Life Application Truth-Response to God’s Call

john : September 12, 2012 3:05 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From Isaiah 6:8.

The prophet said, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!”

God’s people have responded to God’s call differently. Jonah heard God’s call and tried to hide from God. The reason for this was that he lacked concern for the people God wanted him to confront. Moses heard God’s call and made excuses as to why he was not the right man for the job. He was focused on his personal limitations. Isaiah responded to God’s call by making himself available to the Lord for His service. He was focused on the worthiness and holiness of the LORD. This is the focus that will give us a willing heart to carry out what God wants us to do.

Worship leads us to an awareness of God’s wisdom to guide us in His will, and His strength to carry us through.

Saying “yes” to God’s opportunities is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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Recommended Video Viewing: The City Harmonic-Mountaintop

phil : September 11, 2012 9:35 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

Radio Friend Phil – Check out the City Harmonic’s new video for “Mountaintop.” Uniquely filmed in one continuous take on location near their hometown of Hamilton, ON. Canada, “Mountaintop” also incorporates videos sent to them by fans and artists from all around the world, including clips from Michael Tait (Newsboys), and Aaron  Gillespie. (All 3 artists are coming to town, too. Click here for the video, and here for details on all of the upcoming concerts!) Happy viewing!




lisa : September 11, 2012 11:46 am : Lisa Landis, missions

Lisa Landis – This Thursday I travel to Kenya to report on the community of Alendu with Rafiki Africa.  Rafiki Africa works together with African communities to provide practical resources, training, real and lasting hope, dignity, encouragement, spiritual growth and guidance.  It’s been two years since I visited Africa.  My last trip was with Eastern Mennonite Missions in April of 2010.  Before I travel on Thursday, I wanted to update you on the Guinea-Bissau school project in Western Africa.  Here is a quick video of the progress:

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The walls are up and the roof is on the school building in Catel, Guinea-Bissau, that WJTL listeners so generously contributed to in 2010-2011. EMM worker Beryl Forester said all the funds that were raised have been used – about $11,000.

Beryl estimates that another $5,000 would cover the cost of plastering both the inside and the outside of the school, pouring the concrete floors, putting in windows and doors, and painting the building. Of course, furnishings like desks and benches would also be helpful; making or purchasing them would likely cost an additional $3,000. This building will have four classrooms, each accommodating 30 students, 120 per session. There are two sessions per day.

There’s still a lot to be done! Catel has one of the worst educational situations in the region. Most of the teachers do not receive a salary so classes are quite irregular and the instructional level is insufficient. Sadly, many of the students who go through the program still can’t read or write when they finish.

But there’s also reason to hope! A man who is a native of Catel will soon complete his teacher’s certificate and Beryl reports that he has a dream to return to Catel to help create an effective school environment here.

Another new project in Guinea-Bissau

Another exciting possibility for the village is the prospect of getting a cashew processing project up and running. EMM is raising funds through a special Faithfunder campaign to run a pilot project. This would mean villagers could process their cashews in the country rather than shipping them to India for processing, which is what they do now. Processing the nuts locally, and establishing trade relationships directly with buyers, means the communities that grow the cashews also get the jobs and retain more of the profits. The community could see long-term economic development.

You can be part of this project, too. You can even get tasty cashew nuts in exchange for supporting it! But it’s only running until October 12. Go to and find out:

  • Why is EMM processing cashews in Guinea-Bissau?
  • What is Faithfunder?
  • How can people help?
Please pray for safety as I leave later this week for Kenya with Rafiki Africa.  Rafiki AFrica is a non-profit run by Roger & Dorothy who run the African food stand at Lancaster Central Market.  Rafiki Africa Foundation (Rafiki Africa) is a Christian faith based, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization focused on poverty alleviation with a comprehensive approach. For more information visit  And listen for videos, pictures, blogs, & live radio updates September 13-24.

Life Application Truth-Grace That Brings Freedom

john : September 10, 2012 2:52 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From John 8, verses 10 and 11.

Jesus asked a woman caught in adultery, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

“No one, sir”, she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you. Go, now and leave your life of sin.”

This woman must have thought her life was coming to an end as her hidden sin of adultery was exposed in public. The religious leaders used this opportunity to try to trap Jesus. Their main goal was not to find fault with the woman, but Jesus. They said to Jesus, “The Law of Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”

Jesus responds by writing on the ground, and then saying, “If any of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

No one threw a stone at her. The woman was spared the death penalty. Jesus was offering her a pardon from her past, and freedom for her future. In a world of sin, Jesus teaches us to abstain from finger-pointing blame and to confront sin with grace. The evidence of our sin gives us no platform to condemn another person. Just like with the woman caught in adultery, the forgiveness Jesus offers is an opportunity to turn from our sin and follow Him with a pure heart.  Isaiah 30:15 says, “In repentance and rest is your salvation.”

