Life Application Truth-A New Song

john : July 20, 2012 4:24 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From Psalm 98:1.

“Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things, his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.”

The LORD has provided music as an instrument of worship. As time passes, we listen for new songs as instruments of worship.  Why is that? New songs have a fresh impact on us. They give us lyrics that stir us to holy passion, or maybe the lyrics connect with us because they describe an emotion or situation that we are experiencing at the current time. A new song may expand our awareness of God’s character as we praise Him for who He is and what He has done.

Have you ever thought of writing your own song to God? This can be a fulfilling exercise as we express personally what God means to us, or how He has transformed our lives by His grace. Whether we sing a new song that we have written or one written by someone else, music is a powerful expression of worship when it comes from the heart.

Singing a new song to the LORD is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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phredd : July 20, 2012 8:58 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages


5) SUMMER CARNIVAL  at Colonial Park United Church of Christ in Harrisburg, tomorrow (Saturday July 21) from Noon to 4pm. Pony Rides, A Bounce House, Games, prizes, storytelling, Face Painting, Music, Fire truck, Service Dogs and more.  More Info: 717-545-3782.

4) Free Community Pool Party/Night Swim – Tonight (Fri. July 20) from 8:30 – 10 PM at the Mechanicsburg Area Community Pool. Please bring a canned good for donation to New Hope Ministries. More info:

3) Praise Jam, outdoor event featuring praise & worship bands from around the local area, tomorrow (Sat. July 21) beginning at 6:30pm at Ephrata Church of the Nazarene. Bands include: Hosanna Christian Fellowship, Crossroads Community Fellowship, Ephrata Church of the Nazarene and Ephrata First United Methodist Church. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, etc.  Donations benefit Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Services. More info: 717-733-8211 The event is rain or shine.

2) Community Day at West Earl Community Park, tomorrow (Sat, July 21) 4-8pm. Free food, games, rides, prizes, entertainment provided by DK Jugglers, meet the police and fire department. Sponsored by the churches in Brownstown. More info: 717-738-0508

1) Eastern Mennonite Missions Global Fair – An outdoor missions and culture festival tomorrow (Sat. July 21st) from 11AM-3PM at Lancaster Mennonite School in Lancaster. WJTL Broadcasting Live.  More info at

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Rhett Walker Band

phil : July 19, 2012 7:48 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.   WJTL has played some excellent Southern-rock bands throughout the years including Needtobreathe, Decemberadio and Samestate, among others.  This week’s roundup artist is Rhett Walker Band from Nashville, Tennessee. Led by Rhett Walker Canipe, a young outspoken musician, Rhett is the son of a southern preacher who says, “We moved away from my hometown when I was 16, and I didn’t like that. I just went nuts, doing whatever I wanted to do in the moment. I mixed with the wrong crowd, got into fights and drugs, and expelled from school. I was sent to a Christian school, the only one that would take me, met a girl, and it wasn’t long after that we found out she was pregnant. That was the stop in the path for me.” From there, Rhett and his girlfriend April decided to redirect their lives. He rededicated his life to God, and she accepted Christ for the very first time. As Rhett and April matured in faith, Rhett began leading worship at churches, decided to pursue music and songwriting, and move to Nashville. To read the complete story, go to You can sample music off the new project “Come to the River,” connect to the iTunes store, watch videos, and link to facebook and twitter.

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Life Application Truth-The Work Of God In You

john : July 18, 2012 5:47 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From Philippians 2:13.

“It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”

This verse is packed with significant details concerning the Christian life. Let’s break down these phrases for a closer look:

God is working in us. He is actively working in the life of the believer to build godly character and make our witness fruitful for His glory.

To will and to act. His love is the compelling influence that motivates us to carry out His redemptive work in the world. It could be a burden to help the poor, to reach out to troubled youth, or comfort someone grieving the loss of a loved one. In God’s plan, good intentions are followed up by obedient actions.

