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    The Prosperity of the Proud – Living in Psalm 73

    She was weeping over the phone. Grief, anger, and frustration were pouring out of her as she told me her latest news. Her husband of over thirty years had left her for another woman. At one time he had been a deacon in their church, a respected spiritual leader. He had been a stellar dad, loyal friend of many and successful business man with a good name. But his spiritual interests had evaporated over the past several years and his heart had grown cold. The divorce was acrimonious and drawn out, she was beyond weary and devastated by it all.  But that wasn't the cause of her current anguish. She…

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    New Year: Looking Back and Forward Through the Lens of Struggle

    It’s easy to look back at the previous year through the lens of struggle—to look only at the difficulties, the disappointments, the dark places—and then jump to inappropriate conclusions. My husband and I have had more than our fair share of “hard” this past year with tough ministry decisions, medical treatments for our newly adopted son, and the death of a sibling. Friends have faced equal if not greater challenges as well. The list of those struggling is endless.   Thus I’ve been pondering on the struggle and the hard lately, but not in the way you might think. For churchgoers who think the Christian ideal is “health, wealth, and…