Daily Bible Readinghttps://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Judges 7:12-22https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2238https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2238<div class="ExternalClassD654C24F335F401A881CF27D8DD48027"><p><sup>12</sup>The Midianites and the Amalekites and all the people of the east lay along the valley as thick as locusts; and their camels were without number, countless as the sand on the seashore. <sup>13</sup>When Gideon arrived, there was a man telling a dream to his comrade; and he said, &quot;I had a dream, and in it a cake of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian, and came to the tent, and struck it so that it fell; it turned upside down, and the tent collapsed.&quot; <sup>14</sup>And his comrade answered, &quot;This is no other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash, a man of Israel; into his hand God has given Midian and all the army.&quot;</p><p><sup>15</sup>When Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped; and he returned to the camp of Israel, and said, &quot;Get up; for the LORD has given the army of Midian into your hand.&quot; <sup>16</sup>After he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and put trumpets into the hands of all of them, and empty jars, with torches inside the jars, <sup>17</sup>he said to them, &quot;Look at me, and do the same; when I come to the outskirts of the camp, do as I do. <sup>18</sup>When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then you also blow the trumpets around the whole camp, and shout, 'For the LORD and for Gideon!'&quot;</p><p><sup>19</sup>So Gideon and the hundred who were with him came to the outskirts of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, when they had just set the watch; and they blew the trumpets and smashed the jars that were in their hands. <sup>20</sup>So the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the jars, holding in their left hands the torches, and in their right hands the trumpets to blow; and they cried, &quot;A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!&quot; <sup>21</sup>Every man stood in his place all around the camp, and all the men in camp ran; they cried out and fled. <sup>22</sup>When they blew the three hundred trumpets, the LORD set every man's sword against his fellow and against all the army; and the army fled as far as Beth-shittah toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel-meholah, by Tabbath. </p></div>01/28/2020Judges 6:11-24https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2237https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2237<div class="ExternalClassB305FE029E86427FAD7C7BB23FDE14DE"><p>​<sup>11</sup>Now the angel of the LORD came and sat under the oak at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, as his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press, to hide it from the Midianites. <sup>12</sup>The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, &quot;The LORD is with you, you mighty warrior.&quot; <sup>13</sup>Gideon answered him, &quot;But sir, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our ancestors recounted to us, saying, 'Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?' But now the LORD has cast us off, and given us into the hand of Midian.&quot; <sup>14</sup>Then the LORD turned to him and said, &quot;Go in this might of yours and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian; I hereby commission you.&quot; <sup>15</sup>He responded, &quot;But sir, how can I deliver Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.&quot; <sup>16</sup>The LORD said to him, &quot;But I will be with you, and you shall strike down the Midianites, every one of them.&quot; <sup>17</sup>Then he said to him, &quot;If now I have found favor with you, then show me a sign that it is you who speak with me. <sup>18</sup>Do not depart from here until I come to you, and bring out my present, and set it before you.&quot; And he said, &quot;I will stay until you return.&quot;</p><p><sup>19</sup>So Gideon went into his house and prepared a kid, and unleavened cakes from an ephah of flour; the meat he put in a basket, and the broth he put in a pot, and brought them to him under the oak and presented them. <sup>20</sup>The angel of God said to him, &quot;Take the meat and the unleavened cakes, and put them on this rock, and pour out the broth.&quot; And he did so. <sup>21</sup>Then the angel of the LORD reached out the tip of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the meat and the unleavened cakes; and fire sprang up from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened cakes; and the angel of the LORD vanished from his sight. <sup>22</sup>Then Gideon perceived that it was the angel of the LORD; and Gideon said, &quot;Help me, Lord GOD! For I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face.&quot; <sup>23</sup>But the LORD said to him, &quot;Peace be to you; do not fear, you shall not die.&quot; <sup>24</sup>Then Gideon built an altar there to the LORD, and called it, The LORD is peace. To this day it still stands at Ophrah, which belongs to the Abiezrites.