Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Exodus 32:1-14http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/549http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/549<div class="ExternalClassE27AA75E2CB747DD8FF368B8CAECE404"><p>When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, &quot;Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.&quot; Aaron said to them, &quot;Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.&quot; So all the people took off the gold rings from their ears, and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from them, formed it in a mold, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, &quot;These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!&quot; When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation and said, &quot;Tomorrow shall be a festival to the LORD.&quot; They rose early the next day, and offered burnt offerings and brought sacrifices of well- being; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel.</p><p>The LORD said to Moses, &quot;Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, 'These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!'&quot; The LORD said to Moses, &quot;I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.&quot;</p><p>But Moses implored the LORD his God, and said, &quot;O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, 'It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth'? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, 'I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.'&quot; And the LORD changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.</p></div>08/27/2015John 15:16-25http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/548http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/548<div class="ExternalClassCA6D78DC2C00465D81750569BE371DCA"><p>You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.</p><p>If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world — therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, 'Servants are not greater than their master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not have sin. But now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. It was to fulfill the word that is written in their law, 'They hated me without a cause.'</p></div>08/26/2015Ephesians 6:21-24http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/547http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/547<div class="ExternalClass11E7C6E9F37744DDA5C3A891C6FEED7C"><p>​So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus will tell you everything. He is a dear brother and a faithful minister in the Lord. I am sending him to you for this very purpose, to let you know how we are, and to encourage your hearts.</p><p>Peace be to the whole community, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who have an undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ.</p></div>08/25/2015Psalm 12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/546http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/546<div class="ExternalClass436037962BDA470FA4ECAE382573768D"><p>​<strong>Bartholomew, Apostle</strong></p><p>Help, O LORD, for there is no longer anyone who is godly;<br> the faithful have disappeared from humankind.<br> They utter lies to each other;<br> with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.<br> May the LORD cut off all flattering lips,<br> the tongue that makes great boasts,<br> those who say, &quot;With our tongues we will prevail;<br> our lips are our own — who is our master?&quot;<br> &quot;Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan,<br> I will now rise up,&quot; says the LORD;<br> &quot;I will place them in the safety for which they long.&quot;<br> The promises of the LORD are promises that are pure,<br> silver refined in a furnace on the ground,<br> purified seven times.<br> You, O LORD, will protect us;<br> you will guard us from this generation forever.<br> On every side the wicked prowl,<br> as vileness is exalted among humankind.</p></div>08/24/2015Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/545http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/545<div class="ExternalClass2B936BC059D648508FEF2B888A427436"><p><strong>Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost</strong></p><p>Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, &quot;Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel&#58; Long ago your ancestors — Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor — lived beyond the Euphrates and served other gods.</p><p>Now therefore revere the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. Now if you are unwilling to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.&quot;</p><p>Then the people answered, &quot;Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods; for it is the LORD our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; and the LORD drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the LORD, for he is our God.&quot;</p></div>08/23/2015Joshua 22:21-34http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/544http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/544<div class="ExternalClassF0E05357FEB5414CA78C0DC3A8E001E8"><p>Then the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh said in answer to the heads of the families of Israel, The LORD, God of gods! The LORD, God of gods! He knows; and let Israel itself know! If it was in rebellion or in breach of faith toward the LORD, do not spare us today for building an altar to turn away from following the LORD; or if we did so to offer burnt offerings or grain offerings or offerings of well- being on it, may the LORD himself take vengeance. No! We did it from fear that in time to come your children might say to our children, 'What have you to do with the LORD, the God of Israel? For the LORD has made the Jordan a boundary between us and you, you Reubenites and Gadites; you have no portion in the LORD.' So your children might make our children cease to worship the LORD. Therefore we said, 'Let us now build an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice, but to be a witness between us and you, and between the generations after us, that we do perform the service of the LORD in his presence with our burnt offerings and sacrifices and offerings of well-being; so that your children may never say to our children in time to come, &quot;You have no portion in the LORD.&quot;' And we thought, If this should be said to us or to our descendants in time to come, we could say, 'Look at this copy of the altar of the LORD, which our ancestors made, not for burnt offerings, nor for sacrifice, but to be a witness between us and you. 'Far be it from us that we should rebel against the LORD, and turn away this day from following the LORD by building an altar for burnt offering, grain offering, or sacrifice, other than the altar of the LORD our God that stands before his tabernacle!&quot;</p><p>When the priest Phinehas and the chiefs of the congregation, the heads of the families of Israel who were with him, heard the words that the Reubenites and the Gadites and the Manassites spoke, they were satisfied. The priest Phinehas son of Eleazar said to the Reubenites and the Gadites and the Manassites, &quot;Today we know that the LORD is among us, because you have not committed this treachery against the LORD; now you have saved the Israelites from the hand of the LORD.&quot;</p><p>Then the priest Phinehas son of Eleazar and the chiefs returned from the Reubenites and the Gadites in the land of Gilead to the land of Canaan, to the Israelites, and brought back word to them. The report pleased the Israelites; and the Israelites blessed God and spoke no more of making war against them, to destroy the land where the Reubenites and the Gadites were settled. The Reubenites and the Gadites called the altar Witness; &quot;For,&quot; said they, &quot;it is a witness between us that the LORD is God.&quot;</p></div>08/22/2015