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Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

One hour of repentance and good deeds in this world is more beautiful than all the life in the world to come. –Rabbi Jacob b. Kurshai, Mishna: Abot Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, […]

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Joke of the Day for Thursday, January 31, 2008

posted by rphillips

A Recently Spotted Bumper Sticker: “Born OK the first time”

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Exodus 23:6-23:19

posted by rphillips

You shall not subvert the rights of your needy in their disputes. Keep far from a false charge; do not bring death on those who are innocent and in the right, for I will not acquit the wrongdoer. Do not […]

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Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Thursday, January 31, 2008

posted by rphillips

How much of your life do you spend looking forward to being somewhere else? -Matthew Flickstein, “Journey to the Center” Copyright Wisdom Publications 2001. Reprinted from “Daily Wisdom: 365 Buddhist Inspirations,” edited by Josh Bartok, with permission of Wisdom Publications, […]

Daily Inspiration for Thursday, January 31, 2008

posted by sandrews

It takes courage to show your dreams to someone else. –Erma Bombeck

Daily Christian Inspiration for Thursday, January 31, 2008

posted by sandrews

Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire? –Corrie Ten Boom

Pray for Bryan W.

posted by nsymmonds

“My brother was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.” –from Beliefnet member PaperDoll78 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 Thursday, January 31, 2008

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 […]

Joke of the Day for Wednesday, January 30, 2008

posted by rphillips

A student went to his meditation teacher and said, “My meditation is horrible! I feel so distracted, or my legs ache, or I’m constantly falling asleep. It’s just horrible!” “It will pass,” the teacher said matter-of-factly. A week later, the […]

Daily Inspiration for Wednesday, January 30, 2008

posted by sandrews

There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them. –Andre Gide

Exodus 22:27-23:5

posted by rphillips

You shall not revile God, nor put a curse upon a chieftain among your people. You shall not put off the skimming of the first yield of your vats. You shall give Me the first-born among your sons. You shall […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Wednesday, January 29, 2008

posted by rphillips

Contrary to what some people might believe, there is nothing wrong with having pleasures and enjoyments. What is wrong is the confused way we grasp onto these pleasures, turning them from a source of happiness into a source of pain […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Wednesday, January 30, 2008

posted by sandrews

The branch of the vine does not worry, and toil, and rush here to seek for sunshine, and there to find rain. No; it rests in union and communion with the vine; and at the right time. –Hudson Taylor

Pray for Jorge L.

posted by nsymmonds

He was hit in the head with bat by someone trying to steal his tire rims. –from Beliefnet member adri Add your prayers now

John 5: 19-29

posted by Jana Melpolder

[19] Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. […]

Gospel Reading for Wednesday, January 30, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 5:19-29 19 Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. 20 The Father […]

Joke of the Day for Tuesday, January 29, 2008

posted by rphillips

The Gallaghers, a couple from Minneapolis, decided to go to Florida during the icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Both husband and wife had hectic schedules and it […]

Daily Inspiration for Tuesday, January 29, 2008

posted by sandrews

Worry is as useless as a handle on a snowball. –Mitzi Chandler

Exodus 22:4-22:26

posted by rphillips

When a man lets his livestock loose to graze in another’s land, and so allows a field or a vineyard to be grazed bare, he must make restitution for the impairment of that field or vineyard. When a fire is […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Tuesday, January 29, 2008

posted by rphillips

It is the enemy who can truly teach us to practice the virtues of compassion and tolerance. -The Dalai Lama

Daily Christian Inspiration for Tuesday, January 29, 2008

posted by sandrews

To deny oneself is to be aware only of Christ and no more of self, to see only Him who goes before and no more the road which is too hard for us. –Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Pray for God’s Children

posted by nsymmonds

“My heart lays heavy within my soul whenever I read about another child falling victim to abuse.” –from Beliefnet member Glad-Chick Add your prayers now

John 5: 1-18

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. [2] Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. [3] […]

Gospel Reading for Tuesday, January 29, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 5:1-18 1 After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. 3 In […]

