Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2 Samuel 11:27b – 12:15http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/188http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/188<div class="ExternalClass1ED00D21960045648B32CF2BEC3A2E2E">But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD,<br> <br>and the LORD sent Nathan to David. He came to him, and said to him, &quot;There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds; but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. He brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children; it used to eat of his meager fare, and drink from his cup, and lie in his bosom, and it was like a daughter to him. Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was loath to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him, but he took the poor man's lamb, and prepared that for the guest who had come to him.&quot; Then David's anger was greatly kindled against the man. He said to Nathan, &quot;As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die; he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.&quot;<br> <br>Nathan said to David, &quot;You are the man! Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel&#58; I anointed you king over Israel, and I rescued you from the hand of Saul; I gave you your master's house, and your master's wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added as much more. Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, for you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. Thus says the LORD&#58; I will raise up trouble against you from within your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this very sun. For you did it secretly; but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.&quot; David said to Nathan, &quot;I have sinned against the LORD.&quot; Nathan said to David, &quot;Now the LORD has put away your sin; you shall not die. Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the LORD, the child that is born to you shall die.&quot; Then Nathan went to his house.<br> <br>The LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bore to David, and it became very ill.</div>09/02/2014Revelation 3:1-6http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/187http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/187<div class="ExternalClass7F4954955C864F24BC32239F2A951202">And to the angel of the church in Sardis write&#58; These are the words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars&#58;<br> <br>I know your works; you have a name of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is on the point of death, for I have not found your works perfect in the sight of my God. Remember then what you received and heard; obey it, and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you. not know at what hour I will come to you. Yet you have still a few persons in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes; they will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. If you conquer, you will be clothed like them in white robes, and I will not blot your name out of the book of life; I will confess your name before my Father and before his angels. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.</div>09/01/2014Psalm 26:1-8http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/186http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/186<div class="ExternalClassFFB31B0FB97145499676BF4671CDFCD9"><strong>​Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost</strong><br><br>Vindicate me, O LORD,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; for I have walked in my integrity,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.<br> Prove me, O LORD, and try me;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; test my heart and mind.<br> For your steadfast love is before my eyes,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and I walk in faithfulness to you.<br> I do not sit with the worthless,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; nor do I consort with hypocrites;<br> I hate the company of evildoers,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and will not sit with the wicked.<br> I wash my hands in innocence,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and go around your altar, O LORD,<br> singing aloud a song of thanksgiving,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and telling all your wondrous deeds.<br> &#125;O LORD, I love the house in which you dwell,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and the place where your glory abides.</div>08/31/2014Matthew 8:14-17http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/185http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/185<div class="ExternalClass8401FA3404884257B9A53DBC5CE30BB8"><p>​When Jesus entered Peter's house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, &quot;He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.&quot;</p></div>08/30/20142 Thessalonians 2:7-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/184http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/184<div class="ExternalClass382D4B10BAEC44EFBED5390C078946A5"><p>​For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but only until the one who now restrains it is removed. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will destroy with the breath of his mouth, annihilating him by the manifestation of his coming. The coming of the lawless one is apparent in the working of Satan, who uses all power, signs, lying wonders, and every kind of wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false, so that all who have not believed the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness will be condemned.</p></div>08/29/2014Jeremiah 14:13-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/183http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/183<div class="ExternalClass9B232A1546E5408382B648ED6A69AE39"><p>​Then I said&#58; &quot;Ah, Lord GOD! Here are the prophets saying to them, 'You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you true peace in this place.'&quot; And the LORD said to me&#58; The prophets are prophesying lies in my name; I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds. Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name though I did not send them, and who say, &quot;Sword and famine shall not come on this land&quot;&#58; By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed. And the people to whom they prophesy shall be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem, victims of famine and sword. There shall be no one to bury them — themselves, their wives, their sons, and their daughters. For I will pour out their wickedness upon them.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; You shall say to them this word&#58;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Let my eyes run down with tears night and day,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and let them not cease,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; for the virgin daughter -- my people -- is struck down with a crushing blow,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; with a very grievous wound.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; If I go out into the field,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; look -- those killed by the sword!<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; And if I enter the city,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; look -- those sick with famine!<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; For both prophet and priest ply their trade throughout the land,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and have no knowledge.</p></div>08/28/2014