JOHN SHIRK – From Psalm 136, verses 1 and 2.
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods; His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of Lords; His love endures forever.”
26 times, this chapter uses the phrase, “His love endures forever.” The reason that we can live with hope is because of God’s enduring love. It will never end, and it will never fail. It is strong enough to save us, and long enough to reach us wherever we are.
Even in the depths of depravity, His love is able to pick us up out of the quicksand of our own making and place us on the solid foundation of faith. His love is magnetic enough to draw us to a relationship with God forever. His enduring love is a compelling reason for daily gratitude.
Thankfulness to God is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.
KRISTI LEIGH — It’s time for one of my favorite Praise & Worship Show themes of the entire year: The Thanksgiving Edition! Whether your life is great right now…or totally falling apart, God is good. I don’t share these words lightly–I’ve lived them and know they’re true! When things are rough, it can be difficult to sing about God’s goodness or our feelings of gratitude toward Him, but my encouragement is to forget about your trials and challenges. Just think about Jesus. Your sacrifice of praise is a beautiful and powerful thing!
JOHN SHIRK – From Romans 5:8.
God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
This highlights the difference between natural love and supernatural love. Many times in our world, people will wait to love someone until that person has proven themselves in some way, whether it be through attractiveness, accomplishment, or affluence.
God’s love is not like that. He did not wait to love us until we had proven ourselves worthy of love. If that were the case, Jesus would never have come. Instead, He made the first move toward us. He loved us first in the midst of our sinful condition, so that He could pull us out. We never have to wonder if God really loves us. If you ever feel that way, you can turn your eyes back to the cross of Christ. 2,000 years ago, His death was God’s ultimate expression of love to a world in desperate need of His grace.
Confidence in God’s love is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.
FIVE FUN FREE FAMILY THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND!!! November 16, 17 and 18, 2012
5) 3rd Friday Coffeehouse and Open Mic Night, tonight (Friday November 16) from 7-9 PM at the Community Room on Prince (19 North Prince Street, 3rd Floor) The featured performer is the Juan Catorce Band. The Juan Catorce Band is a three piece band from Columbia made up of Brad Rhine, his wife Jen, and their friend Shawn Vago. More info: 717-572-5914
4) A Night of Worship with Nashville Worship Leader Shelly Johnson tonight (Friday, Nov. 16) at 6 p.m., with opening artists Cassondra Diaz and Cristabelle Braden. The free concert will take place in the narthex of Miller Chapel on the Campus of Lebanon Valley College. More info: LVC.EDU
3) Tumble Down the Rabbit Hole as the Senior High of the Learning Station Homeschool Cooperative performs “Alice in Wonderland”. Tonight (Nov 16) 7pm at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church. Admission is Free, no ticket necessary. Donations are accepted.
2) Third Friday in Strasburg tonight (Fri. Nov. 16th) from 7-9 at Center Square An evening of food, shops and live music in Strasburg Square. More info: strasburg.com
1) Songs with Kelly Good today (Friday, Nov 16) 1pm at the Lancaster Public Library’s Bates Auditorium. For ages 0-5 (plus parents). More info – Children & Teen Services, 394-2651.
I will be broadcasting live tonight from the Adoption Coalition of Lancaster County’s Free Movie Night at Penn Cinema.Held in conjunction with National Adoption Awareness Month, the event aims to help raise awareness of the need for foster and adoptive families.
The WJTL Road Crew is all set up and we have lots of great stuff for the kids including KCB pencils, our new WJTL/KCB wristbands, and all of our stickers and fun!
Tonight’s free events include:
-Your choice of 2 adoption-themed movies
The Blind Side is a semi-biographical story of how an adoptive family helped NFL lineman Michael Oher succeed in football and in life. Actress Sandra Bullock earned an Academy Award for her performance in the 2009 film.
Meet the Robinsons is a 2007 fanciful computer-animated tale of an orphan boy who achieves success as an inventor and in finding an adoptive home.
-The King’s Strings, a string ensemble comprised of John & Cindy King, of Mechanicsburg, and their seven children (two of whom are adopted) will perform in the lobby prior to the movie showings.
Of course, there will be lots of folks from the Adoption Coalition of Lancaster here to answer questions and connect with in the event you have questions about adoption or foster care.
The Adoption Coalition of Lancaster County is a group of agencies affiliated with the Statewide Adoption & Permanency Network (SWAN), who share the goal of finding permanent adoptive homes for children in the state foster care system. Members of the ACLC include Bethanna, Bethany Christian Services, COBYS Family Services, Families United Network, Pressley Ridge, and the Lancaster County Children & Youth Social Service Agency.
Penn Cinema is located at 541 Airport Road, Lititz. Click here for more details.
STACEY GAGNE – Freedom Valley Church will have a box truck at their site in Gettysburg starting until it is filled up (probably this weekend) to take relief items to New Jersey victims.
Collecting: blankets, bottled water, non perishable foods, personal care items, feminine products, diapers, baby items, New sweat pants and shirts for children and adults (those are the only clothing items being accepted), batteries, trash bags.
JOHN SHIRK – From First John 4:10.
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
Just about anyone can say the words, “I love you”, but the real test of that love will come in actions. God’s expression of love for us was not empty. He backed up His claim with a sacrifice of love. He gave us Jesus, who paid the penalty for our sins so that we could enjoy the gift of eternal life. There is no way we can outdo the love of God. But through Jesus, it is possible for us to tap into that love and let it flow through us to share with others. The next verse, First John 4:11 says, “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
God’s love is not to be hoarded, but shared. As God’s love compels us in our activity, the Holy Spirit enables us to thrive where we are planted. We are refreshed by His love, even as we bring refreshment to others.
The expressions of sincere love are vital signs of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.
FRED MCNAUGHTON – Joell Ketcham of LOVE FROM LANCASTER COUNTY is asking WJTL listeners to donate new undergarments and socks for adults and children and new toys to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. LOVE FROM LANCASTER COUNTY is working with a church in Staten Island, NY to help families who lost everything in the flooding. New items are being received at 348 Hollow View, Manheim, PA. You can also FACEBOOK – LOVE FROM LANCASTER COUNTY for more info. You can also email Joell – email@example.com, for more info. You can also listen to Joell’s interview at the WJTLCasts page.
STACEY GAGNE – Faith Bible Fellowship Church will be taking donations for Samaritan’s Purse to be delivered to NJ and NY victims of Hurricane Sandy. They are asking for specific items only: Baby Diapers, Baby food, Baby wipes and water. These items can be dropped off at the church youth barn located on 151 Donnerville Road, Lancaster. For questions call Dwayne at 717-917-0666. Donations will be accepted Tuesday and Thursday nights between the hours of 7 – 8 pm. Donations can also be written out to the church with the memo section marked “for Samaritan’s Purse Relief Efforts”.
STACEY GAGNE – A local truck driver has coordinated with the Lititz Rec. Center to collect items to be taken to New Jersey this coming weekend. Items an be dropped off at the Rec Center this week and there will be a special collection time on Saturday from 9 to 11 as well.
Specific Items Needed (from belmar.com)
· Work Gloves & Latex Gloves
· Bleach and other Cleaning Products
· Contractor Bags
· Packing Tape
· Markers (Sharpie-type)
· Paper Towels
· Mops & Buckets
· Shelf Milk
· Storage Bins