Is Your Sin Different from Everyone Else’s?

posted by lmarcus

I remember my teacher, Simon Greenberg, telling me that a man once approached him about something terrible he had done. “I never thought I could do such a thing,” he said. Rabbi Greenberg replied, “That may be why you did […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

God is identical with His attributes, so that it may be said that He is the knowledge, the knower, and the known. –Maimonides, “Eight Chapters” Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

Joke of the Day for Monday, January 28, 2008

posted by rphillips

Signs You’re the Reincarnation of Someone Famous… -During a thunderstorm, you build a giant boat and start stealing your neighbor’s pets. -When the boss criticizes your work, you hack off your right ear and mail it to him. -Not only […]

Daily Inspiration for Monday, January 28, 2008

posted by sandrews

Speak when you’re angry, and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret. –Lawrence J. Peter

Exodus 21:20-22:3

posted by rphillips

When a man strikes his slave, male or female, with a rod, and he dies there and then, he must be avenged. But if he survives a day or two, he is not to be avenged, since he is the […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Monday, January 28, 2008

posted by rphillips

Compassion is characterized as promoting the aspect of allaying suffering. Its function resides in not [enduring] others’ suffering. It is manifested as non-cruelty. Its proximate cause is to see helplessness in those overwhelmed by suffering. It succeeds when it makes […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Monday, January 28, 2008

posted by sandrews

It is God that worketh in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure. It is as though He said, ‘Learn to live in your will, not in your feelings.’ –Amy Carmichael

Pray for Enid G

posted by nsymmonds

“Please help us pray to accept the infertility issue in our lives.” –from Beliefnet member BelieversInGod Add your prayers now

John 4: 43-54

posted by Jana Melpolder

[43] Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee. [44] For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country. [45] Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galilaeans received him, having […]

Gospel Reading for Monday, January 28, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 4:43-54 43 When the two days were over, he went from that place to Galilee 44 (for Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in the prophet’s own country). 45 When he came to Galilee, the […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

When you cannot love or hate any more, then where is the charm of life? –Arthur Schnitzler, “Professor Bernhardi” Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

Joke of the Day for Sunday, January 27, 2008

posted by rphillips

A Recently Spotted Bumper Sticker: Witches’ parking only. All others will be toad.

Daily Inspiration for Sunday, January 27, 2008

posted by sandrews

I’m not overweight, I’m just nine inches too short. –Shelley Winters

Exodus 21:1-21:19

posted by rphillips

These are the rules that you shall set before them: When you acquire a Hebrew slave, he shall serve six years; in the seventh year he shall go free, without payment. If he came single, he shall leave single; if […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Sunday, January 27, 2008

posted by rphillips

Going along in company together, a wise man Must mix with other foolish persons. But on seeing what is wrongful he abandons them. As a full-fledged heron leaves the marshy ground. -Udana 8.7 From “365 Buddha: Daily Meditations,” edited by […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Sunday, January 27, 2008

posted by sandrews

But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine desires new; for he says, ‘The old is good.’ –Luke 5:38-39 (Revised Standard Version)

Pray for Evelin M

posted by nsymmonds

“A young lady who is addicted to drugs and has a child.” –from Beliefnet member paulapjp38 Add your prayers now

Mark 7: 31-37

posted by Jana Melpolder

[31] And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis. [32] And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment […]

Gospel Reading for Sunday, January 27, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 7:31-37 31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

The sun gives light by day, the Torah by day and night. –Asher b. Saul, Kol Bo Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

Joke of the Day for Saturday, January 26, 2008

posted by rphillips

A zealous Christian who was trying to convert a Hindu found himself getting nowhere. “The thing is,” argued the frustrated Christian, “you have to be born again!” “But I have been born again!” insisted the Hindu. “And again and again […]

Daily Inspiration for Saturday, January 26, 2008

posted by sandrews

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you’ll help them to become what they are capable of becoming. –Goethe

