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Praise & Worship Podcast with Tiffany Hammer

February 25th, 2020 No comments

Episode 6 features special guest Tiffany Hammer of Elevation Worship. I caught up with her over FaceTime while she was at The Batch Maker, her go-to coffee shop in Charlotte, NC. Hear what she orders. She told me highlights of her weekend, including Valentine’s Day and Elevation Church‘s 14th birthday. Plus, we talk about her musical family with PA roots, how she got involved at Elevation Church, the writing process of the song “Never Lost”, what songs she and her congregation are into lately, her role in the process of launching Elevation Rhythm and what she’d splurge on if someone gave her some spending money!

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Praise & Worship Playlist

February 23rd, 2020 No comments

Today I have clips of the latest episode of the Praise & Worship Podcast, featuring Tiffany Hammer of Elevation Worship! We’ll hear the songs she and her church are singing lately.

Plus, new releases from Shane & Shane, Mack Brock, Covenant Worship and Paul Baloche. (He wrote this one with his wife, Rita!)

I also have the version of “Way Maker” in the lineup that got the most votes on social media!  Thanks to those who helped me pick it.

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Song TitleArtistAlbumYear
6:00 a.m.
He Lives (feat. Chris McClarney) [Live]Church of the CitySingle2020
Let Everything (Praise the Lord)Pat BarrettCanvas and Clay (Live)2019
Come Thou Fount (feat. Charlie Hall)Worship CircleWorship Circle Hymns2019
This Is a MoveBrandon LakeSingle2019
God of RevivalBrian Johnson & Jenn JohnsonSingle2020
Spirit Lead Me / Spirit Break Out (feat. Kim Walker-Smith)Influence Music & Michael KettererREBELS (Deluxe)2020
Free, Amen (Live)We The KingdomLive At the Wheelhouse – EP2019
Refiner (feat. Chandler Moore & Steffany Gretzinger)Maverick City MusicMaverick City, Vol. 22019
Another in the Fire (Live)Hillsong UNITEDPeople (Live)2019
7:00 a.m.
Set Me Ablaze (feat. Katie Torwalt) [Live]Jesus CultureLet It Echo (Live)2016
O Come to the AltarElevation WorshipHere as in Heaven2016
Awake My SoulHillsong WorshipAwake2019
It is Well (feat. Kristene DiMarco)Bethel MusicYou Make Me Brave (Live)2014
Still in Control (feat. Mack Brock)Jesus CultureSingle2020
Lord, I Need You (Live)Matt MaherAlive & Breathing Vol. 4 – Single2020
Nothing ElseCody CarnesNothing Else – Single2019
Just One DropCovenant WorshipSingle2020
More Than Enough (feat. Kim Walker-Smith)Jesus CultureSingle2020
Abundantly More (feat. Seth Condrey)North Point InsideOutAbundantly More – EP2019
8:00 a.m.
See a VictoryElevation WorshipAt Midnight – EP2020
What a Good GodPaul BalocheBehold Him2020
Great ThingsPhil WickhamLiving Hope (Deluxe)2018
Way Maker (feat. Kristian Stanfill, Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes)PassionRoar (Live From Passion 2020)2020
Famous For (I Believe) [feat. Jenn Johnson]Tauren WellsCitizen of Heaven2020
Awe + Wonder (Live) (feat. Daniella Mason & Andrew Holt)The Belonging CoAwe + Wonder (Live)2019
Let There Be Wonder (Live)Matt RedmanLet There Be Wonder (Live)2020
With YouElevation WorshipAt Midnight – EP2020
No One But YouHillsong WorshipAwake2019
9:00 a.m.
Mercies (New Every Morning) [Live]Matt RedmanLet There Be Wonder (Live)2020
A Thousand MoreThrive WorshipA Thousand More2019
God of BreakthroughMack BrockGreater Things2018
Cherry BlossomsMoveSomebodySingle2020
Marvelous Things (feat. Kari Jobe)Paul BalocheBehold Him2020
Goodness of God (Live)Bethel Music & Jenn JohnsonVictory (Live)2019
Praise to the Lord (Joyful, Joyful) [Acoustic]Shane & ShaneHymns in the Round2020
His Mercy Is MoreMatt Boswell & Matt PapaHis Mercy Is More2019
Now I See (Live)The McCluresThe Way Home (Deluxe)2019
Hundred Miles (feat. Crowder) [Live]PassionFollow You Anywhere (Live)2019
Counting Every BlessingRend CollectiveGood News2018
Never LostElevation WorshipSingle2019

20/20 Insight-Jesus, Good Shepherd

February 21st, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on Jesus as the Good Shepherd.

