Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Exodus 24:1-11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/518http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/518<div class="ExternalClassF77EBE1F77C541899945C3F55188E32C"><p>Then he said to Moses, &quot;Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship at a distance. Moses alone shall come near the LORD; but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him.&quot;</p><p>Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice, and said, &quot;All the words that the LORD has spoken we will do.&quot; And Moses wrote down all the words of the LORD. He rose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and set up twelve pillars, corresponding to the twelve tribes of Israel. He sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed oxen as offerings of well-being to the LORD. Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he dashed against the altar. Then he took the book of the covenant, and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, &quot;All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.&quot; Moses took the blood and dashed it on the people, and said, &quot;See the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.&quot;</p><p>Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, and they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there was something like a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. God did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; also they beheld God, and they ate and drank.</p></div>07/28/2015Philippians 4:10-20http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/517http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/517<div class="ExternalClassD42919B3F8344D5DA25C9F1B6934A3DB"><p>I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned for me, but had no opportunity to show it. Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. In any case, it was kind of you to share my distress.</p><p>You Philippians indeed know that in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you alone. For even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me help for my needs more than once. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the profit that accumulates to your account. I have been paid in full and have more than enough; I am fully satisfied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.</p></div>07/27/20152 Kings 4:42-44http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/516http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/516<div class="ExternalClass19A319DA505A4D47BE720AAFFB31D25A"><p>​Ninth Sunday after Pentecost</p><p>A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God&#58; twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, &quot;Give it to the people and let them eat.&quot; But his servant said, &quot;How can I set this before a hundred people?&quot; So he repeated, &quot;Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the LORD, 'They shall eat and have some left.'&quot; He set it before them, they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.</p></div>07/26/2015Acts 11:27 – 12:3ahttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/515http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/515<div class="ExternalClassEB77683AB6C848DB852C2CC4BAAE0097"><p>​<strong>James, Apostle</strong></p><p>At that time prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine over all the world; and this took place during the reign of Claudius. The disciples determined that according to their ability, each would send relief to the believers living in Judea; this they did, sending it to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.</p><p>About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword. After he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also.</p></div>07/25/2015Psalm 145:10-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/514http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/514<div class="ExternalClass0820944960504423B98ED7DD190E4D41"><p>​All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD,<br> and all your faithful shall bless you.<br> They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,<br> and tell of your power,<br> to make known to all people your mighty deeds,<br> and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.<br> Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,<br> and your dominion endures throughout all generations.<br> The LORD is faithful in all his words,<br> and gracious in all his deeds.<br> The LORD upholds all who are falling,<br> and raises up all who are bowed down.<br> The eyes of all look to you,<br> and you give them their food in due season.<br> You open your hand,<br> satisfying the desire of every living thing.<br> The LORD is just in all his ways,<br> and kind in all his doings.<br> The LORD is near to all who call on him,<br> to all who call on him in truth.</p></div>07/24/2015Colossians 1:9-14http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/513http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/513<div class="ExternalClassFE62EE53C6A7486098999FAE242B4CF8"><p>​For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.</p></div>07/23/2015