STRENGTHEN YOUR MIND THROUGH THE SCRIPTURES!

MARCH 18

Study to [show yourself] approved unto God, a workman. 2 TIMOTHY 2:15

Our bodies don’t work too well without adequate exercise; neither do our minds! Ever go back upstairs to remind yourself of why you originally went downstairs? Are names, numbers and appointments you remembered effortlessly in the past becoming increasingly elusive? Do you sometimes wonder if you’re “losing it?” Doctors say that in most cases mindless hours in front of television, avoiding intellectual stimulation and exertion, result in the shrinking of our mind’s capacity, including our memory. “Brain fitness” experts assure us that our brains don’t grow old from working too hard, but from hardly working at all, “Brain plasticity” – the capacity of our mind to retain or regain flexibility-is a matter of exercise. When you just let your mind “veg” and don’t stretch it with thoughtful reading, rational thinking, intelligent analysis and conversation, it loses plasticity and becomes old at any age. On the other hand, if you challenge your mind regularly, your brain gets younger as you get older. (The problem is not how old your brain is, but how old your thinking is.) Here’s a great way to strengthen your mind: “Study to [show yourself] approved unto God, a workman … that needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth.” The word “study” in Greek text means to exert yourself mentally, to push your mind to study God’s Word. Like a “workman,” make it work! God promises that if you meditate on His Word daily you’ll become” like a tree planted by streams of water. .. which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers” (Ps 1:3 NN). Don’t let your mind “wither,” exercise and strengthen it by studying the Scriptures!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Joe: Why shouldn’t you iron a four-leaf clover?

Bob: Tell me.

Joe: You might press your luck!

 

Sean: What happens if you fall in the Irish Sea on St. Patrick’s Day?

David: No idea.

Sean: You get wet!



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.


BEGIN AGAIN !

MARCH 17

You have heard of the perseverance of Job. JAMES 5:11 NKJV

There are four faces of the man of God in the book of Ezekiel: a lion, an eagle, a man, and an ox. The last face, the ox, speaks of perseverance. The ox is a plodder. He will plow from sunup till sundown. Put him in a stall, feed him, and next day he’ll plow and plod until the task is complete. He refuses to quit. Look at Job, attending the funeral of his ten children, losing his wealth and his health, listening to a wife with a tongue sharp enough to dip a hedge. Yet despite all her dour words he didn’t quit. Learn from him! “You have heard of the perseverance of Job, and seen the end intended by the Lord.” Job focused on the end-goal, not the immediate circumstance. Our problem is, we want it all now. A billboard reads, “Antiques manufactured while you wait.” Life doesn’t work that way! There are times when quitting looks good, defeat inescapable and retreat the only option. The question is, how will you handle these times? David Ben-Gurion observed: “Courage is a special kind of knowledge; the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared. From this knowledge comes an inner strength that inspires us to push on in the face of great difficulty. What can seem impossible is often possible with courage.” So whatever difficulties you’re facing today, draw on God’s grace and keep trying. Mountains only seem so high from the valley. The road to success runs uphill; don’t expect to break any speed records. The thing to try when all else fails is-begin again!

Taken from the BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

David: Mom, I met an Irish boy on St. Patrick’s Day.

Mom: Oh, really?

David: No, O’Reilly!

 

Peyton: What did the leprechaun say on March 17?

Cody: I dunno.

Peyton: “Irish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”

 

Danni: Knock. Knock.

Izzy: Who’s there?

Danni: Warren.

Izzy: Warren who?

Danni: Warren any green today?



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

Amen!



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



GUARD AGAINST LUST

MARCH 20

Above all … guard your heart. PROVERBS 4:23 NIV

Jesus said, “Anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Mt 5:28 NIV). Why did Jesus say this? Because every lustful glance damages your marriage bond. The less you desire your mate, the more you’ll look for things in them to justify your fantasies. And the saddest part is, you’ll never know how good your marriage could have been.

