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Today's Bible Reading
previous next Isaiah 45:5-17

I am the LORD, and there is no other;
besides me there is no god.
I arm you, though you do not know me,
so that they may know, from the rising of the sun
and from the west, that there is no one besides me;
I am the LORD, and there is no other.
I form light and create darkness,
I make weal and create woe;
I the LORD do all these things.
Shower, O heavens, from above,
and let the skies rain down righteousness;
let the earth open, that salvation may spring up,
and let it cause righteousness to sprout up also;
I the LORD have created it.
Woe to you who strive with your Maker,
earthen vessels with the potter!
Does the clay say to the one who fashions it, “What are you making”?
or “Your work has no handles”?
Woe to anyone who says to a father, “What are you begetting?”
or to a woman, “With what are you in labor?”
Thus says the LORD,
the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker:
Will you question med about my children,
or command me concerning the work of my hands?
I made the earth,
and created humankind upon it;
it was my hands that stretched out the heavens,
and I commanded all their host.
I have aroused Cyrus in righteousness,
and I will make all his paths straight;
he shall build my city
and set my exiles free,
not for price or reward,
says the LORD of hosts.
Thus says the LORD:
The wealth of Egypt and the merchandise of Ethiopia,
and the Sabeans, tall of stature,
shall come over to you and be yours,
they shall follow you;
they shall come over in chains and bow down to you.
They will make supplication to you, saying,
“God is with you alone, and there is no other;
there is no god besides him.”
Truly, you are a God who hides himself,
O God of Israel, the Savior.
All of them are put to shame and confounded,
the makers of idols go in confusion together.
But Israel is saved by the LORD
with everlasting salvation;
you shall not be put to shame or confounded
to all eternity.

Note: Today's Gospel reading is Mark 4:21-34. Find a Bible translation.

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

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Exodus 7:8-8:6

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, "When Pharaoh speaks to you and says, 'Produce your marvel,' you shall say to Aaron, 'Take your rod and cast it down before Pharaoh.' It shall turn into a serpent." So Moses and Aaron came before Pharaoh and did just as the Lord had commanded: Aaron cast down his rod in the presence of Pharaoh and his courtiers, and it turned into a serpent. Then Pharaoh, for his part, summoned the wise men and the sorcerers; and the Egyptian magicians, in turn, did the same with their spells; each cast down his rod, and they turned into serpents. But Aaron's rod swallowed their rods. Yet Pharaoh's heart stiffened and he did not heed them, as the Lord had said.

And the Lord said to Moses, "Pharaoh is stubborn; he refuses to let the people go. Go to Pharaoh in the morning, as he is coming out to the water, and station yourself before him at the edge of the Nile, taking with you the rod that turned into a snake. And say to him, 'The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you to say, "Let My people go that they may worship Me in the wilderness." But you have paid no heed until now. Thus says the Lord, "By this you shall know that I am the Lord." See, I shall strike the water in the Nile with the rod that is in my hand, and it will be turned into blood; and the fish in the Nile will die. The Nile will stink so that the Egyptians will find it impossible to drink the water of the Nile.'"

And the Lord said to Moses, "Say to Aaron: Take your rod and hold out your arm over the waters of Egypt--its rivers, its canals, its ponds, all its bodies of water--that they may turn to blood; there shall be blood throughout the land of Egypt, even in vessels of wood and stone." Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord commanded: he lifted up the rod and struck the water in the Nile in the sight of Pharaoh and his courtiers, and all the water in the Nile was turned into blood and the fish in the Nile died. The Nile stank so that the Egyptians could not drink water from the Nile; and there was blood throughout the land of Egypt. But when the Egyptian magicians did the same with their spells, Pharaoh's heart stiffened and he did not heed them--as the Lord had spoken. Pharaoh turned and went into his palace, paying no regard even to this. And all the Egyptians had to dig round about the Nile for drinking water, because they could not drink the water of the Nile.

When seven days had passed after the Lord struck the Nile, the Lord said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh and say to him, 'Thus says the Lord: Let My people go that they may worship Me. If you refuse to let them go, then I will plague your whole country with frogs. The Nile shall swarm with frogs, and they shall come up and enter your palace, your bedchamber and your bed, the houses of your courtiers and your people, and your ovens and your kneading bowls. The frogs shall come up on you and on your people and on all your courtiers.'"

And the Lord said to Moses, "Say to Aaron: Hold out your arm with the rod over the rivers, the canals, and the ponds, and bring up the frogs on the land of Egypt." Aaron held out his arm over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. But the magicians did the same with their spells, and brought frogs upon the land of Egypt.

Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, "Plead with the Lord to remove the frogs from me and my people, and I will let the people go to sacrifice to the Lord." And Moses said to Pharaoh, "You may have this triumph over me: for what time shall I plead in behalf of you and your courtiers and your people, that the frogs be cut off from you and your houses, to remain only in the Nile?" "For tomorrow," he replied. And [Moses] said, "As you say--that you may know that there is none like the Lord our God."

