Preparation for Worship on 9.23.2018
“To sit at Yahweh’s table is to enjoy fellowship
and communion with him. To do so ‘in the presence of my enemies’ is to have one’s special relationship to God declared publically in a context of divine blessing and security.”
—Gerald Wilson, NIV Application Commentary
“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence,
and toughness multiplies toughness
in a descending spiral of destruction."
--Martin Luther King, Jr. (sermon, Dec 25, 1957)