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TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL THEME: Arising to Life
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    At the top of the Home Page:
    --Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead
    --Ernest Holmes on Lazarus

    Midway down the page:
    --The Baha'i: Everlasting existence

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Rumi: Knock, Vanish, Fall, Become!

              
     And the Last Word: Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
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Issa (1763-1828)
Japanese haiku writer
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Now when Jesus came, he found that Laz'rus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethany
was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary
to console them concerning their brother. Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here,
my brother would not have died. And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God
will give you." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." Martha said to him, " I know
that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the
resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever
lives and believes in me shall never die."

Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb; it was a cave and a stone lay upon it. Jesus
said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, by this
time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell
you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?" So they took away the stone.
And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, "Father, I thank thee that thou has heard me. I knew
that thou hearest me always, but I have said this on account of the people standing by, that
they may believe that thou didst send me." When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice,
"Laz'rus, come out." The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with bandages, and his
face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."

John 10: 17-19, 21-26, 38-44
Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition
Arriving at the tomb of his friend, Jesus was confronted by Martha,
a sister of Lazarus, who said, "Lord, if thou hadst been here my
brother had not died." He replied, "Thy brother shall rise again."
Martha answered that Lazarus would rise at the resurrection, but
Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life, and though a
man be dead, yet shall he live." He was preparing his followers
for the event that was to follow. He was going to prove that the
Spirit cannot die, that man is an eternal being...

At the center of confusion there is peace. At the center of doubt
there is certainty. At the center of death there is life. It was life
and not death that Jesus recognized. And he recognized it where
death appeared to be. Having lifted up his soul unto life he turned
and commanded Lazarus to come forth.

We have all made tombs for ourselves. We have bound ourselves
by fear, superstition and unbelief,  and lain down in our self-created
graves in a state of stupor, in a state of death. And yet, outside our
tombs of self-imprisonment there is always a voice saying, "Arise and come forth!"

Ernest Holmes (1887-1960)
Founder of Religious Science, aka Science of Mind
From 'Words That Heal Today"
Dodd, Mead and Co., 1949
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(The) divine world is manifestly a world of lights; therefore, man has need of
illumination here. That is a world of love; the love of God is essential. It is a world
of perfections; virtues, or perfections, must be acquired. That world is vivified by
the breaths of the Holy Spirit; in this world we must seek them. That is the Kingdom
of everlasting life; it must be attained during this vanishing existence.

...But if (man) possesses the knowledge of God, becomes ignited through the fire
of the love of God, witnesses the great and mighty signs of the Kingdom, becomes
the cause of love among mankind and lives in the utmost state of sanctity and
holiness, he shall surely attain to second birth, be baptized by the Holy Spirit and
enjoy everlasting existence.


'Abdu'l-Bahá (1844-1921))
Persian, head of the Baha'i faith following his father, Baha'u'llah, founder of the religion.

    Knock,
    And He'll open the door.

    Vanish,
    And He'll make you shine like the sun.

    Fall,
    And He'll raise you to the heavens.

    Become nothing,
    And He'll turn you into everything!

    Rumi (1207-1273)
    13th century Persian poet and theologian
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If a dead person were allowed to return to this world and
pray, you can be sure that he would pray with all his might.

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810)
Born in the Ukraine, his great-grandfather was the Baal Shem Tov. His emphasis on faith,
simplicity and joy breathed new life into the Hasidic movement.