Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Matthew 8:28—9:1http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/338http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/338<div class="ExternalClass9501E45D2F9A4579A3FF6A393C2D9A0D">When he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met him. They were so fierce that no one could pass that way. Suddenly they shouted, &quot;What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?&quot; Now a large herd of swine was feeding at some distance from them. The demons begged him, &quot;If you cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.&quot; And he said to them, &quot;Go!&quot; So they came out and entered the swine; and suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the water. The swineherds ran off, and on going into the town, they told the whole story about what had happened to the demoniacs. Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood. <br><br> And after getting into a boat he crossed the sea and came to his own town.</div>01/31/2015Deuteronomy 12:28-32http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/337http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/337<div class="ExternalClass99A7EF4C09D14750B80658062F5876F2">​Be careful to obey all these words that I command you today, so that it may go well with you and with your children after you forever, because you will be doing what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God.<br> <br>When the LORD your God has cut off before you the nations whom you are about to enter to dispossess them, when you have dispossessed them and live in their land, take care that you are not snared into imitating them, after they have been destroyed before you&#58; do not inquire concerning their gods, saying, &quot;How did these nations worship their gods? I also want to do the same.&quot; You must not do the same for the LORD your God, because every abhorrent thing that the LORD hates they have done for their gods. They would even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods. You must diligently observe everything that I command you; do not add to it or take anything from it.</div>01/30/2015Romans 9:6-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/336http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/336<div class="ExternalClass590B7BA85DFE47289628D8DDBDDB2281">​It is not as though the word of God had failed. For not all Israelites truly belong to Israel, and not all of Abraham's children are his true descendants; but &quot;It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named for you.&quot; This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as descendants. For this is what the promise said, &quot;About this time I will return and Sarah shall have a son.&quot; Nor is that all; something similar happened to Rebecca when she had conceived children by one husband, our ancestor Isaac. Even before they had been born or had done anything good or bad (so that God's purpose of election might continue, not by works but by his call) she was told, &quot;The elder shall serve the younger.&quot; As it is written,<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;I have loved Jacob,<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; but I have hated Esau.&quot;<br><br> What then are we to say? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means! For he says to Moses,<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.&quot;<br><br> So it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God who shows mercy. For the scripture says to Pharaoh, &quot;I have raised you up for the very purpose of showing my power in you, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.&quot; So then he has mercy on whomever he chooses, and he hardens the heart of whomever he chooses.</div>01/29/2015Mark 3:13-19ahttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/335http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/335<div class="ExternalClass698BBF5A8B894588A3C815252826FCBE">​He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast out demons. So he appointed the twelve&#58; Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.</div>01/28/2015Genesis 45:25 — 46:7http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/334http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/334<div class="ExternalClass61E24720E55E4A19BC0FCEC538DD9568">​So they went up out of Egypt and came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan. And they told him, &quot;Joseph is still alive! He is even ruler over all the land of Egypt.&quot; He was stunned; he could not believe them. But when they told him all the words of Joseph that he had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. Israel said, &quot;Enough! My son Joseph is still alive. I must go and see him before I die.&quot;<br> <br>When Israel set out on his journey with all that he had and came to Beer-sheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. God spoke to Israel in visions of the night, and said, &quot;Jacob, Jacob.&quot; And he said, &quot;Here I am.&quot; Then he said, &quot;I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again; and Joseph's own hand shall close your eyes.&quot;<br> <br>Then Jacob set out from Beer-sheba; and the sons of Israel carried their father Jacob, their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons that Pharaoh had sent to carry him. They also took their livestock and the goods that they had acquired in the land of Canaan, and they came into Egypt, Jacob and all his offspring with him, his sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters; all his offspring he brought with him into Egypt.</div>01/27/2015Psalm 67http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/333http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/333<div class="ExternalClass23DECA6BB70048F4A99B8C7DA6EB6BBA"><p>​<strong>Conversion of Paul (transferred)</strong><br><br>May God be gracious to us and bless us<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and make his face to shine upon us,<br> Selah<br> <br>that your way may be known upon earth,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; your saving power among all nations.<br> Let the peoples praise you, O God;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; let all the peoples praise you.<br> Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; for you judge the peoples with equity<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and guide the nations upon earth.<br> Selah<br> <br>Let the peoples praise you, O God;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; let all the peoples praise you.<br> The earth has yielded its increase;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; God, our God, has blessed us.<br> May God continue to bless us;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; let all the ends of the earth revere him.</p></div>01/26/2015