Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Acts 4:1-4http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/426http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/426<div class="ExternalClass265B487FAF104DCCBD580252773680E9">​While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them, much annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead. So they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who heard the word believed; and they numbered about five thousand.</div>04/24/2015Genesis 30:24-43http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/425http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/425<div class="ExternalClassFD8EFC7954594090ABF8667EBCB2AFAB">​and she named him Joseph, saying, &quot;May the LORD add to me another son!&quot;<br> <br>When Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, &quot;Send me away, that I may go to my own home and country. Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me go; for you know very well the service I have given you.&quot; But Laban said to him, &quot;If you will allow me to say so, I have learned by divination that the LORD has blessed me because of you; name your wages, and I will give it.&quot; Jacob said to him, &quot;You yourself know how I have served you, and how your cattle have fared with me. For you had little before I came, and it has increased abundantly; and the LORD has blessed you wherever I turned. But now when shall I provide for my own household also?&quot; He said, &quot;What shall I give you?&quot; Jacob said, &quot;You shall not give me anything; if you will do this for me, I will again feed your flock and keep it&#58; let me pass through all your flock today, removing from it every speckled and spotted sheep and every black lamb, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and such shall be my wages. So my honesty will answer for me later, when you come to look into my wages with you. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and black among the lambs, if found with me, shall be counted stolen.&quot; Laban said, &quot;Good! Let it be as you have said.&quot; But that day Laban removed the male goats that were striped and spotted, and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white on it, and every lamb that was black, and put them in charge of his sons; and he set a distance of three days' journey between himself and Jacob, while Jacob was pasturing the rest of Laban's flock.<br> <br>Then Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane, and peeled white streaks in them, exposing the white of the rods. He set the rods that he had peeled in front of the flocks in the troughs, that is, the watering places, where the flocks came to drink. And since they bred when they came to drink, the flocks bred in front of the rods, and so the flocks produced young that were striped, speckled, and spotted. Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the striped and the completely black animals in the flock of Laban; and he put his own droves apart, and did not put them with Laban's flock. Whenever the stronger of the flock were breeding, Jacob laid the rods in the troughs before the eyes of the flock, that they might breed among the rods, but for the feebler of the flock he did not lay them there; so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's. Thus the man grew exceedingly rich, and had large flocks, and male and female slaves, and camels and donkeys.</div>04/23/2015Psalm 150http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/424http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/424<div class="ExternalClassE3CCAC5240454CB0A780C3EF8BF5A4C2">​Praise the LORD!<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>Praise God in his sanctuary;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>praise him in his mighty firmament!<br> Praise him for his mighty deeds;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>praise him according to his surpassing greatness!<br> Praise him with trumpet sound;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>praise him with lute and harp!<br> Praise him with tambourine and dance;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>praise him with strings and pipe!<br> Praise him with clanging cymbals;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>praise him with loud clashing cymbals!<br> Let everything that breathes praise the LORD!<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>Praise the LORD!</div>04/22/2015Hosea 5:15 – 6:6http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/423http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/423<div class="ExternalClassA282B49EBAB141E49E1E857706871D74">​I will return again to my place<br> &#160; &#160;&#160;&#160;until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face.<br> &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; In their distress they will beg my favor&#58;<br> Come, let us return to the LORD;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>for it is he who has torn, and he will heal us;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>he has struck down, and he will bind us up.<br> After two days he will revive us;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>on the third day he will raise us up,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>that we may live before him.<br> Let us know, let us press on to know the LORD;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>his appearing is as sure as the dawn;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>he will come to us like the showers,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>like the spring rains that water the earth.&quot;<br> What shall I do with you, O Ephraim?<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>What shall I do with you, O Judah?<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>Your love is like a morning cloud,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>like the dew that goes away early.<br> Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>I have killed them by the words of my mouth,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>and my judgment goes forth as the light.<br> For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.</div>04/21/2015Jeremiah 30:1-11ahttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/422http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/422<div class="ExternalClass63810D0708574443A8A2AED9B76437B0">​The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD&#58; Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel&#58; Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you. For the days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will restore the fortunes of my people, Israel and Judah, says the LORD, and I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their ancestors and they shall take possession of it.<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>These are the words that the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah&#58;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>Thus says the LORD&#58;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>We have heard a cry of panic,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>of terror, and no peace.<br> Ask now, and see,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>can a man bear a child?<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>Why then do I see every man<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>with his hands on his loins like a woman in labor?<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>Why has every face turned pale?<br> Alas! that day is so great<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>there is none like it;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>it is a time of distress for Jacob;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>yet he shall be rescued from it.<br> On that day, says the LORD of hosts, I will break the yoke from off his neck, and I will burst his bonds, and strangers shall no more make a servant of him. But they shall serve the LORD their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>But as for you, have no fear, my servant Jacob, says the LORD,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>and do not be dismayed, O Israel;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>for I am going to save you from far away,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>and your offspring from the land of their captivity.<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>and no one shall make him afraid.<br> For I am with you, says the LORD, to save you;<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>I will make an end of all the nations<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>among which I scattered you,<br> <sup>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; </sup>but of you I will not make an end.</div>04/20/2015Luke 24:36b-48http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/421http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/421<div class="ExternalClass46251DD1052140AE9661F61E024B59CE"><strong>Third Sunday of Easter</strong><br><br>​&quot;Peace be with you.&quot; They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, &quot;Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.&quot; And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, &quot;Have you anything here to eat?&quot; They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.<br> <br>Then he said to them, &quot;These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you — that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.&quot; Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, &quot;Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.</div>04/19/2015