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20/20 Insight-Snow

john : February 12, 2020 3:23 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on a spiritual metaphor of snow.

It’s found in Isaiah 1:18, where the LORD says, 

“Come now, let us settle the matter. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.”

Just as a blanket of snow covers the ground, so the blood of Jesus has the power to cover our sins. His grace is able to make our hearts pure again. 

Repentance is the pathway to forgiveness. That is the picture of turning around from going in the wrong direction to get back on track with God. To a nation whose hands were full of blood, God said, “Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice.” 

In the New Testament, Jesus said, “Repent and believe the good news!”

Focusing on the grace of God to cleanse us from sin gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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20/20 Insight-Value of God’s Love

john : February 10, 2020 5:39 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on the value of God’s love.

In Ephesians 3:19, the Apostle Paul prayed that we might have power together with all the Lord’s holy people to grasp the value of Christ’s love to our lives.

This love surpasses knowledge. A good education can prepare us for a productive career, but the love of God prepares us for a thriving faith and an eternal inheritance in His Kingdom. Jesus has made it possible to know what God’s love is because He demonstrated it when He walked on the earth.

First John 3:16 says, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”

Focusing on the value of God’s love gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life. 

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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“Wonder to Behold” Themed Playlist

kristi : February 10, 2020 2:24 pm : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

One of the highlights in yesterday’s Praise & Worship Playlist was a themed grouping of songs, encouraging us to behold God with wonder. I’ve collected that lineup in a Spotify Playlist for you! It includes brand new releases from Matt Redman, Paul Baloche, Belonging Co., Meredith Andrews and more — plus, classics like “Indescribable”, “God of Wonders”, and “Hallelujah Jesus”. I encourage you to take some time to give attention and focus to God in a fresh and intentional way. These songs, led by wonderful leaders, can help!

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ

Kristi@WJTL.com

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https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1L5GQEgR19hD6V3bitlbJ8?si=LePC7U_kRu6a_HGHlLC74g

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Praise & Worship Playlist

kristi : February 9, 2020 7:59 am : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

Today’s playlist has themes of wonder and new mercies every day. Plus, twin spins from Hillsong United, Chris McClarney, David Leonard, and John Mark & Sarah McMillan–and new music from Matt Redman, Brian & Jenn Johnson and MoveSomebody.

Kristi Leigh 
Kristi@WJTL.com
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Song Title Artist Album Year
6:00 a.m.
God of Revival Brian Johnson & Jenn Johnson Single 2020
Christ Be Magnified Cody Carnes Single 2020
His Mercy Is More Matt Boswell & Matt Papa His Mercy Is More 2019
O Praise The Name Hillsong Worship Open Heaven River Wild 2016
Great I Am (feat. Jared Anderson) New Life Worship You Hold It All 2011
My Jesus I Love Thee (With Every Breath) [feat. Meredith Andrews] Worship Circle Worship Circle Hymns 2019
How Great Is Your Love The Worship Initiative & Shane & Shane Single 2019
Let There Be Light Bryan & Katie Torwalt Champion 2016
Good Grace (Live) Hillsong UNITED Single 2018
Echoes (Till We See the Other Side) [Live] Hillsong UNITED People (Live) 2019
Rejoice Brad+Rebekah Single 2019
7:00 a.m.
King of My Heart John Mark & Sarah McMillan You Are the Avalanche – EP 2015
Future / Past John Mark McMillan Borderland 2014
Forever (Live) Bethel Music & Kari Jobe You Make Me Brave (Live) 2014
King of Kings (Live) Hillsong Worship Single 2019
No Longer Slaves (feat. Jonathan David & Melissa Helser) Bethel Music We Will Not Be Shaken (Live) 2015
Death Was Arrested (feat. Seth Condrey) North Point Nothing Ordinary 2017
He Lives (feat. Chris McClarney) [Live] Church of the City Single 2020
Over and Over Chris McClarney Breakthrough 2018
Mercies (New Every Morning) [Live] Matt Redman Let There Be Wonder (Live) 2020
I Will Wait David Leonard The Wait 2019
8:00 a.m.
Mysterious Ways David Leonard Single
Run to the Father Cody Carnes Single 2019
The Fathers House (Acoustic) Cory Asbury Single 2020
This Is What You Do (feat. William Matthews) Bethel Live For The Sake Of The World 2012
Cherry Blossoms MoveSomebody Single 2020
Free, Amen (Live) We The Kingdom Live At the Wheelhouse – EP 2019
Let There Be Light Bellarive Before There Was 2014
Creation Sings All Sons & Daughters Poets & Saints 2016
Behold the Lamb (feat. Kristian Stanfill) Passion Single 2019
Indescribable Chris Tomlin Arriving 2004
Hallelujah Jesus Evan Wickham Mysterious Things 2005
King Of Wonders CompassionArt CompassionArt 2009
Let There Be Wonder (Live) Matt Redman Let There Be Wonder (Live) 2020
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Awe + Wonder (Live) (feat. Daniella Mason & Andrew Holt) The Belonging Co Awe + Wonder (Live) 2019
Behold Him (feat. Kim Walker Smith) Paul Baloche 2019
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery (feat. Kristyn Getty) Matt Boswell & Matt Papa His Mercy Is More 2019
Behold (Then Sings My Soul) [Live] Hillsong Worship Let There Be Light (Deluxe) 2016
God of Wonders (feat. Caedmons Call) Mac Powell City on a Hill 2000
So Will I (100 Billion X) Hillsong United Wonder 2018
Way Maker Paul McClure Single 2019
Faith and Wonder (Live) Meredith Andrews Faith and Wonder (Live) 2019
What a Beautiful Name (Live) Hillsong Worship Let There Be Light (Deluxe) 2016
Mention of Your Name Jenn Johnson After All These Years 2017
Worthy of Your Name (feat. Sean Curran of Bellarive) Passion Worthy Of Your Name 2017

