The Common Good

Verse And Voice

Voice of the Day: Foster on the Gospel

Our freedom in the gospel, however, does not mean license; it means opportunity.

- Richard Foster
Celebration of Discipline

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Voice of the Day: God's Grace

In most turning points in life, God's grace is made known to us not through an intentional relationship with a spiritual guide but through the working of everyday relationships that are a means of grace we might not recognize if we did not ask: How was God at work in this relationship?

- Sondra Higgins Matthaei
Faith Matters

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Verse of the Day: Do to Others

In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.

- Matthew 7:12

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Verse of the Day: Make the Tree Good

Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good things, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

- Matthew 12:33-33

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And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" But when he heard this, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners."

Matthew 9:10-13 [...]

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Voice of the Day: Hawkins on Christian Leadership

In the absence of Jesus' physical leadership, a new power to lead emerges among the disciples. Like the disciples, we honor Jesus' absence when, as Christian communities, we do not look for a single leader to ride into town on a white horse and save us. We honor Jesus' absence when we do not "look up" to a single human leader on whom we can depend for everything. We honor Jesus' absence when we discover the Spirit of Jesus the Servant animating us as a Christian community of faith.

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Voice of the Day: 'Do not lose by saving'

Do not lose by saving, but gather in by scattering. Give to the poor, and you give to yourself. You will not be allowed to keep what you have refused to give others.

- Saint Peter Chrysologus
Sermon 43

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Verse of the Day: The Unknown God

Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, "Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, 'To an unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, [...]

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Voice of the Day: Russell on Power

Power understood as the ability to accomplish desired ends is present in human relationships no matter how particular communities or societies are organized. Nevertheless, Christian communities recognize that the source of power in their life is the love of Christ which inspires and directs them. This is a style of power not of coercion but of empowerment of others.... It also connects to those at the margins of society who search for word of God's love and justice.

- Letty M. [...]

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Verse of the Day: Chasing After Wind

... it is an unhappy business that God has given to human beings to be busy with. I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.

- Ecclesiastes 1:13-14

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