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Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

A person should make ladders for himself by which he can sometimes go up to heaven. –Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapiro

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Daily Inspiration for Wednesday, October 31 2007

posted by sandrews

There are two ways to look at life. One is as though nothing is a miracle; the other is as though everything is. –Albert Einstein

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Pray for Charles A.

posted by nsymmonds

“My husband has been in prison for the last two and a half years due to drug addiction and will be home in one month..” –from Beliefnet member Myjunjun Add your prayers now

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Matthew 13: 10-17

posted by Jana Melpolder

[10] And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? [11] He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to […]

Joke of the Day for Wednesday, October 31, 2007

posted by rphillips

An elderly woman had just returned to her home from an evening of church services when she was startled by an intruder. She caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables and yelled, “Stop! Acts […]

Gospel Reading for Wednesday, October 31, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 13: 10-17 10 Then the disciples came and asked him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11 He answered, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them […]

Genesis 24:27-24:52

posted by rphillips

…And said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not withheld His steadfast faithfulness from my master. For I have been guided on my errand by the Lord, to the house of my master’s kinsmen.” […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Wednesday, October 31, 2007

posted by rphillips

Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure; where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness. –Augustine of Hippo

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Wednesday, October 31, 2007

posted by rphillips

A head of gray hairs Doesn’t mean one’s an elder. Advanced in years, One’s called an old fool. But one in whom there is Truth, restraint, Rectitude, gentleness, Self-control– He’s called an elder, His impurities disgorged, Enlightened. –Dhammpada, 19, translated […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

The best security for old age: respect your children. –Sholem Asch As cited in “Jewish Wisdom” by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

Pray for Ali C.

posted by nsymmonds

“She started school recently at an elite university, but she quickly became depressed and anxious…” –from Beliefnet member Mochick Add your prayers now

Matthew 13: 1-9

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. [2] And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on […]

Joke of the Day for Tuesday, October 30, 2007

posted by rphillips

A couple had two little boys who were always getting into trouble. Their parents knew that if any mischief occurred in their village, their sons were probably involved. The boys’ mother heard that an elder in town had been successful […]

Gospel Reading for Tuesday, October 30, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 13: 1-9 1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on […]

Genesis 24:10-24:26

posted by rphillips

Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and set out, taking with him all the bounty of his master; and he made his way to Aram-naharaim, to the city of Nahor. He made the camels kneel down by […]

Daily Inspiration for Tuesday, October 30, 2007

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When all is said and done, more is said than done. –Lou Holtz

Daily Christian Inspiration for Tuesday, October 30, 2007

posted by rphillips

Christ was not half a God and half a man; he was perfectly God and perfectly man. –C.H. Spurgeon

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Tuesday, October 30, 2007

posted by rphillips

“I come from the East, most of you [here] are Westerners. If I look at you superficially, we are different, and if I put my emphasis on that level, we grow more distant. If I look on you as my […]

What Needs Forgiveness?

posted by lmarcus

Here’s a question about forgiveness–what about those I have wronged whom I no longer know? The man in the senior citizens home I visited as part of a high school group: I told him I would be back, but I […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

He who saves a single life saves the entire world. –The Talmud From “A Little Joy, A Little Oy.” Reprinted by arrangement with Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Pray for Patty J.

posted by nsymmonds

“I have just found out Patty is in need of a double lung transplant. She is the mother of 4 kids…” –from Beliefnet member fishhawk_20 Add your prayers now

Matthew 12: 43-50

posted by Jana Melpolder

[43] When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. [44] Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is […]

Joke of the Day for Monday, October 29, 2007

posted by rphillips

A young lady came home from a date looking rather sad. She told her mother, “Arthur proposed to me an hour ago.” “Then why are you so sad?” her mother asked. “Because he also told me he was an atheist. […]

Gospel Reading for Monday, October 29, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 12: 43-50 43 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for a resting place, but it finds none. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which […]

