Thought Provokers for Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, Christmas Day

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You may read the text of the Gospel, Luke 2:1-20, (and other texts) here.

The Son of man became man
to enable men to become the sons of God.

C.S. Lewis

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The place where the Saviour enters in looks rather like the stable of Bethlehem.
It is not beautiful, but quite ugly;
not at all cozy, but really frightening;
not at all decently human, but right beside the animals….

Down there Jesus Christ sets up quarters.
Even better, he has already done so!
Yes, praise be to God for this dark place, for this manger,
for this stable in our lives!
There we need him, and there he can use each one of us….
There he greets us.
What else can we do but return his greeting and bid him welcome?

Karl Barth

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If Christ is born a thousand times in Bethlehem and not in you,
then you are lost.

Angelus Silesius, 17th Century Christian,
in Cherubic Pilgrim

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The greatness of God was not cast off,
but the slightness of human nature was put on.

Thomas Aquinas

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The Incarnation is the most stupendous event
which ever can take place on earth;
and after it and henceforth,
I do not see how we can scruple at any miracle
on the mere ground of it being unlikely to happen.

John Henry Newman

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The Bible is a missionary book.
Jesus Christ is the Father’s missionary to a lost world.

Harold Lindsell

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About Daniel Mochamps

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