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Out of Our Hands

“So we stand in our parched and barren present, looking forward with confidence to God’s redemption. . . Sure, because of the Spirit’s presence …Our destiny is no longer in our own hands but in God’s hands, who is all powerful, loving, and whose purpose is redemption … The presence of the Spirit shows what final confirmation will be … The fact that the future is in God’s hands where we neither placed it nor from which we can take it away, Paul understands to be the basis of confidence and joy, rather than of fear and pain… because we are in God’s hands, the kind of God who sent his own Son for us (Romans 5:6-10) all things will finally…

A Kept People

Satan’s power is so great! Parroting bad news sings Satan’s praises and sovereignty. And, when we fight fire with fire by deploying distortions to score our opponents, we employ the Father of lies to fight lies. Of what value is a holiness that defends itself with lies? “The world was so much the world today, and is expected to be even more so tomorrow!” There you have the daily news. So now tell me something new. The world-that-lieth-in-wickedness is one word. God’s sovereignty remains uncompromised. He “keeps his covenant to a thousand generations.” (Psalm 105:8) I count about 167 of those since Abraham, so that easily covers us. Much later than Abraham, in a much darker time than ours, Jude addressed…

Jail Songs and Happy Feet

“Do not let go of your confidence which carries a great reward.” (Hebrews 10:35) Easy to say, but confidence is a slippery thing, it’s always trying to get away. Paul and Silas managed to hang onto it in the darkest part of the Philippian jail where the magistrates had confined them after a severe beating.  Their crime was attacking the lucrative soothsaying market. They praised God until He shook the earth, knocked off their bonds, and threw open the prison doors. In this strange way the Spirit founded the only New Testament church that never gave Paul any grief. What an odd church growth scheme. In Philippi Paul demonstrated what he told the Thessalonians to “rejoice always”. (1 Thessalonians 5:16)  The outcome proves…