SERVING GOD AND YOUR MATE

MARCH 30

A married man … has to 1 CORINTHIANS 7:33 NLT

 Paul writes: “An unmarried man can spend his time doing the Lord’s work and thinking how to please him. But a married man can’t do that so well. He has to think about … how to please his wife.” Gayle Urban tells of browsing in a bookstore and discovering a shelf with reduced-price items. Among the gifts was a little figurine with a man and woman, their heads lovingly tilted toward one another. “Happy Tenth Anniversary,” read the inscription. It appeared to be in perfect condition yet its tag indicated “damaged.” Examining it more closely, she found another tag underneath that read, “WIFE IS COMING UNGLUED!”

When you marry somebody, you marry everything they are and everything they have been through. It’s a package deal! And jf you ask God, He’ll give you the grace to minister to your mate. You may not see immediate change. It takes time for even a small cut to heal. But if you allow Him, God will give you the oil of compassion and the wine of love to pour into their wounds. Never become so spiritual that you become unavailable. Your first calling is to your mate and your family. Your priorities should start there, then spread to your career, your avocation and other pursuits. Paul says, in effect, “I release those

who are married from the level of consecration I expect from those who are single, so that they’ll be able to spend time working on their relationship.” You say, “But I need to spend time with the Lord.” That’s true, and the Bible doesn’t release you from your responsibility to God, it just sets some priorities.

You’re called to serve the Lord-and your mate!

What better time to do that today?

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

“Man of the Cloth”

As a church worker, I was sought out by many people for informal counseling. One single mother often stopped by to complain about all the silly things that men do.

After one particularly long tirade, she looked into my eyes and sweetly said, “Steve, I hope you know I don’t consider you a man.”

 

Splitting Hairs

I work with kids and I’d recently gotten my hair cut. A little boy named Jaiden asked, “Miss Joanne, did you get a haircut?”

Trying to be funny, I replied “I got ‘em ALL cut.”

He looked at me quizzically and asked, “What’s a MALL cut?”



Report on Sunday, March 29 Broadcast

Week number 2 of Live Video Services.

The first week I forgot to turn on my microphone.

Week 2 I did get the mic on before starting time, but I forgot to “record” it so I could find out what I did wrong, lost “control” of the meeting and couldn’t get out of that mode,  and went too long and got cut off in the middle of Communion.

At least more people got to see my struggles this week……… LOL.

Thank everyone for being brave enough to make connection. We still have several weeks of this confinement before it is over. We will continue to try to broadcast the services.

We are working on another technology that will allow us all to drive to church, sit in our cars and participate in that manner at least for Easter Sunday………  I hope it goes better than what we have done so far.

Again, I apologize that I cannot send the video of the service this week.

God Bless, Stay Calm, God is still in better control than I am of the situation.

Pastor Don.



Communion Live at Radiant Life

I hope you will join us today Sunday, March 29, at 11:15 am by Live Stream. It is Communion Sunday so please have the elements (juice and cracker or bread) handy for this time together.  I hope you will join us either by computer, tablet or phone.  I apologize for last week when some of you tried to connect but didn’t hear anything….. that was my fault…… I forgot to turn on my mic.  So here is your invitation to Sunday’s Service.

Pastor Don is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Zoom Meeting

Time: Mar 29, 2020 11:15 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/758451442

Meeting ID: 758 451 442

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: 758451442#  Don’t forget to enter the “#” key.

Several said that the video was “buffering” or stopping some last week. That happens depending on your internet connection. If you have problems with that, closing your video may make a difference. If not, just open the video again so we can see you.

God Bless You………..  we are praying for each of you daily.

Pastor Don               



GOD HEARS THE BIRDS SINGING

The past two mornings, standing at the kitchen window, I was delightfully serenaded by birds singing their happy tunes. I was reminded that if God watches over every one of these tiny creatures, He is also watching over us.

This week, our Governor, changed the status of “recommending” no meetings over ten persons, to a “mandate” with consequences for anyone doing so. A few of us will be at church Sunday, but we need to limit the attendance as much as possible. We will again do a “live stream” at 11:15 am.

Recently, someone posted that the name “Corona” is Spanish for King, Ruler or Sovereign. We know that this virus is NOT a King but we are also reminded that Jesus is the “KING OF KINGS”.  I did a little more research and learned that this name comes from the fact that under a powerful microscope the virus looks like “a globe with little globules, resembling a crown” and in Latin “corona means crown or garland”.

I also discovered that in Germany, there is a Saint named “Corona”. Ironically, she is known as the “Patron Saint of Epidemics”.  She was a 16 year old girl who was brutally killed 1800 years ago by the Romans because she would not renounce her faith in Jesus Christ. History says she was tied between two ‘bent over’ sapling trees. When the trees were releases, they literally “split her apart”.  

We may feel like we are “split apart” during this crisis, but we have the knowledge and hope that God is our help and strength. It is a powerful time, not to “Renounce” but “Pronounce”, that “Jesus is Lord”

We hear the news reports that the United States has had 1,700 deaths from this pandemic. In perspective that is 5 deaths in every “Million” people in our nation. If we continue to practice “personal distancing” (you’ll hear why I call it that Sunday morning) we will keep that number consistently low.  

Although, we cannot “physically” connect Sunday, we can once again share by “live” streaming the message this Sunday. I will send the link in another message later today.

We will be observing Holy Communion during that time together, so I ask you to get juice and cracker or bread handy so that we may all share together.

We are also working on having a “drive-in” church for Easter Sunday, but with the restrictions being raised almost daily we will have to wait and see.
 
Remember the Words of Jesus when He tells us not to worry,

Luke 12:24  Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?

Do you want to have church at home today? then Listen to the Gaithers Sing , , ,  His Eye is on the Sparrow……….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUMULR_J6nA



GOD IS PROTECTING YOU

MARCH 27

He permitted no man to do them wrong. 1 CHRONICLES 16:21 NKJV

What would you be willing to do to protect your child from harm? Multiply that by infinity and you’ll understand how much God cares for you.

Nebuchadnezzar took the sacred vessels from the temple in Jerusalem and placed them in a pagan temple in Shinar (See Da 1 :1-2 NKJV). After his son Belshazzar became king, one night during a drunken feast, “They brought in the … goblets .. .from the temple of God … and the king … and his concubines

drank from them” (Da 5:3 NIV). Now if they’d mishandled some worthless old cup it might not have mattered, but God had too much invested in these sacred vessels to allow them to be mistreated. That night Nebuchadnezzar and his entire kingdom were destroyed because of this unchanging Bible principle: “He permitted no man to do them wrong; yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, saying, ‘Do not touch My anointed ones'” (lCh 16:21~22 NK.JV).

As God’s redeemed child you are loved, valued and protected. So stand on that truth. You may have to fight in a foreign land or live and work in a difficult situation. You may have to endure great hardship for your faith. But understand- God’s got too much invested in you to let you be destroyed.

Any time Satan tries that, God will interrupt his party and say, “This vessel is off limits; it took me too long to teach this woman to pray. I’ve devoted too many hours to training this man how to overcome. They’ve learned how to stand amidst trials. They’ve suffered too much for My name’s sake for Me to

let you harm them. Take your hand off them, they’re Mine!” Rejoice, today God is protecting you!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

Lisa, a 16 year old girl, nervously brought her most recent boyfriend home with her to meet her parents. Although Lisa was very fond of him she was nervous about what sort of impression he’d make on her parents. After all, he was full of tattoos and rings all over his body.

 “Mom,” said Lisa nervously, ” I would like you to meet Spike, my boyfriend, Spike this is my Mom.” After a few minutes of small talk and pleasantries, Lisa’s Mom called her over and whispered “Lisa, I don’t like him, he just doesn’t seem very nice!” “Mom please!” retorted Lisa, “if he’s not a nice guy how can you explain the forty hours of community service he does a week?!”



LISTEN TO GOD (2)

MARCH 26

Fear not, for I am with you. ISAIAH 41:10 N KJV

To be successful in anything God calls you to do, you must be sensitive to the Holy Spirit within you and learn to recognize when He speaks to you through the Scriptures.

When the pressure is on and you’re tempted to move too quickly you’ll hear His voice saying: “You shall not go out with haste .. .for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard” (Isa 52:12 NKJV). God’s got you covered-front and back. How good is that? When you’re about to make a wrong turn or a bad decision He will remind you, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” (PI’ 16:9 NN). When you don’t have the ways and means to get the job done His voice will whisper: “The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail”

(Isa 58:11 NKJV). You have an unfailing supply. When you run out of answers and don’t know what to do He will reassure you: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you” (Ps 32:8 NIV). When the load becomes too heavy to carry you’ll hear His voice saying, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall” (Ps 55:22 NIV).

Hearing God’s voice may mean you have to sacrifice lesser things and tune out other voices, but you must do it. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is more important than learning to recognize God’s voice when He speaks to you.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

​Bob is a favorite conductor among commuters on the Long Island Railroad. He has great rapport with the regulars, but occasionally runs into a problem rider.

 

One passenger, for instance, seemed irritated at having to hand over his ticket to be punched.

“Where are you going today?” Bob asked, smiling.

“Well, what does the ticket say?” replied the traveler sarcastically.

“Um, it says you’re on the wrong train,” Bob informed him.

