This question is Jesus’ response to Peter’s affirmation that he will do just that. This morning we consider the nature and extent of the commitment to which God has called us as His disciples.  Sermon by Al Gordon from the 7th of August, 2016.

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We speak much of winning, succeeding, overcoming, and conquering but little of yielding, submitting, obeying, and surrendering. 

Rick Warren (b. 1954)

 

 

Modern psychology favors independence over dependence, confidence over feelings of inferiority, avoidance of pain and a strong will. Saint Benedict (480-567AD) says just the opposite: submit to authority, feel your inferiority, embrace suffering, and have no will of your own.

Thomas Moore, psychotherapist and former monk, (b. 1940)

 

 

When heaven is going to give a great responsibility to someone it first makes his mind to endure suffering. It makes his sinews and bones experience toil, and his body to suffer hunger. It inflicts him with poverty and knocks down everything he tries to build. In this way Heaven stimulates his mind, stabilizes his temper, and develops his weak points. 

The Book of Mencius, 300 BC, Chinese

 

 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ awakens a tremendous craving but also a tremendous resentment. People want the blessing of God but not the probing and humility required to get it. 

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

 

 

It’s always too early to quit.

Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)

 

 

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my savior and my God.

Psalm 42:5,11