Articles by The Rev. John R. Gunn
Thursday July 01, 2010
This Facing Life article, based on Romans 12:3, examines the path we take when striving for success. The Rev. John R Gunn writes that it is good for people "to aim high. But they need also to guard against being led away into vain pursuits through an exaggerated notion of their ability and gifts."
Monday February 22, 2010
In this Facing Life article based on Luke 15:10, The Rev. John R. Gunn writes about taking pride in repentance. "Be ashamed of your sins, but do not be ashamed to repent of them and confess them. It is the only way back to self-respect, the only way back to God and the better life."
Monday February 22, 2010
In this Facing Life article based on Psalms 123:1, The Rev. John R. Gunn writes about the stability and peace which trust in God provides. "It gives us a sense of security and permanence, to know that we can always look to him who dwelleth in the calm and unshaken heavens"
Thursday February 18, 2010
In this Facing Life article based on James 4:14, The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "We are here to make ourselves into Godlike beings, and to make ourselves useful. We are here to build character, and to help build a better world. To live selfishly and frivolously, is to live a meaningless life."
Monday February 15, 2010
In this Facing Life article, The Rev. John R. Gunn suggests that one generation's foolish notion may lead to great breakthroughs in the next. "We still need men bold enough to dare the impossible, to go beyond the Pillars of Hercules that have been set up by the conservative and fearful."
Thursday February 11, 2010
In this Facing Life article, The Rev. John Gunn addresses attention to spiritual health. "When we find ourselves in an uncongenial environment, or being unusually tried by any sort of depressing or vexing circumstances, we need to be all the more on our guard to keep our spirit in a healthy condition and right attitude."
Monday February 08, 2010
In this Facing Life article based on Deuteronomy 11:16, The Rev. John R. Gunn warns to beware of not only our bad traits, but that our good traits can also lead us astray. "There is nothing by which we can be more easily deceived and led astray, than by faults that originate in good qualities."
Thursday February 04, 2010
In this Facing Life article based on Isaiah 50:10, The Rev. John R. Gunn addresses the darkness many of us face in our lives and the hopefulness we can find in the Lord. He writes, "Go on believing in God's goodness and wisdom. Night means morning will come."
Monday February 01, 2010
In this Facing Life article based on Job 4:13, The Rev. John R. Gunn considers the often concealed path we must follow in the darker times of our lives. He writes, "In God's Word there are promises and eternal truths that shine out in their full-orbed glory only on the brow of some night of disappointment, misfortune and sorrow."
Thursday January 28, 2010
This Facing Life article, based on John 6:15, addresses the perception of eminence and power in our lives. The Rev. John Gunn writes, "We attach too much importance to thrones and high positions, to crowns and purple robes, to wealth and social station as instruments of power and influence."
Monday January 25, 2010
In this Facing Life article based on John 8:32, John R. Gunn discusses fear and truth. "Ignorance is enslaving. It makes men the slaves of fear. Truth kills fear. The light of scientific knowledge has swept the world clear of many of its superstitions-superstitions born or ignorance. And thus men have been freed from many of those superstitious fears which for long ages have enslaved the race."
Thursday January 21, 2010
The Rev. John R. Gunn discusses how, like David, we should not run from that which we fear or that which distresses us. Instead, we should stand with God and do our best.
Monday January 18, 2010
The Rev. John R. Gunn adresses the tendency to feel we no longer need God's guidance and ponders how such vain notions may affect the morality of society at large.
Thursday January 14, 2010
The Rev. John R. Gunn reflects on the Philistines and how our own vain sense of "respectability" can be the downfall of our society.
Wednesday January 13, 2010
This Facing Life Article, based on Acts 11:24, examines the qualities and value of being a good person. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "A good man is the world's noblest blessing. He is worth more than all the gold locked up in our bank vaults. Indeed, there is no way of measuring the worth of a good man."
Radio by The Rev. John R. Gunn
Tuesday April 23, 2013
On the topic of marriage, The Rev. Gunn writes, "A true wife delights more in her husband's companionship than in any success he may achieve. The apostle Peter offers excellent counsel to husbands; he says, 'Likewise ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife as being heirs together of the grace of life.' The husband who accepts this counsel has a happy wife and a happy home."
Monday November 07, 2011
In this episode of Be Still and Know on the subject of routine, The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "Let not those of us whose destiny it is to move in the same circuit year after year become weary of the monotonous trudge or feel that our life is not worthwhile. Perhaps the new year does not promise any great advancement in position or fame. But let us face it with the high resolve to make it the best of all our years."
Thursday November 03, 2011
New Year's Eve - tradition has made it the day of the new chance; the good resolution. The chance for new things, perhaps even a new life; to plan anew. The Rev. John R. Gunn asks, "What do you propose for the New Year? A better life? A kinder word? A greater effort? Or more of the same old you?"
