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Freedom Phrase-New Patterns

john : November 20, 2019 5:06 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Redemption, today’s Freedom Phrase is based on Romans 6, verses 17 and 18.

“Thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”

Changed lives are occasions for thanksgiving. When we see someone give their allegiance to Christ and new patterns emerging in their lives as a result, that is a reason to thank God. That is also an opportunity to encourage them to remain faithful to Jesus. 

These verses also challenge us to remain consistent in obeying Jesus every day. Then, our behavior will line up with our beliefs. That’s called integrity, which God uses as an influence for the Gospel in the world today.

Through Jesus, we are set free from patterns of sinful behavior to enjoy the opportunities of serving God.  

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Playlist

kristi : November 17, 2019 8:09 am : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

It’s week 3 in our Season of Thanksgiving, Sunday mornings on WJTL.
This morning’s theme is “Counting our Blessings and Blessing the Lord”! The lineup is below, including Psalms in song and hymns like “Come Thou Fount” and “Blessed Assurance”. Plus, “10,000 Reasons” from Matt Redman, “Counting Every Blessing” by Rend Collective, Chris Tomlin’s “Satisfied”, and the new version of Doxology in song by Hillsong Worship.

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ

Kristi@WJTL.com

Song Title Artist Album Year
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Count Them All JJ Weeks Band As Long As We Can Breathe 2017
Thank You Lord Paul Baloche A Greater Song 2006
Psalm 63 The Corner Room Psalm Songs, Vol. 2 2018
Blessed Savior, Fount of Grace Darlene Zschech Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns of Fanny Crosby 2015
Jesus Messiah Chris Tomlin Hello Love 2008
Worthy of Your Name (feat. Sean Curran of Bellarive) Passion Worthy Of Your Name 2017
Faithful Covenant Worship Standing 2012
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) (feat. Passion) Matt Redman Passion: White Flag 2012
Doxology Stars Go Dim Stars Go Dim 2017
Blessed Is the One (Psalm 32) Sovereign Grace Music Psalms 2008
Blessed Be the Name of the Lord Heather Land Pouring It Out for You 2011
Bless The Lord Laura Story Great God Who Saves 2009
Wonderful Things Highlands Worship Vol 1: Wonderful Things – EP 2018
We Give You Thanks All Sons & Daughters All Sons & Daughters 2014
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Blessed Assurance (feat. Jeremy Riddle) Worship Circle Worship Circle Hymns 2019
I Will Bless Your Name (feat. Jenn Johnson) Brian Johnson We Believe 2006
Draw Near (feat. Kristian Stanfill) Passion Passion: Even So Come 2015
Oh Blessed (feat. Anthony Skinner) Stu Garrard Beatitudes 2017
Light of Your Face Misty Edwards Relentless 2007
When The Stars Burn Down (Blessing and Honor) Phillips, Craig & Dean Breathe In 2012
A Grateful People/Bless the Lord Watermark A Grateful People 2006
Bless the Lord Jared Anderson iWorship Now/Next 2013
Blessed Be Your Name Matt Redman Where Angels Fear To Tread 2002
Come Thou Fount (feat. Charlie Hall) Worship Circle Worship Circle Hymns 2019
Psalm 134 (Bless the Lord) Robbie Seay Band Psalms LP 2015
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Bless His Name Jeremy Riddle The Now And Not Yet 2009
Bless Your Name Brian and Jenn Johnson We Believe 2006
Bless Your Name Eddie Kirkland North Point Live: Awake 2009
Yes I Will Vertical Worship Bright Faith Bold Future 2018
Bless The Lord (feat. Rita Springer) Jeff Deyo Light 2003
Psalm 1 The Corner Room Psalm Songs, Vol. 1 2015
Blessed Redeemer Leigh Nash Hymns And Sacred Songs 2011
I Will Wait David Leonard The Wait 2019
Covered (feat. London Gatch) Mack Brock Covered – EP 2019
Hundred Miles (feat. Crowder) [Live] Passion Follow You Anywhere (Live) 2019
Counting Every Blessing Rend Collective Good News 2018
Satisfied Chris Tomlin Nobody Loves Me Like You – EP 2018
Glory Phil Wickham The Ascension 2014
God Youre So Good (feat. Kristian Stanfill and Melodie Malone) Passion Whole Heart 2018
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May The Words Of My Mouth Tim Hughes Discover 02 2002
Christ You Stand Alone London Gatch New Stories 2019
Revelation Song (Live) Phil Wickham & Kari Jobe Singalong 3 (Live) 2015
Nothing Else Cody Carnes Nothing Else – Single 2019
Come Thou Fount (Above All Else) [Live] Shane & Shane Hymns Live 2019
From Whom All Blessings Flow (Doxology) Hillsong Worship Awake 2019
We Are Blessed All Sons & Daughters The Longing – EP 2012
Good Forever (Live) Matt Redman Your Grace Finds Me (Live) 2013
10,000 Reasons Rend Collective Experiment Campfire 2013
Psalm 32 The Corner Room Psalm Songs, Vol. 1 2015
Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us (Blessed Jesus) Leigh Nash Hymns And Sacred Songs 2011
Blessed Assurance Chris McClarney Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns of Fanny Crosby 2015
Everyday Im Blessed Crowder I Know a Ghost 2018

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Red Letter Wisdom-The Reward of Hospitality

john : November 15, 2019 4:52 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Wisdom from the Red Letters is found in Matthew 10, verses 41 and 42.

Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”

God sees even the smallest tasks that we do with pure motives and will reward us as He sees fit. Jesus wants us to love all people, including our enemies. But in this particular statement, Jesus is specifically encouraging us to look out for the needs of His faithful servants and followers.

The words of Jesus inspire us to welcome members of God’s family with hospitality and kindness in the Year of Redemption.   

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Red Letter Wisdom-Don’t Hinder the Lord’s Work

john : November 13, 2019 4:42 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Wisdom from the Red Letters is found in Luke 9:50.

One of Jesus’ disciples, John, said to Jesus, “Master, we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.”

Jesus answered, “Do not stop him, for whoever is not against you is for you.”

Jesus recognized that the person driving out demons had pure motives. He was not less important, nor were his deeds any less significant because he was outside of Jesus’ close circle of disciples. This became a teachable moment for John, and it becomes a teachable moment for us too. Our lives matter to God. He takes great delight in our faith and in our service for Him. The same is true for the person next to us who seeks to honor the Lord with their lives. Treat them as members of the same team, not as opponents. Seek to bless them, and not to hinder them.

The words of Jesus inspire us to celebrate the victories of other believers and to encourage them in the Year of Redemption.  

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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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

Kristi@WJTL.com

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
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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
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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
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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
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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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