By Many Or By Few

Photo from The Magnificent Seven, 1960 film starring (L-R) Yul Brenner, Steve McQueen, Horst Buchholz, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, and James Coburn. Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com.

Most people just want to live in peace, but there are always a few who want to take that peace from them. Why do the majority let them do it? Maybe because they don’t think there is a need to do anything about the evil in their midst until circumstances get so bad that they have to do something about it. Apparently this is a common thread of our shared humanity. So how do we change it – or should we even try?

Judges 6:6-20, 7:19-25; 1 Samuel 14:6-23; 2 Kings 6:16-17; Psalm 44:17-26; Romans 8:31-39

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Music: “The Magnificent Seven,” by Elmer Bernstein, The Magnificent Seven Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Sony Masterworks, 2016.

Our Part of the Story

JRR Tolkien, shortly before his death in 1973. Shelfmark: MS. Tolkien photogr. 8, fol. 122 Image by © The Tolkien Trust 1977

We live in the present, but we are linked inextricably with those who have come before – just as those who come after are linked with us. What do we remember of our fathers and mothers of old? Do we want our sons and daughters to remember us in the same way?

Psalm 34:16-23; Hebrews 11:13-16, 32-40, 12:1-3; Acts 7

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Music: “Into the West,” by Annie Lennox, Fran Walsh, and Howard Shore, performed by Peter Hollens, Misty Mountains: Songs Inspired by The Hobbit and Lord of the Ring, Peter Hollens, 2016.

A Question of Lineage

Dennis Quaid (L) and Louis Gossett, Jr. (R) in the 1985 film, Enemy Mine.

There is merit to living in the moment. After all, we don’t want to miss out on what is right in front of us. However, if we do not understand how we came to that moment, then we might miss something even more important.

Exodus 20:12; Psalm 104:43-46; Malachi 4:5-6; Luke 1:68-79; 1 John 2:13-14

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Music: “Firebird Lullaby & Final Hymn,” Firebird Suite, by Igor Stravinsky, performed by Igor Stravinsky conducting the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York, Firebird Suite (1945) and Fireworks – Fantasy for Orchestra, Op. 4 (1908), Columbia Masterworks, 1947.

Courage, or Obedience?

The First Minnesota, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 2, 1863, Don Troiani, via National Guard Bureau.

Courage is always desirable, but it can be dangerous if recklessly pursued. If our God exhorts us to be strong and of good courage, then maybe we should learn how to cultivate the kind of courage He would find admirable.

1 Samuel 15:22; Proverbs 14:12, 16:25; Matthew 8:5-13; Mark 12:28-34

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Music: “The Battle Cry of Freedom,” Gettysburg College Singers, Songs of the Civil War, Vintage Music, 2015.

What Happens When Good People Sleep

Chancellor Adolf Hitler and President Paul von Hindenburg, March 21, 1933, Bundesarchiv Bild 183-S38324 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE, via Wikimedia Commons.

Everyone wants to be a good citizen and a good neighbor, or at least that’s what we should want. But is that enough? Perhaps there is more to living out our Kingdom calling than simply trying to avoid evil.

Jeremiah 5:20-31; Matthew 5:13-20, 23:27-28; 1 Peter 5:5-11

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Music: “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: IV, by Edvard Grieg, performed by Wiliam T. Strømberg conducting the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Edvard Grieg Music to Henrik Ibsen Peer Gynt, Blikkboks Ltd, 2018.