Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Revelation 18:1-10, 19-20http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1378http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1378<div class="ExternalClass33FE70BCFB874C518C5B3AF647BAF93A"><p>After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority; and the earth was made bright with his splendor. He called out with a mighty voice,<br> &quot;Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!<br> It has become a dwelling place of demons,<br> a haunt of every foul spirit,<br> a haunt of every foul bird,<br> a haunt of every foul and hateful beast.<br> For all the nations have drunk<br> of the wine of the wrath of her fornication,<br> and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, <br>and the merchants of the earth have grown rich<br> from the power of her luxury.&quot;<br> Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,<br> &quot;Come out of her, my people,<br> so that you do not take part in her sins,<br> and so that you do not share in her plagues;<br> for her sins are heaped high as heaven,<br> and God has remembered her iniquities.<br> Render to her as she herself has rendered,<br> and repay her double for her deeds;<br> mix a double draught for her in the cup she mixed.<br> As she glorified herself and lived luxuriously,<br> so give her a like measure of torment and grief.<br> Since in her heart she says,<br> &quot;I rule as a queen;<br> I am no widow,<br> and I will never see grief,'<br> therefore her plagues will come in a single day <br>pestilence and mourning and famine <br>and she will be burned with fire;<br> for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.&quot;</p><p>And the kings of the earth, who committed fornication and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning; they will stand far off, in fear of her torment, and say, <br>&quot;Alas, alas, the great city,<br> Babylon, the mighty city!<br> For in one hour your judgment has come.&quot;</p><p>And they threw dust on their heads, as they wept and mourned, crying out,<br> &quot;Alas, alas, the great city,<br> where all who had ships at sea<br> grew rich by her wealth!<br> For in one hour she has been laid waste.<br> Rejoice over her, O heaven,<br> you saints and apostles and prophets!<br> For God has given judgment for you against her.&quot;</p></div>10/23/20171 Thessalonians 1:1-10http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1377http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1377<div class="ExternalClass7FA1EE79183B4A5E95D1F647226ABB1E"><p><strong>Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost</strong></p><p>Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,</p><p>To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ&#58;</p><p>Grace to you and peace.</p><p>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.</p></div>10/22/2017Psalm 96:1-13http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1376http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1376<div class="ExternalClassE2641255616C42CAB99DE0E1BED13677"><p>O sing to the LORD a new song;<br> sing to the LORD, all the earth.<br> Sing to the LORD, bless his name;<br> tell of his salvation from day to day.<br> Declare his glory among the nations,<br> his marvelous works among all the peoples.<br> For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;<br> he is to be revered above all gods.<br> For all the gods of the peoples are idols,<br> but the LORD made the heavens.<br> Honor and majesty are before him;<br> strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.<br> Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,<br> ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.<br> Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;<br> bring an offering, and come into his courts.<br> Worship the LORD in holy splendor;<br> tremble before him, all the earth.<br> Say among the nations, &quot;The LORD is king!<br> The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.<br> He will judge the peoples with equity.&quot;<br> Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;<br> let the sea roar, and all that fills it;<br> let the field exult, and everything in it.<br> Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy<br> before the LORD; for he is coming,<br> for he is coming to judge the earth.<br> He will judge the world with righteousness,<br> and the peoples with his truth.​</p></div>10/21/2017Deuteronomy 17:14-20http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1375http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1375<div class="ExternalClass9D9A440502054026850BB6E4296FB85F"><p>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.​</p></div>10/20/20173 John 9-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1374http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1374<div class="ExternalClassB4A4DEE88E8D46DABC539E622EF997BD"><p>The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul. I was overjoyed when some of the friends arrived and testified to your faithfulness to the truth, namely how you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth. <br>Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, even though they are strangers to you; they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on in a manner worthy of God; for they began their journey for the sake of Christ, accepting no support from non-believers. Therefore we ought to support such people, so that we may become co-workers with the truth.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>I have much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink; instead I hope to see you soon, and we will talk together face to face.</p><p>Peace to you. The friends send you their greetings. Greet the friends there, each by name.</p></div>10/19/20172 Timothy 4:5-11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1373http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1373<div class="ExternalClassF0303E5D687E4B13B0CF434B3B7A0F96"><p><strong>Luke, Evangelist</strong></p><p>As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.</p><p>As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.</p><p>Do your best to come to me soon, for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful in my ministry.​</p></div>10/18/2017