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

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Meeting ID: 820 7295 5916

Password: 690995

 

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Meeting ID: 820 7295 5916

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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.” …



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




 

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