Invitation to Sunday, March 22, 2020

You are invited to participate in a “Live Streaming” event of Radiant Life Ministries, Sunday, March 22, 2020 beginning at 11:15 am. 

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

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.

Video Chat Invitation

The Link for Sunday Morning, March 22, 2020 at 11:15 am is
When you click on this link, it will automatically download “ZOOM” (takes about a minute) and will open up to my video chat room. This is a “live” video, please note that if you have your video turned on, everyone can see you.
The recording you see below is my invitation to join us on Sunday. God Bless You……… Pastor Don


Good morning.

I pray that everyone is adjusting to the current situation.

This morning Dr. Jim Dennison wrote, “This is war: We can only defeat coronavirus if we do it together”.

Dr. Dennison is a Pastor, Educator, and Author who thoughtfully “engages the issues of the day from a biblical perspective”. 

His comparison to World War II in which his father served is a reminder of the devastation and danger of war conditions. We are truly in a war, as he states, and it is up to each of us to do our part. During World War II, many went to the front lines to fight. But more stayed home and fought the war by what they could do and what they would sacrifice. If the United States would have had the resources then, that we have now, the war would have ended much easier and quicker. But the United States went to work building weapons and equipment to fight the enemy and although it took time and cost lives, still won the war. WE WILL WIN!  WE HAVE THE VICTORY! Jesus said “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” – Luke 21:28   

In this microwave day, we want all answers to be “instant” and are frustrated at the lack of “tests” and “medical supplies”. Doctors and hospitals are overwhelmed and many are suffering the results of stress and helplessness. We are not used to empty grocery store shelves and many are suffering loss of income or the pressures of home quarantines.  Yet many of the world face this every day without a pandemic to deal with.

Social Distancing is something new to all of us. We are so used to community, especially in church. We often quote Hebrews 10:24  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25  not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

 Many of us remember the events after September 11, 2001 when the mainland of the United States was attacked for the first time. The results ended in most church buildings filled with people fearful of the future. Today, we are asked to only meet in groups of less than 10 and church buildings are empty.

But keep in mind that the “CHURCH” is not a building or an organization. It is a Living, Breathing, Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ through us.  So if you cannot attend church, remember “YOU ARE THE CHURCH”. Be faithful “stir up love and good works” and “exhorting one another”.  We know THE DAY is approaching. This is just a brief moment. Eternity is ahead. Praise the Lord!

With this in mind. . .  I will be at church Sunday Morning at the usual time of 10:45 am. The church will be open to anyone and everyone who would like to be there. We will have some worship, prayer and a brief message. We also will be broadcasting the message beginning at 11:15 am. I will send another message later today concerning how to connect.

God Bless and Keep You.

Pastor Don

Video Conference Test Tonight

Pastor Don is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Beginning at 7:00 Pm tonight.

This is a test of the App called “ZOOM” a video chat program. To participate in this Test, please use the link on your computer, tablet or phone.

Have you developed “cabin fever” yet?

Have you developed “cabin fever” yet? Avoiding contact with other people is the key to staying healthy, especially for high risk individuals. So, what are some of the ways you are keeping yourself well? I’d love to hear from you. Myself, since I can’t go to the gym, I’ve restarted a morning walking regiment. Walking alone early in the quiet of the mornings is refreshing, safe and good for me.
But the best thing you can do at home is PRAY! Pray for an answer to this virus. Pray for those who are affected, Pray especially for the Health Care Workers and those who continue to provide for our well-being and services.
Remember and Pray the Words of the Psalmist
Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! 11 The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
We know that it has been advised to avoid groups of 10 or more, but we still feel it is important to at least gather for prayer and worship. Some of us will be at church this Sunday at 10:45 am. You are invited to attend if you choose. To reduce time of exposure, we will suspend Sunday School and children ministry until April 5
Be safe not scared, We serve an Almighty God.

