PRAISE FOR GOD’S BLESSINGS

NOVEMBER 19

Who am I that you would make a covenant with me? You’re so wonderful Lord!  Who am I that You would make me eternal live and love me? thank You for Your precious promises! I praise You Lord because in Your promises You have reflected Your heart toward me! I’m not worthy of Your goodness! Thank You for the hope I have through Your promise.

Sit in the secret place and reflect on all the Lord has in store for You. He intends eternal life, and eternal peace. He will give You a future and a hope. He will make You live in a land where there is no suffering. Think of all His promises and reflect on what He’s giving you, then worship Him for it during this time.

“As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:3-4

 

 

 

A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about. Until one day . . .

For all those years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover.

In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife’s bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000.

He asked her about the contents.

“when we were to be married,’ she said, ‘my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.”

The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back the tears. Only two Precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all these years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.

‘Honey,’ he said, ‘ that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?”

“Oh,” she said, “that’s the money I made from selling the dolls.”



PRAISE FOR DELIVERANCE

NOVEMBER 15

Lord, You’ve been so good to look on the many afflictions of Your servant and to deliver me out of them all. Your hand is so kind and You always lead me in the way gently. I’m not deserving of Your goodness Lord. Thank You for everything You’ve done to save me out of every trial, tribulation, and persecution.

 

Reflect upon the ways God has delivered you. Not only in salvation, but in all things He has saved you in. 

Reflect upon the various trials of life and how God made them all come together for your good. Then as you reflect, worship Him because of His faithfulness. Worship Him because He is your salvation in EVERYTHING.

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Ps 27:13

“But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra – what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” 2 Tim 3:10-12

From 30 Prayers of Praise by Adam Houge

 

 

The Second Ten Commandments

  1. Thou shall not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.
  2. Thou shall not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never come to pass.
  3. Thou shall not cross bridges before you come to them, for no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this.
  4. Thou shall face each problem as it comes. You can only handle one at a time anyway.
  5. Thou shall not take problems to bed with you, for they make very poor bedfellows.
  6. Thou shall not borrow other people’s problem, They can better care for them than you can.
  7. Thou shall not try to relive yesterday for good or ill, it is forever gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life and be happy now!
  8. Thou shall be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your own. It is hard to learn something new when you are talking, and some people do know more than you do.
  9. Thou shall not become “bogged down” by frustration, for 90% of it is rooted in self-pity and will only interfere with positive action.
  10. Thou shall count thy blessings, never overlooking the small ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one


TIME FLEES – GOD DOESN’T

SEPTEMBER 28

          “I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there too – your reassuring presence, coming and going.  This is too much, too wonderful –  I can’t take it all in!  Psalm 139:5-6  The Message Bible

          I can hardly believe that September is almost over.  Time seems to have rocket burst speed these days.  Another new year is on the horizon with promises of changes and better and easier lifestyles. Have you ordered your new IPhone?  How can we live without it. Technology changes every day hour.

          But there is one thing for sure, God has never changed and He is constantly surrounding us, in front and in back for our good. The Palmist indicates that when he looks ahead of him, he sees God.  And when he reflects on the past, he sees the hand of God.  God has had an integral part of his life and will continue to do so.

          It is so assuring that, for the believer who is walking in daily obedience to God, to know that his steps are ordered by God.  The only thing that will cause us to get out of step is our own attempts to walk alone.

          Many people ask how to know what the will of God is for their life.  And most of the time, they want to know what their future destiny will be.  Usually they are most concerned about their job, their future mate, their success, etc.  But the best answer that I have learned about the will of God, is simply, “obey the last thing He told you to do.”

          God knows that if He tells us too much, too early, we’d all be overcome by His blessings. So, we take each day as it comes, with God’s presence engulfing us.

          So today, look behind you.  Look ahead of you.  See God there, and your day will be headed in the right direction.

          Pastor Don

 

The Pastor’s Plight

The pastor of a church is in a precarious position; he can’t please everyone! 

It has been said:

If he is young, he lacks experience; if his hair is grey, he’s too old for the young people.

If he has several children, he has too many; if he has no children, he’s setting a bad example.

If he preaches from his notes, he has canned sermons and is too dry; if he  doesn’t use notes, he has not studied and is not deep.

If he is attentive to the poor people in the church, they claim he is playing to the grandstand; if he pays attention to the wealthy, he is trying to be an aristocrat.

If he suggests changes for improvement of the church, he is a dictator; if he makes no suggestions, he is a figurehead. 

If he uses too many illustrations, he neglects the Bible; if he doesn’t use enough illustrations, he isn’t clear.

