It's February 21; Good Morning Union

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.”       Colossians 3:15

These letters by Paul to the various churches surrounding the Aegean Sea are just so full of practical wisdom for living a life in harmony with Jesus. Today was no exception. When he wrote to the believers in Colosse (now a mound of dirt just south of the ruins of Laodicea) he was full of encouragement and guidance for living with Jesus:

1.            “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts”

2.            “Be thankful”

3.            “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly”

4.            “Teach and encourage one another with its wisdom”

5.            “Sing with gratitude psalms, hymns and spiritual songs”- I like his openness to a variety of music, with the right attitude- that of gratitude!

6.            “Do it all with thankfulness in your heart”

7.            “Devote yourselves to prayer”

What a great list of choices and attitudes that will benefit me as I focus on what God says is important. It could actually be quiet self-perpetuating and cyclic if my focus was on letting that peace from Jesus fill my heart (which I believe can only come by connecting regularly with Him), and I came away with a spirit of thankfulness (which would be reflected by His words that I am dwelling on so I can teach and encourage), and my response would be that of praising Him (which could happen through “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs,”), which probably would create an attitude of thankfulness which would help me devote myself to prayer (which keeps me connected to Him so the cycle can continue.) A pretty complete picture of finding joy and success in my journey with Jesus.

Have a great day focusing on His ways,

Pastor Rich

Quote for the day: “A precious jewel I have in my possession which I wish to give to you. Its name is Sabbath.”  Traditional Jewish blessing

PS           Family Worship is starting at 7:30 in the church- Selah in concert!! Doors open at 7 and word on the street is that it will be full by 7:15 so if you want a good seat, or a seat at all, you better get there early!!

PPS        Afterglo will be CABL Café in the Student Center right after the concert