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In His book Blue Like Jazz Author Donald Miller writes, "I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn't resolve. But I was outside the Bagdad Theater in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone. I stood there for fifteen minutes, and he never opened his eyes. After that I liked jazz music. Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.”

--Blue Like Jazz, page ix Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Shawn Beaty

Now go and show them the way……

1 Corinthians 8:9-13 (MSG) “But God does care when you use your freedom carelessly in a way that leads a Christian still vulnerable to those old associations to be thrown off track. (10) For instance, say you flaunt your freedom by going to a banquet thrown in honor of idols, where the main course is meat sacrificed to idols. Isn't there great danger if someone still struggling over this issue, someone who looks up to you as knowledgeable and mature, sees you go into that banquet? The danger is that he will become terribly confused—maybe even to the point of getting mixed up himself in what his conscience tells him is wrong. (11) Christ gave up his life for that person. Wouldn't you at least be willing to give up going to dinner for him—because, as you say, it doesn't really make any difference? But it does make a difference if you hurt your friend terribly, risking his eternal ruin! (12) When you hurt your friend, you hurt Christ. A free meal here and there isn't worth it at the cost of even one of these ‘weak ones.’ (13) So, never go to these idol-tainted meals if there's any chance it will trip up one of your brothers or sisters.”

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