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Praise & Worship Playlist

May 31st, 2020 No comments

Today’s lineup includes a “Victory Over the Grave” mini-theme! Plus, a New Release Roundup with Bethel Music, North Point Worship and Bright City. 

Here’s the link to the #GravesIntoGardensChallenge funny video I mentioned.

This week I caught up with Paul McClure of Bethel Music, who shared so many good things: a report on his recent 34th birthday, his love of golf, worship leading tips, perspective on navigating tough times, and allllll about the recent Bethel Music 17-song live worship project “Revival’s In The Air”!

I also talked with devotional music singer/songwriter Jon Guerra last week, and the visual album of his latest record, “Keeper of Days” is out everywhere! Here’s a link to watch.

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ
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Song TitleArtistAlbumYear
6:00 A.M.
AdorationLife Center WorshipSingle2020
How Great Thou ArtDavid LeonardSingle2020
Land of the Living (Live)UPPERROOMLand of the Living (Live)2020
Thank You (feat. Steffany Gretzinger & Chandler Moore)Maverick City MusicMaverick City Vol. 3 Part 12020
Peace (feat. We The Kingdom)Bethel MusicPeace2020
GrowJason UptonGod Finds Us2020
StillRend CollectiveChoose to Worship2020
I Will Trust YouBryan & Katie TorwaltKingdom Come2013
His Eye is on the SparrowMichael W. SmithThe Hymns2019
Kingdom of GodJon GuerraKeeper of Days2020
Simple PraiseJon GuerraKeeper of Days2020
Lean BackProvidence WorshipLive On The Hill2020
7:00 A.M.
No One But You (Live)Hillsong WorshipAwake (Deluxe)2019
Light Breaking Through (feat. Lauren Lee Anderson)North Point WorshipLight Breaking Through / Sons And Daughters – EP2020
Let The Light InCody CarnesRun To The Father2020
Alpha & Omega (Live)LIFE WorshipSingle2020
To the End (feat. Amanda Cook)Mack BrockGreater Things2018
The Blessing (feat. Cody Carnes) [Cinematic Version]Kari JobeSingle2020
Youre Still GodPhilippa HannaSingle2020
You Never Fail Me (All My Life)Mosaic MSCHUMAN EP (Live)2020
My Soul Sings (feat. Kirby Kaple & Dante Bowe) [Live]HousefiresHousefires + Friends (Live)2020
I Will SingMartin SmithExalt – EP2020
8:00 A.M.
I Choose to WorshipRend CollectiveChoose to Worship2020
Holy (Song Of The Ages) (feat. Andrew Holt)The Belonging CoSingle2020
Fearless (feat. Kim Walker-Smith)Jesus CultureChurch Volume Two (Live)2020
O What a Miracle (feat. Seth Condrey)North Point WorshipHallelujah (Why We Sing) / O What a Miracle – EP2020
Hallelujah (Why We Sing) [feat. Clay Finnesand]North Point WorshipHallelujah (Why We Sing) / O What a Miracle – EP2020
Revival’s In The Air (Live)Bethel Music & Melissa HelserRevival’s In The Air (Live)2020
Change (Live)Bright CityChange (Live) – Single2020
Another In the Fire (Studio Remix feat. Taya)Hillsong UNITEDSingle2020
Champion (feat. Dante Bowe)Bethel MusicRevivals In The Air (Live)2020
Holy Water (Church Sessions) (feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard)We The KingdomSingle2020
Reckless Love (feat. Tori Kelly)Cory AsburyReckless Love (feat. Tori Kelly) – Single2020
9:00 A.M.
His Mercy Is MoreMatt Boswell & Matt PapaHis Mercy Is More: The Hymns of Matt Boswell and Matt Papa2019
RATTLE! (Live)Elevation WorshipGraves Into Gardens (Deluxe) [Live]2020
Aint No Grave (Live)Bethel Music & Molly SkaggsVictory (Live)2019
Graves into GardensThe Worship Initiative & Shane & ShaneGraves into Gardens – Single2020
You Reign (Live)Mack BrockSingle2020
Reign Above It All (Live)Bethel Music & Paul McClureRevival’s In The Air (Live)2020
Come Out of that Grave (Resurrection Power) [Live]Bethel Music & Brandon LakeRevival’s In The Air (Live)2020
You Came (Lazarus)Jonathan David & Melissa HelserBeautiful Surrender2016
Dancing on the Grave (Live)Corey Voss & Madison Street WorshipHeaven Come Closer (Live)2020
Death Was Arrested (feat. Seth Condrey)North PointNothing Ordinary2017

20/20 Insight-The Holy Spirit-Reminding us of Jesus’ Words

May 29th, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on the work of the Holy Spirit to remind us of Jesus’ words.

