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Must Forgiveness Be Pure?

posted by lmarcus

But the prophet insists “though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow.” White without blemish. We may imagine this is the only true aim of forgiveness—to be washed clean of any blemish of anger, resentment, or […]

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Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

The acts of the leader are the acts of the nation. If the leader is just, the nation is just; if he is unjust, the nation too is unjust and is punished for the sins of the leader. –The Zohar

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Survival Tip for Monday, December 31, 2007

posted by rphillips

31. New Year’s resolutions are made by type-A, overachieving, perfectionistic hypocrites. You don’t want to join their circles, do you? Or do you? Plus: If you do, share your video resolutions here.

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Joke of the Day for Monday, December 31, 2007

posted by rphillips

A crumbling old church building needed remodeling, so, during his sermon, the preacher made an impassioned appeal looking directly at the richest man in town. At the end of the sermon, the rich man stood up and announced, “Pastor, I […]

Daily Inspiration for Monday, December 31, 2007

posted by sandrews

“Mile by mile it’s a trial; yard by yard it’s hard; but inch by inch it’s a cinch.” –Anonymous

Exodus 6:14-6:28

posted by rphillips

The following are the heads of their respective clans. The sons of Reuben, Israel’s first-born: Enoch and Pallu, Hezron and Carmi; those are the families of Reuben. The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Saul the son […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Monday, December 31, 2007

posted by rphillips

Adverse circumstances test our courage, our strength of mind, and the depth of our conviction in the Dharma. There is nothing exceptional about practicing Dharma in a good environment and atmosphere. The true test is if we can maintain our […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Monday, December 31, 2007

posted by sandrews

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul. –G.K. Chesterton

Pray for L Linda

posted by nsymmonds

“Pray for the acquittal for my son.” –from Beliefnet member snowwhite Add your prayers now

John 4: 46-54

posted by Jana Melpolder

[46] So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. [47] When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, […]

Gospel Reading for Monday, December 31, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 4:46-54 46 Then he came again to Cana in Galilee where he had changed the water into wine. Now there was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come from […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

Learning must be sought; it will not come of itself. –Simeon b. Lakish, Midrash Mishle Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations.’ edited by Joseph L. Baron. Jason Aronson Inc.

Survival Tip for Sunday, December 30, 2007

posted by rphillips

30. Take note of the Christmas cards streaming in now. These are normal people (as long as their letters don’t exceed three pages) who you should invest your time and energy in. Plus: Try Restorative Yoga to relieve fatigue and […]

Joke of the Day for Sunday, December 30, 2007

posted by rphillips

Jesus was walking along one day, when he came upon a group of people surrounding a lady of ill repute. It was obvious that the crowd was preparing to stone her, so Jesus made his now-famous statement, “Let the person […]

Daily Inspiration for Sunday, December 30, 2007

posted by sandrews

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. –Gen. Norman Schwarzkoff

Exodus 6:2-6:13

posted by rphillips

God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as El Shaddai, but I did not make Myself known to them by My name YHVH. I also established My covenant […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Sunday, December 30, 2007

posted by rphillips

Describing his awakening, the Buddha said: “Coming to be, coming to be! Ceasing to be, ceasing to be! At that thought, monks, there arose in me a vision of things not before called to mind. Knowledge arose–such is form, such […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Sunday, December 30, 2007

posted by sandrews

For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it […]

Luke 2: 22-40

posted by Jana Melpolder

[22] And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; [23] (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male […]

Gospel Reading for Sunday, December 30, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 2:22-40 22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every […]

Survival Tip for Saturday, December 29, 2007

posted by rphillips

29. Don’t even think about taking your tree down yet. We get to celebrate until the Feast of the Epiphany, the twelfth day after Christmas, when the wise men show up. On this day, maybe we will have an epiphany […]

Joke of the Day for Saturday, December 29, 2007

posted by rphillips

A Recently Spotted Bumper Sticker: CAUTION: Non-exposure to the Son will cause burning!

