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Hope springs eternal in Minnesota – what better place for it to happen than where snow is measured in feet, not inches!!!  And, where thoughts include the next crop arising from the buried bulbs.  Here are several bulbs longing to sprout in your garden . . . and life. . . .

  • Those who live by mercy will always be disposed to practice mercy, especially to a human being which is so dependent on the mercy of others as the unborn child. (Karl Barth in Church Dogmatics, The Doctrine of Creation)
  • A hundred touches of kindness come to us every day to tell us that we are not orphans or outcasts upon the earth.  Traces of order, gleams of beauty, provisions of bounty in the natural world are evidence that it is God’s house. (Henry van Dyke in The Upward Path)
  • A thankful heart cannot be cynical.  (A.W. Tozer in Signposts)
  • God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit isn’t a consulting firm we bring in to give us expert advice on how to run our lives. (Eugene Petersen in Leap Over a Wall)
  • Unused truth becomes as useless as an unused muscle. (A.W. Tozer in That Incredible Christian)
  • Why is the temptation of power so seemingly irresistible?  Maybe  power offers an easy substitute for the hard task of love.  It seems easier to be God than to love God, and easier to control people than to love them. (Mornings with Henri Nouwen)
  • Why can’t evangelical scientists agree?  For the same reason people can’t agree on eschatology, baptism, and a whole lot of other questions – imperfect and partial knowledge.
  • A cosmic philosophy is not constructed to fit a person; it is constructed to fit a cosmos.  A person can no more possess a private religion than he can possess a private sun and moon.  (G.K. Chesterton. Selected Essays of G. K. Chesterton)
  • Following Jesus into the desert is going to where our life is not, nor ever will be, completely in our control.  Power, pleasure, and possessions are smashed.  You are miles from the sources of gratification.  You own little or nothing.  You wait with faith and hope for it to pass.
  • There is always one fact more in every life of which we know nothing.  Therefore, Jesus says, “Judge not.”  (Oswald Chambers, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount)
  • If you are my follower, you once weren’t.  Rejoice in what you now are. (paraphrasing Jesus)