Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Psalm 46http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/247http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/247<div class="ExternalClassDB653C3AA3764CFBA826905C9AD49E4E">​<strong>​Reformation Day</strong><br><br>God is our refuge and strength,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; a very present help in trouble.<br> Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; though its waters roar and foam,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; though the mountains tremble with its tumult.<br> Selah<br><br>There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; the holy habitation of the Most High.<br> God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; God will help it when the morning dawns.<br> The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; he utters his voice, the earth melts.<br> The LORD of hosts is with us;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; the God of Jacob is our refuge.<br> Selah<br><br>Come, behold the works of the LORD;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; see what desolations he has brought on the earth.<br> He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; he burns the shields with fire.<br> &quot;Be still, and know that I am God!<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; I am exalted among the nations,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; I am exalted in the earth.&quot;<br> The LORD of hosts is with us;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; the God of Jacob is our refuge.<br> Selah</div>10/31/2014Romans 2:17-29http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/246http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/246<div class="ExternalClass8710C0E5065144E387DA3C8497A3EEC4">​But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast of your relation to God and know his will and determine what is best because you are instructed in the law, and if you are sure that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth, you, then, that teach others, will you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? You that forbid adultery, do you commit adultery? You that abhor idols, do you rob temples? You that boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? For, as it is written, &quot;The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.&quot;<br> <br>Circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law; but if you break the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. So, if those who are uncircumcised keep the requirements of the law, will not their uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? Then those who are physically uncircumcised but keep the law will condemn you that have the written code and circumcision but break the law. For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is true circumcision something external and physical. Rather, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and real circumcision is a matter of the heart — it is spiritual and not literal. Such a person receives praise not from others but from God.</div>10/30/2014Matthew 19:16-22http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/245http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/245<div class="ExternalClassB4C3296028D34CB99B56C97CADFC6F82">​Then someone came to him and said, &quot;Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?&quot; And he said to him, &quot;Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.&quot; He said to him, &quot;Which ones?&quot; And Jesus said, &quot;You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.&quot; The young man said to him, &quot;I have kept all these; what do I still lack?&quot; Jesus said to him, &quot;If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.&quot; When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions.</div>10/29/2014Jeremiah 26:1-16http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/244http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/244<div class="ExternalClass4306DC90C3BB4BC59010F1141FBACD1F">​<strong>Simon and Jude, Apostles</strong><br><br>At the beginning of the reign of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Judah, this word came from the LORD&#58; Thus says the LORD&#58; Stand in the court of the LORD's house, and speak to all the cities of Judah that come to worship in the house of the LORD; speak to them all the words that I command you; do not hold back a word. It may be that they will listen, all of them, and will turn from their evil way, that I may change my mind about the disaster that I intend to bring on them because of their evil doings. You shall say to them&#58; Thus says the LORD&#58; If you will not listen to me, to walk in my law that I have set before you, and to heed the words of my servants the prophets whom I send to you urgently — though you have not heeded — then I will make this house like Shiloh, and I will make this city a curse for all the nations of the earth.<br> <br>The priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD. And when Jeremiah had finished speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak to all the people, then the priests and the prophets and all the people laid hold of him, saying, &quot;You shall die! Why have you prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, 'This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without inhabitant'?&quot; And all the people gathered around Jeremiah in the house of the LORD.<br> <br>When the officials of Judah heard these things, they came up from the king's house to the house of the LORD and took their seat in the entry of the New Gate of the house of the LORD. Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and to all the people, &quot;This man deserves the sentence of death because he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears.&quot;<br> <br>Then Jeremiah spoke to all the officials and all the people, saying, &quot;It is the LORD who sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the words you have heard. Now therefore amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God, and the LORD will change his mind about the disaster that he has pronounced against you. But as for me, here I am in your hands. Do with me as seems good and right to you. Only know for certain that if you put me to death, you will be bringing innocent blood upon yourselves and upon this city and its inhabitants, for in truth the LORD sent me to you to speak all these words in your ears.&quot;<br> <br>Then the officials and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, &quot;This man does not deserve the sentence of death, for he has spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God.&quot;</div>10/28/2014James 2:8-13http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/243http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/243<div class="ExternalClassF12680B8023447CA8FE212D150B088B1">​You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, &quot;You shall love your neighbor as yourself.&quot; But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. For the one who said, &quot;You shall not commit adultery,&quot; also said, &quot;You shall not murder.&quot; Now if you do not commit adultery but if you murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment will be without mercy to anyone who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.</div>10/27/20141 Thessalonians 2:1-8http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/242http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/242<div class="ExternalClassCA4BFC7BDF8B4DACA3363EE7831AF531"><strong>Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost</strong><br><br>You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.</div>10/26/2014