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20/20 Insight-Freedom To Serve With Humility

john : July 6, 2020 3:24 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on the freedom of serving in a spirit of love.

Along with freedoms come responsibility for the actions that we take. The opportunity to use our freedom for good or evil is found in Galatians 5:13 to 15-“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.”

This is a good word for us today. We can use our freedoms and opportunities for selfish gain or we can use our freedoms and opportunities to represent Jesus.  Selfish ambition leads to prideful actions that tear people apart. Love leads to humble service that inspires faith, hope, and love in the lives of others.

Focusing on the freedom of serving others gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Friday Time Capsule Playlist

john : July 3, 2020 1:05 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – My thanks to Quinn for filling in for me to present the Friday Time Capsule from early July 2012. Here is the playlist of that Retro-Countdown. To clarify the order, the first song on the Playlist was at number 12 on the Countdown and the last song was number 1.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0kYhPNF9ynrffqshZMKqMv?si=c5B0gLXqQouk0Niar421fg

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20/20 Insight-God’s Ways

john : June 30, 2020 5:25 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

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

Proverbs 4:25 says, “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”

We can learn a lesson from the train, which operates most freely and effectively when it stays on track under the supervision of a conductor. Similarly, we are freest and most effective in our faith when we remain on track with God and stay aligned with His will. The way of wisdom is to guard our heart and watch our ways, so that we can openly walk in the goodness of God.

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

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Playlist

kristi : June 28, 2020 6:38 am : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

Today’s P&W Playlist highlights include new versions of classic worship songs: “Sometimes By Step” from Shane & Shane and “Clear The Stage 2020” from Ross King. Both just came out on Friday! I’m so excited to have new versions of these songs that have meant to much to us over the years.

Plus, fresh releases from local worship teams! Life Center Worship in Harrisburg just released their new album “Hope For All” on Friday!

There’s also new music now from MBSSY (the travel worship team from Lancaster Bible College)! Their new song “More Than An Experience” was written (words and music!) by student Silas Angelino. The music video was recorded at the beautiful The Trust Performing Arts Center in Lancaster, and opened the Creation Fest virtual concert this weekend!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXsYOR7-nWk

Worship Center Music put out the acoustic version of their new song “Path To Peace” this week. There’s also a video (and behind the scenes pics on their social media!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVXhQuFV7xU

And check out this socially distant “Way Maker” collage video CLA Worship posted this week. It’s fantastic!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR-xw6ozJUE

There’s also new music coming out lately from Caleb and Bethany Kuenzli of Providence Worship in Spring Grove, PA. I talked with them this week and you can watch the interview here! They share about songwriting and recording, adopting (and naming!) twins, moving to PA and their Rekindle Retreats.

And one more thing! WJTL Music Director, Nik, and I were on some radio Zoom calls recently with Matt Redman and Joel Houston of Hillsong United. It was so encouraging to hear their hearts for this season! I talked a little bit about it on the program this morning and thought you might like to see some screenshots!

Kristi Leigh 
WJTL Praise & Worship 
FM 90.3 Radio Program: Sundays 6-10AMWJTL.com | Podcast: Spotify/Apple PodcastsOn Instagram & Facebook | Playlists: Spotify

