Life Application Truth-Godly Perspective

john : July 11, 2012 2:25 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From Proverbs 3, verses 31 and 32.

Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.

The Bible highlights the journey of one man who struggled with “envy of the wicked” and eventually won the struggle with a godly perspective.  His name is Asaph. He shares his firsthand account of the struggle in Psalm 73. Here is a summary of what he had to say:

“I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong….Pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. This is what the wicked are like-always carefree, they increase in wealth. Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure.  When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.

When we lose perspective, there is a way to get it back. Seek God’s perspective with a heart of worship. He will offer an eternal perspective that brings us back to the reality of His unfailing love. Asaph was comforted by the truth that the LORD guided him with counsel and afterward, would take him into glory.

A Godly perspective on life is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk


Life Application Truth-Boasting

john : July 10, 2012 2:17 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From Galatians 6:14.

The Apostle Paul said, “May I never boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

We often think of the word “boasting” in a negative light, put in the context of bragging about one’s own accomplishments. But Paul puts a positive spin on that word by redirecting the focus of boasting to the  cross of Christ.  How ironic that the most humiliating form of execution could be the subject of boasting!  Yet, that is the way it is in the Christian faith. The shame that Jesus took upon Himself was the very event that offers to release us from the shame of our sin. We tend to be enthusiastic about the things that are important to us.

As we respond to this expression of grace with a thankful heart, we are changed. Our loyalty shifts to the priorities of God’s Kingdom. We become unresponsive to the values of the world, and become responsive to the virtues of the Gospel. Jesus becomes our Lord and Savior. His love draws us to wake up in the morning with a desire to honor His name in our activity. Our purpose is to draw attention to Jesus.

Boasting in the cross of Christ is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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Praise & Worship Show Playlist (7/8)

kristi : July 8, 2012 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

KRISTI LEIGH — This show’s theme is rooted in Ephesians 5:18B-20, which says: “Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Praise & Worship Show Playlist

~Theme: Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs!~

6:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.

“Psalm 118 (This Is The Day)” by Shane & Shane from “Psalms”

“A Mighty Fortress” by Chris Rice from “Peace Like A River”

“Amazing Grace/Jesus Loves Me” by Paul Colman from “Bridges”

“You Will Never Change (Psalm 30)” by Sovereign Grace Music from “Psalms”

“Stand To Praise (Psalm 117)” by Aaron Shust from “Anything Worth Saying”

“Psalm 95″ by Matt Papa from “You Are Good”

“I Need Thee” by Jadon Lavik from “Roots Run Deep”

“Create In Me (Psalm 51)” by Sovereign Grace Music from “Psalms”


6:30 a.m.

“My Hope Is You (Psalm 25)” by Third Day from “Conspiracy No. 5″

“All Creatures” by David Crowder Band from “Illuminate”

“Holy Holy Holy” by Steven Curtis Chapman from “WOW Hymns”

“Psalm 23″ by Matt Papa from “You Are Good”

“Psalm 103″ by Zach Jones from “Fuse”

“Psalm 117″ by Seven Places from “Glowing”

“Psalm 145″ by Shane & Shane from “Psalms”


7:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.

“Greater Than We Can Imagine (Psalm 145)” by Sovereign Grace Music from “Psalms”

“Revive Me (Psalm 119)” by Jeremy Camp from “Carried Me”

“Psam 91″ by Sonicflood from “A Heart Like Yours”

“King Of Glory (Psalm 24)” by Third Day from “Offerings”

“Better Is One Day” by Charlie Hall from “Better Is One Day”

“In Christ Alone” by Bethany Dillon, Matt Hammit from “In Christ Alone”


7:30 a.m.

