Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Romans 9:30—10:4http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/898http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/898<div class="ExternalClass005EE122DD9746DAAFD283604D02B6F8"><p>What then are we to say? Gentiles, who did not strive for righteousness, have attained it, that is, righteousness through faith; but Israel, who did strive for the righteousness that is based on the law, did not succeed in fulfilling that law. Why not? Because they did not strive for it on the basis of faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, as it is written,</p><p>&quot;See, I am laying in Zion a stone that will make people stumble, a rock that will make them fall,</p><p>and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.&quot;</p><p>Brothers and sisters, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. I can testify that they have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened. For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they have not submitted to God's righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.</p></div>07/26/20161 Kings 19:9-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/897http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/897<div class="ExternalClassD1B03DB917494D2E963887F32CF4990C"><p><strong>​James, Apostle</strong></p><p>At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there.</p><p>Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, &quot;What are you doing here, Elijah?&quot; He answered, &quot;I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.&quot;</p><p>He said, &quot;Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.&quot; Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, &quot;What are you doing here, Elijah?&quot; He answered, &quot;I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.&quot; Then the LORD said to him, &quot;Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place. Whoever escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall kill; and whoever escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall kill. Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.&quot;</p></div>07/25/2016Colossians 2:6-19http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/896http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/896<div class="ExternalClassCEA6C2BDC6E943A9B3D18F0836EA6DE3"><p><strong>​Tenth Sunday after Pentecost</strong></p><p>As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.</p><p>See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a spiritual circumcision, by putting off the body of the flesh in the circumcision of Christ; when you were buried with him in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it.</p><p>Therefore do not let anyone condemn you in matters of food and drink or of observing festivals, new moons, or sabbaths. These are only a shadow of what is to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. Do not let anyone disqualify you, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels, dwelling on visions, puffed up without cause by a human way of thinking, and not holding fast to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows with a growth that is from God.</p></div>07/24/2016Psalm 138http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/895http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/895<div class="ExternalClass799E72BEF0014545A2EBB15AA860FA60"><p>​I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart;<br> before the gods I sing your praise;<br> I bow down toward your holy temple<br> and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;<br> for you have exalted your name and your word<br> above everything.<br> On the day I called, you answered me,<br> you increased my strength of soul.<br> All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O LORD,<br> for they have heard the words of your mouth.<br> They shall sing of the ways of the LORD,<br> for great is the glory of the LORD.<br> For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly;<br> but the haughty he perceives from far away.<br> Though I walk in the midst of trouble,<br> you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;<br> you stretch out your hand,<br> and your right hand delivers me.<br> The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;<br> your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever.<br> Do not forsake the work of your hands.</p></div>07/23/2016Acts 13:26-33ahttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/894http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/894<div class="ExternalClass16877A09C6D94B028D08A8827AA7C0F6"><p><strong>​Mary Magdalene, Apostle</strong></p><p>My brothers, you descendants of Abraham's family, and others who fear God, to us the message of this salvation has been sent. Because the residents of Jerusalem and their leaders did not recognize him or understand the words of the prophets that are read every sabbath, they fulfilled those words by condemning him. Even though they found no cause for a sentence of death, they asked Pilate to have him killed. When they had carried out everything that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead; and for many days he appeared to those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, and they are now his witnesses to the people. And we bring you the good news that what God promised to our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm,<br> 'You are my Son;<br> today I have begotten you.'<br></p></div>07/22/2016Acts 1:15-20http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/893http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/893<div class="ExternalClassA6DEEA8108AF461FB5CCA1F36707B67C"><p>In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus — for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.&quot; (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. This became known to all the residents of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their language Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) For it is written in the book of Psalms&#58;</p><p>'Let his homestead become desolate,<br> and let there be no one to live in it';<br> and<br> 'Let another take his position of overseer.'</p></div>07/21/2016