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Reason To Believe-Martyrdom of Jesus’ Disciples

February 10th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is the martyrdom of Jesus’ disciples.

According to church history, most of Jesus’ Twelve disciples became martyrs for the Gospel. They lived and died for Jesus. In cases like that, there is no doubt about someone’s conviction that they believe their cause to be true and worth dying for.

There is something that Jesus’ disciples shared in common, except for Judas Iscariot. They were witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection after His death.

Peter said in Acts 10:40, “God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen-by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.”

That was the calling of Peter and the other disciples that they faithfully proclaimed to the end of their time here on earth.

The faithfulness of Jesus’ disciples to preach the Gospel and die for their faith is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Reason To Believe-Characteristics Of Sheep

February 9th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is the characteristics of sheep.

In the Bible, we see some characteristics of sheep that closely resemble our spiritual condition. Two significant characteristics are helplessness without the shepherd, and the tendency to wander.

On one occasion, Jesus saw the crowds and had compassion on them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

And Isaiah 53 says, “we all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way.”

There is good news for the drifter who has lost their way and realizes that they cannot help themselves. Jesus offers us hope with the words, “I am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” Jesus did that when He died on a cross. His purpose in dying for us was to offer forgiveness of sins and restoration to a relationship with God forever.

The characteristics of sheep are object lessons explaining our spiritual condition and are reasons to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Reason To Believe-Honesty Of Jesus

February 8th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is Jesus’ honesty of what it means to follow Him.

When Jesus prepared His followers for what they would experience as believers, He included what they needed to know, not necessarily everything they wanted to hear.

He said, “In this world, you will have trouble.” That was a promise followed by words of encouragement that He has overcome the world. So, whatever kind of trouble we may face, Jesus is greater.
He also said, “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” That statement has also been true of His disciples.

Jesus said in Mark 8:34, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

Jesus did not emphasize the blessing of following Him without mentioning the cost of being His disciple. He did not distort the truth. His honest assessment accurately reflects the experiences of His followers today. Hardships test our faith, which God is able to use to refine our faith and make it stronger.

The honesty of Jesus is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Show Playlist

February 7th, 2016 4 comments

6AM

Doxology

David Crowder Band

Passion: Hymns Ancient and Modern

2004

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

Chris Tomlin

Music Inspired By The Motion Picture Amazing Grace

2007

The Wonderful Cross

Michael W. Smith

WOW Hymns

2000

Psalm 118 (Your Steadfast Love)

Robbie Seay Band

Psalms LP

2015

Here Is Love (feat. Brian Johnson)

Bethel Live

Here Is Love

2009

Lord, I Want To Be A Christian

Leeland Mooring

Bridges – Classic Hymns, Modern Worship

2005

Our Saviors Love

David Leach

Our Saviors Love

2014

Clear The Stage

Jimmy Needham

Clear The Stage

2012

Give Me Jesus

Jeremy Camp

Beyond Measure

2006

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Look Up)

Nichole Nordeman

Jesus, Firm Foundation (Hymns Of Worship)

2013

Psalm 23

Brothers McClurg

Alive – EP

2011

Psalm 118 (This Is The Day)

Shane & Shane

Psalms

2002

7AM

Spirit of the Living God

Phil Wickham

Singalong 2

2012

10,000 Reasons

Rend Collective Experiment

Campfire

2013

Come Thou Fount

All Sons & Daughters

Prone To Wander: A Collection of Hymns

Psalm 56

Jon Micah Sumrall

Faith & Family

2015

Lord, I Need You

Chris Tomlin

Passion: Here For You

2011

Better Is One Day

Charlie Hall

Better Is One Day

1999

Cornerstone (My Hope Is Built)

Hillsong Live

Cornerstone EP

2013

Manifesto

The City Harmonic

Introducing The City Harmonic EP

2011

How Great Thou Art

Charlie Hall

Passion: Hymns Ancient and Modern

2004

Out of the Depths (Psalm 130)

Sovereign Grace Music

Psalms

2008

Sparrow

Audrey Assad

Heart

2011

Tis So Sweet (feat. Fernando Ortega)

Jadon Lavik

Roots Run Deep

2008

Take My Life (Live Version)

Chris Tomlin

Passion: Hymns Ancient and Modern

2004

Trust and Obey

Big Daddy Weave

Every Time I Breathe

2006

8AM

Holy, Holy, Holy (Savior & King) [feat. Walker Beach]

Gateway Worship

Great Great God (Deluxe Edition)

2011

All Creatures of Our God and King (Live)

David Crowder Band

Passion: Hymns Ancient and Modern

2004

Create In Me

Rend Collective

The Art of Celebration

2014

How Deep

Kings Kaleidoscope

Becoming Who We Are

2014

Grace That Is Greater

Building 429

Iris to Iris

2007

The Solid Rock

Charlie Hall

Passion: Hymns Ancient and Modern

2004

Psalm 66 (You Are Great)

