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What Steps Can I Take?

posted by lmarcus

The zakkah prayer is often recited right before Kol Nidrei on Yom Kippur. It reads in part: “I extend complete forgiveness to everyone who has sinned against me, whether physically or monetarily, or who has gossiped about me or even […]

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Daily Inspiration for March 31, 2008

posted by sandrews

Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember it didn’t work for the rabbit. –R.E. Shay

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Christian Wisdom for March 31 2008

posted by sandrews

Prayer that runs its course till the last day of life needs a strong and tranquil soul. –Clement of Alexandria

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Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

<a style="TEXT-DECORATION: none" href="javascript:avPlayer('http://websrvr40nj.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdsnjwebsrvr4453/lentlectionary/08_03_31.mp3','Beliefnet presents today\'s lectionary reading fromthe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’,’/imgs/avplayer/player_bibleaudiofeed.jpg’,’320′,’240′);”>Hear Today’s Lectionary Reading Reading I: Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10 Responsorial Psalm: 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11 Reading II: Hebrews 10:4-10 Gospel Reading: Luke 1:26-38 To read the […]

John 14:1-17

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. [2] In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for […]

Gospel Reading for Monday, March 31, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 14:1-17 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to […]

Daily Inspiration for March 30, 2008

posted by sandrews

Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable are the kind who do nothing. –William Feather

Christian Wisdom for March 30 2008

posted by sandrews

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. –John 14:27

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

<a style="TEXT-DECORATION: none" href="javascript:avPlayer('http://websrvr40nj.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdsnjwebsrvr4453/lentlectionary/08_03_30.mp3','Beliefnet presents today\'s lectionary reading fromthe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’,’/imgs/avplayer/player_bibleaudiofeed.jpg’,’320′,’240′);”>Hear Today’s Lectionary Reading Reading I: Acts 2:42-47 Responsorial Psalm: 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 Reading II: 1 Peter 1:3-9 Gospel Reading: John 20:19-31 To read the text […]

John 14:1-7

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. [2] In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for […]

Gospel Reading for Sunday, March 30, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 14:1-7 1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go […]

Leviticus 11:33-11:47

posted by rphillips

And if any of those falls into an earthen vessel, everything inside it shall be unclean and [the vessel] itself you shall break. As to any food that may be eaten, it shall become unclean if it came in contact […]

Daily Inspiration for Saturday, March 29, 2008

posted by sandrews

All comes at the proper time to him who knows how to wait. –Saint Vincent de Paul

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Saturday, March 29, 2008

posted by rphillips

Pain is inevitable, suffering is not. -Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, Mindfulness in Plain English 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, […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Saturday, March 29, 2008

posted by sandrews

OUR wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid Wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. –John Calvin

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

<a style="TEXT-DECORATION: none" href="javascript:avPlayer('http://websrvr40nj.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdsnjwebsrvr4453/lentlectionary/08_03_29.mp3','Beliefnet presents today\'s lectionary reading fromthe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’,’/imgs/avplayer/player_bibleaudiofeed.jpg’,’320′,’240′);”>Hear Today’s Lectionary Reading Reading 1: Acts 4:13-21 Responsorial Psalm: 118:1 and 14-15ab, 16-18, 19-21 Gospel Reading: Mark 16:9-15 To read the text for today’s reading, […]

Mark 12:18-27

posted by Jana Melpolder

[18] Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying, [19] Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man’s brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that […]

Gospel Reading for Saturday, March 29, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 12:18-27 18 Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, saying, 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, the man […]

Leviticus 11:1-11:32

posted by rphillips

The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them: Speak to the Israelite people thus: These are the creatures that you may eat from among all the land animals: any animal that has true hoofs, with clefts through the […]

Joke of the Day for Friday, March 28, 2008

posted by rphillips

Bible’s Financial Wizard Q. Who was the Bible’s first financial wizard? A. Noah. He floated his stock when the rest of the world was in liquidation.

