DAILY DEVOTIONS (1)

The Events that happen during the last week before the RESURRECTION help us deal with current events in our Nation and World.
Click on this link to watch Pastor Don talk about the events of the FRIDAY BEFORE PALM SUNDAY.


Excerpts from the Prayer of St. Patrick of Ireland

Last Evening Judy and I watched the Movie “I Am Patrick” made by CBN. The Story of a Young man, taken by Pirates, sold into slavery, taken to Ireland, escaped to home, only to be called by God to go back to that land to preach the Gospel. It is the story of St. Patrick.
Here are excerpts from what is know as “Patrick’s Breastplate” or His Prayer of Protection. .
 
I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth with His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.
 
I arise today, through The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun, The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire, The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind, The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth, The firmness of rock.
 
I arise today, through
God’s strength to pilot me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.
 
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
 
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.


Adhering to the “Stay At Home” order

Good Morning Radiant Life Family,

It is with a very heavy heart that I need to announce there will be NO “in Church” services for the next two weeks. For the past few weeks we have gathered in a very small group to conduct our online services. But, with the rapidly growing rise in confirmed cases, the orders from the President and Governor, I feel it is our responsibility to protect others from any possible contamination.

We all have to go out for food and medicines, and no matter how far apart we try to stay, we could possibly be exposed to the virus.

What makes this especially difficult is the timing. Missing Palm Sunday and Easter is a great disappointment, but if someone could be exposed, that would be even worse.

I will still do a Live Message on Sundays (I will be Live at 10:00 am instead of 11:15 like the past two weeks), and will post the recording on the church Facebook and our church website and phone app. I am also working on more postings during this Holy Time for the church.

Remember, when we pray, we do not inform God of our need, for “your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:8). We do not convince him to do the right thing, for he promises, “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3). We do not force him into action, for our Lord is the “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16).

Instead, prayer positions us to receive what only God’s Grace can give. When we pray, we enable God to mold us into the character of Christ (Romans 8:29). We draw close enough to him that we can hear his Spirit’s voice in our hearts. And he uses our intercession, influence, and ministry to advance the Gospel.

Please stay safe, stay at home, pray and rest in the arms of Jesus

God Bless You

Pastor Don

Ps. If you know of any needs or prayer concerns, please let me know.

Listen to Jeremiah 31:3 sung by Kent Henry here

 
 


Report on Sunday, March 29 Broadcast

Week number 2 of Live Video Services.

The first week I forgot to turn on my microphone.

Week 2 I did get the mic on before starting time, but I forgot to “record” it so I could find out what I did wrong, lost “control” of the meeting and couldn’t get out of that mode,  and went too long and got cut off in the middle of Communion.

At least more people got to see my struggles this week……… LOL.

Thank everyone for being brave enough to make connection. We still have several weeks of this confinement before it is over. We will continue to try to broadcast the services.

We are working on another technology that will allow us all to drive to church, sit in our cars and participate in that manner at least for Easter Sunday………  I hope it goes better than what we have done so far.

Again, I apologize that I cannot send the video of the service this week.

God Bless, Stay Calm, God is still in better control than I am of the situation.

Pastor Don.



Communion Live at Radiant Life

I hope you will join us today Sunday, March 29, at 11:15 am by Live Stream. It is Communion Sunday so please have the elements (juice and cracker or bread) handy for this time together.  I hope you will join us either by computer, tablet or phone.  I apologize for last week when some of you tried to connect but didn’t hear anything….. that was my fault…… I forgot to turn on my mic.  So here is your invitation to Sunday’s Service.

Pastor Don is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Zoom Meeting

Time: Mar 29, 2020 11:15 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/758451442

Meeting ID: 758 451 442

If you want to just listen to the broadcast, you can do that as well by calling 1-669-900-6833 and when asked to enter your ID Number is will be: 758451442#  Don’t forget to enter the “#” key.

Several said that the video was “buffering” or stopping some last week. That happens depending on your internet connection. If you have problems with that, closing your video may make a difference. If not, just open the video again so we can see you.

God Bless You………..  we are praying for each of you daily.

Pastor Don               



GOD HEARS THE BIRDS SINGING

The past two mornings, standing at the kitchen window, I was delightfully serenaded by birds singing their happy tunes. I was reminded that if God watches over every one of these tiny creatures, He is also watching over us.

This week, our Governor, changed the status of “recommending” no meetings over ten persons, to a “mandate” with consequences for anyone doing so. A few of us will be at church Sunday, but we need to limit the attendance as much as possible. We will again do a “live stream” at 11:15 am.

Recently, someone posted that the name “Corona” is Spanish for King, Ruler or Sovereign. We know that this virus is NOT a King but we are also reminded that Jesus is the “KING OF KINGS”.  I did a little more research and learned that this name comes from the fact that under a powerful microscope the virus looks like “a globe with little globules, resembling a crown” and in Latin “corona means crown or garland”.

I also discovered that in Germany, there is a Saint named “Corona”. Ironically, she is known as the “Patron Saint of Epidemics”.  She was a 16 year old girl who was brutally killed 1800 years ago by the Romans because she would not renounce her faith in Jesus Christ. History says she was tied between two ‘bent over’ sapling trees. When the trees were releases, they literally “split her apart”.  

We may feel like we are “split apart” during this crisis, but we have the knowledge and hope that God is our help and strength. It is a powerful time, not to “Renounce” but “Pronounce”, that “Jesus is Lord”

We hear the news reports that the United States has had 1,700 deaths from this pandemic. In perspective that is 5 deaths in every “Million” people in our nation. If we continue to practice “personal distancing” (you’ll hear why I call it that Sunday morning) we will keep that number consistently low.  

Although, we cannot “physically” connect Sunday, we can once again share by “live” streaming the message this Sunday. I will send the link in another message later today.

We will be observing Holy Communion during that time together, so I ask you to get juice and cracker or bread handy so that we may all share together.

We are also working on having a “drive-in” church for Easter Sunday, but with the restrictions being raised almost daily we will have to wait and see.
 
Remember the Words of Jesus when He tells us not to worry,

Luke 12:24  Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?

Do you want to have church at home today? then Listen to the Gaithers Sing , , ,  His Eye is on the Sparrow……….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUMULR_J6nA



IT-TAKES-ONE- TO-MAKE-ONE

MARCH 24

Each according to its kind.

GENESIS 1:24 NKJV In the book of Genesis (“beginnings”), God shows us how He intends things to work in life: “Let the earth bring forth the living creature … each according to its kind.” Each one of us is a product of our DNA and our environment. Now, fast forward. How many giant killers were in Saul’s army? Not one. When Goliath challenged Israel every soldier quaked with fear. Yet

David, who came to bring food to his brothers, sized up the situation, recalled his experiences with God and went out and killed him. Now, after David became king, how many other giant killers arose in Israel? Lots: “Then Sibbecai. .. killed Sippai, one of the descendants of the giants, and they were subdued. And there was war with the Philistines again, and Elhanan … killed Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Cittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. Again there was war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature who had twenty- four fingers and toes, six fingers on each hand and six toes on

each foot; and he also was descended from the giants. When he taunted Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed him. These were descended from the giants in Gath [Goliath’s home town]: and they fell by the hand of David and by the hands of his servants” (LCh 20:4-8 NAS). Why do you suppose there were 110 giant killers in Saul’s day? Because Saul himself wasn’t one! But under David’s leadership they multiplied because David was a giant killer. This illustrates the “it-takes-one-to-make-one” principle that starts in Genesis and runs through the Bible.

So the word for you today is-be careful who influences you, and be careful how you influence others.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

An old farmer was inconsolable after his dog goes missing.

He took out an ad in the newspaper, but two weeks later, there’s still no sign of the mutt.

“What did you write in the ad?” his wife asks.

“Here, boy,” he replies.



TWO LESSONS YOU LEARN ONLY IN LIFE’S STORMS

MARCH 23

Why are you so fearful?

MARK 4:40 NKJV

In the Gospel of Mark we read: “He said to them, ‘Let us cross over to the other side’ … And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are

perishing?’ Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, ‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?’ And they … said to one another, ‘Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

(Mk 4:35-41 NKJV).

Here are two lessons you learn only in life’s storms: (1) You must trust what God has told you. When Jesus said, “Let us cross over to the other side” there wasn’t a big enough wave to take them under, no matter how threatening. What has God promised you? Standing on that won’t keep you from getting

scared or soaked, but it’ll keep you from sinking. (2) You must remind yourself who’s in the boat with you. If the Lord can calm a storm, He can prevent one. So when He permits you to go through storms it’s to show you that you don’t have a problem He can’t solve; that you may be powerless in the situation

but He’s not; and that through this experience you’ll come to know Him in a way you have never known Him before. So learn these lessons well and come out stronger on the other side.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

At a motivational seminar, three men are asked to come up to the stage. They are all asked, “When you are in your casket and friends and family are mourning upon you, what would you like to hear them say about you?”

The first guy says, “I would like to hear them say that I was the great doctor of my time, and a great family man.”

The second guy says, “I would like to hear that I was a wonderful husband and school teacher who made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow.”

​The last guy replies, “I would like to hear them say…… LOOK!!! HE’S MOVING!!!!!”



Join Us Today at 11:15

If you have a computer, tablet or smartphone you can participate by going to the following link:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/840311599

You can choose to share your camera or not (recommended if you are still in your pajama’s). I would be glad to see you though.

If you want to just listen to the broadcast, you can do that as well by calling 1-669-900-6833 and when asked to enter your ID Number is will be: 840311599#  Don’t forget to enter the “#” key.

It will take a minute or two to get connected, depending on the internet speeds and traffic.  I assume it will be a busy Sunday Morning with thousands of churches meeting online.

If you cannot get through it will be available later at the same addresses.

God Bless You as we work together to keep everyone safe from the virus.

Pastor Don.




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