Genesis 23:17-24:9

posted by rphillips

So Ephron’s land in Machpelah, near Mamre—the field with its cave and all the trees anywhere within the confines of that field—passed to Abraham as his possession, in the presence of the Hittites, of all who entered the gate of […]

Genesis 21:22-21:34

posted by rphillips

At that time Abimelech and Phicol, chief of his troops, said to Abraham, “God is with you in everything that you do. Therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my […]

Daily Inspiration for Monday, October 29, 2007

posted by rphillips

Those who want much, are always much in need. –Horace

Daily Christian Inspiration for Monday, October 29, 2007

posted by rphillips

“Go to the Bible to meet Christ…He is its author, its subject matter, the doorway to its treasures, the full-throated symphony of which Adam and the prophets heard just the faintest tune.” –Andre Seu

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Monday, October 29, 2007

posted by rphillips

Meditation is like a single log of wood. Insight and investigation are one end of the log; calm and concentration are the other end. If you lift up the whole log, both sides come up at once. Which is concentration […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

The pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, an almost fanatical love of justice, and the desire for personal independence; these are the features of the Jewish tradition which make me thank my lucky stars I belong to it. –Albert […]

Pray for Sue M.

posted by nsymmonds

“She is a diabetic and has neuropathy. She was blessed enough to have gastric bypass–but now she is gaining her weight back and the neuropathy is back with a vengeance.” –from Beliefnet member Companykeeper2003 Add your prayers now

Luke 10: 25-37

posted by Jana Melpolder

[25] And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? [26] He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? [27] And he answering said, […]

Joke of the Day for Sunday, October 28, 2007

posted by rphillips

Q: Have you heard the latest UU miracle? A: Someone saw the face of Ralph Waldo Emerson on a tortilla.

Gospel Reading for Sunday, October 28, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 10: 25-37 25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” […]

Genesis 23:1-23:16

posted by rphillips

Sarah’s lifetime—the span of Sarah’s life—came to one hundred and twenty-seven years. Sarah died in Kiriath-arba—now Hebron—in the land of Canaan; and Abraham proceeded to mourn for Sarah and to bewail her. Then Abraham rose from beside his dead, and […]

Daily Inspiration for Sunday, October 28, 2007

posted by rphillips

You must get involved to have an impact. No one is impressed with the won-lost record of the referee. –John Holcomb

Daily Christian Inspiration for Sunday, October 28, 2007

posted by rphillips

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” –Luke 12:6-7

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Sunday, October 28, 2007

posted by rphillips

How, monks, does the practitioner remain established in the observation of the Four Noble Truths? A practitioner is aware, “This is suffering,” as it arises. One is aware, “This is the cause of suffering,” as it arises. One is aware, […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

Be strong-willed and stubborn if you want to get closer to God. How else will you survive all the difficulties that are sure to come your way? –Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Pray for Shelley

posted by nsymmonds

“She has lived next door to us for about 14 months and I’ve only seen her once or twice. She lives in a house all alone with an abusive husband.” –from Beliefnet member Maranatha Add your prayers now

Matthew 12: 33-42

posted by Jana Melpolder

[33] Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. [34] O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good […]

Joke of the Day for Saturday, October 27, 2007

posted by rphillips

Q: Why do pagan girls make the best wives? A: Because they will worship the ground you walk on.

Gospel Reading for Saturday, October 27, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 12: 33-42 33 “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good […]

Genesis 22:1-22:24

posted by rphillips

Some time afterward, God put Abraham to the test. He said to him, “Abraham,” and he answered, “Here I am.” And He said, “Take your son, your favored one, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, […]

Daily Inspiration for Saturday, October 27, 2007

posted by rphillips

“Dance like no one is watching. Love like you’ll never be hurt. Sing like no one is listening. Live like it’s heaven on earth.” –William Purkey

Daily Christian Inspiration for Saturday, October 27, 2007

posted by rphillips

“The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world.” –Charles Dickens

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Saturday, October 27, 2007

posted by rphillips

For those who are ready, the door To the deathless state is open. You that have ears, give up The conditions that bind you, and enter in. -Majjhima Nikaya From “The Pocket Buddha Reader,” edited by Anne Bancroft, 2001. Reprinted […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

