Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Psalm 66:1-9http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/869http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/869<div class="ExternalClass0EBC0A9EEE064029B5FC255DEF58516E"><p>Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;<br> sing the glory of his name;<br> give to him glorious praise.<br> Say to God, &quot;How awesome are your deeds!<br> Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you.<br> All the earth worships you;<br> they sing praises to you,<br> sing praises to your name.&quot;<br> Selah</p><p>Come and see what God has done&#58;<br> he is awesome in his deeds among mortals.<br> He turned the sea into dry land;<br> they passed through the river on foot.<br> There we rejoiced in him,<br> who rules by his might forever,<br> whose eyes keep watch on the nations — <br>let the rebellious not exalt themselves.<br> Selah</p><p>Bless our God, O peoples,<br> let the sound of his praise be heard,<br> who has kept us among the living,<br> and has not let our feet slip.</p></div>07/01/2016Romans 7:14-25http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/868http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/868<div class="ExternalClassBB68F7976C5845C1B564330EF2F75644"><p>For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin. I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.</p><p>So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!</p><p>So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.</p></div>06/30/2016Psalm 87:1-3, 5-7http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/867http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/867<div class="ExternalClassF01CF06399EB4BCE9E516ED00FEF9575"><p><strong>​Peter and Paul, Apostles</strong></p><p>On the holy mount stands the city he founded;<br> the LORD loves the gates of Zion<br> more than all the dwellings of Jacob.<br> Glorious things are spoken of you,<br> O city of God.<br> Selah</p><p>And of Zion it shall be said,<br> &quot;This one and that one were born in it&quot;;<br> for the Most High himself will establish it.<br> The LORD records, as he registers the peoples,<br> &quot;This one was born there.&quot;<br> Selah</p><p>Singers and dancers alike say,<br> &quot;All my springs are in you.&quot;</p><p><br></p></div>06/29/2016Ephesians 5:6-20http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/866http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/866<div class="ExternalClass09571EFD33CC484F8D53F2B14AB5DBE2"><p>​Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be associated with them. For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light — for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,<br> &quot;Sleeper, awake!<br> Rise from the dead,<br> and Christ will shine on you.&quot;</p><p>Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.</p></div>06/28/20161 John 2:7-11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/865http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/865<div class="ExternalClass272FDA8ECF4F4C6685EEFCEFA47854C3"><p>​Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word that you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new commandment that is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says, &quot;I am in the light,&quot; while hating a brother or sister, is still in the darkness. Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light, and in such a person there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates another believer is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know the way to go, because the darkness has brought on blindness.</p></div>06/27/2016Galatians 5:1, 13-25http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/864http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/864<div class="ExternalClass64B05BE2B73C4FE9B5748DB664AAF1AB"><p>​Sixth Sunday after Pentecost</p><p>For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.</p><p>For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, &quot;You shall love your neighbor as yourself.&quot; If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.</p><p>Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious&#58; fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before&#58; those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.</p><p>By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.</p></div>06/26/2016