To win, you must decide once and for all to be fully committed to God. Here are three Scriptures you need to live by:

(1) “I have made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully” (Job 31:1 NIV). Before David got into trouble with Bathsheba we read: “He saw a woman bathing … inquired about the woman … and took her” (2Sa Ll :2-4 NKJV). Pay close attention to the progression: “saw,” “inquired,” “took.” If what

you’re looking at is not yours, pull your eyes away immediately.

(2) “Take captive every thought … make it obedient to Christ” (2Co 10:5 NIV). Police your mind. Instead of giving in to your daydreams or the internet or magazines, etc. fill your mind with God’s Word and memories of your best moments with your mate. “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin

against thee” (Ps 119:11).

(3) “Above all…guard your heart.” Work on strengthening your bond with your mate. Decide to love even when you don’t feel like it, and your love will begin to blossom. And if you need to, find someone who can help you. “A brother is born for adversity” (PI’ 17:17). Sometimes the difference between victory and defeat can be as little as five or ten minutes on the telephone, talking and praying with someone who understands.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Jamie: Why did St. Patrick drive all the snakes out of Ireland?

Ashley: Why?

Jamie: Airplanes weren’t invented yet.

 

Katelynn: What did the leprechaun say when the video game ended?

Molly: What?

Katelynn: Game clover!

 

Carrot: Knock, knock.

Potato: Who’s there?

Carrot: Irish stew.

Potato: Irish stew, who?

Carrot: Irish stew in the name of the law.



THE PATH TO THE THRONE (5)

MARCH 13

I have found David … a man after My own heart. ACTS 13:22 NKJV

Bible says: “And David said with longing, ‘Oh, that someone would give me a drink of the water from the well of Bethlehem’ … So the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, drew water from the well … took it and brought it to David. Nevertheless he would not drink it” (2Sa 23:15-16 NKJV). There are two important lessons here:

(1) You must surround yourself with the right people. Unlike those who are only “in it for what they can get out of it,” these men had only one thing in mind: to serve their king and promote his kingdom. No wonder David said, “I am a companion of … those who keep Your precepts” (Ps 119:63 NKJV).

(2) You must refuse to settle for less than Cod’s best. These men risked their lives to bring David a cup of water; yet he poured it out on the ground before the Lord. David was saying: “I refuse to settle for a cup, I want the well; I must be connected to the life source.” Stop treating God like a janitor you call when

you’ve made a mess and need someone to clean it up; or as your “go to” person when you need something you can’t otherwise get. Don’t go to God for a miracle, go for a relationship – and you can walk in His miraculous provisions every day. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Ps 91:1 NKJV). Note the words “dwells” and” abide.” Instead of commuting in and out, stay in contact with God and all that He has will be available to you.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A man observed a woman in the grocery store with a three-year-old girl in her basket. As they passed the cookie section, the little girl asked for cookies and her mother told her, “No.” The little girl immediately began to whine and fuss, and the mother said quietly, “Now Monica, we just have half of the aisles left to go through – don’t be upset. It won’t be long now.”

Soon, they came to the candy aisle and the little girl began to shout for candy. When told she couldn’t have any, she began to cry. The mother said, “There, there, Monica, don’t cry – only two more aisles to go and then we’ll be checking out.”

When they got to the checkout stand, the little girl immediately began to clamor for gum and burst into a terrible tantrum upon discovering there’d be no gum purchased.

The mother said serenely, “Monica, we’ll be through this check out stand in 5 minutes and then you can go home and have a nice nap.”

​The man followed them out to the parking lot and stopped the woman to compliment her. “I couldn’t help noticing how patient you were with little Monica,” he began. The mother replied, “I’m Monica – my little girl’s name is Tammy.”



THE PATH TO THE THRONE (4)

MARCH 12

I have found David … a man after My own heart. ACTS 13:22 NKJV

Some of God’s promises are fulfilled quickly. But others, like one God gave to David telling him he’d be king, have to be fought for. The Jebusites controlled Jerusalem; they taunted David saying, “You will not get in here” (2Sa 5:6 NIV). And to make matters worse, Jerusalem was on an elevation hundreds of feet above David’s army. The only way up was through a water cistern where they had to wade and climb through pitch-black darkness. “Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion” (2Sa 5:7). Understand this: if He has to, God will bring you up through the gutter to get you to the throne! Notice two

words: “nevertheless” and “took.” When you’re up to your neck in problems and the enemy is saying, “You won’t make it,” stand on God’s Word and declare “nevertheless.” Rise up in faith and claim what God’s promised you. “The people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits” (Da 11 :32 NKJV). God can show you how to exploit the situation for your good and His glory.