Robbie Seay Band

Psalms LP

2015

Wondrous Love

Jadon Lavik

Roots Run Deep

2008

Jesus Loves Me

Chris Tomlin

Love Ran Red

2014

This I Believe (The Creed)

Hillsong Worship

No Other Name

2014

139

Kings Kaleidoscope

Becoming Who We Are

2014

Holy Spirit (Live)

Jesus Culture

Live from New York (with Martin Smith) [Live]

2012

9AM

Mt. Zion

Cageless Birds & Jonathan David Helser

Live At Home

2014

You Are My Vision

Rend Collective

Homemade Worship By Handmade People

2012

Before the Throne / Yearn (Live)

Phil Wickham & Shane & Shane

Singalong 3 (Live)

2015

What A Friend We Have In Jesus

Paul Baloche

Amazing Grace

2007

It is Well (feat. Kristene DiMarco)

Bethel Music

You Make Me Brave (Live)

2014

Alleluia (Live)

Jesus Culture

Live from New York (with Martin Smith) [Live]

2012

This Is Amazing Grace

Jeremy Riddle

Bethel Live: For The Sake Of The World

2012

Joyful, Joyful

Laura Hackett

Joy (LIVE)

2010

I Saw The Light

David Crowder Band

A Collision

2005

Your Glory / Nothing But the Blood (Live)

All Sons & Daughters

Live

2013

The Lord Bless You and Keep You

Michael W. Smith

Hymns

2014

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do Feb 5-7, 2016

February 5th, 2016 No comments

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend – February 5-7, 2016

5 Dog Wagging Story Time tomorrow (Sat. Feb. 6) from 10:30 -11:30am at Lancaster Public Library West – Mountville Branch, AND Lancaster Public Library East – Leola Branch. For grades K through 5 – Practice your reading skills and Read to Read Assistance Dogs that have received special training and are registered therapy dogs. More Info: lancaster.lib.pa.us

4 First Friday York, tonight (Friday, February 5) 5-9pm. A celebration of downtown York at The Central Marekt House, Royal Square and all downtown districts. Special events, live entertainment and more. More Info: 717-849-2331

3 “Sounds of Sankofa” a program about the history of African American music and melody Sunday (February 7) 3pm at Avon United Methodist Church, Old Cumberland St. Lebanon. The program will feature spirituals, African American art songs from the Civil Rights movement, and pay homage to the music history of African American music. More Info: 717-383-5568

2 The Muskingum University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers of New Concord OH will be in concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster, tonight (Friday, February 5) at 7:30pm. Their program includes music from Spain, Germany and Brazil. A Free Will Offering will be taken. More Info: (717) 394-6854.

1 First Friday Lancaster tonight (Friday, February 5) 5-9pm in downtown Lancaster. Music, Galleries, museums, artist studios, artisans, exhibits, and special openings. More Info: visitlancastercity.com

Some Sort Of Rock Show

February 5th, 2016 No comments

Here is your playlist for your February 5th/7th episode of Some Sort of Rock Show:

Hour 1

  1. Taking Back – About A Mile
  2. Untraveled Road – Thousand Foot Krutch
  3. Choices – Graceful Closure
  4. Closer – Philmont
  5. Ashes – Almost Taken
  6. Start To Believe – Silverline
  7. Satisfied – House of Heroes
  8. Shine Like The Stars – Stellar Kart
  9. Alive – Tree63
  10. Something to Say – The Red Airplanes
  11. Sick Of It – Skillet
  12. Write It Down – Nine Lashes
  13. Live On Forever – The Afters
  14. Someday – The Afters
  15. We Are Destroyer – Anberlin
  16. Come Alive – Attaboy

Hour 2

  1. Come Alive – Matty Mullins
  2. This Change – Ember In Ashes
  3. Move (Keep Walkin’) – TobyMac
  4. Radiator – Family Force 5
  5. I’m Not Running Away From This – Hearts Like Lions
  6. Resuscitate Me – Remedy Drive
  7. Sayonara – Disciple
  8. Rescue Me – Scarlet Raven
  9. Deep Surround – Fold Zandura
  10. Take Me Over – RED
  11. Reach for the Sky – Red Letter Hymnal
  12. Say It Like You Mean It – Switchfoot
  13. Come To The River – Rhett Walker Band
  14. Here’s to the Ones – Rhett Walker Band
  15. 15. Loving Led – Ilia

 

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Reason To Believe-Second Chances

February 4th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason To Believe is the opportunity for second chances.

Sometimes, we fail the Lord by disobeying His Word. When that happens, we might be tempted to think that it’s too late for God to ever work through us again, which leads to the temptation to give up.

But if we ever feel that way, we can find hope in the second chance offered to Jonah. God initially sent word to Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach against it, because of its wickedness. But Jonah ran away from the LORD. He went the opposite direction from where God was sending Jonah, and ended up over his head in a sea of problems.

