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The Promise of Deliverance from Evil

On Saturday, we discussed II Peter 1:2-4 and rejoiced in the Father’s great love for us. “He gives us everything we need for life and godliness and delivers us from evil.” Let’s mine this vein some more. When Jesus was teaching His disciples to pray, He asked the Father to “deliver us from the evil one.” Jesus asked the Father. Will God deny His Son anything?Will He... read more

The Provision of Great and Precious Promises

This is so neat! The apostle Peter, that great big fisherman with an equally-large heart and mouth, said this to fellow believers (That means us, you and me.): “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through  the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness  through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and... read more

The Promise of an Orderly Universe

Thanks for your words of encouragement about the disarray at our house while having some carpentry work done! Later, however, I began to wonder if my uneasiness around clutter indicated I’m a fuss budget. Who would want that? My good friend Jan Ripley came to the rescue with these words:  “No, its a sign of liking things orderly cuz thats how God is,  whats the verse that says do... read more

The Promise of An End to Earthly Suffering. (And Then What?)

This morning, amid piles of furniture and clutter and dust, we cleared a spot in the living room and shared a bagel. Our house has been torn up for a week while installers finish the new floor. In the end, it will be worth it, but the days drag on. Then I think of the Haitians who see no end to their displacement . . . or our neighbor who lies in bed waiting for an end to his suffering. What do you say... read more

The Promise of Good Directions

Mapquest has its place! I love typing in a couple of addresses and getting step-by-step directions . . . and even the expected drive time to get to my destination. What could be better than that? Nothing–as long as life doesn’t get in the way. What if I run into roadblocks or traffic congestion or, worse, what if I run out of gas? Will Mapquest help me out of a jam? But consider this. God will... read more

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