Daily Inspiration for Saturday, December 29, 2007

posted by sandrews

The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise. –Aiden Nowlan

Exodus 5:1-6:1

posted by rphillips

Afterward Moses and Aaron went and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Let My people go that they may celebrate a festival for Me in the wilderness.” But Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord that […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Saturday, December 29, 2007

posted by rphillips

Enlightened by right views, we call forth the buddha within us. When our nature is dominated by the poisonous elements We are said to be possessed by Mara; But when right views eliminate from our mind these poisonous elements Mara […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Saturday, December 29, 2007

posted by sandrews

If ye keep watch over your hearts, and listen for the Voice of God and learn of Him, in one short hour ye can learn more from Him than ye could learn from Man in a thousand years. –Johannes Tauler

Luke 1: 57-66

posted by Jana Melpolder

[57] Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. [58] And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her. [59] […]

Gospel Reading for Saturday, December 29, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 1:57-66 57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59 On […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

One may do something advantageous for a person in his absence. –Babylonian Talmud, Ketubot 11a As cited in “Jewish Wisdom” by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

Survival Tip for December 28, 2007

posted by rphillips

28. There’s a lesson in “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer”: He turned a sore, red nose into a real asset. I wonder if Santa has any use for droopy boobs (courtesy of breastfeeding) and a flabby behind? Plus: Have you joined […]

Joke of the Day for Friday, December 28, 2007

posted by rphillips

Pat is not feeling very well and he decides to go to a doctor. While he is waiting in the doctor’s reception room, a nun comes out of the doctor’s office. She looks very ashen, drawn and haggard. Pat goes […]

Daily Inspiration for Friday, December 28, 2007

posted by sandrews

If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock. –Justice Arthur Goldberg

Exodus 4:18-4:31

posted by rphillips

Moses went back to his father-in-law Jether and said to him, “Let me go back to my kinsmen in Egypt and see how they are faring.” And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.” The Lord said to Moses in […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Friday, December 28, 2007

posted by rphillips

Enlightenment is a way of saying that all things are seen in their intrinsic empty nature, their Suchness, their ungraspable wonder. Names or words are merely incidental, but that state which sees no division, no duality, is enlightenment. –Prajnaparamita From […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Friday, December 28, 2007

posted by sandrews

A man’s heart is right when he wills what God wills. –Thomas Aquinas

Pray for Littlebit D

posted by nsymmonds

“Littlebit is very sick, has been for while, please pray for God to lay his healing hands on Littlebit.” –from Beliefnet member mustangirl272005 Add your prayers now

John 7: 37-52

posted by Jana Melpolder

[37] In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. [38] He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of […]

Gospel Reading for Friday, December 28, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 7:37-52 37 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, 38 and let the one who believes in me drink. Ask […]

Pray for Joannie H

posted by nsymmonds

“My Mom was just diagnosed with acute leukemia, she is 76 years old.” –from Beliefnet member JORJEM10@YAHOO.COM Add your prayers now

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

We can judge a man faithful or unfaithful only by his works. –Baruch Spinoza, “Theologico-Political Treatise” Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

Survival Tip for December 27, 2007

posted by rphillips

27. Remember H.A.L.T.: Don’t get too Horny, Annoying, Loopy, or Tacky. And for every criticism you hear, put out a Q-TIP (Quit Taking It Personally). Plus: Discuss spirituality & depression on the message boards.

Joke of the Day for Thursday, December 27, 2007

posted by rphillips

A famous professor of surgery died and went to heaven. At the pearly gates he was asked by the gatekeeper, “Have you ever committed a sin you truly regret?” “Yes,” the professor answered. “When I was a young candidate at […]

Daily Inspiration for Thursday, December 27, 2007

posted by sandrews

Ultimately, it is through serving others that we become fully human. –Marsha Sinetar

Exodus 3:16-4:17

posted by rphillips

“Go and assemble the elders of Israel and say to them: the Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has appeared to me and said, ‘I have taken note of you and of what […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Thursday, December 27, 2007

posted by rphillips

Consider movement stationary and the stationary in motion, both movement and rest disappear. When such dualities cease to exist Oneness itself cannot exist. To this ultimate finality no law or description applies. –Seng-tsan, “Verses on the Faith Mind” From “Teachings […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Thursday, December 27, 2007

posted by sandrews

It is wonderful the effect of a single verse of Scripture when the Spirit of God applies it to the soul. What power would come upon the soul if we would grasp a single line of Scripture and suck the […]

Matthew 2: 13-23

posted by Jana Melpolder

[13] And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee […]

Gospel Reading for Thursday, December 27, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 2:13-23 13 Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

Show respect for an old man who has forgotten his learning through no fault of his own, for we have learned that the fragments of the old tablets were kept alongside the new tablets in the Ark of the Covenant. […]

Survival Tip for December 26, 2007

posted by rphillips

21. You are less than a week from the beginning of a new year. Therefore practice every bad habit with gusto and participate freely in every obnoxious behavior of yours for the next six days. Plus: Watch Therese’s video New […]