Daily Inspiration for Friday, March 28, 2008

posted by sandrews

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them. –Ann Landers

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Friday, March 28, 2008

posted by rphillips

Another shortcoming of desire is that it leads to so much that is undesirable. -Lama Zopa Rinpoche, “The Door to Satisfaction” Copyright Wisdom Publications 2001. Reprinted from “Daily Wisdom: 365 Buddhist Inspirations,” edited by Josh Bartok, with permission of Wisdom […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Friday, March 28, 2008

posted by sandrews

The Bible is a harp with a thousand strings…Play on all of them, keeping them in their places in the divine scale, and you will hear heavenly music all the time. –William P. White

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

<a style="TEXT-DECORATION: none" href="javascript:avPlayer('http://websrvr40nj.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdsnjwebsrvr4453/lentlectionary/08_03_28.mp3','Beliefnet presents today\'s lectionary reading fromthe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’,’/imgs/avplayer/player_bibleaudiofeed.jpg’,’320′,’240′);”>Hear Today’s Lectionary Reading Reading 1: Acts 4:1-12 Responsorial Psalm: 118:1-2 and 4, 22-24, 25-27a Gospel Reading: John 21:1-14 To read the text for today’s reading, […]

Luke 24:1-12

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. [2] And they found the stone rolled away from […]

Gospel Reading for Friday, March 28, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 24:1-12 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went […]

Leviticus 10:16-10:20

posted by rphillips

Then Moses inquired about the goat of sin offering, and it had already been burned! He was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s remaining sons, and said, “Why did you not eat the sin offering in the sacred area? For […]

Joke of the Day for Thursday, March 27, 2008

posted by rphillips

A Recently Spotted Bumper Sticker: “Life isn’t too short. It’s the longest thing anyone will ever do.”

Daily Inspiration for Thursday, March 27, 2008

posted by sandrews

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? –Vincent Van Gogh

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Thursday, March 27, 2008

posted by rphillips

It is better to spend one day contemplating the birth and death of all things than a hundred years never contemplating beginnings and endings. -Buddha From “Sayings of the Buddha: Reflections for Every Day”, by William Wray, 2004. Reprinted by […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Thursday, March 27, 2008

posted by sandrews

The gospel is so simple that small children can understand it, and it is so profound that studies be the wisest theologians will never exhaust its riches. –Charles Hodge

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

<a style="TEXT-DECORATION: none" href="javascript:avPlayer('http://websrvr40nj.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdsnjwebsrvr4453/lentlectionary/08_03_27.mp3','Beliefnet presents today\'s lectionary reading fromthe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’,’/imgs/avplayer/player_bibleaudiofeed.jpg’,’320′,’240′);”>Hear Today’s Lectionary Reading Reading 1: Acts 3:11-26 Responsorial Psalm: 8:2ab and 5, 6-7, 8-9 Gospel Reading: Luke 24:35-48 To read the text for today’s reading, […]

Matthew 28:16-20

posted by Jana Melpolder

[16] Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. [17] And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. [18] And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power […]

Gospel Reading for Thursday, March 27, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 28:16-20 16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority […]

Daily Inspiration for Wednesday, March 26, 2008

posted by sandrews

We grow old as soon as we cease to love and trust. –Madame de Choiseul

Christian Wisdom for March 26 2008

posted by sandrews

Jesus’ life began in a borrowed stable and ended in a borrowed tomb. –Alfred Plummer

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

<a style="TEXT-DECORATION: none" href="javascript:avPlayer('http://websrvr40nj.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdsnjwebsrvr4453/lentlectionary/08_03_26.mp3','Beliefnet presents today\'s lectionary reading fromthe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’,’/imgs/avplayer/player_bibleaudiofeed.jpg’,’320′,’240′);”>Hear Today’s Lectionary Reading Reading 1: Acts 3:1-10 Responsorial Psalm: 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9 Gospel Reading: Luke 24:13-35 To read the text for today’s reading, please […]

Matthew 28:1-16

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. [2] And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the […]

Gospel Reading for Wednesday, March 26, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Matthew 28:1-16 1 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, […]

Daily Inspiration for March 25, 2008

posted by sandrews

Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius. –Comte de Buffon

Christian Wisdom for March 25 2008

posted by sandrews

Rise heart; thy Lord is risen. Sing his praise. Without delays… –George Herbert, stanza from “”Easter””

Mark 16:9-20

posted by Jana Melpolder

[9] Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. [10] And she went and told them that had been with him, as […]

Gospel Reading for Tuesday, March 25, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 16:9-20 9 Now after he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10 She went out and told those who had been with […]