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20/20 Insight-Depth of God’s Love

john : February 7, 2020 3:39 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on the depth of God’s love.

In Ephesians 3:18, The Apostle Paul prayed that we might have power together with all the Lord’s holy people to grasp how deep is the love of Christ.

One of the ways we can tell that someone loves us sincerely is by their willingness to make sacrifices on our behalf. Jesus passes this sincerity test with flying colors.

In John 15:13, Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” That is exactly what Jesus would do less that 24 hours after making this statement.  Because of His sacrifice, we can call on God to save us from our sins, and He will be faithful to hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

Focusing on the depth of God’s love gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Good News Focus-Mercy

john : February 3, 2020 3:21 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Good News Focus is on Titus 3:4 and 5.

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

We can thank God for His mercy. It was God’s mercy that stopped the stoning of a woman who had been caught in adultery. It was God’s mercy that turned a persecutor of the church named Saul into an apostle of the church named Paul. And God’s mercy changes our lives when we see the kindness of God expressed in Christ.

Jesus did not come to a world that had its act together. Rather, He came to a world in a sinful condition. He came because we needed His mercy. That is what He provided for us when He shed His blood at the cross.

Jesus is our source of Good News, leading us to a place of new life in His kindness and mercy in the Year of Vision. 

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Playlist

kristi : February 2, 2020 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

This morning’s playlist includes lots of new songs from Rend Collective, Chris McClarney, MoveSomebody and a bunch from Matt Redman’s new release “Let There Be Wonder”! Plus, clips from my recent conversation with Cory Asbury. (You can hear the whole thing on the Praise & Worship Podcast, Episode 5)! I do have his very latest, the acoustic rendition of “The Father’s House” in today’s lineup.

Plus, some little song sets with encouraging reminders in the lyrics, focusing on God moving even in the winter season of our lives — and his new mercies and great faithfulness.

