Thought Provokers

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These thoughts from various authors may help you meditate on the Gospel for this Sunday (Mark 13:24-37). The message based on this Gospel text will be published here (audio, preached by Fr. Daniel Mochamps).

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Rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming,
but on our own readiness to receive him;
not on the chance of his not attacking,
but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.

Sun Tzu, 300 B.C.
NOTE: Sun Tzu was a great military thinker. Military professionals still read his little book. When Sun Tzu wrote the above counsel, he had in mind preparing for battle against a military force, but his counsel applies equally well to other battles. Careful preparation will help us with temptation–and illness–and economic downturn–and every vicissitude of life. We should not plan on those things never happening to us, but should prepare so that we are ready when they do come.
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I thatched my roof
when the weather was dry.

Scottish proverb
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The most important consideration about the future
is to do faithfully what is before us today.
Faithfulness leads to fulfillment of dreams, not futility;
dependability leads to delight of duty.

V. Raymond Edman, Disciplines of Life
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I believe God wants us to be successful–and yet success is not always obvious. The Chinese bamboo tree does absolutely nothing–or so it seems–for the first four years. Then suddenly, sometime during the fifth year, it shoots up ninety feet in sixty days. Would you say that bamboo tree grew in six weeks, or in five years?

I think our lives are akin to the Chinese bamboo tree. Sometimes we put forth effort, put forth effort, and put forth effort– and nothing seems to happen. But if you do the right things long enough, you’ll receive the rewards of your efforts.

The late S. Truett Cathy
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Keep us, Lord, so awake in the duties of our calling,
that we may sleep in thy peace
and wake in thy glory.

John Donne, 17th Century English cleric
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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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