STILL WANNA BE FIRST?

APRIL 20

If anyone wants to be first. MARK 9:35 NIV

As Dan Mazur led his team of climbers up Mount Everest the conditions were ideal for reaching the summit. Then two hours from the top they came across Lincoln Hall, a climber who’d collapsed the day before on his way down. Alone and hallucinating, he had no equipment and was suffering from frostbite and dehydration. (They later learned Hall’s team leader had called his wife to say be was dead!) Without hesitation they gave Hall their oxygen, food and water, and by the time help arrived, reaching the peak was out of the question. They sacrificed years of planning, weeks of climbing, and their lifelong dream to save another climber, Not surprisingly, today Mazur helps build schools and hospitals in parts of Nepal without roads, electricity, phones and running water. That’s the kind of person he is.

Would you give up your dream to save another person? Ordinary people do it every day: moms and dads working two jobs to feed and clothe their kids; parents who turn down job transfers rather than uproot their families; round-the-clock caregivers whose loved ones are depending on them. Jesus said,

“If anyone wants to be first, he must [put himself] last.” In God’s kingdom, things are different. The least are considered the greatest (See Lk 9:48). The most honorable seat in the house is for the one we overlook (See Lk 14:8-9). We esteem others more highly than ourselves (See Ro 12:10 & Php 2:3). We give up our coat and go the extra mile (Mt 5:40-41). John the Baptist said of Jesus, “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less” (See Jn 3:30). Still wanna be first?

Take from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Church Bulletin Blooper:

The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the church basement on Friday evening at 7 o’clock.

The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy. …

 

A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment.

The next week the man realized that he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 am for an early morning business flight to Las Vegas.

Not wanting to be the first to break the silence, he finally wrote on a piece of paper, “Please wake me at 5:00 am.”

The next morning the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 am, and that he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn’t woken him when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed… it said… “It is 5:00 am; wake up.”



Morning Worship Begins at 10:00 am

I understand that several are having a difficult time joining the Meeting.  It has been suggested that if you download the “ZOOM” program or phone app, before the meeting starts it makes an easier connection.  It is free and takes about 1-2 minutes to download and install.

 

Here is the information

Pastor Don is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Zoom Meeting

Time: 10:00 am. Sunday, April 19, 2020

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86559919174?pwd=UlliKy9lTi8zbnlpbVJ0RTFIOWJVQT09

Meeting ID: 865 5991 9174

Password: 8Aztku

 

If you want to just listen to the broadcast, you can do that as well by calling 1-669-900-6833 and when asked to enter your ID Number is will be: 86559919174#  Don’t forget to enter the “#” key. The Password is 8Aztku



SUNDAY SERVICE LIVE FROM RADIANT LIFE

Once again, we will be sheltering-at-home on Sunday. I really miss seeing each of your every week, but it won’t be long until we are back together regularly. Until that time, thank you for the extra effort and putting up with all my mistakes……….  But it is good to see you online and I pray that the Word of God comes through no matter what means we have to get it out.

God Bless You through this crisis.

 

Pastor Don is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Zoom Meeting

Time: 10:00 am. Sunday, April 19, 2020

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86559919174?pwd=UlliKy9lTi8zbnlpbVJ0RTFIOWJVQT09

Meeting ID: 865 5991 9174

Password: 8Aztku

 

If you want to just listen to the broadcast, you can do that as well by calling 1-669-900-6833 and when asked to enter your ID Number is will be: 86559919174#  Don’t forget to enter the “#” key. The Password is 8Aztku



SUNDAY SERVICE LIVE FROM RADIANT LIFE

Once again, we will be sheltering-at-home on Sunday. I really miss seeing each of your every week, but it won’t be long until we are back together regularly. Until that time, thank you for the extra effort and putting up with all my mistakes……….  But it is good to see you online and I pray that the Word of God comes through no matter what means we have to get it out.

God Bless You through this crisis.

 

Pastor Don is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Zoom Meeting

Time: 10:00 am. Sunday, April 19, 2020

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86559919174?pwd=UlliKy9lTi8zbnlpbVJ0RTFIOWJVQT09

Meeting ID: 865 5991 9174

Password: 8Aztku

 

If you want to just listen to the broadcast, you can do that as well by calling 1-669-900-6833 and when asked to enter your ID Number is will be: 86559919174#  Don’t forget to enter the “#” key. The Password is 8Aztku



COMING CLEAN WITH GOD

APRIL 17

When I kept silent about my sin … Your hand was heavy upon me. PSALM 32:3-4 NAS

A therapist who graduated thirty-four years earlier called the University of Oregon and admitted she’d cheated on a final exam. Instead of revoking her degree the University asked her to write an article on integrity. A woman who completed a walk around the world confessed she traveled part-way in a support truck. “I shouldn’t be remembered as the first woman to walk round the world when I cheated,” she said. How many of us would even have admitted our deception?