In the belly of a huge fish, Jonah came to his senses and turned his heart to the Lord with this prayer, “I, with a song of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed, I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD.”

After this prayer, we read in Jonah 3:1, “Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time, “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” And Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD.

A second chance is an opportunity to learn from our first failure, and join God’s redemptive work on the earth. A second chance is also a sign of God’s mercy to us, and is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Steve Taylor Kicks Off 2016 Concerts!

February 4th, 2016 No comments

ANN D’ALESSANDRO-

If you were at The Junction Center in 2014 for the Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil concert, then you probably have somewhat of an idea of what to expect as Steve Taylor & The Danielson Foil kicks off our concerts for 2016!!  The big difference this time is the addition of Daniel Smith of Danielson Famile (who you might have seen at Purple Door Festival).  They finished a successful Kickstarter campaign and are now touring to bring you brand new music from their “Wow To The Deadness” EP! It’s actually a one-time collaboration between Steve Taylor & the Perfect Foil and Danielson. Their new EP, titled Wow to the Deadness, will be released tomorrow, February 5th. Steve Taylor has put together an amazingly talented band, The Perfect Foil: Jimmy Abegg, guitar; John Mark Painter, bass & Peter Furler, drums.

What better way to celebrate Fastnacht Day than by hanging out with Steve Taylor? (Bring your own fastnachts.)   Be sure to listen to Terry Phillips and The Archives Saturday night as he interviews Steve Taylor!  (approx. 9:15pm)

Steve Taylor & The Danielson Foil on Tuesday, Feb. 9th at Manheim Brethren In Christ Church at 7:30pm.  (Tickets will be available at the door.)  You can find tickets and more information about this show and others that we have coming up at: http://www.thejunctioncenter.com/

Ann D’Alessandro – Excited for Fastnachts & Steve Taylor!!

ann@wjtl.com

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Q and A-What is the Fruit of the Spirit?

February 3rd, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A segment explores the question, “What is the Fruit of the Spirit?”

These are character qualities that are found in Galatians 5:22 and 23: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

These are the qualities that flow out of the person who walks daily with God, and make our witness more fruitful. Many of these same qualities are listed in the book of Second Peter chapter 1. Verse 8 says, “For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

If you know anyone who consistently demonstrates the qualities found in the Fruit of the Spirit, you know how refreshing it is to spend time with them. They become godly examples for us to want to be more like Jesus.

So, as we are receptive to welcoming Jesus in our lives and taking His words to heart, we will find ourselves growing in godly character and being a more fruitful witness of the Gospel in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Reason To Believe-Acts and Archeology

February 3rd, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to believe is the book of Acts and the study of archeology.

There have been numerous findings of artifacts that support the references to places in the Bible. One Bible author who mentioned numerous geographical locations in his writings is Luke, who wrote Luke and Acts. His careful approach to accuracy is found in Luke 1:3, which says, “Since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”

His writings had a huge impact on William Ramsay, who lived in the 19th Century. According to the Christian History Institute, earlier in his life, he thought the book of Acts was full of errors. However, after research in ancient literature and on the ground in Turkey, he recognized that Acts was an accurate report. Over a period of fifteen years, dig after dig supported Luke’s description of events, but none detracted from them. The findings led to his conversion to Christ.

He concluded: “Luke is an historian of the first rank; not merely are his statements of fact trustworthy…this author should be placed along with the very greatest historians.”

Archeology, combined with the book of Acts, led William Ramsay to faith in Christ. The study of archeology and the book of Acts are reasons to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Some Sort of Rock Show

January 31st, 2016 No comments

Your handcrafted playlist for the January 29th & 31st episode of Some Sort of Rock Show:

Hour 1

  1. Dead Man – Rhett Walker Band
  2. After The Fight – Jars of Clay
  3. Broken Lines – Foreverlin
  4. Rebuild Your Love – The Great Transparency
  5. Mr. Roboto – Rapture Ruckus
  6. Gameface – KJ-52
  7. I’m Not Running Away From This – Hearts Like Lions
  8. Criminals And Kings – Stellar Kart
  9. Alive – Tree63
  10. The Outsiders – Needtobreathe
  11. Loving Led – Ilia
  12. The Bitter Uprising – The Classic Crime
  13. Bring It On – Kutless
  14. Tonight – Kutless
  15. Sayonara – Disciple

Hour 2

  1. Staring At the Sun – Roelant
  2. Something New – The Lasting Hope
  3. Choices – Graceful Closure
  4. Awakening – Switchfoot
  5. Cray Button (feat. Lecrae) – Family Force 5
  6. You Can’t Stop Me – Andy Mineo
  7. Take Me Over – RED
  8. Down – Thousand Foot Krutch
  9. Sundown Motel – Stavesacre
  10. Bring It On – Seventh Day Slumber
  11. Taking Life – We As Human
  12. Come Alive – Matty Mullins
  13. Glory – Remedy Drive
  14. Porcelain – Bread Of Stone
  15. Falling Apart – Spoken
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