From: Rich Carlson
Date: September 28, 2019
Subject: It's September 28; Good Morning Union Special Sabbath Edition

Good Morning and Shabat Shalom! I’m in Texas but here’s what we have for your Sabbath blessing today:

The Well- 10:30am, Youth Adult Room in the Church for a time of food, fellowship and feasting on God’s Word. Join us each Sabbath morning.

“The Lesson” is another Sabbath School experience that meets at 10:45am in the Ortner Lobby. Join faculty, staff, and students as we come together to study the Sabbath School lesson and its real-world application. We're excited to share time in fellowship, discussion and biweekly bagels.

IRR SS”- Another option for your Sabbath School experience. It meets each week in the IRR Gear room and everyone is welcome (IRR major or not!) It starts at 10:40.

CVC- 9:15am and Noon- there are two worship services at College View Church (CVC) each Sabbath. You are welcome to go to either (or both, thought they are both the same!). Our lead pastor Harold Alomia will be continuing his series on David. Don’t miss it!!

SOS- Huskers Helping the Homeless- This is a great event where we and 100s of other volunteers surround the Huskers’ stadium before the game and raise money to help Matt Talbott Kitchen with their daily feeding of the homeless. I’m not sure there are any spots still open but you can contact Lauren Shields this morning or show up at 3pm in from of Prescott Hall to find out if there have been any cancellations.

V2- 7:00pm, in the Atrium- This is our “close the Sabbath” time when we come together for 30 minutes of singing and one of your peers sharing their current journey with Jesus. It’s a great way to end the Sabbath and all are welcome. This week will be hosted by Jeff Gibson and his Religion division folks.

So have a great day with God and His friends,
Pastor Rich

Quote for the day:      “The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.”


Blog of the week:

Let's journey with Jesus to learn how to move from temptation to transformation in Christ.

1. Expect temptations

The devil tempted Jesus three times in the wilderness. Like Jesus, the devil tempts you to consider who to trust (appetites versus His word), what you submit to (world versus God), and who you worship (ego versus the Holy Spirit) (Luke 4:1-12).

2. Be aware of vulnerable times

After these temptations, the devil departed until a more opportune time (Luke 4:13). Satan exploits vulnerable times when you might desire pleasure to satisfy your flesh, seek power to accomplish worldly pursuits or pursue prestige to gratify your ego.

3. Recognize your need of Jesus

At the height of popularity, Jesus read Isaiah 61:1-2a in the synagogue: the Spirit empowered Him to preach the gospel to the poor (recognize sin), proclaim release to the captives (slave to sin and disease), recovery of sight to the blind (spiritually dead), set free the downtrodden (lost hope) and proclaim the favorable year of the Lord. He said Elisha cleansed Naaman the Syrian of leprosy, yet people in the synagogue drove Him out of town (Luke 4:14-30). Jesus heals and sets free those who recognize their need for Him.

4. Depend on Jesus’ power

People in Capernaum were amazed Jesus' teaching had authority. Jesus rebuked a demon in a man saying, "Be quiet and come out of him!" Jesus rebuked the high fever in Simon's mother-in-law. She arose immediately and served them. Jesus healed those with various diseases by laying His hands on them (Luke 4:31-41). Jesus' word has power to cast out demons for emotional, mental and physical healing.

5. Spend time alone with God

Jesus knew his purpose was to preach the kingdom of God in various cities so everyone had a chance to believe. Jesus received His power and marching orders during His times alone with God (Luke 4:42-44).

The more you make an active effort to spend time with God in prayer and His word, the more He will empower you as a change agent and difference maker to overcome temptation, preach the gospel to heal those enslaved by sin and disease, awaken the spiritually dead, and give new hope to those beaten down by life.