Monday October 31, 2011
In speaking of the story of Mary and Joseph bringing the Jesus into the temple, The Rev. Gunn states, "This is the real story of Christmas; this is the reason we celebrate the day and rejoice all the year. This babe is indeed our deliverer from sin and the fear of death. In Him is God's light filling all of our lives in this day and in the coming year."
Thursday October 27, 2011
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. Gunn states, "The lights of the Christmas candles and the lights of the Christmas tree are gone now, but the great light, the light of the world remains. And will remain with us throughout the year, for Jesus said, 'I have come into the world as light so that no one who has faith in me should remain in darkness.'"
Monday October 24, 2011
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. Gunn states, "The Christmas light is the true spirit of Christmas - the remembrance that Christ came into the world on this day for us and for all men. We need this idea in our hearts throughout the year; not just once a year on Christmas Day."
Thursday October 20, 2011
The Rev. John R. Gunn asks, "What are the qualities which do most to sweeten life? Surely we would name good nature, sincerity, generosity, a sense of humor and good manners. You may be a paragon of virtue, but if you disregard the common amenities of life, you will make yourself a common nuisance."
Monday October 17, 2011
The Rev John R. Gunn writes, "God has given each one of us a heart, which can pick up the beam of His guidance, if we keep tuned to Him. If we listen to the sound of His voice, we can fly our plane of life safely and not get lost amid the storms and fogs of the world, but there are certain factors which may cause us to lose His voice."
Thursday October 13, 2011
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "Marriage, as God intended it to be, is a union of two souls. It is a union so spiritual that it was used by the apostle Paul as a symbol of the mystical union between the heavenly bride-groom and his bride, the Church. Marriage is serious, more serious than death."
Monday October 10, 2011
"What suffers so long and so much as love? What bears so much; what else imposes such heavy burdens? What way is so bleak and steep and rugged as that way out into the wilderness and up the mountainside on which love takes the shepherd in search of his lost sheep?" asks The Rev. Gunn in this episode of Be Still and Know.
Thursday October 06, 2011
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."
Monday October 03, 2011
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.
Thursday September 29, 2011
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."
Monday September 26, 2011
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."
Thursday September 22, 2011
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."
Monday September 19, 2011
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."
Thursday September 15, 2011
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?"
Monday September 12, 2011
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."
Thursday September 08, 2011
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."
Monday September 05, 2011
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."
Thursday September 01, 2011
The Rev. John R. Gunn comments, "Life's noonday is the most perilous period of life, as the story is intended to show. The demon of noonday - his name is legion, animalism, materialism, cynicism, pessimism. How furiously these demons sometimes attack men and women in the midday of life."
Monday August 29, 2011
The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "Thanksgiving, the giving of thanks, still comes at that time of the year when the harvest is gathered. It still is a good time of the year to say 'thank you' to God. The right time when everyone is slowing down to the twilight winter days."
Thursday August 25, 2011
The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "The arrival of a thinker is not always welcome by the world. Comfortable and complacent people do not usually like to be disturbed by a thinker and they are usually quick to offer opposition to new ideas."
Monday August 22, 2011
The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "Whatever may be the difficulty you face, the same difficulty has been faced by others. However hard your lot, it is not exceptional; others have been placed in the same sort of situation. None of us ever has any sort of trial, struggle or hardship that is not common to man."
Thursday August 18, 2011
If you have a conscience in good workig order, you should thank whoever brought you up. Are you responsible for the rearing of a child now? Then here is a great opportunity for you; an opportunity to build a conscience so that one day, the child will not have to stop and ponder about what to do and what not to do. He'll know the difference between right and wrong. And if you have done your job well, the child will be grateful to you for the conscience you have helped him develop.
Monday August 15, 2011
The Rev. John R Gunn writes, "We all wish for love -- the non-physical kind. We want someone to care about what happens to us. Love emanates from a person as a glow from a light hidden inside the body. It's this love that creates a home out of a wooden or a brick structure."
Thursday August 11, 2011
How do you judge other people? - I mean, in particular those you don't know very well. How do you suppose other people judge you? In the same way? Using these same methods you do? What are some of these methods? Well, for instance, how you look or how you act or what you say or who your friends are.
Monday August 08, 2011
If a blessing is not said in your home, it may be that a simple request will let you begin the custom. And it is a habit; not something that is begun by two days or three days, but by a week or two weeks of saying it daily. The more you ask the blessing, the more it becomes a habit and the easier it is to continue. And the more you ask it, the more pleasure it becomes to you.
Thursday August 04, 2011
Every Christian knows what it is to have the mountaintop experiences. What blessed moments are these in the Christian life, but it is not for us to build tabernacles here and be at ease. At the base of the mount lies the valley summoning us back to toil and trial.
Monday August 01, 2011
Nothing is more blinding than the dark passion of hate. Hate sometimes leads to acts of violence and often to murder. The apostle John wrote further, 'Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer.' The act of murder is an act of hate and the man who hates his brother has the seed of murder already in his heart.
