JOHN SHIRK – Romans 10:17 tells us that “faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”
Through the expression and reception of God’s Word, faith is formed in our hearts. Not everyone who hears with their ears will believe with their hearts. However, if our hearts are thirsty for the truth, and craving for righteousness, the words of Jesus are sure to be a satisfying drink for spiritual nourishment.
Isaiah chapter 55 compared the acceptance of God’s Word to the rain cycle, which comes from heaven and does not return without watering the earth. The LORD says in verse 11, “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
Faith is born and thrives with the influence of God’s Word shaping our heart.
The life-changing impact of God’s Word is a lesson of faith to remember.
6:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“Shadows” by David Crower Band, Lecrae from “Passion: Here For You”
“Holy” by Matt Gilman from “Holy”
“Like An Avalanche” by Hillsong United from “Aftermath”
“My Soul Longs” by Jesus Culture, Kim Walker-Smith from “Come Away”
“We Still Believe” by Kathryn Scott from “We Still Believe”
“Be Still My Soul” by Leigh Nash from “Hymns And Sacred Songs”
“Come On My Soul” by Rend Collective Experiment from “Organic Family Hymnal”
“Taste Of Eternity” by Bellarive from “The Heartbeat”
“All My Fountains” by Chris Tomlin from “Passion: Here For You”
“Shekinah” by Cory Asbury, Jaye Thomas from “Joy (LIVE)”
“Ecclesiastes” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”
“Your Love Is Extravagant” by The Almost from “No Gift To Bring EP”
7:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“God Of Wonders” by The Glorious Unseen from “The Cries Of The Broken EP”
“Be Thou My Vision” by Brad & Rebekah from “The Things Of God”
“Grace That Is Greater” by Building 429 from “Iris To Iris”
“Be Lifted High” by Bethel Live from “Be Lifted High”
“All Praise To You” by All Sons & Daughters from “Season One”
“Love Song” by Jason Morant from “Abandon”
“Wonderful God” by Hillsong from “God He Reigns”
“Hosanna” by Christy Nockels from “Passion: God Of This City”
“Hallelujah Jesus” by Evan Wickham from “Mysterious Things”
“Never Lose The Wonder” by Tim Hughes from “Mysterious Things”
“Shine On Us” by Phillips, Craig & Dean from “My Utmost For His Highest”
“Fling Wide” by Misty Edwards from “Fling Wide”
8:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“Better Is One Day” by Charlie Hall from “Better Is One Day”
“Psalm 118 (This Is The Day)” by Shane & Shane from “Psalms”
“Always” by Kristian Stanfill from “Passion: Here For You”
“All Glory” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”
“Take Heart” by Hillsong United from “Aftermath”
“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” by Matt Redman from “10,000 Reasons”
“Great I Am” by Jared Anderson, New Life Worship from “You Hold It All”
“Come And Let Your Presence” by The Merchant Band from “The World Can Wait”
“Everything I Need” by Ross Wright Band from “Light Of Your Grace”
“Alive” by All Sons & Daughters from “Season One”
“Nothing But The Blood” by Andy Cherry from “Nothing Left To Fear”
“God You’re Beautiful” by Brian Johnson from “Love Came Down”
9:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“Lead Me To The Cross” by Francesca Battistelli from “Artists In Adoration”
“The Purest Place” by Watermark from “A Grateful People”
“At The Feet Of Jesus” by The Swift from “Singing Back To You”
“At Your Name (Forever)” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”
“Awakening” by Hillsong United from “Aftermath”
“Our God” by Chris Tomlin from “Passion: Awakening”
“Center (with Turn Your Eyes)” by Charlie Hall from “Passion: Everything Glorious”
“More Than Amazing” by Lincoln Brewster from “Real Life”
“I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever” by Delirious from “The Cutting Edge”
“The Stand” by Hillsong United from “United We Stand”
“Forever Reign” by Kristian Stanfill from “Passion: Here For You”
“Beautiful” by Ross Parsley from “I Am Free”
JOHN SHIRK – We have seen some amazing accomplishments in our lifetime through technological breakthroughs. However, there are limits to what we can do and the capability of our inventions. We cannot save ourselves from death, and we cannot live perfect lives as Jesus did.
