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Today's Bible Reading
previous John 4:46-54

Jesus Heals an Official's Son

Then he came again to Cana in Galilee where he had changed the water into wine. Now there was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my little boy dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way. As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive. So he asked them the hour when he began to recover, and they said to him, “Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him.” The father realized that this was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he himself believed, along with his whole household. Now this was the second sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.

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Today's Torah Reading
previous Deuteronomy 29:9-29:28

You stand this day, all of you, before the Lord your God--your tribal heads, your elders and your officials, all the men of Israel, your children, your wives, even the stranger within your camp, from woodchopper to waterdrawer--to enter into the covenant of the Lord your God, which the Lord your God is concluding with you this day, with its sanctions; to the end that He may establish you this day as His people and be your God, as He promised you and as He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I make this covenant, with its sanctions, not with you alone, but both with those who are standing here with us this day before the Lord our God and with those who are not with us here this day.

Well you know that we dwelt in the land of Egypt and that we passed through the midst of various other nations through which you passed; and you have seen the detestable things and the fetishes of wood and stone, silver and gold, that they keep. Perchance there is among you some man or woman, or some clan or tribe, whose heart is even now turning away from the Lord our God to go and worship the gods of those nations--perchance there is among you a stock sprouting poison weed and wormwood. When such a one hears the words of these sanctions, he may fancy himself immune, thinking, "I shall be safe, though I follow my own willful heart"--to the utter ruin of moist and dry alike The Lord will never forgive him; rather will the Lord's anger and passion rage against that man, till every sanction recorded in this book comes down upon him, and the Lord blots out his name from under heaven.

The Lord will single them out from all the tribes of Israel for misfortune, in accordance with all the sanctions of the covenant recorded in this book of Teaching. And later generations will ask--the children who succeed you, and foreigners who come from distant lands and see the plagues and diseases that the Lord has inflicted upon that land, all its soil devastated by sulfur and salt, beyond sowing and producing, no grass growing in it, just like the upheaval of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in His fierce anger--all nations will ask, "Why did the Lord do thus to this land? Wherefore that awful wrath?" They will be told, "Because they forsook the covenant that the Lord, God of their fathers, made with them when He freed them from the land of Egypt; they turned to the service of other gods and worshiped them, gods whom they had not experienced and whom He had not allotted to them. So the Lord was incensed at that land and brought upon it all the curses recorded in this book. The Lord uprooted them from their soil in anger, fury, and great wrath, and cast them into another land, as is still the case."

Concealed acts concern the Lord our God; but with overt acts, it is for us and our children ever to apply all the provisions of this Teaching.

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From Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelekh. 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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Just as humans look "down" the chain at the animal and plant species, we should also be able to look "up" at the higher beings we call angels.

-David Connolly,
"In Search of Angels"


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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Delightful wilds where crowds don't delight, those free from passion delight, for they're not searching for sensual pleasures.

-Dhammapada 7, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu


Audio Meditation: Opening the Heart

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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Pray for your mate. Ask God to soften your heart and show you ways to be a better spouse.

-Willie Aames


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Christian Quote of the Day

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The gospel is a doctrine that teaches a far higher matter than the wisdom, righteousness, and religion of the world; it teaches free forgiveness of sins through Christ.

-Martin Luther


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Buy products that you think will last for years and be sure to maintain them well.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.

-Patricia Neal


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.

-Charles Wesley


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Health Quote of the Day

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It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.

-Irish proverb


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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I'm the one who has the body, you're the one who holds the breath. You know the secret of my body, I know the secret of your breath. That's why your body is in mine. You know and I know, Ramanatha, the miracle of your breath in my body.

Devara Dasimayya

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

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Everyone can be great because everyone can serve...You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

-Albert Einstein


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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While praying, listen to the words very carefully. When your heart is attentive, your entire being enters your prayer without your having to force it.

-Rebbe Nachman of Breslov


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Muslim Quote of the Day

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Both infidelity and faith upon his path run apace, united in their praise confess that "He is One without likeness."

-Sana’i: "Hadiqat al-haqiqa"


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

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Spread love everywhere you go: First of all in your own house… let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.

-Mother Teresa


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April 28, 2016
Put on the Whole Armor of God
Ephesians 6: 10-17
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
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