Lesson Of Faith-Born Of A Virgin

john : December 17, 2013 4:53 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In Isaiah 7:14, the prophet said, “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

When Gabriel the angel announced to Mary that she would give birth to a son, she asked him, “How will this be since I am a virgin?”

That is when the angel explained how this would happen: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” The Holy Spirit plants the seed for God’s holy purposes to be achieved.

Jesus was born as the Son of God, He never sinned, and became uniquely qualified to be our Savior and Lord by His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead.

The name “Immanuel” means “God with us.” Jesus was God’s visitation to the world and is God’s invitation to the world to know Him through faith in His holy name.

The promise that Jesus would be born of a virgin is a lesson of faith worth remembering.

John Shirk

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Lesson Of Faith-Born In Bethlehem

john : December 16, 2013 5:36 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In Micah 5:2, we read about the birthplace of God’s anointed leader:

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins  are from of old, from ancient times.”

The name “Bethlehem” is significant because it means “House of Bread.” Jesus identified Himself as the bread of life. So, entering the world stage as a baby in the manger, Jesus came to the House of Bread, as the Bread of Life.

His birth in Bethlehem was planned long before it really happened. The location of Christ’s birthplace is sending the signal to the world that just as bread satisfies physical hunger, so Jesus is our vital source for satisfaction for spiritual hunger.

And just as Jesus came to Bethlehem, which was considered small and insignificant, so He approaches people who are humble, and raises them up for extraordinary purposes.

The promise that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem is a lesson of faith worth remembering.

John Shirk

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Some Sort of Rock Show

promojohn : December 15, 2013 8:00 pm : John Staffieri

Thanks for listening to episode 20  of Some Sort of Rock Show!  Feel free to drop me a comment below.

The Some Sort of Rock Show Research Council has been preparing for week, so don’t miss the Top 50 Some Sort of Rock Show Songs of 2013!.  It’s a 4 hour radio spectacular set to air on December 29th from 6-10.  We will also be announcing the prestigious Some Sortie Award winners.

Your December 15th, 2013 Some Sort of Rock Show Playlist…

Track Artist Album
Not Gonna Die Skillet Rise
Calm The Storm Spoken Illusion
Heart Attack Manafest Fighter
Lights Out Silverline Lights Out
Little Drummer Boy The Almost X Christmas
Im Down The Almost Fear Inside Our Bones
All I Need Rhett Walker Band Come To The River
Limitless Planetshakers Limitless
Christmas This Year (feat. Leigh Nash) Toby Mac (single)
Taking Life We As Human We As Human
Just A Dream Sumerlin Motives
The Rebel Jesus House Of Heroes ‘Tis The Season To Be Gotee Too
Burn Me Down House Of Heroes Suburba
Slow Suicide Scott Stapp
Pain Killer The Letter Black Rebuild
Hour 2
Fight To Win Decyfer Down Crash
Something Better (w/Sonny Sandoval) Flyleaf Who We Are – EP
Strive Found in the Fury Songs from the Cave
Oxygen We Are Leo Hello Again
The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Dont Be Late) Hawk Nelson Happy Christmas Vol. 5
Crazy Love Hawk Nelson Crazy Love
Wild Things Andy Mineo Heroes for Sale
Where to Start Philmont Attention
The First Noel David Crowder Band Oh For Joy
Bullet Soul Switchfoot Hello Hurricane
Back To The Basics Run Kid Run Patterns
Light Up the Sky Thousand Foot Krutch The End Is Where We Begin
Do You Hear What I Hear? Abandon Kansas ‘Tis The Season To Be Gotee Too
Like It Or Not Abandon Kansas Ad Astra Per Aspera
Die For You (Remix) RED Release The Panic

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend

phredd : December 13, 2013 8:57 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages


5)  “Love Came Down” Live Nativity, tonight (Fri. Dec. 13th) from 6-8pm at Faith United Church of Christ in York.  Actors, Sheep, goats, a cow and a donkey round out the cast.  This is an outdoor experience about 20 minutes long so dress warmly. Light refreshments indoors at the end. More Info: 717-843-8991

4) The Christian School of York Crusader  Singers will be ministering by singing carols outside the new location for Lifeway Christian Store, Concord Road, York) tonight (Friday, December 13) from 6-8pm. More info: 717-767-6842

3) Middlesex United Methodist Church in Carlisle will be hosting it’s fourth annual Hayride to Bethlehem tonight (Friday December 13th) from 6-9pm and tomorrow (Saturday December 14th) from 4-8pm.  The event will feature several scenes of the Christmas story with musicians, animals, and interactive actors.  Free hot chocolate and cookies will be available at the end.  More Info: 717-249-2449

2)  Save The Storks Christmas shopping fundraiser tomorrow (Sat. Dec. 14th) at The Junction Center in Manheim from 10AM-3PM. Bring a canned good and win prizes.  Save the Storks helps women save their babies. More Info:  717.461.1107

1)  Join John Shirk and the WJTL Road Crew as they broadcast live from Journey with Jesus: Live Nativity. Walk through a rustic barn and experience the story of Jesus from birth to resurrection tomorrow (Saturday, December 14th) from 6 to 8pm at Ed’s Landscaping – 2623 North Market Street, Elizabethtown, All proceeds will be donated to WJTL.  More information: 717-367-1006

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: All Things New (Christmas Edition)

phil : December 12, 2013 5:41 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.) Garrett Hornbuckle of All Things New was a recent guest on New Tunes at 9  All Things New took their name, in part, from 2 Corinthians 5:17 (“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new Creation has come”).

