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Verse And Voice

Verse of the Day: 'Where is the one who is wise?'

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe.

- 1 Corinthians 1:20-21
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Voice of the Day: Annie Dillard

A blur of romance clings to notions of "publicans," "sinners," "the poor," "the people in the marketplace," "our neighbors," as though of course God should reveal himself, if at all, to these simple people, these Sunday school watercolor figures who are so purely themselves in their tattered robes, who are single in themselves, while we now are various, complex, and full at heart.... Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place? There is no one but us. There [...]

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Verse of the Day: On Joy

Weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.

- Psalm 30:5-5

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voice of the Day: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

No abyss of evil can hide from [Jesus] through whom the world is reconciled with God. But the abyss of God's love encompasses even the most abysmal godlessness of the world.

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Meditations on the Cross

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Verse of the Day: 'does the Lord not see?'

When all the prisoners of the land
are crushed under foot,
when human rights are perverted
in the presence of the Most High,
when one's case is subverted
--does the Lord not see it?

- Lamentations 3:34-36

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Verse of the Day: Consult the Lord!

Alas for those who go down to Egypt for help
and who rely on horses,
who trust in chariots because they are many
and in horsemen because they are very strong,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel
or consult the Lord!
Yet he too is wise and brings disaster;
he does not call back his words,
but will rise against the house of the evildoers,
and against the helpers of those who work iniquity.

- Isaiah 31:1-2

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Voice of the Day: On Prayer

Prayer is a participation in willing God's will.

- Marjorie J. Thompson
Soul Feast

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Verse of the Day: 'everyone who searches finds'

Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

- Matthew 7:7-8

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Voice of the Day: Marva J. Dawn

Sabbath ceasing [means] to cease not only from work itself, but also from the need to accomplish and be productive, from the worry and tension that accompany our modern criterion of efficiency, from our efforts to be in control of our lives as if we were God, from our possessiveness and our enculturation, and finally, from the humdrum and meaninglessness that result when life is pursued without the Lord at the center of it all.

- Marva J. Dawn
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Verse of the Day: Treasures on Earth

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

- Matthew 6:19-21

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