Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Daniel 3:1-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/236http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/236<div class="ExternalClass1D71F1A8B5DA4DD883D0228925B9C803">​King Nebuchadnezzar made a golden statue whose height was sixty cubits and whose width was six cubits; he set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent for the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, to assemble and come to the dedication of the statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. So the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, assembled for the dedication of the statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. When they were standing before the statue that Nebuchadnezzar had set up, the herald proclaimed aloud, &quot;You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble, you are to fall down and worship the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire.&quot; Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble, all the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.<br> <br>Accordingly, at this time certain Chaldeans came forward and denounced the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, &quot;O king, live forever! You, O king, have made a decree, that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble, shall fall down and worship the golden statue, and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire. There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the affairs of the province of Babylon&#58; Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These pay no heed to you, O king. They do not serve your gods and they do not worship the golden statue that you have set up.&quot;<br> <br>Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought in; so they brought those men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar said to them, &quot;Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods and you do not worship the golden statue that I have set up? Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble to fall down and worship the statue that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire, and who is the god that will deliver you out of my hands?&quot;<br> <br>Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, &quot;O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to present a defense to you in this matter. If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up.&quot;</div>10/20/20141 Thessalonians 1:1-10http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/235http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/235<div class="ExternalClass7254ED3379374C17B87FD09945CAFF34">​<strong>Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost</strong><br><br>Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ&#58;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Grace to you and peace.<br> <br>We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead — Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.</div>10/19/2014Luke 1:1-4; 24:44-53http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/234http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/234<div class="ExternalClassBDB7588D06444C06B33A94BB8E6AB350">​<strong>Luke, Evangelist</strong><br><br>Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed.<br> <br>Then he said to them, &quot;These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you — that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.&quot; Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, &quot;Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.&quot;<br> <br>Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.</div>10/18/2014Deuteronomy 17:14-20http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/233http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/233<div class="ExternalClass187B87CB9EA1456FBBCB79CADFED16D5">When you have come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, &quot;I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,&quot; you may indeed set over you a king whom the LORD your God will choose. One of your own community you may set as king over you; you are not permitted to put a foreigner over you, who is not of your own community. Even so, he must not acquire many horses for himself, or return the people to Egypt in order to acquire more horses, since the LORD has said to you, &quot;You must never return that way again.&quot; And he must not acquire many wives for himself, or else his heart will turn away; also silver and gold he must not acquire in great quantity for himself. When he has taken the throne of his kingdom, he shall have a copy of this law written for him in the presence of the levitical priests. It shall remain with him and he shall read in it all the days of his life, so that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, diligently observing all the words of this law and these statutes, neither exalting himself above other members of the community nor turning aside from the commandment, either to the right or to the left, so that he and his descendants may reign long over his kingdom in Israel.</div>10/17/20143 John 9-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/232http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/232<div class="ExternalClass2D9B080C80154450927AEED99969FA8E">I have written something to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing in spreading false charges against us. And not content with those charges, he refuses to welcome the friends, and even prevents those who want to do so and expels them from the church.<br> <br>Beloved, do not imitate what is evil but imitate what is good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God. Everyone has testified favorably about Demetrius, and so has the truth itself. We also testify for him, and you know that our testimony is true.</div>10/16/2014John 6:25-35http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/231http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/231<div class="ExternalClassDA394AFC5E6E448CB4F1BED60771CEE3">​When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, &quot;Rabbi, when did you come here?&quot; Jesus answered them, &quot;Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.&quot; Then they said to him, &quot;What must we do to perform the works of God?&quot; Jesus answered them, &quot;This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.&quot; So they said to him, &quot;What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'&quot; Then Jesus said to them, &quot;Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.&quot; They said to him, &quot;Sir, give us this bread always.&quot;<br> <br>Jesus said to them, &quot;I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.</div>10/15/2014