Life Application Truth-Lessons from Olympic Athletes

john : August 2, 2012 2:30 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From I Corinthians 9:25 through 27.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore, I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

As we watch the Olympic games this summer, we see athletes who have prepared most of their lives for this moment. They have worked and trained hard to see their dream come true. They have personal ambitions, and they also want to represent their nation with dignity. They have made personal sacrifices to compete in the games. The Apostle Paul says that we can learn from the dedication and discipline of these athletes and apply those qualities to our service for Christ. The gold medal is a temporary prize, but the rewards for faithful service in Christ are eternal. Heavenly rewards give us purpose and a sense of mission to live for Christ with pure devotion.  The Bible is a dependable training manual to prepare us for effective service that brings honor to Jesus.

Dedication and Discipline are vital signs of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk


Life Application Truth-Living By The Spirit

john : August 1, 2012 4:30 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From Romans 8:5.

“Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”

Our minds have a way of focusing on the desires of our leader, whether that be our sinful nature or the Spirit. Galatians 5 likens  these two opposing forces to a tug of war. They are constantly working against each other, and if our heart is torn by divided loyalties, we will remain unsettled until we make an intentional commitment to serve the Lord. The Bible teaches that the mind of sinful man is death and is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, and cannot please God. On the other hand, the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind controlled by the Spirit is empowered to put to death the misdeeds of the body. In Galatians 5:16, the Apostle Paul said, “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”

We can live by the Spirit through faith in Christ and obedience to His Word as an expression of our love to Him.

Having our minds set on Christ is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk



phredd : July 27, 2012 8:47 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages


5) Bruce Fite in concert, tomorrow (Sat July 287) 1:30pm, (event begins at 11am) at Kreider’s Market, in Kirkwood. There will be a moon bounce and other fun activities.  More info: 717-529-6944

4) Weaver Believer Survival Revival will be in concert tomorrow (Sat, July 28) at 7pm, the band will follow its roots from Georgia back to Lancaster County to perform a unique mixture of blue-grass, southern gospel, and country music at Faith United Methodist Church in Lititz.  Weather permitting, the concert will be on the church lawn.  Rain venue will be the Faith Church sanctuary.  A free-will offering will be taken.  More info: 717-560-0321

3) Petra Christian Fellowship Third Annual Cruise In, tomorrow (Sat, July 28) 1-6pm Airport Rd, New Holland. Admission is free, and all cars and motorcycles are welcome; no registration is required. Enjoy music, door prizes, and hundreds of cool vehicles.  More info:

2) Takin it to the Streets – tomorrow (Sat July 28) From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Piano players ranging from local teachers to national performers will offer free “mini” lessons at all 11 Keys for the City pianos in downtown Lancaster.

1) Schreiber Pediatrics Rubber Duckie Race on Sun. July 29th at Lancaster County Central Park. Rain or Shine. Festival at 2PM and Race at 5PM. Food, Pony Rides, Games, Clowns, Face Painting and 25,000 Rubber Ducks!
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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Mark Schultz

phil : July 26, 2012 7:37 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

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.  Singer-songwriter Mark Schultz’s new project, “All Things Possible,” releases September 4. Mark stopped by the Junction Center this week for a live mini-concert. Mark was warm, enthusiastic and entertaining as he performed some of his biggest hits and enduring songs for WJTL listeners. To date, those songs have included, among others, “You Are A Child of Mine,” “I Am The Way” and “He’s My Son.” Mark Schultz is a native of Colby, Kansas, heavily influenced by singer-songwriter Billy Joel. Like Billy Joel, Mark Schultz is an extremely gifted piano player and songwriter. Not only is Mark a talented musician, he’s also a strong cyclist. In 2007, Schultz began bicycling from California to Maine planning to stop along the way to perform concerts and participate in special events. Official Mark Across America Website.  His “Mark Across America”  tour ended on July 8, 2007 in Bangor, Maine.  According to Mark Schultz, his inspiration to make this 3,500-mile trek came from a visit he and his wife Kate made to orphanages in Mexico. The purpose of the trip was to meet the needs of orphans and widows in distress.  For more on Mark Schultz, go You’ll find details on the “Letters From War” hardcover book (inspired by Mark’s original hit song of the same name), and much more.


Take The New RadioTraks Music Survey

phil : July 25, 2012 9:13 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

Radio Friend Phil – Greetings! Please take the new RadioTraks Music Survey! Everyone who rates the songs qualifies to win free music from WJTL, including “The Hurt and The Healer,” by MercyMe (courtesy of Fair Trade Services).

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New Christmas Music!

ann : July 25, 2012 3:36 pm : Ann D'Alessandro, Staff Pages

Ann D’Alessandro

Happy Winning Wednesday!  Since we are celebrating “Christmas in July” on this Winning Wednesday, I thought that it would be appropriate to share some new Christmas music!  (Brand New!)  I Love Christmas music, but New Christmas music – even better!  If you were at the “Called To Love Tour” concert on Nov. 4th then you got to see  Jason Gray.  That was the first time that I got to see him and just loved him and his music.  He is such a genuine and gentle person and his music is great too!  This song is called “Easier – Song of the Wiseman” and is written by Jason Gray and Joel Hanson (from PFR).  Enjoy & Merry Christmas in July!

Ann D’Alessandro – Jason Gray Fan & Lover of Christmas Music


Life Application Truth-Being A Prepared Witness

john : July 23, 2012 2:32 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – from First Peter 3, verses 15 and 16.

“In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

Some key ingredients to being an authentic, effective witness for Jesus are found in these few words.

By setting apart Christ as Lord, we have a firm conviction in where our faith is planted. The Apostle Paul said, “I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.”

