INVITATION TO SUNDAY, JUNE 28 SERVICE AT RADIANT LIFE

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DO IT WHILE YOU STILL CAN

JUNE 26

You will be missed, because your seat will be empty. 1 SAMUEL 20:18 NIV

When you lose a loved one, you realize that relationships are much more important than possessions. But we forget that in our scramble to the top of the heap. Being told you’ve only a short time to live puts you into shock, then re-orders your priorities. It makes you want to fill each precious moment with the words you’ve left unsaid and the things you’ve neglected to do. Don’t allow self-centeredness, masquerading as ambition (or religious zeal!), to keep you from showing love to those who need it. Make that call. Send that email, Buy those flowers. Say, “I love you.” In other words, “be there.” Most of

the time people don’t need our wise analysis or brilliant answers, they just need our love-and support-and they’ll find their own answers.

If you are a leader, you’re particularly at risk. Don’t sacrifice your family on the altar of your career, or you’ll end up with regrets you can’t resolve. The son of a well-known missionary stood at his dad’s grave without shedding a tear. He told someone, “You never miss what you never had. My dad loved people on the other side of the world, but I’m not sure he loved me. “Wake up! The clock’s ticking and the days are flying by. Yes, you must fulfill your God-given assignment in life, but not at the cost of the people who matter. Take a moment and think about these words: “And Jonathan had David reaffirm his …

love him … Then Jonathan said to David … You will be missed, because your seat will be empty.”

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

​A couple was touring the capitol in Washington, DC, and the guide pointed out a tall, benevolent gentleman as the congressional chaplain.

The lady asked, “What does the chaplain do? Does he pray for the Senate or House?”

The guide answered, “No, he gets up, looks at both houses of Congress, then prays for the country!” …



WHAT’S CHOKING YOU?

JUNE 25

Desires for … things … choke the word. MARK 4:19 NIV

In the parable of the sower Jesus said, “Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful” (Mk 4:18-19 NIV). Notice, the problem is not the sower or the seed, it’s the

soil. Jesus said they “hear the word,” so we’re talking about church folks with a pre-existing rnindset that chokes every Scripture they hear, read, or try to apply. Jesus describes these thorns as: “The worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things.” Do you remember the time when you thought the house you now live in, the career you now enjoy, and the investments you now have, would make all your worries go away? But no, the more you have, the more you have to lose, to protect, to maintain, and to worry about. That’s “the deceitfulness of wealth.” If your significance as a person or your sense of security is tied to anything other than your relationship with God, worry will choke the life right out of you. True happiness lies in trusting God for what you need, knowing if it’s right He’ll provide it, and if not He’ll you something better.

Chuck Swindell writes, “We live among thorns because we’ve a quiet, respectable, secret love for them. I know. I’ve got the ugly scars to prove it. Each one a mute reminder of years trapped in the thicket; periodically I still have to yank a few.” How about you – do you have some thorns you need to pull?

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

​The military may have invented the Internet, but not all government schemes have worked as well.

In the ’60s, the CIA hatched a plan to implant a battery and a microphone in a cat so the furry feline could spy on unsuspecting targets.

The program was halted when, after years of research and millions of dollars spent, the spy cat was run over by a cab. ..

 

A friend said he was in a long line at 5:45 am today at a grocery store that opened at 6 for seniors only. A young man came from the parking lot and tried to cut in at the front of the line, but an old lady beat him back into the parking lot with her cane.

He returned and tried to cut in again but an old man punched him in the gut, then kicked him to the ground and rolled him away.  As he approached the line for the 3rd time he said, “If y’all don’t let me unlock this door, you’ll never get in there!”

Hang in out there everyone!



YOUR HEAVENLY HOME

JUNE 24

I am going … to prepare a place for you.  JOHN 14:2 NIV

All that stuff you see in the movies, like fog banks and disembodied spirits floating around in some nether world to the eerie sounds of Celtic music-forget it! Heaven will be:

1) A home built just for you. Are you worried about where you go when you die, or where your loved ones have gone? Don’t be! Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you, And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may he where I am”  John 14:1 -3 NIV).

(2) A city you’ll love! “I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem” (Rev 21 :2). It’s an exact square of 1,400 miles. It stretches from the Carolinas to California, and from Canada to Mexico. It’s forty times the size of England, ten times size France, and larger than India. And that’s just the ground floor; it’s as tall as It is wide; 600,000 stories, more than enough space for billions of people to come and go. And come and go

they will. The gates never close. Why shut them? The enemies God will be banished, leaving only a perfect place of perfected people.

(3) With Christ, the One you love most! Paul, who had the privilege of visiting heaven, wrote, “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (Php 1:23 NIV). So don’t get too comfortable here on earth!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A doctor was taken to a patient’s room but came down after a few minutes and asked for a screwdriver.

