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Today's Bible Reading
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“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”



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

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Exodus 1:1-17

These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob, each coming with his household: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah; Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin; Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. The total number of persons that were of Jacob's issue came to seventy, Joseph being already in Egypt. Joseph died, and all his brothers, and all that generation. But the Israelites were fertile and prolific; they multiplied and increased very greatly, so that the land was filled with them.

A new king arose over Egypt who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, "Look, the Israelite people are much too numerous for us. Let us deal shrewdly with them, so that they may not increase; otherwise in the event of war they may join our enemies in fighting against us and rise from the ground." So they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor; and they built garrison cities for Pharaoh: Pithom and Raamses. But the more they were oppressed, the more they increased and spread out, so that the [Egyptians] came to dread the Israelites.

The Egyptians ruthlessly imposed upon the Israelites the various labors that they made them perform. Ruthlessly they made life bitter for them with harsh labor at mortar and bricks and with all sorts of tasks in the field.

The king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, saying, "When you deliver the Hebrew women, look at the birthstool: if it is a boy, kill him; if it is a girl, let her live." The midwives, fearing God, did not do as the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live.

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From Parshat Shemot. 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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Sometimes I hear a flutter In the middle of the night, And I know another angel Just rose up in flight.

-Patricia Osborn Orton, "The Sound of Angels"


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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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There is no pleasure without some degree of pain. There is no pain without some amount of pleasure.

-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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God's a very big word and accommodates a lot of different ideas for different people. It's a term I use for the rock of belief and existence in a power greater than myself to help me adjust my attitude.

-Judy Collins


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Christian Quote of the Day

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We need to have a mindset of letting God use us to make somebody else’s life better. When we do that, then there's a joy released in us that we’re not ever going to get anywhere else.

-Joyce Meyer


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Buy real holly or mistletoe as decorations, which are biodegradable products.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes. Silently and imperceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow strong or we grow weak, and at last some crisis shows us what we have become.

-Bishop Westcott


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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It is impossible for a person not to be puffed up by his good works unless he has first been deflated and destroyed by suffering and evil to the point that he knows that he is worthless and that his works are not his but God’s.

-Martin Luther


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Health Quote of the Day

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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

-Confucius


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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He who does not long for joy in joy Will not suffer sorrow in sorrow. He who does not distinguish pain from pleasure Becomes so distinguished even enemies hope to pay homage.

Tirukkural 63: 629-630

Excerpted from the Tirukkural, translated by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Copyright Himalayan Academy Publications, www.himalayanacademy.com.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day

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The supreme act of forgiveness is when you can forgive yourself for all the wounds you've created in your own life. Forgiveness is an act of self-love. When you forgive yourself, self-acceptance begins and self-love grows.

-don Miguel Ruiz


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth thrown in. Aim at Earth and you get neither.

-C.S. Lewis


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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The purpose of the laws of the Torah...is to bring mercy, loving-kindness and peace upon the world.

-Moses Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, "Laws of the Sabbath," 2:3


As cited in "Jewish Wisdom," by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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The pleasures of this world are delightful from a distance before the actual test. From a distance they appear to be refreshing water, but when you approach them, you find they are a mirage. The world’s bait is visible, but the trap is hidden: at first sight, the world’s favors seem sweet.

-Rumi


Mathnawi [VI, 316-317; 321]

From "Jewels of Remembrance," by Rumi, selected and translated by Camille and Kabir Helminski, © 1996. By arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Relationship Quote of the Day

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For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.

-Rainer Maria Rilke


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