Daily Bible Readinghttps://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Lamentations 3:55-66https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3440https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3440<div class="ExternalClass0FA0881F8656481F8D8824FA74B453C7"><p>​<sup>55</sup>I called on your name, O LORD,<br> from the depths of the pit;<br> <sup>56</sup>you heard my plea, &quot;Do not close your ear<br> to my cry for help, but give me relief!&quot;<br> <sup>57</sup>You came near when I called on you;<br> you said, &quot;Do not fear!&quot;<br> <sup>58</sup>You have taken up my cause, O LORD,<br> you have redeemed my life.<br> <sup>59</sup>You have seen the wrong done to me, O LORD;<br> judge my cause.<br> <sup>60</sup>You have seen all their malice,<br> all their plots against me.<br> <sup>61</sup>You have heard their taunts, O LORD,<br> all their plots against me.<br> <sup>62</sup>The whispers and murmurs of my assailants<br> are against me all day long.<br> <sup>63</sup>Whether they sit or rise — see,<br> I am the object of their taunt-songs.<br> <sup>64</sup>Pay them back for their deeds, O LORD,<br> according to the work of their hands!<br> <sup>65</sup>Give them anguish of heart;<br> your curse be on them!<br> <sup>66</sup>Pursue them in anger and destroy them<br> from under the LORD's heavens.<br></p></div>04/01/2023Psalm 31:9-16https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3439https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3439<div class="ExternalClassF95392CC54784A229CAAF421FE7E1C19"><p>​<sup>9</sup>Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;<br> my eye wastes away from grief,<br> my soul and body also.<br> <sup>10</sup>For my life is spent with sorrow,<br> and my years with sighing;<br> my strength fails because of my misery,<br> and my bones waste away.<br> <sup>11</sup>I am the scorn of all my adversaries,<br> a horror to my neighbors,<br> an object of dread to my acquaintances;<br> those who see me in the street flee from me.<br> <sup>12</sup>I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;<br> I have become like a broken vessel.<br> <sup>13</sup>For I hear the whispering of many —<br> terror all around! —<br> as they scheme together against me,<br> as they plot to take my life.<br> <sup>14</sup>But I trust in you, O LORD;<br> I say, &quot;You are my God.&quot;<br> <sup>15</sup>My times are in your hand;<br> deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.<br> <sup>16</sup>Let your face shine upon your servant;<br> save me in your steadfast love.<br></p></div>03/31/2023Philippians 1:1-11https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3438https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3438<div class="ExternalClassDF0F4077EE9F4B78A712D699450FE4DD"><p><sup>1</sup>Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,<br> To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons&#58;<br> <sup>2</sup>Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.</p><p><sup>3</sup>I thank my God every time I remember you, <sup>4</sup>constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, <sup>5</sup>because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. <sup>6</sup>I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. <sup>7</sup>It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God's grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. <sup>8</sup>For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. <sup>9</sup>And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight <sup>10</sup>to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, <sup>11</sup>having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.<br></p></div>03/30/2023Matthew 22:23-33https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3437https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3437<div class="ExternalClass5B7C11A875664AC3A5B78CAC4335089E"><p><sup>23</sup>The same day some Sadducees came to him, saying there is no resurrection; and they asked him a question, saying, <sup>24</sup>Teacher, Moses said, 'If a man dies childless, his brother shall marry the widow, and raise up children for his brother.' <sup>25</sup>Now there were seven brothers among us; the first married, and died childless, leaving the widow to his brother. <sup>26</sup>The second did the same, so also the third, down to the seventh. <sup>27</sup>Last of all, the woman herself died. <sup>28</sup>In the resurrection, then, whose wife of the seven will she be? For all of them had married her.&quot;</p><p><sup>29</sup>Jesus answered them, &quot;You are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God. <sup>30</sup>For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. <sup>31</sup>And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God, <sup>32</sup>'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is God not of the dead, but of the living.&quot; <sup>33</sup>And when the crowd heard it, they were astounded at his teaching.<br></p></div>03/29/2023Ephesians 2:1-10https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3436https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3436<div class="ExternalClassF95FDA59736E424C842E2CB02FF69A68"><p>​<sup>1</sup>You were dead through the trespasses and sins <sup>2</sup>in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. <sup>3</sup>All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. <sup>4</sup>But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us <sup>5</sup>even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved — <sup>6</sup>and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, <sup>7</sup>so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. <sup>8</sup>For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God — <sup>9</sup>not the result of works, so that no one may boast. <sup>10</sup>For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.<br></p></div>03/28/2023Acts 10:7-12https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3435https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/3435<div class="ExternalClass1F97A407EA374301B29F82B7A6F6CAB5"><p><sup>7</sup>When the angel who spoke to him had left, he called two of his slaves and a devout soldier from the ranks of those who served him, <sup>8</sup>and after telling them everything, he sent them to Joppa.</p><p><sup>9</sup>About noon the next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. <sup>10</sup>He became hungry and wanted something to eat; and while it was being prepared, he fell into a trance. <sup>11</sup>He saw the heaven opened and something like a large sheet coming down, being lowered to the ground by its four corners. <sup>12</sup>In it were all kinds of four-footed creatures and reptiles and birds of the air.<br></p></div>03/27/2023