THREE QUESTIONS FOR LEADERS

APRIL 29

We who teach will be judged more strictly. JAMES 3:1 NIV

if you’re a leader in God’s work you must constantly ask yourself three questions:

(1) Am I accountable to anybody? If not, you’re on dangerous ground. Only God can handle unquestioned authority. Who knows you well enough to pray with you, advise you and strengthen you in your vulnerable areas? We keep discovering that authority without accountability leads to disaster. (2)Are my priorities in order? Priorities have a way of sneaking out of position when we’re not paying attention. Too many of us become successful only at the cost of broken homes or failing health because our priorities shifted somewhere along the line. (3) Is my personal walk with God up to date? If that doesn’t prompt a quick yes, you’re too close to the edge. A disciplined daily walk with God is your best protection. “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You” (Ps 119:1:1 NAS). If you’re not spending time with God, you’re spending it on whatever has become more important to you

than Him. Pay attention to that word “treasured.” It means to protect something, to let nothing threaten it. You must discipline yourself to spend time in God’s Word and guard that time from interruptions. Give God your mind each day when it’s fresh. Pastor, your first calling is not the building project, the board meeting or the budget, it’s: “Feed my sheep” (jn 21:16). If Saturday finds you anxious because you’ve nothing prepared for Sunday, make some changes. Start delegating. “Seek out from among you … men … whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word” (Ac 6:3-4 NKJV).

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Four Catholic men and a Catholic woman were having coffee in St. Peters Square.

The first Catholic man tells his friends, “My son is a priest, when he walks into a room, everyone calls him ‘Father’.”

The second Catholic man chirps, “My son is a Bishop. When he walks into a room people call him ‘Your Grace’.”

The third Catholic gent says, “My son is a Cardinal. When he enters a room everyone bows his head and says ‘Your Eminence’.”

The fourth Catholic man says very proudly, “My son is the Pope. When he walks into a room people call him ‘Your Holiness’.”

Since the lone Catholic woman was sipping her coffee in silence, the four men give her a subtle, “Well …?”

​She proudly replies, “I have a daughter, slim, tall, 38″ DD bust, 24″ waist and 34” hips. When she walks into a room, everybody says, “Oh My God.”



MOVE FORWARD

APRIL 28

The glory of the Lord appeared … before all the children of Israel. NUMBERS 14:10 NKJV

People once thought the world was flat and that you would sail off the edge. They thought man would never walk on the moon. In 1899 the U.S. patent office almost closed because the CEO said, “Everything that can be invented already has been.” In retrospect his statement is ridiculous. But some of us have bought into the same philosophy about our lives. We stop learning because we’re “too old.” We’re afraid to change careers in case we “jeopardize our pension.” We don’t pursue our dreams in case we fail or get ridiculed. We’re so accustomed to self-imposed limitations that we tell ourselves, “I can’t do

that, so T can’t do anything. ,. In essence we’re building a box, crawling inside, then looking for something to blame for our lack of faith. God didn’t box you in, you did, and you need to take the initiative for breaking out!

When you get down to it, there’s very little difference in people. But the little difference amounts to a big difference, and the little difference is attitude; it determines whether you see life through the eyes of faith or the lens of fear. When others around him saw only giants and wanted to turn back, Caleb said, “If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us” (Nu 14:8 NKJV). At that point two things happened. First, “All the congregation said to stone them” (v. 10). Second, “The glory of the Lord appeared in the Tabernacle.” Caleb’s critics said “no,” but God said “yes.” All you need is God’s approval. When you have it, disregard the nay-sayers and move forward!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Some great words to listen to here:

I read a while back a story of a visiting pastor who attended a men’s breakfast in the middle of a rural farming area of the country. The group had asked an older farmer decked out in coveralls to say grace for the morning breakfast.

“Lord, I hate buttermilk”, the farmer began. The visiting pastor opened one eye to glance at the farmer and wonder where this was going. The farmer loudly proclaimed, “Lord, I hate lard.” Now the pastor was growing concerned. Without missing a beat, the farmer continued, “And Lord, you know I don’t much care for raw white flour”. The pastor once again opened an eye to glance around the room and saw that he wasn’t the only one to feel uncomfortable.

