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
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 Some of the best music currently playing on New Tunes at 9 comes from several artists who have recently stopped by the Junction Center to perform live on the radio. The list includes The Choir, Mikeschair, Dara Maclean, Charlie Peacock, Kutless, and Matthew West, among others. A few weeks ago, the City Harmonic lead singer Elias Dummer made a stop at the Junction Center, too. Elias played an acoustic set, featuring songs songs from the band’s full-length project, “I Have a Dream (It Feels Like Home)” and the City Harmonic’s debut EP, “Introducing the City Harmonic,” which included “Manifesto,” a top-5 hit at iTunes and theme song for numerous National Day of Prayer events. For more on the City Harmonic, go to http://thecityharmonic.com/, where you’ll find the band’s video page, iTunes music store, facebook, twitter and chord charts, too. (Be sure to click http://wjtl.com/videos/ to see the multiple pages of videos from artists who have stopped by the Junction Center.)
JOHN SHIRK – From Proverbs 17:17.
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
Friends have a way of multiplying our joys and dividing our sorrows. One story of true friendship in the Bible is between David and Jonathan. The Bible says that Jonathan loved David as he loved himself. Jonathan spoke well of David. He looked out for his protection when he was in danger. David knew that he could trust Jonathan’s word. Those are the qualities of friendship where there is a mutual level of respect and honesty with each other. True friends keep each other’s secrets. We open the window of our soul a bit wider to a friend than other people, having the confidence that they will love us through our strengths and weaknesses, and we will do the same for them.
Jesus talked about friendship with His disciples in John 15:13. He said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.” The next day, He died on a cross, expressing the purest form of friendship this world has ever known. As we follow Jesus, He teaches us how to be a good friend.
Being a faithful friend represents Jesus and is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.
JOHN SHIRK – from Colossians 4:5 and 6.
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Jesus once said that His followers were the salt of the earth, which indicates that we are called to flavor this world with the Gospel. One way that God helps us to do that is through our speech. When our words are full of grace, our witness reflects God’s love.
God’s grace is evident not only in the words we choose to say, but also how we choose to say them. A tone of gentleness and respect serves to build connections. When we hear of life challenges that someone is facing, we can offer to pray with them or remember them in our prayer time alone with God.
As we come into contact with unbelievers in our schools, our workplaces, and in other venues, God’s Word challenges us to look for those opportunities to share the Good News of God’s love with words of grace.
Conversation filled with grace is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.
KRISTI LEIGH — Good morning! Here’s all the song info for this morning’s show. I’m really excited to play songs in the themed hour at 9:00! It’s the theme: “Songs for Adoption Awareness Month”. We were all adopted into God’s family by believe in Jesus and His finished work on the cross and resurrection from the grave! Let’s thank Him for that and pray for hearts and lives to be changed this month! Adoption by God–and by loving families on this earth–is such a beautiful thing!
Kristi Leigh — WJTL DJ
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 this week: “Miracle” by Third Day and “For The Glory,” from the O.C. Supertones. Another project that I highly recommend is “The Loudest Sound Ever Heard,” by the Choir. “The Loudest Sound Ever Heard” is another sonic masterpiece! The project is full of lyrical poetry, imagery, the Choir’s impeccable sense of time and space, and the their signature ambient soundscapes (or “sheets of sound”). The band, led by singer/guitarist Derri Daugherty, and lyricist/percussionist Steve Hindalong, continue to create musical art on their own terms, often aided and shaped by Dan Michaels, a musician who plays the lyricon, an instrument he calls, “a wind-controlled, midi-saxophone.” For more on the Choir, go to http://thechoir.net/ You can preview “The Loudest Sound Ever Heard” at the band’s iTunes store, sign up for band updates and check out special music packages, which currently includes a free 9-song compilation download (and the new single, “Shadow of the Cross”).
JOHN SHIRK – From Luke 8:21.
Jesus said, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”
This statement broadens our view of family. At the time when Jesus said this, someone approached Jesus to tell him that his mother and brothers were standing outside wanting to see him. But they were having trouble getting through because of the crowd.
That is when Jesus widened the definition of His family circle to include anyone who was receptive to God’s Word and applied His truth to their lives. This application includes receiving the good news of salvation found only in Jesus Christ. This family definition includes people of faith for future generations, including ours. Family membership is one of God’s spiritual blessings for the follower of Christ. He enlarges our family to include God’s people who are brothers and sisters in Christ. Our fellowship is meaningful through the blood of Christ.
Putting God’s word into practice is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.
JOHN SHIRK – From Hosea 10:12.
“Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.”
Unattended soil is unproductive dirt. It just lays there, not producing anything that can be turned into food. This kind of soil is compared to the heart that is resistant to the Gospel. However, breaking up the unplowed ground of our heart is comparable to making our heart tender to God. We become receptive to the word of the Lord, and that word becomes a seed that springs forth a productive crop that leads to eternal life. The seed of God’s Word also produces the righteousness of Christ in us as we accept His message of grace by faith.
Choices have outcomes. We cannot expect good fruit to form out of bad seeds. Galatians 6:7 says, “God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Seeking the LORD prepares our heart to receive the word of the LORD so that we might be trained in His righteousness and live a productive life.
Planting God’s Word in our heart is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.
JOHN SHIRK – From First Timothy 2, verses 1 to 3.
“I urge then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior.”
Yesterday, Gerard Long of Alpha said this prayer on behalf of our nation: Dear God, my fervent prayer is that we would have an environment that is rich for the Gospel. We pray that nothing would hinder the Gospel of Jesus Christ from spreading throughout our nation. What a privilege to live in a country where we are free to worship Your precious name, Amen.
Today (November 06) is Election Day. Many people are going to the polls today to vote for government officials. This freedom is a tremendous privilege and responsibility.
Another freedom that we enjoy is the opportunity to pray.
Pray for wisdom as Americans vote for government officials. Pray for wisdom for the leaders who will be elected. They will have some enormous challenges to face.
Prayer for authority is a vital sign of changed lives in the on Year of Transformation.
JOHN SHIRK – from Matthew 14:27.
In the midst of stormy waters, the disciples had seen Jesus walking on water. Jesus immediately said to them, “Take courage! It is I. don’t be afraid.” Peter replied, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.
Jesus said, “Come.”
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me.” Immediately, Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.
As long as Peter was walking toward Jesus, he was able to do something extraordinary. He was walking on water. He did not begin to sink until he took notice of the storm, and became gripped with fear. This has application for our lives. Fear keeps us from accomplishing the extraordinary things that God is calling us to do. Fear of the future, fear of public speaking, and fear of failure can paralyze us from drawing closer to Jesus. Faith in Jesus keeps us moving forward and rising above adversity. In the midst of our failures, we can call on Jesus for the strength to save us. His arm is long enough and His grip is strong enough to rescue us.
Faith focused on Jesus is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.