In John 14:26, Jesus told His disciples, “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

Some of those disciples went on to write letters in the New Testament that were inspired by the Holy Spirit, namely Peter, John, and Matthew.

The Holy Spirit is our Advocate too, guiding us in the truth, and reminding us of the teachings of Jesus. When we read the Bible and take the teachings of Jesus to heart, we open the door for the Holy Spirit to guide us in the truth. The Holy Spirit is the holy Presence within us, moving us to do what is right in the eyes of God.

Focusing on the teachings of Jesus gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.   

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

20/20 Insight-The Work of the Holy Spirit-Righteousness

May 28th, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on the work of the Holy Spirit to lead us to righteousness.

Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He promised His followers that He would not leave us alone. The Heavenly Father would send the Spirit of truth.  

On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit did come and does reside in those who follow Jesus. As a result, spiritual fruit flows from our lives. Romans 8:9 says, “You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh, but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.”

The Holy Spirit directs us to the holy example of Jesus and inspires us to be more like Him.

Focusing on the righteousness of Jesus Christ gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

20/20 Insight-Growth in Godly Character

May 27th, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on God’s purpose for our lives to grow in godly character.

God works through times of adversity and discipline to accomplish character in our lives. He will let us struggle with questions or struggle in our pain, but He does not leave us or forsake us. He is right there with us, providing His grace in our time of need.

James 1:3 explains that the trials that we face are tests to our faith. These tests are meant to produce perseverance. When perseverance finishes its work, we have the opportunity to become mature and complete, not lacking anything.   God works through the character qualities of our lives to enable our faith to thrive for Him.

Focusing on the fruit of godly character gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Praise & Worship Playlist

May 24th, 2020 2 comments

Today’s lineup starts with songs of gratitude for a brand new day! I also have mini-themes celebrating our Champion and calling for Revival. And, new release roundup from Friday including fresh singles (and remixes!) from Hillsong United, Kari Jobe, Life Center Worship, Philippa Hanna and more.

Plus, songs inspired by conversations I had this week with devotional music songwriter Jon Guerra and local worship leader Christy Roach of Fountain of Life in Middletown.

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ
Kristi@WJTL.com
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Song TitleArtistAlbumYear
6:00 A.M.2011
You and You AloneUPPERROOMTo The One
Ill Give Thanks (feat. Kirby Kaple)HousefiresHousefires V (Live)2019
I Will Wait (Live)David LeonardThe Wait: Silence the Noise (Live)2019
Over and OverChris McClarneyBreakthrough2018
Mercies (New Every Morning) [Live]Matt RedmanLet There Be Wonder (Live)2020
Morning SunPhilip HerndonDecade2019
This Is the Day (Live)Pat BarrettCanvas and Clay (Live)2019
Alive & Breathing (feat. Elle Limebear)Matt MaherAlive & Breathing, Vol. 22019
10,000 Reasons (feat. Kim Walker-Smith) [Live]Jesus CultureUnstoppable Love (Live)2015
Morning Song (Acoustic)Land of ColorSingle2019
7:00 a.m.2011
AliveAll Sons & DaughtersSeason One2012
Awake My SoulHillsong WorshipAwake2019
Day of VictoryRend CollectiveChoose to Worship2020
This Is The DayPhil WickhamResponse2012
Christ Is RisenMack BrockGreater Things2018
His Eye is on the SparrowMichael W. SmithThe Hymns2019
Kingdom of GodJon GuerraKeeper of Days2020
Simple PraiseJon GuerraKeeper of Days2020
I See HeavenBryan & Katie TorwaltHere On Earth2011
See a VictoryElevation WorshipAt Midnight – EP2020
Way Maker (Live)LeelandSingle2019
Battle Is The Lords (feat. Brandon Lake) Alt versionRebecca St JamesSingle2020
Still in Control (feat. Mack Brock)Jesus CultureSingle2020
8:00 a.m.2011
Theres Nothing That Our God Cant DoPassionSingle2020
Another In the Fire (Studio Remix feat. Taya)Hillsong UNITEDSingle2020
Alpha & Omega (Live)LIFE WorshipSingle2020
The Blessing (feat. Cody Carnes) [Cinematic Version]Kari JobeSingle2020
AdorationLife Center WorshipSingle2020
Youre Still GodPhilippa HannaSingle2020
You Never Fail Me (All My Life)Mosaic MSCHUMAN EP (Live)2020
Champion (feat. Dante Bowe)Bethel MusicRevivals In The Air (Live)2020
Great ThingsPhil WickhamLiving Hope (Deluxe)2018
ChampionBryan & Katie TorwaltChampion2016
Defender (feat. Steffany Gretzinger)Francesca BattistelliOwn It2019
Rescuer (Good News)Rend CollectiveGood News2017
9:00 a.m.2011
Never LostElevation WorshipSingle2019
This Is a MoveBrandon LakeSingle2019
God of RevivalBrian Johnson & Jenn JohnsonSingle2020
Light Breaking Through (feat. Lauren Lee)North Point WorshipSingle2020
Prophesy (feat. Melody Noel)Influence MusicSingle2020
Egypt (Live)Cory AsburySingle2020
Let The Light InCody CarnesRun To The Father2020
Land of the Living (Live)UPPERROOMLand of the Living (Live)2020
Psalm 23 (Surely Goodness, Surely Mercy)Shane & ShanePsalms, Vol. 22015
Goodness, Love And MercyChris TomlinNobody Loves Me Like You – EP2018
StillRend CollectiveChoose to Worship2020
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Ascension Day

