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Good News Focus-Cheerful Giving

john : May 13, 2020 3:43 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Good News Focus is on Second Corinthians 9:7.

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

The Apostle Paul was appealing for generous gifts to help other Christians in need. But he was not appealing to their sense of obligation. Rather, he was appealing to their sense of generosity to give what they wanted to give. If I am forced to give, I am giving out of duty. If I give voluntarily, I am giving out of delight.

In verse 8, he said, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

It is refreshing to know when our offerings to God are building up the church and helping people in need. The Gospel inspires us to consider the needs of others, and to honor God with our wealth.

Jesus is our Source of Good News, leading us to places of generous and cheerful giving in the Year of Vision. 

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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20/20 Insight-God’s Purpose for our Lives-Trust Him

john : May 13, 2020 3:32 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, we are examining some of God’s purposes for our lives with our 20/20 Insights this week.

Today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on God’s purpose for our lives to trust Him.

Proverbs 3:5 and 6 says, “trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” 

To trust in God fully means to lean all of our weight on Him, believing that He will save us from our sins and guide us in His righteousness. Our own understanding can lead us astray, but God’s wisdom will lead us in the path of God’s will.

Psalm 119, verse 105 says, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” His wisdom gives us direction for our lives. His truth gives us freedom. His grace gives us peace. 

Focusing on trusting God day by day gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Playlist

kristi : May 10, 2020 6:53 am : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

This morning’s playlist is filled with songs led by worship leading moms! Moms who know highs and lows, the process of adoption, the journey of infertility, the pain of loss, and delight of many children.  Each one encouraging us to bring our praise in every season.

I recently spoke with Kirby Kaple, who experienced a 7-year infertility journey before her daughter Lollia arrived! She shares her story, and we compare a few notes in the latest Praise & Worship Podcast.

There’s also an episode of the podcast with David Leonard. He and his wife also had a discouraging season involving waiting and miscarriage. He talks about it, and the songs that came out of that experience.

Personally, after a loss this year, I’m feeling like this Mother’s Day is lemon juice on my raw heart. Click here to hear a little more of my story, and my encouragement to you if you’re in the same boat!

Here’s a link to my Spotify Playlist. Songs that really helped me fix my eyes (and heart and hopes) on Jesus through my own journey to becoming a mom.

Our circumstances are extra unusual and discouraging this year, but I hope today is still special and meaningful for you moms!

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ 
Kristi@WJTL.com
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Song Title Artist Album Year
6:00 a.m.
Wonderfully Made Ellie Holcomb Red Sea Road 2017
Faithful to the End (feat. Paul & Hannah McClure) Bethel Music Have It All
Jesus What a Savior Housefires We Say Yes 2017
Forever (Live) Bethel Music & Kari Jobe You Make Me Brave (Live) 2014
Forever My King (feat. Leeland & HopeUC) Darlene Zschech Single 2019
Mercy|Grace (the autumn) Songs of Mercy and Grace 2018
Ever Be (Live) Bethel Music & Kalley Heiligenthal We Will Not Be Shaken (Live) [Deluxe Edition] 2015
Driven by Love Lindy & The Circuit Riders Driven by Love (Live) 2019
Abide Providence Worship Live On The Hill 2020
Be Still (feat. Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger) Bethel Music Tides 2013
7:00 a.m.
JOY INVINCIBLE (feat. Jenn Johnson) Switchfoot Single 2020
God I Look to You (Feat. Francesca Battistelli) Bethel Music Starlight (Live) 2017
Thy Will Hillary Scott & The Scott Family Love Remains 2016
Constellations Ellie Holcomb Single 2020
I Shall Not Want (feat. Bethany Barnard) The Worship Initiative The Worship Initiative, Vol. 17 2019
Sparrow Audrey Assad Heart 2011
Soar Meredith Andrews Soar 2015
Catch the Wind (feat. Melissa Helser) Bethel Music Starlight (Live) 2017
You Cannot Be Stopped Laura Story I Give Up 2019
You Make Everything Beautiful Rebecca St. James I Will Praise You 2011
Give Thanks to God (feat. Kirby Kaple) Housefires We Say Yes 2017
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.
Hes Good Rachael Lampa Single 2019
My Delight Is In You Christy Nockels Passion: Let The Future Begin 2013
You Delight in Me (Live) Life Center Worship Debut EP 2019
Raise a Hallelujah Jonathan & Melissa Helser Victory 2019
My Hallelujah Bryan & Katie Torwalt Praise Before My Breakthrough – EP 2018
Beautiful Things Gungor Beautiful Things 2010
The Change in Me Casting Crowns Only Jesus 2018
In Christ Alone Natalie Grant WOW Worship Aqua 2006
Let Your Kingdom Come Matt & Kim Goss The Worship EP 2019
For the King Paul Baloche Behold Him 2020
King of Kings (Live) Hillsong Worship Single 2019
Ill Give Thanks (feat. Kirby Kaple) Housefires Housefires V (Live) 2019
9:00 a.m
Take Courage (Kristene DiMarco) Bethel Music Starlight (Live) 2017
Who You Are JJ Heller Loved 2013
Defender Rita Springer Battles 2017
Praise Before My Breakthrough Bryan & Katie Torwalt Praise Before My Breakthrough – EP 2018
Awake My Soul Hillsong Worship Awake 2019
Faith and Wonder (Live) Meredith Andrews Faith and Wonder (Live) 2019
Rejoice Brad+Rebekah Single 2019
Glimpse Kim Walker-Smith On My Side 2017
Cherry Blossoms MoveSomebody Single 2020
In Every Way Christy Nockels In Every Way – Single 2019
The Blessing (Live) Elevation Worship, Kari Jobe & Cody Carnes Graves Into Gardens (Deluxe) [Live] 2020

