Quotes from Underground…

May 18, 2022

Leadership Notes


I was going over my stack of stuff this week when I realized I had a backlog of quotes. Who knows when I would get to them? They were of a cultural, Biblical, theological, and/or political interest to me. So I figured, what the heck, perhaps a few folks would find one or some of them interesting as well.


I'm calling this:

Quotes from Underground…


{Attributed to give credit where credit is due, otherwise anonymous to protect the obtuse.}

"I seem to recognize your face/Haunting, familiar yet/I can't seem to place it/Cannot find the candle of thought to light your name/Lifetimes are catching up with me…Hearts and thoughts they fade, fade away/Hearts and thoughts they fade, fade away."

- Dave Abbruzzese/Eddie Vedder/Jeff Ament/Michael David Mccready/

Stone C Gossard


For some reason, these lyrics speak to me, not in a sad or melancholy way, but with a gentleness that wasn't there when I first heard them.


"Not going to lie, I look up and see apostasy, compromise…it can become

quite depressing. But then I realize the goodness of God in keeping me all

these years! Be encouraged Christian and endure!"

- Kris Williams {@kdubtru}


That there is the truth of The Book of Revelation.


"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the

best of everything."

- Some Random Guy Holding Up a Sign


"The Son cried 'Abba Father' in unspeakable agony, so that we can cry

'Abba Father' in unspeakable joy."

- Owen Strachan


To that, I might add, Till on that cross as Jesus died/The wrath of God was satisfied/For every sin on Him was laid/Here in the death of Christ I live. {In Christ Alone}



"Why am I such an idiot?"

- Me {on more than one occasion}


"This is the best decision I've {we've} made all weekend! The food and

friendship are epic."

- You {on May 22, 2022 @the BodyBuildingatCovenant cookout}


"I can't believe I just paid $4.59 per gallon for gas."

- Almost Everyone Else


"If we are going to be a living, loving community, it will manifest itself in a

loyalty to Christ."

- Alistair Begg


"Go and fetch Saruman, since you have become his footman, Grima

Wormtongue!" said Gandalf. "And do not waste our time!" The window closed. They waited. Suddenly another voice spoke, low and

melodious, its very sound an enchantment. Those who listened unwarily to

that voice could seldom report the words that they heard; and if they did,

they wondered, for little power remained in them. Mostly they remembered

only that it was a delight to hear the voice speaking, all that it said seemed

wise and reasonable, and desire awoke in them by swift agreement to

seem wise themselves. When others spoke they seemed harsh and

uncouth by contrast; and if they gainsaid the voice, anger was kindled in

the hearts of those under the spell. For some the spell lasted only while the

voice spoke to them, and when it spake to another they smiled, as men do

who see through a juggler's trick while others gape at it. For many the

sound of the voice alone was enough to hold them enthralled; but for

those whom it conquered the spell endured when they were far away, and

ever they heard that soft voice whispering and urging them. But none were

unmoved; none rejected its pleas and its commands without an effort of

mind and will, so long as its master had control of it.

- J.R.R. Tolkien


"Healthy lifestyle may increase life expectancy, research

suggests."

- May 3, 2022, The Washington Post, {and yes, I wish I were making that

up}


For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who

are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the

wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

- The Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 1:18-19


"We will work together, and continue to work together, to address these

issues, to tackle these challenges, and to work together as we continue to

work operating from the new norms, rules, and agreements, that we will

convene to work together. We will work together."

- Anonymous {May 16, 2022}


"You want to bring down inflation? Let's make sure the wealthiest

corporations pay their fair share."

- Anonymous {May 13, 2022}*


"A sinner does not decide for Christ; the sinner flies to Christ in utter

helplessness and despair."

- Martyn Lloyd-Jones


"As a former foster kid, I would rather be alive and have a chance than

dead."

- Christina


"Married life is not all sugar, but grace in the heart will keep away most of

the sours."

- Charles Spurgeon {and by extension, that applies to most other

relationships}


"Of course you see the sin, weakness and failures of others more clearly

than you see your own. Sin blinds and guess who it blinds first?"

- Paul David Tripp


"Through a tree we were made debtors to God; so through a tree we have

our debt canceled."

- Irenaeus


And finally, the fruit of knowing that truth:


"Dear Christians - One day, we will see Jesus face to face and be in his

presence forever. May your sleep be peaceful tonight."

- Rudy Cerda


TTFN,


Richard

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