Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Jeremiah 20:7-13http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1474http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1474<div class="ExternalClass664447589BCD4149B1B07CD8C7979C7B"><p>​O LORD, you have enticed me,<br> and I was enticed;<br> you have overpowered me,<br> and you have prevailed.<br> I have become a laughingstock all day long;<br> everyone mocks me.<br> For whenever I speak, I must cry out,<br> I must shout, &quot;Violence and destruction!&quot;<br> For the word of the LORD has become for me<br> a reproach and derision all day long.<br> If I say, &quot;I will not mention him,<br> or speak any more in his name,&quot;<br> then within me there is something like a burning fire<br> shut up in my bones;<br> I am weary with holding it in,<br> and I cannot.<br> For I hear many whispering&#58;<br> &quot;Terror is all around!<br> Denounce him! Let us denounce him!&quot;<br> All my close friends<br> are watching for me to stumble.<br> &quot;Perhaps he can be enticed,<br> and we can prevail against him,<br> and take our revenge on him.&quot;<br> But the LORD is with me like a dread warrior;<br> therefore my persecutors will stumble,<br> and they will not prevail.<br> They will be greatly shamed,<br> for they will not succeed.<br> Their eternal dishonor<br> will never be forgotten.<br> O LORD of hosts, you test the righteous,<br> you see the heart and the mind;<br> let me see your retribution upon them,<br> for to you I have committed my cause.<br> Sing to the LORD;<br> praise the LORD!<br> For he has delivered the life of the needy<br> from the hands of evildoers.</p></div>01/19/2018Acts 4:8-13http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1473http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1473<div class="ExternalClass836A7D5106D14C80B34500A1640B8B46"><p><strong>Confession of Peter</strong></p><p>Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, &quot;Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is<br> 'the stone that was rejected by you, the builders;<br> it has become the cornerstone.'</p><p>There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.&quot;</p><p>Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus.​</p></div>01/18/2018Genesis 16:1-14http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1472http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1472<div class="ExternalClass39080EA321C5464CB469A774346E8D97"><p>Now Sarai, Abram's wife, bore him no children. She had an Egyptian slave-girl whose name was Hagar, and Sarai said to Abram, &quot;You see that the LORD has prevented me from bearing children; go in to my slave-girl; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.&quot; And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her slave-girl, and gave her to her husband Abram as a wife. He went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress. Then Sarai said to Abram, &quot;May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my slave- girl to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the LORD judge between you and me!&quot; But Abram said to Sarai, &quot;Your slave-girl is in your power; do to her as you please.&quot; Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she ran away from her.</p><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></div>01/17/2018Psalm 86http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1471http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1471<div class="ExternalClass8B0C31D8331247CC86677EDC0C22DF14"><p>​Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me,<br> for I am poor and needy.<br> Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you;<br> save your servant who trusts in you.<br> You are my God; be gracious to me, O LORD,<br> for to you do I cry all day long.<br> Gladden the soul of your servant,<br> for to you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.<br> For you, O LORD, are good and forgiving,<br> abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.<br> Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;<br> listen to my cry of supplication.<br> In the day of my trouble I call on you,<br> for you will answer me.<br> There is none like you among the gods, O LORD,<br> nor are there any works like yours.<br> All the nations you have made shall come<br> and bow down before you, O LORD,<br> and shall glorify your name.<br> For you are great and do wondrous things;<br> you alone are God.<br> Teach me your way, O LORD,<br> that I may walk in your truth;<br> give me an undivided heart to revere your name.<br> I give thanks to you, O LORD my God, with my whole heart,<br> and I will glorify your name forever.<br> For great is your steadfast love toward me;<br> you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.<br> O God, the insolent rise up against me;<br> a band of ruffians seeks my life,<br> and they do not set you before them.<br> But you, O LORD, are a God merciful and gracious,<br> slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.<br> Turn to me and be gracious to me;<br> give your strength to your servant;<br> save the child of your serving girl.<br> Show me a sign of your favor,<br> so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame,<br> because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.</p></div>01/16/20182 Corinthians 6:14—7:1http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1470http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1470<div class="ExternalClass8A28F41586134D6C9936E30785389D1A"><p>Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship is there between light and darkness? What agreement does Christ have with Beliar? Or what does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,<br> &quot;I will live in them and walk among them,<br> and I will be their God,<br> and they shall be my people.<br> Therefore come out from them,<br> and be separate from them, says the Lord,<br> and touch nothing unclean;<br> then I will welcome you,<br> and I will be your father,<br> and you shall be my sons and daughters,<br> says the Lord Almighty.&quot;</p><p>Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and of spirit, making holiness perfect in the fear of God.</p></div>01/15/20181 Samuel 3:1-20http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1469http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1469<div class="ExternalClass49665BC675464DC4AB6C85986BC6AAF3"><p><strong>​Second Sunday after Epiphany</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size&#58;10pt;color&#58;black;">Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD under Eli. The word of the LORD was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size&#58;10pt;color&#58;black;">At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was. Then the LORD called, &quot;Samuel! Samuel!&quot; and he said, &quot;Here I am!&quot; and ran to Eli, and said, &quot;Here I am, for you called me.&quot; But he said, &quot;I did not call; lie down again.&quot; So he went and lay down. The LORD called again, &quot;Samuel!&quot; Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, &quot;Here I am, for you called me.&quot; But he said, &quot;I did not call, my son; lie down again.&quot; Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. The LORD called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, &quot;Here I am, for you called me.&quot; Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, &quot;Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, 'Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.'&quot; So Samuel went and lay down in his place.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size&#58;10pt;color&#58;black;">Now the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, &quot;Samuel! Samuel!&quot; And Samuel said, &quot;Speak, for your servant is listening.&quot; Then the LORD said to Samuel, &quot;See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.&quot;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size&#58;10pt;color&#58;black;">Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the LORD. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said, &quot;Samuel, my son.&quot; He said, &quot;Here I am.&quot; Eli said, &quot;What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.&quot; So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, &quot;It is the LORD; let him do what seems good to him.&quot;</span></p> <span style="font-size&#58;10pt;font-family&#58;&quot;times new roman&quot;,serif;color&#58;black;">As Samuel grew up, the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the LORD.</span></div>01/14/2018