GOD NEVER GIVES UP ON YOU

JUNE 4

You have laid your hand upon me. PSALM 139:5 NIV

A London bus driver was assigned to shuttle passengers to crusade services with Billy Graham at Wembley Stadium. When one of them invited him in to listen he declined. The following year he moved to New York, and when Billy was speaking at Madison Square Garden the man’s job again was shuttling people to the meetings. As he got off the bus a lady asked if he’d like to join them. Once more he politely declined. He married an Australian lady and eventually ended up working in Sydney, where surprisingly, he was again assigned to drive people to the stadium where Billy was preaching. This time

when he was invited he figured there was no escape, so he gave in. Looking back he says, “No matter where I went I was confronted with Billy Graham, so I went to hear him and committed my life to Christ. It was the best decision I ever made.”

The Psalmist said, “You hem me in … you have laid your hand upon me … Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there …in the depths, you are there … on the far side of the sea … your hand will, “hold me fast” (Ps 139:5-10 NIV). Isn’t grace

amazing? Peter said, “God is patient. .. he wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost” (2Pe 3:9 CEV). God will follow you to the ends of the earth to give you another opportunity to surrender your life to Him. How many opportunities has He already given you? Isn’t it time you stopped running and

surrendered your life to Him?

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

How to Get to Heaven

Leave it to the Children

A lady at her church was testing the children in her Sunday school class to see if they understood the concept of getting to Heaven.

She asked them, “If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale, and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into Heaven?'”

“NO” the children answered.

“If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into Heaven?”

Again, the answer was, “NO!”

By now, she was starting to smile.

Hey, this was fun!

“Well, then, if I was kind to animals, and gave candy to all the children, and loved my husband, would that get me into Heaven?”

Again, they all answered, “NO!”

The teacher by now was just bursting with pride for them!

“Well,” She continued, “Then how can I get into Heaven?”

A five-year-old boy shouted out,

“YOU GOTTA BE DEAD!”

Don’t be too busy today . . .  to share this hilarious message.



BULLDOGS AND POODLES

JUNE 3

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. JAMES 4:8 IIIKJV

The story’s told of a bulldog and a poodle who were arguing one day. The bulldog was making fun of the poodle, calling him a weak little runt who couldn’t do anything. The bulldog said, “I challenge you to a contest. Let’s see who can open the back door of their house the fastest and get inside.” The bulldog

was thinking he would turn the doorknob with his powerful jaws, while the poodle was too small to even reach the knob of his back door. But to the bulldog’s surprise the poodle said, “I can get inside my house faster than you can. I accept the challenge.” So with the poodle watching, the bulldog ran to the

back door of his house and jumped up to the doorknob. He got his teeth and paws around it and tried to turn it, but he couldn’t get enough grip on the knob to do it, so he finally quit in exhaustion. Now it was the poodle’s turn. He just did what he’d been doing every day for the last several years. He went up to the door and scratched a couple of times, then waited patiently. Within a few seconds his master not only opened the door but picked him up in his arms, patted him on the head affectionately and carried him inside.

The difference was in the relationship. Some of us are bulldog Christians. It’s all grunting, growling and working to try and please God. Give it up! ALL God asks us to do is, “Draw near to Me and I will draw near to you.”

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

​BREAKING NEWS–The Cause of the Recent Earthquake

USGS–U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program is responsible for monitoring, reporting, and researching earthquakes and earthquake hazards.

The USGS has determined that the epicenter of the earthquake that struck Virginia on Tuesday was located in a graveyard, just outside of Washington DC . The cause, according to the USGS, appears to be all of our Founding Fathers rolling over in their graves. ..



STAY IN FORMATION!

JUNE I

Let us not give up meeting together. HEBREWS 10:25 NIV

Ever wonder why geese in the Fall fly in a “V” formation and not just randomly? Remember that old United Airlines ad, “Fly the friendly skies of United”? Geese know that to complete the long trip south, they have to fly united. Scientists tell us that flying in formation increases their flight range by 71 percent. Airwaves created each time a bird flaps its wings provide an uplift for the next one in formation, supporting it, decreasing its work load and conserving its energy. A solo goose could never complete the trip, but in formation the youngest, the oldest, and even the weakest get there. In other

words, they do collectively what they could never do alone.

When God said, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, hut let: us encourage one another,” He was saying, “Stay in formation, children! Enjoy the uplift!” You weren’t designed to fly solo no matter what your milk, calling, gifting, or maturity level. You’re a part of

the body of Christ, created to function in concert with all the other parts. “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!” (I Co 12:21 NIV). Occasionally a goose, disoriented or overconfident, goes on autopilot and finds itself adrift. Soon, how-

ever, its wings become heavy from exhaustion and it loses altitude. It begins to feel the drag of increasing wind resistance, and it pulls its weakened body back into formation alongside its feathered fellow pilgrims. Jesus said, “Look at the birds” (Mt 6:26 NIV). So get back in formation (and fellowship) and stay there! Let us not give up meeting together

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

During the wedding rehearsal, the groom approached the priest with an unusual offer: “Look, I’ll give you $100 if you’ll change the wedding vows. When you get to the part where I’m supposed to promise to ‘love, honor and obey’ and ‘be faithful to her forever,’ I’d appreciate it if you’d just leave that out.” He passed the minister a $100 bill and walked away satisfied.

On the day of the wedding, when it came time for the groom’s vows, the priest looked the young man in the eye and said: “Will you promise to prostrate yourself before her, obey her every command and wish, serve her breakfast in bed every morning of your life, and swear eternally before God and your lovely wife that you will not ever even look at another woman, as long as you both shall live?”

The groom gulped and looked around, and said in a tiny voice, “Yes, I do” then leaned toward the priest and hissed: “I thought we had a deal.”

​The priest put a $100 bill into the groom’s hand and whispered: “She made me a better offer.”



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.

 

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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
 
 
 



 

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