Thought Provokers for Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016


Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance,
baptism without church discipline,
communion without confession,
absolution without personal confession.
Cheap grace is grace without discipleship,
grace without the cross,
grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.

Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field;
for the sake of it a man will gladly go and sell all that he has.
It is the pearl of great price to buy
(for) which the merchant will sell all his goods.
It is the kingly rule of Christ,
for whose sake a man will pluck out the eye which causes him to stumble,
it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciples leaves his nets and follows him.

Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow,
and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

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When I feel my sin and am shaken because of it,
it is not at all because of feeling inferior to others.
It is because one of God’s masterpieces has become stained with sin.

Paul Tournier, Swiss physician

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We are ensnared by the wisdom of the serpent;
we are set free by the foolishness of God.


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No Christian escapes a taste of the wilderness
on the way to the Promised Land.

Evelyn Underhill

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God is too good, it is said, not to forgive.
That is exactly what he does: everything,
he forgives everything the moment the heart repents.
If the devil repented he would immediately be forgiven.
But sin without repentance cannot be pardoned.

Jacques Maritain

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About Daniel Mochamps

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