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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phredd : June 29, 2012 9:15 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages


5) Leola Community Water Slide Day at Zion Lutheran Church, Quarry Road in Leola. tomorrow (Sat. June 30) 12-4 pm, featuring 4 huge water slides, hot dogs, BBQ, popcorn, and more.  More Info:

4) CELEBRANT SINGERS AND ORCHESTRA, tonight, (Friday, June 29) at 7:30 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Laureldale.  10 singers and a 12-piece orchestra, will present a “praise celebration” More info:  610-929-9606

3) Triple Tree Summer Rumble at Triple Tree Emmaus Rd Cafe, Lancaster, FREE Car and Bike show, tomorrow (Sat. June 30th) from 10am-3pm! Featuring the “Jimmy Emig Band” and “Thru Me!” Yard Sales, Food, and more. More info: 717-824-5965

2)Lebanon Community Band tomorrow (Sat. June 30th) from 7pm at Mt. Gretna Campmeeting in Mt. Gretna as part of the 2012 Heritage Festival. Free admission.  An offering will be taken.

1) SummerFest 2012, tomorrow (Saturday, June 30) First Assembly of God, Susquehanna Trail, York, from 7am to 2pm. Carnival games, Bounce Houses, water slide,
Concerts by Phredd, Kimberlianna and more. Also a Car Show  family yard sale and a chicken Bar-B-Que.
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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Hillsong Live

phil : June 28, 2012 7:47 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 will be three separate projects available from Hillsong Live, next Tuesday, July 3: “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 next Tuesday, go to


Life Application Truth-Belief In The Resurrection

john : June 28, 2012 2:34 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From John 20, verse 29.

Jesus said to Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Thomas had refused to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead unless he saw the evidence. That is why he is sometimes called “Doubting Thomas.” However, he did not remain in doubt. After Jesus appeared to him, he acknowledged Jesus as his Lord and God.

The challenge that Jesus made to Thomas is the challenge he offers to skeptics today. He said, “Stop doubting and believe.”

Today, there are several influences that direct us to believe in Jesus as the Risen Lord. The Bible tells us that if we confess with our mouth “Jesus is Lord” and believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead, we will be saved. We also have the testimony of the early disciples who saw Jesus alive and remained true to their testimony, even in the face of martyrdom. Also, lives are being changed by the power of the Gospel today, which indicates that Jesus is alive and well. Even though we don’t physically see Jesus today, there are still compelling reasons to believe in the Gospel. Jesus calls us blessed when we believe without seeing.

Belief in the Resurrection of Jesus is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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Life Application Truth-If My People…

john : June 27, 2012 9:50 am : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From Second Chronicles 7:14.

The LORD told Solomon, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.”

According to this chapter in the Bible, the conditions that God might use to humble a nation are the absence of rain or the presence of locusts, or some kind of plague. These are wake up calls to God’s people to do some spiritual inventory on our lives. Are we putting our full trust in God? Are we walking in obedience to His Word? Is the Gospel the focus of our faith?

Sometimes, distractions take our focus off of Jesus and cause us to love the things of this world too much. God uses hardship to get our focus back on Him. If we can think specifically of ways in which we are not honoring God, He invites us to confess our sins to Him, and to turn from them. The path to healing for a broken land comes through the confessions of a broken heart. The obstacles are removed, and fellowship is restored to God, who is gracious and compassionate.

Humility, Confession, and Repentance are vital signs of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk



kristi : June 26, 2012 2:08 pm : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

KRISTI LEIGH — I’m heading out to the Creation Festival tomorrow to interview artists and bands for WJTL!  It’s always fun to hear the latest from them, play the conversations on the air and post our videos!  Do you have any questions for any of the artists/bands or something you’re curious about when it comes to performing on a big festival stage?  Comment below!

Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ

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