Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Acts 8:26-40http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/836http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/836<div class="ExternalClassDD60809C556C445581029C09A03BD3F2"><p>​Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, &quot;Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.&quot; (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, &quot;Go over to this chariot and join it.&quot; So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, &quot;Do you understand what you are reading?&quot; He replied, &quot;How can I, unless someone guides me?&quot; And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this&#58;<br> &quot;Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,<br> and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth.<br> In his humiliation justice was denied him.<br> Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.&quot;<br> The eunuch asked Philip, &quot;About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?&quot; Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, &quot;Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?&quot; He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.</p></div>05/30/2016Galatians 1:1-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/835http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/835<div class="ExternalClass397AD6B6BBB14059B0A79EFBCA5C2DAE"><p> <strong>Second Sunday after Pentecost</strong></p><p>Paul an apostle — sent neither by human commission nor from human authorities, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead — and all the members of God's family who are with me,</p><p>To the churches of Galatia&#58;<br> Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.<br> I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be accursed! As we have said before, so now I repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be accursed!</p><p>Am I now seeking human approval, or God's approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant of Christ.</p><p>For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.</p></div>05/29/20161 Kings 8:31-40http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/834http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/834<div class="ExternalClass1F4C18AF530F4E47B36C2376287ED845"><p>If someone sins against a neighbor and is given an oath to swear, and comes and swears before your altar in this house, then hear in heaven, and act, and judge your servants, condemning the guilty by bringing their conduct on their own head, and vindicating the righteous by rewarding them according to their righteousness.<br> When your people Israel, having sinned against you, are defeated before an enemy but turn again to you, confess your name, pray and plead with you in this house, then hear in heaven, forgive the sin of your people Israel, and bring them again to the land that you gave to their ancestors.</p><p>When heaven is shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against you, and then they pray toward this place, confess your name, and turn from their sin, because you punish them, then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel, when you teach them the good way in which they should walk; and grant rain on your land, which you have given to your people as an inheritance.</p><p>If there is famine in the land, if there is plague, blight, mildew, locust, or caterpillar; if their enemy besieges them in any of their cities; whatever plague, whatever sickness there is; whatever prayer, whatever plea there is from any individual or from all your people Israel, all knowing the afflictions of their own hearts so that they stretch out their hands toward this house; then hear in heaven your dwelling place, forgive, act, and render to all whose hearts you know — according to all their ways, for only you know what is in every human heart — so that they may fear you all the days that they live in the land that you gave to our ancestors.​</p></div>05/28/2016Psalm 96:1-9http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/833http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/833<div class="ExternalClass52CEFB1B1ECA4A4BBF6CDA83EA5FEC4A"><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.​</p></div>05/27/20161 Kings 6:23-38http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/832http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/832<div class="ExternalClass16FA2E6F70B241CC977A7C6991EEA23F"><p>In the inner sanctuary he made two cherubim of olivewood, each ten cubits high. Five cubits was the length of one wing of the cherub, and five cubits the length of the other wing of the cherub; it was ten cubits from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other. The other cherub also measured ten cubits; both cherubim had the same measure and the same form. The height of one cherub was ten cubits, and so was that of the other cherub. He put the cherubim in the innermost part of the house; the wings of the cherubim were spread out so that a wing of one was touching the one wall, and a wing of the other cherub was touching the other wall; their other wings toward the center of the house were touching wing to wing. He also overlaid the cherubim with gold.</p><p>He carved the walls of the house all around about with carved engravings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, in the inner and outer rooms. The floor of the house he overlaid with gold, in the inner and outer rooms.</p><p>For the entrance to the inner sanctuary he made doors of olivewood; the lintel and the doorposts were five-sided. He covered the two doors of olivewood with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers; he overlaid them with gold, and spread gold on the cherubim and on the palm trees.</p><p>So also he made for the entrance to the nave doorposts of olivewood, four-sided each, and two doors of cypress wood; the two leaves of the one door were folding, and the two leaves of the other door were folding. He carved cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, overlaying them with gold evenly applied upon the carved work. He built the inner court with three courses of dressed stone to one course of cedar beams.</p><p>In the fourth year the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid, in the month of Ziv. In the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished in all its parts, and according to all its specifications. He was seven years in building it.</p> </div>05/26/2016Luke 1:46b-55http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/831http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/831<div class="ExternalClass63CEB272010B41B39701E8B93787B1E5"><p>And Mary said,<br> &quot;My soul magnifies the Lord,<br> and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,<br> for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.<br> Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;<br> for the Mighty One has done great things for me,<br> and holy is his name.<br> His mercy is for those who fear him<br> from generation to generation.<br> He has shown strength with his arm;<br> he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.<br> He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,<br> and lifted up the lowly;<br> he has filled the hungry with good things,<br> and sent the rich away empty.<br> He has helped his servant Israel,<br> in remembrance of his mercy,<br> according to the promise he made to our ancestors,<br> to Abraham and to his descendants forever.&quot;​</p></div>05/25/2016