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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
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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
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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
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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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20/20 Insight-God’s Accomplishments In Us

john : June 17, 2020 5:40 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on God’s accomplishments through us.

If there is one thing about the Christian life that is both humbling and exciting, it is found in being chosen as instruments of God to accomplish great things while we live on the earth.

Whether we are building up the church or speaking out against injustice; whether we are singing a new song to the LORD or volunteering for a local ministry, God’s grace enables us. That means that He deserves the credit for whatever good we accomplish.

Isaiah 26:12 says, “Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.”  And Psalm 115, verse 1 says, “Not to us, LORD, not to us, but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.”

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

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Good News Focus-Deliverance from Evil

john : June 16, 2020 6:07 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Good News Focus is on Daniel 6, verses 26 and 27.

After Daniel was delivered from the den of lions, King Darius wrote this message to all the nations of the earth, regarding Daniel’s God.

“He is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”

One of the metaphors for Satan is a roaring lion. He prowls around looking for someone to devour, but we don’t have to live in fear of his power if we are close to God. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.”

The deliverance of Daniel from the lions’ den is an inspiring story, and it is also our spiritual reality when we are faithful to God.

Jesus is our Source of Good News, leading us to a place of deliverance from the spiritual forces of evil in the Year of Vision.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Playlist

kristi : June 14, 2020 7:41 am : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

Today’s lineup includes a couple mini themes: Hallelujah & Dedication.

Plus, songs inspired by conversations I had this week with local worship leaders Elissa Lee of Victory Church and Dan Seiz of Worship Center. And this week’s New Release Roundup with Mack Brock, Selah, Rebecca St. James and more!

I played Paul Baloche’s song “What A Good God” and mentioned this live video filmed with lots of local worship leaders at LCBC. Have you seen it yet?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6b5KbE320c

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ
Kristi@WJTL.com 
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Song Title Artist Album Year
6AM
The Blessing (feat. Cody Carnes) [Cinematic Version] Kari Jobe Single 2020
King of Kings (Live) Hillsong Worship Single 2019
Living Hope Phil Wickham Living Hope – Single 2018
Light Breaking Through (feat. Lauren Lee Anderson) North Point Worship Light Breaking Through / Sons And Daughters – EP 2020
Praise Before My Breakthrough Bryan & Katie Torwalt Praise Before My Breakthrough – EP 2018
Do It Again Elevation Worship Speak Revival – EP 2016
Ill Give Thanks (feat. Kirby Kaple) Housefires Housefires V (Live) 2019
No One But You (Live) Hillsong Worship Awake (Deluxe) 2019
I Will Sing Martin Smith Exalt – EP 2020
Fighting for Us Michael Farren Fighting for Us – Single 2018
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Defender Rita Springer Battles 2017
Victory Is Yours (feat. Bethany Wohrle) Bethel Music Victory 2019
Famous For (I Believe) [feat. Jenn Johnson] Tauren Wells Citizen of Heaven 2020
Another In the Fire (Studio Remix feat. Taya) Hillsong UNITED Single 2020
His Mercy Is More Matt Boswell & Matt Papa His Mercy Is More 2019
Raise a Hallelujah (feat. Jonathan David Helser & Melissa Helser) Bethel Music Victory 2019
My Hallelujah Bryan & Katie Torwalt Praise Before My Breakthrough – EP 2018
Endless Alleluia (Live) Bethel Music & Cory Asbury Victory (Live) 2019
The Heart Of Worship (feat. Martin Smith of Delirious) Matt Redman I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever 1999
Clear The Stage Ross King And All the Decorations, Too 2003
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Nothing Else Cody Carnes Nothing Else – Single 2019
I Choose to Worship Rend Collective Choose to Worship 2020
No Weapon Pat Barrett Single 2020
What a Good God Paul Baloche Behold Him 2020
Reign Above It All Paul McClure Revival’s In The Air (Live) 2020
Holy Water (Church Sessions) (feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard) We The Kingdom Single 2020
Never Lost Elevation Worship Single 2019
Good Grace (Live) Hillsong UNITED Good Grace (Live) – Single 2018
Adoration Life Center Worship Single 2020
Mercy|Grace (the autumn) Songs of Mercy and Grace 2018
Greatest Love Story Providence Worship Live On The Hill 2020
Even the Heavens Sing (feat. Ryan Lewis Living Word Music With All Creations Song 2020
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Close (feat. Diana Trout) Living Word Music With All Creations Song 2020
Path To Peace Worship Center Music Single
See A Victory Elevation Worship At Midnight – EP 2019
Graves Into Gardens (feat. Brandon Lake) Elevation Worship Graves Into Garders 2020
Come Out of that Grave (Resurrection Power) Brandon Lake Revivals In The Air (Live) 2020
Peace Be Still (feat. Lauren Daigle) The Belonging Co All the Earth 2017
You Reign (Live) Mack Brock Single 2020
Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me Selah Firm Foundation 2019
Battle Is The Lords (feat. Brandon Lake) Alt version Rebecca St James Single 2020
Still in Control (feat. Mack Brock) Jesus Culture Single 2020

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20/20 Insight-Wisdom of God’s Counsel

john : June 12, 2020 5:05 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

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

In Isaiah 48:17, This is what the LORD says-your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.”

God has a plan for our lives. His instruction is for our benefit. He made us, so He knows how we are wired, and what is ultimately for our good. Trusting in God’s guidance is foundational for being teachable. Why would we follow someone if we thought they were leading us to a dead-end? God’s plan is NOT a dead end. He is leading us somewhere good. God supplies us with His sufficient grace for our journey of faith. He leads us by His Word, in His will, and for His glory.

If we don’t know where God is leading us in the present time, we can start with a prayer like this recorded in Psalm 143, verse 10: “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.”

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

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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