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Red Letter Wisdom-Reason To Rejoice

john : September 23, 2019 6:12 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Wisdom from the Red Letters is found in Luke 10:20.

Jesus said to His followers, “Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

He said this to 72 people who had seen God do amazing things in their ministry. Demons submitted to them in Jesus’ name. And they came back to Jesus with hearts full of joy at what God had done through them.

But Jesus reminded them that there was a reason to rejoice greater than seeing the demons submit to them. That was having the assurance that their names were written in heaven. That is a miracle worth celebrating-the opportunity of being a new creation in Christ, and belonging to Him forever.

The words of Jesus inspire us to enjoy our relationship with God each and every day in the Year of Redemption.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Playlist

kristi : September 22, 2019 7:27 am : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ

Kristi@WJTL.com

Song Title Artist Album Year
6:00 a.m.
Threads (Live) David Leonard The Wait: Silence the Noise (Live) 2019
Praise to the Lord (Joyful, Joyful) Shane & Shane Hymns, Vol. 2 2019
My Heart Is Yours (feat. Kristian Stanfill) [Live] Passion Passion: Take It All 2014
Whole Heart (Hold Me Now) [Live] Hillsong UNITED Whole Heart (Hold Me Now) [Live] – Single 2019
Great Grace The McClures The Way Home (Deluxe) 2019
Jesus, Firm Foundation (feat. Steven Curtis Chapman, Mark Hall and Mandisa) Mike Donehey Jesus, Firm Foundation (Hymns Of Worship) 2013
Build My Life Housefires Housefires III 2016
We Will Not Be Shaken (Live) Bethel Music & Brian Johnson We Will Not Be Shaken (Live) [Deluxe Edition] 2015
Cornerstone (My Hope Is Built) Hillsong Live Cornerstone EP 2013
Jesus, We Love You (Live) Bethel Music & Paul McClure We Will Not Be Shaken (Live) [Deluxe Edition] 2015
Nothing Holding Me Back Bryan & Katie Torwalt Here On Earth 2011
7:00 a.m.
Come Thou Fount (Above All Else) [Live] Shane & Shane Hymns Live 2019
Dancing On the Waves (Live) We The Kingdom Single 2019
Mighty Wave Sarah Reeves Broken Things 2011
Waterfall Chris Tomlin Love Ran Red 2014
Fierce (feat. Chris Quilala) [Live] Jesus Culture Let It Echo (Live) 2016
No One But You Hillsong Worship Awake 2019
Here Comes Heaven Elevation Worship Hallelujah Here Below 2018
Heaven Fall (Live) The Belonging Co & Henry Seeley Awe + Wonder (Live) 2019
Come and Let Your Presence Merchant Band Onething Live 2007
King of My Heart John Mark & Sarah McMillan You Are the Avalanche – EP 2015
Goodness of God (Live) Bethel Music & Jenn Johnson Victory (Live) 2019
8:00 a.m.
God Is Always Good (Live) Covenant Worship Covenant Worship Live 2018
How Great Is Our God Chris Tomlin Passion: How Great Is Our God 2005
Great Things Phil Wickham Living Hope (Deluxe) 2018
This Is Amazing Grace Jeremy Riddle Bethel Live: For The Sake Of The World 2012
Christ Is Risen Mack Brock Greater Things 2018
Make A Way I Am They I Am They 2015
Praise Upon Praise (Live) Pat Barrett Canvas and Clay (Live) 2019
Good Grace (Live) Hillsong UNITED Good Grace (Live) – Single 2018
Holy Water We The Kingdom Single 2019
Gone Elevation Worship At Midnight – EP 2019
Abundantly More (feat. Seth Condrey) North Point InsideOut Abundantly More – EP 2019
His Mercy Is More (Live) Shane & Shane Hymns Live 2019
9:00 a.m.
Lord Have Mercy (For What We Have Done) Matt Boswell & Matt Papa His Mercy Is More: The Hymns of Matt Boswell and Matt Papa 2019
Forgiven (feat. Brian Johnson) Bethel Live For The Sake Of The World 2012
Run to the Father Cody Carnes Single 2019
Nothing But The Blood Charlie Hall Passion: How Great Is Our God 2005
Who You Are Desperation Band Who You Are 2006
Way Maker (Live) Leeland Single 2019
Who You Are (feat. Jenn Johnson) Bethel Live For The Sake Of The World 2012
Holy, Holy, Holy Audrey Assad Inheritance 2017
Hallelujah Here Below Elevation Worship Hallelujah Here Below 2018
Hosanna (Live) The Belonging Co & Kari Jobe Awe + Wonder (Live) 2019

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Freedom Phrase-Hope In Our Times of Trouble

john : September 20, 2019 3:30 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Redemption, today’s Freedom Phrase is based on Second Corinthians 4, verses 16 and 17.

