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New Tunes at 9 Roundup with the Museum

February 26th, 2015 No comments

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – The Museum’s latest project, “What We Stand For,” is available now. Ben was a guest on New Tunes at 9; he shared his vision for shaping the culture of worship. (Listen The Museum’s latest single, “Carry My Heart,” is the story of Josh Kirk, the band’s drummer. Josh and his wife Katie, after struggling through a period of being unable to conceive a child, are now celebrating the joys of parenting a little boy. The song states, “I know that you are above everything. Jesus you are all I need.”


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Direct Evangelism

February 26th, 2015 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In our Relationship-Building Principles, we are examining some of the ways Jesus’ followers can be effective witnesses for the Gospel.

One way is to take the direct approach.

We see that in a number of places in the book of Acts. On the day of Pentecost, Peter gave a sermon where he talked about Jesus, and what He had accomplished when He was on the earth-how He died on a cross, rose from the dead, and was exalted at the right hand of God.

The people asked Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” 3,000 people were added to the church that day.

On another occasion, a desperate jailer asked Paul and Silas, “what must I do to be saved?” Paul’s response was direct: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved-you and your household.” That man came to believe in God and was filled with joy.

When someone asks how they can be saved, that is a good time to explain that Jesus is the answer.

Taking the direct approach of sharing the Gospel is a vital relationship-building principle to take to heart in the Year of Connection.

John Shirk

Relationship-Building Principle-Engagement

February 24th, 2015 No comments

JOHN SHIRK -Today’s Relationship-Building Principle comes from John 17, verses 15 through 18.

Jesus said to His Heavenly Father, regarding His followers, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”

One of the perplexing questions that Christians face is “what does it mean to be in the world, but not of it?”

We are not called to be isolated from our culture, but to be engaged in it.

We are not called to compromise godly standards, but to uphold them in our witness for Jesus.

After Jesus said this prayer, His followers engaged culture and became influences for the Gospel. God can work through us to share the good news of God’s love with the world.

Engaging this world with the Gospel is a vital relationship-building principle to take to heart in the Year of Connection.

John Shirk

Some Sort of Rock Show

February 22nd, 2015 1 comment

Don’t forget that you can now listen to Some Sort of Rock Show at 8 and again at 10 every Sunday Night on WJTL and on the WJTL App.

Here’s your playlist for the last Sunday of February 2015:

Track – Artist

  1. You Are The Light – Nine Lashes
  2. My Dear – Matty Mullins
  3. Superhero – Family Force 5
  4. Praise Him – Aaron Gillespie
  5. Here’s to the Ones – Rhett Walker Band
  6. The Reckoning – Needtobreathe
  7. Unbroken – Disciple
  8. Lecrae – Nuthin’
  9. Wait For You – Versus Angels
  10. Bottle Rocket – House of Heroes
  11. Darkest Part – RED
  12. My Allegiance – ILIA
  13. Let It Out – Switchfoot
  14. I Turn Everything Over – Switchfoot

Out Of My Head – Sumerlin


Hour 2

  1. Between Love and War – I Anthem
  2. Into My Arms – Embers In Ashes
  3. Inbetween – Lybecker
  4. Resuscitate – Fireflight
  5. Gone – TobyMac
  6. 100 (ft. Andy Mineo)  - KB
  7. Where to Start – Philmont
  8. Start the Dance Again – The Birdsongs
  9. Rise – Skillet
  10. Taking Life – We As Human
  11. All She Wants – Seventh Day Slumber
  12. Disconnected – VERIDIA
  13. Diamonds (feat. Trevor McNevan) – Manafest
  14. Criminals And Kings – Stellar Kart
  15. Lifeline – The Lasting Hope
  16. The King – Seabird
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Relationship-Building Principle-Not Easily Angered

February 20th, 2015 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Relationship-Building Principle comes from First Corinthians 13:5.

Love “is not easily angered.”

God’s love serves to temper our anger when patience is tested. We are not prone to emotional outbursts when guided by God’s love.

That is not to say that we are never angered. Jesus vented His anger when He saw God’s house of worship turned into a den of robbers. There are some injustices in this world that should upset us to the point of doing something about it.