Services Cancelation

Due to the concern related to the Corona Virus we have made the difficult decision of canceling all “Mid-week Services and Activities at Radiant Life until after March 28. There will be no Wednesday Night Youth Meetings or Adult Bible Study. Our concerns were for children who are out of school having enough food, but the Suffolk School System has announced Food Distributions through March 27. Following is the list of “Bus Stop Distributions:
COVID-19) “Bus Stop” Food Distribution
Posted on 03/16/2020
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – March 27, 2020, we will have bagged meals that will include both breakfast and lunch available to our students. King’s Fork High School will be our food distribution hub and will be open for food distribution in the school lobby from 9 A.M.-12 noon. Students will need to be present to receive food, as meals. Our Food and Nutrition department will distribute food to our students through our SPS transportation weekdays from 9 A.M.-12 noon to the following locations:
Route 1 Bus 121
Temple Bethel Entrance 9:00 – 9:15 AM
Plummer Blvd. & Skinner Blvd. – 9:30 – 9:45 AM
Bullock Mobile Park – 10:00 – 10:45 AM
Route 2 Bus 414
Townpoint & Pughsville Rd. 9:00 – 9:15 AM
600 Old College Dr. – 9:30 – 9:45 AM
Col. Fred Cherry Middle – 10:00 – 10:15 AM
Route 3 Bus 478
Chuckatuck Square – 9:00 – 9:15 AM
YMCA Godwin Blvd – 9:30 – 9:45 AM
King’s Landing – 10:00 – 10:00 AM
Route 4 Bus 495
Elephant’s Fork Elementary – 9:00 – 9:15 AM
Pruden Center 9:30 – 9:45 AM
Saratoga Park 10:00 – 10:15 AM
Lakeside Park 10:30 – 10:45 AM
Route 5 Bus 425
Library Parking Lot W. Washington Street 9:00 – 9:15 AM
Peanut Park 9:30 – 10:45 AM
Colander Bishop 11:00 – 11:15 AM
Corner of Finney and Holladay Street AM 11:30 -11:45
Route 6 Bus 99
Kilby Shores Elementary 9:00 – 9:15 AM
Suffolk Station 9:30 – 9:45 AM
Nancy Drive (Autumn Ridge & Lynnhill) 10:00 – 10:15 AM
Route 7 Bus 411
Hoffler Apartments 9:00 – 9:15 AM
BTW School 9:30 – 9:45 AM
Hollywood (Community Center Pool) 10:00 – 10:15 AM
Lake Kennedy (PARK) 10:30 – 10:45 AM
Suffolk Recreation Center (6th STREET) 11:00 – 11:15 AM
Route 8 Bus 14
Pughsville 9:00 – 9:15 AM
Creekside Elementary 9:30 – 9:45 AM
Bullock Mobile Park 10:00 – 10:15 AM
Route 9 Bus 115
Pioneer 9:00 – 9:15 AM
Holland Community Center 9:30 – 9:45 AM
J & L Tack Shop 10:00 – 10:15 AM
Holland Ballfield 11:00 – 11:15 AM
Route 10 Bus 408
Lake Kennedy (Park) 9:00 – 9:15 AM
Nansemond River High 9:45 – 10:00 AM
Route 11 Bus 120
Wilson Pines 9:00 – 9:15 AM
Heritage Acres 9:30 – 9:45 AM
Magnolia Lakes 10:00 – 10:15 AM

A Special Prayer in Response to the Coronavirus

Today we intercede against the devastation and fear currently being caused by coronavirus around the world.

We join together, to pray verses from the Bible, in response to the global coronavirus crisis.

Lord Jesus Christ, we ask You to protect us from the spread of the coronavirus.

Psalm 46:1-3;6-7;10-11 

Jehovah Shalom, Lord of Peace, I remember those living in coronavirus hotspots and those currently in isolation. May they know Your presence in their isolation, Your peace in their turmoil and Your patience in their waiting. Prince of Peace, You are powerful and merciful; let this be their prayer:

Psalm 57:1-3 

God of all comfort and counsel, we pray for those who are grieving, reeling from the sudden loss of loved ones. May they find Your fellowship in their suffering, Your comfort in their loss, and Your hope in their despair. We name before You those known to me who are vulnerable and scared – the frail, the sick and the elderly. God of all comfort, You are powerful and merciful; may this be our prayer:

Psalm 79:8-9

Do not hold against us the sins of past generations; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need. Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake. May this be a time of Your Glory being seen in this world. May our prayer be:

2 Corinthians 1:8-11 

Jehovah Rapha, God who heals, we pray for all medical professionals who are daily dealing with the intense pressures of this crisis. Grant them resilience in weariness, discernment in diagnosis, and compassion upon compassion as they care. We thank You for the army of researchers, working steadily and quietly towards a cure – give them clarity, serendipity and unexpected breakthroughs today.

