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Q and A-Godly Integrity

john : February 17, 2016 5:32 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A segment explores the question, “What does it mean to live with godly integrity?”

The definition of integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. Having integrity does not mean moral perfection. David was a king with godly integrity.

Psalm 78:72 says, “David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.” This was written about him, even though he had committed adultery with Bathsheba and conspired to have her husband killed.

What he did when confronted about his sin is extremely important to his integrity. He confessed his sin to God and asked for a willing spirit to change course and do what is right in the eyes of the Lord.

So, living with godly integrity means being committed to God’s principles in the Bible, being honest about our weaknesses, and being humble enough to confess our sins to God when our actions have wandered from our beliefs.

Proverbs 11:3 says, “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.” Godly integrity is a walk with Jesus in the light of His grace and truth in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Q and A-What is the purpose of accountability?

john : February 16, 2016 5:55 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A segment explores the question, “What is the purpose of accountability?”

According to Romans 14:12, “Each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.” This verse shows that ultimately we are accountable to God, and a day is coming when our lives will be evaluated in the light of His wisdom.

With the presence of temptation in our world, we are wise to seek out a trusted person who can help us keep our commitments to God. That is the purpose of accountability in the church-to help each other keep our commitments to God. Accountability is healthy in the context of a support structure, rather than an interrogation of 20 questions. It is designed to encourage each other, pray for each other, and confess sins to each other when there is something hindering our walk with Christ.

Hebrews 10:24 urges us to spur one another on toward love and good deeds. And James 5:16 tells us to confess our sins to each other and pray for each other so that we might be healed.

Accountability relationships help us to move forward in faithful devotion to Jesus in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Reason To Believe-Understanding

john : February 16, 2016 5:49 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

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

Without God’s revelation of the Gospel, we would not be prepared to understand the mystery of His love.

After Jesus died and rose from the dead, He spent some time with the disciples. Luke 24:45 records that Jesus opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.

Likewise, in the book of Acts, there was a woman named Lydia who met Paul the Apostle. She was receptive to the truth. And the Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.

When it comes to hearing the Good News of Jesus Christ, it is good to be open-minded. It will give us understanding of God’s love for us and open our heart to believe in Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins.

First John 5:20 says, “We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true.”

The gift of understanding is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Q and A-What is Fasting

john : February 15, 2016 5:30 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A Segment explores the question, “What is fasting and what is the purpose of fasting?”

Fasting is a commitment to go without food for a period of time for spiritual purposes. Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert. Members of the early church fasted and worshiped God before sending out Barnabas and Paul for the Lord’s work.

In the book of Joel, the LORD called for His people to return to Him with all their heart, with fasting, weeping and mourning. So, fasting is a sign of brokenness before God and a reflection of our serious commitment to God.

Fasting sometimes turns us to God for a spiritual breakthrough. Pastor David Mathis of Cities Church in Minneapolis writes, “Christian fasting turns its attention to Jesus or some great cause of his in the world….whether it’s fighting against some sin, or pleading for someone’s salvation, or for the cause of the unborn, or longing for a greater taste of Jesus.”

In Isaiah 58:6, the LORD says, “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to see the oppressed free and break every yoke?”

God can work through the fasting and prayer of His people to tear down spiritual strongholds and build up our faith in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Show Playlist

kristi : February 14, 2016 8:09 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

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Name

Artist

Album

Year

6am

Celebrate The Lord Of Love

Paul Baloche

Open the Eyes of My Heart

2000

Love

Chris Tomlin & Watoto Childrens Choir

Hello Love

2008

The Father’s Heart

Bellarive

The Heartbeat

2012

Come Awaken Love (feat. Hunter G K Thompson)

Bethel Music

Tides

2013

Heartbeats

Hillsong UNITED

Zion (Deluxe Edition)

2013

This Love Will Last Forever

Phil Wickham

Response

2011

I Love You

Evan Wickham

Mysterious Things

2005

Pour My Love On You

Phillips, Craig & Dean

Let My Words Be Few

2001

Love Came Down

Brian Johnson

Love Came Down

2010

Head to the Heart (Live)

United Pursuit

Simple Gospel (Live)

2015

Joyful, Joyful

Casting Crowns

Until The Whole World Hears

2010

You Are My King (Amazing Love) (feat. Charlie Hall)

Christy Nockels

Passion-Better Is One Day

2000

Love Like Fire

Hillsong Worship

A Beautiful Exchange

2010

7am

Heres My Heart

Crowder

Passion: Let The Future Begin

2013

How He Loves

John Mark McMillan

The Medicine

2010

Psalm 18 (I Love You O Lord)

