August 2017, Vol. 36, No. 8

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Silent Violins

posted on January 20, 2018

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Luigi Tarisio was found dead one morning with scarce a comfort in his home, but with 246 exquisite violins, which he had been collecting all his life, crammed into an attic, the best in the bottom drawer of an old rickety bureau. In his devotion to the violin, he had robbed the world of all that music all the time he treasured them; others before him had done the same, so that when the greatest of his collection, a Stradivarius, was first played it had 147 speechless years.

How many of Christ’s people are like old Tarisio? In our love of the church we fail to give the glad tidings to the world; in our zeal for the truth we forget to publish it. When shall we learn that the Good News needs not just to be cherished, but needs to be told? All people need to hear it.

What lessons can be learned from Luigi? Shall we keep hoarding our knowledge of God’s wonderful story of salvation while others are dying without Christ every hour?

If you cannot speak like angels,
If you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus,
You can say, “He died for all.”

via Findlay church of Christ
Sparta, TN

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