Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1415http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1415<div class="ExternalClassF4479F50EF7F47C9A1C621D05D8C6373"><p><strong>​Christ the King</strong></p><p>For thus says the Lord GOD&#58; I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord GOD. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.</p><p>Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD to them&#58; I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.</p><p>I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them&#58; he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the LORD, have spoken.</p></div>11/26/20171 Chronicles 17:1-15http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1413http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1413<div class="ExternalClass77B511B9F89E48EEBCED34885DC3E380"><p>Now when David settled in his house, David said to the prophet Nathan, &quot;I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD is under a tent.&quot; Nathan said to David, &quot;Do all that you have in mind, for God is with you.&quot;</p><p>But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying&#58; Go and tell my servant David&#58; Thus says the LORD&#58; You shall not build me a house to live in. For I have not lived in a house since the day I brought out Israel to this very day, but I have lived in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about among all Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people, saying, Why have you not built me a house of cedar? Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David&#58; Thus says the LORD of hosts&#58; I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies before you; and I will make for you a name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall wear them down no more, as they did formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will subdue all your enemies.</p><p>Moreover I declare to you that the LORD will build you a house. When your days are fulfilled to go to be with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from him who was before you, but I will confirm him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever. In accordance with all these words and all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.</p></div>11/24/2017Psalm 95:1-7ahttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1412http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1412<div class="ExternalClass8A290D922F4C45B692F461BFDE4484F1"><p>​O come, let us sing to the LORD;<br> let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!<br> Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;<br> let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!<br> For the LORD is a great God,<br> and a great King above all gods.<br> In his hand are the depths of the earth;<br> the heights of the mountains are his also.<br> The sea is his, for he made it,<br> and the dry land, which his hands have formed.<br> O come, let us worship and bow down,<br> let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!<br> For he is our God,<br> and we are the people of his pasture,<br> and the sheep of his hand.<br> O that today you would listen to his voice!</p></div>11/23/2017Job 16:1-21http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1411http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1411<div class="ExternalClassFB468DBB1C3540F9A4EE51DD09D30D41"><p>​Then Job answered&#58;<br> &quot;I have heard many such things;<br> miserable comforters are you all.<br> Have windy words no limit?<br> Or what provokes you that you keep on talking?<br> I also could talk as you do,<br> if you were in my place;<br> I could join words together against you,<br> and shake my head at you.<br> I could encourage you with my mouth,<br> and the solace of my lips would assuage your pain.<br> &quot;If I speak, my pain is not assuaged,<br> and if I forbear, how much of it leaves me?<br> Surely now God has worn me out;<br> he has made desolate all my company.<br> And he has shriveled me up,<br> which is a witness against me;<br> my leanness has risen up against me,<br> and it testifies to my face.<br> He has torn me in his wrath, and hated me;<br> he has gnashed his teeth at me;<br> my adversary sharpens his eyes against me.<br> They have gaped at me with their mouths;<br> they have struck me insolently on the cheek;<br> they mass themselves together against me.<br> God gives me up to the ungodly,<br> and casts me into the hands of the wicked.<br> I was at ease, and he broke me in two;<br> he seized me by the neck and dashed me to pieces;<br> he set me up as his target;<br> his archers surround me.<br> He slashes open my kidneys, and shows no mercy;<br> he pours out my gall on the ground.<br> He bursts upon me again and again;<br> he rushes at me like a warrior.<br> I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin,<br> and have laid my strength in the dust.<br> My face is red with weeping,<br> and deep darkness is on my eyelids,<br> though there is no violence in my hands,<br> and my prayer is pure.<br> &quot;O earth, do not cover my blood;<br> let my outcry find no resting place.<br> Even now, in fact, my witness is in heaven,<br> and he that vouches for me is on high.<br> My friends scorn me;<br> my eye pours out tears to God,<br> that he would maintain the right of a mortal with God,<br> as one does for a neighbor.</p></div>11/22/20171 Thessalonians 5:12-18http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1410http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1410<div class="ExternalClass82805A8BA2DC41758839A69E03180B64"><p>​But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who labor among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you; esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. </p></div>11/21/2017Romans 2:1-11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1409http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1409<div class="ExternalClassB2FD661A07A14F4E922A480C312CDED5"><p>​Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. You say, &quot;We know that God's judgment on those who do such things is in accordance with truth.&quot; Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not realize that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath, when God's righteous judgment will be revealed. For he will repay according to each one's deeds&#58; to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; while for those who are self-seeking and who obey not the truth but wickedness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be anguish and distress for everyone who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality.</p></div>11/20/2017