Thought Provokers for Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017

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As a lawyer I have made a prolonged study of the evidences
for the events of the first Easter Day.
To me the evidence is conclusive,
and over and over again in the High Court

I have secured the verdict on evidence not nearly so compelling.
Inference follows on evidence,
and a truthful witness is always artless and disdains effect.

The Gospel evidence for the resurrection is of this class,
and as a lawyer I accept it unreservedly
as the testimony of truthful men
to facts they were able to substantiate.

Sir Edward Clarke in J. R. W. Stott, Basic Christianity

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The great Easter truth is not that we are to live newly after death–
that is not the great thing–
but that we are to, and may, live nobly now
because we are to live forever.

Phillips Brooks

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If Easter says anything to us today, it says this:

You can put truth in a grave,
but it won’t stay there.

You can nail it to a cross,
wrap it in winding sheets
and shut it up in a tomb,
but it will rise!

Clarence W. Hall

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God’s main purpose with us is not to get us somewhere
but to make something of us on the way..

When your way is rough and lonely,
when you are beaten by failure and chilled with disappointment,
remember that God is seeking to develop your soul by those experiences..

It is not getting somewhere
or finding something on which we have set our hearts that matters.
It is what we become on the way that counts.

John Bishop, A Word in Season

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He brought light out of darkness,
not out of a lesser light;

he can bring your summer out of winter,
though you have no spring;
though in the ways of fortune,
or understanding, or conscience,
you have been benighted until now,
wintered and frozen,
clouded and eclipsed,
damped and benumbed,
smothered and stupefied till now,
now God comes to you,
not as in the dawning of the day,
not as in the bud of the spring,
but as the sun at noon.

John Donne,
Sermon Preached on Christmas Day, 1624

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About Daniel Mochamps

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