Thought Provokers

cross take up your cross and follow me

These Thought Provokers may help you meditate the text of the Gospel for this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 (Mark 8:27-38).

It has been said that Crosses are fashioned of two pieces;
the one, the will of God; the other, my own will.
Place these two wills side by side and there is no Cross, but only pleasure.
It is only when God’s will is laid across my will that there is pain and sorrow.

John B. Delaunay
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When Jesus said, “If you are going to follow me, you have to take up a cross,”
it was the same as saying, “Come and bring your electric chair with you.
Take up the gas chamber and follow me.”
He did not have a beautiful gold cross in mind-
the cross on a church steeple or on the front of your Bible.
Jesus had in mind a place of execution.

Billy Graham
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Certain it is that we are saved not by one cross but by two-
Christ’s and our own.
We must be crucified with Christ, must die with him,
and rise with him into a new way of life and being.

Arthur John Gossip
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The crosses which we make for ourselves
by over-anxiety as to the future
are not Heaven-sent crosses.

Francois Fenelon
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God does not lavish his children with a jolly discipleship
so that they may swim in spiritual ecstasy between conversion and death.
God is a giver, but he does not give happiness.
He gives redemption, meaning, security, love, victory,
and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
And happiness is our response to his gifts.

Calvin Miller
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About Daniel Mochamps

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