Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Philippians 1:21-30http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/207http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/207<div class="ExternalClass91DF024ADABF4B41B7414A4F7C324686">​<strong>Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost</strong><br><br>For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two&#58; my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.<br> <br>Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God's doing. For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well — since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.</div>09/21/2014Psalm 145:1-8http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/206http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/206<div class="ExternalClass24642280BC154BCB8AFDDD13B1A891C3">​I will extol you, my God and King,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and bless your name forever and ever.<br> Every day I will bless you,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and praise your name forever and ever.<br> Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; his greatness is unsearchable.<br> One generation shall laud your works to another,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and shall declare your mighty acts.<br> On the glorious splendor of your majesty,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.<br> The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and I will declare your greatness.<br> They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.<br> The LORD is gracious and merciful,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.</div>09/20/20142 Corinthians 13:5-10http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/205http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/205<div class="ExternalClass2A5BF68F4E574087B9CE5E55CBA94247">​Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you? -- unless, indeed, you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed. But we pray to God that you may not do anything wrong -- not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. For we rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. This is what we pray for, that you may become perfect. So I write these things while I am away from you, so that when I come, I may not have to be severe in using the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.</div>09/19/2014Nahum 1:1, 14 – 2:2http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/204http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/204<div class="ExternalClassECA883AB53F04EC0BDF93EAC4803580B">​An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>The LORD has commanded concerning you&#58;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;Your name shall be perpetuated no longer;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; from the house of your gods I will cut off<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; the carved image and the cast image.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; I will make your grave, for you are worthless.&quot;<br> Look! On the mountains the feet of one<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; who brings good tidings,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; who proclaims peace!<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Celebrate your festivals, O Judah,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; fulfill your vows,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; for never again shall the wicked invade you;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; they are utterly cut off.<br> A shatterer has come up against you.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Guard the ramparts;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; watch the road;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; gird your loins;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; collect all your strength.<br> (For the LORD is restoring the majesty of Jacob,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; as well as the majesty of Israel,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; though ravagers have ravaged them<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and ruined their branches.)</div>09/18/2014Mark 11:20-25http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/203http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/203<div class="ExternalClass7BF328EECDFA4919B54FF42391B46A13">​In the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. Then Peter remembered and said to him, &quot;Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.&quot; Jesus answered them, &quot;Have faith in God. Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken up and thrown into the sea,' and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you. So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.<br> <br>Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.</div>09/17/2014Psalm 133http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/202http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/202<div class="ExternalClass7E05FC3E679B41FFA299FAF041D26B16">​How very good and pleasant it is<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; when kindred live together in unity<br> It is like the precious oil on the head,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; running down upon the beard,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; on the beard of Aaron,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; running down over the collar of his robes.<br> It is like the dew of Hermon,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; which falls on the mountains of Zion.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; For there the LORD ordained his blessing,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; life forevermore.</div>09/16/2014