Thursday July 28, 2011
The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "We magnify genius, but too often we forget that the chief ingredient of genius is patience... No matter what other qualities a man may possess, no matter how well equipped in brain and brawn, if he lacks patience, he will never win any great success."
Monday July 25, 2011
If you know the size of a man's thinking, you know his measure. Small thinking means small men. It takes big thinking to produce big men. 'As a man thinketh, so is he' - Solomon was speaking of man's moral life when he said that, but the principle applies in other directions. What a man thinks determines not only the measure of his moral life, but the measure of his achievements.
Thursday July 21, 2011
There are times when we wish we could get away from our cares and problems and certainly an occasional vacation from our routine duties is essential to renew, strengthen, refresh us. But we find true rest only in the place of duty, never by fleeing from it.
Monday July 18, 2011
The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "Even the shadow of death has its Sun; therefore, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. The prophet Isaiah declared, 'We all do fade as a leaf.' Yes, but the fading leaves of autumn, live again in the green leaves of spring and like the leaves, we do but fade and die to live again.
Thursday July 14, 2011
The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "A large part of my work as a pastor has been that of ministering comfort to troubled and sorrowing hearts. In this ministry, I have relied wholly on the Bible. Without that blessed book, I would be at a loss as a comforter."
Monday July 11, 2011
Man is divinely endowed with the capacity for a higher level of thinking than that of the brutish man and the fool. We sin against our better selves when we neglect to cultivate and develop this capacity.
Thursday July 07, 2011
According to The Rev. John R. Gunn, "In religious circles, there are many who play the role of saint without an element of saintliness in their characters. It is this theatrical religion that Jesus condemns - a religion which manifests itself only in religious pretensions, religious regalia and religious ceremonies."
Monday July 04, 2011
The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "We should feel sorry for those who have no sentiment in their nature. How do such people get any pleasure; any thrill out of life? They must be a misery to themselves. Certainly they do not make happy companions, for without sentiment the heart becomes cold and hard. Sentiment is a necessary thing - it is the poetry that mingles with the prose of everyday life."
Thursday June 30, 2011
"Many a brilliantly endowed man has been surpassed by the man of plodding industry", writes The Rev. John R. Gunn. He continues, "The greatest of men have been the least believers in the power of genius. They have been men of toil and perserverance."
Monday June 27, 2011
Frequently I have heard it said of some boy, 'he is tied to his mother's apron strings.' Sometimes this is said in ridicule of a boy, yet had you thought that it might also be a high commendation? The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "It depends on the mother and the type of strings which tie her son to her."
Thursday June 23, 2011
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "There is a passage in Isaiah which says, He that believeth shall not make haste. The Hebrew words which are translated 'make haste' may also be translated 'fuss' - he that believeth shall not fuss.
Monday June 20, 2011
A white bird with unsullied wings. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "That is what your soul is like in the innocency of youth." in this episode of Be Still and Know about living pure and clean lives.
Thursday June 16, 2011
In this episode of Be Still and Know on the topic of temptation, The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "There is an ignorance which is desirable - the ignorance of vice. We do not need to know the ways of vice in order to avoid them. All we need is to know the safe path and to keep to it."
Monday June 13, 2011
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn suggests, "The next time someone treats you unkindly, turn around and do that someone a kindness and see what comes of it."
Thursday June 09, 2011
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn speaks to the significance of life's conflicts and struggles. We sometimes complain of these things when really they are the making of us. If we had no trials or hardships, if we lived always at ease and in comfort, we would never develop into strong men and women and we would never know the meaning of a vigorous and victorious life.
Monday June 06, 2011
Before the time of Christ, the word humility was a word of contempt. To call a man humble was to characterize him as cowardly and weak. But when Christ came, He took this hated word and made it one of the most honorable in our language.The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "One cannot pay a man a greater tribute today than to say that he possesses the grace of humility."
Thursday June 02, 2011
Americanitis is a term coined by Europeans to designate the malady common to Americans, of hurrying and worrying; of excitement and nervousness; of restlessness and discontent. In this episode of Be Still and Know The Rev. John R Gunn stresses the value of quietness and meditation in modern life.
Monday May 30, 2011
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn asserts, "It is the sacred duty of parents to lead their children into an ever increasing knowledge of Christ and a steadfast obedience to His will; to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."
Thursday May 26, 2011
The Rev. John R. Gunn reminds us that, "Many men and women who have achieved great things have been tortured with some physical infirmity. Naturally we regard bodily affliction as a misfortune, but many times it is a misfortune which proves to be the shrine of a larger fortune."
Monday May 23, 2011
There are some people who spend more time noseying into the affairs of others than they give to their own affairs. To attend to their own business and let other people's business alone seems to be a hard job for some", this observation from The Rev. John R. Gunn.
Thursday May 19, 2011
Mankind has long sought to know truth. In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn examines where we can find the truth of life.
Monday May 16, 2011
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn tells us of his experience as a guest in the home of two families -- one prosperous, one not -- and how love is the most important ingredient in happiness.
