Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Job 4:1-21http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1509http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1509<div class="ExternalClass29D4443B31F64848A453A6FC93E3C432"><p>​Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered&#58;<br> &quot;If one ventures a word with you, will you be offended?<br> But who can keep from speaking?<br> See, you have instructed many;<br> you have strengthened the weak hands.<br> Your words have supported those who were stumbling,<br> and you have made firm the feeble knees.<br> But now it has come to you, and you are impatient;<br> it touches you, and you are dismayed.<br> Is not your fear of God your confidence,<br> and the integrity of your ways your hope?<br> &quot;Think now, who that was innocent ever perished?<br> Or where were the upright cut off?<br> As I have seen, those who plow iniquity<br> and sow trouble reap the same.<br> By the breath of God they perish,<br> and by the blast of his anger they are consumed.<br> The roar of the lion, the voice of the fierce lion,<br> and the teeth of the young lions are broken.<br> The strong lion perishes for lack of prey,<br> and the whelps of the lioness are scattered.<br> &quot;Now a word came stealing to me,<br> my ear received the whisper of it.<br> Amid thoughts from visions of the night,<br> when deep sleep falls on mortals,<br> dread came upon me, and trembling,<br> which made all my bones shake.<br> A spirit glided past my face;<br> the hair of my flesh bristled.<br> It stood still,<br> but I could not discern its appearance.<br> A form was before my eyes;<br> there was silence, then I heard a voice&#58;<br> 'Can mortals be righteous before God?<br> Can human beings be pure before their Maker?<br> Even in his servants he puts no trust,<br> and his angels he charges with error;<br> how much more those who live in houses of clay,<br> whose foundation is in the dust,<br> who are crushed like a moth.<br> Between morning and evening they are destroyed;<br> they perish forever without any regarding it.<br> Their tent-cord is plucked up within them,<br> and they die devoid of wisdom.'</p></div>02/19/2018Genesis 9:8-17http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1508http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1508<div class="ExternalClass957F3D9F68864161BA2BA7AC996FDAEA"><p>​First Sunday in Lent</p><p>Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, &quot;As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.&quot; God said, &quot;This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations&#58; I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.&quot; God said to Noah, &quot;This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.&quot;<br></p></div>02/18/2018Psalm 32http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1506http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1506<div class="ExternalClass107AB442C7404952AB23D97FFA8769C6"><p>Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,<br> whose sin is covered.<br> Happy are those to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity,<br> and in whose spirit there is no deceit.<br> While I kept silence, my body wasted away<br> through my groaning all day long.<br> For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;<br> my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.<br> Selah</p><p>Then I acknowledged my sin to you,<br> and I did not hide my iniquity;<br> I said, &quot;I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,&quot;<br> and you forgave the guilt of my sin.<br> Selah</p><p>Therefore let all who are faithful<br> offer prayer to you;<br> at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters<br> shall not reach them.<br> You are a hiding place for me;<br> you preserve me from trouble;<br> you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.<br> Selah</p><p>I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;<br> I will counsel you with my eye upon you.<br> Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding,<br> whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle,<br> else it will not stay near you.<br> Many are the torments of the wicked,<br> but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the LORD.<br> Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous,<br> and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.</p></div>02/17/2018Daniel 9:15-25ahttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1505http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1505<div class="ExternalClassBE0838941EF44C60AE2E6FC99AA4271A"><p>And now, O LORD our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and made your name renowned even to this day — we have sinned, we have done wickedly. O LORD, in view of all your righteous acts, let your anger and wrath, we pray, turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain; because of our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors, Jerusalem and your people have become a disgrace among all our neighbors. Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his supplication, and for your own sake, Lord, let your face shine upon your desolated sanctuary. Incline your ear, O my God, and hear. Open your eyes and look at our desolation and the city that bears your name. We do not present our supplication before you on the ground of our righteousness, but on the ground of your great mercies. O LORD, hear; O LORD, forgive; O LORD, listen and act and do not delay! For your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people bear your name!&quot;</p><p>While I was speaking, and was praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God on behalf of the holy mountain of my God — while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen before in a vision, came to me in swift flight at the time of the evening sacrifice. He came and said to me, &quot;Daniel, I have now come out to give you wisdom and understanding. At the beginning of your supplications a word went out, and I have come to declare it, for you are greatly beloved. So consider the word and understand the vision&#58;</p><p>Seventy weeks are decreed for your people and your holy city&#58; to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. Know therefore and understand&#58; from the time that the word went out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the time of an anointed prince, there shall be seven weeks; and for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with streets and moat, but in a troubled time. </p></div>02/16/20181 John 1:3-10http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1504http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1504<div class="ExternalClassE12A37847D3648A6A77236AC3E8C7850"><p>we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.</p><p>This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.</p></div>02/15/2018Psalm 51:1-17http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1503http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1503<div class="ExternalClass332C4A9F4C964C188F157BDFAB711C41"><p>​Ash Wednesday</p><p>Have mercy on me, O God,<br> according to your steadfast love;<br> according to your abundant mercy<br> blot out my transgressions.<br> Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,<br> and cleanse me from my sin.<br> For I know my transgressions,<br> and my sin is ever before me.<br> Against you, you alone, have I sinned,<br> and done what is evil in your sight,<br> so that you are justified in your sentence<br> and blameless when you pass judgment.<br> Indeed, I was born guilty,<br> a sinner when my mother conceived me.<br> You desire truth in the inward being;<br> therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.<br> Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;<br> wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.<br> Let me hear joy and gladness;<br> let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.<br> Hide your face from my sins,<br> and blot out all my iniquities.<br> Create in me a clean heart, O God,<br> and put a new and right spirit within me.<br> Do not cast me away from your presence,<br> and do not take your holy spirit from me.<br> Restore to me the joy of your salvation,<br> and sustain in me a willing spirit.<br> Then I will teach transgressors your ways,<br> and sinners will return to you.<br> Deliver me from bloodshed, O God,<br> O God of my salvation,<br> and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.<br> O LORD, open my lips,<br> and my mouth will declare your praise.<br> For you have no delight in sacrifice;<br> if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased.<br> The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;<br> a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.<br></p></div>02/14/2018