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Reason To Believe-Purim

john : March 30, 2016 3:34 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

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

This Jewish festival remembers their deliverance from a threat to annihilate them under the Persian empire.

As the book of Esther recalls, a man named Haman devised a plot to wipe out the Jews, but Queen Esther was in a royal position for such a time to call her people to fasting and prayer. As it turned out, the plot had a boomerang effect on **Haman. The plot of destruction that he had planned for the Jews ended in his own death.

Purim was recently celebrated on the Jewish calendar, remembering this event.

The reason why this is observed is recorded for us in Esther 9:28: “These days should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family, and in every province and in every city. And these days of Purim should never cease to be celebrated by the Jews, nor should the memory of them die out among their descendants.”

Purim celebrates deliverance from the hands of the enemy. This is ultimately what Jesus Christ does for us when we call on His name.

The Feast of Purim is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Reason To Believe-Accusation And Resurrection

john : March 29, 2016 4:20 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is the accusation against Jesus and the empty tomb.

In John chapter 10, some of the Jews were picking up stones, getting ready to throw at Jesus. He said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”

They replied, “We are not stoning you for any of these, but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

Some people today claim that Jesus never claimed to be God, but in John 10, His critics made that very accusation.

No other living person could have made the claim to be God and be right, but Jesus was different. According to First Timothy 3:16, Jesus appeared in a body and was vindicated by the Spirit. The voice of the Father at Jesus’ baptism, the miracles that Jesus performed, and ultimately, the empty tomb are significant indications that Jesus’ claims were true. Romans 1:4 says that through the Spirit of holiness, Jesus was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead.

So, the accusation of blasphemy explains the reason why His enemies wanted to kill him, but the resurrection reveals why we have a reason to believe in God’s Good News.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Q and A-The Number 3

john : March 29, 2016 4:15 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A Segment explores the question, “what is the significance of the number 3 in Scripture?”

The number 3 refers to completeness. We are made in three parts, “Body, Soul, and Spirit.” The Trinity consists of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” Human capability has three dimensions “Thought, Word, and Deed.” According to First Corinthians 13, there are three enduring virtues: Faith, Hope, and Love. Eternity can be put into one of three categories-past, present and future.

These are some examples of how three represents completeness. It is not a coincidence then that Jesus would rise from the dead on the third day.

In Acts 10:39 and 40, Peter was referring to Jesus when he said, “They killed him by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen.”

The death and resurrection of Jesus marked the complete fulfillment of God’s plan to redeem us. Because of what Jesus accomplished, we can experience new life and be made complete in Christ in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Show Playlist

kristi : March 27, 2016 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

Name

Artist

Album

Year

6:00 a.m.

Lead Me To The Cross

Hillsong United

All Of The Above

2006

Love Came Down

Brian Johnson

Love Came Down

2010

Lamb Of God

Brian Campbell

The One Worth It All

2014

This Is Amazing Grace (Live)

Phil Wickham & Jeremy Riddle

Singalong 3 (Live)

2015

Great Redeemer

Eoghan Heaslip

Grace In The Wilderness

2004

Victors Crown

Darlene Zschech

[digital single]

2014

At the Foot of the Cross (Ashes to Beauty)

Dave Chatel

Worship Project P40.3

2004

Redeemer

Tim Hughes

Here I Am To Worship

2001

All Because of the Cross

Paul Baloche

The Same Love

2012

Resurrected One

SisterBrother

Into The Light

2014

Hallelujah For The Cross

Newsboys

Hallelujah For The Cross

2014

Saviours Song

Tim Hughes

Love Shine Through

2011

Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross

Paul Colman

Bridges – Classic Hymns, Modern Worship

2005

7:00 a.m.