Thursday May 12, 2011
How can you get the most good out of life? This is an ever present and ever pressing question. In answering it, author John R. Gunn writes that, "To begin with, you must have a true view of life."
Monday May 09, 2011
None of us can expect to go through life and get his work done without encountering obstructions and hindrances. In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John Gunn tells us, "One need not go beyond his own community to find men and women who are winning great victories; some of them perhaps against desperate odds."
Thursday May 05, 2011
"The money miser never knows when he has enough, no matter how much he accumulates, he always wants more", says The Rev. John R. Gunn. "Every one knows a man like this. He started out with the ambition to accumulate a modest fortune - just enough to make himself comfortable and safe against the rainy day, say, twenty-five thousand dollars. He was a hard worker and shrewd in business and it required only a few years to achieve his goal, but was he satisfied? Far from it."
Monday May 02, 2011
You do not like to think of death, do you? You'd like to put it out of your mind. Often the very thought of it startles you, yet the Bible never speaks of death as startling. In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn reminds us that, "Neither God nor nature is ever startled by death. In nature, all death is birth."
Thursday April 28, 2011
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John Gunn talks about our fast-paced lives. "In both work and play, speed seems to be the outstanding characteristic of American life. Indeed it is the opinion of many medical men that the strain induced by the tremendous speed at which we are going is driving us to nervous breakdown, insomnia and eventual mental and physical collapse."
Monday April 25, 2011
There are a lot of people who faithfully attend Sunday school and Church. They go on Sunday night and to prayer meeting, they put money in the collection plate, their children attend all of the youth meetings and go to Church camp in the summers. They are model Christians.' - if you judge them from the outside. But do they ever do anything to show their faith?
Thursday April 21, 2011
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John Gunn take a critical eye toward the American perception of the elderly. He writes, "There's a great deal of enjoyment and pleasure to be found in the leisurely company of elderly people, provided you are willing to look for it. And there is balm in the serene faith in God that most old folks have learned. You can learn it from them."
Monday April 18, 2011
Do you have a problem? Who doesn't these days. 'If it isn't one problem, it's another' we say. That's part of living; human nature. The Rev. John R Gunn says in these times we should turn to prayer in this Episode of Be Still and Know.
Thursday April 14, 2011
"Honesty is the best policy for everyone," writes The Rev. John Gunn. "It is better to be honest, even if no one but ourselves know it. It is a good way to stay feeling clean."
Monday April 11, 2011
Who are you?; what are you?; of what account are you in the midst of all this vast creation? This is a momentous question; one that men have been asking all through the ages. For how can you be fully alive if you do not know what your life means?
Thursday April 07, 2011
"Certainly, we should not decry men of wealth," writes The Rev. John Gunn. "Many of our money kings have been men of kingly character and have administered their wealth for the common good, but the mere fact that a man has accumulated a pile of money, does not afford a true rating of his worth."
Monday April 04, 2011
Have you ever been to a palmist to have your hands read? The palmist professes to read your character and even to foretell your future by a study of your hands. Author John R. Gunn writes, "I have no faith in the methods and claims of the palmist, but there is something in the hand and the touch that helps to reveal one's character. Almost instinctively you judge a man's disposition by the way he shakes hands with you."
Thursday March 31, 2011
"In some strange way that no one has ever understood, music is a part of the very spirit of mankind." says The Rev. John Gunn in this episode of Be Still and Know. "The Bible teaches that the gift of song and music is a gift from God. The Bible has much to say about music, which was and is, a joyous part of the worship of God."
Monday March 28, 2011
The way we judge others and treat them reveals a great deal about ourselves. Columnist John R. Gunn points out that, "It was exactly this, which the apostle Paul had in mind when he said, If any man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one."
Thursday March 24, 2011
"The lack of good judgment accounts for many of the sad and tragic breakdowns in life." claimed The Rev. John R Gunn. "Indeed, it is the cause of many defeats and failures."
Monday March 21, 2011
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R Gunn talkes about peevishness, and how "not only will it spoil feasting occasions, but any occasion where it intrudes itself. It will spoil a whole life if you give way to it. It will ruin any man for business or a trade or profession. It will ruin any woman for friendship, for love, for happiness."
Thursday March 17, 2011
The Rev. John Gunn writes, "We may think that the work we do is insignificant, but it is not insignificant in God's sight. You may be filling only a lowly place in doing only a lowly service, yet in the world to come, you may have a greater joy and a more blessed inheritance than many who seem to be doing a larger work in this world."
Monday March 14, 2011
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn says "Life is often like that. Some of the richest blessings we ever experience are those that come to us in the dark days, in the night seasons of light when everything seems darkest about us."
Thursday March 10, 2011
In this episode of Be Still and Know, Rev. John Gunn talks about success, stating, "You are fortunate in any degree of native genius you may possess, but it will not do to depend solely on that genius. Many a brilliantly endowed man has been surpassed by the man of plodding industry."