Who is rich? One who is happy with what he has. –Ethics of the Fathers 4:1 As cited in “Jewish Wisdom” by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

Pray for Kerri M.

posted by nsymmonds

“Myself and my husband have been trying to have a baby for the 5 years now.” –from Beliefnet member KeriQ Add your prayers now

Matthew 12: 22-32

posted by Jana Melpolder

[22] Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. [23] And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this […]

Joke of the Day for Friday, October 26, 2007

posted by rphillips

Wandering dejectedly in The Garden of Eden, Eve told God, “I’m lonely I’m tired of eating apples by myself.” “Okay,” God said, “I’ll create a man for you.” Eve said, “A man! What’s that?” “He’s a creature with aggressive tendencies […]

Gospel Reading for Friday, October 26, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 12: 22-32 22 Then they brought to him a demoniac who was blind and mute; and he cured him, so that the one who had been mute could speak and see. 23 All the crowds were amazed and said, […]

Daily Inspiration for Friday, October 26, 2007

posted by rphillips

“This above all: to thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day. Thou canst not then be false to any man.” –William Shakespeare

Daily Christian Inspiration for Friday, October 26, 2007

posted by rphillips

“Dismiss all anger and look into yourself a little. Remember that he of whom you are speaking is your brother, and as he is in the way of salvation, God can make him a saint, in spite of his present […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Friday, October 26, 2007

posted by rphillips

Don’t forget to bring the good experiences of meditation into your daily activities. Instead of acting and reacting impulsively and following your thoughts and feelings here and there, watch your mind carefully, be aware, and try to deal skillfully with […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

Human fallibility being what it is, victory and truth do not always go together. Therefore, if you have to always win, you can’t always be true. –Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Pray for Sue B.

posted by nsymmonds

“A friend who is a very happy health conscious person was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that has spread to the liver.” –from Beliefnet member Secapps51 Add your prayers now

Matthew 12: 15-21

posted by Jana Melpolder

[15] But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; [16] And charged them that they should not make him known: [17] That it might be fulfilled which was […]

Joke of the Day for Thursday, October 25, 2007

posted by rphillips

Sherlock Holmes stood at the Gates of Heaven pulling at his pipe awaiting his turn. “I’ll let you in,” said St. Peter, gesturing toward the heavenly throngs behind him, “if you’ll tell me who among these was the first mortal.” […]

Gospel Reading for Thursday, October 25, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 12: 15-21 15 When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, 16 and he ordered them not to make him known. 17 This was to fulfill what had been […]

Daily Inspiration for Thursday, October 25, 2007

posted by rphillips

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. –Socrates

Daily Christian Inspiration for Thursday, October 25, 2007

posted by rphillips

“You change your life by changing your heart.” –Max Lucado

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Thursday, October 25, 2007

posted by rphillips

Desires achieved increase thirst like salt water. -Milarepa, “Drinking the Mountain Stream” Copyright Wisdom Publications 2001. Reprinted from “Daily Wisdom: 365 Buddhist Inspirations,” edited by Josh Bartok, with permission of Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm St., Somerville MA 02144 U.S.A, www.wisdompubs.org.

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is like expecting the bull not to charge you because you are a vegetarian. –Rabbi Harold Kushner, “When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough,” paraphrasing Rabbi Mordechai […]

Pray for Beverly C.

posted by nsymmonds

“My mom Beverly is 44-years-old and she will be undergoing surgery to remove a tumor on the outside of her brain.” –from Beliefnet member Butterflybze Add your prayers now

Matthew 12: 1-14

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. [2] But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto […]

Joke of the Day for Wednesday, October 24, 2007

posted by rphillips

A Buddhist approaches a hotdog vendor and says: “Make me one with everything.” He gives the vendor a $20 bill and waits. Finally he says: “Where’s my change?” Says the vendor: “All change must come from within.”