Isaiah 2:22 urges us to “stop trusting in man, who has but breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he.”
There are limits to the capability of weapons of war to protect us. Psalm 44:6 says to the LORD, “I do not trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory, but you give us victory over our enemies.”
There are limits to the security that human leaders can provide for us. Psalm 118:8 and 9 says, “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.”
There are limits to the durability of money. Psalm 49:16 tells us that the rich man takes nothing with him when he dies. Money will not benefit him then. But God’s grace is trustworthy beyond the grave.
Psalm 13:5 says, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.”
The limitation of man is a lesson of faith worth remembering.
February 1, 2 & 3 , 2013
5) First Friday Lancaster tonight (Feb 1) 5-9p celebrate the arts in Lancaster. Music, art, special activities, vendors and more. More info: Lancasterarts.com
4) Solid Rock Café featuring Dan College and the band Youth of Zion tomorrow (Saturday, February 2nd) 7-9pm at Mount Zion Road Church of the Brethren, Lebanon. Free admission. More info: 717-933-4926
3) First Friday – LEGO Building Party, tonight (Friday, Feb 1) 5 -8:30p at Hammel Associates Architects of Lancaster. More than 10,000 Lego pieces. More info: hammelarch.com
2) Veritas Art Show featuring the art of various School District of Lancaster art teachers as part of Lancaster First Friday, tonight (February 1) from 6-9pm at the Community Room on Prince . Also enjoy live music by Lancaster’s own Ben Rothermel. More info: veritaspa.org
1) 11th Annual Ephrata Groundhog Day at Ephrata Park tomorrow (Sat. Feb. 2nd) from 9-9:30AM. Ephrata’s 200 pound Groundhog, Cocalico Cal, will again prognosticate the weather for the remainder of the winter after what is always a comical skit about his complicated life. Free coffee & doughnuts.
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.) Some of the new music currently playing on New Tunes at 9 includes a fine new track, “New Man,” from the Florida-based band, All Things New. (The self-titled project from All Things New is releasing April 9 on BEC Recordings.) There’s a lyric video for “New Man” on you-tube, the first single off the disc that credits all members as co-writers. After one viewer saw the video, she wrote: “This song really does help people, and show them they always have someone to go to, no matter what.” A portion of the lyrics read: “’Cause God you made me new. You’ve restored my heart and turned my ashes into life.” Lead singer Garrett Hornbucke was my guest this week on New Tunes at 9 http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/; Garrett spoke about the new song, “New Man.” For more on All Things New, go to the band’s facebook page and homepage at http://allthingsnewband.com/Site/HOME.html. You can follow All Things New on twitter and instagram.
ANN D’ALESSANDRO – CMI Productions has been very busy getting ready with their Spring line up! Here’s the list of shows you won’t want to miss!
**Sun. March 3rd at 7PM – Kings & Queens Tour with Audio Adrenaline, Group 1 Crew & Seventh Day Slumber at Lancaster Bible College
**Sat. March 9th at 7PM – Kids Cookie Break Concert with Slugs & Bugs and This Way Up at Manheim Brethren In Christ Church
**Sun. March 10th at 7PM – The 3 in 1 Tour with Brandon Heath, Mandisa & Laura Story at Lancaster Bible College
**Thurs. March 14th at 7:30PM – Sanctus Real Promises Tour with Sanctus Real, JJ Heller, Unspoken & Bread Of Stone at Manheim Brethren In Christ Church
**Sat. March 16th at 9AM – VISION Conference with David Crowder, Jeremy Kingsley and Chuck Gibson at Calvary Church in Lancaster
**Sun. April 14th at 7PM – The Struggle Spring Tour with Tenth Avenue North, Rend Collective Experiment & Moriah Peters at Manor Church
**Fri. May 3rd at 7:30PM – All Things Possible Tour with Mark Schultz, Aaron Shust and Johny Diaz at Lancaster Bible College
For Tickets and More Info: 717-459-3701 or http://www.cmilive.com/
Ann D’Alessandro – Hope to see you at the shows!
JOHN SHIRK – Hebrews 12 gives us insight into God’s purpose for discipline.
