Thought Provokers for Sunday, June 18, 2016

jesus and demoniac

The Gospel reading for this Sunday is John 20:1-18 (Click here to read it).

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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You will not be saved by General Motors
or the prefabricated house.
You will not be saved by Vitamin D
or the expanding universe.

Stephen Vincent Benet

NOTE: The false saviors in this quotation are dated, but the principle remains true. We will not be saved by faster computer chips–or modern medicine (except temporarily)–or cell phones–or Google–or anything else in all creation other than Christ our Lord.

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If you read history,
you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world
were those who thought most of the next.
It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world
that they have become ineffective in this world.
Aim at heaven, and you get earth thrown in.
Aim at earth and you get neither.

C.S. Lewis

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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 in touch with Him for all the twenty-four hours,
and touching him in His distressing disguise.

Mother Teresa

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Saving knowledge is diffused over the earth,
not like sunlight but like torchlight,
which is passed from hand to hand.

James Strachan

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About Daniel Mochamps

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