From: Rich Carlson
Date: January 14, 2020
Subject: It's January 14; Good Morning Union

“Follow Me.”   Mark 1:17

I have found that going through the gospels is a VERY supportive and directive activity if I’m interested in knowing Jesus and having help knowing how to follow Him. Over break, as I was preparing for class this semester, I made a list of specific “commands” or directives from Jesus that were given by Him to His disciples, the people, and by application to me. It’s a pretty clear and concise list of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Here are a few of them to spark your interest:

Love God

Love your neighbor as yourself

Take up your cross and follow Me

Forgive 70 X 7

Whoever Is without sin cast the first stone

Treat others the way you want to be treated

Love your enemies

Let your light shine

Feed the hungry

Don't return evil for evil

Visit those In prison

Clothe the naked

House the homeless

Welcome the foreigner

Care for the sick

Love one another as I have loved you

Make disciples

Take heart, I have overcome the world

Wow! What if I took that list, and as Moses encouraged the Children of Israel in Deuteronomy 6, “wrote it on my heart” (not just a head thing but a heart thing), “tied it to my hands” (what I do), “bound it to my forehead” (what I think), “impressed in on my children” (encouraging my friends or roommate), “wrote it on my doorpost” (the last thing I see when I leave my room as a reminder of how to live) “and on my gate” (the first thing I see when I head out to face life and the world)? Would it change my life? What obvious and clear directives in my journey to follow Jesus. What if I just chose ONE each day and made that the focus of how I treat others? Which one would I pick first? Which one would you pick?


Have a great day listening to Jesus so He can change your life,

Pastor Rich


Quote for the day:      “A good boss takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than her share of the credit.”


PS        Christ on Demand- 7:30pm in Rees Hall Chapel. Join Amber and friends for 30 minutes of praise and the Word.