The Titanic’s Heroic Pastor

john : April 19, 2012 3:08 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – April 15 was the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster. John Harper was on that ship. He was a Baptist pastor who was on the way to preach at Moody Church in Chicago. He never made it. But before he died, John Harper did a number of heroic things.

First, he took his 6 year-old daughter who was with him on the ship to a lifeboat.  He stayed on the ship, preaching the Gospel to the end. Even after he jumped into the sinking water, survivors said that he attempted to convert those who were in the freezing water, before dying himself. He referred to Acts 16:31, which says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” One particular man was clinging to the ship’s debris when Harper swam to him and challenged him twice to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. He rejected the first offer, but gave his life to Christ at the second invitation. At a Titanic Survivor’s meeting in Canada 4 years later, the survivor told his story and said, “I am the last convert of John Harper.”

Here’s the link to Baptist Press

John Harper looked out for both his daughter’s physical protection and the need for spiritual salvation of the lost around him. In a time of crisis, the measure of John Harper’s character was tested, and he rose to the occasion. His story is told in the book, “The Titanic’s Last Hero”.

John Shirk


New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Passion-White Flag

phil : April 18, 2012 6:05 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 projects available now: “The End Is Where We Begin,” by Thousand Foot Krutch, “Love Come To Life,” from Big Daddy Weave and Christy Nockels, “Into The Glorious.” Also playing this week on New Tune s at 9: the new compilation project,  “Passion: White Flag.” “Passion: White Flag” debuted recently at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, proving the point that praise and worship music continues to have widespread, listener appeal. The mission of Passion is to, “Glorify God. Uniting students in worship and prayer for spiritual awakening in this generation.” This spectacular live project includes songs from Chris Tomlin, David Crowder and Matt Redman, among others. The music of “Passion: White Flag” was recorded live before 42,000 university students, in Atlanta, Ga. You can connect with Passion at


Take The New RadioTraks Music Survey

phil : April 18, 2012 5:41 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

Radio Friend Phil- Greetings! Please take the new WJTL RadioTraks Music Survey! Everyone who rates the music qualifies to win, among others,  a copy of “Believer,” from Kutless.

Radio Friend Phil

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1, 2, 3, 4, Purple Door!!!

ann : April 18, 2012 1:02 pm : Ann D'Alessandro, Staff Pages

1, 2, 3, 4, Purple Door!

Purple Door 2012 This Saturday!!!

We are very excited around here and busy getting ready for Purple Door THIS Saturday!!!

ONE Day! – This year Purple Door is a One Day Festival!

TWO Stages!   Main Stage & LBC Insider Stage

THREE days left to buy your tickets ahead of time!  Tickets on sale until 4PM this Friday, after that tickets WILL BE available at the door!!!

FOUR – Tickets will be on sale for advance purchase until 4PM on Friday!                                    (After that, tickets WILL BE available at the door!!!)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

11 am – 11 pm

Doors open approximately 9 AM

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Life Application Truth-Declaring God’s Glory

john : April 18, 2012 9:42 am : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK -From Psalm 96, verse 3 and 4.

“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise. He is to be feared above all gods.”

The Bible is urging those who love God to make Him famous among the nations. One of the ways we do that is by talking about the LORD’s accomplishments. He has impressive credentials that draw attention to His glory.  The power of His word is able to speak things into existence and transform hearts.  By His powerful word, He created the heavens and earth. By His words of grace and truth, He stirs hearts to become new creations.

By His mighty hand, He divided the Red Sea to deliver the Israelites from the Egyptians efforts to capture them. By His merciful hand, Jesus was pierced at the cross, so that the children of God may be delivered from Satan’s efforts to capture them. God is using His church to spread the Word about His saving grace. We can tell someone today of the Lord’s marvelous deeds.

Declaring God’s glory is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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Life Application Truth-Real Peace Comes Through Jesus

john : April 16, 2012 4:56 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From Romans 5:1.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Through faith in Jesus, hostility with God is replaced with peace. That is a process known as reconciliation. Two parties are required for this process to take place.