Thank You God For Saving Me (feat. Phil Wickham)

Chris Tomlin

Burning Lights

2013

We Have Been Forgiven

Seven Places

Glowing

2007

Hes Alive

Laura Hacket

Joy (LIVE)

2010

Forever (feat. Brian Johnson)

Bethel Music

Tides

2013

Overcome

Jeremy Camp

We Cry Out-The Worship Project

2010

Mighty Is The Power Of The Cross

Chris Tomlin

Arriving

2004

Nothing But The Blood

Charlie Hall

Passion: How Great Is Our God

2005

Wonderful Merciful Savior

Phillips, Craig & Dean

Let My Words Be Few

2001

Redeemed

Big Daddy Weave

Love Come To Life

2012

Hallelujah, To Saving Grace

Bellarive

Before There Was

2014

Buried In The Grave

All Sons & Daughters

Season One

2012

Death In His Grave

John Mark McMillan

The Medicine

2008

8:00 a.m.

Aint No Grave

Crowder

Neon Steeple

2014

Christ Is Risen

Matt Maher

Alive Again

2010

Our Saviors Love

David Leach

Our Saviors Love

2014

Christ is Risen

Jeremy Riddle

The Now And Not Yet

2009

For the Cross (feat. Brian & Jenn Johnson)

Bethel Music

Tides

2013

Great Redeemer

Paul Baloche

Our God Saves

2007

Power in the Cross (feat. Derek Johnson) [Live]

Jesus Culture

Let It Echo (Live)

2016

Shadow Of Your Cross

Joel Engle

Made For Worship

2005

Wondrous Love

Jadon Lavik

Roots Run Deep

2008

Risen King

Sisterbrother

SisterBrother

2011

God of the Redeemed (Extended Edition) [feat. Jeremy Riddle] {Live}

Bethel Live

Be Lifted High (Deluxe Edition) [Live]

2011

Clinging To The Cross (feat. Brooke Fraser)

Tim Hughes

Holding Nothing Back

2007

9:00 a.m.

Risen Today

Aaron Shust

This Is What We Believe (Deluxe Edition) [Disc 1]

2012

At the Cross (Love Ran Red) [feat. Chris Tomlin] [Live]

Passion

Passion: Take It All (Deluxe Edition / Live)

2014

You Have Been Raised

Sovereign Grace Music

Risen

2011

Redeeming King

Jadon Lavik

Empty Me – Vol. 1

2004

True Love

Phil Wickham

Singalong

2008

Forgiven (feat. Brian Johnson)

Bethel Live

For The Sake Of The World

2012

Jesus Paid It All

Kristian Stanfill

Passion: Everything Glorious

2006

Sweetly Broken

Jeremy Riddle

Compilation – Sweetly Broken

2006

The Wondrous Cross [Live]

Christy Nockels

Let It Be Jesus [Live]

2015

The Wonderful Cross

Chris Tomlin

The Noise We Make

2001

Your Blood Ran Down

Paul Baloche

The Same Love

2012

My Savior My God

Aaron Shust

Anything Worth Saying

2004

The Cross Stands

Tim Hughes

Pocketful of Faith

2015

Christ Has Set Me Free

Rend Collective

Homemade Worship By Handmade People

2012

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Some Sort Of Rock Show

John Staffieri : March 25, 2016 9:30 pm : John Staffieri, music

Here is your playlist for the special Easter Weekend March 25/27) episode of Some Sort of Rock Show:

Hour 1

  1. I’ll Bleed – Seventh Day Slumber
  2. Feel You Falling – Devin Williams
  3. Clarity – Come Wind
  4. Enemy – I Anthem
  5. Running With Giants – Thousand Foot Krutch
  6. Heart Attack – Manafest
  7. Choices – Graceful Closure
  8. Something to Say – The Red Airplanes
  9. Where The Money Is – NEEDTOBREATHE
  10. Guiding Me Home – StompTown Revival
  11. Commonwealth – Plankeye
  12. Wake up Screaming – House of Heroes
  13. Come Alive – Matty Mullins
  14. My Allegiance – ILIA
  15. Born To Live – About A Mile

Hour 2

  1. Running From The Scene – Manic Bloom
  2. Redemption – Switchfoot
  3. Darkest Part – RED
  4. Breathe Again (Ft. Matty Mullins) – Spoken
  5. Adam’s Son – Rhett Walker Band
  6. Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains) – Crowder
  7. Resuscitate – Fireflight
  8. The Rescue – Kutless
  9. The Veil – David Crowder Band
  10. It Is Finished – Dustin Kensrue
  11. The Story of Love – 6th Day Made
  12. War Is Over – Run Kid Run
  13. Rebirthing – Skillet
  14. Alive – Tree63
  15. Nothing But The Blood (feat. The Blind Boys Of Alabama) – Jars Of Clay
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Reason To Believe-Communion

john : March 24, 2016 5:53 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is the practice of communion among followers of Jesus.

