The Evangelical Universalist Forum

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“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” -St. Francis of Assisi-

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"Most of you will experience the bible as a sort of road map to your life. I have to admit, I also did the same thing. And I was very sure about it. And we went on to try to figure the scriptures out…

But the scriptures have mysteries, and the mysteries are great and wonderful.

God is at work, but in my estimation, not in the way the evangelicals want to believe." -Maintenanceman-

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“Do you have agendas for your children that are more important than the children themselves? Lost in the shuffle of uniforms, practices, games, recitals, and performances can be the creative and joyful soul of your child. Watch and listen carefully. Do they have time to daydream? From their dreams will emerge the practices and activities that will make self-discipline as natural as breathing.”

– William Martin

It is not the quantity but the quality of knowledge which determines the mind’s dignity. William Ellery Channing
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“This, in a nutshell, is that will: that everything handed over to me by the Father be completed - not a single detail missed - and at the wrap-up of time I have everything and everyone put together, upright and whole.” -Jesus, the Christ-

“You are the God of the early mornings, the God of the late at nights, the God of the mountain peaks, and the God of the sea; but my God, my soul has further horizons than the early mornings, deeper darkness than the nights of earth, higher peaks than the mountain peaks, greater depth than any sea in nature–You who are the God of all these, be my God. I cannot reach to the heights or to the depths; there are motives I cannot trace, dreams I cannot get at–My God search me out!” -King David-

“While there is a wonderful simplicity in God, much about Him has been obscured by the traditions of men. We are surrounded with things difficult to understand. The way most people take is to look away, lest they should find out they have to understand them.” -George MacDonald-

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We smile at the ignorance of the savage who cuts down the tree in order to reach its fruit; but the same blunder is made by every person who is over eager and impatient in the pursuit of pleasure. William Ellery Channing

“For what prevents us from saying that the happy life is to have a mind that is free, lofty, fearless and steadfast - a mind that is placed beyond the reach of fear, beyond the reach of desire, that counts virtue the only good, baseness the only evil, and all else but a worthless mass of things, which come and go without increasing or diminishing the highest good, and neither subtract any part from the happy life nor add any part to it?
A man thus grounded must, whether he wills or not, necessarily be attended by constant cheerfulness and a joy that is deep and issues from deep within, since he finds delight in his own resources, and desires no joys greater than his inner joys.”
― Lucius Annaeus Seneca, The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters

“Instead of focusing so much on a To Do list, I’m starting a To Be list. Things I want to be: Happy, Calm, Loving, Health, Awesome.”-- Author Unknown

“It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.” - A.W. Tozer-

“If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus’ fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.”

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“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need.”-- Mick Jagger

Love never imprisons the one you love. Love is to release the bird from the cage and to see how it flies in its own freedom. The moment you put your conditions and expectations to secure love from your loved one, love is stained. Love that is worldly is not love, its ownership. Love demands nothing. It happens only when we can say ‘I love you without any demand upon you. You may reject me, leave me if you wish; yet my natural love is and shall remain unstained irrespective of everything external.’ Love is not object related. A happy relationship is built without any demand placed on each other. It thrives and grows in independence. Love is the ultimate freedom and independence. No bindings, no bondage, no conditions, no coercion. Pure freedom.
~~Bodhi Shuddhaanandaa

Clive Staples Lewis, AMEN!

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“Ask yourself: Is there joy, ease, and lightness in what I am doing? If there isn’t, then time is covering up the present moment, and life is perceived as a burden or a struggle.”-- Eckhart Tolle

“Trust in God, but keep your gunpowder dry!” - Oliver Cromwell

“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.”-- Pete Seeger

“The way we see the world shapes the way we treat it. If a mountain is a deity, not a pile of ore; if a river is one of the veins of the land, not potential irrigation water; if a forest is a sacred grove, not timber; if other species are biological kin, not resources; or if the planet is our mother, not an opportunity – then we will treat each other with greater respect. Thus is the challenge, to look at the world from a different perspective.”

– David Suzuki

“Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.” -Vladimir Nobokov -

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in a manner so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.” -Native American Proverb-

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“Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead.”-- Mac McCleary

My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life."-- Miles Davis

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.”-- Bryant H. McGill

“The popular view is familiar, and most men do not realize its true bearing, or the light in which it really presents the character of God. But consider how this dogma of endless evil must strike an inquirer after God, one outside the pale of Christianity, but sincerely desirous of learning the truth. There are such men -there are many such.

You tell this inquirer that God is not Almighty only, but all good; that God is indeed love; that God is his Father. But these terms are words without any justification at all, if they have not their common ordinary sense when applied to God.” -Thomas Allin (Christ Triumphant)-

“Trust him. And when you have done that, you are living the life of grace. No matter what happens to you in the course of that trusting - no matter how many waverings you may have, no matter how many suspicions that you have bought a poke with no pig in it, no matter how much heaviness and sadness your lapses, vices, indispositions, and bratty whining may cause you - you believe simply that Somebody Else, by his death and resurrection, has made it all right, and you just say thank you and shut up. The whole slop-closet full of mildewed performances (which is all you have to offer) is simply your death; it is Jesus who is your life. If he refused to condemn you because your works were rotten, he certainly isn’t going to flunk you because your faith isn’t so hot. You can fail utterly, therefore, and still live the life of grace. You can fold up spiritually, morally, or intellectually and still be safe. Because at the very worst, all you can be is dead - and for him who is the Resurrection and the Life, that just makes you his cup of tea.” - Robert Farrar Capon-

“It’s a new day! Let go of old issues, relationships, or apprehensions that are holding you back. Decide to move forward using the knowledge you’ve gained, from your failures and triumphs, while making room for new accomplishments. Cleaning isn’t just good for your house, it’s healthy for your mind. Adopt the attitude that you can and will achieve your dreams, because it’s true. You have greatness within you!”

– Les Brown

“Kind hearts are the gardens, kind thoughts are the roots, kind words are the flowers, kind deeds are the fruits. Take care of your garden and keep out the weeds, fill it with sunshine, kind words, and kind deeds.”-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow