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Word of Encouragement-Wisdom

john : April 26, 2021 4:41 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Word of Encouragement is “Wisdom.”

One way of looking at wisdom is “knowing how to apply truth to life’s decisions with sound judgment.” It is not just about having knowledge. It also involves knowing how to use knowledge with good discernment.

Wisdom has a starting place. Proverbs 9:10 tells us that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. If we lack wisdom, God invites us to ask Him for it.

Wisdom has qualities that align with the nature of Jesus. James 3:17 tells us that the “wisdom that comes from above is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”

Wisdom is more valuable than money. Proverbs 16:16 says, “How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!”

Find encouragement in the wisdom that God gives us for living out the Christian life in the Year of Endurance.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Word of Encouragement-Salt

john : April 23, 2021 4:55 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Word of Encouragement is Salt.

Jesus told His followers at the Sermon on the Mount, “You are the salt of the earth.”

There would have been two main purposes for salt in Jesus’ day. Salt was used as a preservative and to enhance flavor.

How is that relevant to Jesus’ followers? Jesus calls His followers to be an influence in the world that keeps the world from spiraling into moral decay.  But restraining the world from evil is not the only purpose.  We are also called to enhance the flavor of the Gospel in the world so that people may have the opportunity to taste and see that the Lord is good.

Colossians 4:6 says, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Find encouragement in the opportunity to be the salt of the earth in the Year of Endurance.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Friday Time Capsule-April 22, 1996

john : April 23, 2021 1:05 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6nm8bGuomaoCNXaPajpv17?si=jWT6YK1YTPqkITgRaE0YCA

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Daily Challenge-Put Confidence in God

john : April 21, 2021 3:29 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Endurance, today’s Daily Challenge motivates us to put our confidence in God through the seasons of life.

The circumstances of life may change and bring hardship in our lives. Crops may fail. Our health may fail. The empty promises of another person may fail. Our plans may even fail. But the love of Jesus will not fail us. Neither will His promises. We can fully trust Him.

Nothing in all creation can ever separate us from God’s love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. His love is the reason we can live with confidence and security.

Jeremiah 17:7 says, “Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Take the daily challenge to put confidence in God through the seasons of life on the journey of faith.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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LCBC Worship on the P&W Podcast

kristi : April 21, 2021 12:01 pm : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

https://soundcloud.com/user-254508556/wjtl-praise-worship-podcast-lcbc-worship

I caught up with a bunch of the team that makes up LCBC Worship! These guys are Zoom pros with lots of experience connecting virtually from their various locations around central PA. It’s always exciting to hear about fresh local worship songs, and their new RISE EP is out now! They shared stories behind every track on the EP, which has themes of resurrection and victory, awesome bridges, lyrics from hymns — and striking live video of the songs recorded live.

 

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ
Kristi@WJTL.com
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Daily Challenge-Trust God’s Unfailing Love

john : April 19, 2021 4:32 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Endurance, today’s Daily Challenge motivates us to trust in God’s unfailing love.

That is what David did. He was one of the writers of the Psalms, and he wrote in Psalm 52:8, “I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. For what you have done, I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.”

Olive trees sometimes live for more than a thousand years, and they can be productive for many, many years. This is the comparison made with someone who trusts in God’s unfailing love. Our faith has opportunity to thrive and to stand tall for the glory of God as we praise the name of Jesus and put our hope in His name. He will not fail us. He proved His love for us at the cross. Then, He rose from the grave victorious over death. That is the same hope we have when we put our faith in Him-life beyond the grave.

Take the daily challenge to trust in God’s unfailing love on the journey of faith.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Playlist

kristi : April 18, 2021 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

This week’s Praise & Worship Playlist includes new songs from Tim Timmons, Phil Wickham, The Worship Initiative, Pat Barrett, Crowder, Cross Point Music and more! Plus, songs from LCBC Worship’s new “RISE EP”! I talked with 5 leaders from LCBC Worship on the latest episode of the Praise & Worship Podcast, and they shared stories behind every song on the new projects.

Watch the video interview:

OR check below to find links to the audio version on your favorite podcast platform!

