From: Rich Carlson
Date: September 25, 2020
Subject: It's September 25; Good Morning Union



  WTT Deuteronomy 6:4 שְׁמַ֖ע יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵ֖ינוּ יְהוָ֥ה׀ אֶחָֽד׃

In case you can’t read the Hebrew, it says, “Shema Israel, Yehovah Elohenoo, yehovah ehad.” It’s probably the most quoted verse in the Hebrew Bible that the Jewish people of today still use as their anchor point. It’s a great text, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.” What a good reminder that there is only one God, and when I recognize that, according to this piece of scripture, I will respond in 7 ways:

  1. I will “love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul and strength.”
  2. I will “write His commandments in my heart.”
  3. I will “impress them on my children” (or perhaps my students, or your roommate or classmate!)
  4. I will “talk about them when I
    1. Sit at home
    2. When I walk along the way
    3. When I lie down and
    4. When I rise up”
  5. I will “tie them as symbols on my hands”- (what I do)
  6. I will “bind them to my forehead”- (what I think)
  7. I will “write them on the doorposts of my home and on my gate.”(as a reminder as I leave my room or home)

Understanding and accepting that there is just one God changes a lot of my focus, my priorities, and my practices. It’s a life-changer. I will love Him, respond in my heart more than my head to Him, I will live for Him in all of my life. It will control what my hands do and my mind thinks. It will be obvious where I live and in where I go. It will anchor my life in Him, and I will reflect Him BECAUSE He is my one and only God.

Have a great day being changed by the one-and-only true God,

Pastor Rich

Quote for the day:      “I will be merciful, and I will believe in people. If I am to err, I will err on the side of mercy. I will give people the benefit of the doubt. I will bend, but not break, in order to give people the opportunity to grow and develop.”                David K. Bernard

PS        Family Worship @ 7:30 in the church. Join us for praise and worship and a challenge from our Student Chaplain Alex Rodriquez.

PPS      Afterglo right after Family Worship, on campus, come find us and join us for food, fellowship, music and a Sabbath blessing!

PPPS    Operation Christmas Child is just about here and we’re looking for someone, or ones, who will help us coordinate the promotion, distribution, and collection of this Christmas project which provides a glimmer of hope for children in war-torn and famine-stricken parts of the world. It’s a great chance to give. If you’re interested contact Pastor Rich. (this might be a good way for several of you to join together and complete community service hours.)