john : December 28, 2012 11:04 am : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – We are coming toward the end of 2012, the Year of Transformation at WJTL, with an emphasis on life change from the inside out. I sincerely hope that the devotionals and the stories of changed lives that we have been sharing have left an impression on your life in terms of how Jesus is able to transform you to be more like Christ and to prepare you for doing God’s will with a sincere heart of devotion.

When we talk of transformation, I often think of Second Corinthians 3:18 which says, “we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

So, for the disciple of Jesus, God’s Spirit is working in our lives constantly. It’s a process of transformation, where we are learning who Jesus is more thoroughly, seeing Him for clearly, and reflecting Him more accurately.  So, there is in the Christian life two types of transformation taking place. One type of transformation is when we first acknowledge our need for Jesus to be our Savior and Lord and are converted to becoming a Christ follower. If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. And then the second type of transformation is a process called sanctification, where Jesus is shaping us on a daily basis to grow in godly character and maturity.  So, even though we are moving into a new focus next year, let’s never forget that Jesus touches lives in ways that transform our hearts. Up and coming in 2013 will be the Year to Remember. We will remember highlights in church history, and lessons of faith from the Bible, because faith remembers God in the midst of daily life and learns from past experiences.

John Shirk



phil : December 27, 2012 7:46 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 music available now: the new Smalltown Poets, seven-song EP, “Under the New Sun.” The new disc is the latest project for the band formed in Georgia back in 1996. They first achieved recognition with their self-titled debut, earning a Grammy nomination for “Best Gospel Rock Album.” Recently, on New Tunes at 9, I spoke to lead singer Michael Johnston about the band’s longevity and the primary themes on the new project, “Under the New Sun.”   (Click the link and scroll down to 11-13-12 Smalltown Poets part one, two and three.)    To preview and purchase Smalltown Poets’ new project, “Under the New Sun,” and their recent Christmas project, “Smalltown Poets Christmas,” go to (You’ll also find links to their facebook and you-tube pages, and

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phredd : December 24, 2012 10:02 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages

FRED MCNAUGHTON – Jenn Paules is going to interview poem author Cameo Smith from Mount Wolf, PA this morning at 10am. Cameo wrote this poem in response to the Newtown, CT School shooting.


11 Days before Christmas 2012

T’was  11 days before Christmas, around 9:38

When 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate.

Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air,

They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.

They were filled with such joy, they didn’t know what to say,

They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.

“Where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.

“This is heaven.” declared a small boy. “We’re spending Christmas at God’s house.”

When what to their wondering eyes did appear,

But Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.

He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same,

Then He opened His arms and He called them by name.

And in that moment was joy that only heaven can bring

Those children all flew into the arms of their King.

And as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,

One small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face.

And as if He could read all the questions she had

He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of mom and dad.”

Then He looked down on earth, the world far below,

He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe.

Then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,

“Let My power and presence re-enter this land!”

“May this country be delivered from the hands of fools,”

“I’m taking back my nation. I’m taking back my schools!”

Then He and the children stood up without a sound,

“Come now my children, let me show you around.”

Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran,

All displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.

And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,

“In the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT.”

Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA

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kristi : December 23, 2012 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

KRISTI LEIGH — This morning, it’s a full 4 hours of Christmas songs of Worship!  Please let me know if you have any song questions!

Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ

6:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy)” by Chris Tomlin from “Glory In The Highest”
“Oh Holy Night (LIVE)” by David Crowder Band
“Silent Night (Emmanuel)” by Matt Maher from “The Essential Christmas Collection”
“Glory In The Highest” by Sean Feucht
“Go Tell It On The Mountain” by Jadon Lavik from “Christmas”
“The First Noel” by Phil Wickham from “Songs For Christmas”
“Angels We Have Heard On High” by Travis Ryan
“Immanuel” by Michael Card from “The Promise”
“Born Is The King (It’s Christmas)” by Hillsong from “Born Is The King EP”
“O Come Let Us Adore Him” by Matt Redman from “Passion: Sacred Revolution”
“Glory In The Highest” by Shane & Shane from “Glory In The Highest”
“The Shephards Song (God With Us)” by Hearts Of Saints from “It’s A Shamrock Christmas”
“Sanctus” by Ana Laura from “Come Let Us Adore Him”
“Here With Us” by Joy Williams from “Come Let Us Adore Him”
“He Is Wonderful” by Kathryn Scott from “Worship And Adore”
“For Unto Us A Child Is Born” by BeBe and CeCe Winans from “First Christmas”
7:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“Glory In The Highest” by Chris Tomlin from “Glory In The Highest”
“O Come O Come Emmanuel” by Shane & Shane from “Glory In The Highest”
“Magnificent” by Christy Nockels from “Do You See What I See?”
“Love Has A Name” by Jason Gray from “Bethlehem Skyline Vol. 2″
“Baby Boy” by For King & Country from “A Very Special Christmas – Bringing Peace On Earth”
“For The First Time” by Jason Bare from “For The First Time”
“Do You Hear” by North Point Christmas from “North Point Christmas”
“Angels We Have Heard On High” by Future Of Forestry from “Advent Christmas Vol. 2″
“Jesus Is Alive” by Josh Wilson
“O Come Let Us Adore Him” by Hillsong from “Born Is The King EP”
“O Holy NIght” by Chris Tomlin from “Glory In The Highest”
“Holy Lamb Of God” by Women Of Faith Worship Team from “Songs 4 Worship”
“Joy To The World” by Fernando Ortega from “Christmas Songs”
8:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“Morningstar” by Sixteen Cities from “Bethlehem Skyline Vol. 2″
“He Is More (Peace And Light)” by Scott Krippayne from “Not So Silent Night”
“Everything Changed” by North Point Christmas from “North Point Christmas”
“Silent Night” by Seabird from “The Silent Night EP”
“Glory” by Big Daddy Weave from “Christ Is Come”
“When Hope Came Down” by Kari Jobe from “Where I Find You (Christmas Edition)”
“Hallelujah (Light Has Come)” by Barlow GIrl from “Home For Christmas”
“Light Of The World” by Chris Tomlin from “Glory In The Highest”
“Shining Star” by Rend Collective from “Homemade Worship by Handmade People”
“God WIth Us” by Jeremy Camp from “Christmas: God With Us”
“Evermore” by Phil Wickham from “Songs For Christmas”
“Good Christian Men Rejoice” by Smalltown Poets from “Smalltown Poets Christmas”
“In The First Light” by Todd Agnew from “Do You See What I See?”
“Come Now Our King” by Chris August from “Come Now Our King EP”
“Gloria” by Jason Castro from “A Very Special Christmas – Bringing Peace On Earth”
“Hallelujah The Lord Has Come” by Jadon Lavik from “Christmas”
9:00 a.m. — Legal I.D.
“Joy To The World” by Steven Curtis Chapman from “Joy”
“Shining” by Sanctus Real from “EMI CMG Christmas 2012″
“Go Tell It On The Mountain” by Needtobreathe from “A Very Special Christmas – Bringing Peace On Earth”
“We Three Kings” by After Edmund from “Twas The Night After Edmund”
“Silent Night” by Marie Miller
“Immanuel” by Point Of Grace from “Home For The Holidays”
“Behold The Lamb Of God” by Lara Landon, Brian Weaver
“Hope Has Come” by Matt Papa from “Bethlehem Skyline Vol. 2″
“Heaven And Nature Sing” by FFH from “One Silent Night”
“Redemption Song” by Mikeschair from “It’s Christmas EP’
“Our God” by Lincoln Brewster from “Joy To The World”
“We Have A Savior” by Hillsong from “We Have A Savior”
“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by Francesca Battistelli from “Christmas”
“I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” by Casting Crowns from “Peace On Earth”
“Peace On Earth” by Big Daddy Weave from “Christ Is Come”
“Glory To God” by Anthony Evans from “Do You See What I See?”


phredd : December 21, 2012 9:05 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages


5) Kids Cookie Break Talent Show tomorrow (Sat. Dec. 22nd) from 9AM-Noon. Tune in and hear KCB listeners share such talents as singing, playing instruments and extreme Hulahooping.  A festive Christmas tradition on WJTL.

4) Upper Leacock Fire Company and the Keystone Majorette Corps have teamed up to host Leola Community Christmas, an indoor Christmas display walk- through with 40+ displays of Christmas trees, manger scenes, train sets, etc.  The inspiration behind the indoor display is from the “Moon Room” at Rebman’s Holiday Store that closed in 2005 after 56 years of business. tonight and tomorrow 6p-10p and Sunday 6p-9p (Dec 21, 22 and 23) More

3) The Music for Everyone Chorus is holding its second annual Carols with the County event at the Marriott at Penn Square at tonight (Friday Dec 21) at 7PM. Following a performance of international music, the chorus will lead a community Christmas Carol Sing-along for all ages. More info: (717) 239-1600

2) 10th Annual 2012 Red Lion Train Station Model Railroad Holiday Open House, tomorrow (Sat, Dec 22, 2012) from 1 to 5pm at Red Lion Train Station, 73 N. Main St., Red Lion. Admission is FREE, but donations are greatly appreciated.  More info:

1) A live drive-thru nativity featuring children, adults, and animals at St. Paul’s Church of Quarryville tonight (Fri. Dec. 21st) from 7-10PM.  Admission is free,  a donation of a non-perishable item or personal care item will gladly be accepted to support the Solanco Food Bank. More info: 717-786-3708

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phil : December 20, 2012 6:03 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 Christmas projects available now: “It’s Christmas,” the new EP from MikesChair, the compilation project, “’Tis The Season To Be Gotee, Too,” the Green River Ordinance Christmas EP, and Josh Wilson: “Josh Wilson Presents Noel.” “Josh Wilson Presents Noel” is the follow-up release to his 2011 project, “See You,” a disc that contained the Texas singer/songwriter’s hits “I Refuse” and “Fall Apart.” And speaking of the song “Fall Apart,” I would be remiss if I didn’t recommend that you go to; scroll down towards the bottom of the home page and click the link that says, “How To Play ‘Fall Apart’ With Two Capos.” According to Josh Wilson, he’s had a lot of people ask him how he plays the song “Fall Apart” with two capos, therefore, he decided to record a tutorial video to demonstrate.” In addition to the tutorial video, includes a lyric video to a new song, “Once A Year (featuring Andrew Peterson,” links to you-tube, facebook, music blog, iTunes, and his music store (where you can purchase the new 10-song project directly).