Then the farmer added, “But Lord, when you mix them all together and bake them, I do love warm fresh biscuits. So Lord, when things come up that we don’t like, when life gets hard, when we don’t understand what you’re saying to us, help us to just relax and wait until you are done mixing. It will probably be even better than biscuits. Amen”

Within that funny prayer, there is great wisdom for all when it comes to complicated situations like we are experiencing in the world today.

Stay strong my friends because our LORD is mixing several things that we don’t really care for, but something even better is going to come when HE is done with it. AMEN!



TRUSTING GOD WHEN THERE ARE NO ANSWERS

TRUSTING GOD WHEN THERE ARE NO ANSWERS

APRIL 27

 The secret things belong to the Lord. DEUTERONOMY 29:29 NIV

Life’s losses leave us hurting and wondering. Cancer takes a young mother or father. Divorce strikes your happy home. Financial ruin devastates your retirement plans. A child goes to jail, is killed or commits suicide. Such times raise questions which are difficult, if not impossible to answer. We examine the circumstances again and again. We speculate about the details, searching for clues that might make some sense and make it easier for us to bear. We turn the spotlight on ourselves, others, even God, wondering what could or should have been done differently that might have prevented this. We turn to friends, fellow believers and pastors only to hear what sounds like religious platitudes and inadequate attempts to minimize our pain. When answers don’t seem forthcoming and the heavens are silent, what should you do?

Here are two Scriptures to help you in such times: (1) “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us” (Dt 29:29 NKJV). When it comes to understanding things, we have our territory, God has His. And ours is limited to what He decides to reveal. At that point you must “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” (Pr 3:5 NK]V). (2) “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God” (Ro 8:28). God may explain it to you, or He may not. But He’s “the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End” (Rev 22:13 NKJV), which means, He has a plan and He’s working it out for our good and His glory. So trust Him!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A Lawyer was briefing his client, who was about to testify in his own defense.

“You must swear to tell the complete truth. Do you understand?”

The client replied that he did.

The lawyer then asked, “Do you know what will happen if you don’t tell the truth?” ​

The client looked back and said, “I imagine that our side will win.” …



APRIL 26 RADIANT LIFE SERVICES

Greetings Radiant Life Family

First, Anita Joyce will be teaching the Sunday School Lesson on FACEBOOK live Sunday Morning, April 26 at 9:30 am.  Please join her for that introductory Lesson.
 
May I ask 2 things of you. 1. Please leave a comment on her page to let her know who listened to the lesson.  2. Those of you who have been using or “trying to use” Zoom, is it easier to connect with FACEBOOK?  I need to know if that would be a preferred means of broadcasting.

Second, Next Sunday, May 3 we will again have the Sunday School lesson at 9:30 am but the Morning Worship Service will be a “DRIVE-IN” service at 11:00 am (TIME CHANGE- PLEASE NOTE) as well on the internet live.  This will give everyone time to listen to Anita’s teaching and then come to the church for the Drive-In Service. This will allow people who do not have Internet Service to at least come and participate in the service.

Thirdly, this Sunday, April 26 we will again be live on ZOOM…. The link is given below. Please note there is a new phone number for “call in” connections.

Pastor Don is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Zoom Meeting

Time: Apr 26, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82072955916?pwd=dUNmalcrcGk4dFVDY1dwVjNTc3hVUT09

 

Meeting ID: 820 7295 5916

Password: 690995

 

Dial by your location

+1 301 715 8592 US

Meeting ID: 820 7295 5916

Password: 690995



SUNDAY, APRIL 26 RADIANT LIFE SERVICES

Greetings Radiant Life Family

First, Anita Joyce will be teaching the Sunday School Lesson on FACEBOOK live Sunday Morning, April 26 at 9:30 am.  Please join her for that introductory Lesson.
 
May I ask 2 things of you. 1. Please leave a comment on her page to let her know who listened to the lesson.  2. Those of you who have been using or “trying to use” Zoom, is it easier to connect with FACEBOOK?  I need to know if that would be a preferred means of broadcasting.

Second, Next Sunday, May 3 we will again have the Sunday School lesson at 9:30 am but the Morning Worship Service will be a “DRIVE-IN” service at 11:00 am (TIME CHANGE- PLEASE NOTE) as well on the internet live.  This will give everyone time to listen to Anita’s teaching and then come to the church for the Drive-In Service. This will allow people who do not have Internet Service to at least come and participate in the service.

Thirdly, this Sunday, April 26 we will again be live on ZOOM…. The link is given below. Please note there is a new phone number for “call in” connections.

Pastor Don is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Zoom Meeting

Time: Apr 26, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82072955916?pwd=dUNmalcrcGk4dFVDY1dwVjNTc3hVUT09

 

Meeting ID: 820 7295 5916

Password: 690995

 

Dial by your location

+1 301 715 8592 US

Meeting ID: 820 7295 5916

Password: 690995



WHEN THINGS LOOK BAD

APRIL 24

Happy is he … whose hope is in the Lord. PSALM 146:5 NKJV

Meyer says: “The education of our faith is incomplete [till] we learn that God’s providence works through loss … that there’s a ministry to us through the failure and fading of things. The dwindling brook where Elijah sat is a picture of our lives! ‘Some time later the brook dried up’ (lKi 17:7 NIV) is the history of our yesterdays and a prophecy of our tomorrows .. .learn the difference between trusting in the gift and trusting in the Giver. The gift may last for a season but the Giver is eternal. If the Lord had led Elijah directly to the widow at Zarephath) he’d have missed something that helped make him a better man-living by faith. Whenever our earthly resources dry up it’s so we may learn that our hope and help are in God.”

One author writes: “Sometimes there’s not enough money to make ends meet; people tell us to budget and we chuckle. We look at the situation and say ‘No way.’ That’s the time to trust God. Your possibilities are not limited by past or present circumstances. If there’s not enough to pay legitimate expenses, do your best then let go. Trust God to supply your need, then look beyond your wallet. Look to your source. Claim a divine … unlimited supply …  Do your part. Strive for financial responsibility in thought and action. Ask for wisdom and listen to God’s leadings. Then let go of your fears and your need to control. ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding’ (Pr 3:5 NiX). We all know money is a necessary part of living-and so does God.”

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

When Ted was putting flowers on his Grandmother’s grave he noticed a man, very distraught, in front of a tombstone several yards away. The man was on his knees, hands tightly clasped in front of him, rocking back and forth, head tilted upward to heaven, tears streaming down his cheeks, moaning softly, “Why did you die? Why did you die?” ​Over and over again.

Ted was overcome with emotion at this sight and went over to the poor man to try and console him. “Why did you die? Why did you die?” bellowed the man again and again. Ted gently put his arm around the man and half whispered to him, “My Grandmother is buried just over there. Is a loved one of yours buried here?”

“No,” sniffled the man, “It’s my wife’s first husband.”



NEWS FROM RADIANT LIFE

Good evening Radiant Life Family, just want to share some exciting news.
1. A letter went out to Everyone on the Mailing list today to thank You for your faithfulness. It also has some suggestions of three things to help during this time
2. Beginning this Sunday, April 26, Anita Joyce will do a “Facebook live” Sunday School Class at 9:30 am.
3. This Sunday will also be our last 10:00 am Sunday Service.on Zoom only.
4..We will begin Drive-in Church beginning May 3 at 11:00 am.Just park in the Parking lot turn your radio to FM 99.9 and listen to the morning service. it will still be broadcast live on Zoom if you cannot attend in person.
5. If all continues to go well I expect a return to Sunday Morning Worship by June 14.
God is so good! Keep Your Eyes upon Him, He Cares for each of us
Pastor Don



SEEING GOD IN YOUR SITUATION

APRIL 23

I pray my also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened. EPHESIANS 1:18 NIV

When you are in a crisis it’s easy to lose perspective. It happened to Jesus’ disciples on the Emmaus Road, Discouraged about His death, they were “going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their … questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who he was” (Lk 24:15-16 TM). When you take your eyes off Jesus, you begin to feel helpless about things. Dr. Michael Youssef says: “Facing a major crisis .. .I tend to be the kind of person whose vision becomes blurred … my perceptions are shot. .. my contemplations one-sided … and I often shut

out the very people who can deliver me … just like these two disciples … Their vision was blurred about the very person who was walking with them and talking to them. The One whose death they were mourning was alive … but they didn’t realize it because their focus was on the wrong thing.”

