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.
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 http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/ 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 http://smalltownpoets.bandcamp.com/. (You’ll also find links to their facebook and you-tube pages, and smalltownpoets.tv.)
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
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
FIVE FUN FREE FAMILY THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND!!! Dec 21, 22 and 23, 2012
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 info:leolacommunitychristmas.weebly.com
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: redlionpa.org
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
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 http://www.joshwilsonmusic.com/; 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, Joshwilsonmusic.com 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).
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.
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:
Ann D’Alessandro – Happy Listening!
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
FIVE FUN FREE FAMILY THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND!!! December 14, 15 & 16, 2012
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: lighthousehbg.com
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: tubachristmas.com