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Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and
religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.

On Today's Theme:

Ever had a day in which you just can't find your spiritual handle? You keep
reaching for it and it's always an inch beyond your mental fingertips. You are
convinced that God is playing hide and seek, and he's hiding in the mother
of all hiding places. Everything irritates you and you've convinced that no-
one likes you, because, heck, you don't even like yourself! So why would
your heavenly Father like you on a day like that?

Well, he does like you--loves you, even. I guess that's what makes
him God. Next time you have such a day, go the Archives here and
reread today's site. And be reassured how deeply you are loved
and how singularly important you are in the eyes of the Lord.

- Lisa Bowman

Photo by Chuck Bowman  All rights reserved

...Here is what we want to know. We want to know how long
God's love will endure. Does God really love us forever? Not
just on Easter Sunday when our shoes are shined and our hair
is fixed. I want to know (deep within, don't we all really want
to know?), how does God feel about me when I'm a jerk? Not
when I'm peppy and positive and ready to tackle world
hunger. Not then. I know how he feels about
me then. Even I like me then.

I want to know how he feels about me when I snap at
anything that moves, when my thoughts are gutter-level,
when my tongue is sharp enough to slice a rock. How
does he feel about me then?

And when bad things happen--does God care then? Does he
love me in the midst of fear? Is he with me when danger lurks?

...That's what we want to know.

Can anything separate us from the love Christ has for us?

God answered our question before we asked it. So we'd see
his answer, he lit the sky with a star. So we'd hear it, he filled
the night with a choir. And so we'd believe it, he did what no
man had ever dreamed; he became flesh and dwelt among us.

He placed his hand on the shoulder of humanity and said,
"You're something special."

Excerpted from "For These Tough Times,"
by Max Lucado
W Publishing Group, 2006

Photo by Chuck Bowman  All rights reserved

All this universe was made only for your journey.
And all this universe was made only for the other
guy's journey. And for mine as well.

In our mind it is impossible. We are finite. When
we put our minds to one idea, there is no room
for any other. If one point is at the center,
there is no center left for any other.

G-d is infinite. He can have as many points of focus
as He wishes without diminishing the centrality of
any of them in the slightest.

Each one of us is absolutely the most
important thing in the universe.

From the wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson;
words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of


Listen, my heart,
to the whispers of the world
with which it makes love to you.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Bengali poet, Brahmo religionist, novelist, composer



...and now, The Last Word:

God, who needs nothing, loves into existence
wholly superfluous creatures in order that
He may love and perfect them.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Irish academic, novelist, Christian apologist



















































































Random Bonus Quote:

When you say a situation or a person is hopeless,
you are slamming the door in the face of God.

Charles L. Allen (1913-2005)
Methodist minister and author



On today's
Home Page:

Max Lucado;
The Rebbe/
Tzvi Freeman;
C. S. Lewis


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