Exodus 20:15-20:23

posted by rphillips

All the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the blare of the horn and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they fell back and stood at a distance. “You speak to us,” they said to Moses, “and […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Saturday, January 26, 2008

posted by rphillips

From this point on you really know. This is called the pinnacle of Zen, the sovereignty of Zen. It is also called knowledge of what is knowable; it produces all the various states of meditation, and anoints the heads of […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Saturday, January 26, 2008

posted by sandrews

Jesus did not become identical to us; he did become identified with us. –Donald English

Pray for Lisa S.

posted by nsymmonds

“She had a kidney transplant four years ago and now it is failing.” –from Beliefnet member wizerstar Add your prayers now

John 4: 27-42

posted by Jana Melpolder

[27] And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? [28] The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into […]

Gospel Reading for Saturday, January 26, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 4:27-42 27 Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?” 28 Then the woman left her water […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

Death was decreed for all, so that men may not be righteous just for the sake of life. –Jonathan ben Eleazar, Jewish scholar of the third century, Palestine Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, […]

Joke of the Day for Friday, January 25, 2008

posted by rphillips

An aspiring Yogi wanted to find a Guru. He went to an Ashram and his preceptor told him, “You can stay here but we have one important rule: all students observe Mouna or a vow of silence. You will be […]

Daily Inspiration for Friday January 25, 2008

posted by sandrews

Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? Didn’t you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them? Didn’t most of them turn out all right after all? –Carnegie Dale

Exodus 19:20-20:14

posted by rphillips

The Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain, and the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain and Moses went up. The Lord said to Moses, “Go down, warn the people not to […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Friday, January 25, 2008

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 Friday, January 25, 2008

posted by sandrews

The love of God is like the Amazon river flowing down to water one daisy. –Unknown

Pray for the Disabled

posted by nsymmonds

“Pray for all who are disabled, or pray specifically for an individual.” –from Beliefnet member Rabbi Gene Add your prayers now

John 4: 16-26

posted by Jana Melpolder

[16] Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. [17] The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: [18] For thou hast had five […]

Gospel Reading for Friday, January 25, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 4:16-26 16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

One pang of conscience is worth more than many lashes. –Jose b. Halafta, Talmud: Berakhot, 7a Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

Joke of the Day for Thursday, January 24, 2008

posted by rphillips

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

Daily Inspiration for Thursday, January 24, 2008

posted by sandrews

A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck. –A sister of Nil Nilson

Exodus 19:7-19:19

posted by rphillips

Moses came and summoned the elders of the people and put before them all that the Lord had commanded him. All the people answered as one, saying, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do!” And Moses brought back […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Thursday, January 24, 2008

posted by rphillips

Dwelling in kindness, a monk with faith in the Awakened One’s teaching, would attain the good state, the peaceful state: stilling-of-fabrications ease. Monk, bail out this boat. It will take you lightly when bailed. Having cut through passion, aversion, you […]

Daily Christian Inspiraiton for Thursday, January 24, 2008

posted by sandrews

The cheerful giver does not count the cost of what he gives. His heart is set on pleasing and sharing Him to whom the gift is given. –Julian of Norwich

Pray for Lindsey A.

posted by nsymmonds

“Lindsey needs a heart transplant.” –from Beliefnet member lostgur1951 Add your prayers now

John 4: 1-15

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, [2] (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) [3] He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. [4] And […]

Gospel Reading for Thursday, January 24, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 4:1-15 Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard, “Jesus is making and baptizing more disciples than John” 2 —although it was not Jesus himself but his disciples who baptized— 3 he left Judea and started back to […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

Man’s advocates are repentance and good deeds. –Talmud: Sabbath, 32a Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

Joke of the Day for Wednesday, January 23, 2008

posted by rphillips

Five Jewish men influenced the history of Western civilization. Moses said the law is everything. Jesus said love is everything. Marx said capital is everything. Freud said sex is everything. Einstein said everything is relative.

