We're starting week 4 of Beth Moore's Daniel Study.
I admit, I initially agreed to go to the study because I'm a part of our church's Women's Ministry. You know, support-the-ministry type thing. I had never even heard Beth Moore speak (more than sound bytes) until I found myself involved in coordinating the Get Out of That Pit simulcast.
Besides, I have lots of
All I can say is: Oh. My. Gracious.
Run, don't walk, to a study group near you!
The whole first portion of the study talks about living a life of integrity, like Daniel and his friends, Shadrach, Meshak, and Abednego.
Oh, my heart's desire is not to bow my knee, but to live a life firmly resolved to serve God wholeheartedly and to resist the world's pressure.
I'll just tease you with a few of Beth's one-liners:
- We are called to be "culturally relevant but not spiritually irrelevant" in the "Babylon" of our culture.
- We're never more tempted to be rude than when we think someone deserves it.
- Backbiting is just as habit-forming as back-and-forth biting.
- Is "putting our best foot" forward just another way of image building?
- Loyalty is something we already were that surfaces in the test.
Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are his.
He changes times and seasons;
he sets up kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him.
I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers:Daniel 2:20-23
You have given me wisdom and power,
you have made known to me what we asked of you,
you have made known to us the dream of the king.