DAILY DEVOTIONS (1)

The Events that happen during the last week before the RESURRECTION help us deal with current events in our Nation and World.
Click on this link to watch Pastor Don talk about the events of the FRIDAY BEFORE PALM SUNDAY.


KNOWING WHAT “IS ALSO WRITTEN”

APRIL 3

Jesus answered … «it is also written.”  MATTHEW 4:7 NIV

After the blessing comes the battle! And Jesus was no exception. Following His baptism “the Spirit sent him out into the desert” (Mk 1:12 NIV), and after fasting forty days He was hungry. That’s when Satan showed up and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread” (Mt 4:3 NIV).

You can count on the enemy to show up at your most vulnerable moments. And when he does you’d better know what the Word of God actually says-not just selected snippets and quotes you’ve heard second or third hand. “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching … in righteousness”

(2Ti 3:16 NIV). We pick the parts of Scripture that fit our lifestyle and bolster our theology, but when the enemy manipulates God’s Word and uses it against you, you need to be able to say, “It is also written.” You need to know what else God has to say. The Bible says Satan “will speak against the Most High … oppress his saints and try to change … times and …laws” (Dan 7:25 NIV). Satan knows the Word of God is “a double- edged sword” (Heb 4:12 NCV), but he’ll still try to engage you in a sword fight!

But “Jesus answered .. .’It is also written: Do not put … God to the test,” He knew what His Father had actually said, and refused to allow Satan to dictate His responses, including what He should eat. Whose menu are you eating from today? Are you like the prodigal, settling for pig-swill while your Father

has a feast prepared for you? TeU Satan, “Get thee behind me” (Mt 16:23), and stop letting him bamboozle you with lies and half-truths! Get into God’s Word and get it into you!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

In front of the grocery store, a bubbly Girl Scout stood beside a table full of cookies.

“Please buy some cookies from me!” she begged.

“How much are they?” I asked

“They’re $5 a box, except these two kinds over here, They’re $6 a box.”

Figuring there must be a special about the two varieties, I asked why.

“Well, these are gluten-free,” the little girl replies.

“What about the others?”

She beamed. “Oh those are overpriced.”



WHAT ARE YOU CALLED TO DO? (3)

APRIL 2

You are the salt of the earth. MATTHEW 5:13 NIV

Observe: (1) Your calling is often connected to what troubles deeply. For Moses it was the oppression of his people. So God used that, and caned Moses to lead his people to freedom. For William Wilberforce it was slavery. He devoted his entire life to seeing it eradicated in England, which it finally was shortly before his death. For Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. it was the injustice of a society that enslaved and oppressed African-Americans. So he dreamed and he preached and he marched and he organized and he boycotted, and the Civil Rights Movement was galvanized. If you want to discover your calling, begin praying about what troubles you deeply. Usually we try to avoid unpleasantness, but if you have a sense that your calling involves helping the poor, spend time around those in poverty. Allow your heart to be moved, carry within you the conviction that things must change, and keep praying, “Lord, make me a

change agent.”

(2) Your calling means God believes in you. When Jesus called His disciples they didn’t look like winners. Generally, in their day if someone was going to be the follower of a rabbi it happened much earlier, Plus, rabbis didn’t recruit, they took applications. But not Jesus. He picked a doctor, a tax collector and fishermen and said, “1 believe in you. What I know I will teach you.” He promised, “He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also” (In 14:12 NKJV). No wonder they left their nets! Jesus empowered His followers to go out to live as He lived. Today, that’s what He is calling you to do.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

Baseball Season was supposed to have started by now. But . .

Why does everybody sing, “Take me out to the Ball Game” when they are already there?

You want proof that baseball players are smarter than football players? How often do you see  a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?

Yogi Berra – “Little League is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.”



Excerpts from the Prayer of St. Patrick of Ireland

Last Evening Judy and I watched the Movie “I Am Patrick” made by CBN. The Story of a Young man, taken by Pirates, sold into slavery, taken to Ireland, escaped to home, only to be called by God to go back to that land to preach the Gospel. It is the story of St. Patrick.
Here are excerpts from what is know as “Patrick’s Breastplate” or His Prayer of Protection. .
 
I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth with His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.
 
I arise today, through The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun, The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire, The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind, The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth, The firmness of rock.
 
I arise today, through
God’s strength to pilot me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.
 
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
 
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.


Adhering to the “Stay At Home” order

Good Morning Radiant Life Family,

It is with a very heavy heart that I need to announce there will be NO “in Church” services for the next two weeks. For the past few weeks we have gathered in a very small group to conduct our online services. But, with the rapidly growing rise in confirmed cases, the orders from the President and Governor, I feel it is our responsibility to protect others from any possible contamination.

