Challenging Thoughts for the Gospel read on Sunday, June 16, 2019

To live by the law of Christ and accept him in our hearts

is to turn a giant floodlight of hope into our valleys of trouble.

Charles R. Hembree

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To escape the distress caused by regret for the past or fear about the future,

this is the rule to follow: 

leave the past to the infinite mercy of God,

the future to his good providence;

give the present wholly to his love by being faithful to his grace.

Jean-Pierre de Caussade

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The faith of a Christian…is trust in God,

in a good God who created a good world,

though the world is not now good;

in a good God,

powerful and good enough finally to destroy the evil that men do

and redeem them of their sins.

Reinhold Niebuhr

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E. Stanley Jones told of a missionary lost in a jungle.  After wandering for days, he came upon a village in the deep jungle.   The occupants of the village heard him approach, and awaited his arrival.  The missionary asked them to lead him out of the jungle, and one of the men agreed to do so.

As they set out on the journey, the native man hacked his way through the dense jungle.  As they moved further and further through the trackless wilderness––further and further from the little village––the missionary began to worry.  “Are you quite sure this is the way?” he asked.  “Where is the path?”  The native responded, “Bwana, in this place, I am the path.” 

The Spirit of truth is our path.

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William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States, said, “One cannot always be sure of the truth of what one hears if he happens to be President of the United States.” 

Taft meant, of course, that people are tempted to curry favor with powerful people by telling them what they want to hear.  The danger is that the president might make disastrous decisions, having not heard the truth.  A wise president will value highly those people who will always tell the truth.

Christians are guided by the Spirit of truth, who guides us into all truth.

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