Daily Inspiration for Wednesday, January 23, 2008

posted by sandrews

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength. –Charles Spurgeon

Exodus 19:1-19:6

posted by rphillips

On the third new moon after the Israelites had gone forth from the land of Egypt, on that very day, they entered the wilderness of Sinai. Having journeyed from Rephidim, they entered the wilderness of Sinai and encamped in the […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Wednesday, January 23, 2008

posted by rphillips

Greed, I say, is a great flood; it is a whirlpool sucking one down, a constant yearning, seeking a hold, continually in movement; difficult to cross is the morass of sensual desire. A sage does not deviate from truth, a […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Wednesday, January 23, 2008

posted by sandrews

God has wisely kept us in the dark concerning future events and reserved for himself the knowledge of them, that he may train us up in a dependence upon himself and a continued readiness for every event. –Matthew Henry

Pray for Tabitha B.

posted by nsymmonds

“She had surgery to remove her bladder due to bladder cancer. Please pray for a complete recovery.” –from Beliefnet member lilla4 Add your prayers now

John 3: 22-36

posted by Jana Melpolder

[22] After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. [23] And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and […]

Gospel Reading for Wednesday, January 23, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 3:22-36 22 After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he spent some time there with them and baptized. 23 John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim because water was abundant there; and people […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

So follow the way of the good, and keep to the paths of the just. –Proverbs 2:20 As cited in “Jewish Wisdom” by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

Joke of the Day for Tuesday, January 22, 2008

posted by rphillips

And Moses looked upon the Lord and said: “We are your chosen people and you want us to cut the tips off of our WHAT?”

Daily Inspiration for Tuesday, January 22 2008

posted by sandrews

Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds. –Norman Vincent Peale

Exodus 18:24-18:27

posted by rphillips

Moses heeded his father-in-law and did just as he had said. Moses chose capable men out of all Israel, and appointed them heads over the people–chiefs of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens; and they judged the people at all times: […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Tuesday, January 22, 2008

posted by rphillips

Forming a new world religion is difficult and not particularly desirable. However, in that love is essential to all religions, one could speak of the universal religion of love. –His Holiness the Dalai Lama From “The Pocket Dalai Lama,” edited […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Tuesday, January 22, 2008

posted by sandrews

Are you humbly grateful? Or grumbly hateful? –Pastor Roland Smith

Pray for Greg S.

posted by nsymmonds

“He has been given 6 months as of September and is going fast.” –from Beliefnet member jlbbhjct 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 Tuesday, January 22, 2008

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 […]

Forgive To Be Forgiven

posted by lmarcus

Like all relationships, forgiveness is best when it is reciprocal. Each will feel the sinof the other as greater— “I forgive you, and you forgive me, but what you did to me was worse.”” But such weighing of misdeeds rarely […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

You shall rise before the aged and show deference to the old: You shall fear your God. –Leviticus 19:32 As cited in “Jewish Wisdom” by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

Joke of the Day for Monday, January 21, 2008

posted by rphillips

Christian Pick-up Lines God told me to come talk to you. Excuse me, I believe one of your ribs belongs to me. You know they say that you have never really dated until you have dated a Christian.

Daily Inspiration for Monday, January 21, 2008

posted by sandrews

We must not give only what we have; we must give what we are. –Cardinal Mercia

Exodus 18:13-18:23

posted by rphillips

Next day, Moses sat as magistrate among the people, while the people stood about Moses from morning until evening. But when Moses’ father-in-law saw how much he had to do for the people, he said, “What is this thing that […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Monday, January 21, 2008

posted by rphillips

Everything comes to pass, nothing comes to stay. –Matthew Flickstein, “Journey To The Center” 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 […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Monday, January 21, 2008

posted by sandrews

We are called to play the good Samaritan on life’s roadside…True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar… –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pray for Vipin K.

posted by nsymmonds

“May he heal quickly and completely from existing Leukemia and any other health challenges.” –from Beliefnet member pinkcity Add your prayers now

John 2:23 – 3:15

posted by Jana Melpolder

[23] Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. [24] But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all […]

