Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Psalm 87http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1303http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1303<div class="ExternalClass0079CE1C7EC045C7ABC56F77723FF3DE"><p>On the holy mount stands the city he founded;<br> the LORD loves the gates of Zion<br> more than all the dwellings of Jacob.<br> Glorious things are spoken of you,<br> O city of God.<br> Selah</p><p>Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon;<br> Philistia too, and Tyre, with Ethiopia — <br>&quot;This one was born there,&quot; they say.<br> And of Zion it shall be said,<br> &quot;This one and that one were born in it&quot;;<br> for the Most High himself will establish it.<br> The LORD records, as he registers the peoples,<br> &quot;This one was born there.&quot;<br> Selah</p><p>Singers and dancers alike say,<br> &quot;All my springs are in you.&quot;​</p></div>08/23/2017Isaiah 43:8-13http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1302http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1302<div class="ExternalClassD31E993A180D4E53A5B69CFDC46896B0"><p>Bring forth the people who are blind, yet have eyes,<br> who are deaf, yet have ears!<br> Let all the nations gather together,<br> and let the peoples assemble.<br> Who among them declared this,<br> and foretold to us the former things?<br> Let them bring their witnesses to justify them,<br> and let them hear and say, &quot;It is true.&quot;<br> You are my witnesses, says the LORD,<br> and my servant whom I have chosen,<br> so that you may know and believe me<br> and understand that I am he.<br> Before me no god was formed,<br> nor shall there be any after me.<br> I, I am the LORD,<br> and besides me there is no savior.<br> I declared and saved and proclaimed,<br> when there was no strange god among you;<br> and you are my witnesses, says the LORD.<br> I am God, and also henceforth I am He;<br> there is no one who can deliver from my hand;<br> I work and who can hinder it?​</p></div>08/22/2017Acts 15:1-21http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1301http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1301<div class="ExternalClassDEAD723B681A4CCBBCFB6A4BBEFA31B3"><p>​</p><p>Then certain individuals came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, &quot;Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.&quot; And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to discuss this question with the apostles and the elders. So they were sent on their way by the church, and as they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, they reported the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the believers. When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them. But some believers who belonged to the sect of the Pharisees stood up and said, &quot;It is necessary for them to be circumcised and ordered to keep the law of Moses.&quot;</p><p>The apostles and the elders met together to consider this matter. After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, &quot;My brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that I should be the one through whom the Gentiles would hear the message of the good news and become believers. And God, who knows the human heart, testified to them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us; and in cleansing their hearts by faith he has made no distinction between them and us. Now therefore why are you putting God to the test by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? On the contrary, we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.&quot;</p><p>The whole assembly kept silence, and listened to Barnabas and Paul as they told of all the signs and wonders that God had done through them among the Gentiles. After they finished speaking, James replied, &quot;My brothers, listen to me. Simeon has related how God first looked favorably on the Gentiles, to take from among them a people for his name. This agrees with the words of the prophets, as it is written,<br> 'After this I will return,<br> and I will rebuild the dwelling of David, which has fallen;<br> from its ruins I will rebuild it,and I will set it up,<br> so that all other peoples may seek the Lord — <br>even all the Gentiles over whom my name has been called.Thus says the Lord, who has been making these things known from long ago.'</p><p>Therefore I have reached the decision that we should not trouble those Gentiles who are turning to God, but we should write to them to abstain only from things polluted by idols and from fornication and from whatever has been strangled and from blood. For in every city, for generations past, Moses has had those who proclaim him, for he has been read aloud every sabbath in the synagogues.</p></div>08/21/2017Isaiah 56:1, 6-8http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1300http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1300<div class="ExternalClassE7E37ECFA9EE4E4EB1CDC727DDED0637"><p><strong>​Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost</strong></p><p>Thus says the LORD&#58;<br> Maintain justice, and do what is right,<br> for soon my salvation will come,<br> and my deliverance be revealed.<br> And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,<br> to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD,<br> and to be his servants,<br> all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it,<br> and hold fast my covenant — <br>these I will bring to my holy mountain,<br> and make them joyful in my house of prayer;<br> their burnt offerings and their sacrifices<br> will be accepted on my altar;<br> for my house shall be called a house of prayer<br> for all peoples.<br> Thus says the Lord GOD,<br> who gathers the outcasts of Israel,<br> I will gather others to them<br> besides those already gathered.<br></p></div>08/20/2017Matthew 14:34-36http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1299http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1299<div class="ExternalClass94DE03A95BEE48B39C5C02BACD3F32D8"><p>​When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. After the people of that place recognized him, they sent word throughout the region and brought all who were sick to him, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.</p></div>08/19/2017Psalm 67http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1298http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1298<div class="ExternalClass1A7241980D0A4CCA90F603C14BCB351E"><p>May God be gracious to us and bless us<br> and make his face to shine upon us,<br> Selah</p><p>that your way may be known upon earth,<br> your saving power among all nations.<br> Let the peoples praise you, O God;<br> let all the peoples praise you.<br> Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,<br> for you judge the peoples with equity<br> and guide the nations upon earth.<br> Selah</p><p>Let the peoples praise you, O God;<br> let all the peoples praise you.<br> The earth has yielded its increase;<br> God, our God, has blessed us.<br> May God continue to bless us;<br> let all the ends of the earth revere him.</p></div>08/18/2017