Heart of the Rockies Christian Church in Fort Collins, CO

Adult Education | Wednesday Evening Book Study

Starting January 8 we will be starting a new book study, “Strength to Love”, by Martin Luther King Jr. It is a collection of 15 sermons, each which stand alone, so people can join in any time.

One of the sermons, “Love Your Enemies” includes this often quoted paragraph:

“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. So when Jesus says “Love your enemies,” he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition. Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”

That still echoes today, full of meaning. Meeting Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Mark Turner’s home to discuss one chapter each week. Contact Mark with questions.