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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Life Application Truth-Grace and Truth

john : September 4, 2012 2:17 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From John 1:14.

Speaking of Jesus, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The life of Jesus was measured in the fullness of grace and truth, which overflows into the hearts of His followers. There are key questions that we can ask ourselves to discern to what degree Jesus is influencing our lives by His grace and truth.

Do I seek forgiveness or vengeance when someone has wronged me?

Do I hunger for God’s Word as a person’s stomach hungers for food?

Does the love of Jesus for me make a difference in how I treat other people?

Am I committed to live by the principles of the Bible and promote them as truth?

Have I received the free gift of grace that Jesus offered at the cross and empty grave?

Am I willing to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to be guided by His counsel?

Our honest answers to these questions will reveal to what extent we are impacted by the grace and truth of Jesus Christ.

A life aligned with God’s grace and truth is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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Praise & Worship Show Playlist (Sept.2)

kristi : September 2, 2012 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

Praise & Worship Show Playlist

September 02, 2012


6:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.  *”Freedom Songs” Mini-Theme from 6:00-7:00 a.m.!

“I Am Set Free” by All Sons & Daughters from “Season One”

“Set Free” by Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman from “Passion: Here For You”

“Freedom is Here” by Esterlyn from “Call Out”

“We Are The Free” by Matt Redman from “10,000 Reasons”

“The Freedom We Know” by Hillsong from “Mighty To Save”

“Freedom Reigns” by Jesus Culture, Kim Walker-Smith from “Come Away”

“Free” by Shawn McDonald” from “Ripen”

“It Was For Freedom” by New Life Worship from “You HOld It All”

“We Are Free” by Brad & Rebekah from “The THings Of God”

“We Are Free” by Aaron Shust from “This Is What We Believe”

“Freedom Song” by Desperation Band from “Who You Are”

“I Am Free” by Jared Anderson from “51 Must Have Modern Worship Hits”

“Break Free” by Hillsong United from “All Of The Above”

“No Chains On Me” by Chris Tomlin from “And If Our God Is For Us”


7:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.

“Love Song” by Victory Fellowship Worship Band, Paul Meany of MuteMath from “Elevator Music”

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

“Here We Are” by Bellarive from “The Heartbeat”

“Awakening” by Hillsong United from “Aftermath”

“Skeleton Bones” by John Mark McMillan from “The Medicine”

“At Your Name (Forever)” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”

“Movements” by Rend Collective Experiment from “Organic Family Hymnal”

“Refiner’s Fire” by Brian Doerksen from “Songs 4 Worship Ultimate”

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

“Nothing But The Blood” by Andy Cherry from “Nothing Left To Fear”

“Manifesto” by The City Harmonic from “Introducing The City Harmonic”


8:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.

“Faithful” by SisterBrother from “SisterBrother”

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

“Isaiah 55″ by Leigh Nash from “Hymns and Sacred Songs”

“Your Love Is Strong” by Jon Foreman from “Limbs and Branches”

“Endless Hallelujah” by by Matt Redman from “10,000 Reasons”

“All Glory” by TimHughes from “Love Shine Through”

“All Praise To You” by All Sons & Daughters from “Season One”

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

“Carry Your Name” by Christy Nockels from “Passion: Here For You”

“Lead Me To The Cross” by Francesca Battistelli from “Artists In Adoration”

“Take Heart” by Hillsong United from “Aftermath”

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


9:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.