Gospel Reading for Monday, January 21, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 2:23 – 3:15 23 When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. 24 But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

Judge not your neighbor till you’ve been in his place. Hillel, Mishna: Abot Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

Joke of the Day for Sunday, January 20, 2008

posted by rphillips

A little boy was afraid of the dark. One night his mother told him to go out to the back porch and bring her the broom. The little boy turned to his mother and said, “Mama, I don’t want to […]

Daily Inspiration for Sunday, January 20, 2008

posted by sandrews

When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself. […]

Exodus 18:1-18:12

posted by rphillips

Jethro priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard all that God had done for Moses and for Israel His people, how the Lord had brought Israel out from Egypt. So Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, took Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after she had been […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Sunday, January 20, 2008

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 Christian Inspiration for Sunday, January 20, 2008

posted by sandrews

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. –Proverbs 27:1

Pray for Joseph C.

posted by nsymmonds

“Father wanting to ‘Let Go and Let God’ take him Home from his Illness.” –from Beliefnet member kynanajean Add your prayers now

Mark 3: 7-19

posted by Jana Melpolder

[7] But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea, [8] And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a […]

Gospel Reading for Sunday, January 20, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 3:7-19 7 Jesus departed with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him; 8 hearing all that he was doing, they came to him in great numbers from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

It is the lot of man to suffer, it is also his fortune to forget. –Benjamin Disraeli, “Vivian Grey” Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

Joke of the Day for Saturday, January 19, 2008

posted by rphillips

A Recently Spotted Bumper Sticker: Jesus: Don’t Leave Earth Without Him

Daily Inspiration for Saturday, January 19, 2008

posted by sandrews

The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between political parties either–but right through every human heart. –Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn

Exodus 17:1-17:16

posted by rphillips

From the wilderness of Sin the whole Israelite community continued by stages as the Lord would command. They encamped at Rephidim, and there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarreled with Moses. “Give us water to […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Saturday, January 19, 2008

posted by rphillips

Erroneous views keep us in defilement While right views remove us from it, But when we are in a position to discard both of them We are then absolutely pure. –The Sutra of Hui Neng From “365 Buddha: Daily Meditations,” […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Saturday, January 19, 2008

posted by sandrews

By living fully, recognizing that all we do is by His power, we honor God; He in turn blesses us. –Becky Laird

Pray for Mackenzie W.

posted by nsymmonds

“10-year-old girl with a brain tumor and will be starting chemo this week.” –from Beliefnet member tpalen Add your prayers now

John 2: 13-22

posted by Jana Melpolder

[13] And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, [14] And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: [15] And when he had made […]

Gospel Reading for Saturday, January 19, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 2:13-22 13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15 Making a whip […]

Joke of the Day for Friday, January 18, 2008

posted by rphillips

A recent survey has compiled all the qualities that people expect from the perfect pastor: Results of a computerized survey indicated that the perfect pastor preaches exactly 12 minutes. He frequently condemns sin but never upsets anyone. He works from […]

Daily Inspiration for Friday, January 18, 2008

posted by sandrews

When written in Chinese, the word “”crisis”” is composed of two characters–one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity. –John F. Kennedy

Exodus 16:11-16:36

posted by rphillips

The Lord spoke to Moses: “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Speak to them and say: By evening you shall eat flesh, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; and you shall know that […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Friday, January 18, 2008

posted by rphillips

Do not turn away from those who are in need, but share all things in common with your brother. Your heart shall not cling to the high and mighty, but turn to the good and humble folk. –The Didache

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Friday, January 18, 2008

posted by rphillips

A petty officer often thinks of the rules; a seasoned general doesn’t talk of soldiering. –Zen proverb From “The Pocket Zen Reader,” edited by Thomas Cleary, 1999. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

Pray for Lucille W.

posted by nsymmonds

“Developed a violent strain of pneumonia and has been on a ventilator since Christmas day.” –from Beliefnet member mwright63 Add your prayers now

John 2: 1-12

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: [2] And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. [3] And when they wanted wine, the mother […]

