Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Revelation 2:1-7http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1243http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1243<div class="ExternalClass3C49D2CCBB4E4927B9DE475784AC1F36"><p>To the angel of the church in Ephesus write&#58; These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands&#58;</p><p>I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance. I know that you cannot tolerate evildoers; you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them to be false. I also know that you are enduring patiently and bearing up for the sake of my name, and that you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember then from what you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this is to your credit&#58; you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers, I will give permission to eat from the tree of life that is in the paradise of God.</p></div>06/26/2017Romans 6:1b-11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1242http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1242<div class="ExternalClass703F2396415A4438873409EFA865D6AF"><p><strong>​Third Sunday after Pentecost</strong></p><p>What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.</p><p>For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.</p></div>06/25/2017Luke 1:57-80http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1241http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1241<div class="ExternalClass0F5971EB88D6488991CDCB71FBE507D8"><p><strong>​John the Baptist</strong></p><p>Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.</p><p>On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. But his mother said, &quot;No; he is to be called John.&quot; They said to her, &quot;None of your relatives has this name.&quot; Then they began motioning to his father to find out what name he wanted to give him. He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, &quot;His name is John.&quot; And all of them were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue freed, and he began to speak, praising God. Fear came over all their neighbors, and all these things were talked about throughout the entire hill country of Judea. All who heard them pondered them and said, &quot;What then will this child become?&quot; For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.</p><p>Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy&#58;<br> &quot;Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,<br> for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.<br> He has raised up a mighty savior for us<br> in the house of his servant David,<br> as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,<br> that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.<br> Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,<br> and has remembered his holy covenant,<br> the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham,<br> to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies,<br> might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness<br> before him all our days.<br> And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;<br> for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,<br> to give knowledge of salvation to his people<br> by the forgiveness of their sins.<br> By the tender mercy of our God,<br> the dawn from on high will break upon us,<br> to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,<br> to guide our feet into the way of peace.&quot;<br> The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel.</p></div>06/24/2017Psalm 69:7-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1240http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1240<div class="ExternalClass9BC22C0AB7AF4F35A32874E4B51CBA13"><p>​It is for your sake that I have borne reproach,<br> that shame has covered my face.<br> I have become a stranger to my kindred,<br> an alien to my mother's children.<br> It is zeal for your house that has consumed me;<br> the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.<br> When I humbled my soul with fasting,<br> they insulted me for doing so.<br> When I made sackcloth my clothing,<br> I became a byword to them.<br> I am the subject of gossip for those who sit in the gate,<br> and the drunkards make songs about me.<br> But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD.<br> At an acceptable time, O God,<br> in the abundance of your steadfast love, answer me.<br> With your faithful help rescue me<br> from sinking in the mire;<br> let me be delivered from my enemies<br> and from the deep waters.<br> Do not let the flood sweep over me,<br> or the deep swallow me up,<br> or the Pit close its mouth over me.<br> Answer me, O LORD, for your steadfast love is good;<br> according to your abundant mercy, turn to me.<br> Do not hide your face from your servant,<br> for I am in distress — make haste to answer me.<br> Draw near to me, redeem me,<br> set me free because of my enemies.</p></div>06/23/2017Jeremiah 18:12-17http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1239http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1239<div class="ExternalClassE6AA628C58B54BE8BF5E661201694375"><p>​But they say, &quot;It is no use! We will follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of our evil will.&quot;<br> Therefore thus says the LORD&#58;<br> Ask among the nations&#58;<br> Who has heard the like of this?<br> The virgin Israel has done<br> a most horrible thing.<br> Does the snow of Lebanon leave<br> the crags of Sirion?<br> Do the mountain waters run dry,<br> the cold flowing streams?<br> But my people have forgotten me,<br> they burn offerings to a delusion;<br> they have stumbled in their ways,<br> in the ancient roads,<br> and have gone into bypaths,<br> not the highway,<br> aking their land a horror,<br> a thing to be hissed at forever.<br> All who pass by it are horrified<br> and shake their heads.<br> Like the wind from the east,<br> I will scatter them before the enemy.<br> I will show them my back, not my face,<br> in the day of their calamity.</p></div>06/22/2017Luke 6:12-19http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1238http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1238<div class="ExternalClass696EDC32551B48D7ADF768849C59E450"><p>Now during those days he went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles&#58; Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, and James, and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Simon, who was called the Zealot, and Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.</p><p>He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.</p></div>06/21/2017