Repentance is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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Praise & Worship Show Playlist (Sept.9)

kristi : September 9, 2012 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

Praise & Worship Show Playlist

September 09, 2012


6:00 a.m. — Legal I.D. ~”Awakening” Mini-Theme from 6:00-7:00 a.m.~

“Awaken The Dawn” by Victory Fellowship Worship Band, Paul Meany of Mutemath from “Elevator Music”

“Wake Up” by Leeland from “Opposite Way”

“The Great Awakening” by Leeland from “The Great Awakening”

“Wake Up” by All Sons & Daughters from “Season One”

“Alive” by Brothers McClurg from “Alive”

“Wake Up” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”

“Let The Earth Awake” by Charlie Hall from “The Rising”

“Awaken” by Kristene DiMarco from “Safe Place”

“Awakening” by Hillsong United from “Aftermath”

“Awaken (Let The Whole World Sing)” by Dan & Lauren Smith from “The Revive Project”

“The Awakening” by LCBC Worship from “Where It Starts”

“Awaken My Soul” by Robbie Seay Band from “Miracle”

“My Soul Longs” by The Neverclaim from “Revival”


7:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.

“Great I Am” by New Life Worship, Jared Anderson from “You Hold It All”

“God Of Wonders” by Mac Powell, Caedmon’s Call from “City On A Hill”

“Revelation Song” by Gateway Worship, Kari Jobe from “Cover The Earth”

“Hallelujah Jesus” by Evan Wickham from “Mysterious Things”

“Word Of God Speak” by Mercy Me from “Spoken For”

“Jesus Saves” by Tim Hughes from “Happy Day”

“Awesome God” by Rich Mullins from “Winds Of Heaven…Stuff Of Earth”

“How He Loves” by John Mark McMillan from “The Song Inside The Sounds Of Breaking Down”

“A Mighty Fortress” by Christy Nockels from “Passion: Awakening (Deluxe Edition)”

“Indescribable” by Laura Story from “Great God Who Saves”

“Forever Reign” by Kristian Stanfill from “Passion: Here For You”

“Open The Eyes Of My Heart” by Paul Baloche from “The Writer’s Collection”


8:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.

“Stronger” by Hillsong from “This Is Our God”

“Your Presence Is Heaven” by Israel Houghton & New Breed from “Jesus At The Center”

“King Of Glory” by Victory Fellowship Worship Band, Paul Meany of Mutemath from “Elevator Music”

“Saviour’s Song” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”

“This Is Why I Am Alive” by Rick Pino from “The Narrow Road”

“Magnificent” by Matt Redman from “10,000 Reasons”

“Furious” by Jeremy Riddle, Bethel Live from “Be Lifted High”

“So Good To Me” by Cory Asbury from “Holy”

“Impossible Possible” by Jared Anderson from “The Narrow Road”

“Like An Avalanche” by Hillsong United from “Aftermath”

“Holy Roar” by Christy Nockels from “Passion: The Road To One Day”

“Cloud By Day” by The Embers from “The Embers”


9:00 a.m. — Legal I.D. ~”Praise Songs” Mini-theme from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.~

“Call To Praise” by Jeremy Riddle from “Full Attention”

“We Give You Praise” by Delirious from “Kingdom Of Comfort”

“Stand To Praise (Psalm 117)” by Aaron Shust from “Anything Worth Saying”

“You’re Worthy Of My Praise” by Jeremy Camp from Carried Me”

“Glory, Honor, Power, Praise” by The Embers from “The Embers”

“Oh! Great Is Our God!” by The Sing Team from “Oh! Great Is Our God!”

