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Don Follis: The wolf lies with the lamb when we love our enemies

Last August while I was in Charleston, South Carolina, I attended the Wednesday evening Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston. The study on that hot, humid night brought to mind a famous Old Testament prophecy in Isaiah where the prophet envisions a peaceful kingdom with the coming of the Messiah.

Christmas bazaar, cookie walk set

The First Presbyterian Church will hold its Christmas bazaar and cookie walk from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

There will be a cookie walk, crafts and books for sale in the church gym at 100 N. Franklin St. in Danville.

Proceeds from the bazaar will go to the church's annual Christmas food basket giveaway.

Religion calendar, Dec. 11-18, 2015

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Events

Annual live Nativity. 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Muncie Baptist Church. Call 548-2116.

Leader: Vandalism strengthened community's faith

CHAMPAIGN — A leader of the University of Illinois' Jewish community says the vandalism of the Chabad Center's distinctive menorah on Aug. 19 has strengthened his community's faith.

Don Follis: Understand, embrace and enjoy vulgarity of Christmas

I was looking in a store window showcasing tacky Christmas decorations. Two young women beside me pointed to a lighted, plastic creche sitting between two 3-foot-high plastic Santas. A six-outlet power strip was leaning against the shoebox-sized crche.

One woman said, "That is just gross. It looks vulgar."

St. Patrick: Room to grow

URBANA — As the drywall came down at historic St. Patrick Catholic Church, a small miracle: stained-glass windows that had been covered up for decades.

"It was amazing to see what had been covered up," said Father Joseph Hogan, who helped oversee renovation and expansion of the 1901 church.

Religion calendar, Dec. 4-11, 2015

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Events

Don Follis: First Sunday of Advent starts at the very end of time

On this First Sunday of Advent we start at the end — the very end. The gospel reading for this Sunday is from Luke chapter 21 where Jesus is teaching on the temple precincts in Jerusalem. He tells his disciples what to expect in the future, both the near and distant future.

Religion calendar, Nov. 27-Dec. 4, 2015

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Don Follis: The strong link between humiliation, gratitude

You don't have to be around long to see the crucial link between humiliation and gratitude. British pastor John Newton, writer of "Amazing Grace," said the two are inseparable. So welcome your day of humiliation, as Newton calls it. Humiliation opens the door to gratitude and gratitude lets you see how utterly interdependent you are.