter”, Sunday (April 13th) from 4-5pm at Mountville Church of the Brethren, Clay Street in Mountville. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. More info:

3) Grace Baptist Church of Lancaster annual Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt tomorrow (Saturday, April 12th) from 10:00-noon.  Activities for infants through kids in 6th grade will include a Bounce House, games, crafts, prizes, the Easter story, and an egg hunt.

2) A Gospel Music Extravaganza Concert to Celebrate the 91st Birthday of the Crispus Attucks Community Center, Sunday (April 13) 4pm at Brightside Baptist Church, Hershey Ave, Lancaster. More Info: 717 394-6604

1) FREE EASTER EGG HUNT with OVER 40,000 EGGS!!!  for kids from birth to 12 years old (Food, games, & entertainment for kids of all ages!) tomorrow (Saturday, April 12) at New Life Church , Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster. Registration and entertainment begin at 9am. Egg hunt begins at 10am! Pre-Register online at

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Moment Of Celebration-Evidence Of God’s Love

john : April 10, 2014 7:47 am : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the evidence of God’s unfailing love.

Thomas saw the evidence in John 20. The disciples had seen Jesus and told Thomas, “We have seen the Lord!” Thomas was skeptical. He would not believe it unless he saw the nail marks in his hands.

A week later, Jesus appeared to doubting Thomas and made him a believer by showing him his nail-scarred hands. Thomas responded by saying “My Lord and my God.”

In that moment, Thomas was seeing three significant things. The first thing that he saw was that Jesus was brought back to life. His grief turned into joy after seeing His beloved leader alive again.

A second thing that Thomas saw was the power that Jesus had over the grave.  In seeing the resurrection power of Jesus, Thomas’s fears turned into hope.

A third thing that Thomas saw was the expression of love that was evident in the nail scars. His doubts turned into confidence that Jesus is alive, and he could trust that the love of Jesus would never fail him.

The evidence of God’s unfailing love is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

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