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Red Letter Wisdom-Jesus Fulfilled the Father’s Will

john : November 12, 2019 5:44 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Wisdom from the Red Letters is found in John 14:30 and 31.

Jesus said to His disciples the night before He was crucified, “I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.”

The cross is the place where this statement was revealed in a compelling way. Satan wanted Jesus to die. We know that because he entered in Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus over to death. And it was God’s will for Jesus to die as a ransom for many. Satan’s motivation was the destruction of humanity. God’s motivation was the salvation of humanity. By Jesus being willing to go to the cross, He did exactly what His Father sent Him to do. By rising from the dead, He proved that Satan had no hold on Him.

The words of Jesus inspire us to be amazed at what God has done through the cross and empty grave in the Year of Redemption.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Playlist

kristi : November 10, 2019 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ

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It’s the second special themed playlist of our Season of Thanksgiving — this time, remembering God’s goodness! The playlist is below, with songs by Jenn Johnson, Covenant Worship, Brian Campbell, Kristian Stanfill, Rita Springer, Elevation Worship, Chris McClarney and more.
Taste and see!

Song Title Artist Album Year
6AM
You Are So Good To Me Third Day Offerings 2 — All I Have To Give 2003
Oh! Great Is Our God Citizens & Saints Join the Triumph 2014
King of My Heart (feat. Steffany Gretzinger & Jeremy Riddle) Bethel Music Starlight 2017
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) (feat. Passion) Matt Redman Passion: White Flag 2012
Worthy Elevation Worship Hallelujah Here Below 2018
So Good to Me Cory Asbury Holy 2008
God Youre So Good (feat. Kristian Stanfill and Melodie Malone) Passion Whole Heart 2018
He Is Good Jenny & Tyler There Will Be a Song (Deluxe) 2018
For The Good Shane & Shane Everything Is Different 2009
Good Forever (Live) Matt Redman Your Grace Finds Me (Live) 2013
Good to Me Audrey Assad Fortunate Fall 2013
Your Goodness Brian Campbell Hearts Wake To The Giver Of Life 2012
Forever Reign One Sonic Society One (EP) 2011
7AM
The Little That I Know David Leonard The Wait: Silence the Noise (Live) 2019
Good Grace (Live) Hillsong UNITED Good Grace (Live) – Single 2018
Never Lost Elevation Worship Single 2019
Goodness Vertical Worship Bright Faith Bold Future 2018
Goodness of God (feat. Bethany Barnard) The Worship Initiative The Worship Initiative, Vol. 17 2019
Always Good (feat. Rita Springer) The McClures The Way Home (Deluxe) 2019
Give Thanks to God (feat. Kirby Kaple) Housefires We Say Yes 2017
Hallelujah For the Cross Chris McClarney Breakthrough 2018
Counting Every Blessing Rend Collective Good News 2018
God Is Good Dustin Kensrue The Water & The Blood 2013
Love Song (feat. Elle Limebear) one sonic society Love Song (feat. Elle Limebear) – Single 2018
Psalm 34 (Taste and See) Shane & Shane Psalms, Vol. 2 2015
Something Good GATEWAY Greater Than 2018
8AM
The Goodness of the Lord (Live) Travis Ryan Until My Voice Is Gone (Live) 2016
Valley (Live) Chris McClarney Single 2019
Goodness, Love And Mercy Chris Tomlin Nobody Loves Me Like You – EP 2018
Psalm 23 (Surely Goodness, Surely Mercy) Shane & Shane Psalms, Vol. 2 2015
You Have Been So Good (feat. Sara Groves) Paul Baloche A Greater Song 2006
Something Good GATEWAY Greater Than 2018
Center of Your Love (feat. Kim Walker-Smith) Jesus Culture Living with a Fire (Live) 2018
Good Good Father Chris Tomlin & Pat Barrett Single 2018
Nothing But Good Chris Quilala Single 2019
You Are Good Rita Springer I Have To Believe 2005
Wonderful Things Highlands Worship Vol 1: Wonderful Things – EP 2018
9AM
King of My Heart John Mark & Sarah McMillan You Are the Avalanche – EP 2015
Could You Be This Good Kristene DiMarco Where His Light Was 2017
Rejoice Brad+Rebekah Single 2019
Great Things Phil Wickham Living Hope (Deluxe) 2018
You Are Good (feat. Brian Johnson) Bethel Live Be Lifted High (Deluxe Edition) 2011
What a Friend (Live) Chris McClarney Fill This Place (Live) – EP 2019
God Is Always Good (Live) Covenant Worship Covenant Worship Live 2018
Come Thou Fount (Above All Else) [Live] Shane & Shane Hymns Live 2019
Over and Over Chris McClarney Breakthrough 2018
Immeasurably More Rend Collective The Art Of Celebration 2014
Forever Chris Tomlin The Noise We Make 2001
Goodness of God (Live) Bethel Music & Jenn Johnson Victory (Live) 2019

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Freedom Phrase-The Refreshment of God’s Word

john : November 8, 2019 4:32 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Redemption, today’s Freedom Phrase is based on Isaiah 55, verses 10 and 11.