That was His claim in John 10:11 and John 10:14.

In verse 11, He said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

And in verse 14, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”

Sheep have a tendency to wander and are left vulnerable when they stray from the flock. But as the Good Shepherd, Jesus cares for each of His sheep. In Luke 15, He talks about a shepherd being willing to leave the 99 sheep who were found to search for the sheep that strayed from the flock. That is the heart of Jesus-to pursue us, to rescue us, and to restore us back to the fold of where we belong.

Jesus loves us. He was willing to die for us to bring us into His family of believers.

Focusing on Jesus as the Good Shepherd gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.

John Shirk

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Good News Focus-Purpose in Trials

February 20th, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Good News Focus is on James 1, verses 2 through 4.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” 

Here we see that there is purpose to the trials of our lives. That purpose is to grow in godly character. We may not like the trial, but we can rejoice in the fruit that is produces after we endure the trial.

The strong wings of a butterfly are made through the struggle to get out of the cocoon. If the struggle did not happen, the butterfly would likely never fly. In a similar way, our trials give us the opportunity to grow stronger in our faith. 

Jesus is our source of Good News, leading us to a place of godly character in the Year of Vision.

John Shirk

20/20 Insight-Jesus, Bread Of Life

February 20th, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on Jesus as the Bread of Life.

Just after feeding thousands of people with fish and bread, Jesus made this claim about Himself in John 6:35.

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Just as bread satisfies the hunger of our stomach, so Jesus satisfies the hunger of our soul. He fills us with His love and truth, and sustains us by His grace.

Physical cravings are satisfied for a brief period of time when we fill up on food, but the grace and truth of Jesus fills the longings of our soul for righteousness so that we enjoy lasting peace with God.

Focusing on Jesus as the Bread of Life gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.

John Shirk

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20/20 Insight-Jesus, One Way

February 19th, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on Jesus as the one path to God, the Father.

In John 14:6, Jesus told His disciples, “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

This is a claim that puts Jesus in a different category from everyone else that walked on the earth. He is identifying Himself as the only One who is able to bring us into a relationship with God. Access to God comes through Jesus. He is the only One who died for our sins, and He is uniquely qualified to restore us to a peaceful relationship with God. He is our Mediator.

Ephesians 3:12 says about Jesus, “In him and through faith in him, we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” In relationship to God, He does not count our sins against us, but looks on us with eyes of grace.

Focusing on Jesus as our pathway to God gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.   

John Shirk

20/20 Insight-Jesus, Light Of The World

February 18th, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on Jesus as the Light of the world.

Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

There are two key points that we can learn from this statement regarding Jesus’ followers.

The first point is that following Jesus is a step-by-step journey. He leads the way, and we follow Him. As we follow Jesus, we can hear His voice more clearly by staying close to Him in relationship.

The second point is that Jesus is our source of light. His divine wisdom is greater than human reasoning, and is the guidepost for our lives that leads us to abundant and eternal life.

Focusing on Jesus as the Light of the world gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life. 

John Shirk

Praise & Worship Playlist

February 16th, 2020 No comments

Happy Valentine’s Weekend!
Today’s playlist is packed with songs celebrating the true love of God. Plus, the 9:00 hour is filled with songs led by worship leading married couples, including the Torwalts, Helsers, Johnsons, McClures and more.