However, when we are motivated by love, we are not easily angered or easily offended when someone disappoints us. We stay calm and cool. If there are differences to work out, love compels us to use conversations rather than shouting matches to address them. James 1:19 instructs us to “be slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”

Being slow to become angry is a relationship-building principle to take to heart in the Year of Connection.

John Shirk

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend

February 20th, 2015 No comments


5. Piercing Word Presents I Peter on Sunday (Feb 22)  at 6pm at Hammer Creek Mennonite Church in Lititz. The performance features a cast of five actors dramatizing the entire book of I Peter in 18 minutes. More Info:

4. The Cofffee Station at Landis Valley tonight (Friday, Feb 20) 6:30-8:30pm , 2351 Oregon Pike Suite 102 at the Shoppes at Landis Valley, behind the CVS on Oregon Pike in Lancaster. Music by Stuart Young and Dalton Greiner. More Info: 717-553-5500
3. An informal bluegrass and gospel jam session & sing-along.
Sunday (February 22)  from 2-4pm at East Petersburg Mennonite Church.  Bring your instrument, your singing voice and your friends and make a joyful noise. More Info: (717) 892-6830.

2.Splashtacular at the Lititz Rec Center Sunday (February 22) from noon to 8pm. Free try-it classes, open gym, pools and fitness center open to the community.More Info:

1. Join Naturalists for on-going, maple sugaring demonstrations at Pavilion 11 in Lancaster County Central Park – Sunday (Feb 22) 1-4pm See trees being tapped, sap boiled to syrup, and candy made from syrup.  More Info:  717-295-2055

New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Brandon Heath

February 19th, 2015 1 comment

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Brandon Heath wanted his new record, “No Turning Back,” to be about “life lessons from my own journey, such as forgiveness, fear, love and the power of relationships.” He continues by saying, “I was thinking about the journey of my salvation and how I could write a record about that. ‘No Turning Back’ is the  re-telling of the story; I wanted to capture the moment that I first met the Lord.” To hear songs off ‘No Turning Back,” go to, and listen to New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9:00 on WJTL.



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Relationship-Building Principle-Focus Beyond Ourselves

February 19th, 2015 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Relationship-Building Principle comes from First Corinthians 13:5.

“Love is not self-seeking.”

Sin is an “I” centered word. So is Pride. Selfish desires get in the way of thriving relationships.

The focus of true love goes beyond ourselves. In the context of our relationship with God, the focus is on bringing glory to God. In the context of our relationship with others, the focus is on blessing them with encouragement, a servant’s heart, and edifying words.

Joy can be an acronym for “Jesus, Others, Yourself”. With those priorities in that order, the door is open for us to experience the joy of living out the Gospel.

Focusing beyond ourselves is a relationship-building principle to take to heart in the Year of Connection.

John Shirk

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Some Sort of Rock Show

February 15th, 2015 2 comments

I hope you’ve had a great Valentine’s Day Weekend!   Even if the Valentine part of things didn’t go well, there’s still a good chance your candy intake was on the upswing this week!

Here’s your Some Sort of Rock Show Playlist for February 15th:

Start The Dance Again – The Birdsongs

Diamonds (feat. Trevor McNevan) – Manafest

Monster – Skillet

Denial – A Life Set Apart

Let Go – LoveLike Violence

Be My Escape – Relient K


Dear Life – Remedy Drive

Darkest Part – RED

Invisible – Disciple

Lifeline – The Lasting Hope

Lonely Soul – I Anthem

Satisfied – House of Heroes

Mercedes Baby – House of Heroes

Here’s to the Ones – Rhett Walker Band

Maps – Falling Up

Hour 1

Out Of My Head – Sumerlin

A Whisper & A Clamor – Anberlin

Ayo! – Andy Mineo

VIP (feat. Manwell) – Manic Drive

Gravity Bomb – I Am Empire

You Are The Light – Nine Lashes

Beyond Me – TobyMac

Messengers (feat FKC)- Lecrae

Without A Fight – Lybecker

Untraveled Road – Thousand Foot Krutch

Resuscitate – Fireflight

Lights – Pioneer

Show Love – Family Force 5

Dance Like You’re From The Future – After Edmund

Love Alone Is Worth The Fight – Switchfoot

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Praise & Worship Show Heartbeat Playlist

