JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the peace of a faith-focused thought life.
In Philippians 4, the Apostle Paul listed a number of healthy habits that lead to peace with God.
One healthy habit was to rejoice in the Lord always.
Another healthy habit was to present our prayer requests to God with thanksgiving.
Another thing we can do is learn from those in places of spiritual authority-to listen to their teachings, to watch how they live, and follow their example as they follow Christ.
Verse 8 talks about yet another healthy habit that brings peace to our soul. “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”
When we think about Jesus, we are thinking of these qualities, because He defines them. When our minds are focused on Christ, we remember that our lives are in the hands of Someone who loves us very much and has proved it at the cross and empty grave.
The peace of a faith-focused thought life is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.
JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment of Celebration reflects on a life transformed by God’s grace.
The Apostle Paul wrote in Second Corinthians 3:18, “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.”
The power of the Holy Spirit works in the believer’s life to reflect the character of Christ. These character qualities include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are the qualities that were fully demonstrated by Christ and they have a growing influence on our lives as we follow Jesus step by step. These are the qualities of the Fruit of the Spirit, and they become the ingredients that invite others to taste and see that the Lord is good.
A life transformed by God’s grace is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.
|Ocean||Ten Shekel Shirt||Much||2001|
|Light Up The Sky||The Afters||Light Up The Sky||2010|
|Sea Of Faces||Kutless||Sea Of Faces||2004|
|God Of Wonders||Paul Baloche||God Of Wonders||2001|
|Creation Song (Glory to the Lamb)||Fernando Ortega||Breaking of the Dawn||1999|
|Heaven On Earth||Darlene Zschech||Kiss of Heaven||2003|
|Healing Rain||Michael W. Smith||Healing Rain||2004|
|Holy, Holy, Holy||Steven Curtis Chapman||WOW Hymns||2007|
|In the Garden (There Is None Like You)||Watermark||A Grateful People||2006|
|Ocean Floor||Audio Adrenaline||Lift||2002|
|Mountaintop||The City Harmonic||I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home)||2012|
|The Whole Earth (Psalm 19, 72)||Ross Parsley||I Am Free||2004|
|Maker Of Heaven||Desperation Band||Sessions and Remixes||2007|
|Sunrise||Nichole Nordeman||Recollection-The Best of Nichole Nordeman||2007|
|Flower in the Rain||Jaci Velasquez||Heavenly Place||1996|
|Hallelujahs||Chris Rice||Deep Enough To Dream|
|Signature of Divine (Yahweh)||Needtobreathe||The Heat||2007|
|Your Love Is Strong||Jon Foreman||Limbs and Branches||2008|
|Let It Rain (feat. Chris Quilala)||Jesus Culture||Come Away||2010|
|God Youre Beautiful||Brian Johnson||Love Came Down||2010|
|All Of Creation||Mercy Me||The Generous Mr Lovewell||2010|
|Praise You In This Storm||Casting Crowns||Lifesong||2005|
|Come To The Water||Kristian Stanfill||Passion: Let The Future Begin||2013|
|Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)||Hillsong United||Zion||2013|
|Hear Us from Heaven||Jared Anderson||Where to Begin||2006|
|Rain Down||Rita Springer||I Have To Believe||2005|
|Sky Spills Over||Michael W. Smith||Sovereign||2014|
|Awesome God||Rich Mullins||Winds of Heaven…Stuff of Earth||1988|
|You Heavens Adore Him||Sovereign Grace Music||Upward – The Bob Kauflin Hymns Project||2003|
|Desert Song||Hillsong United||Across The Earth – Tear Down The Walls||2009|
|Creations King||Paul Baloche||A Greater Song||2006|
|Knees To The Earth||Christy Nockels||Passion: Sacred Revolution||2003|
|Revelation Song (feat. Kari Jobe)||Gateway Worship||Cover The Earth||2006|
|God Of Brilliant Lights||Aaron Shust||Morning Rises||2013|
|You Shaped The Heavens||Eoghan Heaslip||Grace In The Wilderness||2004|
|Heaven Is Our Home||Kathryn Scott||Satisfy||2003|
|King Of Wonders (feat. Matt Redman, Tim Hughes, Joel Houston of Hillsong)||CompassionArt||CompassionArt||2009|
|Dance In The River||Chris Tomlin||Passion: Our Love Is Loud||2002|
|Oceans Will Part||Hillsong||Mighty To Save||2006|
|Love Rains Down||Jaime Jamgochian||Reason to Live||2006|
|Beyond The Sky||Fernando Ortega||Home||2000|
|Desert Soul||Rend Collective||Homemade Worship By Handmade People||2012|
|Rain Down||David Crowder||All I Can Say||1998|
|Great Are You (psalm 8v3,4 and 18v19)||Downhere||Downhere||2001|
|Open Up The Sky||Deluge||Deeper (Integrity Compilation)||2008|
|Heavens Song||Gateway Worship||Wake Up The World||2008|
|Grace Like Rain||Plumbline||Louder Than the World: Burn II||2006|
|Rising Sun||All Sons & Daughters||The Longing – EP||2012|
|How Great Thou Art||Charlie Hall||Passion: Hymns Ancient and Modern||2004|
|Glory Rain Down||Jeff Deyo||Unveil||2007|
|Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble?||Delirious||Revival Generation||1998|
The WJTL Golf Crew will supporting some terrific organizations and their golf outings in the coming weeks!
Play golf and make a difference!
July 18th – Auntie Anne’s C.A.R.E.S. at Crossgates Golf Club, Media Heights, & Conestoga Country Club.