Joke of the Day for Wednesday, December 26, 2007

posted by rphillips

It was the day after Christmas at a church in San Francisco. Pastor Mike was looking at the nativity scene outside when he noticed the baby Jesus was missing from the figures. Immediately, Pastor Mike turned towards the church to […]

Daily Inspiration for Wednesday, December 26, 2007

posted by sandrews

Every time I think I’m getting old, something else happens. –Lillian Carter

Exodus 3:1-3:15

posted by rphillips

Now Moses, tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, drove the flock into the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire out […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Wednesday, December 26, 2007

posted by rphillips

Develop the mind of equilibrium. You will always be getting praise and blame, but do not let either affect the poise of the mind: follow the calmness, the absence of pride. –Sutta Nipata From “365 Buddha: Daily Meditations,” edited by […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Wednesday, December 26, 2007

posted by sandrews

We can walk without fear, full of hope and courage and strength to do His will, waiting for the endless good which He is always giving as fast as He can get us able to take it in. –George McDonald

Pray for Harvey W

posted by nsymmonds

“Please Pray For our #1 dad, son, brother, nephew, grandson, cousin.” –from Beliefnet member confusedinTX Add your prayers now

Matthew 2: 1-12

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, [2] Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for […]

Gospel Reading for Wednesday, December 26, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 2:1-12 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

No tongue speaks as much ill of us as our own. –Sholom Aleichem, “Olom Habo” Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

Joke of the Day for Tuesday, December 25, 2007

posted by rphillips

Three men die in a car accident Christmas Eve. They all find themselves at the pearly gates waiting to enter Heaven. On entering they must present something related to or associated with Christmas. The first man searches his pockets and […]

Daily Inspiration for Tuesday, December 25, 2007

posted by sandrews

Men may be divided almost any way we please, but I have found the most useful distinction to be made between those who devote their lives to conjugating the verb “to be” and those who spend their lives conjugating the […]

Holiday Survival Tip for Christmas Day

posted by rphillips

20. Peace. Love. Joy. That’s what all this madness is really about. Plus: Check out the complete Beliefnet Guide to Christmas.

Exodus 2:11-25

posted by rphillips

Some time after that, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his kinsfolk and witnessed their labors. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his kinsmen. He turned this way and that and, seeing no one […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Tuesday, December 25, 2007

posted by rphillips

General standards of human rights apply to the people of all countries because, regardless of their cultural background, all humans share an inherent yearning for freedom, equality and dignity. Democracy and respect for fundamental human rights are as important to […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Christmas

posted by sandrews

On Christmas Day two thousand years ago, the birth of the tiny baby in an obscure village in the Middle East was God’s supreme triumph of good over evil. –Charles Colson

Pray for Candice F

posted by nsymmonds

“My husband lost his job and we haven’t any means to pay our rent.” –from Beliefnet member sweetcandi Add your prayers now

John 3: 26-31

posted by Jana Melpolder

[26] And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. [27] John answered and said, A man […]

Gospel Reading for Tuesday, December 25, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 3:26-31 26 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing, and all are going to him.” 27 John answered, “No one […]

Is There Such a Thing as Partial Forgiveness?

posted by lmarcus

The traditional picture of forgiveness is that it must be complete. But forgiveness can happen in stages. We may be able to let go bit by bit. Who do you feel ready to begin the process of forgiveness for and […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

Every house a temple, every heart an altar, every human being a priest. –Moritz Lazarus, German philosopher and psychologist (1824-1903)

Survival Tip for December 24, 2007

posted by rphillips

19. Watch “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and during the part where George is about to jump, list the reasons why you couldn’t. Place that list in your “Self-Esteem File.” If you couldn’t think of anything, click here for Beliefnet’s “Find […]

Joke of the Day for Monday, December 24, 2007

posted by rphillips

Why is getting Christmas presents for your kids just like a day at the office? You do all the work and the fat guy in the suit gets all the credit.

