Daily Bible Readinghttps://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Psalm 89:1-18https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3194https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3194<div class="ExternalClass7EE8D95E39D84C10A4BDD86FC24451F0"><p><sup>1</sup>I will sing of your steadfast love, O LORD, forever;<br> with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.<br> <sup>2</sup>I declare that your steadfast love is established forever;<br> your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.<br> <sup>3</sup>You said, &quot;I have made a covenant with my chosen one,<br> I have sworn to my servant David&#58;<br> <sup>4</sup>'I will establish your descendants forever,<br> and build your throne for all generations.'&quot;<br> Selah</p><p><sup>5</sup>Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD,<br> your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.<br> <sup>6</sup>For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD?<br> Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD,<br> <sup>7</sup>a God feared in the council of the holy ones,<br> great and awesome above all that are around him?<br> <sup>8</sup>O Lord GOD of hosts,<br> who is as mighty as you, O LORD?<br> Your faithfulness surrounds you.<br> <sup>9</sup>You rule the raging of the sea;<br> when its waves rise, you still them.<br> <sup>10</sup>You crushed Rahab like a carcass;<br> you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.<br> <sup>11</sup>The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours;<br> the world and all that is in it — you have founded them.<br> <sup>12</sup>The north and the south — you created them;<br> Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.<br> <sup>13</sup>You have a mighty arm;<br> strong is your hand, high your right hand.<br> <sup>14</sup>Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;<br> steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.<br> <sup>15</sup>Happy are the people who know the festal shout,<br> who walk, O LORD, in the light of your countenance;<br> <sup>16</sup>they exult in your name all day long,<br> and extol your righteousness.<br> <sup>17</sup>For you are the glory of their strength;<br> by your favor our horn is exalted.<br> <sup>18</sup>For our shield belongs to the LORD,<br> our king to the Holy One of Israel.<br></p></div>08/10/2022Hebrews 11:17-28https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3193https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3193<div class="ExternalClassC50714B2714646958028A99C540E8E6F"><p><sup>17</sup>By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac. He who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son, <sup>18</sup>of whom he had been told, &quot;It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named for you.&quot; <sup>19</sup>He considered the fact that God is able even to raise someone from the dead — and figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. <sup>20</sup>By faith Isaac invoked blessings for the future on Jacob and Esau. <sup>21</sup>By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, &quot;bowing in worship over the top of his staff.&quot; <sup>22</sup>By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave instructions about his burial.</p><p><sup>23</sup>By faith Moses was hidden by his parents for three months after his birth, because they saw that the child was beautiful; and they were not afraid of the king's edict. <sup>24</sup>By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called a son of Pharaoh's daughter, <sup>25</sup>choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. <sup>26</sup>He considered abuse suffered for the Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the reward. <sup>27</sup>By faith he left Egypt, unafraid of the king's anger; for he persevered as though he saw him who is invisible. <sup>28</sup>By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.<br></p></div>08/09/2022Hebrews 11:1-7https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3192https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3192<div class="ExternalClassC5FB0B4E012B447AA95D3DDF00715DE5"><p><sup>1</sup>Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. <sup>2</sup>Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. <sup>3</sup>By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.</p><p><sup>4</sup>By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain's. Through this he received approval as righteous, God himself giving approval to his gifts; he died, but through his faith he still speaks. <sup>5</sup>By faith Enoch was taken so that he did not experience death; and &quot;he was not found, because God had taken him.&quot; For it was attested before he was taken away that &quot;he had pleased God.&quot; <sup>6</sup>And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. <sup>7</sup>By faith Noah, warned by God about events as yet unseen, respected the warning and built an ark to save his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir to the righteousness that is in accordance with faith.<br></p></div>08/08/2022Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3191https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3191<div class="ExternalClass701EB0A639964EA087A7967B24001BCA"><p><strong>​Ninth Sunday after Pentecost</strong><br></p><p><sup>1</sup>Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. <sup>2</sup>Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. <sup>3</sup>By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.</p><p><sup>8</sup>By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. <sup>9</sup>By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. <sup>10</sup>For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. <sup>11</sup>By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old — and Sarah herself was barren — because he considered him faithful who had promised. <sup>12</sup>Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, &quot;as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.&quot;</p><p><sup>13</sup>All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, <sup>14</sup>for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. <sup>15</sup>If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. <sup>16</sup>But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.<br></p></div>08/07/2022Genesis 11:27-32https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3190https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3190<div class="ExternalClassB3AC7AA7E5C84880956CF48B3C535888"><p>​<sup>27</sup>Now these are the descendants of Terah. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot. <sup>28</sup>Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans. <sup>29</sup>Abram and Nahor took wives; the name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah. She was the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and Iscah. <sup>30</sup>Now Sarai was barren; she had no child.</p><p><sup>31</sup>Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram's wife, and they went out together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan; but when they came to Haran, they settled there. <sup>32</sup>The days of Terah were two hundred five years; and Terah died in Haran.<br></p></div>08/06/2022Acts 7:1-8https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3189https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3189<div class="ExternalClass74D3D797E7724022A9DA780072DCE363"><p><sup>1</sup>Then the high priest asked him, &quot;Are these things so?&quot; <sup>2</sup>And Stephen replied&#58;</p><p>&quot;Brothers and fathers, listen to me. The God of glory appeared to our ancestor Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, <sup>3</sup>and said to him, 'Leave your country and your relatives and go to the land that I will show you.' <sup>4</sup>Then he left the country of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. After his father died, God had him move from there to this country in which you are now living. <sup>5</sup>He did not give him any of it as a heritage, not even a foot's length, but promised to give it to him as his possession and to his descendants after him, even though he had no child. <sup>6</sup>And God spoke in these terms, that his descendants would be resident aliens in a country belonging to others, who would enslave them and mistreat them during four hundred years. <sup>7</sup>'But I will judge the nation that they serve,' said God, 'and after that they shall come out and worship me in this place.' <sup>8</sup>Then he gave him the covenant of circumcision. And so Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.<br></p></div>08/05/2022