Jeremiah 20:10-13; Psalms 69:8-10,14,17,33-35; Romans 5:12-15; Matthew 10:24-39
Centuries ago, an ancient “father of the Church” named Cyprian, who lived in North Africa, sent a letter to a friend. In it he said,
This seems a cheerful world when I view it from the fair garden, here in the shadow of these vines. But if I climb some great mountain and look out over the wide land, you know exactly what I see: murderers on the high roads; pirates on the seas; under every roof, misery and selfishness. It’s really a bad world, my friend. It is a very bad world.
Often in mysterious ways, God is forever establishing His rule in this “world of misery and selfishness,” as Cyprian described it. At the very points at…
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