“As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.”
Genesis 8:22 (NIV)
Yet what is mentioned in passing captured my imagination. Here’s the verse:
“Greet Apelles, the approved in Christ.” (Romans 16:10)
One of my favorite passages of scripture from one of my favorite pastors. Psalm 1 is a spiritual goldmine, and Irwin Lutzer does a wonderful job of explaining some of its riches.
He is for me the ideal Hercule Poirot - Agatha Christie's unflappable Belgian detective. And yet many do not know that he is also a Christian with his conversion experience beginning in the late 1980's with a reading of the book of Romans from a hotel Bible.
Now he has a complete reading of the New International Version of the Bible to present; "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ." (Romans 10:17)
In dealing with the past, I remind myself of the lessons I have learned. I regularly employ such questions as “What if…?” and “So what…?” in finding a way forward. But just as I find a sense of satisfaction with the resolution I have found for the tension within, a verse plucked from God’s Word threatens the calm I thought I had found:
Hebrews 10:25 – “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”