Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Matthew 16:13-19http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1079http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1079<div class="ExternalClassA435E48F6FF345E09D5B64BD336ED040"><p><strong>​Confession of Peter</strong></p><p>Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, &quot;Who do people say that the Son of Man is?&quot; And they said, &quot;Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.&quot; He said to them, &quot;But who do you say that I am?&quot; Simon Peter answered, &quot;You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.&quot; And Jesus answered him, &quot;Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.&quot;<br></p></div>01/18/2017Isaiah 53:1-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1078http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1078<div class="ExternalClass9618A4ACA4F94F9CA16A611A69D9BC18"><p>​Who has believed what we have heard?<br> And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?<br> For he grew up before him like a young plant,<br> and like a root out of dry ground;<br> he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,<br> nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.<br> He was despised and rejected by others;<br> a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;<br> and as one from whom others hide their faces <br>he was despised, and we held him of no account.<br> Surely he has borne our infirmities<br> and carried our diseases;<br> yet we accounted him stricken,<br> struck down by God, and afflicted.<br> But he was wounded for our transgressions,<br> crushed for our iniquities;<br> upon him was the punishment that made us whole,<br> and by his bruises we are healed.<br> All we like sheep have gone astray;<br> we have all turned to our own way,<br> and the LORD has laid on him<br> the iniquity of us all.<br> He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,<br> yet he did not open his mouth;<br> like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,<br> and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,<br> so he did not open his mouth.<br> By a perversion of justice he was taken away.<br> Who could have imagined his future?<br> For he was cut off from the land of the living,<br> stricken for the transgression of my people.<br> They made his grave with the wicked<br> and his tomb with the rich, <br>although he had done no violence,<br> and there was no deceit in his mouth.<br> Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him with pain.<br> When you make his life an offering for sin, <br>he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;<br> through him the will of the LORD shall prosper.<br> Out of his anguish he shall see light; <br>he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.<br> The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,<br> and he shall bear their iniquities.<br> Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,<br> and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;<br> because he poured out himself to death,<br> and was numbered with the transgressors;<br> yet he bore the sin of many,<br> and made intercession for the transgressors.</p></div>01/17/2017Exodus 12:1-13, 21-28http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1077http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1077<div class="ExternalClass291559885B8547E19AB661E0EEB48556"><p>​</p><p><sup>1</sup>The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt&#58; <sup>2</sup>This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. <sup>3</sup>Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. <sup>4</sup>If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. <sup>5</sup>Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. <sup>6</sup>You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. <sup>7</sup>They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. <sup>8</sup>They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. <sup>9</sup>Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. <sup>10</sup>You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. <sup>11</sup>This is how you shall eat it&#58; your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the LORD. <sup>12</sup>For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments&#58; I am the LORD. <sup>13</sup>The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live&#58; when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.</p><p><sup>21</sup>Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, &quot;Go, select lambs for your families, and slaughter the passover lamb. <sup>22</sup>Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood in the basin. None of you shall go outside the door of your house until morning. <sup>23</sup>For the LORD will pass through to strike down the Egyptians; when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over that door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you down. <sup>24</sup>You shall observe this rite as a perpetual ordinance for you and your children. <sup>25</sup>When you come to the land that the LORD will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this observance. <sup>26</sup>And when your children ask you, 'What do you mean by this observance?' <sup>27</sup>you shall say, 'It is the passover sacrifice to the LORD, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt, when he struck down the Egyptians but spared our houses.'&quot; And the people bowed down and worshiped.</p><p><sup>28</sup>The Israelites went and did just as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron.</p></div>01/16/2017Isaiah 49:1-7http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1076http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1076<div class="ExternalClass60C566087A6549B6A1D3B3DD72BBFAD1"><p><strong>Second Sunday after Epiphany</strong><br></p><p>​<sup>1</sup>Listen to me, O coastlands,<br> &#160;pay attention, you peoples from far away!<br> &#160;The LORD called me before I was born,<br> &#160;while I was in my mother's womb he named me.<br> &#160;<sup>2</sup>He made my mouth like a sharp sword,<br> &#160;in the shadow of his hand he hid me;<br> &#160;he made me a polished arrow,<br> &#160;in his quiver he hid me away.<br> &#160;<sup>3</sup>And he said to me, &quot;You are my servant,<br> &#160;Israel, in whom I will be glorified.&quot;<br> &#160;<sup>4</sup>But I said, &quot;I have labored in vain,<br> &#160;I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;<br> &#160;yet surely my cause is with the LORD,<br> &#160;and my reward with my God.&quot;<br> &#160;<sup>5</sup>And now the LORD says,<br> &#160;who formed me in the womb to be his servant,<br> &#160;to bring Jacob back to him,<br> &#160;and that Israel might be gathered to him,<br> &#160;for I am honored in the sight of the LORD,<br> &#160;and my God has become my strength — <br>&#160;<sup>6</sup>he says,<br> &#160;&quot;It is too light a thing that you should be my servant<br> &#160;to raise up the tribes of Jacob<br> &#160;and to restore the survivors of Israel;<br> &#160;I will give you as a light to the nations,<br> &#160;that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.&quot;<br> &#160;<sup>7</sup>Thus says the LORD,<br> &#160;the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,<br> &#160;to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations,<br> &#160;the slave of rulers,<br> &#160;&quot;Kings shall see and stand up,<br> &#160;princes, and they shall prostrate themselves,<br> &#160;because of the LORD, who is faithful,<br> &#160;the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.&quot;</p></div>01/15/2017Luke 5:1-11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1075http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1075<div class="ExternalClass2E242D6E64554A26B4BDEF5313FE1B93"><p>​<sup>1</sup>Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, <sup>2</sup>he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. <sup>3</sup>He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. <sup>4</sup>When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, &quot;Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.&quot; <sup>5</sup>Simon answered, &quot;Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.&quot; <sup>6</sup>When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. <sup>7</sup>So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. <sup>8</sup>But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, &quot;Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!&quot; <sup>9</sup>For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; <sup>10</sup>and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, &quot;Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.&quot; <sup>11</sup>When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.</p></div>01/14/2017Psalm 40:1-11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1074http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1074<div class="ExternalClassE7E878581C5F42D2B1EC1FFBB0DDF9F8"><p>​I waited patiently for the LORD;<br> he inclined to me and heard my cry.<br> He drew me up from the desolate pit,<br> out of the miry bog,<br> and set my feet upon a rock,<br> making my steps secure.<br> He put a new song in my mouth,<br> a song of praise to our God.<br> Many will see and fear,<br> and put their trust in the LORD.<br> Happy are those who make<br> the LORD their trust,<br> who do not turn to the proud,<br> to those who go astray after false gods.<br> You have multiplied, O LORD my God,<br> your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;<br> none can compare with you.<br> Were I to proclaim and tell of them,<br> they would be more than can be counted.<br> Sacrifice and offering you do not desire,<br> but you have given me an open ear.<br> Burnt offering and sin offering<br> you have not required.<br>Then I said, &quot;Here I am;<br> in the scroll of the book it is written of me.<br> I delight to do your will, O my God;<br> your law is within my heart.&quot;<br> I have told the glad news of deliverance<br> in the great congregation;<br> see, I have not restrained my lips,<br> as you know, O LORD.<br> I have not hidden your saving help within my heart,<br> I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;<br> I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness<br> from the great congregation.<br> Do not, O LORD, withhold<br> your mercy from me;<br> let your steadfast love and your faithfulness<br> keep me safe forever.</p></div>01/13/2017