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From Parshat Va'era. 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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There is a large school of Angels whose major focus is healing work. They do not themselves do dramatic acts of healing, but they provide an atmosphere of clarity, of comfort and of love, in which healing can take place.

-William Bloom,
"Devas, Fairies and Angels: A Modern Approach"


From "Angels Around Us." Compiled by Karen Maguire. Reprinted by arrangement with Andrews McMeel Publishing.

TAGS: Angel Quote, Angels, Healing, Dramatic Acts, School, Atmosphere, William Bloombr Devas Fairies and Angels A Modern Approach

Buddhist Quote of the Day

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What is this true meditation? It is to make everything: coughing, swallowing, waving the arms, motion, stillness, words, action, the evil and the good, prosperity and shame, gain and loss, right and wrong, into one single koan.

-Hakuin, "Zen Master Hakuin"


From "365 Buddha: Daily Meditations," edited by Jeff Schmidt. Reprinted by arrangement with Tarcher/Putnam, a division of Penguin Putnam Inc.

TAGS: Buddhist Quote, Shame, Gain, Buddhism, Single Koan

Celebrity Quote of the Day

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I don't know anybody's road who's been paved perfectly for them. There are no manuals, you don't know what life has in store for you.

-Drew Barrymore


TAGS: Road, Entertainment Quote, Celebrities, Manuals, Spiritual, Celebrity Spirituality, Entertainment, Dont, Whos, Anybodys Road Whos, Faith, Anybodys

Christian Quote of the Day

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Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.

-Reinhold Niebuhr


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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If your heating vents and air conditioner filters are clean, they will run more effectively and use less energy.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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To a friend’s house, the road is never long.

-Danish proverb


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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“I willingly believe that the damned are, in one sense, successful, rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked on the inside.

-C.S. Lewis


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Health Quote of the Day

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It’s wonderful to be married to an archaeologist—the older you get, the more interested in you he gets.

-Agatha Christie


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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I am the Lord and the Cosmic Soul; I am myself the Cosmic Body. I am Brahma, Vishnu, and Rudra, as well as Gauri, Brahmi, and Vaishnavi. I am the sun and the stars and I am the Lord of the stars. I am the various species of beasts and birds; I am also the outcaste and thief. I am the evil doer and the wicked deed; I am the righteous person and the virtuous deed.

Devi Gita

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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Thought of the Day: See all beings as enlightened, providing you with the education you need to awaken. Thank them.

-Barbara Ann Kipfer


From Self Meditation. Reprinted with permission from Workman Publishing Inc.

TAGS: Glow, Holistic Living Quote, Spirituality, Holistic Living

Inspiration Quote of the Day

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I gave my life to be the person I am. Was it worth it?

-Richard Bach (submitted by Judy Garden)


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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The tongue is the heart's pen and the mind's messenger.

-Bahya, "Hobot HaLebabot"


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

TAGS: Judaism, Jewish Quote

Muslim Quote of the Day

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I praise you for your success in being you; you praise me for my success in being me. In your purity you make me pure. In your wholeness you make me whole. In my service you serve me. I bow to all, because I bow to you.

-Hallaj, "Tawasin"


From "366 Readings From Islam," translated by Robert Van der Weyer. Copyright 2000. All rights reserved. Used with permission of John Hunt Publishing, United Kingdom.

TAGS: Islam, Muslim Quote, Muslim

Norris Chumley Tip of the Day

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Don't wait until next November! Let every day be Thanksgiving Day! Appreciate the bounty that you receive from God. A roof over your head. Food in abundance. Your career, or mission in life. Your family. Friends. Interests. People who love and care for you. Your ancestors who worked hard to give you what you have today… be thankful for all the amazing blessings you’ve got. We all have a lot to be thankful for. It's often really easy to forget. It's really easy to complain, instead of praise! A recent study on happiness found that people who write daily "gratitude lists" were happier than others. Instead of dwelling on problems, these happy people dwell on what's good and positive in their lives.

-Norris Chumley


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Relationship Quote of the Day

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He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven.

-George Herbert


TAGS: Relationships, Relationships Quotes, Pain, Suffering

 01/22/2009

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Prayer for Those In Despair

Send your life-giving Spirit
upon those who despair of living,
O generous and loving God.
If it is your will,
let them find rest from their labors
that they may have peace.
If there is a call they have not heard,
open their eyes and ears to know it
that they may find the joy of abundant life.
Grant them your blessing this day
and every day.
Amen.

- Vienna Cobb Anderson

Source: Adapted from "Prayers of Our Hearts" © 1991 Vienna Cobb Anderson. Reprinted with the permission of the author.

TAGS: Healing, Illness, Strength & Courage, Comfort, Multifaith, Loving, Generous, Joy, Depression, Call, Abundant Life, Spirit, Life Giving, Hope, Living

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