Daily Bible Readinghttps://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Ezekiel 36:8-15https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2302https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2302<div class="ExternalClass29CA6084730C473B93B504748120DCF4"><p><sup>8</sup>But you, O mountains of Israel, shall shoot out your branches, and yield your fruit to my people Israel; for they shall soon come home. <sup>9</sup>See now, I am for you; I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown; <sup>10</sup>and I will multiply your population, the whole house of Israel, all of it; the towns shall be inhabited and the waste places rebuilt; <sup>11</sup>and I will multiply human beings and animals upon you. They shall increase and be fruitful; and I will cause you to be inhabited as in your former times, and will do more good to you than ever before. Then you shall know that I am the LORD. <sup>12</sup>I will lead people upon you — my people Israel — and they shall possess you, and you shall be their inheritance. No longer shall you bereave them of children.</p><p><sup>13</sup>Thus says the Lord GOD&#58; Because they say to you, &quot;You devour people, and you bereave your nation of children,&quot; <sup>14</sup>therefore you shall no longer devour people and no longer bereave your nation of children, says the Lord GOD; <sup>15</sup>and no longer will I let you hear the insults of the nations, no longer shall you bear the disgrace of the peoples; and no longer shall you cause your nation to stumble, says the Lord GOD.</p></div>03/28/2020Ezekiel 33:10-16https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2301https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2301<div class="ExternalClass0A92077E9570429EB5CDDB009BB54AEA"><p>​<sup>10</sup>Now you, mortal, say to the house of Israel, Thus you have said&#58; &quot;Our transgressions and our sins weigh upon us, and we waste away because of them; how then can we live?&quot; <sup>11</sup>Say to them, As I live, says the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from their ways and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel? <sup>12</sup>And you, mortal, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not save them when they transgress; and as for the wickedness of the wicked, it shall not make them stumble when they turn from their wickedness; and the righteous shall not be able to live by their righteousness when they sin. <sup>13</sup>Though I say to the righteous that they shall surely live, yet if they trust in their righteousness and commit iniquity, none of their righteous deeds shall be remembered; but in the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. <sup>14</sup>Again, though I say to the wicked, &quot;You shall surely die,&quot; yet if they turn from their sin and do what is lawful and right — <sup>15</sup>if the wicked restore the pledge, give back what they have taken by robbery, and walk in the statutes of life, committing no iniquity — they shall surely live, they shall not die. <sup>16</sup>None of the sins that they have committed shall be remembered against them; they have done what is lawful and right, they shall surely live.</p></div>03/27/2020Ezekiel 1:1-3; 2:8--3:33https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2300https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2300<div class="ExternalClassA71D12D3702A40349CD3CD8E2F23A156"><p>​<strong>Annunciation of Our Lord</strong></p><p><sup>1&#58;1</sup>In the thirtieth year, in th<strong></strong>e fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the river Chebar, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. <sup>2</sup>On the fifth day of the month (it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin), <sup>3</sup>the word of the LORD came to the priest Ezekiel son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was on him there.</p><p><sup>2&#58;8</sup>But you, mortal, hear what I say to you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you. <sup>9</sup>I looked, and a hand was stretched out to me, and a written scroll was in it. <sup>10</sup>He spread it before me; it had writing on the front and on the back, and written on it were words of lamentation and mourning and woe.</p><p><sup>3&#58;1</sup>He said to me, O mortal, eat what is offered to you; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel. <sup>2</sup>So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. <sup>3</sup>He said to me, Mortal, eat this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it. Then I ate it; and in my mouth it was as sweet as honey.</p><p><sup>4</sup>He said to me&#58; Mortal, go to the house of Israel and speak my very words to them. <sup>5</sup>For you are not sent to a people of obscure speech and difficult language, but to the house of Israel — <sup>6</sup>not to many peoples of obscure speech and difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, if I sent you to them, they would listen to you. <sup>7</sup>But the house of Israel will not listen to you, for they are not willing to listen to me; because all the house of Israel have a hard forehead and a stubborn heart. <sup>8</sup>See, I have made your face hard against their faces, and your forehead hard against their foreheads. <sup>9</sup>Like the hardest stone, harder than flint, I have made your forehead; do not fear them or be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house. <sup>10</sup>He said to me&#58; Mortal, all my words that I shall speak to you receive in your heart and hear with your ears; <sup>11</sup>then go to the exiles, to your people, and speak to them. Say to them, &quot;Thus says the Lord GOD&quot;; whether they hear or refuse to hear.</p><p><sup>12</sup>Then the spirit lifted me up, and as the glory of the LORD rose from its place, I heard behind me the sound of loud rumbling; <sup>13</sup>it was the sound of the wings of the living creatures brushing against one another, and the sound of the wheels beside them, that sounded like a loud rumbling. <sup>14</sup>The spirit lifted me up and bore me away; I went in bitterness in the heat of my spirit, the hand of the LORD being strong upon me. <sup>15</sup>I came to the exiles at Tel-abib, who lived by the river Chebar. And I sat there among them, stunned, for seven days.