Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Philippians 2:5-11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/402http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/402<div class="ExternalClass699F5E2B54F54C3DAEB1F1B7EFB047E3">​Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,<br> who, though he was in the form of God,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; did not regard equality with God<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; as something to be exploited,<br> but emptied himself,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; taking the form of a slave,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; being born in human likeness.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; And being found in human form,<br> he humbled himself<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and became obedient to the point of death — <br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; even death on a cross.<br> Therefore God also highly exalted him<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and gave him the name<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; that is above every name,<br> so that at the name of Jesus<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; every knee should bend,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; in heaven and on earth and under the earth,<br> and every tongue should confess<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; that Jesus Christ is Lord,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; to the glory of God the Father.</div>03/29/2015Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/398http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/398<div class="ExternalClass0717F1E9EAC84CDA8DCF5BCC1595BE7C">​O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; his steadfast love endures forever!<br> Let Israel say,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &quot;His steadfast love endures forever.&quot;<br> Open to me the gates of righteousness,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; that I may enter through them<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and give thanks to the LORD.<br> This is the gate of the LORD;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; the righteous shall enter through it.<br> I thank you that you have answered me<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and have become my salvation.<br> The stone that the builders rejected<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; has become the chief cornerstone.<br> This is the LORD's doing;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; it is marvelous in our eyes.<br> This is the day that the LORD has made;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; let us rejoice and be glad in it.<br> Save us, we beseech you, O LORD!<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; O LORD, we beseech you, give us success!<br> Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; We bless you from the house of the LORD.<br> The LORD is God,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and he has given us light.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Bind the festal procession with branches,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; up to the horns of the altar.<br> You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; you are my God, I will extol you.<br> O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; for his steadfast love endures forever.</div>03/28/2015Philippians 2:12-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/397http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/397<div class="ExternalClassAD352CF6818C4F68AF7941B41E97CCF2">​Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.<br><br> Do all things without murmuring and arguing, so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world. It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out as a libation over the sacrifice and the offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you — and in the same way you also must be glad and rejoice with me.</div>03/27/2015Deuteronomy 16:1-8http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/396http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/396<div class="ExternalClass54B6126C5612457BA704BE84CECD0B20">​Observe the month of Abib by keeping the passover to the LORD your God, for in the month of Abib the LORD your God brought you out of Egypt by night. You shall offer the passover sacrifice to the LORD your God, from the flock and the herd, at the place that the LORD will choose as a dwelling for his name. You must not eat with it anything leavened. For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread with it — the bread of affliction — because you came out of the land of Egypt in great haste, so that all the days of your life you may remember the day of your departure from the land of Egypt. No leaven shall be seen with you in all your territory for seven days; and none of the meat of what you slaughter on the evening of the first day shall remain until morning. You are not permitted to offer the passover sacrifice within any of your towns that the LORD your God is giving you. But at the place that the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his name, only there shall you offer the passover sacrifice, in the evening at sunset, the time of day when you departed from Egypt. You shall cook it and eat it at the place that the LORD your God will choose; the next morning you may go back to your tents. For six days you shall continue to eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a solemn assembly for the LORD your God, when you shall do no work.</div>03/26/2015Psalm 45http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/395http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/395<div class="ExternalClassE2FCD69E7324466D97A89C130A5342FC"><strong>​Annunciation of Our Lord</strong><br><br>My heart overflows with a goodly theme;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; I address my verses to the king;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.<br> You are the most handsome of men;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; grace is poured upon your lips;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160; &#160;therefore God has blessed you forever.<br> Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; in your glory and majesty.<br> In your majesty ride on victoriously<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; for the cause of truth and to defend the right;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; let your right hand teach you dread deeds.<br> Your arrows are sharp<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; in the heart of the king's enemies;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; the peoples fall under you.<br> Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Your royal scepter is a scepter of equity;<br> you love righteousness and hate 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;<br> your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;<br> daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.<br> Hear, O daughter, consider and incline your ear;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; forget your people and your father's house,<br> and the king will desire your beauty.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Since he is your lord, bow to him;<br> the people of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; the richest of the people with all kinds of wealth.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; The princess is decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes;<br> in many-colored robes she is led to the king;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; behind her the virgins, her companions, follow.<br> With joy and gladness they are led along<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; as they enter the palace of the king.<br> In the place of ancestors you, O king, shall have sons;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; you will make them princes in all the earth.<br> I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; therefore the peoples will praise you forever and ever.</div>03/25/2015Isaiah 44:1-8http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/394http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/394<div class="ExternalClass278AF65B80D74843876EB9EFD265A821">​But now hear, O Jacob my servant,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Israel whom I have chosen!<br> Thus says the LORD who made you,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; who formed you in the womb and will help you&#58;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Do not fear, O Jacob my servant,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Jeshurun whom I have chosen.<br> For I will pour water on the thirsty land,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and streams on the dry ground;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; I will pour my spirit upon your descendants,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and my blessing on your offspring.<br> They shall spring up like a green tamarisk,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; like willows by flowing streams.<br> This one will say, &quot;I am the LORD's,&quot;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; another will be called by the name of Jacob,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; yet another will write on the hand, &quot;The LORD's,&quot;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and adopt the name of Israel.<br> Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts&#58;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; I am the first and I am the last;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; besides me there is no god.<br> Who is like me? Let them proclaim it,<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; let them declare and set it forth before me.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Who has announced from of old the things to come? <br>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Let them tell us what is yet to be.<br> Do not fear, or be afraid;<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; have I not told you from of old and declared it?<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; You are my witnesses!<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Is there any god besides me?<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; There is no other rock; I know not one.</div>03/24/2015