If he condemns wrong, he is cranky; if he doesn’t preach against sin, he’s a compromiser.

If he preaches the truth, he’s offensive; if he doesn’t preach the truth, he’s a hypocrite.

If he fails to please somebody, he’s hurting the church and ought to leave; if he tries to please everyone, he is a fool.

If he preaches about money, he’s a money grabber; if he doesn’t preach spiritual giving, he is failing to develop the people.

If he drives an old car, he shames his congregation; if he drives a new car, he is setting his affection on earthly things.

If he preaches all the time, the people get tired of hearing one man; if he invites guest speakers, he is shirking his responsibility.

If he receives a large salary, he’s mercenary; if he receives only a small salary, well-it proves he isn’t worth much anyway.

-Author Unknown

 

 



BE LIKE BABIES. . THEY LIKE CHANGES

March 18

  ” Proverbs 13:19 (LB) says, ‘It is pleasant to see plans develop. That is why fools refuse to give them up even when they are wrong.”  Wise people sometimes change their minds – fools never do.  Be open to God’s change in your plan.  It is a sign of strength to make changes when necessary.”

  “The longer a man is in error, the surer he is he’s right.  Defending your faults and errors only proves that you have no intention of quitting them. An obstinate man does not hold opinions – they hold him.”

   “Where we cannot invent we can at least improve.  A ‘sensational new idea’ is sometimes just an old idea with its sleeves rolled up  – if you itch for ideas, keep on scratching. Everybody is in favor of progress.  It’s the change they don’t like.  Constant change is here to stay.  Most people are willing to change, not because they see the light, but because they feel the heat.”

  “Great ideas still need change, adaptation and modification in order to prosper and succeed.  Henry Ford forgot to put a reverse gear in his first automobile.  Few knew of his oversight.  Few don’t know of his success.  Success and growth are unlikely if you always do things the way you’ve always done them.”

         John L. Mason,  You’re Born an Original, Don’t Die a Copy                               

 

True Navy Humor

Radio conversation released by the chief of naval operations 10.10.95:

Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the north to avoid a collision.

Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the south to avoid a collision

Americans: This is the captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

Canadians: No, I say again divert YOUR course.

Americans: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS ENTERPRISE, WE ARE A LARGE WARSHIP OF THE US NAVY. DIVERT YOUR COURSE NOW.

Canadians: This is a little lighthouse.  Your call.

This was the transcript of a radio conversation between a US naval ship and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland.



“IN THE BEGINNING . . GOD”

March 17

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Gen. 1:1)”

  “In the time it takes you to read this page, you will have entered a moment you have never been in before.  God said before we can form His name in our heads and speak it forth, He will be there! (Isaiah 65:24).  Before any defeat; before any distress; before any sorrow; before any pain or discouragement. . . He has already been there and made all the necessary arrangements to ensure you make it into the next moment of your future with Him.”

   “With God in charge, every moment can be a brand new beginning.  In the next moment, if you will let God be bigger than the pain of the last moment, you will have a new beginning in Him.”

   “Before you think about all you went through yesterday, think about where you are.  And right there is God – bigger than all your problems!”

   “As you start this day, put God in the beginning of every moment, and let Him lead you through a year of victory!”

                    – Rod Parsley, “Covenant Devotional”

 

Brickbats: Terse observations and other mild forms of humor

My boss hates “yes” men and I have to agree with him.

Can a person be chalant? Can weather be clement? And are children ever ruly?

My best pickup line is: “Hi, I’m Bob. Do you speak English?”

Somewhere in my office, in the vicinity of my desk, there exists a black hole into which all my pens disappear.

A woman was scooping up an armload of toaster pastries just as I was contemplating their ingredients. I said to her, “These things could kill you.” She said, “Well, they’re just for the kids.”

The penalty for bigamy is two wives.

Baseball Rules Section 3.12.5 — The strike zone shall consist of an area from the kneecap to the midpoint between the waist and shoulders vertically and shall be as wide as the home-plate umpire’s hind quarters.



LOOKING FORWARD

March 16

   “‘Misery is a yesterday person trying to get along with a tomorrow God,’ says Mike Murdock.  Don’t let your past mistakes become memorials. They should be cremated, not embalmed.  It is important to look forward – your calling and destiny are there.  The apostle Paul said, ‘Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  (Phil 3:13-14 NIV)”

   “Those who predominantly talk about the past are going backward.  Those who talk about the present are just maintaining.  But those who talk about the future are growing.”

   “Some people stay so far in the past that the future is gone before they get there. The future frightens only those who prefer living in the past.  No one has ever backed into prosperity.  You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday today.  Yesterday has passed forever and is beyond our control.  What lies behind us is insignificant compared to what lies ahead.”

