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

“Have I not commanded you…”         Joshua 1:9

This is a pretty familiar text to many. After God explained the process of guaranteeing success (yesterday’s verse!) He again offers Him hope (as He did BEFORE His process of success (see 1:5). “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous, be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

This is a command, not a suggestion from God! He did NOT say, “Have I not suggested to you that you might consider….” No, it’s a command:


  1. Be strong
  2. Be courageous
  3. Don’t be afraid
  4. Don’t be dismayed


And you know why? “For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” In verse 5 He assured Joshua that He would “never leave him or forsake him,” and now He says, “I will be with you wherever you go.” That’s pretty good assurance from the God of the universe!


I have found that most of my wishy washiness; or my weakness, or my indecisiveness comes when I’m not sure what to do, or where to go, or how to prioritize. My verse for today assures me that when my commitment is to following God and using HIS direction as my direction, my confidence goes up, my courage to make the tough call increases, my fear level declines, and my confusion (or dismay) in life levels out. I have an anchor, a focus, a direction that helps chart my course. I highly recommend it!

Have a great day discovering the security of God’s direction in your life,

Pastor Rich


Quote for the day:      "Your past doesn't define you; Jesus' love does."      Jarrid Wilson


PS        Spiritual Life Committee meets today at noon in the cafeteria

PPS      Welcome all our guests who are here for the Union College Invitational Volleyball and Soccer Tournaments. Hopefully they ALL will be our family members in years to come so welcome them as family. YOU are our best recruiters. Thanks for showing them Union friendly!

PPPS    PPS      LADIES-- "Don’t forget WOW this week in the girls’ dorm chapel at 9:00 pm. See you there!!!!

PP..S   Remember Dash for Compassion, THIS Sunday, sponsored by our PA students! It”s a fun run/walk and it will be benefiting Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln! To register, please go to: We would love to see you there!