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Today's Bible Reading
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On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

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

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Exodus 8:7-8:18

"The frogs shall retreat from you and your courtiers and your people; they shall remain only in the Nile." Then Moses and Aaron left Pharaoh's presence, and Moses cried out to the Lord in the matter of the frogs which He had inflicted upon Pharaoh. And the Lord did as Moses asked; the frogs died out in the houses, the courtyards, and the fields. And they piled them up in heaps, till the land stank. But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he became stubborn and would not heed them, as the Lord had spoken.

Then the Lord said to Moses, "Say to Aaron: Hold out your rod and strike the dust of the earth, and it shall turn to lice throughout the land of Egypt." And they did so. Aaron held out his arm with the rod and struck the dust of the earth, and vermin came upon man and beast; all the dust of the earth turned to lice throughout the land of Egypt. The magicians did the like with their spells to produce lice, but they could not. The vermin remained upon man and beast; and the magicians said to Pharaoh, "This is the finger of God!" But Pharaoh's heart stiffened and he would not heed them, as the Lord had spoken.

And the Lord said to Moses, "Early in the morning present yourself to Pharaoh, as he is coming out to the water, and say to him, 'Thus says the Lord: Let My people go that they may worship Me. For if you do not let My people go, I will let loose swarms of insects against you and your courtiers and your people and your houses; the houses of the Egyptians, and the very ground they stand on, shall be filled with swarms of insects. But on that day I will set apart the region of Goshen, where My people dwell, so that no swarms of insects shall be there, that you may know that I the Lord am in the midst of the land.'"

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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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Could You spare some Guardian Angels To give me peace of mind As my children wander from me And stretch the ties that bind?

-Betty Banner


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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Don’t be discriminatory, don’t keep a grasping and rejecting attitude. For this reason it is said, “Truth has no comparison, because it is not relative to anything.”

-Hui-chung


From "The Pocket Zen Reader," edited by Thomas Cleary, 1999. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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No matter how much I fall, and no matter how much I mess up, God still loves me and continues to bless me, even me--a redeemed hoodlum.

-T-Bone


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Christian Quote of the Day

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And which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?

-Luke 12:25-26


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Next time you're in the shower, think about how much water is going down the drain! Turn the faucet off while you lather your shampoo or shave.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.

-Yiddish proverb


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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God does not have to come and tell me what I must do for Him, He brings me into a relationship with Himself where I hear His call and understand what He wants me to do, and I do it out of sheer love to Him... When people say they have had a call to foreign service, or to any particular sphere of work, they mean that their relationship to God has enabled them to realize what they can do for God.

-Oswald Chambers


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Health Quote of the Day

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The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.

-Anne Frank


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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There is merit in studying the scriptures, in selfless service, austerity, and giving, but the practice of meditation carries you beyond all these to the supreme abode of the highest Lord.

Bhagavad Gita 8:28

Excerpted from The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Eknath Easwaran, copyright 1985. 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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Our words misunderstand us.

-Adrienne Rich


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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Be loyal to what you love, be true to the earth, fight your enemies with passion and laughter.

-Edward Abbey


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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There is a single Jewish world—intertwined, interconnected.

-Ralph I. Goldman, Statement, May 1979


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Muslim Quote of the Day

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Those admitted to Paradise shall experience true bliss. Never shall they know want, nor will they suffer old age.

-Hadith The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Abu Hurairah


The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Abu Hurairah

From "The Bounty of Allah." Hadith translated by Aneela Khalid Arshed. Copyright 1999. All rights reserved. Used with permission of The Crossroad Publishing Company, New York.

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Norris Chumley Tip of the Day

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Should I follow a "low-carb" diet, or should I do "low-fat?" Ultimately, the decision is up to you and your doctor, and between you and God--in partnership. I personally believe in eating a little of everything in moderation: a lot of vegetables and fruit, some meat, and a few carbohydrates. I do pay attention to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid, but only as a starting point. I also truly believe that God gave us food instincts and cravings for good reason! We have mechanisms in us that tell us what to eat. But be careful: As we live in a world that’s saturated with advertising for foods that are not so healthy, our natural instincts easily get stymied. Appetities can get influenced just by being exposed to images and smells of tempting foods, and we don’t need them. There could be other reasons for being "hungry," too. Sometimes when we crave a lot of carbs it’s really our bodies saying we need energy, which might be better found through exercise and rest. When I want a lot of protein, that craving could mean a lot of different things, like my amino acids are out of balance, or that I’m working too hard – I need to look a little deeper. I recommend following a simple, instinctual, healthy and balanced food plan (in consultation with a doctor and with God). Forget the fads and try something you can sustain: reasonable, moderate portions of both carbs and fats.

-Norris Chumley


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Relationship Quote of the Day

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Forgiveness proceeds from a generous soul.

-Machiavelli


TAGS: Relationships, Relationships Quotes, Kindness, Generous, Soul

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January 23, 2009
I Cleanse My Soul
Author Unknown
I cleanse my soul in the dews of spring,
Light of mind's refreshing dew
Love of heart's renewing dew,
Life being's restoring dew,
Cleanse and recreate my soul this night.

May the souls of all beings be
Peacefully preserved
From fall of night
Till day's dear light.
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