Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1515http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1515<div class="ExternalClass383C270999F544868FF0A70F0D1E53BD"><p><strong>​Second Sunday in Lent</strong></p><p>When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, &quot;I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.&quot; Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, &quot;As for me, this is my covenant with you&#58; You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. God said to Abraham, &quot;As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.&quot;<br></p></div>02/25/2018Genesis 16:7-15http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1514http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1514<div class="ExternalClass77130591BA59450CA375BD5DEB97B601"><p>The angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. And he said, &quot;Hagar, slave- girl of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?&quot; She said, &quot;I am running away from my mistress Sarai.&quot; The angel of the LORD said to her, &quot;Return to your mistress, and submit to her.&quot; The angel of the LORD also said to her, &quot;I will so greatly multiply your offspring that they cannot be counted for multitude.&quot; And the angel of the LORD said to her,<br> &quot;Now you have conceived and shall bear a son;<br> you shall call him Ishmael,<br> for the LORD has given heed to your affliction.<br> He shall be a wild ass of a man,<br> with his hand against everyone,<br> and everyone's hand against him;<br> and he shall live at odds with all his kin.&quot;</p><p>So she named the LORD who spoke to her, &quot;You are El-roi&quot;; for she said, &quot;Have I really seen God and remained alive after seeing him? Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; it lies between Kadesh and Bered.</p><p>Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram named his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael.</p></div>02/24/2018Romans 4:1-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1513http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1513<div class="ExternalClass7087F6749CF7451E81A3ABFE1F479ABD"><p>What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? &quot;Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.&quot; Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due. But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness. So also David speaks of the blessedness of those to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works&#58;<br> &quot;Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven,<br> and whose sins are covered;<br> blessed is the one against whom the Lord will not reckon sin.&quot;</p><p>Is this blessedness, then, pronounced only on the circumcised, or also on the uncircumcised? We say, &quot;Faith was reckoned to Abraham as righteousness.&quot; How then was it reckoned to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the ancestor of all who believe without being circumcised and who thus have righteousness reckoned to them, and likewise the ancestor of the circumcised who are not only circumcised but who also follow the example of the faith that our ancestor Abraham had before he was circumcised.</p></div>02/23/2018Romans 3:21-31http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1512http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1512<div class="ExternalClass00ADABDF1F5749369AF2AA07B77E04BD"><p>But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed; it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus.</p><p>Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since God is one; and he will justify the circumcised on the ground of faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.</p></div>02/22/2018Matthew 4:1-11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1511http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1511<div class="ExternalClassD7A8200CAEB84F7C8E88D2D15E9F2D04"><p>Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, &quot;If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.&quot; But he answered, &quot;It is written,<br> 'One does not live by bread alone,<br> but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'&quot;<br> Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, &quot;If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written,<br> 'He will command his angels concerning you,'<br> and 'On their hands they will bear you up,<br> so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.'&quot;</p><p>Jesus said to him, &quot;Again it is written, 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'&quot;<br> Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; and he said to him, &quot;All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.&quot; Jesus said to him, &quot;Away with you, Satan! for it is written,<br> 'Worship the Lord your God,<br> and serve only him.'&quot;</p><p>Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.</p></div>02/21/2018Psalm 77http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1510http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1510<div class="ExternalClassAAABA36FB6CD461399BFBE21F2DF3417"><p>​</p><p>I cry aloud to God,<br> aloud to God, that he may hear me.<br> In the day of my trouble I seek the LORD;<br> in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;<br> my soul refuses to be comforted.<br> I think of God, and I moan;<br> I meditate, and my spirit faints.<br> Selah</p><p>You keep my eyelids from closing;<br> I am so troubled that I cannot speak.<br> I consider the days of old,<br> and remember the years of long ago.<br> I commune with my heart in the night;<br> I meditate and search my spirit&#58;<br> &quot;Will the LORD spurn forever,<br> and never again be favorable?<br> Has his steadfast love ceased forever?<br> Are his promises at an end for all time?<br> Has God forgotten to be gracious?<br> Has he in anger shut up his compassion?&quot;<br> Selah</p><p>And I say, &quot;It is my grief<br> that the right hand of the Most High has changed.&quot;<br> I will call to mind the deeds of the LORD;<br> I will remember your wonders of old.<br> I will meditate on all your work,<br> and muse on your mighty deeds.<br> Your way, O God, is holy.<br> What god is so great as our God?<br> You are the God who works wonders;<br> you have displayed your might among the peoples.<br> With your strong arm you redeemed your people,<br> the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.<br> Selah</p><p>When the waters saw you, O God,<br> when the waters saw you, they were afraid;<br> the very deep trembled.<br> The clouds poured out water;<br> the skies thundered;<br> your arrows flashed on every side.<br> The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;<br> your lightnings lit up the world;<br> the earth trembled and shook.<br> Your way was through the sea,<br> your path, through the mighty waters;<br> yet your footprints were unseen.<br> You led your people like a flock<br> by the hand of Moses and Aaron.</p></div>02/20/2018