But everything changed the minute they recognized Him. “Within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There … the two … told … how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread” (Lk 24:33-35 NIT).

Notice the words “within the hour.” In an instant they went from fear to courage, pain to joy, and despair to hope. And that’s the story of Easter. No matter how bad things may appear to be, when you set your eyes on Jesus He will fill you with hope. So Paul writes: “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened. ”

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

The phone rings at FBI headquarters.

“Hello? I’m calling to report my neighbor, Clifford. He is hiding marijuana inside his firewood!”

“Thank you very much for the call, sir.”

The next day, FBI agents descend on the neighbor’s house. They search the shed where the firewood is kept. Using axes, they bust open every piece of wood, but find no marijuana. They swear at the neighbors and leave.

​The phone rings at the neighbors house. Hey, Clifford, did the FBI come?” “Yep.” “Did they chop your firewood?” “Yep.” “Great, now it’s your turn to call. I need my garden plowed.”



HOW TO LEAVE A LASTING LEGACY

APRIL 22

Those who turn many to righteousness [shall shine] like the stars forever. DANIEL 12:3 NKJV

An unsavory character passed away and a eulogy was delivered by a pastor who’d never met him. Hoping to comfort the family the reverend got carried away, describing the departed as a caring son, a dedicated father and a loving husband. After the service the widow nudged their son and said, “Go up to the casket and make sure it’s your father he’s talking about!” Seriously, if your life was measured by its donation instead of its duration, how would people remember you?

  1. James Kennedy wrote: “Consider the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the world’s most: massive structures. Someone built it as a memorial to himself. .. King Khufu, not exactly a household name! The Shah of India built the ‘Ell Mahal as a tribute to his wife, yet he too built in vain; after all who knows the

name of Arjumand? And how about the Great Wall of China? Astronauts can see it from space, yet no one remembers Qin Shi Huang, the man initially responsible for the largest man-made structure in the world. While these people are all forgotten, we can make a permanent imprint on the world. God placed a desire in our hearts for significance and permanence, because we’re bound for eternal life. So how can we make a name for ourselves for eternity? By bringing others to Christ! Do you know somebody who needs salvation? They’ll be forever grateful you took the time and made the effort to introduce them to

Jesus.” The Bible says by bringing people to Him you’ll “shine . . .like the stars forever and ever.”

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Two boys were arguing when the teacher entered the room.

The teacher asks them, “Why are you arguing?”

One boy answers, “We found a ten dollar bill and decided to give it to whoever tells the biggest lie.”

“You should be ashamed of yourselves,” said the teacher, “When I was your age I didn’t even know what a lie was.”

​The boys gave the ten dollars to the teacher. …



LEARNING TO STAND

APRIL 21

And having done all … stand. EPHESIANS 6:13 NKJV

 Don’t allow the conflict-free seasons of your life to lull you a false sense of security: “Be vigilant … the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pe 5:8 NKJV).

What should we do when the Devil comes along? “And having done all. .. stand.” Indeed, “God is able to make [you] stand” CRo 14:4 NK.JV), not in your own strength, but the strength of Jesus Christ. By yourself you’re an easy target, but in the strength of the Lord you can stand and not give in. So today when Satan shows up with his temptations, announce that you’re going to stand in Christ. Let him know you’re going to stand until. the shaking stops, until the wave of loneliness passes, until your marriage is restored, until you come out of debt, until the struggle is over, until the tempter loses his power to trap or topple you. When you do the standing-God does the strengthening!

Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Php 4:13). Note the word strengtheneth.” He won’t just strengthen you once, He’ll do it again and again. He’ll strengthen you every time you face a difficult challenge, every time a memory comes back to torment you, every time you’re reminded of your imperfect past, every time you face a difficult situation. Drawing from God the strength you need to stand up to the enemy will take effort. It will take your praise, your prayer, your getting into His Word with an intensity you never had before. But the truth is-you can stand if you want to!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

​”Honey,” said this husband to his wife, “I invited a friend home for supper.”

 “What? Are you crazy? The house is a mess, I haven’t been shopping, all the dishes are dirty, and I don’t feel like cooking a fancy meal!”

 “I know all that.”

 “Then why did you invite a friend for supper?”

 ​”Because the poor fool’s thinking about getting married.” …




 

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