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Crouching Sin, Gathered Grace

Crouching Sin, Gathered Grace
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My Dear Shepherds,

A young fellow came to our door the other day selling security systems, including a little camera allowing us to see who is at the door. No matter how good it is, there’s a threat that camera would miss. “Sin is crouching at your door,” God told Cain, with a warning that echoes down to us. “It desires to have you, but you must rule over it” (Gen. 4:7).

In these difficult days you have sought to strengthen your people in the face of their fears. You’ve fortified their faith with the promises that God knows and cares about their needs and reminded them that this world is not our true home. You have encouraged them to be lights and salt. But don’t forget about sin.

Sin, of course, is always our greatest threat, always stalking us, always crouching at our doors. But in these days temptations find new toeholds because of our new fears, our isolation from most people, and from the inescapable company of a few. Temptations lurk in our ...

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