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Q and A-Gambling

john : January 12, 2016 6:06 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A segment explores the question, “What does the Bible have to say about gambling?”

While references to gambling are subtle in the Bible, there are warnings in the Bible against the love of money, which is often the desire that prompts people to play the lottery and other games of chance. First Timothy 6:10 says, “Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

Playing the lottery is a gamble, not just because of the money we lose if we don’t win, but also the temptations we might face of having so much wealth if we would win.

The odds of winning, however, are not in our favor. Oddsmakers say we have a better chance of getting struck by lightning or getting bit by a shark than winning the lottery. The Bible promotes the idea of earning money by our labor, rather than games of chance or get-rich schemes.

Proverbs 28:19 says, “He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.”

A good focus point for our lives is to pursue after God’s own heart rather than chase after the riches of this world in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Reason To Believe-Stars In The Universe

john : January 11, 2016 5:23 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is the stars in the universe.

David wrote in Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day, they pour forth speech; night after night, they display knowledge.”

The stars in the universe tell us that God is the creator of the universe. Psalm 33:6 says, “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; their starry host by the breath of his mouth.”

The stars also speak of His vastness. In the Milky Way, the galaxy that contains our solar system, astronomers believe there are at least 100 billions stars. That is just our galaxy. Astronomers believe there are more than 100 billion galaxies in the universe.

The stars also speak of God’s unlimited understanding. Psalm 147:4 says, “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.”

Philippians 2:14-16 shows us how we can shine like the stars in the universe for the glory of God- by holding out the word of life and doing everything without complaining and arguing.

The stars in the universe are reasons to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Show Playlist

kristi : January 10, 2016 8:52 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

6AM

Weve Come To Declare

Shane & Shane

Psalms

2002

All The Poor and Powerless (feat. Bethany Dillon)

Shane & Shane

The Worship Initiative

2015

Praise The Lord

Kristene Mueller

Those Who Dream

2008

It is Well (feat. Kristene DiMarco)

Bethel Music

You Make Me Brave (Live)

2014

Sing Along

Christy Nockels

Into The Glorious

2012

Let It Be Jesus [Live]

Christy Nockels

Let It Be Jesus [Live]

2015

Waiting Here for You (with Martin Smith) [Live]

Jesus Culture

Live from New York (with Martin Smith) [Live]

2012

Emmanuel

Martin Smith

Back To The Start

2014

Jesus, We Love You (Live)

Bethel Music & Paul McClure

We Will Not Be Shaken (Live) [Deluxe Edition]

2015

Ever Be (feat. Kalley Heiligenthal)

Bethel Music

We Will Not Be Shaken (Live) [Deluxe Edition]

2015

Pocketful of Faith

Tim Hughes

Pocketful of Faith

2015

7AM

Here I Am To Worship (feat. Martin Smith of Delirious

Tim Hughes

Happy Day

2009

Forever

Kari Jobe

Majestic

2014

Revelation Song (feat. Kari Jobe)

Gateway Worship

Cover The Earth

2006

Create In Me

Rend Collective

The Art of Celebration

2014

Desert Soul

Rend Collective

Homemade Worship By Handmade People

2012

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

Hillsong United

Zion

2013

Rhythms Of Grace

Hillsong United

Aftermath

2011

God Moves In A Mysterious Way

Jeremy Riddle

Full Attention

2007

One Thirst and Hunger

Jeremy Riddle

Furious

2011

One Thing Remains (Studio Version) (feat. Passion)

Kristian Stanfill

Passion: White Flag

2012

Come To The Water

Kristian Stanfill

Passion: Let The Future Begin

2013

Your Glory / Nothing But the Blood (Live)

All Sons & Daughters

Live

2013

8AM

Great Are You Lord

All Sons & Daughters

All Sons & Daughters

2014

Our Father (feat. Jenn Johnson)

Bethel Live

For The Sake Of The World

2012

Forever and a Day (feat. Jenn Johnson) [Live]

Bethel Live

Be Lifted High (Deluxe Edition) [Live]

2011

10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)

Matt Redman

10,000 Reasons

2012

Never Once

Matt Redman

10,000 Reasons

2011

You Make Me Brave (feat. Amanda Cook)

Bethel Music

You Make Me Brave (Live)

2014

Heroes 

Amanda Cook

Brave New World

2015

Heartbeat

Bellarive

The Heartbeat

2012

Taste Of Eternity

Bellarive

The Heartbeat

2012

Hes Alive

Laura Hacket

Joy (LIVE)

2010

Joyful, Joyful

Laura Hackett

Joy (LIVE)

2010

9AM

Mystery (feat. Passion)

Charlie Hall

Passion: White Flag

2012

Rock of Ages

Charlie Hall Band

The Death of Death

2013

Rescue

Jared Anderson

51 Must Have Modern Worship Hits

2007

Great I Am (feat. Jared Anderson)

