JOHN SHIRK – From Second Corinthians 4:16.
“Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet, inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
What is it that motivated Paul to keep going? He was motivated by the love of Christ to bring glory to God through changed lives by the Gospel. That word, “therefore” is a connector to the previous statement made by Paul. In that previous statement, he said, “All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”
The Apostle Paul knew what it was like to face obstacles, and at the same time, looked for the opportunities that God was giving him to preach the Gospel. He said, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” So, the application for us is to keep our focus on Jesus. Let His grace be the spark that energizes our faith. Let His glory be the purpose for our activity. Let the evidence of changed lives be a moment of celebration that offers praise to God for the good things He has done.
Perseverance through hardship is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.
JOHN SHIRK – From First John 1:8 and 9.
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
According to the Bible, sin separates us from God, but the grace of God is able to restore what sin has broken. If we claim to be without sin, then we are disagreeing with the word of God, which says that we all have sinned and fallen short of His glory. To live in denial is to remain in spiritual darkness.
However, confession faces reality, agreeing with God where we have broken His commands. Confession comes out of the darkness and into the light about our need for God’s forgiveness. Confession is an honest place and a humble place before God. The grace of God is a precious gift, made available through the sacrifice of Jesus at the cross. His grace is free, but it is certainly not cheap. It came through the shedding of Christ’s blood. God invites us to come into the light and enjoy fellowship with Him through confession. Verse 7 in that same chapter says that “if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
Confession is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.
JOHN SHIRK – From Daniel 6:26 and 27.
King Darius said, “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”
If there is one book of the Bible that emphasizes the endurance of God’s Kingdom, it’s the book of Daniel. There are some powerful kings in this book, who are greatly feared by their authoritative leadership. Darius was one of them. He made a decree that if anyone prayed to someone other than to Darius, they would go to the lion’s den. Since Daniel prayed to God, and was found out, he was led to the lion’s den, but was supernaturally delivered from harm. After witnessing the power of God, Darius made another decree that honored the God of Daniel. The words of Darius’ earlier decree are a reminder to us that while earthly leaders may at times, seem very intimidating, their power and their time is limited. God is Sovereign. The book of Revelation describes Jesus as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His Kingdom is coming and will never be shaken. He alone is worthy of our worship.
Fear and Reverence for God is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.
KRISTI LEIGH — One of my favorite memories of Creation 2012 was the trek up to the Lookout with Hyland! We went with Creation Press and all-around-cool-girl Angee, Hyland frontman Jon Lewis and Hyland drummer Steve Weigel. Since we were crunched on time, a golf cart was the vehicle of choice. People don’t usually drive golf carts up small mountains, but…we went for it! WJTL video pro, Ben Sauder, and I took a bunch of our video gear along and ended up walking the steep parts of the hike to make sure everybody–and everyTHING–made it up safely. It was a dusty and hilarious journey, but we made it! We ended up filming Jon Lewis playing his guitar at the Lookout and singing “Beauty In The Broken” with a bird’s eye view of the festival as the backdrop. It was awesome! And no green screens were used in the making of this video!
Tooth & Nail Records just released Hyland’s official lyric video for the song. Check it out to hear the studio version of the song!
Want to know more behind the music? Here’s Jon Lewis with the story behind the song.
Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ
JOHN SHIRK – From First Corinthians 15:57 and 58.
“Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves full to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
This is clearly a message for those who belong to Christ. In light of the fact that He gives us victory, there is a purpose to our activity. As we are led by the Lord to do His will, that purpose is not wasted. Discouragement may sometimes settle in to tempt us to stop the work God has for us to do. Maybe people don’t seem to appreciate what we do, or we grow tired and weary. There is a proper time to take a rest, and to simply enjoy time with God. In light of eternity, no task for God is too small or insignificant. If He can turn a mustard seed into a huge plant, He can take our small, planted seeds of faith and turn them into a fruitful garden that blesses the lives of others.
John Wesley once said, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”
Consistent labor in the Lord is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.
