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Moment Of Celebration-The Gift Of God’s Love

john : December 12, 2014 5:38 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

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

John 3:16 is one of the most quoted verses of the Bible. It’s a fitting verse for the Christmas season and the Easter season. It’s a fitting verse to describe how someone can be born again into the family of God.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

Here we see God’s love freely given to us as a gift through Jesus Christ. For a gift to be a gift, there needs to be a giver and a receiver. God clearly gave. That gift is ours to receive. This is why the Christmas season is so special among those who receive Jesus as Savior and Lord. We recognize that without the treasure of God’s grace, we would be lost in our sin and without God because sin separates us from God. But when Jesus enters our world, His light invades the darkness of our soul. Despair is replaced with hope. Doubt and fear are replaced with faith. Selfishness is replaced by love. In Jesus, we find the freedom to experience abundant and eternal life with Him. God invites us to say “Yes” to His invitation to live with Him forever.

The gift of God’s love through Jesus Christ is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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We Hope to See YOU at Our Christmas Open House

stacey : December 12, 2014 9:54 am : Stacey Gagne

STACEY GAGNE – One of our new traditions since we’ve been here at The Junction Center is our annual WJTL Christmas Open Houses.  We love these evenings listening to music,  and visiting with listeners who stop in for cocoa, cookies and tours as we celebrate Christmas.

Drop by and join us next Tuesday (Dec 16) & Wednesday (Dec 17) anytime between 4pm and 8pm both evenings.   We’ll be here to greet you.  It’s  also a great time for you to drop off your end of the year donation and save a stamp.

We hope to see YOU, but either way, we wish you a Merry Christmas!

 

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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend

phredd : December 12, 2014 8:57 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages

FIVE FUN FREE FAMILY THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND!!! December 12, 13 & 14, 2014

5.  Middlesex United Methodist Church’s fifth annual Hayride to Bethlehem, tonight (Friday, December 12) 6-9pm and tomorrow (Saturday, December 13) from 4-8pm. Experience a live nativity while on board a hay wagon ride through several scenes of the nativity, including live actors, animals, and musicians.  Hot chocolate and cookies at the end of the ride.  Middlesex Church is located at 118 N. Middlesex Rd., Carlisle, PA.  More Info: http://www.middlesexumc.com/

4.  Winterstown United Methodist Church of Felton Drive Thru Nativity tonight, tomorrow and Sunday (December 12, 13 &14) from 6:30 – 8:30pm. This Drive Thru Nativity features 10 different scenes with over 40 cast members along with live camels, sheep, goats and cows, and more. More Info: 717-244-1984.

3. Limeville UMC in Gap annual kids Christmas Event tonight (Friday, Dec. 12) from 7-9pm.  Make a Christmas craft, visit with Santa, a live Nativity Scene and snacks.  More Info: 717-442-4010

2. Lancaster Academy for the Performing Arts traditional choral Christmas concert, tonight (Friday Dec 12) at 7pm at First Presbyterian Church, Orange Street in Lancaster. More Info: www.lancasteracademy.org

1. Journey with Jesus is a Live Nativity tomorrow (Saturday, December 13) from 6-8pm at Ed’s Landscaping, 2623 North Market Street, Elizabethtown. Journey with Jesus tells the story of Jesus from birth to resurrection and includes live actors, animals and a rustic barn setting. WJTL will be broadcating live. More Info: 717-367-1006

 

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup with Family Force 5

phil : December 11, 2014 5:17 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! Welcome to 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.)

Just in time for the Christmas season, Family Force 5 has released a new digital single, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” The song is available now and follows the release of their record, “Time Stands Still.” Family Force 5 continue redefining their pulsating sound that fuses together euro-dance, synth-pop, electro- funk, hip-hop and rock ‘n’ roll.

Derek Mount, a.k.a., Chap Stique, was my guest this week on New Tunes at 9. (Derek told the story behind “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” which used their record “The Family Force 5 Christmas Project,” as a reference point, and Hollywood, their drummer, as a focal point.) http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/

For more on Family Force 5, go to http://www.familyforce5.com/

phil@wjtl.com

 

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Moment Of Celebration-Gabriel’s Prophecy

john : December 10, 2014 4:44 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on Gabriel’s prophecy of Jesus.

