Challenging Thoughts for the Gospel read on Sunday, March 22, 2019

If you want to get warm you must stand by the fire;

if you want to be wet you must get into the water.

If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life,

you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them.

They are not a sort of prize which God could, if He chose,

just hand out to anyone.

They are a great fountain of energy and beauty

spurting up at the very center of reality.

Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run

only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay.

But look for Christ and you will find Him,

and with Him everything else thrown in.

C. S. Lewis

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There is an ocean of cold water without motion.

In this ocean, however, is the Gulf Stream,

hot water flowing from the Equator towards the Pole.

Inquire of all scientists how it is physically imaginable

that a stream of hot water flows between the waters of the ocean,

which, so to speak, form its banks,

the moving within the motionless, the hot within the cold,

no scientist can explain it.

Similarly, there is the God of love within the God of the forces of the universe,

one with Him, and yet so totally different.

We let ourselves be seized and carried away by that vital stream.

Albert Schweitzer

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Back in the Old West, two men rode a train across the western plains. One man said, “If this place just had a little more water and some better people, it would be a great place to live.”

His friend replied, “A little more water and some better people.  That’s all that Hell needs.”

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Jesus threw a dam across the desert canyon of my life

and brought in living water.

The arid cracks filled up,

the desert blossomed,

and now he controls the outflow.

Carol Rhodes

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Several years ago an UPI release told the story of a mid-western hospital that had existed for thirty-five years, and to their amazement they found that the fire fighting equipment had never been connected Never! The hoses had never been connected to the main water line. They had everything they needed–except the most important and vital ingredient to fight fire, and that was water.

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Coming from the Soviet Union I was not prepared for the incredible variety of products available in American grocery stores. On my first shopping trip I saw powdered milk–you just add water and you get milk. I saw powdered orange juice–you just add water and you get orange juice.

Then I saw baby powder–and I thought to myself, what a country.

Jake Shrimp, America On Six Rubles A Day

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