Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1 John 2:7-11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/865http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/865<div class="ExternalClass272FDA8ECF4F4C6685EEFCEFA47854C3"><p>​Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word that you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new commandment that is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says, &quot;I am in the light,&quot; while hating a brother or sister, is still in the darkness. Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light, and in such a person there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates another believer is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know the way to go, because the darkness has brought on blindness.</p></div>06/27/2016Galatians 5:1, 13-25http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/864http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/864<div class="ExternalClass64B05BE2B73C4FE9B5748DB664AAF1AB"><p>​Sixth Sunday after Pentecost</p><p>For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.</p><p>For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, &quot;You shall love your neighbor as yourself.&quot; If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.</p><p>Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious&#58; fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before&#58; those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.</p><p>By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.</p></div>06/26/2016Deuteronomy 32:15-27, 39-43http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/863http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/863<div class="ExternalClass47CAFF66C82B4087B9214C6B9B5B0EE1"><p>​Jacob ate his fill; <br>Jeshurun grew fat, and kicked.<br> You grew fat, bloated, and gorged!<br> He abandoned God who made him,<br> and scoffed at the Rock of his salvation.<br> They made him jealous with strange gods,<br> with abhorrent things they provoked him.<br> They sacrificed to demons, not God,<br> to deities they had never known,<br> to new ones recently arrived,<br> whom your ancestors had not feared.<br> You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you; <br>you forgot the God who gave you birth.<br> The LORD saw it, and was jealous; <br>he spurned his sons and daughters.<br> He said&#58; I will hide my face from them,<br> I will see what their end will be;<br> for they are a perverse generation,<br> children in whom there is no faithfulness.<br> They made me jealous with what is no god,<br> provoked me with their idols.<br> So I will make them jealous with what is no people,<br> provoke them with a foolish nation.<br> For a fire is kindled by my anger,<br> and burns to the depths of Sheol;<br> it devours the earth and its increase,<br> and sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.<br> I will heap disasters upon them,<br> spend my arrows against them&#58;<br> wasting hunger,<br> burning consumption,<br> bitter pestilence.<br> The teeth of beasts I will send against them,<br> with venom of things crawling in the dust.<br> In the street the sword shall bereave,<br> and in the chambers terror,<br> for young man and woman alike,<br> nursing child and old gray head.<br> I thought to scatter them<br> and blot out the memory of them from humankind;<br> but I feared provocation by the enemy,<br> for their adversaries might misunderstand<br> and say, &quot;Our hand is triumphant;<br> it was not the LORD who did all this.&quot;<br> See now that I, even I, am he;<br> there is no god besides me.<br> I kill and I make alive;<br> I wound and I heal;<br> and no one can deliver from my hand.<br> For I lift up my hand to heaven,<br> and swear&#58; As I live forever,<br> when I whet my flashing sword,<br> and my hand takes hold on judgment;<br> I will take vengeance on my adversaries,<br> and will repay those who hate me.<br> I will make my arrows drunk with blood,<br> and my sword shall devour flesh — <br>with the blood of the slain and the captives,<br> from the long-haired enemy.<br> Praise, O heavens, his people,<br> worship him, all you gods!<br> For he will avenge the blood of his children,<br> and take vengeance on his adversaries;<br> he will repay those who hate him,<br> and cleanse the land for his people.</p></div>06/25/2016Psalm 141http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/862http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/862<div class="ExternalClassBDE876397B8F4AD796A5F7421309B38E"><p><strong>​John the Baptist</strong></p><p>I call upon you, O LORD; come quickly to me;<br> give ear to my voice when I call to you.<br> Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,<br> and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.<br> Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD;<br> keep watch over the door of my lips.<br> Do not turn my heart to any evil,<br> to busy myself with wicked deeds<br> in company with those who work iniquity;<br> do not let me eat of their delicacies.<br> Let the righteous strike me;<br> let the faithful correct me.<br> Never let the oil of the wicked anoint my head,<br> for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.<br> When they are given over to those who shall condemn them,<br> then they shall learn that my words were pleasant.<br> Like a rock that one breaks apart and shatters on the land,<br> so shall their bones be strewn at the mouth of Sheol.<br> But my eyes are turned toward you, O God, my LORD;<br> in you I seek refuge; do not leave me defenseless.<br> Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me,<br> and from the snares of evildoers.<br> Let the wicked fall into their own nets,<br> while I alone escape.<br></p></div>06/24/2016Leviticus 9:22—10:11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/861http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/861<div class="ExternalClass6512D1EBE8A647718FE78055A0F2C60E"><p>Aaron lifted his hands toward the people and blessed them; and he came down after sacrificing the sin offering, the burnt offering, and the offering of well-being. Moses and Aaron entered the tent of meeting, and then came out and blessed the people; and the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people. Fire came out from the LORD and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.</p><p>Now Aaron's sons, Nadab and Abihu, each took his censer, put fire in it, and laid incense on it; and they offered unholy fire before the LORD, such as he had not commanded them. And fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. Then Moses said to Aaron, &quot;This is what the LORD meant when he said,<br> &#160;'Through those who are near me<br> &#160;I will show myself holy,<br> &#160;and before all the people<br> &#160;I will be glorified.'&quot;</p><p>Moses summoned Mishael and Elzaphan, sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said to them, &quot;Come forward, and carry your kinsmen away from the front of the sanctuary to a place outside the camp.&quot; They came forward and carried them by their tunics out of the camp, as Moses had ordered. And Moses said to Aaron and to his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, &quot;Do not dishevel your hair, and do not tear your vestments, or you will die and wrath will strike all the congregation; but your kindred, the whole house of Israel, may mourn the burning that the LORD has sent. You shall not go outside the entrance of the tent of meeting, or you will die; for the anointing oil of the LORD is on you.&quot; And they did as Moses had ordered.</p><p>And the LORD spoke to Aaron&#58; Drink no wine or strong drink, neither you nor your sons, when you enter the tent of meeting, that you may not die; it is a statute forever throughout your generations. You are to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean; and you are to teach the people of Israel all the statutes that the LORD has spoken to them through Moses.</p></div>06/23/2016Luke 9:37-43ahttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/860http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/860<div class="ExternalClass8E96F1E566FB482C93AB049083BF166E"><p>​On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. Just then a man from the crowd shouted, &quot;Teacher, I beg you to look at my son; he is my only child. Suddenly a spirit seizes him, and all at once he shrieks. It convulses him until he foams at the mouth; it mauls him and will scarcely leave him. I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.&quot; Jesus answered, &quot;You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.&quot; While he was coming, the demon dashed him to the ground in convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. And all were astounded at the greatness of God.</p></div>06/22/2016