Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Deuteronomy 17:14-20http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1375http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1375<div class="ExternalClass9D9A440502054026850BB6E4296FB85F"><p>When you have come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, &quot;I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,&quot; you may indeed set over you a king whom the LORD your God will choose. One of your own community you may set as king over you; you are not permitted to put a foreigner over you, who is not of your own community. Even so, he must not acquire many horses for himself, or return the people to Egypt in order to acquire more horses, since the LORD has said to you, &quot;You must never return that way again.&quot; And he must not acquire many wives for himself, or else his heart will turn away; also silver and gold he must not acquire in great quantity for himself. When he has taken the throne of his kingdom, he shall have a copy of this law written for him in the presence of the levitical priests. It shall remain with him and he shall read in it all the days of his life, so that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, diligently observing all the words of this law and these statutes, neither exalting himself above other members of the community nor turning aside from the commandment, either to the right or to the left, so that he and his descendants may reign long over his kingdom in Israel.​</p></div>10/20/20173 John 9-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1374http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1374<div class="ExternalClassB4A4DEE88E8D46DABC539E622EF997BD"><p>The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul. I was overjoyed when some of the friends arrived and testified to your faithfulness to the truth, namely how you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth. <br>Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, even though they are strangers to you; they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on in a manner worthy of God; for they began their journey for the sake of Christ, accepting no support from non-believers. Therefore we ought to support such people, so that we may become co-workers with the truth.</p><p>I have written something to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing in spreading false charges against us. And not content with those charges, he refuses to welcome the friends, and even prevents those who want to do so and expels them from the church.</p><p>Beloved, do not imitate what is evil but imitate what is good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God. Everyone has testified favorably about Demetrius, and so has the truth itself. We also testify for him, and you know that our testimony is true.</p><p>I have much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink; instead I hope to see you soon, and we will talk together face to face.</p><p>Peace to you. The friends send you their greetings. Greet the friends there, each by name.</p></div>10/19/20172 Timothy 4:5-11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1373http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1373<div class="ExternalClassF0303E5D687E4B13B0CF434B3B7A0F96"><p><strong>Luke, Evangelist</strong></p><p>As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.</p><p>As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.</p><p>Do your best to come to me soon, for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful in my ministry.​</p></div>10/18/2017Philippians 3:13—4:1http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1372http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1372<div class="ExternalClass339C8C464CEB416180CFC6DE45AB7BBE"><p>Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own but this one thing I do&#58; forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you. Only let us hold fast to what we have attained.</p><p>Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.</p><p>Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.</p></div>10/17/2017Jude 17-25http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1370http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1370<div class="ExternalClass32A0589CAA4246379369FCC2928A899C"><p>Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James,<br> To those who are called, who are beloved in God the Father and kept safe for Jesus Christ&#58;<br> May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance.</p><p>Beloved, while eagerly preparing to write to you about the salvation we share, I find it necessary to write and appeal to you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain intruders have stolen in among you, people who long ago were designated for this condemnation as ungodly, who pervert the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.</p><p>Now I desire to remind you, though you are fully informed, that the Lord, who once for all saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their own position, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains in deepest darkness for the judgment of the great day. Likewise, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which, in the same manner as they, indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.</p><p>Yet in the same way these dreamers also defile the flesh, reject authority, and slander the glorious ones. But when the archangel Michael contended with the devil and disputed about the body of Moses, he did not dare to bring a condemnation of slander against him, but said, &quot;The Lord rebuke you!&quot; But these people slander whatever they do not understand, and they are destroyed by those things that, like irrational animals, they know by instinct. Woe to them! For they go the way of Cain, and abandon themselves to Balaam's error for the sake of gain, and perish in Korah's rebellion. These are blemishes on your love- feasts, while they feast with you without fear, feeding themselves. They are waterless clouds carried along by the winds; autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the deepest darkness has been reserved forever.</p><p>It was also about these that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, &quot;See, the Lord is coming with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all, and to convict everyone of all the deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.&quot; These are grumblers and malcontents; they indulge their own lusts; they are bombastic in speech, flattering people to their own advantage.</p><p>But you, beloved, must remember the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; for they said to you, &quot;In the last time there will be scoffers, indulging their own ungodly lusts.&quot; It is these worldly people, devoid of the Spirit, who are causing divisions. But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith lay in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on some who are wavering; save others by snatching them out of the fire; and have mercy on still others with fear, hating even the tunic defiled by their bodies.</p><p>Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.</p></div>10/16/2017Isaiah 25:1-9http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1369http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1369<div class="ExternalClassE6C842AACEDF4FA3A2F7629855D6B2FF"><p><strong>​Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost</strong></p><p>O LORD, you are my God;<br> I will exalt you, I will praise your name;<br> for you have done wonderful things,<br> plans formed of old, faithful and sure.<br> For you have made the city a heap,<br> the fortified city a ruin;<br> the palace of aliens is a city no more,<br> it will never be rebuilt.<br> Therefore strong peoples will glorify you;<br> cities of ruthless nations will fear you.<br> For you have been a refuge to the poor,<br> a refuge to the needy in their distress,<br> a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat.<br> When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm,<br> the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place,<br> you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds;<br> the song of the ruthless was stilled.<br> On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples<br> a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,<br> of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.<br> And he will destroy on this mountain<br> the shroud that is cast over all peoples,<br> the sheet that is spread over all nations;<br> he will swallow up death forever.<br> Then the Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces, <br>and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth,<br> for the LORD has spoken.<br> It will be said on that day,<br> Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.<br> This is the LORD for whom we have waited;<br> let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.<br></p></div>10/15/2017