Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Malachi 2:1—3:1 http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1435http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1435<div class="ExternalClass5936C9B9287643F49DA31C956B63F0F5"><p>Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our ancestors? Judah has been faithless, and abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has profaned the sanctuary of the LORD, which he loves, and has married the daughter of a foreign god. May the LORD cut off from the tents of Jacob anyone who does this — any to witness or answer, or to bring an offering to the LORD of hosts.</p><p>And this you do as well&#58; You cover the LORD's altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor at your hand. You ask, &quot;Why does he not?&quot; Because the LORD was a witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. Did not one God make her? Both flesh and spirit are his. And what does the one God desire? Godly offspring. So look to yourselves, and do not let anyone be faithless to the wife of his youth. For I hate divorce, says the LORD, the God of Israel, and covering one's garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So take heed to yourselves and do not be faithless.</p><p>You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, &quot;How have we wearied him?&quot; By saying, &quot;All who do evil are good in the sight of the LORD, and he delights in them.&quot; Or by asking, &quot;Where is the God of justice?&quot;</p><p>See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the LORD whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight — indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. </p></div>12/13/2017Acts 11:1-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1432http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1432<div class="ExternalClassCEE84BB2262A4A28B3632D82B78EE8B7"><p>Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, &quot;Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?&quot; Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, 'Get up, Peter; kill and eat.' But I replied, 'By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.' But a second time the voice answered from heaven, 'What God has made clean, you must not call profane.' This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man's house. He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, 'Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.' And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, 'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?&quot; When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, &quot;Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.&quot;​</p></div>12/12/2017Isaiah 26:7-15http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1431http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1431<div class="ExternalClass20E73B9A290A47A29DB656629E0932FC"><p>​&#160;The way of the righteous is level;<br> &#160;O Just One, you make smooth the path of the righteous.<br> &#160;In the path of your judgments,<br> &#160;O LORD, we wait for you;<br> &#160;your name and your renown<br> &#160;are the soul's desire.<br> &#160;My soul yearns for you in the night,<br> &#160;my spirit within me earnestly seeks you.<br> &#160;For when your judgments are in the earth,<br> &#160;the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.<br> &#160;If favor is shown to the wicked,<br> &#160;they do not learn righteousness;<br> &#160;in the land of uprightness they deal perversely<br> &#160;and do not see the majesty of the LORD.<br> &#160;O LORD, your hand is lifted up,<br> &#160;but they do not see it.<br> &#160;Let them see your zeal for your people, and be ashamed.<br> &#160;Let the fire for your adversaries consume them.<br> &#160;O LORD, you will ordain peace for us,<br> &#160;for indeed, all that we have done, you have done for us.<br> &#160;O LORD our God,<br> &#160;other lords besides you have ruled over us,<br> &#160;but we acknowledge your name alone.<br> &#160;The dead do not live;<br> &#160;shades do not rise — <br>&#160;because you have punished and destroyed them,<br> &#160;and wiped out all memory of them.<br> &#160;But you have increased the nation, O LORD,<br> &#160;you have increased the nation; you are glorified;<br> &#160;you have enlarged all the borders of the land.</p></div>12/11/2017Mark 1:1-8http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1430http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1430<div class="ExternalClassE27C827E731E4C5D9AF6C27AAE7DAAE8"><p>​The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.<br> As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, <br>&#160;&quot;See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,<br> &#160;who will prepare your way;<br> &#160;the voice of one crying out in the wilderness&#58;<br> &#160;'Prepare the way of the Lord,<br> &#160;make his paths straight,'&quot;<br> John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, &quot;The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.&quot;</p></div>12/10/2017Mark 11:27-33http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1429http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1429<div class="ExternalClass8435C6CC64134F29A53E941E83B935CE"><p>​Again they came to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him and said, &quot;By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do them?&quot; Jesus said to them, &quot;I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin? Answer me.&quot; They argued with one another, &quot;If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?' But shall we say, 'Of human origin'?&quot; — they were afraid of the crowd, for all regarded John as truly a prophet. So they answered Jesus, &quot;We do not know.&quot; And Jesus said to them, &quot;Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.&quot;</p></div>12/09/2017Acts 11:19-26http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1428http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1428<div class="ExternalClassF15860A944724CA783E1F3188C9072A3">Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, and they spoke the word to no one except Jews. But among them were some men of Cyprus and Cyrene who, on coming to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists also, proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number became believers and turned to the Lord. News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast devotion; for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were brought to the Lord. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for an entire year they met with the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called &quot;Christians.&quot;</div>12/08/2017