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Podcast Transcript: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast, brought to you in part by Book of Zen, makers of wearable inspiration for a better world. Today’s podcast is the first episode of what will be an ongoing series, where we share motivational works that have been adapted from classic books, essays, and speeches, in order to make them more inspirational and enjoyable to contemporary...

To his Excellency, Theophilus. Many attempts have been already made to draw up an account of those events which have reached their conclusion among us, 2 Just as they were reported to us by those who from the beginning were eye-witnesses, and afterwards became bearers of the message. 3 And, therefore, I also, since I have investigated all these events with great care...

About that time an edict was issued by Caesar Augustus that a census should be taken of the whole Empire. 2 This was the first census taken while Quirinius was Governor of Syria. 3 And everyone went to his own town to be registered. 4 Among others Joseph went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Bethlehem, the town of David,...

In the fifteenth year of the reign of the Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was Governor of Judea, Herod Ruler of Galilee, his brother Philip Ruler of the territory comprising Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias Ruler of Abilene, 2 And when Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, a command from God came to John, the son of Zechariah, while he was in the...

On returning from the Jordan, full of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was led by the power of the Spirit through the wilderness for forty days, tempted by the devil. ((Read commentary on this verse from the Gospel of Luke and its relationship to the Lord's Prayer at: Lead Us Not Into Temptation Meaning.)) 2 All that time he ate nothing; and, when it...

Once, when the people were pressing round Jesus as the listened to God’s message, he happened to be standing by the shore of the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats close to the shore. 2 The fishermen had gone away from them and were washing the nets. 3 So, getting into one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, Jesus asked him...

One Sabbath Jesus was walking through cornfields, and his disciples were picking the ears of wheat, and rubbing them in their hands, and eating them. 2 “Why are you doing what it is not allowable to do on the Sabbath?” asked some of the Pharisees. 3 Jesus’ answer was: “Have not you read even of what David did, when he was hungry, he...

Shortly afterwards, Jesus went on a journey through the towns and villages, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God. With him went the twelve, 2 As well as some women who had been cured of wicked spirits and of infirmities. They were Mary, known as Mary Magdalene (from whom seven demons had been expelled), 3 And Joanna (the wife of Herod’s steward,...

Meanwhile the people had gathered in thousands, so that they trod upon one another, when Jesus, addressing himself to his disciples, began by saying to them: “Be on your guard against the leaven—that is, the hypocrisy—of the Pharisees. 2 There is nothing, however covered up, which will not be uncovered, nor anything kept secret which will not become known. 3 Hence all that...

The tax-gatherers and the outcasts were all drawing near to Jesus to listen to him; 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law found fault. “This man always welcomes sinners, and takes meals with them!” they complained. 3 So Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Who among you who has a hundred sheep, and has lost one of them, does not leave...

The Lord's Prayer for Daily Life is a modern meditation on the Lord's Prayer. It is written for progressive Christians, Unitarians, the SBNR (Spiritual But Not Religious), and people of all faiths. In exploring the Lord's Prayer, the book takes you below the surface meaning of Jesus's words and his larger teachings to discover fresh interpretations of the metaphors and parables contained in...

Henry David Thoreau, tucked away in his Walden cabin, famously said that most of us lead lives of quiet desperation. That was in 1845. Today, things are not so quiet in the United States. Anxiety and depression are regular rites of passage from which millions never graduate. Civility meanwhile has long been dropped from our national discourse. It's a sad indictment of a...

Jesus establishes God as a heavenly father figure, but that's not enough for most of us. Without a name, he seems lost in abstraction. Try as we might, we simply can't bring him into view. There is only the vague presence of someone hovering around us—like the adult of a Charlie Brown Peanuts Special, always outside the frame, speaking in a strange indecipherable...

In the Book of Luke, there is a curious statement about God. Luke quotes the prophet Isaiah as saying that through Christ (the Lord) all mankind shall see the “salvation of God”. ((Every chasm shall be filled, every mountain and hill shall be leveled; the winding ways shall be straightened; the rough roads made smooth, 6 And all mankind shall see the salvation...

In the last two chapters on the Lord's Prayer, we've established that our entrance into the kingdom of heaven depends on our sense of wonder; our ability to think and love; our patience; and our acceptance of will as a matter of choice—a choice shared equally with God, the Father. We've also learned that the kingdom is filled with potential, and with treasures...

We've just described our journey toward a life in Christ as a rising. But the act of “rising” (such as rising above petty arguments and concerns) can sometimes get us into trouble, especially we Christians. The reason is that when we rise toward our divinity, we often look down on others with a misguided sense of superiority. ((Speaking to people who were satisfied...

Removing the hindrances that block the coming of Christ involves more than just seeking forgiveness. It means giving forgiveness, too. And that can be pretty tough sometimes. As Christians we often think that unless punishments are meted out swiftly and severely our communities will turn into modern day Sodoms & Gomorrahs. In America this fear fuels our continuation of the death penalty, world record...