Daily Inspiration for Monday December 24, 2007

posted by sandrews

The ultimate test of a man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard. –Gaylord Nelson

Exodus 1:18-2:10

posted by rphillips

So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this thing, letting the boys live?” The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women: they are vigorous. […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for December 24, 2007

posted by rphillips

Crush your sense of self-allure like an autumn lily in the hand. Nurture only the path to peace –Unbinding– as taught by the One Well Gone. -Dhammapada, 20, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Daily Christian Inspiration for Monday, December 24, 2007

posted by sandrews

This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ. –Frank McKibben

Pray for CC

posted by nsymmonds

“CC is a good friend, mother, daughter who is struggling to live the rest of her life in peace.” –from Beliefnet member Cherokee Add your prayers now

Matthew 1: 18-25

posted by Jana Melpolder

[18] Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. [19] Then Joseph her husband, being a […]

Gospel Reading for Monday, December 24, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 1:18-25 18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiahi took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

A small act done modestly is a thousand-fold more acceptable to God than a big act done in pride. –Orhot Tzaddikim, 15C Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

Joke of the Day for Sunday, December 23, 2007

posted by rphillips

A Recently Spotted Bumper Sticker: Give Satan an inch and he’ll be a ruler.

Daily Inspiration for Sunday, December 23, 2007

posted by sandrews

Age is all imagination. Ignore years and they’ll ignore you. –Ella Wheeler-Wilcox

Exodus 1:1-1:17

posted by rphillips

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 […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Sunday, December 23, 2007

posted by rphillips

Even a strong wind is empty by nature. Even a great wave is just ocean itself. Even thick southern clouds are insubstantial as sky. Even the dense mind is naturally birthless. –Milarepa, “Drinking The Fountain Stream” Copyright Wisdom Publications 2001. […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Sunday, December 23, 2007

posted by sandrews

Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you. –John 20:21 (Revised Standard Version)

Survival Tip for December 23, 2007

posted by rphillips

18. Do unto others what you would do unto them when you were sober. Plus: Listen to sounds of the season with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Pray for Mike C

posted by nsymmonds

“Pray for me to rediscover the love I once had for God.” –from Beliefnet member cmike315 Add your prayers now

John 3: 16-21

posted by Jana Melpolder

[16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; […]

Gospel Reading for Sunday, December 23, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 3:16-21 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

All beginnings require that you unlock a new door. –Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Survival Tip for December 22, 2007

posted by rphillips

17. Every time you water your tree do something nice for yourself: Stretch your neck muscles for ten minutes, take ten deep breaths, or eat ten small Kit-Kats. Plus: Relax with a movie! Check out the top holiday movies of […]

Joke of the Day for Saturday, December 22, 2007

posted by rphillips

A man is struck by a bus on a busy street in New York City. He lies dying on the sidewalk as a crowd of spectators gathers around. “A priest! Somebody get me a priest!” the man gasps. A policeman […]

Daily Inspiration for Saturday, December 22, 2007

posted by sandrews

The man who can’t dance thinks the band is no good. –Polish Proverb

Genesis 50:21-26

posted by rphillips

And so, fear not. I will sustain you and your children.” Thus he reassured them, speaking kindly to them. So Joseph and his father’s household remained in Egypt. Joseph lived one hundred and ten years. Joseph lived to see children […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Saturday, December 22, 2007

posted by rphillips

Ch’eng-t’ien was asked, “How should I apply my mind twenty-four hours a day?” He replied, “When chickens are cold, they roost in trees; when ducks are cold, they plunge into water.” The questioner said, “Then I don’t need cultivated realization, […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Saturday, December 22, 2007

posted by sandrews

He was created of a mother whom he created. He was carried by hands that he formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. –Augustine of Hippo

Pray for Kaden S

posted by nsymmonds

4-month-old fighting for life after a drowning incident –from Beliefnet member tristafamily Add your prayers now

Matthew 25: 31-46

posted by Jana Melpolder

[31] When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: [32] And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall […]

Gospel Reading for Saturday, December 22, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 25:31-46 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will […]

Something Better Day 25

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome to Nancy Guthrie’s guided journal “Hoping for Something Better,” which she based on her book of the same title (Tyndale 2007). New journal entries will appear in your profile Monday-Saturday for 6 weeks. If you missed any so far, […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

I have no particular taste for post-mortem immortality. I am immortal now, while I am gloriously alive. –Rabbi Joel Blau, “My Uncertain God,” 1924

Joke of the Day for Friday, December 21, 2007

posted by rphillips

A drunken man staggered in to a Catholic church and sat down in a confession box, saying nothing. The bewildered priest coughed to attract his attention, but still the man said nothing. The priest then knocked on the wall three […]

Daily Inspiration for Friday, December 21, 2007

posted by sandrews

To do just the opposite is also a form of imitation. –Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Genesis 49:27-50:20

posted by rphillips

“Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; In the morning he consumes the foe, And in the evening he divides the spoil.” All these were the tribes of Israel, twelve in number, and this is what their father said to them as […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Friday, December 21, 2007

posted by rphillips

First of all, do not predefine understanding, and do not make a principle of non-understanding. –Ying-an From “Teachings of Zen,” edited by Thomas Cleary, © 1998. By arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston, www.shambhala.com.

