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It's January 15; Good Morning Union

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

On my Biblical journey in discipleship, I want to look for what specifically God’s word says about being a “follower of Jesus.” Last night as I was falling asleep and thinking about GMU this text came to mind and it came back again this morning. What an obvious yet logical place to begin. It doesn’t get much more basic than this.

It's January 14; Good Morning Unon

“All Scripture is God-breathed.”                2 Timothy 3:16

If I’m going to focus on discipleship- being a disciple, or follower, of Jesus then I better start with the most basic reference on how to accomplish that task. This is the first verse that came to mind as I started contemplating the process.

It's January 13; Good Morning Union

Welcome back, or welcome for the first time if you are just joining the UC family! Break was great, but seeing you all again will be even greater! A clean slate, for those who need it, and a continuation of good things for those who learned more last semester about time management and the discipline of setting priorities. I do pray that this semester will grow you even more- closer to God and to your goal of preparing to invest your gifts in the calling that He has/will give you. If you are new to Union then just a little explanation of this email.

It's December 18; Good Morning Union

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7,8

 

Last day of exams- first day of Christmas break!! J

It's December 17; Good Morning Union

“Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, and don’t just lean on your own wisdom and understanding. In everything you do acknowledge Him as your Source of everything, and He will bless you and lead you down the best paths.”           Proverbs 3:5,6  PRV

 

Second day of exams—same prayers for you all!

Pastor Rich

It's December 16; Good Morning Union

“If any of you lack wisdom, then ask God who gives to all generously; but ask in faith, with no doubting.” James 1

 

First day of exams. My prayers are with you that God will give you good recall of all that you have studied (and a bit of grace thrown if for all that you SHOULD HAVE studied! J)

 

Have a great day trusting God for strength,

Pastor Rich

It's December 13; Good Morning Union

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, thought you be small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for Me One who is to be ruler over Israel.”      Micah 5:2

 

The names of our Messiah were Jesus and Immanuel. The place He was to be born was predicted hundreds of years before, also with two names—Bethlehem and Ephrathah! I’ve heard the first one many times (and even visited there which was quite the spiritual treat!), but the second one, not so much.

 

It's December 12; Good Morning Union

“You shall call His name Jesus, because he will save His people from their sins.”  Matthew 1:21

 

I was reminded yesterday morning of two names the baby was given- Jesus, in verse 21, and Immanuel, in verse 23. BOTH have significant meaning and helped me focus on the “reason for the season,” so I thought I would write about them this morning!

 

It's December 11; Good Morning Union

“There is now therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

 

What a great reminder at this time of the year that BECAUSE Jesus came to this earth to fulfill the law, provide me an example and be my surety for salvation, that I can KNOW that I am NOT condemned IF I choose to remain “in Christ Jesus.” I may make mistakes (no, I DO make misteaks!) but God is eager to forgive AND to “cleanse me from ALL unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

 

It's December 10; Good Morning Union

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given.”         Isaiah 9:6

 

After yesterday’s “providential” opening of the Bible to the “snow verse,” I just kept looking at other things Isaiah had to say and I came upon an equally famous “Christmas verse” this morning! I was captured by the four prophetic names He gave Jesus:

“Wonderful Counselor”- He will guide me, if I wish,

“Mighty God”- He will be my strength, if I let Him,

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