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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 has been edited and adapted from the book The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, published in 1922. Podcast Transcript: Work is the essence of life. You work to keep pace with the Earth and the soul of the Earth. To...

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 has been edited and adapted from the book Friendship & Happiness by Arnold Bennett, published in 1911. Children divide their adult acquaintances into two categories—those who sympathize with them in this bizarre and trying adventure called life;...

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 has been adapted from the famous Christmas editorial written by Francis Pharcellus Church, published in The New York Sun in 1897. Dear Editor— I am 8 years old. Some of my friends say there is no Santa Claus....

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 has been edited and adapted from the book entitled The Conquest of Fear by Basil King, published in 1921… Fear of death is greatly diminished by recognizing the truth of everlasting growth. This truth is reflected in...

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 has been edited and adapted from the book entitled The Art of Being Alive by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, published in 1914… LIFE means action, from the cradle to the grave. There are limitless possibilities in this life...

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...