Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Job 38:1-11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1635http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1635<div class="ExternalClass6D0F06F1D3454B62812C8DD31C5F838A"><p><strong>​Fifth Sunday after Pentecost </strong></p><p>Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind&#58;<br> &quot;Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?<br> Gird up your loins like a man,<br> I will question you, and you shall declare to me.<br> &quot;Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?<br> Tell me, if you have understanding.<br> Who determined its measurements — surely you know!<br> Or who stretched the line upon it?<br> On what were its bases sunk,<br> or who laid its cornerstone<br> when the morning stars sang together<br> and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?<br> &quot;Or who shut in the sea with doors<br> when it burst out from the womb? — <br>when I made the clouds its garment,<br> and thick darkness its swaddling band,<br> and prescribed bounds for it,<br> and set bars and doors,<br> and said, 'Thus far shall you come, and no farther,<br> and here shall your proud waves be stopped'?<br></p></div>06/24/2018Job 37:1-13http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1634http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1634<div class="ExternalClassB76BEC51B38E4B83838D16314D98EBEA"><p>​&quot;At this also my heart trembles,<br> and leaps out of its place.<br> Listen, listen to the thunder of his voice<br> and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.<br> Under the whole heaven he lets it loose,<br> and his lightning to the corners of the earth.<br> After it his voice roars;<br> he thunders with his majestic voice<br> and he does not restrain the lightnings when his voice is heard.<br> God thunders wondrously with his voice;<br> he does great things that we cannot comprehend.<br> For to the snow he says, 'Fall on the earth';<br> and the shower of rain, his heavy shower of rain,<br> serves as a sign on everyone's hand,<br> so that all whom he has made may know it.<br> Then the animals go into their lairs<br> and remain in their dens.<br> From its chamber comes the whirlwind,<br> and cold from the scattering winds.<br> By the breath of God ice is given,<br> and the broad waters are frozen fast.<br> He loads the thick cloud with moisture;<br> the clouds scatter his lightning.<br> They turn round and round by his guidance,<br> to accomplish all that he commands them<br> on the face of the habitable world.<br> Whether for correction, or for his land,<br> or for love, he causes it to happen.</p></div>06/23/2018Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1633http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1633<div class="ExternalClassC6967EFDF9E04982A169044FF236320B"><p>O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;<br> for his steadfast love endures forever.<br> Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,<br> those he redeemed from trouble<br> and gathered in from the lands,<br> from the east and from the west,<br> from the north and from the south.<br> Some went down to the sea in ships,<br> doing business on the mighty waters;<br> they saw the deeds of the LORD,<br> his wondrous works in the deep.<br> For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,<br> which lifted up the waves of the sea.<br> They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths;<br> their courage melted away in their calamity;<br> they reeled and staggered like drunkards,<br> and were at their wits' end.<br> Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,<br> and he brought them out from their distress;<br> he made the storm be still,<br> and the waves of the sea were hushed.<br> Then they were glad because they had quiet,<br> and he brought them to their desired haven.<br> Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,<br> for his wonderful works to humankind.<br> Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,<br> and praise him in the assembly of the elders.​</p></div>06/22/2018Acts 20:1-16http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1632http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1632<div class="ExternalClass46EF4C12F32C40D5969B2CC7FD860F8A"><p>After the uproar had ceased, Paul sent for the disciples; and after encouraging them and saying farewell, he left for Macedonia. When he had gone through those regions and had given the believers much encouragement, he came to Greece, where he stayed for three months. He was about to set sail for Syria when a plot was made against him by the Jews, and so he decided to return through Macedonia. He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Beroea, by Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, by Gaius from Derbe, and by Timothy, as well as by Tychicus and Trophimus from Asia. They went ahead and were waiting for us in Troas; but we sailed from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days we joined them in Troas, where we stayed for seven days.</p><p>On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul was holding a discussion with them; since he intended to leave the next day, he continued speaking until midnight. There were many lamps in the room upstairs where we were meeting. A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, began to sink off into a deep sleep while Paul talked still longer. Overcome by sleep, he fell to the ground three floors below and was picked up dead. But Paul went down, and bending over him took him in his arms, and said, &quot;Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.&quot; Then Paul went upstairs, and after he had broken bread and eaten, he continued to converse with them until dawn; then he left. Meanwhile they had taken the boy away alive and were not a little comforted.</p><p>We went ahead to the ship and set sail for Assos, intending to take Paul on board there; for he had made this arrangement, intending to go by land himself. When he met us in Assos, we took him on board and went to Mitylene. We sailed from there, and on the following day we arrived opposite Chios. The next day we touched at Samos, and the day after that we came to Miletus. For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; he was eager to be in Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.</p></div>06/21/2018Psalm 52http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1631http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1631<div class="ExternalClass144032A57EC14E78AE596285A3487218"><p>Why do you boast, O mighty one,<br> of mischief done against the godly?<br> All day long you are plotting destruction.<br> our tongue is like a sharp razor,<br> you worker of treachery.<br> You love evil more than good,<br> and lying more than speaking the truth.<br> Selah</p><p>You love all words that devour,<br> O deceitful tongue.<br> But God will break you down forever;<br> he will snatch and tear you from your tent;<br> he will uproot you from the land of the living.<br> Selah</p><p>The righteous will see, and fear,<br> and will laugh at the evildoer, saying,<br> &quot;See the one who would not take<br> refuge in God,<br> but trusted in abundant riches,<br> and sought refuge in wealth!&quot;<br> But I am like a green olive tree<br> in the house of God.<br> I trust in the steadfast love of God<br> forever and ever.<br> I will thank you forever,<br> because of what you have done.<br> In the presence of the faithful<br> I will proclaim your name, for it is good.</p></div>06/20/2018Revelation 21:22—22:5http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1630http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1630<div class="ExternalClass1CBA4BF7A22846A581E8D10B1E4A98BC"><p>I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Its gates will never be shut by day and there will be no night there. People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.</p><p>Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.</p></div>06/19/2018