“One Thing Remains” by Jesus Culture, Chris Quilala from “Come Away”

“My Glorious” by Victory Fellowship Worship Band, Paul Meany of Mutemath from “Elevator Music”

“Always” by Kristian Stanfill from “Passion: Here For You”

“Joyful, Joyful” by Laura Hackett from “Joy (LIVE)”

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

“Your Love Never Fails” by Jesus Culture from “Your Love Never Fails”

“With Everything” by Hillsong United from “Passion: Awakening”

“I Was Created To Worship” by Brian & Jenn Johnson from “We Believe”

“The Potter’s Hand” by Darlene Zschech from “WOW Worship Red”

“Here Is Our King (Live)” by David Crowder from “Passion: How Great Is Our God”

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

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Philip Herndon’s New Music

kristi : August 31, 2012 3:49 pm : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

KRISTI LEIGH – Local worship artist, Philip Herndon, was live in the WJTL studios today with his Oceans In Love band-mate, Tyler.  Check out Philip’s website for details on his upcoming October release, “Love In Every Motion” or to download the first single, “My Joy” (which includes all kinds of instruments–even banjo and pots and pans)!

Here’s the promo video for the new record:

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phredd : August 31, 2012 9:00 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages

FIVE FUN FREE FAMILY THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND!!! August 31, Sept 1, 2 and 3, 2012

5) Garden Tractor Pulls tomorrow (Sat Sep 1) at Newberrytown Peddlers Market, Dover, PA from 10am – 2pm
More info: 717-932-4264

4)Christian Recording Artist, Derek Sandstrom in concert Sunday (Sept. 2nd) at 7:30pm at the Mt.Olivet Campmeeting. A free-will offering will be received. More info: 717-503-8520

3) The 28th Annual Labor Day Auction to Benefit Hospice of Lancaster County at the Lampeter Fairgrounds today, tomorrow (Saturday, Sept 1) and Sunday (Sept 2)  More info:717 295-3900

2) 25th Annual Heart of Lancaster Arts and Craft Showtomorrow (Saturday, Sept 1) and Sunday (Sept 2) from 10am to 4pm both days rain or shine, at Root’s Market, Manheim. 200 Select Artists and Craftsmen from Pennsylvania and nearby states will display their work. Live entertainment by the Susquehanna Pipes and Drums and a Jazz group, Over Easy. More info:

1) High School Football kicks off this weekend, take in a game, enjoy the band, some are free, some a nominal charge. Tonight Warwick takes on Manheim Central, Hempfield visits Lampeter Strasburg, E-town plays Donegal, Central Dauphin tackles Manheim Township and Dallastown visits Lancaster Catholic.  Lots more games on schedule! One place that you can get more info - has a blog called TheHuddle with lots of info.

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Life Application Truth-How To Shine Like A Star

john : August 31, 2012 8:44 am : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From Philippians 2:14 and 15.

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like the stars of the universe.”

The Hebrews in Moses’ day learned by experience that complaining gets you nowhere fast. They did not show proper gratitude for God’s blessings, and displayed the tendency to grumble against Him. This slowed down their progress, and these tendencies to complain or argue also undermine the witness of the Christian.

Billy Graham once said, “We are the sermons the world is heeding.” Some people, who don’t step inside a church or listen to sermons from pastors, are studying the lives of professing Christians. The displays of actions and attitudes are having an impact on unbelievers, for better or worse, depending on whether or not our lives are lining up with the Bible. In the absence of complaining or arguing, the Christian witness is purified to shine brighter for Jesus with a godly attitude.

Along with the absence of complaining or arguing, the display of gratitude and love are vital signs of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Chris August

phil : August 30, 2012 6:36 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 includes outstanding new releases from The Museum, Luminate, Owl City, Tenth Avenue North, Andrew Peterson and TobyMac, among others. Also available now: “The Upside Of Down,” from Chris August. Texas singer/songwriter Chris August released several independent projects before signing to Word Records and releasing his breakthrough disc, “No Far Away,” in 2010. Subsequently, propelled by his radio hit, “Starry Night,” Chris August was nominated for five GMA Dove Award nominations, three of which he won; he was named 2011 New Artist of the year, 2011 Male Vocalist of the Year, and he also won for the 2011 Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year– the aforementioned “Starry Night.” For more on Chris August, go to; you’ll find videos, iTunes music store, facebook page and more.

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