Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Psalm 62http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/962http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/962<div class="ExternalClassB9DC20541FE84BABAC48DE351C99EFF4"><p>For God alone my soul waits in silence;<br> from him comes my salvation.<br> He alone is my rock and my salvation,<br> my fortress; I shall never be shaken.<br> How long will you assail a person,<br> will you batter your victim, all of you,<br> as you would a leaning wall, a tottering fence?<br> Their only plan is to bring down a person of prominence.<br> They take pleasure in falsehood;<br> they bless with their mouths,<br> but inwardly they curse.<br> Selah</p><p>For God alone my soul waits in silence,<br> for my hope is from him.<br> He alone is my rock and my salvation,<br> my fortress; I shall not be shaken.<br> On God rests my deliverance and my honor;<br> my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.<br> Trust in him at all times, O people;<br> pour out your heart before him;<br> God is a refuge for us.<br> Selah</p><p>Those of low estate are but a breath,<br> those of high estate are a delusion;<br> in the balances they go up;<br> they are together lighter than a breath.<br> Put no confidence in extortion,<br> and set no vain hopes on robbery;<br> if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.<br> Once God has spoken;<br> twice have I heard this&#58;<br> that power belongs to God,<br> and steadfast love belongs to you, O LORD.<br> For you repay to all<br> according to their work.</p></div>09/27/2016Revelation 3:14-22http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/961http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/961<div class="ExternalClassE6E288441818441BB71593EA13A5CD76"><p>And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write&#58; The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the origin of God's creation&#58;</p><p>I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth. For you say, &quot;I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing.' You do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich; and white robes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen; and salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. I reprove and discipline those whom I love. Be earnest, therefore, and repent. Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. To the one who conquers I will give a place with me on my throne, just as I myself conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.&quot;</p></div>09/26/2016Amos 6:1a, 4-7http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/960http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/960<div class="ExternalClassE4C1E29E36904193A6CE7AB783CA455B"><p>​<strong>Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost</strong></p><p>Alas for those who are at ease in Zion,<br> and for those who feel secure on Mount Samaria,<br> the notables of the first of the nations,<br> to whom the house of Israel resorts!<br> Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory,<br> and lounge on their couches,<br> and eat lambs from the flock,<br> and calves from the stall;<br> who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp,<br> and like David improvise on instruments of music;<br> who drink wine from bowls,<br> and anoint themselves with the finest oils,<br> but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph!<br> Therefore they shall now be the first to go into exile,<br> and the revelry of the loungers shall pass away.</p></div>09/25/2016Luke 9:43b-48http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/959http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/959<div class="ExternalClass34ECB67F86D14E9EB8B7C2ED030BE5CA"><p>And all were astounded at the greatness of God.</p><p>While everyone was amazed at all that he was doing, he said to his disciples, Let these words sink into your ears&#58; The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands. But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was concealed from them, so that they could not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.</p><p>An argument arose among them as to which one of them was the greatest. But Jesus, aware of their inner thoughts, took a little child and put it by his side, and said to them, &quot;Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest.&quot;</p></div>09/24/2016Ephesians 2:1-10http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/958http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/958<div class="ExternalClassDA03CC133D024B6CA037A8AAAEA022F2"><p>​You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved — and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God — not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.</p></div>09/23/2016Proverbs 22:2-16http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/957http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/957<div class="ExternalClass216FB66F6B724D22992FBC70E3B041A8"><p>​The rich and the poor have this in common&#58;<br> the LORD is the maker of them all.<br> The clever see danger and hide;<br> but the simple go on, and suffer for it.<br> The reward for humility and fear of the LORD<br> is riches and honor and life.<br> Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;<br> the cautious will keep far from them.<br> Train children in the right way,<br> and when old, they will not stray.<br> The rich rules over the poor,<br> and the borrower is the slave of the lender.<br> Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,<br> and the rod of anger will fail.<br> Those who are generous are blessed,<br> for they share their bread with the poor.<br> Drive out a scoffer, and strife goes out;<br> quarreling and abuse will cease.<br> Those who love a pure heart and are gracious in speech<br> will have the king as a friend.<br> The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge,<br> but he overthrows the words of the faithless.<br> The lazy person says, &quot;There is a lion outside!<br> I shall be killed in the streets!&quot;<br> The mouth of a loose woman is a deep pit; <br>he with whom the LORD is angry falls into it.<br> Folly is bound up in the heart of a boy,<br> but the rod of discipline drives it far away.<br> Oppressing the poor in order to enrich oneself,<br> and giving to the rich, will lead only to loss.</p></div>09/22/2016