“Psalm 27″ by Telecast from “The Beauty Of Simplicity”

“Psalm 62″ by Shane & Shane from “Pages”

“Amazing Love” by Bebo Norman from “WOW Worship Red”

“I Need Thee Every Hour” by Jars Of Clay from “Redemption Songs”

“The Lord Is (Psalm 23)” by Sovereign Grace Music from “Psalms”

“Come Close (Psalm 69)” by Building 429 from “The Message: Psalms”

“My Father’s World” by Jadon Lavik from “Roots Run Deep”


8:00 a.m. — Legal I.D. with Translator Tag

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” by Israel Houghton from “WOW Hymns”

“Psalm 126 (You Have Done Great Things)” by Charlie Hall from “Passion: Our Love Is Loud”

“Jesus Paid It All” by Kristian Stanfill from “Passion: Everything Glorious”

“The Whole Earth (Psalm 19, 72)” by Ross Parsley from “I Am Free”

“Love That Will Not Let Me Go” by Scott Wesley Brown from “The Old Hymns Made New”

“Those Who Trust (Psalm 125)” by Waterdeep from “You Are So Good To Me”

“It Is Well With My Soul” by Jars Of Clay from “Redemption Songs”


8:30 a.m.

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

“Praise The Lord (Psalm 150)” by Sovereign Grace Music from “Psalms”

“How Faithful You Are (Psalm 89)” by Phillip LaRue from “The Message: Psalms”

“Doxology” by Nichole Nordeman from “Woven & Spun”

“Create In Me A Clean Heart (Psalm 51)” by Martin Smith from “Your Love Broke Through”

“God Is Our Refuge (Psalm 46)”by Sovereign Grace Music from “Psalms”

“Psalm 112″ by 4HIM from “Walk On”

“Great Are You (Psalm 8, 18)” by Downhere from “Downhere”


9:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.

Taste & See (Psalm 34)” by Sovereign Grace Music from “Psalms”

“God Be Merciful To Me (Psalm 51)” by Derek Webb from “Please Don’t Make Us Sing This Song”

“Let The Name Of God Be High (Psalm 113)” by Shane & Shane from “Psalms”

“Softly & Tenderly” by Sara Groves from “Amazing Grace”

“Salvation” by Shawn McDonald from “The Message: Psalms”

“Blessed Is The One (Psalm 32)” by Sovereign Grace Music from “Psalms”

“Praise To The Lord, The Almighty” by Christy Nockels from “Passion: Hymns, Ancient & Modern”


9:30 a.m.

“Great Is The Lord (Psalm 48)” by Promise Keepers from “Promise Keepers”

“Your Love Oh Lord (Psalm 36)” by Third Day from “Offerings”

“Let Everything That Has Breath (Psalm 150)” by Phillips, Craig & Dean from “Let My Words Be Few”

“Out Of The Depths (Psalm 130)” by Sovereign Grace Music from “Psalms”

“Come Thou Fount” by David Crowder from “All I Can Say”

“Power In The Blood” by Bart Millard from “Hymned”

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phredd : July 6, 2012 8:58 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages


5)Speak Life Concert with Salt N Light, tonight (Friday, July 6) will headline an evening of worship during Lancaster City’s July First Friday festivities from 6-9:30PM at Binn’s Park in Lancaster. Various Ministries will also showcase their work in the community starting at 5 pm.  The event is free!
More Info: 717-940-1705

4) City Rhythm Orchestra will present A celebration of Stan Kenton’s 100th birthday with this 23-piece orchestra’s retrospective of his big band jazz and swing from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Sunday (July 8, 2012) beginning at 7:30 pm at Long’s Park in Lancaster. Part of the FREE Long’s Park Summer Music Series. More info:

3) Lancaster’s First Friday,Downtown Lancaster tonight (Friday, July 6) 5-9pm. Music, art exhibitions, performances and more at 60+ venues. More info:

2) Good News Cafe, Saturday (Jul 7, 2012) beginning at 6pm at Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 3rd Street, Harrisburg
A showcase of regional Christian musicians and performers including spoken word poets, mime artists, comedians, and a live house band.    Free More info:

1) Stay cool and listen to the Kids Cookie Break on Saturday morning from 9AM-Noon! Lisa Landis and KCB welcomes the cast of The Central Lancaster County Homeschool “School House Rock, Live, Jr.” More info:


New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Hillsong Live-Cornerstone

phil : July 5, 2012 6:11 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 are three separate projects available from Hillsong Live this week: “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 this week, go to

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Life Application Truth-Divine Discipline

john : July 5, 2012 2:08 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From Jeremiah 10:24.

