Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
previous John 1:19-28

And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"

He confessed, he did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ."

And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?"

He said, "I am not."

"Are you the prophet?"

And he answered, "No."

They said to him then, "Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"

He said, "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord,' as the prophet Isaiah said."

Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, "Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?"

John answered them, "I baptize with water; but among you stands one whom you do not know, even he who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie."

This took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.


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 Exodus 15:27-16:10

And they came to Elim, where therse were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees; and they encamped there beside the water.

Setting out from Elim, the whole Israelite community came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departure from the land of Egypt. In the wilderness, the whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots, when we ate our fill of bread! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to starve this whole congregation to death."

And the Lord said to Moses, "I will rain down bread for you from the sky, and the people shall go out and gather each day that day's portion--that I may thus test them, to see whether they will follow My instructions or not. But on the sixth day, when they apportion what they have brought in, it shall prove to be double the amount they gather each day." So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, "By evening you shall know it was the Lord who brought you out from the land of Egypt; and in the morning you shall behold the Presence of the Lord, because He has heard your grumblings against the Lord. For who are we that you should grumble against us? Since it is the Lord," Moses continued, "Who will give you flesh to eat in the evening and bread in the morning to the full, because the Lord has heard the grumblings you utter against Him, what is our part? Your grumbling is not against us, but against the Lord!"

Then Moses said to Aaron, "Say to the whole Israelite community: Advance toward the Lord, for He has heard your grumbling." And as Aaron spoke to the whole Israelite community, they turned toward the wilderness, and there, in a cloud, appeared the Presence of the Lord.


From Parshat BeShelach. 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


The angels of light bring the air alive reminding me the time of inner growth is at hand.

-Terry Lynn Taylor,
“Angel Days”

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

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Buddhist Quote of the Day


From this point on you really know. This is called the pinnacle of Zen, the sovereignty of Zen. It is also called knowledge of what is knowable; it produces all the various states of meditation, and anoints the heads of all spiritual princes. In all fields of form, sound, fragrance, flavor, feeling, and phenomena, you realize complete perfect enlightenment. Inside and outside are in complete communion, without any obstruction at all.

-Pai-chang, "The Sphere of the Enlightened"

From "The Pocket Zen Reader," edited by Thomas Cleary, 1999. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day


One of the things I have always told depressed people is go do something for someone else, because one of the main problems of feeling bad is that it's all about you. Religion and scriptures are deeply focused, intensely focused, on you caring about somebody else.

-Dr. Laura Schlessinger

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Christian Quote of the Day


If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him.

-John 14:7 (Revised Standard Version)

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Eco-Tip of the Day


Next time you're in the shower, think about how much water is going down the drain! Turn the faucet off while you lather your shampoo or shave.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day


In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.

-Robert Frost

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Evangelical Quote of the Day


Do what good you can, and do it solely for God’s glory, as free from it yourself as though you did not exist. Ask nothing whatever in return. Done in this way, your works are spiritual and godly.

-Meister Eckhart

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Health Quote of the Day


It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not.

-James Gordon, M.D.

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Hindu Quote of the Day


The wise unify their consciousness and abandon all attachment to the fruits of action, which binds a person to continual rebirth. Thus they attain a state beyond all evil.

Bhagavad Gita

From "Teachings of the Hindu Mystics," © 2001 by Andrew Harvey. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day


The best part of one’s life is the working part, the creative part. Believe me, I love to succeed. However, the real spiritual and emotional excitement is in the doing.

-Garson Kanin

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Inspiration Quote of the Day


Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

-Dale Carnegie

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Judaism Quote of the Day


Shammai said: Receive all people cheerfully.

-Ethics of the Fathers 1:15

As cited in "Jewish Wisdom" by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

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Muslim Quote of the Day


They asked her: 'When sinners repent, does God accept their repentence, or not?' She replied: 'Sinners can only repent if God gives them a spirit of repentence; and when God gives people this spirit, he accepts their repentance. But if people try to repent without receiving this spirit, he will not accept their repentance.'

-Attar, "Rabi'a"

From "366 Readings From Islam," translated by Robert Van der Weyer. Copyright 2000. All rights reserved. Used with permission of John Hunt Publishing, United Kingdom.

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Relationship Quote of the Day


Love of God is the root, love of our neighbor the fruit of the Tree of Life. Neither can exist without the other, but the one is cause and the other effect.

-William Temple

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October 4, 2015
Prayer for Renewal
Psalms 51: 9-12
Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.