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)

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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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+16465588656,,81771314762#,,1#,197930# US (New York)

 

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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?”



LET IT GO (4)

MAY 7

I will make up to you for the years that the … locust has eaten. JOEL 2:25 NAS

Fourth, let go o{ what you failed to do! “If I could just go back, I’d … ” The poet said, “The saddest words of tongue or pen, are these, we hear, ‘It might have been.?’ Not one of us escapes the long shadow of “opportunity missed.” We fail more frequently by what we didn’t do than by what we did. We could have helped, healed, blessed, Of changed things for the better. But by pursuing our own interests we left words of love and gratitude unspoken. Avoiding unwanted consequences, we left the awkward truth unacknowledged. Evading the label, “religious nut,” our witness remained mute: a responsibility unfulfilled, a decision sidestepped, an aging parent neglected, a child crowded out, a spouse excluded. “How different my life could have been if I’d pursued my education, accepted that promotion, made that investment, relocated, or taken a chance on love.” When the door is dosed, the person’s gone

and the opportunity missed, it’s time for:

(a) Letting it go. The same cross that cancels your sins of commission, cancels your sins of omission too. Confession, not remorse, brings God’s forgiveness and cleansing from “all sin” (See I Jn 1:9). (b) Renewing your faith in the God of second chances. He can “make up to you for the years that the locust

has eaten” (See Joel 2:25). Believe Him; He can place you where you’d be, had the opportunity never been lost. (c) Asking God for a new dream, then “forgetting those things (old, sabotaged dreams) which are behind and reaching forward to those things (new dreams) … which are ahead, press forward,” to a life of restored opportunity and fulfillment (See Php 3:13).

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Deep within a forest a little turtle began to climb a tree. After hours of effort he reached the top, jumped into the air waving his front legs and crashed to the ground.

After recovering, he slowly climbed the tree again, jumped, and fell to the ground.The turtle tried again and again while a couple of birds sitting on a branch watched his sad efforts.

​Finally, the female bird turned to her mate. “Dear,” she chirped, “I think it’s time to tell him he’s adopted.”

 

A memorandum on a phone call was handed to a businessman by his secretary.

“I can’t read this,” he said.

“I couldn’t understand him very well,” said the secretary.

“So, I didn’t write it very clearly.” …



LET IT GO (3)

MAY 6

I persecuted the church. GALATIANS 1:13 NIV

Third, let go of what you have done to others! The wounds we’ve inflicted on others can weigh us down like a ton. The drunk-driving accident. The family shattered by divorce. The child abused in anger. The abortion following an affair. The faithful partner infected by HIV. We can’t wound others and remain whole ourselves, so the “ghost of failures past” dogs our days, fills our nights with remorse and steals our peace of mind. How do I live with the things I’ve done? Enter Saul of Tarsus, a man with a record. “I violently persecuted God’s church. I did my best to destroy it” (Gal 1:13 NLT). He’d torn believers from

their families leaving traumatized children watching their parents carried off to flogging, imprisonment and death. Now, a convert to Christianity and a preacher of the gospel, he meets the widows and orphans in the churches he once persecuted. How do you handle such a situation? A crucial decision faced him. He could shoulder the guilt until it broke him and maybe even made him an addict or a suicidal wreck. Or he could roll it onto shoulders big enough to carry it and walk away free. He calls out, “0 wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Ro 7:24 NKJV). The answer follows instantly, “Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Ro 7:25 TLB). The result? “Even though I was … a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy” (l Ti 1:13 NIV). Today that same mercy is yours for the taking. Make amends where possible, trust God to heal the hurts you’ve caused, and let it go!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Continued from yesterdayMore UPS Gripe Sheet Reports and their fixes:

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.

S: DME volume set to more believable level.

 

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.

S: That’s what friction locks are for.

 

P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.

S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

 

P: Suspected crack in windshield.

S: Suspect you’re right.

 

P: Number 3 engine missing.

S: Engine found on right wing after brief search

 

P: Aircraft handles funny. (I love this one!)

S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right and be serious.

 

P: Target radar hums.

