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Q and A-How Can I Draw Near To God?

August 11th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A Segment explores the question “How can I draw near to God?”

The writer of Psalm 73:28 said, “As for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge.”

You can sense peace and security in that statement, and when we experience that kind of intimacy with God, we recognize that there is no better place to be.

But sometimes we might feel far away from God. This might happen because trouble surrounds us. We need help, yet we feel alone. Those are times to speak truth to ourselves. This is what the writer of Psalm 42 said in a similar situation. He said, “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”

At other times, we might feel far away from God because we have moved. In those cases, James 4:7 gives us this insight for moving closer to God. “Submit yourselves then to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Come near to God, and he will come near to you.”

Submission to God moves us closer to God where we can experience His peace once again in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Q and A-The Olympics and Bema Seat Connection

August 10th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Q and A Segment explores the question, “What is the connection between the judgment seat of Christ and the Olympics?”

Second Corinthians 5:10 says that we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him, for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” Romans 14:12 says that each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

This judgment seat of Christ is sometimes described as the Bema Seat. In Greek culture, the Bema seat was the place where the judges gave out awards after athletic competitions. This might be compared to the Olympic ceremonies where various medals are awarded to athletes.

A day is coming when believers in Christ will appear at the judgment seat of Christ to have our lives evaluated for the deeds we have done in the body. This is not a judgment to evaluate salvation. That is settled through faith in Jesus. The judgment seat of Christ will determine rewards, based on various types of faithful service.

The judgment seat of Christ is a future reality that motivates us to run for the prize of God’s lasting crown in the Year of Exploration.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Some Sort Of Rock Show

August 7th, 2016 No comments

Your playlist for your August 5th & 7th episode as we celebrate Some Sort of Rock Show turning 3 years old:

2013

7.  Gravity Bomb – I Am Empire

6.  Space Cadet – After Edmund

5.  Break The World – Nine Lashes

4.  Throw It Away – Manafest—

3.  Eye On It – TobyMac

2.  Sick Of It – Skillet

1.  Light Up The Sky – Thousand Foot Krutch

2014

7.  The River – Decyfer Down

6.  We Are The Brave – VERIDIA

5.  We Are The Broken – Seventh Day Slumber

4.  You Can’t Stop Me – Andy Mineo

3.  Radical – Disciple

2.  Nuthin’ – Lecrea

1.  Hearing Voices – Anberlin

2015

7.  Staring At The Sun – Roelant

6.  Breathe Again – Spoken

5.  Mr. Roboto – Rapture Ruckus

4.  Sweep The Leg – Family Force 5

3.  Mercy – Ravenhill

2.  Resuscitate – Fireflight

1.  Darkest Part – RED

2016

7.  Wasn’t Enough – XXI

6.  Run Devil Run – Crowder

5.  Bummin’ – Relient K 

4.  I Just Wanna Know – NF

3.  Don’t Bring That Trouble – NEEDTOBREATHE

2.  Float – Switchfoot 

1.  Black Honey – Thrice

 

Praise & Worship Show Playlist

August 7th, 2016 3 comments

It’s a Twin Spin edition of the Praise & Worship Show tomorrow!  See the pairs below including brand new songs from Leeland’s “Invisible” project, a duo of covers by Rita Springer, two from Zealand Worship and more.

Name

Artist

Album

Year

6:00 a.m.

Great Are You Lord

All Sons & Daughters

All Sons & Daughters

2014

Christ Be All Around Me

All Sons & Daughters

All Sons & Daughters

2014

What Joy Is Found

Jeremy Riddle

Full Attention

2007

In Your Light (feat. Jeremy Riddle)

Bethel Live

For The Sake Of The World

2012

Shining

Phil Wickham

Cannons

2007

Your Love Awakens Me

Phil Wickham

Children Of God

2016

In Your Presence (feat. Kim Walker-Smith) [Live]

Jesus Culture

Let It Echo (Live)

2016

Spirit Break Out (Live)

Kim Walker-Smith

Still Believe (Live)

2015

Come Everyone

Brian and Jenn Johnson

We Believe

2006

Have It All

Bethel Music & Brian Johnson

Have It All

2016

Let It Be Jesus (feat. Passion)

Christy Nockels

Passion: Take It All (Deluxe Edition)

2014

Sing Along

Christy Nockels

Into The Glorious

2012

7:00 a.m.

