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The Religion Network publishes Monday, Wednesday & Friday
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Welcome To The Religion Network!
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.



Algernon Charles Swinburne, Book of Matthew, Emmet Fox,
Ada Velez-Boardley, Book of Joshua, Book of 1 Kings

Dear Readers,

Loyalty is one of those virtues that sounds almost quaint these days. It makes me picture a knight
in armor upon a white steed, dismounting and kneeling at the King's feet to swear his fealty to the
realm. I think loyalty as a virtue dwindled along with respect for authority in the 1960s. But short
of being loyal to nothing and thereby careening aimlessly through life, we must decide where our
loyalties lie; both in a moral sense and regarding spirituality. It is our choice, but ultimately we
will make a clear cut choice, or else a rudderless world will assign one to us. Who are you?
At whose feet are you willing to kneel and swear your fealty? Whom do you serve?
In speaking your loyalty, you declare your treasure, your heart, your truth.
And living within that clarity is freedom.

- Lisa

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The highest spiritual quality, the noblest property
of mind a man can have, is this of loyalty...a man
with no loyalty in him, with no sense of love or
reverence or devotion due to something outside and
above his poor daily life, with its pains and
pleasures, profits and losses, is as evil
a case as man can be.

Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909)
English poet and novelist


And (Jesus) opened his mouth and taught them, saying...
"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one
and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise
the other. You cannot serve God and *mammon.

*Mammon is a Semitic word for money or riches.

Matthew 6:24
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Version


You cannot have your cake, and eat it too.
You cannot have peace of mind, and have your ailment, too.
You cannot have a sense of divine Love,
and have your jittery nervousness, too...
You cannot have harmony continually unfolding in your life,
and enjoy gossip and criticism too.
You cannot have power in prayer, and the luxury of
resentment and condemnation too.
You cannot build a new consciousness and a new body,
and live mentally in the dead past too.

Excerpted from "Around the Year With Emmet Fox,"
HarperSanFrancisco, 1958

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"Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth,
and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side
of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to
you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you
will serve...But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

So the people answered and said: "Far be it from us that we should
forsake the Lord to serve other gods...We also will serve
the Lord, for He is our God."

Joshua 24:14-16, 18
The Holy Bible
New King James Version


Wherever there is a grain of loyalty there is a glimpse of freedom.

Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909)
English poet and novelist


Loyalty is the pledge of truth to oneself and others.

Ada Velez-Boardley

The Last Word:

Let your heart therefore be loyal to the
Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and
keep His commandments, as at this day.

1 Kings 8:61
The Holy Bible
New King James Version















































































Totally Random Bonus Quote:

Everyone has a unique role to fill in the world
and is important in some respect. Everyone,
and perhaps especially you, is indispensible.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
American novelist and short story writer