New Life Worship

You Hold It All

2011

Nothing Holding Me Back

Bryan & Katie Torwalt

Here On Earth

2011

Holy Spirit

Bryan & Katie Torwalt

Here On Earth

2011

No Longer Slaves (Live)

Bethel Music, Jonathan David & Melissa Helser

We Will Not Be Shaken (Live) [Deluxe Edition]

2015

Mt. Zion

Cageless Birds & Jonathan David Helser

Live At Home

2014

Lord, I Need You

Chris Tomlin

Passion: Here For You

2011

All My Fountains

Chris Tomlin

Passion: Here For You

2011

Tears Of Joy

Phil Wickham

The Ascension

2013

Joy

Phil Wickham

Response

2011

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Some Sort Of Rock Show

promojohn : January 8, 2016 9:50 am : John Staffieri

Your playlist for the January 8/10 episode of Some Sort of Rock Show:

Hour 1

  1. Take Me Over – RED
  2. Rise – Skillet
  3. Dead Man – Rhett Walker Band
  4. Im Down – The Almost
  5. Taking Back – About A Mile
  6. Live On Forever – The Afters
  7. Bring It On – Seventh Day Slumber
  8. On My Own – Ashes Remain
  9. God Is On The Move – 7eventh Time Down
  10. It Was You – The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  11. I’m Not Running Away From This – Hearts Like Lions
  12. Hearing Voices – Anberlin
  13. Sayonara – Disciple
  14. Shine Down – Disciple
  15. Come Alive – Attaboy
  16. Satisfy – Found In The Fury

Hour 2

  1. Mr. Roboto – Rapture Ruckus
  2. Space Cadet – After Edmund
  3. Loving Led – Ilia
  4. Here Waiting – Abandon
  5. Alive – Tree63
  6. Afterlife – Switchfoot
  7. Glow In The Dark – Family Force 5
  8. Live Life Loud – Hawk Nelson
  9. Desperados (feat. Mali Music) – Andy Mineo
  10. Shook – Thousand Foot Krutch
  11. Bring It On – Kutless
  12. Until The Sun Burns Out – The Red Airplanes
  13. Chevette – Audio Adrenaline
  14. Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now – Needtobreathe
  15. Chasing Fears – Graceful Closure
  16. Something Made To Last – Remedy Drive
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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do Jan 8-10,2016

phredd : January 8, 2016 8:51 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend – January 8-10, 2016

5 East Shore YMCA Health Fair, tomorrow (Saturday, January 9) beginning at 8am – North Front Street in Harrisburg. Free and open to the public. The event will include health screenings, over 25 health related vendors and healthy cooking Demonstrations and classes. More Info: 717-433-7500.

4 Saturday Lego Madness, tomorrow (Saturday, January 9) 10:30-11:30am at the New Cumberland Public Library. Children of all ages are invited to hear Mr. Tom Gross, from the Lions’ Club, read a story and then are encouraged to create a Lego piece that reflects the story. Legos are provided. No registration is required. Sponsored by The New Cumberland Lions Club. More Info: 717-774-7820

3 LaLaLuna, a new women’s vocal ensemble, Epiphany Concert at East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Sunday (Jan 10) at 3pm with special guest singer/songwriter Daryl Snider. The concert is free but you are invited to help assemble hygiene kits for Mennonite Central Committee. LaLaLuna performs a mix of classical choral music and contemporary jazz and pop. Christmas music arrangements will also be performed. More Info: TownLively.com

2 Experimental Finger Tapping Guitarist Alex Brubaker will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, Lincoln Hwy East in Lancaster tomorrow (Saturday, January 9) at 7pm. Alex is known for his percussive finger style, live looping, multiple guitars, and fretboard experimentation. More Info: http://emmausroadcafe.org

1 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show – the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, tomorrow and Sunday (January 9 & 10) 8am-9pm both days at The Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits. The Farm Show is free, however there is a cost for parking. More Info: farmshow.state.pa.us

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Q and A-Who Is Jesus?

john : January 7, 2016 5:05 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A explores the question, “Who is Jesus?”

There came a moment in Jesus’ ministry when Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

There were various opinions. The disciples replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Then Jesus wanted to know their thoughts, and asked them, “But what about you? Who do you say I am?”

If Jesus asked you that question, what would you say? Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” In saying this, Peter was acknowledging Jesus as the promised Messiah. Jesus blessed Peter for such a reply.

Elsewhere in the Bible, Jesus is described as Savior and Lord. He is uniquely qualified to save us from our sins and bring us into a right relationship with God.