Come Thou Fount (Above All Else)

Shane & Shane

The Worship Initiative, Vol. 1

2014

Before the Throne of God Above

Shane & Shane

Pages

2007

I Can Only Imagine

Rita Springer

Effortless

2002

Rain Down

Rita Springer

I Have To Believe

2005

Emmanuel

Martin Smith

Back To The Start

2014

Back To The Start (Gods Great Dance Floor)

Martin Smith

Gods Great Dance Floor Step 1

2013

I Am Free

Jared Anderson

51 Must Have Modern Worship Hits

2007

Great I Am (feat. Jared Anderson)

New Life Worship

You Hold It All

2011

Revelation Song (feat. Kari Jobe)

Gateway Worship

Cover The Earth

2006

Forever

Kari Jobe

Majestic

2014

This I Believe

Hillsong Worship

No Other Name

2015

O Praise The Name

Hillsong Worship

Open Heaven River Wild

2016

Perfect Love

Leeland

Invisible

2016

Lion and the Lamb

Leeland

Invisible

2016

8:00 a.m.

At The Cross (Love Ran Red)

Chris Tomlin

Love Ran Red

2015

Jesus Loves Me

Chris Tomlin

Love Ran Red

2014

Fierce (feat. Chris Quilala) [Live]

Jesus Culture

Let It Echo (Live)

2016

One Thing Remains (feat. Chris Quilala)

Jesus Culture

Come Away

2010

Alive

Hillsong Young & Free

We Are Young & Free

2013

Wake

Hillsong Young & Free

We Are Young & Free

2014

After All (Holy)

David Crowder Band

Give Us Rest-A Requiem Mass In C (The Happiest of All The Keys)

2012

How He Loves

David Crowder Band

Passion: Awakening

2010

King of My Heart

John Mark & Sarah McMillan

You Are the Avalanche – EP

2015

Future / Past

John Mark McMillan

Borderland

2014

Here I Am To Worship

Tim Hughes

Here I Am To Worship

2002

Pocketful of Faith

Tim Hughes

Pocketful of Faith

2015

9:00 a.m.

God of Miracles (Live)

Chris McClarney

Everything and Nothing Less (Live)

2015

Everything and Nothing Less (feat. Chris McClarney) [Live]

Jesus Culture

Let It Echo (Live)

2016

My Heart Is Yours (feat. Passion)

Kristian Stanfill

Passion: Take It All

2014

The Stand

Kristian Stanfill

Passion: Awakening (Deluxe Edition)

2010

Holy Spirit

Bryan & Katie Torwalt

Here On Earth

2011

Let There Be Light

Bryan & Katie Torwalt

Let There Be Light – Single

2016

Good Good Father (feat. Phil Joel)

Zealand Worship

Zealand Worship – The EP

2015

Your Love Is Wild

Zealand Worship

Your Love Is Wild

2016

Ever Be

Aaron Shust

Ever Be

2016

God Of Brilliant Lights

Aaron Shust

Morning Rises

2013

Unstoppable God

Elevation Worship

Wake Up The Wonder

2015

God Who Answers Prayer

Elevation Worship

God With Us

2009

Christ In Me

Jeremy Camp

I Will Follow

2016

Same Power

Jeremy Camp

I Will Follow

2015

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Five Fun Free Things To Do August 5-7, 2016

August 5th, 2016 No comments

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend – August 5-7, 2016

5 The Pennsylvania Artist Blacksmiths’ Association annual “Blacksmith Day” tomorrow (Saturday, August 6) from 9am to 4pm at Old Dry Road Farm in Wernersville. Forging demonstrations, a hands-on instruction area, a children’s activities, and a forging contest among the blacksmiths.  More Info: pabasite.org

4 25th Season of St. Peter’s Musical Arts Concert Series featuring Lancaster British Brass Band at the church on Delp Road in Lancaster Sunday (August 6) at 7pm. Dr. Stephen Allen conducts the Lancaster British Brass Band in a program borrowing from classics, marches, hymns, pop arrangements, solos, and original compositions. More Info: StPetersLutheran.org

3 The Annville-Cleona Washington Band is celebrating their 160th Birthday Sunday (August 7) at 2pm at the Annville-Cleona High School auditorium. Bring your instrument along and play with the band during the second half. More Info: WashingtonBand.com

2 Free Leola Community Waterslide Day on Sunday (August 7) From 1 to 4pm at the Zion Lutheran Church in Leola. Bring your towels. Free food, 4 huge waterslides, and more. No registration required. Bring your lawn chairs. More Info: ZionLeola.org

1 Lancaster Family Fest tomorrow (Saturday Aug. 6) 10am-2pm at Musser Park in Lancaster. Over 20 local Foster Care and Adoption Agenecies on hand to raise awareness and to celebrate local Foster Families.  Free games & activities, Food trucks, Cavod Academy of the Arts, Juggler Chris Ivey and more.  KCB pop up party with games, free goodies and Lisa Broadcasting Live. More Info: LancasterFamilyDay.com

Reason To Believe-Dove

August 3rd, 2016 No comments

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

This bird is a powerful symbol of the Christian faith in various ways.

