Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
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God Has Spoken by His Son

(Cp Jn 1.1—4)

Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God's glory and the exact imprint of God's very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

The Son Is Superior to Angels

For to which of the angels did God ever say,
“You are my Son;
today I have begotten you”?
Or again,
“I will be his Father,
and he will be my Son”?
And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,
“Let all God's angels worship him.”
Of the angels he says,
“He makes his angels winds,
and his servants flames of fire.”
But of the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
and the righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
“In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
they will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like clothing;
like a cloak you will roll them up,
and like clothing they will be changed.
But you are the same,
and your years will never end.”

Note: Today's Gospel reading is John 1:1-7, 19-20, 29-34.


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.


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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All around the circle of the sky I hear the Spirit's voice.

-Native American saying

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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A monk with his mind at peace, going into an empty dwelling, clearly seeing the Dhamma aright: his delight is more than human.

-Dhammapada, 373, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Audio Meditation: Opening the Heart

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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I have difficulty with God and with beliefs. You have to question. If God created man in his image, what kind of image is God?

-Nick Nolte

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Christian Quote of the Day

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Perfection, in a Christian sense, means becoming mature enough to give ourselves to others.

-Kathleen Norris

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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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What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?

-Robert Schuller

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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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Today Christians spend more money on dog food then missions.

-Leonard Ravenhill

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Health Quote of the Day

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Have you ever noticed that Jesus is never recorded as taking a holiday? He retired for the purposes of his mission, not from it…He was busier than anyone; the multitudes were always at him, yet he had time, for everything and everyone. He was never hurried, or harassed, or too busy. He had complete supremacy over time; he never let it dictate to him. He knew exactly when the moment had come for doing something and when it had not.

-Evelyn Underhill in "The Mastery of Time"

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Hindu Quote of the Day

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"That which makes the eye see but cannot be Seen by the eye, that is the Self indeed. This Self is not someone other than you."

Kena Upanishad

Excerpted from The Upanishads, translated by Eknath Easwaran, copyright 1987. Reprinted with permission from Nilgiri Press, www.nilgiri.org. To order the book, please call 1-800-475-2369.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day

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What do they mean by religious art. It's an absurdity. How can you make religious art one day and another kind the next?

-Pablo Picasso

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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else's can shorten it.

-Cullen Hightower

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Judaism Quote of the Day

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The spiritual perfection of man consists in his becoming an intelligent being--one who knows all that he is capable of learning.


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Muslim Quote of the Day

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God created suffering and heartache, so that joy might be known as their opposite. Hidden things become manifest through their opposites. But God has no opposite; so he remains hidden. Light is known as the opposite of darkness. But God's light has no opposite. Thus we cannot know him through our eyes.


Rumi, "Mathnawi"

From "366 Readings From Islam," translated by Robert Van der Weyer. Copyright 2000. All rights reserved. Used with permission of John Hunt Publishing, United Kingdom.

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Relationship Quote of the Day

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You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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January 11, 2014
Bless Our Family
All praise to You, Lord Jesus,
Lover of children:
Bless our family,
And help us to lead our children to You.

Give us light and strength,
And courage when our task is difficult.
Let Your Spirit fill us with love and peace,
So that we may help our children to love You.

All glory and praise are Yours, Lord Jesus,
For ever and ever.