“O Praise Him (All This For A King)” by David Crowder Band from “Illuminate”

“Praise To The One” by Brad & Rebekah from “The Things Of God”

“Holy Praise” by Jared Anderson from “Desperation”

“Praise To You” by Parachute Band from “Roadmaps and Revelations”

“Praise Song” by Third Day from “Third Day”

“Praise To The Lord, The Almighty” by Out Of Eden from “Hymns”

“Praise The Lord Who Reigns Above” by Leigh Nash from “Hymns and Sacred Songs”

“Praise The Lord” by Kristene Mueller from “Those Who Dream”

“Praise The Rather, Praise The Son” by Chris Tomlin from “Hello Love”


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phredd : September 7, 2012 8:54 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages


5) Ichthus Coffeehouse featuring the music of Matt Wheeler tomorrow (Saturday, Sept 8) 7pm, Icthus Coffeehouse is located on Witmer Rd in York. More info: 717-741-0679

4) COBYS Bike and Hike Sunday (Sept. 9th) beginning at 1:30PM at Lititz Church of the Brethren in Lititz.  The event includes a 3 mile walk, 10 and 25 mile bike rides and a 65 mile motorcycle ride. WJTL will be broadcasting live from 3-5PM. More info:

3) Crossway Church in Millersville is holding a free Open House as part of their Grand Opening Weekend tomorrow (Saturday September 8) from 4pm to 8pm.  There will be free food, cotton candy, snow cones and popcorn.  Also, carnival games, hayride, live music and tours of the new facility. More info:

2) 12th Annual Cruisin’ the Colors of the Harvest  at Lloyd H. Fuhrman Memorial Park in Maytown tomorrow (Sat. Sept. 8) 2:30-6PM.  A free family car, truck, cycle & antique tractor show.  Kids activities, Bounce House, barrel train ride, and more.  Cash donations will be accepted  to benefit the Maytown Fire Company and non-perishable food items will be taken to benefit the East Donegal area Food Bank.

1) Landis Homes Fellowship Day and Auction, tomorrow (Saturday, Sept 8) 7am-3pm, 1001 East Oregon Rd
Lititz, Auction, Food, KCB’s Lisa Landis Live with Grandma Landis and her Harmonica! More info:

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: The Museum

phil : September 6, 2012 5:57 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. The month of August included outstanding new releases from Luminate, Owl City, Tenth Avenue North, Andrew Peterson and TobyMac, among others. You’ll find links to the aforementioned artists at click staff blogs, and click Radio Friend Phil-New Release Tuesday Equals Excellent New Music. Also available now is a fine new project by the Museum, “My Only Rescue.” The Museum is a Georgia-based band led by singer/songwriter Ben Richter. Ben was a recent guest on New Tunes at 9 and talked about the new project, the band’s partnership with the ‘Not For Sale’ campaign (the fight to end human trafficking), and his maturation as a songwriter. For more on the Museum, go to You’ll find the band’s facebook page, iTunes store and Ben Richter’s must-read blog for aspiring young worship leaders. His five major points are: (1) Always be faithful in little things. (2) Pride is the crutch of the insecure. (3) Take the mirror out of the green room. (4) Put down the music stands and lyric monitors. (5) Know your role. You can read Ben’s complete blog entry at

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Life Application Truth-Passover

john : September 6, 2012 2:10 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From Exodus 12:13.

Recalling the first Passover: The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

Judgment was coming on all the gods of Egypt. But the word was sent out to the Israelite community that they would be spared this judgment by taking a lamb without defect, slaughtering it, and taking some of the blood and putting it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.

As we fast forward time to Jesus, we see that He was the Lamb of God without defect, who became the sufficient sacrifice to spare us from the coming judgment. Through faith in the name of Jesus, our sins are not held against us. The wrath of God passes over us because the grace of God protects us.

First Corinthians 5:7 says, “For Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore,  let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.”

Celebrating Jesus with sincerity and truth is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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Rate The Music! Take The New RadioTraks Survey.

phil : September 5, 2012 6:02 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

Radio Friend Phil – Greetings! Please take the new WJTL RadioTraks Music Survey! Everyone who rates the music qualifies to win free music from WJTL, including “Live Like That,” by Sidewalk Prophets.

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Life Application Truth-Christ Crucified

john : September 5, 2012 2:45 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From First Corinthians 1, verses 22 to 24.

Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Here we learn that our racial background is not a hindrance to the Gospel. God’s love extends to all the people of the world. Jews and Gentiles are invited to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. However, unbelief is a barrier that keeps people separated from God.

The Gospel is simple enough for a child to understand, and at the same time, contains mysteries that perplex the scholar. It brings comfort to those who are disturbed, and disturbs those who insist on being comfortable.  The message of the cross is foolishness and weakness to the unbeliever, but to those who believe the Gospel, it is the wisdom and power of God.

Through Jesus, we have a testimony of God’s grace to provide for a forgiven past, a present help, and a future hope.

Belief in the Gospel is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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