Thought Provokers for the First Sunday in Advent

signs in sun and moon

The Gospel for this Sunday is Luke 21:25-36 (Signs in the sun, moon and stars). These signs are not astronomical phenomenons:  Come back here for the audio of the message on this text.

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There are three ways that prepare us for life’s trials.
One is the Spartan way that says, “I have strength within me to do it,
I am the captain of my soul.
With the courage and will that is mine,
I will be master when the struggle comes.”

Another way is the spirit of Socrates,
who affirmed that we have minds, reason and judgment
to evaluate and help us cope with the enigmas and struggles of life.

The Christian way is the third approach.
It doesn’t exclude the other two,
but it adds, “You don’t begin with yourself, your will or your reason.
You begin with God, who is the beginning and the end.”

Lowell R. Ditzen
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Circumstances may appear to wreck our lives and God’s plans,
but God is not helpless among the ruins.
Our broken lives are not lost or useless.
God’s love is still working.
He comes in and takes the calamity and uses it victoriously,
working out his wonderful plan of love.

Eric Liddell, the famous runner in the movie, Chariots of Fire–a true story.
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Perhaps the deepest mystery of redemption and divine love
is precisely that we can be redeemed not only from our squalors
but in a sense in our squalors.

Gerald Vann
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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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O Lord, support us all the day long,
until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over,
and our work is done.
Then in Thy mercy grant us a safe lodging,
and a holy rest,
and peace at the last.

Book of Common Prayer
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About Daniel Mochamps

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