Challenging Thoughts for Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be,

since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.

Thomas a Kempis

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Anger is quieted by a gentle word

just as fire is quenched by water.

Jean Pierre Camus

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People who fly into a rage

always make a bad landing.

Will Rogers

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All men know in their very earliest years that beside the good of their animal personality, there is another, a better a good in life, which is not only independent of the gratification of the appetites of the animal personality but on the contrary, the greater the renunciation of the welfare of the animal personality the greater the good becomes….This feeling…is known to all.  This feeling is love.

Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

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When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.  It may be a death like that of the first disciples who had to leave home and work to follow Him, or it may be a death like Luther’s, who had to leave the monastery and go out into the world.  But it is the same death every time- death in Jesus Christ, the death of the old man at His call.  That is why the rich young man was so loath to follow Jesus, for the cost of following was the death of his will.  In fact, every command of Jesus is a call to die, with all our affections and lusts.  But we do not want to die, and therefore Jesus Christ and His call are necessarily our death and our life.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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