Services for Sunday, May 17, 2020

Information for Radiant Life Services

May 17, 2020 

9:30 am – Join Anita Joyce on FACEBOOK for the Sunday School Lesson. She is doing an awesome job of teaching God’s Word.

11:00 am – Multi-Venue Sunday Worship Service – Join us in the church Sanctuary, in the Parking Lot or on ZOOM or FACEBOOK.

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GOD’S WAY OR YOURS

MAY 15

He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul. PSALM 106:15 NKJV

When you insist on wanting something that God in His wisdom is withholding, sometimes He steps back and says, “Okay, have it your way.” After God brought His people through the Red Sea and delivered them from the hand of Pharaoh, we read, “They believed His words; they sang His praise” (Ps 106:12 NKJV). That sounds good. But notice what happened next, for it happens to us: “They soon forgot His

works; they did not wait for His counsel, but lusted exceedingly in the wilderness and tested God in the desert. And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul” (vv, 13-15). Wanting our own way can lead to spiritual emptiness.

When God called Moses to deliver His people from Egypt, Moses decided to do it his own way. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew slave, but instead of consulting God he took matters into his own hands. The Bible says, “He looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand” (Ex 2:12 NKJV). Obviously Moses was more concerned with the opinions of people than how God felt about it. So God had to teach Moses that his orders came from Him. After Moses dug a hole and tried to hide the work of his flesh, God allowed it to be exposed. He showed Moses that by doing things his own way he couldn’t keep a single soldier buried in the sand. Whereas, by doing things God’s way, a whole army could be buried in the depths of the Red Sea. So today, make up your mind to do it God’s way.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Teachers share the most questionable questions they’ve ever been asked:

“How old was the average 18 year old in 1942?”

“What are those pyramid-shaped things in Egypt called?”

“If the patient has a brain hemorrhage can we tie a tourniquet around his neck to stop is?”



THE SIN OF SLANDER

MAY 14

These things ought not to be so. JAMES 3:10 NK.JV

The Bible says: “With [our tongue] we bless our God … and with it we curse men … these things are not to be so” (Jas 3:8-10 NK]V). It displeases God when we praise Him in church on Sunday then tear someone down at work on Monday. “But what I’m saying is true,” you say. “All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord” (Pr 16:2 NIV). Slander begins with pride; it says, “When I’m right and you’re wrong, I’ve the right to say so.” No, people flock to church altars for healing from wounds inflicted by Christians. Gossip broke their spirits. One lady writes: “I went through a period of trying to overcome gossip but I’d still tell it to my husband. Although 1 knew he wouldn’t repeat it, I realized that by exposing him to it I was poisoning his spirit. That’s when I decided to change what was coming out of my mouth. ”

What you say about someone colors how others see them. One pastor tells all his new members, “If you hear another member slandering somebody, stop them right away and say, ‘Excuse me, who hurt you, ignored or slighted you? We’ll pray together about it so that God can restore peace to this body, but we won’t let you talk about people who aren’t around to defend themselves.” Ninety-nine times out of a hundred the issue dies right there-or the offender leaves. “Be … gentle, and patient, accepting each other in love” (Eph 4:2-3 NCV). Since none of us are infallible and all of us need to be treated gently, patiently and with love, let’s make it a habit of treating each other that way.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

An Oregonian came home, heard rustling sounds from inside a bathroom, and could see a shadowy figure moving about underneath the closed door. The resident called police. They arrived drew their guns, and ordered the prowler to come out with hands up. Receiving no response they burst into the bathroom, where according to a deputy. “We  encountered a very thorough vacuuming job being done by a Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner.”



WHEN FEELINGS AND FAITH ARE IN CONFLICT

MAY 13

My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. MARK 14:34 NIV

Ever hear the words: “You shouldn’t feel that way. If you trusted God more you wouldn’t be emotionally down and feel like quitting. A good dose of faith and prayer is what you need!” When the bottom falls out of your world well-meaning friends think such words ought to pick you up instantly. But they don’t; they can actually make you feel worse. Remember Job’s friends?

So, what should we do when we experience these troubling, anxious, discouraging feelings?