Being prepared to give an answer for our hope does not suggest that we have all the answers to the problems of the world. But this statement does challenge us to know why we believe in Jesus. Reading and applying God’s Word is an important step to being ready to share the hope of being a Christian.

Doing this with gentleness and respect indicates that our attitude is in the right place. God’s love teaches us to have sincere concern for unbelievers, and to be patient with them in the process of representing Jesus to them.

Being a bold and respectful witness for Jesus is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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Praise & Worship Show Playlist (7/22)

kristi : July 22, 2012 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages


Praise & Worship Show Playlist

July 22, 2012

~Twin Spins!~


6:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.

“Moving With The Lamb” by Rita Springer from “Created To Worship”

“If You Say Go” by Rita Springer from “Vineyard: Sweetly Broken”

“Come Worship The King” by Michael W. Smith, Shane & Shane from “Glory Revealed”

“Grace” by Michael W. Smith from “A New Hallelujah”

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

“All Glory” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”


6:30 a.m.

“Take Heart” by Hillsong United from “Aftermath”

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

“Heartbeat” by Bellarive from “The Heartbeat”

“Hope Is Calling” by Bellarive from “The Heartbeat”

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


7:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.

“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” by Matt Redman from “10,000 Reasons”

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

“Our God’s Alive” by Andy Cherry from “Nothing Left To Fear”

“Ever Lifting” by Christy Nockels from “Into The Glorious”

“Knees To The Earth” by Christy Nockels from “Passion: Sacred Revolution”

“Marvelous Light” by Charlie Hall from “Flying Into Daybreak”

“Thrill” by Charlie Hall from “The Bright Sadness”


7:30 a.m.

“Joy” by Phil Wickham from “Response”

“This Is The Day” by Phil Wickham from “Response”

“All My Fountains” by Chris Tomlin from “Passion: Here For You”

“Symphony” by Chris Tomlin from “Passion: Here For You”

“Come On My Soul” by Rend Collective Experiment from “Organic Family Hymnal”

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

“Things Above” by SisterBrother from “SisterBrother”


8:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.

“Faithful” by SisterBrother from “SisterBrother”

“God Of Wonders” by Paul Baloche from “God Of Wonders”

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

“After All (Holy)” by David Crowder Band from “Give Us Rest”

“You Alone” by David Crowder Band from “The Lime CD”

“My Only” by John Mark McMillan from “The Medicine”


8:30 a.m.

“How He Loves” by John Mark McMillan from “The Medicine”

“Oh Our Lord” by All Sons & Daughters from “Season One”

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

“The Stand” by Kristian Stanfill from “Passion: Awakening”

“Jesus Paid It All” by Kristian Stanfill from “Passion: Everything Glorious”

“It Is Well” by Todd Fields from “North Point Life: Awake”


9:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.

“Glorious” by Todd Fields from “North Point Live: Awake”

“You Are My Passion” by Jesus Culture, Kim Walker-Smith from “Come Away”

“I Have Found” by Kim Walker-Smith from “This Is My Song”

“He’s Alive” by Laura Hackett from “Joy (LIVE)”

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

“There Is One Reason” by Sovereign Grace Music from “The Gathering”

“Isaiah 53″ by Sovereign Grace Music from “The Gathering”


9:30 a.m.

“What Does It Sound Like” by Bethel Live, Brian Johnson from “Here Is Love”

“My Soul Sings” by Bethel Live, Brian Johnson from “Here Is Love”

“Another Hallelujah” by Lincoln Brewster from “All To You (LIVE)”

“More Than Amazing” by Lincoln Brewster from “Real Life”

“You Are My Hope” by Cory Asbury from “Holy”

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


Life Application Truth-A New Song

john : July 20, 2012 4:24 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From Psalm 98:1.

“Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things, his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.”

The LORD has provided music as an instrument of worship. As time passes, we listen for new songs as instruments of worship.  Why is that? New songs have a fresh impact on us. They give us lyrics that stir us to holy passion, or maybe the lyrics connect with us because they describe an emotion or situation that we are experiencing at the current time. A new song may expand our awareness of God’s character as we praise Him for who He is and what He has done.

Have you ever thought of writing your own song to God? This can be a fulfilling exercise as we express personally what God means to us, or how He has transformed our lives by His grace. Whether we sing a new song that we have written or one written by someone else, music is a powerful expression of worship when it comes from the heart.

Singing a new song to the LORD is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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phredd : July 20, 2012 8:58 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages


5) SUMMER CARNIVAL  at Colonial Park United Church of Christ in Harrisburg, tomorrow (Saturday July 21) from Noon to 4pm. Pony Rides, A Bounce House, Games, prizes, storytelling, Face Painting, Music, Fire truck, Service Dogs and more.  More Info: 717-545-3782.

4) Free Community Pool Party/Night Swim - Tonight (Fri. July 20) from 8:30 – 10 PM at the Mechanicsburg Area Community Pool. Please bring a canned good for donation to New Hope Ministries. More info:

3) Praise Jam, outdoor event featuring praise & worship bands from around the local area, tomorrow (Sat. July 21) beginning at 6:30pm at Ephrata Church of the Nazarene. Bands include: Hosanna Christian Fellowship, Crossroads Community Fellowship, Ephrata Church of the Nazarene and Ephrata First United Methodist Church. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, etc.  Donations benefit Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services. More info: 717-733-8211 The event is rain or shine.

2) Community Day at West Earl Community Park, tomorrow (Sat, July 21) 4-8pm. Free food, games, rides, prizes, entertainment provided by DK Jugglers, meet the police and fire department. Sponsored by the churches in Brownstown. More info: 717-738-0508

1) Eastern Mennonite Missions Global Fair – An outdoor missions and culture festival tomorrow (Sat. July 21st) from 11AM-3PM at Lancaster Mennonite School in Lancaster. WJTL Broadcasting Live.  More info at

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