August 7th – Kenbrook Bible Camp at Pine Meadows Golf Club in Lebanon.
If you are working with a benefit golf outing, contact me to find out how WJTL can help you promote your event and organization. firstname.lastname@example.org
FIVE FUN FREE FAMILY THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND!!! July 18, 19 & 20, 2014
5) Holiday Hope’s 3rd Annual Christmas in July, tomorrow (Saturday, July 19) 8am – 3pm at the Willow Street Fire Company. Face Painting, Kid’s Dance Party, Balloon Animals, Santa, Silent Auction, Carnival & more. Holiday Hope supplies Christmas Gifts and meals to families in need. More info: http://www.holidayhopelancasterpa.com
4) The BIG Event, sponsored by the Bible Fellowship Church of Ephrata, Sunday (July 20) 6-7:30pm at Tom Grater Park in Ephrata. FREE food, games, inflatables, pony rides, candy scramble and more. More Info: www.ephratabfc.com
3) FREE Community Evening in the Park Sunday (July 20th) from 5-9pm at West Earl Community Park in Talmage. Food, games, barrel train, twist carts, 8-man bike, prizes, supper, popcorn, ice cream machine, short program with kids songs, and the movie showing on a blow-up screen. Sponsored by the churches in Brownstown. More Info: 717-738-0508
2) PRAISE JAM 2014 tomorrow (Saturday, July 19) 6-10pm at
at Ephrata Church of the Nazarene. This years bands will be Ephrata Nazarene Worship Team, Damaskus Road from Lebanon and Reamstown Church of God Worship Team. This is an indoor even. The event is free however the cafe’ will be open and all proceeds will go to the Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Center. More Info: ephratanazarene.org
1) Family Movie Night Tonight (Fri. July 18th) at 7PM at The Junction Center Tent in Manheim. Pedal Cars from 6-7PM. The Movie is free but tickets are needed. For More Info on which Movie it is and for tickets Click on the Junction Center tab at WJTL.com
RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! Welcome to 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.)
Manafest was a recent guest on New Tunes at 9 http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/. Manafest, whose real name is Christopher Greenwood, is set to release his new project, “The Moment,” on August 5.
Manafest is a Canadian musician and author; his 2013 book “Fighter: Five Keys to Conquering Fear and Reaching Your Dreams,” was an honest document addressing the challenges of fame and struggling through times of distress, notably, coming to terms with his father’s suicide.
“Fighter” is broken down into seven chapters; the first five are devoted to book’s sub-title: the five keys to conquering fear and reaching your dreams. (Manafest outlines the keys as courage, perseverance, mindset, discipline, and will power).
For more on Manafest, and his new song, “Edge of My Life,” go to http://manafest.ca; his book, “Fighter,” is available as an e-book.
JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment of Celebration reflects on the words of the prophets.
Second Peter 1:19 says, “We have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
The main purpose of prophecy is to draw our attention to the testimony of Jesus. Even before Jesus came into the world, the words of the prophets were indicating that when He came, He would be born of a virgin and born in Bethlehem. He would come in peace, riding on a donkey. He would be rejected by His people, betrayed by a friend, and abandoned by His disciples. He would be pierced for our transgressions, but His body would not see decay. He would once again see the light of life and be satisfied.
These predicted events tell us that God knows the future, and keeps His promises. We can trust Him to do what He says He will do.
The words of the prophets are reasons to be glad in the Year of Celebration.
JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment of Celebration reflects on the steadfast, bold witness of the apostles.
When Jesus rose from the dead, He did not keep it a secret from His friends. According to First Corinthians 15:3, “Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures,…he was buried,….he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures….and he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.” Here was a group of men who followed Jesus to Jerusalem, where they saw His suffering at the cross and the triumph of His resurrection. Brave souls will stand for the truth even in the face of persecution, but very few would die for a lie. Each of Jesus’ followers who saw Him alive again faced some type of persecution for their witness. Most of them died for their faith in Jesus.
In the life of the early church, the disciples went their separate ways, but they remained faithful to the mission of spreading the good news wherever they went. In their courageous witness for Jesus, they said to the governing authorities, who tried to silence them, “We must obey God rather than men.”
The steadfast, bold witness of Jesus’ followers is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.
JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment of Celebration reflects on the empty tomb.
On the day of Pentecost, Peter preached a sermon that persuaded 3,000 people to come to faith in Christ. It was a moment when he preached the Gospel. In that sermon, Peter said in Acts 2:32, “God raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.”
This happened fifty days after the crucifixion of Jesus. If opponents wanted to prove Peter wrong, they could have pointed people to a tomb where they placed the body of Jesus. But the stone had been rolled away, and the tomb was empty. The empty tomb tells us that Jesus has defeated death and conquered the grave. He leads His followers to eternal life, not a mortal end. Jesus told His disciples in John 14:19, “Because I live, you also will live.”
The empty tomb of Jesus is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.
JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the signs of God’s creation.
Psalm 19:1 says that the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
The stars in the universe are visible to us on a clear night. Isaiah 40:26 tells us that He not only created all these, but He also calls them each by name. Just as there are many stars in the universe, there are many people on this planet. God is big enough to keep order in the universe, while at the same time, remaining personal to know us by name. Just as the heavens declare the glory of God, so we also are called to reflect His glory.
When our faith is expressed in love and with gratitude, our witness for Jesus is compared to the stars of the universe, which reflect the glory of God.
The signs of God’s creation are reasons to be glad in the Year of Celebration.