Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2 Timothy 3:10-15http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/986http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/986<div class="ExternalClassFD93D6A5A061475DAFDE3DCC750D0AD6"><p>​Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, and suffering the things that happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. Indeed, all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But wicked people and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.</p></div>10/21/20162 Timothy 3:1-9http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/985http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/985<div class="ExternalClass232B9FB1D5B44311B5B2CAC3E2086F01"><p>​You must understand this, that in the last days distressing times will come. For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid them! For among them are those who make their way into households and captivate silly women, overwhelmed by their sins and swayed by all kinds of desires, who are always being instructed and can never arrive at a knowledge of the truth. As Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these people, of corrupt mind and counterfeit faith, also oppose the truth. But they will not make much progress, because, as in the case of those two men, their folly will become plain to everyone.</p></div>10/20/2016Psalm 57http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/984http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/984<div class="ExternalClassFDD9A30771DB47958B588A9D51232048"><p>Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,<br> for in you my soul takes refuge;<br> in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,<br> until the destroying storms pass by.<br> I cry to God Most High,<br> to God who fulfills his purpose for me.<br> He will send from heaven and save me,<br> he will put to shame those who trample on me.<br> Selah</p><p>God will send forth his steadfast love and his faithfulness.<br> I lie down among lions<br> that greedily devour human prey;<br> their teeth are spears and arrows,<br> their tongues sharp swords.<br> Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.<br> Let your glory be over all the earth.<br> They set a net for my steps;<br> my soul was bowed down.<br> They dug a pit in my path,<br> but they have fallen into it themselves.<br> Selah</p><p>My heart is steadfast, O God,<br> my heart is steadfast.<br> I will sing and make melody.<br> Awake, my soul!<br> Awake, O harp and lyre!<br> I will awake the dawn.<br> I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples;<br> I will sing praises to you among the nations.<br> For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens;<br> your faithfulness extends to the clouds.<br> Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.<br> Let your glory be over all the earth.</p></div>10/19/2016Psalm 124http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/983http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/983<div class="ExternalClass13808CC4C69346C295F45CE2CD02613C"><p>​<strong>Luke, Evangelist</strong></p><p>If it had not been the LORD who was on our side — <br>let Israel now say — <br>if it had not been the LORD who was on our side,<br> when our enemies attacked us,<br> then they would have swallowed us up alive,<br> when their anger was kindled against us;<br> then the flood would have swept us away,<br> the torrent would have gone over us;<br> then over us would have gone<br> the raging waters.<br> Blessed be the LORD,<br> who has not given us<br> as prey to their teeth.<br> We have escaped like a bird<br> from the snare of the fowlers;<br> the snare is broken,<br> and we have escaped.<br> Our help is in the name of the LORD,<br> who made heaven and earth.<br></p></div>10/18/20161 Corinthians 6:1-11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/982http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/982<div class="ExternalClass4A19BFF137E146019B7D88F1863D17B2"><p>When any of you has a grievance against another, do you dare to take it to court before the unrighteous, instead of taking it before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels — to say nothing of ordinary matters? If you have ordinary cases, then, do you appoint as judges those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to decide between one believer and another, but a believer goes to court against a believer — and before unbelievers at that?</p><p>In fact, to have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud — and believers at that.</p><p>Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers — none of these will inherit the kingdom of God. And this is what some of you used to be. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.</p></div>10/17/2016Genesis 32:22-31http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/981http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/981<div class="ExternalClass54FA2BBD3E5245748E08CD267D91CF16"><p>​Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost</p><p>The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, &quot;Let me go, for the day is breaking.&quot; But Jacob said, &quot;I will not let you go, unless you bless me.&quot; So he said to him, &quot;What is your name?&quot; And he said, &quot;Jacob.&quot; Then the man said, &quot;You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.&quot; Then Jacob asked him, &quot;Please tell me your name.&quot; But he said, &quot;Why is it that you ask my name?&quot; And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, &quot;For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.&quot; The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.<br></p></div>10/16/2016