Monday March 07, 2011
In this episode of Be Still and Know about mortality, The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "Sooner or later we all come to the time when we realize that our Earthly house is tottering. The body is wonderfully made, but it cannot forever withstand the ravages of time and wear."
Thursday March 03, 2011
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R Gunn instructs the youth not to "listen to that cynical advice which would bottle up your enthusiasm, which would puncture your air castle. Think of the Tom Dooleys, the Alexander Graham Bells, the Charles Lindberghs who dreamed and dared to make their dreams come true."
Monday February 28, 2011
The prophet Isaiah tells us of a man who bought up the land surrounding his farm, joining house to house and adding field to field, thus pushing back his neighbors until he stood alone. "What a pitiable spectacle this man presents", comments The Rev. John R. Gunn, "through selfishness and greed the grasping man makes a hermit of himself and nothing is more unnatural than living as a hermit."
Thursday February 24, 2011
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Shall not want what? Riches? Ease? Luxury? Popularity? The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "These are not the things the Psalmist had in mind."
Monday February 21, 2011
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R Gunn discusses the effect of mood on our choices and recommends that God may help us in the control of our temperment.
Thursday February 17, 2011
The Rev. John R. Gunn asks, "Have you not often felt some mysterious impulse lifting you up toward the good and noble?" Helen Keller's religious instruction came from the great preacher Philip Brooks. He told her about God and what God had done for us in Jesus Christ. She listened awhile and then said, "Mr. Brooks, I knew all that before, only I did not know God's name."
Monday February 14, 2011
This episode of Be Still and Know addresses depression and dour mood. Perhaps we can't keep away the blues, but we don't have to yield to them. If we will look for them and use them, there are always remedies for curing our worried spirits and getting rid of our blues.
Thursday February 10, 2011
The farmer is sometimes compelled to wait on better weather before he starts his plowing and planting, but the industrious farmer does not wait on ideal weather. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes that, "no matter what project you have on hand, if you wait for a favorable wind and a cloudless sky, life will slip by and the thing will still be undone."
Monday February 07, 2011
This episode of Be Still and Know discusses God's gift of a "clean slate" to everyone who accepts Him, and how this knowledge can overcome a defeatist mindset. The prophet Isaiah told his people of the coming of the Messiah and of His promise, I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions.
Thursday February 03, 2011
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The John R. Gunn writes that, "Many people today are trying to run away, to escape from some trouble, some grief or emotional pain, some disagreeable duty or burdensome obligation."
Monday January 31, 2011
This episode of Be Still and Know is based on the parable of the rich, old farmer Nabol. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "He was a man of such vicious disposition, so overbearing in his manner, that his employees said of him, _A man cannot speak to him_."
Thursday January 27, 2011
This episode of Be Still and Know discusses the 'grasshopper complex'; inferiority complex is the name for it in modern psychology. "Whatever you call it", writes The Rev. John R. Gunn, "it is a defeatist state of mind."
Monday January 24, 2011
An educated head without an educated heart is a dangerous menace to society. According to The Rev. John R. Gunn, "the culture of the mind without the culture of the conscience offers no hope for the salvation of society."
Thursday January 20, 2011
Is laughter the best medicine? In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn writes that, "It is important to keep the heart merry. Gloominess, despondency, hate, anger...all such emotions are enemies to health."
Monday January 17, 2011
A study once showed that most of the wage earners, men and women, were in constant fear of losing their jobs. In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "The world provides no abiding security for anybody. Our only unfailing reliance is in God."
Thursday January 13, 2011
A sincere compliment that is deserved, has a great moral value. It helps and encourages one to be told that his efforts are approved and appreciated. In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn tells of how Paul used compliments in his ministry to others.
Monday January 10, 2011
The most fundamental thing in your life is your character. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "I would rather have a good name than a good bank account, for if I should lose my good name it would greatly cripple my influence and usefulness. The good I may be able to do people depends to a great extent upon my standing in their sight."
Thursday January 06, 2011
In this episode of Be Still and Know on Esau, The Rev. John Gunn writes, "He had one weakness which spoiled his whole life. He was ready at any time to barter away everything he had to gratify the appetite of the moment. He could not pass up a present pleasure for the sake of a future good."
Monday January 03, 2011
This episode of Be Still and Know explores the importance of modesty. "Bragging is poor business," writes columnist John R. Gunn, "it never serves to enhance anybody's opinion of you."
Thursday December 30, 2010
"When someone discovers a man or helps him to discover himself, it's more important than when the astronomers discover a new star in the Heavens." writes The Rev. John R Gunn in this episode of Be Still and Know.
Monday December 27, 2010
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "God is not only the God of painters and poets and philosophers and of priests and prophets. He is also the God of the plowman, the man at the workbench, the man behind the counter, the man at the desk, the man in the every day walks of life."
Thursday December 23, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know tells the story of two men who lose everything in a fiancial crisis. "But one of these men had something he did not lose", writes The Rev. John R. Gunn, "something that scripture refers to as a better and an enduring substance."
