Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Romans 9:6-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/336http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/336<div class="ExternalClass590B7BA85DFE47289628D8DDBDDB2281">​It is not as though the word of God had failed. For not all Israelites truly belong to Israel, and not all of Abraham's children are his true descendants; but &quot;It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named for you.&quot; This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as descendants. For this is what the promise said, &quot;About this time I will return and Sarah shall have a son.&quot; Nor is that all; something similar happened to Rebecca when she had conceived children by one husband, our ancestor Isaac. Even before they had been born or had done anything good or bad (so that God's purpose of election might continue, not by works but by his call) she was told, &quot;The elder shall serve the younger.&quot; As it is written,<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;I have loved Jacob,<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; but I have hated Esau.&quot;<br><br> What then are we to say? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means! For he says to Moses,<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.&quot;<br><br> So it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God who shows mercy. For the scripture says to Pharaoh, &quot;I have raised you up for the very purpose of showing my power in you, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.&quot; So then he has mercy on whomever he chooses, and he hardens the heart of whomever he chooses.</div>01/29/2015Mark 3:13-19ahttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/335http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/335<div class="ExternalClass698BBF5A8B894588A3C815252826FCBE">​He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons. So he appointed the twelve&#58; Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.</div>01/28/2015Genesis 45:25 — 46:7http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/334http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/334<div class="ExternalClass61E24720E55E4A19BC0FCEC538DD9568">​So they went up out of Egypt and came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan. And they told him, &quot;Joseph is still alive! He is even ruler over all the land of Egypt.&quot; He was stunned; he could not believe them. But when they told him all the words of Joseph that he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. Israel said, &quot;Enough! My son Joseph is still alive. I must go and see him before I die.&quot;<br> <br>When Israel set out on his journey with all that he had and came to Beer-sheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. God spoke to Israel in visions of the night, and said, &quot;Jacob, Jacob.&quot; And he said, &quot;Here I am.&quot; Then he said, &quot;I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again; and Joseph's own hand shall close your eyes.&quot;<br> <br>Then Jacob set out from Beer-sheba; and the sons of Israel carried their father Jacob, their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons that Pharaoh had sent to carry him. They also took their livestock and the goods that they had acquired in the land of Canaan, and they came into Egypt, Jacob and all his offspring with him, his sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters; all his offspring he brought with him into Egypt.</div>01/27/2015Psalm 67http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/333http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/333<div class="ExternalClass23DECA6BB70048F4A99B8C7DA6EB6BBA"><p>​<strong>Conversion of Paul (transferred)</strong><br><br>May God be gracious to us and bless us<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and make his face to shine upon us,<br> Selah<br> <br>that your way may be known upon earth,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; your saving power among all nations.<br> Let the peoples praise you, O God;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; let all the peoples praise you.<br> Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; for you judge the peoples with equity<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and guide the nations upon earth.<br> Selah<br> <br>Let the peoples praise you, O God;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; let all the peoples praise you.<br> The earth has yielded its increase;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; God, our God, has blessed us.<br> May God continue to bless us;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; let all the ends of the earth revere him.</p></div>01/26/20151 Corinthians 7:29-31http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/332http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/332<div class="ExternalClass7F252664283F46BF973E75C4B731977B"><p>​<strong>Third Sunday after Epiphany</strong><br><br>I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.</p></div>01/25/2015Jeremiah 20:14-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/331http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/331<div class="ExternalClassB4C173B051DC46D58FD3D43E309E941B">​Cursed be the day<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; on which I was born!<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; The day when my mother bore me,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; let it not be blessed!<br> Cursed be the man<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; who brought the news to my father, saying,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;A child is born to you, a son,&quot;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; making him very glad.<br> Let that man be like the cities<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; that the LORD overthrew without pity;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; let him hear a cry in the morning<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and an alarm at noon,<br> because he did not kill me in the womb;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; so my mother would have been my grave,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and her womb forever great.<br> Why did I come forth from the womb<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; to see toil and sorrow,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and spend my days in shame?</div>01/24/2015