Daily Christian Inspiration for Friday, December 21, 2007

posted by sandrews

Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas…To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!” –Henri J. M. Nouwen

Survival Tip for December 21, 2007

posted by rphillips

16. Don’t send a Christmas card to anyone you wouldn’t want to have over for dinner. Plus: Pick Your Favorite Christmas Photo

Something Better Day 24

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome to Nancy Guthrie’s guided journal “Hoping for Something Better,” which she based on her book of the same title (Tyndale 2007). New journal entries will appear in your profile Monday-Saturday for 6 weeks. If you missed any so far, […]

Pray for Harvey T

posted by nsymmonds

He needs prayer so that he won’t go blind due to health complications –from Beliefnet member hummergirl Add your prayers now

Matthew 25: 14-30

posted by Jana Melpolder

[14] For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. [15] And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another […]

Gospel Reading for Friday, December 21, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 25:14-30 14 “For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

Scripture likens the Torah to the desert, to fire, and to water, for like these three, it is free to all. –Mekilta Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations.’ edited by Joseph L. Baron. Jason Aronson Inc.

Joke of the Day for Thursday, December 20, 2007

posted by rphillips

A little girl was in church with her mother when she started feeling ill. “Mommy,” she said, “can we leave now?” “No,” her mother replied. “Well, I think I have to throw up!” exclaimed the girl. “Then go out the […]

Daily Inspiration for Thursday, December 20, 2007

posted by sandrews

To be content with little is hard; to be content with much is impossible. –Marie Ebner-Eschenbach

Genesis 49:19-26

posted by rphillips

Gad shall be raided by raiders, But he shall raid at their heels. Asher’s bread shall be rich, And he shall yield royal dainties. Naphtali is a hind let loose, Which yields lovely fawns. Joseph is a wild ass, A […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Thursday, December 20, 2007

posted by rphillips

“In your seeing,” he said, “there should be only the seeing. In your hearing, nothing but the hearing; in your smelling, tasting, and touching, nothing but smelling, tasting, and touching; in your thinking, nothing but the thought.” –Khuddaka Nikaya From […]

Daily Christian Wisdom for Thursday, December 20, 2007

posted by sandrews

With light and joy pouring out of Heaven like water through a broken dam, [the angels] began to shout and sing the message that baby Jesus had been born. The world had a Savior! The angels called it “Good News,” […]

Survival Tip for Thursday, December 20, 2007

posted by rphillips

15. Be polite to anyone who’s preparing your food (that includes spouses, siblings, and in-laws). Plus: One priest’s advice for beating Christmas burnout.

Something Better Day 23

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome to Nancy Guthrie’s guided journal “Hoping for Something Better,” which she based on her book of the same title (Tyndale 2007). New journal entries will appear in your profile Monday-Saturday for 6 weeks. If you missed any so far, […]

Pray for Aurelio C

posted by nsymmonds

“I’ve never been unemployed before. During this time, I’m sad, hopeless, and I have a daughter and wife and I don’t know what to do?” –from Beliefnet member aurelio Add your prayers now

Matthew 25: 1-13

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. [2] And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. [3] They that were foolish took […]

Gospel Reading for Thursday, December 20, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 25:1-13 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaidsa took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 When the foolish took their lamps, they […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

All souls stood at Sinai, each accepting its share in Torah. –Rabbi Moses ben Hayyim Alshekh Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations.’ edited by Joseph L. Baron. Jason Aronson Inc.

Joke of the Day for Wednesday, December 19, 2007

posted by rphillips

Two nuns are out driving when a vampire drops onto the bonnet of their car. “Quick sister,” screams one nun, “Show him your cross!” So the other nun leans out of the window and shouts, “Hey! You! Buzz off!”

