Take The New RadioTraks Music Survey

phil : June 29, 2012 10:44 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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phredd : June 29, 2012 9:15 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages


5) Leola Community Water Slide Day at Zion Lutheran Church, Quarry Road in Leola. tomorrow (Sat. June 30) 12-4 pm, featuring 4 huge water slides, hot dogs, BBQ, popcorn, and more.  More Info:

4) CELEBRANT SINGERS AND ORCHESTRA, tonight, (Friday, June 29) at 7:30 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Laureldale.  10 singers and a 12-piece orchestra, will present a “praise celebration” More info:  610-929-9606

3) Triple Tree Summer Rumble at Triple Tree Emmaus Rd Cafe, Lancaster, FREE Car and Bike show, tomorrow (Sat. June 30th) from 10am-3pm! Featuring the “Jimmy Emig Band” and “Thru Me!” Yard Sales, Food, and more. More info: 717-824-5965

2)Lebanon Community Band tomorrow (Sat. June 30th) from 7pm at Mt. Gretna Campmeeting in Mt. Gretna as part of the 2012 Heritage Festival. Free admission.  An offering will be taken.

1) SummerFest 2012, tomorrow (Saturday, June 30) First Assembly of God, Susquehanna Trail, York, from 7am to 2pm. Carnival games, Bounce Houses, water slide,
Concerts by Phredd, Kimberlianna and more. Also a Car Show  family yard sale and a chicken Bar-B-Que.
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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Hillsong Live

phil : June 28, 2012 7:47 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.  There will be three separate projects available from Hillsong Live, next Tuesday, July 3: “Cornerstone,” “Cornerstone (Deluxe Edition),” and the companion “Cornerstone” DVD. Hillsong Live is the expression of worship from the Hillsong Church-a local church with global influence. Hillsong states that, “the creative team behind Hillsong has a commitment to continually resource the body of Christ with songs of worship and a deep passion to see people connect with the living God in a real and personal way.” Hillsong Live’s desire for the new project is to “place an emphasis on Jesus, and a prayer that people everywhere-regardless of circumstance-will be encouraged to find hope in Christ, the Cornerstone.” For more on the new Hillsong Live projects available next Tuesday, go to


Life Application Truth-Belief In The Resurrection

john : June 28, 2012 2:34 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From John 20, verse 29.

Jesus said to Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Thomas had refused to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead unless he saw the evidence. That is why he is sometimes called “Doubting Thomas.” However, he did not remain in doubt. After Jesus appeared to him, he acknowledged Jesus as his Lord and God.

The challenge that Jesus made to Thomas is the challenge he offers to skeptics today. He said, “Stop doubting and believe.”

Today, there are several influences that direct us to believe in Jesus as the Risen Lord. The Bible tells us that if we confess with our mouth “Jesus is Lord” and believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead, we will be saved. We also have the testimony of the early disciples who saw Jesus alive and remained true to their testimony, even in the face of martyrdom. Also, lives are being changed by the power of the Gospel today, which indicates that Jesus is alive and well. Even though we don’t physically see Jesus today, there are still compelling reasons to believe in the Gospel. Jesus calls us blessed when we believe without seeing.

Belief in the Resurrection of Jesus is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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Life Application Truth-If My People…

john : June 27, 2012 9:50 am : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From Second Chronicles 7:14.

The LORD told Solomon, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.”

According to this chapter in the Bible, the conditions that God might use to humble a nation are the absence of rain or the presence of locusts, or some kind of plague. These are wake up calls to God’s people to do some spiritual inventory on our lives. Are we putting our full trust in God? Are we walking in obedience to His Word? Is the Gospel the focus of our faith?

Sometimes, distractions take our focus off of Jesus and cause us to love the things of this world too much. God uses hardship to get our focus back on Him. If we can think specifically of ways in which we are not honoring God, He invites us to confess our sins to Him, and to turn from them. The path to healing for a broken land comes through the confessions of a broken heart. The obstacles are removed, and fellowship is restored to God, who is gracious and compassionate.

Humility, Confession, and Repentance are vital signs of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk



kristi : June 26, 2012 2:08 pm : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

KRISTI LEIGH — I’m heading out to the Creation Festival tomorrow to interview artists and bands for WJTL!  It’s always fun to hear the latest from them, play the conversations on the air and post our videos!  Do you have any questions for any of the artists/bands or something you’re curious about when it comes to performing on a big festival stage?  Comment below!

Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ


Praise & Worship Show Playlist (6/24)

kristi : June 24, 2012 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

 Praise & Worship Show Playlist

June 24, 2012

*Mini Theme at 8:00 “Songs to Sing in the Storms of Life”


6:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.

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

“Sing, Sing, Sing” by Chris Tomlin from “Passion: God Of This City”

“Forever & A Day” by Anthony Skinner from “Forever & A Day”

“Famous One” by Building 429 from “WOW Worship”

“God He Reigns/All I Need Is You” by Hillsong from “God He Reigns”


6:30 a.m.

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

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

“Holy” by Matt Gilman from “Holy”

“A Greater Song” by Paul Baloche from “A Greater Song”

“Once Again” by Stuart Townend, Dave Fellingham from “Revival Generation”

“Shine On Us” by Phillips, Craig & Dean from “My Utmost For His Highest”


7:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.

