“WE ARE AT WAR”

Good morning.

I pray that everyone is adjusting to the current situation.

This morning Dr. Jim Dennison wrote, “This is war: We can only defeat coronavirus if we do it together”.

Dr. Dennison is a Pastor, Educator, and Author who thoughtfully “engages the issues of the day from a biblical perspective”. 

His comparison to World War II in which his father served is a reminder of the devastation and danger of war conditions. We are truly in a war, as he states, and it is up to each of us to do our part. During World War II, many went to the front lines to fight. But more stayed home and fought the war by what they could do and what they would sacrifice. If the United States would have had the resources then, that we have now, the war would have ended much easier and quicker. But the United States went to work building weapons and equipment to fight the enemy and although it took time and cost lives, still won the war. WE WILL WIN!  WE HAVE THE VICTORY! Jesus said “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” – Luke 21:28   

In this microwave day, we want all answers to be “instant” and are frustrated at the lack of “tests” and “medical supplies”. Doctors and hospitals are overwhelmed and many are suffering the results of stress and helplessness. We are not used to empty grocery store shelves and many are suffering loss of income or the pressures of home quarantines.  Yet many of the world face this every day without a pandemic to deal with.

Social Distancing is something new to all of us. We are so used to community, especially in church. We often quote Hebrews 10:24  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25  not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

 Many of us remember the events after September 11, 2001 when the mainland of the United States was attacked for the first time. The results ended in most church buildings filled with people fearful of the future. Today, we are asked to only meet in groups of less than 10 and church buildings are empty.

But keep in mind that the “CHURCH” is not a building or an organization. It is a Living, Breathing, Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ through us.  So if you cannot attend church, remember “YOU ARE THE CHURCH”. Be faithful “stir up love and good works” and “exhorting one another”.  We know THE DAY is approaching. This is just a brief moment. Eternity is ahead. Praise the Lord!

With this in mind. . .  I will be at church Sunday Morning at the usual time of 10:45 am. The church will be open to anyone and everyone who would like to be there. We will have some worship, prayer and a brief message. We also will be broadcasting the message beginning at 11:15 am. I will send another message later today concerning how to connect.

God Bless and Keep You.

Pastor Don



NOTHING ELSE WORKS

MARCH 19

Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea. JOHN21:1 NKJV

The disciples, experienced fishermen, fished all night and caught nothing. We all know what that feels like, right? Next morning Jesus appeared on the shore and said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat and you will find some” (Jn 21:6 NKJV). One hundred and fifty-three fish, to be exact! This story teaches us three things about Jesus:

(1) Usually, you find Him at the end of your struggle. As long as you think you can do it successfully on your own, He will let you try. And as long as what worked for you before is still working, you won’t reach out to Him for help. It’s only when you run out of answers that you discover it’s “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit saith the Lord” (Zec 4:6).

(2) He never takes His eye off you. “When the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; and yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus” (jn 21:4 NKJV). They couldn’t see Him but He could see them. In spite of your emotional upheaval, your disappointment in those you trusted, and the futility of your own efforts, you’re never beyond His care-or His reach.

(3) He invites you to come and dine. That night He fed them and had fellowship with them. As a result their doubts dissolved, their faith was renewed and they were empowered to go out and do His work. It’s back to basics! The answers you seek and the strength you need can be found only by feeding on God’s Word and fellowshipping with Him in prayer. Simply stated: nothing else works.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Keenan: What do you call leprechauns who collect aluminum cans, used newspapers and plastic bottles?

Liam: What?

Keenan: “Wee-cyclers!”

 

 

Tim: How can you tell if a leprechaun likes your joke?

Rob: How?

Tim: He’s Dublin over with laughter!

 

Jon: How can you tell if a potato is not from Ireland?

Sami: Not sure.

Jon: When it’s a French fry.

 

Jack: On what musical instrument did the show-off musician play his St. Patrick’s Day tunes?

Ally: I have no idea.

Jack: On his brag-pipes.



Video Conference Test Tonight

Pastor Don is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Beginning at 7:00 Pm tonight.

This is a test of the App called “ZOOM” a video chat program. To participate in this Test, please use the link https://us04web.zoom.us/j/244867385 on your computer, tablet or phone.