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20/20 Insight-Nourishment of God’s Word

john : May 8, 2020 5:27 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on the nourishment of spring rains and the word of God.

In Isaiah 55:10, the LORD compares the rain cycle with the nourishment of His Word to feed our soul.

From the New Living Translation, “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”

Just as the soil needs rain for the crops to grow, so we need God’s Word for our faith to grow. That is one dependable place where we can turn to taste and see that the Lord is good.

Focusing on God’s Word daily gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Kirby Kaple on the P&W Podcast

kristi : May 7, 2020 12:06 pm : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

Episode 11 features special guest, Kirby Kaple of Housefires! I’m truly thrilled to bring you our conversation. Housefires is releasing brand new singles these days, with a very special new studio version of “I’ll Give Thanks”. Kirby co-wrote and sung it while on a 7-year infertility journey, and now is talking about it from the other side. IVF is part of her story, so listen for details on her process. There are also keys here for worship leaders, leading through their own very difficult seasons. And, as Kirby and I are both quarantined at home for this interview, spoiler alert, our kids and dogs adorably interrupt!

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ
Kristi@WJTL.com
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20/20 Insight-Beauty of a Flower

john : May 6, 2020 5:07 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on the beauty of a flower and the brilliance of God’s glory.

Jesus said in Matthew 6:28, “See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.”

Flowers have their season when they burst forth in brilliant color and decorate our world with breathtaking beauty.  But they don’t last forever. Eventually, their beauty fades. That is one of the ways we are similar to a flower. We have a moment on earth that God has given to shine. Our most brilliant moments occur when we are fulfilling our God-given purpose to reflect His glory. This moment is our opportunity. This is our season to shine by sharing His grace, and standing for His truth.

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

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Playlist

kristi : May 3, 2020 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

On the way today: brand new local worship from Providence Worship! Their project, “Live On The Hill” just came out on Friday and all 5 songs are in this morning’s lineup!

I checked in on release day with Providence Worship’s Philip, Holly and Collin (Taco!) Lots of fun to talk and hear stories behind the new songs. Click to watch the video here.

I also wanted to include the post from Rend Collective’s frontman, Chris. I love his balanced perspective on JOY!

Today’s playlist includes Matt Maher’s title track to “Alive & Breathing”, a song–and a project–that we dug into on the P&W Podcast.