Several minutes later he asked for a can opener. 

Shortly thereafter, he returned and asked for a hammer and a saw.

The worried wife couldn’t stand it any longer and asked, “Doctor, please tell me. What’s wrong with my husband?”

“I don’t know yet,” he answered the frustrated doctor, “I can’t get my bag open.” …



THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD (2)

JUNE 22

From him … are all things.  ROMANS 11:36 NIV

Acknowledging God’s sovereign control in all things doesn’t make us helpless pawns, or free us from responsibility. No:

(I) it takes away our anxiety. When you rest in the loving character of God YOLl can say, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” (Ps 23:6). That’s a “surely” you can’t get from your banker, your broker, your insurance man, or anybody else.

(2) It frees us [rom explanation. We’re liberated from the tyranny of having to have all the answers. We can say, “I don’t know, but I trust the One who does.” The danger of knowing a little theology is that we start thinking we can fathom the unfathomable. Even the great Apostle threw up his hands and said, “How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out” (Rom 11 :33 NKJV). Face it, we can’t explain why God closes some doors and opens others, or how He can take evil and use it for good. But He does, and He usually doesn’t explain it to us.

(3) it keeps us from pride. Paul writes, “From him and through him and to him are all things.” If you want to make God’s sovereignty temporal or limited, then you have to get rid of the “all things,” in this Scripture, just as you must do in Romans 8;28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (NIV). If God says “all things,” He means it! It comes down to a simple choice: either we trust God, or we play God. And it’s an easy choice to make!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.

 

A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

 

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.

 

Batteries were given out free of charge.

 

Jeep — Man’s effort to make a mechanical mule.

 

Junk — Something you keep for years and throw away just days before you need it.

 

Juvenile Delinquents — Somebody else’s kids.



THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD (1)

JUNE 22

From him … are all things.  ROMANS 11:36 NIV

Acknowledging God’s sovereign control in all things doesn’t make us helpless pawns, or free us from responsibility. No:

(I) it takes away our anxiety. When you rest in the loving character of God YOLl can say, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” (Ps 23:6). That’s a “surely” you can’t get from your banker, your broker, your insurance man, or anybody else.

(2) It frees us [rom explanation. We’re liberated from the tyranny of having to have all the answers. We can say, “I don’t know, but I trust the One who does.” The danger of knowing a little theology is that we start thinking we can fathom the unfathomable. Even the great Apostle threw up his hands and said, “How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out” (Rom 11 :33 NKJV). Face it, we can’t explain why God closes some doors and opens others, or how He can take evil and use it for good. But He does, and He usually doesn’t explain it to us.

(3) it keeps us from pride. Paul writes, “From him and through him and to him are all things.” If you want to make God’s sovereignty temporal or limited, then you have to get rid of the “all things,” in this Scripture, just as you must do in Romans 8;28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (NIV). If God says “all things,” He means it! It comes down to a simple choice: either we trust God, or we play God. And it’s an easy choice to make!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.

 

A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

 

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.

 

Batteries were given out free of charge.

 

Jeep — Man’s effort to make a mechanical mule.

 

Junk — Something you keep for years and throw away just days before you need it.

 

Juvenile Delinquents — Somebody else’s kids.



Sunday Morning, June 21

Sunday Morning, June 21, Invitation to ZOOM.
 
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HONORING FATHERS

JUNE 19

Like a father whispering encouragement, howing you      how to live well before God.

1 THESSALONIANS 2:11-12 TM

With typical humor, journalist Paul Harvey writes: “A father is forced to endure childbirth without anesthesia. He growls when it feels good and laughs when he’s scared. He’s guilty of giving too much time to his business when his kids are growing up. He never feels entirely worthy in their eyes. He lectures them when their grades aren’t as good as he thinks they should be – although secretly he knows it’s really the teacher’s fault! Dads have tough exteriors and sometimes their hearts must be broken, otherwise nobody would know what’s inside. They work hard smoothing rough places in the road for their sons, and give their daughters away to men who aren’t nearly smart enough, so they can have grandkids who are smarter than anybody else’s. Fathers get old faster than other people. Every day they enter the arena of work where they tackle the three-headed dragon of work, stress and monotony. They make bets with insurance companies about who’ll live the longest, and although they know the odds, they keep on betting until one day they lose … and the bet is paid off to the part of them they

leave behind.”

When Paul needed an example of a positive influence, he talked about “a father with his child, holding [his] hand, whispering encouragement, showing [him] … how to live … before God.” If your dad distinguished himself as a good role model, remember to thank him. If you weren’t blessed with that kind of influence, or you grew up without a dad, let today be an occasion to honor the spiritual fathers who did nurture and inspire you.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

My elderly Jewish grandmother was giving me directions to her apartment.