Malachi 4:2

God of all wisdom, we pray for the World Health Organization, national governments, and heads of schools, hospitals and other institutions. Since You have positioned these people in public service for this hour, I ask You to grant them wisdom, beyond their own wisdom, as to how to contain this virus; faith, beyond their own faith, to fight this fear; and strength, beyond their own strength, to support institutions and people in their care in this time of turmoil. God of all wisdom and counsel, You are powerful and merciful; may this be my prayer:

Jeremiah 32:17 

Psalm 46:1-3 

May El Shaddai, the Lord God Almighty who loves us, protect us.

May Jesus Christ, His Son who died for us, save us.

And may the Holy Spirit, who broods over the chaos and fills us with His presence, intercede for us and in us for others at this time.

 Psalm 91:3-7 

Father, help me to live this day to the full, being true to You, in every way.

Jesus, help me to give myself away to others, being kind to everyone I meet.

Spirit, help me to love the lost, proclaiming Christ in all I do and say.

Psalm 4:1 

2 Timothy 4:18


Senior Luncheon Canceled

Due to the ongoing health concerns for Seniors, our monthly Precious Jewels Senior Luncheon will be canceled for Tuesday, March 17.   Please stay safe and protect yourself as much as possible.  God Bless You.  Pastor Don Milner


Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; Let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. -Psalm 96:11-12 (NIV)

It had been a day. You know the kind: Spouse out of town, kids .wound up from school, dinner taking extra long to get on the table, and bedtime strung out with a few added requests for milk, water,

books, and snuggles. The days with two little ones can be so long; I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but I do value the few minutes of peace I get when everyone is safely tucked in.

Shutting their doors for (really) the last time, I made my way down the stairs feeling completely discouraged. Olivia’s final, unprompted “I love You, Ma” after my terse denial to keep her milk cup in her bed had pretty much broken me.

Suddenly, I heard a huge gush of water. A thunderstorm unloaded gallons of rain on our neighborhood. I rushed to the window, in awe of this midsummer deluge, and that’s when I saw it: the most beautiful

sunset looming low in my kitchen window.

I have no doubt that God sent me that sunset to remind me that His mercies, like my patience, will be renewed in the morning.

Perhaps foolishly, I marched back upstairs, sneaked into the kids’ rooms, and covered their dozing faces with kisses.

Now, when I see a beautiful sunset at that window, I’m reminded that God knows my heart and hears my prayers, even when I forget to say them out loud!

God, help me to remember that these precious children are Yours, only on loan to me for a little while, and that sleep always, eventually, comes.

-Ashley Kappel

Digging Deeper: Genesis 9:16; Psalm 19:1; Lamentations 3:22-23





Don’t miss this Saturday’s exhibit by Christian Martian Arts…

The agenda was adopted…the minutes were approved… the final secretary gave a grief report.

We have received word of sudden passing of Rev. Smith this morning during the worship service. Now let’s sing “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow.”

This Sunday morning following services we will have our monthly feelowship.



His unfailing love … is as great as the height of the heavens above.  -Psalm 103: 11 NLT

No matter what the other disciples told him about the resurrection, Thomas wanted to see for himself-so for 7 days he sat on his hands. He needed firsthand evidence. And Jesus gave it to him. “Put your finger here and see my hands.

Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” (In 20:27 NLT). And Thomas did-“My Lord and my God!” (In 20:28 NLT). Only God could come back from the dead. And only a God of love would come back for a doubter.

Know what? Our doubts don’t separate us from God’s love! Listen: “For his unailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height ofthe heavens above” (Ps 103: 11 NLT). The big news of the Bible is not that you love God-but that He loves you! He says your name is engraved on the palm of His hand. His thoughts of you outnumber the grains of sand on the beach. He sees the worst in you yet still believes the best. Your sins of yesterday and your failings in the future don’t surprise Him; He knows them all. Every day and every deed of your life has passed before His eyes and been calculated in His decision.

He knows you better than you know yourself. And He’s reached His verdict: “1 love you!” No discovery will disillusion Him, no rebellion dissuade Him. He loves you with an unfailing love, and that knowledge can lift you, restore you and put you back on your feet.


Taken from “The Best of The Word for You” 2007

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