Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
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The Faith of Abraham

(Gen 15.1—6; 21.1—7; 22.1—14; 48.8—16; 50.22—25)

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”

All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.

Note: Today's Gospel reading is John 7:14-31. Find a Bible translation.


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

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Exodus 13:1-13:16

The Lord spoke further to Moses, saying, "Consecrate to Me every first-born; man and beast, the first issue of every womb among the Israelites is Mine."

And Moses said to the people, "Remember this day, on which you went free from Egypt, the house of bondage, how the Lord freed you from it with a mighty hand: no leavened bread shall be eaten. You go free on this day, in the month of Abib. So, when the Lord has brought you into the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which He swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you shall observe in this month the following practice:

"Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a festival of the Lord. Throughout the seven days unleavened bread shall be eaten; no leavened bread shall be found with you, and no leaven shall be found in all your territory. And you shall explain to your son on that day, 'It is because of what the Lord did for me when I went free from Egypt.'

"And this shall serve you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead--in order that the Teaching of the Lord may be in your mouth--that with a mighty hand the Lord freed you from Egypt. You shall keep this institution at its set time from year to year.

"And when the Lord has brought you into the land of the Canaanites, as He swore to you and to your fathers, and has given it to you, you shall set apart for the Lord every first issue of the womb: every male firstling that your cattle drop shall be the Lord's. But every firstling ass you shall redeem with a sheep; if you do not redeem it, you must break its neck. And you must redeem every first-born male among your children. And when, in time to come, your son asks you, saying, 'What does this mean?' you shall say to him, 'It was with a mighty hand that the Lord brought us out from Egypt, the house of bondage. When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord slew every first-born in the land of Egypt, the first-born of both man and beast. Therefore I sacrifice to the Lord every first male issue of the womb, but redeem every first-born among my sons.'

"And so it shall be as a sign upon your hand and as a symbol on your forehead that with a mighty hand the Lord freed us from Egypt."


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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When they heard that Louis was dead
All the women folk they dressed in red
Angels laid him away

-Mississipi John Hurt,
"Louis Collins"

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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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The Buddha said: "When a person has thoroughly understood the world, from top to bottom, when there is nothing in the world that agitates him anymore, then he has become somebody who is free from confusion and fears and tremblings and the longings of desire. He has gone beyond getting old and beyond birth and death."

-Sutta Nipata

From "The Pocket Buddha Reader," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2000. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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People go through challenging moments of losing people and of having their life threatened from illness and real grief. But they get through it. And that's the testament to the human spirit and it's -- we are fragile, but we also are divine.

-Sheryl Crow

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Christian Quote of the Day

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You don't have to be alone in your hurt! Comfort is yours. Joy is an option. And it's all been made possible by your Savior.

-Joni Eareckson Tada

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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours. Offset the energy you use by reaching for the recycling bin instead of the garbage can.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.

-Malcolm Forbes

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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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When a man becomes a Christian, he becomes industrious, trustworthy and prosperous. Now, if that man when he gets all he can and saves all he can, does not give all he can, I have more hope for Judas Iscariot than for that man!

-John Wesley

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Health Quote of the Day

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Stillness is what creates love. Movement is what creates life. To be still and still moving—this is everything.

-Do Hyun Choe

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Hindu Quote of the Day

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Should the heavens dry up, worship here of the heavenly ones In festivals and daily rites would wither. Unless the heavens grant their gifts, neither the giver's generosity Nor the ascetic's aloofness will grace this wide world. No life on earth can exist without water, And the ceaseless flow of that water cannot exist without rain.

Tirukkural 2:18-20

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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It takes a very long time to become young.

-Pablo Picasso

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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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You should not suffer the past. You should be able to wear it like a loose garment, take it off and let it drop.

-Eva Jessye

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Judaism Quote of the Day

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If one is honest in his business dealings and people esteem him, it is accounted to him as though he had fulfilled the whole Torah.

-Mekhilta, Vayessa, Chapter 1

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

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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Are you oblivious of the bounty of God who invites you to come yonder? The whole world of six directions is brimming with His bounty. Wherever you turn, His munificence is manifest.


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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Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence

-David Byrne

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February 1, 2013
Bedtime Prayer
Attributed to Al-Ghazali
In Thy name, Lord, I lay me down and
in Thy name will I rise up...

O God,
Thou art the first and before Thee there is nothing;
Thou art the last and after Thee there is nothing;

Thou art the outmost and above Thee there is nothing;
Thou art the inmost and below Thee there is nothing....

Waken me, O God, in the hour most pleasing to Thee
and use me in the works most pleasing to Thee,
that Thou mayest bring me ever nearer to Thyself.
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