All Things New had a breakthrough year in 2013; they scored two radio hits (“New Man” and “Washed Over Me”) and performed at the Junction Center in April. A digital copy of their new project, “All Things New-Christmas Edition,” is available now at; it’s also available on iTunes and Amazom mp3. Last week, on New Tunes at 9, Garrett Hornbuckle talked about the project, and the new song, “He Has Come.”

For more on All Things New, go to  You’ll find the band’s you-tube page with the official video for “He Has Come,” and links to download “All Things New-Christmas Edition”; plus facebook and more.

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Lesson of Faith-The Peace of Christ’s Coming

john : December 11, 2013 5:10 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Ephesians 2:17 says about Jesus that “he came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him, we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.”

At the birth of Jesus, angelic messengers made the declaration, “Glory to God in the highest. And on earth, peace among men in whom he is well pleased.” The favor of God brings peace to the soul. Jesus offered Jews and Gentiles a message of peace with God. He invited us to come to Him to find rest for our weary soul. His blood shed on the cross is a message that we do not have to live as God’s enemies anymore. We can enjoy a relationship with Him that refreshes our spirit and makes us a new person. He can replace bitterness with tenderness. He can remove the weeds of hatred and plant the seeds of love. He can calm our fears and give us quiet assurance that through Jesus, our hope is secure.

The peace that Jesus brought with His coming is a lesson of faith worth remembering.

John Shirk

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“Top 11 Gourmet Albums of 2013 From Under The Radar”

ann : December 10, 2013 11:36 am : Ann D'Alessandro, Staff Pages


“Top 11 Gourmet Albums of 2013” From Under The Radar

(aired Friday nights on WJTL from 10-11PM)

Under The Radar plays some of my favorite artists and so here is another list of great music from this year!

1. Fortunate Fall – Audrey Assad

2. Beyond The Frame – Andy Gullahorn

3. I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry & I Love You – Derek Webb

4. Inland – Jars Of Clay

5. Dig Here Said The Angel – Daniel Amos

6. Feed Your Soul – Christa Wells

7. The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars

8. The Lone Bellow – The Lone Bellow

9. Loved – JJ Heller

10. Meet Me At The Edge Of The World – Over The Rhine

11. Originator – Brooke Waggoner

I am very excited to see Jars of Clay and Daniel Amos on here.  I have both of these CDs and they are amazing – highly recommended! You can find the list here:

logoAnn D’Alessandro – Lover of UTR


Lesson of Faith-The Hope of Christ’s Coming

john : December 9, 2013 4:55 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Isaiah 9:2 says, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned.”

This statement was connected to Jesus in Matthew chapter 4. Jesus fulfilled these words of the prophet with His words of life, His touch of healing, and ultimately, by His death and resurrection from the grave.

In the Bible, darkness is often connected with sin and death. There is a spirit of despair in the heart of someone who is caught in the grip of spiritual darkness. Jesus came as the Light of the world. As we welcome His light, the shadows that cause despair flee under His influence of grace and truth. We live with freedom from guilt and shame. We live with the certain hope of eternal life. We live with the awareness that God loves us with an unfailing love. We live with a sense of joy in belonging to His spiritual family. And we live with a heavenly purpose, to reach souls for the Gospel through our witness for Jesus.

The hope that Jesus brought with His coming is a lesson of faith worth remembering.

John Shirk

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Some Sort of Rock Show

promojohn : December 8, 2013 7:00 pm : John Staffieri, Uncategorized

Welcome to episode 19 of Some Sort of Rock Show!  Tonight’s playlist includes debuts from The Almost & Sumerlin.

The Some Sort of Rock Show Research Council is hard at work, so don’t miss the Top 50 Some Sort of Rock Show Songs of 2013.  It’s a 4 hour special that we will be airing on December 29th from 6-10.  There are plenty of cool songs to choose from.  We will also be giving out the world famous Some Sortie awards.  I can’t wait!

