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john : November 27, 2012 5:31 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From Mark 1:35.

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

As we look at the life of Christ, we see His consistent devotion to the Father. He prayed regularly. Luke 5:16 tells us that Jesus often withdrew to lonely places to pray. Consistent prayer is an opportunity that God has provided for us to pour out the concerns of our heart, praise Him for His attributes, intercede on behalf of others, and confess our sins to Him.

Prayer keeps the communication lines open with God, where we not only speak to Him, but He also speaks to us through the counsel of His Word.  As we commit our lives to Him with a trusting heart, He directs our path.

As Jesus was praying in a solitary place, Simon and his companions went to look for him. When they found him, they exclaimed, “everyone is looking for you.” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else.” He was not driven by man’s agenda, but rather the will of His Father. After spending time with the Father, He was in tune with the Father’s plans for his day ahead.

Consistent prayer in a quiet place is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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kristi : November 25, 2012 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

KRISTI LEIGH — I hope you had a wonderful and meaningful Thanksgiving celebration!  This morning’s Praise & Worship Show will start to sprinkle in some of those Christmas worship songs!  Enjoy singing along with me! :)

Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ

Praise & Worship Show Playlist
November 25, 2012
6:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“At Your Name (Forever)” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”
“Glory In The Highest” by Chris Tomlin from “Glory In The Highest”
“Love Came Down” by Brian Johnson from “Love Came Down”
“Alive” by All Sons & Daughters from “Season One”
“God You’re Beautiful” by Anthony Skinner from “Forever & A Day”
“Rescue” by Jared Anderson, Vineyard from “Desperation”
“Your Name” by The Swift from “Singing Back To You”
“O Come Let Us Adore Him” by Hillsong from “Born Is The King EP”
“Sing To The King” by Candi Pearson from “Passion: Sacred Revolution”
“Knit My Heart” by Charlie Hall from “The Bright Sadness”
“Lead Me To The Cross” by Francesca Battistelli from “Artists In Adoration”
“Rooftops” by Jesus Culture from “Come Away”
7:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“Oh Holy Night (LIVE)” by David Crowder Band
“Your Faithfulness” by Jon Thurlow from “Strong Love”
“One Thirst and Hunger” by Jeremy Riddle from “Furious”
“There Is One Reason” by Sovereign Grace Music from “The Gathering”
“Glory To God” by Downhere from “How Many Kings”
“Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing” by Leigh Nash from “Hymns and Sacred Songs”
“Take Heart” by Hillsong United from “Aftermath”
“Baby Boy” by For King and Country from “A Very Special Christmas”
“Never Stop Singing” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”
“Always” by Kristian Stanfill from “Passion: Here For You”
“Love Song” by Victory Fellowship Worship Band, Paul Meany from “Elevator Music”
“Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy)” by Chris Tomlin from “Glory In The Highest”
“Joyful, Joyful” by Laura Hackett from “Joy (LIVE)”
“Movements” by Rend Collective from “Organic Family Hymnal”
8:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“Great I Am” by Jared Anderson, New Life Worship from “You Hold It All”
“Endless Hallelujah” by Matt Redman from “10,000 Reasons”
“God With Us” by Jeremy Camp from “Christmas–God With Us”
“Forever Reign” by Kristian Stanfill from “Passion: Here For You”
“Hope Has Come” by Matt Papa from “Bethlehem Skyline Vol. 2″
“Healing Is In Your Hands” by Christy Nockels from “Passion: Awakening”
“Doubts Or Disbelief” by Chasen from “Shine Through The Stars”
“You Are My Hope” by Cory Asbury from “Holy”
“Glory” by Big Daddy Weave from “Christ Is Come”
“Restoration” by David Brymer from “Unceasing”
“How He Loves” by David Crowder Band from “Passion: Awakening”
9:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“Refuse To Be Denied” by Desperation Band from “Who You Are”
“Hungry (Falling On My Knees)” by Kathryn Scott from “Hungry”
“Evermore” by Phil Wickham from “Songs For Christmas”
“Everything Changed” by Eddie Kirkland from “North Point Christmas”
“Praise The Lord” by Kristene Mueller from Those Who Dream”
“Born That We May Have Life” by Chris Tomlin from “Glory In The Highest”
“Make A Joyful Noise” by David Crowder from “Passion: The Road To One Day”
“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” by Matt Redman from “10,000 Reasons”
“He Has Come For Us (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)” by Meredith Andrews
“Grace” by Michael W. Smith from “A New Hallelujah”
“Holy Roar” by Christy Nockels from “Passion: The Road To One Day”
“I Am Set Free” by All Sons & Daughters from “Season One”
“My Soul Sings” by Delirious from “Kingdom Of Comfort”
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phil : November 21, 2012 5:50 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! And Happy Thanksgiving weekend! 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 As I mentioned last week, some of the best music currently playing on New Tunes at 9 comes from several artists who have stopped by the Junction Center to perform live on the radio. The list of artists now includes, among others, Dan and Lauren Smith, Salvador, The Choir, Jason Castro, Luminate, Kutless, and For King and Country. For King and Country is an Australian pop duo comprised of Joel and Luke Smallbone, the younger brothers of singer/songwriter Rebecca Smallbone, also known as Rebecca St. James. For King and Country’s debut project is entitled, “Crave” which includes the radio hits “Busted Heart (Hold On To Me)” and “The Proof of Your Love.” You can download all the songs from “Crave” on iTunes or And while you’re at their website, you can sign-up for band updates and check out their facebook page. (Also at, you can download the new compilation project, “A Very Special Christmas-Bringing Peace on Earth.”)


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john : November 21, 2012 3:04 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From Second Corinthians 9:11.

“You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

One of the outcomes of a life filled with thanksgiving is generosity. Our hearts are made tender toward people in need. St. Augustine once said, “Find out how much God has given you and take from it what you need; the remainder will be needed by others.”

This thought challenges us not to be wasteful with what we have been given, but to consider how we might use what we have wisely, including life’s extras. Material things are not for hoarding, but for personal enjoyment and generous giving. We find this principle in First Timothy 6, where Paul told Timothy to command the rich in this present world to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. And then, he told Timothy to command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

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

John Shirk

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phil : November 20, 2012 9:37 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Click here to watch Meredith Andrews share her thoughts on gratitude at Thanksgiving.

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john : November 19, 2012 2:24 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From Psalm 136, verses 1 and 2.

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods; His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of Lords; His love endures forever.”

26 times, this chapter uses the phrase, “His love endures forever.” The reason that we can live with hope is because of God’s enduring love. It will never end, and it will never fail. It is strong enough to save us, and long enough to reach us wherever we are.

Even in the depths of depravity, His love is able to pick us up out of the quicksand of our own making and place us on the solid foundation of faith. His love is magnetic enough to draw us to a relationship with God forever. His enduring love is a compelling reason for daily gratitude.

Thankfulness to God is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.



kristi : November 18, 2012 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

KRISTI LEIGH — It’s time for one of my favorite Praise & Worship Show themes of the entire year: The Thanksgiving Edition!  Whether your life is great right now…or totally falling apart, God is good.  I don’t share these words lightly–I’ve lived them and know they’re true!  When things are rough, it can be difficult to sing about God’s goodness or our feelings of gratitude toward Him, but my encouragement is to forget about your trials and challenges.  Just think about Jesus.  Your sacrifice of praise is a beautiful and powerful thing!

To quote Hillsong’s “Desert Song”:
“All of my life, in every season
You are still God and I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship!”
I hope this Thanksgiving is alive in your heart!
Kristi Leigh — WJTL DJ
Praise & Worship Show Playlist
November 18, 2012
6:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“You Are Good” by Israel & New Breed from “New Season”
“Who You Are” by Desperation Band from “Who You Are”
“After All (Holy)” by David Crowder Band from “Give Us Rest”
“You Are My Everything” by Aaron Gillespie from “Anthem Song”
“Who You Are” by Glenn Packiam from “Worship Project P40.3″
“For Who You Are” by Hillsong from “Mighty To Save”
“He Is Yahweh” by 1,000 Generations from “Turn Off The Lesser Lights”
“You Are” by Colton Dixon
“You Are The One” by Jason Upton from “Great River Road”
“Jesus, You Are Worthy” by Brenton Brown from “Everlasting God”
“You Are God” by Charlie Hall from “The Bright Sadness”
“You Are My King (Amazing Love)” by Christy Nockels from “Passion: Better Is One Day”
“You Are My Joy” by David Crowder Band from “Passion: Everything Glorious”
7:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“All Glory” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”
“Thank You Lord” by Paul Baloche from “A Greater Song”
“So Good To Me” by Cory Asbury from “Holy”
“How Great Thou Art” by Charlie Hall from “Passion: Hymns Ancient & Modern”
“For The Lord Is Good” by Women Of Faith from “Outrageous Joy”
“Thankful” by Caedmon’s Call from “40 Acres”
“You Are So Good To Me” by Waterdeep from “You Are So Good To Me”
“God Is Good” by Enter The Worship Circle from “Third Circle”
“Gratitude” by Nichole Nordeman from “Woven And Spun”
“Come Ye Thankful People Come” by Leigh Nash from “Hymns And Sacred Songs”
“How Great Is Our God” by Chris Tomlin from “Passion: How Great Is Our God”
“You Are Good” by Rita Springer from “I Have To Believe”
“Great Are You” by Downhere from “Downhere”
8:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“Your Goodness” by Brian Campbell from “Hearts Wake To The Giver Of Life”
“You Have Been So Good To Me” by Paul Baloche from “A Greater Song”
“Never Once” by Matt Redman from “10,000 Reasons”
“You Are So Good” by The Merchant Band from “The World Can Wait”
“Haven’t You Been Good” by PDI from “I Stand In Awe”
“You’re Good Lord” by Kathryn Scott from “Satisfy”
“You Are Good” by Matt Papa from “You Are Good”
“Thank You” by Dennis Jernigan & Friends from “Hands Lifted High”
“How Great” by Glory Revealed from “Glory Revealed 2″
“Because God Is God” by John Waller from “As For Me And My House”
“Thank You For Hearing Me” by David Crowder from “All I Can Say”
“Thank You For Healing Me” by Matt Redman from “Beautiful News”
9:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“Thank You For Saving Me” by Delirious from “Deeper”
“Great Is The Lord” by Promise Keepers from “Stand In The Gap”
“Great Redeemer” by Paul Baloche from “Our God Saves”
“Great I Am” by Jared Anderson, New Life Worship from “You Hold It Al”
“You Are Good” by Jeff Deyo from “Surrender”
“Good To Me” by Desperation Band from “Everyone Overcome”
“God Is Great” by Hillsong from “You Are My World”
“Oh! Great Is Our God!” by The Sing Team from “Oh! Great Is Our God!”
“When I Think About The Lord” by Shane & Shane from “Carry Away”
“We Give Thanks” by Caedmon’s Call from “In The Company Of Angels”
“Thank You” by The Merchant Band from “The World Can Wait”
“How Great Is Your Faithfulness” by Mat Redman from “We Shall Not Be Shaken”
“Jesus Paid It All” by Kristian Stanfill from “Passion: Everything Glorious”
“With Everything” by Hillsong United from “Passion: Awakening”


