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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "A Man is Known by the Company He Keeps" (without using the actual phrase). (01/31/08)
TITLE: The Ballad of Heaven's Hoodlum
By Gerald Shuler
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Lo, it’s been told from times of old
But hear it once again
For if you heed the words you hear
You’ll not fall prey to sin.
The Chief Musician, Lucifer,
Lord of angelic choirs,
Had placed a seed within his soul
Igniting deadly fires.
It didn’t happen all at once
‘Else others would have known
The path that Lucifer had walked
Was his and his alone.
But through the ages crafty words
Began to take their toll.
Soon other angels followed him,
Believing in his goal.
The Lord God knew rebellion brewed,
It had to end somehow.
But all within His nature cried
“Let mercy cover now.”
The mercy of the Lord went out
To rebels far and wide.
“Come back to where you once had been
Or mercy can’t abide."
But Lucifer had grown too dark,
He’d not return again.
There would be war on Heaven’s shore
And Lucifer would win.
The time had come, some angels chose
The liar to be king.
So mercy lifted, God arose
And angels ceased to sing.
The battle raged with flaming swords
Outside of Heaven’s door.
God watched His angels, wounded, fall…
He’d tolerate no more.
With lifted hand He spoke the Word
“Sin can not enter here.”
With majestic, mighty power
God’s Word stopped Lucifer.
Now God had to find the angels
The Liar had deceived.
The fate the hoodlum was facing
His friends also received.
We know how this story ended…
The angels were cast out.
But the battle hasn’t ended,
Satan is still about.
He’s seeking those who will listen
To the lies he will tell.
But all who choose to stand with him
Will follow him to Hell.
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