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Henry Blackaby -On Tsumani

Blackaby says natural disasters can point to God’s judgment

By Ken Walker

Baptist Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The author of the bestselling "Experiencing God" study thinks divine retribution was at work in the tsunami that struck southern Asia in late December.

Henry Blackaby, speaking at a Kentucky pastors’ conference here in mid-January, said he didn’t fully appreciate the significance of the widespread destruction until he saw a map published by the Voice of the Martyrs depicting the most intense regions of Christian martyrdom worldwide.

Blackaby said he noticed that the tsunami hit many of those same regions.

He told a workshop audience that most Christians don’t realize that 400,000 to 450,000 believers are killed annually for their faith, and that many regions of persecution shown the map "match to the T" the tsunami’s swath of destruction.

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