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Q and A-How does God comfort the downcast?

john : July 20, 2016 5:35 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A Segment explores the question, “How does God comfort the downcast?”

One way God comforts us in our sadness is that He gives us the hope of heaven, which reminds us that God has more joy to offer us than the world. Heaven is a future reality for anyone who follows Jesus.

God also provides comfort for the downcast in the present through the encouragement of His believers. An example of this is found in Second Corinthians 7:6, where the Apostle Paul says, “But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus.” Through the arrival of Titus, Paul learned of the church’s ardent concern for him and their genuine sorrow about a situation in Corinth. Having a good relationship with the Corinthian church mattered to Paul. The report from Titus greatly encouraged him.

Look for ways that God can work through you to encourage someone who is downcast in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Reason To Believe-Clothing

john : July 20, 2016 5:26 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is the clothing that we wear.

Clothing was introduced after sin entered the human race. It happened in Genesis 3, when Adam and Eve felt shame after disobeying God. They tried to hide from God and wore fig leaves.

In Genesis 3:21, God made garments of skin for Adam and Eve, which would be a more adequate covering for them.

From our own resources, we are unable to provide an adequate covering for our sins. What we lack, God is able to provide. He offered the complete remedy through the sacrifice of Jesus.

Hiding from God is not the answer to our shame. Confession and forgiveness is the path to healing. First John 1:7 says, “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

His garments of righteousness not only cover our shame, but also display character qualities of the faith such as compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and love.

The clothing that we wear and the garments of righteousness are reasons to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Q and A-Who were the Bereans?

john : July 19, 2016 6:00 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A Segment explores the question, “What can we learn from the Bereans?”

There is a brief description of this group of people as Paul and Silas arrived in Berea. According to Acts 17:11, “the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.”

The Bereans would have been hungry for God’s Word, and as they examined the Scriptures daily, God’s Word was getting into them. They were serious students of the Bible, weighing Paul’s teachings in light of what the Bible said. As they took God’s Word to heart, more people were coming to faith in Jesus.

The Bereans are good examples of spiritual discernment. When we hear sermons, listen to music, or engage in conversation, it is good to test what we hear with what God’s Word says. The Bible is the standard of truth because it is the Word of God. Knowing what God’s Word says will help us to know Jesus better and be able to discern truth from error in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Peter Furler Concert Moved to LBC

phredd : July 19, 2016 10:55 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages

FRED MCNAUGHTON – Saturday’s Peter Furler Concert scheduled for The Junction Center has been moved to Lancaster Bible College.  That means there are more tickets available now for Saturday’s Peter Furler and Band Concert at Lancaster Bible College beginning at 7pm.

Click Here to Order Tickets

Click Here for Directions to Lancaster Bible College

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Praise & Worship Show Playlist

kristi : July 17, 2016 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

Today I’m twin-spinning the Praise & Worship Show playlist.  The 8:00 hour is be extra special with an acoustic/unplugged song in each pair.  It kinda feels like the worship leaders are sitting in your living room, playing the songs just for you and Jesus.  See if the live, simplified versions makes those songs come alive a little more for you like it does for me!  I particularly am loving the recording of Ginny Owens singing “I Will Praise You” when she played Live at The Junction Center.