Gospel Reading for Friday, January 18, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 2:1-12 1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine gave out, […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

When the rabbis speak of paradise and hell…these are only metaphors for the agony of sin and the happiness of virtue. –Kaufmann Kohler, “Jewish Theology” Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

Joke of the Day for Thursday, January 17, 2008

posted by rphillips

A young clergyman, fresh out of seminary, thought it would help him better understand the fears and temptations his future congregations faced if he first took a job as a policeman for several months. He passed the physical examination; then […]

Daily Inspiration for Thursday, January 17, 2008

posted by sandrews

The whole worth of a kind deed is in the love that inspires it. –The Talmud

Exodus 15:27-16:10

posted by rphillips

And they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees; and they encamped there beside the water. Setting out from Elim, the whole Israelite community came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Thursday, January 17, 2008

posted by rphillips

All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do? –Dhammapada 129-130 From “365 Buddha: Daily Meditations,” edited by Jeff Schmidt. Reprinted by arrangement with […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Thursday, January 17, 2008

posted by sandrews

The serene beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world next to the power of God. –Blaise Pascal

Pray for the Rios Family

posted by nsymmonds

“A family of six in Grover PA is in need of prayer with a loss of a job in the home.” –from Beliefnet member desiree1 Add your prayers now

John 1: 43-51

posted by Jana Melpolder

[43] The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. [44] Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. [45] Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We […]

Gospel Reading for Thursday, January 17, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 1:43-51 43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

He is great who is not ashamed to admit he does not know. –Judah HaNasi, Talmud Jerushalmi: Hagiga Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

Joke of the Day for Wednesday, January 16, 2008

posted by rphillips

A small boy stunned his parents after Sunday School when he began to empty his pockets of nickels, dimes and quarters. Finally his mother asked the obvious question, “Where did you get all that money?” “At church,” the boy replied […]

Daily Inspiration for Wednesday, January 16, 2008

posted by sandrews

The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say to him, “What are you going through?” –Simone Weil

Exodus 15:27-16:10

posted by rphillips

And they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees; and they encamped there beside the water. Setting out from Elim, the whole Israelite community came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Wednesday, January 16, 2008

posted by rphillips

Cut down The forest of desire, Not the forest of trees. From the forest of desire Come danger & fear. Having cut down this forest & its underbrush, monks, be deforested. -Dhammapada, 20, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Daily Christian Inspiration for Wednesday, January 16, 2008

posted by sandrews

I have known him all my life, and one day I learned his name. –A young Chinese girl

Pray for Sue M.

posted by nsymmonds

“Sue has just been diagnosed with breast cancer metastasis to the bone and is in severe pain in spinal area. She will be undergoing surgery.” –from Beliefnet member Zanbree Add your prayers now

John 1: 29-42

posted by Jana Melpolder

[29] The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. [30] This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is […]

Gospel Reading for Wednesday, January 16, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 1:29-42 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

If I knew God, I would be God. –Midieval Jewish proverb

Joke of the Day for Tuesday, January 15, 2008

posted by rphillips

The new army recruit was given guard duty at 2 a.m. He did his best for a while, but at about 4 a.m. he went to sleep. He awakened to find the officer of the day standing before him. Remembering […]

Daily Inspiration for Tuesday, January 15, 2008

posted by sandrews

Where there is great love, there are always miracles. –Willa Cather

Genesis 14:15-14:25

posted by rphillips

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to Me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. And you lift up your rod and hold out your arm over the sea and split it, so that the Israelites […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Tuesday, January 15, 2008

posted by rphillips

Dangerous consequences will follow when politicians and rulers forget moral principles. Whether we believe in God or karma, ethics is the foundation of every religion. –His Holiness the Dalai Lama From “The Pocket Dalai Lama,” edited by Mary Craig, 2002. […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Tuesday, January 15, 2008

posted by sandrews

I live and love in God’s peculiar light. –Michaelangelo

Pray for Grace B.