Praise & Worship Show Playlist
August 05, 2012
6:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“Shadows” by David Crower Band, Lecrae from “Passion: Here For You”
“Holy” by Matt Gilman from “Holy”
“Like An Avalanche” by Hillsong United from “Aftermath”
“My Soul Longs” by Jesus Culture, Kim Walker-Smith from “Come Away”
“We Still Believe” by Kathryn Scott from “We Still Believe”
“Be Still My Soul” by Leigh Nash from “Hymns And Sacred Songs”
“Come On My Soul” by Rend Collective Experiment from “Organic Family Hymnal”
“Taste Of Eternity” by Bellarive from “The Heartbeat”
“All My Fountains” by Chris Tomlin from “Passion: Here For You”
“Shekinah” by Cory Asbury, Jaye Thomas from “Joy (LIVE)”
“Ecclesiastes” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”
“Your Love Is Extravagant” by The Almost from “No Gift To Bring EP”
7:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“God Of Wonders” by The Glorious Unseen from “The Cries Of The Broken EP”
“Be Thou My Vision” by Brad & Rebekah from “The Things Of God”
“Grace That Is Greater” by Building 429 from “Iris To Iris”
“Be Lifted High” by Bethel Live from “Be Lifted High”
“All Praise To You” by All Sons & Daughters from “Season One”
“Love Song” by Jason Morant from “Abandon”
“Wonderful God” by Hillsong from “God He Reigns”
“Hosanna” by Christy Nockels from “Passion: God Of This City”
“Hallelujah Jesus” by Evan Wickham from “Mysterious Things”
“Never Lose The Wonder” by Tim Hughes from “Mysterious Things”
“Shine On Us” by Phillips, Craig & Dean from “My Utmost For His Highest”
“Fling Wide” by Misty Edwards from “Fling Wide”
8:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“Better Is One Day” by Charlie Hall from “Better Is One Day”
“Psalm 118 (This Is The Day)” by Shane & Shane from “Psalms”
“Always” by Kristian Stanfill from “Passion: Here For You”
“All Glory” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”
“Take Heart” by Hillsong United from “Aftermath”
“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” by Matt Redman from “10,000 Reasons”
“Great I Am” by Jared Anderson, New Life Worship from “You Hold It All”
“Come And Let Your Presence” by The Merchant Band from “The World Can Wait”
“Everything I Need” by Ross Wright Band from “Light Of Your Grace”
“Alive” by All Sons & Daughters from “Season One”
“Nothing But The Blood” by Andy Cherry from “Nothing Left To Fear”
“God You’re Beautiful” by Brian Johnson from “Love Came Down”
9:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“Lead Me To The Cross” by Francesca Battistelli from “Artists In Adoration”
“The Purest Place” by Watermark from “A Grateful People”
“At The Feet Of Jesus” by The Swift from “Singing Back To You”
“At Your Name (Forever)” by Tim Hughes from “Love Shine Through”
“Awakening” by Hillsong United from “Aftermath”
“Our God” by Chris Tomlin from “Passion: Awakening”
“Center (with Turn Your Eyes)” by Charlie Hall from “Passion: Everything Glorious”
“More Than Amazing” by Lincoln Brewster from “Real Life”
“I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever” by Delirious from “The Cutting Edge”
“The Stand” by Hillsong United from “United We Stand”
“Forever Reign” by Kristian Stanfill from “Passion: Here For You”
“Beautiful” by Ross Parsley from “I Am Free”
FIVE FUN FREE FAMILY THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND!!! August 3, 4 and 5, 2012
5) Community Fun Day at Immanuel Church in Mechanicsburg tomorrow (Sat. Aug. 4th) from 10am-2pm. Classic Cars, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Bounce House, Slide, Games, Kids Crafts, Games, and more!!! More info: 717-766-4633
4) Dunkard Valley Live – Christian Music Festival for all ages tomorrow and Sunday (Aug. 4th & 5th) at Codorus Church of the Brethren Ballfield, Dallastown. Craft Tables. Kids Tent. Prayer Tent. Various Bands & Speakers.
More info: dunkardvalleylive.com
3)Cavod Academy’s Open House tomorrow (Sat. Aug. 4th) from 11am-3pm, East Main St. New Holland. Bounce House, Face Painting, Food, WJTL Broadcasting live noon to 2pm. More info: cavodacademy.com
2) Missions Fest Lancaster and Smoketown Aviation Fair at Smoketown Airport today thru Sunday (Aug 3-5) Special Speakers, Exhibits, Flight Demonstrations, Kids area. More info: missionsfestlancaster.org
1) Teen Haven In the City – tomorrow (Saturday, Aug 4) 9am-5pm at Water Street Ministries, Queen Street, Lancaster. Chances to win and request songs. Moonbounce, Firetrucks, Contests, Facepainting, KCB Broadcasting Live, Lisa will play Olympic themed games, Richie Righteous & PHREDD Concert. More Info: kidscookiebreak.com
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 Choir, “The Loudest Sound Ever Heard,” “The Heartbeat,” from Bellarive, and “Revival,” by the Neverclaim. The Neverclaim is a new band that I highly recommend that you check out! They are a Portland, Oregon-based band that began five years ago by lead singer and guitarist Jeremiah Carlson. Carlson was seeking an outlet for the worship songs he had been writing as the youth pastor at Vancouver Vineyard; he has been serving as Northwest Youth Task Force leader for the Vineyard Movement. He assembled a band and began touring around the Northwest, opening for Kutless and Third Day, among others. Jeremiah Carlson says, “I’ve always looked up to the Vineyard Music team because of the influence they have on worship music within the Church body. We’ve developed an eclectic musical style that seems to separate us from any other worship circles we’d experienced.” For more on The Neverclaim, and to preview their music, go to http://www.theneverclaim.com/
JOHN SHIRK – From I Corinthians 9:25 through 27.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore, I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
As we watch the Olympic games this summer, we see athletes who have prepared most of their lives for this moment. They have worked and trained hard to see their dream come true. They have personal ambitions, and they also want to represent their nation with dignity. They have made personal sacrifices to compete in the games. The Apostle Paul says that we can learn from the dedication and discipline of these athletes and apply those qualities to our service for Christ. The gold medal is a temporary prize, but the rewards for faithful service in Christ are eternal. Heavenly rewards give us purpose and a sense of mission to live for Christ with pure devotion. The Bible is a dependable training manual to prepare us for effective service that brings honor to Jesus.
Dedication and Discipline are vital signs of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.
JOHN SHIRK – From Romans 8:5.
“Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”
Our minds have a way of focusing on the desires of our leader, whether that be our sinful nature or the Spirit. Galatians 5 likens these two opposing forces to a tug of war. They are constantly working against each other, and if our heart is torn by divided loyalties, we will remain unsettled until we make an intentional commitment to serve the Lord. The Bible teaches that the mind of sinful man is death and is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, and cannot please God. On the other hand, the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind controlled by the Spirit is empowered to put to death the misdeeds of the body. In Galatians 5:16, the Apostle Paul said, “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”
We can live by the Spirit through faith in Christ and obedience to His Word as an expression of our love to Him.
Having our minds set on Christ is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.