Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Revelation 3:1-6http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/187http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/187<div class="ExternalClass7F4954955C864F24BC32239F2A951202">And to the angel of the church in Sardis write&#58; These are the words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars&#58;<br> <br>I know your works; you have a name of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is on the point of death, for I have not found your works perfect in the sight of my God. Remember then what you received and heard; obey it, and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you. not know at what hour I will come to you. Yet you have still a few persons in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes; they will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. If you conquer, you will be clothed like them in white robes, and I will not blot your name out of the book of life; I will confess your name before my Father and before his angels. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.</div>09/01/2014Psalm 26:1-8http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/186http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/186<div class="ExternalClassFFB31B0FB97145499676BF4671CDFCD9"><strong>​Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost</strong><br><br>Vindicate me, O LORD,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; for I have walked in my integrity,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.<br> Prove me, O LORD, and try me;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; test my heart and mind.<br> For your steadfast love is before my eyes,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and I walk in faithfulness to you.<br> I do not sit with the worthless,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; nor do I consort with hypocrites;<br> I hate the company of evildoers,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and will not sit with the wicked.<br> I wash my hands in innocence,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and go around your altar, O LORD,<br> singing aloud a song of thanksgiving,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and telling all your wondrous deeds.<br> &#125;O LORD, I love the house in which you dwell,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and the place where your glory abides.</div>08/31/2014Matthew 8:14-17http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/185http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/185<div class="ExternalClass8401FA3404884257B9A53DBC5CE30BB8"><p>​When Jesus entered Peter's house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, &quot;He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.&quot;</p></div>08/30/20142 Thessalonians 2:7-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/184http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/184<div class="ExternalClass382D4B10BAEC44EFBED5390C078946A5"><p>​For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but only until the one who now restrains it is removed. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will destroy with the breath of his mouth, annihilating him by the manifestation of his coming. The coming of the lawless one is apparent in the working of Satan, who uses all power, signs, lying wonders, and every kind of wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false, so that all who have not believed the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness will be condemned.</p></div>08/29/2014Jeremiah 14:13-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/183http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/183<div class="ExternalClass9B232A1546E5408382B648ED6A69AE39"><p>​Then I said&#58; &quot;Ah, Lord GOD! Here are the prophets saying to them, 'You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you true peace in this place.'&quot; And the LORD said to me&#58; The prophets are prophesying lies in my name; I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds. Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name though I did not send them, and who say, &quot;Sword and famine shall not come on this land&quot;&#58; By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed. And the people to whom they prophesy shall be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem, victims of famine and sword. There shall be no one to bury them — themselves, their wives, their sons, and their daughters. For I will pour out their wickedness upon them.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; You shall say to them this word&#58;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Let my eyes run down with tears night and day,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and let them not cease,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; for the virgin daughter -- my people -- is struck down with a crushing blow,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; with a very grievous wound.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; If I go out into the field,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; look -- those killed by the sword!<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; And if I enter the city,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; look -- those sick with famine!<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; For both prophet and priest ply their trade throughout the land,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and have no knowledge.</p></div>08/28/2014Matthew 26:6-13http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/182http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/182<div class="ExternalClass982364325112424CAF6304796232B257">​Now while Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table. But when the disciples saw it, they were angry and said, &quot;Why this waste? For this ointment could have been sold for a large sum, and the money given to the poor.&quot; But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, &quot;Why do you trouble the woman? She has performed a good service for me. For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. By pouring this ointment on my body she has prepared me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.&quot;</div>08/27/2014