According to His good purpose. The work that God has for us to do is always in line with His will, consistent with His character, and brings honor to His name.

The work of God carried out in a believer is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk


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A Fun Fall With CMI Productions!

ann : July 17, 2012 4:50 pm : Ann D'Alessandro, Staff Pages


It may be the middle of July, but CMI Productions is getting ready for an exciting and fun filled Fall!  Make plans now and mark your calendars because there are some upcoming shows that you won’t want to miss!!!  Tickets are on sale now!  717-459-3701 or

9/22 – Aaron Gillespie at Lancaster Bible College

9/28 – God’s Not Dead Tour with Newsboys, Building 429 & Luminate at Calvary Church

10/06 – The Believer Tour with Kutless, Fireflight, Rhett Walker Band & Hyland at Lancaster Bible College

10/14 – Into The Light Tour with Matthew West, Mikeschair & Lindsay McCaul at Lancaster Bible College

10/21 – Proof Of Your Love Tour with For King & Country, Dara MacLean & Jason Castro at Manheim Brethren In Christ Church

Hope to see you this Fall!  Until then, have a fantastic Summer!

Ann D’Alessandro –


Life Application Truth-Gathering In Jesus’ Name

john : July 17, 2012 9:20 am : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From Matthew 18:20.

Jesus said, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

Jesus draws close to His devoted followers who come together in worship. One of the implications of the Lord’s presence in the midst of His followers is the evidence of unity. God’s love and purpose brings people together in a strong bond of fellowship. Those who enjoy this fellowship are refreshed by the reality of God’s grace, and the encouragement of the saints.

Where God’s presence is welcomed, there is respect for His authority. His Word is received as truth.  Sometimes, His voice will break through to challenge certain individuals to change some things in their lives. At other times, His wisdom will break through to give direction for their journey of faith. Jesus invites His followers to assemble together to enjoy His presence in fellowship and worship.

A commitment to Christian fellowship and worship is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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Rend Collective’s Creative Videos

kristi : July 15, 2012 3:29 pm : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

KRISTI LEIGH — We’ve been playing Rend Collective Experiment‘s new song “Second Chance” lately on WJTL.  This Irish group, now narrowed down to 5, is super creative with their music–especially when it comes to their music videos!  Check out these 3 examples below and you’ll see exactly what I’m sayin’!

Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ

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Praise & Worship Show Playlist (7/15)

kristi : July 15, 2012 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

KRISTI LEIGH — Coming up on today’s show, 2 micro-themes!  We’ll focus for a few minutes on REDEMPTION around 7AM and then on GOD’S PRESENCE at 9AM!

Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ


Praise & Worship Show Playlist

July 15, 2012

 6:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.

“Alive” by All Sons & Daughters from “Season One”

“Wake Up” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”

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

“King Of Heaven” by Charlie Hall from “The Rising”

“God Be Praised/Our God Reigns” by Jon Egan, New Life Worship from “You Hold It All”

“Take Heart” by Hillsong United from “Aftermath”


6:30 a.m.

“Nothing But The Blood” by Andy Cherry from “Nothing Left To Fear”

“Love Came Down” by Brian Johnson from “Love Came Down”

“Holy” by Matt Redman from “10,000 Reasons”

“After All (Holy)” by David Crowder Band from “Give Us Rest”

“Let It Rain” by Jesus Culture from “Come Away”

“Counting On Your Name” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”


7:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.

*”Brokenness Aside” by All Sons & Daughters from “Season One”

*”Beauty For Ashes” by Anthony Skinner from “Forever & A Day”

*”We Still Believe” by Kathryn Scott from “We Still Believe”

*”Be Of Good Faith” by Sisterbrother from “Sisterbrother”

(*=Redemption Micro-theme)

“Deeper In Love” by Charlie Hall from “The Rising”


7:30 a.m.

