Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Luke 3:1-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2193http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2193<div class="ExternalClass8A38C97FC3D848879F11CDA7B52FA124"><p><sup>1</sup>In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, <sup>2</sup>during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. <sup>3</sup>He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, <sup>4</sup>as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,<br> &quot;The voice of one crying out in the wilderness&#58;<br> 'Prepare the way of the Lord,<br> make his paths straight.<br> <sup>5</sup>Every valley shall be filled,<br> and every mountain and hill shall be made low,<br> and the crooked shall be made straight,<br> and the rough ways made smooth;<br> <sup>6</sup>and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'&quot;</p><p><sup>7</sup>John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, &quot;You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? <sup>8</sup>Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our ancestor'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. <sup>9</sup>Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.&quot;</p><p><sup>10</sup>And the crowds asked him, &quot;What then should we do?&quot; <sup>11</sup>In reply he said to them, &quot;Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.&quot; <sup>12</sup>Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, &quot;Teacher, what should we do?&quot; <sup>13</sup>He said to them, &quot;Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.&quot; <sup>14</sup>Soldiers also asked him, &quot;And we, what should we do?&quot; He said to them, &quot;Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.&quot;</p><p><sup>15</sup>As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, <sup>16</sup>John answered all of them by saying, &quot;I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. <sup>17</sup>His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.&quot;</p><p><sup>18</sup>So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people. </p></div>12/14/2019Ruth 4:13-17http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2192http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2192<div class="ExternalClassFD3E16373DEE4C3682E1B2228DF51FC9"><p>​<sup>13</sup>So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When they came together, the LORD made her conceive, and she bore a son. <sup>14</sup>Then the women said to Naomi, &quot;Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without next-of-kin; and may his name be renowned in Israel! <sup>15</sup>He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has borne him.&quot; <sup>16</sup>Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her bosom, and became his nurse. <sup>17</sup>The women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, &quot;A son has been born to Naomi.&quot; They named him Obed; he became the father of Jesse, the father of David.</p></div>12/13/20192 Peter 3:1-10http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2191http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2191<div class="ExternalClassA83EC3DBCCE04B9EBC6832C280139D5E"><p><sup>1</sup>This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you; in them I am trying to arouse your sincere intention by reminding you <sup>2</sup>that you should remember the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets, and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken through your apostles. <sup>3</sup>First of all you must understand this, that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and indulging their own lusts <sup>4</sup>and saying, &quot;Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since our ancestors died, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation!&quot; <sup>5</sup>They deliberately ignore this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water, <sup>6</sup>through which the world of that time was deluged with water and perished. <sup>7</sup>But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the godless.</p><p><sup>8</sup>But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. <sup>9</sup>The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. <sup>10</sup>But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.</p></div>12/12/2019Matthew 12:33-37http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2190http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2190<div class="ExternalClass9DB6BD7B85024C26B8D2BAEBFE229401"><p>​<sup>33</sup>Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. <sup>34</sup>You brood of vipers! How can you speak good things, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. <sup>35</sup>The good person brings good things out of a good treasure, and the evil person brings evil things out of an evil treasure. <sup>36</sup>I tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter; <sup>37</sup>for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.&quot;</p></div>12/11/2019Psalm 21http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2189http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2189<div class="ExternalClass138BF9EA76704073806AAEDB3AE92796"><p><sup>1</sup>In your strength the king rejoices, O LORD,<br> and in your help how greatly he exults!<br> <sup>2</sup>You have given him his heart's desire,<br> and have not withheld the request of his lips.<br> Selah</p><p><sup>3</sup>For you meet him with rich blessings;<br> you set a crown of fine gold on his head.<br> <sup>4</sup>He asked you for life; you gave it to him — <br>length of days forever and ever.<br> <sup>5</sup>His glory is great through your help;<br> splendor and majesty you bestow on him.<br> <sup>6</sup>You bestow on him blessings forever;<br> you make him glad with the joy of your presence.<br> <sup>7</sup>For the king trusts in the LORD,<br> and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.<br> <sup>8</sup>Your hand will find out all your enemies;<br> your right hand will find out those who hate you.<br> <sup>9</sup>You will make them like a fiery furnace<br> when you appear.<br> The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath,<br> and fire will consume them.<br> <sup>10</sup>You will destroy their offspring from the earth,<br> and their children from among humankind.<br> <sup>11</sup>If they plan evil against you,<br> if they devise mischief, they will not succeed.<br> <sup>12</sup>For you will put them to flight;<br> you will aim at their faces with your bows.<br> <sup>13</sup>Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength!<br> We will sing and praise your power.</p></div>12/10/20191 Thessalonians 4:1-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2188http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2188<div class="ExternalClass4253844898BB4C92AFC14F20BFEFC323"><p><sup>1</sup>Finally, brothers and sisters, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus that, as you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God (as, in fact, you are doing), you should do so more and more. <sup>2</sup>For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. <sup>3</sup>For this is the will of God, your sanctification&#58; that you abstain from fornication; <sup>4</sup>that each one of you know how to control your own body in holiness and honor, <sup>5</sup>not with lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; <sup>6</sup>that no one wrong or exploit a brother or sister in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, just as we have already told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. <sup>7</sup>For God did not call us to impurity but in holiness. <sup>8</sup>Therefore whoever rejects this rejects not human authority but God, who also gives his Holy Spirit to you.</p><p><sup>9</sup>Now concerning love of the brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anyone write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another; <sup>10</sup>and indeed you do love all the brothers and sisters throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, beloved, to do so more and more, <sup>11</sup>to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we directed you, <sup>12</sup>so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and be dependent on no one.</p></div>12/09/2019