posted by nsymmonds

“Grace is a sweet 7-year-old girl that has been diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome type B.” –from Beliefnet member Joan B Add your prayers now

John 1: 19-28

posted by Jana Melpolder

[19] And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? [20] And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. [21] And they […]

Gospel Reading for Tuesday, January 15, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 1:19-28 19 This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” […]

What Happens When We Can’t Forgive?

posted by lmarcus

Judaism teaches that forgiveness must be sought. One is obligated to ask sincerely three times. But, of course, asking alone is not sufficient. The asking must be sincere, and so must the attempt to undo the damage. If the offender […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

Rather suffer an injustice than commit one. –Yiddish proverb

Joke of the Day for Monday, January 14, 2008

posted by rphillips

One Sunday morning, a mother went in to wake her son and tell him it was time to get ready for church, to which he replied, “I’m not going.” “Why not?” she asked.”I’ll give you two good reasons,” he said. […]

Daily Inspiration for Monday, January 14, 2008

posted by sandrews

Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark. –George Iles

Exodus 14:9-14:14

posted by rphillips

The Egyptians gave chase to them, and all the chariot horses of Pharaoh, his horsemen, and his warriors overtook them encamped by the sea, near Pi-hahiroth, before Baal-zephon. As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites caught sight of the Egyptians advancing […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Monday, January 14, 2008

posted by rphillips

“The results of karma cannot be known by thought, and so should not be speculated about. Thus, thinking, one would come to distraction and distress. “Therefore, Ananda, do not be the judge of people; do not make assumptions about others. […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Monday, January 14, 2008

posted by sandrews

Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else. –Leo Aikman

Pray for Velma C.

posted by nsymmonds

“Pray for my mother, her doctor’s say there is nothing they can do for her.” –from Beliefnet member mymommyangel Add your prayers now

John 1: 1-18

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] The same was in the beginning with God. [3] All things were made by him; and without him was not any […]

Gospel Reading for Monday, January 14, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 1:1-18 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

Do not steal, do not deceive, and do not lie to one another. Leviticus 19:11 As cited in “Jewish Wisdom” by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

Joke of the Day for Sunday, January 13, 2008

posted by rphillips

Q. When was the first meat mentioned in the Bible? A. When Noah took Ham into the ark.

Daily Inspiration for Sunday, January 13, 2008

posted by sandrews

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. –Herm Albright

Exodus 13:17-14:8

posted by rphillips

Now when Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although it was nearer; for God said, “The people may have a change of heart when they see war, and […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Sunday, January 13, 2008

posted by rphillips

Abandoning malicious speech, he abstains from malicious speech; he does not repeat elsewhere what he has heard here in order to divide (those people) from these, nor does he repeat to these people what he has heard elsewhere in order […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Sunday, January 13, 2008

posted by sandrews

Take heart, it is I; have no fear. –Mark 6:50 (Revised Standard Version)

Pray for Angela A.

posted by nsymmonds

“Angela is suffering a rare nerve disorder.” –from Beliefnet member Angie50 Add your prayers now

John 1: 29-34

posted by Jana Melpolder

[29] The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. [30] This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is […]

Gospel Reading for Sunday, January 13, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 1:29-34 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

Perhaps a human being does not die until he no longer sees anything but the past and the present moment. Leo Baeck, “The Pharisees” Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

Daily Inspiration for Saturday, January 12, 2008

posted by sandrews

God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them. –German Proverb

Exodus 13:1-13:16

posted by rphillips

The Lord spoke further to Moses, saying, “Consecrate to Me every first-born; man and beast, the first issue of every womb among the Israelites is Mine.” And Moses said to the people, “Remember this day, on which you went free […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Saturday, January 12, 2008

posted by rphillips

Don’t give way to heedlessness or to intimacy with sensual delight– for a heedful person, absorbed in jhana, attains an abundance of ease. -Dhammapada, 2, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Daily Christian Inspiration for Saturday, January 12, 2008

posted by sandrews

You can be committed to church but not committed to Christ, but you cannot be committed to Christ and not committed to church. –Joel Osteen