Gabriel was an angel who was given the task of telling Mary that she would give birth to Jesus.

He says in Luke 1:32, “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”

This is a reference to Jesus as the king of Israel. Many kings had reigned over Israel in the past, but each of them had their blemishes. Even David, who was well-respected and regarded as a man after God’s own heart, had his faults. Nations today continue to have leaders with their faults and limitations. They make mistakes, and they do not stick around forever.

Jesus is different. His character is unblemished, and His kingdom will be without end. He is a capable king, not just for Israel, but also for our souls. His fame will never fade. It will only grow in the course of time. We can trust Him to save us from our sins, and lead us with grace and wisdom.

Gabriel’s prophecy of Jesus to be a great king is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Show Playlist (12/7)

kristi : December 7, 2014 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

6am

Agnus Dei

Michael W. Smith

Worship

2001

Taste Of Eternity

Bellarive

The Heartbeat

2012

Revelation Song (feat. Kari Jobe)

Gateway Worship

Cover The Earth

2006

Great I Am (feat. Jared Anderson)

New Life Worship

You Hold It All

2011

You Are My Hope

Cory Asbury

Holy

2008

Dawn To Dusk

All Sons & Daughters

Season One

2012

A Mighty Fortress

Christy Nockels

Life Light Up

2009

Awakening

Chris Tomlin

Passion: Awakening

2010

Closer (feat. Steffany Frizzell-Gretzinger)

Bethel Live

For The Sake Of The World

2012

None But Jesus

Hillsong United

United We Stand

2005

Jesus, Only Jesus

Matt Redman

Passion: Let The Future Begin

2013

7am

Glory to the King

Eddie Kirkland

North Point Live: Here + Now

2012

Emmanuel

Martin Smith

Back To The Start

2014

This Is Amazing Grace

Jeremy Riddle

Bethel Live: For The Sake Of The World

2012

Forever (feat. Brian Johnson)

Bethel Music

Tides

2013

Rock of Ages

Charlie Hall Band

The Death of Death

2013

Heres My Heart

Crowder

Passion: Let The Future Begin

2013

Hundred Miles

Judah & the Lion

First Fruits – EP

2012

The One That Really Matters (feat. Kari Jobe)

Michael W. Smith

Sovereign

2014

Mercy

Casting Crowns

Songs 4 Worship Ultimate

2011

Hallelujah For The Cross

Newsboys

Hallelujah For The Cross

2014

All Because of the Cross

Paul Baloche

The Same Love

2012

Doubts Or Disbelief

Chasen

Shine Through The Stars

2007

8am

I Am Free

Jared Anderson

51 Must Have Modern Worship Hits

2007

Open Up The Heavens

Meredith Andrews

Open Up The Heavens

2014

I Was Created To Worship

Brian and Jenn Johnson

We Believe

2006

Lets Worship (feat. Kari Jobe)

Deluge

Unshakeable

2010

Captivate Us (feat. Charlie Hall)

Watermark

The Purest Place

2004

Tis So Sweet (feat. Fernando Ortega)

Jadon Lavik

Roots Run Deep

2008

We Fall Down (feat. Chris Tomlin)

Steven Curtis Chapman

WOW Worship Red

2005

More And More Of You (feat. Richie Fike, Jonathan Lee, Jennie Riddle)

Worship Mob

All This Glory (feat. Passion)

David Crowder Band

Passion: White Flag

2012

Your Glory

All Sons & Daughters

Season One

2012

Sparrow

Audrey Assad

Heart

2011

My Heart Is Yours (feat. Passion)

Kristian Stanfill

Passion: Take It All

2014

Holy And Anointed One

Elroy Mihailov

51 Must Have Modern Worship Hits

2007

9am

Clear The Stage

Jimmy Needham

Clear The Stage

2012

Your Grace Is Enough/Grace That Is Greater

Jared Anderson

Songs 4 Worship Ultimate

2011

Amazing Grace/Jesus Loves Me

Paul Colman

Bridges – Classic Hymns, Modern Worship

2005

Oh The Deep

West Coast Revival

Fuse

2005

Mystery (feat. Passion)

Charlie Hall

Passion: White Flag

2012

With Everything

Hillsong United

Passion: Awakening

2010

What Does It Sound Like (feat. Brian Johnson)

Bethel Live

Here Is Love

2009

Here Is Love

Matt Redman

Passion: Hymns Ancient and Modern

2004

Waterfall

Chris Tomlin

Love Ran Red

2014

Back To The Start (Gods Great Dance Floor)

Martin Smith

Gods Great Dance Floor Step 1

2013

Wake

Hillsong Young & Free

We Are Young & Free

2014

God Of Our Salvation

Phil Wickham

Response

2011

In Christ Alone

Kristian Stanfill

Passion: Let The Future Begin

2013

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Moment Of Celebration-God’s Gifts

john : December 5, 2014 4:27 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK -Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on good and perfect gifts.