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

<a style="TEXT-DECORATION: none" href="javascript:avPlayer('http://websrvr40nj.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdsnjwebsrvr4453/lentlectionary/08_03_25.mp3','Beliefnet presents today\'s lectionary reading fromthe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’,’/imgs/avplayer/player_bibleaudiofeed.jpg’,’320′,’240′);”>Hear Today’s Lectionary Reading Reading 1: Acts 2:36-41 Responsorial Psalm: 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22 Gospel Reading: John 20:11-18 To read the text for today’s reading, […]

What if I Cannot Forgive?

posted by lmarcus

Most cases regarding forgiveness are personal, and do not necessitate forgiving a tyrant. But what if one simply cannot forgive? Even if we cannot forgive, it is important to catalogue for ourselves what it takes out of our lives to […]

Daily Inspiration for March 24, 2008

posted by sandrews

Every exit is an entry somewhere else. –Tom Stoppard

Christian Wisdom for March 24 2008

posted by sandrews

Today is the day of salvation for the world…Christ is risen from the dead: arise with him. –Gregory Nazianzen

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

<a style="TEXT-DECORATION: none" href="javascript:avPlayer('http://websrvr40nj.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdsnjwebsrvr4453/lentlectionary/08_03_24.mp3','Beliefnet presents today\'s lectionary reading fromthe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’,’/imgs/avplayer/player_bibleaudiofeed.jpg’,’320′,’240′);”>Hear Today’s Lectionary Reading Reading 1: Acts 2:14, 22-33 Responsorial Psalm: 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 Gospel Reading: Matthew 28:8-15 To read the text for […]

Mark 16:1-8

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. [2] And very early in the morning the first day of the […]

Gospel Reading for Monday, March 24, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 16:1-8 1 When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when […]

Daily Inspiration for March 23, 2008

posted by sandrews

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. –Edith Wharton

Christian Wisdom for March 23 2008

posted by sandrews

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. –Galatians 5:1

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

<a style="TEXT-DECORATION: none" href="javascript:avPlayer('http://websrvr40nj.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdsnjwebsrvr4453/lentlectionary/08_03_23.mp3','Beliefnet presents today\'s lectionary reading fromthe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’,’/imgs/avplayer/player_bibleaudiofeed.jpg’,’320′,’240′);”>Hear Today’s Lectionary Reading Reading I: Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Responsorial Psalm: 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 Reading II: Colossians 3:1-4 Gospel Reading: John 20:1-9 To read the text […]

John 1:1-18 and John 20:19-23

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 Sunday, March 23, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 1:1-18 and John 20:19-23 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 […]

Daily Inspiration for March 22, 2008

posted by sandrews

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings. –Hodding Carter

Christian Wisdom for March 22 2008

posted by sandrews

If Socrates died like a philosopher, Jesus Christ died like a God. –Jean Jacques Rousseau

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

<a style="TEXT-DECORATION: none" href="javascript:avPlayer('http://websrvr40nj.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdsnjwebsrvr4453/lentlectionary/08_03_22.mp3','Beliefnet presents today\'s lectionary reading fromthe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’,’/imgs/avplayer/player_bibleaudiofeed.jpg’,’320′,’240′);”>Hear Today’s Lectionary Reading Reading I: Genesis 1:1—2:2 or 1:1, 26-31a Responsorial Psalm: 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35 or 33:4-5, 6-7, 12-13, 20 and […]

John 19:38-42

posted by Jana Melpolder

[38] And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took […]

Gospel Reading for Saturday, March 22, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 19:38-42 38 After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him […]

Daily Inspiration for March 21, 2008

posted by sandrews

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat. –Lily Tomlin

Christian Wisdom for March 21 2008

posted by sandrews

Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. –Luke 23:34 (Revised Standard Version)

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

<a style="TEXT-DECORATION: none" href="javascript:avPlayer('http://websrvr40nj.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdsnjwebsrvr4453/lentlectionary/08_03_21.mp3','Beliefnet presents today\'s lectionary reading fromthe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’,’/imgs/avplayer/player_bibleaudiofeed.jpg’,’320′,’240′);”>Hear Today’s Lectionary Reading Reading I: Isaiah 52:13—53:12 Responsorial Psalm: 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25 Reading II: Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 Gospel Reading: John 18:1—19:42 To […]

John 18:1-19:42

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. [2] And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for […]

