From: Rich Carlson
Date: December 14, 2019
Subject: It's December 14; Good Morning Union Special Sabbath Edition

Last Sabbath of the semester. Enjoy this break as you Shabat and “stop.” Be blessed as that stopping includes worship, some rest, some fellowship, and might I suggest, some quality quiet time with Jesus to refocus and relax from the stress coming next week. Here’s what we have to help:


The Well- 10:30am in the Young Adult room of the Church. Join us for food, fellowship, and feasting on the Word.

IRR SS- 10:40am in the IRR Gear Room, another great option for your small group worship experience.

CVC- 9:15am and Noon. Pastor Deneil will be sharing his farewell message as he prepares to transition to the Northside Church here in Lincoln in 2020.


V2- 4:30pm (yep it’s that early in December when the sun actually goes down before 5 here in Lincoln!) Join us in Woods Auditorium for 30 minutes of praise and testimony as we close the Sabbath. This special last V2 of the semester will be hosted by Sarahi and her V2 team.


Have a great Sabbath,

Pastor Rich


Quote for the day:      “I wonder if what ‘should not be heard by little ears’ should even be spoken by grown up lips?”


Now, the blog I liked this week:


All Eyes on Jesus

by Anne Graham Lotz from Fixing My Eyes on Jesus



They went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed—Matthew 2:9-10

Our senses are bombarded 24/7 by sounds and sights, especially during the Christmas season. Marketing companies compete, all trying to get our attention. They spend millions for what they’re selling and promoting, not to mention holiday parties, church programs, and school plays.

I wonder what I would have used to get the world to look at a tiny baby in a manger. How would I have drawn attention to an obscure stable behind some inn in an obscure Judean town?

When God wanted to get the attention of the nations of the world, He used a star. When the Magi came from the east to Jerusalem, they asked,

Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews? We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him. — Matthew 2:2

This Christmas, be His star! Ask God to use you to draw the attention of others to the Baby in the manger.

The Only Way

This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. — 1 John 4:9

Do you think there is more than one way to God? Have you bought into popular opinion that seems to think you can pick and choose your religion — even make one up to suit yourself? If this is the way you’re thinking, heed the words in 1 Timothy 2:5:

There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

The politically correct say Jesus was a good man, a well-meaning prophet, even a revolutionary! But the Bible says He is the only Mediator between God and man:

There is no other name under Heaven given to men by which we must be saved. — Acts 4:12

Jesus Himself said,

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. — John 14:6

Don’t allow political correctness to rob you of a relationship with the one true God. This Christmas season give God a gift He wants.

Tell someone how to come to Him... through Jesus.

Excerpted with permission from
Fixing My Eyes on Jesus by Anne Graham Lotz, copyright Anne Graham Lotz.