But don’t expect everybody to celebrate your success. “When the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, [they] went up in search of David” (2Sa 5:17NKJV). You’ll have to fight to get to your destiny-and fight to hold on to it. You can’t “coast” on old victories. With each new battle you have to get fresh instructions. “David inquired of the Lord, saying, ‘Shall I go up against the Philistines?’ … the Lord said … ‘Go up, for I will. .. deliver the Philistines into your hand'” (2Sa 5:19 NKJV). Today, go forward knowing God is with you!

Taken from the BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

There once was a powerful Japanese emperor who needed a new chief samurai. So he sent out a declaration throughout the entire known world that he was searching for a chief.

A year passed, and only three people applied for the very demanding position: a Japanese samurai, a Chinese samurai, and a Jewish samurai.

The emperor asked the Japanese samurai to come in and demonstrate why he should be the chief samurai. The Japanese samurai opened a matchbox, and out popped a bumblebee. Whoosh! went his sword. The bumblebee dropped dead, chopped in half. The emperor exclaimed, “That is very impressive!

“The emperor then issued the same challenge to the Chinese samurai, to come in and demonstrate why he should be chosen. The Chinese samurai also opened a matchbox and out buzzed a fly. Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh, whoosh! The fly dropped dead, chopped into four small pieces. The emperor exclaimed, “That is very impressive!”

Now the emperor turned to the Jewish samurai, and asked him to demonstrate why he should be the chief samurai. The Jewish Samurai opened a matchbox, and out flew a gnat. His flashing sword went Whoosh! But the gnat was still alive and flying around. The emperor, obviously disappointed, said, “Very ambitious, but why is that gnat not dead?”

The Jewish Samurai just smiled and said, “Circumcision is not meant to kill.”



THE PATH TO THE THRONE (3)

MARCH 11

I have found David … a man after My own heart. , ACTS 13:22 NKJIJ

David knew Samuel was coming to his house looking for a king, and that he wasn’t invited. That hurt. So how did he respond? By asking somebody to put his name in the hat? No! “Promotion comes from God” (See Ps 75:6-7). David knew that nobody could keep God from blessing him. Listen: “Then SamueL .. anointed him in the midst of his brothers” (lSa 16:13 NKJV). If you remain faithful, God will lift you up in the midst of those who overlooked and put you down. Notice, when the Spirit of God left King Saul he was tormented by evil spirits and ended up consulting a witch. No wonder David prayed, “Take not thy holy spirit from me ‘ (Ps 51: 11). If God has called you to do the job He will give you all the grace needed; but if He hasn’t called you to it, it’ll torment you day and night.

But be prepared for trouble! Like Joseph’s brothers, they’ll say of you, “Let us … kill him and cast him into some pit … (and] see what will become of his dreams” (Ge 37:20 NKJV). Why would those who are supposed to love you say such a thing? Because they don’t really know who you are, or recognize your God-given dream. Expect rejection in the early stages, especially when there’s no evidence to validate your God-given dream. When Da vid demonstrated the faith to take on Goliath, his oldest brother Eliab called him arrogant and resented him (See lSa 17:28). Why did God put such stories in the Bible? “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us” (1 Co 10: 11 NIV).

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Three aspiring psychiatrists were attending their first class on emotional extremes. “Just to establish some parameters,” said the professor to the student from Arkansas, “What is the opposite of joy?” “Sadness,” said the student. And the opposite of depression?” he asked of the young lady from Oklahoma. “Elation,” said she. “And you sir,” he said to the young man from Texas, “how about the opposite of woe?” ​The Texan replied, “Sir, I believe that would be giddy-up.” …




 

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