We all have to go out for food and medicines, and no matter how far apart we try to stay, we could possibly be exposed to the virus.

What makes this especially difficult is the timing. Missing Palm Sunday and Easter is a great disappointment, but if someone could be exposed, that would be even worse.

I will still do a Live Message on Sundays (I will be Live at 10:00 am instead of 11:15 like the past two weeks), and will post the recording on the church Facebook and our church website and phone app. I am also working on more postings during this Holy Time for the church.

Remember, when we pray, we do not inform God of our need, for “your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:8). We do not convince him to do the right thing, for he promises, “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3). We do not force him into action, for our Lord is the “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16).

Instead, prayer positions us to receive what only God’s Grace can give. When we pray, we enable God to mold us into the character of Christ (Romans 8:29). We draw close enough to him that we can hear his Spirit’s voice in our hearts. And he uses our intercession, influence, and ministry to advance the Gospel.

Please stay safe, stay at home, pray and rest in the arms of Jesus

God Bless You

Pastor Don

Ps. If you know of any needs or prayer concerns, please let me know.

Listen to Jeremiah 31:3 sung by Kent Henry here

 
 


WHAT ARE YOU CALLED TO DO? (2)

APRIL 1

You are the salt of the earth. MATTHEW 5:13 NIV

When God called Moses, one of the questions He asked him was, “What is that in your hand?” (Ex 4:2 NIV). Moses held his shepherd’s staff. It represented his livelihood; it’s what he was good at, It represented his income; his flock was his wealth and his family’s security. God asked him to be willing to

lay it down. God still asks, “What is that in your hand?” What has been given to you? Your gifts, your money; your temperament, your experience, your relationships, your mind, your education. God has given you what Dr. Martin Seligman calls “signature strengths.” Seligman found that human abilities fall

into certain categories .. He defined them as: (a) Wisdom and knowledge (which includes abilities like curiosity, love of learning, sound judgment, and social intelligence). (b) Courage (perseverance and integrity). (c) Humanity (with capacities for kindness and the expression of mercy). (d) Justice (the ability to bring about fairness and leadership). (e) Temperance (qualities like self-control, prudence, humility). (f) Transcendence (the appreciation of beauty, the expression of gratitude, the ability of hope, the capacity for joy). We all have the capacity for each of these strengths, but a few resonate more deeply in you; they are your “signature strengths.” Identify these, and you begin to understand your calling.

Sometimes we think God couldn’t or wouldn’t use us because of om weaknesses. No, the opposite is true. No one can speak to those who grieve, better than those who’ve suffered loss. Chuck Colson was the chief White House lawyer, until Watergate. But it wasn’t until he was a convict that he was

prepared to begin prison fellowship. Today, if you let him, God will use you.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

I ate dinner with a chess grandmaster last night. Problem was, we had a checkered tablecloth. It took him two hours to pass the salt.

 

A market researcher approached me and said, “Can I ask you ten questions?”

“Go on.” I said

“Question number one. Have you ever blacked out?”

“No”

“And finally, question number 10”



WHAT ARE YOU CALLED TO DO ? (1)

MARCH 31

You are the salt of the earth. MATTHEW 5:13 NIV

Sometimes what a person contributes doesn’t get noticed until they’re no longer around to do it. The story’s told of the husband who came home from work to find his house in a complete mess. The baby was crying, there were dishes piled up in the sink and dirty laundry on the Hoar. The TV was blaring, beds weren’t made, carpets weren’t vacuumed and dinner wasn’t ready. When he demanded to know what was up, his wife said, “You know how you always ask what I’ve been doing all day? Well, today I didn’t do it.” The Bible says, “Each one should retain the place in life … to which God has called him” (1 Cor. 7:17 NIV). This doesn’t mean that we should not aspire to greater things. It just means that if we can’t start where we are, we can’t start at all.

One day Jesus healed a demon-possessed man who’d spent years separated from his family. After being set free, the man wanted to travel with Jesus. But Jesus said, “No, go back home and tell them what the Lord has done for you” ( See Lk 8:39). In other words, start where you are, use what you’ve got, and do

what you can. The Bible says: “You are the salt of the earth.” Salt doesn’t exist for its own pleasure. It must be poured into something bigger than itself; only then does it fulfill its purpose.

But be careful, don’t be ego-driven. The quest for significance can be misleading. You can’t do it by yourself for yourself, you must do it with God and for His purposes-then God will bless you!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY.

 

An elderly couple had just learned how to send text messages. He wife was a romantic and the husband was more of a no-nonsense guy.

One afternoon, the wife decided to send her husband a text.

She wrote, “I you are laughing, send me a smile. If you are crying, send me your tears. And if you are sleeping, send me your dreams. I love you.”

Her husband texted her back, “I’m on the toilet, please advise.”



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               




 

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