Strange Strength

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Today, Pastor Dan concludes the series "Brave: Lessons from the Story of Daniel."

Scripture References:

Daniel 10:2–3 (NRSV)
2 At that time I, Daniel, had been mourning for three weeks. 3 I had eaten no rich food, no meat or wine had entered my mouth, and I had not anointed myself at all, for the full three weeks.   

Daniel 10:8 (NRSV)
8 So I was left alone to see this great vision. My strength left me, and my complexion grew deathly pale, and I retained no strength.

Daniel 10:16–19 (NRSV)
16 Then one in human form touched my lips, and I opened my mouth to speak, and said to the one who stood before me, “My lord, because of the vision such pains have come upon me that I retain no strength. 17 How can my lord’s servant talk with my lord? For I am shaking, no strength remains in me, and no breath is left in me.” 18 Again one in human form touched me and strengthened me. 19 He said, “Do not fear, greatly beloved, you are safe. Be strong and courageous!” When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”

Isaiah 58:6–7 (NRSV)
“Is this not the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice… to le the oppressed go free……is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house?” 

Daniel 9:3 (NRSV)
3 Then I turned to the Lord God, to seek an answer by prayer and supplication with fasting…..