Thursday, July 06, 2006

Pilgrim's Progress

Right now Lindsey is reading Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. She’s loving it! Last night she had me read the middle paragraph in the picture below…

Wow! Can you imagine writing this about the Papacy during the time of the Reformation. No wonder Bunyan went to prison! Hopefully this will encourage us to be a little more bold in our truth telling witness at work, home, and in the Church!

May it never be said of us that, "it is by our tyranny that men have been put to death, and because of our age, though we are alive, we have grown so crazy, and stiff in our joints, that we can now do little more than to sit in our Cave’s mouth, grinning at Pilgrims as they go by, and biting our nails, because we cannot come to them."

Let us not enter the path of disunity and harm toward the church’s gospel witness, and grow to complete ineffectiveness at all for the gospel. Let us use our effective efforts for healthy gospel witness.

[I know the ineffectiveness in the paragraph is referencing Pagan and Pope's harm toward Christian Pilgrims...but still...may any of this never be said of us! First, let it never be said that our effectiveness was such that it stumbled believers. And second, let it never be said of us that we grew old in our poor use of our strength. Let us use our power for an effectiveness that displays God's glory. That way when we lose our strength to age we can look back on the good rather than the evil.]

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