Gospel Reading for Wednesday, October 24, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 12: 1-14 1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 When the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, […]

Genesis 21:5-21:21

posted by rphillips

Now Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter; everyone who hears will laugh with me.” And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham That Sarah […]

Genesis 19:21-21:4

posted by rphillips

He replied, “Very well, I will grant you this favor too, and I will not annihilate the town of which you have spoken. Hurry, flee there, for I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” Hence the town came to […]

Daily Inspiration for Wednesday, October 24, 2007

posted by rphillips

If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Wednesday, October 24, 2007

posted by rphillips

There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice. –John Calvin

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Wednesday, October 24, 2007

posted by rphillips

“If we can reach the understanding of what we actually are, there is no better remedy for eliminating all suffering. This is the heart of all spiritual practices.” -Kalu Rinpoche, “Luminous Mind” Copyright Wisdom Publications 2001. Reprinted from “Daily Wisdom: […]

Daily Inspiration for Tuesday, October 23, 2007

posted by rphillips

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do with no thought of any reward. Your life will never […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

The virtue of angels is that they cannot deteriorate; their flaw is that they cannot improve. Humanity’s flaw is that we can deteriorate; but our virtue is that we can improve. –Hasidic saying

Pray for Krystal R.

posted by nsymmonds

“A young single mother of a 2-year-old in need of prayer for a positive change and health issues.” –from Beliefnet member Taliyahsmom Add your prayers now

Matthew 11: 25-30

posted by Jana Melpolder

[25] At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. [26] Even so, Father: for […]

Joke of the Day for Tuesday, October 23, 2007

posted by rphillips

Q: Why did it take the Buddha forever to vacuum his sofa? A: Because he didn’t have any attachments.

Gospel Reading for Tuesday, October 23, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 11: 25-30 25 At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26 yes, Father, for […]

Genesis 19:1-19:20

posted by rphillips

The two angels arrived in Sodom in the evening, as Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to greet them and, bowing low with his face to the ground, he said, “Please, my […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Tuesday, October 23, 2007

posted by rphillips

Only he who can say, ‘The Lord is the strength of my life’ can say, ‘Of whom shall I be afraid?’ –Alexander MacLaren

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Tuesday, October 23, 2007

posted by rphillips

It is extremely important to investigate the causes or origins of suffering. One must begin that process by appreciating the impermanent, transient nature of our existence. All things, events and phenomena are dynamic, changing every moment, nothing remains static. Meditating […]

What Do You Believe About Forgiveness?

posted by lmarcus

Every religion teaches us to ask for forgiveness, but must we always grant it? When I first became a rabbi, I would have said “yes.” I am no longer so sure. Is forgiveness mandatory? What of someone who is systematically […]

Introduction to “Learning the Art of Forgiving”

posted by lmarcus

When bombs exploded in the Underground in London in July 2005, the 24-year-old daughter of the Reverend Julie Nicholson was among the dead. In the wake of that tragedy, the Rev. Nicholson resigned as a vicar because she felt she […]

Norris Chumley’s Bio

posted by lmarcus

Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Norris J. Chumley, M.A., M.Ph., was an overweight baby who eventually grew to be an overweight child and then an overweight adult. After years of battling bad eating habits and negative emotions, Chumley had a change […]

David Wolpe’s Bio

posted by lmarcus

Rabbi David Wolpe is the rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. Previously, he taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, where he served as assistant to the chancellor. He has taught at the University of […]

Pray for Andrea M.

posted by rphillips

“Andrea has Melanoma, and even with weekly chemo, it is spreading through her body. She seems to be losing hope that she can win this fight, she needs prayers for strength and a miracle!” –Posted by Beliefnet member missemily88 Add […]

Matthew 11: 16-24

posted by rphillips

[16] But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, [17] And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, […]

Joke of the Day for Monday, October 22, 2007

posted by rphillips

A faith healer asked Moshe how his family was getting along. “They’re all fine,” Moshe said, “Except my uncle. He’s very sick.” “Your uncle is not sick,” the faith healer said. “He THINKS he’s sick.” Two weeks later, the faith […]

