Moment Of Celebration-Living Water

john : March 24, 2014 5:09 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment of Celebration reflects on the living water that Jesus offers us.

Jesus said to the woman at the well, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Water is essential for us to live. Physical water refreshes us for a period of time, but then we need to have more to sustain us.  Going three days without water puts a person’s life at risk. The water that Jesus offers is enough to satisfy our soul forever.

Today, Jesus gives us the opportunity to drink from the fountain of His grace. This grace is a gift from God. It’s not something that we earn or buy with money. His grace is a gift that we receive by trusting in Jesus for salvation.

Psalm 34:8 invites us to taste and see that the LORD is good. This becomes a reality when we embrace God’s grace.

The Living Water that Jesus offers us is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

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My Field Trip to Pathways Out Of Poverty

kristi : March 23, 2014 5:07 pm : Kristi Leigh, Staff Pages

This week I took a field trip!  I visited the Pathways Out Of Poverty exhibit at HOPE International‘s headquarters in Lancaster.  Pathways out of Poverty is an interactive experience that invites visitors to remember the needy by walking alongside them for a moving journey from poverty to hope.

I’ve heard about the lives changed by HOPE and what they do over the years; but now I feel like I’ve seen it for myself.  I didn’t physically leave the country; but the 30 minute exhibit sure makes it feel that way!  I was given an .mp3 player and headphones and started at the front door of a typical home here in Lancaster County.  Next, the exhibit took me to the huts and hospital rooms of people facing big challenges all over the world.  There are 8 different real-life stories featured.  I saw their faces, peeked into their homes and heard their very own voices describe what they were up against.  If that’s where it ended, it’d be one big bummer–but thankfully the exhibit also shows the difference that HOPE International helped them make in their lives.  It was powerful and something I’ll remember for a long time.  I want to encourage you to visit!  Click here for info at HOPE’s website and to book a time to visit.



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Praise&Worship Playlist (3/23)

kristi : March 23, 2014 6:00 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

I hope you’re enjoying this fresh new season so far.  Here’s the playlist!  Today we’re starting off “at the top of the mountain” and singing songs of worship from there.  Some songs in the 8:00 hour also celebrate the new season as we come out of the darkness of Winter and into the light of Spring!

Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ
The Ascension Phil Wickham The Ascension 2013
Mountaintop The City Harmonic I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home) 2012
Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble? Delirious Revival Generation 1998
Mountain Of God Third Day Wherever You Are 2005
High Places Brian Campbell Hearts Wake To The Giver Of Life 2013
Lord Most High (feat. Aaron Shust) Scott Wesley Brown Songs From The Valley 2013
Most High Hillsong Blessed 2002
Chasing After You Deluge Deeper (Integrity Compilation) 2008
Chasing Charlie Hall On The Road To Beautiful 2003
I Will Search Israel and New Breed 2007
I Will Run Jason Morant Open 2006
Come Home Running Chris Tomlin Not To Us 2002
Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus) Chris Rice Run The Earth…Watch The Sky 2003
Come Thou Fount Audrey Assad 2013
Be Lifted High Bethel Live Be Lifted High 2011
Who You Are Desperation Band Who You Are 2006
Never Stop Singing Tim Hughes Love Shine Through 2011
All My Fountains Chris Tomlin Passion: Here For You 2011
Oh How I Need You All Sons and Daughters The Longing 2012
Make A Joyful Noise David Crowder Passion: The Road To One Day 2000
This Is Amazing Grace Jeremy Riddle Bethel Live: For The Sake Of The World 2012
This Is What You Do (feat. William Matthews) Bethel Live For The Sake Of The World 2012
Praise Like Fireworks Rend Collective Homemade Worship By Handmade People 2012
Lift The Name (feat. Jared Anderson) New Life Worship You Hold It All 2011
Everywhere Revolution Worship Live In Love 2013
We Wont Stay Silent Tim Hughes Happy Day 2009
Joy Phil Wickham Response 2011
Where The Spirit Of The Lord Is (feat. Christy Nockels) Chris Tomlin Passion: Awakening 2010
I Am Free Jared Anderson 51 Must Have Modern Worship Hits 2007
Let The Earth Awake Charlie Hall The Rising 2010
In Your Light (feat. Jeremy Riddle) Bethel Live For The Sake Of The World 2012
Into The Light Sisterbrother TBD 2013
Good to Me Audrey Assad Fortunate Fall 2013
Before the Throne of God Above Shane & Shane Pages 2007
Victors Crown Darlene Zschech [digital single] 2014
Future / Past John Mark McMillan Borderland 2014
Sing Along Christy Nockels Into The Glorious 2012
Awake My Soul (feat. Lecrae) Chris Tomlin Burning Lights 2013
Heres My Heart Crowder Passion: Let The Future Begin 2013
With Everything Hillsong United Passion: Awakening 2010
I Belong To You (feat. Derek Johnson) Jesus Culture Live from New York (with Martin Smith) 2012
Forever Reign Kristian Stanfill Passion: Here For You 2011
Great I Am (feat. Jared Anderson) New Life Worship You Hold It All 2011
At Your Name (Forever) Tim Hughes Love Shine Through 2011
Forever Kari Jobe Majestic 2014
Lord, I Need You Chris Tomlin Passion: Here For You 2011
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) (feat. Passion) Matt Redman Passion: White Flag 2012
The Stand Kristian Stanfill Passion: Awakening (Deluxe Edition) 2010
I Am Crowder Neon Steeple 2013
One Thing Remains (feat. Chris Quilala) Jesus Culture Come Away 2010
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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend

phredd : March 21, 2014 11:48 am : Fred McNaughton, Staff Pages


5) LBC will host the annual Lancaster County Intercollegiate Band Festival Sunday (March 23) at 7:30pm in the Good Shepherd Chapel, featuring the symphonic bands from Franklin & Marshall College, Millersville University, Elizabethtown College, and Lancaster Bible College. Admission is free, but tickets are required. A donation will be received to help with the cost of the event and a ticket is required. More Info:

4) Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart in Concert – Tonight (Friday, March 21) 6:30-8:30pm at Building Character, North Queen Street in Lancaster. Free Admission and Free Refreshments.  Sponsored by the River Valley Music Collective. More info:

3) 41st Annual Woodcarving & Wildlife Art Festival, Saturday & Sunday, (March 22nd & 23rd, 2014) Sat. 10am – 5pm &
Sun. 10am – 4pm,  At the Millersville University Fitness Center, There is a cost for adults, however Children under 15 are free when accompanied by an adult. This year’s theme is AMERICA FOREVER. More Info:

2) An evening of music with Phil Joel, formerly of the Newsboys, and solo artist Galen Crew at Grace  Fellowship Church, Old Lancaster Pike in Shillington, tonight (March 21) at 7PM. Free admission.  Doors open at 6pm.  More Info:

1) Cavod Dance Company will perform Not of This World tonight (Friday, March 21) at 7 p.m. at Living Waters Theatre in Strasburg. The dance company will share stirring stories about three young adults who overcame extreme adversity. The performance is free. An offering will be taken to support the seven member dance company’s mission trip to serve in Cape Town, Africa. More Info: 

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New Tunes at 9 Roundup: Ellie Holcomb

phil : March 20, 2014 7:33 pm : music, Radio Friend Phil, Staff Pages

RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup. (New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL.) Singer/songwriter Ellie Holcomb is coming to the Junction Center. She’ll be appearing next Friday morning, March 28, along with her father, acclaimed producer, Brown Bannister. (Bannister, whose credits include Amy Grant, Jeremy Camp, Third Day, and Steven Curtis Chapman, among others, is also the producer of Ellie’s new project, “As Sure As the Sun.”) Following a successful kickstarter campaign, Ellie released her project in February and has made “As Sure As the Sun” available on vinyl. (“As Sure As the Sun” is also available on iTunes.) Ellie Holcomb’s first radio single off “As Sure As the Sun” is “The Broken Beautiful.” The song has a playful melody and reads like a personal letter to Christ. She writes: “I know that I don’t bring a lot to the table; just little pieces of a broken heart. There’s days I wonder if you’ll still be faithful. Hold me together when I fall apart. Would you remind me now of who you are?” (Ellie spoke about the song on New Tunes at 9. For more on Ellie Holcomb, go to Again, Ellie will be appearing at the Junction Center, Friday morning, March 28; click for details. She’ll also be our guest, next Thursday night, March 27, on New Tunes at 9.

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Moment Of Celebration-Healing and Freedom

john : March 20, 2014 2:31 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the freedom and healing of the righteous.

In Malachi, chapter 4, we find a description of a day that is coming when the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble. In Verse 2, the LORD says, “But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.”

The reference to healing in this passage indicates that God’s people will experience wounds in this life. Some of those wounds surface in the form of physical pain. Others may take the form of emotional scars. Other wounds may result from persecution because of our faith in the Lord. On the day of the LORD, there will be healing for those who live with reverence for His name. The scars will be removed. There will be nothing fearful to give us nightmares. Painful memories will no longer make us sad.

The reference to freedom in this passage indicates that the righteous will experience liberty to worship God without interference. No one will be able to censor our testimony, or our expressions of love for God. Our faith will be unchained. It will be like a refreshing day of spring after a paralyzing, snow-covered winter.