The Psalmist said, “When I kept silent about my sin … Your hand was heavy upon me.” Confessing your sins: (a) Lets you experience God’s Forgiveness. He already knows about them anyway, but He won’t forgive you while you’re busy making excuses and blame-shifting. John says, “If we confess … he will

forgive our sins” (l Jn 1:9 NCV). The first move is up to you. (b) Restores your emotional and physical energy: Nothing’s more draining than denial and nothing’s more invigorating than a clean slate. David said, “My strength .. .failed because of my iniquity” (Ps 31:10 NAS). Reflecting on his affair with Bathsheba, he said, “When I kept silent … my vitality was drained .. .J acknowledged my sin … and You forgave the guilt” (Ps 32:3-5 NAS). (c) Allows you to move on: Confession allows you to hit the “reset” button and start again. It’s also important to draw a line between the past and the future in case you’re tempted to repeat your behavior. (d) Lets you grow: Thomas Edison said failure taught him over a thousand ways not to make a light bulb! Making your mistakes work for you instead of against you, starts with confessing them to God and accepting His forgiveness.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Two factory workers are talking. The woman says, “I can make the boss give me the day off.” The man replies, “And how would you do that?”

The woman says, “Just wait and see.” She then hangs upside-down from the ceiling. The boss comes in and says, “What are you doing?” The woman replies, “I’m a light bulb.”

The boss then says, “You’ve been working so much that you’ve gone crazy. I think you need to take the day off.”

​The man starts to follow her and the boss says, “Where are you going?” The man says, “I’m going home, too. I can’t work in the dark.”



HAVING A PEACEFUL STATE OF MINE

APRIL 16

I have stilled and quieted my soul. PSALM 131:2 NIV

One of the greatest stress inducers we face daily is noise. We live in a noisy world. To enjoy a more peaceful atmosphere-we must create one! So find a place where you won’t be interrupted and learn to enjoy simply being quiet for a while. If you’re a high-energy, time-conscious, results-oriented individual with too much to do and not enough time to do it, you’ll discover this is not easy. And before you start thinking, “This is not very spiritual,” take a moment and consider these four Scriptures:

(1) “The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever” Isa 32:17 NIV). (2) “Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind” (Ecc 4:6 NIV). (3) “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business” (I Th 4:11 NIV). (4) “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10 NIV). You can’t live a continually noisy life and expect to walk in peace.

Jesus made sure He bad seasons of peace and time alone. Nobody had a greater life’s purpose or more incessant demands placed upon Him than He did. Yet the Bible says, He “often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Lk 5:16 NIV). Surely if Jesus needed this type of lifestyle, you do too. Spending quiet time with God is essential to restoring your body, your mind and your emotions. The truth is, you need it regularly, so insist on having it and don’t let anyone take it from you. Work your schedule around God-don’t try to work God in around your schedule.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

After a church service on Sunday morning, a young boy suddenly announced to his mother, “Mom, I’ve decided to become a minister when I grow up.”

Mother asked him, “What made you decide that it what you want to be?”

“Well,” said the little boy, “I have to go to church on Sundays anyway, and I figure it would be more fun to stand up in front of the church people and yell than to sit and listen.” …



FIND SOMETHING TO PRAISE GOD FOR

APRIL 15

If there is anything praiseworthy- meditate on these things. PHILIPPIANS 4:8 NKJV

General Robbie Risner described the seven years he spent as prisoner of war as “the essence of despair.” He said, “If you could have squeezed the feeling out of the word despair, it would have come out lead-colored, dingy and dirty.” What’s amazing is how he survived. He pried the cover off a floor

drain in his cell and lowered his head into the opening. There he noticed a solitary blade of grass, the only smidgeon of color in his colorless world. Calling it a blood transfusion for the soul, Risner began each day in prayer, lying on the floor of his cell with his head down the vent, focused on that single blade of grass.

Jesus said, “Your eye … provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness” (Mt 6:22-23 NLT).What are you looking at? Each day you get to decide where you’ll focus. And you won’t have to look hard to find things to complain about: war, gas prices, the economy, global warming, and crime. God gave Adam and Eve everything they needed in the Garden of Eden, but they chose to focus on the one thing they couldn’t have. He divided the Red Sea, sent signs to guide the Israelites in the wilderness and provided food so they’d never go hungry. Initially, “They … sang his praise. But … soon forgot what he had done” (Ps 106:12-13 NIV). Don’t be like that. The Bible says, “If there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.” Surely you can find something to praise God for today!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A church bulletin blooper:

The pastor will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing, “Break Forth Into Joy.”

 

A father took his five-year old son to several baseball games where “The Star-Spangled Banner” was sung before the start of each game.

Then, the father and son attended a church on Sunday shortly before Independence Day.