“What am I supposed to do now?” asked the flustered passenger.

Returning the punched card, Bob replied calmly, “Ask the ticket.”



LISTEN TO GOD (1)

MARCH 25

Your ears will hear a voice … saying, “This is the way.”

ISAIAH 30:21 NIV

Any time you step out in faith and try something, a voice within you will whisper, “You must be out of your mind. You’re not capable of this. Those little accomplishments you had before were pure luck; you just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Now you’re in over your head.” That voice will

waken you in the middle of the night, sick to your stomach. You can hear it in every boardroom, living room and sidewalk. It’s the voice of fear, and it doesn’t play fair. It pulls the file on your past failures and preys on your deepest insecurities.

But there’s another voice-God’s! It says: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, 1 will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isa 41:10 NKJV). Attuning your ears to God’s voice doesn’t mean your problems are automatically solved or that the other voice just fades away. No, it’s more like having an intimate conversation with a close friend in a noisy, crowded place. There may be other voices around you but you don’t hear them because you’re so focused on what your friend is saying. That’s how it is with God’s voice. Whether He speaks to you through the Scriptures, through a friend, or through your life’s circumstances, He’s always communicating with the heart that seeks Him. His promise to you is, “Your ears will hear a voice … saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.” One word from God, just one, can change your entire outlook. So today, take time to listen to God’s voice.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Some people want the front of the bus, the back of the church, and the center of attention.

 

​Wife: “Did you see that fur coat Mrs. Myers wore to church today?”

Husband: “No, I didn’t.”

Wife: “Did you see that hat Mrs. Brown wore to church?”

Husband: “No, I didn’t.”

Wife: “Well, it doesn’t do you much good to go to church!”



IT-TAKES-ONE- TO-MAKE-ONE

MARCH 24

Each according to its kind.

GENESIS 1:24 NKJV In the book of Genesis (“beginnings”), God shows us how He intends things to work in life: “Let the earth bring forth the living creature … each according to its kind.” Each one of us is a product of our DNA and our environment. Now, fast forward. How many giant killers were in Saul’s army? Not one. When Goliath challenged Israel every soldier quaked with fear. Yet

David, who came to bring food to his brothers, sized up the situation, recalled his experiences with God and went out and killed him. Now, after David became king, how many other giant killers arose in Israel? Lots: “Then Sibbecai. .. killed Sippai, one of the descendants of the giants, and they were subdued. And there was war with the Philistines again, and Elhanan … killed Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Cittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. Again there was war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature who had twenty- four fingers and toes, six fingers on each hand and six toes on

each foot; and he also was descended from the giants. When he taunted Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed him. These were descended from the giants in Gath [Goliath’s home town]: and they fell by the hand of David and by the hands of his servants” (LCh 20:4-8 NAS). Why do you suppose there were 110 giant killers in Saul’s day? Because Saul himself wasn’t one! But under David’s leadership they multiplied because David was a giant killer. This illustrates the “it-takes-one-to-make-one” principle that starts in Genesis and runs through the Bible.

So the word for you today is-be careful who influences you, and be careful how you influence others.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

An old farmer was inconsolable after his dog goes missing.

He took out an ad in the newspaper, but two weeks later, there’s still no sign of the mutt.

“What did you write in the ad?” his wife asks.

“Here, boy,” he replies.



TWO LESSONS YOU LEARN ONLY IN LIFE’S STORMS

MARCH 23

Why are you so fearful?

MARK 4:40 NKJV

In the Gospel of Mark we read: “He said to them, ‘Let us cross over to the other side’ … And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are

perishing?’ Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, ‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?’ And they … said to one another, ‘Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

(Mk 4:35-41 NKJV).

Here are two lessons you learn only in life’s storms: (1) You must trust what God has told you. When Jesus said, “Let us cross over to the other side” there wasn’t a big enough wave to take them under, no matter how threatening. What has God promised you? Standing on that won’t keep you from getting

scared or soaked, but it’ll keep you from sinking. (2) You must remind yourself who’s in the boat with you. If the Lord can calm a storm, He can prevent one. So when He permits you to go through storms it’s to show you that you don’t have a problem He can’t solve; that you may be powerless in the situation

but He’s not; and that through this experience you’ll come to know Him in a way you have never known Him before. So learn these lessons well and come out stronger on the other side.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

At a motivational seminar, three men are asked to come up to the stage. They are all asked, “When you are in your casket and friends and family are mourning upon you, what would you like to hear them say about you?”

The first guy says, “I would like to hear them say that I was the great doctor of my time, and a great family man.”

The second guy says, “I would like to hear that I was a wonderful husband and school teacher who made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow.”

​The last guy replies, “I would like to hear them say…… LOOK!!! HE’S MOVING!!!!!”




 

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