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It's February 7; Good Morning Union

“Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.”          Zechariah 8:23

It's February 6; Good Morning Union

“The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to save.”    Zephaniah 3:17

Today begins Music Festival weekend on our campus. With hundreds of guests here to make joyful music to and for God we have not only the opportunity to be blessed by their talent, but to get to know our future family members! Remember, YOU are our best recruiters so anything you can do to make our guests feel welcome and valued at Union College will be greatly appreciated.

It's February 5; Good Morning Union

“He has shown you O man what is good.”             Micah 6:8

If it’s important to God, it’s clear in His word. I live by that axiom as I journey through God’s word and attempt to make it application in my life. Micah provided me with additional proof this morning.

“I’ll show you what’s good. And you know what I need you to do?

1.            do justly

It's February 4; Good Morning Union

“The righteous will live by HIS faithfulness.”        Habakkuk 2:4

This is what Paul quoted in his letter to the Romans and what Martin Luther quoted as he began his reformation. But it appears like either they both misquoted it or I have read it wrong all these years. It doesn’t say, as I have traditionally quoted Paul and Martin, “the just shall live by faith.” It says, “the just shall live by HIS faithfulness!” I like that much better.

It's February 3; Good Morning Union

“Respect the Lord and you’ll live a long life; obey Him, and you’ll save yourself a lot of heartache.”        Proverbs 19:23 (Randy Reed Paraphrased Version)

This is getting pretty basic for my journey through life. Two requests, tied together into one idea, for a secure and positive live- respect and obey God. That’s about as clear and simple as it can get! I can get excited about a long life without heartaches!

It's January 31; Good Morning Union

“Above all else, guard your heart.”          Proverbs 4:23

Another “bottom line” theology to live by. And true to my axiom, “if it’s important to God, it’s clear in His word,” Solomon goes on to define what he means by “guarding my heart.”

1.            “Put away perversity from your mouth, keep corrupt talk far from your lips”-

It's January 30; Good Morning Union

“Here is the conclusion of the whole matter: Respect God and keep His commandments.”           Ecclesiastes 12:13

Bottom line-

1.            Fear- or respect- or live in awe, of God

2.            Do what He says is best

“For this is the WHOLE duty of man.”

Any questions?

Have a great day with bottom line theology,
Pastor Rich

It's January 29; Good Morning Union

“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is steadfastly focused on You because he trusts You.”  Isaiah 25:3

Perfect peace is a pretty good offer! And God’s promise today through the prophet Isaiah is that He will KEEP me in perfect peace IF my mind is steadfastly focused on Him because that will demonstrate that I trust Him. So my “at this point conclusion is” I do NOT seek peace, I seek steadfastness with Jesus. He’ll take care of the peace part!

Have a great day focusing steadfastly,

Pastor Rich

It's January 28; Good Morning Union

“Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, nor the strong man his strength, or the rich man boast in his riches.”                Jeremiah 9:23

It's January 27; Good Morning Union

“For I know the plans I have for you…” Jeremiah 29:11

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