Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1 Corinthians 15:20-34http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1884http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1884<div class="ExternalClass1F87ACA0E59C48159215F5E52A8B8419"><p><sup>20</sup>But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. <sup>21</sup>For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; <sup>22</sup>for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. <sup>23</sup>But each in his own order&#58; Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. <sup>24</sup>Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. <sup>25</sup>For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. <sup>26</sup>The last enemy to be destroyed is death. <sup>27</sup>For &quot;God has put all things in subjection under his feet.&quot; But when it says, &quot;All things are put in subjection,&quot; it is plain that this does not include the one who put all things in subjection under him. <sup>28</sup>When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who put all things in subjection under him, so that God may be all in all.</p><p><sup>29</sup>Otherwise, what will those people do who receive baptism on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf?</p><p><sup>30</sup>And why are we putting ourselves in danger every hour? <sup>31</sup>I die every day! That is as certain, brothers and sisters, as my boasting of you — a boast that I make in Christ Jesus our Lord. <sup>32</sup>If with merely human hopes I fought with wild animals at Ephesus, what would I have gained by it? If the dead are not raised,<br> &quot;Let us eat and drink,<br> for tomorrow we die.&quot;<br> <sup>33</sup>Do not be deceived&#58;<br> &quot;Bad company ruins good morals.&quot;<br> <sup>34</sup>Come to a sober and right mind, and sin no more; for some people have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.</p></div>02/18/2019Jeremiah 17:5-10http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1883http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1883<div class="ExternalClass66456B374DF5494EBBA5BE998A8395AD"><p><strong>Sixth Sunday after Epiphany</strong></p><p><sup>5</sup>Thus says the LORD&#58;<br> Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals<br> and make mere flesh their strength,<br> whose hearts turn away from the LORD.<br> <sup>6</sup>They shall be like a shrub in the desert,<br> and shall not see when relief comes.<br> They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness,<br> in an uninhabited salt land.<br> <sup>7</sup>Blessed are those who trust in the LORD,<br> whose trust is the LORD.<br> <sup>8</sup>They shall be like a tree planted by water,<br> sending out its roots by the stream.<br> It shall not fear when heat comes,<br> and its leaves shall stay green;<br> in the year of drought it is not anxious,<br> and it does not cease to bear fruit.<br> <sup>9</sup>The heart is devious above all else;<br> it is perverse — <br>who can understand it?<br> <sup>10</sup>I the LORD test the mind<br> and search the heart,<br> to give to all according to their ways,<br> according to the fruit of their doings.​</p></div>02/17/2019Luke 11:24-28http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1882http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1882<div class="ExternalClass08175D6E763540BBB878983F4841B16E"><p><sup>24</sup>When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for a resting place, but not finding any, it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' <sup>25</sup>When it comes, it finds it swept and put in order. <sup>26</sup>Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and live there; and the last state of that person is worse than the first.&quot;</p><p><sup>27</sup>While he was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, &quot;Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!&quot; <sup>28</sup>But he said, &quot;Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!&quot;</p></div>02/16/2019Psalm 1http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1881http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1881<div class="ExternalClass0C652053130A47679F8DD2F946D111D1"><p>​<sup>1</sup>Happy are those<br> who do not follow the advice of the wicked,<br> or take the path that sinners tread,<br> or sit in the seat of scoffers;<br> <sup>2</sup>but their delight is in the law of the LORD,<br> and on his law they meditate day and night.<br> <sup>3</sup>They are like trees<br> planted by streams of water,<br> which yield their fruit in its season,<br> and their leaves do not wither.<br> In all that they do, they prosper.<br> <sup>4</sup>The wicked are not so,<br> but are like chaff that the wind drives away.<br> <sup>5</sup>Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,<br> nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;<br> <sup>6</sup>for the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,<br> but the way of the wicked will perish.</p></div>02/15/2019Acts 13:26-34http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1880http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1880<div class="ExternalClassB5742A9539E044F4995D0B07C9BC9948"><p><sup>26</sup>My brothers, you descendants of Abraham's family, and others who fear God, to us the message of this salvation has been sent. <sup>27</sup>Because the residents of Jerusalem and their leaders did not recognize him or understand the words of the prophets that are read every sabbath, they fulfilled those words by condemning him. <sup>28</sup>Even though they found no cause for a sentence of death, they asked Pilate to have him killed. <sup>29</sup>When they had carried out everything that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. <sup>30</sup>But God raised him from the dead; <sup>31</sup>and for many days he appeared to those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, and they are now his witnesses to the people. <sup>32</sup>And we bring you the good news that what God promised to our ancestors <sup>33</sup>he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm,<br> 'You are my Son;<br> today I have begotten you.'</p><p><sup>34</sup>As to his raising him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way,<br> &#160;'I will give you the holy promises made to David.'</p></div>02/14/2019Psalm 115http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1878http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1878<div class="ExternalClassA3569D1DF75048AC8A6E04D0908712E9"><p>​<sup>1</sup>Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory,<br> for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness.<br> <sup>2</sup>Why should the nations say,<br> &quot;Where is their God?&quot;<br> <sup>3</sup>Our God is in the heavens;<br> he does whatever he pleases.<br> <sup>4</sup>Their idols are silver and gold,<br> the work of human hands.<br> <sup>5</sup>They have mouths, but do not speak;<br> eyes, but do not see.<br> <sup>6</sup>They have ears, but do not hear;<br> noses, but do not smell.<br> <sup>7</sup>They have hands, but do not feel;<br> feet, but do not walk;<br> they make no sound in their throats.<br> <sup>8</sup>Those who make them are like them;<br> so are all who trust in them.<br> <sup>9</sup>O Israel, trust in the LORD!<br> He is their help and their shield.<br> <sup>10</sup>O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD!<br> He is their help and their shield.<br> <sup>11</sup>You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD!<br> He is their help and their shield.<br> <sup>12</sup>The LORD has been mindful of us; he will bless us;<br> he will bless the house of Israel;<br> he will bless the house of Aaron;<br> <sup>13</sup>he will bless those who fear the LORD,<br> both small and great.<br> <sup>14</sup>May the LORD give you increase,<br> both you and your children.<br> <sup>15</sup>May you be blessed by the LORD,<br> who made heaven and earth.<br> <sup>16</sup>The heavens are the LORD's heavens,<br> but the earth he has given to human beings.<br> <sup>17</sup>The dead do not praise the LORD,<br> nor do any that go down into silence.<br> <sup>18</sup>But we will bless the LORD<br> from this time on and forevermore.<br> Praise the LORD!</p></div>02/13/2019