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Bouncer revised

Bouncer - Psalm 141:3

revised version of “Bouncer”

We should be discriminating about which words we allow through the door of our lips.

King James Version

‘Bouncer’ is a cartoon I have long thought needed a revision. I like the idea of the guard keeping “watch over the door of my lips” being like a bouncer at an exclusive night club. He has to be very discriminating: desirable guests are allowed in, undesirables are banned. I thought it depicted how we should be with words. My original cartoon showed a well dressed lady being admitted to the “Club Lips”, and a vagrant being denied. The idea was that these people represented words, but I’m not sure that idea was conveyed very well. At least one person wrote to complain that I was making fun of homeless people, which was not my intent. Also, I thought it might be inferred that the vagrant represented specifically profanity, which was also not my intent.

The revised cartoon replaces the lady and the vagrant, who were to represent words, with actual words, or drawings of words, complete with faces. This is much sillier, which I like. But also, I hope, does a better job of conveying the message.

original version of “Bouncer”











Revisiting this cartoon also made me wonder who, exactly, is the bouncer? In the verse, the person asks the Lord to set a guard over his lips. Who is the guard? In James 3:8 it is stated that no one can tame the tongue. We can’t do it on our own. We need someone to help us. That someone, I believe, is the Holy Spirit. He is there, with us, and in us. He can help us choose our words more carefully.

Mike Waters

Guard Your Heart

Guard Your Heart - Proverbs 4:23

We need to be careful about the things we allow into heart. We can’t allow Satan to dump his garbage of fear, doubt, and sin in the well of our heart.

Wages or Gift

Wages or Gift - Romans 6:23

The choice is clear: continue in sin and receive the wages due to sin; or turn to Jesus and receive God’s gift of eternal life.

Incidentally, this is the 200th Joyful ‘toon to be published to the site.

King James Version

Fatih Farm

Faith Farm - Matthew 17:20

You may think that your faith is small and ineffective, but the good news is that small faith can grow to be strong faith. Some things that are essential to growing faith are a willing and steadfast heart (Luke 8:15), preaching and teaching of the Word of God (1 Corinthians 3:5-9), and fellowship with and encouragement from other believers (Romans 1:12).

King James Version