My wife recently attended your Sunday School conference presentation and just e-mailed me your WEB site URL. It looks great, at least the article on “The Prayer of Jabez” (http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/Jabez.htm), this is the only one I have had a chance to read, and that only briefly. I can’t understand why “Christians” don’t realize that this is just a take off on the “prosperity” gospel.
However, while I think that your article is great, I believe that the Bible implies the reason for his protection and blessing.
1 Chr 2:55 And the families of scribes who lived at Jabez were the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and the Sucathites. Those are the Kenites who came from Hammath, the father of the house of Rechab.
In answer to Jabez’s “honorable” prayer, God apparently enlarged his borders and protected him from harm as he wrestled, “not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
For Jabez founded a city, a city of scribes who would forge the weapon that would ultimately destroy “the prince of the power of the air”…They forged THE WORD OF GOD!
My wife indicates that you also share my concerns about Tolkien and his best friend.