Daily Bible Readinghttps://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Revelation 18:21-24https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2512https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2512<div class="ExternalClassFE90AF83DD7A4191B2F5869E2453C999"><p>​<sup>21</sup>Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying,<br> &quot;With such violence Babylon the great city<br> will be thrown down,<br> and will be found no more;<br> <sup>22</sup>and the sound of harpists and minstrels and of flutists and trumpeters<br> will be heard in you no more;<br> and an artisan of any trade<br> will be found in you no more;<br> and the sound of the millstone<br> will be heard in you no more;<br> <sup>23</sup>and the light of a lamp<br> will shine in you no more;<br> and the voice of bridegroom and bride<br> will be heard in you no more;<br> for your merchants were the magnates of the earth,<br> and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.<br> <sup>24</sup>And in you was found the blood of prophets and of saints,<br> and of all who have been slaughtered on earth.&quot;</p></div>10/20/2020Isaiah 43:8-13https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2511https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2511<div class="ExternalClass931AF2C52CB649F1A343F53CA1D9A485"><p><strong>​Luke, Evangelist (transferred)</strong><span style="font-size&#58;10pt;font-family&#58;&quot;times new roman&quot;, serif;color&#58;black;"><br></span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;10pt;font-family&#58;&quot;times new roman&quot;, serif;color&#58;black;"></span><sup>8</sup>Bring forth the people who are blind, yet have eyes,<br> who are deaf, yet have ears!<br> <sup>9</sup>Let all the nations gather together,<br> and let the peoples assemble.<br> Who among them declared this,<br> and foretold to us the former things?<br> Let them bring their witnesses to justify them,<br> and let them hear and say, &quot;It is true.&quot;<br> <sup>10</sup>You are my witnesses, says the LORD,<br> and my servant whom I have chosen,<br> so that you may know and believe me<br> and understand that I am he.<br> Before me no god was formed,<br> nor shall there be any after me.<br> <sup>11</sup>I, I am the LORD,<br> and besides me there is no savior.<br> <sup>12</sup>I declared and saved and proclaimed,<br> when there was no strange god among you;<br> and you are my witnesses, says the LORD.<br> <sup>13</sup>I am God, and also henceforth I am He;<br> there is no one who can deliver from my hand;<br> I work and who can hinder it?<br></p></div>10/19/20201 Thessalonians 1:1-10https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2510https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2510<div class="ExternalClassDF93E5C4066F40A7A208AFB59E6F9620"><p><strong>​Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost</strong></p><p><sup>1</sup>Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,<br> To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ&#58;<br> Grace to you and peace.</p><p><sup>2</sup>We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly <sup>3</sup>remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. <sup>4</sup>For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, <sup>5</sup>because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. <sup>6</sup>And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, <sup>7</sup>so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. <sup>8</sup>For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. <sup>9</sup>For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, <sup>10</sup>and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead — Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.</p></div>10/18/2020Matthew 14:1-12https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2509https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2509<div class="ExternalClass7376F98AAB8F41CBB8FCFE37CD943CDB"><p>​<sup>1</sup>At that time Herod the ruler heard reports about about Jesus; <sup>2</sup>and he said to his servants, &quot;This is John the Baptist; he has been raised from the dead, and for this reason these powers are at work in him.&quot; <sup>3</sup>For Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, <sup>4</sup>because John had been telling him, &quot;It is not lawful for you to have her.&quot; <sup>5</sup>Though Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded him as a prophet. <sup>6</sup>But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company, and she pleased Herod <sup>7</sup>so much that he promised on oath to grant her whatever she might ask. <sup>8</sup>Prompted by her mother, she said, &quot;Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.&quot; <sup>9</sup>The king was grieved, yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he commanded it to be given; <sup>10</sup>he sent and had John beheaded in the prison. <sup>11</sup>The head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, who brought it to her mother. <sup>12</sup>His disciples came and took the body and buried it; then they went and told Jesus.</p></div>10/17/2020Deuteronomy 17:14-20https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2508https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2508<div class="ExternalClass8630EB598DC7440CAF2BDFE10BEB18DF"><p>​<sup>14</sup>When you have come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, &quot;I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,&quot; <sup>15</sup>you may indeed set over you a king whom the LORD your God will choose. One of your own community you may set as king over you; you are not permitted to put a foreigner over you, who is not of your own community. <sup>16</sup>Even so, he must not acquire many horses for himself, or return the people to Egypt in order to acquire more horses, since the LORD has said to you, &quot;You must never return that way again.&quot; <sup>17</sup>And he must not acquire many wives for himself, or else his heart will turn away; also silver and gold he must not acquire in great quantity for himself. <sup>18</sup>When he has taken the throne of his kingdom, he shall have a copy of this law written for him in the presence of the levitical priests. <sup>19</sup>It shall remain with him and he shall read in it all the days of his life, so that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, diligently observing all the words of this law and these statutes, <sup>20</sup>neither exalting himself above other members of the community nor turning aside from the commandment, either to the right or to the left, so that he and his descendants may reign long over his kingdom in Israel.</p></div>10/16/2020Judges 17:1-6https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2507https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2507<div class="ExternalClass79C594267DAC42C6B2BA7F9CD5DAB084"><p>​<sup>1</sup>There was a man in the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Micah. <sup>2</sup>He said to his mother, &quot;The eleven hundred pieces of silver that were taken from you, about which you uttered a curse, and even spoke it in my hearing, — that silver is in my possession; I took it; but now I will return it to you.&quot; And his mother said, &quot;May my son be blessed by the LORD!&quot; <sup>3</sup>Then he returned the eleven hundred pieces of silver to his mother; and his mother said, &quot;I consecrate the silver to the LORD from my hand for my son, to make an idol of cast metal.&quot; <sup>4</sup>So when he returned the money to his mother, his mother took two hundred pieces of silver, and gave it to the silversmith, who made it into an idol of cast metal; and it was in the house of Micah. <sup>5</sup>This man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and teraphim, and installed one of his sons, who became his priest. <sup>6</sup>In those days there was no king in Israel; all the people did what was right in their own eyes.</p></div>10/15/2020