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Despite our natural aversion to suffering, Scripture tells us that we can expect it and, in fact it is a necessity for spiritual growth. In the words of J.I. Packer, 'suffering Christianly is an integral aspect of biblical holiness, and a regular part of business as usual for the believer.' 

Neil T. Anderson & Robert L. Saucy, The Common Made Holy, Harvest House Publishing, Oregon, (1997, p. 368).

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That suffering is necessary for building character is one of the clearest truths of both life and Scripture.  Jesus Himself is the greatest example.  Apart from the suffering He endured to pay the consequences of our sin, He knew suffering that helped produce something in His own life.  (Neil T. Anderson & Robert L. Saucy, The Common Made Holy, Harvest House Publishing, Oregon, (1997, P. 369))

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While each individual is responsible for his or her moral/spiritual choices, the leaders who set the tone of a society are accountable as well.  In this powerful chapter Ezekiel presents God's indictment of his people's "shepherds"--their political and spiritual leadership (34:1-6)

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Courage is the willingness to fight when appearances or history tell you that you are bound to lose.  The opposite of courage is timidity, the refusal to engage in a struggle deemed lost from the outset.

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