Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1 Peter 5:1-5http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1573http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1573<div class="ExternalClassFFE09E7243C145F69155E1EB0B11103C"><p>​Now as an elder myself and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it — not for sordid gain but eagerly. Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock. And when the chief shepherd appears, you will win the crown of glory that never fades away. In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for<br> &quot;God opposes the proud,<br> but gives grace to the humble.&quot;</p></div>04/23/2018Psalm 23http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1572http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1572<div class="ExternalClass9A768EAC3DE5451A888212DC6498AF8F"><p><strong>​Fourth Sunday of Easter</strong></p><p>The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.<br> He makes me lie down in green pastures;<br> he leads me beside still waters;<br> he restores my soul.<br> He leads me in right paths<br> for his name's sake.<br> Even though I walk through the darkest valley,<br> I fear no evil;<br> for you are with me;<br> your rod and your staff — <br>they comfort me.<br> You prepare a table before me<br> in the presence of my enemies;<br> you anoint my head with oil;<br> my cup overflows.<br> Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me<br> all the days of my life,<br> and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD<br> my whole life long.<br></p></div>04/22/2018Genesis 48:8-19http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1571http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1571<div class="ExternalClassD9F013F23817403BA14F0B2A03072CB9"><p>When Israel saw Joseph's sons, he said, &quot;Who are these?&quot; Joseph said to his father, &quot;They are my sons, whom God has given me here.&quot; And he said, &quot;Bring them to me, please, that I may bless them.&quot; Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age, and he could not see well. So Joseph brought them near him; and he kissed them and embraced them. Israel said to Joseph, &quot;I did not expect to see your face; and here God has let me see your children also.&quot; Then Joseph removed them from his father's knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth. Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right, and brought them near him. But Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on the head of Manasseh, crossing his hands, for Manasseh was the firstborn. He blessed Joseph, and said,<br> &quot;The God before whom my ancestors Abraham and Isaac walked,<br> the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day,<br> the angel who has redeemed me from all harm, bless the boys;<br> and in them let my name be perpetuated, and the name of my ancestors Abraham and Isaac;<br> and let them grow into a multitude on the earth.&quot;</p><p>When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; so he took his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head. Joseph said to his father, &quot;Not so, my father! Since this one is the firstborn, put your right hand on his head.&quot; But his father refused, and said, &quot;I know, my son, I know; he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great. Nevertheless his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude of nations.&quot;</p></div>04/21/2018Genesis 46:28—47:6http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1570http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1570<div class="ExternalClass3F1D82B48F174871B6808BA20656D7A2"><p>Israel sent Judah ahead to Joseph to lead the way before him into Goshen. When they came to the land of Goshen, Joseph made ready his chariot and went up to meet his father Israel in Goshen. He presented himself to him, fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while. Israel said to Joseph, &quot;I can die now, having seen for myself that you are still alive.&quot; Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's household, &quot;I will go up and tell Pharaoh, and will say to him, 'My brothers and my father's household, who were in the land of Canaan, have come to me. The men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of livestock; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.' When Pharaoh calls you, and says, 'What is your occupation?' you shall say, 'Your servants have been keepers of livestock from our youth even until now, both we and our ancestors' — in order that you may settle in the land of Goshen, because all shepherds are abhorrent to the Egyptians.&quot;</p><p>So Joseph went and told Pharaoh, &quot;My father and my brothers, with their flocks and herds and all that they possess, have come from the land of Canaan; they are now in the land of Goshen.&quot; From among his brothers he took five men and presented them to Pharaoh. Pharaoh said to his brothers, &quot;What is your occupation?&quot; And they said to Pharaoh, &quot;Your servants are shepherds, as our ancestors were.&quot; They said to Pharaoh, &quot;We have come to reside as aliens in the land; for there is no pasture for your servants' flocks because the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. Now, we ask you, let your servants settle in the land of Goshen.&quot; Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, &quot;Your father and your brothers have come to you. The land of Egypt is before you; settle your father and your brothers in the best part of the land; let them live in the land of Goshen; and if you know that there are capable men among them, put them in charge of my livestock.&quot;</p></div>04/20/2018Genesis 30:25-43http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1569http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1569<div class="ExternalClass9112337608684FFCBD77A00ED681AA90"><p>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.</p><p>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.</p></div>04/19/2018Psalm 150http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1567http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1567<div class="ExternalClassB60081B2E2DF4F4892D68C5EABDF4641"><p>​Praise the LORD!<br> Praise God in his sanctuary;<br> praise him in his mighty firmament!<br> Praise him for his mighty deeds;<br> praise him according to his surpassing greatness!<br> Praise him with trumpet sound;<br> praise him with lute and harp!<br> Praise him with tambourine and dance;<br> praise him with strings and pipe!<br> Praise him with clanging cymbals;<br> praise him with loud clashing cymbals!<br> Let everything that breathes praise the LORD!<br> Praise the LORD!</p></div>04/18/2018