Kristi Leigh 
WJTL Praise & Worship 
 
FM 90.3 Radio Program: Sundays 6-10AM
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Song Title Artist Album Year
6AM 2011
Beauty in the Death (Live) LCBC Worship Rise – EP 2021
Hes Always Been Faithful (feat. John Marc Kohl) The Worship Initiative The Worship Initiative, Vol. 25 (Live) 2021
All My Life (Live) Hillsong Young & Free All of My Best Friends (Live) 2020
Your Nature (Live) Kari Jobe The Blessing (Live) 2020
Kindness Clay Collective Living Stones 2021
Gratitude (Live) Brandon Lake House of Miracles (Live) 2021
Ill Give Thanks (feat. Kirby Kaple) Housefires Ill Give Thanks 2020
I Choose To Worship Rend Collective Choose To Worship 2020
Christ Be Magnified Cody Carnes Single 2020
Sing His Praise Again (Oh My Soul) (feat. Jenn Johnson) Bethel Music Revivals In The Air (Live) 2020
7AM 2011
Raise a Hallelujah (feat. Jonathan David Helser & Melissa Helser) Bethel Music Victory 2019
My Awakening (feat. Clay Finnesand) Canyon Hills Worship 2021
Awake My Soul (feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard) Hillsong Worship Single 2020
Run To The Father Matt Maher Alive & Breathing, Vol. 1 2020
Let The Light In Cody Carnes Run To The Father 2020
Fall Afresh (feat. Dinah Wright & Robbie Seay) The Worship Initiative The Worship Initiative, Vol. 25 (Live) 2021
Mt. Zion (feat. Jonathan David Helser) Cageless Birds Live At Home 2014
Oh How I Need You All Sons & Daughters The Longing 2012
I Thank God Maverick City Music & UPPERROOM Move Your Heart 2021
Free, Amen (Live) We The Kingdom Live At the Wheelhouse – EP 2019
Here Tim Timmons Here 2021
Praise Upon Praise Pat Barrett Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly 2021
8AM 2011
Let It Out (Live) Here Be Lions Still God, Still Good (Live) 2021
Rise (Live) LCBC Worship Rise – EP 2021
Waiting Here for You (feat. Robbie Seay) The Worship Initiative The Worship Initiative, Vol. 25 (Live) 2021
Christ Be All Around Me All Sons & Daughters All Sons & Daughters 2014
Good God Almighty Crowder Single 2021
Joyful Dante Bowe Single 2021
This Is The Day Tim Timmons HERE 2021
Heavenly Pat Barrett Single 2020
Plans Tim Hughes Pocketful of Faith 2015
Jireh (feat. Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine) Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music Old Church Basement 2021
House Of The Lord Phil Wickham Single 2021
JOY INVINCIBLE (feat. Jenn Johnson) Switchfoot Single 2020
Roar Tim Timmons Here 2021
9AM 2011
Catch Me Singing Sean Curran Single 2020
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) Matt Redman 10,000 Reasons 2012
Find a Reason (Joyful Joyful) [feat. Brett Stanfill] North Point Worship Find a Reason 2020
Still God, Still Good (Live) Here Be Lions Still God, Still Good (Live) 2021
Goodness of God (Live) Bethel Music & Jenn Johnson Victory (Live) 2019
Morning By Morning Pat Barrett Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly 2021
Forever and Always Clay Collective Living Stones 2021
He Is Crowder Milk & Honey 2021
No Longer Slaves (feat. Jonathan David & Melissa Helser) Bethel Music We Will Not Be Shaken (Live) [Deluxe Edition] 2015
Egypt (Live) Cory Asbury Single 2020
Oh The Wonder (feat. Mike Grayson) Cross Point Music Single 2021
Son Of Heaven Brandon Lake House Of Miracles 2020
Good News (Live) LCBC Worship Rise – EP 2021
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Word of Encouragement-Immanuel

john : April 16, 2021 5:04 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Word of Encouragement is Immanuel.

We don’t have to wait for the celebration of Christmas to find encouragement in this name.

At the birth of Jesus, the Bible records in Matthew 1:22, “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord has said through the prophet, ‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him ‘Immanuel’, which means ‘God with us.’

God did not keep His distance from the human experience. He stepped right into it in the form of Jesus.

Jesus did not keep His distance from our pain and suffering and grief. Instead, He stepped right into it by going to the cross.

Jesus stepped into a world that needed a Savior, and showed us the way to a fulfilling relationship with God forever. God is not distant. He cares and is close enough to hear every humble prayer that reaches out to Him.

Find encouragement in the presence of God to meet us in our place of need in the Year of Endurance.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Friday Time Capsule-April 18 2011

john : April 16, 2021 1:05 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1MbAi3jIUDxlsqq57EOQCs?si=h35HLl6kTlO0xFqcDDTFEw

 

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Daily Challenge-Remember the Deeds of the LORD

john : April 15, 2021 6:56 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Endurance, today’s Daily Challenge motivates us to remember the deeds of the LORD.

In Psalm 77, Asaph was in a place of distress. In his time of trouble, he turned to God and said to himself in verse 11, “I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”

When he did this, he started to see that God was greater than his troubles. He said, “Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God?” His decision to remember God’s deeds became a turning point in Psalm 77.

We have even more history in our rearview mirror to see God’s miracles at work. Jesus died and rose again from the dead to show the world the miracle of His unfailing love.

Take the daily challenge to remember the mighty deeds of the LORD on the journey of faith.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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