Thought Provokers

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These Thought Provokers are about the Gospel from last Sunday,
the rich young man (Mk 10:17-31).
Saint-seducing gold

William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
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Tell me what you think about money,
and I can tell you what you think about God,
for these two are closely related.
A man’s heart is closer to his wallet than almost anything else.

Billy Graham
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It is good to have money and the things that money can buy,
but it is good, too, to check up once in awhile
and make sure you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.

George Horace Lorimer
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Make money your god,
and it will plague you like the devil.

Henry Fielding
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Dr. Karl Menninger, the famous psychiatrist, once asked a wealthy patient, “What are you going to do with all your money?” The patient replied, “Worry about it, I guess.” Menninger then asked, “Do you get much pleasure out of worrying about your money?” The patient thought for a moment, and replied, “No, but I feel such terror when I think of giving it away.”
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A Sunday school teacher was talking to the kids about things that money can’t buy. She said, “Money can’t buy love. Very often, the people we love most are people with very little money.” Then she asked an interesting question. She said, “What would you do if I offered you a thousand dollars not to love your parents? Do you think you could stop loving your parents for a thousand dollars?”

There was a moment of silence–and then one of the boys held up his hand. “Yes, what is it?” the teacher asked. They boy asked, “How much would you give me not to love my sister?”
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Those who own a car are among the world’s upper class. Those who own a home are more wealthy than 95 percent of all the people on this planet…. Let us get away from our pervasive dishonesty and frankly admit our wealth. Although most of us have a difficult time balancing our budgets, we must recognize that as world citizens we are among the very wealthy.

But please note that this is not intended to make us feel guilty…. We do not need to be ashamed of our wealth or try to hide it from ourselves and others. It is only as we admit our wealth and quit trying to run from it that we are in a position to conquer it and use it for God’s good purposes.

Richard J. Foster
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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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