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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.



Book of Exodus, Book of Luke, Book of Matthew, Book of Revelation


Dear Readers,

Driving into Flagstaff from the east today, we could see the San Francisco peaks from about
150 miles out. At first they were just hazy bumps on the horizon. As we drew closer they be-
came distinct and textured. Finally they rose benignly above the pine trees that lend Flagstaff
its crisp, pungent air. Seeing them up close again reminded me of my one and only mountain
climb: 14,179 ft. Mt. Shasta, in Northern California. Years ago, a girlfriend and I hired a guide
to take us up. By the time we hit about 12,000 feet I was sucking air on each step. Perhaps it
was the lack of oxygen, but I remember that somewhere along the way I felt that the moun-
tain had a "heartbeat;" that she was alive in a sense that only God would truly understand,
and I recall deep gratitude for the permission to tread so intimately upon her magnificence.

I wonder if getting closer to God is like the journey of first seeing hazy mountains from
a distance; then watching Him become more distinct; next standing in awe before
His Greatness; to finally walking inside the intimacy of His magnificent Heart?

- Lisa

mt. sinai
Image of Mt. Sinai in the distance             Source:


On the third new moon after the people of Israel had gone
out of the land of Egypt, on that day they came into the
wilderness of Sinai...There Israel encamped before the moun-
tain, while Moses went up to God. The Lord called to him out
of the mountain, saying, "Thus you shall say to the house of
Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: You yourselves have seen
what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings
and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed
obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured
possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine..."

On the morning of the third day there were thunders and
lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud
trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled.
Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God,
and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain...
Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because
the Lord had descended on it in fire...

And the Lord called Moses to the top
of the mountain, and Moses went up.

Exodus 19:1-5, 16-18, 20
The Holy Bible
English Standard Version


And God spoke all these words, saying,

"I am the Lord you God, who brought you out of
the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
You shall have no other gods before me."

Exodus 20:1-3
The Holy Bible
English Standard Version

view from mt sinai
Sunset view from Mr. Sinai, Egypt            Source:

At that time Jesus went off to a mountain to pray, and he spent the night
praying to God. The next morning, Jesus called his followers to him and
chose twelve of them, whom he names apostles: Simon (Jesus named him
Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew,
Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon (called the Zealot), Judas son of
James, and Judas Iscariot, who later turned Jesus over to his enemies.

Luke 6:12-15
The Holy Bible
New Century Version



And when He had sent the multitudes away,
He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.
Now when evening came, He was alone there.

Matthew 14:22-23
The Holy Bible
New King James Version


Note from Lisa: Even in the visions of the Book of Revelation,
we see that an angel takes the writer to a 'great and high
mountain' for the beautiful sight of the Lamb's wife,
the holy city of Jerusalem.

Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls
filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked
with me, saying, "Come, I will show you the bride, the
Lamb's wife." And he carried me away in the Spirit to
a great and high mountain, and showed me the great
city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven
from God, having the glory of God. Her light was like
a most precious stone, like a jasper stone,
clear as crystal.

Revelation 12:9-11
The Holy Bible
New King James Version


The Last Word:

Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them
in the mountain of thine inheritance,
in the place, O Lord, which thou hast made
for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord,
which thy hands have established.

The Lord shall reign for ever and ever.

Exodus 15:17-18
The Holy Bible
King James Version










































































Totally Random Bonus Quote:

Angels are never rash; they always
exercise good judgement.

"The Angels' Little Instruction Book,"
by Eileen Elias Freeman
Warner Books, 1994




Rabbi Mentz presents
a wonderful, brief
video, partially shot
on the streets of
on the subject: