It's April 1; Good Morning Union

“For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Thought he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men” Lamentations 3: 31-33

This short book is about Jeremiah’s “lamentations” about God’s people who did NOT listen to the prophets and did not repent and turn from their sinful ways. They were now scattered and in captivity in Assyria and Babylon and basically Jeremiah, who escaped to Egypt, was mourning over the tragedy. It’s not a happy book in the Bible but it is a reality check about reaping what you sow and God’s unending love and willingness to bring his children home IF they wish.

Another story from Brennan Manning along the same lines to show again how great God’s love and forgiveness is:

The Bishop and the Mystic

Four years ago in a large city in the far West, rumors spread that a certain Catholic woman was having visions of Jesus. The reports reached the archbishop. He decided to check her out. There is always a fine line between the authentic mystic and the lunatic fringe.

“Is it true, ma’am, that you have visions of Jesus?” asked the cleric.

“Yes,” the woman replied simply.

“Well, the next time you have a vision, I want you to ask Jesus to tell you the sins that I confessed in my last confession.”

The woman was stunned. “Did I hear you right, bishop? You actually want me to ask Jesus to tell me the sins of your past?”

“Exactly. Please call me if anything happens.”

Ten days later the woman notified her spiritual leader of a recent apparition. “Please come,” she said.

Within the hour the archbishop arrived. He trusted eye-to-eye contact. “You just told me on the telephone that you actually had a vision of Jesus. Did you do what I asked?”

“Yes, bishop, I asked Jesus to tell me the sins you confessed in your last confession.”

The bishop leaned forward with anticipation. His eyes narrowed.

“What did Jesus say?”

She took his hand and gazed deep into his eyes. “Bishop,” she said, “these are his exact words: I CAN’T REMEMBER.’”

The Ragamuffin Gospel, page 115-6.

Have a great day acknowledging God’s great love and forgiveness,

Pastor Rich

 

PS           Chapel this week will be presented by Chris Blake.  Come at 10:30 to the church and hear his presentation, “Fools for Christ.”

 PPS       “At the Core” Bible study each Tuesday night @ 7:30 (note new time!) in the Prescott Hall Prayer Room.

PPPS      “Christ on Demand” Tuesday evenings @ 8:30 in the Lang Lobby (above the Ortner Center.)

PPPPS   “The Bible and the Koran.” 7pm each Tuesday evening in the Bollinger Room above Ortner.

PP…S     Manvotional” @ 10pm in the Amphitheater with Malcolm Gaskin. Sorry girls, only guys allowed!

P…S        For the month of April Ron Carlson, president of the Kansas-Nebraska Conference, will be having a revival/evangelistic series at the Northside SDA Church. Tuesday and Wednesday each week at 7PM. The series is called, “The Radical Teachings of Jesus.” All are welcome.

P….S      Today starts our Bible reading for the month of April. Stop by Campus Ministries and pick a couple chapters of scripture to read; then mark them off. Our goal is to read the whole Bible through this month. Faculty, staff, and students- EVERYONE can participate!! Sponsored by “At The Core” Bible study group.

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