Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Matthew 23:29-39http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1730http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1730<div class="ExternalClassEFA7B700E14D483583AED4453EB8B37E"><p>Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous, and you say, 'If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.' Thus you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your ancestors. You snakes, you brood of vipers! How can you escape being sentenced to hell? Therefore I send you prophets, sages, and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town, so that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. Truly I tell you, all this will come upon this generation.</p><p>Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you, desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.'&quot;</p></div>09/22/2018Psalm 119:33-40http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1729http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1729<div class="ExternalClass8417105246A44E58B18E202FCC040CB2"><p><strong>Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist</strong></p><p>Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes,<br> and I will observe it to the end.<br> Give me understanding, that I may keep your law<br> and observe it with my whole heart.<br> Lead me in the path of your commandments,<br> for I delight in it.<br> Turn my heart to your decrees,<br> and not to selfish gain.<br> Turn my eyes from looking at vanities;<br> give me life in your ways.<br> Confirm to your servant your promise,<br> which is for those who fear you.<br> Turn away the disgrace that I dread,<br> for your ordinances are good.<br> See, I have longed for your precepts;<br> in your righteousness give me life.​</p></div>09/21/20181 Corinthians 2:1-5http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1728http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1728<div class="ExternalClassDA9C5650FEC74E79B2ABB02B271ABA78"><p>​When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.</p></div>09/20/2018Psalm 119:169-176http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1727http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1727<div class="ExternalClass187D54F027D54DD09379DB89ABF3A10F"><p>Let my cry come before you, O LORD;<br> give me understanding according to your word.<br> Let my supplication come before you;<br> deliver me according to your promise.<br> My lips will pour forth praise,<br> because you teach me your statutes.<br> My tongue will sing of your promise,<br> for all your commandments are right.<br> Let your hand be ready to help me,<br> for I have chosen your precepts.<br> I long for your salvation, O LORD,<br> and your law is my delight.<br> Let me live that I may praise you,<br> and let your ordinances help me.<br> I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek out your servant,<br> for I do not forget your commandments.​</p></div>09/19/20181 Kings 13:11-25http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1726http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1726<div class="ExternalClass1C98B35DC77A44AA921832A250F289BD"><p>Now there lived an old prophet in Bethel. One of his sons came and told him all that the man of God had done that day in Bethel; the words also that he had spoken to the king, they told to their father. Their father said to them, &quot;Which way did he go?&quot; And his sons showed him the way that the man of God who came from Judah had gone. Then he said to his sons, &quot;Saddle a donkey for me.&quot; So they saddled a donkey for him, and he mounted it. He went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak tree. He said to him, &quot;Are you the man of God who came from Judah?&quot; He answered, &quot;I am.&quot; Then he said to him, &quot;Come home with me and eat some food.&quot; But he said, &quot;I cannot return with you, or go in with you; nor will I eat food or drink water with you in this place; for it was said to me by the word of the LORD&#58; You shall not eat food or drink water there, or return by the way that you came.&quot; Then the other said to him, &quot;I also am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD&#58; Bring him back with you into your house so that he may eat food and drink water.&quot; But he was deceiving him. Then the man of God went back with him, and ate food and drank water in his house.</p><p>As they were sitting at the table, the word of the LORD came to the prophet who had brought him back; and he proclaimed to the man of God who came from Judah, &quot;Thus says the LORD&#58; Because you have disobeyed the word of the LORD, and have not kept the commandment that the LORD your God commanded you, but have come back and have eaten food and drunk water in the place of which he said to you, 'Eat no food, and drink no water,' your body shall not come to your ancestral tomb.&quot; After the man of God had eaten food and had drunk, they saddled for him a donkey belonging to the prophet who had brought him back. Then as he went away, a lion met him on the road and killed him. His body was thrown in the road, and the donkey stood beside it; the lion also stood beside the body. People passed by and saw the body thrown in the road, with the lion standing by the body. And they came and told it in the town where the old prophet lived.</p></div>09/18/20181 Kings 13:1-10http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1725http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1725<div class="ExternalClassA10CA23807FD4B06B3E74F368B7D9064"><p>​While Jeroboam was standing by the altar to offer incense, a man of God came out of Judah by the word of the LORD to Bethel and proclaimed against the altar by the word of the LORD, and said, &quot;O altar, altar, thus says the LORD&#58; 'A son shall be born to the house of David, Josiah by name; and he shall sacrifice on you the priests of the high places who offer incense on you, and human bones shall be burned on you.'&quot; He gave a sign the same day, saying, &quot;This is the sign that the LORD has spoken&#58; 'The altar shall be torn down, and the ashes that are on it shall be poured out.'&quot; When the king heard what the man of God cried out against the altar at Bethel, Jeroboam stretched out his hand from the altar, saying, &quot;Seize him!&quot; But the hand that he stretched out against him withered so that he could not draw it back to himself. The altar also was torn down, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign that the man of God had given by the word of the LORD. The king said to the man of God, &quot;Entreat now the favor of the LORD your God, and pray for me, so that my hand may be restored to me.&quot; So the man of God entreated the LORD; and the king's hand was restored to him, and became as it was before. Then the king said to the man of God, &quot;Come home with me and dine, and I will give you a gift.&quot; But the man of God said to the king, &quot;If you give me half your kingdom, I will not go in with you; nor will I eat food or drink water in this place. For thus I was commanded by the word of the LORD&#58; You shall not eat food, or drink water, or return by the way that you came.&quot; So he went another way, and did not return by the way that he had come to Bethel.</p></div>09/17/2018