February 15th, 2015 3 comments


The Heart


Rivers In the Wasteland


Where Your Heart Belongs


Become Who You Are


Keep My Heart Alive

Sanctus Real

Pieces Of A Real Heart


Oh Heart Bereaved And Lonely

Leigh Nash

Hymns And Sacred Songs


This Beating Heart

Matt Redman

Your Grace Finds Me (Live)


Write Your Name Upon My Heart




Beautiful One

Tim Hughes

When Silence Falls


Take Heart

The City Harmonic



Heres My Heart


Passion: Let The Future Begin



Lincoln Brewster





The Heartbeat


Your Glory

All Sons & Daughters

Season One


Unashamed Love

Ten Shekel Shirt

Open The Eyes Of My Heart


The More I Seek You

Kari Jobe

Deeper (Integrtity Music)



After Your Heart

Phil Wickham



Knit My Heart

Charlie Hall

The Bright Sadness


Man After Your Own Heart

Gary Chapman



Search My Heart

Hillsong United



With All My Heart

Phil Stacey

Into The Light


Heart Bleeds

John Mark McMillan



Sing My Love

Sarah McMillan

Under Your Bright Wings


The Eyes Of My Heart

Tim Hughes

Here I Am To Worship


Open the Eyes of My Heart

Michael W. Smith



Joyful, Joyful

Casting Crowns

Until The Whole World Hears


I Give You My Heart

Jeff Deyo



Be The Center (feat. Kathryn Scott)

Michael Frye

WOW Worship Red


Longing Heart

Jeremy Camp

Carried Me


Carry My Heart

The Museum

What We Stand For



Tell Your Heart To Beat Again

Phillips, Craig and Dean

Breathe In


Take Heart

Hillsong United



Create In Me A Clean Heart (Psalm 51)

Martin Smith

Your Love Broke Through: Worship Songs of Keith Green

You Still Have My Heart

Rita Springer



Unto The King

Darrell Evans

Awesome God Is He



Hillsong Young & Free

We Are Young & Free


Furious (feat. Jeremy Riddle)

Bethel Live

Be Lifted High


Joy Is In Our Hearts

Sara Groves

Fireflies And Songs


Listen To Our Hearts (feat. Steven Curtis Chapman)

Geoff Moore

A Friend Like U



Phil Wickham



The Heart Of Worship (feat. Martin Smith of Delirious)

Matt Redman

I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever


Beautiful Jesus

Kristian Stanfill

Passion: God Of This City


Song From The Heart (feat. Michelle Nadja)


One Glimpse



Remedy Drive

Daylight Is Coming




Hillsong UNITED

Zion (Deluxe Edition)


Glowing Hearts

Seven Places



Brighten My Heart

Sixpence None The Richer



When Our Hearts Sing

Rush Of Fools

Rush Of Fools


Ocean Wide

The Afters

Never Going Back To OK


Steady My Heart

Kari Jobe

Where I Find You


You Give Me Life

Rita Springer

Rise Up


Here I Am To Worship (feat. Martin Smith of Delirious

Tim Hughes

Happy Day


With All My Heart (feat. Lauren Farmer and Benson Eapen)

Christ for the Nations Music



Divine Romance

Phil Wickham

Phil Wickham


Heart Cries Holy

Big Daddy Weave

Fields Of Grace


My Heart Is Overwhelmed (Live)


God Is Able (Live)


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Relationship Building Principle-Patience and Kindness

February 13th, 2015 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Relationship-Building Principle comes from First Corinthians 13:4.

“Love is patient, love is kind.”

With love, we recognize that people are in process. They have room for growing in maturity and character development, just as we have room for growth in these areas. With patience, we give our friends and neighbors time and opportunity to grow. We work with them so that they might develop into the kind of person that God calls them to be. Jesus is our ultimate example of patience. Mark 16 says that as the disciples went out and preached the Gospel, the Lord worked with them. He was working with men who had room for growth.

With love, we also exercise kindness. This means that we have a friendly disposition in our relationships. We show consideration for the needs of others, and seek to be a blessing in their lives. There is great influence in kindness. Romans 2:4 talks about God’s kindness leading us toward repentance. Lives can change in dramatic ways when kindness is expressed in our relationships.

Patience and kindness are qualities that benefit our marriages, family relationships, and friendships.

Exercising patience and kindness is a relationship-building principle to take to heart in the Year of Connection.

John Shirk