Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1030http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1030<div class="ExternalClass6023525250B64CEEB69508ABF96ACE8D"><p>​Give the king your justice, O God,<br> and your righteousness to a king's son.<br> May he judge your people with righteousness,<br> and your poor with justice.<br> May the mountains yield prosperity for the people,<br> and the hills, in righteousness.<br> May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,<br> give deliverance to the needy,<br> and crush the oppressor.<br> May he live while the sun endures,<br> and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.<br> May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,<br> like showers that water the earth.<br> In his days may righteousness flourish<br> and peace abound, until the moon is no more.<br> Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,<br> who alone does wondrous things.<br> Blessed be his glorious name forever;<br> may his glory fill the whole earth.<br> Amen and Amen.</p></div>12/02/2016Acts 1:12-17, 21-26http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1029http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1029<div class="ExternalClassECC06DF6D1F645C48EB0593B660CA71A"><p>Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day's journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.</p><p>In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus — for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.&quot; So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us — one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.&quot; So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said, &quot;Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.&quot; And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.</p></div>12/01/2016Ezekiel 3:16-21http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1028http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1028<div class="ExternalClassDEEC0EE4402047E78C52F13DBA14B696"><p><strong>Andrew, Apostle</strong><br></p><p>​At the end of seven days, the word of the LORD came to me&#58; Mortal, I have made you a sentinel for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, &quot;You shall surely die,&quot; and you give them no warning, or speak to warn the wicked from their wicked way, in order to save their life, those wicked persons shall die for their iniquity; but their blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked, and they do not turn from their wickedness, or from their wicked way, they shall die for their iniquity; but you will have saved your life. Again, if the righteous turn from their righteousness and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before them, they shall die; because you have not warned them, they shall die for their sin, and their righteous deeds that they have done shall not be remembered; but their blood I will require at your hand. If, however, you warn the righteous not to sin, and they do not sin, they shall surely live, because they took warning; and you will have saved your life.</p></div>11/30/2016Hebrews 11:32-40http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1027http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1027<div class="ExternalClassD72ED6667CB34D61A7B6E32DF3E73AEE"><p>And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets — who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented — of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.</p><p>Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect.</p></div>11/29/2016Genesis 8:1-19http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1026http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1026<div class="ExternalClass54E4742E468D41A1B58F67E88B6B5501"><p>But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and all the domestic animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided; the fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, and the waters gradually receded from the earth. At the end of one hundred fifty days the waters had abated; and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. The waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains appeared.</p><p>At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent out the raven; and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. Then he sent out the dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground; but the dove found no place to set its foot, and it returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took it and brought it into the ark with him. He waited another seven days, and again he sent out the dove from the ark; and the dove came back to him in the evening, and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. Then he waited another seven days, and sent out the dove; and it did not return to him any more.</p><p>In the six hundred first year, in the first month, on first day of the month, the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and saw that the face of the ground was drying. In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry. Then God said to Noah, &quot;Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh — birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth — so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.&quot; So Noah went out with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives. And every animal, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out of the ark by families.</p></div>11/28/2016Romans 13:11-14http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1025http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1025<div class="ExternalClass09AF526DCEC24C309A20698FF4F4C72A"><p><strong>​First Sunday of Advent</strong></p><p>Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.<br></p></div>11/27/2016