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The Rev. John Gunn

Value of Music

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

A psychiatrist in a state hospital once said, "We have found that appropriate music not only tends to tranquilize the unsettled emotions of the mental patient, but it arouses his interest as nothing else will." The Rev. John R. Gunn replies, "The power of music to turn psychological confusion into order is not a new discovery. We find an ancient instance of its use in the scripture when David came with his harp to play for King Saul - to relieve his mental depression and restore his distracted mind to its normal state."

The Rev. John Gunn

Democracy

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

In a letter addressed to the Christian Jews in Asia minor, the apostle Peter wrote, 'Honor all men; love the brotherhood.' "In these two brief sentences", notes author John R. Gunn, "we find the two basic principles of democracy. Honor all men - this is what the founders of the American Republic had in mind when they declared that all men are born equal.

The Rev. John Gunn

Jesus Exalted His Work

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

In referencde to Jesus as a carpenter, The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "We can be sure that His work was well done. That He never mad a shoddy table or plow. That He never made a yoke that would gall the neck of an ox. If all workmen would follow His example in this respect, it would elevate and dignify their trades. The man who turns out an honest piece of carpentry is as honorable as the man who makes a poem or a sermon."

The Rev. John Gunn

Business of Life

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn writes that, "Greater than all other enterprises is the business of life. Here, as elsewhere, none of us is so all knowing and all wise that he does not need the counsel of others. Although it is well that we should think for ourselves, it is not safe to be too secure in our own wisdom and judgment."

The Rev. John Gunn

Man's Will

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn states, "Man meets temptations and difficulties of every sort, but with God's power and his own will to follow God, man can overcome each difficulty. Hate becomes love, weakness turns to strength, sin to holiness and the mystery of death into the mystery of eternal life."

The Rev. John Gunn

Sit Still Awhile

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

In this episode of Be Still and Know, the Rev. Gunn says "All activity is not achievement; all motion is not progress - sit still awhile. Take time to get your bearings and your motion and activity will count for more. Hurry flusters and upsets; haste makes waste - sit still awhile. Learn to take things more calmly and you will soon find yourself working more efficiently and effectively."

The Rev. John Gunn

Whither Bound?

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn asks, "Where are you bound? Do you know? Do you sail without compass or chart? You carry precious cargo - do you know to what port? Are you just drifting, leaving the winds and tides to take you where they will?"

The Rev. John Gunn

Inward Beauty

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

In this episode of Be Still and Know, the Rev. Gunn speaks to a person's character, saying, "We admire unspoiled beauty, but vain beauty soon ceases to be attractive. We frequently hear mothers say to their children, 'beauty is as beauty does.' Inward grace and beauty of soul enhance outward charm and attractiveness and make them genuine."

The Rev. John Gunn

Man in the Mirror

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. Gunn asks, "Do you really know the person in your mirror? Have you ever taken the time to get acquainted with him? Ask him what he believes in, what he lives for. Look him straight in the face while you're doing it. You need not hesitate; you will not regard it as impertinence; you'll not in the least resent it - not from you."

The Rev. John Gunn

Delight of Discovery

The Rev. John Gunn (other)

In this episode of Be Still And Know, The Rev. Gunn states, "If everything could be obtained without searching, without effort, life would become superficial - we would miss half the fascination of living. We have to search for the rarest treasures; the things of greatest worth cannot be attained without sacrifice."