Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1 Corinthians 12:27-31ahttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/928http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/928<div class="ExternalClass4700A8D16FAD4F63A8691BC2CC0D8F8F"><p><strong>​Bartholomew, Apostle</strong></p><p>Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.<br></p></div>08/24/2016Revelation 3:7-13http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/927http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/927<div class="ExternalClass511E4E2673324AE195CCC97A5F462F1E"><p>​And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write&#58;<br> These are the words of the holy one, the true one,<br> who has the key of David,<br> who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens&#58;<br> I know your works. Look, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but are lying I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you. Because you have kept my word of patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. I am coming soon; hold fast to what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. If you conquer, I will make you a pillar in the temple of my God; you will never go out of it. I will write on you the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem that comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.</p></div>08/23/2016Hebrews 3:7—4:11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/926http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/926<div class="ExternalClassA6CD297589B74F6F8E828CFDD667AC4A"><p>​</p><p>Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,<br> &quot;Today, if you hear his voice,</p><p>do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,<br> as on the day of testing in the wilderness,<br> where your ancestors put me to the test,<br> though they had seen my works for forty years.<br> Therefore I was angry with that generation,<br> and I said, 'They always go astray in their hearts,<br> and they have not known my ways.'<br> As in my anger I swore,<br> 'They will not enter my rest.'&quot;</p><p>Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you may have an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called &quot;today,&quot; so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partners of Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end. As it is said,<br> &quot;Today, if you hear his voice,<br> do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.&quot;</p><p>Now who were they who heard and yet were rebellious? Was it not all those who left Egypt under the leadership of Moses? But with whom was he angry forty years? Was it not those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, if not to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.</p><p>Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest is still open, let us take care that none of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For indeed the good news came to us just as to them; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. For we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,<br> &quot;As in my anger I swore,<br> 'They shall not enter my rest,'&quot;</p><p>though his works were finished at the foundation of the world. For in one place it speaks about the seventh day as follows, &quot;And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.&quot; And again in this place it says, &quot;They shall not enter my rest.&quot; Since therefore it remains open for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, again he sets a certain day — &quot;today&quot; — saying through David much later, in the words already quoted,<br> &quot;Today, if you hear his voice,<br> do not harden your hearts.&quot;</p><p>For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not speak later about another day. So then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; for those who enter God's rest also cease from their labors as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such disobedience as theirs.</p></div>08/22/2016Isaiah 58:9b-14http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/925http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/925<div class="ExternalClass375D42FCC5C3477C97B23FEE1CABEECC"><p> <strong>​Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost</strong></p><p>Then<br>you shall call, and the LORD will answer;<br>you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.<br>If you remove the yoke from among you,<br>the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,<br>if you offer your food to the hungry<br>and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,<br>then your light shall rise in the darkness<br>and your gloom be like the noonday.<br>The LORD will guide you continually,<br>and satisfy your needs in parched places,<br>and make your bones strong;<br>and you shall be like a watered garden,<br>like a spring of water,<br>whose waters never fail.<br>Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;<br>you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;<br>you shall be called the repairer of the breach,<br>the restorer of streets to live in.<br>If you refrain from trampling the sabbath,<br>from pursuing your own interests on my holy day;<br>if you call the sabbath a delight<br>and the holy day of the LORD honorable;<br>if you honor it, not going your own ways,<br>serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs; <br>then you shall take delight in the LORD,<br>and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth;<br>I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob,<br>for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.<br></p></div>08/21/2016Luke 6:1-5http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/924http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/924<div class="ExternalClass63FD054E4E124FC9ACB944CAF5A779F2"><p>​One sabbath while Jesus was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked some heads of grain, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. But some of the Pharisees said, &quot;Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?&quot; Jesus answered, &quot;Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and gave some to his companions?&quot; Then he said to them, &quot;The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.&quot;</p></div>08/20/2016Acts 17:1-9http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/923http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/923<div class="ExternalClass14954C2C2C4840F5B2C55C3324540B49"><p>​After Paul and Silas had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three sabbath days argued with them from the scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, &quot;This is the Messiah, Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you.&quot; Some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. But the Jews became jealous, and with the help of some ruffians in the marketplaces they formed a mob and set the city in an uproar. While they were searching for Paul and Silas to bring them out to the assembly, they attacked Jason's house. When they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some believers before the city authorities, shouting, &quot;These people who have been turning the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has entertained them as guests. They are all acting contrary to the decrees of the emperor, saying that there is another king named Jesus.&quot; The people and the city officials were disturbed when they heard this, and after they had taken bail from Jason and the others, they let them go.</p></div>08/19/2016