Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Matthew 24:15-27http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2070http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2070<div class="ExternalClassB4CFF19654884E66B73F0B04B2593BE2"><p>​<sup>15</sup>So when you see the desolating sacrilege standing in the holy place, as was spoken of by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand), <sup>16</sup>then those in Judea must flee to the mountains; <sup>17</sup>the one on the housetop must not go down to take what is in the house; <sup>18</sup>the one in the field must not turn back to get a coat. <sup>19</sup>Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days! <sup>20</sup>Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a sabbath. <sup>21</sup>For at that time there will be great suffering, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. <sup>22</sup>And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. <sup>23</sup>Then if anyone says to you, 'Look! Here is the Messiah!' or 'There he is!' — do not believe it. <sup>24</sup>For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and produce great signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. <sup>25</sup>Take note, I have told you beforehand. <sup>26</sup>So, if they say to you, 'Look! He is in the wilderness,' do not go out. If they say, 'Look! He is in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. <sup>27</sup>For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.</p></div>08/17/2019Psalm 82http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2069http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2069<div class="ExternalClassD3A1E6ACD94E463FB0EDB6E11DF03EF7"><p><sup>1</sup>God has taken his place in the divine council;<br> in the midst of the gods he holds judgment&#58;<br> <sup>2</sup>&quot;How long will you judge unjustly<br> and show partiality to the wicked?<br> Selah</p><p><sup>3</sup>Give justice to the weak and the orphan;<br> maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.<br> <sup>4</sup>Rescue the weak and the needy;<br> deliver them from the hand of the wicked.&quot;<br> <sup>5</sup>They have neither knowledge nor understanding,<br> they walk around in darkness;<br> all the foundations of the earth are shaken.<br> <sup>6</sup>I say, &quot;You are gods,<br> children of the Most High, all of you;<br> <sup>7</sup>nevertheless, you shall die like mortals,<br> and fall like any prince.&quot;<br> <sup>8</sup>Rise up, O God, judge the earth;<br> for all the nations belong to you!</p></div>08/16/2019Galatians 4:4-7http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2068http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2068<div class="ExternalClassB595862C433C46F4A77004807EE5A18B"><p><strong>​Mary, Mother of Our Lord</strong></p><p><sup>4</sup>But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, <sup>5</sup>in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. <sup>6</sup>And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, &quot;Abba! Father!&quot; <sup>7</sup>So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.<br></p></div>08/15/2019Jeremiah 33:14-26http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2067http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2067<div class="ExternalClass2B186D40CA1D4ACEA4565BFC552CD3C8"><p><sup>14</sup>The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. <sup>15</sup>In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. <sup>16</sup>In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called&#58; &quot;The LORD is our righteousness.&quot;</p><p><sup>17</sup>For thus says the LORD&#58; David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel, <sup>18</sup>and the levitical priests shall never lack a man in my presence to offer burnt offerings, to make grain offerings, and to make sacrifices for all time.</p><p><sup>19</sup>The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah&#58; <sup>20</sup>Thus says the LORD&#58; If any of you could break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night would not come at their appointed time, <sup>21</sup>only then could my covenant with my servant David be broken, so that he would not have a son to reign on his throne, and my covenant with my ministers the Levites. <sup>22</sup>Just as the host of heaven cannot be numbered and the sands of the sea cannot be measured, so I will increase the offspring of my servant David, and the Levites who minister to me.</p><p><sup>23</sup>The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah&#58; <sup>24</sup>Have you not observed how these people say, &quot;The two families that the LORD chose have been rejected by him,&quot; and how they hold my people in such contempt that they no longer regard them as a nation? <sup>25</sup>Thus says the LORD&#58; Only if I had not established my covenant with day and night and the ordinances of heaven and earth, <sup>26</sup>would I reject the offspring of Jacob and of my servant David and not choose any of his descendants as rulers over the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes, and will have mercy upon them.</p></div>08/14/2019Hebrews 11:17-28http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2066http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2066<div class="ExternalClassEF70DE6AB1D8451BA13A4113C3D7D1AC"><p><sup>17</sup>By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac. He who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son, <sup>18</sup>of whom he had been told, &quot;It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named for you.&quot; <sup>19</sup>He considered the fact that God is able even to raise someone from the dead — and figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. <sup>20</sup>By faith Isaac invoked blessings for the future on Jacob and Esau. <sup>21</sup>By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, &quot;bowing in worship over the top of his staff.&quot; <sup>22</sup>By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave instructions about his burial.</p><p><sup>23</sup>By faith Moses was hidden by his parents for three months after his birth, because they saw that the child was beautiful; and they were not afraid of the king's edict. <sup>24</sup>By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called a son of Pharaoh's daughter, <sup>25</sup>choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. <sup>26</sup>He considered abuse suffered for the Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the reward. <sup>27</sup>By faith he left Egypt, unafraid of the king's anger; for he persevered as though he saw him who is invisible. <sup>28</sup>By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.</p></div>08/13/2019Hebrews 11:1-7http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2065http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2065<div class="ExternalClass9FE9DE9F6DE945B3828D72CA3C6B168B"><p><sup>1</sup>Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. <sup>2</sup>Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. <sup>3</sup>By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.</p><p><sup>4</sup>By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain's. Through this he received approval as righteous, God himself giving approval to his gifts; he died, but through his faith he still speaks. <sup>5</sup>By faith Enoch was taken so that he did not experience death; and &quot;he was not found, because God had taken him.&quot; For it was attested before he was taken away that &quot;he had pleased God.&quot; <sup>6</sup>And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. <sup>7</sup>By faith Noah, warned by God about events as yet unseen, respected the warning and built an ark to save his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir to the righteousness that is in accordance with faith.</p></div>08/12/2019