I came across some good quotes from John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress and so much more.
“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
“The road of denial leads to the precipice of destruction.”
“Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.”
“There is a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.”
“Now, Mr. Great-heart was a strong man, so he was not afraid of a lion.”
― Pilgrims Progress; From This World to That Which Is to Come
The story of Bunyan’s conversion is found in his book, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. Thanks to Project Gutenberg, it is available for free here if anyone is interested. His is a fascinating story of being taken out of the gutter and into the light of Christ.
Senator Jay Rockefeller is introducing a bill that would direct the National Academy of Sciences to undertake what promises to be a gazillion dollar project of studying the impact of violence in video games and movies.
It boggles the mind that those in the Congress think such a study is needed. A nation that, as a whole, no longer has an objective moral standard, no fear of God, no self-control nor restraint, and that worships entertainment is a huge market for violent and otherwise debauched movies and games. Sin is big money, and the movie and video game makers have been making a haul off blood and gore for decades, largely directed at young people. Violent crime is worse than ever and more shocking all the time. No study is needed to show this.
Any parent can tell you that we lead by example, because kids mimic what they see. If they are immersed in violence and revenge, they will live it. Common sense. (It’s not so common anymore.)
Why do we spend countless millions on studies to show what God’s Word already tells us? Because nobody is paying any attention to God’s Word anymore.
Proverbs 10:6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
Proverbs 10:11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
Matthew 5:21,22 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire
Psalms 11:5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
Zephaniah 1:9 In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit.
Psalms 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
Psalm 1 is a beautiful depiction of the person who fears the Lord, not someone who takes his life cues from violent entertainment.
Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law does he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Those are the values our children need to be taught and see lived in front of them. When we allow them to be entertained by sin, they are walking in the counsel of the ungodly.
I put some great northern beans into my Crockpot a few minutes ago along with some lean pork. That with cornbread muffins should make for a good supper tonight when my family is back in our little kitchen.
It’s bitterly cold outside today, but it’s warm inside. I am so thankful for these everyday blessings.
Have a wonderful Monday.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. ~ Philippians 4:4