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Repeat Warnings

Caution, the moving walkway is ending. Caution, the moving walkway is ending.” If you’ve ever used an automated walkway at an airport, you’ve heard this kind of announcement repeatedly.

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Love To Tell His Story

When noted author Studs Terkel was looking for a topic for his next book, one of his friends suggested “death.” While he was resistant at first, the idea gradually began to take shape, but its voice became all too real when Mr. Terkel’s wife of 60 years passed away. Now the book was also a personal search: a yearning to know what lies beyond, where his loved one had just gone. Its pages are a poignant reminder of our own search for Jesus and the questions and concerns we have about eternity while we walk our faith journey.

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Sow What?

On the clock tower of my alma mater is an Art Deco bas-relief sculpture titled The Sower. The inscription beneath it is from Galatians 6:7, “Whatsoever a man soweth.” Michigan State University remains a leader in agricultural research, but despite many improvements in farming techniques and crop production, this fact remains: Seeds of corn will not produce a crop of beans.

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More Than Waiting

I don’t know how it works where you live, but when I have to call for a repair for one of my appliances, the company says something like, “The repairman will be there between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.” Since I don’t know when the repair person will arrive, all I can do is wait.

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Keeping Darkness At Bay

In J. R. R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit, the wizard Gandalf explains why he has selected a small hobbit like Bilbo to accompany the dwarves to fight the enemy. He says, “Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”

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31 thoughts on “Keeping Darkness At Bay

  1. tailfeathers says:

    jh2, the answer to your question is “Yes and No.” Remember, Jesus said he came to fulfill the Law – not abolish it. The command to love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind has not changed. Nor has the command to not steal, murder, bring false witness, honor your parents, etc.

    Jesus also gave new commands. One of which is to go and preach the Gospel and to make disciples. As well as love your neighbor as yourself and to love one another (the brethren).

    Yes, we are to love homosexuals (there’s nothing ‘gay’ about it so Christians should call it what is), alcoholics,and even child molesters. However, that does NOT mean we are not to be Salt & Light and speak the truth in that love. No Christian should ever accept sin as something that is to be tolerated or approved of.

    I can’t believe you would ask how do we know what true! The Bible tells us of course! And yes, God will be the final judge to bring condemnation but you are totally wrong when you say He does not need your help – or mine. That’s one of the things are are here for. To be that Salt & Light. To speak the truth in love. And one of the commands Jesus gave was to judge and to do so rightly. See John 7:24.

    If you are not judging or doing so rightly, you are not obeying Christ and Jesus said you love Him and are His Friend IF you obey Him. See John 14:15 and 15:14.

  2. willowsprite says:

    To those criticizing the author quoted in this post: it is called allegory, or plot device that author such as Tolkien and Lewis (both intelligent, Christian men) use in their novels to set the scene. If you would read their books such as Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnia you would find such themes as self-sacrifice, good triumphing over evil at great personal cost, and protagonists never using their powers to harm. Read the books and complimentary books and articles such as “Finding God in the Hobbit” and articles such as this http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1901-2000/christian-elements-and-symbols-in-tolkien-11630835.html

    1. jh2 says:

      Sorry, but I am confused. Since Jesus gave us the 2nd covenant, are we still bound by the Old Testament laws? I learned we are to love every person – even gays, alcoholics and child molesters. We may not approve, but God made us as his image. How do we know what is true? God will be the judge of us all, and He does not my help.

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