S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

 

P: Mouse in cockpit.

S: Cat installed.

 

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.

S: Took hammer away from the midget



LET IT GO (2)

MAY 5

God has made me forget all my trouble. GENESIS 41:51 NIV

Second, let go of what others have done to you! Thorns come with roses, and hurts come with human relationships. And few hurts go as deeply as those inflicted by friends and family. Ask Joseph, who was sold out by his brothers and locked up in a foreign prison for a crime he never committed. It’s the stuff

bitterness, depression, despair and defeat are made of. And who’d have blamed him? But Joseph knew that he, not his abusers, had the last word; that he, not they, would decide his future. Others can wound you, but no one can destroy you without your permission and cooperation. It’s not what they do to you that determines your outcomes, it’s what you do next. Joseph decided to let the offenses go and accept responsibility for his own reactions. When you do that you take back your power, open yourself to new options, and make choices that position you to come out of it stronger, wiser and more blessed.

Notice: (a) Joseph saw it from God’s perspective. “You did not send me here … God did … to keep you alive by a great deliverance” (See Ge 45:8). (b) He released his resentment. He moved beyond it and ministered to the needs of those who had hurt him. (c) He refused to become a victim of other people’s

actions. As a result God made him “ruler over all…Egypt” (v. 8). (d) He prepared for the future. How? By excelling in his prophetic and administrative gifts, even though imprisoned (See Ge 41 :39). So, choose to see it God’s way. Let it go. Do what you’ve been called to do, and watch God vindicate you royally!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Just in case you needed a laugh: Remember it takes a college degree to fly a plane, but only a high school diploma to fix one; that’s reassurance to those of us who fly routinely.

 

After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a ‘gripe sheet,’ which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight. Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers. By the way, UPS is the only major airline that has never, ever, had an accident….

 

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.

S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

 

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.

S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

 

P: Something loose in cockpit

S: Something tightened in cockpit

 

P: Dead bugs on windshield.

S: Live bugs on back-order.

 

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent

S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

 

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.

S: Evidence removed.



LET IT GO (1)

May 4

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. ISAIAH 43:18 NIV

What do you do when your memory drags the “there and then” into the “here and now,” immersing you in the same old pain? The Bible answers, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Your past can infect your present and influence your future unless you decide to let it go.

For the next few days, let’s think about it. First, let go of what God has forgiven! God’s only response to confessed sin is to forgive and forget it. If it comes up again, you, not He, brought it up. “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us … and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (l Jn 1:9). Two things make letting go difficult. (1) Your feelings. “I just don’t feel forgiven!” you say. You’re forgiven by God’s grace obtained through Christ’s sacrifice-regardless of emotions. Don’t wait to feel it before you accept it; accept it and you’ll start to feel it! (2) A wrong concept of God. You say, “My dad says he forgives me, but each time I fail all my old offenses are thrown in my face again.” Your heavenly Father

doesn’t operate that way. “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more” (Isa 43:25 NIV). God doesn’t bring them up-because He doesn’t remember them. All your sins were judged and paid for at Calvary. Once confessed, you’ll never again be charged with them, so rejoice and let them go. The Court of Heaven has ruled you “not guilty.”

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

​A big-city lawyer was representing the railroad in a lawsuit filed by an old rancher. The rancher’s prize bull was missing from the section through which the railroad passed. The rancher only wanted to be paid the fair value of the bull. The case was scheduled to be tried before the justice of the peace in the back room of the general store.

The attorney for the railroad immediately cornered the rancher and tried to get him to settle out of court. The lawyer did his best selling job, and finally the rancher agreed to take half of what he was asking. After the rancher had signed the release and took the check, the young lawyer couldn’t resist gloating a little over his success, telling the rancher, “You know, I hate to tell you this, old man, but I put one over on you in there. I couldn’t have won the case.

The engineer was asleep and the fireman was in the caboose when the train went through your ranch that morning. I didn’t have one witness to put on the stand. I bluffed you!”

​The old rancher replied, “Well, I’ll tell you, young feller, I was a little worried about winning that case myself, because that bull




 

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