Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2 Corinthians 13:5-10http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/205http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/205<div class="ExternalClass2A5BF68F4E574087B9CE5E55CBA94247">​Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you? -- unless, indeed, you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed. But we pray to God that you may not do anything wrong -- not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. For we rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. This is what we pray for, that you may become perfect. So I write these things while I am away from you, so that when I come, I may not have to be severe in using the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.</div>09/19/2014Nahum 1:1, 14 – 2:2http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/204http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/204<div class="ExternalClassECA883AB53F04EC0BDF93EAC4803580B">​An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>The LORD has commanded concerning you&#58;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;Your name shall be perpetuated no longer;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; from the house of your gods I will cut off<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; the carved image and the cast image.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; I will make your grave, for you are worthless.&quot;<br> Look! On the mountains the feet of one<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; who brings good tidings,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; who proclaims peace!<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Celebrate your festivals, O Judah,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; fulfill your vows,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; for never again shall the wicked invade you;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; they are utterly cut off.<br> A shatterer has come up against you.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Guard the ramparts;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; watch the road;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; gird your loins;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; collect all your strength.<br> (For the LORD is restoring the majesty of Jacob,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; as well as the majesty of Israel,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; though ravagers have ravaged them<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and ruined their branches.)</div>09/18/2014Mark 11:20-25http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/203http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/203<div class="ExternalClass7BF328EECDFA4919B54FF42391B46A13">​In the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. Then Peter remembered and said to him, &quot;Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.&quot; Jesus answered them, &quot;Have faith in God. Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken up and thrown into the sea,' and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you. So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.<br> <br>Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.</div>09/17/2014Psalm 133http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/202http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/202<div class="ExternalClass7E05FC3E679B41FFA299FAF041D26B16">​How very good and pleasant it is<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; when kindred live together in unity<br> It is like the precious oil on the head,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; running down upon the beard,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; on the beard of Aaron,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; running down over the collar of his robes.<br> It is like the dew of Hermon,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; which falls on the mountains of Zion.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; For there the LORD ordained his blessing,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; life forevermore.</div>09/16/20141 Corinthians 1:18-24http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/201http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/201<div class="ExternalClassF805A59EE2A44D298E1C457B8744C22D"><strong>Holy Cross Day</strong> (transferred)<br><br>​For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.&quot;<br> <br>Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.</div>09/15/2014Romans 14:1-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/200http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/200<div class="ExternalClassC563E01297934D4BB48746E76EE6858D"><strong>Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost</strong><br><br>Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand.<br> <br>Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God.<br> <br>We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.<br> <br>Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and every tongue shall give praise to God.&quot;<br> So then, each of us will be accountable to God.</div>09/14/2014