From: Rich Carlson
Date: November 20, 2019
Subject: It's November 20; Good Morning Union

I’m leaving Hawaii early this morning for the Marshall Islands/Micronesia to see our student missionaries so just a quick reminder of the psalms of the day!

“Some trust in chariots and some trust in horses, but I trust in the name of the Lord my God.”     Psalm 20:7

Here’s a good illustration of when a verse can use a little updating! Not in the conclusion but in the examples. I’ve NEVER been tempted to trust in chariots OR horses. I don’t even like horses (sorry horse lovers, but I was thrown off a horse one time and have intentionally chosen NEVER to get on one again!)

But I HAVE been tempted to trust in other things more than trusting in my God. Maybe you can relate. I asked myself this morning, what is it that might keep me from, or distract me from trusting God? One of the risks (besides all the many blessings) to being born and/or living in a comfortable culture full of amenities is that we can come to believe are necessities, is the danger of trusting in them instead of God.

The seems quite possible to actually live without God because I can (or so it seems) get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, go to work or school, do my daily activities and attribute them to my own attainments or abilities, and I won’t be totally wrong. Maybe that’s why God allows challenges to come in to my life; SO THAT I will have to acknowledge that I am NOT in control of everything. That is the potential moment when I can go two ways—either try harder to conquer the challenges and attempt to come out victorious (which sometimes actually temporarily happens) OR I can learn to “trust in the name of the Lord my God.”

Student missionaries have had all their “comfort zone” torn out from under them and that’s why they often struggle and then often discover the joy of “trusting in the name of the Lord their God.” That’s what I’m going to remind them of in a few hours when I see them. And that’s what I want to remind my school family of back home.

I don’t trust in chariots or horses; but do I trust in something else, or do I “trust in the name of the Lord my God?”

Have a great day discovering where your best trust is placed,

Pastor Rich


Quote for the day:      “You don’t find out what you’ve learned, in class or in life, until you’ve been tested.”


PS        WOW is this week with a very special guest Dr. Christina Burden-Page. Please come and enjoy yummy food, hot drinks, and Jesus time! In the girls dorm chapel @ 9 PM!


PPS     This Sunday Allon Chapel will be hosting the community for a thanksgiving meal from 12 pm to 4 pm at the church. They are looking for volunteers to help serve so if you are sticking around for the break and would like to bless someone else’s life, then contact Brian Garcia and get more information on how you can be involved.


PP.S    “As a small gesture of our big appreciation, the Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists invites adults 18-35 years of age who are Maplewood Academy alumni, North Star Camp staff/former staff, or members of the Minnesota Conference, to a free dinner at Noodles and Company, 2801 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, Nebraska 68516. Invitees should arrive between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, 2020, if they want the Conference to pay for their meal. Please pass the word to those invited. Thank you! We hope to see you there!”