Kristi Leigh, WJTL DJ 
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Song TitleArtistAlbumYear
6:00 a.m.
Jesus Loves MeHillsong Young & FreeIII2018
I Am Loved + Do It Again (Live)Mack BrockSingle2019
Let Love (feat. Chris McClarney & Kim Walker-Smith) [Live]Jesus CultureLiving with a Fire (Live)2018
My Saviors Love (What Tongue Could Tell)Matt Boswell & Matt PapaHis Mercy Is More2019
Love Song (feat. Abbey Merkel)Lamont HiebertWorship Project P40.32004
Your Great LoveBellariveBefore There Was2014
Wondrous LoveJadon LavikRoots Run Deep2008
Your Love Is AliveHousefiresHousefires III2016
Since Your Love (Live) [feat. Brandon Hampton]United PursuitSimple Gospel (Live)2015
Know Your Heart (Live)David LeonardThe Wait: Silence the Noise (Live)2019
Love Song (feat. Elle Limebear)One Sonic SocietyLove Song (feat. Elle Limebear) – Single2018
Love Wont Give UpElevation WorshipAt Midnight – EP2019
7:00 a.m.
Give Us Your Heart (feat. Melanie Tierce)The Worship InitiativeThe Worship Initiative, Vol. 172019
Heart of God (feat. Chris Tomlin) [Live]Hillsong Young & FreeIII (Live at Hillsong Conference)2018
My Soul SingsDeliriousKingdom Of Comfort2008
Here Is LoveMatt RedmanPassion: Hymns Ancient and Modern2004
Divine RomancePhil WickhamPhil Wickham2006
True LovePhil WickhamSingalong2008
Jesus Loves MeChris TomlinLove Ran Red2014
At The Cross (Love Ran Red)Chris TomlinLove Ran Red2015
Greatest Love StoryPhilip HerndonDecade2019
Love Came DownBrian JohnsonLove Came Down2010
How He LovesJohn Mark McMillanThe Song Inside The Sounds Of Breaking Down2005
8:00 a.m.
Reckless Love (feat. Tori Kelly)Cory AsburyReckless Love (feat. Tori Kelly) – Single2020
Your Love Is ExtravagantCasting CrownsCasting Crowns2003
How Great Is Your LoveThe Worship Initiative & Shane & ShaneSingle2019
Sound of Adoration (feat. Bryan Torwalt)Jesus CultureLove Has a Name (Deluxe)2017
Jesus, We Love You (Live)Bethel Music & Paul McClureWe Will Not Be Shaken (Live) [Deluxe Edition]2015
My Jesus I Love Thee (With Every Breath) [feat. Meredith Andrews]Worship CircleWorship Circle Hymns2019
Whole Heart (Hold Me Now) [Live]Hillsong UNITEDWhole Heart (Hold Me Now) [Live] – Single2019
Heres My HeartCrowderPassion: Let The Future Begin2013
My Heart Is Yours (feat. Kristian Stanfill) [Live]PassionPassion: Take It All2014
9:00 a.m.
This Beating HeartMatt RedmanYour Grace Finds Me (Live)2013
Strength Of My HeartRend CollectiveThe Art of Celebration2014
Your PresenceMatt & Kim GossThe Worship EP2019
Oceans / You Make Me BraveCaleb and KelseyWorship2017
Holding on to YouThe McCluresThe Way Home (Deluxe)2019
Cherry BlossomsMoveSomebodySingle2020
All He Says I Am (feat. Kari Jobe)Cody CarnesAll He Says I Am (feat. Kari Jobe) – Single2011
Mt. Zion (feat. Jonathan David Helser)Cageless BirdsLive At Home2014
I Come Alive (feat. The Gray Havens)Out of the DustMy Utmost for His Highest2017
King of My HeartJohn Mark & Sarah McMillanYou Are the Avalanche – EP2015
Praise Before My BreakthroughBryan & Katie TorwaltPraise Before My Breakthrough – EP2018
God of RevivalBrian Johnson & Jenn JohnsonSingle2020

Music News w. Nik

February 15th, 2020 No comments

NIK — NEW AT THE LISTEN TAB on is a motivational interview with recording artist Jason Fowler. Click the link The REQUEST Show Jason Fowler (part 1 and part 2 both available to download)

Hear “Healer” on WJTL or request it on The REQUEST SHOW m-th 8-10 w. Nik (at Night)

NEW on WJTL this week: The weekend Nik Pik from The Top 25 Countdown “Miracles” from Colton Dixon! We’re also spinning the latest song “So Alive” from sibling group The Young Escape, and a Latin number called “Amadeo” from Ryan Stevenson! And…this week our new #1 song features a multi-generational family band!

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Good News Focus-Love

February 13th, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Good News Focus is on First Peter 4:8.

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

Love is life-changing. The Gospel is rooted in the love of God for us, and when we receive God’s love and pass it along in our relationships, we have the opportunity to represent Jesus in this world.

Notice, the passage does not call us to love superficially. God calls us to love each other from the heart, not just with our words or going through the motions. This will lead us to generous giving with a grateful heart, rather than fulfilling our duty with a complaining spirit. Then, when love is tested, we will keep reaching out with love and seek God’s best for those people that God has placed in our lives.

Jesus is our source of Good News, leading us to a place of loving people from the heart in the Year of Vision.

John Shirk

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20/20 Insight-Snow

February 12th, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on a spiritual metaphor of snow.

It’s found in Isaiah 1:18, where the LORD says, 

“Come now, let us settle the matter. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.”

Just as a blanket of snow covers the ground, so the blood of Jesus has the power to cover our sins. His grace is able to make our hearts pure again. 

Repentance is the pathway to forgiveness. That is the picture of turning around from going in the wrong direction to get back on track with God. To a nation whose hands were full of blood, God said, “Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice.” 

In the New Testament, Jesus said, “Repent and believe the good news!”

Focusing on the grace of God to cleanse us from sin gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.

John Shirk