Name Artist Album Year
6:00 a.m.
Facedown Matt Redman Facedown 2004
Call to Worship Matt Redman Where Angels Fear to Tread 2002
Call To Praise Jeremy Riddle Full Attention 2007
Breaking Through (feat. Jeremy Riddle) Bethel Music Tides 2013
White Flag (feat. Passion) Chris Tomlin Passion: White Flag 2012
Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies) Chris Tomlin Burning Lights 2012
Come To The Water Kristian Stanfill Passion: Let The Future Begin 2013
Jesus Paid It All Kristian Stanfill Passion: Everything Glorious 2006
Wonderful Desperation Band Center Of It All 2012
Make a Way (feat. Jon Egan) Desperation Band Banner (Deluxe Version) 2014
This I Believe Hillsong Worship No Other Name 2015
O Praise The Name Hillsong Worship Open Heaven River Wild 2016
Remember Passion Salvations Tide Is Rising 2016
7:00 a.m.
We Fall Down Passion I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever 2000
No Longer Slaves (feat. Jonathan David & Melissa Helser) Bethel Music We Will Not Be Shaken (Live) [Deluxe Edition] 2015
Mt. Zion (feat. Jonathan David Helser) Cageless Bird Live At Home 2014
Strong God Meredith Andrews Worth It All 2013
Open Up The Heavens Meredith Andrews Open Up The Heavens 2014
Ever Lifting Christy Nockels Into The Glorious 2012
Freedom Song Christy Nockels Let It Be Jesus 2015
One Thing Remains (feat. Chris Quilala) Jesus Culture Come Away 2010
Fierce (feat. Chris Quilala) [Live] Jesus Culture Let It Echo (Live) 2016
Your Love Is Wild Zealand Worship Your Love Is Wild 2016
Good Good Father (feat. Phil Joel) Zealand Worship Zealand Worship – The EP 2015
You Come Running Travis Ryan Until My Voice Is Gone 2016
Salvation Is Here Travis Ryan Travis Ryan 2008
8:00 a.m.
I Will Praise You (Live From The Junction Center) Ginny Owens 2015
Amazing Grace (feat. Ginny Owens) Jim Brickman Grace
Hosanna (Live From The Junction Center) Paul Baloche 2012
Your Name Paul Baloche A Greater Song 2006
Anchor (Live On New Tunes At 9) Dan & Lauren Smith All My Hope 2014
Alive In You Dan & Lauren Smith All My Hope 2014
Let Heaven Come (Live On New Tunes at 9) Brian Campbell 2012
The Waking Sound Brian Campbell Hearts Wake to the Giver of Life 2012
With Me (Live In WJTL Studio Recording) Brad & Rebekah 2012
Oh Great God Brad & Rebekah All Youve Done (Deluxe Edition) 2015
Come As You Are/How He Loves (Live From The Junction Center) Crowder 2014
Heres My Heart Crowder Passion: Let The Future Begin 2013
9:00 a.m.
Here Is Love (feat. Brian Johnson) Bethel Live Here Is Love 2009
Have It All Bethel Music & Brian Johnson Have It All 2016
Pocketful of Faith Tim Hughes Pocketful of Faith 2015
Joy Is In This Place Tim Hughes When Silence Falls 2004
Your Love Awakens Me Phil Wickham Children Of God 2016
Holy Light Phil Wickham The Ascension 2013
All Creatures Kings Kaleidoscope Becoming Who We Are 2014
Glorious Kings Kaleidoscope Becoming Who We Are 2014
Come Thou Fount All Sons & Daughters Prone To Wander: A Collection of Hymns
Your Glory / Nothing But the Blood (Live) All Sons & Daughters Live 2013
Made for You Matt Papa Look & Live 2013
Unto The One Matt Papa You Are Good 2007

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Some Sort Of Rock Show

John Staffieri : July 15, 2016 2:00 pm : John Staffieri

Here’s your playlist for the July 15th/17th episode of Some Sort of Rock Show:

Hour 1

  1. Black Honey – Thrice
  2. Someone Anyone – Anberlin
  3. This Is Not a Test (feat. Capital Kings) – TobyMac
  4. Sweep the Leg – Family Force 5
  5. Out of the Fire – Audio Adrenaline
  6. Beginning To End – Rush Of Fools
  7. The Change (Feat. Beacon Light) – Bread of Stone
  8. Lonely Soul – I Anthem
  9. Feel Invincible – Skillet
  10. Falling Apart – Spoken
  11. Not Alone – Attaboy
  12. Closer Than We Think – The Classic Crime
  13. Happiness – NEEDTOBREATHE
  14. Money & Fame – NEEDTOBREATHE
  15. Bummin’ – Relient K
  16. Without A Fight – Lybecker

Hour 2

  1. Wasn’t Enough – XXI
  2. Fire It Up – Thousand Foot Krutch
  3. Speak  – Foreverlin
  4. Loving Led – Ilia
  5. Float – Switchfoot
  6. Choices – Graceful Closure
  7. I Just Wanna Know – NF
  8. Nuthin’ – Lecrae
  9. Holding On – We Are Vessel
  10. Live While I’m Alive – Flagship Armada
  11. I’ll Bleed – Seventh Day Slumber
  12. Bring It On – Seventh Day Slumber
  13. Run Devil Run – Crowder
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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do July 15-17, 2016

phredd : July 15, 2016 8:51 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do – July 15-17, 2016