STRENGTHEN YOUR MIND THROUGH THE SCRIPTURES!

MARCH 18

Study to [show yourself] approved unto God, a workman. 2 TIMOTHY 2:15

Our bodies don’t work too well without adequate exercise; neither do our minds! Ever go back upstairs to remind yourself of why you originally went downstairs? Are names, numbers and appointments you remembered effortlessly in the past becoming increasingly elusive? Do you sometimes wonder if you’re “losing it?” Doctors say that in most cases mindless hours in front of television, avoiding intellectual stimulation and exertion, result in the shrinking of our mind’s capacity, including our memory. “Brain fitness” experts assure us that our brains don’t grow old from working too hard, but from hardly working at all, “Brain plasticity” – the capacity of our mind to retain or regain flexibility-is a matter of exercise. When you just let your mind “veg” and don’t stretch it with thoughtful reading, rational thinking, intelligent analysis and conversation, it loses plasticity and becomes old at any age. On the other hand, if you challenge your mind regularly, your brain gets younger as you get older. (The problem is not how old your brain is, but how old your thinking is.) Here’s a great way to strengthen your mind: “Study to [show yourself] approved unto God, a workman … that needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth.” The word “study” in Greek text means to exert yourself mentally, to push your mind to study God’s Word. Like a “workman,” make it work! God promises that if you meditate on His Word daily you’ll become” like a tree planted by streams of water. .. which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers” (Ps 1:3 NN). Don’t let your mind “wither,” exercise and strengthen it by studying the Scriptures!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Joe: Why shouldn’t you iron a four-leaf clover?

Bob: Tell me.

Joe: You might press your luck!

 

Sean: What happens if you fall in the Irish Sea on St. Patrick’s Day?

David: No idea.

Sean: You get wet!



Have you developed “cabin fever” yet?

Have you developed “cabin fever” yet? Avoiding contact with other people is the key to staying healthy, especially for high risk individuals. So, what are some of the ways you are keeping yourself well? I’d love to hear from you. Myself, since I can’t go to the gym, I’ve restarted a morning walking regiment. Walking alone early in the quiet of the mornings is refreshing, safe and good for me.
But the best thing you can do at home is PRAY! Pray for an answer to this virus. Pray for those who are affected, Pray especially for the Health Care Workers and those who continue to provide for our well-being and services.
 
Remember and Pray the Words of the Psalmist
Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! 11 The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
 
We know that it has been advised to avoid groups of 10 or more, but we still feel it is important to at least gather for prayer and worship. Some of us will be at church this Sunday at 10:45 am. You are invited to attend if you choose. To reduce time of exposure, we will suspend Sunday School and children ministry until April 5
 
Be safe not scared, We serve an Almighty God.


BEGIN AGAIN !

MARCH 17

You have heard of the perseverance of Job. JAMES 5:11 NKJV

There are four faces of the man of God in the book of Ezekiel: a lion, an eagle, a man, and an ox. The last face, the ox, speaks of perseverance. The ox is a plodder. He will plow from sunup till sundown. Put him in a stall, feed him, and next day he’ll plow and plod until the task is complete. He refuses to quit. Look at Job, attending the funeral of his ten children, losing his wealth and his health, listening to a wife with a tongue sharp enough to dip a hedge. Yet despite all her dour words he didn’t quit. Learn from him! “You have heard of the perseverance of Job, and seen the end intended by the Lord.” Job focused on the end-goal, not the immediate circumstance. Our problem is, we want it all now. A billboard reads, “Antiques manufactured while you wait.” Life doesn’t work that way! There are times when quitting looks good, defeat inescapable and retreat the only option. The question is, how will you handle these times? David Ben-Gurion observed: “Courage is a special kind of knowledge; the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared. From this knowledge comes an inner strength that inspires us to push on in the face of great difficulty. What can seem impossible is often possible with courage.” So whatever difficulties you’re facing today, draw on God’s grace and keep trying. Mountains only seem so high from the valley. The road to success runs uphill; don’t expect to break any speed records. The thing to try when all else fails is-begin again!

Taken from the BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

David: Mom, I met an Irish boy on St. Patrick’s Day.

Mom: Oh, really?

