FIND SOMETHING TO PRAISE GOD FOR

APRIL 15

If there is anything praiseworthy- meditate on these things. PHILIPPIANS 4:8 NKJV

General Robbie Risner described the seven years he spent as prisoner of war as “the essence of despair.” He said, “If you could have squeezed the feeling out of the word despair, it would have come out lead-colored, dingy and dirty.” What’s amazing is how he survived. He pried the cover off a floor

drain in his cell and lowered his head into the opening. There he noticed a solitary blade of grass, the only smidgeon of color in his colorless world. Calling it a blood transfusion for the soul, Risner began each day in prayer, lying on the floor of his cell with his head down the vent, focused on that single blade of grass.

Jesus said, “Your eye … provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness” (Mt 6:22-23 NLT).What are you looking at? Each day you get to decide where you’ll focus. And you won’t have to look hard to find things to complain about: war, gas prices, the economy, global warming, and crime. God gave Adam and Eve everything they needed in the Garden of Eden, but they chose to focus on the one thing they couldn’t have. He divided the Red Sea, sent signs to guide the Israelites in the wilderness and provided food so they’d never go hungry. Initially, “They … sang his praise. But … soon forgot what he had done” (Ps 106:12-13 NIV). Don’t be like that. The Bible says, “If there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.” Surely you can find something to praise God for today!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

A church bulletin blooper:

The pastor will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing, “Break Forth Into Joy.”

 

A father took his five-year old son to several baseball games where “The Star-Spangled Banner” was sung before the start of each game.

Then, the father and son attended a church on Sunday shortly before Independence Day.

The congregation sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and after everyone sat down, the little boy yelled out, “Play Ball!” ..



SUCCEEDING AT HOME

APRIL 14

Through wisdom a house is built. PROVERBS 24:3 NKJV

Building a good relationship at home is like building a wall: done brick by brick. And the mortar that holds it together is unconditional, un-condemning, unselfish love. The only way you’ll know how good a job you’ve done is when it’s tested by the storms of life. One of the most important keys to succeeding at home is-cornmunication. So:

(1) Become creative. Spend time together as a family. Call your mate during the day and try to meet sometimes for lunch. Drive your kids to school or soccer practice so you can talk to them. Communication can happen anywhere, but it won’t happen unless you make it a priority. (2) Identify communication killers. Internet, cell phones and TV are the chief culprits. The average couple spends less than one hour a week in meaningful communication; they spend five times more each day watching

television. This is a “screen test” you’ll have to pass if you want to succeed at home. (3) Encourage every member to speak. their mind. And when they do, don’t criticize or retaliate. Differences of opinion are healthy. Handled right, they can make things better. (4) Be conscious of how you interact with your family.

You may have unwittingly adopted a style that stifles communication. Stop and consider; do you: (a) retaliate-that has a degrading effect; (b) dominate-that has an intimidating effect; (c) isolate-that has a frustrating effect. (d) cooperate-that has an encouraging effect. If you’re in the habit of using any

communication style other than a cooperative one, start working immediately to change it. You’ll have to, if you want to build a good relationship with your family.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

In a small American town an overabundance of squirrels had become quite a problem, so they looked to religious leaders for guidance:

The Presbyterian church called a meeting to decide what to do about their squirrel infestation.

After much prayer and consideration, they concluded that the squirrels were predestined to be there, and they shouldn’t interfere with God’s divine will.

 At the Baptist church the squirrels had taken an interest in the baptistery.

The deacons met and decided to put a water-slide on the baptistery and let the squirrels drown themselves.

The squirrels liked the slide and unfortunately, knew instinctively how to swim, so twice as many squirrels showed up the following week.

The Lutheran church decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God’s creatures.

So, they humanely trapped their squirrels and set them free near the Baptist church.

Two weeks later the squirrels were back when the Baptists took down the water-slide.

 The Episcopalians tried a much more unique path by setting out pans of whiskey around their church in an effort to kill the squirrels with alcohol poisoning.

They sadly learned how much damage a band of drunk squirrels can do.

 But the Catholic church came up with a more very creative strategy!

They baptized all the squirrels and made them members of the church.

Now they only see them at Christmas and Easter.

 And not much was heard from the Jewish synagogue.

They took the first squirrel and circumcised him.

