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

Penned by Jeremiah about 2500 years ago and quoted by Paul in his first letter to the believers in Corinth, I found today another reminder of how I can keep my focus and my priorities on the right place/Person. Boasting is drawing extra attention to something- usually myself- and the prophet is pretty clear about it—DON’T (with one exception!) But I don’t want to be so negative as to focus on what NOT to boast about; what is the exception that he say I CAN boast about?

“But let him who boasts boast about this, that he understands and knows this about Me (God). That I am the Lord who exercises:

1.            Kindness

2.            Justice

3.            Righteousness

Because that’s what I delight in,” says God. In my insecurities, because I believe those are the ONLY times I feel the need to “boast,” I beg you to notice my outsides- strength, riches, and my brilliance- or whatever. But I hear God reminding me this morning that when I feel the need to draw attention to something, I should draw that attention away from me and toward a CLEARER understanding of Him. That He is kind, and just, and righteous. With that I am encouraged with my own self-worth because He lavishes those three things on ME! No insecurities or need to boast about me when I focus on what He delights in!

Have a great day boasting about the Best,

Pastor Rich

Quote for the day: "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
Albert Einstein

PS Chapel today will ASB Convocation @ 10:30. See you in the amphitheater for our “State of Union” addresses by Presidents Dupper and Wagner.

PPS “At the Core” Bible study each Tuesday night @ 7 in the Prescott Hall Prayer Room.

PPPS “Christ on Demand” Tuesday evenings @ 8:30 in the Lang Lobby (above the Ortner Center.)

PPPPS “Quran and the Bible” a comparative study @ 7pm in the Bollinger Room above Ortner.

PP…S Summer ministry opportunity. Discovery Camp at Camp Arrowhead, June 22 -27 in Lexington NE.  Recruiting lifeguards and boys' and girls’ counselors. Our theme this years is "Jesus Saves" we have lots of rescue themed events happening. Let me know if you are interested and I’ll connect you with the right people!

PP…S Pencils, erasers, sharpeners- thanks for those who have been creative and found some great school utensils for the kids at Rachel and Perla’s orphanage! If you still want to get supplies for the kiddos I don’t leave until Thursday afternoon. Bring them by Campus Ministries.  PS- they have 68 kids!