Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Psalm 25:1-10http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/644http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/644<div class="ExternalClass5D33F2C7271E4233B08CAC29C7FA610F"><p>​To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.<br> O my God, in you I trust;<br> do not let me be put to shame;<br> do not let my enemies exult over me.<br> Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;<br> let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.<br> Make me to know your ways, O LORD;<br> teach me your paths.<br> Lead me in your truth, and teach me,<br> for you are the God of my salvation;<br> for you I wait all day long.<br> Be mindful of your mercy, O LORD, and of your steadfast love,<br> for they have been from of old.<br> Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;<br> according to your steadfast love remember me,<br> for your goodness' sake, O LORD!<br> Good and upright is the LORD;<br> therefore he instructs sinners in the way.<br> He leads the humble in what is right,<br> and teaches the humble his way.<br> All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness,<br> for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.</p></div>11/28/20151 Thessalonians 5:12-22http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/643http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/643<div class="ExternalClassB76E60BD50904D609405BC53702C9A28"><p>​But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who labor among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you; esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.</p></div>11/27/2015Nehemiah 9:6-15http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/642http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/642<div class="ExternalClassAB3188579AE142A98D379B3E6690FECA"><p>​<strong>Day of Thanksgiving (USA)</strong></p><p>And Ezra said&#58; &quot;You are the LORD, you alone; you have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. To all of them you give life, and the host of heaven worships you. You are the LORD, the God who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans and gave him the name Abraham; and you found his heart faithful before you, and made with him a covenant to give to his descendants the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Jebusite, and the Girgashite; and you have fulfilled your promise, for you are righteous.</p><p>And you saw the distress of our ancestors in Egypt and heard their cry at the Red Sea. You performed signs and wonders against Pharaoh and all his servants and all the people of his land, for you knew that they acted insolently against our ancestors. You made a name for yourself, which remains to this day. And you divided the sea before them, so that they passed through the sea on dry land, but you threw their pursuers into the depths, like a stone into mighty waters. Moreover, you led them by day with a pillar of cloud, and by night with a pillar of fire, to give them light on the way in which they should go. You came down also upon Mount Sinai, and spoke with them from heaven, and gave them right ordinances and true laws, good statutes and commandments, and you made known your holy sabbath to them and gave them commandments and statutes and a law through your servant Moses. For their hunger you gave them bread from heaven, and for their thirst you brought water for them out of the rock, and you told them to go in to possess the land that you swore to give them.</p></div>11/26/2015John 16:25-33http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/641http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/641<div class="ExternalClass9A4C5C757A3345A590184F8A2E69BCFE"><p>I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures, but will tell you plainly of the Father. On that day you will ask in my name. I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father.&quot;</p><p>His disciples said, &quot;Yes, now you are speaking plainly, not in any figure of speech! Now we know that you know all things, and do not need to have anyone question you; by this we believe that you came from God.&quot; Jesus answered them, &quot;Do you now believe? The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his home, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!&quot;</p></div>11/25/2015Revelation 11:15-19http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/640http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/640<div class="ExternalClass27E3ECE70FFF4BEF81F11691A78EF869"><p>Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,</p><p>&quot;The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord<br> and of his Messiah,<br> and he will reign forever and ever.&quot;<br> Then the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, singing,<br> &quot;We give you thanks, Lord God Almighty,<br> who are and who were,<br> for you have taken your great power<br> and begun to reign.<br> The nations raged,<br> but your wrath has come,<br> and the time for judging the dead,<br> for rewarding your servants, the prophets<br> and saints and all who fear your name,<br> both small and great,<br> and for destroying those who destroy the earth.&quot;</p><p>Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple; and there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.</p></div>11/24/2015Revelation 11:1-14http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/639http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/639<div class="ExternalClass32AE8290D90647479065C1D29DB683B3"><p>Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, &quot;Come and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample over the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant my two witnesses authority to prophesy for one thousand two hundred sixty days, wearing sackcloth.&quot;</p><p>These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone wants to harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes; anyone who wants to harm them must be killed in this manner. They have authority to shut the sky, so that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have authority over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire.</p><p>When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that is prophetically called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days members of the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb; and the inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and celebrate and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to the inhabitants of the earth.</p><p>But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and those who saw them were terrified. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, &quot;Come up here!&quot; And they went up to heaven in a cloud while their enemies watched them. At that moment there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.</p><p>The second woe has passed. The third woe is coming very soon.</p></div>11/23/2015