Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1 Chronicles 17:1-15http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/268http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/268<div class="ExternalClassA2DEFF4D77784A52972730ABC99B57B3">​Now when David settled in his house, David said to the prophet Nathan, &quot;I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD is under a tent.&quot; Nathan said to David, &quot;Do all that you have in mind, for God is with you.&quot;<br><br> But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying&#58; Go and tell my servant David&#58; Thus says the LORD&#58; You shall not build me a house to live in. For I have not lived in a house since the day I brought out Israel to this very day, but I have lived in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about among all Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people, saying, Why have you not built me a house of cedar? Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David&#58; Thus says the LORD of hosts&#58; I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies before you; and I will make for you a name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall wear them down no more, as they did formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will subdue all your enemies.<br><br> Moreover I declare to you that the LORD will build you a house. When your days are fulfilled to go to be with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from him who was before you, but I will confirm him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever. In accordance with all these words and all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.<br></div>11/21/20141 Kings 22:13-23http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/267http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/267<div class="ExternalClassCE6CFA4B2A5448F5BF941AEDCCE158D9">​The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, &quot;Look, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king; let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.&quot; But Micaiah said, &quot;As the LORD lives, whatever the LORD says to me, that I will speak.&quot;<br><br> When he had come to the king, the king said to him, &quot;Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall we refrain?&quot; He answered him, &quot;Go up and triumph; the LORD will give it into the hand of the king.&quot; But the king said to him, &quot;How many times must I make you swear to tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the LORD?&quot; Then Micaiah said, &quot;I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, like sheep that have no shepherd; and the LORD said, 'These have no master; let each one go home in peace.'&quot; The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, &quot;Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy anything favorable about me, but only disaster?&quot;<br><br> Then Micaiah said, &quot;Therefore hear the word of the LORD&#58; I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, with all the host of heaven standing beside him to the right and to the left of him. And the LORD said, 'Who will entice Ahab, so that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?' Then one said one thing, and another said another, until a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, saying, 'I will entice him.' 'How?' the LORD asked him. He replied, 'I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.' Then the LORD ! said, 'You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do it.' So you see, the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets; the LORD has decreed disaster for you.&quot;<br></div>11/20/2014Matthew 24:45-51http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/266http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/266<div class="ExternalClass1B3C35E0AD4248D38321B4725E7331AA">​Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their allowance of food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions. But if that wicked slave says to himself, 'My master is delayed,' and he begins to beat his fellow slaves, and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know. He will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.<br></div>11/19/20141 Thessalonians 5:12-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/265http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/265<div class="ExternalClass245A8C4597B348859BB29A4935120C95">But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who labor among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you; esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.<br></div>11/18/2014Romans 2:1-11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/264http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/264<div class="ExternalClass7585D40FCF0D402991FCF90454AEB335">Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. You say, &quot;We know that God's judgment on those who do such things is in accordance with truth.&quot; Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not realize that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath, when God's righteous judgment will be revealed. For he will repay according to each one's deeds&#58; to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; while for those who are self-seeking and who obey not the truth but wickedness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be anguish and distress for everyone who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality.<br></div>11/17/2014Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/263http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/263<div class="ExternalClassD0FFB5C57F014D55B7DFCDDF03B8ADCE"><strong>Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost</strong><br> <br>Be silent before the Lord GOD!<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; For the day of the LORD is at hand;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; the LORD has prepared a sacrifice,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; he has consecrated his guests.<br> At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and I will punish the people<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; who rest complacently on their dregs,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; those who say in their hearts,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;The LORD will not do good,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; nor will he do harm.&quot;<br> Their wealth shall be plundered,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and their houses laid waste.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Though they build houses,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; they shall not inhabit them;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; though they plant vineyards,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; they shall not drink wine from them.<br> The great day of the LORD is near,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; near and hastening fast;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; the sound of the day of the LORD is bitter,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; the warrior cries aloud there.<br> That day will be a day of wrath,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; a day of distress and anguish,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; a day of ruin and devastation,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; a day of darkness and gloom,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; a day of clouds and thick darkness,<br> a day of trumpet blast and battle cry<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; against the fortified cities<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and against the lofty battlements.<br> I will bring such distress upon people<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; that they shall walk like the blind;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; because they have sinned against the LORD,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; their blood shall be poured out like dust,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and their flesh like dung.<br> Neither their silver nor their gold<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; will be able to save them<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; on the day of the LORD's wrath;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; in the fire of his passion<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; the whole earth shall be consumed;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; for a full, a terrible end<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.<br></div>11/16/2014