Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
previous Job 12:1, 14:1-22

Job Replies: I Am a Laughingstock

Then Job answered:

“A mortal, born of woman, few of days and full of trouble,
comes up like a flower and withers,
flees like a shadow and does not last.
Do you fix your eyes on such a one?
Do you bring me into judgment with you?
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?
No one can.
Since their days are determined,
and the number of their months is known to you,
and you have appointed the bounds that they cannot pass,
look away from them, and desist,
that they may enjoy, like laborers, their days.

“For there is hope for a tree,
if it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
and that its shoots will not cease.
Though its root grows old in the earth,
and its stump dies in the ground,
yet at the scent of water it will bud
and put forth branches like a young plant.
But mortals die, and are laid low;
humans expire, and where are they?
As waters fail from a lake,
and a river wastes away and dries up,
so mortals lie down and do not rise again;
until the heavens are no more, they will not awake
or be roused out of their sleep.
O that you would hide me in Sheol,
that you would conceal me until your wrath is past,
that you would appoint me a set time, and remember me!
If mortals die, will they live again?
All the days of my service I would wait
until my release should come.
You would call, and I would answer you;
you would long for the work of your hands.
For then you would not number my steps,
you would not keep watch over my sin;
my transgression would be sealed up in a bag,
and you would cover over my iniquity.

“But the mountain falls and crumbles away,
and the rock is removed from its place;
the waters wear away the stones;
the torrents wash away the soil of the earth;
so you destroy the hope of mortals.
You prevail forever against them, and they pass away;
you change their countenance, and send them away.
Their children come to honor, and they do not know it;
they are brought low, and it goes unnoticed.
They feel only the pain of their own bodies,
and mourn only for themselves.”

Note: Today's Gospel reading is John 8:47-59. Find a Bible translation.


From the New Revised Standard Version. Reprinted with permission from HarperBibles.

Today's Torah Reading
previous Deuteronomy 26:16-26:19

The Lord your God commands you this day to observe these laws and rules; observe them faithfully with all your heart and soul. You have affirmed this day that the Lord is your God, that you will walk in His ways, that you will observe His laws and commandments and rules, and that you will obey Him. And the Lord has affirmed this day that you are, as He promised you, His treasured people who shall observe all His commandments, and that He will set you, in fame and renown and glory, high above all the nations that He has made; and that you shall be, as He promised, a holy people to the Lord your God.


Torah reading From Parshat Ki Tavo. From THE TANAKH: The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text. Copyright 1985 by the Jewish Publication Society. Used by permission.

Angel Quote of the Day


Our angels cradle our every prayer in their hands, laying it confidently before the throne of God.

-Eileen Elias Freeman,
"The Angels' Little Instruction Book"

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Buddhist Quote of the Day


View all problems as challenges. Look upon negativities that arise as opportunities to learn and to grow. Don't run from them, condemn yourself, or bury your burden in saintly silence. You have a problem? Great. More grist for the mill. Rejoice, dive in, and investigate.

-Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, "Mindfulness in Plain English"

Copyright Wisdom Publications 2001. Reprinted from "Daily Wisdom: 365 Buddhist Inspirations," edited by Josh Bartok, with permission of Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm St., Somerville MA 02144 U.S.A, www.wisdompubs.org.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day


When all is said and done and my life is over, all that will have truly mattered is that I made a choice in this life to believe in and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

-Kerry Livgren

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Christian Quote of the Day


Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still.

-E.M. Bounds

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Eco-Tip of the Day


Hot-water pipes that cross through unheated areas should be wrapped with insulation. Use non-foam insulation for steam pipes.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day


If you have confidence you have patience.

-Ilie Nastase

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Evangelical Quote of the Day


The spontaneous jollity of the carefree extrovert comes to be equated with healthy Christian living, and jolly extroverts in our churches are encouraged to become complacent in carnality.

-J.I. Packer

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Health Quote of the Day


It is time to bring reasonable and appropriate falling apart into fashion.

-Beth Miller, M.D.

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Hindu Quote of the Day


Said Uddalaka to Shvetaketu: "In the beginning was only Being, One without a second. Out of himself he brought forth the cosmos And entered into everything in it. There is nothing that does not come from him. Of everything he is the inmost Self. He is the truth; he is the Self supreme. You are that, Shvetaketu; you are that."

Chandogya Upanishad

Chandogya Upanishad. Excerpted from The Upanishads, translated by Eknath Easwaran, copyright 1987, www.nilgiri.org. Reprinted with permission from Nilgiri Press.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day


So my voice becomes a breath and a shout. One prepares the way, the other surrounds my loneliness with angels.

-Rainer Maria Rilke

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Inspiration Quote of the Day


The best way to knock the chip off your neighbor's shoulder is to pat him on the back.


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Judaism Quote of the Day


Perhaps a human being does not die until he no longer sees anything but the past and the present moment.

-Leo Baeck, "The Pharisees"

Reprinted from 'A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,' edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

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Muslim Quote of the Day


Jubilant are they [the martyrs] because of the grace Allah bestowed upon them, rejoicing in the glad tidings given to those who were left behind and have not yet joined them, that they need have no fear, neither shall they grieve.

-The Family of Imran 3:170

From "The Bounty of Allah," translated by Aneela Khalid Arshed. Copyright 1999. All rights reserved. Used with permission of The Crossroad Publishing Company, New York.

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Relationship Quote of the Day


Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.


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September 1, 2014
Thy Word for a Light
Jerome (c. 342-420)
Lord, thou hast given us thy Word for a light to shine upon our path;
grant us so to meditate on that Word, and to follow its teaching,
that we may find in it the light that shines more and more until the perfect day;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.