 (1) understand that feelings are neither right nor wmng. Having them doesn’t make you unspiritual and not having them doesn’t make you spiritual. They’re just human emotions we all have. No one experienced greater emotional pain than Jesus: “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” He felt like he was going to die on the spot. Such deep feelings threatened His very life! Yet He didn’t hide or deny His feelings, or condemn Himself for having them. Denial only amplifies emotion. Jesus openly acknowledged His feelings, processing them in a healthy way. In the throes of anguish, He prayed twice, “Father … Please take this … suffering away from me” (Mk 14:36 NLT). The Father didn’t scold or rebuke His plea to avoid His circumstances or His feelings, and He won’t scold or rebuke you either,

(2) Understand that your feelings don’t dictate your options or invalidate your choices. You can have bad feelings and still make good choices! Crushed with grief, Jesus said, “Yet I want your will, not mine” (Mk 14:36 TLB). Choose God’s will regardless of your feelings and He’ll strengthen you to handle the

tough times.

Taken from the Best of the Word for You Today

 

Great Con Job

During my interview today, I poured some water into a cup and it overflowed a bit.

“Nervous?” asked the interviewer.

I simply replied, “No, I just always give 110 percent.”

 

Happiness is an egg-salad sandwich with salt, pepper, and mayo in exactly the right proportion.



START A TREND!

MAY 12

Jesus … laid aside His garments. JOHN 13:3-4 NKJV

John records that: “Jesus … rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself … poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, are You

washing my feet?” (Lk 13:3-6 NKJV).

Jesus didn’t wait for His disciples to make the first move, He went first. He taught that in order to serve God you must be willing to lay aside your image, your comfort and your agenda. And He dramatized it in a way His disciples would never forget. By laying aside His garments He showed them God has no time for form or fashion. Real ministry is not image conscious; it’s done with a complete loss of distinction. God incarnate clothed Himself in humility. Amazing! But Peter didn’t get it. He was embarrassed to think that His Lord would allow Himself to be seen in such demeaning light. So Jesus said, “You call Me Teacher and Lord … If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you .. .If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them” (In 13:13-17 NKJV). If you want to be blessed, don’t join the “spiritual elitists” who are impressed by their own speeches and display their own accomplishments. Lay aside everything you privately glory in and pick up the towel of servant-hood. And don’t wait for others. Somebody at your table needs to start a trend. Today let it be you!

Taken from the Best of the Word for You Today

 

It always irked a single mother that her grocery store didn’t carry eggs in packages of six – just by the dozen. Then one day, her wish came through. She walked into the grocery and found fresh eggs in cartons of six.

“I was so excited”, she told us later, “that I bought two.”

 

Suffering from an unsightly rash, my friend Denise made an appointment with a dermatologist who happened to be very attractive.

After a full examination, the doctor cocked his head and asked, “Denise did you get your hair done?”

“Why yes. Thank you for noticing.” Said Denise, flattered.

“I thought so”, the doctor replies “Because your scalp looks red that irritated.”



BEATITUDES FOR PARENTS

MAY 11

Children … learn … from their parents.  EPHESIANS 5:1 TM

A mathematics teacher who agreed to baby-sit while her friend went shopping, left her this note: “Dried tears eleven times     tied shoelaces fifteen times … blew up balloons, five per child warned kids not to cross the street twenty-six times kids insisted on crossing the street twenty-six times. Number of Saturdays I’ll volunteer to do this again-Zero!” The following “Beatitudes for Parents” were written forty-five years ago by Marion E. Kinnernan when her daughters were raising her six grandsons. They’re still spot-on!

Blessed are those who make peace with spilled milk and mud, for of such is the kingdom of childhood. Blessed is the parent who engages not in the comparison of his child with others, for precious unto each is the rhythm of his own growth. Blessed are those who have learned to laugh, for it’s the music of a child’s world. Blessed and mature are those who without anger can say “No,” for comforting to a child is the security of firm decisions. Blessed is the gift of consistency, for it brings heart’s-ease in childhood. Blessed are they who accept the awkwardness of growth, for they are aware of the choice between marred furnishings and damaged personalities. Blessed are the teachable, for knowledge brings understanding and understanding brings love. Blessed are the men and women, who in the midst of the

unpromising mundane, give love, for they bestow the greatest of all gifts to each other, to their children, and-in an ever-widening circle-to their fellowmen.” One successful entrepreneur said, “I may be a self-made man, but the blueprints came from my mom and dad.” Bottom line: “Children .. .learn … from their parents.” What’re you teaching yours?

Taken from the Best of the Word for You Today

 

My husband and his sister are notorious yakkers. They can hold court on any subject. One day, he called her, All he had to say was “Hi,” and that launched her into a marathon session, going on about this, that and the other. When she finally paused to come up for air, she had one question: “Who am I talking to?”

