JOHN SHIRK – from Isaiah 35, verse 10.
“The ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”
This happens when the glory of God is revealed, and people’s limitations are lifted. The blind will see. The deaf will hear. The mute will speak. The land also will bloom with thriving vegetation. God will save His people. Tears of pain will be replaced by songs of joy. The Lord is able to do this, and will act in the future to make this happen for those who have been redeemed by Christ.
Until that day comes, we can offer words of encouragement to those with fearful hearts that God is still on the throne. He has not forgotten His people or His promises. He will be back, and when He returns, He will defeat His foes, and establish a new world for His followers.
Confidence in God’s promises is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.
JOHN SHIRK – From Galatians 6:9 and 10.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
There are a number of factors that might cause us to become weary in doing good:
Working long hours.
A feeling that our best efforts are not making a difference.
Discouragement from criticisms of others.
Having a complaining spirit.
The Apostle Paul is saying to us that there is purpose to our activity, and the good that we do for the glory of God is making a difference whether we see it or not. If we keep on doing the things God is calling us to do, we will eventually reap the blessings that come with faithful service. The Bible challenges us to go beyond our own interests to consider the interests and needs of others, and then enter their world with a helping hand.
Faithful service is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.
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JOHN SHIRK – From Jeremiah 7, verse 3.
“This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel says: ‘Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place.’”
This was a message to people who gathered to worship at the temple.
They felt that there was some kind of protective hedge around them. Since they were God’s chosen people, nothing bad would happen to them. However, they were more vulnerable than they thought. Their hearts were in need of revival. Reforms were needed in their society. God was not only telling the people that they needed to reform, but He was also getting specific with where the reforms were needed. He said, “If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place.”
Sometimes when we cruise along through our daily schedule, it’s easy to start taking God’s blessings for granted, whether they be relationships, or the things God has provided for us. Taking God’s blessings for granted paves the way for squandered opportunities. But if we can remember to be thankful to God for His blessings, we will be in a much better place to take care of what God has given us.
Actions that express respect for people and reverence for God are vital signs of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.
Happy Holly –
For the last few summers I’ve been a casual WJTL bumper sticker spotter. I’ve always found it fun to hunt for stickers as I go about my daily life as a stay at home mom. I’ve had a WJTL sticker on every car I’ve owned since my first Oldsmobile until my current minivan. I especially like to keep my eyes open for stickers when I’m outside of the WJTL listening area, hoping to find a sticker on a car, and bring a bit of joy in someone’s day. I smile and imagine their surprise when they find the Congratulations notice on their vehicle later that day. My kids also enjoy the hunt. For several years now, I’ve been looking for a WJTL sticker to spot while my family is on vacation. So far, on road trips up and down the east coast, I haven’t found any. This year looked like it would be the same way. It was the last day of my family’s vacation to a beach in Delaware. And there it was. A car with a WJTL sticker in the beach parking lot surrounded by the family loaded with beach gear! As I handed the slightly confused father the congratulations notice, the rest of his family quickly caught on and the mom did a little victory dance and shouted out “Whoo Hoo”! I think it brought as much delight to me to surprise them, as it did to the unsuspecting family. Thanks to everyone who has proudly sported a WJTL sticker on their car, truck, bike, toy car, minivan or other mode of transportation over the years! The summer is winding down, but you still have a chance to win a prize. Get your WJTL static or bumper sticker today!
Praise & Worship Show Playlist
August 12, 2012
6:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“Rise And Sing” by Brett Younker from “The New Has Come”
“O, For A Thousand Tongues To Sing” by David Crowder Band from “Remedy”
“Joyful (The One Who Saves)” by Brenton Brown from “Joyful”
“Ready Now” by Desperation Band from “Who You Are”
“Here I Am To Worship” by Tim Hughes from “Here I Am To Worship”
“There Is Nothing Like” by Hillsong from “God He Reigns”
“Reason To Sing” by All Sons & Daughters from “Season One”
“All My Fountains” by Chris Tomlin from “Passion: Here For You”
“My Soul Sings” by Delirious from “Kingdom Of Comfort”
“Better Is One Day” by Charlie Hall from “Better Is One Day”
“Hallelujah Jesus” by Evan Wickham from “Mysterious Things”
7:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“Love Came Down” by Brian Johnson from “Love Came Down”
“Amazed” by Eoghan Heaslip, Christy Nockels from “51 Must Have Modern Worship Hits”
“With Everything” by Hillsong United from “Passion: Awakening”
“Your Love Never Fails” by Jesus Culture from “Your Love Never Fails”
“Praise To The One” by Brad&Rebekah from “The Things Of God”
“Jesus Saves” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”
“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” by Chris Tomlin from “Amazing Grace”
“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” by Matt Redman from “10,000 Reasons”
“Lamp” by Charlie Hall from “The Rising”
“Be Still My Soul” by Leigh Nash from “Hymns and Sacred Songs”
“Like An Avalanche” by Hillsong United from “Aftermath”
“Holy Roar” by Christy Nockels from “Passion: The Road To One Day”
“My Glorious/Sing To The King” by Eoghan Heaslip, Laura Story from “Worship Project H2.14″
8:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“Open The Eyes Of My Heart” by Paul Baloche from “The Writer’s Collection”
