SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2020 SCHEDULE

Good Evening Radiant Life Family

Please note the services for Sunday May 31, 2020

 9:30 am, Join Anita Joyce in studying the Sunday School lesson on her FACEBOOK  page. She is doing an excellent work of teaching God’s Word.

 

11:00 am Sunday Morning Worship focuses on Pentecost Sunday and we will be sharing communion If you watch by Zoom or FACEBOOK, please have juice and bread available to join with us.

 

The Link for ZOOM is below.  Thank You for joining with us during this time. God Bless You, Pastor Don

 

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DON’T LOSE YOUR PEACE

MAY 29

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You. ISAIAH 26:3 NKJV

One of the greatest promises in the Bible is, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Who are you trusting to solve the problem, God or yourself? You need to live by the principle “Do your best, then let God do the rest.” Too many of us have the idea that it’s wrong to enjoy ourselves while we have problems. We grow up believing that if we can’t do anything else, the least we can do is worry, act stressed out and be miserable. The Bible addresses this: “Do not [for a moment] be frightened .. .for such [constancy and fearlessness] will be a clear sign … from God”

(Php 1 :28 AMP). This Scripture teaches us that when adversity comes (and it will) we must stay in peace. Satan doesn’t know what to do with us when he can’t get us upset; we’ve taken a powerful weapon out of his hands. “For such [constancy and fearlessness] will be a … sign … from God.” Keeping your peace doesn’t exempt you from life’s difficulties, it just allows God to have the last word. By trusting Him completely you are no longer at the mercy of circumstances, other people, or your own

emotions and limitations.

Somebody quipped, “In times like these it’s helpful to remember that there have always been times like these.” The question is not will trouble come, but how will you handle it? The writer to the Hebrews says, “We which have believed do enter into rest” (Heb 4:3). When things go wrong-do what God leads you to do, then rest in Him and watch Him work on your behalf!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A redneck is being mugged in a big city and he fights like a wildcat, but eventually the three toughs overcome him. Two hold him down while the third grabs his wallet and opens it. “Ten dollars??!!? You fought like a madman for 15 minutes for a lousy ten bucks?” ​”Oh no!” replied the redneck. “I thought you were going after the $500 in my shoe!” ..



WHEN YOU DON’T GET WHAT YOU WANT (3)

MAY 28

Grow in grace. 2 PETER 3:18

Winning gracefully can be harder than losing gracefully, When we win we’re tempted by arrogance, power, insensitivity, gloating, and wanting to relive our success long after everyone else is bored by it. Gracious winners always remember what it feels like to lose. They are caught up in something bigger

than their own wins and losses.

Abraham Lincoln had the wisdom to place the good of the country above his own ego, appointing his worst political critic, Edwin Stanton, to run the War Department. Stanton, a brilliant legal mind, could be brusque and condescending. As Frederick Douglass put it, “Politeness was not one of his weaknesses.”

Lincoln, on the other hand, was keenly aware of his looks and his uneducated background. (When someone charged him with being two-faced during a campaign, he responded: “If I had two faces, do you think I’d be wearing this one?”). As out- going attorney general of the losing party, Stanton had belittled Lincoln as “the original gorilla. “How Lincoln treated Stanton is Civil War history. Lincoln trusted in him, confided in him, leaned on him, depended on him. And Stanton responded with unfailing loyalty and affection. On the morning of April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln died after having been shot the night

before at Ford’s Theatre. The most famous words ever spoken after the death of a president were spoken that morning: “Now he belongs to the ages.” The speaker was Edwin Stanton. Robert Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s S011, said that after his father died he was visited in his room each morning for two

weeks by Stanton who “Spent the first ten minutes of his visits weeping without saying a word.” When nothing else works, showing grace does!

 

There was a blonde who just got sick and tired of all the blonde jokes.

One evening, she went home and memorized all the state capitals. Back in the office the next day, some guy started telling a dumb blonde joke. She interrupted him with a shrill announcement, “I’ve had it up to here with these blonde jokes. I want you to know that this blonde went home last night and did something probably none of you could do. I memorized all the state capitals.”

​One of the guys, of course, said, “I don’t believe you. What is the capital of Nevada?” “N,” she answered.



WHEN YOU DON’T GET WHAT YOU WANT (2)

MAY 27

Grow in grace. 2 PETER 3:18

Samuel and Susanna Wesley (John Wesley’s parents) were at prayer one night when Susanna didn’t say “amen” to her husband’s prayer for William of Orange, then King of England. When he asked her why, she explained that her sympathy lay with the deposed James the Second. It turned into a game of “you do what I say” which he couldn’t win. She wrote about what happened next: “He immediately kneeled down and invoked the divine vengeance upon himself and all his posterity if he ever touched me again or came to bed with me before I had begged God’s pardon, and his, for not saying amen to a prayer for the king.” The stalemate lasted six months and was broken only when a tragic fire destroyed two-thirds of their home.

