Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion Network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
ON TODAY'S SITE:
The Rebbe, (Simon Jacobson, Tzvi Freeman), Martin Buber, Max Lucado, Henri Nouwen
SPECIAL VIDEO FEATURE: Rabbi Mentz: "Who Are You? Noah vs. Abraham"
This is a 3:42 video on YouTube by Rabbi Chaim Mentz of Bel Air Chabad, CA.
"Star Trek" fan here. Not the kind who paints herself green and goes to a convention
as the Orion Slave Girl, but a fan, nonetheless, as in my son and I might have been
been in line for hours the night "Star Trek Experience"
opened at the Las Vegas Hilton.
The best series of the tv franchise had to be "Next Generation." Despite his flaws,
Captain Picard was always altruistically focused on the future. How great was it when
he and the crew would get snagged in some sort of time warp and have to fix things so
the future would come out right? They'd do whatever needed to be done with courage,
wisdom and foresight, no matter the cost to themselves.
It was ennobling and inspiring.
In a very real way, we are each engaged in the same ennobling quest. When we pray to
do God's will on earth, we are actively bringing heaven to earth.
We when live in love
and act with courage, we are changing the future, for if we don't perform that tiny kind-
ness, the course of the world literally veers off onto another path.
It's huge to compre-
hend, but it's true. We are creating the world's future with each thoughtful breath. It's a
responsibility and a divine privilege bestowed upon those who are aware and spiritually
awake. We already know who our Captain is. Then may we "boldly go where no one has
so the future comes out right. As Picard would say, "Make it so."
Our current generation is so hungry for meaning and direction,
for spiritual nourishment, that each of us must serve as a leader.
Whatever you have learned, whatever you have been touched by,
you must share it with others. You cannot waste time wondering
if you are truly equipped to help your fellow man. When someone
is drowning, you don't take a life-saving course -- you jump
in the water and save a life!
...One leader creates another and another, ad infinitum, just as
one candle's flame lights another and another, until the once-
impenetrable darkness has turned to brilliant light.
Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life:
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002
You don't need to move mountains.
You just have to know where to aim.
You can transform an entire family forever with
one flickering Shabbat candle of one little girl.
From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe (Schneerson);
Words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of Chabad.org
Rabbi Uri said:
"One does not help only one's own generation. Generation
after generation David pours enthusiasm into somber souls;
generation after generation Samson arms weak souls
with the strength of heroes."
Excerpted from "Tales of the Hasidim,"
by Martin Buber
Schoken Books, 1991
Your voice matters in heaven. (God) takes you very seriously.
When you enter his presence, the attendants turn to you to
hear your voice. No need to fear that you will be ignored...
Intently. Carefully. The prayers are honored as precious jewels.
Purified and empowered, the words rise in a delightful fragrance to
our Lord...Your prayers move God to change the world.
Excepted from "The Great House of Heaven,"
by Max Lucado
W Publishing Group, 1997
The task of future Christian leaders is not to make a little contribution
to the solution of the pains and tribulations of their time, but to identify
and announce the ways in which Jesus is leading God's people out of
slavery, through the desert to a new land of freedom ... They have to
say no to every form of fatalism, defeatism, accidentalism, or inciden-
talism that makes people believe that statistics are telling us the truth.
They have to say no to every form of despair in which human life is seen
as a pure matter of good or bad luck ... In short, they have to say no to
the secular world and proclaim in unambiguous terms that the incarna-
tion of God's Word, through whom all things came into being, has
made even the smallest event of human history into kairos, that
is, an opportunity to be led deeper into the heart of Christ.
Excerpted from "In the Name of Jesus,"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen
The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1989
The Last Word:
Actions in heaven begin when
someone prays on earth.
Max Lucado (1955- )
Christian minister and author
Totally Random Bonus Quote:
God can see everything.
Happiness is God watching you.
"Finding God in a Tangled World,"
by Juris Rubenis and Maris Subacs