Thursday, December 31, 2009

Curiosity Is...

"Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect." ~ Samuel Johnson

Saturday, December 26, 2009

...the call to abandon...

"The cross is laid on every Christian. It begins with the call to abandon the attachments of this world. It is that dying of the old man which is the result of his encounter with Christ. As we embark upon discipleship we surrender ourselves to Christ in union with His death -- we give over our lives to death. Since this happens at the beginning of the Christian life, the cross can never be merely a tragic ending to an otherwise happy religious life. 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 his 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

Sunday, December 13, 2009

...this crazy world...

"In this crazy world, there's an enormous distinction between good times and bad, between sorrow and joy. But in the eyes of God, they're never separated. Where there is pain, there is healing. Where there is mourning, there is dancing. Where there is poverty, there is the kingdom." Henri J. M. Nouwen

Monday, December 7, 2009

Strength of a Family

‎"The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other." ~ Mario Puzo

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Expend What...

If... a doubt should at any time arise in your mind concerning what you are going to expend, either on yourself or any part of your family, you have an easy way to remove it. Calmly and seriously inquire, 1. In expending this, am I acting according to my character? Am I acting herein, not as a proprietor, but as a steward of my Lord's goods? 2. Am I doing this in obedience to his Word? In what Scripture does he require me so to do? 3. Can I offer up this action, this expense, as a sacrifice to God through Jesus Christ?... You will seldom need anything more to remove any doubt which arises on this head; but by this consideration you will receive clear light as to the way wherein you should go. John Wesley