“You come to the front door of the apartment. I am in apartment 4012.”

“There is a big panel at the front door. With your elbow, push button 4012. I will buzz you in. Come inside, the elevator is on the right. Get in, and with your elbow, push 4.”

“When you get out, I’m on the left.”

“With your elbow , hit my doorbell.”

“Grandma, that sounds easy, but, why am I hitting all these buttons with my elbow?”

“Vaat . . . . . You coming empty handed?”

 

Dear Dad,

$chool i$ great. I’m making lot$ of friend$ and $tudying hard. I $imply can’t think of anything I need, $o ju$t $end me a card, a$ I would love to hear from you.

Love, Your $on

 

Dear Son,

I kNOw astroNOmy, ecoNOmics and oceaNOgraphy are eNOugh to keep even an hoNOr student busy. Do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task, and you can never study eNOugh.

Love, Dad



MEETING ‘THE MAN’

JUNE 18

Come, see a man. .  . JOHN 4:29 N’V

When the woman at the well met Jesus, unlike all the other men she’d met, He addressed her real need. “[He said.] Go … get your husband’ … ‘I don’t have a husband,’ the woman replied. Jesus said … ‘you have had five husbands, and you aren’t . . married to the man you’re living with” (In 4:16-18 NLT). Because we’re weak, we keep getting into situations that leave us wounded. And those wounds can’t be healed by going form relationship to relationship. After meeting Jesus this woman ran to tell everybody, “Come … meet a man who told me everything!” (TLB), Her answer wasn’t another man; she’d already tried that! Her answer was meeting the Man, and asking H i III to fill the void in her life.

The Bible refers to this as putting “on the new self, which is being renewed in … the image of its Creator” (Co13:10 NIV). If you’re sick of the way you’re living and want to change, remember; the woman at the well couldn’t “put off the old man” till she met the new One. When you’re attached to certain habits and relationships, it’s hard to break free in your own strength. You’ll only be able to disengage when you acknowledge Jesus as Lord of your life. Only by embracing the new, will you find

strength to say goodbye to the old. So what does all this mean for you? It means coming to Christ as you are, asking Him to save you, and entering into a relationship with Him. James says, “Surrender to Gad … Resist the devil, and he will run from you” (Jas 4:7 CEV). When you do that, God will give you the

strength to forsake those old patterns and begin a new life!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

The teacher asks little Johnny if he knows his numbers.

“Yes,” he says. “My daddy taught me.”

 “Can you tell me what comes after three?”

 “Four,” answers little Johnny.

 “What comes after six?”

 “Seven,” answers little Johnny.

 “Very good,” says the teacher. “Your father did a very fine job. ​What comes after ten?”

 “A jack,” answers little Johnny. …

 

Timmy: What did the daddy buffalo say to its son before it left for school?

Bob: Beats me.

Timmy: “Bison.”



ARE YOU PREPARING YOURSELF?

JUNE 17

And their net brake. – LUKE 5:6

It’s wise to have “safety nets” such as savings, insurance and investments. Rainy days come unexpectedly. But-what are you doing to prepare for success? God says He can “Open the

windows of heaven and pour out blessings so great, you won’t have enough room to take them in” (See Ma1 3:10). If God pours out His blessings on you, will you be ready to handle them? Are you preparing yourself for greater things, or just settling for the status quo?

After fishing all night without success, Jesus told Peter, “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets” (Lk 5:4). Explaining that the fish weren’t biting, Peter says, “Nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net” (Lk 5:5). Observe; Jesus said, “Let down your nets” (plural). Peter responded, “I will let

down the net” (singular). Clearly, Jesus was thinking bigger than Peter! That night they caught so many fish, “their net brake.” Next we read, “They beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees” (Lk 5:7-8). Peter needed more than one net and one boat to handle what God had in mind. Getting the idea?

If you’re praying for greater success, are you taking steps to prepare yourself for it? Are you furthering your education? Are you sharpening your skills and developing new ways of doing things? Are you open to working with others? Are you willing to fall at the feet of Jesus, acknowledging Him as the source of

all blessing, and sovereign Lord of your life?

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

 

Four men are in the hospital waiting room because their wives are having babies. A nurse goes up to the first guy and says, “Congratulations! You’re the father of twins.”

“That’s odd,” answers the man. “I work for the Minnesota Twins!”

A nurse says to the second guy, “Congratulations! You’re the father of triplets!”

“That’s weird,” answers the second man. “I work for the 3M company!”

A nurse tells the third man, “Congratulations! You’re the father of quadruplets!”

“That’s strange,” he answers. “I work for the Four Seasons hotel!”

The last man is groaning and banging his head against the wall. “What’s wrong?” the others ask.

“I work for 7 Up!”




 

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