ARE YOU PREPARING YOURSELF?

JUNE 17

And their net brake. – LUKE 5:6

It’s wise to have “safety nets” such as savings, insurance and investments. Rainy days come unexpectedly. But-what are you doing to prepare for success? God says He can “Open the

windows of heaven and pour out blessings so great, you won’t have enough room to take them in” (See Ma1 3:10). If God pours out His blessings on you, will you be ready to handle them? Are you preparing yourself for greater things, or just settling for the status quo?

After fishing all night without success, Jesus told Peter, “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets” (Lk 5:4). Explaining that the fish weren’t biting, Peter says, “Nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net” (Lk 5:5). Observe; Jesus said, “Let down your nets” (plural). Peter responded, “I will let

down the net” (singular). Clearly, Jesus was thinking bigger than Peter! That night they caught so many fish, “their net brake.” Next we read, “They beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees” (Lk 5:7-8). Peter needed more than one net and one boat to handle what God had in mind. Getting the idea?

If you’re praying for greater success, are you taking steps to prepare yourself for it? Are you furthering your education? Are you sharpening your skills and developing new ways of doing things? Are you open to working with others? Are you willing to fall at the feet of Jesus, acknowledging Him as the source of

all blessing, and sovereign Lord of your life?

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

 

Four men are in the hospital waiting room because their wives are having babies. A nurse goes up to the first guy and says, “Congratulations! You’re the father of twins.”

“That’s odd,” answers the man. “I work for the Minnesota Twins!”

A nurse says to the second guy, “Congratulations! You’re the father of triplets!”

“That’s weird,” answers the second man. “I work for the 3M company!”

A nurse tells the third man, “Congratulations! You’re the father of quadruplets!”

“That’s strange,” he answers. “I work for the Four Seasons hotel!”

The last man is groaning and banging his head against the wall. “What’s wrong?” the others ask.

“I work for 7 Up!”



LESSONS FROM THE TEN LEPERS

JUNE 16

Thy faith hath made thee whole. LUKE 17:19

Luke writes, “There met him ten .. .lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said … Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And …. as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them … turned back, and … glorified God

… Jesus … said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? … And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole” (Lk 17:12-19). Observe three things in this story:

(I) When people reject you, you start thinking God does too. Because of their problem, these men were rejected by society. So when they met Christ they expected more of the same. But no, the Bible says, “When you draw dose to God He will draw dose to you” (see Jas 4:8), So come, bring your problem to Him. the great problem-solver!

(2) Sometimes you have to “walk it out. “We read, “As they went, they were cleansed.” Sometimes change takes place quickly, but most times it happens slowly, step-by-step. You don’t know exactly which step will bring victory, so you need to keep walking in faith. Before a leper was welcomed back into society the priest had to pronounce him “clean.” How wonderful; Jesus saw the change in these men before it ever took place. That’s because He has the power to make it happen. So keep walking!

(3) Gratitude and praise are so important to God. This story reminds us how quickly we forget God’s goodness, how much our praises mean to Him, and that only one in ten of us will pass the gratitude test. But that one becomes “whole.”

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

An agriculture student said to a farmer: “Your methods are too old fashioned. I won’t be surprised if this tree will give you less than twenty pounds of apples.”

“I won’t be surprised either,” said the farmer, “this is an orange tree.” ..

 

A beggar asked for fifty cents for a cup of coffee.

A well-dressed businessman gave him the fifty cents, then stopped short and said, “But I thought coffee was only a quarter.”

“It is,” said the beggar, “but I’ve got a date.”



SAFE IN GOD’S ARMS

JUNE 15

Underneath are the everlasting arms. DEUTERONOMY 33:27 NIII

During World War II, when Jill Briscoe was six, her family was evacuated to the English Lake District. Recalling a particularly scary night, she writes, “A storm had broken over our heads. Rain, like giant tears, slashed against the window and thunder grumbled. I didn’t like storms, and I was old enough to understand that an even bigger storm was raging, a war involving the entire world. But it seemed far away. The fire was warm and my father was relaxed in his big chair. Suddenly, aware that I needed reassurance, he put down his paper and smiled, ‘Come here, little girl’ he said in his quiet but commanding voice. And then I was safe in his arms, lying against his shoulder and feeling the beat of his heart.

“Looking back, I realize how my Heavenly Father shelters me from the storms of life. When sorrow swamped me at my mother’s funeral, I sought reassurance in my Father’s presence. When the winds of worry whipped away my confidence as I faced gangs of young people in street evangelism, I glanced up

to see my Father’s face. When floods of fear rose as I waited in hospital for the results of frightening tests” I sensed my Heavenly Father say, ‘Come here, little girl.’ I climbed into His arms, leaned against His shoulder and murmured, ‘All, this is a grand place to be.” The Bible says, “The eternal God is your refuge,

and underneath are the everlasting a arms.” If life’s storms are overwhelming you, climb up into your Heavenly Father’s arms, feel the beat of His heart, and rest assured He’s bigger than the storm. you’re facing.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

The crusty old managing partner finally passed away, but his firm kept receiving calls asking to speak with him. “I’m sorry, he’s dead,” was the standard answer. Finally, the receptionist who fielded the calls began to realize it was always the same voice, so she asked who it was and why he kept calling. ​The reply: “I used to be one of his junior associates, and I just like to hear you say it.” ..