Daily Inspiration for Wednesday, December 19, 2007

posted by sandrews

One of the oldest human needs is having someone wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night. –Margaret Mead

Genesis 49:1-18

posted by rphillips

And Jacob called his sons and said, “Come together that I may tell you what is to befall you in days to come. Assemble and hearken, 0 sons of Jacob; Hearken to Israel your father: Reuben you are my first-born, […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Wednesday, December 19, 2007

posted by rphillips

Half the spiritual life consists in remembering what we are up against and where we are going. –Ayya Khema, “When the Iron Eagle Flies” Copyright Wisdom Publications 2001. Reprinted from “Daily Wisdom: 365 Buddhist Inspirations,” edited by Josh Bartok, with […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Wednesday, December 19, 2007

posted by sandrews

For many of us, sadly, the spirit of Christmas is “hurry.” And yet…the hour comes when the rushing ends and…Christmas itself is eternal. –Burton Hills

Survival Tip for Wednesday, December 19, 2007

posted by rphillips

14. Try to stick to the four main food groups from the movie “Elf”: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup. Children, especially, thrive on this diet. Plus: Something sure to cheer you up: Enter the holiday caption contest.

Something Better Day 22

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome to Nancy Guthrie’s guided journal “Hoping for Something Better,” which she based on her book of the same title (Tyndale 2007). New journal entries will appear in your profile Monday-Saturday for 6 weeks. If you missed any so far, […]

Pray for Geno O

posted by nsymmonds

“I lost my father to a brief but desperate fight against Cancer this past July just 2 days shy of my Birthday.” –from Beliefnet member Rock2allwithout14me Add your prayers now

Matthew 24: 45-51

posted by Jana Melpolder

[45] Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? [46] Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. […]

Gospel Reading for Wednesday, December 19, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 24:45-51 45 “Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their allowance of food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that slave whom […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders and they will instruct you.

Survival Tip for Tuesday, December 18, 2007

posted by rphillips

13. Pick your battles. Or, better yet, become a pacifist codependent who ignores your battles. No one will mind. Plus: Check out Therese’s 7 quick ways to calm down.

Joke of the Day for Tuesday, December 18, 2007

posted by rphillips

One day Jesus was out for a walk, strolling near the walls surrounding heaven, when he heard an old man’s voice call from the other side. “Hello? Hello?” Jesus replied, “Who is it?” “Just a poor, old carpenter searching for […]

Daily Inspiration for Tuesday,December 18, 2007

posted by sandrews

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory. –Betty Smith

Genesis 48:17-48:22

posted by rphillips

When Joseph saw that his father was placing his right hand on Ephraim’s head, he thought it wrong; so he took hold of his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s. “Not so, Father,” Joseph said to […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Tuesday, December 18, 2007

posted by rphillips

If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding. –His Holiness the Dalai Lama From “The Pocket Dalai Lama,” […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Tuesday, December 18, 2007

posted by sandrews

Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. –George Matthew Adams

Pray for Dennis D

posted by nsymmonds

“Please pray for a financial miracle. I am about to lose my home.” –from Beliefnet member dennisangels Add your prayers now

Something Better Day 21

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome to Nancy Guthrie’s guided journal “Hoping for Something Better,” which she based on her book of the same title (Tyndale 2007). New journal entries will appear in your profile Monday-Saturday for 6 weeks. If you missed any so far, […]

Matthew 24: 32-44

posted by Jana Melpolder

[32] Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: [33] So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is […]

Gospel Reading for Tuesday, December 18, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 24:32-44 32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that […]

What Happens When We Forgive?

posted by lmarcus

To forgive is to acknowledge fallibility–my own or another person’s. Perhaps forgiveness can be real without being total–a forgiveness where resentment still lurks in some corner, but does not triumph. Does this deserve the name of forgiveness? Discuss a situation […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

When man completes a product, his relation to it ends; but God’s power continues to permeate His creatures. –Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, “Tanya” Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

Joke of the Day for Monday, December 17, 2007

posted by rphillips

Favorite Church Signs: “Beat the Christmas rush, come to church this Sunday!” “Don’t wait for the hearse to take you to church.” “Don’t give up. Moses was once a basket case.” “Life has many choices. Eternity has two. What’s yours?” […]

Daily Inspiration for Monday, December 17, 2007

posted by sandrews

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. –Abraham Lincoln

Genesis 48:10-48:16

posted by rphillips

Now Israel’s eyes were dim with age; he could not see. So [Joseph] brought them close to him, and he kissed them and embraced them. And Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see you again, and here God […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Monday, December 17, 2007

posted by rphillips

Like a mirage in the springtime, the mind is found bewildered; animals imagine water but there is no reality to it. There is here nothing but thought construction, it is like an image in the air; when they thus understand […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Monday, December 17, 2007

posted by sandrews

Joy is the true gift of Christmas, not the expensive gifts that call for time and money….Let us pray that this presence of the liberating joy of God shines forth in our lives. –Pope Benedict XVI

Survival Tip for Monday, December 17, 2007

posted by rphillips

12. “Fun” spelled backward is “NUF”: No Use Fighting! Plus: Relax with some new Christmas music.