This is what the LORD says, “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

God likens the going and coming of His Word to the rain cycle. We can identify with that process. The rain falls, and then evaporates into the atmosphere, but not without nourishing the ground, causing the crops to flourish, and providing food for those who live on the earth.

The rain cycle is compared to the nourishment of God’s Word to make our faith flourish for God’s glory. Consider what might happen when we soak in the message of the Bible with a teachable heart.

Through Jesus, we are set free to taste the refreshment of God’s Word. 

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Red Letter Wisdom-Finding True Treasure in God

john : November 7, 2019 5:57 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Wisdom from the Red Letters is found in Revelation chapter 3, verses 17 and 18.

This was the message sent to the church in Laodicea. 

You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich, and white clothes to wear, so that you can cover your shameful nakedness, and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.”

If Jesus is correcting us from a sinful attitude or sinful pattern, it is not because He is condemning us. It’s because He loves us. One of His priorities for our lives is pure devotion to Him. And He is willing to work with us to get rid of any toxic influence that is contaminating our relationship with Him. His rebuke is a wake-up call to be rich in faith, and not to rely on our material wealth.

The words of Jesus inspire us to open our eyes to the treasures of His grace in the Year of Redemption.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Red Letter Wisdom-Walking Through God’s Open Doors

john : November 6, 2019 6:21 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Wisdom from the Red Letters is found in Revelation 3:7.

Jesus had a message for the Church at Philadelphia.

“These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”

The church at Philadelphia was a faithful church to Jesus Christ.  One thing we learn through Jesus’ words here is that no one can shut the door on God’s opportunities. The curse of man cannot overrule the blessing of God. The strength of man cannot overpower God’s plans. If God is for us, who can be against us? Darkness retreats in the presence of light.

The words of Jesus inspire us to walk through the open doors of God’s opportunities in the Year of Redemption.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Red Letter Wisdom-True Worship and Moral Purity

john : November 4, 2019 4:42 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Wisdom from the Red Letters is found in Revelation 2:19.

Jesus had a message for the church at **Thyatira.

“I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. Nevertheless, I have this against you:”

The church tolerated a woman who was misleading God’s servants into immorality. Jesus was giving time for the woman to repent of her ways, but she was unwilling.

Those who joined with her immorality and idolatry would suffer intensely unless they repented of her ways. For the rest of the church, Jesus encouraged them to hold on to what they had until He comes.

The words of Jesus inspire us to faithful worship and moral purity in the Year of Redemption.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Playlist

kristi : November 3, 2019 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ

Kristi@WJTL.com

Happy November!!
It’s time to start a Season of Thanksgiving Sunday mornings on WJTL. Each week, we’ll have a special focus to stir gratitude in our hearts. This week’s playlist is themed around remembering God’s faithfulness.