People who cling to resentments, who don’t know how to handle disappointment with grace, who have long memories, who choke on the words, “I’m sorry,” or who sulk and pout and whine, always finish up on the short end of the stick. Losing well is an art that requires all the grace we can muster. It means having the humility to face reality with no excuses, but with the confidence not to allow losing to define our identity or make us feel “less than.” It means no excuses, no blaming, no self-pity- but no self-condemnation either. It means having the discernment to know when to quit and when to persevere. It means learning how to say “congratulations.” It means letting go of an outcome we cannot change, but holding on to the will to live fully and well, and seeking to glorify God in all that we do.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

The Usher Story

An elderly woman walked into the local country church. The friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped her up the flight of steps to the sanctuary.

“Where would you like to sit?” he asked politely.

“The front row, please,” she answered..

“You really don’t want to do that,” the usher said. “The pastor is really boring.”

“Do you happen to know who I am?” the woman inquired.

“No,” he said.

“I’m the pastor’s mother,” she replied indignantly.

“Do you know who I am?” he asked.

“No,” she said.

“Good,” he answered.



WHEN YOU DON’T GET WHAT YOU WANT (1)

MAY 26

Grow in grace. 2 PETER 3:18

Psychologist Henry Cloud does a lot of corporate consulting. Sometimes he asks executives this question: “When in your business training or education, did you ever take a course on how to lose well?” Losing is an inevitable part of life. It gives us an invaluable window into the development of our character.

How do we do when we’re part of a team that makes a decision that’s opposed? How do we handle it when the promotion we applied for, goes to somebody else? How do we do when our idea, proposal, or invitation for a date gets rejected? To live is to lose. But to lose badly, gracelessly, can be lethal.

The president of an organization has an agenda for change that is dead in the water. No one wants it. But he’s stubborn and won’t take no for an answer, so he gets malicious compliance instead. People don’t resist him openly, but they sabotage his agenda. He loses their respect and their loyalty. He could not stand to lose on his agenda, so instead, he loses what matters far more.

A pastor wants his church to change in ways that the people don’t embrace. He wants it to look like his ideal of what a church should be. So he preaches angry sermons that chastise them for not following his leadership. He tries to pressure the elders. He threatens, he whines, he manipulates. Eventually the

elders ask him to leave the church. Because he cannot learn from his losses, he loses everything. Peter, who was known for being bull-headed, had grown wiser and more mature, so he writes, “Grow in grace.” When you don’t get what you want- be gracious!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

A prisoner in jail receives a letter from his wife: “Dear husband, I have decided to plant some lettuce in the back garden. When is the best time to plant them?”

The prisoner, knowing that the prison guards read all mail, replies in a letter: “Dear wife, whatever you do, do not touch the back garden. That is where I hid all the money.”

A week or so later, he receives another letter from his wife. “Dear husband, you wouldn’t believe what happened. Some men came with shovels to the house and dug up the back garden.”

​The prisoner writes back: “Dear wife, now is the best time to plant the lettuce.”



BE OPEN TO CHANGE-AND PURSUE IT!

MAY 25

Let patience have its perfect work. JAMES 1:3 NKJV

A letter was returned to the Post Office. Handwritten on the envelope were the words, “He’s dead.” Through an over-sight the letter was inadvertently sent to the same address again. Again it was returned to the Post Office with yet another message: “He’s still dead!” Let’s be honest; most of us resist change. We desire improvement, but we don’t want to pay the price for it. And that’s a problem, because we will never become what God intends us to be by remaining what we are. It’s not enough to be open to change, we need to pursue it.

If you’re serious about changing your life, Dr. John Maxwell says: “Don’t just change enough to get away from your problems–change enough to solve them. Don’t change your circumstances to improve your life-change yourself to improve your circumstances. Don’t do the same old things expecting different results-get different results by doing something new. Don’t see change as something hurtful that must be done-see it as something helpful that can be done. Don’t avoid paying the immediate price tag of change-if you do, you will pay the ultimate price of never improving.” James writes: “When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing” (Jas 1:3-4 NIT). Character building is a slow process; it happens day-by-day. Whenever we try to escape life’s difficulties we short-circuit the process, delay our growth, and end up with a worse kind of pain-the worthless type that accompanies denial and voidance. So, be open to change-and pursue it!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

The man approached the very beautiful woman in the large supermarket and asked, “You know, I’ve lost my wife here in the supermarket. Can you talk to me for a couple of minutes?”

