THOUGHT PROVOKERS about the Gospel of Advent1


We can’t cross a bridge until we come to it,

but I always like to lay down a pontoon ahead of time.

Bernard M. Baruch

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Barclay, in his book, Every Day with William Barclay, says, “What is important is not that we should always fear (or hope) about the end but that we should always remember, always take it into account.”

He goes on to say that a seventy year old man need not worry constantly about death, but should always take it into account. For instance, he should make sure that his will is current.

In like manner, Christians need not talk constantly about Jesus’ Second Coming,

but were should live our lives so that we will be ready when Christ comes again.

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Christ designed that the day of his coming should be hid from us,

that being in suspense, we might be, as it were, upon the watch.

Martin Luther

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The primitive church thought more about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ

than about death or about heaven.

The early Christians were looking not

for a cleft in the ground called a grave,

but for a cleavage in the sky called Glory.

They were watching not for the “undertaker”

but for the “Uppertaker.”

Alexander Maclaren

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It is our faith in the end of time

that directs our journey through time.

Jurgen Moltmann

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 Gathered by Dick Donovan

About Daniel Mochamps

Church Planter, Anglican Diocese in New England (Anglican Church in North America).
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