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DAILY READINGS

Scriptures to be read before the sermon on Sunday, July 24:

Monday: Acts 4:32-37

Tuesday: Acts 5:1-11

Wednesday: Colossians 3:5-10

Thursday: Philippians 4:5-9

Friday: Ephesians 5:1-11

Saturday: I Timothy 3:14-4:6

EDITORIAL

“Suppressing The Truth”

John Cage was an avant-garde composer whose inventive compositions and unorthodox ideas appeared in mid-20th century music in the United States. Cage believed that the universe is impersonal by nature and that it originated only through pure chance. In an attempt to live consistently with this philosophy, Cage composed all of his music by various means of chance. He used, among other things, the tossing of coins and the rolling of dice to make sure that no personal elements entered into the final musical product. The result was that his music had no form or structure.

Though Cage’s professional life accurately reflected his belief in a universe that has no order, his personal life did not. His favorite pastime was mycology – the collecting of mushrooms. Because of the potentially lethal results of picking a “wrong” mushroom, he could not approach it on a purely by-chance basis. He even admitted that if he approached mushroom collection in the spirit of his chance operations, he would have ended up dead. Yet, he never adjusted his philosophy based on his own personal experience. Could it be that he was suppressing the truth that had been made very plain to him?

The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 1:18-19 about how some people choose to suppress the truth even though ever since the creation of the world, God’s eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood in things that He has made.

If you suppressed the truth in other everyday situations, like driving, for instance, the results could be disastrous. Suppose you were driving down the highway and saw a road sign that read: “Dangerous Curve Ahead”; you would have to make a choice. You could observe the warning and slow down or you could ignore the warning and maintain your rate of speed. I suppose there could even be a third option – you could defy the warning altogether and speed up. Whatever response you make will not change the truth of the sign – the curve remains dangerous, whether you acknowledge it or not. Slowing down simply indicates that you are responding appropriately to the truth you have encountered.

Join us this coming Sunday as we study about how to respond appropriately to the truth that Jesus shared through his life and teaching.

John Harp

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