JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Relationship-Building Principle comes from Romans 13:8.
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.”
Financially, God’s Word cautions us about going into debt so far that we cannot pay it back. We have financial responsibilities to pay back our loans to the best of our ability.
Relationally, God’s Word tells us there is always more love to give. Every day is an opportunity to let God’s love flow through us to reach others in a way that builds them up. The consistent expression of love is a credit to God’s love moving through us.
The law is based on love. The next verse talks about some of these commandments:
The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery”, “You shall not murder”, “You shall not steal”, “You shall not covet”, and whatever other command there may be are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.”
The consistent expression of love is a vital relationship-building principle to take to heart in the Year of Connection.
Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend – April 24-26, 2015
5) Young Artist Concert Series featuring West Chester University’s Trombone Ensemble (Sun, Apr 26) 4pm at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Pleasure Rd, Lancaster. A free will offering will be received. More info: 717 569-0588
4) Pure Hope Coffeehouse tomorrow (Saturday, April 25) from 6:30-10 pm in the Social Room of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Highspire. Seasons, the Etown College Saxophone Quartet, and more. The event is a fundraiser for Hope for Justice and Blood-Water Mission. More Info: at the Pure Hope Coffeehouse Facebook Page.
3) 3rd Annual Community Family Fair tomorrow (Saturday, Apr 25) from 1-pm at Conestoga Valley Church of Christ, at The Corner Of Horseshoe & Willow Rd. Bounce houses, a fire truck, games, food and more. More Info: Cvchurchofchrist.org
2) Manheim Christian Day School Family Fun Day and 39th Annual Auction and Barbecue tonight and tomorrow (Fri & Sat Apr 24 & 25) at the school on Lebanon Rd in Manheim. Helicoptor Candy Drop, Pedal Car Races, Music by “This Way Up”, Bounce House, Train Barrel Rides and More. More Info: http://www.manheimchristian.org/home/auction-schedule/
1) Sahd Salvage Earth Day Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Event tomorrow (Saturday, April 25) 9am-1pm. Over 25 conservation minded vendors to learn from, tour the scrap yard, enter contests and join WJTL’s Kids Cookie Break Broadcasting Live. Bring your aluminum cans. Donations benefit the ministry of WJTL and the Columbia Food Bank. More Info: http://www.recycleyourmetal.com/earth-day/
JOHN SHIRK -Today’s Relationship-Building Principle comes from Acts 2:46 and 47.
“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
You can imagine how exciting that would be to wake up every day and wonder, “Who is going to join the Christian community today?” New converts were coming to Christ every day in the early church. Rich fellowship was also building up the strength of the church. As believers met together daily in worship and sharing food together, a strong bond was forming among believers with each other and with God. A devoted heart to God will affect how we treat other people. One of those differences will be sharing the joy of the Lord with others. The grace of Jesus compels us to live with an honest ambition to glorify God and share His love in various ways.
Being Intentional about Worship and Fellowship is a vital relationship-building principle to take to heart in the Year of Connection.
RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Nichole Nordeman http://nicholenordeman.com/ or @nicholenordeman was my guest this week on New Tunes at 9. The acclaimed singer/songwriter (and former female vocalist of the year) is working on her next project, “The Unmaking.” (The title-track to the new project will be available at iTunes on May 4.) “The Unmaking” includes the lyrics: “This is where the walls gave way/this is demolition day/all the debris and all the dust/love will not stay locked inside.”
JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Relationship-Building Principle comes from Acts 2:43.
“Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.”
One of the characteristics of a dynamic church is that the believers worship God with reverence and awe.
We are not meant to just go through the motions of worship, but to offer God a heart of worship.
The miracle of God’s love and the wonders of His grace so captivate us with a sense of gratitude that our joy overflows in praise.
When we consider the depths of pain that Jesus endured for the sake of offering us the riches of His kingdom, how could we not be moved? Hebrews 12:28 says, “Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.”
Living in awe and wonder of God’s grace is a vital relationship-building principle to take to heart in the Year of Connection.
JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Relationship Building Principle comes from Acts 2:42.
Speaking of the early church, “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
These are some of the qualities that made the early church a dynamic force. The Lord desires for His people to be connected with the local church. In the devotional “Moments Together”, Dennis and Barbara Rainey offer some questions to consider when searching for a church to attend: Here are a few of them:
Is it anchored in the Scriptures?
Does it have a sense of community?
Is it characterized by worship?
Is there opportunity for involvement?
If we are established in the local church already, these questions can be useful to consider how we might assist the church in growing in these areas. Jesus is building His church through the participation of His followers.
Participating in the ministry of the local church is a vital relationship-building principle to take to heart in the Year of Connection.
Here’s the playlist for your April 19th edition of Some Sort of Rock Show. It includes new music from Abandon & Fireflight, plus a Double Play from the new Needtobreathe release, “Live From The Woods”.
