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Today's Bible Reading
previous Psalm 41

Assurance of God's Help and a Plea for Healing

To the leader. A Psalm of David.

Happy are those who consider the poor;
the LORD delivers them in the day of trouble.
The LORD protects them and keeps them alive;
they are called happy in the land.
You do not give them up to the will of their enemies.
The LORD sustains them on their sickbed;
in their illness you heal all their infirmities.



As for me, I said, “O LORD, be gracious to me;
heal me, for I have sinned against you.”
My enemies wonder in malice
when I will die, and my name perish.
And when they come to see me, they utter empty words,
while their hearts gather mischief;
when they go out, they tell it abroad.
All who hate me whisper together about me;
they imagine the worst for me.



They think that a deadly thing has fastened on me,
that I will not rise again from where I lie.
Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted,
who ate of my bread, has lifted the heel against me.
But you, O LORD, be gracious to me,
and raise me up, that I may repay them.



By this I know that you are pleased with me;
because my enemy has not triumphed over me.
But you have upheld me because of my integrity,
and set me in your presence forever.



Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.

Note: Today's Gospel reading is Mark 4:1-20

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

Today's Torah Reading
previous Genesis 12:1-12:13

The Lord said to Abram, Go forth from your native land and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.
I will make of you a great nation,
And I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
And you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you
And curse him that curses you;
And all the families of the earth
Shall bless themselves by you."

Abram went forth as the Lord had commanded him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the wealth that they had amassed, and the persons that they had acquired in Haran; and they set out for the land of Canaan. When they arrived in the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land as far as the site of Shechem, at the terebinth of Moreh. The Canaanites were then in the land.

The Lord appeared to Abram and said, "I will assign this land to your heirs." And he built an altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him. From there he moved on to the hill country east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and he built there an altar to the Lord and invoked the Lord by name. Then Abram journeyed by stages toward the Negeb.

There was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, "I know what a beautiful woman you are." If the Egyptians see you, and think, ‘She is his wife,’ they will kill me and let you live. Please say that you are my sister, that it may go well with me because of you, and that I may remain alive thanks to you."

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From Parshat Lekh Lekhah. 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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Imagine places on the planet where there is anger and fear. Ask your angel to travel with you to those places in your mind’s eye. Now breathe unconditional love into those areas.

-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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The one whose mind knows the clarity of perfect wisdom is never afraid or even anxious. Why? Because when being at one with the living power of wisdom, the mother of all the buddhas, that person has the strength to remain in a state of undivided contemplation even while ceaselessly and skillfully engaging in compassionate action. The wise one is enabled to act because of concentration on a single prayer: "May all beings never leave the path of enlightenment, which is their own true nature and is empty of separate self-existence."

-Prajnaparamita


From "The Pocket Buddha Reader," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2000. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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I like film. But at the end of the day, you wonder about your worth as a person.

-Angelina Jolie


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Christian Quote of the Day

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I don't think anybody honors God as much as they should...Jesus is the only man who ever really honored God as he could and should.

-Rebecca St. James


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Bring a glass or mug to work and use it for water or coffee.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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Fight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth, or the only truth.

-Charles A. Dana


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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There is something inexpressively pleasing to a justified mind to know that God has all the honor in our salvation, we have none; to know that God’s honor is not violated, but on the contrary, shines more illustrious; to know that God’s law is not injured, but magnified and made honorable; to know that we are safe, and God has all the glory.

-Robert Murray Cheney


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Health Quote of the Day

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...Our true worth, value, and identity come not from what the world says, but from complete acceptance by God. In and of ourselves, we'll never be enough; we'll wear ourselves out trying.

-Nancy Stafford


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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It is the Self who sees, hears, smells, touches, And tastes, who thinks, acts, and is pure consciousness. The Self is Brahman, changeless and supreme. Those who know the supreme Self as formless, Without shadow, without impurity, Know all, gentle friend, and live in all. Those who know the Self, the seat of consciousness, In whom the breath and all the senses live, Know all, gentle friend, and live in all.

Prashna Upanishad

Excerpted 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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Beauty is about the improbable coming true suddenly.

-Charles Simic


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.

-Doug Larson


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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How is one proved to be a true penitent? Said Rabbi Judah: If the opportunity to commit the same sin presents itself on two occasions, and he does not yield to it.

-Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 86b


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

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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When you proclaim imminence alone you limit God. When you assert devotion alone you confine Him. But when you maintain both side by side, you follow the right path, and gain both inner merit and command of gnosis.

-Ibn 'Arabi, "Islamic Sufism"


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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A thousand-mile journey begins with a single step.

-Lao-Tzu


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October 25, 2014
Prayer for Strength and Faith
In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray, Dear Lord, see me through these hard times. In these troubling times, I am filled with unspeakable fears. I reach out my hand to you now, And ask you to walk besides me. I cannot carry all my burdens, But I know you can, and will. Please walk beside me. Please guide me. Please help me hold on strong, Through the trials and storms. Help me hold on to my faith, In even the darkest hour. Stay with me Lord, And show me Your way. In your love and Holy Spirit I abide. Amen.
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