Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1 Corinthians 1:10-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1083http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1083<div class="ExternalClassBD9F088E976347B9952EB8D67C2EFA4E"><p><strong>Third Sunday after Epiphany</strong></p><p>Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, &quot;I belong to Paul,&quot; or &quot;I belong to Apollos,&quot; or &quot;I belong to Cephas,&quot; or &quot;I belong to Christ.&quot; Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.</p><p>For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.</p><p>​</p></div>01/22/2017Luke 5:27-32http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1082http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1082<div class="ExternalClass2FA66AE11714482DADE1ACE57CFD5C13"><p><sup>27</sup>After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, &quot;Follow me.&quot; <sup>28</sup>And he got up, left everything, and followed him.</p><p><sup>29</sup>Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. <sup>30</sup>The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, &quot;Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?&quot; <sup>31</sup>Jesus answered, &quot;Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; <sup>32</sup>I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.&quot;</p></div>01/21/2017Galatians 2:1-10http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1081http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1081<div class="ExternalClass2EA3EF7781CB4D1DB7186E0378C57366"><p>​<sup>1</sup>Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. <sup>2</sup>I went up in response to a revelation. Then I laid before them (though only in a private meeting with the acknowledged leaders) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure that I was not running, or had not run, in vain. <sup>3</sup>But even Titus, who was with me, was not compelled to be circumcised, though he was a Greek. <sup>4</sup>But because of false believers secretly brought in, who slipped in to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might enslave us — <sup>5</sup>we did not submit to them even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might always remain with you. <sup>6</sup>And from those who were supposed to be acknowledged leaders (what they actually were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality) — those leaders contributed nothing to me. <sup>7</sup>On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel for the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel for the circumcised <sup>8</sup>(for he who worked through Peter making him an apostle to the circumcised also worked through me in sending me to the Gentiles), <sup>9</sup>and when James and Cephas and John, who were acknowledged pillars, recognized the grace that had been given to me, they gave to Barnabas and me the right hand of fellowship, agreeing that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. <sup>10</sup>They asked only one thing, that we remember the poor, which was actually what I was eager to do.</p></div>01/20/2017Galatians 1:11-24http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1080http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1080<div class="ExternalClass5A42203599624897A514B1DE16E9AB0E"><p>For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.</p><p>You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life in Judaism. I was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it. I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. But when God, who had set me apart before I was born and called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, so that I might proclaim him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with any human being, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were already apostles before me, but I went away at once into Arabia, and afterwards I returned to Damascus.</p><p>Then after three years I did go up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days; but I did not see any other apostle except James the Lord's brother. In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie! Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia, and I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea that are in Christ; they only heard it said, &quot;The one who formerly was persecuting us is now proclaiming the faith he once tried to destroy.&quot; And they glorified God because of me.</p></div>01/19/2017Matthew 16:13-19http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1079http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1079<div class="ExternalClassA435E48F6FF345E09D5B64BD336ED040"><p><strong>​Confession of Peter</strong></p><p>Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, &quot;Who do people say that the Son of Man is?&quot; And they said, &quot;Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.&quot; He said to them, &quot;But who do you say that I am?&quot; Simon Peter answered, &quot;You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.&quot; And Jesus answered him, &quot;Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.&quot;<br></p></div>01/18/2017Isaiah 53:1-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1078http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1078<div class="ExternalClass9618A4ACA4F94F9CA16A611A69D9BC18"><p>​Who has believed what we have heard?<br> And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?<br> For he grew up before him like a young plant,<br> and like a root out of dry ground;<br> he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,<br> nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.<br> He was despised and rejected by others;<br> a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;<br> and as one from whom others hide their faces <br>he was despised, and we held him of no account.<br> Surely he has borne our infirmities<br> and carried our diseases;<br> yet we accounted him stricken,<br> struck down by God, and afflicted.<br> But he was wounded for our transgressions,<br> crushed for our iniquities;<br> upon him was the punishment that made us whole,<br> and by his bruises we are healed.<br> All we like sheep have gone astray;<br> we have all turned to our own way,<br> and the LORD has laid on him<br> the iniquity of us all.<br> He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,<br> yet he did not open his mouth;<br> like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,<br> and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,<br> so he did not open his mouth.<br> By a perversion of justice he was taken away.<br> Who could have imagined his future?<br> For he was cut off from the land of the living,<br> stricken for the transgression of my people.<br> They made his grave with the wicked<br> and his tomb with the rich, <br>although he had done no violence,<br> and there was no deceit in his mouth.<br> Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him with pain.<br> When you make his life an offering for sin, <br>he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;<br> through him the will of the LORD shall prosper.<br> Out of his anguish he shall see light; <br>he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.<br> The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,<br> and he shall bear their iniquities.<br> Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,<br> and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;<br> because he poured out himself to death,<br> and was numbered with the transgressors;<br> yet he bore the sin of many,<br> and made intercession for the transgressors.</p></div>01/17/2017