: someone who accepts and helps to spread the teaching of a famous person
: one of a group of 12 men who were sent out to spread the teachings of Jesus Christ

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Disciple (n.): Old English discipul, Biblical borrowing from Latin discipuluspupil, student, follower,” said to be from discereto learn,” from a reduplicated form of Proto-Indo-European root dek-to take, accept” (related to: decent). But according to Barnhart and Klein, from a lost compound discipereto grasp intellectually, analyze thoroughly,” from dis-apart” + capareto take, take hold of,” from Proto-Indo-European root kap-to grasp” (related to: capable).

Source: www.etymonline.com


“Violence requires few ideas, but nonviolence requires imagination.”

Mark Kurlansky (b. 1948, highly acclaimed journalist and author of 29 books including fiction, nonfiction, and children’s book; best known for writing, “1968: The Year That Rocked the World”)

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“He who has conquered his own coward spirit has conquered the whole outward world.”

Thomas Hughes (1822-1896, English lawyer, judge, politician and author, best known for his novel, “Tom Brown’s School days,” a semi-autobiographical work set at Rugby School, which Hughes attended)

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“Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892, British Calvinist Baptist preacher and author, best known for writing, “Morning and Evening, Based on the English Standard Version”)

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“The only humility that is really ours is not that which we try to show before God in prayer, but that which we carry with us, and carry out, in our ordinary conduct; the insignficances of daily life are the importances and the tests of eternity, because they prove what really is the spirit that possesses us.”

Andrew Murray (1828-1917, noted missionary leader from South African, best known for writing the book, “Humility”)

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“The ‘show business,’ which is so incorporated into our view of Christian work today, has caused us to drift far from Our Lord's conception of discipleship. It is instilled in us to think that we have to do exceptional things for God; we have not. We have to be exceptional in ordinary things, to be holy in mean streets, among mean people, surrounded by sordid sinners. That is not learned in five minutes.”

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917, early twentieth century Scottish Baptist and Holiness Movement evangelist and teacher, best known for the devotional, “My Utmost for His Highest”)

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“Violence requires few ideas, but nonviolence requires imagination.”

Mark Kurlansky


A dear friend’s 11-year old son asked me the other day if I ever wished for the days of old.   I told him, honestly, that I am one of those people who doesn’t usually have nostalgia for the past.  I told this aware and curious pre-teen that I was often more hopeful toward the future.

I was a child born in the early sixties in the metropolis of New York City.   So, as a result I have witnessed and experienced suffering, pain, and violence.   As a sensitive empathic child, in particular, I sometimes internalized the pain of my parents and other adults who became distraught when spiritual and political leaders were assassinated.  I also remember watching the city on fire and the ravaged destruction of drugs through communities and families.

As challenging as we imagine things to be right now we have not gone back to when blood and death ran through our streets.   Although we have a lot to work on we have come a long way.  Humanity has evolved.

The chaos of any era ultimately pushes us to desire more for ourselves, and to shift from violence to nonviolence, fulfillment and wellbeing.

As we embark upon our Thanksgiving celebrations with family and friends, let us confirm our discipleship to world peace, unity love, and compassion for all of creation, our world, and for each other.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya





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