“All Glory” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”
“It Is You” by Newsboys from “Adoration”
“Whisper His Name” by Deluge from “Bethany Presents: Deluge”
“Praise To You” by Relevant Worship from “Anthem Of The Redeemed”
“Call To Praise” by Jeremy Riddle from “Full Attention”
“Praise The Lord” by Kristene Mueller from “Those Who Dream”
“This Is Why I Am Alive” by Rick Pino from “The Narrow Road”
“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”
“Desert Song” by Hillsong United from “Across The Earth – Tear Down The Walls”
“More Than Amazing” by Lincoln Brewster from “Real Life”
9:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“King Of Wonders” by Matt Redman, Tim Hughes, Joel Houston from “CompassionArt”
“We Fall Down” by Steven Curtis Chapman, Chris Tomlin from “WOW Worship Red”
“God Be Praised/Our God Reigns” by New Life Worship from “You Hold It All”
“No One Like You” by David Crowder Band from “Illuminate”
“Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing)” by Brenton Brown from “Surrender”
“Here Is Love” by Matt Redman from “Passion: Hymns Ancient & Modern”
“At Your Name (Forever)” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”
“A Mighty Fortress” by Christy Nockels from “Passion: Awakening (Deluxe Edition)”
“Overcome” by Jeremy Camp from “We Cry Out”
“Cannons” by Phil Wickham from “Cannons”
“Endless Hallelujah” by Matt Redman from “10,000 Reasons”
“Clear The Stage” by Ross King from “And All The Decorations, Too”
5 FUN FREE FAMILY THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND
5. Steven Courtney concert on Sun. Aug. 12th at 5PM at Elizabethtown Grace Brethren Church in Elizabethtown. 717-367-1281 stevencourtney.com
4. Community Day, sponsored by Community United Methodist Church, will be held on Saturday, August 11 in the Saginaw Picnic Grove. The picnic grove is located at the intersection of Long Road and Saginaw Road, Mt. Wolf. The activities will begin at 11:00 am. Phredd concert beginning at 1:00 pm. Food and drinks will be available, featuring Community’s famous chicken corn soup. Everyone is welcome! 717-266-1308
3. Rawlinsville Camp Meeting will be hosting Jessie Rothacker and Forgotten Friends on Saturday, August 11. Jessie’s show, which includes snakes, turtles, and all kinds of reptiles, as well as fun audience interaction, will start at 1 pm. (717) 284-2746 or check out www.rawlinsvillecamp.com Brett Rush will be playing at the Rawlinsville Camp Meeting on Sunday, August 12.
2. Ralley At Rosedale at Rosedale Camp Grove in Laureldale on Sat. Aug. 11th from 6-10PM. Speaker Joe Duerr and woship leaders Eric Schneiderhan of West Lawn UMC , Ashlin Hollinger and Jason Frey of Life Church Lancaster come together for one night of incredible worship and speaking. Free Admission, Food will be available. 610-301-9835
1. Second Friday in Lititz – Every Second Friday of each month, 5-9 p.m., local residents and visitors alike are invited to head to downtown Lititz, PA, a cool, safe and comfortable place for family and friends to get together-all ages welcome. Enjoy dinner downtown then take a relaxing stroll down the streets of our historic village – take your time! 717-626-6332 lititzpa.com/secondfriday_join.php
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, Sixpence None The Richer, Chris August, Tenth Avenue North, TobyMac and Andrew Peterson, whose new project, “Light For The Lost Boy,” will release on August 28. “Light For The Lost Boy” is the follow-up to his 2010 project, “Counting Stars,” which included the song, “Dancing In The Minefields.” Andrew Peterson is a singer/songwriter, musician, author, and founding member of the Square Peg Alliance, a group of Christian songwriters. Over the years, Andrew’s hits (and near hits) have included “Nothing To Say” and the WJTL Kid’s Cookie Break favorite, “Tractor, Tractor.” Andrew has been releasing records since 1996, and releasing books since 2007. He published “The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats” with illustrator Cory Godbrey; it is a children’s book based on the song of the same name from his annual Christmas show, “Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tale Of The Coming Of Christ.” By the way, if you go to http://www.andrew-peterson.com/, you can make a video for the song you’re about to hear, “Rest Easy.” You can watch a video from Andrew Peterson explaining the contest, and if you win, your video will be the official, nationally promoted video for the song. The deadline for video submissions is this Monday, August 13.
KRISTI LEIGH — “a Muppets-meet-Marvin-Gaye-Spirit-filled funfest”! Have I sparked your interest? I hope so! That’s how “The Sing Team” has been described…by their own pastor! They’re a genuine group of friends and family at Mars Hill Church that have learned to lead worship out of an overflow of community and a living an authentic Christian life. They tend toward tunes that are filled with straightforward, joyful lyrics that celebrate God’s grace and the group’s reliance on Jesus. I love their song “Oh! Great Is Our God!”, which is one of our free downloads this week at www.WJTL.com! Hear it for yourself! Get it FREE by clicking here.
Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ
JOHN SHIRK – From Second Corinthians 4:16.
“Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet, inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
What is it that motivated Paul to keep going? He was motivated by the love of Christ to bring glory to God through changed lives by the Gospel. That word, “therefore” is a connector to the previous statement made by Paul. In that previous statement, he said, “All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”
The Apostle Paul knew what it was like to face obstacles, and at the same time, looked for the opportunities that God was giving him to preach the Gospel. He said, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” So, the application for us is to keep our focus on Jesus. Let His grace be the spark that energizes our faith. Let His glory be the purpose for our activity. Let the evidence of changed lives be a moment of celebration that offers praise to God for the good things He has done.
Perseverance through hardship is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.