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Today's Bible Reading
previous next 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:15

The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. "For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.


But I, brethren, could not address you as spiritual men, but as men of the flesh, as babes in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food; for you were not ready for it; and even yet you are not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving like ordinary men? For when one says, "I belong to Paul," and another, "I belong to Apol'los," are you not merely men? What then is Apol'los? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apol'los watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are equal, and each shall receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.


According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw--each man's work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.




Note: Today's Gospel reading is Matthew 5:1-10. Find a Bible translation.

NRSV

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

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Deuteronomy 32:13-32:18

He made him ride on the high places of the earth, and he did eat the fruitage of the field; and He made him to suck honey out of the crag, and oil out of the flinty rock; curd of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and he-goats, with the kidney-fat of wheat; and of the blood of the grape thou drankest foaming wine.

But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked--thou didst wax fat, thou didst grow thick, thou didst become gross--and he forsook G-d who made him, and contemned the Rock of his salvation. They roused Him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations did they provoke Him. They sacrificed unto demons, no-gods, gods that they knew not, new gods that came up of late, which your fathers dreaded not.

Of the Rock that begot thee thou wast unmindful, and didst forget G-d that bore thee.

NRSV

From Parshat Ha'azinu. 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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An angel stood and met my gaze, Through the low doorway of my tent; The tent is struck, the vision stays- I only know she came and went.

-James Russell Lowell,
"She Came and Went"


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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Compassion is characterized as promoting the aspect of allaying suffering. Its function resides in not [enduring] others' suffering. It is manifested as non-cruelty. Its proximate cause is to see helplessness in those overwhelmed by suffering. It succeeds when it makes cruelty subside, and it fails when it produces sorrow.

-Buddhaghosa, "Visuddhimagga"


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

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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What most people perceive as energy is really strength of spirit. It comes from the joy of knowing God, loving Him, and being loved by Him.

-Kathie Lee Gifford


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Christian Quote of the Day

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The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us; just as the roof of a sunhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the son shines on it.

-C.S. Lewis


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Make your New Years Resolutions! This year, try to eat a little healthier, exercise a little more, and take some serious action to conserve our planet's resources.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.

-Doug Larson


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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The only wisdom we can hope to acquire is the wisdom of humility.

-T.S. Eliot


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Health Quote of the Day

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The price of good health is a bargain.

-Gary Heavin


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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I do believe that, where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence. But I believe that non-violence is infinitely superior to violence, forgiveness is more manly than punishment. Forgiveness adorns the soldier.

Mahatma Gandhi

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day

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Music can be all things to all persons. It is like a great dynamic sun in the center of a solar system which sends out its rays and inspiration in every direction....Music makes us feel that the heavens open and a divine voice calls. Something in our souls responds and understands.

-Leopold Stokowski


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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Forgiveness is having the courage to take down the walls that we think are there to protect us.

-Suztes40


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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A people's memory is history; and as a man without a memory, so a people without a history cannot grow wiser, better.

-Isaac Leib Peretz


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Muslim Quote of the Day

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You seek knowledge from books, ridiculous! You seek pleasure from sweets, ridiculous! You are the sea of knowledge hidden in a dewdrop; You are the universe hidden in a body three yards long.

-Rumi


Mathnawi [V, 3578-3579]

From "The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita," by Thomas Byrom, 1990. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston. www.shambhala.com.

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Norris Chumley Tip of the Day

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Despite my good intentions, I did eat a little too much yesterday. I bet I gained 10 pounds! What can I do now? First of all, continue the Thanks. Be appreciative that you had food on your table in abundance, family and friends to share it with. Be thankful that you woke up again this morning, alive and facing the day. We don't need just one day of the year to be thankful; I think every day should be full of thanks. We are so blessed to be here, let's continue the praise. Now, about the food. Ask God or your Higher Power to help you get back on your structured food plan. Just because of the fact Don't think because you overate yesterday it does not mean that you are a bad, or fallen person. On the contrary, you have admitted eating too much by writing this question to me and our readers. You are indicating that you want to do something about it. That's wonderful, congratulations. Just eat less today. It sounds like you had some of everything yesterday, but you don't need to do that today. Get right back into your healthy eating habit by choosing to eat only one thing per meal, or one serving of something. For example, at breakfast you could have a leftover roll with a slice of turkey. Or if you're still full, you might even skip breakfast entirely, or just have a glass of juice or piece of fruit. At lunch, perhaps you could have salad. Mix some of the leftover vegetables together and add some nutritious red-leaf or mesclun lettuces and just a touch of dressing. Skip the breads and meats. For dinner you might choose a modest repeat of yesterday's big meal. Have a small portion of turkey with only two vegetables and one leftover roll. Skip the gravy and stuffing, and spare yourself the dessert. One last thing - be sure to get up and move your body. Get the crowd together for a brisk walk or hike. Play a game of catch or kickball. Or put on some lively music and dance together. Yesterday's over-consumption is in the past, leave it there, and just be thankful again today and get right back with your happy life and healthy habits.

-Norris Chumley


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Relationship Quote of the Day

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Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

-Marcel Proust


TAGS: Relationships, Relationships Quotes, Happiness, Kindness, Soul

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September 17, 2009
Spirit of Light and Love
Spirit of light and love, Creator and Sustainer, God of many names, Sometimes the burdens I shoulder feel like more than I can bear. I am terrified I shall break under their pressure, My wallet flattened, My hopes broken, My dreams in dust, My mind staggering, Under the crushing weight of uncertainty. As I struggle with my fears, And work to hold my creditors at bay, As I fight to regain a financial foothold And hope against hope To reverse my fall, Uplift my heart, oh God. Rekindle my faith. Make me mindful of thy many gifts, Lest, overwhelmed by the threats to my well-being, I forget them, And I forget you. This is my prayer: to pray for what I have, To pray for health, if I am graced with health; To pray for love, if blessed with loved ones, Who offer me the priceless gift of love's embrace. Remind me to pray, if I am blessed to be a parent, for the treasure of children; To pray for the wealth of friends, who stand beside me through my bleakest days, And share my pain. In this veil of tears and trouble, Raise my sights to look out upon the many beacons, Shining their light upon my life. Remind me to give thanks for those, Who reach out to take my hand, Who walk with me and stand by me, Who raise my spirits by their presence, Whose smile brightens my view, And lifts my heart, And gives me joy. For if I pray for the wonders that are mine To savor this very day, These, the most precious, of my prayers will come true. I shall again unwrap the present, Give thanks for thy many gifts. My lifeline will be strengthened, My perspective widened, And for one brief, shining moment, The shadows will lift from my heart. So it is I offer up my thanks. So it is I utter forth, oh God, From the depth of my soul, This grateful prayer of gratitude and praise.
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