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God gets the last word.

In the death and resurrection of Jesus it is clear
that our God is the kind of God who insists on having the last word. To be
sure, the second-to-last word, which can be very powerful, can be given to
something else--despair, estrangement, hurt, evil, even death. But our God
insists on having the very last word, and that is always a word of hope, of
reconciliation, of healing, of goodness and of life.


Martin B. Copenhaver

Martin B. Copenhaver is former president of Andover Newton Theological School and author of Room to Grow.

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