Quotes and Readings of the Day

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Today's Bible Reading
previous Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be.

And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end."

And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?" And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible." And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.

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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 33:22-34:12

This reading is from the special Torah reading for Simchat Torah, October 22, 2008. The complete Torah reading for the day is Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12, Genesis 1:1-2:3, and Numbers 29:35-30:1.

And of Dan he said: Dan is a lion's whelp that leaps forth from Bashan. And of Naphtali he said: O Naphtali, sated with favor and full of the Lord's blessing, take possession on the west and south. And of Asher he said: Most blessed of sons be Asher; may he be the favorite of his brothers, may he dip his foot in oil. May your doorbolts be iron and copper, and your security last all your days.

O Jeshurun, there is none like God, riding through the heavens to help you, through the skies in His majesty. The ancient God is a refuge, a support are the arms everlasting. He drove out the enemy before you by His command: Destroy! Thus Israel dwells in safety, untroubled is Jacob's abode, in a land of grain and wine, under heavens dripping dew. O happy Israel! Who is like you, a people delivered by the Lord, your protecting Shield, your Sword triumphant! Your enemies shall come cringing before you, and you shall tread on their backs.

Moses went up from the steppes of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the summit of Pisgah, opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan; all Naphtali; the land of Ephraim and Manasseh; the whole land of Judah as far as the Western Sea; the Negeb; and the Plain--the Valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees--as far as Zoar. And the Lord said to him, "This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, 'I will assign it to your offspring.' I have let you see it with your own eyes, but you shall not cross there."

So Moses the servant of the Lord died there, in the land of Moab, at the command of the Lord. He buried him in the valley in the land of Moab, near Beth-peor; and no one knows his burial place to this day. Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died; his eyes were undimmed and his vigor unabated. And the Israelites bewailed Moses in the steppes of Moab for thirty days. The period of wailing and mourning for Moses came to an end. Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands upon him; and the Israelites heeded him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Never again did there arise in Israel a prophet like Moses--whom the Lord singled out, face to face, for the various signs and portents that the Lord sent him to display in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his courtiers and his whole country, and for all the great might and awesome power that Moses displayed before all Israel.

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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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Whatever you put your attention on in this life will increase in your life. As you put your attention on angels, they will begin increasingly to make their presence known to you.

-Denise Linn,
"Sacred Space"


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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The man of conviction endowed with virtue, glory, & wealth: wherever he goes he is honored.

-Dhammapada 21, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.


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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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[I pray] mainly for safety, for God to help me to do to the best of my ability, things like that. I ask Him to do the things that are pleasing to God.

-Jeff Gordon


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Christian Quote of the Day

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Let the crucifix be not only in my eyes and on my breast, but in my heart.

-St. Bernadette


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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One of the greatest features of your digital camera is the ability to check out photos before you print. Before you drop off your memory card at the one-hour photo shop, make sure you've deleted any blurry or unflattering photos.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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My own behavior baffles me. For I find myself not doing what I really want to do, but doing what I really loathe...I often find that I have the will to do good, but not the power. That is, I don't accomplish the good I set out to do, and the evil I don't really want to I find I am always doing...What a wretched man I am!

-St. Paul, Romans 7:15-24


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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We must see our circumstances through God's love instead of, as we are prone to do, seeing God's love through our circumstances.

-Jerry Bridges


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Health Quote of the Day

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Chronic illness may cause you to miss out on things you love, but it doesn’t change who you are at heart.

-Rest Ministries


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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To everyone of us there must come a time when the whole universe will be found to have been a dream, when we find the soul is infinitely better than the surroundings. It is only a question of time, and time is nothing in the infinite.

Sai Baba

Reprinted with permission from "The Wisdom of the Hindu Gurus," edited by Timothy Freke, published by Godsfield Press. The book can be purchased online through Amazon.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day

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Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.

-Gail Sheehy


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.

-George Washington


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius.

-Isaac D'Israeli (father of the British prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli)


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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Lord, forgive us our transgressions. Help us remain steadfast. We seek Your support against the transgressors.

-From the prayer book "Al-Hizbul-A'zam"


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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I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets; I may have all the faith needed to move mountains--but if I have no love, I am nothing.

-I Corinthians 13 2


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April 21, 2015
The Mind
We have all heard the phrase “A Mind is a terrible thing to waste.” How true that statement is. What we think about can create blessings or it can attract harmful things in our lives. Our way of thinking is the start of how we react to certain situations, how we treat one another, how we bless one another and how we view our lives as individuals. Our mind is the connection to our heart that connects to our inner being which resonates through our outer being and changes the atmosphere that can turn an entire situation around for the good or the bad. Before doing a study on the mind, heart and spirit, I never knew how each educes from one another and how it is important they are in sync at all times. Not only that, how it affect others around us. (Think about that for a moment) I challenge you today to not waste your mind on thoughts that do not display your creativity or bring out the best that lies deep within each of you. Let’s be more in tune with each part internally that will give balance but mostly allure to the greater that will surface externally.

Father God, help produce in me the right mind set that will change my way of thinking about others, things and mainly me.
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