Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
previous Acts 16:25-40

Paul and Silas in Prison

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were unfastened. When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted in a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them outside and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.

When morning came, the magistrates sent the police, saying, “Let those men go.” And the jailer reported the message to Paul, saying, “The magistrates sent word to let you go; therefore come out now and go in peace.” But Paul replied, “They have beaten us in public, uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and now are they going to discharge us in secret? Certainly not! Let them come and take us out themselves.” The police reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens; so they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and asked them to leave the city. After leaving the prison they went to Lydia's home; and when they had seen and encouraged the brothers and sisters there, they departed.

Note: Today's Gospel reading is John 12:27-36a. Find a Bible translation.


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

Today's Torah Reading
previous Deuteronomy 32:7-32:12

Remember the days of old,
Consider the years of ages past;
Ask your father, he will inform you,
Your elders, they will tell you:
When the Most High gave nations their homes
And set the divisions of man,
He fixed the boundaries of peoples
In relation to Israel's numbers.
For the Lord's portion is His people,
Jacob His own allotment.

He found him in a desert region,
In an empty howling waste.
He engirded him, watched over him,
Guarded him as the pupil of His eye.
Like an eagle who rouses his nestlings,
Gliding down to his young,
So did He spread His wings and take him,
Bear him along on His pinions;
The Lord alone did guide him,
No alien god at His side.


From Parshat Ha'azinu. 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


And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

-Revelation 22:8-9

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Buddhist Quote of the Day


He who, depraved, devoid of truthfulness & self-control, puts on the ochre robe, doesn't deserve the ochre robe. But he who is free of depravity endowed with truthfulness & self-control, well-established in the precepts, truly deserves the ochre robe.

-Dhammapada, 1, translation by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day


As a teenager I was more of an anarchist, but now I want people to thrive and be harmonious.

-Nicolas Cage

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Christian Quote of the Day


Hearts on earth say in the course of a joyful experience, ‘I don’t want this to ever end.’ The hearts of those in heaven say, ‘I want this to go on forever.’ And it will. There is no better news than this.

-J.I. Packer

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Eco-Tip of the Day


Is it time for a vacation? Book your flights with an airline that uses electronic tickets and support the fact that they're wasting less paper!

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day


Forgiveness is having the courage to take down the walls that we think are there to protect us.


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Evangelical Quote of the Day


Christ’s statements are either cosmic or comic.

-John Blanchard

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Health Quote of the Day


Heart disease continues to be the number one killer; cancer, the number two killer, not far behind. The tragic aspect of these deadly diseases is that they could all be cured, I do believe, if we had sufficient funding.

-Arlen Specter

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Hindu Quote of the Day


If the chimney is full of smoke, how can the light be seen? If the mind is full of dirt, how can the soul shine?

Yogaswami of Jaffna

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day


Treat the Earth well: It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.

-Native American proverb

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Inspiration Quote of the Day


Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.

-Oliver Goldsmith

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Judaism Quote of the Day


When the heart is narrow, the tongue is wide.

-Solomon Ibn Gabirol, "Mibhar HaPeninim"

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

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Muslim Quote of the Day


Unless a benefit exists for someone else within, buried in such a heart, rough-hewn granite and precious stones are one.

-Sa’di: “Kulliyyat-I Sa’di”

From "The Wisdom of Sufism," compiled by Leonard Lewisohn. (c) 2001. Reprinted by arrangement with Oneworld Publications, Oxford, www.oneworld-publications.com.

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Relationship Quote of the Day


There is no greater obstacle to the presence of the Spirit is us than anger.

-John Climatus

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September 16, 2014
Prayer for Those in Need
Psalms 61: 1-4
Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings.