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Trust What You’ve Received

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“Brennan, you don’t need any more insights into the faith,” he observed. “You’ve got enough insights to last you three hundred years. The most urgent need in your life is to trust what you have received.

This remark from my spiritual director sounded simple enough. But it sparked a searing reexamination of my life, my ministry and the authenticity of my relationship with God … The challenge to actually trust God forced me to deconstruct what I had spent my life constructing, to stop clutching what I was so afraid of losing, to question my personal investment in every word I had ever written or spoken about Jesus Christ and fearlessly to ask myself if I trusted him.

Through countless hours of silence, solitude, soul-searching and prayer, I learned that the act of trust is an utterly ruthless act …

Trust is that rare and priceless treasure that wins us the affection of our heavenly Father. For him it has both charm and fascination. Among his countless children, who he so greatly loves and on whom he heaps tenderness and favors, there are few indeed, who truly entrusting themselves to him, live as veritable children of God. There are as few who respond to his goodness by a trust at once filial and unshaken. And so it is that he welcomes with a love of predilection those souls, all too few in number, who in adversity as in joy, in tribulation and consolation, unfalteringly trust in God’s paternal love.

Ragamuffin Reflections From Brennan Manning

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God Loves You As You Are

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The Lord does not cherish us as we deserve—if that were the case, we would be desolate—but as he must, unable to do otherwise. He is love. Hard as it is for us to believe—because we neither give nor receive love among ourselves in this way—we yet believe, because of the life-death-resurrection of the Carpenter-Messiah, that his Father is more loving, more forgiving, more cherishing than Abraham, Isaac or Jacob could have dreamed.

What this says simply is that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is gracious. His love is gratuitous in a way that defies our imagination.

It is for this reason that we can proclaim with theological certainty in the power of the Word: God loves you as you are and not as you should be! Do you believe this? That God loves you beyond worthiness and unworthiness, beyond fidelity and infidelity, that he loves you in the morning sun and the evening rain, that he loves you without caution, regret, boundary, limit or breaking point?

Ragamuffin Reflections From Brennan Manning

Brought to us by the You Version of the Bible



Only…amateurs…think slow and urgent are contradictory.

…that I have been and it’s been ugly…

…in Christ, urgent means slow.

…in Christ, the most urgent necessitates a slow and steady reverence.

Ann Voskamp illustrates well in her book, One Thousand Gifts, this concept.





I’d love to be in this bar singing with these people…would you?

They seem to enjoy what they are singing.

Fun with Cell & Vio

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Mission Impossible

It’s Friday but Sunday is Coming

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Tony Campolo can hold an audience.  This is one of his best talks ever. I heard it in person.

It’s Friday but Sunday’s Coming!

Tony Campolo



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