Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/James 3:13-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/152http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/152<div class="ExternalClass1820C74C7ED54DECB93887AFF44F263C">​Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.<br></div>07/28/2014Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/151http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/151<div class="ExternalClassBC4D10BDD80244E3A2D4F59BBB263BFE">​<strong>Seventh Sunday after Pentecost</strong><br><br>He put before them another parable&#58; &quot;The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.&quot;<br><br>He told them another parable&#58; &quot;The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.&quot;<br><br>The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.<br><br>Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.<br><br>Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.<br><br>Have you understood all this? They answered, &quot;Yes.&quot; And he said to them, &quot;Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.&quot;<br></div>07/27/2014Psalm 119:129-136http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/150http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/150<div class="ExternalClass5195DF807D014604B9D72A4C4F53863E">Your decrees are wonderful;<br> therefore my soul keeps them.<br> The unfolding of your words gives light;<br> it imparts understanding to the simple.<br> With open mouth I pant,<br> because I long for your commandments.<br> Turn to me and be gracious to me,<br> as is your custom toward those who love your name.<br> <br>Keep my steps steady according to your promise,<br> and never let iniquity have dominion over me.<br> Redeem me from human oppression,<br> that I may keep your precepts.<br> Make your face shine upon your servant,<br> and teach me your statutes.<br> My eyes shed streams of tears<br> because your law is not kept.<br></div>07/26/2014Mark 10:35-45http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/149http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/149<div class="ExternalClassD431E80AC3C348C19FA5F091C3E8A895"><strong>James, Apostle</strong><br><br> ​James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, &quot;Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.&quot; And he said to them, &quot;What is it you want me to do for you?&quot; And they said to him, &quot;Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.&quot; But Jesus said to them, &quot;You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?&quot; They replied, &quot;We are able.&quot; Then Jesus said to them, &quot;The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.&quot;<br><br>When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, &quot;You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.&quot;<br></div>07/25/20141 Kings 1:28-37http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/148http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/148<div class="ExternalClass7BC24CB10A984C8EB2D56018D7AA71CF">​King David answered, &quot;Summon Bathsheba to me.&quot; So she came into the king's presence, and stood before the king. The king swore, saying, &quot;As the LORD lives, who has saved my life from every adversity, as I swore to you by the LORD, the God of Israel, 'Your son Solomon shall succeed me as king, and he shall sit on my throne in my place,' so will I do this day.&quot; Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the ground, and did obeisance to the king, and said, &quot;May my lord King David live forever!&quot;<br> <br>King David said, &quot;Summon to me the priest Zadok, the prophet Nathan, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada.&quot; When they came before the king, the king said to them, &quot;Take with you the servants of your lord, and have my son Solomon ride on my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon. There let the priest Zadok and the prophet Nathan anoint him king over Israel; then blow the trumpet, and say, 'Long live King Solomon!' You shall go up following him. Let him enter and sit on my throne; he shall be king in my place; for I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah.&quot; Benaiah son of Jehoiada answered the king, &quot;Amen! May the LORD, the God of my lord the king, so ordain. As the LORD has been with my lord the king, so may he be with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord King David.&quot;<br></div>07/24/2014Matthew 12:15-21http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/147http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/147<div class="ExternalClass16381CF01277441C95671636E0C5C51C">​When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, and he ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah&#58;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;Here is my servant, whom I have chosen,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; I will put my Spirit upon him,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.<br> He will not wrangle or cry aloud,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.<br> He will not break a bruised reed<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; or quench a smoldering wick<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; until he brings justice to victory.<br> And in his name the Gentiles will hope.&quot;<br></div>07/23/2014