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ
Kristi@WJTL.com
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Song Title Artist Album Year
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Holy Love Providence Worship Live On The Hill 2020
Let There Be Wonder (Live) Corey Voss & Madison Street Worship Heaven Come Closer (Live) 2020
Behold Him (feat. Kim Walker Smith) Paul Baloche Single 2019
Rejoice Mission Worship Mission Worship EP 2019
I Will Sing (Live) Elevation Worship Only King Forever (Live) 2014
My Soul Sings (feat. Kirby Kaple & Dante Bowe) Housefires Housefires + Friends (Live) 2020
Light Breaking Through (feat. Lauren Lee Anderson) North Point Worship Light Breaking Through / Sons And Daughters – EP 2020
Midnight Rita Springer Single 2020
Lead Me To The Rock Providence Worship Live On The Hill 2020
No One But You (Live) Hillsong Worship Awake (Deluxe) 2019
7:00 a.m.
Praise Before My Breakthrough Bryan & Katie Torwalt Praise Before My Breakthrough – EP 2018
I Choose to Worship Rend Collective Choose to Worship 2020
Only Have One Paul McClure & Hannah McClure The Way Home (Deluxe) 2019
Never Lost Elevation Worship Single 2019
God Is Always Good (Live) Covenant Worship Covenant Worship Live 2018
Valley (Live) Chris McClarney Single 2019
I Will Trust You Bryan & Katie Torwalt Kingdom Come 2013
Alive & Breathing Matt Maher Alive & Breathing, Vol. 2 2020
Alive All Sons & Daughters Season One 2012
Lean Back Providence Worship Live On The Hill 2020
Graves Into Gardens (feat. Brandon Lake) Elevation Worship Graves Into Garders 2020
Dancing on the Grave (Live) Corey Voss & Madison Street Worship Heaven Come Closer (Live) 2020
8:00 a.m.
We Praise You Brandon Lake Single 2020
Raise A Hallelujah (feat. Brett Younker) Passion Roar (Live From Passion 2020) 2020
Christ Be Magnified (Live) Cory Asbury Single 2020
God Moves In A Mysterious Way Jeremy Riddle Full Attention 2007
Ill Give Thanks (feat. Kirby Kaple) Housefires Single 2020
I Will Wait (Live) David Leonard The Wait: Silence the Noise (Live) 2019
Home Leslie Jordan Single 2020
Peace (feat. We The Kingdom) Bethel Music Peace 2020
SOS We The Kingdom Live At the Wheelhouse – EP 2019
10,000 Reasons Rend Collective Experiment Campfire 2013
A Million Years Paul Baloche Behold Him 2020
Beautiful Things (Live) Eddie Kirkland & Lizi Bailey North Point Live: Here + Now 2012
9:00 a.m.
The Fathers House (Acoustic) Cory Asbury Single 2020
Abide Providence Worship Live On The Hill 2020
With Me Brad+Rebekah The Things Of God 2011
Way Maker Paul McClure Single 2019
Overwhelmed Life Center Worship Single 2020
Let The Light In Cody Carnes Run To The Father 2020
How Great Thou Art David Leonard Single 2020
The Blessing (Live) Elevation Worship, Kari Jobe & Cody Carnes Graves Into Gardens (Deluxe) [Live] 2020
Greatest Love Story Providence Worship Live On The Hill 2020

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20/20 Insight-Strength Of The LORD

john : April 29, 2020 5:43 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on the Lord’s strength.

David said in First Chronicles 16:11, “Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.”

A thriving faith is only possible through an ongoing relationship with Jesus. In John 15, He told His followers, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

God invites us to spend time with Him every day and to depend on His grace to live the Christian life. Here are some of the specific practices that can bring greater clarity into our relationship with God. Take time to thank Him for His blessings. Name them one by one. Take time to praise Him for His greatness. Remember the reference points of history that prove His love and power such as the cross, the empty grave, and the day of Pentecost. Take delight in studying His Word. That is where He reveals His grace and guides us in wisdom.

Focusing on the Lord’s strength gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.  

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Matt Maher on the P&W Podcast

kristi : April 28, 2020 7:28 am : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

Episode 10 features special guest, Matt Maher! The conversation is centered on his latest project: “Alive & Breathing”, with a definite theme of singing through difficult and uncertain circumstances. Listen for the special story behind the compelling album artwork. And, Matt talks abut how he and his wife are helping kids process life in quarantine. (Bonus content, courtesy of his daughter Rowan!)

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ
Kristi@WJTL.com
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20/20 Insight-Meaningful Worship

john : April 27, 2020 5:08 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on the search for  meaningful worship.

In Psalm 27:4, David wrote, “One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”

The temple was known as a place for worship. That is what gave David great delight-dwelling in the house of God and seeing Him in His glory. Churches today are known as houses of worship, but we don’t have to go to church to worship God. We can honor Him right where we are, because the body of the believer is identified as a temple of the Holy Spirit. 

Focusing on God’s glory and grace gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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