Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1 Corinthians 11:17-22http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/520http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/520<div class="ExternalClass39E36666AE33426DAB8174318DF632DC"><p>​Now in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. For, to begin with, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you; and to some extent I believe it. Indeed, there have to be factions among you, for only so will it become clear who among you are genuine. When you come together, it is not really to eat the Lord's supper. For when the time comes to eat, each of you goes ahead with your own supper, and one goes hungry and another becomes drunk. What! Do you not have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you show contempt for the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What should I say to you? Should I commend you? In this matter I do not commend you!</p></div>07/30/2015Mark 6:35-44http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/519http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/519<div class="ExternalClassB9A02BD915B5423583814F40BA052B58"><p>​When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, &quot;This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.&quot; But he answered them, &quot;You give them something to eat.&quot; They said to him, &quot;Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?&quot; And he said to them, &quot;How many loaves have you? Go and see.&quot; When they had found out, they said, &quot;Five, and two fish.&quot; Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. And all ate and were filled; and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.</p></div>07/29/2015Exodus 24:1-11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/518http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/518<div class="ExternalClassF77EBE1F77C541899945C3F55188E32C"><p>Then he said to Moses, &quot;Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship at a distance. Moses alone shall come near the LORD; but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him.&quot;</p><p>Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice, and said, &quot;All the words that the LORD has spoken we will do.&quot; And Moses wrote down all the words of the LORD. He rose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and set up twelve pillars, corresponding to the twelve tribes of Israel. He sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed oxen as offerings of well-being to the LORD. Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he dashed against the altar. Then he took the book of the covenant, and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, &quot;All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.&quot; Moses took the blood and dashed it on the people, and said, &quot;See the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.&quot;</p><p>Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, and they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there was something like a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. God did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; also they beheld God, and they ate and drank.</p></div>07/28/2015Philippians 4:10-20http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/517http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/517<div class="ExternalClassD42919B3F8344D5DA25C9F1B6934A3DB"><p>I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned for me, but had no opportunity to show it. Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. In any case, it was kind of you to share my distress.</p><p>You Philippians indeed know that in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you alone. For even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me help for my needs more than once. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the profit that accumulates to your account. I have been paid in full and have more than enough; I am fully satisfied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.</p></div>07/27/20152 Kings 4:42-44http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/516http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/516<div class="ExternalClass19A319DA505A4D47BE720AAFFB31D25A"><p>​Ninth Sunday after Pentecost</p><p>A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God&#58; twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, &quot;Give it to the people and let them eat.&quot; But his servant said, &quot;How can I set this before a hundred people?&quot; So he repeated, &quot;Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the LORD, 'They shall eat and have some left.'&quot; He set it before them, they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.</p></div>07/26/2015Acts 11:27 – 12:3ahttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/515http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/515<div class="ExternalClassEB77683AB6C848DB852C2CC4BAAE0097"><p>​<strong>James, Apostle</strong></p><p>At that time prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine over all the world; and this took place during the reign of Claudius. The disciples determined that according to their ability, each would send relief to the believers living in Judea; this they did, sending it to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.</p><p>About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword. After he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also.</p></div>07/25/2015