Quotes and Readings of the Day
Today's Bible Reading
Adam and Christ
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned—sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no law. Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come.
But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one man's trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many. And the free gift is not like the effect of the one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. If, because of the one man's trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
Therefore just as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man's act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. For just as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous. But law came in, with the result that the trespass multiplied; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, just as sin exercised dominion in death, so grace might also exercise dominion through justification leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Note: Today's Gospel reading is John 8:21-32.
From the New Revised Standard Version. Reprinted with permission from HarperBibles.
Today's Torah Reading
The ephod was made of gold, blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and fine twisted linen. They hammered out sheets of gold and cut threads to be worked into designs among the blue, the purple, and the crimson yarns, and the fine linen. They made for it attaching shoulder-pieces; they were attached at its two Ends. The decorated band that was upon it was made like it, of one piece with it; of gold, blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and fine twisted linen--as the Lord had commanded Moses.
They bordered the lazuli stones with frames of gold, engraved with seal engravings of the names of the sons of Israel. They were set on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod, as stones of remembrance for the Israelites--as the Lord had commanded Moses.
The breastpiece was made in the style of the ephod: of gold, blue, purple, an crimson yarns, and fine twisted linen. It was square; they made the breastpiece doubled--a span in length and a span in width, doubled. They set in it four rows of stones. The first row was a row of carnelian, chrysolite, and emerald; the second row: a turquoise, a sapphire, and an amethyst; the third row: a jacinth, an agate, and a crystal; and the fourth row: a beryl, a lapis lazuli, and a jasper. They were encircled in their mountings with frames of gold. The stones corresponded [in number] to the names of the sons of Israel: twelve, corresponding to their names; engraved like seals, each with its name, for the twelve tribes.
On the breastpiece they made braided chains of corded work in pure gold. They made two frames of gold and two rings of gold, and fastened the two rings at the two ends of the breastpiece, attaching the two golden cords to the two rings at the ends of the breastpiece. They then fastened the two ends of the cords to the two frames, attaching them to the shoulder-pieces of the ephod, at the front. They made two rings of gold and attached them to the two ends of the breastpiece, at its inner edge, which faced the ephod.
They made two other rings of gold and fastened them on the front of the ephod, low on the two shoulder-pieces, close to its seam above the decorated band. The breastpiece was held in place by a cord of blue from its rings to the rings of the ephod, so that the breastpiece rested on the decorated band and did not come loose from the ephod--as the Lord had commanded Moses.
From Parshat Pekudey. 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
Buddhist Quote of the Day
When you contemplate the body by being within the body, you should not engage in all sorts of ideas about it; the same when you contemplate feelings by being within feelings, you should enter in without ideas; the same applies to contemplating the mind by being within the mind and contemplating thoughts by being within thoughts. The thoughts should be just the objects of mind and you should not apply yourself to any train of ideas connected with them. In this way, by putting ideas aside, your mind will become tranquil and fixed on one point. It will then enter into a meditation that is without discursive thought and is rapturous and joyful.
From "The Pocket Buddha Reader," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2000. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.
Celebrity Quote of the Day
I wear two crosses now. I call it double cross. I believe in God and not religion, because I believe religion is the double cross. Because I've been double crossed by three religions. Every temple that's put up may not be a holy one, so watch out.
Christian Quote of the Day
Eco-Tip of the Day
Emotional Health Quote of the Day
Evangelical Quote of the Day
It is wonderful the effect of a single verse of Scripture when the Spirit of God applies it to the soul. What power would come upon the soul if we would grasp a single line of Scripture and suck the honey out of it till our soul is filled with sweetness.
Health Quote of the Day
Hindu Quote of the Day
The body will be turned by the power of the spiritual consciousness into a true and fit and perfectly responsive instrument of the Spirit.
From "Teachings of the Hindu Mystics," © 2001 by Andrew Harvey. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.
Holistic Living Quote of the Day
It requires a certain kind of mind to see beauty in a hamburger bun. Yet, is it anymore unusual to find grace in the texture and softly curved silhouette of a bun than to reflect lovingly on...the arrangement of textures and colors in a butterfly's wing?
Inspiration Quote of the Day
Judaism Quote of the Day
Muslim Quote of the Day
Take to compassion and abstain from oppression and obscenity. Compassion is grace and the lack of it a disgrace.
-Hadith The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Aisha bint Abu Bakr
The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Aisha bint Abu Bakr
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.
Norris Chumley Tip of the Day
Do I have to join a gym? I believe in using my body to feel good and enjoy myself. But in my view there are no rules about how or where I do it. This can be at home, in a gym, outside on the street, or in a kids’ playground. I recommend to people that they do what they liked as kids, and modify it to their own level of comfort. Swing on swings, dance, play with sand, walk around with friends, toss some balls. I also know many people enjoy being active with others: sign up for a recreation class such as yoga, water aerobics, Tai Chi, racquetball or squash, boxing, or ballroom or jazz dancing. These things don’t have to be done at expensive gyms. They can be done outdoors, at parks, school playgrounds, and recreation centers. The key is to do things you enjoy so you’ll keep on doing them regularly. Before signing up for a gym membership, try a few sample, guest sessions. Or work with a personal trainer or coach for a time or two, and see if the chemistry is right. Don’t waste piles of cash being one of the many that buy long-term gym memberships with good intentions, go a few times, hate it, and never go back.
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Relationship Quote of the Day
Dear Goddess, help me, lovely Lady,
To put love where there is hatred
To put hope and faith where there is doubt
To put joy where there is discord
Please help me to heal my pain
Help me learn the spirit of forgiveness
Grant me your divine wisdom
So that I can love and be loved again.
I ask this in the Lady's name, so be it!
- Sirona Knight
Source: "Goddess Bless" © 2002 Sirona Knight. Reprinted with permission of Red Wheel/Weiser.