Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Romans 10:8b-13http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/723http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/723<div class="ExternalClass75034C0C265E47B78924BC79FB3C8786"><p>​<strong>First Sunday in Lent</strong></p><p>But what does it say?<br> &quot;The word is near you,<br> on your lips and in your heart&quot;<br> (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, &quot;No one who believes in him will be put to shame.&quot; For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, &quot;Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.&quot;</p></div>02/14/2016John 12:27-36http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/722http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/722<div class="ExternalClass1BF5C03514BA4CB9BFF605775ADFADE7"><p>Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say — 'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.&quot; Then a voice came from heaven, &quot;I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.&quot; The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, &quot;An angel has spoken to him.&quot; Jesus answered, &quot;This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.&quot; He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die. The crowd answered him, &quot;We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?&quot; Jesus said to them, &quot;The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.&quot;</p><p>After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them.</p></div>02/13/2016Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/721http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/721<div class="ExternalClassA162F2ED7380456CBFD54332DB0120FD"><p>​You who live in the shelter of the Most High,<br> who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,<br> will say to the LORD, &quot;My refuge and my fortress;<br> my God, in whom I trust.&quot;<br> Because you have made the LORD your refuge,<br> the Most High your dwelling place,<br> no evil shall befall you,<br> no scourge come near your tent.<br> For he will command his angels concerning you<br> to guard you in all your ways.<br> On their hands they will bear you up,<br> so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.<br> You will tread on the lion and the adder,<br> the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.<br> Those who love me, I will deliver;<br> I will protect those who know my name.<br> When they call to me, I will answer them;<br> I will be with them in trouble,<br> I will rescue them and honor them.<br> With long life I will satisfy them,<br> and show them my salvation.</p></div>02/12/2016Exodus 5:10-23http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/720http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/720<div class="ExternalClassF87B5F1B270643DEBFCAD5494048969B"><p>So the taskmasters and the supervisors of the people went out and said to the people, &quot;Thus says Pharaoh, 'I will not give you straw. Go and get straw yourselves, wherever you can find it; but your work will not be lessened in the least.'&quot; So the people scattered throughout the land of Egypt, to gather stubble for straw. The taskmasters were urgent, saying, &quot;Complete your work, the same daily assignment as when you were given straw.&quot; And the supervisors of the Israelites, whom Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and were asked, &quot;Why did you not finish the required quantity of bricks yesterday and today, as you did before?&quot;</p><p>Then the Israelite supervisors came to Pharaoh and cried, &quot;Why do you treat your servants like this? No straw is given to your servants, yet they say to us, 'Make bricks!' Look how your servants are beaten! You are unjust to your own people.&quot; He said, &quot;You are lazy, lazy; that is why you say, 'Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.' Go now, and work; for no straw shall be given you, but you shall still deliver the same number of bricks.&quot; The Israelite supervisors saw that they were in trouble when they were told, &quot;You shall not lessen your daily number of bricks.&quot; As they left Pharaoh, they came upon Moses and Aaron who were waiting to meet them. They said to them, &quot;The LORD look upon you and judge! You have brought us into bad odor with Pharaoh and his officials, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.&quot;</p><p>Then Moses turned again to the LORD and said, &quot;O LORD, why have you mistreated this people? Why did you ever send me? Since I first came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has mistreated this people, and you have done nothing at all to deliver your people.&quot;</p></div>02/11/20162 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/724http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/724<div class="ExternalClassFCCC7EEBE5D84098B2EF5472774EFD78"><p><strong>​Ash Wednesday</strong></p><p>So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.</p><p>As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says,<br> &quot;At an acceptable time I have listened to you,<br> and on a day of salvation I have helped you.&quot;</p><p>See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way&#58; through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see — we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.</p></div>02/10/2016Psalm 35:11-28http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/718http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/718<div class="ExternalClassA551CD6F231B4178904538944E5C1FCF"><p>​Malicious witnesses rise up;<br> they ask me about things I do not know.<br> They repay me evil for good;<br> my soul is forlorn.<br> But as for me, when they were sick,<br> I wore sackcloth;<br> I afflicted myself with fasting.<br> I prayed with head bowed on my bosom,<br> as though I grieved for a friend or a brother;<br> I went about as one who laments for a mother,<br> bowed down and in mourning.<br> But at my stumbling they gathered in glee,<br> they gathered together against me;<br> ruffians whom I did not know<br> tore at me without ceasing;<br> they impiously mocked more and more,<br> gnashing at me with their teeth.<br> How long, O LORD, will you look on?<br> Rescue me from their ravages,<br> my life from the lions!<br> Then I will thank you in the great congregation;<br> in the mighty throng I will praise you.<br> Do not let my treacherous enemies rejoice over me,<br> or those who hate me without cause wink the eye.<br> For they do not speak peace,<br> but they conceive deceitful words<br> against those who are quiet in the land.<br> They open wide their mouths against me;<br> they say, &quot;Aha, Aha,<br> our eyes have seen it.&quot;<br> You have seen, O LORD; do not be silent!<br> O LORD, do not be far from me!<br> Wake up! Bestir yourself for my defense,<br> for my cause, my God and my LORD!<br> Vindicate me, O LORD, my God,<br> according to your righteousness,<br> and do not let them rejoice over me.<br> Do not let them say to themselves,<br> &quot;Aha, we have our heart's desire.&quot;<br> Do not let them say, &quot;We have swallowed you up.&quot;<br> Let all those who rejoice at my calamity<br> be put to shame and confusion;<br> let those who exalt themselves against me<br> be clothed with shame and dishonor.<br> Let those who desire my vindication<br> shout for joy and be glad,<br> and say evermore,<br> &quot;Great is the LORD,<br> who delights in the welfare of his servant.&quot;<br> Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness<br> and of your praise all day long.</p></div>02/09/2016