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“It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus” by Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Being a disciple of Jesus is not the key to being a better us, being a disciple of Jesus is being less like us, and more like him. Christ-likeness is the key to everything.

Tolle Lege

Dundee, October 2, 1840

My Dear Friend,

I trust you will have a pleasant and profitable time in Germany. I know you will apply hard to German; but do not forget the culture of the inner man,—I mean of the heart.

How diligently the cavalry officer keeps his sabre clean and sharp; every stain he rubs off with the greatest care.

Remember you are God’s sword,—His instrument,—I trust a chosen vessel unto Him to bear His name.

In great measure, according to the purity and perfections of the instrument, will be the success.

It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God.”

–Robert Murray M’Cheyne, Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray M’Cheyne, Ed. Andrew A. Bonar (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1844/1966), 282.

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Where Did He Learn To Negotiate Like That?

Fog (Lee Evans), talking about Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), The Fifth Element.


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Unreal Christian Quotes (via Trevin Wax)

Trevin Wax examines quotes wrongfully associated with various Christians.
I hadn’t heard of a couple of these quotes, but was familiar with most.
Given how often you read some of them, i.e. “You do not have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body” often attributed to C.S. Lewis, or the phrase attributed to Francis of Assisi, “Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words”, it is helpful to know what is true and what is not.
Read the post at Waxs’ blog at the Gospel Coalition.


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Miracles Leaning On Lampposts

The quotes from Harvey:

From the cab driver: After this he’ll be a perfectly normal human being and you know what stinkers they are.

From Dr. Chumley: Fly specks, fly specks! I’ve been spending my life among fly specks while miracles have been leaning on lampposts at 18th and Fairfax!

From Elwood: Miss Kelly, you know, when you wear my flower you make it beautiful.

If you want any more, you’ll have to watch it for yourself.


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What If ‘Rich’ Did Not Have To Mean ‘Wealthy’, And ‘Whole’ Did Not Have To Mean ‘Healed’? (via Kate Bowler)

Kate Bowler writes of a life with stage four cancer and her encounters with a strand of Christianity that has confused the eternal biblical promises of the Gospel with variations of contemporary prosperity.
If you attend a church tomorrow I how you will hear the good news, not be told Jesus died and rose so you can get stuff.

“What would it mean for Christians to give up that little piece of the American Dream that says, “You are limitless”? Everything is not possible. The mighty kingdom of God is not yet here. What if ‘rich’ did not have to mean ‘wealthy’, and ‘whole’ did not have to mean ‘healed’? What if being the people of “the gospel” meant that we are simply people with good news? God is here. We are loved. It is enough.”
― Kate Bowler, Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved


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“A Humble Man Is Willing To Have His Name And Gifts Eclipsed”: Thomas Watson

Tolle Lege is a site that features quotes from various Christian writers through the ages.
Here’s one from Thomas Watson that I quite liked.

“A humble man is willing to have his name and gifts eclipsed so that God’s glory may be increased. He is content to be outshined by others in gifts and esteem, so that the crown of Christ may shine the brighter.
This is the humble man’s motto, ‘Let me decrease, let Christ increase.’ It is his desire that Christ should be exalted, and if this be thus effected, whoever is the instrument, he rejoices.
‘Some preach Christ out of envy,’ (Phil. 1:17). They preached to take away some of Paul’s hearers. ‘Well,’ says he, ‘Christ is preached, and I therein do rejoice,’ (1:18).
A humble Christian is content to be laid aside if God has any other tools to work with which may bring Him more glory.”

–Thomas Watson, The Godly Man’s Picture Drawn with a Scripture-Pencil (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1666/2003), 81.

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Becoming The Monster In Your Closet (via J.D. Vance)

A discomforting point of clarity from J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy.
Vance’s complex and ongoing relationship with his mother had been marred by her addictions and psychological disfunction.
As an adult in his own relationships he was noting a tendency.
And it caused him great fear.

…I’d scream and I’d yell. I’d do all of the hateful things that my mother had done. And then I’d feel guilty and desperately afraid. For so much of my life, I’d made Mom out to be a kind of villain. And now I was acting like her. Nothing compares to the fear that you’re becoming the monster in your closet.

Hillbilly Elegy; J.D. Vance; William Collins, London; pg 224.