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Thriving in Babylon

Thriving in Babylon

With the summer sunshine streaming through an open balcony window, our beloved Sunday School teacher, Mrs. Watson, was telling us the story of Daniel. We followed along as she utilized her flannel-graph at the front of the room. With amazing precision she moved each figure into place as she described Daniel’s harrowing night in the lion’s den.

Even though we’d heard the story before, Mrs. Watson’s version made us wonder if Daniel might be eaten this time around. From my childhood perspective the main point of Daniel’s story was simple – If you just have enough faith God will always deliver you from danger and persecution.

Hmm! The longer I’ve lived and the more deeply I’ve grown in my faith, the more I realize that’s not even close to being the main point.

To suggest that nothing bad will ever happen to those who do the right thing is simply untrue. Bad things happen to good people all the time. As a matter-of-fact, some of the worst things this world has to offer happen to so

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