Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Genesis 32:22-31http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2136http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2136<div class="ExternalClassD50CF2748E904E9387B8081E5D7DC62C"><p><strong>​Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost</strong></p><p><sup>22</sup>The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. <sup>23</sup>He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. <sup>24</sup>Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. <sup>25</sup>When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. <sup>26</sup>Then he said, &quot;Let me go, for the day is breaking.&quot; But Jacob said, &quot;I will not let you go, unless you bless me.&quot; <sup>27</sup>So he said to him, &quot;What is your name?&quot; And he said, &quot;Jacob.&quot; <sup>28</sup>Then the man said, &quot;You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.&quot; <sup>29</sup>Then Jacob asked him, &quot;Please tell me your name.&quot; But he said, &quot;Why is it that you ask my name?&quot; And there he blessed him. <sup>30</sup>So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, &quot;For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.&quot; <sup>31</sup>The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.<br></p></div>10/20/2019Psalm 121http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2135http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2135<div class="ExternalClass9E06D748415A45D48AE8832E0B3F2789"><p>​<sup>1</sup>I lift up my eyes to the hills — <br>from where will my help come?<br> <sup>2</sup>My help comes from the LORD,<br> who made heaven and earth.<br> <sup>3</sup>He will not let your foot be moved;<br> he who keeps you will not slumber.<br> <sup>4</sup>He who keeps Israel<br> will neither slumber nor sleep.<br> <sup>5</sup>The LORD is your keeper;<br> the LORD is your shade at your right hand.<br> <sup>6</sup>The sun shall not strike you by day,<br> nor the moon by night.<br> <sup>7</sup>The LORD will keep you from all evil;<br> he will keep your life.<br> <sup>8</sup>The LORD will keep<br> your going out and your coming in<br> from this time on and forevermore.</p></div>10/19/2019Isaiah 43:8-13http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2134http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2134<div class="ExternalClass65B49F1EA9BD4629ACB7736CCA0CAC2E"><p><strong>Luke, Evangelist</strong></p><p><sup>8</sup>Bring forth the people who are blind, yet have eyes,<br> who are deaf, yet have ears!<br> <sup>9</sup>Let all the nations gather together,<br> and let the peoples assemble.<br> Who among them declared this,<br> and foretold to us the former things?<br> Let them bring their witnesses to justify them,<br> and let them hear and say, &quot;It is true.&quot;<br> <sup>10</sup>You are my witnesses, says the LORD,<br> and my servant whom I have chosen,<br> so that you may know and believe me<br> and understand that I am he.<br> Before me no god was formed,<br> nor shall there be any after me.<br> <sup>11</sup>I, I am the LORD,<br> and besides me there is no savior.<br> <sup>12</sup>I declared and saved and proclaimed,<br> when there was no strange god among you;<br> and you are my witnesses, says the LORD.<br> <sup>13</sup>I am God, and also henceforth I am He;<br> there is no one who can deliver from my hand;<br> I work and who can hinder it?​</p></div>10/18/2019Acts 17:22-34http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2133http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2133<div class="ExternalClass93E1C47BA8E34803B7A2EC2FF2AA9898"><p><sup>22</sup>Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, &quot;Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. <sup>23</sup>For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, 'To an unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. <sup>24</sup>The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, <sup>25</sup>nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. <sup>26</sup>From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, <sup>27</sup>so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him — though indeed he is not far from each one of us. <sup>28</sup>For 'In him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your own poets have said,<br> 'For we too are his offspring.'</p><p><sup>29</sup>Since we are God's offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. <sup>30</sup>While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, <sup>31</sup>because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.&quot;<sup>32</sup>When they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some scoffed; but others said, &quot;We will hear you again about this.&quot; <sup>33</sup>At that point Paul left them. <sup>34</sup>But some of them joined him and became believers, including Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.</p></div>10/17/2019Matthew 10:5-15http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2132http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2132<div class="ExternalClass65E53293A9D743DBBD4849A447DC2AFD"><p>​<sup>5</sup>These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions&#58; &quot;Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, <sup>6</sup>but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. <sup>7</sup>As you go, proclaim the good news, 'The kingdom of heaven has come near.' <sup>8</sup>Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. <sup>9</sup>Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, <sup>10</sup>no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for laborers deserve their food. <sup>11</sup>Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. <sup>12</sup>As you enter the house, greet it. <sup>13</sup>If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. <sup>14</sup>If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. <sup>15</sup>Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.</p></div>10/16/2019Psalm 61http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2131http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2131<div class="ExternalClass8BF6B3EAF1454F5AB8A22DAC543CC01D"><p><sup>1</sup>Hear my cry, O God;<br> listen to my prayer.<br> <sup>2</sup>From the end of the earth I call to you,<br> when my heart is faint.<br> Lead me to the rock<br> that is higher than I;<br> <sup>3</sup>for you are my refuge,<br> a strong tower against the enemy.<br> <sup>4</sup>Let me abide in your tent forever,<br> find refuge under the shelter of your wings.<br> Selah</p><p><sup>5</sup>For you, O God, have heard my vows;<br> you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.<br> <sup>6</sup>Prolong the life of the king;<br> may his years endure to all generations!<br> <sup>7</sup>May he be enthroned forever before God;<br> appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him!<br> <sup>8</sup>So I will always sing praises to your name,<br> as I pay my vows day after day.</p></div>10/15/2019