Thought Provokers for Sunday, March 5, 2017

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These Thought Provokers may help you meditate the Gospel for this Sunday: Matthew 4:1-11

The name SATAN means in Hebrew, “the hinderer.”
That is the correct designation for the anti-human
in individuals and in the human race.

Let us not allow this Satanic element in men
to hinder us from realizing man!
…Let us dare, despite all, to trust!

Martin Buber

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Dag Hammarskjold warned, “The devils enter uninvited when the house stands empty.” Think about that for a moment. What Hammarskjold meant, of course, is that a person with no religious beliefs–no moral compass–is like a vacuum waiting to be filled. G.K. Chesterton warned, “When people stop believing in God they do not believe in nothing. They believe in anything.”

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Note that, in the temptations,
the devil did not try to persuade Jesus to do something obviously bad.
He didn’t offer Jesus his sister–or a bag of drugs.
He offered Jesus bread, to provide strength for the work that lay ahead.
He offered Jesus an opportunity to save people by the wagonload.
He offered Jesus the world that Jesus had come to save.
Thomas a Kempis says, “The devil is continually tempting thee to seek high things–
to go after honors.”

As we grow in faith,
the tempter aims higher and higher.

Richard Niell Donovan

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Collapse in the Christian life is seldom a blowout;
it is usually a slow leak.

Paul E. Little

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Satan, like the fisher,
baits his hook according to the appetite of the fish

Thomas Adams

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About Daniel Mochamps

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