Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Galatians 6:11-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1629http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1629<div class="ExternalClassAD2C8CF4DCA645C0B1558037158D00C1"><p>See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand! It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that try to compel you to be circumcised — only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh. May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! As for those who will follow this rule — peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.</p><p>From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body.</p><p>May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.</p></div>06/18/2018Mark 4:26-34http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1628http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1628<div class="ExternalClass3744F9B4E1B24F3B92679C289C44123E"><p><strong>Fourth Sunday after Pentecost</strong><br></p><p>He also said, &quot;The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.&quot;</p><p>He also said, &quot;With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.&quot;</p><p>With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.</p></div>06/17/2018Mark 4:1-20http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1627http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1627<div class="ExternalClassCC56EBFCB83043F48BE37E823EA00A2F"><p>Again he began to teach beside the sea. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the sea and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them&#58; Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.&quot; And he said, &quot;Let anyone with ears to hear listen!&quot;</p><p>When he was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, &quot;To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables; in order that<br> &#160;'they may indeed look, but not perceive,<br> &#160;and may indeed listen, but not understand;<br> &#160;so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.'&quot;</p><p>And he said to them, &quot;Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. These are the ones on the path where the word is sown&#58; when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground&#58; when they hear the word, they immediately receive it with joy. But they have no root, and endure only for a while; then, when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. And others are those sown among the thorns&#58; these are the ones who hear the word, but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing. And these are the ones sown on the good soil&#58; they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.&quot;</p></div>06/16/2018Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1626http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1626<div class="ExternalClass2E4EE290DC4541C8862E4C32635E9090"><p>​It is good to give thanks to the LORD,<br> to sing praises to your name, O Most High;<br> to declare your steadfast love in the morning,<br> and your faithfulness by night,<br> to the music of the lute and the harp,<br> to the melody of the lyre.<br> For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work;<br> at the works of your hands I sing for joy.<br> The righteous flourish like the palm tree,<br> and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.<br> They are planted in the house of the LORD;<br> they flourish in the courts of our God.<br> In old age they still produce fruit;<br> they are always green and full of sap,<br> showing that the LORD is upright;<br> he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.</p></div>06/15/2018Genesis 3:14-24http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1625http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1625<div class="ExternalClass8AA1D3E4F2F84487A384D26A1A6646E4"><p>The Lord GOD said to the serpent,<br> &quot;Because you have done this,<br> cursed are you among all animals<br> and among all wild creatures;<br> upon your belly you shall go,<br> and dust you shall eat<br> all the days of your life.<br> I will put enmity between you and the woman,<br> and between your offspring and hers;<br> he will strike your head,<br> and you will strike his heel.&quot;<br> To the woman he said,<br> &quot;I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing;<br> in pain you shall bring forth children,<br> yet your desire shall be for your husband,<br> and he shall rule over you.&quot;<br> And to the man he said,<br> &quot;Because you have listened to the voice of your wife,<br> and have eaten of the tree<br> about which I commanded you,<br> 'You shall not eat of it,'<br> cursed is the ground because of you;<br> in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life;<br> thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;<br> and you shall eat the plants of the field.<br> By the sweat of your face<br> you shall eat bread<br> until you return to the ground,<br> for out of it you were taken;<br> you are dust,<br> and to dust you shall return.&quot;</p><p>The man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living. And the Lord GOD made garments of skins for the man and for his wife, and clothed them.</p><p>Then the Lord GOD said, &quot;See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever&quot; — therefore the Lord GOD sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life.</p></div>06/14/2018Isaiah 26:16—27:1http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1624http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1624<div class="ExternalClass319B8240B9254682A8AD455317053B5D"><p>O LORD, in distress they sought you,<br> they poured out a prayer <br>when your chastening was on them.<br> Like a woman with child,<br> who writhes and cries out in her pangs<br> when she is near her time,<br> so were we because of you, O LORD;<br> we were with child, we writhed,<br> but we gave birth only to wind.<br> We have won no victories on earth,<br> and no one is born to inhabit the world.<br> Your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise.<br> O dwellers in the dust, awake and sing for joy!<br> For your dew is a radiant dew,<br> and the earth will give birth to those long dead. <br>Come, my people, enter your chambers,<br> and shut your doors behind you;<br> hide yourselves for a little while<br> until the wrath is past.<br> For the LORD comes out from his place<br> to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;<br> the earth will disclose the blood shed on it,<br> and will no longer cover its slain.</p><p>On that day the LORD with his cruel and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will kill the dragon that is in the sea.</p></div>06/13/2018