Daily Bible Readinghttps://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Romans 7:1-6https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2400https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2400<div class="ExternalClassC828956FC1584D00938573ED298847C5"><p><sup>1</sup>Do you not know, brothers and sisters — for I am speaking to those who know the law — that the law is binding on a person only during that person's lifetime? <sup>2</sup>Thus a married woman is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives; but if her husband dies, she is discharged from the law concerning the husband. <sup>3</sup>Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man, she is not an adulteress.</p><p><sup>4</sup>In the same way, my friends, you have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God. <sup>5</sup>While we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. <sup>6</sup>But now we are discharged from the law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we are slaves not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit.</p></div>07/02/2020Jeremiah 18:1-11https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2399https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2399<div class="ExternalClass9996FC235D0546C4BFD6B665721E7801"><p><sup>1</sup>The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD&#58; <sup>2</sup>Come, go down to the potter's house, and there I will let you hear my words. <sup>3</sup>So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel. <sup>4</sup>The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.</p><p><sup>5</sup>Then the word of the LORD came to me&#58; <sup>6</sup>Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the LORD. Just like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. <sup>7</sup>At one moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, <sup>8</sup>but if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will change my mind about the disaster that I intended to bring on it. <sup>9</sup>And at another moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, <sup>10</sup>but if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will change my mind about the good that I had intended to do to it. <sup>11</sup>Now, therefore, say to the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem&#58; Thus says the LORD&#58; Look, I am a potter shaping evil against you and devising a plan against you. Turn now, all of you from your evil way, and amend your ways and your doings.</p></div>07/01/20201 Kings 21:17-29https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2398https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2398<div class="ExternalClass2E099C294F70400BB5534CEAB1222F0E"><p><sup>17</sup>Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying&#58; <sup>18</sup>Go down to meet King Ahab of Israel, who rules in Samaria; he is now in the vineyard of Naboth, where he has gone to take possession. <sup>19</sup>You shall say to him, &quot;Thus says the LORD&#58; Have you killed, and also taken possession?&quot; You shall say to him, &quot;Thus says the LORD&#58; In the place where dogs licked up the blood of Naboth, dogs will also lick up your blood.&quot;<br> <sup>20</sup>Ahab said to Elijah, &quot;Have you found me, O my enemy?&quot; He answered, &quot;I have found you. Because you have sold yourself to do what is evil in the sight of the LORD, <sup>21</sup>I will bring disaster on you; I will consume you, and will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel; <sup>22</sup>and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have provoked me to anger and have caused Israel to sin. <sup>23</sup>Also concerning Jezebel the LORD said, 'The dogs shall eat Jezebel within the bounds of Jezreel.' <sup>24</sup>Anyone belonging to Ahab who dies in the city the dogs shall eat; and anyone of his who dies in the open country the birds of the air shall eat.&quot;</p><p><sup>25</sup>(Indeed, there was no one like Ahab, who sold himself to do what was evil in the sight of the LORD, urged on by his wife Jezebel. <sup>26</sup>He acted most abominably in going after idols, as the Amorites had done, whom the LORD drove out before the Israelites.)</p><p><sup>27</sup>When Ahab heard those words, he tore his clothes and put sackcloth over his bare flesh; he fasted, lay in the sackcloth, and went about dejectedly. <sup>28</sup>Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite&#58; <sup>29</sup>Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; but in his son's days I will bring the disaster on his house.</p></div>06/30/20202 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2397https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2397<div class="ExternalClass902D87E7623D4DD894AF69417C0B874A"><p><strong>​Peter and Paul, Apostles</strong></p><p><sup>6</sup>As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. <sup>7</sup>I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. <sup>8</sup>From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.</p><p><sup>17</sup>But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth. <sup>18</sup>The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.</p></div>06/29/2020Romans 6:12-23https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2396https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2396<div class="ExternalClassD306B7E170214FB9825F3D8C235CA54C"><p><strong>​Fourth Sunday after Pentecost</strong></p><p><sup>12</sup>Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. <sup>13</sup>No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. <sup>14</sup>For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.</p><p><sup>15</sup>What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! <sup>16</sup>Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? <sup>17</sup>But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, <sup>18</sup>and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. <sup>19</sup>I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.</p><p><sup>20</sup>When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. <sup>21</sup>So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. <sup>22</sup>But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. <sup>23</sup>For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.</p></div>06/28/2020Luke 17:1-4https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2395https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2395<div class="ExternalClass48428D8D1E4F44C386B4DAD52B46D58B"><p>​<sup>1</sup>Jesus said to his disciples, &quot;Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! <sup>2</sup>It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. <sup>3</sup>Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive. <sup>4</sup>And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, 'I repent,' you must forgive.&quot;</p></div>06/27/2020