Pray for Spencer F

posted by nsymmonds

“To help all adoptees with better understanding the circumstances of adoption.” –from Beliefnet member 222denise Add your prayers now

Matthew 24: 15-31

posted by Jana Melpolder

[15] When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) [16] Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: [17] Let […]

Gospel Reading for Monday, December 17, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 24:15-31 15 “So when you see the desolating sacrilege standing in the holy place, as was spoken of by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand), 16 then those in Judea must flee to the mountains; 17 the one […]

Something Better Day 20

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome to Nancy Guthrie’s guided journal “Hoping for Something Better,” which she based on her book of the same title (Tyndale 2007). New journal entries will appear in your profile Monday-Saturday for 6 weeks. If you missed any so far, […]

Daily Jewish Woman

posted by lmarcus

The souls that were yet to be created were there… So did the sages of all generations receive their wisom from Sinai. –Isaac, Exodus Rabbah Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

Survival Tip for Sunday, December 16, 2007

posted by rphillips

11. Feeling nervous, shaky, overwhelmed? Don’t attempt to make a gingerbread house. I volunteered to make 17 last year, and it nearly had me in the hospital again. Plus: Instead, try these Holiday Party Recipes.

Joke of the Day for Sunday, December 16, 2007

posted by rphillips

A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space with a meter. So he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have […]

Genesis 47:28-48:9

posted by rphillips

Jacob lived seventeen years in the land of Egypt, so that the span of Jacob’s life came to one hundred and forty-seven years. And when the time approached for Israel to die, he summoned his son Joseph and said to […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Sunday, December 16, 2007

posted by rphillips

Detach from all mental objects, stop all thoughts: do not let either good or bad thoughts enter your thinking, do not keep either Buddhist teachings or worldly phenomena in mind. –Huai-t’ang From “The Pocket Zen Reader,” edited by Thomas Cleary, […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Sunday, December 16, 2007

posted by sandrews

Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who […]

Daily Inspiration for Sunday, December 16, 2007

posted by sandrews

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions. –Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Pray for Art O

posted by nsymmonds

“I am a husband whose wife has 3rd stage kidney disease.” –from Beliefnet member CandyCorn2 Add your prayers now

John 5: 30-47

posted by Jana Melpolder

[30] I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. [31] If I bear […]

Gospel Reading for Sunday, December 16, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 5:30-47 30 “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me. 31 “If I […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

Shame is an iron fence against sin. –Orchot Tzaddikim Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations.’ edited by Joseph L. Baron. Jason Aronson Inc.

Joke of the Day for Saturday, December 15, 2007

posted by rphillips

Preacher: “How come I never see you in church anymore, Morris?” Morris: “There are too many hypocrites there, Reverend.” Preacher: “Don’t worry, Morris; there’s always room for one more.”

Daily Inspiration for Saturday, December 15, 2007

posted by sandrews

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. –Elizabeth Foley

Genesis 47:11-47:27

posted by rphillips

So Joseph settled his father and his brothers, giving them holdings in the choicest part of the land of Egypt, in the region of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded. Joseph sustained his father, and his brothers, and all his father’s […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Saturday, December 15, 2007

posted by rphillips

People who do not know how to practice the way therefore want to get rid of afflictions. Afflictions are originally void and null; you are trying to use the way to seek the way beyond. –Pao-chih From “The Pocket Zen […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Saturday, December 15, 2007

posted by sandrews

How many times do we miss God’s blessings because they are not packaged as we expected? –Unknown

Survival Tip for Saturday, December 15, 2007

posted by rphillips

10. “God” spelled backward is “dog,” which might have something to do with the Son of God being born in an animal stable. Plus: A baby to soothe your spirit this season. Enter a caption for this photo!