Song Title Artist Album Year
6AM
Hundred Miles Crowder I Know a Ghost 2018
How Great Thou Art David Leonard Single 2020
Dancing on the Grave (Live) Corey Voss & Madison Street Worship Heaven Come Closer (Live) 2020
RATTLE! (Live) Elevation Worship Graves Into Gardens (Deluxe) [Live] 2020
Come Out of that Grave (Resurrection Power) Brandon Lake Revivals In The Air (Live) 2020
Egypt (Live) Cory Asbury Single 2020
Prophesy (feat. Melody Noel) Influence Music Single 2020
Landslide Rita Springer Single 2020
Revivals In The Air Melissa Helser Revivals In The Air (Live) 2020
Im a Lover of Your Presence Bryan & Katie Torwalt Here On Earth 2011
More Than An Experience MBSSY 2020
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My Soul Sings (feat. Kirby Kaple & Dante Bowe) [Live] Housefires Housefires + Friends (Live) 2020
What a Good God Paul Baloche Behold Him 2020
Goodness of God (Live) Bethel Music & Jenn Johnson Victory (Live) 2019
No One But You (Live) Hillsong Worship Awake (Deluxe) 2019
Light Breaking Through (feat. Lauren Lee Anderson) North Point Worship Light Breaking Through / Sons And Daughters – EP 2020
Yet Not I but Through Christ in Me CityAlight Yet Not I – EP 2018
God Is for Us CityAlight Yet Not I – EP 2018
Close (feat. Diana Trout) Living Word Music With All Creations Song 2020
You Never Fail Me (All My Life) Mosaic MSC HUMAN EP (Live) 2020
No Weapon Pat Barrett Single 2020
There Is No Striving Matt Stinton Single 2020
8AM
Hope For All (Live) Life Center Worship Hope For All 2020
My Victory (Live) Life Center Worship Hope For All 2020
Peace (feat. We The Kingdom) Bethel Music Peace 2020
Peace Be Still (feat. Lauren Daigle) The Belonging Co All the Earth 2017
Christ Be Magnified (Live) Cory Asbury Single 2020
Another In the Fire (Studio Remix feat. Taya) Hillsong UNITED Single 2020
Reign Above It All Paul McClure Revivals In The Air (Live) 2020
You Reign (Live) Mack Brock Single 2020
Way Maker (feat. Kristian Stanfill, Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes) Passion Roar (Live From Passion 2020) 2020
Rejoice Andrew Peterson The Burning Edge of Dawn 2015
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Clear the Stage 2020 Ross King Clear the Stage 2020 – Single 2020
Sometimes By Step Shane & Shane Sometimes By Step – Single 2020
Path To Peace (Acoustic) Worship Center Music
Taste and See Caleb & Bethany Kuenzli Strike The Dark EP 2020
Strike the Dark Caleb & Bethany Kuenzli Strike The Dark EP 2020
Awake My Soul (feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard) Hillsong Worship Single 2020
Holy Water (Church Sessions) (feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard) We The Kingdom Single 2020
This Is a Move (Live) Tasha Cobbs Leonard Single 2019
We Praise You (feat. Brandon Lake) [Live] Matt Redman Let There Be Wonder (Live) 2020
Upon Him Matt Redman Let There Be Wonder 2020
Better Word (Live) Leeland Better Word (Live) 2019

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20/20 Insight-Savior of the World

john : June 26, 2020 3:56 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on Jesus as the Savior of the world.

First John 4:14 says, “We have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so, we know and rely on the love God has for us.”

God’s love is very big-big enough to reach the whole world. God’s love is also very strong-strong enough for us to lean on with all of our weight. We can bring our burdens to Him in prayer. We can bring the weight of our guilt before Him in confession. He is faithful and able to cleanse us from all of our sin, so that we are declared “not guilty” in His eyes. The invitation is open for anyone to come. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Experiencing this reality will turn us into witnesses of this good news for our generation.

Focusing on Jesus as the Savior of the world gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Friday Time Capsule Playlist Available On Spotify

john : June 26, 2020 1:27 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – If you missed the Friday Time Capsule this week, or wanted to hear the songs again, now you can hear the top 12 songs from late June 2004 on Spotify. Here is the list:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6caBGPpEU1XeQSPZ5uByF9?si=ZtWwU7MPT9yg95H3S8cqLA

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Good News Focus-Peacemaking

john : June 25, 2020 5:52 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Good News Focus is on Matthew 5:9.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

Conflict and division threaten to tear apart meaningful relationships. The influence of Jesus invites peace into our relationships. His Gospel is the way of love, which moves us to bless those people in our sphere of influence. 

Jesus calls His followers to be peacemakers in the world while we have opportunity. Peacemaking leads to reconciliation where there was once division and conflict. There is no greater peacemaking mission than to be an influence for the Gospel. The Apostle Paul said in Second Corinthians 5:20, “We are Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

Jesus is our Source of Good News, leading us to places of reconciliation and peacemaking in the Year of Vision.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Playlist

kristi : June 21, 2020 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

Happy Father’s Day! We’re celebrating our good good Father in song this morning, with a themed playlist including songs like “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”, “Run To The Father”, “You Made Us Your Own”, “Lean Back”, “No Longer Slaves”, “Children of Light” and more.

Today’s playlist also has brand new music from Matt Stinton. It’s been over 6 years since he’s released new worship music, but his first single, “There Is No Striving” released a couple days ago. And there are more on the way! This one was produced by Nathan Horst of Attic Studios and Life Center Worship in Harrisburg.