David: No, O’Reilly!

 

Peyton: What did the leprechaun say on March 17?

Cody: I dunno.

Peyton: “Irish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”

 

Danni: Knock. Knock.

Izzy: Who’s there?

Danni: Warren.

Izzy: Warren who?

Danni: Warren any green today?



Services Cancelation

Due to the concern related to the Corona Virus we have made the difficult decision of canceling all “Mid-week Services and Activities at Radiant Life until after March 28. There will be no Wednesday Night Youth Meetings or Adult Bible Study. Our concerns were for children who are out of school having enough food, but the Suffolk School System has announced Food Distributions through March 27. Following is the list of “Bus Stop Distributions:
 
COVID-19) “Bus Stop” Food Distribution
Posted on 03/16/2020
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – March 27, 2020, we will have bagged meals that will include both breakfast and lunch available to our students. King’s Fork High School will be our food distribution hub and will be open for food distribution in the school lobby from 9 A.M.-12 noon. Students will need to be present to receive food, as meals. Our Food and Nutrition department will distribute food to our students through our SPS transportation weekdays from 9 A.M.-12 noon to the following locations:
 
Route 1 Bus 121
Temple Bethel Entrance 9:00 – 9:15 AM
Plummer Blvd. & Skinner Blvd. – 9:30 – 9:45 AM
Bullock Mobile Park – 10:00 – 10:45 AM
 
Route 2 Bus 414
Townpoint & Pughsville Rd. 9:00 – 9:15 AM
600 Old College Dr. – 9:30 – 9:45 AM
Col. Fred Cherry Middle – 10:00 – 10:15 AM
 
Route 3 Bus 478
Chuckatuck Square – 9:00 – 9:15 AM
YMCA Godwin Blvd – 9:30 – 9:45 AM
King’s Landing – 10:00 – 10:00 AM
 
Route 4 Bus 495
Elephant’s Fork Elementary – 9:00 – 9:15 AM
Pruden Center 9:30 – 9:45 AM
Saratoga Park 10:00 – 10:15 AM
Lakeside Park 10:30 – 10:45 AM
 
Route 5 Bus 425
Library Parking Lot W. Washington Street 9:00 – 9:15 AM
Peanut Park 9:30 – 10:45 AM
Colander Bishop 11:00 – 11:15 AM
Corner of Finney and Holladay Street AM 11:30 -11:45
 
Route 6 Bus 99
Kilby Shores Elementary 9:00 – 9:15 AM
Suffolk Station 9:30 – 9:45 AM
Nancy Drive (Autumn Ridge & Lynnhill) 10:00 – 10:15 AM
 
 
Route 7 Bus 411
Hoffler Apartments 9:00 – 9:15 AM
BTW School 9:30 – 9:45 AM
Hollywood (Community Center Pool) 10:00 – 10:15 AM
Lake Kennedy (PARK) 10:30 – 10:45 AM
Suffolk Recreation Center (6th STREET) 11:00 – 11:15 AM
 
Route 8 Bus 14
Pughsville 9:00 – 9:15 AM
Creekside Elementary 9:30 – 9:45 AM
Bullock Mobile Park 10:00 – 10:15 AM
 
Route 9 Bus 115
Pioneer 9:00 – 9:15 AM
Holland Community Center 9:30 – 9:45 AM
J & L Tack Shop 10:00 – 10:15 AM
Holland Ballfield 11:00 – 11:15 AM
 
Route 10 Bus 408
Lake Kennedy (Park) 9:00 – 9:15 AM
Nansemond River High 9:45 – 10:00 AM
 
Route 11 Bus 120
Wilson Pines 9:00 – 9:15 AM
Heritage Acres 9:30 – 9:45 AM
Magnolia Lakes 10:00 – 10:15 AM
 


A Special Prayer in Response to the Coronavirus

Today we intercede against the devastation and fear currently being caused by coronavirus around the world.

We join together, to pray verses from the Bible, in response to the global coronavirus crisis.

Lord Jesus Christ, we ask You to protect us from the spread of the coronavirus.

