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Murray Bodo, Max Lucado, Ecknath Easwaran, Book of Deuteronomy, Book of 1 John

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Dear Readers,

What might an archeologist 5000 years from now think of our religious
objects of today? Would they view unearthed crucifixes like we think of
Aztec religious artifacts? Would they shake their heads at Buddhas,
or Hindu animal deities, misconstruing them as whimsical?

I wonder about things like that sometimes.

I hope they would somehow understand the extraordinary love story of
God and creation. Christians in particular, emphasize this reciprocal
tenderness: between Jesus as God Incarnate, and man. God is not
abstracted, but personal, in Christianity. The love of Jesus flows
over man and in a dance of love, flows back to Him.


- Lisa

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The love of God. How little it is understood or believed.
So many people do not believe that they are loved or
loveable. And yet God sent the Son to identify with each
one of us in an unbelievable act of love. Perhaps that
"unbelievable" is why many can't believe. Maybe it is
incredible that we are so wonderful in God's eyes that
God would go this far to impress upon us our own worth.
But if we can accept the fact of this love of God for us,
we regain our self-respect and dignity and walk free
as sons and daughters of God.


Excerpted from "song of the sparrow,"
by Murray Bodo, O. F. M.
St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2008



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Others love you because of you, because your
dimples dip when you smile or or your rhetoric
charms when you flirt. Some people love you
because of you. Not God. He loves you because
he is he. He loves you because He decides to...


Excerpted from "Come Thirsty,"
by Max Lucado
W Publishing Group, 2004




vineyard in Panzano in Chianti, Italy
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If there ever was a spiritual madcap, it was Jesus the Christ.
"Bless them that curse you. Do good to them that hate you
and spitefully use you." People must have rushed back to
Jerusalem shouting, "There's a madman loose on some
mountaintop, telling us to love our enemies!" It is in Saint
Francis of Assisi that we can see the attitude Jesus wants us
to take up. "Lord, keep me floating in the empyrean of love
for you, so that I cannot even remember to bump against
others with my self-will. When I begin to sink back down
under my own weight, have the mercy to give me an enemy
or two on whom I can practice my love!"

In this sense, the lovers of God never allow themselves
to sober up. With ceaseless practice, they keep themselves
drunk with the spirit of love day and night...This mysterious
joy that knows no limits is our true heritage, the fulfillment
that the travail of human evolution is urging.



Excerpted from "Love Never Faileth,"
by Ecknath Easwaran
Nilgiri Press, 1996



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You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your strength.



Deuteronomy 6:5
The Holy Bible
New King James Version



The Last Word:

Behold what manner of love the Father
has bestowed on us, that we should
be called the children of God.


1 John 3:1
The Holy Bible
New King James Version

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 








 







 

































 

 






Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Temper is what gets most of us into trouble.
Pride is what keeps us there.

Anonymous

 




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