 

Pee Wee: What do you call your dad when he falls through the ice?

Westy: Beats me.

Pee Wee: A POPsicle!

 

Pee Wee: How is the baby bird like its dad?

Westy: How?

Pee Wee: It’s a chirp off the old block.



SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2020

Sunday, June 14
Adult Sunday School begins at 9:45 am in the church fellowship hall.
Sanctuary and Drive-In Church will continue as the past several weeks.
And again, we will be live on ZOOM and FACEBOOK at 11:00 am
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God Bless You.
Pastor Don


TODAY SAY ‘YES’ TO JOY

JUNE 12

The joy of the Lord is your strength.  NEHEMIAH 8:10

Lenny was desperate to lose weight, so his doctor told him, “Eat normally for two days, then skip a day. Repeat this pattern for six weeks and you’ll lose ten pounds.” Amazingly, after two weeks he dropped twenty! “How’d you do it?” the doctor asked. “Honestly, Doc, I thought I’d die!” he replied. “Were you that hungry?” the doctor asked. “No!” Lenny exclaimed, “But that third day of skipping and jumping a day nearly wrecked me!” Life doesn’t have to be so hard! We make it that way by saying no to joy because we don’t think we deserve it. Feeling deprived and “virtuous” doesn’t make points with God, nor does acting like a martyr hoping somebody will rescue you.

A little boy asked his mom if he could sleep over at his friend’s house. “Why?” she asked. “Just for fun.” he replied. “But you slept over last night,” she said. “Who says you can’t have fun two nights in a row?” he reasoned. Beware of imposing so many rules and regulations on yourself that you’re like the Pharisees who became slaves to the very laws they created. How long has it been since you said yes to a little lighthearted fun? Paul says, “Be full of joy now!” What are you waiting for? If you pride yourself on always being structured, steadfast and serious, it’s time to balance the scales and start building some spontaneity into your life. The Bible says, “Let those … who love Your name be joyful. .. and be in high spirits” (Ps 5:11 AMP); “Be happy … rejoice and be glad-hearted continually” (l Th 5:16 AMP). Today, say “yes” to joy!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

“Things Aren’t Always What They Seem”

Two men were walking their dogs in opposite directions. When they met on the path one or the other needed to give way in order for the other to pass.

The man with the fine specimen of a Pit Bull said to the man with the ugly, low slung, yellow, dog,”Move out of my way or I will turn my Pit Bull on your ugly, low slung, yellow, dog.”

The other man said,”turn him loose because I am not yielding.”

So the man turned the Pit Bull loose and when he did the ugly, low slung, yellow, dog opened his jaws real wide, grabbed the Pit Bull in the middle, shook him real hard and threw him oven in to the bushes.

The man exclaimed, “what kind of a dog is that anyway!!!”

The other man said, “Well, before I cut his tail off and painted him yellow he was an Alligator.”



CHEERFUL GIVING OR FEARFUL GIVING?

JUNE 11

God loves a cheerful giver. 2 CORINTHIANS 9:7 NIV

The Bible says, “Whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work … You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every

occasion” (2Co 9:6-11 NIV).

Are you a cheerful giver or a fearful giver? It’s not that we’re greedy or opposed to supporting God’s work, we’re just concerned that if we don’t look out for our own interests, they might not get looked out for at all. But such fear is irrational! It’s like a farmer, who, out of fear of losing his seed, refuses to plant his fields. Don’t hoard the seed God intends to be sown, for the harvest tIe wants you to have, God’s promise to you is, “If you sow generously you’ll reap generously.” When you make giving to God your first priority, you don’t have to fear. Jesus said, “Put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well” (Mt 6:33 CEV). When you strive to be a faithful conduit for His Kingdom, God promises to “increase your store of seed.” And it gets better: “You will be made rich in every way.” When you partner with God, He rewards you abundantly for every good deed.

 When you view your money from God’s perspective, the thing to fear isn’t giving away too much, but sowing too little!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A bank robber wanted to keep his identity secret, but didn’t wear a mask. He told all in the bank not to look at him or he would shoot them.

 One foolhardy customer sneaked a look, and the robber promptly shot him. ​The robber asked if anyone else had seen his face.

 One customer, gazing intently at the ground, said “I think my wife got a glimpse!” .



BILLY

JUNE 10

God chose things the world considers foolish.  1 CORINTHIANS 1:27 NLT

Writing about his time as a counselor at a teen Bible camp, Tony Campolo says, “Teenage boys have a tendency to pick on some unfortunate kid. That summer it was thirteen” year-old Billy, a kid who couldn’t walk or talk right. When the kids from his cabin were assigned to lead devotions, they voted

Billy in as the speaker, It didn’t seem to bother him. He dragged himself up to the pulpit amid sneers and snickers, and it took him a long time to stammer, ‘Je-sus loves … me … and … I. . .love Je-sus.’ There was stunned silence, and when I looked around there were boys with tears streaming down their cheeks. We’d done many things to try to reach these boys, but nothing had worked. We’d even brought in famous baseball players whose batting averages had gone up since they started praying, but it had no effect. It wasn’t until a special needs kid declared his love for Christ that everything changed. I travel a lot and it’s surprising how often I meet people who say, ‘You probably don’t remember me. I became a Christian at a camp where you were a counselor, and do you know what the turning point was for me?’ I never have to ask. I always know I’m going to hear Billy!”