Gospel Reading for Friday, March 21, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 18:1-19:42 After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. 2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew […]

Daily Inspiration for March 20, 2008

posted by sandrews

In our journey towards God, we proceed like those small birds whose flight is in loops. They always seem to be about to drop, but the drop in their flight seems to urge them forward. –Gerard W. Hughes

Christian Wisdom for March 20 2008

posted by sandrews

God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies. –Hudson Taylor

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

<a style="TEXT-DECORATION: none" href="javascript:avPlayer('http://websrvr40nj.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdsnjwebsrvr4453/lentlectionary/08_03_20.mp3','Beliefnet presents today\'s lectionary reading fromthe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’,’/imgs/avplayer/player_bibleaudiofeed.jpg’,’320′,’240′);”>Hear Today’s Lectionary Reading Reading I: Isaiah 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9 Responsorial Psalm: 89:21-22, 25 and 27 Reading II: Revelation 1:5-8 Gospel Reading: Luke 4:16-21 To read […]

Mark 14:12-25

posted by Jana Melpolder

[12] And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover? [13] And he sendeth forth two of his […]

Gospel Reading for Thursday, March 20, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 14:12-25 12 On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 13 So […]

Daily Inspiration for March 19, 2008

posted by sandrews

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. –Beverly Sills

Christian Wisdom for March 19 2008

posted by sandrews

Compassion means that if I see my friend and my enemy in equal need, I shall help both equally. Justice demands that we seek and find the stranger, the broken, the prisoner, and comfort them and offer them our help. […]

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

<a style="TEXT-DECORATION: none" href="javascript:avPlayer('http://websrvr40nj.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdsnjwebsrvr4453/lentlectionary/08_03_19.mp3','Beliefnet presents today\'s lectionary reading fromthe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’,’/imgs/avplayer/player_bibleaudiofeed.jpg’,’320′,’240′);”>Hear Today’s Lectionary Reading Reading 1: Isaiah 50:4-9a Responsorial Psalm: 69:8-10, 21-22, 31 and 33-34 Gospel Reading: Matthew 26:14-25 To read the text for today’s reading, […]

Pray for Rafaele A. Sr.

posted by nsymmonds

“Prayer for my father’s recovery from brain tumor surgery.” –from Bless Amarille Add your prayers now

Mark 12:1-11

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and […]

Gospel Reading for Wednesday, March 19, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 12:1-11 1 Then he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the wine press, and built a watchtower; then he leased it to tenants and […]

Daily Inspiration for March 18, 2008

posted by sandrews

There are moments when everything goes well, but don’t be frightened. –Jules Renard

Mark 11:27-33

posted by Jana Melpolder

[27] And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders, [28] And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? […]

Gospel Reading for Tuesday, March 18, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 11:27-33 27 Again they came to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him 28 and said, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you […]

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

<a style="TEXT-DECORATION: none" href="javascript:avPlayer('http://websrvr40nj.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdsnjwebsrvr4453/lentlectionary/08_03_18.mp3','Beliefnet presents today\'s lectionary reading fromthe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’,’/imgs/avplayer/player_bibleaudiofeed.jpg’,’320′,’240′);”>Hear Today’s Lectionary Reading Reading 1: Isaiah 49:1-6 Responsorial Psalm: 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5ab-6ab, 15 and 17 Gospel Reading: John 13:21-33, 36-38 To read the text for […]

Pray for Mariellen F.

posted by nsymmonds

The entire family needs prayer –from mlulu15 Add your prayers now

What of Those Who Don’t Deserve Forgiveness?

posted by lmarcus

What can we say about the truly wicked of the world—Hitler or Stalin, dictators and torturers who showed no remorse or human feeling? If forgiveness means amnesty, we cannot grant it. If forgiveness means that we will not allow our […]

Daily Inspiration for March 17, 2008

posted by sandrews

Believe that none of the effort you put into coming closer to God is ever wasted–even if in the end you don’t achieve what you are striving for. –Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Christian Wisdom for March 17 2008

posted by sandrews

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face And rains fall soft upon your fields And until we meet again. May God hold you […]

