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Today's Bible Reading
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David Anointed as King
The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the LORD said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” Samuel did what the LORD commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD's anointed is now before the LORD.” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen any of these.” Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

Note: Today's Gospel reading is Luke 24:12-35.


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

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Numbers 26:5-26:51

Reuben, Israel's first-born. Descendants of Reuben: [Of] Enoch, the clan of the Enochites; of Pallu, the clan of the Palluites; of Hezron, the clan of the Hezronites; of Carmi, the clan of the Carmites. Those are the clans of the Reubenites. The persons enrolled came to 43,730. Born to Pallu: Eliab. The sons of Eliab were Nemuel, and Dathan and Abiram. These are the same Dathan and Abiram, chosen in the assembly, who agitated against Moses and Aaron as part of Korah's band when they agitated against the Lord. Whereupon the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up with Korah--when that band died, when the fire consumed the two hundred and fifty men--and they became an example. The sons of Korah, however, did not die.

Descendants of Simeon by their clans: Of Nemuel, the clan of the Nemuelites; of Jamin, the clan of the Jaminites; of Jachin, the clan of the Jachinites; of Zerah, the clan of the Zerahites; of Saul, the clan of the Saulites. Those are the clans of the Simeonites; [persons enrolled:] 22,200.

Descendants of Gad by their clans: Of Zephon, the clan of the Zephonites; of Haggi, the clan of the Haggites; of Shuni, the clan of the Shunites; of Ozni, the clan of the Oznites; of Eri, the clan of the Erites; of Arod, the clan of the Arodites; of Areli, the clan of the Arelites. Those are the clans of Gad's descendants; persons enrolled: 40,500.

Born to Judah: Er and Onan. Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. Descendants of Judah by their clans: Of Shelah, the clan of the Shelanites; of Perez, the clan of the Perezites; of Zerah, the clan of the Zerahites. Descendants of Perez: of Hezron, the clan of the Hezronites; of Hamul, the clan of the Hamulites. Those are the clans of Judah; persons enrolled: 76,500.

Descendants of Issachar by their clans: [Of] Tola, the clan of the Tolaites; of Puvah, the clan of the Punites; of Jashub, the clan of the Jashubites; of Shimron, the clan of the Shimronites. Those are the clans of Issachar; persons enrolled: 64,300.

Descendants of Zebulun by their clans: Of Sered, the clan of the Seredites; of Elon, the clan of the Elonites; of Jahleel, the clan of the Jahleelites. Those are the clans of the Zebulunites; persons enrolled: 60,500.

The sons of Joseph were Manasseh and Ephraim--by their clans. Descendants of Manasseh: Of Machir, the clan of the Machirites.--Machir begot Gilead.--Of Gilead, the clan of the Gileadites.

These were the descendants of Gilead: [Of] Iezer, the clan of the Iezerites; of Helek, the clan of the Helekites; [of] Asriel, the clan of the Asrielites; [of] Shechem, the clan of the Shechemites; [of] Shemida, the clan of the Shemidaites; [of] Hepher, the clan of the Hepherites. Now Zelophehad son of Hepher had no sons, only daughters. The names of Zelophehad's daughters were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. Those are the clans of Manasseh; persons enrolled: 52,700.

These are the descendants of Ephraim by their clans: Of Shuthelah, the clan of the Shuthelahites; of Becher, the clan of the Becherites; of Tahan, the clan of the Tahanites. These are the descendants of Shuthelah: Of Eran, the clan of the Eranites.

Those are the clans of Ephraim's descendants; persons enrolled: 32,500. Those are the descendants of Joseph by their clans.

The descendants of Benjamin by their clans: Of Bela, the clan of the Belaites; of Ashbel, the clan of the Ashbelites; of Ahiram, the clan of the Ahiramites; of Shephupham, the clan of the Shuphamites; of Hupham, the clan of the Huphamites. The sons of Bela were Ard and Naaman: [Of Ard,] the clan of the Ardites; of Naaman, the clan of the Naamanites. Those are the descendants of Benjamin by their clans; persons enrolled: 45,600.

These are the descendants of Dan by their clans: Of Shuham, the clan of the Shuhamites. Those are the clans of Dan, by their clans. All the clans of the Shuhamites; persons enrolled: 64,400. Descendants of Asher by their clans: Of Imnah, the clan of the Imnites; of Ishvi, the clan of the Ishvites; of Beriah, the clan of the Beriites. Of the descendants of Beriah: Of Heber, the clan of the Heberites; of Malchiel, the clan of the Malchielites. The name of Asher's daughter was Serah. These are the clans of Asher's descendants; persons enrolled: 53,400.

Descendants of Naphtali by their clans: Of Jahzeel, the clan of the Jahzeelites; of Guni, the clan of the Gunites; of Jezer, the clan of the Jezerites; of Shillem, the clan of the Shillemites. Those are the clans of the Naphtalites, clan by clan; persons enrolled: 45,400.

This is the enrollment of the Israelites: 601,730.


From Parshat Pinhas. 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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[God] will not let any of your anguish go to waste. Instead he will raise you up and use you for his purposes, Making something beautiful out of every tear you shed.

-Ann Spangler, “An Angel a Day”

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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He goes to hell, the one who asserts what didn't take place, as does the one who, having done, says, "I didn't." Both—low-acting people— there become equal: after death, in the world beyond.

-Dhammapada 306, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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Ever since playing Moses in "The Ten Commandments" I've felt a deep, personal connection with the Bible which remains as vivid and vital today as when it was told around campfires centuries before there was any written language.

-Charlton Heston

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Christian Quote of the Day

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He does not believe, that does not live according to his belief.

-Thomas Fuller

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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Don't throw batteries of any type in the trash. They contain harmful chemicals that eventually leak out into the environment. Dispose of them at specified toxic disposal sites.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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When you have the opportunity, you strike.

-Rod Laver

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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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Evangelism is not a professional job for a few trained men, but is instead the unrelenting responsibility of every person who belongs to the company of Jesus.

-Elton Trueblood

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Health Quote of the Day

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As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow.

-A. C. Benson

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Hindu Quote of the Day

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Birth ceases when all attachments are severed; Otherwise, one beholds unceasingly the transitoriness of life. Attach yourself to Him who is free from all attachments. Bind yourself to that bond in order that all other bonds may be broken.

Tirukkural 35: 349-350

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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Thought of the Day: During walking meditation, reflect on a question you have or a decision you must make. An answer may emerge.

-Barbara Ann Kipfer

From Self Meditation. Reprinted with permission from Workman Publishing Inc.

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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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The kindest way of helping yourself is to find a friend.

-Ann Kaiser Stearns

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Judaism Quote of the Day

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Three things restore a person's good spirits: beautiful sounds, sights, and smells.

-Babylonian Talmud, Berakhot 57b

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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His burdens have made him double over, his moans before you are loud and clear. "Show me a prayer, a benediction," he cries, "that I may be delivered from these hidden chains."


Rumi, "Mathnawi"

From "The Bounty of Allah," 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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Sooner or later, the wave will come along and knock down what we have worked so hard to build up. When that happens, only the person who has somebody's hand to hold will be able to laugh.

-Harold Kushner

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July 6, 2012
Make Me Brave for Life
Author Unknown
God, make me brave for life: oh, braver than this.
Let me straighten after pain, as a tree straightens after the rain,
Shining and lovely again.
God, make me brave for life; much braver than this.
As the blown grass lifts, let me rise
From sorrow with quiet eyes,
Knowing Thy way is wise.
God, make me brave, life brings
Such blinding things.
Help me to keep my sight;
Help me to see aright
That out of dark comes light.