FirstÂ a word of Â introduction.Â I had the great pleasure of attending the Bayside Church (of Granite Bay, CA) THRIVE 2008 conference.Â It’s nice that such a huge and wealthyÂ church – that could easily hold a world-class conference just for its own leaders – invites leaders from other churches to come and learn and share fellowship together.
One of this year’s speakers was Brennan Manning, author of The Ragamuffin Gospel.Â After sharing his rough, brokenÂ story and sharing God’s love with us, he gave us homework.Â I’d like to challenge you to try it.
Take 20-30 minutes to pray over the following four Bible passages.Â Be sure to read them enough times, to let them soak in, and to see how God speaks to your heart…
- Isaiah 43:1-5
- Hebrews 4:14-16
- 1 John 4:16-19
- Psalm 103 (in this one, note that the Hebrew meaning of “fearing” God means to stand in awe of God’s power, goodness, and incredible love)
I found the experience very powerful.Â See what you experience and share it in a comment if you want to.