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5 Christian Leaders' Responses to Natural Disasters

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Our world has suffered a number of natural disasters recently: two major hurricanes devastated areas of the U.S., and earthquake in Mexico claimed nearly 100 lives, just to name a few. As Christians, these kinds of events can threaten to shake our faith. How are we to interpret them? Is God angry at the world? Is He trying to teach us something? Is He punishing us? These five Christian leaders offer some insight into how to view natural disasters from a biblical perspective. Hopefully these quotes will strengthen your faith and encourage you that God is in control no matter what. Photo courtesy: ©Thinkstock/whiteson

 

 

 

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God's sovereign will is often a mystery to us. He brings both good and bad by His ordained will for His glory.

If God were to judge us as we deserve we'd already be dead.

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