“Beautiful” by Phil Wickham from “Cannons”

“My Soul Sings” by Delirious from “Kingdom Of Comfort”

“Make Way” by Amber Brooks from “Still I Rise”

“He Is Yahweh” by 1,000 Generations from “Turn Off The Lesser Lights EP”

“Search My Heart” by Hillsong United from “Aftermath”


8:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.

“Faithful” by Chuck Gibson from “Chuck Gibson”

“Second Chance” by Rend Collective from “Homemade Worship By Handmade People”

“Your Presence Is Enough” by Sean Feucht from “Rebirth And Reclamation”

“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” by Matt Redman from “10,000 Reasons”

“Always” by Kristian Stanfill from “Passion: Here For You”

“Saviour’s Song” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”


8:30 a.m.

“With Everything” by Hillsong United from “Passion: Awakening’

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

“Taste Of Eternity” by Bellarive from “The Heartbeat”

“Reason To Sing” by All Sons & Daughters from “Season One”

“Great I Am” by Jared Anderson, New Life Worship from “You Hold It All”

“Revelation Song” by Kari Jobe from “Cover The Earth”


9:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.

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

*”In Your Presence” by Jason Upton from “Deeper”

*”Prayer Medley (I Love Your Presence)” by Anthony Skinner from “Forever & A Day”

*”Come And Let Your Presence” by The Merchant Band from “The World Can Wait”

(*=Presence Micro-Theme)

“White Flag” by Chris Tomlin, Passion from “Passion: White Flag”

“Be Lifted High” by Bethel Live from “Be Lifted High”


9:30 a.m.

“Never Stop Singing” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”

“O This God” by Matt Redman from “10,000 Reasons”

“Hope Of The World” by Hillsong Live from “Cornerstone”

“More Than Amazing” by Lincoln Brewster from “Real Life”

“Your Glory” by All Sons & Daughters from “Season One”

“Endless Hallelujah” by Matt Redman from “10,000 Reasons”

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lisa : July 13, 2012 8:57 am : Lisa Landis


5. Travis Wetzel on Sat. July 14th from 7-8:45PM at Mt. Gretna Campmeeting in Mt. Gretna at part of their 2012 Heritage Festival. Free admission. An offering will be taken.

4. Celebrity animal expert, Harrison Forbes, will offer safe travel tips to local pets and their human families on July 14 from 11AM-4PM at Freedom Toyota in Harrisburg. The popular film and broadcast trainer will demonstrate pet vehicle safety tips and hand out signed copies of his best-seller Dog Talk The festival, co-sponsored by The Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance, will feature a variety of exhibits and activities. Admission is free. 717-652-3660


3. October Baby this weekend, Saturday & Sunday at 7:00 PM at Life streams Productions in Ronks. It is s free event, a freewill offering will be taken. (717) 687-4263


2 Second Saturday Art Reception to benefit Children’s Home of York at the Office Furniture Outlet Saturday Art Reception. The event takes place July 14, 5-9 pm. It is free and open to the public. Second Saturday features food, beverages, live music from Greg Stuller, plus the work of eight local and regional artists.

717-848-2900 or


1. Kids Cookie Break broadcasting live at the Strasburg Farmers Market at 145 Precision Ave. in Strasburg on Sat. July 14th from 9AM-Noon.

Strasburg Farmers Market every Saturday from 8AM-1PM and Tuesday from 4-7PM until Oct. 13th. or 717-687-8494




Life Application Truth-Instruments of Righteousness

john : July 12, 2012 5:04 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From Romans 6:13.

“Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.”

Our feet can be instruments of righteousness as we go where the Lord leads us.

Our hands can be instruments of righteousness as the love of Christ motivates us to serve others.

Our mouth can be an instrument of righteousness with words that honor God and build up others.

Our ears can be instruments of righteousness by being receptive to God’s Word.

Our mind can be an instrument of righteousness by taking our thoughts captive and making them obedient to Christ.

Our heart can be an instrument of righteousness by making the Gospel our main ambition.

Offering our bodies to God as instruments of righteousness is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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