Quotes and Readings of the Day

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Today's Bible Reading
previous Acts 13:1-12

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyre'ne, Man'a-en a member of the court of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleu'cia; and from there they sailed to Cyprus.

When they arrived at Sal'amis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them. When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet, named Bar-Jesus. He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. But El'ymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) withstood them, seeking to turn away the proconsul from the faith. But Saul, who is also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, "You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind and unable to see the sun for a time." Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had occurred, for he was astonished at the teaching of the Lord.

Note: Today's Gospel reading is Luke 12:41-48. Find a Bible translation.

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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 27:1-27:10

Moses and the elders of Israel charged the people, saying: Observe all the Instruction that I enjoin upon you this day. As soon as you have crossed the Jordan into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall set up large stones. Coat them with plaster and inscribe upon them all the words of this Teaching. When you cross over to enter the land that the Lord your God is giving you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, promised you--upon crossing the Jordan, you shall set up these stones, about which I charge you this day, on Mount Ebal, and coat them with plaster. There, too, you shall build an altar to the Lord your God, an altar of stones. Do not wield an iron tool over them; you must build the altar of the Lord your God of unhewn stones. You shall offer on it burnt offerings to the Lord your God, and you shall sacrifice there offerings of well-being and eat them, rejoicing before the Lord your God. And on those stones you shall inscribe every word of this Teaching most distinctly.

Moses and the levitical priests spoke to all Israel, saying: Silence! Hear, O Israel! Today you have become the people of the Lord your God: Heed the Lord your God and observe His commandments and His laws, which I enjoin upon you this day.

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Angel Quote of the Day

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It is fantastic to have a good life. That is what God sends His angels for. To help you have a good life.

-Barbara Mark and Trudy Griswold,
'The Angelspeake Storybook'


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 have difficulty with God and with beliefs. You have to question. If God created man in his image, what kind of image is God?

-Nick Nolte


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Christian Quote of the Day

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Rejoice, that the mortal God is born, so that mortal man may live in eternity.

-John Huss


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Make sure that your windows and doorways are caulked and weather-stripped. This will save you money on cooling and heating costs.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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There is more to life than increasing its speed.

-Gandhi (submitted by ystonehiker)


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth.

-John Wesley


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Health Quote of the Day

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Stillness is what creates love. Movement is what creates life. To be still and still moving—this is everything.

-Do Hyun Choe


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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There is no one here except the Lord of Love. Only He exists. In truth, He alone is.

Mundaka Upanishad

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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There are chemists who spend their whole lives trying to find out what’s in a lump of sugar. I want to know one thing. What is color?

-Pablo Picasso


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possiblity.

-Oprah Winfrey


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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The divine test of a man's worth is not his theology but his life.

-Morris Joseph, "Judaism as Creed and Life"


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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God scatters His light over all spirits. The fortunate hold up their skirts to receive it. Those who receive His light turn from all except God. Without the skirt of love, we cannot receive our share.

-Rumi


Rumi, "Mathnawi"

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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True friends don't spend time gazing into each other's eyes. They may show great tenderness towards each other, but they face in the same direction--toward common projects, goals--above all, towards a common Lord.

-C.S. Lewis


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September 2, 2014
Prayer for Shelter Against the Storm
Rev. Thomas L. Weitzel
God of heaven and earth, God who carries our lives and the lives of our whole community in your hands, be with us in the peril of this day/night. Help us to release our anxieties and fears into those same caring hands, knowing in faith that your will for us is life and everlasting good. Send your holy angels to watch over us and guard us. May they spread their holy wings to give us shelter against the storm. For you alone, O God, are all good, all life, all love, and that love is for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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