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

<a style="TEXT-DECORATION: none" href="javascript:avPlayer('http://websrvr40nj.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdsnjwebsrvr4453/lentlectionary/08_03_17.mp3','Beliefnet presents today\'s lectionary reading fromthe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’,’/imgs/avplayer/player_bibleaudiofeed.jpg’,’320′,’240′);”>Hear Today’s Lectionary Reading Reading 1: Isaiah 42:1-7 Responsorial Psalm: 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14 Gospel Reading: John 12:1-11 To read the text for today’s reading, please […]

Pray for Dee F.

posted by nsymmonds

Disabled vet who has run into hard times. –from fish10220 Add your prayers now

Mark 11:12-25

posted by Jana Melpolder

[12] And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: [13] And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, […]

Gospel Reading for Monday, March 17, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 11:12-25 12 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see whether perhaps he would find anything on it. When he came […]

Daily Inspiration for March 16, 2008

posted by sandrews

If I try to be like him, who will be like me? –Yiddish Proverb

Christian Wisdom for March 16 2008

posted by sandrews

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. –Psalm 103:12

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

<a style="TEXT-DECORATION: none" href="javascript:avPlayer('http://websrvr40nj.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdsnjwebsrvr4453/lentlectionary/08_03_16.mp3','Beliefnet presents today\'s lectionary reading fromthe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’,’/imgs/avplayer/player_bibleaudiofeed.jpg’,’320′,’240′);”>Hear Today’s Lectionary Reading Gospel Reading I: Matthew 21:1-11 Reading I: Isaiah 50:4-7 Responsorial Psalm: 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 Reading II: Philippians 2:6-11 Gospel Reading 2: […]

Pray for Paula M.

posted by nsymmonds

“While going in for a biopsy on her tumor, she had a stroke.” –from momdoc Add your prayers now

Pray for Nicole and Braden R.

posted by nsymmonds

Planning a C-section for a baby diagnosed with spina bifida –from angelgramma50 Add your prayers now

Luke 19:41-48

posted by Jana Melpolder

[41] And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, [42] Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are […]

Gospel Reading for Sunday, March 16, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Luke 19:41-48 41 As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your […]

Daily Inspiration for March 15, 2008

posted by sandrews

If you were born lucky, even your rooster will lay eggs. –Russian Proverb

Christian Wisdom for March 15 2008

posted by sandrews

We are certain that there is forgiveness, because there is a Gospel, and the very essence of the Gospel lies in the proclamation of the pardon of sin. –Charles Spurgeon

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

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Pray for James P.

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“My dad is in the hospital dying of terminal cancer.” –from luvleelia418 Add your prayers now

Mark 10:46-52

posted by Jana Melpolder

[46] And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. [47] And when he heard that […]

Gospel Reading for Saturday, March 15, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 10:46-52 46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of […]

Daily Inspiration for Friday, March 14, 2008

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I am always doing things I can’t do; that’s how I get to do them. –Pablo Picasso

Daily Christian Inspiration for Friday, March 14, 2008

posted by sandrews

We cannot grasp the true meaning of the divine holiness by thinking of someone or something very pure and then raising the concept to the highest degree we are capable of. God’s holiness is not simply the best we know […]

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

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Mark 10:32-45

posted by Jana Melpolder

[32] And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things […]

Gospel Reading for Friday, March 14, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 10:32-45 32 They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them what […]

Daily Inspiration for Thursday, March 13, 2008

posted by sandrews

Everything that is worthwhile in life is scary. Choosing a school, choosing a career, getting married, having kids–all those things are scary. If it is not fearful, it is not worthwhile. –Paul Tornier

Daily Christian Inspiration for Thursday, March 13, 2008

posted by sandrews

Make the habit to remember God, not only during your prayers, but at every hour and minute of the day, for He is everywhere present. –St. Theophan the Recluse, “What Is the Spiritual Life”

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

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Mark 10:17-31

posted by Jana Melpolder

[17] And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? [18] And Jesus said unto him, Why […]

Gospel Reading for Thursday, March 13, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 10:17-31 17 As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 Jesus said to him, “Why do you […]

Leviticus 3:1-3:17

posted by rphillips

If his offering is a sacrifice of well-being– If he offers of the herd, whether a male or a female, he shall bring before the Lord one without blemish. He shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering […]

Joke of the Day for Wednesday, March 12, 2008

posted by rphillips

A Hindu devotee asked God, represented by the multi-armed Lord Narayana, this question. “My dear Lord,” he said. “I understand that you have innumerable inconceivable potencies. But out of all of them the energy of light seems to be the […]