Here is tonight’s playlist:

Name Artist Album
Enemy I Anthem West of Homeland
In Crowd Rapture Ruckus In This Together
Revival The Rocket Summer Life Will Write the Words
This Christmas 7eventh Time Down BEC Recordings 2013 Christmas Music
Wait For You 7eventh Time Down Just Say Jesus
Smash Hit All Star United All Star United
Into Your Veins Five Iron Frenzy Engine of A Million Plots
The One Disciple O God Save Us All
Thankful For You Toby Mac Eye On It
Away In A Manger Seventh Day Slumber O Come All Ye Faithful
White Flag Seventh Day Slumber Love & Worship
Just A Dream Sumerlin Motives
Break The World Nine Lashes From Water To World
Four Chords The Classic Crime Vagabonds
Hour 2
Lights Out Silverline Lights Out
You Gave Me A Promise Fireflight Unbreakable
Love Alone Is Worth The Fight Switchfoot Fading West
After the Fight Jars Of Clay Inland
Overboard Manafest Fighter
California Christmas Manafest 2013 BEC Christmas Music
You Alone Kutless TBD
What Good Third Day Time
Fight Song The Almost Fear Inside Our Bones
Truth Lecrae Rebel
Grace Alone Dustin Kensrue The Water & The Blood
Treason Pioneer Self Titled
Forward Motion Thousand Foot Krutch Welcome To The Masquerade
Heat Miser Thousand Foot Krutch Happy Christmas Vol. 5
A Clean Shot The Myriad With Arrows, With Poise


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Praise&Worship Playlist

kristi : December 8, 2013 6:20 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

On today’s program, I’m sticking with just sweet songs.  I love the worshipful expression of a tender heart!  Let me know if you have any song questions or even theme ideas!

Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ


We Delight Caedmons Call In The Company of Angels – A Call to Worship 2002
I Love You Lord Paul Colman Trio WOW Worship Red 2004
The Purest Place Watermark A Grateful People 2006
Softly And Tenderly Sara Groves Amazing Grace 2007
I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous) Chris Tomlin Passion: Everything Glorious 2006
Beautiful Phil Wickham Cannons 2007
Amazed (feat. Christy Nockels) Eoghan Heaslip 51 Must Have Modern Worship Hits 2007
Come And Worship Bebo Norman Christmas From The Realms Of Glory 2007
I Stand in Awe Ross Parsley I Am Free 2004
Be Still My Soul Leigh Nash Hymns And Sacred Songs 2011
Constant Charlie Hall The Rising 2010
Be Thou My Vision Brad & Rebekah The Things Of God 2011
Evermore Phil Wickham Songs For Christmas 2010
Thou Lovely Source Of True Delight Jars Of Clay Redemption Songs 2005
Psalm 23 Matt Papa You Are Good 2006
Yearn Shane & Shane Clean 2005
Trust Kristene Mueller Those Who Dream 2008
Love Came Down Brian Johnson Love Came Down 2010
Love Rescue Me Kathryn Scott I Belong 2008
You Alone David Crowder Band The Lime CD 2004
Glowing Hearts Seven Places Glowing 2007
Closer (feat. Steffany Frizzell-Gretzinger) Bethel Live For The Sake Of The World 2012
Beauty For Ashes Anthony Skinner Forever And A Day 2004
Your Love Is Strong Jon Foreman Limbs and Branches 2008
Messiahs Song Jared Anderson Worship And Adore-A Christmas Offering 2009
Wonderful Maker Chris Tomlin Not To Us 2002
Pleasing Glenn Packiam Worship Project P40.3 2004
Heartbeat Bellarive The Heartbeat 2012
He Is Wonderful Kathryn Scott Worship And Adore-A Christmas Offering 2009
None But Jesus Hillsong United United We Stand 2005
To The King Matthew Ward My Redeemer 1997
Alabaster Rend Collective Homemade Worship By Handmade People 2012
Brokenness Aside All Sons & Daughters Season One 2012
Be Still And Know Christy Nockels Deeper (Integrity Music) 2008
You Are My All In All Nichole Nordeman Girls Of Grace 2002
Wonderful Merciful Savior Phillips, Craig and Dean Let My Words Be Few 2001
Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King Gateway Worship Amazing Grace 2007
He Is More (Peace And Light) Scott Krippayne Not So Silent Night 2012
Sparrow Audrey Assad Heart 2011
Be Of Good Faith Sisterbrother Sisterbrother 2011
Take Heart Hillsong United Aftermath 2011
Thrill Charlie Hall The Bright Sadness 2008
Restoration David Brymer Unceasing
Hallelujah The Lord Has Come Jadon Lavik Christmas 2010
Open The Eyes Of My Heart (Live From The Junction Center) Paul Baloche 2012
Lord, I Need You (feat. Audrey Assad) Matt Maher All The People Said Amen 2013
Hes Always Been Faithful Sara Groves Conversations 2002
Ecclesiastes Tim Hughes Love Shine Through 2011
We Still Believe Kathryn Scott Songs 4 Worship Ultimate 2011
Here With Us Joy Williams Come Let Us Adore Him – A Christmas Worship Experience 2005
Knees To The Earth Christy Nockels Passion: Sacred Revolution 2003
How He Loves David Crowder Band Passion: Awakening 2010
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