Category Archives: Quotes

…..and then he said,……

I had a 24/7 front row seat to the last four months of the earthly life of Grant Donald Torgerson. He had many blessed last words. He was patient, content, and confident. Not perfectly so,  but so well done. It … Continue reading

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Sayings from my Dad

The sun has riz the morning is I wonder where  the birdies is This often used when he called up the long stairs to the second floor bedrooms, letting us know it was time to rise and shine No rest for … Continue reading

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“My thoughts are not your thoughts.” – God

Sometimes that fact brings relief – when I am harsh with myself for a miscalculation and He reminds me that He has extended mercy. Sometimes it brings frustration because I persist in my assumption that my perspective is correct, and … Continue reading

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Spurgeon’s Sermon on Isaiah 26:3

Truth is not time sensitive. Charles Spurgeon preached a sermon 130 years ago that is still fully applicable to our concerns and our needs.   This is only a short excerpt from it (the whole thing is twelve pages when printed out). A … Continue reading

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A Quote About Farming

“The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, … Continue reading

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April 18, 1905

Frederic and Johanna Hansen are pleased to announce the birth of their 6th daughter, Her name is Edith Mathea. She might have been the 8th  (or the 7th)of the twelve daughters; I don’t have the records handy but wanted to acknowledge … Continue reading

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Eight Lines from Emily Dickinson

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I’m nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too? Then there’s a pair of us–don’t tell! They’d banish us, you know. How dreary to be somebody! How public, like a frog To tell your name the livelong day To an … Continue reading

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National Security and National Solvency~~According to President Eisenhower

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May Day: Eisenhower, Khrushchev and the U-2 Affair (Michael Beschloss, Harper and Row, 1986) is a review of the international context and disastrous events of the U-2 loss over the Soviet Union just two weeks before a summit meeting scheduled in … Continue reading

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Grandpa Soren died this afternoon: June 13, 1956

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Mom and I were at the regular Ladies Aid meeting at a neighboring farm where they had a phone. I was playing quietly with my friends and then the phone call drew a line through the middle of the afternoon. … Continue reading

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The Humanity of Christ

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In his book, The Incomparable Christ, J. Oswald Sanders sets forth a readable narrative that draws on the Scriptures for deep thoughts served up in bite-sized pieces, pieces which nevertheless may require considerable chewing. In one section he discusses the humanity … Continue reading

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What did the Roman Satirist say about Deception?

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The Roman Satirist, Petronius (first century AD) said this about why deception thrives: Mundus vult decipi; ergo decipiatur* Also in the first century, Paul the Apostle addressed the same issue in his letter to the church at Thessalonica in II … Continue reading

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Mom Copied This Story In Her Own Hand

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Temple Bailey (1885 – 1953) was an American novelist and short story writer. In the early 1900’s, her writings were published in The Saturday Evening Post, Woman’s Home Companion, Good Housekeeping and McCall’s.   What follows is the text of a handwritten transcription of one of Temple … Continue reading

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Is Sin Necessary in Order To Be Human?

In The Incomparable Christ,  J. Oswald Sanders, has synthesized so many precious things about the person of Jesus Christ in a highly readable narrative. One of the things he addresses in his discussion of the humanity of Christ is the often unchallenged assumption that may burrow into our faith-foundations~~the … Continue reading

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Sense and Nonsense

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The nonsense first.  The following message appeared on a motel sign in Fergus Falls on Easter Sunday in 2005: Man or God~~His Message was Love What a patronizing tip-of-the-hat to the resurrected Christ. Contrast that with what was written in … Continue reading

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Charles Spurgeon on Comfort

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Psalm 77:2  “My soul refused to be comforted.” In the Treasury of David, Spurgeon writes this about the Psalmist’s dilemma: “He refused some comforts as too weak for his case, others as untrue, others as unhallowed; but chiefly because of distraction, he … Continue reading

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Inspected by Inspector No. 1

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In 1986, Sherwood Eliot Wirt edited Spiritual Awakening: Classic Writings of the 18th Century to Inspire the 20th Century Reader.  One chapter excerpted from the writings of Hannah Moore, 1745-1833, includes this thought: “If we ever look into our hearts at all, we … Continue reading

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Just Because It’s There: Climbing Stuff

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Nine times out of ten, around ten years of age, I fell off whatever it was I had just climbed.  Climbing was great free entertainment and available in a dozen different forms. There was no need for organized PE.  Good grief, one of the … Continue reading

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Guilelessness

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Because I ask God for guilelessness and the ability to live without deceit, I am sure to be placed in situations where                              to the very core   –   –   – I yearn to be perceived of as something than what I … Continue reading

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Quiet Money

Money (what little we ever saw) seemed to have an inoffensive presence in everyday  life on the farm in the fifties.  This was not a laissez-faire attitude: it was a chosen perspective that had strength and history.  We appreciated what we … Continue reading

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Khruschev Said This About Faith:

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“Mao’s own personality cult is a complicated phenomenon.  A personality cult is a little like a religion.  For centuries people have been droning, ‘Lord have mercy upon us; Lord help us and protect us.’ And have all the prayers helped?  Of course … Continue reading

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