Monday December 20, 2010
"God's chief design for us is that we may be like His son, Jesus Christ, in spirit and character; in disposition and behaviour," writes The Rev. John R Gunn in this episode of Be Still and Know.
Thursday December 16, 2010
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn discusses how moods can affect us. He writes, "An ill humor puts one at a disadvantage whereever he is - on the athletic field, in business, in social circles. Whatever the game you're playing for, you can't win if you allow yourself to be handicapped by an ugly mood."
Monday December 13, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know asks, "What is courage?" The Rev. John R. Gunn tells the story of a fisherman dealing with crippling business failure and his courage to rise above it.
Thursday December 09, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know looks at the differences between positive and negative indiviuals. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "all of us can list optimists among our acquaintances, people who are convinced that they are especially blessed. I wonder if really these people are more fortunate than the rest of us or simply more aware of their blessings."
Monday December 06, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know discusses the importance of our social worlds to the well being of our physical and spiritual self. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "The man who lives in the narrow cabin of self is doomed to a cramped life."
Thursday December 02, 2010
In this episode of Be Still and Know, John R Gunn says "Some people have the notion that religion is a melancholy affair; that there is something ugly in humour and that laughter partakes of the nature of sin. But such ideas do not harmonize with the ideal of beauty and brightness reflected in the handiwork of God".
Monday November 29, 2010
The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "Every real thing in life has its counterfeit and so it is easy for us to be deceived and misled." This episode of Be Still and Know addresses guilded sin.
Thursday November 25, 2010
Of Solomon, The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "Rarely, if ever, does success yield to satisfactions that were anticipated." This episode of Be Still and Know shows how succress can be hollow without a deeper faith beneath.
Monday November 22, 2010
"So it is when the sea of our life is shaken to its depths", writes The Rev. John R. Gunn, "then the hidden need of God rises to the surface." This episode of Be Still and Know focuses on the deep foundation faith in God provides.
Thursday November 18, 2010
"If we are going to do well in life one of the first lessons we must learn is self discipline," writes The Rev. John R. Gunn in this episode of Be Still and Know about learning to properly manage our lives.
Monday November 15, 2010
This episode of Be Still And Know addresses racism. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "You are not your brother's keeper. You are your brother's brother and that is an entirely different relationship. It's more beautiful, more sacred and a more responsible relationship."
Thursday November 11, 2010
"What an outlook; what a triumph of prayer. A man crippled and poor found strength to do his job by means of prayer," writes The Rev. John Gunn in this episode of Be Still and Know which examines the power of prayer.
Monday November 08, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know looks at the importance of maintaining physical health in our lives. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "The body is the instrument of the mind and soul. Only through this instrument can we do our work and fulfill our mission in the world."
Thursday November 04, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know examines how so many rise from adversity to be the best at what they do. Columnist John R. Gunn writes, "The man who is born and reared in the midst of ease and luxury, as a rule, is not the one who achieves greatness."
Monday November 01, 2010
In this episode of Be Still and Know about quietness, The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "In the pursuit of wealth, power and pleasure, multitudes of our people are rushing through life at a mad pace, thus undermining their physical, mental and spiritual lives."
Thursday October 28, 2010
"From good to better to best, that's the road you must travel to be successful in your work. In all trades and professions and in all lines of business, those who are likely to get ahead are those who continuously strive to better their best",writes The Rev. John R. Gunn in this episode of Be Still and Know on success.
Monday October 25, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know revels in the wonders of the world. "One is something less than human", writes The Rev. John R. Gunn, "if these wonders do not provoke one to wonder."
Thursday October 21, 2010
In this episode of Be Still and Know on the subject of authority, The Rev. John R. Gunn writes "We are all under authority." Liberty is not license to do as you please without respect to any authority. Jesus was under authority to His Father and all creation is under the authority of God the creator.
Monday October 18, 2010
Voltaire, called an atheist by some in his day, declared, "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him." The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "When men ignore God and cease praying to Him, they are not only denying their own nature, they are flying in the face of the whole world of nature."
Thursday October 14, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know discusses wealth. "Christ does not ask a renunciation of all things material", writes The Rev. John R. Gunn, "but Christ does want to free us from the tyranny of things."
Monday October 11, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know asks, "Can a man's prayer may become sin?" "Many things can turn prayer into sin", writes columnist John R. Gunn. "There is no question, but that many prayers are altogether in vain."
Thursday October 07, 2010
As the time of His crucifixion drew near, Christ said, "The hour cometh when you will leave me alone." This episode of Be Still and Know talks about the hour of Christ's great passion; the hour of Gethsemane. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes that "it makes Jesus seem nearer to us to realize that He knew the experience and heartache of loneliness."
Monday October 04, 2010
"What in all the wide world is more interesting than the nurturing and training of children?" asks The Rev. John R. Gunn in thi episode of Be Still and Know on the subject of parenthood.
Thursday September 30, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know is about prisoners: of affliction, of abuse, of unfulfilled ambitions, of poverty and of racial prejudice. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes that, "And strange as it may seem, there are also prisoners of prosperity."
