Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
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Plea for Justice and Declaration of Righteousness
Of David.

Vindicate me, O LORD,
for I have walked in my integrity,
and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.
Prove me, O LORD, and try me;
test my heart and mind.
For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
and I walk in faithfulness to you.
I do not sit with the worthless,
nor do I consort with hypocrites;
I hate the company of evildoers,
and will not sit with the wicked.
I wash my hands in innocence,
and go around your altar, O LORD,
singing aloud a song of thanksgiving,
and telling all your wondrous deeds.
O LORD, I love the house in which you dwell,
and the place where your glory abides.
Do not sweep me away with sinners,
nor my life with the bloodthirsty,
those in whose hands are evil devices,
and whose right hands are full of bribes.
But as for me, I walk in my integrity;
redeem me, and be gracious to me.
My foot stands on level ground;
in the great congregation I will bless the LORD.

Note: Today's Gospel reading is Mark 3:19b-35.


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

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Exodus 10:24-11:3

Pharaoh then summoned Moses and said, "Go, worship the Lord! Only your flocks and your herds shall be left behind; even your children may go with you." But Moses said, "You yourself must provide us with sacrifices and burnt offerings to offer up to the Lord our God; our own livestock, too, shall go along with us--not a hoof shall remain behind: for we must select from it for the worship of the Lord our God; and we shall not know with what we are to worship the Lord until we arrive there." But the Lord stiffened Pharaoh's heart and he would not agree to let them go.

Pharaoh said to him, "Be gone from me! Take care not to see me again, for the moment you look upon my face you shall die." And Moses replied, "You have spoken rightly. I shall not see your face again!"

And the Lord said to Moses, "I will bring but one more plague upon Pharaoh and upon Egypt; after that he shall let you go from here; indeed, when he lets you go, he will drive you out of here one and all. Tell the people to borrow, each man from his neighbor and each woman from hers, objects of silver and gold." The Lord disposed the Egyptians favorably toward the people. Moreover, Moses himself was much esteemed in the land of Egypt, among Pharaoh's courtiers and among the people.


From Parshat Bo. 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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And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven, and said, "By myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will indeed bless you, and I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore."

-Genesis 22:15-17

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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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Your own practice can show you the truth. Your own experience is all that counts.

-Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, "Mindfulness in Plain English"

Copyright Wisdom Publications 2001. Reprinted from "Daily Wisdom: 365 Buddhist Inspirations," edited by Josh Bartok, with permission of Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm St., Somerville MA 02144 U.S.A, www.wisdompubs.org.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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I have always maintained that society has no business dictating morality.

-Peter Fonda

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Christian Quote of the Day

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Our problems are opportunities to discover God's solutions.


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Choose low-phosphate or phosphate-free soap and detergent, which is much better for the environment and for your skin.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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We grow old as soon as we cease to love and trust.

-Madame de Choiseul

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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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You are to think of yourselves as only existing in this world to do God’s will. To think that you are your own is as absurd to think you are self-created. It is an obvious first principle that you belong completely to God.

-William Law

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Health Quote of the Day

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Life's unfairness is not irrevocable; we can help balance the scales for others, if not always for ourselves.

-Hubert Humphrey

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Hindu Quote of the Day

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Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear. Those who follow this path, resolving deep within themselves to seek Me alone, attain singleness of purpose. For those who lack resolution, the decisions of life are many-branched and endless.

Bhagavad Gita 2:40-41

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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Kwatz!: An exclamation used by Zen masters to shock a student out of dualistic thinking.

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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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It takes courage to show your dreams to someone else.

-Erma Bombeck

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Judaism Quote of the Day

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One should transfer the finest furniture and beds to the sukkah, eat and drink in the sukkah, and study in the sukkah.

-Babylonian Talmud, Sukkot 28b

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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When a believer gives in to temptation, a black stain appears on his heart. If he repents and asks for forgiveness, that stain disappears. But if he continues to transgress, the stain continues to grow until it blackens the entire heart. That stain is the rust the Lord Almighty refers to: "Nay, rust has fallen upon their hearts for what they have earned."

-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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Relationship Quote of the Day

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Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.

-Sir Arthur Wing Pinero

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January 19, 2010
Help Me Avoid Toxic Relationships
Maureen Pratt
Heavenly Father, I sometimes get into relationships
that are not good for me.
Please help me better discern how I relate to
the people in my life
and give me the wisdom to know when a relationship
is not giving you glory and is harmful to me.
Bring me courage to avoid toxic relationships
and help nurture what is good and just in all things.