Phrases mine and borrowed

wise sayingsTimothy alone had genuine concern for the Philippians’ welfare. No one else. Would Paul change his statement if he were writing today? Not likely. So who among us will be the Timothy for our day? (Devotional)

• The problem is not that the church is dying or becoming outdated; instead, the problem is that the church is rotting. As a whole the Lord’s church in America has begun rotting from the inside because of lack of function. —Adam Cozort

• There must be an inverse correlation between ability to memorize a movie script and ability to think. (Twitter)

• Just as Romans is a book written to correct a particular error in behavior, even more importantly it is a call to a right ecclesiology. Were these churches to behave rightly, God would have their help, rather than hindrance, in bringing about his agenda. —Herbert Drake

• We are connected to the Head, which is Christ, through the body, and if we are separated from the body, we are thus separated from the Head. There is no life outside the body of Christ.

• The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered by the people, as equally true; by the philosopher, as equally false; and by the magistrate, as equally useful. —Edward Gibbon

• Ambition has its use, within limits, but the regular joes in the steady jobs of kingdom work no doubt are front and center in the Lord’s view. Apple of his eye. (TFR)

• And when man, shod with haste and girt with pride, / Beckons his own doom, God is on his side. —Aeschylus

• I appreciate using up-to-date language, but urging someone to “get God in your corner” seems to lack reverence for God as sovereign. (Twitter)

• If poetry is the maximum condensation of thought into a powerful expression, why isn’t it popular in the era of texting and tweeting?

• Man sought to be a god and failed, / And down to hades fell; / Then God as man to a cross was nailed, / And saved his soul from hell. (Thirst for God)

• Finally, a word from the Lord to point us right: “Do not let your heart envy sinners, but rather be zealous in fearing the LORD all the time.” —Proverbs 23.17 NET

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J. Randal Matheny

Servant of the Lord at GoSpeak
Randal and his wife have lived and worked in Brazil since 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. Randal's a lefty, a chocolate lover, an author and a poet. His microblog is

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