It's April 3; Good Morning Union

“Daniel purposed in his heart not to defile himself…”      Daniel 1:8

Daniel is my book for the day, but Brennan Manning is still my focus for the week! Daniel’s fame in our understanding of his book stems from the idea that, though in captivity in heathen Babylon, he decided that nothing was going to distract him from staying true to God. And God honored that commitment! Situations may alter my approach to live but never my commitment to stay true to God and His ways. It worked for Daniel; it will work for me; and for you!

Here’s something I found from Manning that blessed me this morning:

“The Word we study has to be the Word we pray. My personal experience of the relentless tenderness of God came not from exegetes, theologians, and spiritual writers, but from sitting still in the presence of the living Word and beseeching Him to help me understand with my head and heart His written Word. Sheer scholarship alone cannot reveal to us the gospel of grace. We must never allow the authority of books, institutions, or leaders to replace the authority of *knowing* Jesus Christ personally and directly. When the religious views of others interpose between us and the primary experience of Jesus as the Christ, we become unconvicted and unpersuasive travel agents handing out brochures to places we have never visited.”
Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out

Have a great day being faithful to God no matter what the circumstance,
Pastor Rich

Quote for the day: “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”
Brennan Manning

PS           “Jammin’ for Jesus” is back. Join Anna and friends in Rees Hall from 9-9:30pm for a great time of worship, praise and fellowship.

PPS        Alumni weekend starts today. Welcome the “old people” as they start arriving on campus. You’ll be one someday, and remember their support continues to be the reason your tuition costs are not 25% higher!! J