James 1:17 tells us that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

Here we see that God is the giver of all good gifts. Some of those gifts might be tangible things. First Timothy 6 tells us that God is the One who provides us with everything for our enjoyment. But this blessing comes with a caution for us not to put our hope in wealth, but rather to put our hope in God. Love the Giver more than the gift.

Some of the good gifts provided by God might be resources that we need to survive. Acts 14:17 says, “He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” This, too is a blessing from God and a reason to give thanks.

Some of His gifts are perfect. Jesus is the perfect remedy for our sin. God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son. The Holy Spirit is the perfect power source for living the Christian life. Jesus said in Luke 11, “how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

Every good and perfect gift from God is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend

phredd : December 5, 2014 8:57 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages

FIVE FUN FREE FAMILY THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND!!! December 5, 6 & 7, 2014

5.  The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe – at Cavod Academy of the Arts Theatre, Main Street in New Holland – Tonight (Friday, Dec 5) at 7pm; Tommorrow (Saturday, Dec 6) at 2pm & 7pm AND Sunday, (December 7) at 4pm. More Info: cavodacademy.com

4. Lego Building Free LEGO Building Party tonight (Friday, Dec 5) 5-8:30pm at Hammel Associates Architects, Lancaster, PA.  Just one of many First Friday Lancaster Events. More than 25,000 bricks, plates and specialty pieces to build with. PLUS a very special 3D Printing Demonstration.  More Info: (717) 393-3713

3. Join Topher Kringle aka The Hip Santa for a Christmas Breakfast Singalong, tomorrow (Saturday Dec 6) 9:30am-11am at Commonwealth on Queen in downtown Lancaster. Free Admission. More Info commonwealthonqueen.com

2. Lititz Christmas in the Park Annual Carol Sing and Tree Lighting tonight (Friday, Dec 5) 6:30pm at Lititz Springs Park, Broad Street in Lititz. More Info lititzspringspark.org

1. Friendship Community Christmas Expressions of Love and Praise, tonight (Friday, Dec 5) at 7pm at Hempfield Church of the Brethren, Stevens Street in Manheim. The Friendship Community Family will share scripture, song, creative movement and more as they tell the Christmas Story in this celebration of Christ’s birth and this special worship experience. More Info: friendshipcommunity.net

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup with Rend Collective

phil : December 4, 2014 5:57 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! Welcome to 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.)

Rend Collective released “The Art of Celebration” earlier this year. The Irish band’s sound is celebratory, joyous and worshipful. Rooted in the Celtic-folk tradition, Rend Collective’s music is inspired by both Irish and Scottish artists, including U2, Van Morrison, and the Blue Nile.

Rend Collective’s second release this year is “Campfire Christmas Vol. 1.” This new seasonal project is now available at iTunes (and other digital platforms).

For more on Rend Collective, go to http://rendcollective.com/ You’ll find details on “The Art of Celebration” and “Campfire Christmas Vol. 1.”

 

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Moment Of Celebration-Joys Of Heaven

john : December 4, 2014 3:02 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the joys of heaven.

The Apostle John was given the view of a new heaven and a new earth in Revelation chapter 21.

In verses 3 and 4, he says, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

This is a description of heaven. This is where followers of Jesus have our ultimate citizenship. What is striking in these two verses is what is present and what is absent in heaven. What is missing is death. There will be no more funerals and no more good-byes among loved ones. Our tears will be dried as sadness is overtaken by gladness of heart. Hospital beds will be missing. Wheelchairs will not be needed. Heaven is a place of life and healing and pure happiness. What makes heaven so special is that Jesus will be present among His followers, who will have the opportunity to adore Him and praise Him for eternity.

The joys of heaven are reasons to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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