Daily Inspiration for Wednesday, March 12, 2008

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Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. –Albert Einstein

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Wednesday, March 12, 2008

posted by rphillips

Mind cannot see itself- Subject and object cannot be dual; Therefore, to see the mind You must look and probe with the eye of wisdom. When probed and examined analytically With such analytic investigation The mind is like the wick […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Wednesday, March 12, 2008

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If our minds are stayed upon God, His peace will rule the affairs entertained by our minds. If, on the other hand, we allow our minds to dwell on the cares of this world, God’s peace will be far from […]

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

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Pray for Beth and Ray F.

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Husband and wife who are struggling financially. –from painterwife Add your prayers now

Mark 10: 1-16

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again. [2] And the Pharisees came […]

Gospel Reading for Wednesday, March 12, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 10:1-16 1 He left that place and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan. And crowds again gathered around him; and, as was his custom, he again taught them. 2 Some Pharisees came, and to test […]

Leviticus 2:7-2:16

posted by rphillips

If your offering is a meal offering in a pan, it shall be made of choice flour in oil. When you present to the Lord a meal offering that is made in any of these ways, it shall be brought […]

Joke of the Day for Tuesday, March 11, 2008

posted by rphillips

Tickle Nhat Hahn: Have you met my pet snake “Karma”? Swami Mahahaharaj: Why would you name a snake “Karma”? Tickle Nhat Hahn: Because he used to be a lawyer.

Daily Inspiration for Tuesday, March 11, 2008

posted by sandrews

When you dig another out of their troubles, you find a place to bury your own. –Anonymous

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Tuesday, March 11, 2008

posted by rphillips

Genuine compassion is unbiased. -His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Daily Christian Inspiration for Tuesday, March 11, 2008

posted by sandrews

Not only does understanding the gospel of the grace of God provide a proper motive for us to share our faith, it also gives us the proper motive and means to live the Christian life effectively. –David Havard

Mark 9: 42-50

posted by Jana Melpolder

[42] And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. [43] And if thy hand offend […]

Gospel Reading for Tuesday, March 11, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 9:42-50 42 “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown […]

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

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Pray for My Mom

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She has a small business which has been struggling for the last year and a half. –from JandJsmom Add your prayers now

What Does Your Tradition Expect?

posted by lmarcus

Religious traditions speak a great deal about forgiveness, as we would expect. They not only ask us to seek forgiveness from God, but ask that we grant it to each other. Maimonides in his “Mishneh Torah,” the great code of […]

Leviticus 1:14-2:6

posted by rphillips

If his offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, he shall choose his offering from turtledoves or pigeons. The priest shall bring it to the altar, pinch off its head, and turn it into smoke on the […]

Daily Inspiration for Monday, March 10, 2008

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Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t. –Richard Bach

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Monday, March 10, 2008

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Even as a great rock is not shaken by the wind, the wise man is not shaken by praise or blame. -Buddha From “Sayings of the Buddha: Reflections for Every Day”, by William Wray, 2004. Reprinted by arrangement with Arcturus […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Monday, March 10, 2008

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We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

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Pray for Encarnacion R.

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Woman in her 40s desiring to have children. –from Darini Add your prayers now

Mark 9: 30-41

posted by Jana Melpolder

[30] And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it. [31] For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, […]

Gospel Reading for Monday, March 10, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 9:30-41 30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human […]

Leviticus 1:1-1:13

posted by rphillips

The Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting, saying: Speak to the Israelite people, and say to them: When any of you presents an offering of cattle to the Lord, he shall choose his […]

Daily Inspiration for Sunday, March 9, 2008

posted by sandrews

Creativity is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God. –Bob Moawad

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Sunday, March 9, 2008

posted by rphillips

If there were any object, any doctrine, that could be given to you to hold on to or understand, it would reduce you to bewilderment and externalism. It’s just a spiritual openness, with nothing that can be grasped; it is […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Sunday, March 9, 2008

posted by sandrews

Unless the LORD builds the house. those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. –Psalm 127:1 (Revised Standard Version)

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

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Pray for Stephen P.

