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Take care … that none of you may have an evil and unfaithful heart, so as to forsake the living God.  Encourage yourselves daily … so that none may grow hardened by the deceit of sin.  We have become partners of Christ if only we hold the beginning of reality firm until the end for it is said:

“Oh, that today you would hear his voice; Harden not your hearts …”

Heb 3: 12, 13, 14-15

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Yesterday on the Sabbath there was a violent motorcycle gang fight in and outside a restaurant in Waco, Texas. Nine were killed, police were shot at, and over 100 people were arrested.  Just another in the daily signs that secularism (life without faith) leads to violence, death and disorder.

What are we to do?

Adhere to the lesson of Skellig Michael.

Shellig Michael was monastery established around the 6th century on a small island in the North Atlantic, 11 miles of the coast of Island.  It was an outpost of Light for Christians in Europe’s dark period.

It sustained until the 12th century and is credited with being a source in preserving and sustaining Christianity.

The monks in this and other Irish monasteries transcribed religious and classic texts and in doing so offered access to critical knowledge when Europe could once again ready to seek a civilized and faithful existence.

So what is the lesson?

Small groups.  We sustain our faith in small groups where faith is freely shared and where faith governs our dialogue, our ways of thinking, being, and experiencing human existence.

We need each other when the dark descends, when culture turns against us.  We need each other now.

Did not the disciples and believers assemble in the upper room?  Were those days not full of uncertainty and darkness?  Had not the world seemed to have turned against Christ?

… they went to the upper room … All devoted themselves with one accord to prayer …

Acts 1:13, 14

Be as the Irish monks of Skellig Michael.  Gather together in small groups.  Keep friendships with those who believe. Support one another.  Teach one another. Pray.  Worship together.  Witness.

Shalom.

Thank you for reading this blog.  Draw close to one another in faith.  Share your faith.  Peace be with you.

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