There is a yearning to be intimately near our beloved heavenly Father, but we often want nearness without following God's clear dictates for gaining nearness. Nearness is a work of the Cross. And when the Cross grabs a hold of a man, it humbles him, bends him, and breaks him that it might rebuild Him in the intimate chambers of almighty grace. This is a tender and precious message that is sure to move you. At the close of this message, a beautiful and spontaneous time of confession of sin broke forth and powerfully acquainted a brand new semester of students with the mighty and merciful work of God's gentle conviction.