Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Ephesians 4:25-32http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1145http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1145<div class="ExternalClassA9D9D44536314AE6AC6E8A7BB1D2A613"><p>​So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil. Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.</p></div>03/23/2017Jeremiah 2:4-13http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1144http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1144<div class="ExternalClass396899837E5C4110A3E75526B7CBFAB4"><p>​</p><p>Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel. Thus says the LORD&#58;<br> What wrong did your ancestors find in me<br> that they went far from me,<br> and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves?<br> They did not say, &quot;Where is the LORD<br> who brought us up from the land of Egypt,<br> who led us in the wilderness,<br> in a land of deserts and pits,<br> in a land of drought and deep darkness,<br> in a land that no one passes through,<br> where no one lives?&quot;<br> I brought you into a plentiful land<br> to eat its fruits and its good things.<br> But when you entered you defiled my land,<br> and made my heritage an abomination.<br> The priests did not say, &quot;Where is the LORD?&quot;<br> Those who handle the law did not know me;<br> the rulers transgressed against me;<br> the prophets prophesied by Baal,<br> and went after things that do not profit.<br> Therefore once more I accuse you,<br> ays the LORD,<br> and I accuse your children's children.<br> Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look,<br> send to Kedar and examine with care;<br> see if there has ever been such a thing.<br> Has a nation changed its gods,<br> even though they are no gods?<br> But my people have changed their glory<br> for something that does not profit.<br> Be appalled, O heavens, at this,<br> be shocked, be utterly desolate, <br>says the LORD,</p><p>for my people have committed two evils&#58;<br> they have forsaken me,<br> the fountain of living water,<br> and dug out cisterns for themselves,<br> cracked cisterns<br> that can hold no water.</p></div>03/22/2017Genesis 29:1-14http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1143http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1143<div class="ExternalClassCE41DD3BFF2F4C3DBF1EF7C5733A2D92"><p>Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the people of the east. As he looked, he saw a well in the field and three flocks of sheep lying there beside it; for out of that well the flocks were watered. The stone on the well's mouth was large, and when all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone from the mouth of the well, and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place on the mouth of the well.</p><p>Jacob said to them, &quot;My brothers, where do you come from?&quot; They said, &quot;We are from Haran.&quot; He said to them, &quot;Do you know Laban son of Nahor?&quot; They said, &quot;We do.&quot; He said to them, &quot;Is it well with him?&quot; &quot;Yes,&quot; they replied, &quot;and here is his daughter Rachel, coming with the sheep.&quot; He said, &quot;Look, it is still broad daylight; it is not time for the animals to be gathered together. Water the sheep, and go, pasture them.&quot; But they said, &quot;We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together, and the stone is rolled from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep.&quot;</p><p>While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep; for she kept them. Now when Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of his mother's brother Laban, and the sheep of his mother's brother Laban, Jacob went up and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of his mother's brother Laban. Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and wept aloud. And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's kinsman, and that he was Rebekah's son; and she ran and told her father.</p><p>When Laban heard the news about his sister's son Jacob, he ran to meet him; he embraced him and kissed him, and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things, and Laban said to him, &quot;Surely you are my bone and my flesh!&quot; And he stayed with him a month.</p></div>03/21/2017Romans 4:13-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1142http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1142<div class="ExternalClass3FA7B4DF32DA459AA9DF5673B5C67F55"><p><strong>​Joseph, Guardian of Jesus (transferred)</strong></p><p>For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.</p><p>For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, &quot;I have made you the father of many nations&quot;) — in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become &quot;the father of many nations,&quot; according to what was said, &quot;So numerous shall your descendants be.&quot;</p></div>03/20/2017Exodus 17:1-7http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1141http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1141<div class="ExternalClass677141D0EFD24F80979B8C79337D0DE2"><p><strong>​Third Sunday in Lent</strong></p><p>From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the LORD commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarreled with Moses, and said, &quot;Give us water to drink.&quot; Moses said to them, &quot;Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?&quot; But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, &quot;Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?&quot; So Moses cried out to the LORD, &quot;What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.&quot; The LORD said to Moses, &quot;Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.&quot; Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the LORD, saying, &quot;Is the LORD among us or not?&quot;<br></p></div>03/19/2017John 4:1-6http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1140http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1140<div class="ExternalClassB1DB14B0E9FA41BBB9A74CB6D84D6A07"><p>​Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard, &quot;Jesus is making and baptizing more disciples than John&quot; — although it was not Jesus himself but his disciples who baptized — he left Judea and started back to Galilee. But he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.</p></div>03/18/2017