A song in the Valley of Humiliation


James 4:5-7

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Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”? But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.


From Part 2 of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. Here, Christiana, her sons, and fellow pilgrim, Mercy, are being led through the Valley of Humiliation by Mr. Great-heart, their protector.


Now as they were going along and talking, they espied a boy feeding his father’s sheep. The boy was in very mean clothes, but of a very fresh and well-favoured countenance, and as he sat by himself he sung. ‘Hark,’ said Mr. Great-heart, to what the shepherd’s boy saith. So they hearkened, and he said,

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‘He that is down, needs fear no fall,

He that is low, no pride:

He that is humble, ever shall

Have God to be his guide.

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‘I am content with what I have,

Little be it, or much:

And, Lord, contentment still I crave,

Because Thou savest such.

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‘Fullness to such, a burden is

That go on pilgrimage:

Here little, and hereafter bliss,

Is best from age to age.’


Image: AllPosters

Feasting from the Puritans’ table ~ John Bunyan



1 Corinthians 1:30-31

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30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”


“If you do not put a difference between justification wrought by the Man Christ without, and sanctification wrought by the Spirit of Christ within . . . you are not able to divide the word aright; but contrariwise, you corrupt the word of God.”

JOHN BUNYAN

HT: Robert Basham, Gleaning from the Puritans Facebook group


Romans 3

For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written:

“That You may be justified in Your words,
And may overcome when You are judged.”


“What God says is best, is best, though all the men in the world are against it.”

John Bunyan, The Pilgrims Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress – an older animated film version

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Hebrews 11:9-10

By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

1 Peter 2:11

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

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Pilgrim's Progress map small

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This film of Pilgrim’s Progress is short and sweet. Its visual quality isn’t top-notch but I believe you’ll enjoy it.

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August 24, 1572

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What happened in Vanity Fair

on this day, long ago?

(Yes, we must forgive, 

but people should know.

History isn’t a game,

and it isn’t a show,

its crimes are real – 

and all of its woes.

So tell the truth,

let others know):

The Protestants of France died on this day,

in 1572.

Now, do not grieve 

or cherish hatred,

for Jesus Christ was glorified!

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Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre (Massacre de la Saint-Barthélemy), François Dubois (1529–1584), Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland, Public Domain, Wikipedia.

Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of the Huguenots in France.

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Revelation 6:9-11

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

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