The Apostle Paul said, “We do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

Hardships can come to us in various ways-sickness, persecution, poverty, or stressful circumstances.

Paul had these hardships, and remained hopeful in his pain. He believed that God was working out His eternal purposes in the midst of that pain. He looked beyond his temporary circumstances. In our times of trouble, we are never without hope whenever we hold on to God. The grace of Jesus encourages us with the reality of God’s love for us and His plan of eternal glory.

Through Jesus, we are set free from discouragement and despair to put our hope in God.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Freedom Phrase-Christ Became A Curse For Us

john : September 19, 2019 4:29 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Redemption, today’s Freedom Phrase is based on Galatians 3:13.

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”

That is what Jesus did for us when He died on a cross. He took the curse of our sin upon Himself so that we might be blessed with His righteousness. 

We can respond to this historical moment with gratitude. This was a sacrifice that Jesus endured voluntarily, because He loves us. We can say thank-you by trusting Him to forgive us and to lead us every day for the rest of our lives. It will not be the most popular path nor the easiest path. But His way will prove to be the only path forward in His grace and mercy.

Through Jesus, we are set free from the curse of the law to experience the blessing of His grace.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Freedom Phrase-Honest and Tough Questions

john : September 17, 2019 5:17 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Redemption, today’s Freedom Phrase is based on Habakkuk 1, verses 2 and 3.

Habakkuk said to God, “How long, LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?”

This may not sound like a freedom phrase, but it is in the sense that this Habakkuk felt the liberty to ask God some perplexing questions on his mind. The book of Habakkuk follows this conversation between God and the prophet. 

God can use our questions to take us a deeper level of faith and a deeper understanding of who God is. Through Habakkuk’s questions, he grew deeper in his resolve to find his joy in God. He said at the end of this book, that even if the fields produce no food, “Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

Through Jesus, we are set free to be honest with God about tough questions.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com 

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little ENCOURAGEMENT

stacey : September 16, 2019 2:49 pm : Stacey Gagne, Staff Pages

A little encouragement can go a long way. Today we received a one sentence note in the mail and it made my day. It was a very simple thank you that was jotted down on a piece of note paper and sent along with a donation. It brought joy to our staff.

Sometimes when we think about being being an encouragement or even a good neighbor; we get visions of a huge time investment or imagine having to bake cookies that live up to some Instagram worthy photo. The reality is that a word, a smile, or a sentence can be enough. I have some thoughtful coworkers that leave post-it notes on my desk just to let me know they were thinking of me.  😀 Those “little” things can make a persons day!

Sometimes we receive encouragement from others and sometimes we need to encourage ourselves! Tough days sometimes stack up more frequently than we like. Reminders of truths from God’s Word, scriptures, songs and even beautiful art or things from nature can inject life into dry bones on any given day.  Recently I jotted a few very simple sharpie written reminders onto some scrap paper and hung them where I could see them at my desk.

  • be positive
  • be joyful
  • be encouraging
  • be thankful

Don’t discount your “little” attempts at bringing light to the world around you.  Each one of us is a difference maker.   

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Praise & Worship Playlist

kristi : September 15, 2019 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ

Kristi@WJTL.com

Hello!
It’s been an intense week: the 9/11 Anniversary and World Suicide Prevention Day.  So many people were sharing their personal stories and tragic loss of loved ones–along with encouragement, practical tips and Biblical Truth. This week’s Praise & Worship Playlist is packed with songs that call out fear, anxiety, depression…and declare hope and trust in God. All the details are below!  I pray it makes a helpful connection with your heart.