 

A few of us were discussing the perils of drinking and driving when my five-year-old granddaughter threw in her two cents.

“I can see why it would be dangerous to drin and drive.” She said, “The straw could go up your nose.”



SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2020, MOTHER’S DAY

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers and Ladies out here…………  

Begin the day with Anita Joyce teaching the Sunday School Lesson at 9:30 am on her FACEBOOK page.

She is doing an excellent presentation of the Book of Galatians.  Have your Bible, Quarterly, and notebook handy and study along with her this Sunday.

The Morning Worship Service will again be a Drive-in Church, so park in the church parking lot and share in the Worship and message. A gift will be given to each lady present and a drawing will be held for three beautiful hanging baskets from Johnson’s Florist.

Here is the link to join the ZOOM Meeting for May 10, 2020. I know that most of you will be attending the Drive-In Service, but just in case you cannot come, you can at least hear and see the service.

It will also be on FACEBOOK Live

Three ways to connect:

Join the meeting by computer, tablet or smart Phone

Pastor Don is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: Zoom Meeting

Time: May 10, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

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SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2020, MOTHER’S DAY

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers and Ladies out here…………  

 

Begin the day with Anita Joyce teaching the Sunday School Lesson at 9:30 am on her FACEBOOK page.

She is doing an excellent presentation of the Book of Galatians.  Have your Bible, Quarterly, and notebook handy and study along with her this Sunday.

 

The Morning Worship Service will again be a Drive-in Church, so park in the church parking lot and share in the Worship and message. A gift will be given to each lady present and a drawing will be held for three beautiful hanging baskets from Johnson’s Florist.

 

Here is the link to join the ZOOM Meeting for May 10, 2020. I know that most of you will be attending the Drive-In Service, but just in case you cannot come, you can at least hear and see the service.

It will also be on FACEBOOK Live

Three ways to connect:

Join the meeting by computer, tablet or smart Phone

Pastor Don is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: Zoom Meeting

Time: May 10, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81771314762?pwd=UklJUTF5ajhna1hEMWhoQmxZbFlPZz09

 

Meeting ID: 817 7131 4762

Password: 197930

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BECOME AN “IN EVERYTHING” PRAY-ER!

MAY 8

In everything, by prayer .. , present your requests to God. PHILIPPIANS 4:6 NIV

One Christian author writes: “Often when I pray, I don’t talk to God about things that I’m really thinking about because they just don’t sound very spiritual. So I’ll pray about world peace, or the missionaries, or something like that. But my mind keeps wandering back to what’s really on my heart. The solution to this wandering-mind problem is contained in this phrase: ‘In everything.’ I must pray what is in me, not what I wish was in me. Praying what’s really in my heart is an ‘in everything’ kind of prayer. I don’t wait to dean up my motives or try to sound more spiritual than I am. I pray what’s really in me. If you’re going to grow in prayer and overcome worry, you must begin by becoming an ‘in everything’ pray-er. Whether

your request is large or small, whether your motives are mixed or pure, whether what you ask is wise or foolish, God can sort it all out. You can trust Him to respond wisely. He’s not going to give you something foolishly. But you’ve got to learn to hold your prayer loosely and trust that if God doesn’t answer it the way you want it to be answered, He knows what He’s doing; He has very good reasons. It’s such a simple thing to go through your day asking God, ‘What’s the one thing needed that you have for me in this moment?’ And when He reveals it to you, you need to do it!” Don’t debate, don’t rationalize,

don’t postpone. Whoever you are, whatever your background, starting this moment you can do it. You can become an “in everything” pray-er.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

One day a man was walking along the beach and found a bottle. He looked around and didn’t see anyone so he opened it.

 

A genie appeared and thanked the man for letting him out. The genie said, “For your kindness I will grant you a wish, but only one.”

The man thought for a minute and said, “I have always wanted to visit Hawaii but have never been able to because I’m afraid of flying and ships make me seasick. So I wish for a road to be built from here to Hawaii.” The genie thought for a minute and said, “No, I don’t think I can do that. Just think of all the work involved: the pilings needed to hold up the highway, how deep they would have to be to reach the bottom of the ocean. Think of all the pavement that would be needed. No, that is just too much to ask.”

​The man thought for a minute and then told the genie, “Well, there is one other thing that I have always wanted. I would like to be able to understand my girlfriend. What makes her laugh and cry, why is she temperamental, why is she so difficult to get along with? Basically, what makes her tick?” The genie considered for a few minutes and said, “So, do you want two lanes or four?”




 

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