Monday September 27, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know speaks of God's law of retribution. The Rev John R. Gunn writes, "God perpetually confronts the evil doer and spoils for him the gain of his wrongdoing."
Thursday September 23, 2010
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "the Christian is not promised immunity from sickness, from calamity, from bereavement." Jesus never promised that fellowship with Him was protection against trouble. What Christ promises is something much more wonderful.
Monday September 20, 2010
We live in a world that is continuously passing away. In this episode of Be Still and Know The Rev. John R. Gunn states, "There is nothing more pathetic than the thought of generations coming and going while the scenes admist which they play their brief part remain the same."
Thursday September 16, 2010
What is love? In this episode of Be Still and Know The Rev. John R. Gunn writes "That answer is found in the personal acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior."
Monday September 13, 2010
What do you mean when speaking of someone you say, "He is a good man." Do you mean simply that he does not do any of those things that a good man is supposed not to do? In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "Negative virtues must be combined with positive virtues."
Thursday September 09, 2010
"You and I are not meant to settle down and rest in undisturbed contentment.", writes columnist John R. Gunn on the topic of life exploration in this episode of Be Still and Know.
Monday September 06, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know discusses having kindness toward our enemies. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "Be generous and kindly toward your enemies and the chances are they will become your friends."
Thursday September 02, 2010
Horace the Latin poet once said, "Man is never watchful enough against the dangers that threaten him every hour." In this episode of Be Still and Know, columnist John R. Gunn states that this is especially true with reference to moral and spiritual dangers.
Monday August 30, 2010
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R Gunn discusses morality and values. He writes, "It is therefore evident that our most imperative need is not more laws and reform, but a revival of moral values."
Thursday August 26, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know examines the art of listening. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "Sometimes we listen well enough and then go away and forget or dismiss what we have heard." James says, Whoever listens and does nothing is like a man who glances at his natural face in a mirror. He glances at himself, goes off and at once forgets what he was like.
Monday August 23, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know delves into war and the mistaken notions of protection and insurance from attack that armament can provide. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "In times past, fearsome weapons have never deterred man from going to war. We shall have to look for peace in another direction; to the Prince of Peace whose birth was heralded by the Angels saying, Glory to God in the highest and on Earth, peace, goodwill toward men."
Thursday August 19, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know discusses the modern perspective on sainthood and how it often differs from God's expectation of saintly living. The Rev. John R Gunn writes, "A saintly life demands nothing that is not harmonious with successful business life. A man can handle large sums of money and be absolutely free from the taint of the love of money."
Monday August 16, 2010
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R Gunn recalls George Washington's response to slanderous accusations. He writes, "Guided by his deep Christian faith, he was living proof that it is a fortunate man who can go to sleep at night and wake up in the morning with a good conscience."
Thursday August 12, 2010
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R Gunn describes noisemakers in contrast to those who's "absorbing concern is not to get in the spotlight, but to get on with what they are doing."
Monday August 09, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know recalls the prophet Malachi telling of the Lord's Book of Remembrances. The Rev. John R Gunn is reminded of another Book of Remembrances, "one that we ourselves are writing. We are, each day, writing a Book of Remembrance. Filling its pages with deeds, which in the future will be the memories with which we shall have to live."
Thursday August 05, 2010
In this episode of Be Still and Know, we discuss the significance of our existence through the story of Isaac. Have you ever stopped to think to what extent the future of your Country, the future of the world may be centered in you? You have a part to play in the world's work. It may be a small part, but if you fail to play that part, there will be something missing out of the world's life.
Monday August 02, 2010
In this Episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R Gunn discusses the topic of building a strong marriage. He writes, "physical attraction has its necessary place and romance has its value, but unless we have with these a genuine compatibility of temperament and some loyalty to common principles, the chances are that marriage cannot endure."
Thursday July 29, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know discusses the unidentified nature of The Good Samaritan and how it relates to our service to God. The Rev. John R Gunn writes, "A single star may seem to give faint light, but countless stars shining in the night sky make it beautiful."
Monday July 26, 2010
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn speaks of King Solomon's search for what was best in his life. The Rev. Gunn writes, "Having tried the world's way and having found life to be only a vain show, he finally returned to God's way."
Thursday July 22, 2010
This episode of Be Still And Know is based upon the little foxes from Solomon's Song of Songs. In speaking of little sins that grow into big sins, The Rev. John R Gunn writes, "Character is a very tender, delicate thing. It needs to be protected against every evil, even the smallest evil."
Monday July 19, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know examines Christ's teachings regarding taking time for God and taking a long look at life and the world. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "Faith is not merely our adjustment to some particular situation. It is our adjustment to the whole of life."
Thursday July 15, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know attempts to answer the question "Why do the wicked prosper?". John R. Gunn writes, "Make no mistake, the advantage is on the side of the good in spite of all appearances to the contrary."
