Don't Break the Chain

Bill Iverson

READ : Acts 2:22-39 “The promise is for you and your children . . .” (v. 39, niv) I took my grandsons up on the highest building in Miami, and as we looked over Biscayne Bay to the vast Atlantic, I told them a story. A tropical storm came up and a boatload of school children and teachers capsized about one hundred yards offshore. A team of local football players was at the beach and saw the tragedy in the …

Covenant Keepers

Bill Iverson

READ : Acts 1:1-11 “ . . . you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (v. 8) She escaped from Nicaragua in 1988, crossing the Rio Grande with little Javiera. Somehow she got to Miami and from the bus saw the steeple of Shenandoah Church, where I was pastor. Leonor Mendoza asked to spend the night, and it turned into four sweet years in our home as an …

Covenant Lines

Bill Iverson

READ : Luke 24:28-53 I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. (1 Corinthians 9:22) My son Bill blindly extolled my fatherly virtues. He was wild about animals, and I showed interest in his owls, alligators, raccoons, and lizards; I loved his dogs, and sometimes even his cats. Billy’s menagerie sparked the hope to be a veterinarian, leading him into bio-chemistry. Eventually he got into the business of engineering safe drinking water. …

Covenant Blessings

Bill Iverson

READ : Genesis 12:1-5 “. . . and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (v. 3, niv) We watched as our son Dan and his wife Carol walked through the long tunnel to a Delta jumbo jet en route for missionary service in Japan. Lumps filled our throats and tears welled up as we saw Carol with a baby girl on one hip and her sister in tow. Little Joel was holding his dad’s hand, and the …

Covenant Promises

Bill Iverson

READ : Genesis 17:1-8 “I will establish my covenant . . . to be God to you and to your offspring.” (v. 7) Let me share a personal testimony regarding the blessing of God’s covenant. I was in Arndol, Norway, in a little Free Church, standing at the baptismal font where my grandparents covenanted with God for my father in baptism. For six generations, thanks to mothers and fathers who were true promise keepers, Christ and his righteousness have been …