April – 2016
The Wisdom of Ralph Waldo Emerson
“…the Highest dwells with us…there is no screen or ceiling between our heads and the infinite heavens, so there is no bar or wall in the soul where we, the effect, cease, and God, the cause, begins…There is deep power in which we exist and whose beatitude is accessible to us…Within us is the soul of the whole, the wise silence, the universal beauty…the eternal One.
John 20.19-22 (The Message, adapted)
… the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Religious authorities, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side. The disciples, seeing the Teacher with their own eyes, were exuberant. Jesus repeated his greeting: “Peace to you. Just as I was sent, I send you.” Then he took a deep breath and breathed on them. “Receive the holy Spirit,” he said.
The Wisdom of Goethe
“Correction does much, but encouragement does more.”
The Wisdom of Roy Eugene Davis, a disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda
“Most people work hard for their money; they exchange time and effort for the money they earn. Are you making wise use of your money (life) or are you wasting it? Are you working merely to provided for your body or are you spending a portion of your money (your life) to help others, to spread the message of enlightenment, so that at least part of your life is lived for the good of humankind?”
John 21.1-6 (The Message)
… Jesus appeared again to the disciples, this time at the Tiberias Sea (the Sea of Galilee). This is how he did it: Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed “Twin”), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the brothers Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. Simon Peter announced, “I’m going fishing.” The rest of them replied, “We’re going with you.” They went out and got in the boat. They caught nothing that night. When the sun came up, Jesus was standing on the beach, but they didn’t recognize him. Jesus spoke to them: “Good morning! Did you catch anything for breakfast?” They answered, “No.” He said, “Throw the net off the right side of the boat and see what happens.” They did what he said. All of a sudden there were so many fish in it, they weren’t strong enough to pull it in.
Wisdom of Ralph W. Trine
“All life is from an inner center outward. As within, so without. As we think we become…The great value of God as taught by Jesus is that God dwells in us. It is truly Emmanuel – God with us…There is a mystic force that transcends any power of the intellect or of the body, that becomes manifest or operative in the life of [human-beings] when their divine Self-realization, their God-consciousness, becomes awakened and permeates their entire being…We can bring our minds into rapport, into such harmony and connection with the infinite divine Life and Power, that it speaks in us, directs us, and therefore acts through us as our own very selves.”
John 10.22-27 (The Message, adapted)
They were celebrating Hanukkah just then in Jerusalem. It was winter. Jesus was strolling in the Temple across Solomon’s Porch. The religious authorities, circling him, said, “How long are you going to keep us guessing? If you’re the Messiah, tell us straight out.” Jesus answered, “I told you, but you don’t believe. Everything I have done has been [divinely] authorized…actions that speak louder than words. …My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me.
The Wisdom of Ernest Holmes
“We believe in God as the Infinite Spirit permeating everything.”
The Wisdom of Fannie James
“That which is omnipresent fills ALL space. That which fills all space cannot be limited to form, but must contain all form within itself and be the substance of all form. Omnipresence shows that all things live and move within it; that their true Being has neither beginning nor end of days, and cannot be limited by either time, space, or conditions. …God omnipresent means God everywhere present, as the principle and source of all.”
Acts 11.1-5, 11-18 (The Message, adapted)
The news traveled fast and in no time the leaders and friends back in Jerusalem heard about it—heard that…“outsiders” were now “in.” When Peter got back to Jerusalem, some of his old associates, concerned about circumcision, called him on the carpet: “What do you think you’re doing rubbing shoulders with that crowd, eating what is prohibited and ruining our good name?”
So Peter, starting from the beginning, laid it out for them step-by-step: “Recently I was in the town of Joppa praying.
“Suddenly, three men showed up at the house where I was staying, sent from Caesarea to get me. The Spirit told me to go with them, no questions asked. So I went with them, I and six friends, to the man who had sent for me. He told us how he had seen an angel right in his own house, real as his next-door neighbor, saying, ‘Send to Joppa and get Simon, the one they call Peter. He’ll tell you something that will save your life—in fact, you and everyone you care for.’
“So I started in, talking. Before I’d spoken half a dozen sentences, the holy Spirit fell on them just as She did on us the first time. I remembered Jesus’ words: ‘John baptized with water; you will be baptized with the holy Spirit.’ So I ask you: If God gave the same exact gift to them as to us when we believed in [Jesus as God’s Anointed], how could I object to God?”
Hearing it all laid out like that, they quieted down. And then, as it sank in, they started praising God. “It’s really happened! God has broken through to the other nations, opened them up to Life!”