Gospel Reading for Monday, October 22, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 11: 16-24 16 “But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, 17 ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and […]

Genesis 18:15-18:33

posted by rphillips

Sarah lied, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was frightened. But He replied, “You did laugh.” The men set out from there and looked down toward Sodom, Abraham walking with them to see them off. Now the Lord had […]

Daily Inspiration for Monday, October 22, 2007

posted by rphillips

Prayer is not asking for what you think you want, but asking to be changed in ways you can’t imagine. –Kathleen Norris

Daily Christian Wisdom for Monday, October 22, 2007

posted by rphillips

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones. And when you have finished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” –Victor Hugo

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Monday, October 22, 2007

posted by rphillips

The true principle is that even reality is not really real, and even falsehood is not unreal. It is not something calculable. Like space, it cannot be cultivated. If any intellectual fabrication occurs in the mind, then it is governed […]

Pray for Mothers

posted by rphillips

“To all mothers and mothers to be who are faced with hardships” –Posted by Beliefnet member Mnisi Add your prayers

Luke 10: 1-12, 17-20

posted by rphillips

[1] After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. [2] Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, […]

Joke of the Day for Sunday, October 21, 2007

posted by rphillips

A Recently Spotted Bumper Sticker: What part of ‘Thou Shalt Not…’ didn’t you understand? –God

Gospel Reading for Sunday, October 21, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 10: 1-12, 17-20 1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2 He said to them, “The harvest is […]

Genesis 18:1-18:14

posted by rphillips

The Lord appeared to him by the terebinths of Mamre; he was sitting at the entrance of the tent as the day grew hot. Looking up, he saw three men standing near him. As soon as he saw them, he […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom for Sunday, October 21, 2007

posted by rphillips

For the sake of one true penitent, the whole world is pardoned. –Rabbi Meir, Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 86b Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

Daily Inspiration for Sunday, October 21, 2007

posted by rphillips

We do not see things as they are. –The Talmud

Daily Christian Inspiration for Sunday, October 21, 2007

posted by rphillips

“Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” –2 Timothy 2:3 (Revised Standard Version)

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Sunday, October 21, 2007

posted by rphillips

“Those who wish to guard their practice Should very attentively guard their minds For those who do not guard their minds Will be unable to guard their practice.” –Santideva. “Bodhicaryavatara” From “365 Buddha: Daily Meditations.” edited by Jeff Schmidt. Reprinted […]

Pray for Glenda H.

posted by nsymmonds

“My dear dear friend has just been diagnosed with lymphoma and I have been asked by her just for prayer.” –from Beliefnet member iknowGodlovesme Add your prayers now

Matthew 11: 7-15

posted by rphillips

[7] And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? [8] But what went ye out for to see? A man […]

Joke of the Day for Saturday, October 20, 2007

posted by rphillips

The temporary Sunday School teacher was struggling to open a combination lock on the supply cabinet. She had been told the combination, but couldn’t quite remember it. She went to the pastor’s study and asked for help. The pastor came […]

Gospel Reading for Saturday, October 20, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 11: 7-15 7 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 What then did you go […]

Genesis 17:7-17:27

posted by rphillips

I will maintain My covenant between Me and you, and your offspring to come, as an everlasting covenant throughout the ages, to be God to you and to your offspring to come. I assign the land you sojourn in to […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom for Saturday, October 20, 2007

posted by rphillips

For I desire kindness, not sacrifice. –Hosea 6:6, speaking in the name of God

Daily Inspiration for Saturday, October 20, 2007

posted by rphillips

Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box. –Italian Proverb

Daily Christian Inspiration for Saturday, October 20, 2007

posted by rphillips

Only he who can say, ‘The Lord is the strength of my life’ can say, ‘Of whom shall I be afraid?’ –Alexander MacLaren

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Saturday, October 20, 2007

posted by rphillips

The buddha way is, basically, leaping clear of the many and the one; thus there are birth and death, delusion and realization, sentient beings and buddhas. –Dogen. “Actualizing the Fundamental Point” From “Teachings of the Buddha.” edited by Jack Kornfield. […]

