Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/John 12:36-43http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/374http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/374<div class="ExternalClassD573C9B590AA4B57881ECB3E23F7BC53">​While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.&quot;<br> After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them. Although he had performed so many signs in their presence, they did not believe in him. This was to fulfill the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah&#58;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;Lord, who has believed our message,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?&quot;<br> And so they could not believe, because Isaiah also said,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;He has blinded their eyes<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and hardened their heart,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; so that they might not look with their eyes,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and understand with their heart and turn — <br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and I would heal them.&quot;<br> Isaiah said this because he saw his glory and spoke about him. Nevertheless many, even of the authorities, believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they did not confess it, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human glory more than the glory that comes from God.</div>03/04/2015Psalm 105:1-11, 37-45http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/373http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/373<div class="ExternalClass1924D2692D6A4186B58A2D2A7E31D1C5">​O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; make known his deeds among the peoples.<br> Sing to him, sing praises to him;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; tell of all his wonderful works.<br> Glory in his holy name;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.<br> Seek the LORD and his strength;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; seek his presence continually.<br> Remember the wonderful works he has done,<br> &#160; &#160;&#160;&#160;his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered,<br> O offspring of his servant Abraham,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; children of Jacob, his chosen ones.<br> He is the LORD our God;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; his judgments are in all the earth.<br> He is mindful of his covenant forever,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,<br> the covenant that he made with Abraham,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; his sworn promise to Isaac,<br> which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; to Israel as an everlasting covenant,<br> saying, &quot;To you I will give the land of Canaan<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; as your portion for an inheritance.&quot;<br> Then he brought Israel out with silver and gold,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and there was no one among their tribes who stumbled.<br> Egypt was glad when they departed,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; for dread of them had fallen upon it.<br> He spread a cloud for a covering,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and fire to give light by night.<br> They asked, and he brought quails,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and gave them food from heaven in abundance.<br> He opened the rock, and water gushed out;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; it flowed through the desert like a river.<br> For he remembered his holy promise,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and Abraham, his servant.<br> So he brought his people out with joy,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; his chosen ones with singing.<br> He gave them the lands of the nations,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and they took possession of the wealth of the peoples,<br> that they might keep his statutes<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and observe his laws.<br> &#160;&#160; &#160;&#160;Praise the LORD!</div>03/03/2015Hebrews 1:8-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/372http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/372<div class="ExternalClass531A2CCD2BF443C6B8B17A7F6549ADF9">​But of the Son he says,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and the righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom.<br> You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; therefore God, your God, has anointed you<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.&quot;<br> And,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and the heavens are the work of your hands;<br> they will perish, but you remain;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; they will all wear out like clothing;<br> like a cloak you will roll them up,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and like clothing they will be changed.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; But you are the same,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and your years will never end.&quot;</div>03/02/2015Romans 4:13-25http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/371http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/371<div class="ExternalClassADFCF7DD796E42859865EC17A1DA6B9D"><strong>​Second Sunday in Lent</strong><br><br>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.<br><br> 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; He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith &quot;was reckoned to him as righteousness.&quot; Now the words, &quot;it was reckoned to him,&quot; were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.</div>03/01/2015Psalm 22:23-31http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/370http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/370<div class="ExternalClassF9D68D0AF3CE4246806C029B1F37ECE1">​You who fear the LORD, praise him!<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!<br> For he did not despise or abhor<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; the affliction of the afflicted;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; he did not hide his face from me,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; but heard when I cried to him.<br> From you comes my praise in the great congregation;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; my vows I will pay before those who fear him.<br> The poor shall eat and be satisfied;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; those who seek him shall praise the LORD.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; May your hearts live forever!<br> All the ends of the earth shall remember<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and turn to the LORD;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and all the families of the nations<br> &#160;&#160;&#160; &#160;shall worship before him.<br> For dominion belongs to the LORD,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and he rules over the nations.<br> To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and I shall live for him.<br> Posterity will serve him;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; future generations will be told about the LORD,<br> and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; saying that he has done it.</div>02/28/2015Romans 4:1-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/369http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/369<div class="ExternalClass32C317B7EB164EC99DB524BE7F741BDC">​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>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven,<br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and whose sins are covered;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; blessed is the one against whom the Lord will not reckon sin.&quot;<br> 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.</div>02/27/2015