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8-year-old boy undergoing extensive surgery for scoliosis –from debanne57 Add your prayers now

John 8: 46-59

posted by Jana Melpolder

[46] Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? [47] He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. […]

Gospel Reading for Sunday, March 9, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

John 8:46-59 46 Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? 47 Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that […]

Joke of the Day for Monday, March 10, 2008

posted by rphillips

Q: Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused his dentist’s Novocain during root canal work? A: He wanted to transcend dental medication!

Daily Inspiration for Saturday, March 8, 2008

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The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. –Dolly Parton

Exodus 40:28-40:38

posted by rphillips

Then he put up the screen for the entrance of the Tabernacle. At the entrance of the Tabernacle of the Tent of Meeting he placed the altar of burnt offering. On it he offered up the burnt offering and the […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Saturday, March 8, 2008

posted by rphillips

Enlightenment–that magnificent escape from anguish and ignorance–never happens by accident. It results from the brave and sometimes lonely battle of one person against his own weaknesses. -Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano, “Landscapes of Wonder” Copyright Wisdom Publications 2001. Reprinted from “Daily Wisdom: 365 […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Saturday, March 8, 2008

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It is easy to criticize and find fault with the conduct of kings, and write furious articles against them in newspapers, or make violent speeches about them on platforms. Any fool can rip and rend a costly garment… –J.C. Ryle

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

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Pray for Elizabeth G.

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Woman diagnosed with breast cancer –from melisa7 Add your prayers now

Mark 9: 14-29

posted by Jana Melpolder

[14] And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. [15] And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him. […]

Gospel Reading for Saturday, March 8, 2008

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Mark 9:14-29 14 When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them. 15 When the whole crowd saw him, they were immediately overcome with awe, and they ran forward to […]

Joke of the Day for Friday, March 7, 2008

posted by rphillips

God was tired and worn out. So he spoke to St. Peter. “You know, I need a vacation. Got any suggestions where I should go?” St. Peter, thinking, nodded his head, then said, “How about Jupiter? It’s nice and warm […]

Daily Inspiration for Friday, March 7, 2008

posted by sandrews

The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. –Oliver Wendell Holmes

Exodus 40:1-40:16

posted by rphillips

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: On the first day of the first month you shall set up the Tabernacle of the Tent of Meeting. Place there the Ark of the Pact, and screen off the ark with the […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Friday, March 7, 2008

posted by rphillips

Even as a great rock is not shaken by the wind, the wise man is not shaken by praise or blame. -Buddha From “Sayings of the Buddha: Reflections for Every Day”, by William Wray, 2004. Reprinted by arrangement with Arcturus […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Friday, March 7, 2008

posted by sandrews

Human freedom and God’s law are not in opposition; on the contrary, they appeal one to the other. The follower of Christ knows that his vocation is the freedom. ‘You were called to freedom brethren’ (Gal 5:13). –John Paul II

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

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Pray for Susan G.

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“Susan may be faced with yet another battle.” –from donnakygirl Add your prayers now

Mark 9: 2-13

posted by Jana Melpolder

[2] And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. [3] And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as […]

Gospel Reading for Friday, March 7, 2008

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Mark 9:2-13 2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became dazzling white, such as […]

Joke of the Day for Thursday, March 6, 2008

posted by rphillips

The young couple invited their aged pastor for Sunday dinner. While they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, the minister asked their son what they were having. “Goat,” the little boy replied. “Goat?” replied the startled man of the […]

Daily Inspiration for Thursday, March 6, 2008

posted by sandrews

Some people think it’s holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it’s letting go. –Sylvia Robinson

Exodus 40:1-40:16

posted by rphillips

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: On the first day of the first month you shall set up the Tabernacle of the Tent of Meeting. Place there the Ark of the Pact, and screen off the ark with the […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Thursday, March 6, 2008

posted by rphillips

Don’t strain. Don’t force anything or make grand, exaggerated efforts. Meditation is not aggressive. There is no place or need for violent striving. Just let your effort be relaxed and steady. -Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, “Mindfulness in Plain English” Copyright Wisdom […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Thursday, March 6, 2008

posted by sandrews

God loves you right where you are but he doesn’t want to leave you there. –Max Lucado

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

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Pray Kelly N.