May 21st, 2020 1 comment

JOHN SHIRK – This is Ascension Day, when we reflect on the day that Jesus was taken to heaven. It happened in Acts 1:9.  “He was taken up before the eyes of his disciples, and a cloud hid him from their sight.”

Ascension Day explains where we are at the present moment in a number of ways.

First, the Holy Spirit is actively working in the church today, among followers of Jesus.  Jesus said to His disciples, “Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” And on Pentecost Day, just 10 days later, that promise was fulfilled.

Secondly, Ascension Day explains what Jesus is doing now. He told His disciples, “I am going there (to my Father’s house) to prepare a place for you. That is one thing Jesus is doing. Another thing He is doing is interceding for us. He is our Mediator. He reconciles us to God the Father, so that we can live in peace with God.  Hebrews 9:24 tells us that He entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. He prays for us and pleads our case for our innocence because of His blood that was shed for our sins. Because of Jesus, we can go to the throne of grace with our prayers and petitions. 

And thirdly, Ascension Day reminds us that Jesus will come again. In Acts 1:10, two men, who appear to be angels, tell the disciples, “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

For a closer look at the Ascension of Jesus, read more about it in Acts 1, verses 9 to 11.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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20/20 Insight-God’s Purpose To Save Us.

May 19th, 2020 1 comment

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, we are examining more of God’s purposes for our lives with our 20/20 Insights this week.

Today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on God’s purpose for our lives to be saved from our sins.

That is why Jesus came to the world. John 3:17 tells us that “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Jesus is God’s plan of redemption. There is no plan B.  Our sin put us in a desperate place. It was like we were rafting downstream and crossed the point of no return. We were on a collision course with a waterfall. The only thing that can save us is a sturdy branch that is extending from the bank. It is within our grasp. In the spiritual realm, Jesus is the Branch of the LORD, and He is strong enough to rescue us, so we can reach for Him today. He is mighty to save. 

Romans 10:13 says that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Focusing on the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Good News Focus-Grace Humbles Us

May 18th, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Good News Focus is on Romans 12:3.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

Pride gets us into trouble, leading us to think of ourselves as better than other people around us and better than we really are. With pride in our heart, we are not willing to take an honest look at our character flaws to see where changes might be needed.

But if we see ourselves as God sees us, we will see ourselves as dearly loved by God, and at the same time, dependent on His grace. We will also see the need to be connected with other believers, who can speak truth into our lives and offer support for living the Christian life.  Humility puts our heart in the right place for God to work out His purposes in our lives.  

Jesus is our Source of Good News, leading us to a place of humble service in the body of Christ in the Year of Vision.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Praise & Worship Playlist

May 17th, 2020 No comments

Today’s playlist has brand new music from Kim Walker-Smith, Jason Upton, Mack Brock and Mosaic MSC. Plus, mini-themes of PEACE, GARDENS springing to life and LIGHT breaking through! 

One of my favorite new songs in that GARDENS mini-theme is “Cherry Blossoms” by MoveSomebody. I talked with BJ & Lisa Sullivan and loved learning all about this song (and how the saxophone was instrumental in the recording process!)

Another song that is on my heart a lot this season is “Let The Light In” by Cody Carnes. I caught up with him recently and was thrilled to know it’s his pick for this season, too. He told me the story behind the song on the P&W Podcast. Listen right here!