The freedom and healing for the righteous on the day of the LORD is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

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KCB Roller Skating Party Update

lisa : March 19, 2014 9:59 am : Lisa Landis, Staff Pages

LISA LANDIS- A reminder that the next KCB Roller Skating Party is MAY 31, NOT this weekend.  Since the last skate was postponed due to the wintry weather, we decided to move the March 22nd date so as not to hold two skates in the same month.  In case you didn’t get word, the last skate of the season is MAY 31 from 10am-11am at Castle Roller Skating in Lancaster.  I hope to see you then for tons of KCB skating fun!  Visit the Calendar at KIDSCOOKIEBREAK.COM, or click the Kids tab here at WJTL.COM for more KCB live on location dates.  We are very busy starting April 26th!

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Moment Of Celebration-Ebenezer

john : March 17, 2014 2:18 pm : John Shirk, Staff Pages

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Moment Of Celebration reflects on the meaning of “Ebenezer.”

We often hear that word during the Christmas season related to the Charles Dicken’s novel, “Ebenezer Scrooge.”

However, Ebenezer is also found in the Bible in the book of First Samuel. In their distress, the Israelites gathered together to fast and confess their sins to God.  When Israel’s enemies, the Philistines, heard that they were gathered together, they set out to attack them. The Israelites pleaded for Samuel to cry out to God on their behalf.

The LORD heard Samuel’s petition and thundered against the Philistines and routed them before the Israelites.

That is when Samuel set up a stone and named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far has the LORD helped us.” Through life’s storms, challenges, and conflicts, Ebenezer is a term that helps us to remember where our source of help comes from. According to Psalm 121, “my help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

God’s help in times of distress is a reason to be glad in the Year of Celebration.

John Shirk

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Some Sort of Rock Show

promojohn : March 16, 2014 8:12 pm : John Staffieri

Here is March 16th SSRS Playlist.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Feel Free to leave a comment below or connect with me at

Track Artist Album
So Far Away RED Release The Panic
This Isn’t Love The Birdsongs The Journey: Act I; The Beginning
Money Manic Drive Epic
Memory Decyfer Down Scarecrow
God of Fire Kingdom Kingdom
My Hippocratic Oath Philmont Oh Snap EP
We Are the Brave VERIDIA Inseparable
Jump Start My Heart Satellites & Sirens One Noise
The God I Know Me In Motion Me In Motion
Grace Alone Dustin Kensrue The Water & The Blood
I Am Crowder Neon Steeple
A Million Miles Away Hawk Nelson Made
California Hawk Nelson Letters to the President
Far Away Finding Iris We the Moon
Only One Scott Stapp Proof Of Life
Breaking Out Sumerlin Runaways
Hour 2
Enemy I Anthem West of Homeland
We Are The Broken Seventh Day Slumber We Are The Broken
Student Driver Stellar Kart All Gas. No Brake
Slave Love Like Gravity Slave
Fight Song The Almost Fear Inside Our Bones
Make It Bright Remedy Drive Resuscitate
Static Bleach Static
Glow The Digital Age Evening:Morning
Miracle Mike Mains & The Branches Home
The Saints (w/KB & Trip Lee) Andy Mineo Heroes for Sale
When We All Come Alive Switchfoot Fading West
Me Without You Toby Mac Eye On It
Criminal Scientist World EP
Zombie (w/ John Cooper) We As Human We As Human
For Who You Are Lybecker Until We Feel Alive
Never Looking Back Silverline Lights Out
Serial Sleepers House Of Heroes Say No More



Praise&Worship Collaborations Playlist

kristi : March 16, 2014 6:02 am : Kristi Leigh, music, Staff Pages

Hey everybody!  I hope you’re hanging in there through what will hopefully be the final days of winter.  I’ve been battling a cold, like everybody else in our office…so today it’s a re-run for the Praise & Worship Show. A while back, I did a “collaborations” theme: duets, trios, choirs–just no solo singers on the songs.  The playlist is below.