Something Better Day 19

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome to Nancy Guthrie’s guided journal “Hoping for Something Better,” which she based on her book of the same title (Tyndale 2007). New journal entries will appear in your profile Monday-Saturday for 6 weeks. If you missed any so far, […]

Pray for Lee R

posted by nsymmonds

“This special boy was my dog. I had to move into an apartment because I became disabled and lost my house.” –from Beliefnet member nabial Add your prayers now

Matthew 24: 1-14

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. [2] And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say […]

Gospel Reading for Saturday, December 15, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 24:1-14 As Jesus came out of the temple and was going away, his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. 2 Then he asked them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly I […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

A person is prohibited to eat until he first feeds his animals. –Babylonian Talmud, Berakhot 40a As cited in “Jewish Wisdom” by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

Joke of the Day for Friday, December 14, 2007

posted by rphillips

A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning. The wife said, “You should do it, because you get up first, and then we don’t have to wait as long to get […]

Daily Inspiration for Friday, December 14, 2007

posted by sandrews

If you want happiness for an hour—take a nap. If you want happiness for a day—go fishing. If you want happiness for a month—get married. If you want happiness for a year—inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a […]

Genesis 46:28-47:10

posted by rphillips

He had sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph, to point the way before him to Goshen. So when they came to the region of Goshen, Joseph ordered his chariot and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel; he […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Friday, December 14, 2007

posted by rphillips

Monks, there are these three roots of evil. What three? Lust is a root of evil, hate is a root of evil, delusion is a root of evil. These are the three roots of evil. –Itivuttaka From “365 Buddha: Daily […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Friday, December 14, 2007

posted by sandrews

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried. –G.K. Chesterton

Survival Tip for Friday, December 14, 2007

posted by rphillips

9. Parents of young ones: This is PRIME bribing season. Take advantage of Santa’s wrath on your naughty children. Plus: Check out members’ calming Christmas photos.

Something Better Day 18

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome to Nancy Guthrie’s guided journal “Hoping for Something Better,” which she based on her book of the same title (Tyndale 2007). New journal entries will appear in your profile Monday-Saturday for 6 weeks. If you missed any so far, […]

Pray for Von A

posted by nsymmonds

“I’m starting this prayer circle for my close friend who became homeless and jobless in September.” –from Beliefnet member Vonnie402 Add your prayers now

Matthew 23: 27-39

posted by Jana Melpolder

[27] Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. [28] Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous […]

Gospel Reading for Friday, December 14, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 23:27-39 27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. 28 […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

To have no occasion for lying does not yet mean to be honest. –Arthur Schnitzler (Austrian playwright, 1862-1931) Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Thursday, December 13, 2007

posted by rphillips

If you want to avoid experiencing reversal, just cut off dualism; then measurements cannot govern you. You are neither Buddha nor sentient being; you are not near or far, not high or low, not equal or even, not going or […]

Genesis 45:28-46:27

posted by rphillips

“Enough!” said Israel. “My son Joseph is still alive! I must go and see him before I die.” So Israel set out with all that was his, and he came to Beer-sheba, where he offered sacrifices to the God of […]

Survival Tip for Thursday, December 13, 2007

posted by rphillips

8. For the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, think about this: If God made a Savior without sex, think of what he can do with you! Plus: Do you eat when you’re stressed? Discuss stress and your appetite here.

Daily Christian Inspiration for Thursday, December 13, 2007

posted by sandrews

Progress in holiness can best be measured not by the length of time we spend in prayer, not by the number of times we go to church, not by the amount of money we contribute to God’s work, not by […]

Daily Inspiration for December 13, 2007

posted by sandrews

What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other? –George Eliot

Something Better Day 17

posted by Jana Melpolder

Welcome to Nancy Guthrie’s guided journal “Hoping for Something Better,” which she based on her book of the same title (Tyndale 2007). New journal entries will appear in your profile Monday-Saturday for 6 weeks. If you missed any so far, […]

Pray for Shannon S

posted by nsymmonds

“Please pray for me that I will find a job very soon.” –from Beliefnet member 888JRFAN Add your prayers now

Matthew 23: 13-26

posted by Jana Melpolder

[13] But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. [14] Woe unto you, scribes […]

Gospel Reading for Thursday, December 13, 2007

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 23:13-26 13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you lock people out of the kingdom of heaven. For you do not go in yourselves, and when others are going in, you stop them. 15 Woe to […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

If you sanctify yourself a little, you are sanctified much. –Talmud: Yoma, 39a Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

Survival Tip for Wednesday, December 12, 2007

posted by rphillips

7. The real meaning of Christmas doesn’t have anything to do with newly purchased gifts wrapped with just the right bow. If you are as cheap and tacky as I am, it’s about matching which of last year’s gifts to […]

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