Monday July 12, 2010
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R Gunn warns against the tendency in business to act tough and confrontational with others. He writes, "gentle manner and soft speech are indicative of strength and confidence."
Thursday July 08, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know, based on the story of Paul and Onesimus, discusses adding value to the lives of others. The Rev. John R Gunn writes, "This is the great purpose of the gospel of Christ - to transform lives. No greater service or joy can come to a man than to accept this challenge."
Monday July 05, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know addresses hatred. The Rev. John R Gunn writes, "the man who hates another hurts himself more than the one he hates. For hate poisons the brain and renders one incapable of clear thinking."
Thursday July 01, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know discusses dislike of our fellow man. John R. Gunn states, "A fair, just opinion of people depends on many things. Accurate knowledge for one thing, but the first and most important thing is an unbiased mind."
Monday June 28, 2010
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R Gunn discusses service to the Lord, and how most of us are called to serve in our homes and communities.
Monday June 21, 2010
In this episode of Be Still and Know, John R Gunn discusses how easily we can sell out what is most important to us for matters of momentary pleasure.
Thursday May 06, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know focuses on the jealousy of King Saul toward David. The Rev. John R Gunn writes, "Jealousy ruins souls whenever it is allowed to enter the human heart. Our only sure defense against it is the armor of Christian love that judges our own worth wisely and rejoices in the worth of others."
Monday May 03, 2010
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R Gunn speaks of wisdom obtainable by all. "It is in the act of turning to God that wisdom begins. Then, you take the first wise step. And it is in letting Him lead your faltering steps that you will win understanding of yourself, your fellow man and of God."
Thursday April 29, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know, based on Moses' Parable of the Eagle from the Book of Deuteronomy examines how God can stir us from ease and comfort to, as The Rev. John Gunn writes, "to bring us to a more mature, stronger, more useful life."
Monday April 26, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know recalls the legend of Galahad and Perceval and examines the necessity of testing valor and moral character. The Rev. John R Gunn writes, "If we had no foes to vanquish, we would never be victors."
Monday March 08, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know warns of the tendency to let down our guard after victory. The Rev. John R Gunn writes, "Great triumphs are often succeeded by great tragedies. It is in the high moments of life that ones needs to be particularly on his guard."
Thursday March 04, 2010
A strong faith in God and living by the virtues of that faith have been major factors in making America great. But there is a suspicion that something spiritual is lacking in our lives, and that troubles us. In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R Gunn examines the cisterns in our lives which hold no water.
Monday March 01, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know examines beauty. The Rev. John R Gunn writes, "Outward physical beauty loses much of its attractiveness unless there is a corresponding inner beauty -- a beauty of the soul."
Thursday February 25, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know focuses on the evils of hate, lies and slander -- how they harm not only others, but ourselves. The greatest feeling in man stems from the a free and happy soul.
Monday February 22, 2010
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn warns that America is in danger of experiencing the same fate as the city of Judah. Listen to this ancient prophet America. Wake up, and forsake evil ways. He writes, "We need to wake up to the evils, which today threaten the very life of our nation."
Thursday February 18, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know addresses the ability to discern what the true values of life are. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "The man who ceases to trust in God, cannot see good when it comes."
Monday February 15, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know explores the desire for spirituality in even the most skeptical of individuals. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "It's convincing evidence that the soul was made for God, and only God can satisfy its longings".
Thursday February 11, 2010
In this episode of Be Still and Know, The Rev. John R. Gunn asks, "What must we do when our day of trouble comes?" What can provide us with the strength, courage and the determination to go on in our most troubled times?
Monday February 08, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know focuses on how, through our small kindnesses and good deeds, we can have a great positive effect on the world. The Rev. John Gunn writes that, in this way, we are like the Pleiades.
Thursday February 04, 2010
In this episode of Be Still and Know asks, "How would you measure up to God's standards?" As The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "There are always surprises when God's measuring line is applied to man."
Monday February 01, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know discusses that which lies beyond the seeming end of human life. As The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "We live in a universe that is a house of many mansions. What we see of it is but a small part of what there is to see."
Thursday January 28, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know focuses on the importance of proper sleeping habits to one's body, mind and spirit. The Rev. John R. Gunn writes, "Neglect of proper sleeping hours will sooner or later have its effect, not only in the impairment of one's strength and health, but in the disturbance of other conditions vital to wholesome and happy living."
Monday January 25, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know addresses the topic of money and living beyond one's means. As The Rev. John R. Gunn advises, "Let no one despise it. Just let them learn to use it rightly."
Thursday January 21, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know shares The Rev. John R Gunn's perspective on the Apostle Paul's confidence in God, and as a result, his confidence in himself.
Monday January 18, 2010
This episode of **_Be Still And Know_** addressed the notion by some that "the idea of Heaven would have no place in the religion of the future."
Thursday January 14, 2010
This episode of Be Still and Know discusses the expectations we should have regarding success; what it really takes to achieve what you desire in life; and what it takes to do good in the world.