From: Rich Carlson
Date: March 22, 2019
Subject: It's March 22; Good Morning Union



“Never tire of doing what is right.”    2 Thessalonians 3:13

The context of this text is Paul’s letter to the believers in the city of Thessalonica, in northern Greece. He had visited this city earlier in his missionary travels and helped establish a church there. He was also run out of town by angry Jews who didn’t like him telling the people about Jesus. They fabricated stories about him and hired “thugs” to lie about what he was doing and preaching. He left there and went to Berea, a city not far away, and continued his work, and the “Thessalonica Thugs” followed him there and continued harassing him until it was no longer safe to stay so he went south to Athens.

My ah-ha this morning was that this text, that caught my eye, was not written in the context of a nice comfortable setting where everything in life was moving along nicely and I’m probably more tempted to be bored with just living life and doing “right,” than tempted to throw in the towel on niceness and just forget it!

Paul had every “right” to stop doing “right” and give up on these thugs. But he didn’t, and I shouldn’t either. Life was intended to be all wonderful and nice, but sin spoiled all that. My call to faithfulness in the midst of sin and its consequences is part of the journey toward the kingdom! It’s not all “right” in this world, but I must not give up on doing “right” because it IS the “right” thing to do.

Have a great day finding strength from God for purposeful focus on doing His “right,”

Pastor Rich

Quote for the day:      "The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. And the first to forget is the happiest." Unknown

 

PS        We need your help! We are collecting canned/dry goods to donate to the flood victims of Nebraska. There are 3 sites to bring goods to: Campus Ministries, Student Health, and the Nursing Division. We are collecting until the 29th. Whether you're a native Nebraskan or not, thank you for helping your community in need! Go to the store, buy a can of food, drop it by one of the three sights, make a difference in the lives of people who have lost everything in the flood.
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If any question contact: Shawna Ansari 715-771-0377

PPS    Family Worship- Tim Floyd, Youth Director for Kansas Nebraska will be here to share his experience becoming a national facilitator for the hot new book and its approach to youth ministries called “Growing Young.” He’s also going to be on the lookout for a few more camp staff for Broken Arrow Ranch. See you at the church @ 7:30.

PPPS Afterglo will be hosted by Makayla and her Math/Science friends in the church lobby right after Family Worship.