From: Rich Carlson
Date: January 25, 2021
Subject: It's January 25; Good Morning Union

Happy snow day!! Enjoy the day off from classes. Stay safe; driving will be challenge at best!


Luke 11


“Lord, teach us to pray.”        Vs 1


And in this chapter, He taught them a LOT more than just how to pray!!

  1. He gave an abbreviated version of the Lord’s Prayer (more complete in Matthew 6)
    1. Acknowledge God as holy
    2. Acknowledge His plan for my life
    3. Trust Him to take care of my daily needs
    4. Trust Him to be forgiving (so I should also be forgiving!)
    5. Trust Him to only lead me in ways and places that will help me most.

That’s my summary of the Lord’s Prayer this morning. Using whatever words, I just focus on the themes He suggests.

  1.  The story of a man whose friendship was being presumed upon in the middle of the night by a neighbor who was not prepared to entertain his guests. That was a really bad thing in that culture because hospitality was next to godliness! Though it was the middle of the night and the neighbor was already in bed he still got up and helped. “Go ahead and ask for what you need,” said Jesus. “I’ll take care of you, whether you deserve it or not!”
  2. He gave them an illustration of how to respond in faith to Him, even when, or maybe especially when it doesn’t all make sense.
  3. And after a couple other stories and illustrations he went to supper at the home of a Pharisee and taught 6 very valuable lessons-- for them, and for me:
    1. Don’t major in minors while you forget the majors. Don’t tithe your spices and forget about justice and mercy
    2. Don’t seek worldly honor and recognition
    3. Don’t try and be socially alive while you’re spiritually dead
    4. Don’t make life any harder on people than it already is; be a support not a critic
    5. Don’t give honor to the deceased while you destroy the living
    6. Don’t keep salvation from anyone. It’s free for all; discover that yourself and then offer it to everyone else.


He had so much He wanted to teach them with so little time to do it. That’s why Ellen says it would be well to spend time every day looking at what He’s trying to teach us.


Have a great day learning from Him,

Pastor Rich


Quote for the day:      Always remember this! Grapes must be crushed to make wine. Diamonds only form under pressure. Olives are pressed to release oil. Seeds grow in darkness. Whenever you feel crushed, under pressure, pressed, or in darkness, you're in a powerful place of transformation. Trust the process.                      Lalah Delia


PS        Thanks to those who came out yesterday and helped deliver cookies! I enjoyed meeting police and firefighters at the places I visited. They were very appreciative of our thoughtfulness.


PPS      Thanks in advance for bringing one non-perishable item of food to Campus Ministries so we can help the lady we’ve been talking about this past weekend.