Thought Provokers for Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016


These Thought Provokers may help you meditate the Gospel for this Sunday: Matthew 11:2-11

Blessings we enjoy daily, and for the most of them,
because they be so common, men forget to pay their praises.
But let not us, because it is a sacrifice so pleasing to him who still protects us,
and gives us flowers, and showers, and meat and content.

Izaak Walton

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When Michelangelo, already well along in years, was reminiscing with an old friend, the latter commented, “Yes, after such a good life it’s hard to look death in the eye.

“Not at all,” Michelangelo answered. “Since life was such a pleasure, death coming from the same great Source cannot displease us.”

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Helen Keller, who was blind and deaf, said:

“I thank God for my handicaps.
I am blind and deaf.
Through (my handicaps) I have found myself, my work,
and I found God.”

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Jesus of Nazareth, without money or arms,
conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon;
without science and learning,
he shed more light on things human and divine
than all the philosophers and scholars combined;
without the eloquence of the school,
he spoke words of life such as were never spoken before or since,
and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet,
without writing a single line,
he has set more pens in motion
and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions,
works of art, learned volumes and songs of praise
than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.
Born in a manger and crucified as a malefactor,
he now controls the destinies of the civilized world
and rules a spiritual empire which embraces one third of the inhabitants of the globe.

Philip Schaff, church historian

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In the best sense of the word, Jesus was a radical….
His religion has so long been identified with conservatism…
that it is almost startling sometimes to remember
that all the conservatives of his own times were against him;
that it was the young, free, restless, sanguine, progressive part of the people
who flocked to him.

Phillips Brooks, 19th century pastor

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About Daniel Mochamps

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