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A tumor that went into remission just returned. –from evelove Add your prayers now

Mark 8:27 – 9:1

posted by Jana Melpolder

[27] And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am? [28] And they answered, John the Baptist: but […]

Gospel Reading for Thursday, March 6, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 8:27-9:1 27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, […]

Joke of the Day for Wednesday, March 5, 2008

posted by rphillips

A Sunday school teacher asked her second graders if anyone knew another name for God. She was picturing answers like ‘Lord’ or ‘Almighty’. After a long moment of silence a little boy raised his hand and said, “Howard.” “Howard?” replied […]

Daily Inspiration for Wednesday, March 5, 2008

posted by sandrews

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. –Aristotle

Exodus 39:33-39:43

posted by rphillips

Then they brought the Tabernacle to Moses, with the Tent and all its furnishings: its clasps, its planks, its bars, its posts, and its sockets; the covering of tanned ram skins, the covering of dolphin skins, and the curtain for […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Wednesday, March 5, 2008

posted by rphillips

If you are confused, there are a thousand differentiations, ten thousand distinctions. If you are enlightened, everything is the same one family. -Wu-chien From “Teachings of Zen”, edited by Thomas Cleary, © 1998. By arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston, […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Wednesday, March 5, 2008

posted by sandrews

The virtuous soul that is alone and without a master is like a long lone burning coal; it will grow colder rather than hotter. –John of the Cross

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

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Pray for Jovani R.

posted by nsymmonds

“Bipolar/epileptic 20-year-old who is homeless.” –from zoester Add your prayers now

Mark 8: 11-26

posted by Jana Melpolder

[11] And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him. [12] And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily […]

Gospel Reading for Wednesday, March 5, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 8:11-26 11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him. 12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? […]

Joke of the Day for Tuesday, March 4, 2008

posted by rphillips

Church Bulletin Bloopers: The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday: “I Upped My Pledge – Up Yours.” Our next song is “Angels We Have Heard Get High.” Don’t let worry kill you, let the church […]

Daily Inspiration for Tuesday, March 4, 2008

posted by sandrews

The marksman hitteth the mark partly by pulling, partly by letting go. –Egyptian Proverb

Exodus 39:22-39:32

posted by rphillips

The robe for the ephod was made of woven work, of pure blue. The opening of the robe, in the middle of it, was like the opening of a coat of mail, with a binding around the opening, so that […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Tuesday, March 4, 2008

posted by rphillips

All…phenomena are intrinsically void and yet this Mind with which they are identical is no mere nothingness. -Huang Po, “Zen Teaching of Huang Po” From “365 Buddha: Daily Meditations,” edited by Jeff Schmidt. Reprinted by arrangement with Tarcher/Putnam, a division […]

Daily Christian Inspiration for Tuesday, March 4, 2008

posted by sandrews

I am not where I need to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be. –Joyce Meyer

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

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Pray for Giavonna R.

posted by nsymmonds

“I would love to see a genuine smile on my Moms face…” –from thekingskid Add your prayers now

Mark 8: 1-10

posted by Jana Melpolder

[1] In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, [2] I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, […]

Gospel Reading for Tuesday, March 4, 2008

posted by Jana Melpolder

Mark 8:1-10 1 In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them, 2 “I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for […]

Does Thinking About Forgiveness Make It Easier?

posted by lmarcus

When we forgive we know it can change more than just the relationship. It ripples out into the world. The one who feels unburdened will be perhaps different with his wife, his children, his co-workers. Working through this journal itself […]

Joke of the Day for Monday, March 3, 2008

posted by rphillips

A Recently Spotted Bumper Sticker: Thank God I’m an Atheist!

Daily Inspiration for Monday, March 3, 2008

posted by sandrews

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. –Arnold Glasgow

Exodus 39:2-39:21

posted by rphillips

The ephod was made of gold, blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and fine twisted linen. They hammered out sheets of gold and cut threads to be worked into designs among the blue, the purple, and the crimson yarns, and the […]

Daily Buddhist Wisdom for Monday, March 3, 2008

posted by rphillips

Loosened & oiled Are the joys of a person. People, bound by enticement, looking for ease: to birth & aging they go. -Dhammapada, 341, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Daily Christian Inspiration for Monday, March 3, 2008

posted by sandrews

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. –Albert Einstein

Today’s Lectionary Reading

posted by Jana Melpolder

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Pray for Leah S.

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Mark 7: 24-37

posted by Jana Melpolder

[24] And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid. [25] For a certain woman, whose young […]

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