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Today's Bible Reading
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The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news."

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

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

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Exodus 34:1-26, Numbers 28:19-25

Note: The Torah reading for the fifth day of Passover (Hol HaMoed Day 3) is Exodus 34:1-26 and Numbers 28:19-25.


The Lord said to Moses: "Carve two tablets of stone like the first, and I will inscribe upon the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you shattered. Be ready by morning, and in the morning come up to Mount Sinai and present yourself there to Me, on the top of the mountain. No one else shall come up with you, and no one else shall be seen anywhere on the mountain; neither shall the flocks and the herds graze at the foot of this mountain."

So Moses carved two tablets of stone, like the first, and early in the morning he went up on Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, taking the two stone tablets with him. The Lord came down in a cloud; He stood with him there, and proclaimed the name Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed: "The Lord! the Lord! a God compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in kindness and faithfulness, extending kindness to the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; yet He does not remit all punishment, but visits the iniquity of parents upon children and children's children, upon the third and fourth generations."

Moses hastened to bow low to the ground in homage, and said, "If I have gained Your favor, O Lord, pray, let the Lord go in our midst, even though this is a stiffnecked people. Pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for Your own!"

He said: I hereby make a covenant. Before all your people I will work such wonders as have not been wrought on all the earth or in any nation; and all the people who are with you shall see how awesome are the Lord's deeds which I will perform for you. Mark well what I command you this day. I will drive out before you the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Beware of making a covenant with the inhabitants of the land against which you are advancing, lest they be a snare in your midst. No, you must tear down their altars, smash their pillars, and cut down their sacred posts; for you must not worship any other god, because the Lord, whose name is Impassioned, is an impassioned God. You must not make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, for they will lust after their gods and sacrifice to their gods and invite you, and you will eat of their sacrifices. And when you take wives from among their daughters for your sons, their daughters will lust after their gods and will cause your sons to lust after their gods.

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From Parshat Pesach. 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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Always understand that the angels can only give us guidance to get on to the right road and do the right thing, They cannot make us do anything...It is always up to us, not our angels, to take the action!

-Margaret Neylon


From the book, An Angel a Day by Margaret Neylon. © Margaret Neylon 2003. Published by arrangement with Thorsons / Element.

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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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Whoever, with a rod, harasses an innocent man, unarmed, quickly falls into any of ten things: harsh pains, devastation, a broken body, grave illness, mental derangement, trouble with the government, violent slander, relatives lost, property dissolved, houses burned down. At the break-up of the body this one with no disconcernment, reappears in hell.

-Dhammapada, 137-140, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu


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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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The liberal Christian is not heard from as much. And, you know, a liberal person who has a deep belief in Christianity can be a very powerful influence on things.

-Philip Seymour Hoffman


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Christian Quote of the Day

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Speak little, listen much.

-St. Ignatius of Loyola


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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If you usually use a calendar or weekly planner, switch to a dry-erase version so you aren't throwing away paper periodically.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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At the timberline where the storms strike with the most fury, the sturdiest trees are found.

-Hudson newsletter


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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Sometimes the Lord rides out the storm with us and other times He calms the restless sea around us. Most of all, He calms the storm inside us in our deepest inner soul.

-Lloyd John Ogilvie


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Health Quote of the Day

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My own behavior baffles me. For I find myself not doing what I really want to do, but doing what I really loathe...I often find that I have the will to do good, but not the power. That is, I don't accomplish the good I set out to do, and the evil I don't really want to I find I am always doing...What a wretched man I am!

-St. Paul, Romans 7:15-24


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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Laugh when troubles come your way. There is nothing better to conquer calamity. A flood of troubles will vanish the moment The mind of a wise man collects itself to face them.

Tirukkural 63: 621-622

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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Twice I have lived forever in a smile.

-E.E. Cummings


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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The first step towards the solution of any problem is optimism.

-John Baines


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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Praying only for oneself is like...refusing to assist fellow citizens in the repair of their walls...In a congregation, one makes up for the defects of the other.

-Judah Halevi, "Cuzari," 1135


Reprinted 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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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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True love's the gift which God has given/To man alone beneath the heaven.

-Walter Scott


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 04/04/2013

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Prayer for Protection of the Home

Goddess of the hearth, beat strong and pure in the heart of my home.
Lord of the threshold, keep vigilant guard over the entrance to my home.
Spirits of the land, keep watch throughout the yard of my home.
God of the borders, stand ready to repulse all disorder from my home.

- Ceisiwr Serith

Source: "A Book of Pagan Prayer" © 2002 Ceisiwr Serith. Reprinted with permission of Red Wheel/Weiser.

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