Thought Provokers

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THOUGHT PROVOKERS for this Sunday (Gospel: John 10:1-10, The Good Shepherd).
When we say, “Something should be done about Skid Row [the “Homeless District” in Los Angeles],”
God is saying the same thing about us.
That is why he sent his Son to help us.
J. Vernon McGee

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How does Christ save people? How does he lead them to green pastures? One of his methods is to ask his disciples to do part of the work. Christians are at work all over the world bringing relief to disaster areas–and teaching people to read–and practicing modern medicine in primitive parts of the world.

Some years ago, William Reel wrote an article about the work of the Salvation Army. He said:

“I’ve always liked the Sallies because they practice the virtues I love but lack, primarily humility. If there is a job with less prestige than begging quarters for kettles on street corners, I can’t think of it. Showing up at disaster scenes with coffee and comfort isn’t exactly a fun gig either. Nor is caring for bums and shopping-bag ladies. Cheerfully and anonymously, the Sallies love the unlovely. They operate thousands of Christian centers in the U.S. They run programs for tots and oldtimers, jailbirds, and junkies, unwed mothers and skid-row reprobates. The Sallies give sermons–and they live sermons, too.
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We all long for heaven where God is but we have it in our power to be in heaven with Him right now–to be happy with Him at this very moment. But being happy with Him now means:

* loving as He loves,
* helping as He helps,
* giving as He gives,
* serving as He serves,
* rescuing as He rescues,
* being with Him for all the twenty-four hours,
* touching Him in His distressing disguise.
Mother Teresa
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Christ died to save us, not from suffering, but from ourselves;
not from injustice, far less from justice, but from being unjust.
He died that we might live–but live as he lives,
by dying as he died who died to himself that he might live unto God.
If we do not die to ourselves, we cannot live to God,
and he that does not live to God, is dead.
George MacDonald
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Don’t count sheep if you can’t sleep.
Talk to the Shepherd.
Paul Frost
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About Daniel Mochamps

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