Robbie Seay Band

Psalms LP

2015

This Beating Heart

Matt Redman

Your Grace Finds Me (Live)

2013

The One I Love

Third Day

Lead Us Back: Songs Of Worship

2015

I Give You My Heart

Reuben Morgan

Reuben Morgan

2005

Love Shine Through

Tim Hughes

Love Shine Through

2011

Heartbeat

Lincoln Brewster

Oxygen

2014

Wondrous Love

Jadon Lavik

Roots Run Deep

2008

The Way You Love Me

Jeremy Camp

Reckless

2013

Divine Romance

Phil Wickham

Phil Wickham

2006

Sweet

SisterBrother

SisterBrother

Love Song

Jason Morant

Abandon

2004

8am

Unashamed Love

Ten Shekel Shirt

Open The Eyes Of My Heart

2001

Here Is Love

Matt Redman

Passion: Hymns Ancient and Modern

2004

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

Passion

Passion: Take It All (Deluxe Edition / Live)

2014

True Love

Phil Wickham

Singalong

2008

My Jesus, I Love Thee (Your Holy Name)

Building 429

Jesus, Firm Foundation: Hymns of Worship

2013

Jesus, We Love You (Live)

Bethel Music & Paul McClure

We Will Not Be Shaken (Live) [Deluxe Edition]

2015

My Love For You

Jeremy Riddle

Full Attention

2007

We Love You Jesus

Shane & Shane

Pages

2007

Jesus Loves Me

Chris Tomlin

Love Ran Red

2014

I’ll Always Love You

Phil Wickham

Heaven & Earth (Bonus Track Version)

2009

Your Love Never Fails

Jesus Culture

Your Love Never Fails

2008

Your Love Is Strong

Jon Foreman

Limbs and Branches

2008

Your Love Is Extravagant

Casting Crowns

Casting Crowns

2003

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

Chris Rice

Peace Like a River – The Hymns Project

2007

9am

Oh How I Love You (Live)

Jesus Culture

Live from New York (with Martin Smith) [Live]

2012

My Heart Is Yours (feat. Passion)

Kristian Stanfill

Passion: Take It All

2014

Your Love Is All Around

All Sons & Daughters

Season One

2012

Your Love Changes Everything (Live) [feat. Brock Human]

United Pursuit

Simple Gospel (Live)

2015

My Soul Sings (feat. Brian Johnson)

Bethel Live

Here Is Love

2009

Our God Is Love

Hillsong Worship

A Beautiful Exchange

2010

Your Love Oh Lord (Psalm 36)

Third Day

Offerings

2000

Amazing Grace/Jesus Loves Me

Paul Colman

Bridges – Classic Hymns, Modern Worship

2005

Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing)

Brenton Brown

Surrender

2000

Your Great Love

Bellarive

Before There Was

2014

Love Song for A Savior

Jars Of Clay

Jars of Clay

1995

I Am In Love With You (Live)

Jesus Culture

Live from New York (with Martin Smith) [Live]

2012

I Could Sing of Your Love Forever

Delirious

The Cutting Edge

1997

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Some Sort Of Rock Show

John Staffieri : February 12, 2016 9:55 pm : John Staffieri

Hold on to your hearts!  It’s time for the Valentine’s Day weekend episode of Some Sort of Rock Show!

You will LOVE tonight’s playlist:

Hour 1

  1. Come Alive – Matty Mullins
  2. Gallows – Dustin Kensrue
  3. Highway – August Rain
  4. Gonna Be Alright – Rhett Walker Band
  5. Bring It On – Kutless
  6. Live On Forever – The Afters
  7. Falling Apart – Spoken
  8. Faceless – Red
  9. Out Of My Head – Fireflight
  10. Angels & Demons – Disciple
  11. Porcelain (feat. Jonathan Thulin) – Bread of Stone
  12. Just A Dream – Sumerlin
  13. Love Alone Is Worth The Fight – Switchfoot
  14. Love Is The Movement – Switchfoot
  15. Start The Dance Again – The Birdsongs
  16. Facemelt – KJ-52

Hour 2

  1. What I’d Give Up – The Classic Crime
  2. Loving Led – Ilia
  3. Clarity – Come Wind
  4. Choices – Graceful Closure
  5. What Do We Know – Thousand Foot Krutch
  6. Desperados – Andy Mineo
  7. Taking Back – About A Mile
  8. Staring At the Sun – Roelant
  9. California – Hawk Nelson
  10. I’m Not Running Away From This – Hearts Like Lions
  11. Monster – Skillet
  12. Rescue Me – Scarlet Raven
  13. Furious Love – Veridia
  14. Move (Keep Walkin’) – TobyMac
  15. Love Addict – Family Force 5
  16. Show Love – Family Force 5

 

 

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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do – February 12-14, 2016

phredd : February 12, 2016 8:53 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend – February 12-14, 2016

5 Now C Here a multi keyboard concert by Robert Horton – Sunday (February 14) 4pm at Free Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Duke Street in Lancaster. More Info: 717 397-2734.

