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.
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 http://www.chrisaugustmusic.com/; you’ll find videos, iTunes music store, facebook page and more.
JOHN SHIRK – From Matthew 7, verses 1 and 2.
These are the words of Jesus, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Sometimes, this verse is misused to suggest that we should not discern behavior and character. Jesus wants us to use discernment in what we see and what we choose to embrace or reject. If we were not to use judgment in these areas, He would not have said, “Watch out for false prophets.” But He did, and He told us we could recognize them by their fruit.
What Jesus is addressing here is self-righteous evaluation, where we inspect the faults of others without choosing to see our own faults. Another dangerous kind of judgment is to write someone off as hopeless. God has converted many people who would have been considered lost causes. A third dangerous kind of judgment is judging someone’s motives for their actions. We do not know the heart of others as God does.
If we know someone who is living as though there is no God, we can keep praying for them, keep the door open for them to change their mind about God, and keep treating them as though God does exist and cares about their soul and eternal destiny.
Love and humility are vital signs of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.
JOHN SHIRK – From Acts 4:20.
Words from Peter and John, who said, “We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
These early church leaders were under pressure to not speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. The authorities were attempting to clamp down on their expression of faith. Peter and John knew what Jesus had told them to do. They knew that if they kept silent, they would not be keeping the word of the Lord.
When we are placed in a position where we are urged to violate principles of the Bible, courage is needed. Peter and John had it. So did the other disciples of Christ. Daniel withstood pressure to compromise his prayer life. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo stood tall in the face of pressure to bow down to a false god.
The LORD honors those who honor Him. He brings encouragement through various statements in the Bible, such as Isaiah 41:10, which says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Courage is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.
Radio Friend Phil – August has been a tremendous month for new music! New releases have already come our way from Chris August (“The Upside of Down”) http://www.chrisaugustmusic.com/, Tenth Avenue North (“The Struggle”) http://tenthavenuenorth.com/, and Owl City (“The Midsummer Station”) http://owlcitymusic.com/. Here are a few of the key projects releasing this week: Toby Mac (“Eye On It”) http://www.tobymac.com/, Luminate (“Welcome To Daylight”) http://www.luminatemusic.com/, Phil King (self-titled), Andrew Peterson (“Light For The Lost Boy”) http://www.andrew-peterson.com/, and The Museum (“My Only Rescue”) http://themuseummusic.com/.
Praise & Worship Show Playlist
~THEME: “God Is…”~
6:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“He Is Yahweh” by 1,000 Generations from “Turn Off The Lesser Lights EP”
“A Mighty Fortress” by Christy Nockels from “Passion: Awakening (Deluxe Edition)”
“God Is Able” by Hillsong from “God Is Able”
“Who You Are” by Desperation Band from “Who You Are”
“You Are My Everything” by Aaron Gillespie from “Anthem Song”
“You Are My Joy” by David Crowder Band from “Passion: Everything Glorious”
“Jesus Is Lord” by Bethany Dillon, Matt Hammitt from “In Christ Alone: Modern Hymns Of Worship”
“You Are God” by Charlie Hall from “The Bright Sadness”
“How Great Is Our God” by Chris Tomlin from “Passion: How Great Is Our God”
“He Is” by Aaron Jeffery from “Aaron Jeffery”
“You Are Holy (Prince Of Peace)” by Michael W. Smith from “Worship Again”
“God Is Smiling” by Delirious from “Kingdom Of Comfort”
7:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“Hallelujah, God Is Near” by Robbie Seay Band from “Better Days”
“You Are My Hope” by Cory Asbury from “Holy”
“Isn’t He Great” Brian & Jenn Johnson from “We Believe”
“You Are My King (Amazing Love)” by Christy Nockels from “Passion: Better Is One Day”
“You Are My All In All” by Nichole Nordeman from “Girls Of Grace”
“He Is” by Mark Schultz from “Come Alive”
“God Is Coming” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”
“Holy Is The Lord” by Chris Tomlin from “Passion: Sacred Revolution”
“Psalm 73 (My God Is Enough)” by Barlow Girl, Barlow Girl from “Another Journal Entry”
“Holy Is The Lord My God” by Vineyard from “Free To Fly”
“For The Lord Is Good (Psalm 100)” by Women Of Faith from “Outrageous Joy”
“Blessed Redeemer” by Leigh Nash from “Hymns And Sacred Songs”
“Everything” by Tim Hughes from “Happy Day”
8:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“He Is Exalted” by Shane & Shane from “Clean”
“God Is Good” by Enter The Worship Circle from “Third Circle”
“God Is Near” by Rend Collective Experiment from “Organic Family Hymnal”
“For Who You Are” by Hillsong from “Mighty To Save”
“The Lord Is My Shepherd” by Jeremy Riddle from “Furious”
“Who You Are” by Glenn Packiam from “Worship Project P40.3″
“Great Is The Lord” by Promise Keepers from “Promise Keepers
“You Alone Are God” by Hillsong from “Mighty To Save”
“God Is Our Refuge (Psalm 46)” by Sovereign Grace Music from “Psalms”
“Holy Is The Lord” by Craig Smith from “Your Kingdom Come”
“Jesus Is The Answer” by Michael W. Smith from “Tribute”
“God Is Great” by Hillsong from “You Are My World”
“God Is God” by Steven Curtis Chapman from “Declaration”
9:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“Great Is The Lord Almighty” by Dennis Jernigan from “Hands Lifted High”
“The Lord Is (Psalm 23)” by Sovereign Grace Music from “Psalms”
“Healer” by Hillsong from “This Is Our God”
“Great I Am” by New Life Worship, Jared Anderson from “You Hold It All”
“After All (Holy)” by David Crowder Band from “Give Us Rest”
“Redeemer” by Tim Hughes from “Here I Am To Worship”
“My Portion Forever” by Matt Papa from “You Are Good”
“How Great Thou Art” by Paul Baloche from “Our God Saves”
“You Are God” by Jeff Deyo from “Unveil”
“Mighty To Save” by Hillsong from “Mighty To Save”
“How Faithful You Are” by Phillip LaRue from “The Message: Psalms”
“You Are Love” by Rend Collective Experiment from “Organic Family Hymnal”
“You Are Good” by Rita Springer from “I Have To Believe”
FIVE FUN FREE FAMILY THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND!!! Aug 24, 25 & 26, 2012
5) FREE COFFEE HOUSE at Enola First Church of God tonight (Fri. Aug. 24) at 7pm Featuring “Randy Simpson”. Refreshments will be served. A freewill offering will be received. More info: enolacog.com
4)Garden Spot Village in New Holland is showing the movie “Dolphin Tale” tonight (Fri Aug 24) beginning at dusk. The movie,based on a true story will be shown on the 40-foot-high Turkey Hill screen. Tune in to the soundtrack on your car radio or listen to the outdoor sound system. More info: 717-355-6000
3) A Community Family Fun day tomorrow (Sat. Aug. 25th) at Christ United Methodist Church in Yorkana. fun, food, fellowship and activities. More info: 717-755-3998
2) 46th Annual Lititz Springs Park Antique Show tomorrow (Sat. Aug. 25th) 9am-4pm Outdoor antique and collectibles show. No admission fee. More info: 717-626-4573
1) Zion Lutheran Church Peach Festival in Kutztown tomorrow (Sat. Aug. 25th) from 4-9pm. Homemade food, games, and music. The festival helps support a variety of charities, including Habitat for Humanity, Care Net, and the Potato Project, More info: 610-683-6853
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, among others, Luminate, Sixpence None The Richer, Owl City, Israel And New Breed, Andrew Peterson and TobyMac. Available this week: “The Upside Of Down,” from Chris August and “The Struggle,” from Tenth Avenue North. Back in 2008, Tenth Avenue North released their first major label project, “Over and Underneath,” a disc that quickly established the band as a major force in Contemporary Christian Music. They were named the 2009 New Artist Of The Year, released their next album, “The Light Meets The Dark in 2010, and now, this week, present their strongest album to date, “The Struggle.” Tenth Avenue North took their name from a major east-west road in Palm Beach County, Florida. The group was assembled by singer/guitarist Mike Donehey while attending Palm Beach Atlantic University. For more on Tenth Avenue North, go http://tenthavenuenorth.com/home
JOHN SHIRK – From Deuteronomy 3:22.
Moses commanded Joshua, concerning opposing kingdoms, “Do not be afraid of them; the LORD your God himself will fight for you.”
Before uttering these words, Moses reminded Joshua of how the LORD had helped the Israelites to defeat two kings. He used past victories to encourage Joshua that more victories were coming.
For Joshua to move forward, he needed to have faith in God. That is what keeps us moving forward in the face of adversity too.
Faith gives us courage to overcome fear.
Faith keeps us moving forward in God’s plan for our lives.
Faith relies on God in the midst of our battles.
Today, our struggle may not be with an opposing army, but we are engaged in spiritual battles day after day. That is why the words of Moses to Joshua are relevant for us as well. “Do not be afraid of them; the LORD your God himself will fight for you.” Ephesians 6:10 urges us to “be strong in the Lord, and in his mighty power.” This will happen as we use the full armor of God in the midst of our spiritual battles.
Courageous faith is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.