Kristi Leigh 
Kristi@WJTL.com 
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Song Title Artist Album Year
6AM
Your Love Is Strong Jon Foreman Limbs and Branches 2008
Abba Father Planetshakers This Is Our Time (Live) [Deluxe Edition] 2014
All Gods Children Delirious Kingdom Of Comfort 2008
Great Is Thy Faithfulness (feat. Christy Nockels) Worship Circle Worship Circle Hymns 2019
You Made Us Your Own Sovereign Grace Music Sons And Daughters 2009
Jesus, Son Of God (feat. Christy Nockels) Chris Tomlin Burning Lights 2013
Who You Are Jenn Johnson For The Sake Of The World 2012
Distant God (Live) David Leonard The Wait: Silence the Noise (Live) 2019
Song Of My Father Urban Rescue Wild Heart 2016
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee Charlie Hall Passion: Hymns Ancient and Modern 2004
The Fathers House (Acoustic) Cory Asbury The Father’s House (Deluxe) – Single 2020
Run to the Father Cody Carnes Single 2019
Good Good Father Chris Tomlin & Pat Barrett Single 2018
7AM
The Blessing (Live) Elevation Worship, Kari Jobe & Cody Carnes Graves Into Gardens (Deluxe) [Live] 2020
This I Believe (The Creed) Hillsong Worship No Other Name 2014
Doxology (God Be Praised) [feat. Todd Fields] Worship Circle Worship Circle Hymns 2019
There Is No Striving Matt Stinton Single 2020
Lean Back Providence Worship Live On The Hill 2020
Abba (Arms of a Father) Jonathan David & Melissa Helser Beautiful Surrender 2016
Our Father (Live) Jared Anderson All the Saints 2014
How Deep the Fathers Love Shane & Shane The Worship Initiative, Vol. 10 2014
Everlasting Father Elevation Worship Only King Forever 2014
8AM
Our Father Jenn Johnson For The Sake Of The World 2012
Who You Are Desperation Band Who You Are 2006
Spirit Lead Me / Spirit Break Out (feat. Kim Walker-Smith) [Live] Influence Music & Michael Ketterer REBELS (Deluxe) 2020
The Fathers Heart Bellarive The Heartbeat 2012
Audience of One Big Daddy Weave One and Only 2002
Father Hillsong United Aftermath 2011
Extravagant Meredith Andrews Deeper (Deluxe Edition) 2016
Risen King (Sons and Daughters) (feat. David Leach) Life Center Worship Debut EP 2019
Father of Lights Jesus Culture Jesus Culture Awakening: Live From Chicago 2011
9AM
Children Of Light Kristian Stanfill Passion: Let The Future Begin 2013
My Fathers World Jadon Lavik Roots Run Deep 2008
The Fathers Heart Hillsong Worship A Beautiful Exchange 2010
Children of God Phil Wickham Children of God 2016
Great Is Your Faithfulness Martin Smith Back to the Start (Deluxe Version) 2013
Who You Say I Am (Live) Hillsong Worship There Is More (Live) 2018
Praise the Father, Praise the Son Chris Tomlin Hello Love 2008
How Deep The Fathers Love For Us Nichole Nordeman Worship Together Favorites 2007
Hallowed Father Jeremy Riddle Full Attention 2007
Father, Spirit, Jesus Casting Crowns LIfesong 2005
Holy, Holy, Holy (We Bow Before Thee) Shane & Shane Hymns Live 2019
Wonderful Maker Chris Tomlin Not To Us 2002
No Longer Slaves Jonathan & Melissa Helser We Will Not Be Shaken 2015
From Whom All Blessings Flow (Doxology) Hillsong Worship Awake 2019

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Good News Focus-Path To Refreshment

john : June 19, 2020 5:34 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Good News Focus is on Acts 3:19.

“Repent then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”

In the New International Version of the Bible, the word “Repent” appears 78 times.  It is an important word in the Gospel, which means to change one’s mind. We were going in the wrong direction, but we changed our mind about God and changed course.

God’s grace allows U-turns. And what a refreshing relief to walk in peace with God-to know that our sins are not leading us to captivity, but that His grace is leading us to freedom in Christ. Our sin is not leading us to isolation from God, but His grace is leading us to a meaningful relationship with Christ. Our sin is not leading us to condemnation, but His grace is leading us to salvation.

Jesus is our Source of Good News, leading us to a place of pure refreshment in His saving grace in the Year of Vision. 

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Good News Focus-Redemption

john : June 18, 2020 5:52 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK -Today’s Good News Focus is on Romans 5, verses 6 to 8.

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

It is hard to fathom a love that is willing to go the extra mile like this. Jesus did not die for those who were righteous, because there were none righteous except for Him. Jesus died for us in our sinful condition. His motive for going to the cross was love, which moves us to receive His gift of forgiveness.

Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Jesus is our source of Good News, leading us to a place of redemption in the Year of Vision.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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