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Today's Bible Reading
previous Esther 6:1-14

On that night the king could not sleep; and he gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. And it was found written how Mor'decai had told about Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, and who had sought to lay hands upon King Ahasu-e'rus.

And the king said, "What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mor'decai for this?" The king's servants who attended him said, "Nothing has been done for him." And the king said, "Who is in the court?" Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king's palace to speak to the king about having Mor'decai hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for him. So the king's servants told him, "Haman is there, standing in the court." And the king said, "Let him come in."

So Haman came in, and the king said to him, "What shall be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?" And Haman said to himself, "Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?" and Haman said to the king, "For the man whom the king delights to honor, let royal robes be brought, which the king has worn, and the horse which the king has ridden, and on whose head a royal crown is set; and let the robes and the horse be handed over to one of the king's most noble princes; let him array the man whom the king delights to honor, and let him conduct the man on horseback through the open square of the city, proclaiming before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.’"

Then the king said to Haman, "Make haste, take the robes and the horse, as you have said, and do so to Mor'decai the Jew who sits at the king's gate. Leave out nothing that you have mentioned."

So Haman took the robes and the horse, and he arrayed Mor'decai and made him ride through the open square of the city, proclaiming, "Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor."

Then Mor'decai returned to the king's gate. But Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered. And Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had befallen him. Then his wise men and his wife Zeresh said to him, "If Mor'decai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of the Jewish people, you will not prevail against him but will surely fall before him." While they were yet talking with him, the king's eunuchs arrived and brought Haman in haste to the banquet that Esther had prepared.

Note: Today's Gospel reading is Luke 4:1-13. Find a Bible translation.

NRSV

From the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1946, 1952, 1971 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by permission.

Today's Torah Reading
previous Deuteronomy 32:40-32:43

Lo, I raise My hand to heaven and say: As I live forever, when I whet My flashing blade and My hand lays hold on judgment, vengeance will I wreak on My foes, will I deal to those who reject Me.

I will make My arrows drunk with blood--as My sword devours flesh--blood of the slain and the captive from the long-haired enemy chiefs. O nations, acclaim His people! For He'll avenge the blood of His servants, wreak vengeance on His foes, and cleanse the land of His people.

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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

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My soul is awakened, my spirit is soaring And carried aloft on the wings of the breeze.

-Anne Brontë


From "Angels Around Us." Compiled by Karen Maguire. Reprinted by arrangement with Andrews McMeel Publishing.

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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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It is better to spend one day contemplating the birth and death of all things than a hundred years never contemplating beginnings and endings.

-Buddha


From "Sayings of the Buddha: Reflections for Every Day", by William Wray, 2004. Reprinted by arrangement with Arcturus Publishing, London. Book available in the U.S. through Barnes & Noble, www.bn.com

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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There's a definite responsibility that comes with being famous. You shouldn't be able to just dress up and look pretty.

-Rashida Jones


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Christian Quote of the Day

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Our Christian experience must agree with the Bible. We will be taught by the Bible and fed by the Bible. But we do not believe in Christ because He is in the Bible: we believe in the Bible because Christ is in us.

-Claxton Monro


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Eliminate one unnecessary driving trip per week. Cars are a terrible strain on the environment.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.

-George Bernard Shaw


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

-Psalm 127:1 (Revised Standard Version)


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Health Quote of the Day

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Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

-Helen Keller


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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Life after life I cast those who are malicious, hateful, cruel, and degraded into the wombs of those with similar demonic natures. Birth after birth they find themselves with demonic tendencies. Degraded in this way, Arjuna, they fail to reach me and fall lower still. There are three gates to this self-destructive hell: lust, anger, and greed. Renounce these three. Those who escape from these three gates of darkness, Arjuna, seek what is best and attain life's supreme goal. Others disregard the teachings of the scriptures. Driven by selfish desire, they miss the goal of life, miss even happiness and success.

Bhagavad Gita 16:19-23

Excerpted from The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Eknath Easwaran, copyright 1985. Reprinted with permission from Nilgiri Press, www.nilgiri.org. To order the book, please call 1-800-475-2369.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day

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Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.

-Chuang Tzu


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands--and then just eat one of the pieces.

-Judith Viorst


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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On Hanukkah the freeing of the Jewish soul is represented with eight days of candle lighting.

-Rabbi Goldie Milgram


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Muslim Quote of the Day

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I was given the choice between wisdom and prophecy. I chose wisdom because I could not stand the burden.

-Luqman, “Islamic Sufism”


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

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Love, like a flame, cannot fail to give out light.

-Hazrat Inayat Khan


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September 22, 2014
Thank You for Strawberries
Heather Kopp
Thank You, God,
for giving us food of all kinds,
shapes, colors, aromas, textures, and flavors.
I praise You for strawberries!
And I delight in crisp yellow peppers and juicy oranges!
I praise You for giving us taste buds--
You didn't have to do that!
I praise You also for those edible pleasures
that I sometimes abuse.
Today I ask for the grace
to appreciate the daily sustenance You give me
and to appreciate it so much that I don't feel the need to be greedy.
Maker of everything delicious,
all day long I will notice Your genius and generosity,
and I will honor You with my appetites and my attitude. Amen.
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