Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Psalm 119:129-136http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/150http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/150<div class="ExternalClass5195DF807D014604B9D72A4C4F53863E">Your decrees are wonderful;<br> therefore my soul keeps them.<br> The unfolding of your words gives light;<br> it imparts understanding to the simple.<br> With open mouth I pant,<br> because I long for your commandments.<br> Turn to me and be gracious to me,<br> as is your custom toward those who love your name.<br> <br>Keep my steps steady according to your promise,<br> and never let iniquity have dominion over me.<br> Redeem me from human oppression,<br> that I may keep your precepts.<br> Make your face shine upon your servant,<br> and teach me your statutes.<br> My eyes shed streams of tears<br> because your law is not kept.<br></div>07/26/2014Mark 10:35-45http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/149http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/149<div class="ExternalClassD431E80AC3C348C19FA5F091C3E8A895"><strong>James, Apostle</strong><br><br> ​James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, &quot;Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.&quot; And he said to them, &quot;What is it you want me to do for you?&quot; And they said to him, &quot;Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.&quot; But Jesus said to them, &quot;You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?&quot; They replied, &quot;We are able.&quot; Then Jesus said to them, &quot;The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.&quot;<br><br>When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, &quot;You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.&quot;<br></div>07/25/20141 Kings 1:28-37http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/148http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/148<div class="ExternalClass7BC24CB10A984C8EB2D56018D7AA71CF">​King David answered, &quot;Summon Bathsheba to me.&quot; So she came into the king's presence, and stood before the king. The king swore, saying, &quot;As the LORD lives, who has saved my life from every adversity, as I swore to you by the LORD, the God of Israel, 'Your son Solomon shall succeed me as king, and he shall sit on my throne in my place,' so will I do this day.&quot; Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the ground, and did obeisance to the king, and said, &quot;May my lord King David live forever!&quot;<br> <br>King David said, &quot;Summon to me the priest Zadok, the prophet Nathan, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada.&quot; When they came before the king, the king said to them, &quot;Take with you the servants of your lord, and have my son Solomon ride on my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon. There let the priest Zadok and the prophet Nathan anoint him king over Israel; then blow the trumpet, and say, 'Long live King Solomon!' You shall go up following him. Let him enter and sit on my throne; he shall be king in my place; for I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah.&quot; Benaiah son of Jehoiada answered the king, &quot;Amen! May the LORD, the God of my lord the king, so ordain. As the LORD has been with my lord the king, so may he be with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord King David.&quot;<br></div>07/24/2014Matthew 12:15-21http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/147http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/147<div class="ExternalClass16381CF01277441C95671636E0C5C51C">​When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, and he ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah&#58;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;Here is my servant, whom I have chosen,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; I will put my Spirit upon him,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.<br> He will not wrangle or cry aloud,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.<br> He will not break a bruised reed<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; or quench a smoldering wick<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; until he brings justice to victory.<br> And in his name the Gentiles will hope.&quot;<br></div>07/23/2014Ruth 1:6-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/146http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/146<div class="ExternalClass4CD15AC9B8C147A4900B45564C5A282A"><strong>Mary Magdalene, Apostle</strong><br><br>Then she started to return with her daughters-in-law from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the LORD had considered his people and given them food. So she set out from the place where she had been living, she and her two daughters-in- law, and they went on their way to go back to the land of Judah. But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, &quot;Go back each of you to your mother's house. May the LORD deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. The LORD grant that you may find security, each of you in the house of your husband.&quot; Then she kissed them, and they wept aloud. They said to her, &quot;No, we will return with you to your people.&quot; But Naomi said, &quot;Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? Do I still have sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. Even if I thought there was hope for me, even if I should have a husband tonight and bear sons, would you then wait until they were grown? Would you then refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, it has been far more bitter for me than for you, because the hand of the LORD has turned against me.&quot; Then they wept aloud again. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.<br><br>So she said, &quot;See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.&quot; But Ruth said,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;Do not press me to leave you<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; or to turn back from following you!<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Where you go, I will go;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; where you lodge, I will lodge,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; your people shall be my people,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and your God my God.<br> Where you die, I will die -- <br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; there will I be buried.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; May the LORD do thus and so to me,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and more as well,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; if even death parts me from you!&quot;<br><br>When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.<br></div>07/22/2014Revelation 14:12-20http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/145http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/145<div class="ExternalClass58442E07B0404085AD3F6D5A7B94D36D">​Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith of Jesus.<br> <br>And I heard a voice from heaven saying, &quot;Write this&#58; Blessed are the dead who from now on die in the Lord.&quot; &quot;Yes,&quot; says the Spirit, &quot;they will rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them.&quot;<br> <br>Then I looked, and there was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one like the Son of Man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand! Another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to the one who sat on the cloud, &quot;Use your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.&quot; So the one who sat on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.<br> <br>Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. Then another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has authority over fire, and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, &quot;Use your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe.&quot; So the angel swung his sickle over the earth and gathered the vintage of the earth, and he threw it into the great wine press of the wrath of God. And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the wine press, as high as a horse's bridle, for a distance of about two hundred miles.<br></div>07/21/2014