Pray for Dionne L.

posted by nsymmonds

“My only child is addicted and Hepatitis C positive.” –from Beliefnet member enapay Add your prayers now

John 15: 1-16

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. [2] Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. […]

Gospel Reading for Saturday, January 12, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 15:1-16 1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2 He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3 You […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

A Jew can be Jewish with God, against God, but not without God. Elie Wiesel As cited in “Jewish Wisdom” by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

Joke of the Day for Saturday, January 12, 2008

posted by rphillips

Q. Why should we be encouraged by the story of Jonah and the whale? A. Because Jonah was down in the mouth, but came out all right.

Joke of the Day for Friday, January 11, 2008

posted by rphillips

Noah: “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” Adam and Eve: “Strangers in Paradise” Lazarus: “The Second Time Around” Esther: “I Feel Pretty” Job: “I’ve Got a Right to Sing the Blues” Moses: “The Wanderer” Jezebel: “The Lady is a Tramp” […]

Daily Inspiration for Friday, January 11, 2008

posted by sandrews

You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. –Christopher Robin to Pooh

Exodus 12:29-12:51

posted by rphillips

In the middle of the night the Lord struck down all the first-born in the land of Egypt, from the first-born of Pharaoh who sat on the throne to the first-born of the captive who was in the dungeon, and […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Friday, January 11, 2008

posted by rphillips

Defiled by passion, the mind is not released. Defiled by ignorance, discernment does not develop. Thus from the fading of passion is there release of awareness. From the fading of ignorance is there release of discernment. -Anguttara Nikaya

Daily Christian Inspiration for Friday, January 11, 2008

posted by sandrews

You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. –Amy Carmichael

Pray for Wayne and Donna S.

posted by nsymmonds

“My step-dad Wayne has terminal cancer.” –from Beliefnet member Debbra Add your prayers now

John 14: 6-14

posted by Jana Melpolder

[6] Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. [7] If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye […]

Gospel Reading for Friday, January 11, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 14:6-14 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

A man is led the way he wishes to follow. –Huna, Talmud: Makkot, 10b Reprinted from ‘A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,’ edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

Joke of the Day for Thursday, January 10, 2008

posted by rphillips

At a remote monastery deep in the woods, the monks followed a rigid vow of silence. This vow could only be broken once a year on Christmas, by one monk, and the monk could speak only one sentence. One Christmas, […]

Daily Inspiration for Thursday, January 10, 2008

posted by sandrews

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened. –Billy Graham

Exodus 12:21-12:28

posted by rphillips

Moses then summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go, pick out lambs for your families, and slaughter the passover offering. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for January 10, 2008

posted by rphillips

Fulfillment of desire is an illusion; desire leads to more desire, not satisfaction. –Kathleen McDonald, “How to Meditate” Copyright Wisdom Publications 2001. Reprinted from “Daily Wisdom: 365 Buddhist Inspirations,” edited by Josh Bartok, with permission of Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Thursday, January 10, 2008

posted by sandrews

You are to think of yourselves as only existing in this world to do God’s will. To think that you are your own is as absurd to think you are self-created. It is an obvious first principle that you belong […]

Pray for Janet L.

posted by nsymmonds

“I lost my only child, Janelle, on Oct 14, 2007, at the age of 29.” –from Beliefnet member nellie29 Add your prayers now

John 10: 7-17

posted by Jana Melpolder

[7] Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. [8] All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. [9] I […]

Gospel Reading for Thursday, January 10, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 10:7-17 7 So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 […]

Daily Jewish Wisdom

posted by lmarcus

A good man does not sell his beast to a cruel person. –Medieval Sefer Hasidim As cited in “Jewish Wisdom” by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

Joke of the Day for Wednesday, January 9, 2008

posted by rphillips

Jesus was in the town square as a mob was bringing in an adultress to be stoned. When he realized what was about to happen, he called out in his Son of God voice, “LET HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN […]

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