From: Rich Carlson
Date: January 23, 2019
Subject: It's January 23; Good Morning Union

Exceeding great and precious promises are given to us, SO THAT….”           2 Peter 1:4

If it’s important to God, it’s clear in His word. That’s my benchmark for understanding God’s word. My verse for today came to me yesterday while I was out walking. Here’s how I broke it down:

  1. God’s word is full of “exceeding great and precious promises.” The more of them I discover and remember so I can reflect on the greater part they become in my life.
  2. Their purpose, according to this verse, is two fold:
    1. Through them I can “become a partaker of the divine nature”- with the promises in God’s word I am actually receiving a part of the very nature of God, a part of God Himself.
    2. And  with that nature, I can “escape the corruption in the world caused by impure passions.”

How cool is that?! I meditate on the promises of God and He actually dwells in me SO THAT I don’t have to be corrupted by the evil things in this world, specifically “Impure passions.” Old Testament failures usually revolved around idolatry and immorality; New Testament failures seemed to be more focused on selfishness and pride; and today I think my world has managed to extract the worst of both eras and bombard me with all of the above. What’s a weak sinful human being, desiring to follow God, to do?

  1. Find the “exceeding great and precious promises” in God’s word
  2. Meditate on them and watch, as I fill my life with them, also see God filling my life
  3. Allow that God to now fill me so I can “escape” all that corruption BECAUSE I am finding the “exceeding great and precious promises!”

Have a great day remembering the old chorus, “Standing on the promises of God,”

Pastor Rich

Quote for the day: “If you are willing to hurt someone and cause harm because of your belief in the "truth" then it is not the truth you have but a distortion of it.”

PS        Joint Worship in Rees Hall Chapel at 7:30 tonight with our mission emphasis week focus. Come hear Angenita share her SM experience.

PPS      CANCELLED LAST NIGHT, RESCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT!!-- Young Adult Series at the church with Pastor Guadelupe: Young Adults are in a constant shift from one season of life to the next. Maneuvering through life doesn’t have to be happenstance. Let’s work our way together through life’s varying seasons of love, work, disappointments and friends. Our first series, “Love, Sex and Dating” begins tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the Young Adult Room at CVC. Worship credit will be given!!