I hope you’re healthy and happy!
Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ

6:00 a.m.
Faithful (feat. David Crowder) Rend Collective Experiment Organic Family Hymnal 2010
Sometimes By Step (feat. Rich Mullins) Bebo Norman WOW Worship Aqua 2006
Glorious (feat. Christy Nockels) Chris Tomlin Passion: Everything Glorious 2006
Your Name (feat. Paul Baloche) Phil Wickham Your Name 2008
King Of Wonders (feat. Matt Redman, Tim Hughes, Joel Houston of Hillsong) CompassionArt CompassionArt 2009
I See Love (feat. Steven Curtis Chapman, Mercy Me) Third Day The Passion Of The Christ – Songs 2004
Lets Worship (feat. Kari Jobe) Deluge Unshakeable 2010
Holy (Wedding Day) (feat. JJ Heller) The City Harmonic I Have a Dream (It Feels Like Home) 2012
Eyes for You (Psalm 141) (feat. Phil Wickham) Sarah Mcintosh The Message – Psalms 2005
Jesus Went To The Garden (feat. Paul Colman, Dan Haseltine, Sara Groves, GlassByrd) Derri Daugherty The Christ-His Passion 2004
Almighty God (feat. Jeff Deyo) Dennis Jernigan Hands Lifted High 2004
Light the Fire (feat. Rebecca St. James) Fusebox Lost in Worship
Those Who Trust (feat. Waterdeep) 100 Portraits Enter The Worship Circle 1999
Nothing But The Blood (feat. The Blind Boys Of Alabama) Jars Of Clay Redemption Songs 2005
7:00 a.m.
Furious (feat. Jeremy Riddle) Bethel Live Be Lifted High 2011
Shekinah (feat. Jaye Thomas) Cory Asbury Joy (LIVE)
Rain Down (feat. Hillsong) Delirious Unified Praise 2004
My Jesus I Love Thee / Tis So Sweet (feat. Derek Webb) Bart Millard Music Inspired By The Motion Picture Amazing Grace 2007
Clinging To The Cross (feat. Brooke Fraser) Tim Hughes Holding Nothing Back 2007
You Have Been So Good (feat. Sara Groves) Paul Baloche A Greater Song 2006
You Are My King (Amazing Love) (feat. Charlie Hall) Christy Nockels Passion-Better Is One Day 2000
Holy is Your Name (feat. Cliff and Danielle Young of Caedmons Call) Bebo Norman City On A Hill – Sing Alleluia 2002
All Creatures Of Our God And King (feat. Shawn McDonald) Bethany Dillon WOW Hymns 2007
My Glorious-Sing To The King (feat. Laura Story) Eoghan Heaslip Worship Project H2.14 2005
Amazed (feat. Christy Nockels) Eoghan Heaslip 51 Must Have Modern Worship Hits 2007
Set Free (feat. Matt Redman) Chris Tomlin Passion: Here For You 2011
8:00 a.m.
Youre Worthy Of My Praise (feat. Barlow Girl) Big Daddy Weave Absolute Modern Worship 2005
I See The Cross (feat. Daphne Rademaker) Brian Doerksen Believe 2000
Glory (feat. Jared Anderson) Lincoln Brewster Worship Project H2.14 2005
Communion (feat. Phil Keaggy) Caedmons Call The Christ-His Passion 2004
The Gathering (feat. Dan Haseltine of Jars Of Clay, Charlie Lowell, Bebo Norman, Sara Groves) Caedmons Call City On A Hill – The Gathering 2003
Mystery (feat. Passion) Charlie Hall Passion: White Flag 2012
Follow Jesus (Landa Yesu) (feat. Nicole C. Mullen) Selah Bless The Broken Road 2006
Love (feat. Watoto Childrens Choir) Chris Tomlin Hello Love 2008
Blessed Be Your Name (feat. Rebecca St. James) Newsboys Devotion 2004
Be The Center (feat. Kathryn Scott) Michael Frye WOW Worship Red 2005
Lord Have Mercy (feat. Amy Grant) Michael W. Smith Worship Again 2002
9:00 a.m.
God of Wonders (feat. Caedmons Call) Mac Powell City on a Hill 2000
The Heart Of Worship (feat. Martin Smith of Delirious) Matt Redman I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever 1999
Bless The Lord (feat. Rita Springer) Jeff Deyo Light 2003
Emmanuel (feat. Rick Elias, Nicole C. Mullen) Gabriels Harp One 2000
Amazing Grace (feat. Ginny Owens) Jim Brickman Grace
Great Is Thy Faithfulness (feat. Brenda Janz and the Mennonite Jazz Committee) Brian Doerksen Today 2004
How Great Is The Love (feat. Paul Baloche) Meredith Andrews As Long As It Takes 2010
When I Speak Your Name (feat. Kari Jobe) Klaus Glory 2008
Love Song (feat. Abbey Merkel) Lamont Hiebert Worship Project P40.3 2004
With Every Breath (feat. Dan Haseltine of Jars Of Clay) Leigh Nash City On A Hill 2001
Lord (feat. Mark Stuart, Vicky Beeching) Ian Eskelin Your Name 2008
We Fall Down (feat. Chris Tomlin) Steven Curtis Chapman WOW Worship Red 2005
Dry Bones (feat. Jon Egan, Mia Fields) New Life Worship You Hold It All 2011
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