They haven’t seen a squirrel since. _____ ,_._,__



Morning Thought April 13

A thought for today from Romans 15:13  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


“ABOVE AND BEYOND”

APRIL 13

If someone forces you to go one mile, go … two. MATTHEW 5:41 NIV

In Roman times soldiers could make Jewish citizens carry their gear for a mile. But Jesus says: “If someone forces you to go one mile, go … two.” Max Lucado writes: “We’ve a second-mile servant in our church. By profession he’s an architect; by passion, a servant. Prior to each worship service he does his rounds through the men’s restrooms … wipes sinks, cleans mirrors, checks toilets and picks up paper. He tells no one and requests nothing in return … Let me tell you how to spot [second-milers]. They don’t wear badges or uniforms; they wear smiles. They’ve discovered … joy in the extra effort … satisfaction in helping others … that the real reward rests at the base of the second mile-post … Why? Liberation! They’ve passed from slave to volunteer. When ‘Mary anointed Jesus’ feet,’ one-milers like Judas criticized the deed as wasteful. Not Jesus. He received the gesture as a demonstration of love, a friend surrendering her most treasured gift. There’s an elderly man in your community who just lost his wife. An hour of your time would mean the world to him. Some kids in your city have no dad to take them to movies or baseball games. Maybe you can. They can’t pay you back but they’ll smite like a cantaloupe slice at your kindness. How about this one? Down the hall is a person who shares your last name.

Shock them with kindness … your homework done with no complaints … coffee served when they awake … a love letter written for no special reason. Alabaster poured out ‘just because.’ Jesus chose the servants’ quarters. Can’t we?” John Gardner said, “When people are serving, life is no longer meaningless.” You’re not called to “get by,” you’re called to go “above and beyond.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Bulletin Oops!

During the absence of our pastor, we enjoyed the rare privilege of hearing a good sermon when J. F. Stubbs supplied our pulpit.

A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.”

The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, “Which do you want, son?” The boy takes the quarters and leaves.

“What did I tell you?” said the barber. “That kid never learns!”

Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store.

“Hey, son! May I ask you a question?

Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?”

The boy licked his cone and replied, “Because the day I take the dollar, the game is over!”



EASTER MESSAGE APRIL 12, 2020

Here is Pastor Don’s Easter Message for April 12, 2020………  we had some technical difficulties and so this is the “edited” version……..  God Bless You and Hope you have a BLESSED RESURRECTION DAY!  HE IS RISEN INDEED!
 
Click Below to watch”
 


LIVE EASTER MESSAGE – TODAY AT 10:00 AM

ZOOM has added another level of security to its meetings. A Password is needed it is 007741………  if you enter the web address manually, or phone call in, you need to also include the Password below……….  Thank You

Pastor Don is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Zoom Meeting

Time: Apr 12, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/694992673

Meeting ID: 694 992 673

Password: 007741

 

To connect Audio with ANY phone,  call 1-669-900-6833 and when asked to enter your ID Number is will be: 694992673 #  Don’t forget to enter the “#” key. The Password is 007741



PALM SUNDAY TO EASTER #10

This is the tenth in the series of daily devotionals based on the events of the last week of Jesus’ life on Earth. This is Resurrection Sunday. Celebrate that “HE IS RISEN!” 
To view the devotion click on the link below:


EASTER SERVICE – SUNDAY, APRIL 12 – 10:00 AM

ZOOM has added another level of security to its meetings. A Password is needed it is 007741………  if you enter the web address manually, or phone call in, you need to also include the Password below……….  Thank You

Pastor Don is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Zoom Meeting

Time: Apr 12, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/694992673

Meeting ID: 694 992 673

Password: 007741

 

To connect Audio with ANY phone,  call 1-669-900-6833 and when asked to enter your ID Number is will be: 694992673 #  Don’t forget to enter the “#” key. The Password is 007741



PALM SUNDAY TO EASTER DEVOTION #9

This is the ninth in the series Palm Sunday to Easter Devotions, sharing what happen each day of the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. 
Please click on the link below to watch it:


New Ways to Stay Connected to Radiant Live

 
Thanks to Anita Joyce, James Vaughan and Donny Mason, we now have a safe, secure lock box at church to leave documents and envelopes. You can drop by anytime now to leave small items at the church.
 
We have also added a Post Office Box, for secure mailing of contributions, etc.
The Address is
Radiant Life Ministries,
P.O. 693,
Suffolk, VA 23439.
 
We hope this will help you during this time.
 
Also, we have some Easter Coloring Sheet for children if you would like any of those, please let me know when you could pick them up?



 

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