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G OD SOV ER EIGN OV ER H U M A N SI N The Impulses Behind This Book The king did not listen to the people, for it was a turn of affairs brought about by God. 2 CHRONICLES 10:15

“Now therefore behold, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these your prophets. The Lord has declared disaster concerning you.” 2 CHRONICLES 18:22

Amaziah would not listen, for it was of God, in order that he might give them into the hand of their enemies, because they had sought the gods of Edom. 2 CHRONICLES 25:20

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he first impulse to write this book came when we were on vacation in 2007. I was sitting on a porch in Asheville, North Carolina. It was midsummer, and that means I was in 2 Chronicles. My through-the-Bible-in-a-year reading plan1 had put me in the same place in the Bible that it does every summer. Reading the Bible with the same plan every year makes for some interesting associations in my mind between towns and texts. The association with Asheville that year was God’s sovereignty over demonic evil and human sin.

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www.hopeingod.org/BibleReadingPlan.aspx.

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