Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Deuteronomy 4:9-14http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/553http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/553<div class="ExternalClassEF6ED3DB20B9459082C83E59948D4A63"><p>​But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children's children--how you once stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, when the LORD said to me, &quot;Assemble the people for me, and I will let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me as long as they live on the earth, and may teach their children so&quot;; you approached and stood at the foot of the mountain while the mountain was blazing up to the very heavens, shrouded in dark clouds. Then the LORD spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice. He declared to you his covenant, which he charged you to observe, that is, the ten commandments; and he wrote them on two stone tablets. And the LORD charged me at that time to teach you statutes and ordinances for you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy.</p></div>08/31/2015James 1:17-27http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/552http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/552<div class="ExternalClass5FC9740A03FA44FFA09919D72DC92DB2"><p>​<strong>Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost</strong></p> <p>Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.</p><p>You must understand this, my beloved&#58; let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God's righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.</p><p>But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act — they will be blessed in their doing.</p><p>If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this&#58; to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.</p></div>08/30/2015Exodus 34:8-28http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/551http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/551<div class="ExternalClassC00D728DDA0446959DF14C4CBF8CC9E8"><p>And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped. He said, &quot;If now I have found favor in your sight, O LORD, I pray, let the LORD go with us. Although this is a stiff-necked people, pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.&quot;</p><p>He said&#58; I hereby make a covenant. Before all your people I will perform marvels, such as have not been performed in all the earth or in any nation; and all the people among whom you live shall see the work of the LORD; for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.</p><p>Observe what I command you today. See, I will drive out before you the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Take care not to make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land to which you are going, or it will become a snare among you. You shall tear down their altars, break their pillars, and cut down their sacred poles(for you shall worship no other god, because the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God).You shall not make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, for when they prostitute themselves to their gods and sacrifice to their gods, someone among them will invite you, and you will eat of the sacrifice. And you will take wives from among their daughters for your sons, and their daughters who prostitute themselves to their gods will make your sons also prostitute themselves to their gods.<br> You shall not make cast idols.</p><p>You shall keep the festival of unleavened bread. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib; for in the month of Abib you came out from Egypt.</p><p>All that first opens the womb is mine, all your male livestock, the firstborn of cow and sheep. The firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck. All the firstborn of your sons you shall redeem.<br> No one shall appear before me empty-handed.</p><p>Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even in plowing time and in harvest time you shall rest. You shall observe the festival of weeks, the first fruits of wheat harvest, and the festival of ingathering at the turn of the year. Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord GOD, the God of Israel. For I will cast out nations before you, and enlarge your borders; no one shall covet your land when you go up to appear before the LORD your God three times in the year.</p><p>You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven, and the sacrifice of the festival of the passover shall not be left until the morning.</p><p>The best of the first fruits of your ground you shall bring to the house of the LORD your God.</p><p>You shall not boil a kid in its mother's milk.</p><p>The LORD said to Moses&#58; Write these words; in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.He was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.</p></div>08/29/2015Psalm 15http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/550http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/550<div class="ExternalClass19AADD4FD14E4F5D8224412EAD55ADA2"><p>​O LORD, who may abide in your tent?<br> Who may dwell on your holy hill?<br> Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right,<br> and speak the truth from their heart;<br> who do not slander with their tongue,<br> and do no evil to their friends,<br> nor take up a reproach against their neighbors;<br> in whose eyes the wicked are despised,<br> but who honor those who fear the LORD;<br> who stand by their oath even to their hurt;<br> who do not lend money at interest,<br> and do not take a bribe against the innocent.<br> Those who do these things shall never be moved.</p></div>08/28/2015Exodus 32:1-14http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/549http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/549<div class="ExternalClassE27AA75E2CB747DD8FF368B8CAECE404"><p>When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, &quot;Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.&quot; Aaron said to them, &quot;Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.&quot; So all the people took off the gold rings from their ears, and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from them, formed it in a mold, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, &quot;These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!&quot; When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation and said, &quot;Tomorrow shall be a festival to the LORD.&quot; They rose early the next day, and offered burnt offerings and brought sacrifices of well- being; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel.</p><p>The LORD said to Moses, &quot;Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, 'These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!'&quot; The LORD said to Moses, &quot;I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.&quot;</p><p>But Moses implored the LORD his God, and said, &quot;O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, 'It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth'? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, 'I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.'&quot; And the LORD changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.</p></div>08/27/2015John 15:16-25http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/548http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/548<div class="ExternalClassCA6D78DC2C00465D81750569BE371DCA"><p>You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.</p><p>If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world — therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, 'Servants are not greater than their master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not have sin. But now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. It was to fulfill the word that is written in their law, 'They hated me without a cause.'</p></div>08/26/2015