“Correct me, LORD, but only with justice-not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing.”

There are times when we need correction from the Lord, but we could never survive the outpouring of His wrath. The prophets were well aware of the destructive capacity of His holy anger. This is why one of the prophets appealed to the LORD with this prayer: “In wrath, remember mercy.”

His discipline serves to correct us when we have gone astray from His commands. His discipline humbles us to acknowledge that His ways are higher than our ways. And His discipline trains us to live a holy life that seeks to honor Him. For God’s discipline to be effective, we have a responsibility to be teachable.

Proverbs 3:11 says, “Do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves.”

If we are facing some kind of hardship, we might be experiencing the LORD’s discipline. He may be trying to correct us or build maturity into our faith. The important thing for us in those times is to have a willing heart to learn His lessons of faith.

Having a teachable spirit is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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My Creation Festival Interview Highlights!

kristi : July 5, 2012 12:01 am : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

KRISTI LEIGH — WJTL video pro, Ben Sauder, and I had a really great time at Creation 2012!  The WJTL trailer was bustling with artists and bands, giving some of our favorite interviews to date!  Check out the WJTL Casts page for all the audio interviews, and keep checking our Videos tab, as Ben is cranking out more and more videos from the experience.   (Be sure to look for Newsboys, Chris August, Kevin Young from Disciple and MANY more!)

Some of my personal highlights are already in video form!

Kutless was our very first interview of the festival this year.  They usually bring the whole band; so, I was surprised that guitarist James Mead was absent when the guys first walked in.  It turns out that he was delayed due to a visit to the hot dog stand that was located just outside our trailer.  He came in just as we were getting started and explained his tardiness with such kindness:

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David Crowder is a delight to talk with if you’re a fan of random and creative conversation.  And I am!  So, I loved this moment:

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Tenth Avenue North came into the WJTL trailer and frontman Mike Donehey grabbed a mic and lead the guys in a soccer cheer.  It was as robust as it was random!  …and it’s STILL stuck in my head!

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And finally, the acoustic “music videos”.  It’s our goal every year to do one…and so far, it’s been tough to coordinate artist schedules, quiet stage times, weather, etc.  This year…we got THREE!

Hyland made the trek to the Lookout with us…in a golf cart!  Ben and I had to walk the steep parts with all our camera and audio gear, but it was so worth it!  (And as the always-punny John Shirk pointed out, it was perfect that we were with Hyland on the top of a mountain….get it?  High-land!)  Hyland frontman Jon Lewis sang an acoustic version of their new song “Beauty In The Broken” with a super cool background of the festival.

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Shonlock came to the WJTL trailer for his interview, saw the video cameras and asked us if he could bring his band, “Monsta”, in to do an acoustic version of “Hello”.  I was delighted to oblige.  It turned out so friendly…and so resourceful!  Check out the percussionist playing our trailer wall and using the chain on the door window!

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Evelia is a local-ish band (from the Philly-ish area of New Jersey) of siblings from the Williams family, who are no strangers to the Creation Festival.  They’ve been helping with it for years!  This year, they played the main stage and worship tent…and agreed to hike up to a fallen tree in one of the Woods meeting areas to film this acoustic version of their song “Too Much”.

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How about your Creation 2012 highlights?  Did you go to the festival?  Or did you listen to our coverage from home?  What were your favorite parts?

Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ


Life Application Truth-Freedom

john : July 3, 2012 2:59 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – from John 8:31 and 32.

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

It is worth noting the first words of instruction by Jesus to His disciples. He said, “Follow me.” It was an invitation to join Him in a life-changing relationship and to join His redemptive work in the world. First came the relationship, then the mission.

