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Thursday, August 07, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Ephesians 1:9-12
9 He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him 10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him 11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.
It's been a hard stretch for me the last few days, as allergies, caffeine withdrawal, high blood pressure and a tough MBA class to teach has got me logy, depressed and overwhelmed. This is the kind of verse (and the kind of God) that keeps me from crawling into bed and telling the world to go away. God has a purpose for us. We may not be able to see it, but it's there. God reveals the details on an on-going basis. Also, we have more than just an implicit purpose for our lives; we have an inheritance as sons of God that the world can't take away. The Estate Tax can't touch it. Executors can't steal it. Our Father isn't going to blow it before He dies, for He doesn't die.

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