phredd : November 30, 2012 9:02 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages

FRED MCNAUGHTON -THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Extraordinary Give – The Day of Giving on November 30th. 240 WJTL Listeners donated $24,820.  WJTL also received a $1000 grant for being one of the first ten organizations to receive 50 individual donations.  Additionally, Lancaster County Community Foundation will match a percentage of your gifts and we will find out that amount in the near future.  Thank you again for your enthusiastic support!

Visit the Extraordinary Give Leaderboard and see what other organizations benefitted from this extraordinary day of giving.

(This was the original blog, giving the info on the Extraordinary Give)

I invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to invest in WJTL today and stretch your donation thanks to the Lancaster County Community Foundation. Any donation you make to WJTL today online at will be stretched. WJTL has joined with almost 200 other local non-profit organizations in saying, “When we give extra, extraordinary things happen!”.

Please click on this link now and make a donation to support WJTL today.

Extraordinary Give is Lancaster County’s first 24 hour online giving marathon. Every dollar donated will be stretched by a $250,000 contribution from the Lancaster County Community Foundation.



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phredd : November 30, 2012 9:01 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages

FIVE FUN FREE FAMILY THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND!!! November 30, December 1 & 2, 2012

5) E-town Drums December 2012 Drum Recital tomorrow (Saturday, Dec 1) at Hope Community Church in Mount Joy. Enjoy performances by the 14 of the area’s top pre-teen and teen drummers ! More info: 717-653-7168

4) Free Christmas Supper and Concert at Colonial Park Community Baptist Church in Harrisburg Sunday (Dec. 2nd) from 5-8PM. Supper followed by a concert, “Christmas Story Guitar Cantata” by Keith Grim of Dallastown, PA. More Info: 717-545-3261

3) Boehm’s Chapel Society, Willow Street will host the annual celebration of Lessons and Carols Sunday (December 02, 2012) beginning at 3pm. The traditional service of scriptural readings and beautiful music offers a reverent time to prepare for the upcoming Holy Season. The congregation will join in singing familiar carols. The service is free and open to the public. A love offering will be taken.More info:

2) Christmas Puppet Show Sunday (Dec. 2nd) at Memorial Baptist Church in Gettysburg presented by the MBC Youth Puppet Team. Admission is FREE. More Info: 717-334-2898

1) Palmyra Library Winterfest tomorrow (Sat. Dec. 1st) 9am -Noon. Lisa Landis and Kids Cookie Break broadcasting live. More info:

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phil : November 29, 2012 7:31 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

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. New Christmas projects available now: “Peace on Earth” by North Point Christmas, “Bethlehem Skies EP” from Dara Maclean and “Joy to the World (A Christmas Collection),” from Lincoln Brewster. “Joy to the World (A Christmas Collection)” is the follow-up to Lincoln’s previous project, “Real Life”; it includes ten tracks, among them, the gorgeous instrumental entitled “Miraculum” and a duet with KJ-52 on the Christmas standard, “Little Drummer Boy.” Quick facts for you: Lincoln hails from Homer, Alaska, a small fishing town whose motto is, “the halibut fishing capital of the world.” “My Mom loved music and played with local bands,” he says. “She was the one who inspired my love for singing and playing musical instruments.” And speaking of instruments, Lincoln is an extremely gifted guitarist, so much so that he briefly played guitar with Steve Perry of Journey. After dedicating his life to Christ he is now known for writing anthems like “Today is the Day” and “Everlasting God.” For more on Lincoln Brewster, go to You can preview and download “Joy to the World (A Christmas Collection”), and connect to Lincoln’s you-tube and facebook pages.

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john : November 29, 2012 2:39 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From 2 Peter 1, verse 5 to 7.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control, and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.

These are the qualities that reflect character development in the life of a devoted follower to Jesus. Many of these qualities are mentioned elsewhere as the fruit of the Spirit. Adding these virtues to our character can multiply opportunities to be a witness for Jesus. It was Jesus who took five loaves and two fish and multiplied them to feed 5,000 people. He can take what we offer Him, and multiply the impact.

Verse 8 says, “If you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The Fruit of the Spirit is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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john : November 28, 2012 2:50 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From First John 1:6 and 7.

“If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

One of Steve Taylor’s classics is “Sin For A Season.” In that song, he exposed the faulty thinking of those who used God’s grace as a license for sin. One of the lines describes their motivation:  “Gonna get the Lord to forgive a little sin. Get the slate cleaned so he can dirty it again. And no one else will ever know. But he reaps his harvest as his heart grows hard. No man’s gonna make a mockery of God.” These are the schemes of a deliberate sinner who abuses the grace of God.

God’s grace is amazing, but it is not a license for sin. Instead, it is a pardon for sin and an incentive for change. In Romans 6:1, Paul the Apostle asked, “Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?

God’s grace enables us to come out of darkness and into the light. As we follow Jesus with sincere devotion, we experience the freedom of forgiveness and the fulfillment of joyful Christian fellowship.

Walking in the light of God’s grace and truth is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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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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