</p></div>01/27/2020Matthew 4:12-23https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2236https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2236<div class="ExternalClassA3EB3E5BE4D741D389A3A7B32FFDF9F0"><p><strong>​Third Sunday after Epiphany</strong></p><p><sup>12</sup>Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. <sup>13</sup>He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, <sup>14</sup>so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled&#58;<br> <sup>15</sup>&quot;Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,<br> on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles — <br><sup>16</sup>the people who sat in darkness<br> have seen a great light,<br> and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death<br> light has dawned.&quot;</p><p><sup>17</sup>From that time Jesus began to proclaim, &quot;Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.&quot; </p><p><sup>18</sup>As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea — for they were fishermen. <sup>19</sup>And he said to them, &quot;Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.&quot; <sup>20</sup>Immediately they left their nets and followed him. <sup>21</sup>As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. <sup>22</sup>Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.</p><p><sup>23</sup>Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.</p></div>01/26/2020Luke 21:10-19https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2235https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2235<div class="ExternalClassEC345E4CFBA04EF8AE4C3F30D4DF3F3A"><p><strong>​Conversion of Paul</strong></p><p><sup>10</sup>Then he said to them, &quot;Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; <sup>11</sup>there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.</p><p><sup>12</sup>&quot;But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. <sup>13</sup>This will give you an opportunity to testify. <sup>14</sup>So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; <sup>15</sup>for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. <sup>16</sup>You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. <sup>17</sup>You will be hated by all because of my name. <sup>18</sup>But not a hair of your head will perish. <sup>19</sup>By your endurance you will gain your souls.&quot;</p></div>01/25/2020Psalm 27:1-6https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2234https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2234<div class="ExternalClass9699CAFAB8E948529A8588A6C81A1899"><p>​<sup>1</sup>The LORD is my light and my salvation;<br> whom shall I fear?<br> The LORD is the stronghold of my life;<br> of whom shall I be afraid?<br> <sup>2</sup>When evildoers assail me<br> to devour my flesh — <br>my adversaries and foes — <br>they shall stumble and fall.<br> <sup>3</sup>Though an army encamp against me,<br> my heart shall not fear;<br> though war rise up against me,<br> yet I will be confident.<br> <sup>4</sup>One thing I asked of the LORD,<br> that will I seek after&#58;<br> to live in the house of the LORD<br> all the days of my life,<br> to behold the beauty of the LORD,<br> and to inquire in his temple.<br> <sup>5</sup>For he will hide me in his shelter<br> in the day of trouble;<br> he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;<br> he will set me high on a rock.<br> <sup>6</sup>Now my head is lifted up<br> above my enemies all around me,<br> and I will offer in his tent<br> sacrifices with shouts of joy;<br> I will sing and make melody to the LORD.</p></div>01/24/2020Galatians 1:11-24https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2233https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2233<div class="ExternalClass5E058614589B4AEA97150BB1E7CD40AA"><p>​<sup>11</sup>For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; <sup>12</sup>for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.</p><p><sup>13</sup>You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life in Judaism. I was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it. <sup>14</sup>I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. <sup>15</sup>But when God, who had set me apart before I was born and called me through his grace, was pleased <sup>16</sup>to reveal his Son to me, so that I might proclaim him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with any human being, <sup>17</sup>nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were already apostles before me, but I went away at once into Arabia, and afterwards I returned to Damascus.</p><p><sup>18</sup>Then after three years I did go up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days; <sup>19</sup>but I did not see any other apostle except James the Lord's brother. <sup>20</sup>In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie! <sup>21</sup>Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia, <sup>22</sup>and I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea that are in Christ; <sup>23</sup>they only heard it said, &quot;The one who formerly was persecuting us is now proclaiming the faith he once tried to destroy.&quot; <sup>24</sup>And they glorified God because of me.</p></div>01/23/2020