john : November 16, 2012 5:57 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From Romans 5:8.

God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

This highlights the difference between natural love and supernatural love. Many times in our world, people will wait to love someone until that person has proven themselves in some way, whether it be through attractiveness, accomplishment, or affluence.

God’s love is not like that. He did not wait to love us until we had proven ourselves worthy of love. If that were the case, Jesus would never have come.  Instead, He made the first move toward us. He loved us first in the midst of our sinful condition, so that He could pull us out. We never have to wonder if God really loves us. If you ever feel that way, you can turn your eyes back to the cross of Christ. 2,000 years ago, His death was God’s ultimate expression of love to a world in desperate need of His grace.

Confidence in God’s love is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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phredd : November 16, 2012 8:51 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages

FIVE FUN FREE FAMILY THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND!!! November 16, 17 and 18, 2012

5) 3rd Friday Coffeehouse and Open Mic Night, tonight (Friday November 16) from 7-9 PM at the Community Room on Prince (19 North Prince Street, 3rd Floor) The featured performer is the Juan Catorce Band. The Juan Catorce Band is a three piece band from Columbia made up of Brad Rhine, his wife Jen, and their friend Shawn Vago. More info: 717-572-5914

4) A Night of Worship with Nashville Worship Leader Shelly Johnson tonight (Friday, Nov. 16) at 6 p.m., with opening artists Cassondra Diaz and Cristabelle Braden. The free concert will take place in the narthex of Miller Chapel on the Campus of Lebanon Valley College. More info: LVC.EDU

3) Tumble Down the Rabbit Hole as the Senior High of the Learning Station Homeschool Cooperative performs “Alice in Wonderland”.  Tonight (Nov 16) 7pm at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church. Admission is Free, no ticket necessary. Donations are accepted.

2) Third Friday in Strasburg tonight (Fri. Nov. 16th) from 7-9 at Center Square An evening of food, shops and live music in Strasburg Square. More info:

1) Songs with Kelly Good today (Friday, Nov 16) 1pm at the Lancaster Public Library’s Bates Auditorium. For ages 0-5 (plus parents). More info – Children & Teen Services, 394-2651.

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promojohn : November 15, 2012 2:02 pm : John Staffieri, Staff Pages

I will be broadcasting live tonight from the Adoption Coalition of Lancaster County’s Free Movie Night at Penn Cinema.Held in conjunction with National Adoption Awareness Month, the event aims to help raise awareness of the need for foster and adoptive families.

The WJTL Road Crew is all set up and we have lots of great stuff for the kids including KCB pencils, our new WJTL/KCB wristbands, and all of our stickers and fun!

Tonight’s free events include:

-Your choice of 2 adoption-themed movies

The Blind Side is a semi-biographical story of how an adoptive family helped NFL lineman Michael Oher succeed in football and in life. Actress Sandra Bullock earned an Academy Award for her performance in the 2009 film.

Meet the Robinsons is a 2007 fanciful computer-animated tale of an orphan boy who achieves success as an inventor and in finding an adoptive home.

-The King’s Strings, a string ensemble comprised of John & Cindy King, of Mechanicsburg, and their seven children (two of whom are adopted) will perform in the lobby prior to the movie showings.

Of course, there will be lots of folks from the Adoption Coalition of Lancaster here to answer questions and connect with in the event you have questions about adoption or foster care.

The Adoption Coalition of Lancaster County is a group of agencies affiliated with the Statewide Adoption & Permanency Network (SWAN), who share the goal of finding permanent adoptive homes for children in the state foster care system. Members of the ACLC include Bethanna, Bethany Christian Services, COBYS Family Services, Families United Network, Pressley Ridge, and the Lancaster County Children & Youth Social Service Agency.

Penn Cinema is located at 541 Airport Road, Lititz. Click here for more details.


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