5 National Ice Cream Day Social, Sunday (July 17)  from 6:30-8pm at Jonestown Community Park Pavilion.  Celebrate National Ice Cream day with a FREE scoop of ice cream and a do-it-yourself toppings bar. Also a summer sing along with Marty’s One Man Band, Bob’s Critters and the Lebanon Dairy Court. Bring a non-perishable food item for JOY Food Pantry. More Info: NLRecreation.org

4 Terre Hill Days in the town of Terre Hill, Northeastern Lancaster County today (Friday, July 15) through Sunday (July 17). Live entertainment, Arts & Crafts Fair, rides, airplane candy scramble, outhouse races and more!  Fireworks Saturday at 10 pm. More Info: terrehilldays.com

3 The New Holland Band Summer Concert on the lawn of The Red Caboose Motel in Ronks, tomorrow (Saturday, July 16) from 7pm-8:30pm. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for an evening of classic American patriotic music and train-themed favorites.
More Info: RedCabooseMotel.com

2 Bright Side Summerfest today (Friday July 14) thru Sunday (July 16) at Bright Side Baptist Church & Opportunity Center in Lancaster.  50’s theme festival features Elvis, Lancaster Barnstormers mascot Cylo, Hershey Bears Cocoa, PSU Nittany Lion, contests, silent auction, giveaways, food trucks, kids activities, Classic Car Show and more! More Info and schedule: Brightside OC Facebook Page

1 Cavod Academy Open House in New Holland tomorrow (Saturday, July 16) from 9am-2pm. Free food, prizes, LIVE performances, and more! Lisa & KCB Broadcasting Livein the morning. More Info: CavodAcademy.com

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Q and A-Addressing Racial Division

john : July 14, 2016 5:33 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A Segment explores the question, “Does the Gospel hold the solution to the racial division that we see in our nation?”

Yes, the Gospel does have the solution if our nation is willing to embrace God’s love and authority over us. It is not compatible to be receptive to God’s love and harbor hatred for people at the same time. The Apostle Paul is a great example of someone who showed disdain for Christians until he became a Christian. Then, his heart became tender, and his focus was to reach out to Jews and Gentiles with the Good news of Jesus Christ.

Likewise, God expanded Peter’s understanding of who He accepts, which led to Peter’s declaration in Acts 10:34: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism, but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.”

God celebrates the variety of people He has made. His love extends beyond borders to reach out to every human on this planet. God so loved the world that He gave us Jesus. Every human being matters to God. His love for us moves us to compassion and respect for others. His love is capable of bringing racial harmony to this nation. Getting our hearts in alignment with God’s heart is the key to making this happen in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Q and A-Tears In A Bottle

john : July 12, 2016 5:46 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A Segment explores the question, “What is meant by the phrase that God collects our tears in His bottle?”

In the New Living Translation, Psalm 56, verse 8 reads, “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”

David wrote this Psalm at a time when his enemies held him in captivity. He was in a fearful situation, and yet, expressed his faith in times of uncertainty, saying “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.”

That is the background to David’s expression that God has collected all his tears in a bottle.

The basic idea behind this word picture is that God remembers our sorrows. He is able to retain it in His mind and keep track of the depth of the sorrows we experience. He is able to sympathize with us in our pain, and will vindicate our righteous causes at His appointed time.

In times of distress, we can take comfort in the fact we are on God’s radar. He cares for us. He hears our cries for mercy, and is close to our broken hearts in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Reason To Believe-Perseverance of the Saints

john : July 11, 2016 5:22 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

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

Church history is filled with testimonies of men and women who endured in the faith, even though their witness for Jesus was the reason for much hardship.

The Apostle Paul described his perseverance in the faith in Second Corinthians 4:8: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”

Paul lived with hope in the midst of life’s harsh realities, because he kept Jesus in view in his faith. He saw the temporary trials of this life as a light burden compared to the eternal glory that awaited him. And so, he said, “Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” Hebrews 12:1 encourages us to run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

The perseverance of the saints is a testimony of a faith refined through the fire and is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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