Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Psalm 105:1-11, 37-45http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/373http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/373<div class="ExternalClass1924D2692D6A4186B58A2D2A7E31D1C5">​O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; make known his deeds among the peoples.<br> Sing to him, sing praises to him;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; tell of all his wonderful works.<br> Glory in his holy name;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.<br> Seek the LORD and his strength;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; seek his presence continually.<br> Remember the wonderful works he has done,<br> &#160; &#160;&#160;&#160;his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered,<br> O offspring of his servant Abraham,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; children of Jacob, his chosen ones.<br> He is the LORD our God;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; his judgments are in all the earth.<br> He is mindful of his covenant forever,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,<br> the covenant that he made with Abraham,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; his sworn promise to Isaac,<br> which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; to Israel as an everlasting covenant,<br> saying, &quot;To you I will give the land of Canaan<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; as your portion for an inheritance.&quot;<br> Then he brought Israel out with silver and gold,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and there was no one among their tribes who stumbled.<br> Egypt was glad when they departed,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; for dread of them had fallen upon it.<br> He spread a cloud for a covering,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and fire to give light by night.<br> They asked, and he brought quails,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and gave them food from heaven in abundance.<br> He opened the rock, and water gushed out;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; it flowed through the desert like a river.<br> For he remembered his holy promise,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and Abraham, his servant.<br> So he brought his people out with joy,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; his chosen ones with singing.<br> He gave them the lands of the nations,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and they took possession of the wealth of the peoples,<br> that they might keep his statutes<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and observe his laws.<br> &#160;&#160; &#160;&#160;Praise the LORD!</div>03/03/2015Hebrews 1:8-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/372http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/372<div class="ExternalClass531A2CCD2BF443C6B8B17A7F6549ADF9">​But of the Son he says,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and the righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom.<br> You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; therefore God, your God, has anointed you<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.&quot;<br> And,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and the heavens are the work of your hands;<br> they will perish, but you remain;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; they will all wear out like clothing;<br> like a cloak you will roll them up,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and like clothing they will be changed.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; But you are the same,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and your years will never end.&quot;</div>03/02/2015Romans 4:13-25http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/371http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/371<div class="ExternalClassADFCF7DD796E42859865EC17A1DA6B9D"><strong>​Second Sunday in Lent</strong><br><br>For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.<br><br> For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, &quot;I have made you the father of many nations&quot;) — in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become &quot;the father of many nations,&quot; according to what was said, &quot;So numerous shall your descendants be.&quot; He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith &quot;was reckoned to him as righteousness.&quot; Now the words, &quot;it was reckoned to him,&quot; were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.</div>03/01/2015Psalm 22:23-31http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/370http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/370<div class="ExternalClassF9D68D0AF3CE4246806C029B1F37ECE1">​You who fear the LORD, praise him!<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!<br> For he did not despise or abhor<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; the affliction of the afflicted;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; he did not hide his face from me,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; but heard when I cried to him.<br> From you comes my praise in the great congregation;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; my vows I will pay before those who fear him.<br> The poor shall eat and be satisfied;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; those who seek him shall praise the LORD.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; May your hearts live forever!<br> All the ends of the earth shall remember<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and turn to the LORD;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and all the families of the nations<br> &#160;&#160;&#160; &#160;shall worship before him.<br> For dominion belongs to the LORD,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and he rules over the nations.<br> To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and I shall live for him.<br> Posterity will serve him;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; future generations will be told about the LORD,<br> and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; saying that he has done it.</div>02/28/2015Romans 4:1-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/369http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/369<div class="ExternalClass32C317B7EB164EC99DB524BE7F741BDC">​What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? &quot;Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.&quot; Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due. But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness. So also David speaks of the blessedness of those to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works&#58;<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven,<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and whose sins are covered;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; blessed is the one against whom the Lord will not reckon sin.&quot;<br> Is this blessedness, then, pronounced only on the circumcised, or also on the uncircumcised? We say, &quot;Faith was reckoned to Abraham as righteousness.&quot; How then was it reckoned to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the ancestor of all who believe without being circumcised and who thus have righteousness reckoned to them, and likewise the ancestor of the circumcised who are not only circumcised but who also follow the example of the faith that our ancestor Abraham had before he was circumcised.</div>02/27/2015Genesis 15:1-6, 12-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/368http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/368<div class="ExternalClass1FD66F8C765A4C109C19EC2B756E7B3E">After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, &quot;Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.&quot; But Abram said, &quot;O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?&quot; And Abram said, &quot;You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.&quot; But the word of the LORD came to him, &quot;This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.&quot; He brought him outside and said, &quot;Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.&quot; Then he said to him, &quot;So shall your descendants be.&quot; And he believed the LORD; and the LORD reckoned it to him as righteousness.<br> As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him. Then the LORD said to Abram, &quot;Know this for certain, that your offspring shall be aliens in a land that is not theirs, and shall be slaves there, and they shall be oppressed for four hundred years; but I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. As for yourself, you shall go to your ancestors in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. And they shall come back here in the fourth generation; for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.&quot;<br> When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, &quot;To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates.</div>02/26/2015