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godsloveAs the Letter to the Romans has unfolded in the past several days in the morning readings I have been waiting for two sections to appear. This morning I am encouraged by the first of my two favorite passages. Paul’s voice is clear and strong this morning and I can say nothing that improves on his message. Listen to his impassioned testament of faith.

Brothers and sisters: if God is for us, who can be against us?…Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who acquits us…What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?…No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ROM 8:31-39)