ASHLEA BRENEMAN – It was just about six years ago that I sat in Fred McNaughton’s office and interviewed about becoming an intern at WJTL. Wow, a lot has happened since. I’ve been an official employee at WJTL for almost 5 and a half years. Prior to working at WJTL, the longest I held a job for was four months. That is either a testimony to my need for variety or to what an incredible place WJTL is. I think it’s the latter.
We talk a lot about community on the air and how we are building a community of believers through the music we play, the guests we have on the air, our website and the events we take part in. That community is possible because we’ve started it here with the staff. They might just be the voices you hear on the radio, but to me they are dear friends.
I will miss taking part in the everyday craziness at the WJTL office but I am starting a new craziness of my own. I will be attending a school through Youth With A Mission called Fire and Fragrance this January. We are living in incredibly exciting times. God’s Kingdom is advancing like never before and we get to be a part of it. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this journey, but a new one awaits me.
Thanks for welcoming me to the family known as WJTL. It really is a special thing.
ASHLEA BRENEMAN – With all the traffic jams, lines, cookie baking, party attending and gift wrapping, Christmas can be downright stressful. I think it’s important for us to build things into the Christmas season that make us slow down and appreciate the incredible gift that has been given to us – Jesus Christ. He is worth all of our worship and affection.
I remember someone saying how ironic it is that Christmas is the birthday of Jesus, and yet it’s the only birthday where we aren’t giving gifts to the person who is actually having a birthday. Imagine I attended a birthday party for Fred and showed up with gifts for Lisa. That would be strange and even rude! So, what type of gift would Jesus want? In Matthew 25:40 we read, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
What would that look like to give a gift to the least of these? I think it would mean giving a gift to someone who desperately needs it and hopefully the gift would be useful to them too. Gospel For Asia is providing a way for us to do just that. They’ve created a Christmas gift catalog that is filled with items that are useful and beneficial to poor families in Asia. These gifts will actually help lift them out of poverty and provide hope to them! When I think of Jesus that’s what I think he brought. He is the hope of the world.
This Christmas, would you consider giving a gift to a poor family in Asia to show them the love and hope that is found in Jesus Christ?
See a whole list of gifts available in the Gospel For Asia gift catalog here: www.gfa.org/giving/christmas/?affiliate=wjtl. Gifts begin at just $11!
I pray that this Christmas season you are reminded of the hope present in Jesus Christ.
ASHLEA BRENEMAN – Now that it is December, I feel like I can officially dive into all things Christmas! The tree is up and decorated at my house. Presents are being purchased and get togethers are happening often. December can be filled with lots and lots of busyness, but I try to take some time to relax in the midst of everything. I love listening to certain Christmas music during those times, and I thought I’d share a few with you! BarlowGirl just released the music video for their song, “Hallelujah (Light Has Come)”, and who doesn’t like some amazing sister harmonies? Hands down though, my favorite Christmas music is from Future of Forestry. They now have two Christmas EPs out titled Advent Christmas and Advent Christmas II. Enjoy their version of, “Oh Holy Night.”
Blessings to you and your family as you celebrate this Christmas!
ASHLEA BRENEMAN – Thanks to Lancaster Church of the Nazarene and Victory Christian Fellowship from Palmyra for joining us last night for the November edition of Youth Group Night sponsored by Black Rock Retreat. Check out these fun photos from last night! Youth pastors and leaders you can sign up your youth group here.
ASHLEA BRENEMAN – Check out the music video for “Light Up The Sky” by The Afters and “You Are More” by Tenth Avenue North. We’ve been playing both songs on WJTL. I love music videos because it helps to connect the message of the song to me in a whole new way. Enjoy!
Before you watch the music video from Tenth Avenue North for “You Are More” make sure you watch this video journal about the song. Really good stuff!
ASHLEA BRENEMAN -Randy Miller, drummer for the band, The Myriad, passed away on November 5th after battling chondrosarcoma, a form of bone cancer since 2008. Randy was 39 years old and has two children, Connor, age 11, and Gillian, age 9, to his wife Kristyn Davis.
Two weeks ago, band members, past and present, as well as dear friends gathered to say goodbye to Randy. During the afternoon, Randy said something that seems to sum up his life: “I’ve been thinking about my life lately and how I’ve never really been a wealthy man, especially after the past 2 years of medical bills. We’re renting our house and we don’t have much. But you know, somehow I just feel so rich. I have an amazing family, and the best job ever. I just feel so rich. Somewhere that’s gotta mean something. Somewhere we all have a cosmic currency.”
In lieu of flowers, friends request that donations be made to cover medical and funeral expenses. Like many musicians, the Millers did not have health or life insurance. Donations can be made at by going to the Online Giving section at http://thestirring.org and clicking on the Mercy Fund designated for the Miller Family. All donations are tax deductible.
Please continue to keep the Miller family in your thoughts and prayers.
ASHLEA BRENEMAN – Hopefully by now you’ve seen the incredible video the David Crowder Band made for their song, “SMS Shine.” If not, check it out here! But now you can watch the behind-the-scenes! Enjoy these videos and make sure to listen in during the Get Up And Go show tomorrow morning at 8:20AM as Lisa interviews David!
ASHLEA BRENEMAN - Almost two years ago I was apart of something I didn’t think would happen in my life. It was one of those dreams I had shoved to the back of my mind and my heart. But God is too gracious and good and faithful to allow the dreams He’s placed in His children to go unnoticed. Little by little he will bring them to the forefront until they are a bright blinking neon sign before our eyes.
In January of 2009, I traveled thousands of miles to visit a country in Eastern Africa called Uganda with Compassion. A country filled with a tragic history and desperate situations but filled with beautiful people and a hope in the midst of it all.
My job was easy. Observe and take in. Be present.
It’s hard though when the scenario is not easy. When you’re in a little shack with a family who’s father died because of AIDS and a mother struggling to provide for her children who also have AIDS.
You sit there and wonder.
How can this be?
But in the midst of desperation, there is this thing ripping through your heart.
This belief that God is real.
That He is there.
That He cares.
That He loves.
That hope does exist.
It’s true. God is real. He loves and cares more than my heart could grasp or contain.
We can demonstrate a characteristic of God.
We can be hope.
Find out how you can be hope to a child in need during WJTL’s 26 Hours of Compassion. Click on the Compassion banner at the homepage or call 1.866.392.3690.
Here is a video recapping my time in Uganda. It still brings tears to my eyes.
ASHLEA BRENEMAN – Thanks to Pleasureville UMC in York and Our Lady of Consolation Church in Parkesburg for coming last Thursday night and hanging out with us! Youth Group Night is a lot of fun, and if you haven’t signed up your youth group for this year yet, you can do so here. Thanks to CiCi’s Pizza for donating lots of yummy food and to Black Rock Retreat for making it all possible.
Here’s a look at the two groups. Thanks again for coming!