Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/721http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/721<div class="ExternalClassA162F2ED7380456CBFD54332DB0120FD"><p>​You who live in the shelter of the Most High,<br> who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,<br> will say to the LORD, &quot;My refuge and my fortress;<br> my God, in whom I trust.&quot;<br> Because you have made the LORD your refuge,<br> the Most High your dwelling place,<br> no evil shall befall you,<br> no scourge come near your tent.<br> For he will command his angels concerning you<br> to guard you in all your ways.<br> On their hands they will bear you up,<br> so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.<br> You will tread on the lion and the adder,<br> the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.<br> Those who love me, I will deliver;<br> I will protect those who know my name.<br> When they call to me, I will answer them;<br> I will be with them in trouble,<br> I will rescue them and honor them.<br> With long life I will satisfy them,<br> and show them my salvation.</p></div>02/12/2016Exodus 5:10-23http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/720http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/720<div class="ExternalClassF87B5F1B270643DEBFCAD5494048969B"><p>So the taskmasters and the supervisors of the people went out and said to the people, &quot;Thus says Pharaoh, 'I will not give you straw. Go and get straw yourselves, wherever you can find it; but your work will not be lessened in the least.'&quot; So the people scattered throughout the land of Egypt, to gather stubble for straw. The taskmasters were urgent, saying, &quot;Complete your work, the same daily assignment as when you were given straw.&quot; And the supervisors of the Israelites, whom Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and were asked, &quot;Why did you not finish the required quantity of bricks yesterday and today, as you did before?&quot;</p><p>Then the Israelite supervisors came to Pharaoh and cried, &quot;Why do you treat your servants like this? No straw is given to your servants, yet they say to us, 'Make bricks!' Look how your servants are beaten! You are unjust to your own people.&quot; He said, &quot;You are lazy, lazy; that is why you say, 'Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.' Go now, and work; for no straw shall be given you, but you shall still deliver the same number of bricks.&quot; The Israelite supervisors saw that they were in trouble when they were told, &quot;You shall not lessen your daily number of bricks.&quot; As they left Pharaoh, they came upon Moses and Aaron who were waiting to meet them. They said to them, &quot;The LORD look upon you and judge! You have brought us into bad odor with Pharaoh and his officials, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.&quot;</p><p>Then Moses turned again to the LORD and said, &quot;O LORD, why have you mistreated this people? Why did you ever send me? Since I first came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has mistreated this people, and you have done nothing at all to deliver your people.&quot;</p></div>02/11/20162 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/724http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/724<div class="ExternalClassFCCC7EEBE5D84098B2EF5472774EFD78"><p><strong>​Ash Wednesday</strong></p><p>So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.</p><p>As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says,<br> &quot;At an acceptable time I have listened to you,<br> and on a day of salvation I have helped you.&quot;</p><p>See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way&#58; through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see — we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.</p></div>02/10/2016Psalm 35:11-28http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/718http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/718<div class="ExternalClassA551CD6F231B4178904538944E5C1FCF"><p>​Malicious witnesses rise up;<br> they ask me about things I do not know.<br> They repay me evil for good;<br> my soul is forlorn.<br> But as for me, when they were sick,<br> I wore sackcloth;<br> I afflicted myself with fasting.<br> I prayed with head bowed on my bosom,<br> as though I grieved for a friend or a brother;<br> I went about as one who laments for a mother,<br> bowed down and in mourning.<br> But at my stumbling they gathered in glee,<br> they gathered together against me;<br> ruffians whom I did not know<br> tore at me without ceasing;<br> they impiously mocked more and more,<br> gnashing at me with their teeth.<br> How long, O LORD, will you look on?<br> Rescue me from their ravages,<br> my life from the lions!<br> Then I will thank you in the great congregation;<br> in the mighty throng I will praise you.<br> Do not let my treacherous enemies rejoice over me,<br> or those who hate me without cause wink the eye.<br> For they do not speak peace,<br> but they conceive deceitful words<br> against those who are quiet in the land.<br> They open wide their mouths against me;<br> they say, &quot;Aha, Aha,<br> our eyes have seen it.&quot;<br> You have seen, O LORD; do not be silent!<br> O LORD, do not be far from me!<br> Wake up! Bestir yourself for my defense,<br> for my cause, my God and my LORD!<br> Vindicate me, O LORD, my God,<br> according to your righteousness,<br> and do not let them rejoice over me.<br> Do not let them say to themselves,<br> &quot;Aha, we have our heart's desire.&quot;<br> Do not let them say, &quot;We have swallowed you up.&quot;<br> Let all those who rejoice at my calamity<br> be put to shame and confusion;<br> let those who exalt themselves against me<br> be clothed with shame and dishonor.<br> Let those who desire my vindication<br> shout for joy and be glad,<br> and say evermore,<br> &quot;Great is the LORD,<br> who delights in the welfare of his servant.&quot;<br> Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness<br> and of your praise all day long.</p></div>02/09/2016Acts 10:9-23ahttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/717http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/717<div class="ExternalClassB7AAE4CD90964B59AAC3E098BD2AA046"><p>About noon the next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat; and while it was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw the heaven opened and something like a large sheet coming down, being lowered to the ground by its four corners. In it were all kinds of four-footed creatures and reptiles and birds of the air. Then he heard a voice saying, &quot;Get up, Peter; kill and eat.&quot; But Peter said, &quot;By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is profane or unclean.&quot; The voice said to him again, a second time, &quot;What God has made clean, you must not call profane.&quot; This happened three times, and the thing was suddenly taken up to heaven.</p><p>Now while Peter was greatly puzzled about what to make of the vision that he had seen, suddenly the men sent by Cornelius appeared. They were asking for Simon's house and were standing by the gate. They called out to ask whether Simon, who was called Peter, was staying there. While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, &quot;Look, three men are searching for you. Now get up, go down, and go with them without hesitation; for I have sent them.&quot; So Peter went down to the men and said, &quot;I am the one you are looking for; what is the reason for your coming?&quot; They answered, &quot;Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who is well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and to hear what you have to say.&quot; So Peter invited them in and gave them lodging.</p><p>The next day he got up and went with them, and some of the believers from Joppa accompanied him.</p></div>02/08/2016Exodus 34:29-35http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/716http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/716<div class="ExternalClass2B49ECDCF21C42D18844DF8767D68CD7"><p>​Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them. Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; but whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him.</p></div>02/07/2016