</p><p><sup>16</sup>At the end of seven days, the word of the LORD came to me&#58; <sup>17</sup>Mortal, I have made you a sentinel for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. <sup>18</sup>If I say to the wicked, &quot;You shall surely die,&quot; and you give them no warning, or speak to warn the wicked from their wicked way, in order to save their life, those wicked persons shall die for their iniquity; but their blood I will require at your hand. <sup>19</sup>But if you warn the wicked, and they do not turn from their wickedness, or from their wicked way, they shall die for their iniquity; but you will have saved your life. <sup>20</sup>Again, if the righteous turn from their righteousness and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before them, they shall die; because you have not warned them, they shall die for their sin, and their righteous deeds that they have done shall not be remembered; but their blood I will require at your hand. <sup>21</sup>If, however, you warn the righteous not to sin, and they do not sin, they shall surely live, because they took warning; and you will have saved your life.</p><p><sup>22</sup>Then the hand of the LORD was upon me there; and he said to me, Rise up, go out into the valley, and there I will speak with you. <sup>23</sup>So I rose up and went out into the valley; and the glory of the LORD stood there, like the glory that I had seen by the river Chebar; and I fell on my face. <sup>24</sup>The spirit entered into me, and set me on my feet; and he spoke with me and said to me&#58; Go, shut yourself inside your house. <sup>25</sup>As for you, mortal, cords shall be placed on you, and you shall be bound with them, so that you cannot go out among the people; <sup>26</sup>and I will make your tongue cling to the roof of your mouth, so that you shall be speechless and unable to reprove them; for they are a rebellious house. <sup>27</sup>But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall say to them, &quot;Thus says the Lord GOD&quot;; let those who will hear, hear; and let those who refuse to hear, refuse; for they are a rebellious house.</p></div>03/26/2020Psalm 45https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2299https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2299<div class="ExternalClass4857C20EDC0942DDA41C0BA62144A7B5"><p>​<sup>1</sup>My heart overflows with a goodly theme;<br> I address my verses to the king;<br> my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.<br> <sup>2</sup>You are the most handsome of men;<br> grace is poured upon your lips;<br> therefore God has blessed you forever.<br> <sup>3</sup>Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one,<br> in your glory and majesty.<br> <sup>4</sup>In your majesty ride on victoriously<br> for the cause of truth and to defend the right;<br> let your right hand teach you dread deeds.<br> <sup>5</sup>Your arrows are sharp<br> in the heart of the king's enemies;<br> the peoples fall under you.<br> <sup>6</sup>Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.<br> Your royal scepter is a scepter of equity;<br> <sup>7</sup>you love righteousness and hate wickedness.<br> Therefore God, your God, has anointed you<br> with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;<br> <sup>8</sup>your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.<br> From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;<br> <sup>9</sup>daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor;<br> at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.<br> <sup>10</sup>Hear, O daughter, consider and incline your ear;<br> forget your people and your father's house,<br> <sup>11</sup>and the king will desire your beauty.<br> Since he is your lord, bow to him;<br> <sup>12</sup>the people of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts,<br> the richest of the people <sup>13</sup>with all kinds of wealth.<br> he princess is decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes;<br> <sup>14</sup>in many-colored robes she is led to the king;<br> behind her the virgins, her companions, follow.<br> <sup>15</sup>With joy and gladness they are led along<br> as they enter the palace of the king.<br> <sup>16</sup>In the place of ancestors you, O king, shall have sons;<br> you will make them princes in all the earth.<br> <sup>17</sup>I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations;<br> therefore the peoples will praise you forever and ever.</p></div>03/25/2020Colossians 1:9-14https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2298https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2298<div class="ExternalClassE948E03E32524B8E896C22E56684BEE6"><p>​<sup>9</sup>For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, <sup>10</sup>so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. <sup>11</sup>May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully <sup>12</sup>giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. <sup>13</sup>He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, <sup>14</sup>in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.</p></div>03/24/2020Acts 9:1-20https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2297https://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/2297<div class="ExternalClass4363755017BB40298200E8F68DC8D8FF"><p><strong>​Fourth Sunday in Lent</strong></p><p><sup>1</sup>Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest <sup>2</sup>and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. <sup>3</sup>Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. <sup>4</sup>He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, &quot;Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?&quot; <sup>5</sup>He asked, &quot;Who are you, Lord?&quot; The reply came, &quot;I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. <sup>6</sup>But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.&quot; <sup>7</sup>The men who were traveling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one. <sup>8</sup>Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. <sup>9</sup>For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.</p><p><sup>10</sup>Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, &quot;Ananias.&quot; He answered, &quot;Here I am, Lord.&quot; <sup>11</sup>The Lord said to him, &quot;Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, <sup>12</sup>and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.&quot; <sup>13</sup>But Ananias answered, &quot;Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; <sup>14</sup>and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.&quot; <sup>15</sup>But the Lord said to him, &quot;Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; <sup>16</sup>I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.&quot; <sup>17</sup>So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, &quot;Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.&quot; <sup>18</sup>And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, <sup>19</sup>and after taking some food, he regained his strength.</p><p>For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, <sup>20</sup>and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, &quot;He is the Son of God.&quot;</p></div>03/23/2020