Psalm 46:1-3;6-7;10-11 

Jehovah Shalom, Lord of Peace, I remember those living in coronavirus hotspots and those currently in isolation. May they know Your presence in their isolation, Your peace in their turmoil and Your patience in their waiting. Prince of Peace, You are powerful and merciful; let this be their prayer:

Psalm 57:1-3 

God of all comfort and counsel, we pray for those who are grieving, reeling from the sudden loss of loved ones. May they find Your fellowship in their suffering, Your comfort in their loss, and Your hope in their despair. We name before You those known to me who are vulnerable and scared – the frail, the sick and the elderly. God of all comfort, You are powerful and merciful; may this be our prayer:

Psalm 79:8-9

Do not hold against us the sins of past generations; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need. Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake. May this be a time of Your Glory being seen in this world. May our prayer be:

2 Corinthians 1:8-11 

Jehovah Rapha, God who heals, we pray for all medical professionals who are daily dealing with the intense pressures of this crisis. Grant them resilience in weariness, discernment in diagnosis, and compassion upon compassion as they care. We thank You for the army of researchers, working steadily and quietly towards a cure – give them clarity, serendipity and unexpected breakthroughs today.

Malachi 4:2

God of all wisdom, we pray for the World Health Organization, national governments, and heads of schools, hospitals and other institutions. Since You have positioned these people in public service for this hour, I ask You to grant them wisdom, beyond their own wisdom, as to how to contain this virus; faith, beyond their own faith, to fight this fear; and strength, beyond their own strength, to support institutions and people in their care in this time of turmoil. God of all wisdom and counsel, You are powerful and merciful; may this be my prayer:

Jeremiah 32:17 

Psalm 46:1-3 

May El Shaddai, the Lord God Almighty who loves us, protect us.

May Jesus Christ, His Son who died for us, save us.

And may the Holy Spirit, who broods over the chaos and fills us with His presence, intercede for us and in us for others at this time.

 Psalm 91:3-7 

Father, help me to live this day to the full, being true to You, in every way.

Jesus, help me to give myself away to others, being kind to everyone I meet.

Spirit, help me to love the lost, proclaiming Christ in all I do and say.

Psalm 4:1 

2 Timothy 4:18

Amen!



Senior Luncheon Canceled

Due to the ongoing health concerns for Seniors, our monthly Precious Jewels Senior Luncheon will be canceled for Tuesday, March 17.   Please stay safe and protect yourself as much as possible.  God Bless You.  Pastor Don Milner



GUARD AGAINST LUST

MARCH 20

Above all … guard your heart. PROVERBS 4:23 NIV

Jesus said, “Anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Mt 5:28 NIV). Why did Jesus say this? Because every lustful glance damages your marriage bond. The less you desire your mate, the more you’ll look for things in them to justify your fantasies. And the saddest part is, you’ll never know how good your marriage could have been.

To win, you must decide once and for all to be fully committed to God. Here are three Scriptures you need to live by:

(1) “I have made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully” (Job 31:1 NIV). Before David got into trouble with Bathsheba we read: “He saw a woman bathing … inquired about the woman … and took her” (2Sa Ll :2-4 NKJV). Pay close attention to the progression: “saw,” “inquired,” “took.” If what

you’re looking at is not yours, pull your eyes away immediately.

(2) “Take captive every thought … make it obedient to Christ” (2Co 10:5 NIV). Police your mind. Instead of giving in to your daydreams or the internet or magazines, etc. fill your mind with God’s Word and memories of your best moments with your mate. “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin

against thee” (Ps 119:11).

(3) “Above all…guard your heart.” Work on strengthening your bond with your mate. Decide to love even when you don’t feel like it, and your love will begin to blossom. And if you need to, find someone who can help you. “A brother is born for adversity” (PI’ 17:17). Sometimes the difference between victory and defeat can be as little as five or ten minutes on the telephone, talking and praying with someone who understands.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Jamie: Why did St. Patrick drive all the snakes out of Ireland?

Ashley: Why?

Jamie: Airplanes weren’t invented yet.

 

Katelynn: What did the leprechaun say when the video game ended?

Molly: What?

Katelynn: Game clover!

 

Carrot: Knock, knock.

Potato: Who’s there?

Carrot: Irish stew.

Potato: Irish stew, who?

Carrot: Irish stew in the name of the law.




 

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