Daily Bible Readinghttps://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Psalm 7:1-14https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2312https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2312<div class="ExternalClassDA937384B1FD472999B856A5E2E9467F"><p><strong>​Tuesday in Holy Week</strong></p><p><sup>1</sup>O LORD my God, in you I take refuge;<br> save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me,<br> <sup>2</sup>or like a lion they will tear me apart;<br> they will drag me away, with no one to rescue.<br> <sup>3</sup>O LORD my God, if I have done this,<br> if there is wrong in my hands,<br> <sup>4</sup>if I have repaid my ally with harm<br> or plundered my foe without cause,<br> <sup>5</sup>then let the enemy pursue and overtake me,<br> trample my life to the ground,<br> and lay my soul in the dust.<br> Selah</p><p><sup>6</sup>Rise up, O LORD, in your anger;<br> lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;<br> awake, O my God; you have appointed a judgment.<br> <sup>7</sup>Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,<br> and over it take your seat on high.<br> <sup>8</sup>The LORD judges the peoples;<br> judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness<br> and according to the integrity that is in me.<br> <sup>9</sup>O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,<br> but establish the righteous,<br> you who test the minds and hearts,<br> O righteous God.<br> <sup>10</sup>God is my shield,<br> who saves the upright in heart.<br> <sup>11</sup>God is a righteous judge,<br> and a God who has indignation every day.<br> <sup>12</sup>If one does not repent, God will whet his sword;<br> he has bent and strung his bow;<br> <sup>13</sup>he has prepared his deadly weapons,<br> making his arrows fiery shafts.<br> <sup>14</sup>See how they conceive evil,<br> and are pregnant with mischief,<br> and bring forth lies.</p></div>04/07/2020John 12:1-11https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2311https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2311<div class="ExternalClass7197F9A55E2C43C2A844667BFF61582A"><p><strong>​Monday in Holy Week</strong></p><p><sup>1</sup>Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. <sup>2</sup>There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. <sup>3</sup>Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus' feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. <sup>4</sup>But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, <sup>5</sup>Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor? <sup>6</sup>(He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) <sup>7</sup>Jesus said, &quot;Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. <sup>8</sup>You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.&quot;</p><p><sup>9</sup>When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. <sup>10</sup>So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, <sup>11</sup>since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.</p></div>04/06/2020Philippians 2:5-11https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2310https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2310<div class="ExternalClass3CBD55F3029F4F29A0FF3E84C4196AA7"><p><strong>​Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday</strong></p><p><sup>5</sup>Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,<br> <sup>6</sup>who, though he was in the form of God,<br> did not regard equality with God<br> as something to be exploited,<br> <sup>7</sup>but emptied himself,<br> taking the form of a slave,<br> being born in human likeness.<br> And being found in human form,<br> <sup>8</sup>he humbled himself<br> and became obedient to the point of death — <br>even death on a cross.<br> <sup>9</sup>Therefore God also highly exalted him<br> and gave him the name<br> that is above every name,<br> <sup>10</sup>so that at the name of Jesus<br> every knee should bend,<br> in heaven and on earth and under the earth,<br> <sup>11</sup>and every tongue should confess<br> that Jesus Christ is Lord,<br> to the glory of God the Father.</p></div>04/05/2020Lamentations 3:55-66https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2309https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2309<div class="ExternalClass456A2928EAA44D068CAE9BACEF980D10"><p>​<sup>55</sup>I called on your name, O LORD,<br> from the depths of the pit;<br> <sup>56</sup>you heard my plea, &quot;Do not close your ear<br> to my cry for help, but give me relief!&quot;<br> <sup>57</sup>You came near when I called on you;<br> you said, &quot;Do not fear!&quot;<br> <sup>58</sup>You have taken up my cause, O LORD,<br> you have redeemed my life.<br> <sup>59</sup>You have seen the wrong done to me, O LORD;<br> judge my cause.<br> <sup>60</sup>You have seen all their malice,<br> all their plots against me.<br> <sup>61</sup>You have heard their taunts, O LORD,<br> all their plots against me.<br> <sup>62</sup>The whispers and murmurs of my assailants<br> are against me all day long.<br> <sup>63</sup>Whether they sit or rise — see,<br> I am the object of their taunt-songs.<br> <sup>64</sup>Pay them back for their deeds, O LORD,<br> according to the work of their hands!<br> <sup>65</sup>Give them anguish of heart;<br> your curse be on them!<br> <sup>66</sup>Pursue them in anger and destroy them<br> from under the LORD's heavens.</p></div>04/04/2020Philippians 1:21-30https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2308https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2308<div class="ExternalClass27FF384D48D540ACA4B78A72A7FDDD7B"><p><sup>21</sup>For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. <sup>22</sup>If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. <sup>23</sup>I am hard pressed between the two&#58; my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; <sup>24</sup>but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. <sup>25</sup>Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, <sup>26</sup>so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.</p><p><sup>27</sup>Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, <sup>28</sup>and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God's doing. <sup>29</sup>For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well — <sup>30</sup>since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.</p></div>04/03/2020Philippians 1:1-11https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2307https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2307<div class="ExternalClass5B21599954774DA19889BA785BB7688E"><p><sup>1</sup>Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,<br> To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons&#58;<br> <sup>2</sup>Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.</p><p><sup>3</sup>I thank my God every time I remember you, <sup>4</sup>constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, <sup>5</sup>because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. <sup>6</sup>I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. <sup>7</sup>It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God's grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. <sup>8</sup>For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. <sup>9</sup>And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight <sup>10</sup>to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, <sup>11</sup>having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.</p></div>04/02/2020