Song Title Artist Album Year
6:00 a.m.
Amazing Grace (feat. Rebecca St. James) for KING & COUNTRY My Utmost for His Highest 2017
You Make Everything Beautiful Rebecca St. James I Will Praise You 2011
Canvas and Clay (feat. Ben Smith) [Live] Pat Barrett Single 2019
This Is the Day (Live) Pat Barrett Canvas and Clay (Live) 2019
I Will Wait for You (Psalm 130) [Live] Shane & Shane Hymns Live 2019
Is He Worthy (Live) Shane & Shane Hymns Live 2019
To the End (feat. Amanda Cook) Mack Brock Greater Things 2018
God of Breakthrough Mack Brock Greater Things 2018
Give Thanks to God (feat. Kirby Kaple) Housefires We Say Yes 2017
Ill Give Thanks (feat. Kirby Kaple) Housefires Housefires V (Live) 2019
Break Every Chain (feat. Henry Seeley) The Belonging Co Awe + Wonder (Live) 2019
7:00 a.m.
Hosanna (Live) The Belonging Co & Kari Jobe Awe + Wonder (Live) 2019
Cover The Earth (feat. Cody Carnes) Kari Jobe Cover The Earth – Single 2018
Nothing Else Cody Carnes Nothing Else – Single 2019
Run To the Father Matt Maher Alive & Breathing Vol. I – Single 2019
White Flag (Live) Matt Maher Alive & Breathing Vol. I – Single 2019
Death Was Arrested (feat. Seth Condrey) North Point Nothing Ordinary 2017
Abundantly More (feat. Seth Condrey) North Point InsideOut Abundantly More – EP 2019
King of Kings Hillsong Worship King of Kings – Single 2019
No One But You Hillsong Worship Awake 2019
Gone Elevation Worship At Midnight – EP 2019
See A Victory Elevation Worship At Midnight – EP 2019
Sing Like the Battle Is Over Catherine Mullins Sing Like the Battle Is Over 2019
8:00 a.m. 2011
Never Lost Catherine Mullins Sing Like the Battle Is Over 2019
I Have To Believe Rita Springer I Have To Believe 2005
There Is No Striving (feat. Kalley Heiligenthal) Rita Springer Battles 2017
My Hallelujah Bryan & Katie Torwalt Praise Before My Breakthrough – EP 2018
When You Walk Into the Room Bryan & Katie Torwalt Kingdom Come 2013
Reckless Love I AM THEY Reckless Love – Single 2018
The Water (Meant for Me) (feat. David Leonard) I AM THEY Trial & Triumph 2018
Dancing On the Waves (Live) We The Kingdom Single 2019
Holy Water We The Kingdom Single 2019
Tender Hurricane (feat. David Leonard) The McClures The Way Home (Deluxe) 2019
Now I See Paul & Hannah McClure Single 2019
More Than Anything (feat. Olivia Calderwood) [Live] Corey Voss & Madison Street Worship Songs of the House (Live) 2019
9:00 a.m.
Praise Your Name (Live) Corey Voss & Madison Street Worship Songs of the House (Live) 2019
What You Said (Live) Jon Egan Unveil (Live) 2019
Make a Way (feat. Jon Egan) [Live] Jesus Culture Love Has a Name (Deluxe) [Live] 2017
Way Maker (Live) Leeland Single 2019
Better Word (Live) Leeland Better Word (Live) 2019
Just Be Kim Walker-Smith Single 2019
Insatiable Kim Walker-Smith Single 2019
His Mercy Is More Matt Boswell & Matt Papa His Mercy Is More: The Hymns of Matt Boswell and Matt Papa 2019
Magnificent, Marvelous, Matchless Love Matt Boswell & Matt Papa His Mercy Is More: The Hymns of Matt Boswell and Matt Papa 2019
Know Your Heart (Live) David Leonard The Wait: Silence the Noise (Live) 2019
I Will Wait (Live) David Leonard The Wait: Silence the Noise (Live) 2019

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Red Letter Wisdom-12 Legions of Angels

john : September 13, 2019 3:59 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK-Today’s Wisdom from the Red Letters is found in Matthew 26:52 to 54.

Jesus said to one of His companions, “Put your sword back in its place, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen this way?”

A legion was a unit of about 6,000 soldiers. So, Jesus was saying that at the very least, 72,000 angels would be able to join a heavenly army to protect Jesus from going to the cross if they were called to do so. But they never received that call, because Jesus was willing to die for us. The nails did not drive Jesus to the cross as much as His love. 

The words of Jesus inspire us to marvel at the wonders of His love for us in the Year of Redemption.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Freedom Phrase-Strong Tower

john : September 12, 2019 6:12 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Redemption, today’s Freedom Phrase is based on Proverbs 18:10.

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

The gospel of Jesus stands tall as a refuge for our soul. Consider the security of God’s grace in these verses of the Bible.

From John 10, Jesus said, “I give them (my sheep-my followers) eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.”

From Second Timothy 1, “I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.”

And from Romans 8, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Through Jesus, we are set free to live in the security of God’s grace.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Red Letter Wisdom-Zacchaeus

john : September 11, 2019 7:02 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages, Uncategorized

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Wisdom from the Red Letters is found in Luke 19:5.

Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”

These are significant statements showing us how Jesus transforms a life from the inside out.

Notice that Jesus calls Zacchaeus by name, while Zacchaeus was in a tree. Jesus is personal. He calls us by name. We matter to Him.

Jesus tells Zacchaeus to come down immediately. “Now” is an important time to respond when Jesus calls our name.  

Jesus also tells Zacchaeus that He must stay at his house today. It was important for Zacchaeus to receive Jesus.  And that is how he responded. He came down from the tree and welcomed Jesus gladly.

The words of Jesus inspire us to receive Jesus as Lord of our home and Lord of our lives in the Year of Redemption.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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