The dove is a symbol of peace. After the storm in Noah’s day, it was a dove that brought back an olive branch signifying peace and the new start that God was offering the world.

The dove is a symbol of purity. Perhaps that is why Jesus instructed us to be innocent as doves as we share His gospel.

The dove is also a symbol of faithfulness. Turtle doves have a tendency to have one mate for life.

The dove is also a symbol for the Holy Spirit. At Jesus’ baptism, the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus in bodily form like a dove. Since doves tend to hover, that is probably how the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus, hovering over Him.

The characteristics of the dove highlight various dimensions of the Christian faith and are reasons to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Reason To Believe-Making Of A Disciple

August 2nd, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is the making of a disciple.

This process begins at the point of conversion to Christ, where faith begins to take root in the believer’s life. From that foundation, the new believer walks with Christ and learns to follow Him as Lord and Savior. As this happens, the believer in Christ grows in godly character and becomes a witness for Christ, testifying of His saving grace.

One of the compelling characteristics of the disciple’s progress is their spiritual growth, whereby they become more and more like Jesus in character. There is a reason for that.

In Luke 6:40, Jesus said, “The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.”

The making of a disciple into the likeness of Christ is the result of adequate training from a qualified Teacher and is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Reasons To Believe-Life, Purpose, Identity

July 30th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reasons to Believe are life, purpose and identity.

These three experiences of the Christian life are described in a single statement made by the Apostle Paul. When he was in Athens, he linked these experiences to a relationship with God. He said in

Acts 17:28, “In him, we live and move and have our being.”

In a relationship with God, we have life, eternally and abundantly through faith in Jesus Christ. Our spirit comes alive to God’s grace.

In a relationship with God, we move. He puts the purpose into the steps we take. That purpose is to glorify God. This focus will affect the choices we make day-to-day.

In a relationship with God, we have our being. As we know God as He is, we come to understand how He sees us. First John 3:1 says, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”

Life, Purpose, and Identity in Christ are reasons to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do July 29-31, 2016

July 29th, 2016 No comments

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend – July 29-31, 2016

5 New Cumberland Town Band Concert on Sunday (July 31) from 6:30-7:30pm at Anna & Bailey Streets Park in New Cumberland. Music will include marches, popular tunes, patriotic numbers, and classic wind ensemble compositions. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets for a shady concert in the park. In case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors to Trinity United Methodist Church, New Cumberland. More Info: NCTownBand.org

4 Mount Joy Music In The Park Outdoor Music Series, Sunday (July 31) 5:30-7:30pm at Memorial Park in Mount Joy featuring the music of husband and wife duo – SweetLife. More Info: sweetlifemusic.com

3 The 50th Annual Lititz Outdoor Fine Art Show tomorrow (Sat. July 30) from 9am-5pm at Lititz Springs Park.   Art from over 125 artists ranging from several states along the East coast as well as Pennsylvania. Admission is free and the show is held rain or shine.  More Info: LititzArtAssociation.com
2 Annual Day African American Festival tonight (Friday, July 29) and tomorrow (Saturday, July 30) beginning at 6pm each evening at Martin Luther King Elementary School  in Lancaster. Dance, music, seminars and more celebrating African American Culture. Also a Parade Saturday beginning at 1pm forming at Hand Middle School.  More Info: AnnualDay.org

1 33rd Annual Hispanic Cultural Festival tonight (Friday, July 29) 6-11pm and tomorrow (Saturday, July 30) 4-11pm at San Juan Bautista Catholic Church, Duke Street in Lancaster.  Carnival Games, Arts & Crafts, Native Costumes and live music.  More Info: SanJuanBautistaLancaster.com/2016-Festival

Reason To Believe-Calendar

July 27th, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason to Believe is the influence of Christ on the calendar.

Today, in some circles, time is marked by “Common Era” and “Before Common Era”, otherwise known as C.E. and B.C.E.