Over the Fourth of July, this nation celebrates freedom. We have picnics. We have fireworks displays. We sing the National Anthem, and reflect on the blessings of various freedoms, acknowledging that a price was paid for the liberties we enjoy.

However, spiritual freedom is not American-made. This kind of freedom is the result of walking in the truth, and truth is linked to Jesus, who paid the price for our freedom at the cross.  Through Jesus, we are free from the control and penalty of sin. We are free to serve and to worship the LORD. So, as Jesus said, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

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

John Shirk

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Praise & Worship Show Playlist (7/1)

kristi : July 1, 2012 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

Praise & Worship Show Playlist
July 01, 2012

6:00 a.m — Legal I.D.
“Above Every Other Name” by Justin Rizzo from “One Thing Live: Holy To The Lord”
“Strong Love” by Jon Thurlow from “Strong Love”
“This Is Why I Am Alive” by Rick Pino from “The Narrow Road”
“Furious” by Bethel Live, Jeremy Riddle from “Be Lifted High”

6:30 a.m.
“Endless Hallelujah” by Matt Redman from “10,000 Reasons”
“Exalt” by Rend Collective Experiment from “Organic Family Hymnal”
“Joy” by Phil Wickham from “Response”
“Your Grace Is Enough” by Chris Tomlin from “Arriving”
“Alive In Us” by Hillsong from “God Is Able”
“My Soul Sings” by Delirious from “Kingdom Of Comfort”
“Praise The Lord” by Kristene Mueller from “Those Who Dream”

7:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“When I Speak Your Name” by Klaus, Kari Jobe from “Glory”
“Taste & See” by Brian & Jenn Johnson from “We Believe”
“Your Love Never Fails” by Jesus Culture from “Your Love Never Fails”
“Always” by Kristian Stanfill from “Passion: Here For You”
“Better Is One Day” by Charlie Hall from “Better Is One Day”

7:30 a.m.
“You’re Worthy Of My Praise” by Jeremy Camp from “Carried Me”
“You Said” by Shane & Shane from “Psalms”
“You Never Let Go” by Matt Redman from “Beautiful News”
“Who You Are” by Glenn Packiam from “Worship Project P40.3″
“Sing, Sing, Sing” by Chris Tomlin from “Passion: God Of This City”
“So Good To Me” by Cory Asbury from “Holy”
“You Are My King (Amazing Love)” by Newsboys from “Adoration”

8:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“With Everything” by Hillsong United from “Passion: Awakening”
“Be Lifted High” by Bethel Live from “Be Lifted High”
“Carry Your Name” by Christy Nockels from “Passion: Here For You”
“What Joy Is Found” by Jeremy Riddle from “Full Attention”
“Revelation Song” by Gateway Church, Kari Jobe from “Cover The Earth”

8:30 a.m.
“Awakening” by Hillsong United from “Aftermath”
“Faithful” by SisterBrother from “SisterBrother”
“Your Faithfulness” by Jon Thurlow from “Strong Love”
“You Are My All In All” by Dennis Jernigan and Friends from “Hands Lifted High”
“We Give Thanks” by Caedmon’s Call from “In The Company Of Angels 2″

9:00 a.m.
“Cloud By Day” by The Embers from “The Embers”
“Whisper His Name” by Deluge from “Bethany Presents Deluge”
“Forever Reign” by Kristian Stanfill from “Passion: Here For You”
“We Are Your’s” by Charlie Hall from “Passion: Everything Glorious”
“Amazed” by Eoghan Heaslip, Christy Nockels from “51 Must Have Modern Worship Hits”
“The Heart Of Worship” by Michael W. Smith from “Worship”

9:30 a.m.
“The Same Love” by Paul Baloche from “The Same Love”
“Our God” by Chris Tomlin from “Passion: Awakening”
“God Of Our Salvation” by Phil Wickham from “Response”
“Overome” by Jeremy Camp from “We Cry Out: The Worship Project”
“Great I Am” by New Life Worship, Jared Anderson from “You Hold It All”
“Give Us Your Courage” by Tim Hughes from “Happy Day”

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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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