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How many of us remember those dreaded gym classes when sides had to be selected for a game? The teacher appointed captains and the torture began.  The longer you stood waiting the more our anxiety increased. Woe be to you if you were the last player selected.  You may as well have stayed on the bench.  Fortunately, Peter begins his letter by making clear that we are not after-thoughts or forced selections on God’s part.  We were “chosen...long ago” and that makes all the difference in the world!