October – 2016
The Wisdom of Helen Zagat
“I have faith in God. My trust flows as a quiet stream. It moves with me wherever I go. I am sustained by its serene current. The deep place of peace within is the starting point for outward harmony, joy, and blessings in my life. I have faith in God.”
The Wisdom of Neville Goddard
“It is not what you want that you attract…You attract what you believe to be true.”
Luke 17.5-6 (World English Bible)
The apostles said to [Jesus], “Increase our faith.”
The [Teacher] said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you would tell this sycamore tree, ‘Be uprooted, and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
Psalm 111 (The Message)
I give thanks to GOD with everything I’ve got—
Wherever good people gather, and in the congregation.
GOD’s works are so great, worth
A lifetime of study—endless enjoyment!
Splendor and beauty mark [God’s] craft;
[God’s] generosity never gives out.
The Wisdom of Melody Beattie
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns…chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
Luke 17.11-19 (The Living Bible)
As [Jesus and his friends] continued onward toward Jerusalem, they reached the border between Galilee and Samaria, and as they entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, sir, have mercy on us!”
[Jesus] looked at them and said, “Go to the Jewish priest and show him that you are healed!” And as they were going, their leprosy disappeared.
One of them came back to Jesus, shouting, “Glory to God, I’m healed!” He fell flat on the ground in front of Jesus, face downward in the dust, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a despised Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten [people]? Where are the nine? Does only this foreigner return to give glory to God?”
And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.”
Genesis 32.9, 11-12, 24
Jacob prayed, “O God…Deliver me, please, from [danger]…for I am afraid…You have said that you will [offer blessings]…”
[Later that night, while he was alone, Jacob had a profound spiritual experience].
The Wisdom of Napoleon Hill
“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”
Luke 18.1-7 (Phillips Translation, adapted)
[Jesus] gave…an illustration to show that they must always pray and never lose heart.
“Once upon a time,” he said, “there was a magistrate in a town who [didn’t have much of a conscience]…There was a widow in the town who kept coming to him, saying, ‘Please protect me from the [person] who is trying to ruin me.’ And for a long time he refused. But later he said to himself, ‘…this woman is such a nuisance that I shall give judgment in her favour, or else her continual visits will be the death of me!’”
Then [Jesus] said, “Notice how this…magistrate behaved. Do you suppose God, [who is infinitely] patient…will not see justice done for [those] who [pray] day and night?
Joel 2.28-29 (NRSV)
[God declares]: I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your [elderly] shall dream dreams, and your [youth] shall see visions. Even on the [the least privileged in society], in those days, I will pour out my spirit.
The Wisdom of A. Powell Davies
“What can we do to stretch our hearts enough to lose their littleness? Here we are – all of us – all upon this planet, bound together in a common destiny, living our lives between the briefness of the daylight and the dark. Kindred in this, each lighted by the same precarious, flickering flame of life, how does it happen that we are not kindred in all things else? How strange and foolish are these walls of separation that divide us!
Luke 18.9-14 (NRSV)
[Jesus gave this sermon illustration for those] who trusted in themselves [as] righteous and regarded others with contempt:
“Two [people] went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’
But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, [for my mistakes and misdeeds]!’
I tell you, this [humble person] went down to his home justified rather than the [arrogant one]; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”
The Wisdom of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
“Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value.”
The Wisdom of A Course in Miracles
“Love will immediately enter into any mind that truly wants it.”
The Wisdom of Marian G. Moon
“There is something within every person that is absolutely unlimited – a part of us that is never bound. That is the Real Self, our divinity, our spiritual wholeness.”
Luke 19.1-9 (Easy To Read Version)
Jesus was going through the city of Jericho. In Jericho there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a wealthy, very important tax collector. He wanted to see who Jesus was. There were many others who wanted to see Jesus too. Zacchaeus was too short to see above the people. So he ran to a place where he knew Jesus would come. Then he climbed a sycamore tree so he could see him.
When Jesus came to where Zacchaeus was, he looked up and saw him in the tree. Jesus said, “Zacchaeus, hurry! Come down! I must stay at your house today.”
Zacchaeus hurried and came down. He was happy to have Jesus in his house. Everyone saw this. They began to complain, “Look at the kind of man Jesus is staying with. Zacchaeus is a sinner!”
Zacchaeus said to [Jesus], “I want to do good. I will give half of my money to the poor. If I have cheated anyone, I will pay them back…”
Jesus said, “…Yes, even this tax collector is one of God’s [children].”