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    Why Bad Things Happen to Christians?

    This week’s blog is personal to a large extent.  I’m basing it on a personal event, along with some other events, and it’s difficult to write.  It involves a personal story that I have been thinking about for almost a year as I write this.  It concerns the one question most people have about God and His relationship to Christians: Why do bad things happen to us?  Doesn’t God take care of His own?  The answer is yes, He does take care of His own. I’m sure of that from my own life.  But sometimes it seems like He has forgotten someone, or forgotten me. That’s not the case, of…

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    Christian Prosperity, Part Two

    Last week’s blog explained why God’s idea is not the same as the world’s idea of prosperity.  However, as much as worldly riches for their own sake is vanity, as Solomon wrote, God does help prosper His people in the world.  But this isn’t for our benefit, but His. The point to Christians’ prosperity is that God enables His true followers to gain prosperity to the degree and in the manner that He needs them to prosper in order to enable them to do the work He wants them to do.  He has had a plan for each individual Christian since before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 2:10).  God…

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    Christian Prosperity

    The world has a different idea of prosperity than God has.  Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines prosperity as “The condition of being successful”, and to that extent it is similar to God’s definition of prosperity, but not exactly the same.  Successful in the world is generally thought of as doing well at what ever you do for a job to the point that you make a large amount of money, have a nice home and car or cars, and have plenty of money in the bank.  And, in the world, this is being prosperous.  Greater and lesser degrees of prosperous exist.  A college professor has his or her idea of…