Song Title Artist Album Year
6:00 a.m.
You Never Fail (Live) Hillsong Live Glorious Ruins (Live) 2013
Hes Always Been Faithful Sara Groves Conversations 2002
Never Let Go David Crowder Band Remedy 2007
Never Ever Kristene DiMarco Where His Light Was 2017
I Still Believe (Faithful Always) Thrive Worship A Thousand More 2019
You Are Faithful Carrollton Breathe In Deep – EP 2014
You Never Change Rita Springer Battles 2017
Greater Things Mack Brock Greater Things 2018
I Lift My Hands Chris Tomlin And If Our God Is For Us 2010
Faithful God Gateway Worship God Be Praised 2010
Unfailing Lifepoint Worship Holy Spirit Come 2015
Faithful to Us (Live) Covenant Worship Covenant Worship Live 2018
Day After Day Kristian Stanfill Mountains Move 2011
You Never Let Go Bryan & Katie Torwalt Champion 2016
7:00 a.m.
Rejoice Brad+Rebekah Single 2019
Goodness of God (Live) Bethel Music & Jenn Johnson Victory (Live) 2019
Take Courage (Kristene DiMarco) Bethel Music Starlight (Live) 2017
Faithful Rend Collective Build Your Kingdom Here 2010
Questions (You Are Faithful) Matt Redman Glory Song 2017
Faithful (feat. Dan & Lauren Smith) Community Songs From the Valley – EP 2019
Do It Again (feat. Rita Springer) Mack Brock Greater Things 2018
God Is Always Good (Live) Covenant Worship Covenant Worship Live 2018
Valley (Live) Chris McClarney Single 2019
Psalm 23 (Surely Goodness, Surely Mercy) Shane & Shane Psalms, Vol. 2 2015
Always Kristian Stanfill Passion: Here For You 2011
Mountain Bryan & Katie Torwalt Champion 2016
8:00 a.m.
Faithful to the End (feat. Paul & Hannah McClure) Bethel Music Have It All
Faithful Elevation Worship Hallelujah Here Below 2018
Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor Matt Boswell & Matt Papa His Mercy Is More: The Hymns of Matt Boswell and Matt Papa 2019
Great Is Thy Faithfulness (feat. Christy Nockels) Worship Circle Worship Circle Hymns 2019
Psalm 118 (Your Steadfast Love) Robbie Seay Band Psalms LP 2015
Yes and Amen Housefires Housefires III 2016
Way Maker (Live) Leeland Single 2019
Never Lost Elevation Worship Single 2019
By My Side (Live) David Leonard The Wait: Silence the Noise (Live) 2019
Always Good (feat. Rita Springer) The McClures The Way Home (Deluxe) 2019
Your Love Never Fails Chris McClarney Love Never Fails 2008
9:00 a.m.
Promises Never Fail (Live) Bethel Music & Emmy Rose Victory (Live) 2019
How Great Is Your Faithfulness Matt Redman We Shall Not Be Shaken 2009
The Lord Our God (feat. Passion) Kristian Stanfill Passion: Let The Future Begin 2013
Faithful Sisterbrother SisterBrother 2011
Faithful Sarah Reeves Easy Never Needed You 2018
He Is Faithful (feat. Bryan Torwalt) Jesus Culture Jesus Culture Awakening: Live From Chicago 2011
Faithful (Live) GATEWAY Greater Than (Live) 2018
Great Is Your Faithfulness Martin Smith Back to the Start (Deluxe Version) 2013
Faithful Chris Tomlin And If Our God Is For Us… 2010
Counting On Your Name Tim Hughes Love Shine Through 2011
What a Friend (Live) Chris McClarney Fill This Place (Live) – EP 2019

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Red Letter Wisdom-Faithfulness in Dark Places

john : November 1, 2019 5:36 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Wisdom from the Red Letters is found in Revelation 2, verse 13 a.

Jesus sent a message to the church at Pergamum: “I know where you live-where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me.”

This church was situated in a spiritually dark place. There were some influences of the culture infiltrating the church like immorality, idol worship, and false doctrine.  Not everyone in that church was compromising, but some were corrupted. In His love for the church, Jesus called for repentance, because He is looking for a purified church that remains true to His name.

The words of Jesus inspire us to live with pure devotion to Christ in the Year of Redemption.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Red Letter Wisdom-Be Faithful

john : October 30, 2019 4:28 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Wisdom from the Red Letters is found in Revelation 2:8.

Jesus had a message for the church at Smyrna:

“These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. I know your afflictions and your poverty-yet you are rich!” 

This church faced adversity in the form of poverty and persecution. Yet, Jesus noticed the richness of their spiritual condition.  

Some of His words may not seem very comforting. He told the church that the devil would put some in prison and that they would suffer persecution. But Jesus was allowing them to identify with His sufferings along with His victory. He said, “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” 

When we stand for a noble cause worth dying for, we have meaningful purpose for living.

The words of Jesus inspire us to overcome adversity with faithfulness in the Year of Redemption.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Red Letter Wisdom-First Love

john : October 29, 2019 5:49 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Wisdom from the Red Letters is found in Revelation 2:5.

Jesus had a message for the church at Ephesus, who had forsaken their first love.

He said, “Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.”

The Christian life is a journey of faith. Sometimes, we might lose that love we had at the beginning of our journey when we served God with enthusiasm.  Our faces were radiant whenever we thought about God. 

Jesus gives us hope that those days can return again. Remember the mountaintop where we encountered God and marveled at His grace, and return to those things that we were doing when we were in love with Jesus.

The words of Jesus inspire us to return to our first love in the Year of Redemption.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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