It was Jesus who established this practice on the night before He died on the cross. In Luke 22:19, He took bread, gave thanks and broke it. He gave to His disciples, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Then, after supper, He took the cup and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”

First Corinthians 11:26 says, “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” And so, the practice of communion among Jesus’ followers continues until His return.

The practice of communion is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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“Rock and Hard Place” Obedience

Nik : March 24, 2016 12:10 am : Nik, Uncategorized

NIK – As I played the song,* I was thinking is it “my joy to say ‘Your will Your way.  Always’” to Jesus?  Honestly, joy seems like a strong word next to “rock and hard place” obedience.  Then I remembered a word Jesus said to his three closest friends, followed by a prayer Jesus said to His father (a question or maybe a different way), followed by full and vital surrender, agreement with His father.  This is true worship that has forever changed life; changed my life.

Matt 26:37-42 says it best.  I marked it in my Bible for you, and it’s posted on facebook.

*visit the WJTL facebook page for song info from the Non-Stop Worship Block (M-Th at 10:37) with your host Nik at Night.

 

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Q and A-Peter’s Denial

john : March 22, 2016 5:22 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

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

Just before Jesus went to the cross, He gave Peter an insight into what was happening in the spiritual realm. He said in Luke 22:31, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

Peter insisted that he would be loyal to Jesus, even if it meant going to prison or death. But Jesus knew Peter better than Peter knew Peter. He said, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” And that is exactly what happened.

There are several bullet point lessons of faith we can learn from this exchange.

Be careful of overestimating the strength of our courage. We are capable of doing grievous things the next day we never anticipated.

We are in a spiritual battle, and Satan is our real enemy.

At the same time, Jesus is our best friend, interceding on our behalf. Our failures are not the end of our story when God’s grace turns us back to Him in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Q and A-Pilate’s Dilemma

john : March 21, 2016 5:23 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A Segment explores the question, “What was Pilate’s dilemma?”

Pilate was the governor who questioned Jesus just before He died. After interrogating Jesus, he came to the conclusion that Jesus was not guilty of any crime, and therefore, not worthy of death.

But the religious leaders were determined to put Jesus to death, and applied pressure on Pilate to crucify Jesus.

The turmoil was between what was right and what would please the crowd. Refusing the demands of the religious leaders would threaten peace and order, and perhaps his own reputation with Caesar. So, the decisive moment came in John 19:12 when the crowd said to Pilate, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar.” When Pilate heard this, he made the decision to hand Jesus over to be crucified.

Peer pressure puts us in that place of Pilate’s dilemma, whether to do what is right or to do what pleases the crowd. Pilate wanted to satisfy the crowd. Jesus wanted to please His Heavenly Father.

We can find the courage to resist peer pressure and do what is right in God’s eyes by following in the footsteps of Jesus in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Reason To Believe-Empty Tomb

john : March 21, 2016 5:16 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason To Believe is the empty tomb.

Peter Marshall once said, “The stone was rolled away from the door, not to permit Christ to come out, but to enable the disciples to go in.”

The fact that the stone was rolled away gave Jesus’ followers the opportunity to see the folded grave clothes. They saw with their own eyes that the body that had been laid in the tomb three days earlier was now missing. The meaning of the empty tomb can be summed up in the message that the angel gave to the women who came to Jesus’ gravesite on the first day of the week.

He said, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, “He has risen from the dead.”

The empty tomb is not a reason to be filled with fear. It is a reason to explore the claims of the resurrection. It is a reason for celebration, awe and wonder. It is worthy news to share with others.

The meaning of the empty tomb is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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