Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Matthew 20:20-28http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/931http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/931<div class="ExternalClass9AC7D446EBA3458BA2405C35F060C7C1"><p>Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, &quot;What do you want?&quot; She said to him, &quot;Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.&quot; But Jesus answered, &quot;You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?&quot; They said to him, &quot;We are able.&quot; He said to them, &quot;You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.&quot;</p><p>When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, &quot;You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.&quot;</p></div>08/27/2016Proverbs 18:6-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/930http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/930<div class="ExternalClass6B57989BA4BA456AB14FF17E7BD6BA53"><p>​A fool's lips bring strife,<br> and a fool's mouth invites a flogging.<br> The mouths of fools are their ruin,<br> and their lips a snare to themselves.<br> The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;<br> they go down into the inner parts of the body.<br> One who is slack in work<br> is close kin to a vandal.<br> The name of the LORD is a strong tower;<br> the righteous run into it and are safe.<br> The wealth of the rich is their strong city;<br> in their imagination it is like a high wall.<br> Before destruction one's heart is haughty,<br> but humility goes before honor.</p></div>08/26/20161 Peter 3:8-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/929http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/929<div class="ExternalClass8B8C8AC50D6646C786892DC6F30020A7"><p>Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing.</p><p>For<br> &quot;Those who desire life<br> and desire to see good days,<br> let them keep their tongues from evil<br> and their lips from speaking deceit;<br> let them turn away from evil and do good;<br> let them seek peace and pursue it.<br> For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,<br> and his ears are open to their prayer.<br> But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.&quot;</p></div>08/25/20161 Corinthians 12:27-31ahttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/928http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/928<div class="ExternalClass4700A8D16FAD4F63A8691BC2CC0D8F8F"><p><strong>​Bartholomew, Apostle</strong></p><p>Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.<br></p></div>08/24/2016Revelation 3:7-13http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/927http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/927<div class="ExternalClass511E4E2673324AE195CCC97A5F462F1E"><p>​And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write&#58;<br> These are the words of the holy one, the true one,<br> who has the key of David,<br> who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens&#58;<br> I know your works. Look, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but are lying I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you. Because you have kept my word of patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. I am coming soon; hold fast to what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. If you conquer, I will make you a pillar in the temple of my God; you will never go out of it. I will write on you the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem that comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.</p></div>08/23/2016Hebrews 3:7—4:11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/926http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/926<div class="ExternalClassA6CD297589B74F6F8E828CFDD667AC4A"><p>​</p><p>Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,<br> &quot;Today, if you hear his voice,</p><p>do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,<br> as on the day of testing in the wilderness,<br> where your ancestors put me to the test,<br> though they had seen my works for forty years.<br> Therefore I was angry with that generation,<br> and I said, 'They always go astray in their hearts,<br> and they have not known my ways.'<br> As in my anger I swore,<br> 'They will not enter my rest.'&quot;</p><p>Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you may have an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called &quot;today,&quot; so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partners of Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end. As it is said,<br> &quot;Today, if you hear his voice,<br> do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.&quot;</p><p>Now who were they who heard and yet were rebellious? Was it not all those who left Egypt under the leadership of Moses? But with whom was he angry forty years? Was it not those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, if not to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.</p><p>Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest is still open, let us take care that none of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For indeed the good news came to us just as to them; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. For we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,<br> &quot;As in my anger I swore,<br> 'They shall not enter my rest,'&quot;</p><p>though his works were finished at the foundation of the world. For in one place it speaks about the seventh day as follows, &quot;And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.&quot; And again in this place it says, &quot;They shall not enter my rest.&quot; Since therefore it remains open for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, again he sets a certain day — &quot;today&quot; — saying through David much later, in the words already quoted,<br> &quot;Today, if you hear his voice,<br> do not harden your hearts.&quot;</p><p>For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not speak later about another day. So then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; for those who enter God's rest also cease from their labors as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such disobedience as theirs.</p></div>08/22/2016