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ

Kristi@WJTL.com

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Song Title Artist Album Year
6:00 a.m.
Famous For (I Believe) [feat. Jenn Johnson] Tauren Wells Citizen of Heaven 2020
Goodness of God (Live) Bethel Music & Jenn Johnson Victory (Live) 2019
By My Side (Live) Patrick Mayberry Single 2020
Lord, I Need You (Live) Matt Maher Alive & Breathing Vol. 4 – Single 2020
Christ Is Risen Mack Brock Greater Things 2018
Valley (Live) Chris McClarney Single 2019
Kindness Jared Anderson The Whole Landscape EP 2019
God Moves In A Mysterious Way Jeremy Riddle Full Attention 2007
Beautiful Things Shane & Shane The Worship Initiative, Vol. 1 2014
Seasons Hillsong Worship Christmas: The Peace Project 2018
Cherry Blossoms MoveSomebody Single 2020
I Will Wait (Live) David Leonard The Wait: Silence the Noise (Live) 2019
7:00 a.m.
Mercies (New Every Morning) [Live] Matt Redman Let There Be Wonder (Live) 2020
Great Is Thy Faithfulness (feat. Christy Nockels) Worship Circle Worship Circle Hymns 2019
Way Maker (Live) Leeland Single 2019
Praise Your Name (Live) Corey Voss & Madison Street Worship Songs of the House (Live) 2019
Praise Before My Breakthrough Bryan & Katie Torwalt Praise Before My Breakthrough – EP 2018
SING IT FROM THE SHACKLES Rend Collective Single 2020
Great Are You Lord All Sons & Daughters All Sons & Daughters 2014
The Change in Me Casting Crowns Only Jesus 2018
Christ Be Magnified Cody Carnes Single 2020
Stand in Your Love (Live) Bethel Music & Josh Baldwin Victory (Live) 2019
The Fathers House (Acoustic) Cory Asbury Single 2020
Do It Again (feat. Rita Springer) Mack Brock Greater Things 2018
8:00 a.m.
Spirit Lead Me/Spirit Break Out (feat. Kim Walker-Smith) Influence Music & Michael Ketterer REBELS (Deluxe) 2020
Let There Be Wonder (Live) Matt Redman Let There Be Wonder (Live) 2020
Behold Him (feat. Kim Walker Smith) Paul Baloche 2019
Awe + Wonder (Live) (feat. Daniella Mason & Andrew Holt) The Belonging Co Awe + Wonder (Live) 2019
Faith and Wonder (Live) Meredith Andrews Faith and Wonder (Live) 2019
Come Thou Fount (feat. Charlie Hall) Worship Circle Worship Circle Hymns 2019
Living Hope Phil Wickham Living Hope – Single 2018
King of Kings (Live) Hillsong Worship Single 2019
He Lives (feat. Chris McClarney) [Live] Church of the City Single 2020
How Great Is Your Love The Worship Initiative & Shane & Shane Single 2019
This Is a Move Brandon Lake Single 2019
9:00 a.m.
We Praise You (feat. Brandon Lake) [Live] Matt Redman Let There Be Wonder (Live) 2020
I Just Want to Worship Kristene DiMarco Where His Light Was 2017
No One But You Hillsong Worship Awake 2019
God of Breakthrough Mack Brock Greater Things 2018
You Cannot Be Stopped Phil Wickham & Chris Quilala Single 2019
Theres Nothing That Our God Cant Do Passion & Kristian Stanfill Single 2019
King of Glory (Live) Kristian Stanfill Single 2019
Remember Bryan & Katie Torwalt Remember – Single 2019
Never Lost Elevation Worship Single 2019
Revival Anthem Rend Collective Single 2019
King Jesus (Live) Matt Redman Let There Be Wonder (Live) 2020

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20/20 Insight-Mercy In View

john : January 31, 2020 6:26 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on the power of God’s mercy to transform our lives.

In Romans 12, verses 1 and 2, we see God’s mercy as the starting place for transformation from the inside out.

“In view of God’s mercy, offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Of all the voices that seek our attention, the most important voice is God. He has spoken at the cross. He has spoken at the empty grave, and He has spoken in the Bible. His message speaks to us of mercy as Jesus took the penalty for our sins on the cross. Keeping God’s mercy in view, we are moved to gratitude and worship. We are also better equipped to discern the will of God for our lives.

Focusing on God’s mercy gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Podcast with Cory Asbury

kristi : January 31, 2020 12:42 pm : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

Stream Cory’s episode on SoundCloud, Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

Cory Asbury has had a big week. He posted a blog with answers to all the big questions he’s getting lately about his time off in 2019, including a break from social media. He also shared a collection of family video clips about that Year of Surrender. As far as music, his new single, “The Father’s House” released studio and acoustic versions (last Friday and today, respectively.) One more contribution to the frenzy: an appearance on WJTL’s Praise & Worship Podcast! We talk about his experience from giving it all up to his fruitful return. Plus, the lizards in Texas, how God moves in seasons and when the rest of the new album will release.

I hope it encourages you! (And enjoy the sounds of his family throughout. I felt it was appropriate to keep them in.)

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ

Kristi@WJTL.com

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Good News Focus-Heaven

john : January 29, 2020 5:31 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Good News Focus is on John 14, verses 1 to 3.

Jesus told His followers, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

This statement gives us a view of what Jesus is doing right now. He is preparing a place for His followers to be with Him in His Father’s house. Today, we look around and we see the beauty of the earth which God has formed in six days. How much more beauty will we see in heaven, which Jesus has been preparing for two thousand years? In those days when we feel down or discouraged, we can look to the LORD with hope in our heart. Jesus is alive and well, and He is preparing a glorious future for His followers to be with Him in a glorious place.

Jesus is our source of good news, leading us to a place of heavenly hope in the Year of Vision.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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