Shouting Back

posted by rphillips

How to drown out old messages from an abusive parent that echo in your head. By Belleruth Naparstek Listen to a centering and affirming audioclip. Q: As a child, I was very fearful. Other children picked on me because I […]

Pray for Mia C.

posted by rphillips

“We know Mia is going to beat this. Yes, she has Hodgkins, but they caught it early and she’ll begin treatments soon.” –from Beliefnet member ricofish Add your prayers now

Matthew 11: 1-6

posted by rphillips

[1] And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. [2] Now when John had heard in the prison the works of […]

Joke of the Day for Friday, October 19, 2007

posted by rphillips

A well-worn one dollar bill and a similarly distressed twenty dollar bill arrived at a Federal Reserve Bank to be retired. As they moved along the conveyor belt to be burned, they struck up a conversation. The twenty dollar bill […]

Gospel Reading for Friday, October 19, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 11: 1-6 Now when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and proclaim his message in their cities. 2 When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word […]

Genesis 14:1-14:20

posted by rphillips

Now, when King Amraphel of Shinar, King Arioch of Ellasar, King Chedorlaomer of Elam, and King Tidal of Goiim made war on King Bera of Sodom, King Birsha of Gomorrah, King Shinab of Admah, King Shemeber of Zeboiim, and the […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom for Friday, October 19, 2007

posted by rphillips

Fit yourself to learn Torah; it does not come by inheritance. –Jose HaCohen, Mishna: Abot

Daily Inspiration for Friday, October 19, 2007

posted by rphillips

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. –Winston Churchill

Daily Christian Inspiration for Friday, October 19, 2007

posted by rphillips

Sin is like quicksand: Your own efforts only make you sink deeper. Only an outside hand can pull you out. –Unknown

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Friday, October 19, 2007

posted by rphillips

This mind and body is our household. If this inner household is not in order, no outer household can be in order. –Ayya Khema. “Being Nobody. Going Nowhere” Copyright Wisdom Publications 2001. Reprinted from “Daily Wisdom: 365 Buddhist Inspirations.” edited […]

Matthew 10: 34-42

posted by rphillips

[34] Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. [35] For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her […]

Joke of the Day for Thursday, October 18, 2007

posted by rphillips

Where Was Jesus Born? A lifelong unchurched man suddenly develops a vague religious urge and decides to join a church–any church. So he sets out to find one. His first stop is a Roman Catholic church where he asks what […]

Gospel Reading for Thursday, October 18, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 10: 34-42 34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and […]

Genesis 14:21-15:6

posted by rphillips

Then the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, and take the possessions for yourself.” But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I swear to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth: I […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom for Thursday, October 18, 2007

posted by rphillips

“It is integrity that invests man with immortality. and bestows upon him the privilege of direct communion with God.” –Bahya b. Asher. Kad HaKemah Reprinted with permission from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations.’ edited by Joseph L. Baron. Jason Aronson […]

Daily Inspiration for Thursday, October 18, 2007

posted by rphillips

Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a giant tree in the midst of them all. –Buddha

Daily Christian Wisdom for Thursday, October 18, 2007

posted by rphillips

“Trust in yourself and you are doomed to disappointment…but trust in GOD, and you are never to be confounded in time or eternity.” –Dwight L. Moody

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Thursday, October 18, 2007

posted by rphillips

The whole of humanity is…one human family. This planet is our only home. –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.