“Why?”

​”Because every time I talk to a beautiful woman my wife appears out of nowhere.”

 

“I’m Mr. Wilson’s wife,” said a brunette, introducing herself to a pretty blonde at a party.

Said the blonde, “Oh, I am his secretary.”

Wryly, the wife said, “Oh, were you?



Memorial Day – The Pledge of Allegiance

My thoughts on the Pledge of Allegiance for Memorial Day, May 24, 2020
 
 
 


RADIANT LIFE SUNDAY SCHEDULE – MAY 24, 2020

Sunday School lesson will be taught again at 9:30 am on Anita Joyce’s FACEBOOK account.  Please join her for this great teaching.

Live Video from Radiant Life on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 11:00

We have made some changes to the Zoom meeting. The same ID will be used from now on, no password and you should be immediately entered into the room. I hope this helps you out this week.

Also will be live on FACEBOOK.

 

Here is the Link to the ZOOM meeting:

Time: May 24, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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DON’T GET HOOKED BY YOUR ‘TEENAGER’

MAY 22

Be clear minded and self-controlled. 1 PETER 4:7 NIV

Teenagers can test your sanity. They’re neither adult nor child, and can become either without notice. Flooding hormones and exploding neurons spark biochemical reactions in their heads and bodies. Words like, “What in the world were you thinking?” form involuntarily on your lips. In response come sullen teenage shrugs, followed by the incomprehensible, “I don’t know.” And they don’t! What can you do? “Lock them up?” Sorry, that’s illegal. But here are two things that will help. (1) Back off and slow down. “Be clear minded and self-controlled.” One of the biggest mistakes parents make is over-reacting, which triggers an escalating battle of wills you’re unlikely to win. Decibel levels rise, wisdom fails, your teen concludes you’re the crazy one, and suddenly there’s no adult present and nobody’s “minding the store.” You’ve become part of the problem, leaving your child angry and insecure, without a rational role model. Pray, breathe deeply and count to ten!

For your child’s sake, it’s time for the clear minded and self-controlled parent to prevail. (2) Remember, anger begets anger. “An angry person starts fights; a hot-tempered person commits all kinds of sin” (Pr 29:22 NLT). No one can infuriate you like a teenager trying to grow up. A look, a word, an attitude, and

you’re “hooked;” you’re in a shouting match with your own child. How crazy is that? Emotionally charged exchanges hard wire your teenager’s brain for automatic, long-term anger reactions. What’s the answer? Use the carrot and stick approach of Scripture: “Provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture [love and encouragement] and admonition [character building discipline] of the Lord” (Eph 6:4).

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Oops!

A wife comes home late at night and quietly opens the door to her bedroom.

From under the blanket she sees four legs instead of two.

She reaches for a baseball bat and starts hitting the blanket as hard as she can.

Once she’s done, she goes to the kitchen to have a drink.

As she enters, she sees her husband there, reading a magazine.

​Her husband says: “Hi Darling, Your parents have come to visit us, so I let them stay in our bedroom. Hope you said Hello to them.” .



CONCEPTION, FORMING, PUSHING

MAY 21

Until Christ is formed in you. GALATIANS 4:19 NKJV

There are three stages to spiritual growth: 1) Conception: It results from intimacy between two people. God’s love for you is dear and compelling; the question is, how much do you love Him? (See In 21:15). (2) Forming: Paul writes: “My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you” (GaI4:19 NKJV). God knows the experiences required to produce in us the character of Christ and He’ll do whatever it takes to bring it about. (3) Pushing: When you commit to bringing forth what God has placed within you, you’ll have to push against everything everybody ever did to you or said about you. Now God will help you to bring it out, but it’s up to you to push. In fact, it may not happen if you don’t. You’ll have to push against satanic attacks in all their debilitating forms such as bad memories, low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness. The Devil may have spent years pushing you aside, pulling you

back and putting you down, but today God is saying to you, “I want to open you up, I want to empower you to give birth to what I’ve placed within you.”

When a baby is born everything in the family changes. The same is true for you. When you give birth to what God’s placed within you, everything in your life will be affected. God’s blessing is an overflowing blessing that will touch every area of your existence. A mother knows when she’s pregnant; the same is true in the spiritual realm. So don’t fail to give birth to what God has put within you. Now is the time for you to bring it forth!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A pastor parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space with a meter. Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have circled the block 10 times. If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses.”

When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note “I’ve circled this block for 10 years. If I don’t give you a ticket I’ll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation.”  …




 

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