Thought Provokers for Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016

cross carrying

If you want to know what we learned in 25 words or less,
giving is down because we don’t love God
as much as we love a lot of other stuff.

Sylvia Ronsvalle,
commenting on a study of Christian stewardship

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We do not want suffering; we want success.
We identify not with those who are low and hurt
but with those who are high and healthy.
We don’t like lepers or losers very well;
we prefer climbers and comers.
For Christians, the temptation to be conformed to this world
is desperately sweet and strong.

Yet, says the apostle Paul,
we are children of God if we suffer with Christ..
God does not give his hardest assignments to his weakest children.

Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. in Assurances of the Heart

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Christ died to save us, not from suffering, but from ourselves;
not from injustice, far less from justice,
but from being unjust.

He died that we might live–
but live as he lives,
by dying as he died
who died to himself that he might live unto God.

If we do not die to ourselves,
we cannot live to God,
and he that does not live to God is dead.

George MacDonald in Unspoken Sermons

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We in the church are making a great mistake
by trying to make Christianity popular and pleasant.

We have taken the cross away
and substituted cushions.

Billy Graham

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Through circumstances, often very humdrum conditions,
and sometimes through disagreeable people,
God seeks to prepare his servants
that they may be for him “broken bread and poured-out wine.”

D.W. Lambert

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About Daniel Mochamps

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