4 Owl Prowl tomorrow (Feb. 13) from 5:30-7:30pm at Angora Fruit farm in Berks County. Learn about Pennsylvania’s native owls, their calls, and other fun facts. A hike into the woods of Antietam Lake Park will follow a discussion and show & tell More Info: www.co.berks.pa.us

3 Indoor Carnival at Central Manor Church of God tonight
(Feb. 12) from 5-9pm. Free hot dogs, chips, drinks, carnival games, bounce houses, ice cream, hot chocolate, balloon artist, prizes, and concert by PHREDD. More Info: www.centralmanorchurch.org

2 Lancaster Art and Coffee Crawl. Saturday (Feb 13) 11am-4pm, 12 downtown galleries will offer coffee and treats during this first time free event. Lancaster Galleries, Friendship Heart Gallery, Square Halo, Annex24, and Liz Hess Gallery are just a few of the local galleries involved. More Info: 717 394-7737

1 Lititz Fire & Ice Festival – Party in the Park, tonight, tomorrow and Sunday (Feb 12-14) from 5-9pm tonight, Saturday 11am-3pm and Sunday beginning at 1pm. Various events at Lititz Springs Park & Downtown at Main St. & Broad St in Lititz.  Winter Wonderland Carnival, Chile Cook-off, Dodgeball Tournament, Ice Sculptures and more. Stop by the WJTL table on Friday! More Info: http://www.lititzfireandicefestival.com/index.html

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Reason To Believe-Extraordinary Love

john : February 11, 2016 3:32 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is the capacity to love in extraordinary ways.

There are different kinds of love that we express. Some ways are more extraordinary than others. For example, Jesus said in Luke 6:33, “If you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.”

But what about love for our enemies? Or what about showing compassion to someone when it’s not convenient? Or what about giving to someone when it involves personal sacrifice? Jesus knows about that kind of love and demonstrated these expressions of love when He went to the cross. He is the author of true love, and He shows us the way of love by His example and through His teachings.

First John 4:19 says “We love because he first loved us.” And Jesus said to His disciples in John 13:35, By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

The capacity to love in extraordinary ways is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Q and A-How Can I have a healthy marriage?

john : February 11, 2016 3:21 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A Segment explores the question, “How can I have a healthy marriage?”

Judith Wallerstein and Sandra Blakeslee were curious about the qualities in a relationship that built stronger marriages, so they interviewed married couples in America to find out how people defined a happy marriage. Their results were reported in the book “The Good Marriage.”

Some of those qualities included the following:

There was Respect between partners.

Each person cherishes the other.

It was a place of emotional support.

There was a feeling of safety, trust, and friendship.

There was admiration of positive qualities.

There was an ability to express positive and negative emotions.

There was a strong sense of morality.

No marriage is perfect, but they can be healthy with God’s help. We can contribute to a better marriage by honoring basic relationship-building principles in the Bible, such as being slow to speak, quick to listen, and slow to becoming angry. One specific instruction for marriages in Ephesians 5 is for the husband to love their wife as himself and the wife is called to respect their husband.

In addition, forgiveness and prayer are important dynamics for building a healthy marriage in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Reason To Believe-Martyrdom of Jesus’ Disciples

john : February 10, 2016 5:52 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is the martyrdom of Jesus’ disciples.

According to church history, most of Jesus’ Twelve disciples became martyrs for the Gospel. They lived and died for Jesus. In cases like that, there is no doubt about someone’s conviction that they believe their cause to be true and worth dying for.

There is something that Jesus’ disciples shared in common, except for Judas Iscariot. They were witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection after His death.

Peter said in Acts 10:40, “God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen-by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.”

That was the calling of Peter and the other disciples that they faithfully proclaimed to the end of their time here on earth.

The faithfulness of Jesus’ disciples to preach the Gospel and die for their faith is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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