Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/155http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/155<div class="ExternalClassDEFE863406974DBE825EEE058C6297EB">​The LORD is gracious and merciful,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.<br> The LORD is good to all,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and his compassion is over all that he has made.<br> The LORD upholds all who are falling,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and raises up all who are bowed down.<br> The eyes of all look to you,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and you give them their food in due season.<br> You open your hand,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; satisfying the desire of every living thing.<br> The LORD is just in all his ways,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and kind in all his doings.<br> The LORD is near to all who call on him,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; to all who call on him in truth.<br> He fulfills the desire of all who fear him;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; he also hears their cry, and saves them.<br> The LORD watches over all who love him,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; but all the wicked he will destroy.<br> My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.<br></div>07/31/2014Mark 4:30-34http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/154http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/154<div class="ExternalClass3A5EF7BB2E054282815A9E6E283198CA">​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;<br> <br>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.<br></div>07/30/2014Psalm 119:121-128http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/153http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/153<div class="ExternalClassF4F9587291D04FDB9FA63ED510424658">​I have done what is just and right;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; do not leave me to my oppressors.<br> Guarantee your servant's well-being;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; do not let the godless oppress me.<br> My eyes fail from watching for your salvation,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.<br> Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and teach me your statutes.<br> I am your servant; give me understanding,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; so that I may know your decrees.<br> It is time for the LORD to act,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; for your law has been broken.<br></div>07/29/2014James 3:13-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/152http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/152<div class="ExternalClass1820C74C7ED54DECB93887AFF44F263C">​Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.<br></div>07/28/2014Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/151http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/151<div class="ExternalClassBC4D10BDD80244E3A2D4F59BBB263BFE">​<strong>Seventh Sunday after Pentecost</strong><br><br>He put before them another parable&#58; &quot;The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.&quot;<br><br>He told them another parable&#58; &quot;The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.&quot;<br><br>The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.<br><br>Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.<br><br>Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.<br><br>Have you understood all this? They answered, &quot;Yes.&quot; And he said to them, &quot;Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.&quot;<br></div>07/27/2014Psalm 119:129-136http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/150http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/150<div class="ExternalClass5195DF807D014604B9D72A4C4F53863E">Your decrees are wonderful;<br> therefore my soul keeps them.<br> The unfolding of your words gives light;<br> it imparts understanding to the simple.<br> With open mouth I pant,<br> because I long for your commandments.<br> Turn to me and be gracious to me,<br> as is your custom toward those who love your name.<br> <br>Keep my steps steady according to your promise,<br> and never let iniquity have dominion over me.<br> Redeem me from human oppression,<br> that I may keep your precepts.<br> Make your face shine upon your servant,<br> and teach me your statutes.<br> My eyes shed streams of tears<br> because your law is not kept.<br></div>07/26/2014