Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/John 17:1-11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1214http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1214<div class="ExternalClassAF19652AB00C4DACB5C4418B05511DC7"><p><strong>​Seventh Sunday of Easter</strong></p><p>After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, &quot;Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.</p><p>I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.</p></div>05/28/2017John 8:21-30http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1213http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1213<div class="ExternalClassF0D04618D6EE4357BC59ACDE479E2F24"><p>​Again he said to them, &quot;I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.&quot; Then the Jews said, &quot;Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, 'Where I am going, you cannot come'?&quot; He said to them, &quot;You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.&quot; They said to him, &quot;Who are you?&quot; Jesus said to them, &quot;Why do I speak to you at all? I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.&quot; They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, &quot;When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.&quot; As he was saying these things, many believed in him.</p></div>05/27/20172 Kings 2:1-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1212http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1212<div class="ExternalClassEBBCFA2DC1434A82938D7B159DC56F3D"><p>Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, &quot;Stay here; for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel.&quot; But Elisha said, &quot;As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.&quot; So they went down to Bethel. The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, &quot;Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?&quot; And he said, &quot;Yes, I know; keep silent.&quot;</p><p>Elijah said to him, &quot;Elisha, stay here; for the LORD has sent me to Jericho.&quot; But he said, &quot;As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.&quot; So they came to Jericho. The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, &quot;Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?&quot; And he answered, &quot;Yes, I know; be silent.&quot;</p><p>Then Elijah said to him, &quot;Stay here; for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.&quot; But he said, &quot;As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.&quot; So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.</p><p>When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, &quot;Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.&quot; Elisha said, &quot;Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.&quot; He responded, &quot;You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.&quot; As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching and crying out, &quot;Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!&quot; But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.</p></div>05/26/2017Acts 1:1-11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1211http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1211<div class="ExternalClassD929A799857C452BB7669748F1CE4B1E"><p><strong>​Ascension of Our Lord</strong></p><p>In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. &quot;This,&quot; he said, &quot;is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.&quot;</p><p>So when they had come together, they asked him, &quot;Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?&quot; He replied, &quot;It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.&quot; When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, &quot;Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.&quot;</p></div>05/25/2017Deuteronomy 31:1-13http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1210http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1210<div class="ExternalClass57CD4A1485024F40AC16D9A4D0D1016F"><p>When Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel, he said to them&#58; &quot;I am now one hundred twenty years old. I am no longer able to get about, and the LORD has told me, 'You shall not cross over this Jordan.' The LORD your God himself will cross over before you. He will destroy these nations before you, and you shall dispossess them. Joshua also will cross over before you, as the LORD promised. The LORD will do to them as he did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, and to their land, when he destroyed them. The LORD will give them over to you and you shall deal with them in full accord with the command that I have given to you. Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the LORD your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.&quot;</p><p>Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel&#58; &quot;Be strong and bold, for you are the one who will go with this people into the land that the LORD has sworn to their ancestors to give them; and you will put them in possession of it. It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.</p><p>&quot;Then Moses wrote down this law, and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and to all the elders of Israel. Moses commanded them&#58; &quot;Every seventh year, in the scheduled year of remission, during the festival of booths, when all Israel comes to appear before the LORD your God at the place that he will choose, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing. Assemble the people — men, women, and children, as well as the aliens residing in your towns — so that they may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God and to observe diligently all the words of this law, and so that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as you live in the land that you are crossing over the Jordan to possess.&quot;</p></div>05/24/2017Deuteronomy 5:22-33http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1209http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1209<div class="ExternalClass6709A8B047CA4CB8AC1410D5B40F25E7"><p>These words the LORD spoke with a loud voice to your whole assembly at the mountain, out of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, and he added no more. He wrote them on two stone tablets, and gave them to me. When you heard the voice out of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, you approached me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders; and you said, &quot;Look, the LORD our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the fire. Today we have seen that God may speak to someone and the person may still live. So now why should we die? For this great fire will consume us; if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any longer, we shall die. For who is there of all flesh that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of fire, as we have, and remained alive? Go near, you yourself, and hear all that the LORD our God will say. Then tell us everything that the LORD our God tells you, and we will listen and do it.&quot;</p><p>The LORD heard your words when you spoke to me, and the LORD said to me&#58; &quot;I have heard the words of this people, which they have spoken to you; they are right in all that they have spoken. If only they had such a mind as this, to fear me and to keep all my commandments always, so that it might go well with them and with their children forever! Go say to them, 'Return to your tents.' But you, stand here by me, and I will tell you all the commandments, the statutes and the ordinances, that you shall teach them, so that they may do them in the land that I am giving them to possess.&quot; You must therefore be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not turn to the right or to the left. You must follow exactly the path that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you are to possess.</p></div>05/23/2017