Pray for the Family of Julieann M.

posted by rphillips

“My husband is currently deployed on his second tour. We now have a one year old son and ask for prayers of safety and good health.” –from Beliefnet member Eskijewels Add your prayers now

Pray for the Family of Angela S.

posted by rphillips

“This prayer circle is for the family of Angela Sanders who passed away October 3rd, 2007 at the age of 24. I would just like to ask for prayer for this wonderful family.” –from Beliefnet member nbkm5e3 Add your prayers […]

Matthew 10: 24-33

posted by rphillips

[24] The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. [25] It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of […]

Joke of the Day for Wednesday, October 17, 2007

posted by rphillips

The Bored Man There’s a man named Ralph that goes into a bar, looking very depressed. A friend approaches him and asks, “Why the long face, Ralph?” “Oh, I’m just bored. I know every person in the entire world now, […]

Gospel Reading for Wednesday, October 17, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 10: 24-33 24 “A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25 it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the […]

Genesis 14:1-14:20

posted by rphillips

Now, when King Amraphel of Shinar, King Arioch of Ellasar, King Chedorlaomer of Elam, and King Tidal of Goiim made war on King Bera of Sodom, King Birsha of Gomorrah, King Shinab of Admah, King Shemeber of Zeboiim, and the […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom for Wednesday, October 17, 2007

posted by rphillips

First improve yourself, then improve others. Babylonian Talmud

Daily Inspiration for Wednesday, October 17, 2007

posted by rphillips

Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back. –Babe Ruth

Daily Christian Inspiration for Wednesday, October 17, 2007

posted by rphillips

“If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth. And the truth will make you free.” –John 8:31-32

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Wednesday, October 17, 2007

posted by rphillips

If one is lonely neither in a crowd nor in the deep mountains. one is an able person who knows how to enjoy absolute freedom. –Jae Woong Kim. “Polishing The Diamond” Copyright Wisdom Publications 2001. Reprinted from “Daily Wisdom: 365 […]

Daily Inspiration for Tuesday, October 16, 2007

posted by rphillips

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt

Pray for Michael I.

posted by rphillips

“My son is dealing with emotional issues such as deep depression and possible bipolar disorder. His life is out of control – He has 2 children and another one on they way.” –from Beliefnet member kingrimhunter Add your prayers now

My First Confession

posted by rphillips

A parish priest was being honored at a dinner on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his arrival in that parish. A leading local politician, who was a member of the congregation, was chosen to make the presentation and to give a […]

Matthew 10: 16-23

posted by rphillips

[16] Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. [17] But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will […]

Gospel Reading for Tuesday, October 16, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 10: 16-23 16 “See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog […]

Genesis 13:5-13:18

posted by rphillips

Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents, so that the land could not support them staying together; for their possessions were so great that they could not remain together. And there was quarreling between the […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom for Tuesday, October 16, 2007

posted by rphillips

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is like expecting the bull not to charge you because you are a vegetarian. –Rabbi Harold Kushner, “When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough,” paraphrasing Rabbi Mordechai […]

Daily Christian Wisdom for Tuesday, October 16, 2007

posted by rphillips

“Without Christ, not one step; with Him, anywhere!” –David Livingstone

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Tuesday, October 16, 2007

posted by rphillips

Before you begin meditation take several slow. deep breaths. Hold your body erect. allowing your breathing to become normal again. Many thoughts will crowd into your mind. ignore them. letting them go. If they persist be aware of them with […]

Daily Inspiration for October 15, 2007

posted by rphillips

I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him. –Booker T. Washington

Pray for Karri C.

posted by rphillips

“We have an extrodinary friend. She is the kindest most wonderful soul. She can make you laugh at the drop of a hat. Just knowing her changes you in ways unimaginable and all that know her, will love her forever. […]

Matthew 10: 5-15

posted by rphillips

[5] These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: [6] But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of […]

Gospel Reading for Monday, October 15, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 10: 5-15 5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 As […]

Genesis 12:14-13:4

posted by rphillips

When Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw how very beautiful the woman was. Pharaoh’s courtiers saw her and praised her to Pharaoh, and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s palace. And because of her, it went well with Abram; he […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom for Monday, October 15, 2007

posted by rphillips

God is closest to those with broken hearts. –Jewish proverb

Daily Christian Wisdom for Monday, October 15, 2007

posted by rphillips

“The full acting out of the self’s surrender to God therefore demands pain: this action, to be perfect, must be done from the pure will to obey in the absence, or in the teeth, of inclination.” –C.S. Lewis