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ 
Kristi@WJTL.com
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Song TitleArtistAlbumYear
6:00 A.M.
The Blessing (Live)Elevation Worship, Kari Jobe & Cody CarnesGraves Into Gardens (Deluxe) [Live]2020
Defender (feat. Steffany Gretzinger)Francesca BattistelliOwn It2019
You Never Fail Me (All My Life)Mosaic MSCHUMAN EP (Live)2020
Greatest Love StoryProvidence WorshipLive On The Hill2020
Reckless LoveCory AsburyReckless Love – Single2017
Highlands (Song of Ascent)Hillsong UNITEDPeople (Live)2019
Run to the FatherCody CarnesSingle2019
Way MakerPaul McClureSingle2019
You Reign (Live)Mack BrockSingle2020
Let There Be Wonder (Live)Corey Voss & Madison Street WorshipHeaven Come Closer (Live)2020
7:00 A.M.2011
Behold Him (feat. Kim Walker Smith)Paul BalocheSingle2019
His Mercy Is MoreMatt Boswell & Matt PapaHis Mercy Is More2019
Christ Be Magnified (Live)Cory AsburySingle2020
Lift You High (feat. Kirby Kaple & Dante Bowe)HousefiresSingle2020
Lift up Jesus (feat. Brett Younker) [Live]PassionFollow You Anywhere (Live)2019
We Praise YouBrandon LakeSingle2020
King of Kings (Live)Hillsong WorshipSingle2019
Living HopePhil WickhamLiving Hope2018
Land of the Living (Live)UPPERROOMLand of the Living (Live)2020
How Great Thou ArtDavid LeonardSingle2020
Songs In the Night (Live)Matt RedmanUnbroken Praise (Live)2015
8:00 A.M.
Fearless (feat. Kim Walker-Smith)Jesus CultureChurch Volume Two (Live)2020
Peace Be Still (feat. Lauren Daigle)The Belonging CoAll the Earth2017
Still in Control (feat. Mack Brock)Jesus CultureSingle2020
Lord, I Need You (Live)Matt MaherAlive & Breathing Vol. 4 – Single2020
Beauty of Your PeaceTim HughesWhen Silence Falls2004
PeaceJosh BaldwinThe War Is Over2017
Peace (feat. We The Kingdom)Bethel MusicPeace2020
StillRend CollectiveChoose to Worship2020
Valley (Live)Chris McClarneySingle2019
Psalm 23 (Surely Goodness, Surely Mercy)Shane & ShanePsalms, Vol. 22015
The Lords Prayer (Live)Hillsong WorshipThere Is More (Live)2018
9:00 A.M.
Lean Back (feat. Davy Flowers)The Worship InitiativeThe Worship Initiative, Vol. 172019
In the Garden (There Is None Like You)WatermarkA Grateful People2006
Beautiful Things (Live)Eddie Kirkland & Lizi BaileyNorth Point Live: Here + Now2012
GrowJason UptonGod Finds Us2020
The GardenKari JobeThe Garden (Deluxe Edition)2017
Cherry BlossomsMoveSomebodySingle2020
Graves Into Gardens (feat. Brandon Lake)Elevation WorshipGraves Into Garders2020
Let The Light InCody CarnesRun To The Father2020
Let There Be LightBryan & Katie TorwaltChampion2016
Light Breaking Through (feat. Lauren Lee Anderson)North Point WorshipLight Breaking Through / Sons And Daughters – EP2020
Step Into the Light (feat. Sean Curran) [Live from Passion 2019]PassionSingle2019

20/20 Insight-Purpose for Our Lives-Love God First

May 15th, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, we are examining some of God’s purposes for our lives with our 20/20 Insights this week.

Today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on God’s purposes for our lives to love Him first.

In Matthew 22, an expert in the law tested Jesus with this question, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied in verse 37, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”    

God loved us before we loved Him. He went to extreme measures to show the depth of His love for us in the form of Jesus Christ. His death on the cross was the ultimate expression of love. His grace is offered to us as a gift to be received. This is our first step into a life of loving God first and walking in the path of His commands.   

Focusing on loving God more and more everyday gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Good News Focus-Cheerful Giving

May 13th, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Good News Focus is on Second Corinthians 9:7.

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

The Apostle Paul was appealing for generous gifts to help other Christians in need. But he was not appealing to their sense of obligation. Rather, he was appealing to their sense of generosity to give what they wanted to give. If I am forced to give, I am giving out of duty. If I give voluntarily, I am giving out of delight.

In verse 8, he said, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

It is refreshing to know when our offerings to God are building up the church and helping people in need. The Gospel inspires us to consider the needs of others, and to honor God with our wealth.

Jesus is our Source of Good News, leading us to places of generous and cheerful giving in the Year of Vision. 

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com