The problem began when we declared war on God by our sin-a war that we cannot win. God responded by sending His one and only Son to the world. He did not come to wage war against us or zap us, but to offer peace. Jesus absorbed God’s wrath against our sin.  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. This guilt offering paid by Christ was a peace offering to the world. When we receive this offer with a believing heart, we experience His peace. We renounce sinful ways.

We stop fighting God and start learning to follow Him. Sin no longer separates us because the grace of the Lord Jesus has restored us.

The implication of having peace with God means that we enjoy His friendship and favor.

Peace with God is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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Praise & Worship Show Playlist (April 15th)

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

KRISTI LEIGH — Hi!  Thanks for checking out the playlist!  If you have any questions about the songs you heard, feel free to get in touch!


Praise & Worship Show Playlist 

April 15, 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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phredd : April 13, 2012 9:16 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages


5) The Lancaster Chorale will present a program of “Great Sacred Choruses” on Sunday (April 15th) at Calvary Church,, Lancaster beginning at 5:40pm. Guest organist Hilary Orlando, and pianist, Charis O’Connell will be featured. A free will offering will be received. For more information: 717-464-7309.

4) Lancaster County Christian School auction tonight and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday, April 13th and 14th) Food activities, Silent Auction, and more – at the Leola Campus of LCCS, 2390 New Holland Pike, Lancaster.
Times and More information,

3) Buttonwood Community Day AT Buttonwood Gardens Apartments, Friendship Avenue Hellam. Tomorrow (Saturday, April 14th) from 11am-2pm. Activities for all ages, door prizes, Alex’s Lemonade Stand to benefit”Childhood Cancer Research”, demonstrations by the Hellam Fire Department, children’s ID cards provided by the Hellam Police Department, Memorial Hospital will be giving “free” blood pressure screening, games, prizes and much more! More information:(717)840-4700.

2) Komedy for Kenya – a free comedy event featuring comedian and ventriliquist Taylor Mason, Sunday (April 15th) at 6pm, At Victory Church (Greenfield Campus). A love offering will be taken to benefit the Victory Church Kenya Missions team.
More info:

1) Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem Kids Concert, tomorrow (Sat, Apr 14, 2012) – TWO SHOWS – 11am and 1pm at Martin Library, East Market St, York. Presented by the Susquehanna Folk Music Society. For more info:

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Life Application Truth-Mercy and Acknowledgment of God

john : April 13, 2012 8:59 am : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK- From Hosea 6:6.

“For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.”

The LORD is not impressed with religious activities carried out with an unfaithful heart. We might think that it’s a thoughtful gesture for a spouse to remember to give cards and gifts to their spouse on special days like holidays and birthdays. But if we learned that the same spouse was having an ongoing adulterous relationship, we would perceive the emptiness in those expressions of love.  That is because those expressions are coming from an unfaithful heart.

Singing worship songs, attending worship services, and volunteering time in church service can all be meaningful activities if they find expression from a faithful heart. But those same activities are meaningless if they come from an unfaithful heart.

What God desires from us is a loyal heart, full of faith and full of love.

Mercy and Acknowledgment of God are vital signs of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Sidewalk Prophets

phil : April 12, 2012 6:45 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.   Among the new projects available this week, a band called Fike released their disc, “The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For.” Also playing this week on New Tune s at 9: the new project from Sidewalk Prophets, “Live Like That. “Live Like That” is the follow up to the band’s 2009 debut, “These Simple Truths,” and continues to showcase the songwriting and singing ability of Dave Frey, who says, “It’s not always easy for any of us to do what God has called us to do, to go make disciples of the world.” Dave Frey has an incredibly soulful voice, and when I asked him to talk about his musical influences–much to my surprise–he mentioned what he calls “the 3 m’s”: Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey and Mickey Mouse. You can connect with Sidewalk Prophets at; you’ll find links to the band’s facebook page, twitter, you-tube videos, Sidewalk Cinema and more.

Radio Friend Phil

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