Quotes and Readings of the Day

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Today's Bible Reading
previous Romans 5:1-11

Results of Justification
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.




Note: Today's Gospel reading is Matthew 22:1-14.

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

Today's Torah Reading
previous Leviticus 20:8 – 20:27

You shall faithfully observe My laws: I the Lord make you holy.

If anyone insults his father or his mother, he shall be put to death; he has insulted his father and his mother--his bloodguilt is upon him.

If a man commits adultery with a married woman, committing adultery with another man's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death. If a man lies with his father's wife, it is the nakedness of his father that he has uncovered; the two shall be put to death--their bloodguilt is upon them. If a man lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall be put to death; they have committed incest--their bloodguilt is upon them. If a man lies with a male as one lies with a woman, the two of them have done an abhorrent thing; they shall be put to death--their bloodguilt is upon them. If a man marries a woman and her mother, it is depravity; both he and they shall be put to the fire, that there be no depravity among you. If a man has carnal relations with a beast, he shall be put to death; and you shall kill the beast. If a woman approaches any beast to mate with it, you shall kill the woman and the beast; they shall be put to death--their bloodguilt is upon them.

If a man marries his sister, the daughter of either his father or his mother, so that he sees her nakedness and she sees his nakedness, it is a disgrace; they shall be excommunicated in the sight of their kinsfolk. He has uncovered the nakedness of his sister, he shall bear his guilt. If a man lies with a woman in her infirmity and uncovers her nakedness, he has laid bare her flow and she has exposed her blood flow; both of them shall be cut off from among their people. You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother's sister or of your father's sister, for that is laying bare one's own flesh; they shall bear their guilt. If a man lies with his uncle's wife, it is his uncle's nakedness that he has uncovered. They shall bear their guilt: they shall die childless. If a man marries the wife of his brother, it is indecency. It is the nakedness of his brother that he has uncovered; they shall remain childless.

You shall faithfully observe all My laws and all My regulations, lest the land to which I bring you to settle in spew you out. You shall not follow the practices of the nation that I am driving out before you. For it is because they did all these things that I abhorred them and said to you: You shall possess their land, for I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey. I the Lord am your God who has set you apart from other peoples. So you shall set apart the clean beast from the unclean, the unclean bird from the clean. You shall not draw abomination upon yourselves through beast or bird or anything with which the ground is alive, which I have set apart for you to treat as unclean. You shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and I have set you apart from other peoples to be Mine.

A man or a woman who has a ghost or a familiar spirit shall be put to death; they shall be pelted with stones--their bloodguilt shall be upon them.

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From Parshat Aharei Mot-Kedoshim. 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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You’re never alone, you’ve an angel, although it may seem far away: Somewhere up in the sky, above where the clouds fly, but that’s where they come from, not where they reside, you just have to call them to be by your side ‘cos you’re never alone, you’ve an angel.

-Margaret Neylon


From the book, An Angel a Day by Margaret Neylon. © Margaret Neylon 2003. Published by arrangement with Thorsons / Element.

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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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In one who has gone the full distance, is free from sorrow, is fully released in all respects, has abandoned all bonds: no fever is found. The mindful keep active, don’t delight in settling back. They renounce every home, every home, like swans taking off from a lake.

-Dhammapada 7, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu


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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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I am a student of all religions. And I respect all people and all paths.

-Will Smith


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Christian Quote of the Day

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There is only one person God cannot forgive. The person who refuses to come to Him for forgiveness.

-Unknown?


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Buy LED Christmas lights. They use less energy than standard lights and last longer.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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The family fireside is the best of schools.

-Arnold Glasgow


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.

-G.K. Chesterton


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Health Quote of the Day

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Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime, Therefore, we are saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; Therefore, we are saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone. Therefore, we are saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own; Therefore, we are saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.

-Reinhold Niebuhr


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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Those who realize the Self enter into the peace that brings complete self-control and perfect patience. They see themselves in everyone and everyone in themselves. Evil cannot overcome them because they overcome all evil. Sin cannot consume them because they consume all sin. Free from evil, free from sin and doubt, they live in the kingdom of Brahman. Your majesty, this kingdom is yours!

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

From The Upanishads, translated by Eknath Easwaran, copyright 1987. 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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The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.

-Swedish Proverb


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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You are my friend when you can guard my failure, challenge my thought and celebrate my success.

-Unknown (submitted by adanneo)


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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Power buries those who wield it.

-Talmud: Yoma


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

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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I never hear the call of prayer without remembering the trumpet blare on the Day of Resurrection. I never see the snow without remembering the fluttering scrolls of deeds being handed out. I never see a swarm of locusts without remembering the assembly on the Day of Judgment.

-Rabi'a, "Rabi'a the Mystic"


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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You may try a hundred things, but love alone will release you from yourself. So never flee from love--not even from love in an earthly guise--for it is a preparation for the supreme Truth.

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Prayer for Someone Who Is Ill

O God of heavenly powers, by the might of your command you drive away from our bodies all sickness and all infirmity: Be present in your goodness with your servant ______, that his weakness may be banished and his strength restored; and that, his health being renewed, he may bless your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Book of Common Prayer 1979

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