JOHN SHIRK – From Micah 5:2.
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.
This prophecy was fulfilled in Matthew 2:1, which says that Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod.
Jesus could have come to a major, strategic city to draw attention to His significant worth. However, He would be born in Bethlehem, a small town several miles from the holy city Jerusalem.
God does not work in conventional ways to advance His plan of redemption. Using conventional wisdom, Jesus might have appointed religious leaders to follow Him as disciples. But instead, Jesus appointed unschooled men to follow Him and be trained to become leaders of the early church.
In the Old Testament, Samuel wanted to appoint one of David’s brothers to be the next king of Israel. But God, seeing through appearance to the heart, was calling David. God can work through things and people whose value is overlooked by society, to draw the world to His grace and glory.
A receptive heart to Jesus is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.
JOHN SHIRK-from Luke 1:38.
After hearing what God was calling her to do, Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.”
She was given the task of delivering Jesus to the world.
The angel said to Mary, “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.” Then later, the angel said, “For nothing is impossible with God.”
It was a sacred calling, and she accepted without hesitation. Mary’s response reminds us that the Lord has a purpose for us as well, a sacred calling to deliver the good news of Jesus Christ to the world. Mary’s response gives us insight of how to do that.
Respond as a servant of God. Don’t try to change the details of His plan. He knows what He is doing. He made us for such a time as this. This is the window of opportunity to follow His calling. As we cooperate with His mission, He provides the fruit. Some of it is evident and some of it is not.
Willingness to serve God is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.
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Reach out, and share their story.
Help Susquehanna Valley families enjoy the holiday season with hope and dignity. Together, we can Share the Blessing… You can visit the website and nominate a family in need or make a contribution to help families and individuals who are selected. Share the Blessing’s board of directors will review all nominations and contact the family in need to help meet their individual needs. Thank you!
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Ann D’Alessandro – Wishing You A Very Merry Christmas!
JOHN SHIRK – From Hebrews 9:22b.
“Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.”
This foundational truth points us to the reason why Jesus came to shed his blood for us. We have sinned against a holy God, and cannot save ourselves from the wages of sin, which is death. Only a hand beyond us could rescue us-a hand that is holy and nail-scarred. Up until the time of Christ, the blood of bulls and goats were sacrificed, but that was not really effective to forgive people’s sins. The Bible tells us that it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. That sacrificial system was only a shadow of things to come, not the real deal.
Verse 26 says that Christ has now appeared at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. His blood, shed on the cross, was a sufficient payment for our sins. Because of what Jesus did at the cross, we have forgiveness of sins through faith in His name. With the guilt of our sins cleared away, the barrier has been removed, and we have freedom to walk with God as His follower and friend.
Trusting the blood of Christ for forgiveness is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.
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FIVE FUN FREE FAMILY THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND!!! December 8, 9 & 10, 2012
5) The Journey to Bethlehem will be held at Woodcrest Retreat, Ephrata PA tonight and tomorrow (Fri, and Sat. December 7 & 8) 5-8:30 PM. The Christmas story comes alive with dramatic actors, a live nativity and real animals in six unique scenes. Guests will travel with Biblical characters and receive items to assist them on the outdoor journey. For more information. 717-738-2233
4) Middlesex United Methodist Church in Carlisle will be hosting it’s third annual Hayride to Bethlehem tonight 6-9pm and tomorrow 4-8pm (Friday & Saturday December 7 & 8) Experience a forty minute hayride through several live nativity scenes. The hayride is totally free to everyone and will also feature live music. More info: 717-249-2449
3) Winterstown United Methodist Church, Winterstown Road in Felton will be having a live drive thru nativity tonight and tomorrow (December 7th & 8th) from 6:30-9pm. For more info:(717) 244-1984.
2) Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Lititz (Across from Neffsville Park) presents The Live Nativity tonight, tomorrow and Sunday (December 7, 8,& 9) beginning at 7pm each evening. Step back in time and experience the very First Christmas! Live Narration with Animals – 8 Scenes from the Book of Luke & Matthew – Great for Kids! Free Admission and Refreshments. More info: 717-560-6751
1) Journey With Jesus tomorrow (Sat. Dec. 8th) from 6-8PM at Ed’s Landscaping in Elizabethtown, 2 miles west of the square on route 230 . Journey with Jesus is a walk-through presentation that recounts some of the key scenes in the life of Jesus and features live animals, including donkeys, goats, & even a camel! Donations benefit the ministry of WJTL. Radio Friend Phil will be broadcasting live.
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. New Christmas projects available now: “Christmas,” from Francesca Battistelli, the compilation project, “It’s a Shamrock Christmas,” and “Christmas Stories-Repeat the Sounding Joy,” from Jason Gray. “Christmas Stories-Repeat the Sounding Joy” is the follow-up to Jason’s previous project, “A Way to See in the Dark.” Jason Gray is a talented singer/songwriter from Minnesota who has struggled with stuttering throughout his life. “I appreciate pop music,” Jason says, “But I want to marry it to a reflective, hopefully interesting and compelling lyric.” If you go to http://jasongraymusic.com/, you’ll find details on “A Way to See in the Dark (Special Edition),” which includes an 8-song, second disc, full of demos, acoustic tracks, live tracks and more. Also of special note is Jason Gray’s facebook page, where Jason is posting what he calls, “A Month of Gratitude.” Now through Christmas, Jason is sharing his personal thoughts on his Christian faith, small poems and anything else that strikes his fancy. He recently posted, ”Grateful for the wisdom of God and how He lovingly draws me into it, gently working it into my life.” (Jason’s facebook page also has a direct link to purchase the new Christmas CD.)
You can join the WJTL Road Crew as we broadcast live from the 11th annual Journey with Jesus on Saturday, December 8th from 6-8pm. Journey with Jesus is a walk through nativity depicting key scenes from the life of Jesus. It includes dozens of actors & lots of live animals. It’s a fun way to your family focused on the reason for the season.
Journey with Jesus will also be open on Saturday, December 15th from 6-8pm. It all happens at Ed’s Landscaping in Elizabethtown. Ed’s Landscaping is located at 2623 North Market Street in Elizabethtown. Look for the star about 2 miles west of the square. For more information, please call Ed’s Landscaping 717 367-1006
We hope to see you there!
Thanksgiving reminds us to be thankful for the things (or people) most important in life. Christmas reminds us about the greatest gift our Heavenly Father gave us and to share that gift with as many as we can. I cannot think of a better time of year to share encouraging comments from two of our listeners. They represent the 115,000 people who listen to the station each week.
“I love listening to WJTL in the car as I run errands with my three year old. I truly feel that you help me fulfill the command in Deuteronomy about talking about our faith with our children while we walk on the road, or drive in our case. My daughter just recently started asking spiritual questions and I love that after hearing a song about Jesus’ death and resurrection she wants to ask why Jesus died, what sin is etc. Your music and messages open a discussion door without me forcing it open and makes her curious about our faith, so thank you!” – Anna
“I just wanted to thank you for the past few days while we were all anticipating the carnage of Hurricane Sandy and not knowing what would happen. Once again through music, God’s message came through loud and clear . . . It was an excellent music format for Faith, Strength and Peace!! Thank you to everyone who sacrificed to keep all of us informed during a very uncertain time!” – Denise
We are so grateful to our great WJTL listeners who make this ministry possible. We could not do this without your encouragement and financial support. Typically about 30% of our budget arrives between the middle of November and the end of the year. We stretch every dollar as far as it can go and in fact have not raised our already conservative budget for the past several years even after moving into The Junction Center. All year we balance good stewardship with what we have and faith for what will come.
As a friend of WJTL you will want to know that donations are running 4% behind last year and that a total of $306,000 still needs to be raised by year’s end. Please consider making an exceptional gift so that we can enter 2013 on a strong note. Gifts of any size though are very much needed and appreciated.
I pray for God’s blessing and protection on you and your family this season.
WJTL/Creative Ministries, Inc.
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JOHN SHIRK – From Micah 6:8.
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Implications of acting justly include treating people with fairness and without discrimination based on racial background or economic status. Acting justly shows concern for the poor and takes a stand for innocent victims of injustice.
Loving mercy includes willingness to forgive the sins of others just as God forgave us. Another dimension of mercy is extending the kindness of God to a wounded soul.
Walking humbly with God acknowledges our own need for God’s grace and seeks to bring Him glory in our lives. We acknowledge His greatness and depend on His goodness. Where He leads us, we follow.
God has not left us without direction. He has provided a roadmap that reveals His good and pleasing purposes. The Bible is a valuable resource to guide us in the truth of God’s will.
Obedience to God’s Word is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.