Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Jeremiah 3:6-14http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/590http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/590<div class="ExternalClassF716ADA22C3E40D0AD770B3DCD2B182E"><p>The LORD said to me in the days of King Josiah&#58; Have you seen what she did, that faithless one, Israel, how she went up on every high hill and under every green tree, and played the whore there? And I thought, &quot;After she has done all this she will return to me&quot;; but she did not return, and her false sister Judah saw it. She saw that for all the adulteries of that faithless one, Israel, I had sent her away with a decree of divorce; yet her false sister Judah did not fear, but she too went and played the whore. Because she took her whoredom so lightly, she polluted the land, committing adultery with stone and tree. Yet for all this her false sister Judah did not return to me with her whole heart, but only in pretense, says the LORD.</p><p>Then the LORD said to me&#58; Faithless Israel has shown herself less guilty than false Judah. Go, and proclaim these words toward the north, and say&#58;<br> Return, faithless Israel,<br> says the LORD.<br> I will not look on you in anger,<br> for I am merciful,<br> says the LORD;<br> I will not be angry forever.<br> Only acknowledge your guilt,<br> that you have rebelled against the LORD your God,<br> and scattered your favors among strangers under every green tree,<br> and have not obeyed my voice,<br> says the LORD.<br> Return, O faithless children,<br> says the LORD,<br> for I am your master;<br> I will take you, one from a city and two from a family,<br> and I will bring you to Zion.</p></div>10/07/20151 Corinthians 7:10-16http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/589http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/589<div class="ExternalClass10EFBB6410E24F43B2CE289BE694F260"><p>To the married I give this command — not I but the Lord — that the wife should not separate from her husband (but if she does separate, let her remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband should not divorce his wife.</p><p>To the rest I say — I and not the Lord — that if any believer has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. And if any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is made holy through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy through her husband. Otherwise, your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so; in such a case the brother or sister is not bound. It is to peace that God has called you. Wife, for all you know, you might save your husband. Husband, for all you know, you might save your wife.</p></div>10/06/20151 Corinthians 7:1-9http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/588http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/588<div class="ExternalClass18C34687D5C549EE8A9E922C9B154493"><p>Now concerning the matters about which you wrote&#58; &quot;It is well for a man not to touch a woman.&quot; But because of cases of sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another except perhaps by agreement for a set time, to devote yourselves to prayer, and then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. This I say by way of concession, not of command. I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has a particular gift from God, one having one kind and another a different kind.</p><p>To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is well for them to remain unmarried as I am. But if they are not practicing self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion.</p></div>10/05/2015Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/587http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/587<div class="ExternalClassD441FF1785824F55B5FE17715A7DE171"><p><strong>​Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost</strong></p><p>Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God's glory and the exact imprint of God's very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.</p><p>Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. But someone has testified somewhere,<br> &quot;What are human beings that you are mindful of them,<br> or mortals, that you care for them?<br> You have made them for a little while lower than the angels;<br> you have crowned them with glory and honor,<br> subjecting all things under their feet.&quot;</p><p>Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.</p><p>It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying,<br> &quot;I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters,<br> in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.&quot;</p></div>10/04/2015Genesis 23:1-20http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/586http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/586<div class="ExternalClass165459EFD1BD4FDF83F62F5BA7101458"><p>Sarah lived one hundred twenty-seven years; this was the length of Sarah's life. And Sarah died at Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan; and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. Abraham rose up from beside his dead, and said to the Hittites, &quot;I am a stranger and an alien residing among you; give me property among you for a burying place, so that I may bury my dead out of my sight. &quot;The Hittites answered Abraham, &quot;Hear us, my lord; you are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our burial places; none of us will withhold from you any burial ground for burying your dead.&quot; Abraham rose and bowed to the Hittites, the people of the land. He said to them, &quot;If you are willing that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and entreat for me Ephron son of Zohar, so that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he owns; it is at the end of his field. For the full price let him give it to me in your presence as a possession for a burying place. &quot;Now Ephron was sitting among the Hittites; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the Hittites, of all who went in at the gate of his city, &quot;No, my lord, hear me; I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it; in the presence of my people I give it to you; bury your dead.&quot; Then Abraham bowed down before the people of the land. He said to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, &quot;If you only will listen to me! I will give the price of the field; accept it from me, so that I may bury my dead there.&quot; Ephron answered Abraham, &quot;My lord, listen to me; a piece of land worth four hundred shekels of silver — what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.&quot; Abraham agreed with Ephron; and Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver that he had named in the hearing of the Hittites, four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weights current among the merchants.</p><p>So the field of Ephron in Machpelah, which was to the east of Mamre, the field with the cave that was in it and all the trees that were in the field, throughout its whole area, passed to Abraham as a possession in the presence of the Hittites, in the presence of all who went in at the gate of his city. After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah facing Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. The field and the cave that is in it passed from the Hittites into Abraham's possession as a burying place.</p></div>10/03/2015Psalm 8http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/585http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/585<div class="ExternalClassF511DC58019B44478C5F266CE23E55A7"><p>​O LORD, our Sovereign,<br> how majestic is your name in all the earth!<br> You have set your glory above the heavens.<br> Out of the mouths of babes and infants<br> you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,<br> to silence the enemy and the avenger.<br> When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,<br> the moon and the stars that you have established;<br> what are human beings that you are mindful of them,<br> mortals that you care for them?<br> Yet you have made them a little lower than God,<br> and crowned them with glory and honor.<br> You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;<br> you have put all things under their feet,<br> all sheep and oxen,<br> and also the beasts of the field,<br> the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,<br> whatever passes along the paths of the seas.<br> O LORD, our Sovereign,<br> how majestic is your name in all the earth!</p></div>10/02/2015