Biblical Messages

The Antidote to Jabez

About twelve years ago, Bruce Wilkinson published a book called The Prayer of Jabez, which called readers to a sort of prosperity gospel:  “pray this prayer and good things will happen”.  The prayer of Habakkuk, found in Chapter 3 of his book, can be seen as the “antidote” to the prayer of Jabez.  You can learn about both, and how Habakkuk’s prayer can encourage your faith in hard times, by listening to this message.

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Biblical Messages

God’s idea of tolerance

“Tolerance” is a big deal today.  But its meaning has changed over the years, morphed into something it was never intended to mean.  In the book of Habakkuk, God’s idea of tolerance is different from either of the definitions we embrace today!  Take a look at Habakkuk 1.12-2.20 and see what I mean! You can listen to the message I preached on this passage by clicking here.

Biblical Messages

The Odyssey of Theodicy (or, It’s Okay to Ask God, ‘Why?’)

Theodicy:  not a common word in our language.  What it refers to is the study of the existence of evil and injustice in the world, amid the reality of God’s care and control over the world.  The odyssey of theodicy is the path on which the prophet Habakkuk found himself, living in the later 7th and earlier 6th centuries BC as God’s prophet to the people of Judah and Jerusalem.

The first in a short series of messages on asking God, “Why?”, this message is based on Habakkuk 1.1-11, and can be listened to by clicking the link below.  Just before the message, I showed this helpful introductory video found on YouTube.

My digital voice recorder’s batteries failed while I was preaching this message, so the recording found here is a re-recorded message in the home office.  I appreciate my wife listening and providing the necessary (but entirely too quiet) laugh track!  Listen here.