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

“I Can Only Imagine” by Rita Springer from “Effortless”

“This Is Why I Am Alive” by Rick Pino from “The Narrow Road”

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

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

“Take Heart” by Hillsong from “Aftermath”


7:30 a.m.

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

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

“Be Thou Exalted” by Jon Egan, New Life Worship from “You Hold It All”

“Mercy” by Casting Crowns from “Songs 4 Worship Ultimate”

“A Mighty Fortress” by Christy Nockels from “Passion: Awakening (Deluxe Edition)”

“I Surrender All” by Jadon Lavik from “Roots Run Deep”


8:00 a.m. — Legal I.D. *MINI THEME: Songs For The Storms in Life

“Praise You In This Storm” by Casting Crowns from “Lifesong”

“You Never Let Go” by Matt Redman from “Passion: Everything Glorious”

“Rescue” by Jared Anderson from “51 Must Have Modern Worship Hits”

“Blessed Be Your Name” by Newsong from “Rescue”

“When The Tears Fall” by Tim Hughes from “When Silence Falls”

“Blessing In The Storm” by Kirk Franklin from “Songs For The Storm, Volume 1″


8:30 a.m.

“When I Am Afraid” by Laura Hackett from “Laura Hackett”

“Healing Rain” by Michael W. Smith from “Healing Rain”

“Never Let Me Go” by Hillsong United from “All Of The Above”

“Never Let Go” by David Crowder Band from “Remedy”

“Whole World In His Hands” by Matt Redman from “Passion: How Great Is Our God”

“My Hope” by Glenn Packiam from “Rumors And Revelations”


9:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.

“Be Still And Know” by Christy Nockels from “Deeper”

“Came To The Rescue” by Hillsong United from “United We Stand”

“You Alone Can Rescue” by Matt Redman from “Passion: Awakening”

“Beauty Of Your Peace” by Tim Hughes from “When Silence Falls”

“Tis So Sweet” by Jadon Lavik from “Roots Run Deep”

“He’s Always Been Faithful” by Sara Groves from “Conversations”

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


9:30 a.m.

“You Have Been So Good” by Paul Baloche, Sara Groves from “A Greater Song”

“Cloud By Day” by The Embers from “The Embers”

“Desert Song” by Hillsong United from “Across The Earth – Tear Down The Walls”

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

“I Have Found” by Kim Walker from “Here Is My Song”

“Praise The Lord” by Kristene Mueller from “Those Who Dream”



phredd : June 22, 2012 8:46 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages


5) The 14th annual Celebrate Lancaster kicks off the morning with the opening of about two dozen food stands and the closure of North Prince Street from Penn Square to Lancaster Square. Sample local food, live music and more. The event will culminate with a fireworks display that begins at 10 p.m.
Admission is free. More info:

4) A nite of music will be held at the United Zion Camp in Manheim tomorrow (Saturday June 23) from 7-9pm. The program will feature a variety of instrumental and vocal music performed by local talent. The offering will benefit the LifeGate mission team who will be going to Quito, Ecuador. More info:717-665-5243

3) Jimmy Emig Band will lead a night of worship at Gehman’s Mennonite School  in Denver – Sunday (June 24) 6pm. The concert is hosted by Cocalico Community Chapel. More info: (717)445-4041

2) 2nd Annual Littlestown Chapel Car and Bike Show at Faulkner Collision Center in  Hanover tomorrow (Sat. June 23) 12pm-4pm. Attendance is free, Donations will benefit the Sr. High summer missions program! More info: 717-476-0825

1) Festival of Life is an event for the city of Lebanon hosted by the churches of Lebanon, tomorrow (Sat. June 23rd) from 11AM-5PM at Monument Park  in Lebanon.  There will be singers and shows from different churches in Lebanon city.  There will also be games, food, and fellowship.

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Life Application Truth-Freedom From Fear

john : June 20, 2012 2:20 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From Hebrews 2:14.

Speaking of Jesus, “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death-that is, the devil- and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”

Jesus was willing to be confined to a human body, so that we might  be set free from sin and death. He was willing to die on a cross so that we might live with Him in heaven. Because of His sacrifice, our view of death comes into a different focus.  Instead of seeing death as a permanent end, we see death as a promotion into the glorious presence of God. Death still causes tears, but it does not leave us in hopeless despair.  Death is still painful, but it does not have to paralyze us from living in freedom. With Christ as our Savior and Lord, death is not the end of our journey. It is the beginning of a new chapter that leads us to God’s throne in heaven, where His name is always honored in a place of joy and peace.

Being set free from the fear of death is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk


Life Application Truth-Trust In the Midst of Questions

john : June 18, 2012 2:13 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From First Corinthians 13:12.

“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

If you could ask the Lord one question, what would it be?  Maybe you have questions about His creation, or why bad things happen to God’s people, or perhaps you have a question from the Bible that no one has ever been able to answer to your satisfaction. The Apostle Paul was telling the church that we won’t have all our questions answered in this life. Our understanding is limited. But a day is coming when we will see clearly. Faith will become sight. Jesus will be right in front of us, and then, our relationship with Jesus will take on a new dimension. Our questions will be answered, including those questions about what heaven looks like.

In the meantime, there is a book that explains some important themes about life. The Bible explains where we came from, the impact of sin,  our purpose in life, why Jesus came, the meaning of His cross and empty grave, and what happens after we die. The Gospel reveals enough about God so that we can trust Him in the midst of life’s questions and challenges.

Trusting God through life’s questions is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk


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