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john : December 19, 2012 2:46 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – From First Timothy 1:15.

Words from the Apostle Paul, “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst.”

There are times in the New Testament when Paul gives us a window into his tainted past. His conversion to Christ was a dramatic transformation of character in a short time. In reflecting on his life, Paul realized that there were many sins of his that Jesus had forgiven.

In this verse, we can put our personal name in place of the word “sinners”.  Christ Jesus came into the world to save….me. His grace is a gift for me to receive. There is nothing I can do to earn it, but I can receive His forgiveness by trusting in the name of Jesus and what He did for me at the cross.

When we experience His forgiveness, our burden of guilt is removed and we can truly appreciate and celebrate what Jesus has done for us.

Recognizing Jesus as our Savior from sin is a vital sign of a changed life in the Year of Transformation.

John Shirk

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ann : December 17, 2012 2:12 pm : Ann D'Alessandro, Staff Pages


If you are looking for some great music or need some gift ideas, I think they have some great music on their list! (Especially #21!)

The Top 25 Christian Albums of 2012 according to Rhapsody:

25) Demon Hunter, True Defiance

24) Moriah Peters, I Choose Jesus

23) Passion, White Flag

22) Israel & New Breed, Jesus at the Center

21) The Choir, The Loudest Sound Ever Heard

20) Flyleaf, New Horizons

19) Andrew Osenga, Leonard, the Lonely Astronaut

18) MercyMe, The Hurt & the Healer

17) Tenth Avenue North, The Struggle

16) Thousand Food Krutch, The End Is Where We Begin

15) Dave Barnes, Stories to Tell

14) Mary Mary, Go Get It

13) Owl City, The Midsummer Station

12) Third Day, Miracle

11) Brandon Heath, Blue Mountain

10) Derek Webb, Ctrl

9) Anberlin, Vital

8) Andrew Peterson, Light for the Lost Boy

7) Chris August, The Upside of Down

6) Matthew West, Into the Light

5) Lecrae, Gravity

4) Kari Jobe, Where I Find You

3) David Crowder Band, Give Us Rest or (a Requiem Mass In C [the Happiest of All Keys])

2) Bebo Norman, Lights of Distant Cities

1) TobyMac, Eye On It

Ann D’Alessandro – Happy Listening!


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ann : December 17, 2012 11:51 am : Ann D'Alessandro, Staff Pages

Looking for a last minute Christmas gift?  Stop by WJTL for a special Christmas Drop-In today, tomorrow or Wednesday between 4-8PM.  Pick up a Kids Cookie BReak 4 CD and a WJTL T-Shirt; both will be Buy One Get One FREE!  The WJTL staff will spread some Christmas cheer with free hot chocolate, cookies and station tours.  It’s also a great time to drop off your year-end donation.  It’s the WJTL Christmas Drop-In today, tomorrow and Wednesday from 4-8PM at The Junction Center.  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

WJTL /The Junction Center

1875 Junction Road

Manheim, PA  17545

717-392-3690 th_Merry-Christmas-1



phredd : December 14, 2012 8:57 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages


5) A Night In Bethlehem, tomorrow (Sat. Dec. 15th) from 9:30am to 11:30am at Kochenderfer UMC in Lebanon. The family Holy Land Experience is for all ages. Participants will experience what is was like to live and work in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. The event will end with the story of Jesus’ birth. Participants will take part in hands on crafts, snacks and interact with people who might have lived and worked in the town of Bethlehem. More info: 717.273.0525

4) Journey With Jesus tomorrow (Sat. Dec. 15th) from 6-8PM at Ed’s Landscaping in Elizabethtown, 2 miles west of the square on route 230 . Journey with Jesus is a walk-through presentation that recounts some of the key scenes in the life of Jesus and features live animals, including donkeys, goats, & even a camel!  Donations benefit the ministry of WJTL.

3) Trinity United Methodist Church in New Freedom, PA will host their Annual Live Nativity tomorrow (Saturday Dec. 15th) at 7pm. The Christmas Story comes to life with live animals, actors and Christmas carols.  The church is located one block from the heritage rail trail at 101 North Second Street, New Freedom.  More information: 717-235-2544

2) A Christmas Party filled with kids games, a craft, The Christmas Story, and Carols will take place at the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Harrisburg, tomorrow (Saturday., December 16) from 11am to 1pm. More info:

1) Hershey Church of the Nazarene is hosting its first annual TUBA CHRISTMAS celebration, ushering in the holiday season with a free community concert of regional tuba and euphonium players tonight (Friday, December 14) at 7pm. Musicians interested in participating in TUBACHRISTMAS are encouraged to bring their instrument and folding stand. Registration is at   5:30pm with a short Rehearsal at 6pm, More info:

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