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Today's Bible Reading
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Rivers of Living Water

On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water.’ ” Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Division among the People

When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, “This is really the prophet.” Others said, “This is the Messiah.” But some asked, “Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he? Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” So there was a division in the crowd because of him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

The Unbelief of Those in Authority



Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not arrest him?” The police answered, “Never has anyone spoken like this!”

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

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Exodus 17:1-17:16

From the wilderness of Sin the whole Israelite community continued by stages as the Lord would command. They encamped at Rephidim, and there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarreled with Moses. "Give us water to drink," they said; and Moses replied to them, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you try the Lord?" But the people thirsted there for water; and the people grumbled against Moses and said, "Why did you bring us up from Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?" Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, "What shall I do with this people? Before long they will be stoning me!" Then the Lord said to Moses, "Pass before the people; take with you some of the elders of Israel, and take along the rod with which you struck the Nile, and set out. I will be standing there before you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock and water will issue from it, and the people will drink." And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. The place was named Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and because they tried the Lord, saying, "Is the Lord present among us or not?"

Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, "Pick some men for us, and go out and do battle with Amalek. Tomorrow I will station myself on the top of the hill, with the rod of God in my hand." Joshua did as Moses told him and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Then, whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; but whenever he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands grew heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur, one on each side, supported his hands; thus his hands remained steady until the sun set. And Joshua overwhelmed the people of Amalek with the sword.

Then the Lord said to Moses, "Inscribe this in a document as a reminder, and read it aloud to Joshua: I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven!" And Moses built an altar and named it Adonai-nissi.

He said, "It means, 'Hand upon the throne of the Lord!' The Lord will be at war with Amalek throughout the ages."

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From Parshat B'shalach. 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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Nor is it an Angel’s godlike power To lengthen out [life’s] wasting thread one single hour.

-Thomas Cole,
“The Voyage of Life, Part Second”


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

TAGS: Angel Quote, Angels, Power, Godlike Power, Godlike, Wasting Thread, Wasting, Thomas ColebrThe Voyage of Life Part Second

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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Not having enough interest in the mysteries of life to ask the question, 'Is there a God or is there not a God?'--That for me is the worst thing that can happen. I think you should have an opinion about that. Or you should be saying, 'I am looking. I am very curious about this, and I am going to continue to look until I can find an answer, and if I can't find an answer, then I’ll die trying.'

-George Lucas


TAGS: Mysteries, Entertainment Quote, Worst Thing, Celebrities, Spiritual, God, Celebrity Spirituality, Entertainment, Interest, Question, Motivational Quote, Motivation, Faith, Answer

Christian Quote of the Day

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I know that the more I humble myself to others, the broader my understanding of God has actually become.

-Francis Frangipane


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Make sure that your windows and doorways are caulked and weather-stripped. This will save you money on cooling and heating costs.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.

-Alexander Graham Bell


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things, ‘above all that we ask or think’. Each time, before you Intercede, be quiet first, and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things!

-Andrew Murray


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Health Quote of the Day

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Make a memory with your children, Take the time in busy days; Have some fun while they are growing, Show your love in gentle ways.

-Elaine Hardt


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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A learned man's learning shines the brightest among luminaries capable of critiquing his language. Speaking to an audience of thinking men is like watering a bed of growing plants.

Tirukkural 72: 717-718

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

TAGS: Tirukkural, Hindu Quote, Hinduism, Tirukkal

Holistic Living Quote of the Day

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Once in a while it really hits people that they don't have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.

-Alan Keightley


TAGS: Glow, Holistic Living Quote, Spirituality, Holistic Living

Inspiration Quote of the Day

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Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

-Socrates


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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Reason is a spark kindled by the beating of our heart.

-Apocrypha: Wisdom of Solomon 2:2


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

TAGS: Judaism, Jewish Quote

Muslim Quote of the Day

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There is a key for everything, and the key to Paradise is to love the poor.

-Hadith The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Ibn Umar


The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Ibn Umar

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.

TAGS: Hadith, Islam Hadith, Muslim Quote, Muslim

Relationship Quote of the Day

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A true friend is one who knows all about you and likes you anyway.

-Christi Mary Warner


TAGS: Relationships Quotes, Relationships, Loyalty, Life Long, Value

 02/08/2013

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Interfaith Prayer for Peace

O God, you are the source of life and peace.
Praised be your name forever.
We know it is you who turns our minds to thoughts of peace.
Hear our prayer in this time of crisis.
Your power changes hearts.

Muslims, Christians, and Jews remember, and profoundly affirm,
that they are followers of the one God,
Children of Abraham, brothers and sisters;
enemies begin to speak to one another;
those who were estranged join hands in friendship;
nations seek the way of peace together.

Strengthen our resolve to give witness to these
truths by the way we live.
Give to us:
Understanding that puts an end to strife;
Mercy that quenches hatred, and
Forgiveness that overcomes vengeance.
Empower all people to live in your law of love
Amen.

Source: Pax Christi

TAGS: Judaism, Multifaith, Peace, Faith

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