But before this system was used, time was marked by B.C. and A.D. B.C. stands for “Before Christ” and A.D. stands for “Anno Domini” which means in the Year of our Lord. That system was designed hundreds of years after Christ was born, acknowledging Jesus Christ as the turning point of human history.

For the person who puts their faith in Christ, there is a turning point that leads to a new era. According to Second Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here.” Christ has come. The days “Before Christ” are of the past. Each year beyond conversion becomes the year of the Lord’s favor.

The impact of Jesus on the calendar of our lives is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

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Praise & Worship Show Playlist

July 24th, 2016 No comments

Name

Artist

Album

Year

6:00 a.m.

Take Heart

Hillsong United

Aftermath

2011

Future / Past

John Mark McMillan

Borderland

2014

This I Know

Crowder

Neon Steeple

2014

Hallelujah (Friend and King)

Tim Hughes

Pocketful of Faith

2015

Only You

Hillsong Live

Glorious Ruins (Deluxe Edition)

2013

A Greater Song

Matt Redman

Beautiful News

2006

Come Thou Fount (Above All Else)

Shane & Shane

The Worship Initiative, Vol. 1

2014

Almighty God

Tim Hughes

Holding Nothing Back

2007

Always

Kristian Stanfill

Mountains Move

2011

Sovereign

Chris Tomlin

Burning Lights

2013

One Thirst and Hunger

Jeremy Riddle

Furious

2011

Beautiful

Phil Wickham

Cannons

2007

7:00 a.m.

Great I Am (feat. Jared Anderson)

New Life Worship

You Hold It All

2011

My Heart Is Yours (feat. Passion)

Kristian Stanfill

Passion: Take It All

2014

God of Wonders (feat. Caedmons Call)

Mac Powell

City on a Hill

2000

Brokenness Aside

All Sons & Daughters

Season One

2012

Let There Be Light

Bryan & Katie Torwalt

Let There Be Light – Single

2016

The Fathers Heart

Bellarive

The Heartbeat

2012

Crown Him (Majesty) (feat. Kari Jobe)

Chris Tomlin

Burning Lights

2013

At Your Name (Forever)

Tim Hughes

Love Shine Through

2011

Forever (feat. Brian Johnson)

Bethel Music

Tides

2013

Let It Be Jesus (feat. Passion)

Christy Nockels

Passion: Take It All (Deluxe Edition)

2014

Better Is One Day

Charlie Hall

Better Is One Day

1999

8:00 a.m.

10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)

Matt Redman

10,000 Reasons

2012

King of My Heart

John Mark & Sarah McMillan

You Are the Avalanche – EP

2015

It is Well (feat. Kristene DiMarco)

Bethel Music

You Make Me Brave (Live)

2014

Hope and Glory

Tim Hughes

Pocketful of Faith

2015

Lord, I Need You (feat. Audrey Assad)

Matt Maher

All The People Said Amen

2013

In Your Presence (feat. Kim Walker-Smith) [Live]

Jesus Culture

Let It Echo (Live)

2016

Your Glory

All Sons & Daughters

Season One

2012

Holy Spirit

Bryan & Katie Torwalt

Here On Earth

2011

Scandal Of Grace

Hillsong United

Zion

2013

Day After Day

Kristian Stanfill

Mountains Move

2011

Counting On Your Name

Tim Hughes

Love Shine Through

2011

Create In Me

Rend Collective

The Art of Celebration

2014

Alive

Hillsong Young & Free

We Are Young & Free

2013

9:00 a.m.

Almighty God (feat. Candi Pearson Shelton)

Todd Fields

North Point Live: Here + Now

2012

King of Love

I Am They

I Am They

2015

Oh How I Need You

All Sons & Daughters

The Longing

2012

Clear The Stage

Jimmy Needham

Clear The Stage

2012

Open Up The Sky

Deluge

Deeper (Integrity Compilation)

2008

Ever Be (Live)

Bethel Music & Kalley Heiligenthal

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

2015

Thank You God For Saving Me (feat. Phil Wickham)

Chris Tomlin

Burning Lights

2013

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

Kristian Stanfill

Passion: White Flag

2012

Fierce (feat. Chris Quilala) [Live]

Jesus Culture

Let It Echo (Live)

2016

Mighty 

Kristene DiMarco

Mighty

2015

Awake My Soul (feat. Lecrae)

Chris Tomlin

Burning Lights

2013

God of Miracles (Live)

Chris McClarney

Everything and Nothing Less (Live)

2015

With Everything

Hillsong United

Passion: Awakening

2010

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