   John L. Mason -You’re Born an Original, Don’t Die a Copy

 

Strangest US Laws

  Minnesota:

  –It is illegal to tease skunks.

  –Every man in Brainerd is required by law to grow a beard.

  Michigan:

  –A state law stipulates that a woman’s hair legally belongs to her husband.

  –Under state law, dentists are officially classified as “mechanics.”

  –In Clawson, it is legal for a man to “sleep with his pigs, cows, horses, goats, and chickens.”

  Oklahoma:

 –Whale hunting is strictly forbidden.

  –People who make “ugly faces” at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.

 Virginia:

  –In Richmond, it is illegal to flip a coin in any eating establishment to determine who buys a cup of coffee.

  –In Lebanon, it is illegal to kick your wife out of bed.



GOD HAS A PLAN

March 15

   “What does God think about your future?  We find the answer in the book of Jeremiah (29:11, NIV): “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”  All of what we are, good and bad, is what we have thought and believed.  What you have become is due to the price you paid to get what you used to want.”

   “All of the important battles we face will be waged within ourselves.  Nothing great has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that God was superior to any circumstance.  First John 4:4 says, ‘Greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world.”

   “Don’t put water in your own boat; the storm will put enough in on its own.  Don’t dream up thousands of reasons why you can’t do what you want to: find one reason why you can.  It is easier to do all the things you should do than spend the rest of your life wishing you had.  The first key victory you must win is over yourself.  “You can’t consistently perform in a manner that is inconsistent with the way you see yourself,” says Zig Ziglar.”

   “Building a case against yourself is like a microscope – it magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.  To keep from building a case against yourself; multiply your prayer time, divide the truth from a lie, subtract negative influences and add God’s Word.  We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.  Both faith and fear may sail into your harbor, but allow only faith to drop anchor.”

     John L. Mason,  You’re born an Original, Don’t Die a Copy 

 

Good-news-bad-news…

The following letter from the family’s solicitor is addressed to a

member of the British aristocracy who has been spending much of the

summer in his residence in the south of France leaving his wife in the

United Kingdom to look after the ancestral home.

Dear Sir Royston,

I hope you are having a good time on your holiday. 

I say this with sincerity because I am afraid that I have some bad

news for you, although there is good news too. First the bad news. I

am sorry to tell you that your favorite dog, Honey, is dead. The vet

says that she died instantly and could have felt no pain. She was

kicked in the head by your horse, Sherbert, though I’m sure that no

blame can be attached to Sherbert, frightened as he was by the fire in

the barn.

I’m afraid that Sherbert was in the barn along with your other

horses when it burnt to the ground.

I should explain how the barn came to be on fire in the first place.

You see a spark from the house blew over and set the roof alight. The

fire started in the main hall of the house where, as you know, your

Mattisse and your Picasso once hung. I say ‘once’ because they are not

there now. Fortunately neither of these paintings were damaged in the

conflagration as they were stolen beforehand by the burglar who

started the fire.

Although all of this may seem to you very serious it is not in fact

the bad news that I wrote of. Your wife and brother had been visiting

your Insurance Agent in prison where he is serving a three year

sentence for fraud. I’m afraid that none of your insurance policies

are valid. This is the bad news.

As I said, there is some good news. The heat from the fire warmed your

greenhouse and brought your flowers on.

Regards,

Morgan



THIS MORNING AT RADIANT LIFE

This Sunday, July 12 will be the last ZOOM meeting for now. If we begin using this again, I will be sure to let you know on FACEBOOK.  If you do not have or use FACEBOOK, please drop me a note saying you wish to follow us on ZOOM. You can send the message on FACEBOOK, call the church office 757-539-1096, or even send me something on “snail mail”……….  I do want everyone who wants to join us on Sunday to do so. We hope to resume on FACEBOOK LIVE in a couple of weeks, if you have access to that means. Thank you for staying with us through these tough times.

Pastor Don

 

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Sunday, July 12 at Radiant Life

This Sunday, July 12 will be the last ZOOM meeting for now. If we begin using this again, I will be sure to let you know on FACEBOOK.  If you do not have or use FACEBOOK, please drop me a note saying you wish to follow us on ZOOM. You can send the message on FACEBOOK, call the church office 757-539-1096, or even send me something on “snail mail”……….  I do want everyone who wants to join us on Sunday to do so. We hope to resume on FACEBOOK LIVE in a couple of weeks, if you have access to that means. Thank you for staying with us through these tough times.

Pastor Don

 

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