Verse 5 says, “You have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: ‘My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons.
So, when the Lord disciplines His people, He is doing this in the context of a family relationship, from Father to a son or daughter.
What we learn here is that the process of experiencing discipline is painful. The intention of God’s discipline is for our good. The purpose for discipline is so that we might share in His holiness. The fruit of discipline is a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
God’s discipline is not to be taken lightly as “no big deal” or to weigh us down to feel condemned. His discipline is a sign of His love for us, and His desire for us is to heed His discipline and learn from it.
God’s discipline is a lesson of faith worth remembering.
JOHN SHIRK – To know whether or not we can trust something or someone, we need to have confidence in whether or not they are true. The words ‘true’ and ‘trustworthy’ go together.
On one occasion, Jesus prayed for His followers, saying, “Sanctify them by the truth. Your word is truth.”
When does the Bible make a difference in our lives? When we accept it as truth. That is where we find Jesus crucified for our sins, then risen from the dead, and exalted as Lord.
In First Thessalonians 2:13, Paul wrote a letter to the church saying, “We also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.”
This is how the Bible can have a life-changing impact on our lives that transforms us into the likeness of Christ-when we humbly accept the words of Scripture as the words of truth. Then, we will have a trustworthy resource for knowing God and knowing what He wants us to do.
The reliability of God’s Word is a lesson of faith worth remembering.
STACEY GAGNE – As we walked up to the home of little Mascelloo, the first thing I noticed was the drawings on the wall (I think drawn with chalk). There was obviously a creative little someone in the home and I was excited to meet them.
Mascello has an adorable little smile. When we entered the home of the little guy in the purple Tele Tubbie tshirt and stitched up clothing, you couldn’t help but love him. He has the sweetest, shy little smile and was hiding behind a curtain separating their one room home into two. He is almost 7 and his name means the cross. He’s registered for the new project that WJTL listeners have the opportunity to sponsor. Mascelloo lives with his older brother and his mother, Trungo. Trungo works collecting dung, carrying it on her shoulders and she sells it to make a living. There was a pile of dung outside her home drying. She also works as a maid to earn money to pay her rent. She is too frail to do any other sort of physical labor. Trungo is divorced and not originally from this village or area… she had moved following an Uncle who left the area once they were settled. Mascello’s older brother is 12 and he was out collecting dung while we were there for our visit. When asked what her wish was for her sons, Trungo shared that she wishes for them to study and grow… to have opportunity that she did not have. I think we were all moved by the amount of work this woman is undertaking as she tries to provide for her family.
Trungo was proud to pull out Mascalloo’s tattered writing tablet and nub of a pen that he had and show us his work. I gladly gave him several pieces of paper and the pen I had with me at the moment and we drew a little together. This little guy has talent and a desire to draw that I am sure could be cultivated as he has opportunities to go to school and learn.
I am excited by the opportunity we have to change the life of this family. With the help of Compassion and the local church, we can help make their life easier, safer and healthier and offer the greatest gift of all … the gospel. A member of our group prayed for Trungo to receive the Lord, though she was hesitant. There is great opportunity for her to see the love and provision available to her family and really commit her life to God. I know our being there in her home offered her hope that things would soon change.
There are so many families like this one … one parent barely hanging on and working so hard doing unpleasant labor that yields very little reward. She’s just trying to keep her family alive. We have the opportunity to make such an impact with a small investment. I pray Mascelloo is sponsored quickly during our 26 Hours of Compassion. Please be praying for him and all the other boys and girls who dare to hope that they will be sponsored.
JOHN SHIRK – Psalm 104 is a chapter that talks about God’s creation of the world and how He provides for His creation. The writer marveled at God’s handiwork, saying, “How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.”
He recognized our dependence on God’s favor for the blessings that sustain us. In reflecting on the wisdom of God and His many works, the writer responded with this expression of praise in verse 33.
“I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the LORD.”
There are many reasons for us to praise God. His creation, formed from His wisdom, is one of those reasons. Take a look around, and express gratitude to God for the world He has made. You can also look at the mirror and thank Him for creating you uniquely and loving you completely.
Expression of praise to God is a lesson of faith worth remembering.