Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Acts 6:1-7http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1697http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1697<div class="ExternalClass795F0ACAD78345C0A737E2B98DAB8E2E"><p>Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food. And the twelve called together the whole community of the disciples and said, &quot;It is not right that we should neglect the word of God in order to wait on tables. Therefore, friends, select from among yourselves seven men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this task, while we, for our part, will devote ourselves to prayer and to serving the word.&quot; What they said pleased the whole community, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, together with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. They had these men stand before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.</p><p>The word of God continued to spread; the number of the disciples increased greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.</p></div>08/20/2018Proverbs 9:1-6http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1695http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1695<div class="ExternalClass6726F51FE4774C589FB7D24A224DB265"><p><strong>​Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost</strong></p><p>Wisdom has built her house,<br> she has hewn her seven pillars.<br> She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine,<br> she has also set her table.<br> She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls<br> from the highest places in the town,<br> &quot;You that are simple, turn in here!&quot;<br> To those without sense she says,<br> &quot;Come, eat of my bread<br> and drink of the wine I have mixed.<br> Lay aside immaturity, and live,<br> and walk in the way of insight.&quot;<br></p></div>08/19/2018Proverbs 9:1-6http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1696http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1696<div class="ExternalClassACC37EC963CB4E299D64AD1F1F0A65D1"><p><strong>​Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost</strong></p><p>Wisdom has built her house,<br> she has hewn her seven pillars.<br> She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine,<br> she has also set her table.<br> She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls<br> from the highest places in the town,<br> &quot;You that are simple, turn in here!&quot;<br> To those without sense she says,<br> &quot;Come, eat of my bread<br> and drink of the wine I have mixed.<br> Lay aside immaturity, and live,<br> and walk in the way of insight.&quot;<br></p></div>08/19/2018Psalm 34:9-14http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1693http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1693<div class="ExternalClass63C1474A5BEF4914A095197B0BAB2E4B"><p>​O fear the LORD, you his holy ones,<br> for those who fear him have no want.<br> The young lions suffer want and hunger,<br> but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.<br> Come, O children, listen to me;<br> I will teach you the fear of the LORD.<br> Which of you desires life,<br> and covets many days to enjoy good?<br> Keep your tongue from evil,<br> and your lips from speaking deceit.<br> Depart from evil, and do good;<br> seek peace, and pursue it.</p></div>08/17/2018Acts 6:8-15http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1692http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1692<div class="ExternalClass95DBF2CE42B44DE991F7E6A62FDA8FFA"><p>​Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and others of those from Cilicia and Asia, stood up and argued with Stephen. But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke. Then they secretly instigated some men to say, &quot;We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.&quot; They stirred up the people as well as the elders and the scribes; then they suddenly confronted him, seized him, and brought him before the council. They set up false witnesses who said, &quot;This man never stops saying things against this holy place and the law; for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses handed on to us.&quot; And all who sat in the council looked intently at him, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.</p></div>08/16/2018Luke 1:46-55http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1691http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1691<div class="ExternalClass2886F934D9E14C96BCE44B29E3DEE776"><p><strong>​Mary, Mother of Our Lord</strong></p><p>And Mary said,<br> &quot;My soul magnifies the Lord,<br> and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,<br> for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.<br> Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;<br> for the Mighty One has done great things for me,<br> and holy is his name.<br> His mercy is for those who fear him<br> from generation to generation.<br> He has shown strength with his arm;<br> he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.<br> He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,<br> and lifted up the lowly;<br> he has filled the hungry with good things,<br> and sent the rich away empty.<br> He has helped his servant Israel,<br> in remembrance of his mercy,<br> according to the promise he made to our ancestors,<br> to Abraham and to his descendants forever.&quot;<br></p></div>08/15/2018