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Verse And Voice

Verse of the Day: Admonition for Acts of Injustice

Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, saying, "When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practice deceit with false balances, buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat." The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Surely I will never forget any of their deeds. ... I will [...]

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Voice of the Day: N.T. Wright on Non-Violence

To a nation bent on violence, anyone who claims to be speaking for God's kingdom and who advocates non-violent means as the way to it is making a very deep and dangerous political statement.

- N.T. Wright
From "The New Testament and the State"

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Verse of the Day: Mercy, Judgement and Forgiveness

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.

- Luke 6:36-38

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Voice of the Day: Faithful and Courageous

Those called by God to proclaim the good news need to be both faithful and courageous. Our prophetic call, however, does not come without a cost. Managing the enmity of foes and friends requires a teachable spirit and contentment with failure. We are not usually in a very teachable mood until life has whipped us into an attitutde to learn and a willingness to change; then God can get our undivided attention.

- Charles G. Adams
excerpt from "The Priestly Faithful and [...]

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Verse of the Day: Justice

You shall not follow a majority in wrongdoing; when you bear witness in a lawsuit, you shall not side with the majority so as to pervert justice; nor shall you be partial to the poor in a lawsuit.

- Exodus 23:2-3

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Voice of the Day: John Dear on Nonviolence

Nonviolence confronts systematic injustice with active love, but refuses to retaliate with further violence under any circumstances. In order to halt the vicious cycles of violence, it requires a willing acceptance of suffering and death rath than inflicting suffering or death on anyone else.

- John Dear

excerpt from "Living Peace: A Spirituality of Contemplation and Action."

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Verse of the Day: Fasting

Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?

- Isaiah 58:6-7
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Voice of the Day: Elder Joseph the Hesychast

The helping of others, the giving of alms, and all external goods don't calm the arrogance of the heart. Humility of the mind, the pain of repentence and the breaking of the will, however, humble the proud spirit.

-Elder Joseph the Hesychast

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Voice of the Day Howard Thurman

Whatever may be the tensions
and the stresses of a particular day,
there is always lurking close at hand
the trailing beauty
of forgotten joy
or unremembered peace.

- Howard Thurman
from Meditations of the Heart.

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Verse of the Day: Anger and Judgement

You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, "You shall not murder"; and "whoever murders shall be liable to judgment." But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, "You fool," you will be liable to the hell of fire.

- Matthew 5:21-22

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