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Today's Bible Reading
previous next Luke 14:18-30

But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my regrets.’ Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my regrets.’ Another said, ‘I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.’ So the slave returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ And the slave said, ‘Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.’ Then the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.’”



The Cost of Discipleship


(Mt 10.34—39)


Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’



Note: Today's Gospel reading is John Luke 14: 18-30. Find a Bible translation.

NRSV

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

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Genesis 26:23-26:29

From there he went up to Beer-sheba. That night the Lord appeared to him and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham. Fear not, for I am with you, and I will bless you and increase your offspring for the sake of My servant Abraham." So he built an altar there and invoked the Lord by name. Isaac pitched his tent there and his servants started digging a well. And Abimelech came to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his councilor and Phicol chief of his troops. Isaac said to them, "Why have you come to me, seeing that you have been hostile to me and have driven me away from you?" And they said, "We now see plainly that the Lord has been with you, and we thought: Let there be a sworn treaty between our two parties, between you and us. Let us make a pact with you that you will not do us harm, just as we have not molested you but have always dealt kindly with you and sent you away in peace. From now on, be you blessed of the Lord!"

NRSV

From Parshat Toldot. 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 are three marks of an angel’s work. First, they always say: “Don’t be afraid. We’re here. We’re taking care of things.” Second, you are filled with warmth and joy. Home! cries your lost and lonely soul, flooding with remembrance. Third, you are never quite the same: you cannot forget

-Sophy Burnham


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

TAGS: Angel Quote, Angels, Marks, Lonely Soul, Work, Joy, Flooding, Home, Sophy Burnham

Buddhist Quote of the Day

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The brief elation we experience appeasing sensual impulses is very close to what the drug addict feels when indulging his or her habit. Temporary relief is soon followed by a craving for more. And in just the same way that taking drugs in the end only causes trouble, so too does much of what we undertake to fulfill our immediate sensory desires. We must acknowledge that there can be no hope of gratifying the senses permanently. At best, the happiness we derive from eating a good meal can only last until the next time we are hungry.

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama


From "The Pocket Dalai Lama," edited by Mary Craig, 2002. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

TAGS: Happiness, Appeasing Sensual Impulses, Drug, Buddhist Quote, Immediate Sensory Desires, Elation, Craving, Buddhism, Temporary Relief, Sensual, Drug Addict, Appeasing

Celebrity Quote of the Day

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Remember, that of all the elements that comprise a human being, the most important, the most essential, the one that will sustain, transcend, overcome and vanquish obstacles is Spirit!

-Buddy Ebsen


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Christian Quote of the Day

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If God is your love and your purpose, the chief aim of your heart, it is all you need in this life...Such a blind shot with the sharp dart of longing will never miss its mark, which is God.

-The Cloud of Unknowing


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Hot-water pipes that cross through unheated areas should be wrapped with insulation. Use non-foam insulation for steam pipes.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.

-The Talmud


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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See that your chief study be about your heart, that there God’s image may be planted, and his interest advanced, and the interest of the world and flesh subdued, and the love of every sin cast out, and the love of holiness succeed.

-Richard Baxter


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Health Quote of the Day

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We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.

-Harrison Ford


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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Free from self-will, aggressiveness, arrogance, anger and the lust to possess people or things, he is at peace with himself and others and enters into the unitive state. United with Brahman, ever joyful, beyond the reach of desire and sorrow, he has equal regard for every living creature and attains supreme devotion to me. By loving me he comes to know me truly; then he knows my glory and enters into my boundless being. All his acts are performed in my service, and through my grace he wins eternal life.

Bhagavad Gita 18:53-56

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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The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.

-Ludwig Wittgenstein


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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We all move on the fringes of eternity and are sometimes granted vistas through the fabric of illusion.

-Ansel Adams


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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Look upon death with indifference, for its bitterness is commensurate with its fear.

-Solomon Ibn Gabirol, "Mibhar HaPeninim"


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

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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Do away with superfluous speech, and sacrifice what you hold dear, that His grace may utter praise of you and the heaven be envious of your exalted estate.

-Rumi


Rumi, "Mathnawi"

Translated by Aneela Khalid Arshed. Copyright 1999. All rights reserved. Used with permission of The Crossroad Publishing Company, New York.

TAGS: Rumi, Islam Quote, Islam, Spirituality

Relationship Quote of the Day

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Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

-Rumi


TAGS: Relationships, Relationship Quotes, Truth, Value

 11/06/2011

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Prayer for Lonely People

Loving God,
there are times in each life
when there is no one.
No one with whom to share
a word,
a laugh,
a sad remembrance,
a gentle touch,
a fond embrace,
a kiss of love.
Bless each one who suffers
from such loneliness.
Enrich life with a friend
or gentle stranger
who will spend a moment
noticing
and loving.
In those times
your love shines through,
the world is reborn,
and Christ is known.
So be it!
Amen.

- Vienna Cobb Anderson

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

TAGS: Aging, Christian, Depression, Loneliness, Protestant

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