TODAY'S THEME: TRIAL BY FIRE
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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
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On Today's Theme:

Sometimes we are asked to endure situations in which we stand innocent but condemned.
In other words, sometimes bad things happen to good people. If we are people who have
given our lives to God though, we are blessed with a spiritual fortitude that gets us through.
It's a strength firmly grounded in the understanding that though we may be thrown into the
fiery furnace, we will be upheld and ultimately vindicated, because the Lord never, ever
abandons those who love Him. Even when it appears that evil in this world has extracted
a nasty victory, God exposes its hollowness. The anonymous prayer on today's site turns
ugliness into a seamless beauty that shines like a beacon; it is a light that burns away the
frightening shadows of hatred and wicked cruelty. May the examples on this Home Page
lend you their grace and enable you to live with steadfast peace even in the face of injustice.

- Lisa Bowman



Now the king's servants who threw them in did not cease feeding the
furnace fires with naphtha, pitch, tow, and brush. And the flame streamed
out above the furnace forty-nine cubits, and it broke through and burned
those of the Chalde'ans whom it caught about the furnace. But the angel
of the Lord came down into the furnace to be with Azari'ah and his com-
panions, and drove the fiery flame out of the furnace like a moist whistling
wind, so that the fire did not touch them at all or hurt or trouble them.

Then the three, as with one mouth, praised and glorified
and blessed God in the furnace, saying:

Bless the Lord, Hanani'ah, Azari'ah, and Mish'ael,
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever;
for he has rescued us from Hades and saved us
from the hand of death,
and delivered us from the midst of the
burning fiery furnace;
from the midst of the fire he has delivered us.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
Bless him, all who worship the Lord,
the God of gods,
sing praise to him and give thanks to him,
for his mercy endures forever.


Daniel 3: 23-28, 66-68
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition

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"Behold, I have refined you, but not like silver;
I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.
For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it,
for how should my name be profaned?
My glory I will not give to another."

Thus says the Lord,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
"I am the Lord your God..."

Isaiah 48: 10-11, 17
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition



The following is a prayer found written on a piece of wrapping
paper in Ravensbruck, the largest of the concentration
camps for women in Nazi Germany. It is extraordinary
in its loving forgiveness of evil perpetrated.


O Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will but also
those of ill will. But do not remember all the suffering they have inflicted
upon us: remember the fruits we bought, thanks to this suffering, our
comradeship, our loyalty, our humility, the courage, the generosity,
the greatness of heart which have grown out of this; and when they
come to judgment, let all the fruits we have borne
be their forgiveness.

An anonymous saint

 

...and now...
The Last Word:

If we cannot believe God when circumstances seem
to be against us, we do not believe Him at all.

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)
British Reformed Baptist preacher

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 


Bonus Quote:


No human being is too big to be humble, but some are too small.


Anonymous

 


On today's
Home Page:


Book of Daniel;
Book of Isaiah;
Concentration
camp victim;
Charles Spurgeon

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Monday's site:
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COMING DAY

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