Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Colossians 1:15-23http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1660http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1660<div class="ExternalClassE631E68A87714470BE64B4A4FAB7F5B6"><p>He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers — all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.</p><p>And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him — provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.</p></div>07/19/2018Amos 9:11-15http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1659http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1659<div class="ExternalClass461E802E9B8B4780828EF034640E5836"><p>​On that day I will raise up<br> the booth of David that is fallen,<br> and repair its breaches,<br> and raise up its ruins,<br> and rebuild it as in the days of old;<br> in order that they may possess the remnant of Edom<br> and all the nations who are called by my name,<br> says the LORD who does this.<br> The time is surely coming, says the LORD,<br> when the one who plows shall overtake the one who reaps,<br> and the treader of grapes the one who sows the seed;<br> the mountains shall drip sweet wine,<br> and all the hills shall flow with it.<br> I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel,<br> and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them;<br> they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine,<br> and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit.<br> I will plant them upon their land,<br> and they shall never again be plucked up<br> out of the land that I have given them,<br> says the LORD your God.</p></div>07/18/2018Amos 9:1-4http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1658http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1658<div class="ExternalClass0D97678629C640779ADE62729357B9C7"><p>​I saw the LORD standing beside the altar, and he said&#58;<br> Strike the capitals until the thresholds shake,<br> and shatter them on the heads of all the people; <br>and those who are left I will kill with the sword;<br> not one of them shall flee away,<br> not one of them shall escape.<br> Though they dig into Sheol,<br> from there shall my hand take them;<br> though they climb up to heaven,<br> from there I will bring them down.<br> Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel,<br> from there I will search out and take them;<br> and though they hide from my sight at the bottom of the sea,<br> there I will command the sea-serpent, and it shall bite them.<br> And though they go into captivity in front of their enemies,<br> there I will command the sword, and it shall kill them;<br> and I will fix my eyes on them<br> for harm and not for good.</p></div>07/17/2018Amos 5:1-9http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1657http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1657<div class="ExternalClass87F7C2BC11A54D218E562BB1A029827B"><p>​Hear this word that I take up over you in lamentation, O house of Israel&#58;<br> Fallen, no more to rise,<br> is maiden Israel;<br> forsaken on her land,<br> with no one to raise her up.<br> For thus says the Lord GOD&#58;<br> The city that marched out a thousand<br> shall have a hundred left,<br> and that which marched out a hundred<br> shall have ten left. <br>For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel&#58;<br> Seek me and live;<br> but do not seek Bethel,<br> and do not enter into Gilgal<br> or cross over to Beer-sheba;<br> for Gilgal shall surely go into exile,<br> and Bethel shall come to nothing.<br> Seek the LORD and live,<br> or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire,<br> and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it.<br> Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood,<br> and bring righteousness to the ground!<br> The one who made the Pleiades and Orion,<br> and turns deep darkness into the morning,<br> and darkens the day into night,<br> who calls for the waters of the sea,<br> and pours them out on the surface of the earth,<br> the LORD is his name,<br> who makes destruction flash out against the strong,<br> so that destruction comes upon the fortress.</p></div>07/16/2018Amos 7:7-15http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1656http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1656<div class="ExternalClass64C67268695947CFABA6ECA7B51D4A2B"><p><strong>​Eighth Sunday after Pentecost</strong></p><p>This is what he showed me&#58; the LORD was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. And the LORD said to me, &quot;Amos, what do you see?&quot; And I said, &quot;A plumb line.&quot; Then the LORD said,<br> &quot;See, I am setting a plumb line<br> in the midst of my people Israel;<br> I will never again pass them by;<br> the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate,<br> and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste,<br> and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.&quot; </p><p>Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, &quot;Amos has conspired against you in the very center of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. For thus Amos has said,<br> 'Jeroboam shall die by the sword,<br> and Israel must go into exile<br> away from his land.'&quot;</p><p>And Amaziah said to Amos, &quot;O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there; but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.&quot; </p><p>Then Amos answered Amaziah, &quot;I am no prophet, nor a prophet's son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, and the LORD took me from following the flock, and the LORD said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.'</p></div>07/15/2018Amos 4:6-13http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1655http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1655<div class="ExternalClass17646FFA709C4C7DBFF7B13C27FB4FA5"><p>I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities,<br> and lack of bread in all your places,<br> yet you did not return to me,<br> says the LORD.</p><p>And I also withheld the rain from you<br> when there were still three months to the harvest;<br> I would send rain on one city,<br> and send no rain on another city;<br> one field would be rained upon,<br> and the field on which it did not rain withered;<br> so two or three towns wandered to one town<br> to drink water, and were not satisfied;<br> yet you did not return to me,<br> says the LORD.</p><p>I struck you with blight and mildew;<br> I laid waste your gardens and your vineyards;<br> the locust devoured your fig trees and your olive trees;<br> yet you did not return to me,<br> says the LORD.</p><p>I sent among you a pestilence after the manner of Egypt;<br> I killed your young men with the sword;<br> I carried away your horses; <br>and I made the stench of your camp go up into your nostrils;<br> yet you did not return to me,<br> says the LORD.</p><p>I overthrew some of you,<br> as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah,<br> and you were like a brand snatched from the fire;<br> yet you did not return to me,<br> says the LORD.</p><p>Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel;<br> because I will do this to you,<br> prepare to meet your God, O Israel!<br> For lo, the one who forms the mountains, creates the wind,<br> reveals his thoughts to mortals,<br> makes the morning darkness,<br> and treads on the heights of the earth — <br>the LORD, the God of hosts, is his name! </p></div>07/14/2018