Name – Artist
- Stranger – Hearts Like Lions
- Untraveled Road – Thousand Foot Krutch
- What Love Means – Everfound
- The God I Know – Me In Motion
- One Foot In The Grave – Abandon Kansas
- Let It Out – Switchfoot
- Out Of My Head – Sumerlin
- Praise Him – Aaron Gillespie
- Hope Is Alive – Abandon
- Hero – Skillet
- Take a Bow – Flagship Armada
- The Way That You Are – The Classic Crime
- We Are Destroyer – Anberlin
- Never Take Friendship Personal – Anberlin
- Something Made to Last – Remedy Drive
- I Give Up – Stellar Kart
- You Are The Light – Nine Lashes
- Outlaws – Disciple
- Remember The Empire – House of Heroes
- Drops In The Ocean – Hawk Nelson
- Safety (featuring Stephen Christian) – Fireflight
- In Too Deep – Seventh Day Slumber
- Say Now That You’re Sorry – Plankeye
- Take A Walk Out – Shiloh Nauvoo
- Sweep the Leg – Family Force 5
- Ayo – Andy Mineo
- Without A Fight – Lybecker
- One Heart – Mat Kearney
- State I’m In (Live) – NEEDTOBREATHE
- Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now (Live) – NEEDTOBREATHE
- Records – The Lasting Hope
Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend – April 17-19, 2015
5) 59th Annual Mennonite Central Committee Pennsylvania Relief Sale tonight 4-9pm and tomorrow beginning at 6:30am(Friday and Saturday April 17 and 18) at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Handmade quilts, furniture, original artwork and much more. Fun activities for children will also be available throughout the sale. The auction benefits the relief efforts of MCC. More Info: MCC.org
4) The Chamber Singers of Lancaster Bible College will perform their last concert of the seasong tomorrow (Saturday, April 18) 7pm at Garden Spot Village. “Travelers Have Tales to Tell,” is a collection of a cappella masterpieces from both sides of the Atlantic More Info: gardenspotvillage.org
3) An evening full of laughter and joy with the A-Team Talent Show tonight (Friday, April 19) 6pm at Wesley Church in Quarryville. The A-Team Performers have all overcome physical and mental challenges and want to share their love, laughter and God’s overcoming Grace. More Info: 717-529-0904
2) Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum Spring Benefit Auction tomorrow (Saturday, April 18) Preview and silent auction begin at 4pm. Live auction begins at 5:30pm. Heirloom-quality handcrafted items: artwork, toys, collectibles, jewelry, and more—as well as many other unique objects and services will be auctioned off at this annual sale to benefit Landis Valley’s programming. More Info: http://www.landisvalleymuseum.org
1) Barnstormers Free Fanfest tomorrow (Saturday, April 18) beginning at noon at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Barnstormer mascot Cylo will be joined by Hershey Bar and Turkey Hilda. Activities for the kids include face painting, cookie decorating, lego table and a chance to meet the Barnstormers. At 1pm the Barnstormers and the Blue Crabs will face of for a specail pre-season exhibition game. More Info: lancasterbarnstormers.com
JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Connection, today’s Encounter with Jesus examines His resurrection appearance to Thomas.
One of Jesus’ disciples was skeptical that Jesus actually rose from the dead. Jesus had appeared to the other disciples, but not Thomas. When the disciples told Thomas that they had seen the Lord, he responded by saying, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” For Thomas, seeing was believing.
A week later, Jesus appeared to His disciples. This time, Thomas was with them. Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” In that moment, Thomas would have seen the evidence that Jesus is alive. He would have also seen the evidence of His love for Thomas. The nail marks revealed the price that Jesus paid for our sins. There is no expression of love more powerful and life-changing.
Jesus said to Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” That blessing extends to you if you believe the good news of His resurrection.
A daily connection with Christ causes our doubt and skepticism to be overcome by faith and worship.
ANN D’ALESSANDRO –
We finally made it to Spring and now we are getting all set to bring you an amazing concert line-up! There is something for everyone! Here is what we have scheduled for April & May. These are all at The Junction Center Tent in Manheim. Keep checking http://www.thejunctioncenter.com/ for updates!
Turkey Hill Dairy’s All Natural Gelato Presents:
April 21st – The Choir 25 Year Anniversary of Circle Slide with Michael Roe
April 25th – Nichole Nordeman
May 2nd – Burlap to Cashmere with Melanie Penn and Chris & Jenna – Presented by Under The Radar
May 7th – Lancaster County National Day of Prayer – Celebration of Prayer
May 15th – Ellie Holcomb
May 28th – Slugs & Bugs with Phredd
May 30th – Comedian Jeff Allen
Ann D’Alessandro – Excited for Spring!!