Knowing Jesus personally as our Savior and Lord is a blessed place to be in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Reason To Believe-Creation

john : January 6, 2016 5:52 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – This is the Year of Exploration at WJTL. We will explore various questions about the Christian faith and examine daily reasons to believe in the Gospel.

Today’s Reason to Believe is Creation.

What we see around us in nature day after day directs our attention to the Master Architect behind it all. God said “Let there be light, and there was light.”

Hebrews 11:3 says, “By faith, we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”

Romans 1:20 says, “Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

The Bible reveals the power of God to make something out of nothing. The same God who spoke this world into existence has made you and me, and He is worthy of our praise.

Creation is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Q and A-Noble Spiritual Goals for 2016

john : January 5, 2016 5:54 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – This is the Year of Exploration at WJTL. We will explore various questions about the Christian faith and examine daily reasons to believe in the Gospel.

Today’s Q and A explores the question, “What are some noble spiritual goals for the New Year?”

Common New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, eating healthy, spending less money, and saving more money.

Those ambitions may be on your list as you begin 2016. There is merit to these goals. It is good to remember that every goal requires a plan. There is a process on the pathway to success.

There are noble goals for growing in our relationship with God in 2016.

The Apostle Paul said, “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings.”

A good starting place for knowing Jesus is to spend time with Him in prayer and Bible study. Then, take those truths that we learn from God’s Word and live them out for the glory of God.

Establishing priorities to know Jesus and honor His name are noble ambitions in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Reason To Believe-The Big Picture

john : January 4, 2016 5:17 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – This is the Year of Exploration at WJTL. We will explore various questions about the Christian faith and examine daily reasons to believe in the Gospel.

Today’s Reason to Believe is the Big Picture.

From the beginning to end, the Bible outlines human history in a way that reveals Jesus as our only hope for salvation from sin.

The first two chapters in Genesis reveal Creation, where God made the heavens and the earth.

The third chapter of Genesis reveals the fall of Adam and Eve and the consequences of sin.

Much of the Bible covers God’s plan of redemption through the coming of Jesus Christ. The Old Testament anticipates the arrival of the Christ with the law, feasts, and prophecies. The New Testament reveals Jesus as the Christ, who fulfills the law and the prophets.

And the book of Revelation reveals the new heavens and the new earth, where God’s followers are restored to complete fellowship with God.

According to First Peter 3:18, Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.

The big picture of history and God’s plan of redemption is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Dot-to-Dot Personal Faith Action Plan

Nik : January 4, 2016 11:56 am : Nik, Uncategorized

NIK – For THE Dot-to-DOT GREAT REVEAL, we no longer needed to be told to take up the crayon and physically draw short lines–number to number. At some point in development, there was a change.  Now, we were mentally able to connect the dots that created the picture, especially, if there were context clues. Our very bright mind drew around the picture for us, and reality was–we needed no numbers at all to make something magnificent appear upon the page.

If only faith was that linear (where we know for certain two comes after one and so on or in some cases in life, where is that big INKY dot-to-dot STAR that tells us “Start Here”).  That STAR does represent a beginning or a mark identifying “You Are Here.”  But reality is, a journey proceeds the starred starting point–just as it did that famous first “Christmas” with those familiar Kings we sang about who traveled so far.
I look back in my faith journey thinking If only she “got” the picture.

This younger version of myself, didn’t have the capacity or development that comes from “journey-ing.” Faith is not a simple walk in the park because the one we were made in the image of—Almighty God—is infinitely greater than that default trinity I love so much: “me, myself and I.”

Following the proverbial dot-to-dot could be a sign we’re growing in our faith. Growing doesn’t make us juvenile; rather it’s a working out of personal salvation, redemption, and unfathomable grace.  This is our journey.  In contrast, if we want to remain where we can quickly call out the picture on the page (without first putting in the more meticulous work line by line) it may mean it is time to stoke the fire of our faith journey–find a proverbial camel and get after the starting star.

A MENTAL EXERCISE

It’s in the making.  This year, I’m proposing thoughtful time for a dot-to-dot.

[Twelve months act as dots; for example, January is one, February is two and on to December which is twelve.] Compare you, my camel rider, last year to this one (i.e.where was I after Christmas 2014. Recall things like family, health, habits, relationships, money, personal time in God’s word etc.) and most importantly pray. Prayerfully, ask God to reveal the picture in the making that He sees complete. God has a plan for you this year, as He does for me. I think it’s a valid goal to spend less time putting God in the picture and more time understanding His powerful orchestration and plan. He is the publisher of this dot-to-dot we call history and future and life. He’s overseer of these lines drawn, and builder of our very bright mind created to glorify Him. Let’s begin to draw one line at a time! Journey month by month with awareness.  Let’s read God’s word, pray alone, pray together, be accountable, and, my friends, let’s be His disciples!  We, too, will find Him!

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