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Finding Hope in a Dark Conclusion Psalm 147:12-20

Finding Hope in a Dark Conclusion

When facing a dark conclusion, God grants us "peace within [our] borders."

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We are unlikely to ever find a cure for cancer. Those are the words of science writer Mark Wolverton. He calls it the "dark conclusion" of cancer research. Is there a message in this for those of us who struggle to find "peace within [our] borders"?


Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "The J Factor," January 4, 2009, at HomileticsOnline.com.


Preachers hoping to be well-received usually find it wise not to begin their sermons with something that's depressing. But to broach this particular subject, it's probably best to get right to the bad news: "We are unlikely to ever find a cure for cancer." Repeat: We are unlikely to ever find a cure for cancer.

That statement comes from science writer Mark Wolverton, who was summarizing what he had learned from leading researchers in the field of oncology. Wolverton first reminds us that the trillions of cells within each one of us regularly divide to create new cells, but ...











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