The congregation sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and after everyone sat down, the little boy yelled out, “Play Ball!” ..



SUCCEEDING AT HOME

APRIL 14

Through wisdom a house is built. PROVERBS 24:3 NKJV

Building a good relationship at home is like building a wall: done brick by brick. And the mortar that holds it together is unconditional, un-condemning, unselfish love. The only way you’ll know how good a job you’ve done is when it’s tested by the storms of life. One of the most important keys to succeeding at home is-cornmunication. So:

(1) Become creative. Spend time together as a family. Call your mate during the day and try to meet sometimes for lunch. Drive your kids to school or soccer practice so you can talk to them. Communication can happen anywhere, but it won’t happen unless you make it a priority. (2) Identify communication killers. Internet, cell phones and TV are the chief culprits. The average couple spends less than one hour a week in meaningful communication; they spend five times more each day watching

television. This is a “screen test” you’ll have to pass if you want to succeed at home. (3) Encourage every member to speak. their mind. And when they do, don’t criticize or retaliate. Differences of opinion are healthy. Handled right, they can make things better. (4) Be conscious of how you interact with your family.

You may have unwittingly adopted a style that stifles communication. Stop and consider; do you: (a) retaliate-that has a degrading effect; (b) dominate-that has an intimidating effect; (c) isolate-that has a frustrating effect. (d) cooperate-that has an encouraging effect. If you’re in the habit of using any

communication style other than a cooperative one, start working immediately to change it. You’ll have to, if you want to build a good relationship with your family.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

In a small American town an overabundance of squirrels had become quite a problem, so they looked to religious leaders for guidance:

The Presbyterian church called a meeting to decide what to do about their squirrel infestation.

After much prayer and consideration, they concluded that the squirrels were predestined to be there, and they shouldn’t interfere with God’s divine will.

 At the Baptist church the squirrels had taken an interest in the baptistery.

The deacons met and decided to put a water-slide on the baptistery and let the squirrels drown themselves.

The squirrels liked the slide and unfortunately, knew instinctively how to swim, so twice as many squirrels showed up the following week.

The Lutheran church decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God’s creatures.

So, they humanely trapped their squirrels and set them free near the Baptist church.

Two weeks later the squirrels were back when the Baptists took down the water-slide.

 The Episcopalians tried a much more unique path by setting out pans of whiskey around their church in an effort to kill the squirrels with alcohol poisoning.

They sadly learned how much damage a band of drunk squirrels can do.

 But the Catholic church came up with a more very creative strategy!

They baptized all the squirrels and made them members of the church.

Now they only see them at Christmas and Easter.

 And not much was heard from the Jewish synagogue.

They took the first squirrel and circumcised him.

They haven’t seen a squirrel since. _____ ,_._,__



Morning Thought April 13

A thought for today from Romans 15:13  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


“ABOVE AND BEYOND”

APRIL 13

If someone forces you to go one mile, go … two. MATTHEW 5:41 NIV

In Roman times soldiers could make Jewish citizens carry their gear for a mile. But Jesus says: “If someone forces you to go one mile, go … two.” Max Lucado writes: “We’ve a second-mile servant in our church. By profession he’s an architect; by passion, a servant. Prior to each worship service he does his rounds through the men’s restrooms … wipes sinks, cleans mirrors, checks toilets and picks up paper. He tells no one and requests nothing in return … Let me tell you how to spot [second-milers]. They don’t wear badges or uniforms; they wear smiles. They’ve discovered … joy in the extra effort … satisfaction in helping others … that the real reward rests at the base of the second mile-post … Why? Liberation! They’ve passed from slave to volunteer. When ‘Mary anointed Jesus’ feet,’ one-milers like Judas criticized the deed as wasteful. Not Jesus. He received the gesture as a demonstration of love, a friend surrendering her most treasured gift. There’s an elderly man in your community who just lost his wife. An hour of your time would mean the world to him. Some kids in your city have no dad to take them to movies or baseball games. Maybe you can. They can’t pay you back but they’ll smite like a cantaloupe slice at your kindness. How about this one? Down the hall is a person who shares your last name.

Shock them with kindness … your homework done with no complaints … coffee served when they awake … a love letter written for no special reason. Alabaster poured out ‘just because.’ Jesus chose the servants’ quarters. Can’t we?” John Gardner said, “When people are serving, life is no longer meaningless.” You’re not called to “get by,” you’re called to go “above and beyond.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Bulletin Oops!

During the absence of our pastor, we enjoyed the rare privilege of hearing a good sermon when J. F. Stubbs supplied our pulpit.

A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.”

The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, “Which do you want, son?” The boy takes the quarters and leaves.

“What did I tell you?” said the barber. “That kid never learns!”

Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store.

“Hey, son! May I ask you a question?

Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?”

The boy licked his cone and replied, “Because the day I take the dollar, the game is over!”




 

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