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Monday, October 15, 2007

posted by rphillips

The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts. –His Holiness The Dalai Lama. “The Good Heart” Copyright Wisdom Publications […]

A Golfer’s Deal with the Devil

posted by rphillips

A golfer was having a tough day and in his frustration he blurted out, “I would give anything for a birdie on this hole.” A nearby stranger walked out of the woods beside the hole and whispered, “If you give […]

Pray for Glenda H.

posted by rphillips

“My dear dear friend has just been diagnosed with lymphoma and I have been asked by her just for prayer. She used to call me her “prayer warrior” and I hope to make myself deserving of that.” –Beliefnet member iknowGodlovesme […]

Luke 7: 36-40

posted by rphillips

[36] And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat. [37] And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she […]

Gospel Reading for Sunday, October 14, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 7: 36-40 36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 37 And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having […]

Genesis 12:1-12:13

posted by rphillips

The Lord said to Abram, Go forth from your native land and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, And I will bless you; I will make […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom for Sunday, October 14, 2007

posted by rphillips

I must uphold my ideals. for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out. –Anne Frank

Daily Inspiration for Sunday, October 14, 2007

posted by rphillips

He does not believe who does not live according to his belief. –Thomas Fuller

Daily Christian Wisdom for Sunday, October 14, 2007

posted by rphillips

“And I tell you, ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds. And to him who knocks […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Sunday, October 14, 2007

posted by rphillips

The mighty ocean has but one taste. the taste of salt. Even so. the true way has but one savor. the savor of freedom. –Majjhima Nikaya From “Buddha Speaks,” edited by Anne Bancroft, 2000, Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, […]

The Pope’s Surprise

posted by rphillips

Many years ago, a beloved Pope died and went to heaven. Saint Peter greeted him in a firm embrace. “Welcome your holiness, your dedication and unselfishness in serving your fellow man during your life has earned you great stature in […]

The End Is Near

posted by rphillips

A local priest and a pastor were fishing on the side of the road. They thoughtfully made a sign saying, “The End is Near! Turn yourself around now before it’s too late!” and showed it to each passing car. One […]

Matthew 9:35-10:4

posted by rphillips

[35] And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. [36] But when he saw the multitudes, he was […]

Gospel Reading for Saturday, October 13, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 9:35-10:4 35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives. –Victor Frankl

Daily Inspiration for Saturday, October 13, 2007

posted by rphillips

You shall go out with joy and be led forth in peace. The mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. –Isaiah 55:12

Daily Christian Wisdom for Saturday, October 13, 2007

posted by rphillips

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people. –G.K. Chesterton

Gospel Reading for Friday, October 12, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 9: 27-34 27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” 28 When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to […]

Gospel Reading for Thursday, October 11, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 9: 18-26 18 While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she […]

Gospel Reading for Wednesday, October 10, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 9: 9-17 9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. 10 And as he sat at […]

Gospel Reading for Tuesday, October 9, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 9: 1-8 1 And after getting into a boat he crossed the sea and came to his own town. 2 And just then some people were carrying a paralyzed man lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, […]

Gospel Reading for Monday, October 8, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 8: 28-34 28 When he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met him. They were so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29 Suddenly they […]

Gospel Reading for Sunday, October 7, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 7: 11-17 11 Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. 12 As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried […]

Gospel Reading for Saturday, October 6, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 8: 18-27 18 Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19 A scribe then approached and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 And Jesus […]

Gospel Reading for Friday, October 5, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 8: 1-17 1 When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; 2 and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” […]

Gospel Reading for Thursday, October 4, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 7: 22-29 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’ 23 Then I […]

Gospel Reading for Wednesday, October 3, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 7: 13-21 13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. 14 For the gate is narrow and the road is […]

Gospel Reading for Tuesday, October 2, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 7: 1-12 1 “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. 2 For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. 3 Why do you […]

Gospel Reading for Monday, October 1, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 6: 25-34 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body […]

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