“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
I had a divine appointment today. Didn't even know I would be going two days ago or that it was even happening but a friend texted. Just to say hi and mentioned it. The Beth Moore simulcast for 2013. The subject was from Romans 6:1-14 among other texts from the Scriptures.
It was so anointed from the song service I instantly felt like crying.
One of my favorite quotes and parts of the day was the quote listed above. It reminded me of the series our pastor has been preaching on.
Today's message was all about grace and a big eye opener on how much of our lives we live under the law or legalism even if we are familiar with grace. So good.