The Bible says, “God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise.” So when you find yourself focusing on what you can’t do, remember His “power works best in [your] weakness” (2Co 12:9 NIT). Just do what you can, and God will do the rest! He’ll crown your efforts with success.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Three mischievous old Grannies were sitting on a bench outside a nursing home.

When an old Grandpa walked by, one of the old Grandmas yelled out saying, “We BET we can tell exactly how old you are.”

The old man said, “There is no way you can guess it, you old grannies.”

One of the old Grandmas said, “Sure we can! The Grandmas asked him to first turn around a couple of times and to jump up and down several times.

Then they all piped up and said, “You’re 87 years old!”“

How in the world did you guess?”

Slapping their knees and grinning from ear to ear, the three old ladies happily yelled in unison…

“We were at your birthday party yesterday!”



IN THE SHADOW

JUNE 9

In the shadow of his hand he hid me.  ISAIAH 49:2 NIV

Isaiah says three notable things about how God works in our lives:

(1) “In the shadow of his hand he hid me.” Before Elijah called down fire from heaven at Mount Cannel, God instucted him to go and hide himself at the brook Cherith where he would be supernaturally fed and strengthened (See 1 Kings 17:3) Before every “showing” there’s a “hiding.” God gets us alone and does a work in us that cannot be accomplished no other way.

(2) “He made me into a polished arrow … concealed in His quiver. “ The archer takes a rough tree branch, cuts it down and make it into a highly polished arrow capable of hitting the mark. Next, He puts us into his quiver. What a wonderful place to be, tied securely to Him, within easy reach when the moment to use you comes. Such words make us think differently about being in the shadow, don’t they?

(3) “You are my servant. . . in whom I will display my splendor.” After visiting the Balkans, Canadian reporter James Creelman wrote, “I learned the world’s supply of rose oil comes from the Balkan Mountains. The thing that interested me was that the roses had to be gathered during the darkest hours. Initially this seemed to be a relic of superstition. But as I investigated I learned that a full 40 percent of the fragrance disappears in the light of day.” Without speaking a word, your life gives off and aroma. Through your influence, others are lowered or lifted. Do you want to have impact? Embrace the shadows, discover God and grow in them, then emerge with something to say that’s worth listening to.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

 

Some members of a health club were having their first meeting.

The director of the group said, “Now, I’d like each of you to give the facts of your daily routine.”

Several people spoke, admitting their excesses, and then one obviously overweight members said, “I eat moderately, I drink moderately, and I exercise frequently.”

“Hmm?” said the manager.

“And are you sure you having nothing else to add?”

​”Well, yes,” said the member. “I lie extensively.”



CHOICES

JUNE 8

Choose for yourselves. JOSHUA 24:15 NIV

Our lives are like icebergs. Only 15 percent is visible; that’s reputation. The rest, our character, is below the surface, hidden. Character is what we think but never share. It’s what we do when no one’s watching. It’s how we react to everyday aggravations. It’s how we handle failure-s-and success. The

thing that has made us what we are is our choices. At the end a successful career, Joshua challenges the people of Israel: “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve … But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” So the choice is yours!

French writer Francois de la Rochefoucauld asserted, “Almost all our faults arc more pardonable than the methods we think up to hide them.” Ever notice that people with the weakest character tend to place blame on their circumstances? They talk a lot about poor upbringing, financial difficulties, the

unkindness of others, or other circumstances that have made them victims. Your circumstances may be beyond your control, but your character is not. You can no more blame your character on your circumstances, than you can blame the mirror for your looks. Developing character is always your choice. Every time you make a character-based decision, you take another step forward in your spiritual growth. Take a moment and jot down times when you have faced temptation and adversity. Next to each, note your choice: escape, excuses, capitulation, avoidance, perseverance, or victory. What problem areas do you see? How will you learn to do better? If many of the things you list are due to circumstances beyond your control, then choose to take greater control of your life.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A young officer is working late at the Pentagon one evening. As he comes out of his office about 8 P.M. he sees the General standing by the classified document shredder in the hallway, a piece of paper in his hand.

“Do you know how to work this thing?” the General asks. “My secretary’s gone home and I don’t know how to run it.”

“Yes, sir,” says the young officer, who turns on the machine, takes the paper from the General, and feeds it in.

​“Now,” says the General, “I just need one copy…”



Sunday Morning Worship June 7, 2020

Information for Radiant Life Sunday Morning Worship Services

Sunday School will resume this Sunday Morning, June 7 at 9:45 am in the Church Fellowship Hall.

You are welcome to join us then.

 

Morning Worship will be available in the Sanctuary, Drive-In Church and on ZOOM and FACEBOOK LIVE.

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